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.
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Is your small business ready for whatever happens?
Does your business have a plan for 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 businesses have a hard time recovering from the loss of income.
According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer so greatly after a disaster that 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 offer 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 offer several advantages to your business including:
- A concise Profile Document of your business
- This contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed
- Only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects
- A description of your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and important contact information
- A comprehensive guide to get you back into your building ASAP following a disaster
- This 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
- We’re close by, ready to respond, and available 24/7
- Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company
- This 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. Be assured that you’ve got a professional industry leader right nearby, who’s “Ready for whatever happens”.
How can SERVPRO help with biohazard concerns?
SERVPRO of Greater Carollwood/ 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 is cleaned and disposed 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 a home or business owner feeling vulnerable, violated and unsafe.We are always “Here to Help” in any situation you might encounter. We pride ourselves in being a bright spot in a bad situation. Should you ever need our services, you can call our office anytime. (813) 694-9085
7 Steps in Preventing Water Damage
The highest insurance claims by homeowners is water damage, according to a study done by the Insurance Institute. In fact, 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 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
It’s important that you inspect the hoses that connect to important appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerator. 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, listening to the sounds it makes and making sure that the water in the pump is actually 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 are planning on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. This 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 do experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park as soon as possible. (813) 694-9085.
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 Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park today at (813) 694-9085.
Flu Season: prevention tips
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 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. (813) 694-9085 We are available 24/7.
Ice Dam, What's that?
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 Greater Carrollwood/ Citrus Park; we’re available 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.
Freezing Temps & Freezing Pipes
Now that winter is here, there are 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 Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park 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 and importance of timely water mitigation
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 Greater Carrollwood / Citrus Park.
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.