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SERVPRO Can Help Your Flooded Furnace

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

furnace near me SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park can help you decide what to do about your flooded furnace due to a burst pipe

Dealing with a burst pipe due to freezing temperatures can feel like an overwhelming task. Divide the process into manageable steps to decrease anxiety, increase efficiency in the claims process, and get your business or home up and running again.

1. 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 importance to your business. Professional recovery services are available to try and save irreplaceable items such as documents or photographs.

2. 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.

3. Care for 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 Florida.

To ease your mind even further, SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park can do all of this for you. We specialize in cleaning, restoration and construction. Whether big or small, we can make your disaster feel, "Like it never even happened." On top of that, we are local and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We proudly serve Tampa, FLCitrus Park, FLGreater Carrollwood, FL, and surrounding areas.

For more information about how we can help your flooding situation, call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park at (813) 694-9085.

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

A downed tree on a storm damaged roof in Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park

After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside, look for stains indicating the source of a leak and the area that needs roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:

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

Fix Water Damage 

To complete your roof repair, start looking for materials damaged by water. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage.If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry. Call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today at (813) 694-9085.

After a Fire, SERVPRO Uncovers The Damage

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Photo by Monstera from Pexels - fire damage SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park is here to help!

When it comes to Loss incidents, fire in your Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park home can prove challenging to overcome. Fire damage effects are hard 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 for a few reasons.

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage because not all of it is visible to the untrained eye. For example, soot and smoke can make their way through your HVAC system. But our SERVPRO team handles all fire restoration, from soot to deodorization, to help make the steps toward getting your house to its original condition.

We survey every area, whether connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection records the damage, and our SERVPRO professionals provide the equipment and strategies to contend with what they face. The insurance company that covers your home will receive the damage assessment. 

Reacting to the fire damage in your Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park home can seem impossible. Fortunately, this isn't a battle that you have to fight on your own. Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage so that no stone goes unturned in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Give us a call anytime at (813) 694-9085.

Rug Cleaning After A Fire

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

The highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling overtime after experiencing fire damage, like in this case. Protect your investment by calling SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

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

We also 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 deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: Used when color-fastness is an issue.

SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park may be able to save your rugs and carpet after a fire. Give us a call today at (813) 694-9085!

Water Damage Caused by Commercial Sprinklers

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating. Still, when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects many different individuals' lives. SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park commercial services is like a one-stop-shop. SERVPRO's commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our regular services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO simultaneously treats fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are a liaison insurance companies and clients.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it "Like it never even happened," with their residential and commercial services.

For questions regarding SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park commercial services, contact our office at (813) 694-9085.

Prevent Dryer Vent Fires

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

t's no surprise that having a fire within the home can damage anything in its path. Your household dryer is an excellent example of this since many homeowners deal with dryer related fires all the time. The usual culprit would be a clogged dryer vent. However, the fire is preventable if you care for your dryer throughout the year, ensuring that its vent is clean and clear of buildup.


The local fire department receives over 15,000 calls every single year for home-related fires and smoke issues. The unfortunate part is that most fires are due to clogged dryer vents within the home. Some of these fires are minimal, but others have been damaging when not caught in time.


Some homeowners are new to appliances, and home maintenance doesn't know that their dryer needs care. Dryers work by creating hot air in the drum itself, and this is the hot air going to dry up your clothing. You might know the small lint trap on your dryer when you open its door, but excess lint passes through this filter and goes through the dryer vent. The dryer vent is located on the outside of your home so that the hot air goes outside. From dryers being so hot, heat attracts lint built up in that area and causes a fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can generate tons of damage to a person's home. The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean the lint hose weekly. Special tools and services exist that can help to get this particular vent cleaned for you.


Warning Signs that Your Dryer is Clogged and May Result in a Fire

  1. If it takes longer than 45 minutes to dry your clothing, it could be a sign that the dryer vent is clogged.
  2. Your clothes are roasting hot to the touch after they have gone through a dry cycle.
  3. The flapper on the dryer's vent may not open when the appliance is on.


Preventing a Fire with Your Dryer

  1. You should clean the vent of your dryer at least twice each year.
  2. Make sure to clean the lint trap inside the dryer before each cycle.
  3. For those individuals who're noticing any of the warning mentioned above signs, make sure to contact a professional company to repaired and clean the appliance.


For those homeowners who aren't lucky to catch the warning signs in time, fire damage can be a daunting thing to clean up on your own. Professionals of SERVPRO come in handy, and they can work on your home's fire restoration when it is most convenient for you. Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of fire damage so that issues are resolved immediately.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Carrollwood / Citrus Park community. Additionally, we're apart of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

Fire Extinguisher Basics

10/18/2021 (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 suitable for every job. For example, you’ll need a Class B extinguisher to get the job done when dealing with a grease fire. It’s a good idea to research different extinguishers before deciding where to place them 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. Let firefighters and emergency responders take care of the fire. Work with SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park 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. Call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park for additional information regarding fire damage cleanup.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects the structure of your house and also your belongings. SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park 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 Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that are replaceable. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. Several methods of cleaning your contents include:

Dry Cleaning: Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean.

Wet Cleaning: Used for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe: Effective 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.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs 

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park 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.

For additional information regarding our services, call SERVPRO today at (813) 694-9085.

Fire Damage Risks for Businesses

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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 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 main things to pay attention to:

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 review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

2. Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in workplaces relate to low 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 low 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 business types 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 serious damage to your business.

As you can see, numerous fire hazards could result in serious damage to your business. If your business has already experienced fire damage, get repair work completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly 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.

When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

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) is 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 the location your in. People refer to thunderstorms as hurricanes, while people near the equator in Africa and Australia refer to them as cyclones.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today to restore your Florida property "Like it never even happened." We are available, 24/7!