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Mold Challenges In your Tarpon Business

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold growth in a humid environment like Florida's Gulf Coast is a common problem. Mold spores are everywhere, but only begin to grow and multiply when exposed to water. Tarpon Springs hotel managers have additional mold damage challenges due to the nature of the services they extend to travelers. Because every guest room contains at least one bathroom, perhaps a wet-bar, and a mini fridge and HVAC system, the potential for mold growth and damage is everywhere.

When guests check into your hotel, they expect a clean and sanitary experience in their room and common areas. If mold and mildew are present a quick and effective solution is needed before customers demand refunds or take their business elsewhere. We offer the hospitality industry in Tarpon Springs reliable services to respond to mold damage issues.

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Tarpon can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of Tarpon training and certifications.


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Many hotel owners and managers are hoping the in-house housekeeping services can keep mold growth from becoming a problem. Unfortunately they usually use a bleach solution, this rarely eradicates the mold. It merely lightens the tell-tale mold staining for a time.

SERVPRO mold remediation professionals take a different tact, containing, removing, and disposing of the mold, and any porous material infiltrated by the hyphae or root-like structures that extend from the moistened spore. We then sanitize the area with effective antimicrobials. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Tarpon, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

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Finally, SERVPRO does not believe remediation is complete until the moisture issue is solved. What a hotel owner needs are to limit as much as possible the excess water so that mold spores do not have a chance to grow.

Our technicians receive advanced training on the broad range of ways water makes its way into properties, and we help arrange for repairs and effective strategies to avoid future mold proliferation.



SERVPRO of Tarpon for mold remediation in your business. Call us at (727) 934-5555 to schedule a consultation.

If You Had A Fire In Your Home, How Long Would It Take You To Escape?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke detector is shown on a ceiling If you have questions about fire damage or restoration give us a call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555.

Smoke detectors in your home and business are important. According to the National Fire Protection Association, occupants have less than three minutes to escape a fire.

Without early warning, that's not a lot of time.


The NFPA provides the following tips regarding smoke detectors:


Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.


A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.


Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.


Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.


Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.


A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.


People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.


Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.


Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.


SERVPRO of Tarpon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


If you have questions about fire damage or restoration give us a call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555.

When Storms Are Approaching Make Sure You Are Ready For Before, During And After

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Storms Approaching Tarpon


When a storm is approaching it's a good time to finalize plans for when it hits. It's also a good time to consider what you might have to do after the storm.


Do you know who to call if you have heavy damage to your home or business?

How long will it take you to get help if you have water damage?


The professionals at SERVPRO of Tarpon are ready to help (727) 934-5555.


This is an excellent resource to help you prepare. Active Storms


The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides good information on Hurricane Hazards.


STORM SURGE - A hurricane can produce destructive storm surge, which is water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to inundate normally dry land in feet of water. The stronger the storm, the higher the storm surge.


INLAND FLOODING - In the last 30 years, inland flooding has been responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States.


HIGH WINDS - Hurricane-force winds can destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes. Debris such as signs, roofing material, and small items left outside become flying missiles in hurricanes.


TORNADOES - Hurricanes can produce tornadoes that add to the storm's destructive power. Tornadoes are most likely to occur in the right-front quadrant of the hurricane.


Graphical Hurricane Local Statement: Issued by local National Weather Service offices to provide more specific information about potential impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane on a particular area.

SERVPRO of Tarpon should be part of your plan


Whether it's a dangerous storm, fire damage or you suspect you might have mold SERVPRO of Tarpon is the team to call.


SERVPRO of Tarpon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Preventing Fires In Tarpon Springs

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

An accumulation of lint can lead to a dangerous situation.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA, U.S fire departments responded to nearly 16,000 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines over a four-year period. These fires resulted in $238 million in property damage. The majority of these fires come from home clothes dryers.

One-third of clothes dryers related fires are caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation.

Here are 4 simple tips that and ensure safety in the laundry room.

