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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.

Does SERVPRO Provide Mold Remediation for Commercial Structures in Brandon?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

drywall removed along bottom of wall revealing mold growth Mold can grow behind drywall. SERVPRO can locate and remove hidden mold colonies.

Need Mold Remediation in Your Commercial Building in Brandon – Call SERVPRO

Mold infestations often occur in unused rooms in commercial buildings in Brandon. There may be a source of moisture from condensation or a small leak that goes undetected. A warm dark room with water presents the perfect conditions for a mold infestation to occur, primarily if the room or area is seldom used. The first hint that a mold problem exists is a strong, musty odor emanating from the site.

SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists can advise regarding mold remediation requirements in Brandon commercial structures. Initially, we determine the odor source, eliminate the moisture source and contain the infestation to avoid contaminating other areas of your offices or operation. Mold can cause health effects for some people, and we take precautions to prevent exposing your staff and customers to mold spores.

Most non-porous materials can be cleaned and sanitized. We place these items in a staging area until the mold infestation is removed. Porous materials and badly infested materials may have to be bagged inside the containment area and carefully removed to avoid contamination of other building areas. Our technicians inspect your building and can review all these detailed steps with you.

SERVPRO provides the following mold remediation services:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Mold removal containment and staging

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview for mold remediation in Brandon and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (813) 741-3473.

When A Flood Plagues Your Brandon Home, The Team to Call Is SERVPRO!

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

palm trees swaying in strong wind, heavy rain Storms are no stranger to our area. Regardless of the amount of water that enters your home, SERVPRO can remove the water and restore your home.

Cleanup Following Flood Damages In Your Brandon Home

Brandon homeowners want fast and effective cleanup following disasters that affect their homes. This is not always something that they can get. With a widespread situation like flooding throughout the service area, many homes and properties become affected simultaneously, leaving many homeowners and business owners at a loss with how to recover their property's damages without waiting a long time to accomplish it. Our franchise offers fast responses, even in the face of widespread disasters through our area, to provide effective mitigation to prevent substantial reconstruction requirements once restoration work officially begins.

Flood damage cleanup in your Brandon home might not be something that you initially think about when you assess the damages on your own for the first time. Many homeowners even mistakenly believe that they can resolve the situation independently to save them time and money, but this often results in inadequately dried areas of your home affected by the flooding that remain susceptible to degradation and mold growth. Overcoming these potential hazards requires our SERVPRO professionals and their advanced equipment.

Water Removal Services

Once our team arrives at your property following flood damage, our estimator begins to assess the full scope of the situation to determine the initial steps that must occur to preserve the home as much as possible. Often in widespread flooding situations, removing carpeting and making flood cuts through drywall can help our technicians access areas requiring concentrated drying efforts to eliminate the likelihood of heavy fungal growth.

These processes allow our equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers to dry out the damage and improve indoor air quality effectively.

If you want to find an excellent option to choose when the time comes to return your house to pre-flood condition, give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call anytime you need us at (813) 741-3473.

How Professionals Remediate Water Damage in Your Brandon Home

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on water damaged hardwood Water damaged hardwood floors are no problem for SERVPRO. We are equipped and trained for complete water damage restoration.

The Application of Drying Mats in Remediating Properties After Water Damage

In the aftermath of an extreme weather event or internal property problem, you need professional help to restore your commercial property or residence. Finding a professional service is easy, but finding one you can trust can be difficult. The proper training, certificates, and licensing are not easy to come by in the restoration industry. A lack of training could lead to poor service that creates as many problems as it fixes. We have technicians with IICRC certificates in a range of water, fire, mold, and odor control restoration techniques.

For properties suffering from water damage in Brandon and the surrounding area, local services come in useful. When there is standing water, the longer it is left unchecked, the more likely it is to cause permanent damages. As water sits on fabrics, it gradually weakens them and seeps below the surface, making them more challenging to dry. SERVPRO uses technicians based in Brandon, resulting in shorter call-out distances. We also operate a 24-hour emergency call line so that you can reach us anytime, day or night.

Equipment for Water Damage Restoration

SERVPRO uses a range of advanced equipment to help rapidly dry and clear water from the affected area. Drying mats are particularly useful in residential properties. We place these in multiple locations, and they sit on top of floorboards. They use a centralized ventilator that connects to each mat and helps to draw moisture from spaces that you cannot reach with a traditional water extractor. Employing drying mats is particularly useful in preventing secondary moisture damages like mold growth.

In dealing with moisture, it is crucial to ensure the affected area is completely dry. That includes the surrounding atmosphere of the room. SERVPRO uses moisture meters to establish the correct dryness of your home and sets it as our "dry goal." At the end of service, your technician can assess the humidity in the affected area to ensure that the job has been completed correctly with a minimum risk of secondary damages.

If your home falls foul of extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen events, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473.

How Can Brandon Home Fire Restoration Remove Odors?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on wall of fire damaged wall Who can remove smoke and soot from your fire damaged home? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

Brandon SERVPRO Odor Control Techs Implement Effective Fire Restoration Odor Removal

Fire restoration entails a variety of tasks that many homeowners do not have the necessary equipment to perform. Soot needs to be removed from every nook and cranny of a property to remove odors, stains, and residues that can potentially turn corrosive inside metal vents or home appliances.

SERVPRO professionals can perform fire restoration for Brandon property owners 24/7, including weekends and holidays. This team’s goal is to return fire-affected properties to a pre-disaster state free of fire damage stains and odors.

SERVPRO Odor Control Tools and Techniques

Several tools are at SERVPRO’s disposal for Brandon residential odor control.

  • Manual cleanup of soot and debris is essential to limiting fire damage odors. Different tools are available for various degrees of soiling. Dry cleaning sponges can often take care of light soot stains, while heavier saturation of residues may require alkaline cleaners or abrasion cleaning with soda ash for successful removal.
  • Commercial-grade fogging devices dispense solvent-based deodorizers in a thick, dry fog. These solutions do not simply mask odors: they remove them at the particle level.
  • Air movement with high-powered box fans can circulate as much as 3,200 cubic feet of air per minute through a property to restore indoor air quality to pre-disaster levels.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can be reached at (813) 741-3473 to provide property owners with Faster to Any Size Disaster emergency mitigation and restoration services.

As Soon As You Find Mold In Your Riverview Home, Contact Our Team At SERVPRO!

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

mold on wall and baseboard. Mold remediation by SERVPRO is second to none. We use the latest technology and equipment for every size of disaster.

Fast Action Can Protect Your Riverview Home From Mold

Riverview residents are all too familiar with the often humid and muggy conditions of the area, and as an added consequence, must remain mindful of developments like mold growth. Mold colonization within your home can spread quickly, affecting many materials and areas of the property over a brief period. Fighting this organism in your home requires the expertise and experience that our certified mold damage remediation specialists can provide.

Restoring mold damage in your Riverview home is vital once you have discovered colonization, but still, many homeowners drag their feet about contacting professionals. While there is a charge for mold remediation, it is far costlier to allow the growth to claim the structural integrity of construction materials and ruin contents within your home. Our SERVPRO professionals understand the time-sensitive nature of mold growth. They remain available to current and potential customers 24/7 to help mitigate mold damage and contain the destructive force while mold remediation begins.

Once the mold has begun to grow in your home, there is little time to waste to secure the services of our highly-trained professionals. Our team undergoes extensive training to obtain IICRC certifications as applied microbial remediation technicians. Additionally, all of our team continues their education and training through in-house opportunities and e-learning coursework to become experts in the field of residential and commercial restoration and remediation.

The SERVPRO professionals that arrive at your home any time of the day provide you with immediate service and response to the growing and spreading organism in your home. After we assess the damage that your property has sustained, we can begin containment protocols and remove unsalvageable material and mold removal strategies for structural elements that can be preserved.

While mold growth might not be a stranger to residents here in the area, it is still important to take care of this intrusive organism as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview rapid response team can deliver our highly trained remediation specialists and industry-leading equipment to restore your damaged property fully. Give us a call anytime at (813) 741-3473.

How Our Specialists Help You Recovery After Your Brandon Home Experiences Fire Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

fire fighter in kitchen battling a fire Fire damage restoration is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the professional help and services needed for your home.

Mitigation And Deodorization After Fire Damage In Your Brandon Home

Recovering from a widespread disaster like a fire in your Brandon home involves much more work and intricate attention than firefighters and first responders can provide. Once the flames get extinguished, you get your first look at the property's damage and begin sorting out what you determine is necessary to return your home to its original condition.

From the first look at these fire damages in your Brandon home, a homeowner might become overwhelmed by the widespread soot and smoke damages throughout the property alone. Recovering these aspects often requires specialized equipment designed to make this process efficient and ultimately provide the most thorough cleaning and deodorization possible for the house.

Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your address, we can get to work on mitigation techniques designed to preserve your property and its contents. Processes like pack-outs remove the at-risk furniture and contents within your house to provide a safe place for their storage, as well as specialized attention where needed until it is time to return them to your fully restored home. During their time with our Contents Department, individual items can get cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized to be ready for their return to the property.

Deodorization is something that requires even more of the industry-leading equipment that our SERVPRO technicians have at their disposal. Thermal foggers can help within a home to permanently remove or dramatically reduce overwhelming smoke and noxious odors by neutralizing them on contact with an OSHA-approved chemical compound dispersed as a dense gas. This machine is safe to use on soft materials within your home, such as clothing, carpets, drapes, upholstery, and more.

Fires can cause many types of damages to your property that spread out even beyond the initial source of the blaze. Our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview rapid response team can help with a comprehensive approach that stays with our customers from the initial emergency call through returning a fully restored property to you. Give us a call for any emergency at (813) 741-3473.

Why are Local Water Restoration Companies Your Best Bet for Results in Brandon?

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Burst pipes or any other kind of water damage done to your home needs the help of SERVPRO. We have IICRC certified-trained technicians for disasters.

SERVPRO offers the most effective plan for water removal and restoration for Brandon residents!

Serious water issues within your Brandon home could arise because of unexpected factors. While some problems are immediately noticeable, others may linger for weeks and months before detected. Burst pipes, slow plumbing leaks, and issues with water-related appliances can bring about secondary damage or the onset of mold and mildew – which pose potential health effects for your family. Calling in SERVPRO ensures you have skilled technicians on the job to remove water and mitigate damage.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is Certified in Water Damage Restoration

When dealing with water clean up, our process usually involves:

  • Initial contact to gather information on your water damage event.
  • Crew arrival followed by an initial assessment to find and block the source of water damage.
  • Extract all standing water using powerful extractors and pumps.
  • Pack-out/move-out or protection of household contents to eliminate further damage.
  • Complete drying of your interior using industrial-grade fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers.
  • Meticulous cleaning, sanitization, and deodorization using EPA-registered products ensure your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Call SERVPRO of Brandon/North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to dispatch one of the top-rated water restoration companies to your property!

Why Moisture Management Skills Are Needed During Fire Damage Restoration in Brandon

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle in front of a building Dealing with fire damage can often include dealing with excess water that was used to put out the fire. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your emergency.

SERVPRO Handles Both Water & Fire Damage Restorations in Brandon Business Premises

After subduing a fire at your workshop, you have to address fire and smoke damage, among other things. Moisture damage is a common outcome when properties burn down. Moisture issues can arise from firefighting processes or during the cleanup of the soiled areas. If such moisture is not addressed, it can lead to unnecessary damages.

If SERVPRO handles fire damage restoration at your Brandon workshop, we incorporate moisture management from the start. We set up dehumidifiers on arrival at the property to regulate humidity levels in the air as we embark on other restoration tasks.

Apart from causing damages such as causing drywall to crumble or wood to swell, moisture also aggravates fire damage. Exposure of residues such as soot to moisture causes them to set. Moisture can also spread the residues from the initially affected areas, thus leading to widespread staining. Moisture also determines the cleaning method that the restoration team can use in the property. For instance, methods such as feather dusting and vacuuming cannot work if residues are soaked. Moisture management skills help when dealing with:

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke remediation
  • Smoke Damage

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview takes preventive approaches such as proper moisture management during fire damage restoration. Call us at (813) 741-3473.

What Objectives Should Water Removal from Riverview Properties Accomplish?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working in a house Was your home recently affected by a water damage emergency? Contact our SERVPRO team today for water removal services.

SERVPRO Sets Immediate and Long Term Goals When Delivering Water Removal Services in Riverview

Although it is obvious why water removal is necessary from a property, several short-term goals precede the main objective of restoring the property to its preloss state. Achieving these goals helps ensure better results when the restoration is finally completed. 

One essential task during water removal from Riverview properties is drying wet materials, whether they are part of the structure or contents. Drying is a gradual process, unlike extraction, since it is driven by evaporation. In some cases, such as handling wet wood, slowing down the drying process ensures the wood does not warp or crack. Our SERVPRO technicians set overall as well as daily drying goals to ensure the right outcome when handling problems like:

  • Emergency services water damage
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 

Our SERVPRO technicians take various readings from the house, including the humidity levels in the air and the wetness level in materials, then calculate the time it is likely to take for successful drying. We also establish a ‘dry standard’ for the property. We do this by taking readings from dry materials in an unaffected section of the property, thus establishing how much moisture drying processes must remove.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview handles any aspect of water removal. Call us at (813) 741-3473 for assistance.

Worried About The Challenges Flood Damage Restoration In Brandon Might Pose?

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working in a house Team SERVPRO has the tools and experience to tackle your flood damage emergency. Call our certified technicians today for services.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Fully Outfitted To Deliver Water Removal Services in Brandon

For a long time, Brandon has been known as a bedroom community for Tampa. It is also the origin of many distinguished businesses that have operations all over the country. The family-oriented chain restaurant, Beef O'Brady's, is one such establishment. It has branches all over the southeastern United States. 

Brandon is a Census Designated Place that traces its founding to John Brandon and his family, who arrived from Mississippi in early 1857. In 1858, he bought 40 acres of land in what was then the New Hope area. Later he added another 160 acres and named his land Brandon. Initially, development in the area was gradual, but it picked up pace in the mid-1900s when it was estimated that a new family moved into the town every day. 

What Attracts People to Brandon?

Growth has been tremendous in the area, changing it from a small alcove in the 1960s to the current vibrant community with over 100,000 residents. The proximity to major highways and family-oriented communities like Riverview, Valrico, and Fishhawk is one of the main attractions for people to the area, especially those looking for set up families.  

Apart from the favorable setting of the general area, there are specific attractions in the immediate vicinity that continue to draw people, including museums, parks, and entertainment joints like:

  • Dinosaur World

The open-air museum is located on Harvey Tew Road and is part of a chain in three locations, including Texas and Kentucky.  It features 150 life-size sculptures of dinosaurs set within native vegetation. The facility started operating in 1998 and was the first in the chain. Apart from the sculptures, there are fossils as well in the museum and trained paleontologists.

  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

The facility located off Interstate 4 opened in 2004. It pays tribute to Rock music in different ways. For instance, there is a collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia like musical instruments and clothes on display. Rock music videos are shown on screens, including one set in a waterfall, while song lyrics are displayed on walls. It has a gaming complex and hotel. Its 190000 square foot casino ranks 6th in the world in terms of size. 

  • Paul Sanders Park

A small park, great for kids to play and explore. It has several old oak trees, which offer shade for people looking for a place to relax.

Which Tools Does SERVPRO Use to Ease Flood Damage Restoration Challenges?

