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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:30

Spring Vacation ? or Spring Cleaning ?

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It's That time where you're already getting ready for Spring Break 2017 !

 

As your planning like we did for Christmas .... Do you want a spring vacation or do spring cleaning...?

You don't maitain things properly or double check your Toilets , hot water heater , water hoses , Washing machine......

Oh. Only if you had been home when that pipe broke! If you had been home , you could have quickly shut off the main water supply and cleaned up the small mess !

Pipes seem to break when no one is home and Sump pumps seem to fail when no one is home , the list goes on and on.

 

What can you do ?

Here are some Homeowner tips you can use to ensure water damage does not occur !  

 

1.    Secure all windows and doors. Remember that a storm can drive water into your home if there is any type of opening, even a small one at a window.
 
2.    Don’t turn off the heat! Keep the thermostat set at a level that ensures nothing inside will freeze. 
 
3.    Some hot water heaters have a vacation setting. Play it safe and take advantage of it.
 
4.    This one is really important! Shut off all water supply sources to anything that might leak, like the washing machine. Even better? If appropriate, shut off the main water supply to the home, but leave instructions if anyone is going to visit or stay at your home while you are away.
 
5.    Make sure your sump pump is in good working order. A failed sump pump means ground water is going to intrude and create havoc in your home.
 
 
 
So enjoy your next vacation, but don’t let coming home be a disaster. Follow these tips to make sure you don’t suffer from a water damage disaster.
Remember Advantage Restoration & Contracting is 24/7 Disaster Restoration Specialists ! 
Friday, 24 February 2017 20:24

Sensitive to Mold and Other Allergens?

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DID YOU KNOW that even the healthiest of individuals can still feel negative effects in the presence of some common things around the house?
 
It’s not something that necessarily has to start growing in the basement of your house after a flood. It’s something that can “just happen” and it’s not good news. But it can be easily fixed.
 
First of all, what are we talking about?
 
Old stuff brought in
There are some items that can come into your home that can trigger your allergies or other sensitivities. These can include cardboard boxes, packages and other items sent or brought to you. The worse of these would be old stuff, things that have been around a while, gathering allergens.
 
Old ‘normal’ stuff
We’ve all been to a library and sniffed old books. OK, maybe not all of us, but those that remember books and libraries can relate. These old books and documents can be allergen triggers, so be sure to remember this before checking them out or taking them into your home.
 
Old decorations
Sure, the holidays are a time when you use ornaments and stuff, and this is just a few times a year… but you have to store them, right? Remember that they can bring in allergens. It might be best to give them at least a wipe-down, if not a complete cleaning, before putting them into the attic.
 
Old mattresses
Ick. This is a tough one, and sometimes a sensitive issue. Sure, it’s OK to pass on mattresses from one generation to another (what is family for?), but what are you getting when you inherit an old mattress or other bedding from someone not close to you? And don’t be tempted by that new-looking mattress at your neighbor’s garage sale. You just don’t know what you are getting into. Did you know that every mattress has dust mites?
 
Old rugs and carpet
Rugs and carpet are very important to you, but be sure to have them inspected by your carpet cleaning pro before bringing them into your home. These are items that can collect all types of allergens and other contaminants that can affect you and your family.
 
Don’t be afraid to throw old stuff out. Remember, it’s your home and your family’s health. Protect it!
 
Just make sure that what you bring into your home is safe and sound — and safe for any allergy or asthma issues you or your family may have. 
Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:39

Who Lives in a Flood Zone? You Do!

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There’s some surprising news from the experts at the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Everyone lives in a flood zone. Yes, you read that right.

Of course, if your home is at the top of a mountain, you are probably at low risk from flooding. But most homes are at lower elevations, bringing higher risks.

How common are floods? In the past five years, according to the NFIP, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.

And bad news for homeowners is their homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. You need special flood insurance for that.

To protect yourself, you need some flood facts so you realize the danger and can purchase the proper flood insurance program for your home and risk level.

