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Storm Damages Allow Flooding In Your Tampa Residence

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damages Allow Flooding In Your Tampa Residence When flooding begins to happen in your home, get in touch with SERVPRO.

Storm Damage

The Tampa area is susceptible to hurricanes and severe weather systems sweeping in from the Atlantic all throughout the year. The figurative tide can change quickly on great weather to dangerous conditions that can leave substantial damage in their wake. Fortunately, our restoration team is always standing by to meet these effects head on and help you reclaim your damaged home.

While gale force winds and torrential rainfall can have its damaging effects on your house, it can also allow for instances of flooding. This incident adds a level of immediacy to the situation because untold volumes of water now have access points into your residence. Soon, you not only have to contend with the avenues that runoff and rainfall can take into your house, but have to contend with the subsequent flood damages in your Tampa home.

Roof damage is more common than you might believe. Even with just heavy rainfall, aging shingle roofs can struggle over time to divert the water away. Once even a single shingle breaks free from the group, water can gain access to the sensitive materials between your attic space / top floor and the outside world. Our SERVPRO professionals have tended to many flooding situations which originated in the attic from roof damages.

Your siding is another avenue that runoff and torrential rainfall can take to flood your house. While wind can get strong enough to tear vulnerable siding away from the home, these damages frequently happen with falling trees or flying debris. Often plywood and insulation are the final lines of defense between the interior of your home and the severe weather outside. These flooding situations could affect any area of your home, and require SERVPRO restoration in a widespread area.

When flooding begins to happen in your home, you do not have a minute to lose to get on the phone and get in touch with the right personnel to mitigate the damages. The faster you reach out to our SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration technicians, the fewer damages that they ultimately have to overcome to restore your home. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (813) 855-0888.

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Structural Concerns Of Your Tampa Home Following Fire Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Structural Concerns Of Your Tampa Home Following Fire Damage Keeping yourself safe does not stop simply because the fire was successfully extinguished in your house.

Structural Concerns Following A Fire

Assessing the structural integrity and needed repairs to your Tampa home following a fire is something that you should let the professionals handle. Especially with widespread damages, the weakening of structural elements becomes an inevitability that you cannot and should not ignore. While it is important to you to understand the full scope of the damage that your property faces and what has to happen to correct this damage, you should be better informed about potential risks associated with your own assessments.

Once the fire has gotten extinguished in your Tampa residence, homeowners quickly want to understand the farthest reaches of the fire damages they face. While this is often something for restoration teams and insurance adjusters to work on determining, homeowners often rush into the structure to see the issues for themselves firsthand.

Our SERVPRO professionals get trained to identify structural concerns and potential hazards when assessing a job, and even with this knowledge often find themselves at risk for falling construction materials and weakened flooring. These are the same risks that you take on when you set out to determine how much the fire has affected your home.

Ultimately, the fire itself and the water used to extinguish it can cause untold amounts of stress to wood framing, drywall, flooring materials, and ceiling framework. As these components weaken with the lingering damage yet to get addressed by our SERVPRO restoration specialists, the risk for them giving way and falling (or allowing someone to fall through them) is higher than you might expect.

This possibility is why structural assessment is part of the initial inspection performed by our estimators. They determine what materials require replacement based on the severity of their damages. Those with the highest risks of falling, or giving way, then become part of the estimation for rebuilding and renovation.

Keeping yourself safe does not stop simply because the fire was successfully extinguished in your house. Long after the first responders leave, your home remains at risk to those who enter it. Trust in our SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration professionals to properly determine the stability of your home and what needs to be done to restore it. Give us a call anytime at (813) 855-0888.

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Bathroom Remodeling In Tampa Homes After Mold Damage

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bathroom Remodeling In Tampa Homes After Mold Damage When mold infests a home, the damage and the restoration costs can vary widely.

Bathroom Remodeling After Mold Damage

When mold infests a Tampa home, the damage and the restoration costs can vary widely. If caught quickly after the mold begins growing, both are minor, and the emphasis stays on cleaning and removing mold from surfaces. If the mold has had months to grow unnoticed, then the focus can shift to removal and replacement of affected property, both personal and structural.

When this happens, Tampa homeowners have a unique opportunity for remodeling their homes, especially the bathroom. SERVPRO technicians can remove the tiles, shower, bathtub, and other bath items, and replace them at the direction of the homeowner.

Mold rarely penetrates tile surfaces, but it does grow into the grout material that seals the tiles in place. The same material also forms a seal between pieces of a shower or bathtub unit, keeping water from leaking or seeping in behind them and causing further damage from wood rot. SERVPRO restoration teams train to remove the grout and tiles carefully.

