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Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Holiday Home | SERVPRO of Tarpon

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Holiday Home | SERVPRO of Tarpon Serious illness can result if contaminants from a flood damaged home are not properly controlled.

Flood Damage

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 from harm.

Holiday has many homes that might seem well-protected from flood damage, but new construction from roadways and businesses can change floodplains, seemingly overnight. These changes can be entirely unexpected, even to experienced surveyors and other planners in the community. 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 scent. In addition to restoring your home's interior structure, we can also provide the best solutions for combating odor problems that are left behind. This, as well as completely drying out your home, go a long way toward preventing future problems related to flood damage.

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.

SERVPRO of Tarpon can be reached at any time, 24 hours a day, weekends and holidays. Call us at (727) 934-5555. We know that emergencies are never expected. Call us, and we can start working on making everything “Like it never even happened."

Dangers of Storm Damage to Your Tarpon Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dangers of Storm Damage to Your Tarpon Home SERVPRO of Tarpon Saves the Day After a Storm or Hurricane

Call SERVPRO of Taron to Help With Storm Damage

Storms can affect a home year round, but there are certain times of the year when homeowners in Florida are most vulnerable to encountering severe damage due to weather. Hurricane season, tornado season, and anytime, when there is the threat of powerful winds and a significant downpour, can threaten your house's structure and its contents.

Storm damage in Tarpon can get especially severe when hurricanes and tropical storms threaten the coastline. Though the range of consequences varies, it can be a very stressful and traumatic event, especially in areas that are closest to bodies of water.

Here are some of the top ways that storm damage can affect your home.  

1. Wind damage

Strong winds have the potential to cause immense devastation to a home, even if no tornado has touched down and a tropical storm never turns into a hurricane. The technicians at SERVPRO have experience handling storm damage caused by the wind and can restore your home so you can get back to your usual routine.  

2. Flood waters

Water is a powerful force, especially when accompanied by strong winds and lightning. Even after the waters have receded, dangers associated with the formation of mold and mildew will linger unless you contact a professional company like us, SERVPRO, for storm damage assistance.  

3. Storm surges

A storm surge can occur when the sea level suddenly rises due to a weather event, and it's a particular threat to homes in Florida that are near the coast. The low pressure and high winds associated with storm surges often result in damage that requires expert cleanup.  

4. Electrical Hazards

Anytime there's water and flooding involved with storm damage; there's the danger of electrical hazards. Downed power lines, water damaged equipment and appliances, and exposed wires all require careful handling.

Contact our team to ensure your home is free from electrical dangers after a major storm.   Here at SERVPRO of Tarpon, our team is equipped to repair storm damage quickly and efficiently, whenever you need our help. For a quote or information about our storm damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (727) 934-5555.

Preventative Measures To Take Before A Hurricane In Tarpon

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 1st. Take these measures to protect your property and belongings during the storm to reduce damage.

Precautions To Take To Avoid Storm Damage

When a hurricane strikes, your first priority should be to protect yourself and anyone else in your household. Get to a safe place and, if there is a government recommendation or order, evacuate if necessary. Once you are sure you are safe, there are also measures you can take to protect your property and belongings during the storm, reducing damages and work for SERVPRO technicians with just a few preventative measures. If you are able, try to employ these simple tips before the next hurricane or major storm to prevent damages.

Keep Breakables Secure 
Many homeowners keep breakable objects such as glasses and ceramics out in plain view. During storm damage in Tarpon, these can be smashed, creating a major safety hazard and causing irreparable damage to the object. By locking those objects inside of cabinets and away from windows and doors, you can help to prevent many disasters that would otherwise befall these fragile belongings. Try to keep them in mounted, secured places, such as a floor cabinet, while avoiding containers that can tip over or move.

Elevate Your Furniture 
Placing ground floor furniture on supports to elevate them slightly off the ground can make a big difference should a flood hit. By putting blocks or barriers underneath their legs, you can help furniture to avoid the reaching touch of floodwater, and expedite any drying process that the furniture may need. If you can, throwing waterproof tarps over it may also stop a good deal of damage.

