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Holiday Vacations Are Upon Us! Let Us Help With Peace of Mind Tips on How to Avoid Water Damage.

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage dry out being preformed in residential bathroom Tampa resident with water damage after a pipe burst while family traveled on vacation.

Vacation is the best time to let your guard down! SERVPRO experts have a “tip list” to execute, so you don’t return to disaster after! 

Lots of things can go wrong in your home while you’re on vacation. Most commonly, leaks and water damage. Read our steps below to learn how to help prevent and reduce the risk of water damage when you’re away:

Check for Leaks

Before you leave on vacation, be sure to check around your house for any leaks. Pipes under sinks, your water heater, anything resembling rust, cracks, or other damage. It’s important to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home as well. If you find any leakage, be sure to fix it right away so everything can be repaired and in good condition before you leave. If you have trouble identifying all of the places to check, you can count on the best plumbing experts in our area to help!

Inspect Appliances

Important appliances such as your dishwasher, washer/dryer, and refrigerator are all connected to your home by hoses. If these hoses are damaged in any way, they can cause major water damage to your home. Inspect your appliances and, if needed, replace their hoses prior to leaving on vacation.

Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning leaves and other debris out from your gutters before taking a vacation is an easy way to prevent potential blockage and build up. To learn more about the advantages of clean gutters, click here.

Turn Off the Water

Whenever you leave your home for an extended period of time, it’s important to turn off the water main and make sure the pipes are completely drained. This will stop any water from continually leaking in your home while you’re away. Simply run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water.

Have Someone Check on Your Home

Coordinate to have someone come over and check on your home while you’re away. Having a friend, neighbor, or family member keep an eye on your property can help keep it in good shape, and they can notify you immediately if something goes wrong.

With these tips, you can truly enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind that your home is safe from any potential water damage that could occur in your absence. If your home does suffer from water damage, call our team at SERVPRO of Bloomingdale/Fish Hawk. We can help remove, repair, and restore any damage to your home.

What Needs Checking at My Bloomingdale Home After Water Damage?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Technician holding an orange moisture meter testing a green wall We have the equipment and training to restore your home to pre-damage condition after water damage.

SERVPRO Does the Broad Checks Bloomingdale Homes Require Before Water Restoration

Various actions are necessary for a home after water damage. Evaluation after the incident is crucial since it provides material information on the best course of action. When you want to check things, an appropriate approach is to do it comprehensively, touching on your home's directly and indirectly affected areas.

It is easy to think that since your Bloomingdale home has water damage only in one area, checks should only concentrate on that area. However, moisture migration does not follow uniform patterns. It is not constrained by physical barriers such as walls since it can wick through materials or dissipate into the air as humidity. Our SERVPRO crews can inspect your house since we use different tools which simplify inspection.

Where to Concentrate the Inspection

  • Concealed areas like floors and walls
  • Electronics and appliances
  • Any discoloration patches or dark spots

Inspecting a house after water intrusion should help reveal any urgent and obscure issues, minimizing the chances of serious problems later on. Recessed areas within the structure form perfect holding ground for moisture to accumulate and remain hidden until severe problems such as rot, mold, or odors alert the homeowner of the hidden water damage. At such a stage, the level of deterioration is intense, requiring significant work and huge costs. Our SERVPRO technicians concentrate on walls and floor surfaces when doing the checks since the likelihood of moisture accumulation is high in these sections.

Checking whether there is water damage in concealed areas is challenging since there is no direct access. Opening up the areas merely for inspecting is not ideal because it is time-consuming and destructive. Our SERVPRO technicians use alternative means such as thermal cameras to identify wet patches beneath other materials. Penetrative moisture meters are also helpful, especially when establishing the moisture percentage, a crucial metric for water cleanup processes.

Moisture in Contents

Apart from structural areas, moisture also finds a way into contents. Electronics and other appliances are vulnerable since moisture contact with internal components leads to rusting and electrical shorts. Such items may not show any outward signs of damage since their outer shells are made of nonporous plastics, metal, or glass.

The moisture can find its way inside such components through direct exposure or when humidity in the air condenses inside the item. Our SERVPRO technicians can take action to prevent or minimize water damage in this category of things by covering them with plastic sheets, moving them away from affected rooms, and maintaining temperatures above the dew point to prevent condensation. If any item is visibly wet, we expedite water extraction and set up a dehumidifier in the storage area. Such items also require cleaning and restoration by a specialist.

