Recent Posts

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.

Click here for more information about they city of Tampa.

Hotel Fire Damage In Tampa

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hotel Fire Damage In Tampa A fire can cause significant damage to your commercial property.

Hotel Fire Damage

Tampa missed the worst of the recent hurricane, but that does not stop other disasters from causing havoc to area businesses. Kitchen and other types of fires still close hotels and other businesses at a time when our state needs every dollar to help fund on-going recovery efforts.

Remediating Tampa hotel fire damage is not a quick task though and should not be approached with speed in mind. The only way to remove debris quickly, clean smoke odors, and restore a hotel to its original condition is to accomplish it right. SERVPRO starts at the highest point of the damage and works our way down to the ground floor so other members of the restoration team can start working while we get rid of drywall, furniture, and other ruined property.

Restoration starts with water removal. Standing water is not usually a concern, so we go directly to extraction wands to pull water out of hallway and room carpets. Since commercial grade carpet has a short nape, we can complete each floor in roughly 1 or 2 days.

Once the water is drawn out, SERVPRO personnel set up fans at the ends of the corridors to bring in warmer air from the outside to finish drying the carpets and lower the humidity. For each room, we open the windows and use air movers if needed to raise the temperature and increase air circulation.

As we remove water, other technicians use spray wands to apply commercial cleaners to support structures, furniture, and other surfaces to remove smoke and soot residues. If we suspect there may be a problem with mold, team members also spray anti-microbial agents where there may be a problem.

With odors and mold taken care of, we move on to replacement. Our teams have decades of experience in hanging new ceilings and installing new drywall. Setting up a new room takes us an afternoon, and with a full crew at work, we can complete an entire floor in less than a week.

Cleaning does not stop at only the hotel building. We maintain commercial washers and dryers to accommodate hundreds of bed linens, napkins, tablecloths, and towels. We have detergents designed to remove soot and odors without damaging the items.

We understand the need to reopen a hotel as quickly as possible. There are still residents without homes, and out-of-state work crews need something other than an army surplus cot for a bed. We have the experience to get the job accomplished correctly and quickly without compromising either one. If you need our help, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa today at (813) 855-0888.

For more about the city of Tampa click here.

Cleaning Your Home After Flood Damage In Tampa From A Hurricane

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning Your Home After Flood Damage In Tampa From A Hurricane Hurricanes cause plenty of damage from wind and rain, and flooding is a massive problem during these storms.

Flood Damage From A Hurricane

Hurricanes cause plenty of damage from wind and rain, and flooding is a massive problem during these storms. For many families in Tampa, flooding was a reality after big storms that went through the area recently. Hurricane flood water carries high levels of raw sewage and other bio-hazards, so you should never try to clean it up on your own.

Hurricanes can generate tons of building rubble, debris, ash, charred wood, plus cause personal property damage, extreme wind damage and massive flooding in Tampa. When flood damage has affected your home, you should contact our professionals at SERVPRO right away so we can help get your life back in order.

Before we can begin cleanup and restoration, we must remove all standing water. We do this with professional-grade, truck-mounted pumps. Once the majority of the water has been removed, we can inspect the home for the extent of the damages from the floodwaters.

Because floodwaters are contaminated, we must remove and dispose of any carpeting and padding in the home. If needed, we pressure wash structural components and disinfect surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant.

We continue to remove materials as necessary to decontaminate your home, keeping in contact with you as we go to ensure that we agree. Interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas that were contaminated by rising water are cleaned and dried, and disinfecting steps are repeated for any newly exposed surfaces.

SERVPRO staff then removes and disposes of any final debris and wastewater. Once cleaning procedures are complete, we place air movers and dehumidifiers in the home to speed up drying. These machines are monitored daily and moved or adjusted to ensure optimal drying.

We also use moisture meters to detect any hidden moisture that could be lingering inside walls. All of this moisture must be taken care of to prevent the growth of mold. If any mold has started to grow, we also clean this up and sanitize the affected areas.

SERVPRO of West Tampa ensures that we have your home thoroughly dry again before we say the job is complete. We pride ourselves in our ability to make affected homes in the areas of Rocky Point, West Tampa, or Town n Country safe again, so give us a call at (813) 855-0888, so we can get your home back to normal.

For more about the city of Tampa visit

Mold Damage on Walls in Rocky Point Homes

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage on Walls in Rocky Point Homes Bulging, discoloration, and cracked or peeling paint are all signs of mold damage on interior walls.

Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Mold Remediation

Mold growth on Rocky Point walls occurs mostly due to water leaks, condensation, and high humidity. Condensation occurs when water vapor meets a cold surface and transforms into liquid form. Things like steam from hot water or drying wet clothes inside the house increase the humidity in your home. Failing to address high humidity levels in the house can eventually lead to mold growth on the walls.