Batten Down The Hatches 
Although it may seem obvious, giving your home a check-over to make sure that all doors and windows are locked and secured may ultimately save you thousands in damages. Many damages that SERVPRO of Tarpon is called in for can be prevented by these simple checks, but many homeowners forget or simply don't bother to do them. Before the storm hits, always double-check each opening in every corner of the house to make sure it is closed tight.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready and waiting to respond to your call. Contact us 24/7 at the first sign of damage at (727) 934-5555.

Tarpon Springs, Storms, Water, and Yeah for SERVPRO to the Rescue

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tarpon Springs, Storms, Water, and Yeah for SERVPRO to the Rescue Tarpon Springs Flooding--When a Sponge Isn't Enough--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Techniques for Effective Flood Water Removal in Tarpon Springs Homes

Heavy rains are a given in this part of Florida and flash flooding is a valid concern for homeowners in Tarpon Springs. The flood water removal process needs to begin as quickly as possible to mitigate damage when it enters your home. That is why you can rely on us to schedule service within one hour, and we can be on site within four hours after your initial call.

Flood water in Tarpon Springs is never handled as a clean water situation; it is grey water at best and often black water due to contaminants such as sewage or chemicals and debris picked up along the way. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are experts in applied structural drying, odor control and restoration techniques to keep losses from water damage to a minimum.

We utilize powerful truck mounted pumps and gas powered submersible extractors to pull the water out of the home as quickly as possible. In-place drying is not applicable for carpeting and padding that has been submerged by gray or black water. In some cases, in-plant drying can be done, but often the carpet and padding require replacement due to contaminants. If the flood water was not deep in the home, furniture could dry on raised blocks.

SERVPRO technicians set up powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the subflooring and to speed drying of walls, weep holes can be drilled to allow the air flow to reach behind the drywall and effectively dry the building materials. Along with drying the structure, the technicians want to eliminate conditions that are conducive to mold growth. Along with lowered humidity and dry surfaces, we use powerful antifungal cleaners to thoroughly wipe down areas affected by water to inhibit mold growth and stop the problem before it starts.

When you call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555, our certified technicians can begin the process of flood water removal by asking questions about your unique situation to determine what type of equipment we need to bring to neutralize the water damage in your home. We are available 24/7 to quickly and efficiently make your loss “Like it never even happened."

Here is the Sponge Capital

When A Flood Plagues Your Home In Tarpon Springs, You Need Help From A Professional Restoration Company!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When A Flood Plagues Your Home In Tarpon Springs, You Need Help From A Professional Restoration Company! Equipment is essential to proper flood remediation.

Use An Experienced Provider For Flood Damage Restoration In Tarpon Springs

Flood water can devastate an entire town or city in a matter of hours. They represent 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 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.

In extreme weather conditions, a service you can trust is your first port of 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 uses the finest equipment in the industry to ensure properties can be restored to their preloss conditions.

Flood water can often be harmful to your health. 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.

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

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Our Team At SERVPRO Can Make Sure Your Home Is Safe After A Flood Damage Disaster In East Lake

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Team At SERVPRO Can Make Sure Your Home Is Safe After A Flood Damage Disaster In East Lake A flooded property presents many risks, which you can avoid by involving a professional.

Ways Professional Restoration Of Flood Damage In East Lake Improves Safety

When your East Lake property floods, you have to contend with the inconveniences of cleaning up and removing items from the structure. There are dangers too because flooding can interfere with the structural integrity of your house causing injuries if certain sections collapse. Perhaps the more common risk is exposure to contaminants and the risk of electric shock if the water submerges electrical outlets. With our professional restoration services, you can avoid these dangers because we anticipate them and bring the right protective gear.

Contaminants such as raw sewage and toxic chemicals are common during flood damage in East Lake. If the skin comes into contact with such contaminants, they might be absorbed into the body. Our SERVPRO technicians use chemical resistant gloves when working in such environments. We also demolish parts of the structure where restoration is not possible or when trying to expose moisture trapped in enclosed spaces. Heavy-duty gloves are necessary when handling these tasks.

Flooded properties present various challenges that might affect the sight or respiratory functions of the person doing the restoration. The contaminated water can splash and reach the eyes. Floodwaters might also emit awful smell depending on the level of contaminants present. Besides, mold is likely to grow in flooded properties and can cause irritation or even infection. Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with safety glasses and splash goggles to protect their eyes. We also have respirators with different capabilities including HEPA filters and organic vapor filters.

It's not advisable to enter a flooded building because of the risk of electric shock. Our SERVPRO technicians check whether power is turned off, then use electric circuit testers for confirmation. We also have GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupters, which protect electrical equipment and tools. In case there is no power in the property, or we deem it risky to use we also carry mobile generators and self-powered water extractors.

A flooded property presents many risks, which you can avoid by involving a professional. Call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 if your property floods. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Three Ways to Protect Your Tarpon Springs Home From Flood Damage

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Three Ways to Protect Your Tarpon Springs Home From Flood Damage Clogged gutters can result in damage inside your home.

Three Ways Tarpon Homeowners Can Reduce Flood Damage

Have you recently relocated to Tarpon Springs? Do you know that floods can strike your home in many ways? For instance, hurricane storm surges and flash floods. Have you protected your home against flood damage? Well, if not, this is the right time to do so. There are three ways you can protect your property and reduce flood damage.

Check weather reports daily:

To prevent flood damage to your Tarpon Springs home, listen to the weather forecast daily. The local weather channel relies on data from the National Weather Service. The National also provides warnings of hazardous weather. These warnings give you time to set up preventative measures and protect your property. Also, you can sign up to your local flood warning service. In case of impending floods, the service sends a tweet, email, or text to your smartphone.

Maintain your gutter system:

Gutters direct rainwater from your roof to the storm drain. It is wise to maintain your gutters before the heavy rains to prevent flood damage in your home. Step one, clean the gutters. Step two, remove any leaves and twigs blocking the path of water. Step three, check the gutters for cracks and gaps.  

Crawl space encapsulation with plastic sheeting:

Crawl encapsulation is a flood preventative measure where a heavy duty durable liner or plastic sheeting is used to cover the floor and walls of your crawl space. The plastic sheeting is multi-layered and reinforced with polyester scrim. This liner acts as a vapor barrier between your crawl space and the soil.

To prevent flooding, installation of a sump pump system is a must. Sump pumps help to remove standing water in case of flooding. Another issue that crawl encapsulation tackles is humidity. To counter this, a vapor barrier expert can install a permanent dehumidifier in your home. Dehumidifiers help manage condensation and humidity in the crawl space.  

SERVPRO flood damage experts have extensive training in mitigating water damage. Thanks to our quick response, we can save your home from secondary damage. Also, we can reduce your restoration costs.

At SERVPRO of Tarpon, we know that the best defense against flood damage is preparation. The preventative measures above can protect your family and home, but it is wise to consult our experts in case of doubt. If you need our services, call our 24/7 emergency line at (727) 934-5555.

Tarpon Springs is called the 'sponge capital of the world.  For information on this and other fun facts about Tarpon Springs, click here.

Benefits of Scaled Services after a Tropical Storm Leaves Your Hotel with Flood Damage in Innisbrook

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Benefits of Scaled Services after a Tropical Storm Leaves Your Hotel with Flood Damage in Innisbrook If your hotel suffers from storm damage and flooding, contact SERVPRO to remediate any damage.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Your Hotel After a Storm

Innisbrook is home to numerous enterprise, commercial, and social events and venues, with many of these scheduled to run for two or more days. Because of these attractions and many others, our area's economic vitality depends heavily on the availability of local hotels.
 
After a hotel sustains flood damage in Innisbrook, which often accompanies some of our fiercest tropical storms, immediate mitigation and restoration must begin to not only prevent costly damages from escalating but also to help ensure that all interruptions impacting any guests remain minimal.
 
SERVPRO knows that no two jobs are alike and that the best way to serve our customers is by providing exactly what they need for their particular situation. Our technicians train extensively to receive certifications from the IICRC. When we arrive with our Green Fleet after receiving a customer's call, we conduct a thorough inspection and then discuss available options with the customer.
 
Some customers might require flood damage mitigation of stories above the ground or first floor if heavy rain from the storm entered through windows or caused the roof to leak. We can quickly scale our services to accommodate this need without requiring the customer to wait. If widespread damage occurred to guest rooms, dining facilities, kitchens, lounges, laundry areas, and your office space, SERVPRO technicians typically work in teams. Mitigating damage this way speeds up the process and keeps it going at a steady, continuous pace.
 
