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7 Places You Wouldn’t Expect To Find Mold

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold damage in a home If mold is in the pipes of your dishwasher, you may have to contact a mold remediation professional to remove it. Call SERVPRO!

Mold Can Be Found In 7 Surprising Places

Mold is everywhere in the world around us, even in Westchase, FL. Some places you assume you will find colonies of fungi, but here are seven places you wouldn’t expect to find mold growth.

1. Washing Machines

Drums inside washing machines harbor moisture for long periods because they are an enclosed environment. Mold often grows under the drum and causes a pungent odor. If you discover mold or mildew, run a hot water load with vinegar to kill the spores.

2. Windows

Mold on wood is often expected near windows. Mold on the window itself is not. If you discover a moldy window, use a window cleaner or vinegar to kill the mold and remove the stain the spores leave behind.

3. Chimneys

Water can pool on the brick, along with dirt and debris. Once this occurs, it can become a perfect surface for mold growth. Having the chimney cleaned yearly and checking for cracks can help prevent colony growth.

4. Walls

Moldy drywall can hide potential problems for your home. An unexpected hiding place is inside the wall under the mold on the plasterboard. To remove the hidden mold, contact a mitigation specialist.

5. Dishes

If you put damp dishes away, it can become the perfect breeding ground for mold. To remove the mold, wipe the dish with soapy water and run through a load in the dishwasher.

6. Refrigerators

Although you may expect mold on food inside the refrigerator, you probably don’t expect mold to grow on the appliance’s door gasket or in the drip pan. Because food particles can easily be captured in both places, both need a good, regular cleaning.

7. Dishwashers

Known for spreading soapy water, you wouldn’t expect mold to grow inside the dishwashing system but it can. Damp water pipes make it a perfect environment for the spores to grow and flourish. If mold is in the pipes of your dishwasher, you may have to contact a mold remediation professional to remove it.

Keep these seven hidden places in mind. Don’t be surprised by mold growth again!

3 Ways To Immediately Handle Sewage Damage in Your Home

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Restoration machines are cleaning water damage in a home. If you find sewage in your home, it is important to have SERVPRO remove it as quickly as possible. Call us!

3 Ways To Deal With Sewage Damage In Your Home Right Away

There are a number of things you’d prefer to never have to deal with in your Tampa, FL home, and one of them is finding sewage damage. Whether you’ve come across a stubborn flooded toilet, a clogged drainage system or a full-blown flood from sewer backup, the end result is never pretty. If you’re wondering just how to go about treating and disinfecting your residence, here are three ways to instantly start managing sewer cleanup in a safe and responsible manner.

1. Avoid using the water supply system in your home if the damage is overwhelming.

You may be used to the occasional backed-up sink or toilet. However, if the damage is severe and the clog or disruption hasn’t been cleared yet, attempting to use any water in the home can result in even more destruction. It’s best to contact a professional team of water damage restoration specialists equipped to handle not only the immediate cleanup, but the necessary sterilization procedures afterwards to ensure your home is left safe and habitable.

2. If it’s still safe for you to be inside your home, wear protective clothing near the damaged areas.

When sewer cleanup is underway, keep your body covered in protective clothing and gear in order to prevent any contact with dirty, possibly-infected water. Items such as goggles, rubber boots and gloves are best for keeping your skin and eyes covered, while a basic face mask can prevent you from breathing in any toxic fumes.

3. Open your windows and utilize fans to air out the obtrusive smell.

While experienced restoration specialists are Here to Help and are prepared to deodorize your home before their job is done, you can help release some of the bad odors by using fans and keeping your windows open throughout the day.

Be Ready for Any Stinky Situation

Dealing with sewer cleanup in your Tampa, FL residence is never fun or easy, but with these ideas in mind to help recover after the fact, you’re one step closer to getting over the event as quickly as possible.

4 Steps To Clean Fire-Damaged Contents

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Warehouse Fire Inside SERVPRO is your local water, flood, and fire damage restoration professional. Call SERVPRO today to learn more about how we can help!

Cleaning Fire-Damaged Contents In 4 Easy Steps

Fire and smoke can damage the contents of a commercial building. It may be possible to clean and restore items depending on the materials and degree of damage. Restoration experts can recommend dry-cleaning, foam, ultrasonic waves or other specialized treatments. Here are four steps to determine whether an item is a candidate for cleaning.

