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Common Water Issues for Businesses

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Photo by Monstera from Pexels, 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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.

3 Facts About Commercial Black Water

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Your Florida commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but one of the immediate issues caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has been damaged by flooding, it can help you understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it. 

1. It Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals 

Environmental experts often call contaminated water that stems from flooding Category 3 or “black water.” This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain various hazardous components, including harsh sewer and lawn chemicals that entered the water during flooding. These chemicals can make the water dangerous to touch, so calling in flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to remove it. 

2. It May Make You Sick 

Category 3 water damage can be dangerous in more than one way. For example, standing black water can grow microbes that may cause a variety of illnesses. Urine and feces may also be present, even if they are not immediately visible, so it is wise to avoid this type of water entirely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive. 

3. Acting Quickly Can Be Essential 

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is good to call in a cleanup crew right away. This can be important even if you believe the worst of the damage has already been done. Having the water removed may reduce the chances of long-term issues with your building’s affected floors and walls and prevent mold growth, which can be challenging to treat once it takes hold. 

Black water damage can harm your Florida commercial building in several ways. However, when you know its dangers and how to combat them, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction. Call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene today.

When This Doctor Needed Help He Called SERVPRO

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

inside a doctor's office in Tampa Did your commercial property have a fire? Call us today!

A Doctor's Office. A Fire. Two Things that Don't Mix.

Fortunately, no one was injured in this Tampa fire. However, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene needed to help this practice set up a temporary office so that the doctors could continue to see patients. We know that in a situation like this, time is of the essence. We got the call and responded with plenty of crew to get the damaged contents out and assess what could be cleaned and salvaged and what needed to be discarded. Contents that sustained only light soot damage were quickly and thoroughly cleaned and moved to their temporary office space so that their business could resume somewhat normal activities. Closely working with the client and the insurance company, we packed contents and began the cleaning process at our warehouse and on-site to get their business back up and running as soon as possible.

As boxes of contents were cleaned and ready to put back into use, we transported finished items to their temporary office space. Contents ranged from waiting room furniture and files to high-end instruments and tools needing adequate intricate cleaning. Meanwhile, our crew was busy doing a necessary demo in the building areas that had to be removed due to the fire damage. Debris hauling and cleaning the entire structure to remove soot that had traveled through the entire building we ongoing until that portion of the job was complete. Ducts of the HVAC system also needed cleaning as the smoke and soot traveled through these systems as a means of escape. We readied the building after the demo and cleaning for a contractor to build-back the structure to make the offices operational again.

In a fire of this magnitude, the project manager will oversee all activities to thoroughly complete the job. And as you can imagine, this process takes months to complete. We know that situations like these require constant communication with our clients throughout the process. It is always satisfying to see a job of this magnitude come to completion. Throughout this process, our goal is to minimize the stress for our customers and get them back to normal business as smoothly and quickly as possible.

When unfortunate circumstances require our services, we do our best to exceed customer expectations. We are always here to help. Call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene.

Emergency READY Profile: When "What If" Becomes "What Now"

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

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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 out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Stay prepared before disaster strikes. Dealing with these unforeseen circumstances, implement our Emergency READY Profile (ERP), as many 50% of businesses have to shut 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. ERP helps your business have a plan in place and helps keep you and your staff members informed on handling fire and water damage.

For additional information regarding SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile (ERP), visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (813) 694-9082.