A flooded property poses different challenges that may hinder the restoration effort. Typical problems include deep pools of standing water or water containing solid residues. In many cases, the floodwater finds a way into wall or floor cavities. Such issues delay water clean up and other restoration processes.

As a seasoned flood damage restorer, SERVPRO prepares for any challenge that might arise. Part of the preparation involves having the right equipment and especially various extractors on hand to address any difficulties. We choose extractors based on the vacuum lift capacity, portability, and ability to handle wastewater. We have standard extractors that have vacuum lift and heating capabilities that facilitate cleaning during water removal. We also have self-priming pumps that remove solid-filled water and slurry conveniently. With our service, you do not have to worry about

  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup
  • Water clean up
  • Flood restoration

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is a reliable partner when addressing flood damage. Call us at (813) 741-3473.

Are There Ways to Contain Flood Damage to Save a Business's Image?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle loaded up with equipment SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians can handle any size flood damage restoration service needed for your property.

SERVPRO Helps Brandon Businesses Recover after Flooding Incidents

For businesses in the hospitality sector or even real estate development, a flooding incident can interrupt some crucial plans such as check-ins or exhibitions, ruining opportunities you have chased for months. Taking the initiative to contain the situation can help salvage your business reputation.

Containing flood damage in your Brandon business premises requires the right resources to achieve the desired results promptly. Depending on how the flooding incident unfolds, there might be many issues to address, including:

Before starting restoration processes, SERVPRO can help take some steps to contain the effects of flooding, thus maintaining your business's reputation. For instance, when boarding up openings on the structure, our technicians consider neatness and security. For instance, we use two by two wooden planks to secure the boards before inserting them into an opening rather than nailing them directly to the surrounding walls. We minimize the chances of a slip, trip, and fall accidents by placing sufficient warning signs around the loss site. 

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview Can help you deal with flood damage more conveniently. Call us at (813) 741-3473.

Does Timely Water Mitigation Change the Outcome After Water Leaks?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle at the office Water mitigation services by SERVPRO are top notch. Our technicians are ready for any size job that's needs to be done.

SERVPRO Helps Manage the Restoration Processes in Riverview Properties

On the South East center of Hillsborough County lies Riverview, a census-designated place founded on the Alafia River's northern shores in 1885. The area has an extended history of settlement because, in the 1830s, the southern shore was the early settlers' home. The southern settlement was known as Peru, which in the indigenous language meant the 'straight part of the river.' The area was favored by both the Floridian Indians and the settlers because of the abundance of fresh game. The river was also packed with fish.  

The River of Fire Legacy

One of the defining aspects of the area was the Alafia River which was famed for glowing during nighttime. The name Alafia translates to "the river of fire," although the phenomenon had nothing to do with fire. It was caused by phosphorus lying on the river bottom that would glow at night. 

The strange river phenomenon directly helped the economic growth in the area. In the mid-1880s, the Peruvian Mining Company started extracting pebble phosphate from the river. The people working for the mining operation needed decent accommodation, and the company built the Alafia Hotel in 1898. It was situated west of where the W.T. Williams bridge is located today. 

Interesting Things to Do in Riverview

The area has developed over the years attracting visitors and new inhabitants. Like the early settlers were attracted by resource abundance, the area's population ballooned since the early 2000s as young families and retirees arrived in the area, drawn in by affordable housing, good schools, and the warm weather. The Alafia River charm still draws in people. Some of the exciting places you cans visit in the area include:

Bell Creek Nature Preserve

Taking a trip to the preserve is one of the best ways to experience the area's natural habitat. The 597-acre reserve has different habitats, including grasslands, sandhill, scrub, and Flatwoods. Visitors can enjoy its trails and fishing areas. 

Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve

One of the places to catch a view of the Alafia River is at the observation deck in this nature preserve. People also like walking its two marked hiking loop trails. The first one is 1.2km long, and the second one is around 2km. Visitors can explore tidal marshes, ravines, creeks, and scrub, among other natural habitats.

International Independent Showmen's Museum

Apart from exploring natural attractions, visitors can also experience the human side of the country's history. The International Independent Showmen's Museum provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of those who worked in carnivals. The museum exhibits artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs of the carnivals.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Ensure Satisfactory Water Mitigation in Riverview Residences?

Whenever there is a water intrusion in a property, various factors come into play, determining the outcome. How fast the water mitigation processes are carried out can have a significant impact. Speedy water extraction and drying of wet materials help stop the deterioration of materials—for instance, wood swells or warps when wet. Mold can also develop on contents or structural materials.

SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians has sufficient resources, including water extraction and drying equipment, to expedite water mitigation. Our technicians also take further management steps to ensure the intervention delivers the expected results, including:

  • Setting drying goals
  • Monitoring the wet materials to verify drying processes work
  • Checking the equipment to ensure they perform optimally

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview handles water mitigation professionally. Call us at (813) 741-3473.

What Should Be The Goal of Mold Remediation?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage Mold remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO has the man power and equipment for the job that needs to be done.

SERVPRO Helps Brandon Residents Avoid Recurrent Mold Attacks

The desirable outcome after discovering mold in your house is eliminating it before it develops further since such development leads to many adverse issues. Taking too long to address mold creates not only an opportunity for it to spread but also worsens the deterioration of affected materials. 

When mold remediation in Brandon residences is timely and appropriately done, it helps address several issues, including: 

  • Resolving indoor air quality issues
  • Minimizing material deterioration and structural teardown during removal
  • Minimizing the need for extensive refinishing

When handling mold, SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians pay close attention to several aspects. For instance, we consider more than just the visible signs of mold in your house to determine the best course of action. Severe infestation may lay hidden within wall or floor cavities long before the spots and patches appear on the surface.

Our technicians also take steps to contain mold residues from spreading to unaffected areas. We use various approaches, including source containment, local containment, or full-scale containment, depending on contamination level. Such intervention helps eliminate indoor air quality issues.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview offers the appropriate mold remediation services for the desired outcomes. Call us at (813) 741-3473 

Property Fires Can Cause Permanent Damage to your Home

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to quickly restore your property so you can return safely after a fire incident.

SERVPRO is a Brandon-based Fire Damage Restoration Company

A house fire can lead to the dispersal of millions of tiny ash, soot, and soil into the home. The particles can stain textiles, surfaces, and paintwork. Introducing water or foot traffic to the area can sometimes cause permanent damage to contents with particle soiling. 

It is essential to reduce foot-traffic and water absorption during fire damage restoration in your Brandon home. Water-based cleaning agents, like detergent, can also cause particles to set into carpets or textiles' fibers. SERVPRO can help to restore your home to a preloss condition after the fire. 

  • We pre-test materials before introducing cleaning agents or water.
  • Thoroughly drying the property can help to reduce odor problems.
  • Using dry vacuuming and emulsifying agents, we can reduce soiling without using water.

We also focus on indoor air quality. We have advanced equipment like HEPA-filtered air scrubbers to capture airborne particles and hydroxyl generators to neutralize pungent odors from the smoke. We are committed to restoring properties to preloss condition whenever possible.

Attention to detail is essential to restoring a fire-damaged home. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview for fire damage restoration at (813) 741-3473.

Are Carpets Ruined After Flooding?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technician and vehicle SERVPRO understands how serious flood water can be to your property. Our experts can have your home back to its original state.

We Can Often Recover the Carpets of your Riverview Home Following Flooding

Floods can bring contaminants, dirt, and soil into your home. Even after removing the standing water and drying a property, these stains can remain on surfaces, particularly those porous materials like carpets.

Performing flood damage restoration in your Riverview home relies on expertise and effort. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize different carpet damage types from absorption to agglomeration and water exposure. Using tried and tested methods, we can often return carpets and textiles to a preloss condition. At the end of service, one of our crew chiefs can guide you through the property to explain the outcomes of restoration and effective restoration of materials.

  • Burn tests and chemical tests are performed as standard to avoid further damage.
  • Our hot water extraction techniques are effective at removing soils from carpets, textiles, and other porous materials.
  • Roto machine buffering can restore the luster of wet carpets in the property.

Restoring rather than replacing materials is more cost-effective. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview for flood damage restoration at (813) 741-3473.

Controlling Water Intrusion at your Residence

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of building Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage to avoid further damages of your business property. Call us at (813) 741-3473.

SERVPRO Assists Brandon Businesses with Water Intrusion Incidents and Repairs

The Brandon region is yet to be officially incorporated as a city or township in the United States. Hillsborough County, Florida, borders the three metropolitan areas of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. One of Brandon's reasons has not been incorporated officially as a township or city is due to its peculiar history. The region remained mostly dormant, with few families settling into the region. However, in the late fifties, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce's concentrated effort enriched the local area. It encouraged the building of a shopping district and expansion of the downtown area. Simultaneously, rent and population increases in nearby cities like Tampa saw people flocking to the quieter bedroom communities found in Brandon. From 1959 until 2020, the population of Brandon has increased from just 8,000 people to 103,483.

Many of Brandon's hotels have profited from its geographical proximity to the likes of Tampa Bay and Clearwater; however, population increases have seen it become an area worth visiting within its own right. The expanded main street features theatres, auditoriums, and several excellent restaurants. Much of the local cuisine is caught from the nearby Tampa Bay and specializes in seafood. For those looking for a quieter experience of Florida's culture, Brandon makes for a solid destination. It can also be a fantastic stopover point for touring the regions growing vineyards and wineries. Regular mini-bus tours take place with sampling and meals included around the area. 

Wine, Food, and Shopping

The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium offers guided cooking classes for fine dining under professional chefs and instructors' tutelage. 

The Westfield Center in Brandon has over 150 retail stores, outlets, and dining experiences for those looking for a quieter shopping experience than in Tampa.

Stein and Vine is a popular local eatery for guests and residents. The owners serve you fresh seafood and local wines in a cozy, informal atmosphere all year round.

Expert Water Restoration Technicians are Available for Brandon Businesses

Water can discolor fabrics, crack paintwork, or cause materials in the building's assembly to break apart and warp. Counteracting the damaging effects of water intrusion, requires early intervention. SERVPRO can provide qualified restoration technicians to mitigate losses on your property.

To perform water damage restoration in your Brandon business, SERVPRO technicians first undergo licensing, training, and qualification. Our water restoration technicians have qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC.) Under experienced crew chiefs' supervision, our technicians can quickly remove non-salvageable materials and conduct expert restoration of the home and contents. 

  • Using desiccant dehumidifiers with silica gels, we can reduce the moisture of wood and prevent further warping or cupping.
  • By setting up centrifugal air movers, we can ventilate tight indoor spaces to ensure they dry adequately. 
  • Our tiered contents cleaning services allow for the restoration of possessions with moderate to severe exposure.

A water intrusion event could permanently damage your business. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview for water damage restoration at (813) 741-3473.

Brandon Residents are Taking Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tours this February

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

close-up of mold on baseboard Florida has the ideal environment for mold to grow. Inspect your property often for signs of mold damage.

Ybor City is One of the Foody Highlights Near Brandon

Ybor City is a historic downtown neighborhood of Tampa that offers some of the region's finest culinary delights. Brandon residents can take a short trip into Tampa to experience some of the local cuisine and food while learning the heritage of this miniature city founded in 1855. The tasting sessions are conducted by Ybor City Food Tours, which runs eight different tastings covering desserts, sandwiches, craft brews, and wines. The original tours, which are running from the 1st of February, cover both the culinary and historical aspects of Ybor City. The area itself is closely condensed, making the walking tours suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Restaurant cuisines typically include Cuban, Columbian, Spanish, and American traditional from a range of the fine dining and lunch houses in the tour.

  • Ybor City is on the Register of Historic Places due to its cultural significance
  • Tours stop off at between 5 and 7 locations for foods and drinks
  • A professional sommelier conducts wine tasting events during your tour

The presence of mold in your home could be from a moisture issue. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for expert assessment and remediation.

Exceptional Cookery Classes for Brandon Residents this January

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Close-up of hands cutting up vegetables Commercial fire damage is no piece of cake. Let SERVPRO restore your business while you enjoy a cooking class.

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)

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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.

A Heavy Storm Left Homes with Flood Damage in Our Area. Where Can Property Owners in Brandon Seek Help?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded A flooded property can be restored to its former glory when action is taken immediately.

SERVPRO Technicians are Qualified to Offer Flood Damage Restoration in Brandon Homes.

Floodwater in your Brandon property can be not only devastating but also deep-rooted. The water can cause structural damage to your property, severe health effects to your family, and odors. Thankfully, SERVPRO’s team of experts can help restore your home to its pre-damaged state.

What happens when floodwater seeps into my walls?
After storm flood damage occurs in Brandon residences, the water can seep behind drywall and beneath the flooring. The wall structure can deteriorate, and mold colonies may form. A musty odor accompanies mold growth. Mold can grow on furniture, carpet, and clothes. However, if you contact us immediately, the flooding occurs, we can help minimize the chances of mold growth and other secondary damages.

How do technicians treat mold growth?
We have a team of technicians with decades of experience and expertise in mold remediation. Our team has access to approved and advanced products that help us remove mold. We can use phenols or formaldehyde products to clean the affected area. These disinfectants destroy 99 percent of microorganisms they come across. Since mold and direct contact of these products can cause severe health effects, our SERVPRO team wears protective gear such as:

    •    Splash goggles and safety glasses
    •    Chemical resistant gloves
    •    Rubber boots
    •    Full-body suit
    •    Respirator

Can electric wiring be flood damaged?
If your electrical wiring is exposed to floodwater, corrosion can occur, and mold colonies can form in the internal components. This often happens to poorly-maintained wiring. If we learn that floodwater seeped into wiring components, we recommend that you hire a reliable electrician to inspect them before switching on the main power supply.

How do you dry wooden floors?
Wooden surfaces can absorb lots of water, and if not dried properly, the moisture can lead to wood rot and warping. Our technicians can determine the severity of water absorption using advanced moisture meters after extracting the excess water. If the wooden floor is not damaged, we can use a portable electric heater to direct heat towards the surface. The equipment has heat exchangers that transfer heat from hot coils to air streams. Heating the surface increases the rate of evaporation. This can speed up the drying process of your wooden floor.

A flooded property can be restored to its former glory when action is taken immediately. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for effective restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Factors Should Homeowners Consider When Choosing an Expertise Award Recipient?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Best Water Restoration Companies in Tampa Seal Are you looking for a water damage restoration company? This seal can give you confidence that you are hiring the best.

SERVPRO has a Sound Commitment to Ensure Every Water Damage Job in Brandon has the Best Outcome 

When Expertise performs their due diligence and review of location Brandon and Tampa area restoration companies, they use several factors to ensure they only award the businesses with a commitment to the highest standards in several categories. The five elements they look for include:  

  • A reputation that includes a history of satisfied customers
  • Credibility with verifiable licensing and accreditations  
  • Experience with years as masters of restoration along with continuing education
  • Responsive to the needs of the community consistently
  • Commitment to Professionalism by servicing local properties with honesty, reliability, and respect 

What Does the Seal of Quality from Expertise Mean When Choosing Among Water Restoration Companies?   

When homeowners need to bring in water restoration companies in Brandon, look for the Expertise Award seal on the SERVPRO website as a mark of confidence that this business adheres to performing the job they get hired for as positive and cost-effective for the homeowner as possible.     

