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Document Restoration in Safety Harbor

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

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A local office had an air conditioning unit leak and left these important files in very poor condition.

   SERVPRO of Oldsmar / Westchase took the files and boxes back to our warehouse and repackaged for the secure transit to our home office in Gallatin, TN.    Our team of professional document restoration experts filed them into our vacuum freezing chamber in order to achieve sublimation.  Upon exit of the chamber, each page is cleaned and treated to restore to near original form.   The entire process takes four or five weeks, but clients are stunned with the positive outcome.    Sterilization, deodorization and digitalization are other add on steps of the process we offer to our clients in the document restoration service line at SERVPRO of Oldsmar Westchase.    Don't forget about the documents when you have a water loss or flood.     

What You Should Do During a Grease Fire

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

Grease fires occur when oil gets too hot and creates flames. These fires are common in kitchens, especially when you're frying or cooking greasy food on the stove, and they often spread quickly. You may need fire restoration services to get back to normal after a grease fire, but the first priority has to be safety. These tips can help you minimize damage and risk.


Turn off the heat.

The heat from your stove or oven warming the oil is what keeps the fire burning. If you can safely reach the controls, turn them off, and the fire should slow or stop as long as it hasn't touched other flammable items. However, avoid moving the pot or pan, as this could cause grease to splash, spreading the fire to other surfaces.

Keep an extinguisher in the kitchen.


The best way to quickly put out a grease fire is to use a Class B fire extinguisher designed for blazes with liquid accelerants, such as gas and oil. These often use compressed gas to suffocate the flames, so spray it within a few feet of the source. Since grease fires can spread quickly, keep this type of extinguisher close to your stove so you can grab it within seconds.


Use water on the flames.

Water has a different density than cooking oil, so the particles don't effectively mix. Thus, pouring water on the flames won't extinguish them. In fact, water may cause the oil to splatter, which can spread the fire to other surfaces, such as cabinets or nearby cookbooks.

Forget your fire safety plan.

Every home should have a safety plan in place for fires, which should remind you to turn off the heat and note the nearest fire extinguisher's location. However, if the fire has already spread to cabinets or other surfaces, your priority should be to get out of the house and call emergency services.

Which Common Water Losses Are Covered Under Commercial Insurance Policies?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Which Common Water Losses Are Covered Under Commercial Insurance Policies?

Damaged pipes are one of the most common water losses. If you have proper commercial insurance, your policy should cover cleanup and restoration services following a sudden discharge of water from a pipe. However, floods or frozen pipes may not be covered. Read on for more details.

Covered Perils
Many water losses are covered under commercial insurance policies. These perils include:

  • Ruptured pipes
  • Broken appliances
  • Sprinkler leaks or accidental discharges

In general, any sudden event that causes water to build up in your Oldsmar, FL, building should be covered. The insurance money can be used to remove the water and salvage or replace any damaged items.
Most policies also include "rip and tear," coverage. This helps you pay for the cost of replacing any walls or floors that had to be torn in order to access the damaged pipes or appliances.
Keep in mind that insurance does not typically cover repairs to the broken appliances or pipes themselves. However, there are some exceptions. Insurance does pay for the cost of replacing or fixing a fire protective system if the damage to that system discharges foam, powder or water into your building.

Uncovered Perils
Typically, the insurer will not cover any damage that results from your inaction or negligence. Slowly leaking pipes, for instance, are usually excluded from coverage.
Damage caused by frozen pipes or equipment may not be covered, either. The insurer believes it is the property owner's responsibility to keep the building warm enough to prevent freezing.
Finally, flooding due to storms or sewage backup is not part of a commercial property policy. However, you can purchase separate flood coverage.
The harm caused by damaged pipes that suddenly burst should be covered under your commercial insurance policy. However, pipes that slowly leaked over a period of time may not be covered. By properly maintaining your property, you can increase the odds that your insurer helps pay for your next water loss.

How To Maintain Your Fire Sprinklers

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire sprinkler The fire sprinklers in your building in Tampa, FL are there to protect your property and the items and people inside of it from a fire.

The fire sprinklers in your building in Tampa, FL are there to protect your property and the items and people inside of it from a fire. While water damage is preferable to having everything completely burnt down, you also don't want your sprinklers to go off unnecessarily. To prevent a malfunction of any kind, your sprinklers need some regular attention.

1. Keep Them Clear

The first step in sprinkler maintenance is to make sure that if they do need to spray water they can do so effectively. Make sure none of your sprinkler heads have been painted over or are covered in dirt or grime. This is especially important in areas such as kitchens, which produce a lot of grease that can coat the sprinklers and block the water. In addition, make sure that shelves and other furniture aren't so close to the sprinklers that they'll prevent the water from reaching the entire room.

