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Can Water Damage Repair Professionals Restore My Mango Home’s Hardwood Floors?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood floors Don't let water take over your home. Let the professionals at SERVPRO help restore your water damaged home back to its original state.

No Homeowner Wants to Lose Beautiful Hardwood Floors to Water Damage -- Repair Strategies Are Successful When SERVPRO Is on the Job in Mango.

A water incursion can happen for a vast number of reasons: overflowing sinks, broken plumbing, clogged condensation drains in AC units, the rain blowing through open doors or windows, malfunctioning appliances, and more. You hope all that is needed in your Mango home is a mop-up and maybe a visit from the plumber, and all will be good again. Why do you believe you dodged a more significant disaster? The water covering your floor seems to be gone, so you were the lucky one, right?

Where Does the Water Go After Flowing Across My Hardwood Floors?

You are not alone in your hope that water damage repair to your Mango home is unnecessary. One of the most insidious and unexpected characteristics of water damage is its ability to hide from visual inspections, even by experts. A frequent place where water uses its disappearing ability is on -- and in -- hardwood floors. 

Why Are Hardwood Floors Susceptible to Significant Water Damage?

The basic construction of a hardwood floor, seen in a cross-section, illuminates the pathways of water migration well. Several layers make up the floor, and the water has little trouble percolating down through them. Older floors, treasured for their burnished patina, were usually constructed quite simply:

  • Floor joists supporting the upper building materials
  • Subfloor, usually made of a plywood-type material, and unfinished, one layer up from the joists 
  • Strips and planks of hardwood installed top-side often finished with stains and sealants on the visible side, but unfinished on the edges and bottom 

Newer hardwood floors might have additional layers added for resilience, creating a softer feel when walking. The water is still able to seep down between the edges and the joints between sections to reach porous materials below.

Does the Water Dry Out in the Under Layers?

SERVPRO crews often find homeowners mystified as to the reasons for their hardwood floors damage. After a spill or flooding, you cannot assume that water simply drains away or dries out quickly wherever it lands. 

Where Does Water Hide and How Does the Hidden Water Hurt Your Hardwood Floor?

Do not be caught in this situation, as your seemingly dry floor will begin to show “signature” hardwood damage patterns. The unfinished wood products under the hardwood layer absorb the water readily and need some professional assistance in facilitating evaporation. As they absorb the water, they swell, putting pressure on the upper hardwood flooring. Even more importantly, they provide a ready source of moisture that the unfinished bottoms and edges of the strips and planks wick up. This moisture causes the hardwood to distort or warp as well, creating the following commonly seen damage:

  • Cupping -- the edges of each piece of hardwood push up, resulting in the center of each plank or strip looking as though it is the bottom of a “cup” in cross-section
  • Crowning -- the center of each plank or strip swells, (sometimes later because of over-drying)
  • Buckling -- the damage is severe enough to force the hardwood to disengage from the subfloor and to curve away at joints

What Can Be Done to Save Hardwood Floors When the Underlying Layers Are Wet?

One crucial point is to call on professionals immediately, even if you cannot see the damage. Our technicians use various moisture detection and metering devices to locate and evaluate the severity of water absorption in the substrate of your floor. Then we act quickly to dry all layers to average moisture levels for your region and in unaffected areas of your home. When we determine where the moisture is trapped, we consider from among the following interventions:

  • Reducing the relative humidity to 30% to 45%
  • Positioning air movers to direct air floor both under and over the hardwood
  • Use floor mats (flat plastic that seals to the floor and attaches to hoses connected to extractors) to pull moisture through several layers
  • Adjust room temperature to increase evaporation
  • Floor finishes acting as vapor barrier might be removed or perforated with a pin roller
  • If accessible, dry the floor from the story beneath -- remove ceiling tiles for better flow

When water damage threatens to ruin your home’s floors, SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is there for you with research-based solutions. Reduce the stress and worry of water loss with a call to (813) 741-3473 -- We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Post-Fire Safety Precautions In Brandon – What Do I Need To Know?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fires can be devastating and turn your life upside down.