SERVPRO professionals use state of the art equipment. Their technicians engage in continuing education to ensure they are always at the forefront of the water restoration industry's latest advancements. Another critical element that sets SERVPRO apart if the proactive measures taken during water cleanup to limit secondary issues such as mold growth. Through the use of their professional-grade antimicrobial cleaning agents, they can make surfaces unfriendly to spore germination or establishing mold colonies. Be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 serves the local community and received recognition among the best water restoration companies as a recipient of the Expertise Award. The trained and certified technicians bring the latest technology and techniques to your property and make the water loss event, "Like it never even happened."

I Have Mold Damage in My Brandon Apartment Buildings. Which Company Can Help Me in Removing it?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

a person peeling back wallpaper to reveal layers of mold Mold can grow in hidden places inside your apartment. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for commercial mold damage remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO Can Perform Efficient Commercial Mold Removal in Your Brandon Apartment Complex.

Mold can be an issue at a Brandon apartment complex, mostly if the structures were built many years ago. If the ventilation is not up to par, and there is a lot of humidity and high temperatures, mold can grow in your property. SERVPRO is an experienced mold remediation company, and our crews can help you eliminate mold effectively.

Why should I hire your company?

Our company has certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to perform commercial mold removal in affected Brandon apartments. Our team knows how to handle different situations. We can take care of the mold problem so that your tenants can be safe. Our commercial mold removal services include an assessment related to safety and health, an inspection, and technical reports.

Our team can clean any parts of the building that mold has affected. When you hire us, you can rest assured that we can do the job right the first time. We can also clean out HVAC systems and air ducts with professional equipment to enhance air circulation.

What are the consequences of mold damage?

The presence of mold in your apartment complex may cause health effects for existing tenants, leading to expensive lawsuits. It can also cause loss of tenants and a bad reputation. Mold can affect the air quality in the apartments negatively. Having excellent indoor air quality is necessary or your tenants. It is a vital component of good health. Mold damage may also mean that you need to spend more money maintaining the property, which can present a financial problem for you.

What can I expect during the mold remediation process?

SERVPRO offers mold removal services that can get your property back to its normal condition. We make the mold removal and restoration process straightforward. Some of the things we can do include:

  • Assessing the damage.
  • Creating a comprehensive mold removal plan that meets your unique needs.
  • Keeping you informed at every step of the mold removal process to ensure we are always on the same page and provide the best work.
  • Repairing any leak, we identify to correct the moisture issue.
  • Disinfecting and drying out the affected areas.
  • Inspecting the effectiveness of your HVAC system to prevent future mold development.

Our team can take a systematic and methodical approach to carefully identify what is causing the mold growth and help eliminate it from the affected apartment buildings. If we come across porous building materials such as wood and drywall that we cannot sanitize thoroughly and salvage, we can dispose of and replace them correctly.

Thoroughness is vital when it comes to mold remediation. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to remove all the mold from your apartment building. “Like it never even happened.”

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What Unusual Aspects Crop Up During Fire Damage Restoration in Brandon Properties?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire Restoration of fire damage is rarely a straightforward process.

SERVPRO Crews Have Vast Experience that Helps Us Anticipate Issues that a Brandon Homeowner Might Not Expect

In the aftermath of a fire damage incident in Brandon, you expect to deal with some issues like the accumulation of soot on surfaces, charring, or other forms of material deterioration from the combustion processes. Apart from varying types of damages, you are also bound to anticipate some restoration procedures such as demolition of sections of the house to remove damaged materials. However, during the restoration, other issues that you did not anticipate might develop. SERVPRO helps homeowners handle both the regular and unexpected aspects when restoring fire damage in their Brandon properties.
 
What processes of fire damage restoration commonly confuse Brandon property owners?
    •    The need to prepare for water damage in the aftermath of fire incidents
    •    The use of heat for restoration or preservation purposes when mitigating fire damage
    •    Damages extending beyond the main areas affected by the fire

Whenever properties are engulfed in flames, the first thought is to douse the flames in water. Even professional firefighters rely mostly on water to put out flames. Therefore, even though the fire is the root of damages at your property, you have to prepare for material deterioration caused by moisture action. Water worsens fire damage or even creates additional damages by:
    •    Causing deep soiling of fabrics and upholstery
    •    Compromising the structural integrity of porous and semi-porous materials
    •    Sparking microbial growth, which can lead to mold formation
    •    Staining materials

The SERVPRO team that responds to your fire incident is made up of different professionals, including IICRC certified water restoration technicians whose expertise can go a long way in managing the effects of moisture in the interior sections of your property. For instance, we understand the need to dry or remove wet materials within the first 24 hours. However, regular drying procedures such as boosting evaporation rates with air movers can spread loose debris all over the premises. Our technicians find better alternatives, such as setting up dehumidifiers in an appropriate location in the house to extract moisture from the air.

How else can we manage water damage at a fire damaged property?
Fast moisture removal is an excellent way to stop or prevent damages at a fire loss site. However, it cannot work against all kinds of moisture damage. For issues like deep, soiling, and staining might even worsen when you dry the affected material. Our SERVPRO technicians identify areas where such problems are likely to develop and take countermeasures. For instance, we lay protective sheets of paper or rugs over carpets in highly trafficked areas to avoid deep soiling as we prepare for other restorative processes.

Why would heat be necessary when restoring fire damage?
It might sound counterintuitive that heat might be used to resolve problems that develop because of a fire. However, heat has many positive aspects that help alleviate damage or fast-track the renovation processes. When cleaning surfaces where smoke residues or other soils accumulate, our technicians use heat to ease the process, minimizing the time or effort needed. Warmth helps speed up chemical reactions or break bonds, thus making cleaning products more effective. Different cleaning products require different temperatures for optimal performance. Our technicians rely on their experience or the instructions provided on product labels to determine the best temperatures for cleaning solutions.

Heat might also be useful in preventing secondary damages. For instance, exposure to moisture or high levels of humidity can cause internal components in electronics to rust, necessitating expensive restoration processes. Our technicians can protect your appliances in the affected areas by ensuring there is enough heat to prevent cooling to the dew point. Since the HVAC system is not likely to be operational, we find other ways to supply heat, including using portable heaters.

Isn't speed mandatory when mitigating the effects of fire loss?
A speedy response helps in many ways when restoring fire damage. For instance, you can stop the effects of corrosive residues like soot from staining stone or metallic surfaces permanently through quick action such as applying an oil film over the surfaces or pre-cleaning them. However, there are times when slowing down is a better approach. A specific example is when cleaning materials using chemical agents. After applying the products, you need to stop other actions giving the products sufficient dwell time to react with the soils or penetrate through the material. The dwell time depends on:
    •    The type of material involved
    •    The level of soiling
    •    The chemical agent used

Giving sufficient time simplifies the cleaning process, thus improving the overall turnaround time. It can also help eliminate the use of aggressive agitation, which can damage the underlying material.

Restoration of fire damage is rarely a straightforward process. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help address the situation at your Riverview or Mango home, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Deal with a Warped Wall?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room; damaged drywall cut away Water can cause drywall to warp. Sometimes we need to cut the damaged wall to dry the room and repair the damage.

The Restoration Team at Our SERVPRO Brandon Repairs Your Walls 

Sometimes water damage in Brandon can be a slowly developing issue that you may not even notice right away. 

It can start as a small spot on the wall and gradually spread outward. It can be incredibly deceiving if the damage is not near a water source. With older concrete block homes, it is possible for water from persistent sprinklers pointing toward your house to cause water to leak into your home. 

Should I Remove the Drywall or Attempt to Dry it?

SERVPRO Recommends Removing a Section of the Drywall to Mitigate Further Damage 

During a water restoration project in your Brandon house, it is essential to complete the job thoroughly. You do not want to dry the wall and have underlying moisture lurking behind it, potentially causing long-term issues. It is vital to remove around the impacted area in what is known as a flood cut. Technicians cut at the 24 or 48-inch place on the wall to make an easier installation of panels that typically come in 48x96 inches. 

Besides Removing the Drywall, What Do We Need to Do Before Replacement?

  • Remove the insulation from the impacted area.
  • Dry the cavity using air moving equipment and hoses that direct air into the exposed cavity.
  • Remove excess moisture in the room through the use of a dehumidifier, speeding up the drying process.
  • Spray an EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectant into the hole to limit microbial growth before re-insulating and replacing the drywall. 

Even though a small water-damage spot on your wall can seem like no big deal, if left unattended, you can face long-term damage that is more challenging with which to deal. Time is of the essence. For 24/7 assistance following water damage, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How Can I Prevent Storm and Flood Damage in My Riverview home?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room in home Flood damage is hard to deal with because of how much it affects your home. Contact SERVPRO for professional mitigation and remediation services.

When Storm Prevention in Riverview Fails, SERVPRO Has the Tools and Manpower to Handle Your Flood Damage Cleanup Needs

Flooding brings on the potential for severe damage to your Riverview Home, so it is best to have certain safeguards in place to limit the loss. When you have unavoidable damage to your property, SERVPRO can be there within hours to begin the cleanup process. Our crews work diligently to take away the stress and worry, while also ensuring to mitigate water infiltration in areas of impact.

Even when you are not in the direct path of a major storm or flooding, you could still suffer from flood damage in Riverview. Specific preventative measures may protect your home so that you will not have a costly cleanup bill or the need for extensive repair or replacement of building materials.

Pre-Storm/Flood Checklist

  • Move any outdoor furniture inside or under safe cover
  • Protect potential areas of water entry with sandbags or other flood protection materials
  • Apply sealants or coatings to your doorways, foundation walls, and windows
  • Make sure downspouts get pointed away from your home

Post-Flood Checklist

  • Ensure that all people and pets within the home are safe and free from hazards such as slip and fall or electrical dangers
  • Contact SERVPRO so that we can get a team out to your property to begin flood damage assessment
  • Take pictures detailing any damage and contact your homeowner’s insurance provider

SERVPRO develops a plan to safely and efficiently extract floodwater from your interior, ensuring that any hidden moisture and points of migration get addressed. We provide pack-out and off-site cleaning services to handle any items within the loss zone. High-tech moisture detection tools help us locate hidden moisture pockets so that we can target our drying and dehumidification equipment to the appropriate places.

Flood damage is no match for us at SERVPRO of Brandon/North Riverview. Call (813) 741-3473 to have a crew directed to your property should you get hit with excess water from a storm.

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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.

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?

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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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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. 

Who Should I Call First After a Water Leak in My Brandon Home?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473.

Contact the SERVPRO Emergency Response Team ASAP when water damages your Brandon home

Time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Clean water can quickly become contaminated if left sitting too long, and secondary damage may occur. Our IICRC technicians use professional equipment and techniques to ensure the least amount of loss as possible.

What Can I Do To Avoid More Serious Damage?
SERVPRO Technicians Remove Excess Moisture Promptly to Prevent Secondary Damage
Water cleanup in Brandon requires a fast response. It may be too late for primary water damage such as warping of wood floors and ruined carpet backing. However, you may mitigate secondary damage such as wallpaper or ceiling tiles crumbling or dangerous mold growth if cleaned and dried quickly. It is particularly important in Florida because the relative humidity (RH) is already high, averaging about 74% outdoors, potentially allowing secondary damage to occur more quickly.

What Are Some Things to Consider When Drying My Home?

    •    The goal is to evaporate excess moisture from the contents of your home into the air.
    •    Do not over-cool the air in a warm, moist room, or you run the risk of reach the dew point, which may cause condensation to form, causing more problems.
    •    Increasing the airflow with industrial-strength air-movers removes the dense boundary layer near the surface helps dry the structure more quickly.
    •    Dehumidification also helps dry the impacted areas by removing excess moisture from the air and exhausting warm, dry air.

Florida is unique in the amount of moisture and humidity constantly present in our environment, so it is imperative to take extra care in addressing water damage right away. Since water can become trapped potentially causing severe long-term issues, having professional assistance by our knowledgeable technicians gives you that peace of mind after damage to your home.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Content Inspection And Cleaning In Brandon

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt house interior Content management and recovery is a delicate process for post-fire recovery of your home.

Content Inspection and Cleaning after Brandon House fires

Caring for the belongings of your Brandon home after a fire is no simple task. Careful consideration goes into the action taken with each item found in your home after a fire loss. With multiple approaches that we can take with your most treasured belongings, it can help to put your mind at ease to know the most common choices made to protect your possessions and make fire losses “Like it never even happened,” in a more personal way for our customers.

Before our SERVPRO professionals can address the fire damage to Brandon structures more directly, decisions and actions must get taken with the contents here in the residence. While many of the outer-lying contents might be able to get cleaned and restored on-site, it is still advisable to move some of these possessions to an area of the house that is not an active work zone for fire restoration and recovery. Those more heavily affected must get tagged for removal to our warehouse for more focused cleaning and recovery.

In-House Restoration
It is often the priority and focus of our technicians to restore and recover the damaged contents of your home on-site when possible. Not only does this make the entire restoration process a little more efficient, but it is not as costly and often stressful to the customer as the off-site recovery in our SERVPRO facility. With powerful cleaning products to use with agitative and abrasive cleaning methods, we can address threats like soot and odors often without the need for pack-out.

Off-Site Recovery
Heavily soiled items require focused attention that is impossible to provide in a damaged home. Our content management team can take these items to our nearby warehouse for cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage. With sophisticated tools at our disposal in our facilities like immersion ultrasonic tanks and ozone chambers for deodorization of an entire room worth of contents, we can reduce unnecessary loss through off-site cleaning.

Content management and recovery is a delicate process for post-fire recovery of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call to help however you need at (813) 741-3473.

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How Do I Recover After Tropical Flooding Invades My Brandon Home?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home We are here for you 24/7, so if you need our help, call us at (813) 741-3473 today.

Have SERVPRO Storm Damage Specialists Return Your Brandon Condo to its Pre-Flood Condition

No type of flooding is pleasant, but as the result of a hurricane, it can also be accompanied by high winds. Combined, these two can tear apart and soak the interior of your home in a very short amount of time from the foundation to the roof.

How is Tropical Floodwater any different from other floodwaters?
Tropical flooding in your Brandon condo came from the outside. That means it contains soil and other contaminants picked up by the storm. The groundwater may also have a high concentration of saltwater, which greatly adds to the potential damages. These contaminants are not present with flooding from a broken pipe or failed appliance in your condo.

Quick removal of water is always important, but SERVPRO understands that this storm flooding leaves much of the contamination on the walls, floors, and other property inside the home. That means additional damage to include the risk of mold spreading through your home or rental property.

So how are you going to return my condo to its condition before the flooding?
Our first steps to restoring your condo are water removal and structural protection. Several team specialists begin working in the residence immediately after arriving on-site to draw out any standing water. This action reduces the level of flood damage and prevents damage to property not directly affected by the flood. Depending on the size of your condo, we can usually draw out the water completely in several days using specific tools:

    •    Commercial-grade pumps to remove floodwater about an inch or deeper in the condo
    •    Extraction wands to remove floodwater less than an inch. Our response teams also use these to draw water out of carpets and from between floorboards

As this happens, other team members work to secure the home against further damage. Structural protection includes the following:

    •    Boarding up damaged doors and windows to reduce the possibility of trespassing and vandalism
    •    Covering damage to the roof and eaves to reduce and prevent further damage from both storms and animal intrusions
    •    Isolating and sealing cracks in the foundation to prevent water from entering the residence
    •    Spraying or wiping down surfaces touched by the floodwater with an anti-bacterial agent that not only cleans them but also greatly reduces the health and mold threat

Does all of the Water Damage have to be Replaced?
No, many items can be dried and restored. Each of our teams has Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) to take specialized actions to dry personal and structural property:

    •    They use fans and air movers together to draw out moisture from the interior of the condo so that drywall panels can be cleaned and left in place
    •    WRTs also use the same devices to dry wood surfaces on dining room sets and other furniture. The careful application helps eliminate water spots and prevents lacquer and other veneers from running or streaking
    •    For clothing, they use anti-bacterial detergents and commercial-grade washing machines in our inventory to clean and disinfect items soaked by the floodwater

Carpets, however, always require replacement. We cannot 100% guarantee that it is safe to use again, even after replacing the carpet pad and shampooing it with the strongest cleaner in our inventory.

