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Returning Your Tampa Business to Its Pre-Loss State After Facing Fire Damage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Returning Your Tampa Business to Its Pre-Loss State After Facing Fire Damage A Fire at Your Tampa Business? Call SERVPRO After Your Insurance Company for Fast Help

Call SERVPRO to Swiftly Re-Open Your Enterprise for Business After a Fire-Damaging Event

A fire damage experience can lead to permanent or prolonged setbacks for your commercial dealings. Though your insurance provider may offer some compensation after the incident, such happenings leave a big dent in your business. If your Tampa business suffers such a disaster, you urgently need restoration services.

Most people forget that commercial fire damage incidents in Tampa have a close relationship with water damage - which usually results from the fire extinguishing efforts. We are referring to the liquids that equipment like fire sprinklers dispense when attempting to put off the flames. On top of that, the pipes might burst and lead to additional water on your property. That means apart from cleaning the soot particles, water removal services are also necessary. Our SERVPRO team has specialized equipment and tools to address such challenges.
When our SERVPRO technicians respond to a fire and smoke damage event, one of the tasks we do is to investigate the specific cause and then device appropriate techniques to address all the needs. Securing the structure is the other thing we do, and during that step, we work towards protecting the occupants and our team. We inspect whether the ceilings, wooden floors, and walls are strong enough for the restoration to proceed. If not, we may perform minor demolitions where necessary.
Our SERVPRO technicians also clean the smoke residues, and this procedure typically starts from the source. The type of smoke residues on your property as well as the surface they are resting on usually help us to select a cleaning method. We understand the elements of cleaning such as temperature, time, chemical action and agitation - which are helpful when suspending and removing the residues. For instance, if we go for a chemical reaction, we understand the heat can increase the speed of such processes; therefore, we choose the most appropriate temperature to boost the effectiveness of the detergent we are using.
At SERVPRO of West Tampa, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster be it storm, water, mold, and fire related. Call us at (813) 855-0888 when you need your business to return to its former state after a disaster.

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West Tampa Building Services After Catastrophic Events

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services West Tampa Building Services After Catastrophic Events SERVPRO Can Board-up, Clean-up, Build-up, and then Open-up Your West Tampa Business After a Disaster

Rely on SERVPRO to Provide Cleanup, Damage Mitigation, and Restoration After Significant Loss from Water or Fire Events

After a fire or flood, West Tampa businesses can require an extensive number of services to help reopen their doors for customers. Depending on the type of business, some of them can be very specific while other services are generic to almost any type of structure or disaster.

For businesses in West Tampa, SERVPRO building services include immediate damage mitigation and the tasks needed to clear a structure so the actual restoration can begin. Regardless if the damage came from a fire or a storm, we often have to start with the roof.
We can use tarps, plastic sheeting, or plywood paneling to temporarily cover the roof to prevent secondary damage to both the roof and everything underneath. We want to prevent water from getting inside which can not only ruin office furniture and personal property but also stop it from soaking the insulation under the roof. Too much moisture compacts both rolled and blown-in insulation, which reduces its ability to either cool or heat the structure as needed.
With the interior of the building secured, a SERVPRO team leader or project manager begins the task of inspecting the structural property to determine what may require disposal. In nearly every case, this involves removing drywall. While the panels are excellent material for interior walls, they quickly absorb water from floods and storms, which makes them very fragile. Drywall also absorbs smoke odors which are difficult to remove. In both situations, it is usually cheaper to replace the panels than waste time and labor attempting to restore them. We work with you and your insurance adjuster for the final determination concerning non-salvageable elements.
After we remove the drywall panels and the dust they produce, our technicians service the business' heating and air or HVAC system. We carefully inspect not only the unit outside the building but the air ducts as well. If there is any contamination from a fire, turning the system on can blow the smoke and soot particles throughout the entire building. If a storm forced water into the ducts, the pooled water could serve as a starting point for a mold infestation. The sequence of this part of the service is dependent upon priorities for overall mitigation and cleanup.
To prevent both, we cover the vents and use air movers to force warm air through the ducts and out of the building. These devices clean out the ducts of smoke and soot particles and dry up excess moisture. If we find an active mold growth, technicians use a fogger machine to force an anti-microbial agent throughout the ducts which kill the mold spores on contact.
Starting the process to restore and reopen your business can be intimidating. SERVPRO of West Tampa has helped our fellow business owners repair roofs, hang new walls, and more for many years. If you have more questions about our building services or want to schedule an inspection or need emergency help, call us at (813) 855-0888. We are here to assist.

