Recent Water Damage Posts

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

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Restoration For Your Brandon Home

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

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

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

Water Damage Clean Up and Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Getting the Water Out FAST!

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

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

Let the Water Restoration Professionals Handle the Job

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

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

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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

Remediating Water Damage to Brandon Homes and Condos

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

Water Removal

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

Equipment for Water Removal

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

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

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

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

How Professionals Remediate Water Damage in Your Brandon Home

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

The Application of Drying Mats in Remediating Properties After Water Damage

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

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

Equipment for Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

What Objectives Should Water Removal from Riverview Properties Accomplish?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

  • Emergency services water damage
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 

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

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

Does Timely Water Mitigation Change the Outcome After Water Leaks?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Helps Manage the Restoration Processes in Riverview Properties

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

The River of Fire Legacy

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

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

Interesting Things to Do in Riverview

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

Bell Creek Nature Preserve

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

Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve

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

International Independent Showmen's Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy Arts and Culture in Brandon Florida

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle with equipment. If you have a water damage to your property, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview. We are here to help.

Have Fun At One of Several Entertainment Venues in Brandon

Brandon, Florida is considered part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, however, the area has its unique history and community, separate from the large Tampa metro area. Brandon lies eleven miles east of downtown Tampa, making it a short drive for residents who want to enjoy the city life, commute to work, or travel across the city. 

The area of Brandon was first settled by a gentleman named John Brandon in 1858. Initially named New Hope, he purchased forty acres. Later expanding by 160 acres, the town eventually became known as Brandon in 1890. Rail service was established the same year to Tampa providing the only primary link to the coast and the larger city to the east. There were no roads at the time, and the train service became a welcome addition to the growing community to travel to Tampa and other locations.

Fast forward to the 1960s–1990s, the town grew substantially with many new businesses added, the construction of Interstate 75, and thousands of new residents. The population growth also introduced many new exciting things to do in the community and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Interesting Things To Do in Brandon

  • The Florida Academy of Performing Arts
  • The Entertainment Facility, TopGolf
  • Dave and Busters arcade restaurant attraction
  • County Fair
  • Westfield Brandon Shopping Center
  •  Pinot's Palette
  • Many more parks, attractions, and restaurants

The Florida Academy of Performing Arts

The Florida Academy of Performing Arts, located in Brandon, supports the performing arts for children offering scholarships supporting students as they progress through classes and theaters and further extend their careers. They provide free workshops to young musicians, makeup classes, performance groups, a parent's night out, and theater performances. Parents may purchase tickets to see their children perform and demonstrate their new skills in the performing arts.

There are classes and workshops offered every month for students in various age groups. For example, drama classes teach students a variety of acting techniques and tools to create dramatic presentations. Games and activities are used to make this a fun learning exercise. Storytelling workshops help students with tips and tricks to develop attention-grabbing storytelling that enthralls and retains audience attention to the narrative.

Need a day off from the kids? The parent's day off provides the parents with a free day to enjoy a day without the kids. The kids get to experiment with new musical instruments, play games, make gifts for the family, and have fun. These activities are one of those win-win activities where everyone benefits. They also enjoy lunch served at the facility.

The Entertainment Facility, TopGolf

The TopGolf entertainment facility has something for everyone. TopGolf has combined technology, promotions, food, drinks, and great places to relax and discuss your technique. They also support private events for family groups, company events, fundraisers, team building, and birthday parties. There are activities for everyone, even if you are not really into golf.

TopGolf has made the experience at their facility even more impressive by incorporating technology into each golf swing. They can track your ball and score each shot accurately; clients can watch a real-time trace of their ball's flight path, obtain information about speed, distance, and more. The technology helps the serious golfer improve their game and entertain those who enjoy themselves and have fun.

Pinot's Palette

Pinot's Palette is a unique venue where guests learn to paint, drink, and be merry. Enjoy beer, wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages while learning to paint. All supplies are provided. Locally trained artists guide each event in the step by step process of creating a featured painting. These painting events are a great way to meet new friends or bond with the family. There are virtual and in-class events available. Examples of several events include: Christmas wreath monogram, Catching snowflakes, Holiday vintage truck, It's a wonderful life, Cozy winter love, and Snowflake Gnome.

Dave and Busters Arcade Restaurant Attraction

Play your favorite arcade games, get a group together to play an action-packed virtual reality game, watch sports on massive high definition TV screens, all while enjoying your favorite beverages and snacks. There are many activities and games to enjoy, including some of the more popular games to play, such as: 

  • Rampage, Jurassic Park
  • Halo
  • Injustice
  • The Walking Dead
  • Quik Drop

Watch your favorite sports on large screens with your friends. Use your Power Card to play games without needing to always have cash on hand. They also have a full drink, appetizers, and an entire menu to add to your evening's enjoyment.

Avoid Costly Demolition with SERVPRO's Injectidry System

Water leaks often soak carpets and other flooring materials as it spreads from the source of the leak. Many homeowners find that the water has originated inside a wall or spreads to wall cavities that must be dried to avoid future mold infestation issues. Often, homeowners are not aware that moisture inside walls is present until it is observed by SERVPRO technicians using advanced technologies such as.

  • Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Moisture sensors inserted into cavities

We use specialized equipment to remove the moisture without the need to remove drywall, cabinets, or flooring to reach cavities with high moisture levels. Our Injectidry System effectively removes moisture and dries the cavity's interior without the need to open large holes in the walls. 