Flood facts from the NFIP

·      Just a few inches of water in your home can cost many thousands of dollars to repair. This comes out of your pocket if your insurance doesn’t cover it.

·      Flash floods can bring walls of water 10-15 feet high. Imagine that hitting your home!

·      A vehicle can easily be carried away by just two feet of rushing water. You don’t want to think about what can happen if you are in the car…

·      New land development can increase flood risk.

·      Floods can be caused by different sources, such as hurricanes, winter storms, snow melt and other events.

·      In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.

·      Since 1978, The NFIP has paid nearly $50 billion for flood insurance claims and related costs (as of 2/17/15).

There are many more flood facts, but these can get you researching what you need to protect what’s important to you: Your home and your family.

Remember, if any type of flooding happens to you, keep our number handy ! (813) 757-0717 Advantage Restoration & Contracting are your Water damage Specialists.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 13:48

Your carpet is smelly ...?

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There are many reasons why a carpet can become smelly, from pet odors to heavy soiling and other causes. However, what some don’t realize is a little water intrusion can cause a big problem with the condition of their carpet, even after it seems the carpet has dried.

Water intrusions can be from many sources. If it is from a toilet (raw sewage), it’s almost always best to discard the carpet and pad and get something new. While doing that, be sure the subfloor is also cleaned and disinfected appropriately, and sealed if necessary. If it is from an overflowing sink or a leaky pipe, the damage can usually be limited so purchasing new flooring isn’t always necessary.

But one of the biggest problems is waiting too long no matter the cause of the water damage in your home.

When you discover a wet carpet or rug, it’s time to get to work. Remove the water with extraction, and get some air movement and ventilation started on removing moisture.



However, here’s the problem. If the carpet isn’t dried really fast, like we do as professional water damage experts we can dry carpet using our specialized tools and equipment, a persistent musty smell can develop. There’s not much a homeowner can do to fix that issue.

In the winter months, when humidity is low, you may not notice the odor that much.  When summer arrives, with the higher humidity, those odors will come back with a vengeance.

Even worse, mold can begin to grow. No one wants potentially dangerous mold in their homes!

What’s the best solution? Call your water damage pros Advantage Restoration & Contracting right away ! We are 24/7 Disaster restoration emergency services ! 

Don't worry we'll be right over to save the day ! 

Thursday, 05 January 2017 16:32

WATER DAMAGE ?

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 There’s no doubt about it. Water damage is extremely stressful, and the more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to decide how to address it.

 

Here is a list of tips you can do to protect your home from water damage.

1. Check hoses and faucets on a regular basis.Experts recommend checking hoses that lead to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator on an annual basis, looking for cracks or water leaks. They also recommend replacing all hoses every five to seven years.

2. Check showers and tubs.Make sure the caulking around your shower(s) and tub(s) are watertight. If you see cracks in the caulk, replace it. Caulk is very inexpensive and can prevent water from seeping into your floor.

3. Know where and how to shut off your water main.If a pipe suddenly bursts in your home, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply. In most situations, shutting off the water main will stop the flow of water. 

4. Install floor pans.Consider installing floor pans under your appliances. While they can’t protect you from a huge leak, they can prevent damage from small slow undetected leaks.

5. Consider purchasing point of leak water alarms.Water alarms work like smoke alarms. When water is detected in a specific area, an alarm is triggered, warning you of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or next to the sump pump.

Think about how many hours you are away from your home. Whether it is going to work everyday, a weekend getaway, or a family vacation, many of us are gone for an extended period of time. Now, imagine how you would feel if you came home after a nice relaxing vacation, or a weekend getaway to find water in your finished basement, or your living room ceiling collapsed, or water running down your stairs.

                                                                                                                                       

Water damage tip : Check your toilet by placing a drop of food coloring in the tank if colored water ends up in the bowl in 15 minutes or less without flusing there probably is a leak HINT after you do this flush the toilet a few times to keep it from staining ,

  • Almost 40 percent of all homeowners have said that they have experienced loss from water damage
  • About 93 percent of all water damage can be prevented
  • Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States
  • 250 gallons of water is released a day due to a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe
  • About 20 percent of all insurance claims related to water damage of some kind
  • Billions of dollars in property losses are spent each year as a direct result of water damages
Thursday, 29 December 2016 19:45

FIRE DAMAGE ?