Your best bet against mold damage in Rocky Point is contacting a reputable restoration company like SERVPRO. Our technicians are highly trained and highly experienced in mold remediation, and we always follow IICRC guidelines to ensure a thorough and complete restoration process. Our equipment and products are designed to return your property to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Mold on drywall is a serious concern. Since drywall is high in cellulose, it is extremely vulnerable to mold damage. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians often resort to cutting out and disposing of any drywall that has mold growth on it, as there is no practical way to completely remove it from the material.

Mold usually grows unnoticeably behind walls, where there is plenty of humid, moist air. Mold growth can also occur behind wallpaper, as wallpaper glue holds organic debris that becomes a source of food for the mold. SERVPRO technicians use effective inspection methods to detect mold damage behind walls.

Signs of mold on walls include bulging, discoloration, and cracked or peeling paint. If you notice these signs on your wall, a closer inspection may reveal the development of mold growth. These signs could also be an indication of mold growing in the wall cavities. Small patches of mold on your walls may represent a larger mold colony that is slowly growing on the other side. You can easily identify the presence of mold through its unique musty odor or sudden allergic reactions.

Apart from serving as the last line of defense against external elements, your walls provide a space for hanging your favorite items and photographs. If you notice signs of mold, SERVPRO of West Tampa can come in and begin the mold damage control process. Call us today at (813) 855-0888.

Click here for more information regarding Rocky Point.

Water Damage Cleanup After a Dishwasher Leak in Your Tampa Home

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup After a Dishwasher Leak in Your Tampa Home If you find your home flooded from a failed dishwasher, call SERVPRO to properly remove the water and repair the damage.

The Importance of Humidity Levels in a Water Damaged Home

When you purchase a new dishwasher, you trust that the company who comes to deliver and install it knows what they are doing. However, sometimes you may run into a problem with it not being installed correctly, and you soon have a mess of water flooding your Tampa kitchen. You need to act fast to get the water cleaned up before it creates more damage than it already has.

A leaking dishwasher can put many gallons of water out into your Tampa home very quickly. Once you get the water turned off and not flowing anymore, you need help in cleaning up the water damage, so it gets dried properly. SERVPRO can come to your rescue anytime you need, so be sure to give us a call right away.

As water damage technicians, we always make a drying goal for any water damage situation. We also monitor the drying process each day to see whether the goal is being accomplished. A drying goal is a condition that we want to bring about in the affected area of your home. Our goal is to get your home completely dry again and to correct any damage which has happened due to the standing water.

Our process includes moisture content readings from dry, unaffected contents and the structure. We take readings in percentage for wood materials and in points for materials which are not made of wood.

SERVPRO techs use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. Drier air means air with low humidity. A relative humidity of less than forty percent is essential for an efficient drying process. Relative humidity of under forty percent lets us know that the air is dry and thirsty, and pulls more water out of materials.

Measurements for relative humidity are however not as accurate as specific humidity readings. Reaching low relative humidity readings does not mean the structure is dry 100%, so we use specific humidity readings to make sure the humidity in the affected area is going down. When it is thoroughly dry, the specific humidity in the area should be the same or lower than the specific humidity in an area which was not affected.

SERVPRO of West Tampa takes care to ensure your home is dry again before we say the job is complete. Doing so avoids any additional damage in your home in the areas of Rocky Point, West Tampa, or Tampa, such as mold growth, so do not hesitate to call us right away at (813) 855-0888 when you have a water damage problem.

Click here to learn more about the city of Tampa.

Commercial Water Removal Services Gets Your Town And Country Restaurant Back In Business

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Services Gets Your Town And Country Restaurant Back In Business Unless they can reopen soon, many of these businesses face permanent closure.

Commercial Water Removal Services

Town and Country received a great deal of water from the recent storms and hurricanes. Many restaurants remained standing but filled with water. Unless they can reopen soon, many of these businesses face permanent closure.

SERVPRO wants to help businesses in the Town and Country area remain open with water removal services. It is crucial that we restore a reasonable level of dryness to a building before preparing it for cleaning and other restorative work. While still damp, microbes freely proliferate, damage accrues, and air continues to harbor moisture.

Trucks with mounted pumps carry the more substantial amounts of water out of your restaurant. Then we switch to smaller extraction units to remove the rest of the standing water that covers your floors. After we have removed and disposed of any carpeting, we can begin drying the walls and the other interior elements of your restaurant. Large air movers force air to whisk moisture out of walls and lift it up into the air. Air scrubbers and dehumidifiers extract microbes and humidity from this air, leaving the walls increasingly dry. These same air movers also work to dry ceilings and floors.

Sanitizing your kitchen area and dining facilities must also receive our attention before you can reopen your doors again. We wipe all surfaces down with anti-microbial cleansers. Debris is physically removed and placed in appropriate containers for disposal. When completed, your kitchen can function “Like it never even happened” once more.

