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A Smoother Claim Process

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

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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 Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park 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 directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times;

  • Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be.

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 at (813) 694-9085. We are available 24/7.

Flu Prevention Tips

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Woman with the flu in Citrus Park, Florida - flu prevention tips Check out these flu prevention tips!

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 spread of the flu virus is washing 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 dishtowels 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, and as always, we're here "Ready for whatever happens" should you need a little help cleaning!

How Can SERVPRO Help With Biohazard Concerns

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO biohazard icon - Citrus Park, Florida SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park can make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park offers other services besides fire and water restoration. Our professionals can help you with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup. Bloodborne pathogens can be scary. Bodily fluids, tissues, and other risky substances are cleaned and disposed of by our trained technicians. Crime scene residue can be overwhelming. When law enforcement finishes with the area, let our professional technicians come in and deal with the fingerprint powder, evidence-gathering chemicals, and residues from tear gas or pepper spray. Arson and vandalism can leave home or business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe. We're always "Here to Help" in any situation you might encounter. We pride ourselves on being a bright spot in a bad situation. Should you ever need our services, call our office anytime at (813) 694-9085.

Is Your Small Business Ready For Whatever Happens?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Does Your Business Have a Plan When Disaster Strikes? 

Preparedness for an emergency is an essential part of a business operation plan because when business slows, it can cause loss of revenue and additional unforeseen expenses. Among many disasters, many companies have a hard time recovering from the loss of income.

According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer significantly after a disaster. They shut down and never reopen. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses in the Florida area. SERVPRO ERPs provide several advantages to your business, including:

SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses around the Florida area. SERVPRO ERPs provide several advantages to your business, including:

  • A concise profile document of your business. This profile contains the critical information needed in an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed.
  • A description of your facility's details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and vital contact information.)
  • A comprehensive guide to getting you back into your building ASAP following a disaster. This guide minimizes the amount of time your business is inactive since you'll have an immediate plan of action. 
  • An established relationship with SERVPRO as your damage mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company. This identification expedites the process of beginning damage mitigation and restoration for your company, reducing downtime and costs.

SERVPRO ERPs allow your business to have a quick reference of what to do when an emergency happens and how to do it. It only takes a little time to complete and doesn't interfere with your business' current projects. Be assured that you've got a professional industry leader right nearby who's "Ready for whatever happens."

What to Look for in a Restoration Company

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

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1. The Ability to Deal with Multiple Damage Types

Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park offers the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is because one kind 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 with fire, water, mold, and storm damage.

2. A Quick Response Time

Being faster to any size disaster means arriving with the 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 of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park offers various services designed to help your agent process the insurance claim. These include an electronics inventory service and an 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 the services they can offer, making keeping track of the details needed by your insurance provider easier.

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish makes your life easier and gets you back in your home or business faster. "Like it never even happened."

If you would like additional information on hiring a team experienced in multiple types of restoration, call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today (813) 694-9085.

7 Steps in Preventing Water Damage

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Clogged gutter in Citrus Park, Florida - man removing leaves from gutter Follow these tips to prevent water damage to your home.

According to a study done by the Insurance Institute, homeowners' highest insurance claims are water damage. Leaky pipes and, in often cases, appliances cause millions of dollars of damage in freezing weather and storms. While you're on vacation, it's no surprise that a leaky pipe can burst and cause hundreds of dollars of repairs.

Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation

Check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should check the seals by your windows to make sure there are no cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, check the exterior of your house and see what condition your roof shingles are in. If any show damage, getting them replaced before leaving for vacation is a good idea.

Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances

You must inspect the hoses connected to essential appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washers/dryers, and refrigerators. If there's any damage, you should get the hose replaced before you leave to prevent extensive water damage.

Step 3. Clear Out Your Gutters

Make sure to get any debris out of your rain gutters before leaving for vacation. This way, you won't have any blockages that can cause damage while you're away.

Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump

Make sure it is in good condition and clear any debris from clogging the pit. Run a few tests, listen to the sounds it makes, and ensure that the pump's water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup in case there is a power outage while you're away.

Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes

If you plan on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. Insulating will prevent them from freezing while you are away.

Step 6. Get Someone to Check on Your Home

Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you are gone. Instruct them to ensure that the heat is always on if your vacation is during the winter. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.

Step 7. Turn Off the Water

Lastly, if you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main. Drain the pipes so that they do not freeze or burst during the colder months. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. You should also open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.

If you experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park at (813) 694-9085.

Commercial Mold Removal

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

commercial mold damage If you suspect mold in your commercial property, contact SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO received a call to check an old restaurant that was purchased to give it a new life. This result led to an extensive mold job for SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards, and crown "mold"ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE, including respirators and Tyvek suits, to ensure protection! Mold remediation is a tedious job for a home, but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, containment sets up, so contaminated unaffected areas aren't. All items with mold exposure are disposed of. When the demo was complete, industrial hygienists came to ensure that the commercial property was good to go! Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job when we get to see a building brought back to life! Call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today at (813) 694-9085.

Ice Dam, What's That?

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

An ice dam on a Florida home If you suspect water damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today!

Have You Heard of an Ice Dam?

Ice dams can be a little-known but significant problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into the 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.

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 with the ceiling of exterior walls." 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 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 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 Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park; we're available 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.

Did You Know?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Residues (such as burning plastics or the soot from furnace disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemble in corners or at junctions of walls and ceilings called smoke webs!

Does your business have a plan? Check out these tips:

Protect your people: Your employees are your most crucial business asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.

  • Fire Plans: Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol.

  • Evacuation Plan: In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs.

  • First Aid: In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.

4 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

man cleaning gutters in Citrus Park, Florida Follow these steps to help prevent water damage to your home.

With the school year coming to an end, this means kids will be “flooding” into homes this summer. View these suggestions from SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park for preventing water damage while your kids are home.

1. Be careful where you plant.

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters.

On a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some severe water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. If your gutters are too high, be safe, and get a professional to check them.

3. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals.

Most folks don’t realize these chemicals are eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is an excellent solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.


4. Never pour grease down your sink.

It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water; grease can still cling to your pipes and could even cause some severe damage and blockage. The safest thing to do is pour your grease in an empty can and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens, you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done. However, we know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays.