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The Truth About Mold Remediation in 3 Minutes

When it comes to protecting your home and your wallet, you want to make wise decisions. There is no truer time than when homes are affected by mold. Homeowner’s reactions to mold can be very different. Some homeowners choose to ignore the problem (yikes!), others try to deal with the mold issue themselves, and some give scammers way too much money to “fix” the problem.

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The 10 Reasons Tourists Love Tampa

Tourists flock to Tampa year after year – even hurricane damage in Tampa Florida doesn’t stop tourists from visiting the fun and beachy Golf Coast destination. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, “Despite being hammered by Hurricane Irma last fall, Florida set another tourism record in 2017 with 116.5 million visitors, and Tampa and St. Pete showed big increases in several areas.”

Part of the reason tourists continually visit the area is that water damage is treated swiftly by professional restoration services of Tampa Bay, such as Dririte, who offer services like water damage restoration and structural drying. Dririte is the respected water damage restoration service.

With companies like Dririte, tourists can rest assured that no matter what flood damage in Tampa experiences in a season, the professionals will have homes, businesses, and hotels restored to their previous conditions quickly.

But enough of the reassurances, let’s get to the good stuff! Here are ten reasons why tourists love Tampa.

Amazing Weather

One of the main reasons Tampa is loved is because of its incredible weather all year long. With an average yearly temperature of 73.35°F and abundant sunshine, Tampa is a popular destination for those hoping to escape cold climates.

Family-Friendly Adventures

Tampa is also a popular destination because of its many family-friendly attractions. Tampa is home to the popular theme park Busch Gardens and Adventure Island outdoor water theme park. It is also home to the Glazer Children’s Museum.

All the Wildlife Experiences

Additionally, many families head to Tampa because there are so many wildlife experiences. Busch Gardens is home to more than 200 species of animals, but there are several other places in Tampa where guests can see wildlife up close. For example, visitors love Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, which was named one of the ten best zoos for kids by Parents.

Plus, Tampa is home to the outstanding Florida Aquarium, Big Cat Rescue, and Safari Wilderness Ranch. If that is not enough wildlife, remember that manatees tend to call the Tampa Bay area home, so visitors often have a chance to see these wonderful marine mammals in person. Check out Visit Tampa Bay to see a list of places where you can see manatees naturally.

Beautiful Beaches

Tampa is also home to stunning beaches. According to 10 Best, “Visitors to Tampa have hit the beach lottery. From downtown Tampa, you are about a half hour’s drive of not one, not two, but a dozen of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the world.” Visitors have their choice between popular beaches with lots of amenities or more natural beach settings in state parks.

Spectacular Sports

Sports fans also love to visit Tampa because it is home to three professional sports teams: the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning, and the MLB Tampa Bay Rays. With professional football, hockey, and baseball teams, sports fans will have a team to cheer each season in Tampa.

Top-Rated Golfing Destination

If you love golfing, Tampa is the place to go. In the Tampa area, there are over 100 daily-fee, resort, and semiprivate courses. Tampa is such a popular golfing destination that several companies offer golf packages promising “the golf trip of a lifetime.”

Endless Food Choices

As a coastal area, it is natural to expect endless seafood options, but visitors are delighted to discover Tampa is a foodie town. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of ethnic cuisine and experience some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in Florida. In fact, the Tampa food scene is so popular that Food Network created Welcome to Tampa: A Newcomer’s Eating Tour.

Pirates and Mermaids

Tampa wholeheartedly embraces all things pirates. All year long, you can experience pirate fun in Tampa, but if you happen to visit during the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in January, you are in for a real treat. Visitors can walk like a pirate and talk like a pirate – or people watch others acting like pirates in the parade or at the many Gasparilla events that include live music, food, and entertainment.

Breweries Galore

Tampa is home to 30 breweries offering their own brews, including the popular Cigar City Brewery. Many of the local breweries offer brewery tours and tastings. Plus, if you want to experience your fair share of breweries in Tampa, you can hop aboard the Brew Bus.

Tons of Shopping

Tampa offers a variety of shopping options for visitors. Whether you are looking for fun souvenirs or designer goods, Tampa has it all. There are upscale malls and markets. There are also outlet malls offering discounted name-brand merchandise. If you want to shop and see, then head to the Tampa Riverwalk to take in the scenery and shop in chic boutiques.