What about the Condo wall framing and other support structure? Can it be saved?
Yes, we also have Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ADTs), who are trained to preserve the residence. They use devices from our equipment inventory to draw out water before it can rot or otherwise damage framing and more:

    •    Box fans to increase air circulation throughout the condo, sending damp air outside
    •    Air movers to direct warm air across surfaces to carefully dry them without causing splitting, cracking, or other damage
    •    Desiccants to draw moisture out of wall framing and other structural supports. Desiccants are particularly useful to keep moisture down to a safe level in laundry rooms and the sub-floor year-round.

Can you help me with my insurance company?
Yes, we can provide much of the information you need. SERVPRO has extensive experience with each major agency here in Florida, and we carefully follow their recommendations to help ensure you receive the most out of your policy. Our team leaders keep a detailed log on all of our actions and a list of what we restore or replace for their review. The CCIS Contents Claim Inventory System greatly assists our customers with their insurance claims.

At SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview, we understand the need to return every residence to a dry, clean, and safe condition. As a locally-owned operation, many of our customers are also our neighbors, and we try to treat each one like they just down the street. We are here for you 24/7, so if you need our help, call us at (813) 741-3473 today.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Brandon After Water Damage Strikes

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

One of our air movers drying the carpet in this home Our technicians quickly sat up drying equipment to pull the moisture out of the carpet in this home and dry it in place.

Trained and Well-Equipped: Why SERVPRO Is the Brandon Water Removal Expert

Why SERVPRO for Water Removal in your Brandon home 

Efficient pumping and extraction services are essential when spaces in your Brandon home become filled with water. Any level of water contamination exposes your home and your family to the potential of secondary damage. Appliances used to clean clothes or dishes can spew dirty water. Backups of toilets or drains and floods increase the danger with the risk of human pathogens. Clean water from a supply line break or a sink or tub overflow extracted fast might cause only minor issues but becomes tainted if left for a day or two. Regardless of its source, any water loss is a severe problem. Immediate action must be taken, why we respond 24/7.

Everyday Water Mishaps Can Take a Serious Turn

The average homeowner considers a bucket, mop, and wet/dry vacuum the arsenal for Brandon water removal. A swiftly dealt with spill of the dog’s water dish or dropped tumbler cleans up well with those tools, but other common household accidents send a few to hundreds of gallons of water across floors. Always seeking an outlet, water seeps into cracks and cavities even if the initial amount was manageable. Our ability to follow water migration paths and rid all spaces of water regardless of space constraints or other challenges is why we are an industry leader. 

What to Expect from Professional Water Removal

When we scope your water loss, we both investigate the specifics and initiate a plan that considers your unique circumstances. Depending on the location and depth of the water, we choose to begin with pumping or extracting. The fact that our inspectors can never be sure precisely which tool can be most efficient is why SERVPRO always stocks service vehicles with a range of water damage removal options. Water deeper than two inches, we pump out with submersible, gas-powered models. If the power is unavailable because of storm damage or electrical hazards, our truck-mounted extractors use onboard generators. If water collects in tight spaces, our portable extractors move with our technicians, capable of suctioning water out of confined areas and beyond the reach of our truck-mounted equipment.

Drying Is the Final Phase of Removal

Thorough extraction is vital, much more efficient than drying alone. But once the liquid water exits the building via our pumps and hoses, our technicians set up a drying perimeter to return moisture levels to normal. Our employees are drying experts, why SERVPRO pledges with confidence to make it “Like it never even happened.” Our crews balance air movement, temperature, and dehumidification to wind up each job to water restoration industry standards.

No water removal job you have for us is too challenging or too insignificant, why SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is the team to call. Our number is (813) 741-3473. We are ready 24/7 to schedule an evaluation.

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Removing Structural Water Damage in a Brandon Home

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

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You Can Rely on Our Team of Professionals to Repair Your Homes Structural Damage After Water Damage Occurs

Water damage is a nuisance that no homeowner wants to endure. Not only can this damage create the need for extensive cleanup, but it can cause problems even after cleanup has occurred. Mold, crumbled drywall, and warped flooring are just a few of the many issues that can come up without the tools and techniques necessary to restore your home. However, there is a team that can help.

If your Brandon home needs water damage cleanup that can start as soon as possible, you can count on certified SERVPRO technicians to get the job done right. These professionals receive extensive training in IICRC standards and techniques, which help preserve the consistent criteria for cleanliness and safety in a variety of water-related disasters. SERVPRO prioritizes restoration and repair over replacement whenever it is safe to do so to minimize loss for homeowners.

Why Professionals Can Help

When you choose SERVPRO for your water damage mitigation needs, you do not just get a cleanup crew: you get a team that is extremely knowledgeable of the damage that water can do to a structure. To illustrate:

  • Within minutes, water can spread throughout the property and saturate everything it touches. Porous surfaces like floors, walls, upholstery, and fabrics quickly absorb water. Furniture finishes can bleed, which can stain nearby surfaces, particularly carpets. Paper goods and photographs may swell and warp.
  • Within the first 24 hours, drywall starts to swell and break down, and metal surfaces can tarnish. Furniture frames can swell and crack while dyes and inks from cloth and paper can spread and stain nearby porous surfaces. Odors may become evident.
  • Within two days to one week of exposure to water, mold, and mildew can grow and spread on your property. Structural materials like doors, windows, and studs start to swell and warp from exposure. Furniture and wood flooring can deform even further and show signs of mold growth. Paint can blister, and there is a possibility of biohazard contamination on the property.

Cleanup and restoration needs for the structure grow exponentially after a week or more of moisture exposure.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

Because SERVPRO knows the ins and outs of water damage mitigation, you can expect a high standard of clean from this team. On top of that, these technicians have the tools necessary to remove water and disinfect surfaces. The first step after assessing the situation and forming a plan of action is to extract the water to facilitate drying. Desiccant dehumidifiers can be used to take care of structural damages. Low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers LGR works on upholstery, fabrics, and other porous surfaces.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (813) 741-3473 today for rapid disaster cleanup.


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We Get You Back In Business In Brandon After A Water Loss

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green fleet vans with the door open showing all our restoration equipment inside We can stack a lot of our equipment, including low-profile air movers, large LGR dehumidifiers, and even a riding Rover to restore your property.

Emergency Repair and Later Restoration of a Brandon Office

The restoration and recovery of a water loss in your Brandon office happen in phases. Should disasters strike during working hours, you need to find a suitable solution that can keep your facility open to your customers until restoration work can safely begin. A prompt response with our emergency services, including extraction and controlled demolition, can allow the business to remain open until the workday ends, and our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on restoration.

Emergency repairs do not fully resolve the water damage to Brandon offices, and often the full recovery of your property involves the use of many restoration tools, machines, products, and techniques. A priority of our rapid response team arriving at your office building is determining the source of the water damage and addressing it whenever possible. Ruptures to the plumbing after pipes freezing or a broken faucet might allow for substantial water depositing on the floors, and require repair before extraction and drying efforts can be practical.

At first, repairs to the plumbing can begin when our in-house contractors arrive at the office building. Because there are so many desks and other furniture that can get saturated by standing water concerns, extraction is also a vital element to the pre-restoration process. With the appropriate containment strategies in place to encase the drying zones like the damaged bathrooms, we can work to keep your office open until closing time.

While the full measure of restoration work does not begin when our rapid response team first arrives, preliminary actions can reduce total property loss. With efficient drying tools like our air movers and dehumidifiers, we can make short work of compromising water loss effects.

The recovery of your office building, including the containment of the source of the water loss, involves a combination of our experienced SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview technicians and in-house commercial contractors. From our emergency response to our tireless work to get your doors back open, it is our business to get you back in business. Give us a call at (813) 741-3473.

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Flood Damage In Your Brandon Home

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help manage an incident, “Like it never even happened.”

Correct Response Helps Minimize Flood Damage in a Brandon Home

Heavy overnight rain brought flooding over different areas in Brandon, causing jitters among property owners as the rising water engulfed some of the properties. One of the homeowners called SERVPRO to help save contents and restore affected parts of their home structure.

Various factors influenced the flood damage in the Brandon home, including its location in an inclined area. The groundwater mostly swept through the house, leaving heavy soils, including silt and mud. However, most of the water drained out immediately. The main task our SERVPRO technicians had to do was cleaning up and disinfecting the property. Floodwaters contain various contaminants, including biohazards and chemicals collected as the water flows over different areas. Application of an EPA registered disinfectant all over the property before starting the restoration processes helped with the management of the contaminants.

The home required extensive cleaning to restore preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO technicians started the process by removing the solid materials such as mud and silt on the floor before proceeding with other cleaning steps.  If we had taken a different approach, cross-contamination of other areas would have occurred. Removing mud and silt is mostly a manual process. We bring shovels to flood damage loss sites to handle such removal.

The floodwaters had affected parts of the house with porous materials such as the living room, which was carpeted. We had to remove and dispose of such materials since it is not possible to restore sanitary levels in such materials through cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians removed the carpet and pad, cutting them into small square pieces for easier disposal. We also made flood cuts on the walls to access porous materials, including drywall and insulation. The flood cuts also helped with the drying process by easing the circulation of air.

Flooding can cause extensive damages in a property within a short time. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help manage an incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Experience And Equipment Necessary To Restore Your Brandon Home After A Fire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We can remove the burnt items, eliminate the smoky odors, and make things right again after a fire disaster hits your home.

How to Restore Soot and Smoke Damage on the Interiors of Cabinets or Drawers in your Brandon Home

Fire Damage Brandon

When your home falls victim to a fire incident, you may be surprised to find that the areas of most damage are in smaller spaces and cavities in the home. The reason for this is that hot molecules move vigorously in comparison to cooler air molecules. In a fire, hot smoke and ash drive into colder air pockets, which means that the interior of your kitchen cabinets or drawers is likely to sustain the most soot and smoke damage. To make matters worse, the interior cavities of fittings are often without a finish and therefore suffer more from exposure to hot smokes.

Our team is here to help you recover from fire damage in your Brandon home by using our extensive knowledge and experience. Interior cavities can become pressure vaults that push soots and smoke residues into the surface. Damages that are below the surface of a material are no longer cosmetic and may require aggressive action to restore. Unfortunately, scrubbing away at the surface level soiling does not affect the release of odor or visual appearance of smoke. There are several methods SERVPRO restorers can use to adjust your fittings and remove the presence of soiling altogether.

Abrasive action may be a requirement for fittings or furniture that absorbs smoke beyond the surface level. By carefully sanding the surface, SERVPRO technicians can remove layer upon layer of fire damage until all that remains a clean surface. Once a clean surface is apparent, our technicians can refinish the interior of the cabinets to a decent preloss condition. However, not all cabinets use materials that respond well to abrasive methods like sanding.

Non-hardwood interiors do not often respond to sanding. There is also a risk of causing further damage to the affected areas. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians may need to think creatively to take the appropriate action. Odor sealing paints are useful in fire damage situations where materials show significant soiling, but the replacement of the cabinet all together may be expensive for a homeowner. Sealant paints are capable of providing a clean looking finish that seals unpleasant odor and prevents it from being a noticeable issue.

When interior cabinets show significant smoke or soot damage, you may need to enlist professional restorers. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview (813) 741-3473.

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Water Damage Bathroom in Brandon

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring The certified technicians have the experience and tools to make the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Leads to Bathroom Update in Brandon

The two most common rooms where water damage occurs in a home are the bathroom and kitchen. SERVPRO techs have the knowledge and experience to not only clean up water loss but also address the secondary issues such as mold and stained grout lines.

A Brandon homeowner with water damage in a bathroom vanity had been planning an update for the room but needed the water loss addressed before any changes happened to the appearance of the bathroom.

Drying the Loss Area
Fortunately, the damage from the water remained in a small area and did not spread. The techs used their moisture detection equipment to verify the scope of the loss and set up drying equipment to ensure the interior of the vanity dried completely.

Monitoring The Drying Process
SERVPRO techs take measurements throughout the drying process to be sure the loss area attains drying goals. This attention to detail eliminates the potential for secondary issues such as foul, musty odors remaining behind.

Remediation of Mold
The leak under the vanity had been going on for some time, and techs found evidence of mold growth that required attention. After drying the interior, techs removed the mold-damaged sheetrock and disposed of it. Air scrubbers ran during the drying process to capture any airborne mold spores and inhibit the chances of spreading to other areas of the home. Once the mold dried, techs used hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to clean away the infestation.

Cleaning and Proactive Mold Treatments
SERVPRO techs cleaned the surfaces with their professional-grade cleaners. Because the techs performed mold remediation, to ensure the problem did not return before the homeowner had the bathroom updated, they applied antimicrobial sealant to inhibit any mold growth. All of these actions assisted the homeowner in having the bathroom ready for the planned cosmetic upgrades.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473  is ready to help local property owners with any size water damage problem. The certified technicians have the experience and tools to make the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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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)

water damaged ceiling Call (813) 741-3473 today for Rapid Water Loss Cleanup from an experienced team.

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)

tile flooring covered in water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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Call Us If Your Brandon Residence Has Flood Damage

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

yellow damage warning sign in front of damaged roof “Like it never even happened.”

What to Do When Your Brandon Residence Has Flood Damage

Many factors can cause flooding in Brandon and the surrounding communities. Tropical storms and hurricanes can unload sustained and heavy rainfall that overwhelms drainage systems, leading to flooding in homes. Massive and sudden rain may also cause flash flooding, which can move debris, rocks, and even vehicles.

Flooding can severely damage homes and other personal property. When there is flood damage in your Brandon residence, you should do a few things to deal with it. They include:

Begin the recovery process soon enough
If you do not extract floodwater quickly enough, the drying process can be more complex and time-consuming. Mold growth becomes a real risk, and it can ruin the building materials in your home and cause serious health risks. Therefore, you need to start the recovery process as soon as possible.

Boil tap water
Flooding may contaminate the water supply with food waste, chemicals, and microbes. It is not always possible to tell if tap water is pure or impure by its color or odor. Therefore, boil water for drinking or cooking until the health department confirms its safety.

Look out for hidden hazards
When water submerges the floor of a house, hidden risks could wait beneath the surface. They include sanitation issues from broken pipes, potential electrical shock, unstable flooring, unseen debris like broken metal or glass objects, and ruptured gas lines. Professionals can inspect the property on your behalf to ensure its safety.

Contact the professionals
You may not clean up and dry your property properly own your own. Without advanced moisture detection tools, some moisture can remain in your home and continue causing damage even after you have removed the floodwater. Therefore, the best solution to restore your home is to seek the help of SERVPRO franchise professionals.

Post-flood decontamination and recovery are big tasks, but with our help, you can tackle them quickly. We have state-of-the-art water extraction tools like electric submersible pumps, which eliminate suction lift limitations. Our technicians can also use inspection devices like luminometers to test water and surfaces for organic contamination. We can use these meters to identify contaminants in your home. Our SERVPRO crew can also dry your property using structural cavity drying equipment.