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Having a fire in your home can be a disaster !

TRUST US !! We are ADVANTAGE RESTORATION & CONTRACTING  24/7 Disaster Restoration services ! 

 

fire in a home can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water.

You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and can be damp with water from putting out the flames from the fire .

Anything that you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. 

 

The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames.

They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.

 

We provide :

 

  • Emergency Pre-Cleaning
  • Corrsion control
  • Board up \Tarp
  • Structure and Content cleaning 
  • Soot & Smoke removal 
  • Content inventory & Evalutation
  • Pack out & secure content storage 
  • Document restoration

 

 

Fire damage hurts more than a home it hurts the family that made that house a home. Photos  and other treasured Items lost in the flames can never be returned.

Don't worry we are here to make the process easier on the mind and the budget.

Advantage Restoration & Contracting can assist you throughout your insurace claim and we can work with all insurace carriers !

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:50

MOLD MONDAY

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Scentted plug-ins, Febreze , Lysol , odor neutralizing gel beads  and maybe household cleaning products can temporarily cover up the smell. Expensive candles , incense, potpourri , even eucalyptus are some other ways people sometimes attempt to disguise the musty odor of mold, and none of them work very well, either. The only truly Honest method of mold odor control is to REMOVE the mold!

  • If you have a musty odor in your home , more than likely you have mold growing there.
  • Mold grows in hidden places ! ( Under carpets , floor boards, inside of walls , inside of heating and ventilated air ducts )

Many homeowners are interested in “DIY” mold removal.They want to know how to clean mold themselves because they want to save money.

Some also like the satisfaction of doing a job themselves.

In some cases, it makes sense to handle a household mold problem yourself.

KEY: Bleach can be used for cleaning for most types of household mold.

 Bleach will not be effective against mold growing on porous surfaces like wood or drywall, because mold spores can get inside the microscopic openings in these materials and bleach will not penetrate deeply enough to kill all of the mold.

  

KEY:  Never paint over wooden surfaces, drywall, or other materials if you’re not absolutely certain all traces of mold have been removed. Paint can hide remaining traces of mold and make it more difficult to see if mold is beginning to grow back, but it won’t prevent mold from continuing to grow and spread. Paint cannot be used to encapsulate mold.

It’s extremely important to understand that when you smell this “musty stench” It’s possible that you’re inhaling these compounds being produced by the mold and can also be inhaling mold spores.

Those compounds can be toxic, same goes for the mold spores . These can lead to awide range of medical problems.  

  • Sore throats
  • Sinus Infections
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Migraines
  • Bronchitis

The health problems are a greater concern then just the “musty” smell in your home.

In some situations, it’s better to call in a mold remediation professional for assistance. Cleaning up mold yourself is probably not such a good idea if: You are already experiencing symptoms of mold-related illness, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, shortness of breath, wheezing, headaches, sore throat, or chronic sinus infection

It is important to know the type of mold your dealing with, and how big the problem is.

Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to call in a professional that knows how to clean mold.

From one company to another, There are experienced, reliable, trustworthy, certified Professionals out there that do love their job!

 Here at Advantage Restoration & Contracting, we hold our values strongly! Our mission is to take care of our customers like they are family! From the initial damage to the final repair, we are a 24/7 disaster service Certified company in the Tampa Bay area.  

Advantage Restoration & Contracting offers expert advice on mold formation and sophisticated mold remediation services to ensure we restore your home without destroying your budget. We can assist you throughout your insurance claim and work with all insurance carriers.

 

We provide:

 

  • Negative Air Chamber Construction
  • Air Scrubber via Filtration
  • HEPA Vacuuming
  • Encapsulation
  • Complete Abatement
Thursday, 08 September 2016 19:56

HOW LONG TO DRY ????