Wherever the checks reveal moisture presence, adequate measures are necessary to counter its effects. Some early signs of water damage include discoloration and changes in physical form. Our SERVPRO technicians probe the areas where we note changes for signs of severe problems like mold. For example, probing a material like drywall or solid wood reveals whether it is sturdy or soft, indicating rot or mold deterioration. If none of the advanced problems are noted, we can use various controlled drying procedures, including drying chambers, to save the materials.

SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk, can help you establish the level of water damage in your home early enough. Call us at (813) 460-0204.

After My Bloomingdale Home Sustains Fire Damage, What Is the First Thing to Do?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green vans and trucks in a parking lot Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have the training and tools for fire & smoke restoration.

Timely Fire Mitigation Limits the Effects of a Fire at Your Bloomingdale Home

If you feel confused after a fire incident at your Bloomingdale home, you should not worry. It is a common outcome considering how such incidents leave widespread damages and clutter. Finding a way to mitigate the damages, especially the secondary ones, is essential at the earliest opportunity.

Mitigation in a Bloomingdale home after fire damage takes several actions. Most of these actions have to be taken simultaneously to be effective, which leads to confusion. Assistance from SERVPRO plays a crucial role in establishing order and resolving the problems.

Essential Early-Stage Actions

  • Inspection
  • Structure protection
  • Moisture management

Inspecting a fire-damaged property might sound unnecessary since issues like charring, soot deposit, and odors are readily noticeable. However, the easily identifiable problems are not the only ones left by fire damage. An inspection helps reveal hidden issues or the true extent of the obvious ones. For example, observation makes it easy to tell whether surfaces are charred or covered in soot residues. However, determining the charring depth or the type of soot deposits collected on surfaces requires better evaluation.

Char depth matters because when it extends beyond 15%, a material loses structural integrity, thus making any fire restoration efforts futile. After stripping down covering materials like insulation and wall panels, our SERVPRO technicians use char gauges on critical structural areas such as frames and trusses ( ¼" depth is acceptable for salvaging). Soot deposits vary in physical and chemical properties. The most common variation noted is dry and wet soot which influences the cleaning processes. Dry soot is readily removed through dry cleaning procedures like vacuuming, feather dusting, and cleaning with sponges. Wet soot residues necessitate the use of solvents and other cleaning agents.

Protection During Fire Damage Restoration

  • Protecting the structure from external elements
  • Protecting the valuables in your home
  • Protecting interior structural areas

Safeguarding your home immediately after fire damage is essential. Otherwise, the damages started by combustion can escalate beyond control. The level of clutter and disorganization at your home might also force you to dispose of things en-masse if no safeguards are established from the start. Our SERVPRO crews take care of these issues in different ways. We set up various controls to organize the fire damaged site. For instance, having large trash cans and setting a staging area for storing restoration equipment and cleaning products enhances efficiency and reduces unnecessary clutter.

The interior sections of your house are highly vulnerable in the aftermath of a fire. The water that quells the flames can become problematic if the moisture left in the structure is not managed. Controlling moisture under the circumstances imposed by a fire is much more challenging because actions such as moving items might be curtailed by soiling and hazards. Drying is also challenging because using air movers to boost evaporation would spread soot residues and other debris all over the property. Our SERVPRO crews provide the necessary help to remove the moisture and protect your home. We set up containment barriers with plastic sheets to separate the burnt home sections from the rest of the property, ensuring that disturbed residues do not reach unintended areas. We also have low airflow dehumidifiers for drying with minimal disturbance to debris.

SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk, helps mount a proper response in any case involving fire damage making it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (813) 460-0204.

Who Should Clean Up My Bloomingdale House After Mold Damage?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

drywall pulled back to expose mold damage in a wall If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Helps When Bloomingdale Homes Require Knowledgeable Mold Cleanup Teams

When mold develops at your Bloomingdale home, many problems follow, mainly the soiling of different materials that appears as patches of dark or whitish spots on surfaces. Granular debris from deteriorating surface finishes like paint is also common. Cleaning these soils is not only challenging but can also be hazardous, so involving a trained person is advisable.

After mold damage, cleaning a Bloomingdale home takes several steps since the soiling is widespread in visible and concealed areas. Cleaning must also involve physical and chemical processes to address all aspects of the mold appropriately. SERVPRO sends well-equipped restoration teams to handle any level of contamination that develops in your property.

