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Strengthening Your Shelter: Roofing Repairs and Maintenance for Storm Resilience

5/29/2024 (Permalink)

Your roof is your home's first line of defense against the elements, especially during storms. From heavy rains and gusty winds to hail and falling debris, storms can wreak havoc on roofs, leading to leaks, structural damage, and costly repairs. However, with proper maintenance and timely repairs, you can bolster your roof's resilience and minimize the risk of damage during severe weather events. In this blog, we'll explore essential roofing repairs and maintenance practices that can enhance your home's storm resilience and protect your investment.

Regular Inspections

Routine roof inspections are essential for identifying potential issues before they escalate into major problems. Schedule inspections at least twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall, to assess the condition of your roof and address any issues promptly. Look for signs of damage such as missing or damaged shingles, cracked flashing, and loose or deteriorating seals around vents and chimneys.

Repairing Damaged Shingles

Damaged or missing shingles can compromise the integrity of your roof and increase the risk of leaks during storms. Replace any damaged shingles promptly to prevent water infiltration and protect the underlying structure. Use roofing cement to secure loose shingles and replace missing ones with new ones that match the existing roof material.

Reinforcing Flashing and Seals

Flashing and seals around roof penetrations such as vents, chimneys, and skylights are vulnerable points that can leak during storms if not properly sealed. Inspect flashing and seals for signs of wear or damage, such as cracks or deterioration, and repair or replace them as needed. Use roofing cement or silicone caulking to reinforce seals and prevent water intrusion.

Clearing Debris and Cleaning Gutters

Debris accumulation on the roof and in gutters can impede drainage and cause water to pool, increasing the risk of leaks and water damage during storms. Remove leaves, branches, and other debris from the roof surface regularly, and clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water flow. Consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris buildup and minimize maintenance.

Trimming Overhanging Branches

Overhanging tree branches can pose a hazard to your roof during storms, especially if they are dead or weak. Trim back branches that hang over your roof to prevent them from rubbing against or falling onto the roof during high winds. Prune trees regularly to maintain a safe distance between branches and your home's structure.

Reinforcing Roof Decking

Weak or deteriorating roof decking can compromise the stability of your roof and increase the risk of damage during storms. Inspect the roof decking for signs of sagging, rot, or water damage, and reinforce or replace damaged sections as needed. Consider upgrading to stronger materials, such as plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), for added resilience.

Investing in roofing repairs and maintenance is a proactive strategy for enhancing your home's storm resilience and protecting your property from weather-related damage. By conducting regular inspections, repairing damaged shingles, reinforcing flashing and seals, clearing debris, trimming overhanging branches, and reinforcing roof decking, you can fortify your roof against the elements and weather storms more effectively. Remember, a well-maintained roof not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home but also provides essential protection for you and your loved ones during severe weather events.

Choosing the Right Fire Restoration Company: What to Look For

4/16/2024 (Permalink)

picture of employees cleaning SERVPRO vehicles. If you need fire damage restoration services, don't hesitate to reach out to us for prompt and reliable assistance.

When disaster strikes and your property suffers fire damage, finding the right restoration company is crucial for an efficient and successful recovery. With numerous options available, selecting a reputable fire restoration company can seem daunting. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of choosing the right restoration partner and highlight key factors to consider. At SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast, we understand the importance of restoring your property to its pre-fire condition efficiently and effectively, and we're here to help you make an informed decision.

Experience and Expertise

Look for a fire restoration company with extensive experience and expertise in handling fire damage restoration projects. Choose a company that has a proven track record of successfully restoring properties similar to yours and employs certified technicians with specialized training in fire restoration techniques.

24/7 Availability and Rapid Response

Emergencies can happen at any time, so it's essential to choose a restoration company that offers 24/7 availability and rapid response to fire damage incidents. A quick response is critical for minimizing further damage and initiating the restoration process as quickly as possible.

Proper Licensing and Insurance

Ensure that the restoration company you choose is properly licensed, bonded, and insured to perform fire damage restoration services in your area. This provides you with peace of mind knowing that you're working with a legitimate and trustworthy company that adheres to industry standards and regulations.

Comprehensive Services

Choose a restoration company that offers comprehensive services to address all aspects of fire damage restoration, including cleanup, debris removal, odor removal, structural repairs, and content restoration. A company that can handle the entire restoration process from start to finish ensures a seamless and efficient restoration experience.

References and Reviews

Take the time to research and read customer reviews and testimonials to gauge the reputation and reliability of the restoration company. Additionally, ask the company for references from past clients and contact them to inquire about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided.

Clear Communication and Transparency

Opt for a restoration company that prioritizes clear communication and transparency throughout the restoration process. They should provide you with detailed estimates, timelines, and updates on the progress of the restoration project, ensuring that you're informed and involved every step of the way.

Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

Finally, choose a restoration company that is committed to customer satisfaction and stands behind their work. They should be readily available to address any concerns or questions you may have before, during, and after the restoration process.