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DID YOU KNOW that when you have your carpet professionally cleaned it can take as little as one hour to dry — and, according to some reports, as long as THREE DAYS to dry? According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, the certifying body for professional carpet cleaners, carpet should take about six to eight hours to dry, and never longer than 24 hours to dry because after that amount of time, microbial growth (like mold and mildew) can begin to grow.  No one wants that!  This is why you need a complete carpet cleaning system that guarantees your carpet is dry fast. How fast? It depends on the carpet type you have and also the weather conditions the day you have your carpet cleaned.  Sad to say, some experience really long drying times when they have their carpet cleaned. Who knows why this happens, except that it never should happen!  One thing is for sure, having your carpet cleaned should be a pleasant experience and after it is clean, you should be able to get back onto the carpet and back to a normal family routine quickly. Some companies don’t have the powerful cleaning machines necessary for doing the best work, and some don’t have the training they should.  When you have your carpet cleaned, or your furniture or hard floors like wood, granite, marble and all the different surfaces you may have, you deserve complete satisfaction and the best cleaning you will ever see.  Remember: Clean and dry – that’s the goal! 
Thursday, 25 August 2016 15:22

Sensitive to Mold and Other Allergens?

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Sensitive to Mold and Other Allergens?

DID YOU KNOW that even the healthiest of individuals can still feel negative effects in the presence of some common things around the house?

It’s not something that necessarily has to start growing in the basement of your house after a flood. It’s something that can “just happen” and it’s not good news. But it can be easily fixed.

First of all, what are we talking about?

Old stuff brought in There are some items that can come into your home that can trigger your allergies or other sensitivities. These can include cardboard boxes, packages and other items sent or brought to you. The worse of these would be old stuff, things that have been around a while, gathering allergens.

Old ‘normal’ stuff

 Old decorations

Sure, the holidays are a time when you use ornaments and stuff, and this is just a few times a year… but you have to store them, right? Remember that they can bring in allergens. It might be best to give them at least a wipe-down, if not a complete cleaning, before putting them into the attic.

Old mattresses

Ick. This is a tough one, and sometimes a sensitive issue. Sure, it’s OK to pass on mattresses from one generation to another (what is family for?), but what are you getting when you inherit an old mattress or other bedding from someone not close to you? And don’t be tempted by that new-looking mattress at your neighbor’s garage sale. You just don’t know what you are getting into. Did you know that every mattress has dust mites?

Old rugs and carpet

Rugs and carpet are very important to you, but be sure to have them inspected by your carpet cleaning pro before bringing them into your home. These are items that can collect all types of allergens and other contaminants that can affect you and your family.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 16:02

3 Ways to avoid water damage

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3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage
What is a water damage? It’s anything that happens in your home that causes problems for you and your family.
 
It can be a simple over-flowing of a sink onto the kitchen floor. Or perhaps a toilet didn’t flush properly and it sloshed out a bit onto the bathroom floor. Then again it can be a little more serious such as from a broken pipe that spewed water everywhere in the basement when it was time for spring watering of the flowers.
 
No matter what, a water damage in your home is bad news. Even the tiniest bit of water can cause all kinds of problems, from the worse (mold damage) to the least (pesky odors).
 
There are three things you can do to help prevent water damage in your home.
 
  • Know the water supply turn-off location. If a pipe breaks and spews water all over, knowing how to turn off the water is important. You have pipes and water supply points all over your home. The one main turn-off location should be on everyone’s mind.
  • Repair leaking faucets now. What may be dripping slowly can quickly become a bigger problem soon. And don’t forget those hoses under the sink that feed the dripping faucet. They can burst, too. Look for wet areas under all sinks.
  • Change the hoses on your washing machine. Washing machine hoses are pretty cheap to replace but if one of them were to burst, it’s disaster time. These hoses are always under pressure and if they, for some reason, tend to break when you are not at home.
 
While there are other ways water damage situations an occur in your home, these are the common ones. Don’t make a mistake… prepare now and avoid problems in the future.
 
But when the worst thing happens, such as a water damage in your home, don’t delay. Call your water damage pro today!

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