Mold Remediation Procedures

  • HEPA vacuuming
  • Damp wiping
  • Abrasive cleaning

Deciding which cleaning method is necessary for your mold-damaged property is not always easy. The chosen method should remove the soiling effectively but must not create other problems such as spreading debris or leaving materials wet. Mold primarily develops because of unresolved moisture issues, so any more wetness left on structural areas or contents is detrimental. Also, spreading debris and spores in the air or other house sections is not ideal. Our SERVPRO IICRC Certified technicians combine different cleaning techniques to complete each cleaning stage conveniently and safely.

HEPA vacuuming is good at the initial stage to lift off all loose mold debris before subjecting the soiled areas to other cleaning procedures. It can also be a complementary method to complete other approaches such as abrasive cleaning, which leaves fine residues. For such cleaning, we use a dry vacuum fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters which trap particles as tiny as 0.3 microns, ensuring all residues deposited on surfaces or embedded in crevices are removed.

Dry cleaning methods are not always capable of removing soiling from mold contamination. If surfaces are wet or stained, an alternative way is necessary. The affected material also matters since soiling and stains tend to be more stubborn in fabrics and upholstery items. Using detergents helps in such cases if done correctly. Our SERVPRO technicians use the damp wiping approach when wet cleaning surfaces since it permits the use of detergents without introducing too much moisture. We also apply products with antimicrobial properties to inhibit further mold development.

Finalizing Cleaning

Cleaning is not over after dealing with the changes noted on materials and surfaces. Mold damage causes additional changes and inconveniences in your property that you should address during the cleaning process. One such problem is the musty odor that makes it uncomfortable to stay in contaminated rooms even after being cleaned. Our SERVPRO technicians take care of the problem in different ways, including:

  • Deodorization
  • Drying all moisture remnants
  • Air filtration

Deodorizing after mold cleanup may seem daunting, especially when the house is still damp since humidity dissolves odors making them more apparent. Our SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers to dry any moisture remnants. Then we use a method like dry fogging or activated oxygen to neutralize the odor sources.

With the different procedures and hazards to avoid when cleaning a property after mold damage, the input of a skilled team is crucial. SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk, can help. Call us at (813) 460-0204. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Proper Water Removal Can Protect Your Bloomingdale Hotel

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

bell at front desk of hotel Prompt water removal helps to prevent secondary damages. SERVPRO is always standing by for your commercial water damage restoration needs.

Water Removal Fends Off Costly Secondary Damage

SERVPRO wants to help you restore your hotel’s elegance before it requires water removal. Bloomingdale residents might rarely spend the night under your roof, with most of your guests arriving from out of town. Unfortunately, one small leak can become so widespread. SERVPRO can help make this a thing of the past and keep it from developing into a worse nightmare.

Leaks happen without warning and can create an urgent need for your hotel in Bloomingdale to have water removal specialists take care of the situation. SERVPRO’s technicians have the experience and training perfect for these terrible circumstances. Our goal is always to restore our customer’s property so it becomes just “Like it never even happened.” Part of this prevents secondary damage that turns a prosperous hotel into a local eyesore.

Secondary damage that correct and proper water removal prevents includes:

  • Microbial infestations like mold or mildew,
  • Uncomfortable humid conditions, 
  • Continued deterioration of the interior construction, and
  • Unpleasant odors.

These microbes can grow out of control wherever cellulose and excess moisture co-exist. The effort required to prevent this is slight but targeted.

Secondary damage includes problems such as drywall becoming considerably weaker. The carpeting might begin showing signs of dry rot or thinning of the backing, allowing vacuum cleaners to remove loosened fibers. Wooden features can discolor or warp, losing their beauty. Metal fixtures can rust, creating rough surfaces that can snag expensive clothing. We treat these items with specialized care to prevent these costly conditions.

When something becomes wet, its surface’s molecules slowly become airborne, creating an unusual if not unpleasant odor. We use unique methods to counteract this phenomenon, so guests only detect pleasant scents at your hotel.

To receive the specific services your hotel needs, call SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk at (813) 460-0204. We are close by to respond to your emergency.