When performing our operations to ensure your hotel's restoration proceeds correctly, we also take into consideration the guests occupying non-flooded floors in your hotel. While we never become your employees, we know that who you hire to mitigate your hotel reflects on you. We always keep in mind their comfort and how our work might disturb them. We encourage you to discuss with us anything that can help us keep your guests happy and satisfied during the performance of our work.
 
The professionals at SERVPRO of Tarpon know how to mitigate and restore hotels after sustaining the worst weather, including tropical storms. When your hotel suffers through flood damage, call us at (727) 934-5555. Hotels in Holiday, Beacon Square, and East Lake can also rely on our specialized training and services.

Using the SERVPRO ERP System to Better Handle Flood Damage to Hotels in Trinity

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Using the SERVPRO ERP System to Better Handle Flood Damage to Hotels in Trinity Taking a few minutes to fill out an ERP with SERVPRO can really help in times of emergency. Contact our technicians today.

SERVPRO Response Through the Emergency Ready Profile ERP Can Help Turn the Emergency Around Faster and More Efficiently

To better help hotels in Trinity recover from flood damage, SERVPRO has introduced the Emergency Ready Profile system to improve our response times, increase the speed and efficacy of our mitigation efforts, and better prepare your establishment for future calamities. By setting up a profile in the system, you enable us to access critical information when we need it most, allowing us to better understand the situation from the start and eliminating confusion that may result from phone-issued instructions.

How Does it Work?
The SERVPRO ERP system helps commercial establishments like hotels to better handle flood damage in Trinity by giving them a faster and more accessible way to contact our representatives when they need to. Our custom user interface allows you to upload floor plans, schematics, safety information, contact lists, and other documents that may help us to provide better and faster service at any stage in our restorations process. The more information we have, the better. Then, when a room or section of the hotel incurs damage, all it takes is a few clicks from a computer or smartphone to get one of our mitigation teams sent out with an advanced understanding of the facility and what they need to do.

Why Use It?
Fast response times are critical to controlling costs resulting from a disaster, and with the ERP system in use, you set up your business for the fastest mitigations SERVPRO can offer. More importantly, however, it also gives us a detailed understanding of the building's layout and enables us to avoid areas not part of the problem. We take care to maintain a low profile throughout the entire mitigation and restoration process to minimize the impact on guests and staff, only cordoning off the areas we have to. This helps to keep rooms in operation, amenities like dining rooms and entertainment spaces open, and revenue flowing in while we do our work. If you are ever unsure of safety codes or whether you can keep a section of the hotel open while we do our work, feel free to ask one of our technicians or inspectors for their opinion on the matter.

SERVPRO of Tarpon provides emergency flood damage mitigation and restoration services for hotels in the local area. For our services or more information on the Emergency Ready Profile system, call us at (727) 934-5555.
 
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Flood Damage In Your Tarpon Home From Spring Rains

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage In Your Tarpon Home From Spring Rains When any flood damage has affected your Tarpon home, it is a situation that you should handle right away.

Flood Damage In Your Home From Spring Rains

Spring in Tarpon brings the promise of warmer temperatures and longer days, but it also brings a variety of conditions like heavy rains and severe weather. Spring rains can bring several inches of water in only a few hours, or they can stall out over an area for days. Heavy rains like these can create flooding in the area from the ground becoming oversaturated, causing rivers to overflow their levees or banks, or overfilling storm drains.

Floods can come on slowly, giving you time to react, or you can have flash floods which develop in areas which are low-lying in under six hours. When any flood damage has affected your Tarpon home, it is a situation that you should handle right away. Leaving water to sit in your home only creates additional damage. Since disasters like these are never at a convenient time, SERVPRO staff are always standing by to help.

The first method of flood damage remediation is to extract the standing water. We use various extraction tools to do the job. Extractors can be used in cleaning upholstery and carpeting, and for removing water from floors. Most of them have three main components which are a pump, heater, and vacuum system. All three components are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery, but only the vacuum is used when extracting water.

SERVPRO staff can use either portable or truck mounted extractors. Portable types can be taken into your structure, allowing access to restricted areas. Truck mounted ones have the same components but are more powerful and have their own sources of power.