1. Assess Damage

The first step to cleaning contents is to determine whether items can benefit from restoration or should be disposed of and replaced. Contents that have sustained smoke damage or staining due to soot are better suited for cleaning than burnt or charred items.

2. Consider Durability

In addition to damage, the durability of materials is also an important consideration. If an item is inherently delicate, it may not stand up to even the most gentle restoration treatments. This is particularly the case when damage is extensive.

3. Factor In Porosity

Porosity plays an important part in determining the best content cleaning treatment for any item. Porous items such as clothing or textiles may benefit most from dry-cleaning or foam treatments. Delicate, non-porous items made of ceramic or glass can be good candidates for immersion in cleaning solution and the use of ultrasonic waves. Delicate, porous materials may be sprayed and wiped to limit exposure to moisture.

4. Consult Experts

It is best to have damaged items cleaned by restoration professionals. Look for a service that provides a full range of content cleaning options as well as content storage. Once items are clean, they should be kept off-site until restoration is complete.

These steps can lead to better outcomes for the contents of a commercial building. This process can also help building owners determine whether it will be more cost-effective to dispose of and replace certain items. Rely on a fire damage mitigation company that provides services such as restoration-grade dry-cleaning in Oldsmar, FL

What to do after a fire

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Bring in SERVPRO of Oldsmar/Westchase to Clean and Restore Your Home After a Fire Loss

Even if the damage got contained to a single area in your home, seeing it for the first time after a fire has occurred can feel overwhelming for what to do first. The longer the mitigation efforts get delayed has the potential to increase the loss. That is why it is vital to engage a professional restoration services company as soon as possible. 

Can I Stay in My House After Fire Damage?

Before we talk about what you should do, let's cover what you should not do after fire damage in your home. Deciding whether or not to remain within the property is something you should talk over with the firefighters at the scene. They can tell you if the structure or nature of the fire loss is okay to be around or not. In many cases, it is not safe to remain around charred items as soot has to potential to be a skin and respiratory irritant. Other considerations include:

The utilities in your home should not get turned on unless deemed safe by a certified professional

Do not clean any smoke residues yourself as it can result in greater damages

If electrical equipment received damage, do not turn it on to test it

Do not attempt to enter a property deemed structurally unsafe to retrieve valuables or important documents 

Actions You Should Take Post-House Fire 

There are many proactive things that homeowners can do after a fire before SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Contact family members or friends if you need a place to stay after the fire. Then contact your insurance agent to start the claims process and SERVPRO to begin the mitigation efforts for the property and contents

If your pets cannot stay with you, see if they can stay with a trusted family member or friend until your property gets restored.

Within 24 hours of the occurrence of the fire, contact your utility companies to turn off the services to your home

Have the post office hold or forward your mail

Flood Damage Looks Worse Before it Gets Better

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

One of the first actions SERVPRO technicians take upon arrival to begin restoration services for flood damage in homes is to test the water. Knowing if they are dealing with bacteria, toxic chemicals, sewage, or all of the above allows them to choose the appropriate level of disinfection necessary for a safe work environment.

Removal of Saturated Flooring

In many types of water loss situations, technicians save both carpet and padding through careful extraction and drying methods. However, due to the categorization of groundwater as a class three biohazard, there is no restoration potential if the carpeting absorbed it. Technicians extract the water to make it easier to handle and cut into strips for disposal. On a case by case basis, delaminated tiles, hardwood flooring, and baseboards receive an inspection to see if they are candidates for restoration and disinfection for reuse dependent on their construction materials.

Removal of Damaged Sheetrock

This type of controlled demolition often looks the worst but speeds the drying of the property. When water enters a structure, sheetrock readily wicks the moisture, and as it travels upward through the core, the sheetrock buckles, and warps. Technicians perform flood cuts by measuring above the highest area wicked into and cleanly cut it away. The open area allows for much more significant amounts of airflow and dries the property quickly.