Prompt Fire Damage Restoration for Cookout Mishap in Bloomingdale

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of blaze SERVPRO can make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

A Grill Accident Calls for Fire Damage Restoration

Summer months are full of cookouts and get-togethers, often using the backyard gazebo or a covered patio. While we hope everyone has a safe summer, accidents are inevitable. When one does occur at your Bloomingdale party, fire damage restoration can get your summer back on track.

Residents of Bloomingdale who need fire damage restoration can depend on SERVPRO to get the work done quickly. We know you want to return to your normal activities, and we can help. The high heat from your grill can cause damage that lasts long after the event. Charcoal remains hot for quite a while after everything is finished cooking and can melt or burn anything it ends up in or on. Too much lighter fluid can send flames higher than expected. We can help fix:

Depending on what your gazebo or patio floor is made from, it might burn or melt. We can replace damaged areas with similar materials, scouting out matches to reduce the required materials. When possible, we change out only those materials that sustained damage instead of the entire floor. Walls and columns can become weak enough that they no longer can give the support they were intended to provide. 

Often, we find the wiring for exterior lighting on the surface of walls, along window and door frames, and underneath the extended part of siding panels. This exposure can lead to the cables melting if flames get too close. Our team can repair these so lights can continue lighting up your property at night.

Our general construction team is prepared to keep a roof over your future parties. We can rebuild the underside, as well. Our goal is to make it all “Like it never even happened,” with expertly carried out fire damage restoration. 

We are always here, so call SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk at (813) 460-0204 for help with this and any other disaster that affects your home.

Slight Flood Damage Now Can Mean Bigger Issues Later in Fish Hawk

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

looking up at storm clouds It only takes a small amount of floodwater to cause a lot of damage.

You Cannot Win the Waiting Game with Flood Damage

The sound of thunder and the subsequent flashes of lightning bring out different reactions in people. Some residents enjoy a storm as it passes over Fish Hawk; others hate it. One thing everyone dislikes is flood damage, even minor flooding. If your home sustains inundation from rainwater, you must react quickly.

The fresh scent after a storm is a pleasant treat in Fish Hawk, but flood damage is something nobody needs. SERVPRO assists with even slight flooding. Repeated events like this can lead up to significant damage. Protect your home - don’t wait until the damage becomes severe. 

Even without repetitive flooding, damaged areas continually worsen. They cannot get better nor restore themselves without help. SERVPRO is that help. We also scale our services to your exact needs. Just like no job is too large, the same is true that no job is too small.

It only takes a tiny bit of flood water to cause:

  • A bad odor,
  • Dry rot to start in on carpeting, and
  • Floorboards to warp, buckle or loosen.

Flooding is notorious for smelling foul because of the tainted mixture of chemicals and soils soaking into your home. One type of flood damage seems to worsen in one area but affects the entire house. Scents travel, and anything within the area can tend to pick up these unwanted scents.

Since flooding brings in filthy water, IICRC regulations require replacing flooded carpets. Small areas, however, can be cut out and an accent piece installed as a replacement. Our carpeting specialists can repair or install new carpeting after our mitigation team gets everything cleaned and dry.

Water might seep underneath wooden floorboards, making it difficult to ascertain how much water entered your residence. This moisture can sit underneath and cause boards to swell and curl or cup. We use specific techniques to undo this damage.

Call SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk at (813) 460-0204 for assistance with this and other issues that harm your home.

Fast Water Removal Reduces Inventory Losses in Bloomingdale

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech at Duke Energy Commercial water removal services by SERVPRO are top-notch. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Protect Goods and More with Water Extraction

All of your work, the financial investments made in your business, and the time spent watching it grow to make it worth protecting. Seeing those earnest efforts get destroyed and watching it all go down the drain is not something you want to stand by and observe. SERVPRO helps businesses facing similar problems in Bloomingdale through water removal services.

When flooding from a burst pipe or a malfunctioning fire sprinkler dampens the inside of your Bloomingdale business, our water removal team can provide you with the precise services needed. There is no need to have too powerful equipment, nor the need for a project to take extra long due to equipment failing to remove water fast enough. Our training and machinery work together in a perfectly scaled combination to protect your business from unnecessary loss.

Water removal services from SERVPRO help protect your business in different but indirect ways:

  • Preventing microbial infestation,
  • Reducing the chances of water harming inventory, equipment, or your building, and
  • Keeping indoor humidity at a comfortable level.