If mold has grown into the walls behind the tile, our teams can remove and replace those as well. After removing the affected drywall, specialists spray the framing behind them and the surrounding area with an anti-fungal agent to make certain no live mold spores are still present.

Before installing the new panels, the teams use a combination of air movers and fans to increase circulation and dry out the bathroom to reduce the chance of mold growing again. If the interior humidity is very high, they augment these devices with a dehumidifier to draw water from the surrounding air.

With a new wall, it is a perfect time to replace the tiles, or even replace the entire bathtub and shower area with a one- or two-piece, drop-in unit. Technicians can make many of these changes at the homeowner’s discretion, but for very expensive replacement items, the team leader always recommends using the manufacturer’s installation team to set and seal them in place.

A mold infestation is something no homeowner wants to happen in their residence. Cleaning and replacing affected property can be an opportunity to upgrade the home, however. If this is your situation, call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today to begin restoration.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Tampa

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Tampa Flooding after a storm can bring several inches of water, or sometimes feet, into your home. Call SERVPRO for drying out services.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Flooding and Promptly Begin the Drying Out Process

Sitting on the coast means Tampa deals with flooding as an almost routine problem. It does not take a hurricane or some other form of extreme weather to generate enough wind and rain to send water into a home, rotting carpets and warping wood floors.
 
Restoring a home after flood damage in Tampa requires training, the right equipment, and rapid response to begin remediating damaged property. SERVPRO Restoration meets these requirements with industry-approved courses, access to a nationwide equipment and tool inventory, and an on-call, 24-hour restoration team of technicians and specialists.
 
Our team begins with a thorough inspection. The team leader makes certain the home is safe to enter after checking for structural integrity and if rising water compromised the electrical system. Once inside, the team quickly determines what equipment they need and which tasks take priority. Within minutes after arriving, work begins to restore the home.
 
In most cases, that means starting with removing the water. Depending on how quickly our team arrives on-site, they begin with a pump for water about ankle-high or higher. For very deep water, technicians have the option to use a truck-mounted pump that can run off the engine and stay in service overnight if needed.
 
For lower levels, team members use extraction wands to draw water out of the home. They can adjust the vacuum speed of these devices which makes them very useful to draw water from wooden floors and carpets without accidentally causing further damage.
 
After drawing water out of the carpets, specialists lift it off the floor and remove the pad underneath. To prevent the carpet layers separating or mold growth in the fibers, they next set up a combination of air movers and fans to dry the carpet and the concrete underneath it. Once they complete this procedure, SERVPRO specialists lay in a new pad and then stretch the carpet back in place.
 
If the home has wood floors, our technicians use the air movers and fans to remove water from between the floorboards. If they find water underneath the floor, team members carefully lift boards near walls or under furniture and insert a hose connected to an air mover to force warm air inside.
 
Technicians also augment these devices with dehumidifiers. Since even treated wood can warp quickly, removing moisture from the floorboards and the surrounding environment is even more important. The commercial dehumidifiers we use can remove up to 25 gallons every 24 hours.
 
At SERVPRO of West Tampa, it is our goal to return every home to its original, dry condition. If you are dealing with the effects of flooding in your home, call us today at (813) 855-0888 to schedule a visit.

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Water Removal Services for Flooded Downtown Tampa Hotel's Laundry Room

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services for Flooded Downtown Tampa Hotel's Laundry Room When water damages your hotel, we have the tools and equipment to complete your water damage restoration.

Water removal services for any part of your hotel

Behind-the-scenes activities in a hotel in downtown Tampa includes preparation of food and laundry activities. Without both of these, as well as other activities, running smoothly, hotel activities can become difficult to carry out as needed. A clogged drain or other problem with laundry facilities can cause problems that require immediate attention.

Hotels in the Downtown Tampa area need water removal services from an experienced company using the right type of equipment. SERVPRO offers emergency services that can help keep your current guests from feeling inconvenienced by not only restoring your hotel's interior but also by assisting your staff in fulfilling the needs of your guests. Linens and towels can quickly run out, but we can work with you to find a solution while we remove water from your laundry room floor and surrounding area. Doing so allows your employees the time to concentrate on maintaining high levels of guest satisfaction.

Restoring the interior area of your laundry room prevents damage from continuing to spread and worsen. Water not only seeps into other areas but also allows microbes to flourish. Microbes can begin affecting laundered items before staff members carry them to guest rooms, bringing spores with them and then infesting both rooms and guests' belongings. Dryers that remain in a humid environment can begin to rust on their drums, leaving rust spots on towels and bed sheets.

