When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?
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, and peaks in September, and again in October.
Hurricanes form during this season because of two factors: warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher) and weak vertical winds (little change in wind direction and/or speed with height) are most common. 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 your location. People refer to thunderstorms as hurricanes while people near the equator in Africa and Australia refer to them as cyclones.
Call SERVPRO of North Tampa/ Magdalene today to restore your property back "Like it never even happened."
What to look for in a restoration company
1. The Ability to Deal with Multiple Damage Types
Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO® offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is because one type of damage can lead to another. For example, fire eliminated by water can result in mold if the water stands long. Most restoration companies can help fix smoke, fire, water, mold, and storm damage.
2. A Quick Response Time
Being faster to any size disaster means arriving with materials and equipment required to do the job. Locally owned franchises such as SERVPRO® have locations across the country allows them to respond faster when a disaster strikes.
3. They Offer a Variety of Services
A restoration company such as SERVPRO® offers a variety of services designed to help your agent process the insurance claim. These include an electronics inventory service and online database that provides access to information.
Whether you're choosing a restoration company because they're faster to any size disaster, or they can deal with multiple damage types, you want to look at the other services they provide. Many companies can help you clean your damaged items, the structure and has services they can offer which can make keeping track of the details needed by your insurance provider easier.
Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”
If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in Multiple Types of Restoration Call SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene today at (813) 694-9082.
Flu Season: Prevention Tips
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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 wide-spread flu activity this season – except Hawaii. The flu spreads and strikes quickly, but you’re not completely 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 spread of the flu virus is to wash your hands. A great habit to get 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 dishtowels regularly, or use 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
Might sound strange, but 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 counter tops, 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, and as always, we’re here “Ready for whatever happens” should you need a little help cleaning!
A Smoother Claims Process
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 the 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 important.
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 client. 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 bio-hazard clean up and restoration services. Call us anytime. (813) 694-9082 We are available 24/7.
Ice Dam, What's That?
Look familiar? You may have an ice dam.
Have you ever heard of an ice dam?
Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water. When the trapped water cannot flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.
So what causes ice dams?
They come from poor ventilation and climate control within the attic of a home. The attic gets warm, this can cause snow on the roof of the home to melt. When your home has recessed lighting, skylights, intricate roof designs and/or heating ducts, you’re at an increased chance for an ice dam to form.
How can you check for ice dams?
You can look for some warning signs that will tip you off to the presence of the elusive ice dam. Icicles can be an initial sign, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.” Another sign is if ice is coming through the home’s soffits or forming in the gutters, or there’s ice appearing on the exterior walls.
Do you know what to do if you have an ice dam?
Removing an ice dam is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt. If winter weather causes water damage to your property, we’re here to help. Call us at SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene; we’re available 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.
Freezing Temperatures can mean Freezing Pipes. What can you do?
Cold Temps bring the risk of freezing water in your pipes.
Now that winter is here, there’s bursting pipes everywhere!
As temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes both 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 a myriad of issues, the good thing is that this can be avoided. 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 pipe 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. This can be checked on the inside and the outside of the building.
Drip your faucets
Opening the faucet can relieve pressure in the pipe. This keeps the pressure from building up and therefore reducing the chances that the pipe bursts and you have a flooding situation.
Open cabinet doors
Warm air is circulate 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.
Make sure the heat is up
Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there’s no one occupying the building for periods of time.
In the event that disaster does strike and damage is done 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 ready to respond to your emergency 24/7.
Water Damage: The Importance of Timely Water Mitigation.
Burst Pipes need Immediate Attention. Don't wait to call to have it fixed.
You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you depend on the building where location keeps business going. When a pipe or supply line springs a leak, however, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference a simple cleanup or extensive water damage.
The First Few Minutes Water damage begins by 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. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can start to swell and warp if they are exposed to humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene.(813) 694-9082
The First Few Days Water damage that persists can interrupt your business, having a negative effect on your 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 more information about commercial restoration, call now (813)694-9082
Emergency Ready Profile: When "What If" become "What Now"
Download the ERP app today.
Being a property manager or landlord isn't always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems don't care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Stay prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile. As many 50% of businesses have to close down following a disaster.
Businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile helps your business in having a plan in place and assists to keep you and your staff members informed on how to handle fire and water damage.
To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene at (813) 694-9082.
Spring Cleaning? Don't Neglect Your Carpet.
Deep clean carpets for a fresh spring feeling and a reduction of allergens
When’s the last time you’ve had your carpets cleaned at your home or business? Spring cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter’s hibernation tendencies. Although we don’t want to admit it, most of us can’t remember the last time we’ve had our carpets cleaned!
Our carpets are the most obvious offenders when we think what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research the average carpet is 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross!
When broken down, that means there's an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch… Sounds like we need to clean our carpets! And while it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, it is allergies.
Springtime itself brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets cleaned (we can help you!). When shoes from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust can be tracked into the carpet fibers.
These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention there are thousands of dead human skin cells that have settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair.
This makes for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites can inflame allergy symptoms. So what can you do? Vacuuming is important, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you do need to get your carpets deep-cleaned for the best effect.
Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it’s not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which will further irritate allergy symptoms. When you’re ready for a thorough spring cleaning, give us a call! We’ll be over in no time to clean your carpets.
Common Mold Misconceptions
FACT VS. FICTION, KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT MOLD.
When it comes to mold, there’s information you need to know. However that doesn’t mean that it’s all correct. From methods of cleaning mold to which types of mold are hazardous to your health, misconceptions are everywhere. If you find yourself browsing through the internet looking for information after encountering mold growth in your home, keep an eye for these common mold misconceptions:
Mold Comes from Water-Damaged Homes
While it’s true that mold forms in areas that have issues with water damage or flooding, that isn't the whole picture. Mold and mildew is present—both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a surface that contains any amount of moisture, it can begin to grow. So regardless of whether you’ve had recent water damage to your home, all homes have the potential to wind up with a mold problem, even in high humidity areas like crawlspaces and basements.
It’s Not 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 for people. You can’t solely rely on the color of mold to determine its level of toxicity, and some dangerous molds come in colors such as brown, green, yellow, or white. Specific groups of mold types release enough spores in the air. It affects those with allergies, asthma, and other conditions, so it’s important to address any type of mold growth.
Black Mold is “toxic” to Humans and Animals
Calling black mold “toxic” implies that it is somehow poisonous to those who come into contact with 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 members of the household. Black mold is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health effects.
Mold Can be Treated with DIY Methods
There’s a lot of DIY advice out there from unreliable sources that tell homeowners that treating mold with bleach is enough to fix the problem. Although it is true that bleach can be an effective surface cleaner, mold often colonizes within porous materials that cannot be treated with this DIY method like behind walls, under floors, inside insulation, etc. For remediation that eliminates the issue for good, a professional team of mold technicians should be contacted to evaluate the scope of the problem.
While there’s no question that mold can be a headache for homeowners, it’s not a problem that has to result in an empty wallet and damaged home! At SERVPRO of Montgomery County 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) 694-9082
For more information about understanding mold and the mold remediation process check out our website at SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene