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Sorting Things Out after Hurricane Damage in Tarpon Helps Recovery Efforts

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sorting Things Out after Hurricane Damage in Tarpon Helps Recovery Efforts Irma's Hurricane Damage in Tarpon Springs Area Gets a Great Cleanup from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Cleanup After Storms and Hurricanes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) states on its website that cleanup efforts after a Hurricane like Irma should proceed in a specific manner. One of the aspects of this is how to sort and classify debris. Tarpon residents need to sort waste into six different piles and place them as close to the curb as possible for pickup.

Tarpon suffered significant hurricane damage recently, but cleaning up afterward quickly, efficiently, and safely is possible. Part of how residents can accomplish this centers on the sorting of debris according to FEMA guidelines. The six types of debris and waste do not include recyclable materials. This aspect of waste removal and disposal must wait for a future time, as contamination of such items eliminates the typically worthwhile program's benefits. For mitigation of water damage and contamination effects, SERVPRO advises you to call us for help.

The six groupings of debris include:  

All electronics such as computers, laptops, cell phones, video games. These items often have batteries or other parts that require special disposal to avoid the risk of contamination of groundwater with heavy metals. TV sets and phones also fit into this category.

Appliances such as refrigerators and stoves should have their own spot in one location. Tape doors shut to keep children from getting inside them or disconnect the doors entirely.

Plants that were destroyed during the hurricanes, or brought in by the wind and rain should not be placed with other debris. This should include trees.

Hazardous waste such as grease, oil, brake fluid, and other chemicals can poison groundwater and the immediate environment, wherever its final destination. Lead paint, or other liquids containing this metal, require bagging to keep the contents in a liquid state.

Household garbage is, of course, on this list, and remains the same. Food scraps, paper, plastic items, broken toys, ruined clothing and other textiles, and destroyed should be together in the same location they would normally be found.

Construction debris can often become the most massive pile. It includes wood, metal, roofing material, waterlogged carpeting, insulation, and anything else that made up your home. Call SERVPRO to inventory the non-salvageable items and for removal. Be smart and play it safe.

SERVPRO has experience in working with, and for, various government agencies. We understand the importance of working toward restoration while still adhering to local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations. Instead of clearing out the debris in your home after hurricane damage yourself, having us do the hard work can help save you money.  

We can restore many things that you might have thrown away, and document everything else for your insurance needs. Many items that have no physical damage often make their way into the garbage and debris piles mainly because they seem too dirty ever to be clean enough ever to use again. However, we can use the Esporta system to eliminate and remove the dirt and contamination. For what cannot be saved, we work with many insurance agencies and are a well-known and respected neutral party I disaster recovery services of all sizes.  

When you need to clean up debris as part of your recovery from hurricane damage, call us, SERVPRO of Tarpon, to help get your home clean, safe, and fully restored once again. We can be reached at our local number, (727) 934-5555, 24/7, every day of the year.

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Common Causes of Water Damage in Trinity Homes as Expounded by SERVPRO

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Causes of Water Damage in Trinity Homes as Expounded by SERVPRO Some pumps can develop problems, work less efficiently, and even fail over the years. If you suffer from water damage as a result, contact SERVPRO.

Water Damage in Trinity Requires Timely Identification and Appropriate Mitigation

All households require proper knowledge to prepare adequately for potential water damage in Trinity. This reason is why a candid discussion of this nature is by all means necessary and highly welcome.

In all its years of operations, the water removal and Cleanup Company, SERVPRO, has identified some of the common causes of water damages in the typical Trinity home. The company is all the more glad to share these causes with the wider public.

Blocked drainages are perhaps the most significant of these causes. This is due to the fact that drainages handle plenty of water as compared to just about any other plumbing. They, therefore, inflict significantly more significant damage than other forms of plumbing.

In the event that the pipes become obsolete or overwhelmed, SERVPRO has noted, they often burst and release plenty of water to the homes. This again has the overall impact of inflicting untold damages to the typical household.

From time to time, the tanks may get perforated. If and when these happen, plenty of water gets released into the home and in so doing soil the home interior and furniture. This perforation may be the result of rusting, contact with a sharp object, or just old age.

Some plumbing equipment does possess pumps. These include water pumps, sump pumps, and sewage pumps, to mention a few. They too may develop some malfunctions or faults which may compromise their functionality. If and when that happens, they may inflict water damage to the homes.

Nothing lasts for eternity, not the household plumbing at least. The plumbing, just like every other piece of equipment, is prone to deterioration. Deteriorations, as SERVPRO has observed, diminish the suitability of the plumbing devices to discharge their roles well. This subsequently makes them more likely to cause water damage.

It is naturally impossible for the ordinary household to identify, mitigate, and handle water damages efficiently. That is why the intervention of a qualified and reliable water removal and cleanup company is by all means necessary. No other company fits this bill particular perfectly well in the entire Pasco County than the SERVPRO of Tarpon. To be sure of the safety and wellbeing your household at all times, why not invoke our intervention? Reach us now via (727) 934-5555.

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Be Ready For Flood Damage In Tarpon Springs Hotel

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Ready For Flood Damage In Tarpon Springs Hotel You can set up your ERP profile on your mobile device and when disaster strikes we are just a click away.

Flood Damage Prep

When flood waters intrude into any hotel, a plan of action should be in place far ahead of time. Speed is critical in these situations as managers and staff in the hotel struggle to protect the structure and contents as well as attending to the needs of the guests. Consider working with a restoration company that offers a pre-disaster plan individualized for your business to avoid chaos when you experience flooding.

Severe weather, plumbing fails, or accidents all can cause hotel flooding in Tarpon Springs. Regardless of the source of the water flowing through guest rooms and common areas, the best result for your hotel requires a partnership between our trained teams of restoration experts and your staff. Evacuating several inches to several feet of water requires professional water removal services, followed by experienced water damage remediation efforts.

SERVPRO offers commercial clients our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP), including your opportunity to explain to the team we assign you the priorities of your business through your personalized Emergency Ready Profile. When we arrive at your hotel, we need to know where to locate utility shutoffs and the blueprint of your facility. Your ERP and Profile give us that information before we even walk in the door. Our response is faster and more informed.

As we assess the flood waters for depth, location, and contamination we already know what areas of your hotel you would like prioritized for initial water removal and cleanup. We get the pumps and extractors operating, using our SERVPRO vehicle’s on-board power sources if yours is compromised. Gray and black water are common during a flooding event, so if we encounter it, we contain and dispose of it properly, according to local rules.

High-efficiency extractors pull water out of carpets, with minimal harm as our team is fully trained. Air movers and dehumidifiers add to our flood damage remediation arsenal. If essential business documents and equipment risk water damage, you have already alerted us to their importance, and we pack up and stage these items in a safe place for review of harm and a determination of any special drying or cleaning services indicated. SERVPRO consults with you, or the staff you designate in the ERP, at every step of the process, and keeps your insurance carrier in the informational loop, too.

Plan sensibly for disaster with an ERP and Profile in partnership with SERVPRO of Tarpon. Give us a call at (727) 934-5555 to develop the proactive paperwork at your convenience.

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Minimize Guest Inconvenience After Hotel Fire Damage in East Lake

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Minimize Guest Inconvenience After Hotel Fire Damage in East Lake You can download SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan app to help you prepare for a disaster.

Plan Ahead to Reduce the Risk of a Fire

Fire damage is a nightmare for any hotel owner. As well as the frightening potential for injury or loss of life, there is also the cost of replacing damaged items, and profit loss from closing down during cleanup. Another concern for hoteliers is the damage to reputation after a fire. Inconvenienced guests are unlikely to return to your East Lake hotel, or recommend it to a friend.

The best way to preserve your resorts’ reputation is minimizing guest inconvenience after hotel fire damage in East Lake. Disrupting guests as little as possible is important. After all, the people staying in your establishment are looking for a fun and enjoyable Florida holiday. Even in the event of a fire, you must do all you can to give your customers a good experience.

SERVPRO recommends doing everything you can to minimize the risk of a blaze. Make sure you have sprinkler systems and smoke alarms fitted, and appropriate extinguishers throughout the building. Train your staff to respond quickly to emergencies and to tackle small blazes if it is safe to do so.

Plan carefully, so you know what to do when a fire happens. Think about escape routes, gathering points, and alternate arrangements for guests who cannot return to their room. SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan helps with this. The app makes it easy to assess your hotel, plan a course of action in the event of a fire, and make sure all staff knows what to do and whom to contact. We recommend you download it and get started today – it is free.

Double-check your insurance coverage and be sure you have policies in place for damage to guests’ items.

When a fire occurs, we recommend calling SERVPRO as quickly as you can. We train our staff to assess and start work with minimal fuss and disruption. Our IICRC-certified technicians clean soot damage, pack out soft furnishing for professional laundering, and even liaise with insurers on your behalf. Having us on your side reduces guest inconvenience.

For help following a hotel fire in Trinity, Beacon Square, Innisbrook, East Lake and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 for assistance.

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Teamwork Abates Commercial Mold Damage in Trinity

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Teamwork Abates Commercial Mold Damage in Trinity Your business could experience signs of mold growth due to an air conditioner unit not operating during a post-storm electrical shutdown.

Mold Remediation After a Power Outage

Mold growth occurs as soon as 24 to 48 hours after water damage or high humidity settles into a commercial space. When weather, negligence, or accident causes a power outage, mold growth accelerates in a high-humidity area like Trinity. Our remediation team follows industry protocols to abate mold damage and help you meet local regulations pertaining to the presence of microbial growth.

Mold damage needs a sure and speedy resolution in your Trinity grocery store, as both employees and the public risk encountering the colonies of microbes. Despite the use of generators, some areas of your food market experience signs of mold growth as your air conditioning and dehumidifiers were not operating at optimum levels during post-storm electric shutdowns. Our mold remediation specialists not only have a proven approach to contain and remove evident mold, but they also work with you to correct the circumstances that encourage the microbial proliferation in the first place.

SERVPRO uses the directives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manage mold damage. Containment is key during the procedure, as you want to limit the spread of any mold within your store. We use high-efficiency negative pressure air scrubbers and physical barriers while our crews attack the mold growth, wearing personal protective gear. All mold and any porous material it infiltrates is removed and then discarded under local hazardous waste regulations. Affected areas receive treatment with effective antimicrobial products to prevent a mold resurgence. Your store remains open for business during the procedures unless the infestation is found throughout.

We continuously monitor humidity levels while completing the remediation tasks. Expect SERVPRO project managers to explain the effect ambient humidity levels over 60 percent have on mold spores. Spores are always present but begin to divide and grow when mixed with moisture on a surface or from sticky, humid air. Running AC and dehumidifiers should consistently reduce the air moisture levels to a range of 30 to 50 percent. This relatively dryer air usually does not contribute to mold growth. We position desiccant dehumidifiers to help your on-site HVAC system to normalize the humidity to the suggested levels. You may choose to upgrade your generators after a mold event to be certain humidity levels remain below 60 percent should another power outage occur.

SERVPRO of Tarpon has the technical resources to abate even commercial mold damage quickly and according to EPA protocols. Call us at (727) 934-5555 the moment you suspect a mold outbreak.

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Sporting Goods Outlets Risk Loss from Commercial Water Damage in Trinity

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Sporting Goods Outlets Risk Loss from Commercial Water Damage in Trinity Water can cause stress but SERVPRO will be there to clean up the mess.

Is A Water Damage Incident Causing Your Trinity Business Stress?

Sporting goods come in many different material types. These materials can range from hard and flexible plastics, rubber, and foam to fabrics, leather, and metal pieces. Students on sports teams in the Trinity area need uniforms and protective gear that fit correctly so that the maximum protection is afforded to these young athletes while playing opponents and practicing for tournaments.

Sporting goods retailers in Trinity should be aware that commercial water damage affects not only inventory but also the indoor environment. Hurricane-related weather can spell big trouble for any inventory. Prolonged elevations in moisture levels can also increase the amount of energy expended by dehumidifiers and central air systems. Even when the majority of a hurricane misses an area, related-weather can form stronger storms that can douse stores horrendously.

The technicians at SERVPRO know how to quickly restore overall humidity levels to normal after removal of all excess water. Boarding up to protect stores and shops from hurricane-related weather works well at keeping water from entering, but can later prevent humidity from escaping after the storms have passed. Until the windows and doors reopen, water damage occurs quickly.

