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How to Prepare for Atlantic Hurricane Season?

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Prepare for Atlantic Hurricane Season

Atlantic hurricane season runs roughly from June 1 thru November 30 each year, with September holding the spot for the peak hurricane month. While, technically, hurricanes can wreak havoc any time of the year, this is the time to be on your guard the most. With that said, there are several ways to prepare for these storms during the off-season so you are not caught unawares.

Stock Up on Essentials

You'll want to prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook by stocking up on water, bread, non-perishables and items you can eat without heating. Also, make sure you have:

  • Extra batteries for flashlights or headlamps,
  • Portable chargers and cables for cell phones,
  • Candles with matches. 

Check Your Insurance

If you live in a hurricane-prone region, make sure your insurance covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of a Tampa hurricane.  

Make a Video of Your Home

If your home is damaged from hurricane winds and water, a home inventory video will help prove the pre-storm state of your home and make insurance claims processing easier. It would also be beneficial to make electronic versions of important documents related to your home and your personal information in case the originals are destroyed in the storm. Include digital files of documents such as your:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver's license
  • Home's deed
  • Social security card

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. This is important in areas that may receive a direct hit, and install foot and head bolts on all doors.

Make an Evacuation Plan

When it is time to evacuate, go. Make a plan for where you and your family will stay at least 50 miles from your Tampa home. If you can, pre-pack a bag before the threat of an Atlantic hurricane is severe. Load it with clothes, blankets, food, water, electronics and important papers or photos.

Conclusion

Don't Take Risks. Ultimately, people are more important than things. People hurt in hurricane weather evacuate late or stay in their homes altogether. Be wise and get out early. Prepare in order to mitigate panic and this kind of risky behavior. 

We are a Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated cleaning, damage restoration, and construction business, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is a proud and active member of this community and is ready to respond to your Tampa home emergency 24/7/365. Call us today at (813) 694-9082.

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Mold in Your Business? Know the Misconceptions

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene understands that every hour spent inspecting, cleaning, and removing mold is another hour of lost business. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency service with a lightning-fast response time. When it comes to mold, there's information you need to know. However, that doesn't mean that it's all correct. From mold cleaning tips to which types of mold are hazardous to your health, misconceptions are everywhere. If you find yourself browsing through the internet looking for guidance after encountering mold growth in your business, keep an eye for these common mold myths.

Mold is Only Found in Water-Damaged Homes.

While it's true that mold forms in areas that have issues with water damage, that's not the whole picture. Mold and mildew are always present—both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a surface containing moisture, they can begin to grow. Regardless of whether or not you've had recent water damage to your commercial space, all structures have the potential for a mold problem, especially in high humidity areas like crawlspaces and basements. 

It's Not a Dangerous Mold if it isn't Black.

While black mold does have a dark appearance, it's not the only type of mold that can cause health effects. Mold can also be brown, green, yellow, pink, or white in appearance. Since mold can affect you and your employees’ health it is important to address any type of growth in your business. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene recommends contacting a local mold inspector and then calling us at (813) 694-9082 for remediation

Black Mold is "toxic" to Humans and Animals.

Calling black mold "toxic" implies that it is somehow poisonous to those who contact it. No "toxic" mold exists, although molds can be toxigenic. If a toxigenic mold is growing and releasing spores into the air, it can create unhealthy air quality conditions that affect your staff. Black mold is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health concerns.

Mold Can be Treated with DIY Methods.

There's a lot of DIY advice out there from unreliable sources that tell business owners that treating mold with bleach is enough to fix the problem. Although bleach can indeed be an effective surface cleaner, mold often colonizes porous materials that cannot be treated with this DIY method, like behind walls, under floors, inside insulation, etc. For remediation that eliminates the issue permanently, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene, your local mold removal professionals. 

While there's no question that mold can be a headache for business owners, it's not a problem that has to result in a total profit loss! At SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene, we provide fast, highly effective mold remediation. Best of all, our services are guaranteed! 

Don't rely on random, incorrect information from the internet to treat your mold issues—just give our experts a call for a free estimate at (813) 694-9092. For additional information about understanding mold and the mold remediation process, check out our website at SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene.