A restaurant is much more than its kitchen, however. Dining areas must have a thorough cleaning and pass the sniff test, as well. Odors left behind by water and debris can pose unsettling problems for diners who merely want to enjoy a delicious meal. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) helps make this happen for many of our customers. Restoring the furniture to pristine shape remains another aspect that we can help within the dining area. Tightening chairs to prevent a loose feel when used can preserve a fundamental part of the feel of your patrons' dining experience.

There are many other ways that the friendly professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa can help restore your restaurant with commercial water removal services. We are always available. Our phone number is (813) 855-0888, and like our 24-hour service, we answer your calls no matter the time of day or night.

For more about Town and Country click here.

Do Not Ignore What Seems Like Minor Damage to Your Tampa Condo When Arriving Home For Winter After Hurricane Irma

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do Not Ignore What Seems Like Minor Damage to Your Tampa Condo When Arriving Home For Winter After Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma Meets Up with Tampa--Call SERVPRO for Storm Water Removal and Cleanup

Storms Can Mean Mold Growth in Your Tampa Property

You breathed a heartfelt sigh of relief when the condo manager contacted you at your summer cabin near the Canadian border with the news that Irma’s raging winds and rain did little harm to your Southwest Florida winter home. After time with your family and the grandkids during the busy spring and summer months, you and your spouse look forward to the relative calm of your retirement home near the Gulf.
A quick inspection of your Tampa property after you arrive to settle in for the fall and winter reveals just some light staining by a few windows, any water blown in through the aging silicone caulk apparently dried out now. Unfortunately, your reprieve is short lived as after a day or two you notice an unpleasant smell near the windows that took the brunt of the Category 2 storm.
Anytime you smell a musty odor, especially when it is accompanied by staining, you may be observing a telltale signal that microbial growth is actively happening within your home. Mold spores need only a source of moisture and an organic surface to infiltrate and consume to multiply. They do not need light and often proliferate in recesses between interior walls and the exterior of a house. It is quite likely that the rainwater driven by the strong winds of Hurricane Irma dripped and seeped into the space under the window sills where a mold colony is now thriving.
Remediating mold damage from any cause is a job for professionals from SERVPRO. You do not need to spend your hard-earned relaxation time searching for the outbreak and attempting to manage it properly. Expert mold abatement is available from A reputable local water damage restoration company, and we are skilled at finding even hidden mold infestations.
Trying to cope with mold damage without professional help is unwise. Let the SERVPRO pros take the steps necessary, following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols taught in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses, the industry standard. Work with the remediators you hire to solve the problems posed by poorly maintained or aging windows in your Florida condo and never worry about coming back to mold damage after your summer up north again.
Enjoy your Florida retirement retreat, even more, when you partner with SERVPRO of West Tampa that is an industry leader in water damage recovery, including ancillary issues like mold growth. Think about a yearly inspection at your Florida homecoming as insurance for a problem-free winter. Call us anytime at (813) 855-0888.

Local gov't information by clicking here.

Fire Damage In Tampa From Candles And Heaters

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Tampa From Candles And Heaters Candles can cause fire damage in just a minute or two.

Fire Damage Restoration

As Tampa neighborhoods are starting to recover from the recent hurricane, routine items like inspection and maintenance get forgotten in the clean-up. Despite the desire to put everything back as it was before Irma, not paying attention to a few core issues can result in another disaster like a house fire.

Many homeowners overlook the things that are typically common sense. Recent events, however, have thrown common sense out the window, for those residents who still have windows. Power is on again to Tampa, but fire damage can happen even when surrounded by stormwater. SERVPRO advises everyone to remember these causes of fire damage and be ready for the next hurricane or tropical storm.

Candles are lovely for a relaxing atmosphere and a necessity when the power was out last week. In both situations, homeowners and residents forget to keep an eye on them, and a fire can happen in just a minute or two. We do not recommend candles, but if the next storm forces your hand, remember the following; do not use them in the bedroom, keep anything flammable a foot away from them, and don't burn them all the way down.

Folks forget how quickly the temperature drops at night around here. Space heaters are easy to run off a portable generator and provide some degree of comfort when everything else is still out. Most of them are not meant for continuous operation and can grow too hot. Worse, people hang socks or other clothing on the heater to dry them. SERVPRO recommends that our customers should turn them off before going to sleep or leaving home for any length of time.

Lastly, make sure your smoke detector is working. It is the simplest way to prevent a fire, but it is often the last thought in the mind of a homeowner when there are six inches of water in the living room. It may seem ridiculous, but we at SERVPRO cannot recommend checking the detector enough, even if you have water past your high-tops when you do it.

After any major disaster, there are a dozen things that need to get done each day, every day until you return to your home. Preventing another disaster should be one of them. Despite our training and experience, SERVPRO of West Tampa knows that the best way to stop any damage is to prevent it from happening. If you need our help with a current problem or want to get ahead of the next storm; call us today at (813) 855-0888.