Water Damage And Your AC System

What happens to your AC after Water Damage

Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems, when directly contacted by Category 1 water, can cease to operate, or they can function inefficiently or spread excess humidity throughout both affected and unaffected areas of a structure. If contacted directly by Category 2 or 3 water, they can spread contamination to unaffected areas. Even if an HVAC system is not directly contacted by water, when operating, it can spread humidity or contamination from affected to unaffected areas. Further, microbial growth from other causes can be carried to the interior of HVAC system components where it can accumulate and degrade HVAC component operation. Read More »

HVAC Systems After A Flood

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can be contaminated directly by water damage. Air conditioning systems can also be contaminated prior to contact with water. If the heating and air conditioning system was running while the property was contaminated with Category 2 or 3 water, it can spread many other contaminants to other areas of the property that were not directly affected by the water damage. Read More »

Determining The Class Of Water Damage

Water damage is classified to designate water-damaged environments by their relative degree of saturation, which is then used to determine the approximate initial amount of equipment necessary for an efficient drying of a property.  Read More »

Things to do after a fire

If you’ve been touched by a home fire, we here at Dririte of Tampa know there are some key things to take care of first to ensure your home is clean. Here’s a key list of things to do. Read More »

Planning Water Damage Remediation

Remediation Plan

Dririte of Tampa always puts in place a remediation plan with you prior to starting a project. If you are attempting a project on your own, you should always do the same. Keep in mind, water damage remediation is a very complicated task to ensure it is done properly, you should always contact a professional prior to starting a project on your own. Read More »

Fire Restoration in Tampa

Having a fire in your home is completely devastating. Personal treasures such as wedding albums and family heirlooms can be lost forever. No amount of money can replace those items. To make matters worse, anything the fire does not destroy is consumed with the smell of smoke. This can be a very difficult time for a family. Not only do they need to find temporary housing, but they basically need to start from scratch! The things we take for granted every day, such as reaching under the cabinet to grab a pot to start dinner, going into our dresser to find something to wear, or just grabbing our favorite book to read before bed may now be temporarily impossible.

Fortunately, living like that is just temporary. How temporary depends on a few factors such as:

How fast can you perform the Fire Restoration?

1)      Was the fire isolated to one room or area?

2)      How quickly was the fire extinguished?

3)      Were firefighters needed to put the fire out? This can cause secondary damages like                    flooding

4)      What type of fire was it? Grease fire, electrical fire, etc

5)      Was the A/C running?

6)      How fast can the company you hire repair your fire damage? Always ask for references!!

Fire Restoration Contractors in Tampa

When performing bids for fire restoration we always tell our clients to ask for references from each company that comes out to bid. In this day and time, it seems like more and more companies over promise and under deliver. Make sure you ask the references if the work was completed on time and if all the subcontractors were paid. The last thing you need is a subcontractor liening your restored home because the contractor never paid him!

Performing a fire or smoke restoration can take a few days or a few weeks depending on the scope of the project. We just recently completed a kitchen fire restoration in Tampa within three weeks. This included cleaning all the contents in the home from smoke damage, ordering two new kitchen appliances, ordering and installing new custom kitchen cabinets, painting a few of the rooms, and installing new carpet.

Every fire restoration is different. I sincerely hope that you never experience a fire in your home. If you do, we are here for you. We perform fire cleanup and fire restoration in Tampa and the surrounding counties. Give us a call and we can come out and give you a free estimate to repair and restore your home after fire or smoke damage.

Don’t Let Mold Take Over

Don’t Let Mold Take Over Your Home

Mold and moisture go hand in hand. Whenever you have an abundance of moisture, mold is sure to develop. Add humidity to the mix and you’ve a quick cocktail for growth that if left unchecked can quickly take over your home. In Florida moisture and humidity are both as common as sunny days and oranges.

There are ways to keep mold from taking over.

  • If you have any leaking plumbing fixtures in your home, getting them fixed as quickly as possible can help curb potential mold issues.
  • Standing water and flooding can also help them spring up. Use a good home dehumidifier to remove excessive moisture from the air. The ideal humidity level should be between 40% to 60%.
  • Use fans or vents in your kitchen and bathrooms to quickly push excess moisture in the air to the outside.

Molds spread by releasing tiny spores into the air. When these land in a moist and inviting area, they begin naturally breaking down the materials they are on. Nature’s unpopular clean up crew, they have been around for millions of years and are extremely vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems in nature.

Still, in your home they can be anything from an annoyance to extremely hazardous. They can decay everything from wood to carpet. If they grow numerous before detection, great care should be taken during clean-up as disturbing already established areas could release spores to re-populate after cleaning is completed, beginning the whole process over again.

Also, some individuals can be very sensitive to molds and should avoid breathing them if possible. These people can suffer from breathing issues, eye irritation, congestion and skin irritation. Some may even have severe allergic reactions.

Water Damage Safety

Water Damage Safety in your Home

It can happen in the blink of an eye, a pipe bursts, the washing machine breaks, the toilet or sink tubes crack, a falling branch shatters a window during a downpour etc. The list goes on and on. Read More »

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