Day 1: The Day Everyone Worked From Home
On day 1 of company-mandated social distancing, our normally crowded parking lot had only one car.
Day 1, 7:12 p.m.
For the first time in the 29-year history of SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel, our entire office staff is working remotely, with the exception of the dispatcher and a couple others whose office situation allows them to practice extreme social distancing. This morning, as I pulled in I felt a pang to see the normally crowded parking lot almost empty. As a small business owner, this is uncomfortable and foreign. I trust our team and know that these extreme measures are in the best interest of our team, our families, and our community.
Yesterday afternoon, after watching a group of people inside our office talking and laughing in a tight circle, I realized we had to do it. As humans, we are social animals, it's our nature. I knew we had to shut down the office ASAP.
As we chart the days and weeks ahead, I am sure there will be challenges we don't anticipate and also some bright spots. This morning we held our first Zoom meeting by video, with everyone working from home and hopefully wearing pants. Tomorrow we will make sure everyone knows where the "mute" button is. - Jeremy George
Hidden Water Damage in Your Home
You know the old saying “What you can’t see, can’t hurt you,” well I don’t think they were talking about possible leaks in your home. Residential water damages are not always obvious. Sometimes, leaks can go on for months without the slightest indication.
Luckily SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel has the right water detection equipment to help you determine what areas in your New Tampa home may be affected.
Moisture Sensor-Used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
Moisture Meter-Used to determine the actual moisture contact of various materials. This also is the equipment that allows us to monitor the drying process.
Thermohygrometer-Used to measure temperature and relative humidity to calculate and create an environment most conductive to drying. When handling a contaminated loss (CAT 2 or 3), it is not only important to dry the structure, but to disinfect and often deodorize as well.
Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV ) Fogger-Used to atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. It can also inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard- to-reach areas that typical residential products and methods cannot reach.
Thermal Fogger-Used to dispense solvent- based products by creating a dense fog that consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing bacteria.
Early detection and treatment of water damage is the key to promoting a healthy living space and getting your domain back.
If you think you may have water damage in your home and would like SERVPRO to come out and check, call us 24/7!
Soot! What is it?
After a house fire, the danger unfortunately doesn’t stop once the flames have been put out. Soot may have spread to your entire Wesley Chapel home, posing a threat to your health and the building. Learn more about soot, how dangerous it is, and how to restore the damage below.
What is soot?
Soot is made of tiny carbon particles created by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels (wood, oil, coal, and more). Soot contains lots of acids, as well as chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. These particles leave an ugly sight and foul smell.
During a fire, soot spreads to the whole house, attaching to surfaces. Thus, the acidic properties of soot can further damage your home and indoor air quality if the soot is not removed immediately.
Soot can inhabit your home even if there wasn’t a fire. Excessive use of candles can lead to soot buildup, so make sure to use them sparingly (they are also a fire risk). Fireplaces can release soot as well if they’re not ventilated enough. Furnaces are also a source of soot contamination when they produce a puff back.
What are the dangers of soot exposure?
Statistics show that particle exposure leads to around 20,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Soot-related diseases are the culprit of many of them. Moreover, soot exposure causes 300,000 asthma attacks and two million lost workdays annually due to respiratory problems.
Soot can enter your body through inhalation, ingestion or via the skin and eyes. These toxic particles can cause breathing issues, including asthma, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, and even cancer. Infants, the elderly, and those who already have breathing problems are the most affected.
To avoid the health risks of soot exposure after a home fire, make sure that all soot-affected areas are properly cleaned and sanitized.
If you’ve experienced a fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel!
Local Hospital Water Damage
When water damage occurs in our local Tampa hospital, it can cause significant damage to a variety of equipment and sensitive instruments in the building. Whether the cause is a sprinkler malfunction, water overflow, a pipe leak or something else, it can lead to thousands of dollars in damage and equipment loss. At SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel, our team responds as quickly and responsibly to ensure as little damage as possible and begin treating the affected areas immediately.
One of the costliest effects of a Wesley Chapel hospital water damage is the effect it may have on the some of the equipment. Medical equipment can be extremely sensitive to the effects of excessive moisture and most of the time will require specialized technicians to repair them correctly. SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel maintains an extensive list of licensed local and national partners that can help recover as much of your damaged equipment as possible and can help conduct inventory services to find out what all was unsalvageable in the loss.
Getting facilities operational again
We understand the need to get a hospital up and running as quickly as possible after a water damage occurs. With copious amounts of equipment and all hands-on deck, that, along with safety for the patients is our top priority!
SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel is a local provider of professional-grade water damage mitigation and restoration services.
Tampa Commercial Water Loss
Commercial water damage is not always a sudden burst pipe gushing water into your business, sometimes its as simple as an unseen slow leak for an extended period of time. The good news is, there are signs that appear with that type of loss as well. If you see the following signs affecting your New Tampa business, try to investigate a little and see if there is an issue that requires immediate assistance. If so give SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel call 24/7 to help mitigate!
Do you have a musty odor throughout your building that you can’t quite locate? That could be a sign of water damage. Musty odors begin forming when there is standing water present. This could be in an attic, crawl space or other area unseen.
Signs of mold
It only takes 24-hours for airborne mold spores to set up their home in your building if conditions are right. Where excessive moisture exists, often so do mold colonies. Professional remediation is a must to eliminate the conditions conducive to growth as well as stop the potential for cross-contamination to different areas of your business.