In conclusion, selecting the right fire restoration company is essential for a successful recovery after fire damage. By considering factors such as experience, availability, licensing, services, reputation, communication, and customer satisfaction, you can make an informed decision and choose a reputable restoration partner like SERVPRO® to restore your property with care and expertise. If you need fire damage restoration services, don't hesitate to reach out to us for prompt and reliable assistance.

Rug Cleaning After a Fire

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

The highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling overtime after a fire, like in this case. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is here to help!

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short pile carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today to restore your Florida property "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 for any restoration needs! For additional information, call (813) 694-9092.

Emergency Ready App

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

 

While SERVPRO is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is essential to know that we can also handle commercial losses! Those losses go beyond just water and fire, though, as we remediate mold and provide general cleaning services.

We know when emergencies happen, there is a lot at stake -- especially at commercial properties! Why not have help at your fingertips with SERVPRO's Ready App!

Use this for your home and business as an owner, property manager, risk manager, and facility management. We will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) using the Ready App. It gives us access to critical facility information that helps speed up our response time.

If you want to help setting up an ERP, call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092, and we can have one of our marketing representatives come out and walk you through the process!

Is Your Small Business "Ready for Whatever Happens"?

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

 

Does Your Business Have a Plan for When Disaster Strikes?

Preparedness for an emergency is an essential part of a business operation plan because when business slows, it can cause loss of revenue and additional unforeseen expenses. Among many disasters, many businesses have a hard time recovering from the loss of income.

According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer so greatly after a disaster that they shut down and never reopen. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses in the Tampa, FL area. SERVPRO ERPs offer several advantages to your business, including:

  • A concise profile document of your business
    • This contains the critical information needed in an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed.
    • It only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects.
  • A description of your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and important contact information)
  • A comprehensive guide to getting you back into your building ASAP following a disaster
    • This minimizes the amount of time your business is inactive since you’ll have an immediate plan of action.
  • An established relationship with SERVPRO as your damage mitigation and restoration provider
    • We’re close by, ready to respond, and available 24/7
  • Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company
    • This expedites the process of beginning damage mitigation and restoration for your company, reducing downtime and costs.

SERVPRO ERPs allow your business to have a quick reference of what to do when an emergency happens and how to do it. Be assured that you’ve got a professional industry leader right nearby who’s “Ready for whatever happens.”

When Storms Hit Tampa Southeast, SERVPRO is Ready!

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

 

SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources. This is extremely important because a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Storms

When storms hit Tampa we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 franchises across the country as well as our elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today! We are here to help.

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

 

After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Tampa, Southeast wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the source leak and areas needing roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:

  1. Vents and fans
  2. Chimneys
  3. Window dormers
  4. Vent pipes
  5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair:

  1. Start looking for materials damaged by water.
  2. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation.
  3. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

 

When you're dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water. They monitor and document the process to verify your property dries.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house? Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Do activities that are safe for you to perform. Wet materials can be heavy. Be careful!
  • Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (813) 694-9092.

What To Do After Flooding 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors. 

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

However, if disaster strikes, trust your local SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast to be by your side when you need us. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- including holidays! 

Protecting What Matters: The Emergency Plan Every Parent Needs Before School Starts

8/8/2023 (Permalink)

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Protecting What Matters: The Emergency Plan Every Parent Needs Before School Starts
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Does your child know what to do?

8/8/2023

 

Do You Have a Back-to-School Family Emergency Plan?

No one likes to think that an emergency could happen to them, but the reality is that disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, including while your child is at school.

Even if you never end up needing your family emergency plan, it's best to be prepared—just in case. Having a detailed plan in place will give you everyday peace of mind, and—in the event of an emergency—could save lives.

Emergency Contacts

  1. List 1-3 trusted emergency contacts who can pick up your child from school if you are unable to do so.

  2. Confirm their availability and willingness to be emergency contacts.

  3. Teach your child how to contact each person by phone.

  4. Familiarize your child with each contact's appearance and vehicle.

Communicate with the School

  1. Keep school up-to-date with who is allowed to pick your child up.

  2. Provide correct contact information and identification for their records.

  3. Inquire about the school's policies for emergency situations and designated pick-up areas.

Alternative Drop-Off Locations

  1. Establish an alternative drop-off location in case emergency contacts cannot be reached promptly.

  2. This location could be a trusted friend or family member's house, or another secure spot.

  3. Familiarize your child with the alternate location's address and phone number to accurately guide authorities there.

Re-Evaluate Each Year

As your child ages, changes schools, or your family moves, it's smart to update your plan annually. 

Although we hope your family never experiences an unexpected disaster, if you do, SERVPRO® is available 24/7/365 for emergency service. Learn more here. Your family's safety and preparedness are paramount, and having a well-structured emergency plan is a crucial step in ensuring their protection.

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

9/25/2022 (Permalink)

 

After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Tampa, Southeast wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the source leak and areas needing roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:

  1. Vents and fans
  2. Chimneys
  3. Window dormers
  4. Vent pipes
  5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair:

  1. Start looking for materials damaged by water.
  2. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation.
  3. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.