Recent Storm Damage Posts

Florida Heat Can Be Brutal

6/23/2023 (Permalink)

Two people standing in the street outside of a home Going over the scope of work for an upcoming project

June 2023

Let’s talk about something all Florida residents are familiar with. HEAT! As we all know, summers are brutal in Tarpon Springs, FL. With heat index’s reaching up to 115 degrees at times, it can be extremely dangerous if the right precautions are not taken. Below we’ve listed the type of heat warnings and what they mean.

Heat Advisory

In order to receive a heat advisory in Florida you must have a heat index value of 108 degrees or higher for at least two hours. For an excessive heat warning, the heat index needs to reach 113 degrees or higher for at least two hours. 

A heat advisory means that people can be affected by heat if precautions are not taken. The issuance of a heat advisory is important to raise public awareness that these precautions need to be taken. Heat advisories are also used to trigger other actions and regulations such as no evictions, no turning off of power, changing outdoor work requirements, etc.

Excessive Heat Warning

 A heat warning means that some people can be seriously affected by heat if precautions are not taken. Studies in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. have indicated that mortality begins to increase exponentially as the heat increases or stays above a heat index of 104°F.

In addition to raising public awareness, the issuance of a heat warning will alert hospitals and officials to take certain actions to prepare and respond to an increase in emergency calls, and activate programs to check on elderly and the home-bound. In some cases cooling centers can be open or designated and donation programs activated for fans and air conditioners. As in the case of an advisory, certain regulations may change such as turning off people's electricity, evictions, and outside work requirements.

While all of us Floridians are used to our hot summers, we must practice safety whenever there is any kind of warning or advisory.

Storm Season 2022

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

Man standing next to SERVPRO box truck Technician taking a break next to a SERVPRO truck at a storm job site

Here in Florida, we have had quite the storm season! When we saw Hurricane Ian was going to make a direct hit, our team jumped into action and was ready for whatever happened. We didn’t get directly hit here in the Tampa Bay Area, however, that didn’t stop us from helping our fellow Floridians. Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Nicole passed through the Sunshine Sate as well.

Here’s a breakdown of what storm season looked like for Team George:

  • We responded to one of the sites most heavily impacted within 24 hours of landfall.
  • We had over 10 commercial large loss jobs running at one time, including the Braves Training Facility, multiple Publix’s, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital, while also assisting local residents as well.
  • Many of our Project Managers and technicians worked around the clock, most putting in 15-hour days.
  • We are still actively working on jobs there, that’s 10 weeks and counting that our team has been putting effort into restoring the lives and homes of the people that need it most right now.

While our hearts are saddened that so many people’s lives have been affected by this, we are beyond grateful that so many people have trusted SERVPRO to help restore their community, and that we have the opportunity to help.

Severe Storms on The Way to Tarpon

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

As water travels it picks up residue from materials, it comes into contact with along the way.

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.

Storms Bring Flood Waters to Tarpon

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

When storms bring heavy flood waters a sponge won't be enough.

Severe Storm Damage in Tarpon Springs

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 and get to your home quickly.

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 of Tarpon 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 of Tarpon 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. 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."

Reliable Storm Damage Restoration Specialists in Tarpon

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. Trained, certified technicians are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

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

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO of Tarpon can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. They like working with us because we always try to find a way to stay within budget while supplying homeowners with what they need. A happy customer makes the experience much more efficient, allowing us an opportunity to provide you with the services you deserve.

It's also important to be prepared for storm damage because flood damage is not usually covered by most home insurance policies.

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

At SERVPRO of Tarpon, we have a variety of water removal equipment at our disposal. Infrared moisture detectors make locating hidden pockets of moisture easier while hygrometers and physical detection methods make adjusting moisture levels in your home a cinch. Our air movers, dehumidifiers, and water extractors come with many attachments that allow us to remove any moisture, anywhere in your home. SERVPRO of Tarpon provides every service that turns your house back into a home after an incident causes problems.

When you want IICRC certified technicians to respond to your household needs quickly, give us a call. Our 24-hour emergency services guarantee someone is there when you need us, our dedication to excellence ensures that you receive the results you deserve.

Remember to Call Us First, Call SERVPRO of Tarpon to schedule your initial appointment, or to get started on your water removal without delay (727) 934-5555.

Powerful Storms in Tarpon Can Lead to Extensive Damage and Flooding

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage, call the team at SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

Tarpon Springs is the largest city in Pinellas County. It is full of history with sites like the Sponge Docks and the Spring Bayou. Tarpon Springs has beautiful beaches, amazing attractions and unique shopping opportunities. On average, there are 246 sunny days per year in Tarpon Springs. There are times when the weather isn't so pleasant here.

Pinellas County Emergency Management has a good resource to learn how to prepare for storms.
There is a lot of information listed, from knowing your zone to understanding what to do after the storm. There theme is "surviving the's everyone's responsibility."

Other than an occasional thunderstorm with strong winds, there isn't much of a threat from storms right now. The Florida hurricane season is most active mid-summer through October. September is the most likely month for landfall hurricanes.

Now is the time to evaluate your plan and make sure you have a survival bag.

If you have storm damage, call the team at SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

SERVPRO of Tarpon specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Since 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. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. SERVPRO of Tarpon provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.

Intense Storms And Lightning Are A Concern In Tarpon Springs

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms, this according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To avoid serious injury during storms, (FEMA) also offers these tips:

When thunder roars, go indoors! Move from outdoors into a building or car with a roof.
Pay attention to alerts and warnings.

Avoid using electronic devices connected to an electrical outlet.

Avoid running water.

Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not drive through flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

If you have storm damage call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555. We provide 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.

SERVPRO of Tarpon is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.

Whether your Tarpon home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

Water Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration

Mold Remediation

Storm Damage Restoration

Cleaning Services

Building/Reconstruction Services

If you have questions about any of the restoration services we provide call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

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

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

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

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.

Tracking Hurricanes Is Easier With Advances In Technology

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of Tarpon Is There For You When Storms Hit

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

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."

When Cleaning Up After Storm Flooding Keep Safety In Mind

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555

When your Tarpon or East Lake property floods, you have to contend with the inconveniences of cleaning up and removing items from the structure.

Beware of the Dangers

There are dangers, 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.

Professional Restoration

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 of Tarpon 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. Mold is likely to grow in flooded properties and needs to be treated immediately.

Safety and the SERVPRO Technician

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 of Tarpon 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.

One Way Restoration And Clean Up Can Get To Your Business Faster

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile

To better help businesses 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 businesses 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 of Tarpon can offer. More importantly, 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.

Critical Hours After A Storm

The first 48-72 hours after a water damage event is the most critical time to call SERVPRO of Tarpon to extract standing water and set up drying equipment to help reduce the effects of water damage to walls, flooring and personal belongings. We use state of the art drying equipment which includes commercial level dehumidifiers, air movers and axial air movers.

SERVPRO of Tarpon provides emergency flood damage mitigation and restoration services for businesses in the local area. For our services or more information on the Emergency Ready Profile system, call us at (727) 934-5555.

Safety After The Storm

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property

Some of the most destructive storms carry with them high winds, heavy rains, and can even create tornadoes. Flooding is always a concern when a hurricane is forecasted. Homeowners worry that the wind will break windows, 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.

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 of Tarpon can respond quickly to your home to begin restoration and repair the damages.

Many dangers exist in a flooding situation, so we make sure our technicians are trained and certified. 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 family 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.

Don't Let Heavy Rains Damage Your Home Or Business

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

When fire, mold or water damage affects your home or business in Tarpon Springs, Innisbrook or surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555

Call The Experts If You Have Storm Damage

Summer in Tarpon brings the promise of warmer temperatures and it also brings heavy rains and severe weather. Heavy rains can bring several inches of water in only a few hours. Rains like these can create flooding in the area from the ground becoming oversaturated, 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 of Tarpon 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 of Tarpon technicians 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 call.

Are You Ready For The Next Round Of Storms?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

Tarpon Home and Business Property Owners Trust SERVPRO for Storm and Flood Damage Assistance. Call us (727) 934-5555

Storms Can Severely Damage Tarpon Area Hotels

As a hotel owner or manager there are a lot of responsibilities you are concerned with each day of operation. There are also the issues that you weren't expecting to face. 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. SERVPRO of Tarpon is always ready to help (727) 934-5555. 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 of Tarpon when these emergencies occur. 

Trained SERVPRO Technicians 

  Our experienced SERVPRO of Tarpon 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. They study (IICRC) standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. 
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 will 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.

Lessons Learned About Storm Cleanup In Tarpon

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tarpon is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event.

Sorting Things Out After Hurricane Irma

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stated 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 sorted waste into six different piles and place them as close to the curb as possible for pickup. Tarpon suffered significant hurricane damage in 2017, 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.

Storms In Tarpon Springs Can Bring BIG Headaches

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to help (727) 934-5555. Severe weather can cause major flooding here in Tarpon.

Your hotel reaches capacity; guests 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 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. SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to help (727) 934-5555.  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 of Tarpon 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. 
The first 48-72 hours after a water damage event is the most critical time to call SERVPRO of  Tarpon to extract standing water and set up drying equipment to help reduce the effects of water damage to walls, flooring and personal belongings. 
Severe weather can cause major flooding here in Tarpon. When your property is damaged due to severe weather it is important to call on a local, certified team who can respond quickly.

Minimizing Storm Damage Potential To Your Tarpon Home

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

If you want a professional opinion about storm damage call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555.

Residents of Tarpon know all too well that they can't control when and where a storm might strike. There are somethings you can do as a homeowner to lessen the effects of severe weather.

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. Many homeowners hesitate to have tree maintained or removed. It's messy, loud, and can be costly. It is a good alternative to having a tree fall on your home 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 of Tarpon has covered too many roofs with tarps because of tree damage.

Look around your property for 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. 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. Storm water seeping or  in from the wind forcing it up against the house can cause water damage. This leaves floors in entryways soft and spongy. 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.
Storm damage can also happen 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.

Even after all of these precautions a storm can damage your home. The final thing you can do to be prepared is to know where to turn for professional help restoring your home.

If you want a professional opinion about storm damage and how you can prevent it, 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.

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.

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

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Keeping Your Hotel in Business Amidst Flood Damage in Innisbrook

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

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.