How to Identify Tornadoes During a Hurricane

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Hurricanes Can Create Favorable Conditions for Tornadoes

The thought of a tornado touching down in a community during a hurricane is a frightening image. Most people have seen movies or television shows where tornadoes have caused mass destruction and significant property damage. Watching it in action on the big screen or television is disheartening enough, let alone experiencing the situation first-hand. Living through a tornado and seeing the devastating impact on a community is a humbling experience. If you haven't experienced a tornado, it is necessary to understand how to identify them and react appropriately. Your safety and others depend on your ability to identify tornadoes.

Perhaps the most obvious and known characteristics of a tornado is a funnel cloud. During violent hurricanes, meteorologists observe the development of favorable conditions for tornadoes. Classic signs of an impending tornado include dark skies, large hail pieces falling to the ground, and a dark sky that appears green. People who have witnessed actual tornadoes tend to report a similar claim of hearing a loud noise that resembles a train outside the window. The tornado itself is a rotational cloud that forms in the sky and may or may not touch down on the ground. If the rotating funnel cloud loses formation, it can develop again. Strong, structured funnel clouds may be a single cloud formation that may spur off into another one. This is important to remember if the clouds appear to diminish. As they disappear, they can re-emerge without warning.

Understanding the apparent signs of a tornado is essential for safety. Seek immediate shelter in the lowest-lying area of the home or business, such as a basement. Avoid being near windows and glass doors due to shattering. Cover your head with pillows if they are accessible to protect your head and face. You must be aware that everyday household objects fly with the wind if the windows or doors break. These objects can become airborne and cause interior property damage and bodily harm.

Seek immediate shelter when an emergency message occurs. Don't drive your vehicle towards a clear twister to photograph the tornado, as this could be a fatal mistake. Tornadoes cause mass destruction, harm people, destroy property, and wipe miles of communities, housing developments, businesses, farms, and roads. It's crucial to recognize that personal safety is the top priority. Since violent storms, such as hurricanes, can spawn tornadoes with little or no warning, everyone needs to know how to identify tornadoes.

As a storm and water damage restoration leader, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. Call today at (813) 694-9082.

Find Your Leaky Roof Source Quickly

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

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After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your damaged property as quickly as you can. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may also see missing shingle tiles from the ground, but those don't always represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from a more minor roof feature.

At SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene, we:

  • Find the source of the leak
  • Stop the leak &
  • Clean the water damage.

Find the Leak

During storms in Florida, wind damage can let rain in through your roof. From the inside, look for water stains on your ceiling and walls that indicate the leak.

Common places to see leaky roof damage:

  1. Vents and fans
  2. Chimneys
  3. Window dormers
  4. Vent pipes
  5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Dealing with Water Damage

  1. Check for discolorations and rotting wood, wet drywall and insulation.
  2. If you haven't found mold, start drying any wet materials immediately. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. 
  3. If you find mold, remain careful to not spread it during cleanup. Mold grows on wet, damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. A mold remediation professional creates a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.

For more assistance, call a local construction, restoration, and mold remediation crew like SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (813) 694-9082.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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During a water damage emergency, quick action is crucial. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water. We monitor and document the drying process to verify your property's water damage restoration. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Determine if it is safe to stay in the home or business. 
  • Stay informed with the latest weather information, especially when the National Weather Service issues flash flood watches and warnings.
  • Be mindful of electrical and "slip and fall" hazards.
  • Remember, floodwater is not safe water.  
  • Contact your homeowner’s insurance and/or flood insurance. 
  • Call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (831) 694-9082 for water damage restoration. 

 What to do After Flooding

Follow the recommendations below to protect your home or business from further water damage after an emergency. Wait out the storm in safety before taking action. The best practice is to check the local and national weather reports before cleaning up after a flood. 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Prop up wet upholstery and cushions. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer. 
  • Gather loose items from floors and store them in a dry place.

What Not to do After Flooding

You should never put yourself or your family at risk to clean up your home or business after a flood or storm. Always use your best judgment. If the property or an area of the property is not safe to enter, call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene for professional help. We advise against the following after a flood.