CLEAN THE LINT FILTER AFTER EVERY LOAD- not only will this help prevent a fire, but your clothes will dry faster.


REPLACE ACCORDION-STYLE DUCTS-If you see a plastic or foil accordion-style duct connecting your appliance to the vent, it’s a good idea to replace it with a rigid metal duct that won't sag and collect lint.


CLEAN THE DRYER DUCT ANNUALLY- (at least)-Disconnect the duct from the dryer, and vacuum both the dryer and the duct—as much as you can access, then reassemble, return dryer to original spot and reconnect power.


HANDLE CHEMICAL STAINS WITH CARE-Clothes stained with gas, cooking oil, cleaning agents, or other flammable chemicals or substances need special care. It's recommended to wash such stained clothing more than once to minimize volatile chemicals, then hang to dry. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that concludes with a cool-down period.


IMPORTANT: In the event that a fire does start, keep the dryer door closed to limit its oxygen supply—a fire needs oxygen to keep it going.
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, SERVPRO of Tarpon or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today (727) 934-5555

Commercial Restoration Can Be Tricky, Especially In A Hotel

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

Bright flames are shown against a black background SERVPRO of Tarpon understands the unique needs of hospitality facilities

The hospitality industry is an essential part of the local economy. It is also a way to share our beautiful area with visitors from around the country and the world. When a disaster like fire threatens to destroy a business and ruin the hard-earned vacations of visitors we need to pull together as a team as we restore the damage. Our trained fire damage teams are ready to help.

Fire damage in a hotel can be traced to a wide range of causes. A guest might fall asleep while smoking or tip over an iron. Electrical systems can short out, or oily rags spontaneously ignite. The lint filters or vents in the central or guest laundry rooms clog with debris and smolder. Regardless of the reason for the fire, you need to manage the recovery in such a way that displaces the fewest number of guests and returns the entire facility to full function.

SERVPRO of Tarpon understands the unique needs of hospitality facilities like your hotel. Closing down completely to take care of the damage is costly and a strain on your staff as they work diligently to find other rooms for your customers. We coordinate with your management staff to create spaces within your hotel where business can continue as usual as we work in the wing where the fires occurred. Our response is scalable, meaning we can bring in additional technicians and equipment to increase our speed as we restore the harm.

Water removal is the first job, your sprinkler system limiting further damage when the fire blazed but adding a step to the recovery. Then an assessment confirms the extent of the damage and informs the plan made to clean, repair, and deodorize the property. We match the cleaning techniques tools, and products to the types of soot and smoke damage done. Our technicians train to IICRC best practices to ensure that the toxic and corrosive residues left after the fire are eliminated.

A concern after every fire, but more crucial when your customers spend a few days in your hotel, SERVPRO works hard to eradicate the smoky odor that lingers even after other mitigation completes. Our crews have access to the latest in odor neutralizing technology, including thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators that use chemical changes at the molecular level to eliminate smells.


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Tarpon


SERVPRO of Tarpon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Tarpon is eager to help local business recover quickly from fire damage, so our community shows visitors our best. Call (727) 934-5555 round the clock for help with your hotel restoration needs.

If You Suspect Mold, SERVPRO of Tarpon Is Ready To Help

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

A pipe is shown extending from a wall that has mold SERVPRO works with you to arrange for the elimination of the moist conditions causing the mold risk.

Guests of hotels and restaurants are not interested in viewing or smelling mold when on a long-anticipated vacation. Mold growth can be tricky to locate but can be detected because of a musty smell and dark staining. Standard cleaning methods are no match for mold growth and can make matters worse. Call the experts for mold remediation, SERVPRO of Tarpon.

Mold damage is a constant worry for businesses. Our humid climate and the heavy rains we experience combine to provide the moisture mold spores need to multiply. Owners and property managers need to be vigilant about keeping indoor humidity levels lower than 60 percent, cleaning up spills, and maintaining plumbing and water-dependent appliances.