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When Water Damage in Your Tampa Home Creates Mold Growth

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Water Damage in Your Tampa Home Creates Mold Growth Seeing a patch of mold suddenly appear on your wall can be quite frightening. Contact SERVPRO after a water damage event that created mold.

SERVPRO Technicians Know That Many Times Remediating Water Damage and Mold Go Hand-In-Hand

Dealing with one traumatic emergency restoration to your home can seem overwhelming enough when you have to assess the damage and formulate a plan of action. Of course, there are instances in which the problem is too much for you to handle on your own and conventional cleaning methods just do not even come close to correcting the problem. Also, there are many times where one disaster with its damages can compound into another, leaving you with twice the need for professional restoration services for your Tampa home.
A great example of this would be significant water damage to your home. Failing to treat a circumstance like this quickly and get the area professionally restored can lead to mold growth and subsequent damages from this occurrence. It is quite common for these two types of damages, water and mold damage in Tampa, to coincide because mold requires moisture and dampness to grow, and that air exists all throughout the affected area of your water damage site.
When our SERVPRO team first learns of your circumstance and arrives at your home for an assessment, we take the time to determine the full scope of the damages from both sources. While removal of the water damage still stands as the priority, considering that it feeds the mold growth problem in your home, it is still very critical to learn the full scope of the damages that our professional restoration outfit faces.
Water extraction and drying are essential components of the restoration process because they greatly aid in combating the current damage while simultaneously beginning to starve the needs of the fungal growth in the area. Drying usually gets done with air movers and dehumidification equipment, which is a crossover process between the treatment for each of these disaster types, as dehumidification and drying are two primary steps in mold remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians work quickly to prevent the spread of the mold and to ensure that any structural damage that exists does not get worse.
Sometimes your water damage can turn into a more significant problem than it started out as. When you are facing any disaster, you can trust our experienced specialists at SERVPRO of West Tampa. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (813) 855-0888.

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What Are the Factors That Affect Drying of Your Tampa Home After A Flooding Incidence?

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Are the Factors That Affect Drying of Your Tampa Home After A Flooding Incidence? Tampa Flooding Shouts Out for Fast Service from SERVPRO to Reduce Damages and Costs

SERVPRO Controls the Environment to Ameliorate the Drying Process After Storms Soak Properties

Flood damage due to a storm, a hurricane or heavy rains can cause significant damage to your home. It is not only essential to get rid of the standing water, but also to eliminate the residual moisture to prevent any long-lasting damage.

The drying of your Tampa home after a flooding incidence depends on several factors. SERVPRO technicians can try to create conditions that consider these factors for rapid and efficient drying. Here are the most critical factors affecting the rate of drying that you should know.

The temperature of the air governs the rate of drying. Contents dry at a much faster rate if the temperature of the room is high as hotter air can carry more moisture. The ideal temperature for the fastest drying is between 70 and 80 degrees. That said, if the temperature of the room is above 85 degrees, the air can become saturated with too much moisture and can create secondary problems.
Amount of water to be removed
The volume of water also dictates the time required for drying. Also, it is easier to remove water in the liquid state rather than to remove the excess moisture. SERVPRO technicians can use extractors to eliminate the standing water and dehumidifiers and air movers to pluck out the airborne residual moisture. The rate of water removal with a dehumidifier is much slower compared to an extractor. But, its purpose is not to remove gross volumes of floodwaters, but to prevent moisture from causing secondary water damage.

The relative humidity (RH)
The RH of the room also controls the rate of drying. Higher RH can slow down the drying process significantly. Dehumidifiers can be used to extract excess moisture from the air and keep the RH low, speeding up the drying process.

