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Restoration of a Hotel with Extensive Fire Damage in Tampa

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration of a Hotel with Extensive Fire Damage in Tampa If your Tampa hotel is affected by fire damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO to reverse the damage.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Hotel to Its Pre-Loss Condition

Some of the beautiful sites in Tampa include the many hotels' architecture and landscaping. Several stories high, many seem like elegant, sparkling jewels near the beach or dotting the downtown landscape. Thousands of tourists help keep our community's economy strong by patronizing the hotels in our area.

Hotels in the Tampa area seem impenetrable and secure, but fire damage can quickly spread within one, quickly turning it into a horrific sight. Firefighters can spend hours putting out a blaze that spreads easily across floors and from one floor to another one. The combination of smoke and soot combined with the water and foam used by firefighters, as well as the steam produced, create a messy blend throughout the hotel.

Fire damage covers much more than the blackened, charred materials that burned during the raging fire. Our experienced professionals can restore your hotel from hopeless-looking messes like this and soon have everything back to normal. We restore what your patrons see, as well as what interests safety assessors and building inspectors.

Your hotel's construction happened as a unit, not floor-by-floor, and because SERVPRO technicians work in teams, we perform fire damage mitigation services in much the same manner. Using your hotel's architecture to our benefit wherever we can, we implement large equipment such as air movers and heating systems so several floors can receive the same treatment simultaneously.

After we remove the damaged and destroyed materials filling your suites and corridors, we can move forward with the extraction of water, including moisture in furniture that otherwise remains relatively undamaged. Heating the air in conjunction with causing it to circulate and eventually exit your hotel's interior hastens the return of regular humidity.

Carpeting poses several challenges in a massive fire so we can discuss the options available. Factors include insurance plans in place, as well as the age and previous condition of the carpeting. Current conditions can, of course, significantly affect the final decision regarding carpets on specific floors or the entire hotel.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is proud to serve the communities and businesses of Rocky Point and Town n Country. Fire damage can seem wholly devastating and impossible to recover from, but we can help by quickly making things "Like it never even happened" again. Contact us at (813) 855-0888 to reach our 24-hour emergency response team.

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An Overview of Fire Restoration Services For Your Tampa Residence

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage An Overview of Fire Restoration Services For Your Tampa Residence SERVPRO technicians are highly trained to handle fire restoration along with water damages left behind by fire extinguishing efforts.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Home and Get You Back to Normal Living after Fire Damage

Fire damage might not always be on the mind of every Tampa homeowner until a situation arises where that is what they have to face. While fires typically happen unexpectedly, their severity can offer a range of different effects to your home. This hurdle requires professional restoration services to set right, as they have the tools and expertise to do the job thoroughly, and it is a requirement for most insurance companies handling a claim.

While you might not have gotten adequately prepared for the fire damages that you now face in your Tampa residence, SERVPRO always is. Our technicians get specially trained to deal with all facets of fire restoration from smoke/soot cleaning to water damages left behind after extinguishment. With our expertise in this niche, you get the restoration process completed and move on from this traumatic event more quickly.

When our technicians arrive at your home once the fire has gotten extinguished, we work quickly to move through our steps in fully restoring your home. This process begins with an initial assessment of the damage that your home faces and what restoration techniques must get implemented to remedy the effects. We then set out to cover and board off any openings that the fire has left in the house, which might expose your home to further external damages.

Water damage is a common problem after a fire, as this approach is the standard for fire suppression. Cleaning up the water damage has to occur before fire restoration gets underway to prevent compounding damage like mold growth on top of everything else. Addressing the most pressing issues of the recent fire ensure that you can exist more comfortably in your home, and this process includes smoke and soot removal from all affected surfaces.

While there are several layers and levels to the restoration process, it is one that differs between every house that SERVPRO of West Tampa gets tasked with restoring. Fortunately, our experienced restoration specialists can handle any effect that a recent fire has presented to your home and can help you take the necessary steps to bring your home back to preloss conditions. Give us a call today at (813) 855-0888.