Water stains are the most obvious sign of water damage in your commercial business. If you’re noticing discoloration on the ceiling or wall, chances are you have a leak. SERVPRO technicians have moisture detection equipment that allows them to “see” behind walls and under flooring to determine where the most extensive moisture is found.
If you are noticing any of these signs in your Trinity commercial property, call SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel and let us come out and check it for you!
As we face the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now a pandemic, SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel is receiving calls from clients in Tampa asking how to address this from a cleaning perspective.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has spread to more than 132 countries. The virus, abbreviated COVID-19, is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
From a cleaning perspective, the CDC encourages the cleaning of high-touch surfaces. This can include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. This applies to commercial spaces as well.
SERVPRO is able to provide support by offering proactive cleaning services including removal of biohazard contaminants with an EPA-registered disinfectant and specialized cleaning methodology. We can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning! At SERVPRO, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel to see how we can help clean your Tampa home or business.
Our February MVPs
At SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel we know how great our team is but getting confirmation like this makes our hearts happy! For the month of February we have two MVPs, Jeremiah and Dan L! Check out this review we received from someone in our local community that came across our “SERVPRO Angels.”
"On February 18th .. 2 SERVPRO angels appeared. My car stopped ....totally ...on highway 19 and Floramar. A very fast and high traffic area. No flashers, couldn’t get it into neutral ..nothing. Not a spark. It just stopped. Pretty scary! 2 SERVPRO angels saw me .... nervous and shaking as the cars either sped past me or yelled at me. They crossed the highway and came to my rescue. Dan managed to get it in neutral by some magic trick, while Jeremiah comforted me and tried to keep me calm in the middle of a very dangerous highway. They managed to push me across the street (3 lanes of traffic) into a parking lot of Advanced Auto Parts. Jeremiah opened up the hood ....went in and got a spray and brush and cleaned off a very corroded battery. They got it started ....wouldn’t accept any money gave me hugs and a phone number to call when I made it home and even offered to take time on their lunch hour to follow me. What kindness! If this company hires these kind of men you should use them. They went way beyond to help, at great personal danger to themselves. Have you traveled 19? Ugh! A HUGE Thank you to Dan and Jeremiah and a message to their boss...... you are lucky to have these guys as employees. In fact you should give them both a raise. Big points in heaven for both of them. 5 stars!"
Spring Brings on the Rain
Tornadoes, hail, lightening, thunderstorms, fluctuating temperatures, the risk of flooding – Spring, oh what a season! Many Tampa Bay homeowners are excited about the spring awakening, but they won’t get to see our May Flowers if the home is not prepared for these April showers! There are certain steps homeowners can take at the beginning of April to ensure the home can withstand heavy showers and potential rain storms.
Time to Prepare
When you expect rain showers, there are some things you can do to help prepare. Weather changes by the minute in Wesley Chapel, so you need to be prepared for whatever type of rain mother nature throws at us. When rain is intense, water can permeate materials that are not durable. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and be sure your materials are up to date, and not rotten or compromised. That inspection should also include your roof. Do you have missing/ loose tiles or shingles? If tiles or shingles are not secure, rain, especially wind driven, can enter your home and cause some serious damage. Don’t worry tho, if you do encounter any issues during this springs storm season, call SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel!
Let Us Handle Your Fire Damage
DIY fire damage cleanup? Let the professionals handle it.
We understand that after a fire damage occurs in your Tampa home, the number one priority to the homeowner is to get their life back to normal as quickly as possible. One mistake they make is to attempt to cleanup the smoke damage and remove charred debris themselves. While it sounds like a great idea to save money and speed the process up, it can actually cause more harm than good. Certain cleaning agents can increase the amount of loss you have and even render other items unsalvageable.
It’s important that Bay Area homeowners allow a professional remediation company to take the proper precautions to protect areas of the home that may not have been affected. Did you know that soot particles are sometimes smaller than the eyes can see? That’s why the first thing our team does is set up containment to keep soot away from areas it shouldn’t be.
The cleaning process is also different depending on the material that’s been involved in the fire. While sheetrock and wood structural elements tend to leave behind a powdery, light residue called dry smoke, rubber and plastic contents produce wet smoke which is think and difficult to clean from surfaces without the proper procedures.
Luckily for you, SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel has certified technicians who have the knowledge and the equipment to make your fire loss “Like it never even happened.”
Prevent Flood Damage with Sandbags
Using Sandbags to Prevent Flood Damage
Sandbags are a fantastic resource when expecting a flood near your Tampa home or business.
What is a sandbag and how are they helpful?
A sandbag is a sack made or burlap or woven plastic that is filled with sand or soil and used for multiple purposes, but mainly for flood control. They are an excellent choice for the construction on levees, barricades for erosion control, flood walls, and traffic control. Sandbags may be used in cases of emergencies when rivers threaten to over-flow or levee or dam is damaged. Quick action and bags on-hand could save countless dollars in personal and property damage.
What size sandbags are best for homes and business’s?
You should use sandbags that are about 14-18” wide and 30-36” deep. They should be filled half full for easy stacking and will weigh approximately 30 lbs.
SANDBAG DON’Ts . . .
- Sandbags should never be used to build a fortress around the perimeter of one's property. Doing so can actually trap flood-waters between sandbag walls and structures, leading to further damage.
- Do not use garbage bags, as they are too slick to stack. Do not use feed sacks, as they are too large to handle.