Microbes that cause mold infestations or mildew stains love living in humid places. When SERVPRO runs a desiccant machine after water extraction, microbial growth comes to a standstill. Even these tiny living things need water to live and rapidly die in dry conditions. We can boost their demise by applying antimicrobial agents.

Water can cause corrosion of anything metal, from nails used to construct wooden components to the interior workings of your most expensive electronics. Hinges, metal tracks inside desks, and much more can end up stuck in place. SERVPRO works in teams, making preventative work like this fast and efficient.

Excess humidity can create an uncomfortable environment for people. Most people prefer lower amounts of moisture in the air. We use special meters to determine when it is best to shut off our desiccant machinery.

SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk, is always ready to explain how our water removal methods can keep your company going. Call us at (813) 460-0204, day or night, all year long – handling emergencies is part of our business.

Secure Your Fish Hawk Home with Professional Water Damage Repair 64

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign Water damage repair for your Fish Hawk home should be handled by SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every job.

We Repair Fish Hawk Area Homes with Water Damage 48

Water that soaks into the building components of your Fish Hawk residence requires water damage and repair professionals. Unmitigated moisture can leave your property vulnerable to destructive elements like animals, insects, or microbial infestations.

Property owners in Fish Hawk rely on water damage repair teams to ensure that their home’s structure receives the protection it needs. After inspecting to determine the level of current deterioration, we might perform any of the following:

  • Boarding up damaged areas on the roof,
  • Removing soaked insulation, and
  • Cutting away drywall to gain access to a broken pipe.

Our experience with water damage includes mitigation and remediation of all styles of houses, as well as businesses. Condominiums, duplex and triplex units, single-family homes, and guest houses can all sustain intrusions from water and excess moisture. Air conditioners, appliances, and slipped feed lines are only some causes.

Once we secure your property, we can investigate and search for the cause, if unknown. Determining the cause allows us to resolve the situation, preventing additional water from becoming an issue. After we make the necessary repairs, replacements, or changes to control the water, we can start assessing the damage to your residence’s structure.

The presence of water means we need to establish drier conditions, which can involve heaters, or if the air outside is drier than it is inside your home, opening windows. We also use air movers, which are powerful but energy-efficient fans. Some materials that absorb moisture or water require more precise monitoring as we dry things.

Large amounts of water within your home can require opening up stairways or lower bathroom cabinetry sections to ensure proper and complete water damage repair takes place. Our reconstruction team means less time and expense for your family.

SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk, is the water damage repair team you need. Contact us at (813) 460-0204 for prompt, reliable service.

Why Bloomingdale Trusts SERVPRO to Perform Mold Remediation Work

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

mold hidden behind the wall Mold remediation is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the experience and trained professionals that are needed for this task.

Save Your Bloomingdale Home with Mold Remediation 

Mold-stricken homes in Bloomingdale require mold remediation, including correcting the residence’s interior. Mold consists of microscopic-sized living organisms that rapidly grow when provided with adequate food, shade, warmth, and shelter from air currents. SERVPRO understands that removing mold without eliminating the conditions is not sufficient.

Providing our customers with a tailored service is why we perform more than mere mold remediation for Bloomingdale residences. We know what mold likes and where it grows most easily. We also use infrared cameras to detect higher moisture levels, as microbes require excess amounts for survival. Preventing mold from returning increases the value of our services significantly.

Depending on where we discover mold growing inside your residence, our activities are specific to your property’s needs. Some homes require all of these and more, while others might only need one or two. Almost all need to have the source of excess moisture eliminated. We use the following, as well as other measures, when providing mold remediation services:

  • Seal off affected areas and create negative pressure chambers,
  • Remove with a stiff brush or HEPA-filter equipped vacuum cleaner, 
  • Use dry ice pellets that sublimate harmlessly afterward, and
  • Apply specially formulated sprays (antimicrobial agents)
  • Dry out and encapsulate any leftover microbes.

Once completed with the above and any measures to control moisture, we can re-evaluate with infrared visuals. This knowledge also helps our customers know which areas of their homes might create future issues, allowing them to partner with us in a preventative sense.

Areas we recommend that homeowners pay attention to include darkened areas where moisture can accumulate, including behind or under larger appliances or furniture pieces. Wherever we discover mold, we can remediate it and leave your home in better condition.

SERVPRO of Central Bloomingdale, Fish Hawk, does more than mold remediation. Call (813) 460-0204 to remove current microbial infestations and prevent future ones from starting.