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Advanced Technology to Provide Expert Service

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene, we stay up-to-date with the most advanced technology and techniques. With these advancements, SERVPRO can restore your property swiftly, reliably, and to its preloss condition. You can count on a turnaround, whether using SERVPRO for your commercial or residential needs in Tampa, Florida. Practical standards for cleaning and restoration are in place by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Some of the equipment that helps SERVPRO adhere to the standards and stay true to the technological advancements are as follows:

Moisture Detection and Measurement

Specialized equipment detects, measures, and monitors a property's moisture levels to fit certain scientific drying principles. Recent technology, like infrared cameras, helps us find water through a wall, ceiling, or floor. For thorough water removal, an infrared camera is used to identify water location. To measure the extent of saturation, we use sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters.

Water Extraction

To measure the extent of saturation, we use sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters. Powerful extraction equipment removes most of the water from your home or business, which in turn accelerates the drying process. For continuous draining of high-level water, we use submersible and gas-powered pumps. For efficient water removal, we prefer truck-mounted and portable extraction units.

Drying

The remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors of your home or business removes by using industrial strength fans and dehumidifiers. Proper drying techniques help to avoid swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture. High-speed fans quickly evaporate excess moisture
Industrial-grade dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal

With water and fire damage, powerful odors follow. Our advanced machines eliminate airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup procedure. We utilize OSHA-approved cleaning agents.

Deodorization products control smells from an abundance of moisture. Disinfectants end bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms' growth. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene will provide you with the most advanced technology and techniques. With these advancements, SERVPRO can restore your property swiftly, reliably, and restore to its preloss condition.

Helpful Tips for Hurricane Prep

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Do you live in an area that's prone to hurricane activity? Are you new to the area and want to know what you should do when a hurricane warning issue occurs? When a hurricane is approaching, be ready. Follow our guide!

6 Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane

Tip #1: Stock Up on Essentials

Depending on the severity of the hurricane, prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook. Be sure to stock up on water, bread, non-perishables, and items you can eat without cooking. Also, make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights and headlamps and buy candles and matches.

Tip #2: Check Your Insurance

Ensure your insurance coverage covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of the hurricane in Tampa, Florida.

Tip #3: Make a Video of Your Home

If you make a video of your home before the hurricane, it will help prove the current state of your home pre-storm. Insurance companies will have an easier time processing your claims. You should make electronic versions of important documents related to your home and your personal information in case destroyed in a storm. These documents could include your birth certificate, driver's license, house deed, social security card, and unpaid bills.

Tip #4: Protect Your Property

Install hurricane shutters or plywood of at least 3/4 inches in thickness. You may need to install hurricane clips to secure the roof of your home to the walls. Shutters are essential in areas that may receive a direct hit and install foot and head bolts on all doors.

Tip #5: Make an Evacuation Plan

When it is time to leave, go. Make a plan for where your family will stay before the storm hits. Have an evacuation site at least 50 miles from your home.

Tip #6: Don't Take Risks

Injuries can occur by staying in the home or by taking extreme risks -- like leaving late. Make sure you don't do anything silly when the storm begins. Stay away from electrical poles and wires. Bunker down in your safe room from windows. Don't go outside when the hurricane has started.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources


We live and work in this community, too; we might be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are a proud active member of the Tampa community and want to do our part to make our community better. Call today at (813) 694-9082.

When and Where Hurricanes are Most Likely to Occur

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th. However, storms outside of these dates aren't unheard of. Activity ramps up in August, usually peaking in September and again in October.

Two main factors cause most hurricanes during this active season:

1. Warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher).

2. Weak vertical winds (little change in wind direction and speed with height).

This is the season with the highest frequency of west-moving weather disturbances in the tropics that develop into hurricanes.

The difference between a hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon is location! In different regions, people refer to thunderstorms as hurricanes, while people near the equator in Africa and Australia refer to them as cyclones.

If your home or business is effected by hurricane activity this season, call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene. We'll work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."

Career Opportunities at SERVPRO

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Interested in being a part of the SERVPRO family? Apply today! Image of cell phone. Interested in being a part of the SERVPRO family? Apply today!

With 17 franchises in 6 locations throughout TN, FL, and TX, SERVPRO Team Nicholson is an exciting, diverse, innovative place to work. We foster positive company culture, offer competitive compensation packages, and prioritize community involvement. Come find out what it takes to be a part of our team! 

Our mission is to be a proud, laser-focused team holding each other accountable while creating positive opportunities for our people and becoming the most efficiently run organization in the markets we serve. We value honesty, reliability, relationships, trustworthiness, and authenticity! Our team develops and provides solutions; we are go-getters and carry a “bring it” attitude to our work environment. We listen and value each other’s thoughts and ideas and strive to bring them to life. We are built on hard work, transparency, good business, and integrity. We believe “You can’t go wrong doing the right thing.” 

Bill Repsel, our Regional Administrator, shared his testimony on what it's like working for SERVPRO. He said "Every day is a new day. It is an opportunity to serve others in our community in a time of need. We have an incredible team of people with great talent that strives to make a difference every day." 

SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is proud of the work we do and is always looking for like-minded people interested in a rewarding career. Please submit your resume to recruiting@SERVPROclarksville.com, stop by our office at 5409 E. Henry Ave, Suite 1003, Tampa, FL . from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday, or click here to check out our current job openings.

A Smoother Claims Process

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can make your claims process smooth - image of the insurance claim form Contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene.

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, the last thing you want is to worry. For this reason, our team ensures they make a claim process as stress-free as possible. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene will help make it "Like it never even happened." That way, you and your family or business can get back to what is essential.

Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:

  • Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business.
  • Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage.
  • Work with your insurer.
  • Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is quick

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients. They are aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire process as easy as possible.

Our team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold, and biohazard cleanup and restoration services. Call (813) 694-9082; we're available 24/7.

Flu Season: Prevention Tips

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Woman Wearing Cloves While Cleaning her Countertop Disinfect your countertops!

Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever. 

It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up. This year's flu season is up there with some of the worst recorded today. All states in the US have reported widespread flu activity this season – except Hawaii. The flu spreads and strikes quickly, but you're not entirely defenseless.

When it comes to flu prevention, we've got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend your time: your home.

Wash your hands! 

One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the flu virus's spread is to wash your hands. A great habit of getting into is washing your hands first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying.

Change your dish towels regularly, or use a paper towel.

You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.

Take out your humidifier.

The flu virus doesn't thrive in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.

Wipe down all hard surfaces

Flu germs float in the air, but they have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like countertops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.

Look at your home from 'Kid-Level.'

Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning or the floors they may be crawling on.

Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is "Ready for whatever happens" should you need a little help cleaning!

Commercial Fire Damage

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage in North Tampa, Florida - Image of green icon If your property experiences fire damage, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene.

Commercial fire damage repair is something you never think you'll need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some companies will experience fire damage. Fires can occur by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. As the flames extinguish, you may begin to worry about what steps to take to resume business. The best advice is to have a plan.

The Damage Caused by a Fire

When you experience commercial fire damage, you may reflect on the mess left in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go beyond the ashes. To repair the property, seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water extraction will occur after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, can cost you customer goodwill and loss of profitability. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. SERVPRO will suggest what's salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call

After dealing with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business! Rely on us 24/7 for an immediate response.

Commercial HVAC Tips

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC system in Tampa, Florida These HVAC tips will help maintain your system.

It's a good idea to hire a professional to come to inspect your HVAC system. If any maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it immediately. You'll want to have an inspection done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean your unit's wiring and mechanisms, which would be a bit challenging for anyone without the training or expertise. Using a professional ensures that the future of your business' HVAC is bright!

As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system's life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance. Such as:

Regularly

  1. Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system.
  2. Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass.
  3. Keep two feet of space clear of your outdoor AC and heating units.
  4. Inspect refrigerant lines every month.
  5. Replace air filters at least every 90 days.
  6. In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier.
  7. In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on.

Annually

Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery. Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on a firm and level ground. Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture. Caring for your HVAC throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.

SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system. We're here to answer any questions you might have. Call us today at (813) 694-9082.

Freezing Temperatures Can Mean Freezing Pipes. What Can You Do?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

frozen water in Tampa, Florida Freezing temperatures can lead to frozen pipes!

Winter is Here, and There're Bursting Pipes Everywhere!

As temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes at your home and your workplace run the risk of freezing and bursting. When this happens, flooding and damage can occur to the property and possessions. Although bursting pipes can lead to many issues, the good thing is that this is avoidable. Here are a few tips to help safeguard against freezing pipes:

Add Extra Insulation

Pipes located in the basement or attic need protection from freezing temperatures. Adding extra insulation, such as fiberglass or foam rubber, can be a solution for exposed pipes in these areas.

Caulk Holes and Cracks

All holes and cracks near pipes should remain sealed to keep cold air and keep warm air inside. You're able to check on the inside and the outside of the building.

Let Your Faucet Drip

Opening the faucet can relieve pressure in the pipe. This keeps the pressure from building up and reducing the chances that the pipe bursts and you have a flooding situation.

Open Cabinet Doors

Warm air is circulated around pipes if cabinet doors are kept open. If the air around the pipe is kept warm, the chances of water freezing within the line decreases.

Keep the Heat Up

Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there's no one occupying the building for periods.

If disaster strikes and damage occurs by frozen pipes flooding your property, our team here at SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is ready to spring into action and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us anytime. We're prepared to respond to your emergency 24/7.

The Importance of Timely Water Mitigation

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

bursted pipes in Tampa, Florida Burst pipes need immediate attention, don't wait to call!

You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you rely on the building where location keeps business going. However, when a pipe or supply line springs a leak, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or extensive water damage.

The First Few Minutes

Water damage begins with a variety of events:

• Pipes breaking

• Supply line leaking

• Toilet overflowing

• Adverse weather flooding

• Foundation cracking

If all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops water from making the problem worse.

The First Few Hours

The longer water sits, the potential havoc it wreaks. Once exposed to humidity, walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can begin to swell and warp. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors, and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (813) 694-9082.

The First Few Days

Water damage that persists can interrupt your business, harming your property bottom line. It can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth.

To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. For additional information regarding commercial restoration, call (813)694-9082.