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Why Choose Professional Restoration for Flood Damage to Your Tampa House

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Choose Professional Restoration for Flood Damage to Your Tampa House Many times flooding can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to dry out your property and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Procedure to Quickly Dry Out Your Property After Flooding

One of the risks that bay area residents take is the damage related to severe storms and natural disasters that sweep through Tampa. While many of the homes in the region get safeguarded to most of the troublesome effects of severe weather systems as they cut a path through the area, no precaution is ever foolproof.
 
Homeowners work to keep flood damage in Tampa and other natural disasters from threatening their comfortable living, but even the most well-constructed of homes can experience flooding under the right conditions. No matter where this flooding originates from, be it a damaged roof or crumbling foundation walls, it is critical to act quickly to prevent significant damage to structural elements of your home and the contents found in the affected areas.
 
Fortunately, our SERVPRO team of professionals is available to take your calls anytime you might need us. This assurance shows you that even amid a disaster, you can count on our experience and professionalism to come through for you when you need restoration the most. Our technicians get uniquely trained in the most effective means of water damage restoration, from the modern techniques to the state-of-the-art equipment needed to deliver your house back in its former condition.
 
Extraction is a crucial component to resolving the flooding concerns, but this is only an option once the vulnerable points that allowed the water into your home have gotten repaired. The process to pull water out of the affected areas typically involves pump trucks from our SERVPRO fleet along with wet-vacs with extraction wands for areas that are challenging to reach with the more prominent pump.
 
Drying the area is a process that requires several different pieces of our equipment to accomplish. While the open areas can get addressed with industrial sized air movers and dehumidification equipment, it is rarely as fundamental as that. Often drying mats are a requirement to penetrate deep below the floors, and our injectidry system uses several entry points to dry in between walls where water had gotten introduced to structural components of your home.
 
While this might only be a small piece of the entire restoration process, it can show the level of dedication and experience you can expect from the SERVPRO of West Tampa team. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 at (813) 855-0888.

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When Does a Fire In Your Tampa Home Requires Kitchen Remodeling?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Does a Fire In Your Tampa Home Requires Kitchen Remodeling? Don't Let a Distraction Lead to Severe Fire Damage in Your Tampa Kitchen--SERVPRO Advice

SERVPRO Works Hard to Salvage Fire Damaged Materials and Belongings

The recent fire in your Tampa home likely left its mark in several different ways. While professional restoration services can combat the foul odor and aesthetic damages in a multitude of ways, what happens when the damage is too severe to get restored at all? This circumstance is the case for many kitchen fires that affect homes. While the blaze itself might stay contained within this specific area of your house, the damage that occurred while extinguishing efforts were underway is too considerable to clean and restore.

While it could be simple for you to say that your kitchen requires remodeling after a fire damaging occurance in your Tampa home, the process of actually getting to that point is not always so streamlined. There are several steps in between the damage from the fire and renovations and remodeling. Fortunately for you, our experienced SERVPRO professionals can help you through every part of this process to help you repair, restore, and ultimately remodel your home’s kitchen. We can partner with general contractors to make your space better than new.
 
From the moment that our technicians arrive at your home following the fire, our initial assessment of the damage helps to determine what can get restored with our expertise and equipment. You might find that your kitchen area, where the bulk of the fire occurred, is not a complete loss. This process also gives our SERVPRO team a starting point for cleanup and restoration, as we work to preserve and salvage any part of your kitchen that is not irreparably damaged.
 
The restoration process combines a lot of the state of the art equipment that we have at our disposal to clean up the smoke/soot damage, to deodorize the area of the noxious scent left behind after the blaze, and also to address additional concerns like water damage from extinguishment. Once these processes are underway, our experienced professionals can quickly determine what materials, appliances and structural components of the room cannot get salvaged with our efforts. The final decision is yours and your insurance adjuster if this is applicable.
 
In these circumstances, our team utilizes their training in controlled demolition to carefully remove irreparably damaged materials found in flooring, ceilings, walls, cabinetry, or contents of the room for a replacement. This process is intricate and concise, ensuring that areas that can successfully get restored get left intact, and only the pressing concerns get removed.
 
Sometimes a kitchen fire in your home requires remodeling to reverse the fire damage successfully. If you are facing severe damage to this or any area of your home following a fire, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (813) 855-0888.

