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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)

Rushing brown water is shown SERVPRO of Tarpon can be reached 24 hours a day (727) 934-5555


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)

Damaged furniture is shown in a room after a flood SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 for professional restoration

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.

Cleaning Up Fire Damage Is About Making Good Decisions

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

A room with fire damage is shown with an open windows Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Tarpon Home.

House Fire Damage, SERVPRO of Tarpon Is Ready To Help

After you have had a fire in your home, there are several steps SERVPRO of Tarpon can take to restore your investment. When we first arrive at your residence after an emergency call, we begin inspecting your entire property for damage. During the first contact with you, we figure out the severity of the damage. We will provide an initial work scope and estimate for you and your insurance adjuster.

During the initial inspection, our SERVPRO of Tarpon estimators will determine which items can be saved. We have to determine how much the items will cost to replace and how expensive it will be to repair. If the costs involved in cleaning or refinishing the item are cheaper than paying to replace it, we mark it on the estimate as something we can save. If repairing the building materials or contents is more expensive than replacing it, then we remove the items.

When dealing with burnt or residue-coated objects, our SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians know that their options are to clean, resurface, or replace the items. Cleaning is the least expensive and quickest restoration option, the object when cleaning is to remove all of the soot residues that exist. Our primary goal is to preserve fabrics or surfaces and return them to their preloss state.

Resurfacing items inside your home is more expensive than cleaning, and it takes more time. Resurfacing can include the refinishing of wood furniture, the re-upholstering of furniture, and possibly the painting of walls and ceilings.

Replacing is the most expensive option and only gets used when the other two methods are either not feasible or not cost-effective. If you have fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555.

SERVPRO of Tarpon provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.


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.

Flooding And Water Damage In Tarpon Springs

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Home

Flooding and water damage aren't new to Tarpon Springs. Damage can be caused by storms as well as tidal flooding. The City of Tarpon Springs is constantly working to improve floodplain management. While measures are put in place to prevent extensive flood damage, floods will still happen from time to time.


Of course flooding isn't the only water related threat to your home. You have to consider things like leaking pipes, appliance failure, worn hoses and plumbing issues.


Blocked drain lines have the potential to cause significant property damage due to the fact that drain lines can handle large amounts of water as compared to other plumbing in the home. In the event that the pipes become obsolete or overwhelmed, they often burst and release plenty of water to the homes.


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.


There's is also a concern about mold.


Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity.


Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.


Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.


Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.


It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Tarpon and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly.


We are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


If you experience a water damage related emergency it is critical that the water is removed quickly and properly by a certified team of experts. SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to help you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call us! (727) 934-5555.

Restoration After A Fire Will Likely Require Trained, Experienced, Professional Response

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

A furnished room is shown with heavy fire and smoke damage The SERVPRO of Tarpon team has training in all aspects of fire restoration, if you have fire damage call us today (727) 934-5555.

While there might be many disasters that could potentially threaten your home over the years, there might only be a handful of circumstances that require professional expertise.

With a situation like a fire in your house, the varied and widespread effects of this situation can lead you to quickly determine that professional restoration is the most efficient approach to returning your home to its original state.

A Team Trained In Property Damage Restoration

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.

Once the first responders have extinguished the flames in your house, you can get your first look at the fire damages that affect your property. From the immediate considerations like the structural concerns to the secondary effects like the harsh odor throughout the house, our SERVPRO of Tarpon professionals have the equipment and the expertise to restore it. Your insurance company might require the use of professional restoration to ensure that the repairs and restoration are done correctly.

From the moment that our experienced technicians arrive at your home following the extinguishing, we too get our first look at the scope of the damage. We can determine at this point what equipment and personnel are necessary to overcome these damaging effects and an idea of how long the restoration process should take to complete. This information gets shared directly with the insurance company to help speed up the claims process to get this restoration process started as quickly as possible.

One of the most consistent things that homeowners experience once a fire gets put out in their home is an overwhelmed feeling. Our SERVPRO of Tarpon team has thorough training in all aspects of fire restoration from addressing the structural concerns to managing and eliminating the secondary effects.

While the first call that you should make following an incident like this is to your insurance company, you can make sure that the second is to our SERVPRO of Tarpon emergency response team.

We can help you to meet the needs of the insurance company to get the claim process going and help you through every step of the restoration process until your home gets returned to the way it used to be. Give us a call anytime at (727) 934-5555.

Water Damage In Tarpon Springs Can Be Costly

4/26/2021 (Permalink)


Despite our location on the Florida west coast, many Tarpon Springs residents pay more for damages from faulty sprinklers and broken pipes than hurricanes or tropical storms. The longer water stays in the home, the more it could end costing.



For our Tarpon Springs customers, water removal is only the first step. SERVPRO of Tarpon specialists know that water extraction and thorough drying are the next methods needed to ensure the full restoration of personal and structural property to their original condition.



Extraction is a removal technique that draws smaller amounts of water from out of carpets and between wood floorboards. Among the tools our specialists use are extraction wands and self-propelled extractors called Rovers. The smaller wands are ideal for removing water from carpets, without damaging the nape, in smaller rooms. They also draw out water trapped in the carpet pad.



For larger areas, the self-propelled extractors work very well. Many of the models we use have a platform so our specialists can ride on the device, to better control the direction and provide additional weight and pressure on the carpet or floorboards. Restoration team members can adjust the speed and heat used on both devices to begin the drying process simultaneously.



If the water started from an overhead sprinkler or a busted pipe that allowed water to wick into the walls and building elements, there could be damage to building materials like wooden floor trim or drywall panels that need immediate attention to preserve and restore. SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and lower the inside humidity level.



To dry floor trim and panels, specialists direct the air mover to force warm air over the damp surfaces. The increased airflow pushes out the moisture into the air where it is pulled out of the home by the fans. Team members install dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level which enables the fans and air movers to operate more efficiently. They also use these machines to help dry carpets and floorboards after completing the extraction process.

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.


At SERVPRO of Tarpon, we know from experience that is simply removing visible water does not stop all damage. Quickly extracting water can help preserve homes and property that might be severely damaged otherwise. If you have water damage call us at (727) 934-5555 today.