2. Inspect All Valves

Each quarter you should have a professional check your sprinkler system's water pressure. While it should be fine as long as the rest of your building's water is, it's important to make sure no valves have been bumped or anything that will prevent them from working. If your system has non-electronic control valves, you should add a weekly inspection of these to your sprinkler maintenance routine.

3. Check the System Annually

One of the best ways to make sure your fire sprinklers are working properly is to have them professionally inspected each year. This will ensure that all of the sensors and pipes are working correctly in case of a fire. After all, a malfunctioning sprinkler system defeats the purpose of having one.
Proper fire sprinkler maintenance is the best way to protect your building from damage. Neglect it too long, and you might end up with more fire damage than necessary or a flood that results in the need for water damage remediation.

What Can I Do To Save My Business Contents After a Flood?

11/7/2020 (Permalink)

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What Can I Do To Save My Business Contents After a Flood?

When a flood strikes your Cheval, FL, business, you want to do everything you can to get cleanup underway. You understand the importance of hiring a professional restoration company, but you also know that time is of the essence. Here are some guidelines for what you can save from your flooded company while you wait for cleanup crews to arrive.

Protect Yourself
If you must enter the building, keep in mind that floodwater is typically filled with bacteria and other microorganisms, especially water from outside or from a broken pipe. Minimize contact with contaminated water by wearing protective gear, such as rubber boots, waterproof gloves, and safety goggles. Follow the CDC’s safe hygiene guidelines for flood cleanup, including:

  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face near floodwater.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after handling flood-damaged items.
  • Don’t eat, drink, chew gum or smoke while working in or around floodwater.

Preserve Important Documents
If the flooded company houses any critical or irreplaceable documents, try to move them out of harm’s way if possible. Documents which have not been exposed to floodwater should be moved off-site so they will not be damaged during restoration work. Documents which are already wet can often be saved by freeze-drying. Place each wet document into a separate plastic storage bag and put it in the freezer.

Remove Textiles and Other Porous Items
Next, attempt to rescue porous items, especially textiles. These materials, such as carpet, clothing and draperies, can absorb contaminants from floodwater. Many textiles can be fully restored with proper machine washing or dry cleaning if they are removed from the flooded area quickly enough.
For the safest and most reliable restoration work, cleaning up your flooded company is best left to experienced flood remediation professionals. These experts have the tools and training required to get your business up and running again as quickly as possible.

Flood Safety Tips

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

When weather may become dangerous, the National Weather Service issues alerts for Oldsmar, FL. To stay alive, flood safety requires that everyone be aware of three basic types of flood alerts:

  • Flood
  • Flash flood
  • River flood

Watch Versus Warning

Each type can be further broken down into a watch or a warning. A watch means that there’s an elevated risk of the listed flood type happening in your area. Keep a closer eye on the weather. A flood warning is an emergency. Access the National Weather Service for immediate bulletins.

Floods Can Be Killers

Floods cause the most fatalities of all weather phenomena. They can strike without warning. Around 86 individuals are killed in the U.S. annually. However, when flood safety procedures were properly followed, only a handful of deaths were recorded. New wireless technologies promise to keep Americans even safer.

Flash Floods Happen in Minutes

In 2010, 20 people were killed as a flash flood barreled down narrow mountain canyons, overwhelming a popular campsite while the campers slept. If you’re spending time outdoors near hills, check the weather on your smartphone or weather radio hourly during storms.

River Floods Also Occur Suddenly

Some river floods are more gradual than flash floods. However, if a levy or ice dam suddenly breaks, the water level can rise in minutes. River flooding is measured by gauges set by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For all floods, there are a few basic safety tips to stay alive:

  • Never drive on a road covered with water.
  • Assume all floodwater from outdoors has sewage in it.
  • Check the weather frequently.

Ultimately, flood safety is based on being conscious of your surroundings, known as situational awareness. if you get an alert on your radio or phone, find out what’s going on and determine if it may impact you.

Following these safety tips helps prevent calamities. Once the flood passes, you’ll need an expert flood damage restoration company to clean up. With large-volume air movers and custom sanitizers, SERVPRO returns your home “Like it never even happened."

How To Care For Burns in the Workplace

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

Proactive approaches are important in fire safety. Commercial owners in Oldmsar/Westchase can have a fire restoration company evaluate the premises, offering ways to reduce fire damage to the structure. In addition, proprietors should consider the people, taking the initiative to train employees on how to help with fire injuries. Here are three things the staff should know.