For a flood situation, we may use pumps. The strength of the pump is stated regarding volume capacity and lift. When standing water is over two inches deep in your home, we use a submersible pump with enough lift capability and volume capacity. We do not use the pumps if the water is contaminated with solid materials.

We pump the water directly into a treated sewer, usually into a toilet. We never dispose of cleaning wastes through the toilet if your home has a septic system. A Septic tank company is contacted if a large volume of water has to be removed.

After flood damage in your home in East Lake, Beacon Square, or Innisbrook, give SERVPRO of Tarpon a call. We can be easily reached anytime at (727) 934-5555, so do not hesitate to alert us to your need for help.

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Keeping Your Hotel in Business Amidst Flood Damage in Innisbrook

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keeping Your Hotel in Business Amidst Flood Damage in Innisbrook Your guests expect a dry, great smelling room where they can rest during their stay. Contact SERVPRO should your hotel suffer a flooding event.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Thoroughly Dry Out Your Flooded Hotel

The hospitality industry helps other tourist-related businesses in Innisbrook thrive. Without them, patrons would need to seek accommodations elsewhere, leaving our area with less income and a weakened financial base.
 
A hotel manager faced with flood damage in Innisbrook must act quickly. Calling an expert and reliable company can mean the difference between ongoing problems or restoring the hotel "Like it never even happened." We can help you prevent the first, and achieve the second.
 
Because flooding affects residences just as it does businesses, many residents seek to find shelter for themselves and their families in nearby hotels. While lower floors might remain unavailable for a while, rooms and suites located on higher levels can often still function as they should.
 
While guests, both local and tourist in nature, expect a quiet stay, most understand that flooding creates the need for some equipment that might become overly noisy or otherwise disturbing. We can help minimize any difficulties our equipment works if your staff informs us of such situations. However, we do work as quickly as possible to minimize both your restoration costs and the amount of time we need to remain at your hotel.
 
Removing carpeting and its underlying padding helps remove many of the pathogens that can cause problems. After we dry the flooring underneath, we check for weakened areas in the flooring, as applicable. Removing waterlogged wallboards and other affected materials may seem messy, but we always clean up after our work. This helps remove any hazards that curious guests might encounter.
 
The sooner we can help you reopen flood-affected rooms and common areas, the sooner your business can continue without interruption. Our technicians ensure that not only do we restore regular moisture and humidity conditions, but also acceptable sanitary levels, as expected by your valued guests.
 
SERVPRO of Tarpon can help your hotel recover from flood damage and other disasters. We proudly serve the local area, including Trinity, East Lake, and Beacon Square. Call our 24-hour service for your restoration needs at (727) 934-5555.

Your Trinity Hotel Needs Fast Flood Damage Restoration

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your Trinity Hotel Needs Fast Flood Damage Restoration When severe weather conditions result in flooding, and your business is in the path of that flood, the resulting damage can seem overwhelming.

Flood Damage Restoration

Your Trinity hotel relies exclusively on those that want to rent a room and stay an evening or more. When severe weather conditions result in flooding, and your business is in the path of that flood, the resulting damage can seem overwhelming. Knowing that there are services out there for those that are victims of flooding throughout the area can help you to not only clear up the mess but mitigate the loss in profits from your doors having to get closed throughout the restoration process.

As much as you would not like to think about it, hotel flood damage in Trinity isn't a far stretch of the imagination. The trouble with flooding is that it often affects the lowest floors of your facility, which in your building, can be mechanisms that affect critical elements to your hotel, such as the elevators and even the electricity running through the building. Preventing this problem from getting worse is a crucial step in getting your doors open quickly, and that is why you should be thinking SERVPRO when these emergencies occur.

Our experienced SERVPRO technicians offer not just their expertise, but state-of-the-art equipment designed to extract water quickly and get the remaining moisture dried up fast. This fast removal of water can allow for less lingering structural damage to occur, and also limits the moisture left in the air to prevent occurrences like mold growth in the areas that had been affected the worst.

The team we send out utilize pump trucks in our fleet or trash pumps to move water out of the affected area. Drying the affected floors is a process that is best done using a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The process pulls moisture from both the affected surfaces as well as the air, sufficiently reducing the possibility of mold damage.