Safety is the First Concern SERVPRO Deals with When It Comes to Fire Restoration and Cleanup in Brandon

If a fire should strike your home in Brandon, you may not even be able to think clearly. Understanding what can happen and knowing what to do to make sure your family is safe is crucial.

My Home Looks OK – Can I Still Enter?

Many times, fires get contained quickly, and the damage seems minimal. Your first thought may be to go inside the home. Your natural instinct would be to see what has been damaged and if the house is livable. The reality is fire damage can be unseen. You can see what the fire and smoke have done to the items in your home. What you can’t see s things like carbon monoxide or structural damage. A fire damage restoration company in Brandon will ensure your home is safe before you enter.

Dealing with the Invisible

Carbon monoxide is a problem even after extinguishing the fire. This silent killer is not something you want to mess around with. Structural components may be compromised, but it will look just fine to you. Our professional crews know what to look for to ensure the safety of the structure. You do not want to put your family in danger should the building collapse. Other things that can be a concern are:

    •    Smoke and soot particles – these can cause lung damage
    •    Hot spots
    •    Flooding from fire hoses
    •    Chemicals from the sprays the firemen use to put out the fire

Fires can be devastating and turn your life upside down. SERVPRO is committed to your family’s safety. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help with any fire damage restoration needs.

What Approaches Work Best for Mold Remediation?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold" Mold easily grows in Brandon. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage. No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

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 losses 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:

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 successes. 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.

How Can I Make the Best Choice Among Water Restoration Companies in Brandon?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor in a kitchen. SERVPRO has what your Brandon water damage needs.

Training, Experience, and Commitment to the Community is Why SERVPRO Ranks As an Industry Leader When Considering Water Restoration Companies in Brandon

When you cope with a water emergency in Brandon, it is challenging to select a restoration company that meets your needs. If you have been lucky during homeownership, a recent water emergency might be the first time you faced a household crisis where you determined you need outside help. Without personal experience, how will you choose the right restoration partner?

What About Talking with Family and Friends or My Insurance Company?

A few calls to trusted members of your circle is one way to narrow the field of Brandon water restoration companies. You can trust the narratives of your co-workers, friends, and family members who have needed water loss interventions. Another way to shorten the list without imposing on your contacts is to talk with your home insurance company. One of the services we provide is to work closely with your insurer, so your agent likely has experience with our superior ability to provide documentation and to deliver exemplary results. The positive interaction is why we are listed as a preferred provider.

How Do Various Companies Rank When Looking at Training and Equipment?

Reasons why SERVPRO is recommended as a premier water restoration company include:

  • Industry Leading Training

Our managers and technicians master a comprehensive list of courses in various disaster restoration specialties offered by the  Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is the internationally respected standards development organization for all aspects of restoration.

  • Innovative Commercial Grade Equipment

We maintain an impressive inventory of products, tools, and equipment to support our highly-qualified employees as they deliver top-notch services. 

  • Nationwide Network with a Dedicated Local Presence

Our firm can reach out to other restoration experts to scale up our workforce and access to equipment in circumstances where the need is great in our community. At the same time, we live and work right here, neighbors to our customers. Any concerns and questions you have today, or in the future, we answer and take on full responsibility for solving.

The best training, equipment, and customer service are why SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is the choice for your water restoration partner. Call us at (813) 741-3473 to set up an assessment today.

Where is Fire Damage the Worst in My Brandon Home?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen with microwave Residues and soot can affect every part of your home after a fire. Contact our experienced team to assess and remediate.

Often residues and coatings on surfaces occur the worst in specific areas of the house, and our SERVPRO team can work on cleaning these damages fast.

While smoke and soot residues can circulate throughout your entire Brandon home from its origin point, certain portions of wall surfaces and other materials get the worst of this soiling. Because of the science of cooler air sinking in a structure fire, warmer, smoke saturated air gets forced towards the ceiling of damaged rooms. As a result, the densest concentrations of wall and surface residues are on the upper portions of drywall, ceiling materials, and ceiling fixtures.