Air movement
The air movement is also crucial for efficient drying. The air in a flood-damaged area is usually damp which slows the rate of evaporation. Replacing this damp air with fresh and dry air can speed up the drying process. SERVPRO professionals can use high-quality air movers to drive the damp air out and bring the drier air in, speeding up the process significantly. A right combination of dehumidifiers and air movers can help create an ideal situation for faster and more efficient drying. A flat-lay system can channel unwanted humidity to the exterior.

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa today at (813) 855-0888 to talk to our flood restoration experts. We are always ready to help.

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Fire Damage Cleanup from a Microwave Fire in Your Tampa Home

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup from a Microwave Fire in Your Tampa Home Keeping your microwave clean and only heating microwave safe items can prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO’s Cleaning Procedures for the Different Types of Surfaces in Your Home

Microwaves, similar to other appliances in your Tampa kitchen, can start a fire when the wrong types of items are put in the microwave, food overheats, routine maintenance and cleaning has not been performed, or when wiring is faulty. Since radiation is used in microwaves to heat food items, it is essential that you follow the directions from the manufacturer when using them, and do not try to heat anything that is not microwave safe. Such things include tin foil, metal objects, or recycled paper.

Performing routine maintenance and cleaning can help you avoid any issues, including fire damage to your Tampa kitchen and home. However, if something does happen, you have a mess on your hands that needs a fast response and the knowledge of professionals to get it done right. At SERVPRO, we not only have the training to clean up fire damage, but also the right tools to do it in a timely fashion to avoid further damage.

Cleaning procedures for walls and ceilings after a fire address several different surfaces. Whether they have a finish or not on wood or paneling, painted, acoustic tile, sprayed-on acoustic plaster, stipple, metallic tile, or textured plaster makes a difference in how we approach the cleanup. Some walls can even be covered with flocking, wallpaper, fabrics or carpeting.

Therefore, before SERVPRO techs begin, we must identify the walls and ceilings affected and pretest them for cleanability. Factors which help us determine the best method of cleaning are the kind of surface, the kind of soil, and whether the surface is dry or wet cleanable.

We use a dry cleaning sponge for walls and ceilings of all types with light to medium soiling which is non-grease-based. The sponge also can be used to pre-clean excess soils that are non-grease-based before wet cleaning.

Wet cleaning is performed on metal, painted, or wood that has heavy soot or ash residue, or light to heavy oil-based residues.

We use active peroxide cleaning for acoustical ceilings or other nonporous and porous surfaces, especially with heavy nicotine and tar soiling. Textured ceilings with a blown coating can dissolve if we treat them with wet cleaning procedures that are more aggressive, so instead, the active peroxide cleaning is used.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is dedicated to cleaning your home in Town n Country, Rocky Point, or West Tampa thoroughly after fire damage. We know what methods to use on each surface to protect your home and belongings and get everything safe again for you when you call us at (813) 855-0880.

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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Key for Tampa Residents

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Key for Tampa Residents Water damaged homes require fast action, call SERVPRO as soon as you discover standing water in your home.

SERVPRO's Timely Efforts Minimizes Further Damage

Knowing the correct measures to take after experiencing a water damage disaster can help you mitigate the loss. Timing is so critical when restoring your property and failure to attend to the incident immediately may make your contents unsalvageable. That explains the importance of working with a certificated restoration service provider in Tampa. Experts in the industry should analyze the extent of the damage and determine what is restorable and what you need to replace.

There is a need for specialized drying equipment when addressing challenges that result from water damage in Tampa. Our SERVPRO technicians are well equipped and trained to use air movers, scrubbers, and dehumidifiers when restoring your property. We opt to use air movers to dry moist areas as they promote air circulation. They are devices that require correct positioning as per the IICRC standards to achieve efficiency in their operation.

There is a danger of leaving the excess moisture in place for a long time. Apart from the possibility of making your contents unsalvageable, it may promote the growth of mold that may cause health effects. Our SERVPRO team uses dehumidifiers to reduce the levels of moisture in the air and thus create room for evaporation. There are accepted levels of humidity, and that is what we work towards achieving when conducting the restoration.

If there are odors and particles in the air, then air scrubbers can play a very vital role. Dependent on the situation, our technicians may use a wet or dry scrubber.