After a flooding incident in your home, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for help. We can deal with the flooding disaster to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Extracting Water Without Power in Hurricane-Damaged Brandon Homes

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Even Without Power SERVPRO has the Tools to Remove Water Damage

After devastating hurricanes like Michael, and even the effects that Dorian had to Brandon homes, there were many properties without power for extended periods. As a premier storm response team in the state, our SERVPRO professionals prepare for this inevitable loss by providing active job sites with temporary portable power solutions.

Water damage to Brandon homes after a hurricane or other severe weather event can sometimes feel insurmountable and overwhelming for the customer. We strive to help clients understand the restoration process and what steps get taken to return a damaged home to its original condition. When flooding has occurred, we must determine contamination levels and identify which areas can get preserved. If contamination has not become deemed a category 3 – black water – loss, they may be salvable. No matter how contents and structural elements have become affected in your residence, extraction and recovery are necessary for flood emergencies.

We understand that severe weather events have high winds and destructive force to knock over utility poles or damage substations. Many of these powerful storm systems can disable electric services to homes and businesses for several days – sometimes even longer. We prepare for this possibility by keeping a range of portable power solutions in our inventory, including fuel-driven generators. Depending on the size of the affected area, we might require the higher output trailered generator option in our Green Fleet.

These portable power solutions have enough strength and output to run our highest-efficiency extraction machines for interior recovery. In addition to utilizing the electric pumps we have, secondary options are also useful when no power is available in the house, such as our gas-powered trash pumps and our engine-driven extractor trucks. Both of these run off of fuel sources to function, making them powerful extraction tools while the neighborhood waits for the return of electricity.

The loss of electricity might slow other teams down, but our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview crew of qualified professionals is ready for whatever disaster strikes the area. Let us show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we have the tools to help nearly any scenario. Give us a call anytime at (813) 741-3473.

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If Fire Damage Strikes Your Home Call the Professionals at SERVPRO In Brandon Today

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Burned pots on the stove If fire damage strikes your home you need to call someone to help. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

The Right Deodorization Equipment After Brandon House Fires

We have dozens of options for nearly every aspect of fire recovery between the products available and the equipment used to restore Brandon homes. Even damages that are seemingly straightforward like lingering smoke odors can come with an intricate decision in what tool is ideal for the current conditions. Depending on the affected areas, level of severity, and how widespread the odors become, we have multiple machines that can help to overcome these effects in your home.

As much as odors might be lesser fire damage concerns in Brandon properties, this condition still must get overcome to return a house to preloss condition. The determination of which tools might be necessary for this process can become part of the initial assessment and estimation of our SERVPRO team when we first arrive at your damaged residence. Our crew chief and production management can oversee the deployment of these tools as the situation demands, to ensure that every house gets the precise machines and products needed to eliminate this noxious threat.

Thermal / UV Foggers 

These fogging units are among the most common deodorization tools used by our SERVPRO team. These are ideal for soft materials and open areas of a house, making them a highly portable and effective option for restoration professionals. Through the use of thermal foggers, deodorization products get vaporized immediately and dispersed into the environment to neutralize odor molecules.

Hydroxyl Generators 

The active agent in these machines gets generated naturally by the atmosphere when UV rays, water vapor, and oxygen interact. By using this same UV spectrum, we can replicate the same cleaning and deodorization power on broad areas of your home, while simultaneously reducing present threats in the air quality of the residence.

Ozone Machines 

Ozone machines are another highly efficient tool in the arsenal of our recovery professionals, though these tools are unsafe to use around pets and humans. By creating ozone, the new molecules can bond with odor compounds and neutralize them, though this reaction makes the air impossible to breathe.  

These three options are among the most popular choices for deodorization that our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview fire recovery specialists use. No matter when disaster strikes, you can count on our fast response to limit the spread of fire loss effects and our practical tools to eliminate odors. Give us a call today (813) 741-3473.

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 We Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Your Brandon Home

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Our Experts In Brandon Are Ready For Any Disaster

It can be a challenging ordeal to contend with disasters of any kind, especially those that can substantially compromise the structural integrity and stability of your Brandon home. No matter what threats your property faces, including water, fire, storm, and mold loss incidents, we have a crew of dedicated professionals that can help whenever you need us. With a 24/7 response window to any emergency that threatens your household, you can stay assured that whenever disaster strikes, that competent professionals are in route to help. We have real-time solutions that can mold to the specific effects to overcome and the severity of the damage in your property.

Storm
We strive to be good neighbors, and that means availability for homeowners and business owners throughout Brandon in their time of need. When storm systems threaten the area, we must mobilize quickly to reduce the impact that these events have on the properties in their path. From preparing your property for reconstruction and temporary repairs to extraction and drying efforts, we have a solution that your house needs.

While many of the dominant systems that can threaten Brandon are not avoidable, how you respond to these circumstances can be the difference between costly and lengthy restoration. Our SERVPRO team has seen the devastation of flooding and how much these scenarios can compound without preventative measures. Saturation and overexposure of elements can become a dangerous situation, but we have multiple extraction and drying tools to rapidly improve these conditions and protect installed structural elements and construction materials.

As a storm relief team, our professionals have also helped when substantial storm systems destroyed structures and damaged homes throughout Brandon and Riverview. Hurricanes Michael and Florence both left a considerable volume of devastation in their wake, and the response teams dispatched from our facility to help needed to overcome structural concerns, flooding, and other hazardous conditions to return these properties to preloss condition.

Water
Having the right tools for the job has always been a beneficial practice of our Brandon water restoration technicians. We have invested in having the best available equipment in the industry, and continue to expand and upgrade these tools and devices as something more effective and efficient comes to market. With our parental brand being such a staple of the restoration industry, we have access to premier tools and equipment to improve the speed and quality of every water recovery project.

Because of how quickly water losses can spread throughout Brandon homes, moisture detection tools are a vital component to the mitigation and restoration work that our team does. We have multiple options that can help to identify moisture pockets and damp areas beyond the immediate line of sight, including infrared and thermal imagery and hygrometers. Establishing a moisture baseline is critical to measuring successes in drying efforts within the upcoming restorative steps.

As this is one of the everyday restoration needs that area residents have, we stay most prepared to handle these situations. With hundreds of available air movers and dehumidifiers, we can keep production trailers stocked and ready to roll out to Brandon homes and businesses at a moment’s notice. This readiness for any emergency that could come ensures that no customer has to wait for any individual mitigation or restoration process.

Mold
Content management is an underrated component to successful mold remediation for our professionals. Our ability to help protect your belongings and keepsakes from the destructive spread of mold helps to set our crew apart from our competitors in the area. While many companies can offer help to Brandon homes with a handful of IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, we encourage our team members to expand their knowledge and experience by pursuing multiple certifications to help in the recovery of homes challenged by the presence of mold colonies. Many of our team members also have accreditations as:

WRT – Water Restoration Technicians
OCT – Odor Control Technicians
ASD – Applied Structural Drying
CDS – Commercial Drying Specialists
CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technicians
 
Our ability to give a comprehensive approach to mold recovery helps to reduce out of pocket expenses for our customers and helps these projects to complete more quickly. Brandon mold damage does not require multiple contractors and subcontractors addressing individual aspects of the restoration, and we can focus on providing your property whatever it needs as it needs it.

We know how quickly mold damage can get out of control, and that is what drives our professionals to provide immediate and effective removal strategies, including soda blasting. This practice protects the hosting material while eliminating the present organism. We can also help with addressing secondary concerns after mold damage in Brandon homes, including deodorization with thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines as necessary.

Fire
We have decades of total experience to offer Brandon homeowners contending with fire loss effects. These situations are often multi-faceted, requiring several individual tasks to make up the entirety of mitigation and restoration. Our SERVPRO professionals have the experience and extensive training to handle these combined approaches, as many of our technicians dispatched to fire-damaged addresses carry multiple endorsements from the IICRC.

Considering that extinguished fires can require everything from water restoration to deodorization, having a competent team to aid your Brandon home is vital. We know how to employ several tactics simultaneously to maximize the effectiveness of our entire crew on-site and help mitigation efforts to complete quickly so that the subsequent steps like reconstruction and cleaning can follow.

One of the aspects that sets our professionals apart is our ability to provide full reconstruction and repairs after fire damage in Brandon homes and businesses. We have a crew of experienced general contractors that can help with both temporary construction solutions to prevent elemental damage and seamlessly transition into full build back upon the completion of mitigation efforts within the property.

We know how important it is to be there for our customers whenever they need us, and that is why you can expect a fast and confident response to any emergency 24/7. Our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team has the experience and industry-leading equipment to make any loss incident you face “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (813) 741-3473.

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The Brandon Area is Now Safer With SERVPRO’s Flood Damage Precautions

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold damage on interior white door If your house suffers flood damage, mold damage can occur from that. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

A Hurricane From the Gulf of Mexico Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Brandon Home

Hurricanes are severe storms that form out at sea and can cause serious flood damage to cities, towns, and the residences inside both. Living in Florida makes hurricanes somewhat expected among the locals. Every year there is a significant portion of the year where hurricanes are expected to run amuck onshore. Hurricane season begins in June, but the most dangerous time of the season is now; mid-August to late-October. It is not always possible to be prepared when a storm hits. Hurricanes can take sudden turns when gaining speed and hit other cities unexpectedly. What is essential is to be reactionary. 

Calling for help as soon as the flood damage hits your Brandon home is utterly imperative for the longevity of your house. The longer that water sits inside of the building, especially around the structure, the more time it has to soak into the organic material and rust metal. Furthermore, as mold spores are exposed to moisture, they are allowed to activate and grow into a colony. To avoid excessive damages, call for help immediately, and lower the cost of the remediation itself. 

At SERVPRO, we specialize in remediating water damage of any kind. Whenever flood damage hits your home, disastrous or diminutive, call for our help, and we can arrive within hours. Our technicians are excellently trained and have been certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) Furthermore, many of our technicians are Florida natives and understand what you are going through. We can provide you with excellent service using advanced technology, as well as compassion for your situation, making SERVPRO feel like a friend you can rely upon. 

Despite the nature of the hurricane that hit your city, your home stood up well against the storm. Only the living room/dining room of your split-level home suffered flood damage. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can get to work immediately after doing an investigation and start with removing the still water from inside, using wet/dry vacuums and rover-mounted extractors. 

Once the water has been removed, we can make flood-cuts to the walls and then set up drying equipment, to help draw out excess moisture from the structure. Finally, once your house is adequately dry, SERVPRO can administer an antifungal agent to ensure that mold growth does not occur. 

If your home suffers flood damage from a hurricane, never wait to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview by dialing (813) 741-3473. We're here for you, no matter the size of the damage. 

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A Fire Can Destroy Your Brandon Home

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call at (813) 741-3473 so we can show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Can You Restore Fire Damage To Your Brandon Home Alone?

DIY Brandon home restoration and recovery is a growing trend empowering many homeowners and property owners to pursue learning unique techniques and intricate repairs. In certain situations, it can be more cost-effective and frugal to perform this cleanup without the aid of professional restorers, but this is not a universal truth. In other situations, even with modest training and mid-level equipment, it can be too challenging to remove the set-in effects of fire losses in your house by yourself.

As much as many scenarios could encourage DIY cleaning, fire damage recovery for Brandon homes is rarely one of them. Fire losses present multiple layers of symptoms and effects that can continually worsen without the appropriate intervention. Each of these effects must often get addressed simultaneously, requiring multiple Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) in our SERVPRO Green Fleet arriving quickly with accreditations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Many of these same professionals have additional certifications, such as Odor Control (OCT), Carpet Cleaning (CCT), and more.

Symptoms like soot damage can be especially problematic to address, even more so without the specific equipment, products, and practices used to combat this residue. This layer of possible toxic film is prone to staining and smearing under conventional cleaning approaches, so our SERVPRO team works quickly to address these widespread circumstances.

Another consideration for restoring damages and effects on your own is the safety of those exposed to the environment of your property following a fire. Reducing the presence of damaging particulates, carcinogens, and debris in the air reduces how it directly impacts your family. We have sophisticated tools to filter out these particles from the affected environment, including hydroxyl generators, negative air machines, air scrubbers, and ozone machines.

We have seen firsthand how quickly fire loss incidents can get out of control, and that is why our fire restoration specialists stay available to handle these emergencies 24/7. Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call at (813) 741-3473 so we can show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How to Handle a Commercial Water Loss Incident in Brandon

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is Equipped and ready to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

Responding Immediately to Water Damage in Your Brandon Shop 

One of the advantages of choosing professional restoration services to address water loss incidents that occur in your Brandon shop is how quickly help arrives. With stocked trailers loaded with the best possible equipment for extraction and drying, we can mobilize efficiently to get boots on the ground for your business amid a crisis. We strive to provide every customer with this fast and practical approach.  We also strive to provide restoration so that small businesses like your shop do not have to close their doors because of minuscule incidents. 

Ideally addressing Brandon water damage happens shortly after the discovery of the detrimental effects on your building. It does not take long for these situations to become challenging to manage, even for our experienced team of restoration specialists. We have endorsements through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and many have secondary training in niches like Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) This training and hands-on experience suggest that we can send competent and knowledgeable technicians to your emergency any time that you need it. 

An immediate response does not just relate to our readiness for emergencies, but your role in helping our SERVPRO team arrive quickly and find success with both drying and extraction efforts. Your shop showcases the continued investments that you have made in your inventory and your customers.  A water loss incident could severely compromise both your stock and the safety and wellbeing of your patrons. 

The trust that you can place in our professionals is a union between our continual training and education, as well as our commitment to the best available equipment in the industry. Our experienced content management team can work to reduce the loss to your inventory with practical removal plans and containment strategies. 

Having a small business can come with multiple hurdles and obstacles to overcome. When disasters like water losses strike, you can always trust in the fast and experienced response of our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473. 

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Fast Action Is Vital To Prevent Further Water Damage To Your Brandon Home

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for 24/7 service.

Act Quickly To Contain The Impact Of Water Damage To Your Brandon Home

Whether it is water pouring in through an open window during a storm or a broken water pipe in the ceiling, contain the amount of damage quickly. There are several immediate steps to take when a homeowner encounters wet conditions in their home.

Stop the source of the water:

• Shut the window

• Turn off the water supply

• Make sure that conditions are safe – from electrical short circuits or slippery conditions.

SERVPRO technicians respond to all water damage events in Brandon quickly to assist homeowners in minimizing the damage and recovering their belongings before the water and dampness permanently damage them. Small water events contained in one room can be controlled quickly, and most items can be saved. More significant extensive situations require additional intervention to remove standing water, dampness, and complete restoration.

By acting quickly, homeowners can minimize the amount of disruption in their lives. Always ensure that it is safe to enter the room, avoiding any slippery conditions and of course, electrical hazards. Steps to take immediately after controlling the source of water are:

• Mop up as much excess water as possible.

• Remove lamps and any items on tables.

• If your furniture is wet, wipe the excess water from hard surfaces, including floors.

• Remove all cushions and pillows from the room for drying, along with all loose items.

• Turn on the AC. The AC system extracts moisture from the air and helps in drying your home.

• Remove any colored item from tables and carpets. The colors could leach from the article to other objects.

• Remove artistic objects that could be further damaged by the moisture from the room.