Cleaning up these residues as part of the fire restoration in Brandon homes can be a challenge, especially with many homes having high vaulted ceilings. In addition to the obstacle of reaching the damaged areas, which often requires our SERVPRO team to utilize machinery and ladders, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to addressing the residues that we find. With varying compositions, acidic content, and hosting surfaces, there are many approaches to removing wastes and soils without compromising the material underneath it.

What Cleaning Practices Can Address Soiling and Residues?

There is a finite timeline to address soiling on surfaces, especially conditions like soot damage. With an acidic base and particles that are already a carcinogenic health hazard to those exposed, residues can be highly destructive to the surfaces and contents they come into contact with circulating in a house. We have a line of potent products that can help with three unique practices to clear residues from wall and ceiling surfaces, as well as contents and flooring in your home. These include:

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident requires many different practices. No matter what your property needs, our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team can help. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

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How Does Mold Get Removed from My Brandon Clinic?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Mold around a door seal. Mold in your Brandon facility can be dangerous, call SERVPRO today.

Mold can worsen without immediate action, so our SERVPRO remediators respond quickly to help. 

Mold can be a substantial threat to the patients and staff of your Brandonclinic. Because you are promoting an area to help people get healthy or to recover from their various illnesses, your diligence against possible microbial threats like mold is vital. Identifying a threat is the first step, as our SERVPRO remediators cannot help a situation that they do not know about yet. Identifying active mold growth can happen in several ways, including:

  • Musty odors
  • Spotting on drywall and other surfaces
  • Material deterioration
  • Persistent moisture

While there are many mold removal companies for your Brandon clinic when these situations arise, there are specific advantages to choosing the experience of our SERVPRO team. With an extensive roster of technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), we can have confident and experienced professionals mobilized quickly no matter when disasters like mold growth get discovered.

Does Mold Go Away on Its Own? 

There are many myths surrounding mold, and trusting in bad information that you can find online or through word-of-mouth can leave the situation unresolved and just as potentially hazardous. One of the most commonly distributed myths about mold is that without intervention, the organism dissipates on its own eventually. Instead, allowing the mold colonies to 'run their course' can lead to some unfavorable conditions. Here are some quick facts about what mold can do:

  • Fast-Spreading – One of the aspects that makes mold such a danger to your clinic and its patients is how fast the organism can spread throughout the facility.
  • Structural Deterioration – Mold colonies use hosting organic materials as a food source. This process deteriorates wall systems and ceiling materials exposed.

 How Do Remediators Determine Problem Areas? 

There are a few methods that our technicians can use to identify the presence of mold colonies. These are effective to determine the spread and severity of active colonization. Scoping out a mold loss involves sophisticated tools and equipment and direct monitoring of potentially problematic areas. Continually damp areas of your facility can create the ideal conditions for mold growth, and these points can also get identified with our surface moisture meters and thermal image cameras. The three main identifying factors for potential mold growth during our team inspection include:

  • Visible Growth
  • Moist Areas
  • Musty Odors

Can Mold Colonies Get Removed? 

Remediation is much different from mold removal, as no mold restoration company can remove the entirety of spores and microbes from any structure. Spores exist naturally in nearly every environment, but do not become a potential hazard for those exposed until moist conditions allow the spores to begin growing into a colony on an organic surface in the clinic. Once this process has started, it can quickly spread through structural materials, but also furniture like office chairs, stools, carpeting, and other sensitive surfaces. Removing active colonization with remediation often involves several practices, including:

  • Antimicrobial Wipe Cleaning – We have many potent cleaning products designed to inhibit the growth of mold and to destroy newly forming colonies. 
  • Sanding – With handheld sanders and powered equipment, our teams can work to remove the surface layers of sensitive structural elements and framework. This approach is useful when the organism has not spread far beyond the surface.
  • Soda Blasting – Soda blasting takes pressurized air with various media, eliminates surface colonization, and can even affect embedded threats to eradicate the entire organism's hyphae.
  • Controlled Demolition – Sometimes, the fastest path to getting examination rooms and other communal areas of your clinic back to preloss condition is controlled demolition. This process removes overly affected portions of structural elements to get later repaired or replaced.