If mold is observed it is crucial that the methods used to treat it are effective. Often housekeeping crews depend on diluted chlorine bleach mixtures that fail to penetrate deeply enough into porous materials to kill the mold completely. SERVPRO of Tarpon crews utilize EPA-registered antimicrobial agents specially formulated to eliminate active mold colonies.

We also use mechanical methods to clear mold from surfaces, brushing and scraping the moldy residues off. This works well on non-porous materials. If faced with cleaning mold from drywall, grout lines, and other structural components that allow water to penetrate and absorb SERVPRO technicians might choose a strategy like soda blasting to reach the hyphae beneath the surface.

As we plan our mold remediation for your business, we also provide containment methods to ensure spores and other residues do not drift to non-affected areas. Our EPA-developed mold remediation protocol includes containment of the moldy areas. Heavy plastic sheeting and negative pressure air scrubbers keep the mold exposure limited. SERVPRO of tarpon crew members don personal protective gear to prevent tracking mold into other areas.

We try to keep non-affected spaces in your facility open and operating as we contain the work area. SERVPRO works with you to arrange for the elimination of the moist conditions causing the mold risk.

SERVPRO of Tarpon supports the commitment of our employees to obtain advanced certifications from the IICRC, including Applied Microbial Remediation Technician. Call us at (727) 934-5555 to schedule an evaluation of your mold remediation needs.

Tracking Hurricanes Is Easier With Advances In Technology

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown on a flooded street SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to respond when you have storm damage.

Local Hurricane Damage


Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. According to the National Weather Service, on average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.

In the Central Pacific Ocean, an average of 3 tropical storms, 2 of which become hurricanes form or move over the area during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.

Hundred Years Ago


Tampa Bay suffered a destructive hurricane on October 25, 1921. The storm surge inundated areas in Bayshore and Tarpon Springs. A storm surge estimated at 11 feet destroyed substantial portions of the sea wall along coastal locations.

Without the support of modern technology such as satellites, radars, and mathematical models, the forecast for such an event was extremely difficult as it was completely dependent on sparse marine and land observations.

Time to Prepare Is Now


More than ever, the National Weather Service encourages proper planning in order to effectively respond before, during, and after the storm. You also should know who can help after a storm if you have damage.

Storms and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tarpon provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

Call SERVPRO of Tarpon if you have storm damage (727) 934-5555.

Building Damage, SERVPRO of Tarpon Is Here To Get You Back In Business

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Quick Disaster Response In Tarpon

After a disaster, Tarpon home and business owners often do not know where to begin when it comes to cleaning up and making repairs. It can be a frustrating task without a professional cleanup and restoration company to help.


 
SERVPRO offers an extensive list of building services for Tarpon commercial and residential customers. Many of them are apparent, like boarding up broken windows, but we also take care of tasks that many people do not realize they need until after the fire or flood has already been through their structure, damaging their property.


 
Temporary fencing, warehouse space, and moving out are three of the immediate "I never thought of that" problems we can help take care of after a disaster, from fire or flood. When a structure is declared unsafe to operate out of, our crews can install a temporary fence in less than a day, usually. If it is a business, and it is safe to enter and remove property, we can help proprietors move their inventory to storage on our facility or assist in finding temporary storage elsewhere. There, we can salvage inventory and other valuables.


 
Portable power is another example. Even after a major disaster, most residents in our area expect the power back on by the time it gets dark; this rarely happens. For private homes, this is not usually a problem for a day or two unless one of the residents has a medical need requiring uninterrupted power. We can trailer in a generator that handles all power requirements to include medical support, refrigeration, and to run our equipment. Depending on the incident, portable generators always available on our Green Fleet may fill the bill.


 
For businesses, power means lights, security, and being able to operate basic equipment. SERVPRO technicians can set-up larger generators for medium-sized businesses like a corner market so the owner can support his neighborhood to include fresh milk, eggs, and other foodstuffs. We use these same generators to help city offices to help residents with finding temporary housing and other services.