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Water Damage in Your Tampa Home From a Washing Machine Hose

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Tampa Home From a Washing Machine Hose SERVPRO Can Offer Emergency Service for Water Removal After a Washing Machine Flooding in Tampa

Appliance Failure is a Typical Culprit for Water Flooding a Structure in the Tampa Area

Washing machine leaks are a common source of water damage in homes in Tampa. The unfortunate part is that your machine rarely shows any symptoms of an impending problem. It is because the problem is not the washing machine itself, but instead is the filling supply hose which rests behind your washing machine. Most commonly, the hose gets pinched. It can work for years before problems arise.

Washing machines are high-flow, meaning they can put out over a hundred gallons of water into your Tampa home in an hour. The amount of water damage ensuing from an issue like this is devastating and needs to be handled right away. Such a huge job as this needs professional help, so you should contact our staff at SERVPRO, as we are trained and experienced in working many different water loss situations.
 
One of the things we need to be concerned with is the flooring that has been affected by this event. Concrete flooring is porous, so water can wick up, leaving chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface. We can usually brush these off. Surface films or dirt on concrete can support the growth of mold. The concrete can be cleaned by HEPA vacuuming, and we apply an EPA-registered disinfectant as needed.
 
If the flooring is asphalt tile, it usually keeps a good bond with concrete following water damage. Chalky or white areas appear sometimes but usually respond well to SERVPRO techs cleaning them. The whitening is caused by the separation of sealer wax or finishes from the actual floor.
 
Sometimes we find asbestos in glues, asphalt tile, or vinyl tile. If we are not sure, the tiles and glues are tested so we can know if they contain asbestos. We use a certified asbestos abatement contractor to remove the tile or glue that is affected if needed.
 
On concrete, vinyl tile is not as durable as asphalt tile. Usually, it comes loose if much water is involved. Water movement from it coming up through the concrete can force vinyl tiles to separate from the floor. Because it so quickly comes up, it is simpler to replace them than it is to replace asphalt tiles. It can be less expensive to replace the vinyl tiles rather than drying them.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is careful to dry all aspects of your home in Rocky Point, Town n Country, or West Tampa which were affected by the water loss, including your flooring and subfloor. Contact us anytime at (813) 855-0888 after water damage so we can help you restore your home.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians Out Of Tampa

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Technicians Out Of Tampa SERVPRO Provides Fast Service, Less Disruptions, and Your Tampa Store Is Open for Business After a Water Leak

Tampa Businesses Rely on SERVPRO to Keep the Doors Open After a Water Intrusion

Finding out water has leaked inside your Tampa convenience store is never a good start to a day. As we all know, water is a dominant force and possibly causes much damage when it soaks any structure. When dealing with water leakage, there are many possible situations. 

Anytime there is too much moisture inside a building, often contents and building materials get damaged. SERVPRO's commercial water damage specialists in Tampa have experience mitigating many different types of problems. Our team has experience in working on commercial properties and know that often they are very different than residential project
 
Businesses, as well as homes, every once in awhile, have problems that take place late at night. SERVPRO operates 24/7 and is always available for emergency services. When a water leak happens in your store that operates most of the day if not 24 hours, prompt after-hours mitigation helps immensely.
 
Whenever we are dealing with an emergency situation, we respond quickly and follow a strict process handling the issue. The processes our technicians use, give them a guideline to follow so that the restoration process gets completed as efficiently as possible. When we are working with commercial properties, we know that cost is always a factor and that keeping your business operating during the project is very essential.
 
The first thing we do when entering your convenience store is, we figure out the overall scope of the project. We always keep in mind everything that needs to get done to minimize loss of revenue to your company. Next, we evaluate all of the water damage that is present.
 
Then, we fix the source of the water leak if it is simple or a plumbing service may be needed and protect the structure and contents. After that, we establish an environment that is safe for both your customers and workers. The next stages of the mitigation process involve water extraction, followed by structural drying.
 
Setting up a detailed plan of the mitigation project helps reduce the strain restoration causes on your business. To help reduce costs and keep your business functioning in times of crisis, call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 for assistance anytime.

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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.

Temperature
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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