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Mold Prevention in Wesley Chapel

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Prevention

Mold: It’s a sight no business owner wants to see. The discovery of mold in your Wesley Chapel office can cause alarm with everyone. Not only this, but mold growth can result in heavy costs on your part. Luckily, there are things you can do to help prevent microbial growth.

Pay Attention to Humidity

Mold thrives in humid environments, so be aware of areas at work where the humidity levels may be on the high side. If you spot concerns, get a dehumidifier. Basements, attics and the areas under sinks are common culprits.

Watch for Flooding

Water damage is perhaps the most common source for mold trouble. After a heavy storm or pipe break, hire a competent water cleanup team to thoroughly dry the building and sanitize the area.

Repair Leaks Promptly

Inspect your kitchens, break rooms and restrooms regularly. As soon as you spot trouble with pipes and faucets, especially persistent dripping and leaks, get the right people on the job to fix the issues.

Ventilation Is Critical

Mold prevention will be successful if your building has effective ventilation throughout all areas. This is especially important in kitchens or laundry areas. If you have these rooms in your building, ensure that you have functioning fans in them.

Like any disaster or unforeseen incident, preventing mold may not be 100 percent possible, but you can significantly increase the likelihood that this unwanted invader will stay away from the premises. Don’t wait for water damage or other issues to spring you into action. Pay attention to all of these factors so you can keep mold away.

Mold vs Mildew

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

The thought of finding mold in your home or business can be scary, especially when you’re unsure how to remediate it. Mildew and molds are fungi - simple microscopic organisms that thrive anywhere there is a moist environment. That makes it difficult to get rid of on your own.

Molds are a necessary part of the environment; without them, leaves would not decay and aspects of soil enrichment could not take place. It is their ability to destroy organic materials, however, that makes mold a problem for people - in our homes and in our bodies.

 Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves and other organic materials. Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. They reproduce by spores - tiny, lightweight “seeds”- that travel through the air.

 Molds digest organic material, eventually destroying the material they grow on, and then spread to destroy adjacent organic material. In addition to the damage molds can cause in your home, they can also cause mild to severe health problems if left untreated. If you or someone you know has discovered growth in their home or business, give us a call at 727-847-3000 and let SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel help make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Day 14: The Day I Considered Corona's Impact on N-95 Couture

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

In the restoration and remediation industry, we have been wearing N-95 particulate respirators for years and systematically include them in our regular supplies. The masks have always been slightly uncomfortable, hot and not flattering. Over the years, I have seen people wear them upside down, with one strap around their head instead of two, and on their forehead because it was too hot and what’s a few mold spores going do to me anyway. Hard to argue with that logic, I mean how much harm could a few microscopic particulates do to a person. This is where I insert the hand hitting the forehead emoji. I see people in their cars with windows rolled up, air conditioning cranking, radio jamming and a mask around their face. I wonder if they know something I don’t. I am excited though, maybe COVID-19 will do to the respirator industry what Uber did to the taxi-cab industry. The bland hospital white look that screams, ‘there must something wrong with that guy,’ could be replaced with something much cooler. I am not creative enough to know what that is, but I know the bar is so low it would be hard to be disappointed with any attempt. Get Nike or Yeti or someone like that involved and we have a chance for something better, I think. Anyway, in the meantime, I will keep doing my part and wearing my N-95 in public like it is Halloween. In case you see me driving around with it on, roll down the window and wave. Just know that I want to talk to you, it is not personal but it hurts my jaw too much with it on. I wonder if they make children’s sizes for the house.

Day 7: The Day No One Else Was Around

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Day 7, 5:59 p.m Struggled a little bit today… I like people. I like being around people, I like talking to people and I like interacting with people. I consider myself a people person. I know a lot of different kinds of people and not all of them are ‘people people.’ The longer this drags on, I am starting to understand their thought process more. People I have found, in general, can have a lot of needs. One of my favorite George Carlin rants is when he talks about people’s needs in a way only he could: “We hear this all the time now, ‘My needs aren’t being met.’ You know what I tell them? Drop some of your needs.” If only it were that simple. For now though, the roads are empty, the office is empty, the phone calls are slower than normal and I am wondering when do I get to see all the people again? In the short term, I will handle the silence but look forward to people’s needs, interactions and laughter. I am not sure when this over but until the national TP shortage has ended, the office will remain empty because that is one need that cannot be dropped.

Local Hospital Water Damage

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Saving equipment

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

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Musty odor

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

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!

COVID-19

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

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.

How the Unexpected Water Damage Could Occur

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Our local community knows that SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel has handled numerous residential water damage projects. However, what you might not be as familiar with is our ability to provide water damage cleanup and restoration services for commercial properties. While our company’s job is to clean and restore your home or business after a disaster, we also enjoy providing helpful information for our community. Listed below are some of the most common causes of a water damage done to your commercial facility.