Can SERVPRO Rebuild After Demolition? 

With a team of in-house contractors, we can seamlessly transition between the initial remediation efforts and reconstruction needs of the clinic. A fast movement between these phases ensures that you do not have to limit your offerings to patients by having portions of the facility behind containment barriers for extended periods.

It is vital to get the situation resolved as soon as possible whenever you discover mold and fungal threats in your clinic. Our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team can help with highly trained remediation specialists. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

Who Can Do Structural Repairs After Water Losses?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Home in water SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is ready to tackle your water restoration needs.

Our SERVPRO team offers comprehensive restoration and recovery solutions, including reconstruction and repair in your water-damaged Brandon home. 

Many of the materials used to construct your Brandon home are sensitive to water saturation and can become irreparably damaged after prolonged exposure. Contending with these conditions after a water loss can require trusting both our qualified technicians as well as our experienced division of residential contractors in-house.

Licensed contractors in our roster can help with water damage repair in Brandon homes. The advantage of having these professionals show up with the mitigators is a seamless transition between emergency services like board up or controlled demolition and the mitigation work that the property requires. This fast turnaround saves time and money for the customer.

What is Controlled Demolition? 

Part of the emergency services that our SERVPRO team offers is controlled demolition, which is a practice that removes portions of water damaged material from where it has been installed. Consider a damp sheet of drywall, where the rest of the wall system is unexposed to water losses. It might be beneficial to remove this damaged portion and reinstall it to ensure that the entire damp area can dry more efficiently. Some indicators that demolition is needed are:

  • Deteriorating
  • Odors
  • Swelling/Bloating
  • Access to Areas in Need of Drying

Does SERVPRO Rebuild Damaged Homes? 

Reconstruction is one of the services that our experienced contractors can offer. Whether this means reinstalling discarded portions of drywall or flooring materials or entirely reconstructing from the ground up, we have the experienced professionals in our roster to help. This full-service approach to restoration keeps you from researching and tediously tracking down competent contractors on your own.

Water losses always have the potential to be structurally compromising, but our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team can help. We have experienced technicians and advanced tools to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

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What Are My Options for Fast Mitigation of Home Flood Damage?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged room; flood cuts on wall to ensure drying After water damaged this room, we removed the affected flooring and made flood cuts to dry the wall.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Remove Flood Damage from Brandon Homes 24/7 

Flooding can bring with it much more than just massive amounts of water. The waste, pests, silt deposits, chemical runoff, and other concerns can affect your home's safety and air quality. Fortunately, there is a professional team that is ready to mitigate the damage. 

If your Brandon home has endured flood damage, SERVPRO techs can remove water, sanitize your home, and dry both the structure and your belongings. SERVPRO teams coordinate with property owners and insurance adjusters to assist in the claims filing process while providing restoration compliant with your insurance policy. 

Insulation Solutions for Your Home 

  • Spray foam insulation.Spray foam insulation is useful for reducing heating and cooling costs, and it is also highly resistant to water. Use spray foam in areas particularly vulnerable to leaks and flooding.
  • Create interior wall gaps.Adding a gap in the wall cavity limits moisture wicking up your insulation and reduces replacement costs.
  • Consider fiberglass batts.Fiberglass insulation is not only nonporous, but it is easily removable in the event of a flood. 

SERVPRO Saves Flood-Damaged Walls 

After extracting any immediately present floodwaters in your home, SERVPRO technicians can focus on mitigating further damage to structural materials from moisture. One method used for preserving wall cavities is the use of flood cuts made several inches above the highest point of moisture absorption. We remove baseboards and drywall below the cut so that technicians can remove insulation, as flood damage can compromise sanitary conditions in your home as well as affect your insulation's R-value. 

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is proud to serve the community with a cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (813) 741-3473 to have an emergency response team at your home within hours. 