Secondary damage, including microbial growth, flourishes more easily in dark, enclosed environments saturated with moisture. However, returning quickly during the period immediately after a hurricane or hurricane-related storm might not happen according to plans made before the event. Because we hold certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Commercial Drying (CDS) from the IICRC, we know which methods work the best in undoing the damage that water can cause. Additionally, our Odor Control (OCT) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) technicians can make your retail location look and smell “Like it never even happened” inside and out, helping you reopen your doors, completely ready for business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of Tarpon can help your business regain its vitality and stay in business after earth-shattering events such as the latest hurricanes and related storms. No job is too large for our team as we always can rely on our national network to assist us whenever needed. Call us at (727) 934-5555 any hour, any day of the year, to start the process of reclaiming your property from water damage.

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Keeping Commercial Fire Damage from Destroying Your Trinity Custom Sewing Shop

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Commercial Fire Damage from Destroying Your Trinity Custom Sewing Shop Let the professionals at SERVPRO assess the damage to the variety of surfaces and materials affected by a fire in your custom sewing shop.

SERVPRO technicians are specially trained to clean up fire damage

Fire destroys while it burns, rendering almost everything it touches a charred, useless mess. While preventing a fire in the first place is always better, being able to quickly recover after one can help keep your custom sewing shop from failing.

Trinity business owners know commercial fire damage can cause more than the destruction of their inventory. When businesses engage in custom-made work such as boat cushions, curtains, and other one-of-a-kind goods, fires can interfere with your normal business operations. Most customers waiting on their purchases prefer quick production, but often understand that calamities hinder the process.

The ability to restore normal operations quickly shows your dedication to your customers' needs, building trust and repeat business. SERVPRO knows that each company in our area is an important part of the local economy and we remain dedicated to helping minimize the length of time your business remains unproductive.

The different types of fabrics and materials used in the making of textile-based goods mean they burn differently. Some simply melt because of their high content of synthetics. While often used because of their waterproof qualities, the same qualities can make them one of the first to go when a fire occurs. Smoke can damage more hardy fabric types, but SERVPRO's ability to restore these by removing the microscopic soot particles means less inventory requires replacement.

Machines used for grommet placement, sewing heavy canvas, and other equipment can be cleaned and made free of soot. New work should wait until afterward to protect both machinery from abnormal wear and tear and fabric from becoming stained from soot deposits.

We train our employees according to international standards, resulting in technicians holding certificates in Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) and Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS). We clean up the fire damage, and then we ensure your business is dry, too. Both are required to get you back on your feet and fulfilling customers' orders.

Areas on walls and ceilings that have structural deficits from the fire can become like new through restoration. Carpeting, however, is often largely destroyed by the combination of heat, fire, smoke and soot, and water from firefighting. Other floor types may suffer less damage, but each fire is different from the next. Inspecting and assessing to see the extent of the damage reveals much information specific to that fire.

Always ready to help the local businesses recover from even the worst disasters, SERVPRO of Tarpon can quickly remediate and mitigate both vast and small disasters. Call us at (727) 934-5555 so we can help restore your business, so it is “Like it never even happened” again.

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Mitigation Process Of A Hotel's Water Damage In Tarpon Springs

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mitigation Process Of A Hotel's Water Damage In Tarpon Springs Water can cause major damage to your hotel.

Mitigation Process

Hotels provide for virtually every one of a guest's needs, but the necessities of life include water – for drinking, bathing, cooking, and washing, for example. Each hotel room has its own water supply to satisfy guests' needs, complete with bathroom fixtures.

The hotels in Tarpon Springs can be a source of water damage when fixtures in the bathroom overflow onto the floor after being left unattended or one of the pipes breaks. In either of these disastrous events, gallons of water can inundate a room, spreading out and down, resulting in damaged walls, ceilings, floors, and furnishings.

Leaks on higher floors can cause widespread damage that affects other guests. The effect of this and similar problematic situations can seriously impede the ability of your staff to satisfy all guests' needs, including those booked in unaffected areas of your hotel. SERVPRO's technicians, certified by the IICRC in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT), are well-suited to handle the work required in such widespread disasters. Their past work involved large scale endeavors providing them with experience in working as a team in the same vicinity as the customers' employees and patrons.

The equipment that arrives in our Green Fleet alongside out technicians at each job gives us information on the severity and scope of the water involved. Knowing where the water traveled to allows us to start extracting all liquid. When we have finished with the extraction of water, we begin to remove moisture and humidity.