 
We can also support larger structures like shelters and clinics with generator trucks. These large-scale generators can provide power for up to 24 hours without service. Thanks to their design, our support teams can safely refuel them without shutting down the power. From small remodeling and reconstruction to large-loss natural disasters, SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians and mechanics can help.

Reliable Professional Services


 
Those are just a few of the building services that SERVPRO of Tarpon offers to help start the recovery and restoration process. If you need us or have questions about what else we can do for you, call today at (727) 934-5555. We are here for you.

SERVPRO of Tarpon Is There For You When Storms Hit

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Whenever there is a flood, there is damage caused by the water as well as the possibility of health risks. Knowing that these risks exist can help you protect yourself and your family.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Tarpon arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Knowing exactly how water might react to the shifts in the terrain after large amounts of snow melt, or springtime rains, occur is very difficult. Your home may be located in what was once a formerly dry area, but this is not the only location that can be damaged by flooding, even when it remains untouched by floodwaters.

The interior areas of your home, well above the flood line, can also become damaged by flooding. The damage higher levels of your home receive might not be as contaminated as lower levels are but this only covers one area of damage and does not preclude other, 'cleaner' types of damage. Upper levels of your home can still become damaged by flooding simply because of the higher levels of moisture in the air inside your home. When moisture evaporates it can travel to drier areas within the home. When these areas are affected in this way, they are often overlooked.

Water of any kind that has saturated a home often leaves behind an awful smell. In addition to restoring your home's interior structure, we can also provide the best solutions for combating odor. This, as well as completely drying out your home, go a long way toward preventing future problems related to flood damage.

Flooding In Tarpon

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tarpon provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.

Serious illness can result if contaminants from a flood damaged home are not properly mitigated. At SERVPRO of Tarpon, we understand that the entire home needs to have all water removed by pump truck, and then we can work towards the goal of reducing the home's entire moisture level back down to normal levels. Repairing damage and restoring a home the way it should be is more than just fixing the appearance of the home. The interior environment is much more than just the materials used to build the home.

Trusted Professionals

SERVPRO of Tarpon can be reached 24 hours a day. Call us at (727) 934-5555. Call us, and we can start working on making everything “Like it never even happened."

Dangerous Storms And Flooding Can Be A Concern In Tarpon Springs

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Tarpon Is The Right Call

Flood water can devastate an entire town or city in a matter of hours. Storms are a serious risk to your safety and have the power to flip SUV's or uproot trees with as little as a foot of rushing water. This year, flash floods have accounted for billions of dollars of personal property damage. The restoration process begins with a quick call to a professional service to arrange an emergency call-out.

Properties need an expert restoration provider after flood damage in Tarpon Springs to ensure no further damages are caused and that it is safe to return to the property. SERVPRO of Tarpon has a wealth of experience dealing with flooding and has sent large loss teams all over the country to help residents get their homes back to pre-flood conditions, “Like it never even happened.”

Many of our technicians are IICRC certificate holders in applied structural drying, odor control, and other essential restoration areas. SERVPRO can promise to arrange a service within one hour of receiving notification of loss; we can arrive onsite within four. Our technicians have the necessary training to restore power, the expertise to mitigate loss and the experience to relocate your possessions for deep cleaning processes.

Extreme Weather

In extreme weather conditions, a service you can trust is your first call. SERVPRO has access to national scale equipment that can help to dry your property faster. Truck-mounted extraction units can be brought with us in severe property damages alongside submersible gas-powered pumps. Quickly removing standing water is crucial when it comes to guarding against permanent damages. SERVPRO of Tarpon uses the finest equipment in the industry to ensure properties can be restored to their preloss conditions.

As water travels it picks up residue from materials, it comes into contact with along the way. These can be harmful and include raw sewage, animal carcasses, pesticides, herbicides or other dangerous pathogens. We can both assess and remediate damages that Black Water causes using our industry-leading training and resources.

Trained, Trusted Professionals In Tarpon

Equipment is essential to proper flood remediation. Contact SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 for professional restoration.