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Brandon, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview today at (813) 741-3473 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

My Brandon Store is Flooding, and I am Unable to Trade, what are My Options?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying water damaged store Don't let water damage interrupt your business. We can dry and restore your business.

SERVPRO Commercial Water Restoration Technicians in Brandon can Help you to Quickly Reopen

Commercial Water Emergencies in Brandon can occur at any time of the year. Sometimes, you may find yourself unable to trade until the situation is under control.

Can I get a business rate reduction as a result of flooding?

In some situations where water intrusion is beyond your control, you may reduce your business rates. However, the surest way to limit losses to revenue is to take a proactive approach to restoration by enlisting commercial water removal experts in Brandon. Using a professional service that has experience working on commercial projects can reduce losses as well as providing you with a precise time frame to plan your business activities. Our crew chiefs can inform you of necessary restoration, possible outcomes, and working closely with local insurance adjusters.

Where can I source water displacement pumps to move water out of my premises?

Local hire centers are available to rent displacement pumps temporarily. However, you should ask yourself whether you or your staff are qualified to set up, pump, and dispose of wastewater correctly. Different types of water damage requires different types of equipment. Water with solid waste requires a pump with unique characteristics. Self-priming trash pumps have the necessary lift, volume, and ducts to transport solid wastes. However, it may be illegal to dispose of solid wastes in a regular sewer point, meaning you also need a means of transport to take wastewater to a facility for disposal. SERVPRO has both the equipment and the expertise to remove water from your commercial property following local and state regulations.

What types of water removal equipment are available to SERVPRO technicians, and what are their uses?

  • High-pressure pumps provide significant power to transport water uphill and out of the property
  • Self-priming trash pumps are capable of passing water with solid waste up to 1.25 inches
  • Electric submersible pumps move from 100 to 18,000 gallons per hour
  • Weighted extraction tools for removing moisture from thick fabrics or textiles like carpets
  • Light wands which are agile enough to reach areas with space restrictions

How can I choose the right extraction tool for water displacement?

Pumping equipment is the most efficient in terms of a gallon per hour (GPH.) Next, extraction tools that are useful once pumping becomes inefficient- usually once standing water drops below two inches. Dehumidification equipment is the least efficient, and we usually reserve it for drying residual moisture or lowering the moisture content of building materials. There are other considerations when choosing your equipment, such as how far water needs transporting to reach your sewer points or storage tanks. A distance of more than twenty-five feet usually requires a high-pressure pump to displace water efficiently.

Does my business insurance cover mold growth?

It is essential to check your insurance policy to be sure of your coverage. Commercial properties usually cover flooding under a separate policy to business insurance. Equally, mold growth is usually only covered if the mold is the direct result of the water intrusion. Crucially, if mold occurs after the event, property managers must prove that appropriate mitigation efforts take place. Our water damage restoration (WRT) technicians can take steps to reduce the likelihood of mold growth. These include maintaining control over relative humidity throughout the service using thermal hygrometers. We can also take precautionary steps to prevent mold growth by applying anti-microbial treatments in the affected area. 

What are the necessary steps to take when there is water intrusion at commercial premises?

  • Contact your insurance provider to notify them of the situation
  • Reach out to professional restorers as soon as possible- our emergency call-lines are in operation twenty-four hours a day.
  • Use local companies to reduce call-out times- we promise to arrive within four hours of notification of loss.
  • Wait for crew chiefs to arrive who can communicate closely with both you and your adjuster

When is it safe to reopen my business after a commercial water emergency?

A business is safe to reopen once it returns to a sanitary state. Water can carry microbes into premises, which can cause health and safety concerns. Our team can not only remove the body of water from your property but can also clean, dismantle, and reassemble the affected area. We are using chemical agents that can kill any potential microbial growth, which may include bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Once the property is thoroughly decontaminated and dry, our crew chief can perform a walkthrough. The walkthroughs occur once the restoration is complete, and we can pass on any paperwork to your insurance provider to complete a stress-free claim.

If your business requires emergency water recovery, our commercial teams are available. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473.