There is significantly less demolition needed to dry the interior of the cavity thoroughly. As a result, damage repair requirements are minimized, significantly reducing restoration expenses and the time required to return the water damaged area to its original condition.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview provides water damage repair services to Brandon residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (813) 741-3473. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage repair needs.

What Can Homeowners Do to Prevent a Dishwasher Overflow?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Upside down dishwasher When faulty appliances leave your home covered in water, Call the water damage experts at SERVPRO immediately for remediation assistance.

Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO are Available for Riverview Water Damage Repair 24/7.

Dishwashers, washing machines, and other such fixtures that operate with large amounts of water tend to be left to their own devices more often than not. However, this practice can eventually lead to leaks or even disastrous overflows and appliance failures that saturate carpet, floors, and cabinetry in Riverview homes. Worse still, the average cost of remediating damages from a dishwasher failure is around $5,000–a hefty expense for homeowners.

SERVPRO technicians perform water damage repair for Riverview properties 24/7 to ensure that the affected structures and contents return to a preloss condition. This Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited firm is committed to extensive training and education resources for technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike to maximize the knowledge and benefits available to homeowners in need of mitigation and restoration services.

A Highly-Trained Team Ensures Consistent Results for Clients

SERVPRO’s commitment to education encompasses the following:

  • Hands-on training and certification for restoration technicians per IICRC benchmarks. Employee certification training covers such topics as fire and water damage mitigation, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning.
  • A thorough 15-day course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Center for new franchise owners to learn more about restoration.
  • Additional self-paced e-Learning resources for staff to further hone their knowledge.
  • Credit and noncredit courses for SERVPRO staff as well as real estate and insurance professionals who wish to learn more about structural damages from fire, water, and mold, as well as restoration industry best practices.

How Can Homeowners Inspect Their Dishwasher for Signs of Water Damage?

Dishwasher failures are often caused by such factors as overly sudsy detergents, damaged door gaskets, and compromised water inlet valves, sensors, or float switches. While a sudden overflow can be overwhelming to deal with, parts failures may also indicate leakage that may damage your floors and subflooring. If left unchecked, this moisture can create an environment in which mold can thrive.

If you suspect that there might be water damage underneath your dishwasher, you can take the following steps to examine it:

  • Make sure the unit is off. Remove the kickplate at the bottom of your dishwasher and examine the area underneath it with a flashlight.
  • Take note of wet floors or dripping, which can indicate a damaged supply line.
  • If no damage is found while the unit is off, run a full cycle without the kickplate, and continue observing. If leaks occur while your dishwasher is running, you may need to rule out a variety of factors, such as:
    • Leaky solenoid valves or circulation pumps
    • A damaged internal hose
    • A corroded tub

Certified restoration technicians like the team at SERVPRO not only remove moisture from surfaces, but they can also remediate potential mold growth with EPA-registered fungicides. Should floors or subfloor require repairs, this team’s rebuilding services can provide the fixes necessary to return your flooring to a safe and stable condition.

How Can Homeowners Prevent a Dishwasher Overflow Regularly?

While SERVPRO techs are available day and night to preserve Riverview homes, there are several small ways that homeowners can lower the risk of a dishwasher failure, including:

  • Maintaining a clean drain basket. The drain basket at the bottom of your dishwasher catches debris that might otherwise clog the drain line. When removing the drain basket for cleaning, consider clearing the drain itself with baking soda, vinegar, and hot water to mitigate potential clogs.
  • Keeping the garbage disposal clear of debris. If your dishwasher drains water through the garbage disposal, it is crucial to prevent water from backing up into your sink. Flush out the drain periodically.
  • Inspecting the air gap in the drain line. The air gap, typically mounted by the kitchen sink, is crucial for keeping wastewater from getting sucked back into the dishwasher. Keep this chamber free of obstructions to ensure it functions as intended.

How Efficient is SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Process?

SERVPRO technicians are thoroughly trained in water extraction with tools like truck-mounted extraction units, wands, pumps, rover vacuums, and mops. Moisture extraction accelerates the structural drying process by as much as 1,200%, which is crucial in sudden, high-volume water damage situations like a dishwasher overflow.

  • Wand extractors are the tool of choice for preventing moisture migration before moving on to other devices.
  • The extraction process may require multiple passes to prepare a space for structural drying.
  • Most extraction units feature heater, pump, and vacuum systems to address water-damaged upholstery and carpeting. However, for most water damage mitigation purposes, only the vacuum portion is used.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can keep your property looking, “Like it never even happened.” Contact your local disaster cleanup team at (813) 741-3473 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How Do I Deal with a Warped Wall?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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

The Restoration Team at Our SERVPRO Brandon Repairs Your Walls 

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

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

Should I Remove the Drywall or Attempt to Dry it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Why Are Hardwood Floors Susceptible to Significant Water Damage?

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

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

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

Does the Water Dry Out in the Under Layers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who Can Do Structural Repairs After Water Losses?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What is Controlled Demolition? 

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

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

Does SERVPRO Rebuild Damaged Homes? 

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

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

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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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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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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Mango Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Removing Refrigerator Water Damage from a Mango Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

Evaluate the Subfloor After A Water Damage Disaster In Brandon

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

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

Evaluate the Subfloor

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

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

Remove Water and Moisture

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

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

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Extracting Water Without Power in Hurricane-Damaged Brandon Homes

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Living room in a home with SERVPRO fans and dehumidifiers stacked on the floor We have the tools and equipment ready to help with your water damage needs.

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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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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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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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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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.


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.


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


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.