1. Evaluate the Case

A minor aggravation may simply be looked at on the spot, using the burn first aid kit. These are usually small and superficial, resulting in some redness, pain and blistering. If the person is suffering greatly or has any of the following conditions, he or she may have significant trauma, requiring treatment from a doctor or emergency care:

  • Deep impact
  • Areas larger than 3 inches
  • Charred skin
  • Patches of white, black or brown
  • Trouble breathing or moving

Call 911. As you wait for help to arrive, keep the coworker comfortable and monitor life signs.

2. Support Those With Major Issues

When the fire damage harms someone greatly, the business's medical personnel or employee should aid in moving the patient to a safe area. Begin to watch for swelling and difficulty breathing. Remove anything constricting such as jewelry or belts that could restrict air flow or cause discomfort. From the supplies, locate a cool, moist bandage or sterile cloth. Place this over the burn, safeguarding it from exposure. Do not, however, wash it with water as this could do more harm.

3. Treat the Minor Impacts Carefully

Locate the first aid supplies. Rinse the reddened section with cool water or use a compress. Don't touch the blisters. They are best left alone. If they do open up, you'll want to apply an antibiotic ointment. Then, take off anything that could become tight from inflammation, particularly rings. With the skin cool, rub a soothing lotion such as aloe vera or moisturizer. Once this is completed, loosely apply a gauze wrap.

Remember fire damage affects more than your walls. Members of your team can be impacted too. Be ready to provide assistance.

Who Pays for the Damage After an Apartment Fire?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

An apartment fire in Oldsmar, FL is an unfortunate incident where the tenants can lose their homes and property owners can lose their livelihoods. However, both parties need to create a plan to respond, recover property and determine who pays for the damage. Determining liability depends on several factors, including the insurance plans involved and what exactly was damaged.

What To Do After a Fire

Even after safely evacuating the building, the people involved can still get overwhelmed by the experience. However, it is important for both parties to act fast and perform the following actions:
  • Call their respective insurance companies
  • Choose a recommended fire damage restoration company
  • Contact each other and exchange incident information
  • Ensure both parties have insurance lined up
  • Assess the damage and recover property together

Both the landlord and the tenant should be careful even after the fire is over. They should never enter the damaged area without the fire officer's permission.

When the Landlord Pays

When an apartment fire affects the building itself, the landlord's homeowner's policy is required to cover the loss. This structural damage can be either partial or complete. The coverage also extends to certain home systems such as plumbing and electrical since they are significantly connected to the building itself. Even in the cases where the tenant is responsible for the fire and must pay the deductible, the landlord still should update the homeowner's plan.

When the Tenant Pays

 The tenant is mainly responsible for the personal property inside the rental unit. This can include items such as electronic devices, furniture, clothes and other belongings. These items are covered by renter's insurance, which the tenant is recommended to obtain when moving to a new apartment. The landlord can be held liable for the tenant's damage if the latter can prove in court that the former's negligence caused the loss.
During the aftermath of an apartment fire, it can be difficult to determine roles and responsibilities. Tenants and landlords should inform themselves about these topics to make the process less stressful than it should.

Treating and Caring for Burns After a Fire

4/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Treating and Caring for Burns After a Fire

When business owners think of fire damage, most think of charred structures and immense heat. However, ask the restoration companies in Oldsmar, FL, and they will tell you to be wary of burns. Many people do not understand the correct first aid response for burn victims. As an employer, you need how to do three things related to burn first aid.

  1. Identify the burn type
  2. Treat the burn
  3. Seek medical attention

Identify the Burn Type

If a fire injures any employees, you need to identify whether the burn is major or minor. Major wounds are distinctive because they are larger than three inches in diameter and deep. The skin may appear charred or have brown, black or white patches. The texture of the skin may feel leathery and dry. Minor burns are often superficial, but they are painful and may cause blisters. The burn type will often determine the first aid response.

Treat the Burn

For minor burns, you want to cool the area under running water or apply a wet compress. Don’t use cold water because that can make the pain worse. It is also important not to break the blisters. Apply lotion instead and loosely bandage the burn with sterile gauze.
For significant burns resulting from fire damage, do not immerse the wound in water, use a cool, clean cloth instead. Make sure the injured person keeps the injury elevated and watch for symptoms of shock, like shallow breathing, fainting or pale skin.

Seek Medical Attention

Minor burns do not require medical attention, but major burns will. The severity of the injury can lead to significant health risks, especially those associated with infection. If the damage is too substantial, call 911 immediately and ask for help.
It is easy to limit fire damage to a property when thinking about it, but if workers are present during a blaze, then physical injuries are possible. Contact a local emergency service or restoration company to learn more about fire safety and first aid.