  • Weather

Storm season around here in our neck of the woods is simply common knowledge to most all residents. Whether it be a large rains storm or a full-on hurricane, water damage is rather common as an aftermath from a storm. It can be anything from flooding in multiple rooms of your property, a broken window that just opened allowing water to enter your building, or a fallen tree that harmed your exterior.

  • Plumbing mishaps or Backup

 Pipes being clogged or backed up from a variety of things- food, grease, paper, plastic items, etc.- can create pressure that causes an overflowing appliance. Whether it be the toilet in your bathroom or the sink in your new breakroom, all can be affected by a pipe backup and one major way your business or commercial property can have water damage.

  • Foundation Cracks

Your commercial facility can fall in a world of damage simply because of a crack in your foundation. It can be a small crack that goes unnoticed, or a major weak spot. When your foundation cracks it allows water to creep in and begin doing damage. Not only could it cause you water damage but if materials absorb that water it can lead to mold growth.

  • Pipe Bursts

A pipe burst is one of the most common water damages causes we have seen here at SERVPRO. Pipe bursts are sometimes an inevitable disaster however having regular maintenance done to your plumbing can help alleviate the potential pipe burst in your facility. In addition, taking the proper measure to make sure your plumbing does not get clogged by inappropriate items can help you prevent a pipe burst disaster on your property.

When the unexpected happens, give us a call. We can make your commercial disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Saving Your Commercial Operation After A Disaster: SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Is your business safe after a disaster?

Here at SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel, we have worked with commercial businesses, operations, and facilities of all shapes and sizes. Something that is unique to our company is an emergency preparedness tool that we offer to create for your commercial operation. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is an excellent tool to have on hand when preparing your facility, staff, and yourself for a potential disaster.

Recently our team here at SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel was tasked with creating ERP’s for 11 branches of a global organization that provides our community with recreational services and community facilities. Our management team got together in order to plan how we would conquer this request.

While hammering out the details for this job, it became more apparent of just how important this tool is. Over 50 percent of businesses close permanently after a disaster’s hits, and the other half most all had prepared and had a plan in place.

Our Emergency READY Profiles are created around your operation and your facility. As we personalize this tool to you, it is developing an immediate plan of action that is to be used in the event of a disaster. Most importantly this ERP is for your property manager and entire facility team to know exactly what to do when disaster strikes. When knowing what to do and what to expect in advance, enables you to act within a timely manner. Acting fast is key to minimizing damage done to your property as well as getting help from the right people, quicker.

The SERVPRO ERP tool includes:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise, personalized Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information
  • Establishment SERVPRO of West Pasco as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • A guide to help get back into the building following a disaster.

To create your SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile give us a call at SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel (813)-929-9898. Being prepared for a disaster is not only lifesaving but greatly increases your ability to save your commercial operation.

Commercial Facility Grime, Odor, and Other Are No Match For SERVPRO

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel might be well known by building managers as the premier 24/7 emergency fire and water service company but more often than not they are unaware that we offer a vast amount of specialized cleaning and maintenance services.

Our company recognizes the hard work a janitorial staff does for a building and respects the fact that janitorial staff is the utmost important for the operation of a building however sometimes there are situations that extend beyond the scope of their work. In cases of moisture complications, odor, and extensive grime, SERVPRO is ready to step in. We are here to make sure your facility is looking and smelling its absolute best.

Our professional cleaning services range from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing and properly disposing biohazard containments. Below are our categories in which we offer service:

  • Air Ducts
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

Never hesitate, give us a call to discuss questions or concerns regarding your facility 

SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel (813)-929-9898

Our Unique Large Loss Response Team

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel stands out as the premier cleanup and restoration company for many reasons, but one being our involvement in the corporate Large Loss Response Team. Made up of 1,700 franchises, this team is full of specially trained and certified beings who have the extensive skills, knowledge and leadership techniques to restore significant commercial jobs.

Here at SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel, we have worked with a large amount of business owners and commercial property managers in the local area who have suffered damage and or loss. Working in commercial facilities ranging from education, foodservice, retail, healthcare, etc. we reach everyone. We have cleaned and restored after damages from fire, water, mold, storms and even biohazard situations. What makes this Large Loss Response Team so unique is these specially trained and certified operatives are placed in all areas across the county, ready to put their knowledge to use and handle disasters of all shapes and sizes.  

Working to restore damage in a commercial setting might appear to be an extremely challenging task to complete, and while that is true, SERVPRO has the ability to work in your facility while limiting interrupting to your operation.

After experiencing a disaster and damage to your commercial property, why should you call SERVPRO?