SERVPRO is here to help. If you feel the water damage is too much to handle and overwhelming, call us for assistance. We can review the situation and provide a plan to remove the water and dry your belongings. Books and essential papers can also be dried.

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for 24/7 service. We serve Margo and surrounding areas.

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Call the Experts of Flood Damage Remediation in Brandon

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Brandon can be arduous without help. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Flood Damage Restoration Mistakes When Cleaning Upholstery In Your Brandon Area Home

There are nine specific methods SERVPVRO uses to treat upholstery in your Brandon area home after a flood. The purpose of pre-inspection and pre-testing is to determine which method to use to provide you with the best possible results, without fading colors or changing the texture of your fabric.

Technicians performing flood damage restoration In your Brandon home often make six major mistakes when dealing with upholstery. Learning more about these mistakes teaches a technician how to avoid making costly mistakes that often damage upholstery and drapery fabrics. 

  1. Using a High pH (strong alkaline) Cleaning Agent: Drapery and upholstery fabrics and dyes are not as resilient as carpet. Working with a high pH solution often causes bleeding and fiber damage. Always use a neutral or slightly acidic agent if there is any doubt of color stability.
  1. Using Hot Cleaning Solutions on Fabrics With Unstable Dyes: Hot solutions often cause severe bleeding. Therefore, we use cooler solutions to retard bleeding and prevent fiber damage to materials like wool that respond poorly to temperatures exceeding 150 degrees F.
  1. Overwetting The Fabric: Believe it or not, using too much moisture can cause streaks, yellowing, velvet pile crush, and fabric distortion. Avoid excessive drying times and damage associated with using the wrong tools or solution pressure over 50 PSI. 
  1. Uneven Application of Cleaning Solutions: Regardless of the method, always apply cleaning solution evenly. Use fan spray jets instead of conical jets for a more consistent application that helps avoid streaks. 
  1. Incomplete or Uneven Extraction: Cleaning solutions and emulsified soils left behind often lead to streaks, yellowing, and rapid re-soiling. Use clean, dry towels or extractors to remove excess moisture and soils after both shampooing and foam methods.
  1. Removal of Cushion Covers: Never pull the covers off of furniture cushions to clean them. Shrinkage and discoloration may cause mismatch results and lead to customer dissatisfaction. 



SERVPRO technicians are trained to avoid these mistakes and always strive to exceed any expectations you might have. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, and proudly provide cleaning & flood damage solutions to every member of our local community. 

Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview for additional information about our services or to schedule an initial home inspection, today. (813) 741-3473

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After A Flash Flood Has Damaged Your Brandon School, You Need To Contact Our Experts!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Flash Flood Damage In Brandon Schools

Flash flooding scenarios can be destructive forces for Brandon properties, and with institutions that thousands depend on like the schools in our districts, flood effects can be even more devastating. Though much of the exteriors of the schools in our region have gotten constructed with bricks, blocks, and mortar, this does not make them impervious to potential widespread damages and effects that flooding scenarios can present to the property.

Even when schools aren't in session for the year, when the risks of flash flood damage to Brandon facilities are at the highest, it is still imperative to get restoration and mitigation work started quickly. It does not take long for flooding situations to get out of control, and the effects can spread throughout the entire institution, requiring lengthy and costly recovery solutions. These can often get avoided, in part, by securing the expertise and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO professionals.

Extraction must be the priority of recovering flash flooding in the school, as the removal of this excess water can help our professionals to note the extent of the damage that remains. Considering that natural flooding like this could expose the facility to contamination and bacteria, we must work to disinfect and clean exposed areas that cannot get removed and reinstalled like blockwork, concrete flooring, and other fixed materials. Other involved elements like drywall can get partially removed to eliminate the potential for persistent contamination and health risks.

Our SERVPRO team has a broad array of cleaning and disinfection agents available to our cleaning technicians that can reduce the presence of bacteria and other contaminants brought in with natural flooding. With a fast response to begin cleaning the damaged areas of the school, we can reduce the spread of effects throughout the building to limit the time restoration takes and what this process costs the district.

We know how important it's to get your facility back to top form after an emergency, even during the summer months with limited use. You can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview flood recovery team. Give our experts a call anytime at (813) 741-3473.

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When Your Kitchen Sink Leaks In Your Brandon Home You Need To Call SERVPRO!

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Having a leaky kitchen sink that caused water damage inside your home can be a stressful situation.

Contact Local Brandon Water Damage Remediation Services When Your Kitchen Sink Leaks

Having a leaky kitchen sink that caused water damage inside your home can be a stressful situation. However, it is a situation that can be remedied with the right help. Whenever you find water damage in your home, always look for local and professional help as swiftly as you can. Finding help fast can help ensure that the results of the remediation are the best possible outcome.

The water damage in your Brandon home happened after a new water supply line was installed incorrectly during the previous day. As you slept, water leaked from the line, soaked the cupboard under the basin of your sink and then spread out onto the hardwood floor. Fortunately, there is help close by that can assist during such an unfortunate situation.

SERVPRO always strives to uphold our reputation of being swift to action. Whenever we get your call, we begin to put together a team of our highly trained technicians to send to your home, along with a van-full of advanced technology designed to combat water damage. No matter the time, night or day, our doors are open, and our technicians are ready to assist you.

When we arrive at your home, SERVPRO can begin by removing the standing water from your kitchen with wet/dry vacuums. Afterward, we can use infrared technology to search for all places of concern around your cupboards and then map out our drying plan with the information. Removing the toe kicks is a great way to get hot and dry air under your cupboards so that they can be dried from both sides.

SERVPRO uses advanced technological devices, such as dehumidifiers, heaters, air movers, and drying mats to address the water damage in your kitchen. Hot and dry air can be directed into your cupboard and help dry the surface of the wood, decreasing the time it takes for evaporation to occur. The drying mats can be used on your hardwood floor, using powerful suction to draw moisture out of the base of the wood. Once finished, SERVPRO can confidently leave your home feeling “Like it never even happened.”

When water damage strikes, get help swiftly. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview by phoning (813) 741-3473. No matter the time, we're always here for you.

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Let the Professionals Handle Storm Damage in Your Riverview Home

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Stop stressing about flood damage in your Riverview home. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Flood Damage Technicians In Riverview Describe Applied Structural Drying

The time of year where thunderstorms strike often is starting to hit the Riverview area. When severe weather makes its way into your neighborhood, the chances of your home being a victim of flood damage increases. During a storm, water can build up on the ground outside and then find its way into your house. Thunderstorms can also bring about heavy hitting winds that can puncture the exterior of your building. Anytime moisture finds its way into your structure, it is wise to call in a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.

When water gets into the interior of your home many different types of problems can occur. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs in Riverview know that flood damage can come in various forms. Once moisture gets into a building, the water evaporates into the air and starts to soak into your building materials and structural components. If items inside your house get saturated they can lose their structural integrity forcing them to be removed and replaced. If objects that are made out organic substances like wood or paper get wet there is a chance that mold can develop.

In order to mitigate problems related to moisture and prevent other issues from occurring in the future, our SERVPRO technicians take measures to remove all water from your building as quickly as possible. We start by removing the water that is easily noticeable while it is in its liquid form through extraction procedures. Next, we implement applied structural drying or ASD procedures.

During the ASD phase, our WRT attempts to alter the environment inside your home and speed up the natural drying and evaporation process. To accomplish this our SERVPRO team uses a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers are set up in a way that they create air circulation in a counter-clockwise motion. The devices are aimed at wet surfaces like walls at a 45-degree angle so that they push wet air away from the damp surfaces so that more moisture can evaporate from the material. The dehumidifiers then pull water out of the air and dispense it in liquid form.

If you ever notice that water has entered your home after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 any day of the week.

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Tips for Handling Commercial Flood Damage in a Riverview School

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will help your school. 

Flooding can have intense effects on a community if it affects a local school. The water can ruin classrooms, create health hazards and impact learning if not addressed quickly. Working with a flood damage restoration company prevents secondary damage to buildings and their contents.

If your Riverview school has commercial flood damage, SERVPRO can provide you with immediate recovery and restoration. We have well trained and experienced water damage restoration specialists and advanced water removal and drying equipment to return school operations to normal. Our crews can use portable or truck-mounted extraction equipment to extract the standing water efficiently.

Floodwater damage goes beyond unwanted water seeping into classrooms and disrupting normal academic activities. Water intrusion can leave a musty smell behind long after the water subsidies. The microbial growth that water spurs causes the musty smells and getting rid of it can be difficult. The smell can distract students can educators holding classes in the affected areas. Our SERVPRO team can use thermal foggers and air scrubbers to eliminate musty smells.

Water can also destroy educational materials like computers, books, and projectors among other materials. It can render such items useless within minutes of submersion. Our technicians can save wet books and documents by preventing further damage. The goal of drying books and documents is drying them to the best condition possible using methods like dehumidification, freezer drying, air drying, vacuum thermal drying, or vacuum freeze-drying. We can also contact a qualified electronics restorer to evaluate electronics exposed to water for restoration purposes.

Heavy water exposure may also make wooden tables and chairs weaker, and they may blister, flake and become brittle. This can diminish their lifespan and pile up unnecessary expenses for local governments and school administrators. Our SERVPRO crews can wipe excess water from the furniture and set up high-speed air movers in the affected areas to speed up the evaporation of moisture from furniture, floors, and walls. We have the expertise dry buildings completely and restore them by performing structural repairs to make the flood damage appear “Like it never even happened.”

When there’s water intrusion in your educational facility, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for help. We are a full-service water damage restoration company and can restore your school to its preloss condition quickly.

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How To Tackle Fire Damage Remediation in Your Riverview Residence

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation in your Riverview living room can be a handful. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Limiting Loss from Fire Damage in Riverview Property Through Restoration

Even small-scale fires in a home can result in large amounts of fire damage if the methods for cleanup are inadequate. Soot and odors quickly spread if there is foot traffic in the area or using your HVAC system results in pulling soot into the ductwork.

SERVPRO answered a call to clean up fire damage to a living room in Riverview that received water damage that equaled the amount of damage from the fire. When there is water damage in tandem with fire loss, it is crucial that the extraction of the water happens as quickly as possible.

We contained the living room with heavy plastic and also contained the registers in the room to keep as much odor as possible out of the ductwork. While one team of technicians removed charred contents from the room, another team worked on extracting water from the firefighting efforts. The living room carpet and padding received too much damage from the fire, but was soaked and too heavy to remove before extraction efforts began on the room. We cut the carpet into strips for easier handling.

While one wall required controlled demolition to remove the charred sheetrock, the bookcases in the living room showed residue from the fire but no charring damage, the homeowner was pleased to find out how many fire loss items in the living room our technicians could save through SERVPRO's proprietary restoration techniques.

After drying the area, we deployed air scrubbers to remove any remaining soot in the room. These machines pull in the air through a honeycomb of filtration with an attached HEPA filter to capture particles so tiny the human eye cannot see them.

Smoke residue carries odor, and we used both wet and dry cleaning methods depending on the type of residue left behind. Once the room was cleaned, and without residual smoke odors, our SERVPRO technicians gave the homeowner and adjuster of a list of the completed mitigation actions and the necessary repairs to bring the fire damaged area to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 and our team can tackle fire damage in your home. We have the specialized equipment and training, and we serve the local area so We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Respond Quickly To Your Brandon Water Damage Emergency

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

We have an abundance of cleaning and restoration equipment ready to be dispatched when you call. We provide 24/7 emergency service so call us anytime.

A Leaking Countertop Ice Maker Can Cause Water Damage in Your Brandon Home

Water damage is never something any homeowner wants to deal with but, unfortunately, it is relatively common. In your kitchen alone, there are many devices which can cause water damage should a waterline break or if they malfunction. Kitchen appliances and gadgets can be handy and convenient, but it can be truly regrettable when they cause more damage than they are worth.

The water damage in your Brandon kitchen was caused by an ice making machine. Having such a convenient way to retrieve and store ice during the hot summer months is more than desirable, especially in a humid state, like Florida. Overnight, the machine malfunctioned and allowed water to flow out onto the countertop and down into the cupboards beneath. Fortunately for your home, professional help is never far from your reach and can be contacted immediately after finding the damage.

SERVPRO has a reputation for being quick, effective, and knowledgeable in our field of expertise. We always try to arrive at your home as swiftly as possible, not only to uphold our reputation but also because we want to see our customers truly happy. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

When we arrive, our highly trained technicians can immediately begin to investigate the water damage inside of your kitchen. Turning off the flow of water to the machine, once you found the leak, immensely helped reduce damages to your home. Furthermore, it allowed SERVPRO to go right into remediating the damage that did take root.

SERVPRO can begin the remediation by removing everything from your cupboards and surveying the moisture levels inside, using moisture meters. Additionally, if we suspect that water may have managed to run below the toe kicks, and therefore to your flooring underneath, we can use thermal imaging technology to check for any pockets of water.

From there, SERVPRO can bring advanced technology into your home to set up a drying environment. Through the use of heaters, dehumidifiers, air movers, and axial fans, we can continually hit your cupboard and countertop with clean and dry air. The setup encourages any additional moisture to evaporate. Over time, these devices can reduce the moisture until it has returned to an appropriate region for your local area.

When water damage-emergencies occur, large or small, always get help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview by dialing (813) 741-3473. Night or day, we can keep the damage away.

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SERVPRO Can Assist You With Water Damage Remediation in Your Brandon Residence

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage accumulates quickly and becomes a giant hassle to clean up. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Why SERVPRO Uses Water Removal Techniques in Brandon After Any Size Water Emergency 

Broken pipes leading to an upstairs bathroom can drench a home's walls and floors in Brandon from the area where the pipe broke down to the ground floor. The interiors of walls often hold water, and if the exterior walls become saturated, any insulation inside them can also become affected. Smaller drips on loosened connections create damage in localized areas that grow slowly but steadily.

The multitude of ways and varying amounts of water that can affect a residence in Brandon is why SERVPRO professionals always use industry standard water removal methods and equipment. We can mitigate the damage caused by substantial water losses that threaten an entire home as well as those with isolated areas. We recommend calling for mitigation services, including water removal, as soon as possible.

Water continues to spread to dry areas, regardless of the amount involved, and as it flows into dry sections of your house, it also damages these newly dampened areas. We know that to stop this from happening to currently dry regions, we have to remove all the water as quickly as possible. We use highly accurate devices that locate the presence of moisture and determine the percentage of moisture content in affected materials.

Without the knowledge these instruments provide us, we might leave some areas untreated and able to continue becoming worse. Unmitigated regions can suffer from extensive deterioration, weakening of structural framework elements, and microbial infestation. Our water removal equipment stops these from happening, but only when we know where to use them inside your dwelling.

When we extract water from a home, we use the air as a way to transport moisture from different elements of the house and its contents into our desiccant machines. Once near our equipment, these powerful dehumidifiers pull the moisture out of the air. As this continues, your home's interior steadily becomes drier.

We monitor how rapidly things become dry to keep materials that generally contain higher amounts of moisture from becoming too dry. Items made of or containing wood around your house, from tables to grandfather clocks must hold some moisture to keep them from cracking or splitting along the grain.  

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview wants to restore your home “Like it never even happened” by using effective water removal methods that protect your home and its contents from damage. Call us at (813) 741-3473. We can help resolve any size issue from leaks, broken pipes, and overflowed tubs and sinks.

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How Our Experts Mitigate Water Damage In Your Brandon Commercial Property

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call (813) 741-3473 to protect your property when your office complex needs professionals who want your business to succeed.