Proactive Treatments Against Mold

Because mold infestations have the potential to begin as fast as 24-hours after a flood loss event in the home, SERVPRO technicians work quickly to lower the ambient humidity to make the environment inhospitable to mold growth. They hold a state certification for Mold Remediation and perform treatments on any early signs of establishment of colonies, so it is not an issue.

Eliminating the Stress of Reconstruction

After a water loss in the home, coordinating reconstruction is stressful. SERVPRO strives to make it easier for homeowners by offering a one-stop service for restoration, repair, and rebuilding as needed. They hold a residential general contractor license, and since they did the cleanup, the technicians already know the areas in the home that require addressing, taking the anxiety of finding and qualifying a contractor off of the homeowner.

Cigarette smoke odor

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Many people think that a fire damage can only be caused by an actual fire. but many don't know that long-term cigarette smoking in enclosed areas can cause similar results as of is like that of a fire. However, tobacco smoke chemicals are much more difficult to eliminate than those of an actual fire. Often the smoke odor penetrates multiple areas of a room, carpet, walls and to remove the smell permanently, one must remove the source of the problem. This means cleaning all surfaces in your home. The cleanup always includes deodorizing agents to help eliminate all of the very tiny particles of tobacco smoke. A  professional equipment like an ozone machine effectively destroys all of the smoke odor particles that have penetrated the hard-to-reach areas.

We are here for you

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Oldsmar/Westchase is one the leading first responder in the Tampa area whom you should notify immediately following significant damage to a business, which includes but is not limited to floods, fires, mold, vandalism, COVID19 clean ups,  sewage backups and crime scene.

The job of a restoration company in a few words is to clean up the mess, preserve and protect the business and its contents so that further damage will not occur and to get the business back to its original stage before the loss occurred just like our SERVPRO slogan "Like it never even happened."

If your business has had a loss do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Oldsmar/Westchase we are a 24/7 remediation company and our customers are our number one priority. We want to get your business back to running in the quickest, safest and most efficient way possible.

SERVPRO extensive training

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Through out the years SERVPRO has provided its employee's and franchise owners with a variety of training in order to exceed at their job and bring a home owner or business owner the best services. SERVPRO provides a self-paced program designed for the franchise employee. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

SERVPRO new franchise owners go through a 15-day, in-house, hands-on training program at our headquarters training facility. Designed primarily for new franchise owners, but also a valuable course for franchise employees. The program covers all aspects of:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

SERVPRO is an approved IICRC Training School that offers year-around classes in the following categories:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Applied Structural Drying
    (in our purpose-built ASD facility)

We care

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Oldsmar/Westchase we treat every job as if it was the only job in our board. Our crews do a through out excellent job from the moment they step in to you home or commercial building and until we wrap up the project. we communicate with each client on almost daily basis about the status and progress of their home/commercial remediation. Our customers can reach out to us with as many questions or concerns they have and know that we are here for them in every step of the way. We really pride in customer service and building long lasting relationships. We like when our customers feel comfort in knowing that we care about their loss and understand what they are going through. Rather than treating them like just another water/mold/fire loss. 

4 Sewage back up signs in your washer

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

1.The Washer Doesn’t Fill Up or Has the Wrong Temperature

This symptom can often indicate issues in your washer’s water inlet valves. The inlet valves connect two water hoses to your machine, which control the flow of hot and cold water.

2. Drains Overflowing In Your House After Doing a Load of Laundry

sewer drain clogs are urgent plumbing issues since wastewater exposure can leave people vulnerable to foul odors and pathogens. One sign that you have a major clog in your washing machine drains is when you use your washing machine and other drains in your home overflow.

 3.Water Is Draining Out Of Washer But Spilling Onto The Floor

The washing machine drain box is where the lines and hoses from your washing machine connect to your home’s plumbing. If the water is backing up there, it’s a crucial sign that the problem is in the plumbing.

The Washer Makes Loud Noises and Appears to Want To Leave The Laundry Room

Have you ever heard crazy banging noises coming from your washing machine, only to check on it and see it moving across the floor? It is normal to hear some gear noises from your washer during spin cycles or when water valves turn on and off. However, if you hear loud, vibrating sounds, then the pump could have a problem. The pump connects to the drain hose and helps to push water in and out of the machine. Sometimes smaller items of clothing, like socks