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3 Step Plan for a Flooded Furnace

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with a burst pipe can feel like an all-encompassing task. 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 commercial property in Florida.

For more information, please visit us at SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park

Water Damage Emergency Tips

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

When you're dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency?
Call (727) 521-2562

What To Do After Flooding 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors. 

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

However, if disaster does strike, trust your local SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park to be by your side when you need us. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- including holidays! 

Drying Out Water Damage

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

After a plumbing disaster, Greater Carrollwood/ Citrus Park homeowners need a water-vac to pull water off the floor, open the doors and windows, and rent a rug shampooer from the local big box store. To restore a home takes a professional restoration service. Drying a home with water damage in Greater Carrollwood/ Citrus Park requires attention to four key factors that affect humidity.

SERVPRO restoration specialists train to analyze each one, so they know which drying methods and equipment they need to use in each home. It all comes down to HEAT. Humidity levels determine the level of water vapor in the air in a home compared to its capacity. A level of 60 percent or higher indicates the air is saturated. That greatly slows evaporation and increases drying time. Specialists use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level in each affected room. Working dehumidifiers can lower the level up to 20 percent every 24 hours.

Evaporation is the natural process of water converting to vapor. With large amounts of water, it is slow. Our SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to remove the bulk of the standing water. They get the amount below two inches in depth, the rate of evaporation increases. An augment rate of evaporation with dehumidifiers are to exhaust fans to increase movement, forcing saturated air outside the home.

Air movement increases using causing dry air to spread across damp surfaces like walls, tables, and countertops to increase the rate of evaporation. The combination of air movers and fans to increase air movement is useful to dry clothing in a gentle manner which doesn't damage the fabric. Temperature is an important factor. Since the preferred range to dry home and property is 70 to 90 degrees, we try to engage the HVAC system if it is operational.

If not, specialists use space heaters to raise the internal temperature. They monitor the temperature to keep it under 80 degrees on the first day; however since a higher temperature can increase the humidity.

At SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood/ Citrus Park, we use every tool and method available to return every residence to a dry, safe condition for families to live in once again. If you have had a recent water issue in your home, call us at (813) 694-9085 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

How to Check For Roof Damage After a Storm

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

After a major storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for 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. From the ground you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage, 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 North Tampa/Magdalene wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate 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 common 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 by creating 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.

Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Avoid these business fire hazards If your business has fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park!

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.

Inspecting Your Home for Damage After a Fire

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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When it comes to losing incidents, fire in your Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park 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 Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park 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 all fire restoration, from soot clean-up to deodorization, 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. The insurance company that covers your home will receive the damage assessment. Most claims aren't issued until further details are discussed.

Whether the 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 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.

Fire Restoration Services

10/23/2020 (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 can’t be replaced. 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 - An effective cleaning method 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 move 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 serious 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.

Questions? Need Help? Call SERVPRO today at (813) 694-9085

Fire Extinguisher Ready

10/23/2020 (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 in the event that 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 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. Visit SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park for more information on fire damage cleanup. 

Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

It is no surprise that having a fire within the home is damaging to anything in its path. Your household dryer is a great example of this since many homeowners deal with dryer related fires all the time and the usual culprit would be a clogged dryer vent. In this particular case, the fire can be prevented if you maintain your dryer throughout the year and ensure that its vent is clean and clear of buildup.

Over 15,000 calls are to the local fire departments 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.

Understanding fires start within the home, you may want to know how dryers work. Some homeowners are new to appliances and home maintenance doesn't know that their dryer needs maintenance. 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 located on the outside of your home so that the hot air goes outside. From dryers being so hot, a lot of heat attracts lint that has built up in that area and causes a fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can cause 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.

Here are some tips for warning signs that your dryer is clogged and may result in 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 of the dryer prior to each cycle.

3. For those individuals who're noticing any of the above-mentioned warning signs, make sure to contact a professional company to have the appliance repaired and cleaned.

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 St Petersburg community too. We are also part 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.

Sprinkler Water Damage

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating, but 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 the lives of many different individuals. SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene commercial services is like a one-stop shop. SERVPRO’s commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal 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 the office at (813) 694-9085, visit the website, or message them on Facebook!