Mitigating An Office Complex’s Commercial Water Damage In Brandon Often Requires Two Types Of Dehumidifier

When several floors of your office complex end up soaking wet because of a broken restroom pipe in an upper floor, your tenants’ business operations in Brandon can also suffer. Continuing to use their rented space while wet can create tension between employers and employees as well as between you and those paying rent.

Many businesses in Brandon with commercial water damage trust SERVPRO. We mitigate and restore all types of structures in the local area, making facilities usable again, “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage requires the ongoing use of dehumidifiers. When SERVPRO technicians first show up at your complex’s doors, removing any puddles or standing water occurs soon after. Once these wet areas seem barely damp, SERVPRO technicians unload air movers and other drying types of equipment. Working as quickly as possible means less damage occurs throughout the building.

Some of these pieces of equipment work best during different stages of the mitigation process. Dehumidifiers come in two main styles. One, the refrigerant dehumidifier, comes in two sub-types.

Regular refrigerant dehumidifiers work better within a specific range when humidity levels are at their highest, such as immediately after a disaster. Low Grain Refrigerant, or LGR, dehumidifiers, can remove even more moisture from a waterlogged area of a building than regular refrigerant dehumidifiers and the other type.

SERVPRO technicians often switch LGR machines off when furnishings near dryness levels and use desiccant dehumidifiers to continue drying out structural elements. Desiccant machines are less powerful and work better at drying things more slowly.

Wood and many other building materials can sustain damage when drying happens too rapidly. To ensure that the interior of your complex dries out at the correct pace, SERVPRO specialists use different devices to measure the changes in moisture content taking place.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview sends out water damage specialists with certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to mitigate businesses and help protect them from additional harm. Call (813) 741-3473 to protect your property when your office complex needs professionals who want your business to succeed.

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When It Comes To Professional Flood Damage Restoration In Brandon, Our Crew Is Your Best Option!

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is standing by to assist you after flooding in your home.

Flood Damage Restoration In Your Brandon Home

Flooding is the most common natural disasters in the U.S., occurring across the country. Anyone, however, living in lower elevations than a nearby body of water such as an ocean, stream or lake, or especially at risk. Being prepared for the possibility of flooding in Brandon is the best way to keep you and your family safe.

When you’re dealing with flood damage in your Brandon home as some severe storms, you want to dry and clean your home as quickly as possible. For this, you need the help of someone who knows their way around flood damage restoration, such as SERVPRO. As a professionally trained remediation company, we waste no time getting to you when you call for help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Floods can happen in various ways. The most commonly seen is when the ground in the area can’t absorb the rainfall when debris is blocking a waterway, seawater is pushed inland during a storm by strong winds, or when a human-made structure fails, such as a sewer or dam.

When hardwood flooring is present in your home, SERVPRO staff’s drying strategy focuses on the prevention of cupping, buckling, or warping from becoming permanent. How long the water was on the floor determines the effect of the water on the flooring. Cupping and warping, if not severe, can be taken out by sanding as part of our process of refinishing.

Usually, we cannot refinish a hardwood floor until the moisture content level is stabilized to an equilibrium moisture content under twelve percent. It can take a couple of months for your hardwood floor to acclimate before they are ready to be sanded and refinished. If done beforehand, they can crown or cup as drying continues.

When you have a flood warning in your area, the best thing to do is to leave the area if possible. You can prepare your home before going by letting authorities know you’re going to a safer place, moving valuables and electronics to higher areas such as the second floor, countertops, or beds, and using a waterproof container to store any vital medical supplies and documents.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is standing by to assist you after flooding in your home in Mango, Brandon, or Riverview. When the storms have subsided, reach out to us right away by dialing (813) 741-3473 so we can get your property dry and safe again quickly.

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When Demolition is Necessary After Brandon Fire Damage

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Debris Cleanup Technicians in Brandon Talk About Demolition Procedures

If something ever burns on your property in Brandon, it is possible that many of your building materials and contents can get ruined, forcing them to be removed and replaced. Even during small blazes, fire debris cleanup may need to be conducted by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Whenever we arrive at your house after something burns, we start by figuring out the extent of the damage. During the initial inspection, we determine what we think we can save and which items we believe have been ruined and not salvageable. Once we determine which building materials and contents got damaged and which ones we can restore, we can begin the fire debris cleanup process.  

During any restoration process, we try to save as many items inside your home as possible. A significant part of any fire debris cleanup project in Brandon is cleaning and removing soot residues created by smoke. Many items inside a building that suffer from a burn are restorable from being disposed of by cleaning or refinishing procedures. However, when flames torch objects inside the home they often get burnt beyond repair.  

In most cases, we remove any materials like carpet or drywall that get torched.  We accomplish the demolition process by removing the ruined items and disposing of them in sealed plastic bags. If the fire affected area is only a small portion of a large room, we can contain the burnt region during the demolition process so that soot and dust from the removal procedures do not contaminate unaffected areas of your home.  

If there is evidence that structural components such as your wooden studs or subfloor got charred, then they may have to be removed as well. However, if the charring is only on the surface of the wood and cannot be seen a quarter inch past the surface, then the materials can be sanded down and treated. If you ever suffer from a fire igniting on your property, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 any time of the day.

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Here is What You Should do for Your Brandon Water Damage Problem

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

If your water heater is leaking, it is sometimes hard to figure out the extent of the water damage. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate damages.

Why SERVPRO can Find and Restore Areas with Undetected Water Damage in Brandon Area Homes

When a home in Brandon sustains intrusive water, problems can develop relatively quickly afterward. These problems can affect visible areas of the property and cause destruction to occur. We at SERVPRO want to help homeowners protect their property and have invested in high-tech equipment that allows us to provide the services property owners need.

This is why SERVPRO is always ready to help with water damage issues in Brandon. We know how to find hidden areas, and then eliminate the water that causes problems, as well as cleanup and restore the home.

We use infrared imaging cameras to detect areas cooled down by the presence of moisture. These cameras show us immediately any suspect areas. We use moisture meters to tell us the amount of displaced moisture in an area. With these two devices, we can determine the appropriate course to take to save your home.

We use different machines to rid your house of moisture that remains after an overflowed tub, water heater leak, or burst pipe. Water spreads quickly at first but then continues to migrate around your home's interior. This is why we inspect the entire house before starting our work.

We have pumps that can remove large amounts of water immediately after a disaster, but when months have passed, water becomes more hidden in cavities, the interiors of materials making up your walls and floors, and even in the air. For these locations, we use different methods.

Increasing the heat means the air in your home can contain more moisture. We use this fact to help pull out moisture from these semi-porous materials so we can then use air movers to push that same moisture into our desiccant machines. Other areas, during the warmer months, can mean we can instead merely move the damper air outside.

Once we achieve our goals of drying out your house's interior, we can then look at the damage caused and restore those places, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is always ready, 24/7, to help with protecting your home from water damage and all the ways it can affect your property. Call us at (813) 741-3473 to talk to our specialists about our services.

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Why We Are The Leader In Flood Damage Remediation In Mango

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can cause significant damage to homes. This home had its roof ripped off and the ceiling panels were shredded. We are ready to help 24/7.

Even If It Is Only a Few Inches of Water in Your Mango Home, Flood Damage Needs Fast Action

When storms bring unexpected flooding into Mango homes, an inch or less of water may seem like a DIY job. However, if the water is not extracted correctly and the area professionally dried, it can set up the home for secondary damages such as warping of flooring, drywall buckling and mold.

Flood damage remediation in Mango homes should ideally begin within 48-hours of water entering. Even in small quantities, flood water is automatically a gray water situation, contacting SERVPRO as soon as possible gives homeowners the highest chance of saving as much of the building materials and as many possessions as possible. After 48-hours or if the water contains contaminants such as sewage or toxins, it is designated as a black water flood, and stronger measures for water removal and cleanup are necessary.

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have certifications in a diverse number of restoration science fields. Our technicians have the equipment to pump water from the home quickly; weighted extractors push water from the carpet padding so the subflooring underneath can be adequately dried and prevent secondary damage.

Drying a home is more than setting up fans. SERVPRO technicians know the angles for the air movers make all the difference in how quickly a home can dry in tandem with dehumidifiers. Digital moisture detectors confirm the home has reached optimum levels of dryness, so microbial populations are not an issue after the fact. We normally dispose of carpeting padding affected by gray water and carpet and padding compromised by black water is removed from the home for your safety. Furniture can often be dried in place raised on blocks for drying and wiped down with an EPA-approved anti-microbial cleaner to kill fungus and bacteria.

Once compromised materials have been removed and the area dried, the odor in the home usually diminishes greatly. SERVPRO technicians are certified in odor control, and they have numerous resources to disinfect and deodorize your home depending on the scale of neutralization necessary.

Handling flood damage in your home should never be a task you do on your own. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473; our emergency services are available around the clock to handle the cleanup and make your home a safe place again.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Water Damage in Riverview

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

Water Removal Services for Your Commercial Building in Riverview

A possible structural problem, a leaky roof in your Riverview apartment building, poses several safety risks that can easily result in significant damage. There are many possible causes for a leaky roof, and they can also go undetected for a while. Once you find there is an issue, you may have a fair amount of water intrusion inside the building.  

Roof leaks in your commercial building can pose the need for water removal services in Riverview. You may be dealing with several tenants’ apartments suffering from some level of damage depending on where the leak occurred. You need the professional help of SERVPRO, a trained and experienced remediation company.  

At SERVPRO, we understand that when something like this happens, it is unexpected, and it can affect many people at one time. Therefore, we are courteous to work around everyone as carefully as possible. If the water damage is not significant enough for people to temporarily need to stay elsewhere, we do not want to be a massive interruption to everyone’s daily lives.  

SERVPRO technicians can use moistures sensors to detect the moisture in carpeting and padding. These sensors have sharp probes which penetrate through the padding and carpeting so we can figure out if water has gone to the subfloor below. We also utilize thermal imaging cameras to inspect and monitor moisture in building materials.  

High winds can damage your roof and torrential rains, or maybe the roofing materials were not installed correctly. It is essential to perform regular inspections on the roof to check for any damage. The flashing can also be installed improperly or missing. If the metal around the edges of the roof, dormer windows, vent pipes or skylights breaks or becomes loose from storms or wind, the edges of the roof membrane cover are exposed, which lets water and moisture seep into your roofing system and building.  

Other causes of roof leaks can be drains or pipes which puncture the roofline not being secured properly, or skylights were installed wrong. Even the insulation along the edges of the skylight can decay over time. All these things can allow water to leak inside your building.  

SERVPRO of Brandon/North Riverview can come to your aid when your commercial building in Riverview, Brandon, or Mango suffers a roof leak for any reason. You can reach us at any time by dialing (813) 741-3473, so please do not delay once you realize there is a problem.

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SERVPRO Reviving Brandon Homes Devastated by Unruly Fires

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage shouldn't linger in your Brandon home forever. Call SERVPRO to remove odors once and for all.

Processes that Help Manage Fire Damage Odor in Brandon

The combustion processes in property fires produce different smells. Most of these smells go away after extinguishing the fire. However, some incidents of fire damage leave lingering odors which require specific deodorizations steps to eliminate. We are IICRC certified in fire and smoke restoration so we can help deal with all types of bad odor.
 
Among the main steps of managing fire damage in Brandon is the removal of debris, whether partially or fully burnt. On arrival at the loss site, our SERVPRO crews group items into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. This simple step helps odor management because we remove all the wastes immediately. We also clean the salvageable items and remove those that need in-depth evaluation and cleaning to offsite facilities, thus minimizing sources of bad odor.
 
The smoke produced by the fire contains particles of soot, aerosols and other components. Most of these particles are tiny and therefore driven deep into materials as smoke moves around causing odors to linger even after cleaning. Our SERVPRO crew uses advanced equipment such as Ultra Low Volume foggers to deliver deodorizing agents deep into materials. The ULV fogger atomizes liquid deodorizing agents generating mist with particles as small as 8-15 microns which can reach all areas with odor-causing residues.
 
Ventilating the affected property after finishing all processes including fogging is crucial. Most aerosols float freely through the air, and therefore the bad smell lingers even after cleaning all residues from contents. Our SERVPRO team uses ventilation box fans to generate high-velocity airflow of up to 5,000 cfm. We also have HEPA filtered air scrubbers with activated charcoal that help remove any odor from the air.
 
If your Riverview or Mango home feels uninhabitable due to bad odor after fire damages it, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview to help deodorize it. You can reach us at (813) 741-3473 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Explain How To Prevent Water Damage In Your Brandon Bathroom

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call us right away at (813) 741-3473 if you have a problem so we can get your home dry and safe again.

Inspecting Your Bathroom In Your Brandon Home To Prevent Water Damage

The bathroom in your Brandon home is no doubt in use frequently, making it very vulnerable for the accumulation of moisture and potential water damage. If you inspect it regularly, you can lower your chance of water-related accidents.
 
If your bathroom in your Brandon home has become victim to water damage of any kind, recruiting the help of a professional remediation company is a wise idea. At SERVPRO, or staff knows how to clean up water damage of any kind and do it promptly so we can prevent additional damage.

Your bathtub and shower need special attention and maintenance. Any cracked tiles need to be replaced and make sure there is no missing caulking where the walls meet the floor or bathtub. Clogged drains and problems with your pipes prevent the tub from dying and can indicate a severe problem underneath the tub. If SERVPRO techs find any issues in this area, we check to see if there is structural damage, besides finding the issue causing the water damage. Any damaged subflooring or drywall may need to be replaced if the damage is too severe.

Plumbing problems are more difficult to detect because most pipes are installed inside your walls. Pay particular attention to walls and flooring for moisture and stains, since they can indicate a plumbing problem that is unseen. We can use moisture meters to find any hidden moisture if nothing is evident to see the problem causing the damage.

Cabinets and sinks are daily exposed to moisture and humidity but can be overlooked. Regularly inspect under your sink and the countertop above it. Slow draining pipes can indicate a blockage in the drain. Any sink seals that are loose or cracked need to be replaced.

The toilet is a vulnerable water junction. Look for leaks at the water lines and around the toilet seat, under the water tank, and in the hose, if you find any signs of moisture on the floor, look for leaks in the tank seals and toilet rim. Toilet leaks or overflows from clogs can create massive water damage, even affecting the room underneath if it is an upstairs bathroom. If needed, we can get rid of any standing water from an overflow and dry any structural components which have been affected.

Inspecting your bathroom in Riverview, Brandon, or Mango regularly is essential to keep water emergencies from occurring, but SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is always standing by if you need our assistance. Call us right away at (813) 741-3473 if you have a problem so we can get your home dry and safe again.

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Your Event Center In Mango Can Be Restored After A Mold Infestation

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation For Your Mango Event Center

Event centers allow Mango residents and those from the surrounding areas to celebrate major events and achievements on a larger scale than they would have with their personal facilities. The upkeep on these buildings can be a challenge, especially through some of the busier points of the year where it feels like one reservation is running directly into another. Without the time to properly inspect the property after every use, you might overlook areas that seem damp or moisture-ridden in preparation for the next group. These areas, if they remain damp, can allow for mold growth after only a few days.

As much as you work to keep your event center and venue open to the reservations that you book, mold damage in Mango can cause a significant hazard to both guests and the building that requires immediate attention. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly, but based on the schedule that you keep, it cannot be a guarantee that the mold remediation process would complete in time to avoid cancellations of those who have booked the facility.