Click here for more about the city of Tampa.

Reopening Your Hotel is Imperative after Flood Damage in Tampa

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reopening Your Hotel is Imperative after Flood Damage in Tampa SERVPRO Keeps Tampa Hotels Open After Storm and Water Damage

Water Damage Affects Hotel Business

Water gushing in through the doors of your hotel in Tampa can feel like a nightmare. Carpeting becomes soaked with dirty water, walls begin to swell from the water wicking upwards, furniture ends up in jumbles in corners, and the destruction seems ruinous.

Tampa hoteliers can reclaim their hotel from serious water damage with help from SERVPRO. We became experts in our field by helping other major businesses and government facilities recover from similar devastating events. We strengthened our experience by earning certificates from the IICRC. Our Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) certificates mean we can perform the work required to get your hotel open again and ready to receive your valuable guests once more.
If part of your hotel remains open to guests, we are also capable of setting up our equipment so that disruption to your guests' activities remain minimized. In severe flooding situations, complete closure of your hotel becomes much more likely, allowing us to work more quickly. Because we can concentrate on mitigation of flood damage without needing to keep guests' comfort and safety in mind, we can significantly minimize the time your hotel remains at risk.
The most visible aspects of our work include eliminating standing and puddled water, cleaning up of garbage and debris, removing damaged sections of walls, and drying out floors in preparation of new carpeting. There are several other parts to restoration and complete mitigation that must take place.
Testing of each guest room for the presence of mold spores and other microbes that can exist on surfaces and in the air and humidity levels provides us with answers that help us complete our work thoroughly. We do this before starting work, and then as the work progresses, and once again when we finish.
Ensuring that your hotel is dry once again is not enough. High standards while cleaning and sanitizing, especially in areas that can impact the health of guests and employees, are required. Application of antimicrobial agents kills pathogens.
Inside the hotel's kitchen, all foodstuffs that the water came into contact with, no matter how briefly, needs disposing of properly. Serving these items to guests or other individuals is in violation of health codes. All surfaces, including the undersides of counters and shelves, need disinfecting agents applied. Floors are cleaned and mopped, so they are again sanitary.
Throughout your hotel, flooding can create odors that your guests may find very disagreeable. We eliminate the problem at the source, so there is no more musty water-logged smell wafting through your hotel. Carpets in non-flooded areas can also hold moisture, so we highly recommend cleaning of these places.
SERVPRO of West Tampa can provide you with all of these services and any others that your hotel requires. Our goal is to help you restore normal business operations quickly and seamlessly. Call us at your convenience, day or night, at (813) 855-0888.

We welcome visitors to our city, click right here.

Severe Flood Damage in Tampa Exacerbates Temporary Homelessness for Many

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Flood Damage in Tampa Exacerbates Temporary Homelessness for Many Damage after a storm can be overwhelming and leave you wondering if you'll ever get back into your home. Contact SERVPRO for exhaustive remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians are Quick to Respond After Flooding Preventing Secondary Damages From Setting In

Tampa is quite often in the path of hurricanes and homes and businesses suffer thousands of dollars in damage. A large percentage of this damage is related to the flooding inherent in such horrific weather systems. A hurricane leaving an area does not guarantee that the crisis poses no further problems for homeowners. It only means that cleanup efforts can begin.
When a hurricane hits the area, flood damage in Tampa is almost impossible to avoid. While flooding continues to affect an area, the costs of mitigating the damage increases. When we arrive, pumping out the flooded floors of your home becomes a priority. Eliminating any additional moisture follows, with moisture levels monitored as the work continues. This includes the humidity in the air inside your home.
Left without a place to call home, Floridians need to restore their homes quickly. Completion of necessary repairs not only re-establishes 'home' but it also decreases the risk of secondary types of damage. After a hurricane, the air outside can remain saturated for a long time. Instead of opening doors and windows to permit faster evaporation rates, we close these openings. Doing so creates an enclosed space that can become drier faster because of the increased control maintained over the indoor environment. With little humidity able to enter, a state of dryness is easier to obtain.
Soaked materials in a home become swollen and warped. Such materials no longer function as they should, even once dry again. The changes in the physical appearance alone can render many materials unusable. While the experts in restoration at SERVPRO always save as much as possible during each job, some materials can pose risks if salvaged and reused or never removed and left intact. We put our expansive knowledge to work for you, so your family is protected in the future after the work is done and long after.
The professional team members at SERVPRO of West Tampa know how flood damage from hurricanes can affect our community. Each home is important to not only the family who lives there but also to the neighborhood and the community as a whole. Call us at (813) 855-0888 at any time, whenever your home needs restoration work of any kind.

For more information regarding Tampa, click here