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Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fire hazards in North Tampa / Magdalene If your commercial property experience fire damage, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene.

Fire damage in your business is a serious concern. Moderate damage can result in your facility closing for repairs for weeks on end, which can be devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, many fire hazards are present in workplaces regardless of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

3 Things to Lookout for

1. Electrical Concerns

Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may damage internal wiring inside the walls, and these damage pests and other forces. Electrical fires may start when power sockets overload or when equipment gets hot. Periodically address and review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern.

2. Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in workplaces relate to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace may result in accumulating dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may include dusty, dirty, or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

3. Flammable or Combustible Materials

Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners, and many other types of businesses may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain sealed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. As you can see, numerous fire hazards that could result in severe damage to your business.

If your business has experienced fire damage, repair work must finish. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Services

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fire restoration services in Tampa, FL SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can handle your fire restoration needs.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects the structure of your house but your belongings. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. Check some of SERVPRO's fire restoration services below:

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can save you money while preserving irreplaceable keepsakes. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. Several methods of cleaning your contents include:

Dry Cleaning: It's used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean.

Wet Cleaning: It's an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe: It's useful for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.

Foam Cleaning: Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

Abrasive Cleaning: Involves agitation to the surface.

Immersion Cleaning: Contents dip into a bath of the cleaning product.


If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can conduct an organized, efficient movement of the affected area.

Move-out will provide several benefits, including A quicker remodeling process protecting items from potential damage protecting contents from on-site damage. When restoration's complete, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs.

The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup 

Fire-damaged electronics can present a severe hazard. Don't attempt to turn on or operate any damaged electrical device. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If not removed, the residues corrode, causing electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate your electronics' restoration, including television sets, DVD players, computers, etc. The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent damage. 

For additional information regarding our fire damage restoration process, call (813) 694-9082.

Signs of Mold

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth in North Tampa home Mold growth on the ceiling of a North Tampa home.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.

Make sure you stay out of affected areas and turn off the HVAC system and fans. Then contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene for mold remediation services.

Remember, significant mold growth can occur in as little as 48-72 hours. You might notice a strong, musty odor; this may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting; mold isn’t always visible, but the odor can help identify it. Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, give SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene a call at (813) 694-9082.

Is Demolition Necessary for Mold in Your Tampa Home

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage in North Tampa home Don't let mold damage in your Tampa home stop you. Call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene today!

Mold Demolition in Tampa is Strictly for Professionals

In commercial properties or large private residences, mold growth can spread rapidly and become a significant issue. In these circumstances, it may be necessary to carry out a controlled demolition, removing structure to allow access to the damage source. Properties built before 1978 can contain lead-based paints in their structure, which turn to dust during demolition and can be extremely dangerous. Certain types of mold can also pose health effects. These are jobs for a professional.

It is generally quite rare for us to carry out mold demolition in Tampa homes and commercial properties. This procedure is only necessary in cases where the damage is widespread and poses a health risk. Usually, SERVPRO sends tests to a laboratory to assess the level of mold growth before beginning a procedure like this due to the high level of the cost it can involve.

Demolishing structures are necessary when mold has become a significant problem and has spread throughout wall cavities, below the subfloor, or into crawlspaces. SERVPRO has many practical solutions for mold remediation, but almost all of them require access to the affected area. Removing parts of structure allows us to get your property back to preloss conditions and tackle mold using rapid-air movers, solvent-based wet cleaning, and even soda or ice blasting.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand the dangers of this procedure. On arranging a call-out, we send an IICRC certificate holder to assess and remediate mold damage. We can also send an in-house remodeler or use a third party to help put your home back together. Part of our remit is to "always do what is right by the customer," which means we only undertake expensive proceedings like demolition when necessary.

Making it "Like it never even happened," is not just a slogan for us. We promise to use all expertise and equipment at our disposal to restore your home to its preloss conditions. Where possible, we restore items rather than replace them. As a homeowner or property manager, you need a service you can trust; we have a proven track record in this area that stands us in good stead with our community.

When mold gets out of hand, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (813) 694-9082 for second-to-none service. 

3 Step Plan for a Flooded Furnace

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded furnace in basement causing water damage Have a plan for a flooded furnace in your Tampa, Florida, home.

Dealing with a burst pipe can feel like an all-encompassing task. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene has the process to deal with water damage. You should divide the process into manageable steps to decrease anxiety, increase efficiency in the claims process, and get your business up and running again.