Removal of moisture with the use of smaller extraction devices, while eliminating humidity from the air utilizing commercial-grade dehumidifiers. Carpets, padding, underlay, as well as walls and ceilings, can be dried out sufficiently with the use of heaters and air blowers, with dehumidifiers readily suctioning off the evaporated water. When needed, heated units that raise the temperature to increase the rate that liquid water releases into the air.

SERVPRO of Tarpon's technicians take it very seriously when an emergency involves water damage. Our local businesses can continue strengthening our community only as long as they are vital and vibrant, and capable of conducting normal business operations. Call us at (727) 934-5555, for all disasters, large and small, to keep your hotel running smoothly.

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Your Answer To Water Removal Throughout The Trinity Area

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Answer To Water Removal Throughout The Trinity Area At SERVPRO, we have a variety of water removal equipment at our disposal.

Water Removal

Water gushing into your home from various areas can leave anyone helpless. At first, you might be surprised, followed by panic, a bit of scrambling, and then desperation. It is impossible in this state of mind to come up with the right solution unless you already have a plan in place.

For Trinity homeowners, water removal in situations like this make planning crucial. You want to save as many of your contents, as fast as possible, with limited losses. What you need is access to someone who has the experience, equipment, and personnel available to get the job done quickly. Searching through your phone book does not tell you who has done reliable work in the past. However, your insurance company can point you in the right direction, even if you have not had an incident yet.

It might not be surprising to find SERVPRO on the list obtained from your insurance agent. They like working with us because we always try to find a way to stay within budget while supplying homeowners with what they need. A happy customer makes the experience much more efficient, allowing us an opportunity to provide you with the services you deserve.

At SERVPRO, we have a variety of water removal equipment at our disposal. Infrared moisture detectors make locating hidden pockets of moisture easier while hygrometers and physical detection methods make adjusting moisture levels in your home a cinch. Our air movers, dehumidifiers, and water extractors come with many attachments that allow us to remove any moisture, anywhere in your home.

Have a leaky kitchen sink, a toilet that overflows, a broken pipe, or damaged roof? SERVPRO provides every service that turns your house back into a home after an incident causes problems. When you want IICRC certified technicians to respond to your household needs quickly, give us a call. Our 24-hour emergency services guarantee someone is there when you need us, our dedication to excellence ensures that you receive the results you deserve. Call SERVPRO of Tarpon to schedule your initial appointment, or to get started on your water removal without delay (727) 934-5555.

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Knowing More About Mold Damage In Your East Lake Home

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Knowing More About Mold Damage In Your East Lake Home Mold spores are simply invisible to the naked eye, making it impossible to know when you might serve as a vessel.

Mold Damage

There are thousands upon thousands of mold species that are found naturally in soils, decaying matter, and plant debris. Mold is an ever changing part of our world's ecosystem that everyone should understand more about to help control.

Different species can enter your East Lake area home and cause mold damage after entering through a window, doorway, or another avenue, often attaching itself to traffic in and out of your home. Mold spores are simply invisible to the naked eye, making it impossible to know when you might serve as a vessel.

Acremonium can be parasitic or saprophytic to plants and other living fungi. The growth rate is moderately rapid, maturing within days. Having colonies at the center of a flat or folded, compact velvety membrane that often produces gritty texture, similar to cotton after aging. Colors include white, pale gray, and pink presenting long, slender phialide and single-celled hyaline connected in a slime drop. Over 100 different species of Acremonium exist today.

Alternaria grows on organic debris in soil, leaves, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. It can develop near sewage, leather items, stone, cosmetics, computer disks, and even exist near jet fuel. This type of mold can exist indoors as well, flourishing in house dust, carpeting, household textiles, and window frames. It grows rapidly producing wooly textures and gray, short, aerial hyphae over time. The gray color often turns to a greenish black or olive brown with a light border over time. There are 50 known species of Alternaria today. However, it is one of the most common fungi worldwide.

With an incredible amount of each species present within our ecosystem, it takes professional mold remediation providers, like SERVPRO, to control the spread of mold in your home. You need someone who understands what each species looks like, how each acts, and how to stop them.

SERVPRO has the equipment, training, and experience necessary to perform quality mold remediation services on your property. We take the time to explain your situation fully and work hard to provide you with the restoration services you deserve.

Contact SERVPRO of Tarpon for additional information about our mold remediation process, or to schedule your initial inspection, today (727) 934-5555.

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