Deodorization is also another option that we use to combat the unpleasant smells. The work of deodorants is to neutralize and mask the unpleasant odors. Before neutralizing the smells, we begin by identifying their sources.

SERVPRO of West Tampa restores your property to its preloss state and is a leader in storm, mold, water and fire damage restoration. Call us at (813) 855-0888 for unbeatable restoration services offered by competent experts.

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Why You Need Professionals To Restore Your Tampa Hotel After A Fire Damage Incidence

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why You Need Professionals To Restore Your Tampa Hotel After A Fire Damage Incidence Fire damage to a hotel can be a catastrophic incidence.

Commercial Fire Damage

Fire damage to a hotel can be a catastrophic incidence. The restoration process can be lengthy, and if not done correctly, it can leave your hotel in an almost uninhabitable condition.

One of the most significant challenges during the fire damage restoration of your Tampa hotel is the inconvenience to the guests. The fire can leave multiple rooms with soot and smoke damage, and the odor can be very challenging to eliminate. That said, professionals here at SERVPRO use a multi-step approach to minimize the damage and eliminate the odor as quickly as possible and with minimum disruption to your other guests.

Mitigation Services
The first and perhaps one of the most important service that SERVPRO professionals offer is the mitigation service. The goal of this service is to secure your hotel and prevent further secondary damage. This service includes board-ups, establishing the temporary source of electricity and emergency drying of the structures that are wet after fire-fighting procedures.

Structural Cleaning Services
Cleaning is perhaps one of the most labor-intensive and time-consuming steps in the restoration process. SERVPRO technicians use some of the best equipment and chemicals to clean the smoke and soot residues from your hotel. Our priority is to restore rather than to replace. We make sure that you are aware of the timeline and the progress of the restoration.

Contents Cleaning Services  
The contents of your hotel that are covered in smoke and soot residue are also cleaned by SERVPRO professionals. While some contents can be cleaned on-site, other situations may require the contents to be moved to another site for cleaning and restoration. We make sure that your contents are appropriately transported and cleaned while on an off-site location.

Specialty Restoration Services
Some content such as electronic equipment, furniture, expensive artwork or upholstery needs special cleaning that needs to be done by experts. Our technicians make sure that you are aware of such experts and also help you to get in touch with them.

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert fire restoration technicians.

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Hotel Guests Complaining of Odor Can Point to Mold Problems in West Tampa

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hotel Guests Complaining of Odor Can Point to Mold Problems in West Tampa SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation in Tall Condos and Small Motels in the West Tampa Area

SERVPRO Offers Top-Notch Mold Remediation to Many Businesses

Running a business carries a great deal of responsibility but a hotel substitutes as a home-away-from-home on many levels. Because of this, when people visit West Tampa for business and family vacations, they expect to find their room free of defects.
Mold damage can keep hotels in West Tampa from satisfying their guests' expectations. Odors produced by mold, or when guests stay for extended periods only to find their items showing signs of mold, or discovering it in their room, can create an unfavorable environment for everyone involved. Nobody enjoys making complaints nor hearing them. SERVPRO can handle any sized job involving microbial infestation.
Our technicians hold different certificates from the IICRC, including Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and Odor Control (OCT). We have the equipment needed, and for the most significant jobs, we can access our nationwide network of other franchises to gain any additional workforce or equipment required to complete the work involved. Though this does not occur often, rest assured your project is being serviced by professionals.
Because of the experience we gain in the diverse jobs we engage in, we know how important it is for your guests to remain as undisturbed as possible. We take it very seriously how our customers conduct their business operations, and if you ever have any concerns, we are always ready to listen. We know our equipment can operate at fairly noisy levels and might disturb some guests. We can alert you if these machines are vital toward remediation of your mold situation.
Some of the procedures we implement make use of negative air pressure. In areas such as laundry rooms, mold often grows. Containing these areas in heavy plastic sheeting and attaching a high-powered air scrubber removes the mold spores present and prevents contamination of other areas.
Tearing out mold-covered materials can also make substantial noise while packing up linens and other items for professional laundering at our facility or a partnered company, can create a line of our employees carrying these boxed items out to the transport vehicle.
SERVPRO of West Tampa's contact number, (813) 855-0888, is answered 24/7/365. Our 24-hour services are always ready, whenever you need us. We can help you rid your hotel of mold damage quickly and professionally so you, and your guests can place this event behind you.