This sensitive issue is why reaching out to our team is critical at the first sign of mold growth so that we can address the effects before they have a chance to get out of control. While mold colonization can occur in as little as a few days, the colony can spread quickly once the organism has seated into organic materials throughout the building.

Our SERVPRO professionals can work to contain the spread of the organism quickly and determine if the affected materials can get saved through conventional mold removal strategies. If the damage is too severe, controlled demolition can ensure that only the affected areas of the building get removed to maximize efficiency with the reconstruction efforts to follow soon after.

While there are many steps to full mold remediation, our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview rapid response crew can help you to mitigate the loss by arriving quickly and determining the most cost-effective and time-saving strategies to remove mold colonies and restore the damage the organism has caused. Give our professionals a call today at (813) 741-3473.

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A Significant Risk To Your Home In Brandon Is High Humidity

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview rapid response team a call if you discover a colony in your home.

High Humidity Could Lead To Mold Growth In Your Brandon Home

While there are many causes to the disasters that can affect your Brandon property, understanding the best ways to prevent these occurrences when possible can save your time and money regarding restoration. Mold growth is often a situation that can get avoided if homeowners stay diligent enough to contend with moisture-ridden areas of their property as soon as these areas get discovered. High humidity can also play a contributing factor, and removing this persistent problem can lower the opportunity mold growth occurs in your house.

Florida communities are susceptible to high humidity throughout parts of the year which can increase the likelihood of mold damage in your Brandon home. Homeowners throughout the area can expect this threat to exist for the better portion of the year, but it higher humidity situations do not have to lead to widespread mold damage in the property. With the right precautionary measures, you can regulate the moisture and dampness throughout the house and prevent mold spores from becoming active to colonize.

Our professionals can respond quickly to the discovery of mold in your home, as humid situations present a condition which allows mold growth to spread quickly throughout the affected area and feed on the organic materials like drywall used in the construction of your house.

Initially, our primary concern with mold remediation is removing the moisture from the area. We have specialized equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers designed to eliminate moisture and dampness quickly throughout the affected areas. In situations where repairs or reconstruction still cannot prevent the intrusion of excessive moisture and dampness, permanently installing a dehumidifier can prevent the growth of mold colonies in the time to come.

Higher humidity poses a risk to your home and its structural integrity by presenting a scenario ideal for mold growth and spread. Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview rapid response team a call if you discover a colony in your home. Our professionals have the expertise and advanced equipment to help you overcome the damages and remove the growing colony in your house. Give us a call at (813) 741-3473.

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What Happens in the First 48 Hours When Water Enters Your Mango Home

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Time is of the essence when water enters your home. Call SERVPRO to remove the water and return your home to its preloss condition.

Why SERVPRO Manages Water Removal in Mango Fast

Water intrusion causes many problems, especially if not addressed in time. In situations involving clean water, there is no risk of contamination. However, extended exposure to the moisture causes different problems including microbial growth, staining, and bad odors. Speed is necessary to combat these problems. We have the necessary skills and technology remove water from your Mango property before it causes unnecessary damages.  

Appropriate speed of water removal in Mango should factor in the effects water exposure has on materials on different timeframes. Mold development is the main issue, and it starts growing within the first 24-48 hours. Other problems like rot in wood take longer. Our SERVPRO technicians pursue strategies that extract the water before mold forms. By spraying EPA-registered antimicrobial products to kill spores and using high volume extractors, we limit chances of mold formation after water intrudes your property.  

Water migrates to different parts of the property where removal is difficult. Having different tools can help quicken the entire process. Our SERVPRO crew has different tools, some helping in detection and others specialized extraction. For example, with Thermal cameras, we can establish which concealed areas have a water problem limiting the level of demolition needed. We also have different varieties of dehumidifiers including desiccant and low-grain refrigerant ones that help us handle different drying stages faster.  

Faster initial response leads to a quicker conclusion of the entire exercise. Our SERVPRO team responds to your call within an hour. As IICRC certified water restoration technicians, we also offer advice on what positive steps you can take as you wait for professional help to arrive. For example, we can advise you to move items such as area rugs, draperies and anything else that might cause stains. Such evacuation helps speed up the process because our crew can focus on extraction immediately after arriving at your property, instead of removing stains.  

Speed is vital for a positive outcome after water intrusion. Call SERVPRO of Brandon/North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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If A Water Damage Emergency Occurs In Your Brandon Home, You Need To Call The Team At SERVPRO!

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO stands ready to assist with 24-hour emergency response teams who perform qualified damage mitigation and loss assessment.

Why SERVPRO Is The Right Water Damage Restoration Company For Your Brandon Area Home

Everyone involved in your Brandon home’s restoration process has a responsibility to attend to your situation professionally. As the customer, you deserve to have access to a company that provides you with an immediate response and knowledgeable personnel.

Remember, water damage restoration is obviously less expensive than replacing your Brandon area property. However, that does not mean that you have to settle for anything less than excellence when it comes to knowing that everything is being done to limit the losses you experience. We understand how discerning your situation is and work with your agent or adjuster to keep the cost of your claim down while also providing you with the best results possible.

Your local SERVPRO is run by kind, caring individuals that want to serve their surrounding community. We do everything to restore your belongings and other household contents whenever possible, only recommending replacement when there are zero alternatives. Our team performs pretesting on every item to determine restorability, keeping you informed about every decision. It is, after all, your home, and you should always have the final say regarding how far you want us to go to save a particular item.

On top of all this, each technician employed by the company goes through extensive training before they ever step foot on your property. We provide you with measurable results and competitive advantages. SERVPRO’s superior, time-tested training helps ensure that you receive the level of service you deserve. Our technicians train to fulfill the highest standards in water damage cleanup and restoration while also attending continuing education classes through our state of the art IICRC Approved Training Facility.

All of SERVPRO’s technicians understand how important it is to reassure our customers while performing quality services and giving timely updates throughout the process. We help your insurance adjuster concentrate on interpreting your policy and making adjustments to your claim by working together and striving to save time and money whenever possible.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview stands ready to assist with 24-hour emergency response teams who perform qualified damage mitigation and loss assessment geared towards overall customer satisfaction and results. Call today (813) 741-3473.

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Can Electronics Be Cleaned After a Fire?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire clean up contact a restoration company in Riverview,FL

Electronics that are not completely ruined by a fire may benefit from being cleaned. Fire cleanup professionals who specialize in electronics rely on several restoration methods.

Corrosion and Soot Cleanup

Restoration experts can remove electronics from the site of a fire and work on them in a controlled location. There, they may be able to address several results of fire damage such as

  • Corrosion of circuits due to the acidity of smoke
  • Formation of a black film of smoke or soot over internal components
  • Warped electronics that suffered closer exposure to fire

These experts may be able to carefully clean corrosion or black film from the inside of computers, mobile devices, or other electronics exposed to smoke damage. Corrosion or black film can both lead to short-circuiting and put residents at risk of starting another fire.

Data Restoration

Even if a device is no longer functional, it may be possible to retrieve data from a storage medium that would otherwise be lost. Restoring data can be a major step toward resuming normal affairs after a fire cleanup. It may not be possible to retrieve data from electronics that have suffered direct exposure to open flames and have either melted or warped.

Proof of Damage

In the case of devices that are beyond restoration or data retrieval, restoration experts that specialize in electronics can supply owners with proof of loss that may make it easier to file a claim and obtain replacements for damaged electronics. Try to locate and submit receipts to support your claim in order to obtain the full value or an equivalent replacement for appliances, computers, or devices that are incapable of being restored.

When it comes to fire cleanup, it is best to rely on experts with extensive experience restoring electronics. Whether you are dealing with fire or smoke damage, contact a restoration company in Riverview, FL.

Why Business Renters Purchase Their Own Flood Insurance

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call your agent in Riverview,FL to find out about flood insurance

Running a business is challenging enough without having to worry about natural disasters. Still, business owners in Riverview, FL, must plan for flooding. After all, few things can bring a business to a standstill faster than a flood. Still, many business owners think they do not need independent flood insurance if they house their business in a rented building. That logic is misplaced. For a variety of reasons, purchasing renter’s insurance is usually a good idea.

Understanding Flooding

No business owner wants to watch floodwaters consume the workplace. Still, flooding is more common than you think. Floods occur in a variety of situations, including the following:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Damaged dams
  • Hurricanes
  • Overflowing draining basins
  • Melting snow and ice

Assuming Risk

Many business owners do not own the buildings that house their businesses. Even if the landlord has his or her own flood insurance, savvy business owners often choose to buy renter’s insurance. The rationale is simple. When a flood occurs, the landlord’s insurance policy generally covers structural damage to the building. This includes both interior and exterior damage. It does not, however, typically cover damage to the contents of the building. Without rental insurance, business owners are responsible for replacing equipment, inventory, computer systems and other business property.

Getting a Quote

Applying for both a renter’s and owner’s insurance policy is a similar process. Once you find a reputable insurer, expect to provide a list of business assets. After your agent determines your business’s flood risk, he or she can advise you on how much insurance your company should carry.

While renter’s insurance cannot eliminate the possibility of a flood occurring at your business, it can give you peace of mind. It can also help you cover the cost of a restoration service if your business ends up underwater. Either way, investing in independent flood insurance coverage is an effective strategy for protecting your business investment.

How Does Water Damage Affect Building Materials?

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss on carpet in a Riverview,FL home

Water damage affects various building materials in different ways. From crumbling drywall to swelling wood, here are a few of the effects that exposure to water can have on common materials.

Drywall

Water can begin to penetrate drywall within hours. This building material may react in several ways, including

  • Disintegration
  • Swelling
  • Supporting mold growth

Drywall exposed to water should be torn out and replaced only after the surrounding area is completely dry.

Flooring

Wood flooring and carpeting respond to water damage differently. Wood floors are particularly vulnerable after water permeates the polyurethane coating. You may observe some of the following effects:

  • Cupping
  • Swelling wood
  • Splitting planks

Solid wood flooring may be restored through several methods, such as

  • Sanding
  • Scraping
  • Refinishing
  • Removing and retrofitting planks

Regardless of flooring type, wet subfloors may need to be replaced. Moist concrete at the base should also be completely dry prior to restoration.

Carpet exposed to clean water from a supply line break may be dried if the damage is quickly discovered and mitigated. If carpet remains saturated for hours or days or is initially exposed to contaminated gray or black water, it should be torn out and replaced.

Metal

Metal may become discolored and begin to corrode within days or weeks of exposure to water. Rust-proof coatings may provide some protection.

Wood

Untreated wood may become stained within minutes or hours of exposure to water. Wood may start to split, swell, or warp within hours or days. Depending on the type of wood, duration of exposure, and structural significance, these components may need to be replaced.

Take action to mitigate water damage as soon as it occurs at your home in Riverview, FL. Contact a plumber for water pipe repair. A residential restoration service can advise you about swelling wood and which building materials can be safely restored or will need to be replaced.

Tips on Keeping Mold From Spreading

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Riverview, FL

If you smell something musty in your home in Riverview, FL, you may have a mold problem. Your first reaction is probably to open up the windows and air out the smell by getting some fresh air flow going, but that could actually contribute to the problem. Rather than stopping mold, you could be spreading mold with increased air flow. There are two main ways you can stop the fungus from disbursing throughout your whole house.

Stop Air Flow

Mold spores travel through the air, so it logically follows that air flow can help mold spread. What is normally a natural phenomenon that poses no real threat to your home can become a big problem when you actually have significant black mold growth. Air flow comes from several sources:

  • HVAC system
  • Open windows
  • Fans

To keep from spreading mold, you first have to contain the mold problem. Turn off your air conditioner or heater. Close your windows, and turn off all the fans in the house. If you need to close the doors to the parts of your home that tend to be draftier, do that as well. Do whatever you can do to limit the opportunity for mold to spread.

Get Pro Help

Don't try to fix your mold problem by yourself. If the problem is significant enough that it requires attention, that attention should come from professional mold remediation specialists. You can help contain the mold by shutting off air flow, but the professionals are probably going to seal the affected area entirely. You may have lots of detergent and elbow grease, but they have professional-grade chemicals to help them eradicate mold. They also treat the underlying problems, such as water leaks.

You deserve a home that is fungus free. Instead of spreading mold by trying to air everything out and take care of it yourself, enlist the help of those who are certified to resolve the problem.

Slow the Flow of Storm Water With Smart Landscaping

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding damage after storm in Riverview, FL

Have you ever seen a school science demonstration of water being poured into two equal containers of soil, but one has plants growing and one does not? In the box void of vegetation, the water runs out the bottom nearly as quickly as it flowed in. In the box containing rooted plants, only a minimal amount of water trickles out. This experiment shows the importance of proper water management around your property. Learn how you can become one with the flow, using easy landscaping projects to prevent storm run-off from causing outside flooding around your home in Riverview, FL.

  1. Slow the flow. Apply a deep layer of heavy mulch to slow rain drainage, giving it time to filter through the soil instead of pooling or running off to problem areas.
  2. Cultivate plants. Installing plants and shrubs at the base of your home can help slow the flow of water and prevent outside flooding. If you have a particular area where water tends to pool during storms, consider making a rain garden. This shallow basin is not a bog or a pond, but it uses plants to filter the rain water and facilitate its travels to the water table.
  3. Be a water mover. During the next rain storm, check the flow of water from your roof. Look for areas that need rerouted and consider adding rain chains, moving gutters, or adding flexible extensions to downspouts to direct water away from your foundation.
  4. Keep water captive. Add a rain barrel to the end of a downspout and feel good about your impact on the environment when using that recovered water to help take care of your plants.

Outside flooding can cause damage to structures on your property.

When water damage happens, it can quickly lead to mold trouble since mold spores are abundant in the environment and reproduce quickly. Professional water mitigation specialists can help clean up flood water and ensure materials are dried thoroughly to prevent your minor problem from becoming a major one.

Signs of Frozen Pipes in Your Building

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes in Riverview, FL

If you’re operating a business or managing a property in the Riverview, FL, then you will likely want to familiarize yourself with issues common in colder climates, especially frozen pipes. Before a freeze leads to broken pipes and water damage, you should familiarize yourself with the signs of frozen pipes to avoid extensive water cleanup and the potential need for restoration specialists.

1. Strange Odors

When pipes freeze, and most likely before any water cleanup is necessary, you may notice strange odors coming from floor drains and faucets. These odors occur because when pipes freeze, especially waste pipes, the ice blocks the areas where gas and other fumes would generally escape. If you begin to smell strange odors coming from areas they don’t typically, you may want to reach out to your local plumbing professionals to avoid any significant issues with water damage.

2. Slow or No Running Water

Additionally, if the water from faucets is slow or not running at all, your pipes may be frozen. Similar to the reasons that odors occur, the free flow of water is obstructed when ice begins to build up in a pipe, causing the water to trickle or stall altogether.

3. The Appearance of Frost on Pipes

In either of the above instances, you can take it upon yourself to investigate, looking in mechanical closets or crawlspaces. If, while investigating, you come across frost on the pipes, this is a sign that you likely have some ice build-up. If not taken care of immediately, the pressure within the pipes may become too great, leading to cracks and breaks in the plumbing.

Frozen pipes can be prevented with the appropriate insulation; however, even the best precautions don’t always work. The best protection, to avoid burst pipes and the resulting water damage, is to remember the steps above, checking your building daily for any possible signs of freezing.

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