The more efficiently the damage is restored, the fewer profits that your hotel loses with its doors closed. Our SERVPRO of Tarpon emergency response team is ready whenever you might need us. You can reach experienced help at any time by calling (727) 934-5555.

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Flood Damage Cleanup Safety in East Lake

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup Safety in East Lake Flooded homes have many dangers, SERVPRO works quickly to safely restore your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Some of the most destructive storms, hurricanes carry with them high winds, heavy rains, and can even create tornadoes. For residents of East Lake, flooding is always a concern with hurricanes either from the winds break windows and letting rain in or groundwater flooding the area and making its way into your home.

Rain or a storm surge can create severe flood damage to your East Lake home very quickly during a storm like this. You may have to evacuate, but as soon as you can return you need to have the damage assessed right away to ensure that time is on your side. SERVPRO can come quickly to your home to do this for you, and then dry your home and repair the damages.

Many dangers exist in a flooding situation, so we take care to be cautious during a job like this. Environmental hazards in the water can include structural and electrical hazards, plus harmful materials. Biohazards in the floodwaters can cause health effects. Safety is our first concern for you and your staff when we are performing flood damage restoration.

We perform a safety evaluation before starting any mitigation work. We identify any safety risks and ask you if you know of any safety hazards already. Each job and structure are different, and the electrical system and kinds of construction materials are never the same. The water can be dirty itself, plus the building can contain materials that are harmful. We take into account how long your home has been underwater and the possibility of the presence of mold.

Some things SERVPRO techs check include making sure ceilings are not sagging and punching weep holes if necessary, making sure light fixtures do not contain water, and watching for potential electrical hazards. We also make sure electrical cords are out of the way, so they do not cause someone to trip, and we wear the appropriate personal protective equipment like goggles, gloves, and respirators. We also look for any mold growth and check to see if the water is contaminated.

SERVPRO of Tarpon can dry your home back out quickly and efficiently, but we also do not put you or our staff in any danger while we are working on a job. You can be sure we do the job right in the areas of East Lake, Beacon Square, or Innisbrook when you contact us at (727) 934-5555.

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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.

Sponges and No Hurricanes for Tarpon.

Your Answer To Flood Damage Throughout The Trinity Area

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your Answer To Flood Damage Throughout The Trinity Area If you find yourself face-to-face with rushing water, having a qualified restoration company available such as SERVPRO can truly save your home.

SERVPRO is The Answer to Your Flood Damage Problems


Appliances have the potential to cause major water issues throughout your home. If a particular area does not have machinery, the pipes themselves cause significant problems as well.

Correctly maintaining appliances used in your Trinity area home can save you from flood damage that often occurs. Many people forget that machines require maintenance over time, the hoses, connectors, and supply lines all take damage, even though they never move.

The more you use these appliances, the more chances they have to cause a flood. A small pipe running through your wall can burst and expose the inside of your walls to hundreds of gallons of water within minutes. Having someone like SERVPRO on your speed dial can provide you with the help you need to recover quickly and save your home.

Think about all of the appliances you have. Your dishwasher connects to feed lines that run through your walls and has drain lines that most likely lead underneath your sink. Your washing machine connects in pretty much the same way, depending on how you have your laundry room setup. Then you have your refrigerator, which, let's face it, most come with an ice maker and water dispenser these days.

When a malfunction occurs, you may or may not have time to react. If you find yourself face-to-face with rushing water, having a qualified restoration company available can truly save your home. SERVPRO provides you with a variety of services to locate, repair, remove, and restore problems found in your home in the most timely and efficient manner possible.

With SERVPRO you gain access to IICRC certified technicians, that have several years of experience presenting homeowners just like you with solutions to damage caused by flooding on a daily basis. We have access to advanced moisture detection devices, water extraction equipment, cleaning and deodorization methods, along with a variety of drying equipment and experience performing many general repairs.

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Get the help you need when you need it, contact SERVPRO of Tarpon, today. We value your business. (727) 934-5555

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Services Available To Protect Your Holiday Business From Flood Damage

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Services Available To Protect Your Holiday Business From Flood Damage SERVPRO of Tarpon has access to three types of dehumidifiers including refrigerant, low grain refrigerant, and desiccant versions.