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Water Removal Can Save Your Waterlogged Home In Tampa

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Can Save Your Waterlogged Home In Tampa When your roof leaks and lets water come into your Tampa home, you need to get things dry again as quickly as possible.

Water Removal Can Save Your Home

When your roof leaks and lets water come into your Tampa home, you need to get things dry again as quickly as possible. Water removal can take some time to fully complete, so beginning as early as possible keeps your home from suffering extensive more damages.

SERVPRO helps many residents in Tampa cope with emergencies with our water removal services. Skilled and trained, our technicians hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) from the IICRC. When we first arrive, we perform an inspection that reveals much of the information we need to carry out the work your home requires. During this time, we measure the amount of humidity in the air and different materials throughout your home. Some of these elements remain dry, providing goals for other materials and belongings.

Besides removing the standing water in your home, we also remove the moisture that evaporates out of that water. This moisture makes the air humid and travels everywhere inside your house. Pumps alone cannot perform all of the work required to restore complete dryness again. Heaters and air movers lift additional humidity out of materials, and then keep it moving until other machinery removes this moisture from the air.

The use of dehumidifiers and desiccant machines considerably improve the efficiency of the rest of our work. These remove the moisture that evaporates so it cannot condense elsewhere. Heaters, during the colder months, allow us to work without needing to turn your home heating system on, protecting it from microbes that might exist in the air. During the warmer months, we open windows and doors whenever the air outside is drier than it is in your home.

At regular intervals, we take additional readings in your home to determine if our work meets our progress goals. When these readings indicate restoration of your home's natural dryness level, we know that we succeeded in our goal.

Experienced in helping families live in safe, dry homes, SERVPRO of West Tampa can help your family, too. Call us at (813) 855-0888, anytime, day or night, any day of the year, to reach our 24-hour service. Water removal services provide the protection your home needs while restoring dryness that makes your house a home.

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Bathroom Moisture Can Cause Mold Damage in Your Tampa House

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bathroom Moisture Can Cause Mold Damage in Your Tampa House Having an exhaust fan and using it when taking baths or showers can reduce the risk of mold damage in your bathroom.

How to Reduce the Risk of Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold is something that everyone has seen at one time or another. Whether it was something strange growing on your loaf of bread, or that familiar musty smell you might get a whiff of when you head into a moisture-ridden cellar, Tampa homes have seen their fair share. A standard component to the creation of mold colonies is a misuse of exhaust fans for bathrooms or the lack of them existing altogether.

How can you prevent mold damage to your Tampa home? It starts with understanding some facts about the creation of mold colonies and understanding what you need to do to get rid of the mold that has begun to form.

The first thing that you need to understand is that moisture is like fuel for mold spores to seat and grow into colonies. You want to cut back on the moisture in every area of your house, not just the spots that you believe are familiar places to spawn fungus. The reduction can happen in several ways that you might already be using, considering the excessive humidity typical of most Tampa homes. Without moisture in the air, colonies are much less likely to ever form on surfaces in your house.

Another thing that you need to keep in mind is that mold spores exist naturally in the air that we breathe. Its natural existence means that if the conditions are right, any room in your house can suffer mold damages. Our SERVPRO IICRC Certified technicians have dehumidifying devices to get rid of the moisture anywhere in your home.

Your bathroom is likely one of the most troublesome spots for the production of mold, especially if you are not regularly using the exhaust fan when taking showers and baths. This resulting steam from the warm water can linger for quite a long while as molecules in the air, pairing with mold spores to find a place to seat and grow. If you do not have an exhaust fan at all, this is a critical element to every single functioning bathroom. Ensure that you have one and that you use it appropriately. If mold already exists, you should give our remediation technicians a call at SERVPRO to assess the damage and remove present colonies.

Mold damages might not be all that uncommon to Tampa homes, but you should know whom to call if you happen to find some in your own home. Give SERVPRO of West Tampa a call at (813) 855-0888. You can reach us anytime.

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