We quickly dry everything with air movers, along with air scrubbers, that dry out the indoor environment and remove any microbes in the air. Towels used after showering and swimming in the pool can harbor spores from mildew and mold, thus keeping the microbial population in your laundry room higher than usual. Eliminating these before they can cause problems protects the rest of your hotel from damage later.

Water can easily seep into walls, so we use our equipment to push dry air inside them. We monitor the amount of moisture in the air as it exits your walls' interior cavities. When it reaches a reasonable amount, we know the interior no longer contains excess moisture. Your floors receive similar treatment with heated mats that suction off evaporated water.

No matter what part of your hotel needs drying out, we carry the right type of equipment in our Green Fleet. We work quickly to minimize the number of rental nights lost and to keep any current guests, and your employees, happy by making it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Tampa works with businesses of all sizes and can help your downtown hotel recover quickly from malfunctioning equipment and broken water lines with our expert water removal services. Contact us at (813) 855-0888 to reach our 24-hour emergency services line.

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When You Need Water Removal For Your Tampa Night Club

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When You Need Water Removal For Your Tampa Night Club SERVPRO Keeps Out the Water and the Patrons In a Tampa Night Club

Time to Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Extraction

As a nightclub owner in Tampa, you have many plates that you have to balance between making sure that everyone is having a good time and that you are making a steady profit. Unfortunately, you are also always at the mercy of the severe weather that often impacts the area throughout certain parts of the year and also the unexpected water emergencies that could occur from within your building. Fortunately, even when you get subjected to significant water intrusion in your club, professional restoration services are only a phone call away.

As a club owner, you can likely attest to the expense of the materials that went into areas like your dance floor, your bar, and the premium seating options around the perimeter. When substantial water damage affects your Tampa nightclub, you can appreciate the importance of moving quickly to get the right professionals on cleaning up the mess and restoring the damaged elements.

From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your business, we take the necessary time to inspect the entire area for the full scope of the damage that you face. Water extraction begins the restoration process, and depending on the volume; this could either involve wet-vacs and portable pumps or a pump truck from our fleet.

Once the water has gotten removed, then drying efforts can begin. The goal here is to preserve as much of the original material as possible. This goal is what makes drying such a critical component, as it can aid in salvaging these original materials, but also gives our SERVPRO technicians a better look at areas that might be irreparably damaged. The effort at limiting losses to consumable inventories can be discussed in a later blog.

As a club owner, you should be worrying about how to draw in the crowds and what your specials are going to be, not how to overcome substantial water damages. Leave that to our SERVPRO of West Tampa water restoration specialists. Our team can help you to overcome any damages and restore your business to get your doors back open quickly. Give us a call today at (813) 855-0888.

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Why Every Step Counts During Mold Damage Restoration in Tampa

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Every Step Counts During Mold Damage Restoration in Tampa Finding mold in any part of your home can cause some alarm. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate and Then Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

To deal with mold damage, you need to understand the basics. To start with, whenever mold spores settle in a humid place, there are high chances of molds, bacteria, and mildew growing. To address such an eventuality, removing the moisture is critical. The work of our remediation team is to clean, dry and deodorize your Tampa property with the aim of returning it to its earlier state.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property to address mold damage in Tampa, we perform initial tests and evaluations. We understand that exposure to moldy surrounding can lead to health effects, and as a result, we wear the right protective gear. For instance, we put on full body suits, chemical resistant gloves, eye protection, and respirators with proper cartridges.
 
During the evaluation, we find out whether the mold problem exists, and then record our findings, which may include the level of contamination as well as the extent of moisture saturation. Without the right work practices, there is a possibility of spreading the mold spores from the areas with the contamination to clean areas. To address such, we set negative air machines on the site. We can also introduce containment barriers, where we install plastic sheeting in the area. There is also the need of switching off HVAC systems to avoid spreading the contamination.
 
Since we already know the materials and surfaces where the mold is growing on, the next step that our SERVPRO technicians perform is removing the mold contamination. In some cases, we may have to remove porous materials with extensive mold growth physically. Where we are dealing with nonporous surfaces, we may perform damp wiping for wet surfaces and HEPA vacuuming when the areas are dry. We usually use detergents with anti-microbial properties when wiping. It is also important to note that HEPA vacuuming removes loosely attached mold fragments, so if necessary, we perform other complementary processes such as sanding and wire brushing to agitate surfaces.
 
At SERVPRO of West Tampa, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, fire, mold, or storm-related damage. We offer 24-hour emergency service, and you can call us at (813) 855-0888 to learn your options.
 
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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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