SERVPRO Has Services On Hand to Protect Your Business in Holiday from Flood Damage 


Your hotel reaches capacity; tourists line your halls, the visitors of a local convention have you scrambling to meet everyone's needs. A water line breaks in the main conference room, causing flooding that extends to the main hallway, creating hazardous conditions to exist that your staff is not prepared to handle.

A storm or natural disaster may not be the cause of the flood damage situation you face in your Holiday area business. Instances like this provide you with unique challenges to overcome, but you do not need to face them alone. A single phone call can provide you with the proper professional services and equipment you need to get things back to normal quickly, day or night.

When water becomes a threat to your business, SERVPRO can help you take the necessary precautions to keep your guests safe and keep your business running, while getting the damages under control quickly. Our IICRC certified technicians understand how every minute counts during a disaster and use years of experience to provide you with a unique solution to your problem.

Using the proper signs to warn guests about risks that may exist, we can locate the source of moisture causing the issue and make the necessary repairs to eliminate the problem. Our technicians also have access to a variety of water extraction equipment such as portable extractors with 140 inches of water lift and truck mounted extractors with 198.98 inches of water lift available to tackle your situation, regardless of its size.

SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors to determine how far the water has migrated into other areas of your business, while moisture meters help us locate hidden pockets of moisture and determine how effective our drying process is on various surfaces. Thermo-hygrometers are used to determine the specific humidity of areas affected by moisture to help contribute to the effectiveness of the overall drying process.

SERVPRO has access to three types of dehumidifiers including refrigerant, low grain refrigerant, and desiccant versions. While refrigerant dehumidifiers are efficient enough to lower the relative humidity within your structure to 40-gpp, desiccant dehumidifiers can lower specific humidity to a much lower point. Offering several effective methods for water extraction and drying to gain control of your situation quickly.


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Give our professional staff at SERVPRO of Tarpon a call today; we are here to provide you with the services or information you need to gain control of your situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. (727) 934-5555


 

Preventing Storm Damage in Tarpon

11/5/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventing Storm Damage in Tarpon SERVPRO Saves the Day After a Storm or Hurricane in Tarpon

Tarpon Storm Damage? SERVPRO Is the Answer

While storm damage is not always an event you can control, some of it can be reduced. If you have trees that hang over your home, you need to ensure that these are trimmed of any dead or weak limbs. Disease in trees is a good sign that some heavy pruning should be done, and insect populations should be treated and eliminated. During storm season, both in the fall and spring, there are a few different steps you can take to decrease the risk of storm damage becoming a reality.

Protecting your Tarpon area home from storm damage is easier than you might think it is, with a little bit of preparation. One thing to consider, of course, are the trees on your property. Many homeowners dislike the idea of having tree work done. It's messy, as well as loud, but it's a lot less dangerous and troublesome to have someone trim your tree in a skilled, professional way than it is to have a tree drop many of its limbs, or even itself, on your home's roof in the middle of a storm. If there are trees that are growing from your neighbor's property but over your home, you should talk to them about trimming the tree limbs that are on your side before doing so. SERVPRO has covered too many roofs with tarps because of tree damage.

Other areas you should look at on your property are objects that are heavy enough to withstand smaller breezes and gusts of wind, but might be light enough for stronger winds to move around or even pick up and move. Table-top umbrellas on your deck, lounge chairs, and garden tools can all pose problems in a strong enough wind. Lumber that has been stored up against your home for one reason or another, but unused for lack of time, should be moved to an indoor location such as a garage or shed. Storing these on the ground can harbor pests and kill your grass.

Storm doors and screened windows should be placed in their frames tightly, and latch closed, as well. Stormwater seeping or flowing in from the wind forcing it up against the house can cause water damage, leaving floors in entryways soft and spongy over time. The wall and floor under windows can also become soft, or even moldy, if they are not kept tightly closed or are not sealed well.

Another place that storm damage can happen in your home is on the patio. Screened porches may receive a great amount of blown-in moisture that can carry debris that is left behind when the rain evaporates. This debris can contain a silt that can eat at carpets and upholstery on your porch. Similar to flood damage but less invasive, this sediment should be cleaned up on a regular basis to protect your furnishings.

If you want a professional opinion about storm damage and how you can prevent it or remedy a situation that you are faced with now, call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555. Open 24/7 and available to take your call every day of the year; we have your storm damage needs covered.