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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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Can The Carpet In My Office in Brandon Be Salvaged?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO Can Help You Assess The Damage and Make the Right Decision

Whenever your commercial Brandon office space needs water removal, our SERVPRO technicians are here to help.  We are on call 24/7 to respond swiftly to your emergency, and help us minimize your losses. Like you, we understand that every minute you remain closed represents a loss in revenue.

Why do I need to call a professional team to extract the water?  

Using a wet-dry vacuum and humidifiers will certainly help you evaporate water in your Brandon office, but it may not be enough.  As professionals in the industry at SERVPRO, we have at our fingertips several tools that help us measure moisture levels and take action to restore them back to normal. Failure to extract all water can leave you with a suitable environment for bacteria, such as mold, to reproduce. Tackling the problem in a timely manner helps prevent future complications.  

What are my options to save my carpet?

The situation and our observations will help determine what happens to your carpet.  In some instances, we can dry it in place, as long as it has not been wet for more than 72 hours. Some advantages of this technique include the following:

-Less disruption to the flow of your business

-Less damage to the carpet

-Furniture may be able to stay in place

Alternatively, our SERVPRO crew can have a frank conversation and recommend the full removal of the carpet, if the damage is too far gone.  When this happens, we work within local guidelines and ordinances to dispose of the carpet as recommended.

When our SERVPRO of Brandon/ North Riverview is at your side, we can discuss the benefits of each of the options available to you. Call us at (813) 741-3473 as soon as you discover the issue and let us go to work for you. Together, we can leave your office, "Like it never even happened."

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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)

Hands holding home Your home is in good hands with SERVPRO.

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Thermal foggers

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

Deodorant granules or pellets 

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

Injection devices 

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

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

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

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

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Evaluate the Subfloor After A Water Damage Disaster In Brandon

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

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

Evaluate the Subfloor

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

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

Remove Water and Moisture

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

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

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Call Us If Your Brandon Residence Has Flood Damage

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

Let us help you kick that water damage into detention

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)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is equipped for fire damage restoration jobs of any size.

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

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Instead of trying to do it yourself, give us a call at (813) 741-3473 as soon as a problem arises.

Water Damage Restoration For Your Brandon Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold colonization within your home can spread quickly, affecting many materials and areas of the property over a brief period.

Fast Action Can Protect Your Mango Home From Mold

Mango 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 expertise and experience that our certified remediation specialists can provide.

Restoring mold damage in your Mango 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 and remain available to current and potential customers 24/7 to help mitigate loss and contain the destructive force while 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 do so at any time of the day to provide you with immediate service and response to the growing and spreading organism in your home. After our assessment of the damage that your property has sustained, we can begin containment protocols and removal of unsalvageable material and mold removal strategies for structural elements that can get 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.

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

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

When our local area roads are flooded, most likely your home will experience some flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to assess the damage and begin restoring your home.

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 a variety of techniques to mitigate every problem. Most fire damage situations involve removing burnt materials, cleaning soot, and deodorizing the building.  

Since different materials get burnt, various types of soot and odors can exist. When mitigating fire damage in Riverview, our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of techniques and equipment to deal with the different types of problems that occur. 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 a large variety of 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 up 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 we remove the burnt materials and clean off all of the soot residues, then 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 smells 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.

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

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

When You Need More Than a Squeegee for Water Removal in Your Riverview Home--Call SERVPRO

Remediating Water Damage To Riverview Homes and Condos

Riverview 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 happens over a long weekend or in a home belonging to a seasonal resident, then water can spill across the entire home causing extensive damage.
 
SERVPRO restoration teams first remove any standing water, using commercial grade pumps to stop water damage in Riverview. Once the level is down to just above the surface of the floor or carpet, they switch to smaller extraction devices to draw the remainder out of carpets and from between floorboards.
 
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 lift the carpet, replace the carpet pad if overly saturated, and then use air movers at one end 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, there are a couple of things each homeowner can accomplish and another to avoid to help reduce damage. Make certain only to do them, however, if it is safe in the home and you are physically capable:
 
1) Remove books, magazines, and other items with color from the floor. It reduces carpet stains.
2) Hang all fur and leather items. It reduces damage and starts the drying process before we set foot on your property.
3) If the leak was upstairs, avoid downstairs rooms with sagging, wet ceilings, and do 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 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.

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

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage cleanup in your home might not be something that you initially think about when you assess the damages on your own for the first time.

Cleanup Following Flood Damages In Your Brandon Home

As much as Brandon homeowners want fast and effective cleanup following disasters that affect their home, 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 the damages their property has sustained 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 on their own 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.

Once our team arrives at your property following flooding, regardless of when the disaster took place, 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, removal of carpeting and making flood cuts through drywall can help to give our technicians access to areas that require concentrated drying efforts to eliminate the likelihood of heavy fungal growth.

These processes allow our equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers to be more effective at drying out the damage and improving indoor air quality.

You might be among a large group of homeowners that do not instantly seek professional restoration when your home experiences flood damages, but still want to find a good 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 that you need us at (813) 741-3473.

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How Professionals Remediate Water Damage in Your Brandon Florida Home

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to remove the water as quickly as possible to avoid secondary damage to your home.

The Application of Drying Mats in Remediating Brandon 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 correct 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 sets on fabrics, it gradually weakens them and seeps below the surface making it more difficult to dry. SERVPRO uses technicians based in Brandon resulting in shorter call-out distances. We also operate a 24-hour emergency call-line so you can reach us anytime day or night.

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 areas, and they sit on top of floorboards. Using a centralized ventilator that connects to each mat and helps to dry moisture in 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 establishes 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.

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

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can cause many types of damages to your property that spread out even beyond the initial source of the blaze.

Mitigation And Deodorization After Fire 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 damage that the property has sustained and begin sorting out what you determine is necessary to return your home to 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, but ultimately to 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.

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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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