  • We have the resources to help you immediately.
  • We perform the work necessary to reduce further damage.
  • We work with you and your carrier to develop and approve a recovery plan designed to reduce business interruption.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profiles

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know 50% of businesses close down following a disaster? Of the businesses that do survive, the majority had a preparedness plan in place. By Developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business, you can know that you are “Ready for whatever happens.” Whether the disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel has your back.

You can develop your business’s ERP one of two ways:

  1. Download the ERP app to your smartphone and fill out your Emergency READY Profile yourself.
  2. Call SERVPRO of West Pasco directly and ask to make an appointment for one of our team members to come down to your business and fill out an ERP for you! The number to call is (813)929-9898.

  The SERVPRO Emergency READY Program is a no cost assessment of your facility. If needed, having an ERP for your business will save you a LOT of time- and when it comes to mitigation, time is money. Having an Emergency READY Program in place can also minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation.

If you have any questions about the Emergency READY Profile, or if you would like to schedule a time for one of our employees to come to your business and fill one out, give SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel a call at (813)929-9898.

SERVPRO Convention 2018

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you happened to visit Mouseland last month, you may have seen a sea of green and orange, in addition to the usual ubiquitous mouse ear hats.  This year SERVPRO owners and team members from around the country gathered in Orlando for the annual franchise convention. It’s the “go to” event of the year and for the first time I was able to attend.

As SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel's Social Media Specialist, my goal is to represent our brand to the best of my ability and having the opportunity to meet with other franchise teams was a learning experience I’ll never forget. Although we operate as a franchise system and each service center is independently owned and operated, we all work as a family supporting our green and orange brothers and sisters, bouncing ideas off each other, what works and what doesn’t.

What made my experience even better was getting to make the two-hour drive from our New Port Richey office to Orlando with one of the best project coordinators known to man, Shanna. In speaking with her about her time at the convention, she was thrilled to learn about upcoming changes to our systems that will make day to day operations run more efficiently. Shanna added in that the presenters themselves were enthusiastic, making the “learning” experience more than just that, it was fun!

Now that the 2018 SERVPRO convention has ended and we’ve brought back the rich information and ideas to our local office, we’d like to thank the corporate team from Gallatin, Tennessee, for their hard work and dedication for continued growth of the green and orange brand.

Document Drying and Restoration Services for Pasco Businesses

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel offers a variety of services from water and fire damage restoration, mold mitigation, and both commercial and residential cleaning services. But did you know that we also provide Document Drying and Restoration for our commercial clients? 

Damage from a water or fire event is not limited to the building and furniture. Sometimes files such as patient records, invoices, and legal documents are impacted by water, smoke, and soot contact. SERVPRO’s document drying process is designed to stabilize damaged documents and prevent further damage quickly. The treatment facility is secured, the chain of custody follows HIPAA guidelines – or whichever specific legalities are required, and our Drying Chamber personnel is Master HIPAA certified allowing them to handle protected health information (PHI). 

Our Document Restoration Facility: 

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

SERVPRO document services also include digitization services that reduce the need for large filing rooms and help make data access more accessible for businesses. Certified destruction services allow for sensitive information to be appropriately disposed of and provide peace of mind to businesses and their clients. 

Types of content: 

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

For more information about document recovery provided by SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel, based in our New Port Richey headquarters, north of Trinity, or other commercial services, visit our website or call (813) 929-9898. 

Fire Damage To Your Dade City Business

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

What's left after a recent fire at a local storage facility.

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises 
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists 

SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies Call Us Today (813) 929-9898.  

Prepare Your Commercial Building

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

A plethora of air movers are placed in a Pasco County medical facility after flooding occurred throughout the entire facility.

As hurricane season quickly approaches, preparing your commercial building is key factor to preventing flood damages that could be quite costly.  

There are two phases to building preparation:  

  • Preventative 
  • Pre- Storm 

The Preventative Phase can be taken at any time throughout the year and should include having your building inspected and retrofitted for common risks, including flood water and heavy winds. You should also make data backup a part of your everyday routine and implement an alternate means of communication for when lines go down.  
 
The Pre-Storm phase should include closing all your storm windows, covering equipment and moving it to a secured area, disconnecting electrical equipment and turning off gas and electricity.  
 
Stay Safe 
 
When a flood warning is issued, get to higher ground as soon as possible. If flooding is already underway, stay put until authorities say that it is OK for everyone to go home. Heed all evacuation warnings, and don’t wait to act until flood water has already entered your building.  
 
A flooded building is dangerous to both your assets and your personnel. Keep everyone safe and protect your assets from water damage by implementing the tips above and contacting SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel at (813)929-9898 for all your restoration needs. 

Restoring Your Lutz Commercial Property After A Water Damage

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

A dehumidifier placed in a local hospital to expedite the drying process.

Flooding and water damage events at Lutz commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges 

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel 

SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.