  • Do not drive on flooded roads, it only takes two feet of water to lift and float most automobiles.
  • Prohibit children from playing near high water, storm drains, or ditches.
  • Avoid using your household vacuum to remove water. 
  • Do not use television or other electric household appliances. 
  • Stay away from rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If disaster does strike, trust your local SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene to be by your side when you need us. We are a phone call away at (831) 694-9082 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Drying out Water Damage

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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After a plumbing disaster, North Tampa / Magdalene homeowners need a water-vac to pull water off the floor, open the doors and windows, and rent a rug shampooer from the local big box store; a simple DIY project. However, after major water damage, restoring a home takes a professional service. SERVPRO restoration specialists train to know which drying methods and equipment they need to use, and when to use them. We use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

Water damage restoration all comes down to humidity. Humidity levels determine the level of water vapor in a home compared to its capacity. A level of 60 percent or higher indicates the air is saturated, which dramatically slows evaporation and increases drying time. Specialists use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level in each affected room. Working dehumidifiers can lower the level up to 20 percent every 24 hours.

Evaporation is the natural process of water converting to vapor. With large amounts of water, it is slow. Our SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to remove the bulk of the standing water. SERVPRO technicians are trained to get the amount of water below two inches in depth; at which the rate of evaporation increases. Another tactic our specialists use to augment the rate of evaporation is to use high-speed fans to increase movement, forcing saturated air outside the home.

Air movers and fans' combined effort to increase air movement is useful, but the temperature is an essential factor in the drying process. The preferred range to a dry property is 70 to 90 degrees. Our technicians will try to engage the HVAC system if it is operational. If not, we will use space heaters to raise the internal temperature. They monitor the temperature to keep it under 80 degrees on the first day; since a higher temperature can increase the humidity. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can complete the drying process and continue to restore your home or business by cleaning, sanitizing, and repairing any damages. 

At SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene, we use every tool and method available, ensuring every residence is dry and a safe condition for families to live in once again. If you have recent water damage in your home, call (813) 694-9082 to schedule a visit. We are here for you 24/7, 7 days a week.

How can SERVPRO of North Tampa Help with Hazardous Waste?

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Although SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is well-known for fire and water restoration, you may not know that we offer hazardous waste disposal. Our highly-trained professionals can help you or your business with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup. We specialize in removing and cleaning common hazardous wastes such as bloodborne pathogens, sewage backups, illegal drugs, hoarding situations, crime scene residues, and more. We are trained to safely decontaminate these situations in accordance with OSHA and CDC regulations. Our sanitizing agents, antimicrobial treatments, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents help us make your property “Like it never even happened.” 

When you experience a biohazard concern or have hazardous waste on your property, leave the responsibility of hard cleanup to us. Bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, and other contaminated waste can put you at risk. Follow these steps after contamination. 

  • Call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene immediately at (813) 694-9082 for biohazard cleanup. 
  • Stay out of infected areas. 
  • Call first responders if the situation is life-threatening. 
  • Treat all areas and/or bodily fluids as if they are contaminated. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage. 

Don’t wait to call us when you have a biohazard emergency. These situations can leave home and business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is here for you 24/7, 7 days a week at (813) 694-9082.

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage After a Storm

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Florida homeowners are no stranger to hurricanes and the damage that they can do to homes and communities. Some liken the water damage from a hurricane to that of a flood from a typical rainstorm, but the former is so much worse.

Flood damage in Tampa, Florida, results from a hurricane bringing water and salt from the ocean. Brackish water is hazardous, and it has the potential to create havoc on your home's structure and your possessions. Hurricane flood damage is severe and needs action immediately.

When salt comes into contact with wire insulation, metals, concrete, zinc, and other materials commonly used in homes, it's corrosive. Also, saltwater conducts its charge that increases the likelihood of power outages and electrical shock. A home damaged by saltwater decomposes faster if left sitting. The foundation, walls, flooring, and decorative stone and brick of your home will start to break down and be costly to repair the longer the problem persists.

Contacting experienced professionals, such as our team at SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene, is key to protecting your home after a hurricane. It isn't easy removing saltwater from home; First, washing with freshwater before pumping can start. As time ticks before repairs commence, your home is vulnerable to water damage.