Document Damage

The furnace is most likely your top priority. However, it’s important to note other property damaged in the area. Use the following process to document losses and assign values in a notebook or spreadsheet.

• Photograph the damage;

• Write down the serial number or another unique identifier if available;

• Assign a value.

Don’t forget to include items that may have no monetary value but are still of high value to your business. Professional recovery services are available to try and save irreplaceable items such as documents or photographs.

Investigate Coverage and Decide To Repair or Replace 

A burst pipe resulting in a furnace flood is an insurable event, so make sure to check with your provider. The AHRI recommends replacement versus repair of a flooded furnace. Property owners may receive advice that the furnace will work again after a total dry-out and perhaps some minor electrical repair. This is the case and good news if the furnace remains uncovered. However, the life of the unit reduces. You likely don’t want to choose repair over replacement and have a related problem surface a couple of years later, long after the claim closes.

Care of Air Ducts 

The quality of air from a furnace is as good as the ducts it travels through. Your final task is to schedule a professional air duct cleaning to ensure ducts are clean, dry, and free of mold and debris. Tasks associated with a furnace flood are something nobody wants on their to-do list.

Take this systematic approach to return to your property in Tampa, Florida. For additional information, call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene.

Inspecting Your Home for Damages After a Fire

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Residential wall with fire damage Know the signs. Inspect your home for damage after a fire.

When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your North Tampa / Magdalene home can prove challenging to overcome. Fire damage affects can be reaching for the average homeowner to face on their own.

Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services. Reacting to the fire damage in your Tampa, Florida, home can seem impossible. When the extinguishing process completes, you can begin restoring it to normal. Fortunately, this isn't a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our SERVPRO team handles fire restoration, from soot clean-up to odor removal, to help make the steps towards getting your house to original condition.

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from when we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection records the damage, and our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and strategies to contend with what they face. We'll deliver the assessment of your damages to the insurance company that covers your home. Claims won't be issued until further details are discussed.

Whether the fire damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces. You can trust our SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Give us a call anytime at (813) 694-9082.

Common Water Issues for Businesses

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Tampa office that has standing water Water damage can happen to your business. Be prepared.

For a commercial property owner in Tampa, Florida, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, water damage professionals can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face, from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks 

A pipe break can occur in several ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and burst.

2. Plumbing Backup 

Blocked plumbing can lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. Water in blocked pipes can take the shortest path regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages occur, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather 

Extreme weather conditions can lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or cause it to burst. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks 

Foundation cracks can become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to issues such as mold. Assess any cracks quickly to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Fire Extinguisher Ready

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

By now, fire extinguishers have become staples in most disaster-ready homes and provide billions worldwide with a quick, straightforward way to respond to sudden blazes. Generally, all fire extinguishers are alike, as they follow the same usage procedure known as PASS:

* Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.

* Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire.

* Squeeze the handle and release extinguisher chemicals.

* Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished.

Choosing Your Extinguisher

The first thing you should be aware of is that not every fire extinguisher is good for every job. For example, when dealing with a grease fire, you’ll need a class B extinguisher to get the job done. It’s a good idea to research different extinguisher uses before deciding where to allocate these appliances around your home.

Emergency Services Ideally, you should have someone call 911 as you attempt to extinguish the flames. This ensures you’re able to get the assistance you need if your attempts are unsuccessful. Furthermore, know when to leave the house. If the blaze becomes large or your extinguisher runs out of fumes, it’s time to get out of the house. You can pass over the firefighting responsibilities to emergency responders and work with a fire cleanup crew, like SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene afterward to get your home back to normal again.

Keeping proper fire extinguisher handling tips in mind may be able to save your home and your family in the coming years. Be sure to discuss the above tips with every member of your family. Visit SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalenefor more information on fire damage cleanup. 

Rug Cleaning After a Fire

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

The highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time, after a fire like in this case. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

SERVPRO System offers several cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call us today at (813) 694-9082.

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

Bonnet Cleaning:

A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.

Hot Water Extraction:

A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types. Deluxe Precondition and Rinse:

Helps restore soiled areas. Showcase Premier Cleaning:

The most thorough cleaning method in the industry. Dry Cleaning:

When color-fastness is an issue.SERVPRO may be able to save your rugs and carpet after a fire, give us a call today!

Immediate Service Day or Night

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Tampa restoration companies - image of green SERVPRO box truck SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene provides 24-hour emergency service and dedicates being faster to any-sized disaster in Tampa! We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Residential Services

Whether your Florida home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

Commercial Services

There's no convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Tampa commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond with trained technicians to get your property back to business.