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Coronavirus Cleaning for Companies in Tampa

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  

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Symptoms

Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

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Minimize Your Risk

Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk

Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:

Practice Good Hygiene

    • Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

At The Office

    • Stop shaking hands – use other noncontact methods of greeting
    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings

Stay Home if...

    • You are feeling sick
    • You have a sick family member in their home

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Emergency Commercial Restoration Services in South Tampa

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded warehouse with water Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Tampa

Commercial water damage can strike your commercial property while you are sleeping! We understand the urgency for immediate repairs and can act fast to help minimize further damage. Disasters can strike unexpectedly, which is why our emergency response helpline is always open and standing by to take your phone call 24/7!
 
Regardless of the cause, we will fast respond and help you assess problems or issues the water damage produced and start the mitigation and recovery process. Before emergency repairs are started, we remove any salvageable items, assess the extent of the damage and contamination to put together a repair plan.
 
SERVPRO of South Tampa commercial restoration professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond fast to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

SERVPRO of South Tampa provides a wide scope of services not always offered by other SERVPRO franchises, such as biohazard cleanup and removal, HVAC repair and service and general construction for rebuilding and remodeling structures. Those are in addition to the fire, water and mold cleanup and restoration services you may already be familiar with. Below is a list of some of our services offered.

  • Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization
    Upholstery and Drapes: Wet and Dry Cleaning Methods

If you are unsure if we can help with an issue you are having, give us a call at (813) 839-6633 today!

Should you purchase a generator for your Tampa business?

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Solar powered generator Generator recommendation for business in Tampa

SERVPRO of South Tampa knows that making money in a busy economy depends on a few factors. One thing is certain, though: if your business does not have a steady supply of electricity, it may not be able to meet the demands of your customers. Nonetheless, storms, faulty power grids and other culprits can cause your company to lose power. Before you purchase a commercial generator for your Tampa,FL, business, you should know a bit about this piece of heavy equipment.

Types of Generators to consider

When the power fails, a backup generator uses fuel to generate usable electricity to supply your business. Generators run on different types of fuel, including the following:

  • Electric
  • Solar Powered
  • Diesel
  • Gas / propane
  • Combination fuel

When your organization needs an emergency supply of electricity, you simply engage the machine’s engine. Some generators automatically start running when the power fails. As you may suspect, generators come in a variety of sizes and styles. Small ones use little fuel while delivering low amounts of electricity. Large generators can power entire factories. Which size is right for your organization likely depends on your company’s electricity requirements.
 
Generators Have a Lifespan
Like any machine, a generator has a useful lifespan. How long your machine is apt to last depends on its design, construction, maintenance and other factors. Most commercial generators, though, can operate for more than 20 years. You must watch for signs of generator problems to know when to replace yours. If your machine fails, you may need to rely on a professional cleanup crew to repair damage to your company. You may also run into a work stoppage.

If you're on a budget, we recommend something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Jackery-Portable-Solar-Ready-Generator-Emergency/dp/B07SM5HBK1/

Not only is this product affordable, but allows you to convert free clean energy to run the basics in your office if your office does suffer a power outage.

Why it's important to keep inventory at your Tampa business

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Man scanning inventory in warehouse Keeping inventory at your Tampa business

Why keep track of everything at your business?

Make sure you have a picture inventory of your belongings in the event of a loss. Without it you could lose a lot of money! While you probably have business insurance that covers the contents of your home or business if they are lost, you probably don't have pictures of the contents you own.
 
Make sure you keep an inventory of the contents of your warehouse or office. Hopefully you will never need it, but you will be glad to have it in the event of a problem! Be sure to take pictures of each area of your business and the contents in them at least once a year. That way, if you do need to file an insurance claim you will have a record of everything you lost, the condition it was in.
 
People are often surprised that if their property is lost, destroyed or stolen getting it replaced is not necessarily a straight-forward process with their insurance company if they don't have this picture inventory.
 
For example, if you were to lose a desk in a fire and don't have a picture inventory the amount you will be reimbursed could be a surprise.  Your $1,000 mint condition 'classic' desk could get valued based on age and 'market-value', leaving you with a lot less money than you expected, and needed, to replace it.

SERVPRO of South Tampa is here to help. If you need help on the steps you need to take, give us a call at (813) 839-6633 today!

Commercial Water Removal in Tampa

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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When you are a business owner you know how important it's to stay open and continue to bring in revenue. When something devastating, such as water damage strikes, it's difficult to fast line up all of the needed services, such as: remediation, construction, and cleaning just to name a few. SERVPRO is a full service restoration company, meaning we can do all those things, all while we keep your business open. (813) 839-6633.

Restoring a business back to its original state has its own, special requirements. Different property absorbs water and deteriorates at a different rate. Since paper is one of the first items to deteriorate, a bookstore's primary concern is not going to be the carpet or the hardwood floors. it's going to be their inventory. In this case, lowering the moisture level is going to be their first concern and our first task.

The inspector on our SERVPRO response team will use a commercial moisture meter to measure air content levels in every corner in every room. This allows us to determine the fastest plan to reduce levels to normal and restore commercial water damage. As the inspector begins, our team will pump out any standing water as fast as possible. We need to do this in order to provide a safe working environment for our people and the store's employees.

As soon as it's safe, technicians will set up commercial air movers. This begins the process to replace the damp air with dry air. This not only lowers the moisture level but also pushes air over the inventory, drying books and other property directly.

Once the air movers are set-up, members of the response team will assist the store owner in moving property out of the affected area. it's important to isolate everything that should be thrown out in order to determine what can be saved and returned to inventory. Our staff can also assist in laying out salvageable books and other property on dry surfaces to help facilitate a faster restoration. 

In corners or small rooms where air movers cannot be used effectively, dehumidifiers will be installed. These devices can draw up to 30 gallons of moisture a day from the surrounding air.
Swamp walks and Hillsborough watching is amazing for the tourists, but many of them still want to lay out on the beach with a amazing book. The weather forecast is amazing now, but rain is coming this weekend. Regardless of what business you'll own or operate, SERVPRO is ready to help you recover and reopen your doors. Give us a call at (813) 839-6633 to get started.