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Taking quick action is key to mitigating flood damage after a hurricane. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is dedicated to helping local homeowners with speed and precision. If your home requires repair or assessment after a storm, call us at (813) 694-9082 for a quote or additional information regarding our services.

Protection from Wind Damage

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Many areas of the United States have experienced heavy winds and storms this season, and the strong, powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home. Wind damage can result in a range of destruction to your property, from broken windows and fallen tree branches to severe damage to your roof, garage, or car. SERVPRO of North Tampa/ Magdalene is “Here to help” with storm restoration and storm damage protection before disaster strikes. We’re available 24/7 at (813) 694-9082. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of harm to your home when severe weather hits your property.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage 

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when a massive storm is approaching. SERVPRO of North Tampa/ Magdalene can assist in storm damage prevention to help you save time while preparing for the storm. By taking precautions to protect your home, you can ease your mind and reduce the strain on your wallet. 

  • Secure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects. 
  • Keep up with regular tree maintenance, trimming dead limbs, and removing weak trees, to reduce the likelihood of structural damage. 
  • Bolt your doors and windows with foot and head bolts, and reinforce your garage door and tracks. 
  • Ensure your roofing system has anchored trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. 
  • Install a roof covering that will protect the structure from high winds and impact from hail and other debris. 

Mitigating Damage After a Storm

A major storm or hurricane can cause extremely high levels of stress. SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene is “Here to help” and to lessen the emotional burden on you and your family. It is our top priority to make you and your family feel safe and cared for. We have identified these three key steps you can take immediately after a storm occurs.  

  1. Review and Assess the Damage 
  2. Contact SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene 
  3. Contact Your Insurance Provider 

Before you begin inspecting the damage to your home, check local news to make sure that your area is safe. Watch out for downed power lines and other hazards such as broken glass, standing water, and collapsing roof materials. Look around your property for holes in the roof, broken shingles, dents in gutters, and split seams. 

Once you have assessed the damage, call SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene at (813) 694-9082. We are available 24/7 and are committed to responding immediately to your flood or storm damage emergency. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

If you have insurance, you should contact your provider as soon as possible. We will work closely with you and your insurance to find the best approach to your storm restoration. 

Contacting a storm damage restoration professional and your insurance provider as soon as the storm is over is imperative to limit secondary damage and restoration costs. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is “Here to help.” Contact us 24/7 at (813) 694-9082.

How to Clean Mold Damaged Items with Sentimental Value?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

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If your home has experienced extensive water damage, there's a good chance many of your personal belongings have been affected. Hardwood floors, carpeting, and drywall are replaceable; however, many personal items carry an irreplaceable sentimental value. We cannot restore everything; however, resist the temptation to trash damaged mold possessions until a mold remediation specialist in Tampa, Florida, has assessed it. You'll be surprised by what mold cleaning can do.

What to Clean

Mold damage affects different materials in different ways. For example, porous materials, such as fabric, upholstery, carpeting, leather, plywood, canvas, and paper suffer the most damage. Mold can partially digest some material or get lodged in tiny openings in the material, so it's challenging to get out. On the other hand, non-porous materials usually fare much better. When mold is only on the surface, it can come off with minimal effort through scrubbing. Generally, we can clean these materials without difficulty:

  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Hardwoods
  • Glazed Ceramics
  • Glass

What to Replace

While it may be possible to restore some items with mold cleaning, the cost to do so may make it more reasonable to replace it. For example, a favorite recliner that has suffered severe water damage and mold growth may be a larger, more intricate process than you expect. If you can purchase a recliner for the same price as restoring it (or less), you may be advised to buy a new one. This is especially true if the item in question isn't one-of-a-kind or of great sentimental value.

What to Restore

Anything precious or unique like a child's favorite toy, a handed-down leather jacket, rare books, or valuable paintings are worth restoring by a restoration specialist. Even if you think the damage is too severe, wait until a professional has assessed the damage before giving up hope. A new, patented, hydraulic washing system by a company called Esporta can restore 90% of soft materials to a "food-grade" clean.

While you may lose possessions to water and mold, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can make sure you don't lose everything. Give us a call today at 813-694-9082.