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Facts about Mold and Mold Damage can Help You Protect Your Tampa Home

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Facts about Mold and Mold Damage can Help You Protect Your Tampa Home Mold must have moisture to grow.

Facts About Mold

There is much information online that complements much of the knowledge many people have about mold. However, scientific knowledge and recent discoveries dispel much of these commonly held beliefs that many surmise to be true. Knowing the facts can help you in your responsibilities in protecting your home. Here are three four five that may surprise you.

Mold likes bleach! Because cleaning with bleach and other household cleaners only masks the growth and presence of microbial infestations, there is little reason to use bleach. For example, bleach bought in the grocery store contains very little sodium hypochlorite, the substance that makes bleach a good cleaner and stain remover for whites in the laundry, but the majority of the contents is plain water. Microbes love water, from any source, including bleach and other cleansers. Besides, the sodium hypochlorite molecules are too large to penetrate into the actual drywall because the paper covering is too dense. We have training in not only mold remediation, but also in mold prevention and can apply microbial growth inhibitors that make recurrence much less likely to happen.

Mold cannot grow in conditions of normal humidity. Mold must have moisture to grow. Without moisture, microbes become dormant and pose little threat unless disturbed. Disturbing microbes can release them into the air. When these living but dormant microorganisms settle in damp or moist areas in your home, they begin to grow.

Having a dehumidifier running, especially in damper areas of your home can significantly reduce the amount of moisture in the air inside your entire home, not just the immediate vicinity near the dehumidifier. SERVPRO has easy-to-maintain dehumidifiers that we can install for you.

Water can appear almost anywhere in your home. Leaks under sinks are common, but toilets and tubs can leak underneath their drains. Refrigerators can also have small leaks in their ice maker's water lines. Misaligned siding on exterior walls can allow precipitation to enter. Basements can develop cracks in walls and floors that become gateways to moisture.

Our technicians know how to use state-of-the-art technology, including infrared devices and hygrometers. These devices quickly show where moisture is at and allows us to put a stop to any further problems for you. When your home is dry, damage from fungal growth is much less able to happen. However, if mold damage does exist, calling us, your local SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 can put a stop to it, restore your home once again, and make future growth nearly impossible.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Tampa

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Commercial Flood Damage In Tampa Flood damage can destroy your commercial property.

Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration

One of the fun reasons to travel in Florida is the variety of places to stay. The big hotels bring in millions of people each year, but many people prefer a smaller room that looks like a movie scene or swim in a pool shaped like a shamrock.

There are smaller hotels and motels like this throughout West Tampa. These kitschy, little commercial ventures are usually family owned, so when they suffer flood damage, they do not have the deep pockets of a large-chain to spread out the costs of shutting down for several days or even a week or two. SERVPRO understands this can mean going into debt that no one wants, or having to shut their doors permanently.

These hotel owners can fix leaky pipes easily enough, but when a shower head breaks or an intake pipe for a kitchenette fails, the results can quickly soak the carpet in not just that room, but the ones on either side. If it happens on a second floor, it truly is a disaster. Fortunately, this is what we do for a living.

Since the carpets for hotels and motels are commercial-grade, they are easier to dry than the carpets in a private home. The gap is much shorter, and there is rarely a pad underneath. It means our technicians can usually go directly to extraction wands to draw out any trapped water. What would previously take a day or perhaps two for each room in a private home, we can accomplish in a morning or afternoon. If there is flooding in a larger area like a business center or conference room, technicians can still accomplish this in a day or two at most.

With the water gone, and before we begin to dry it, we check the carpets for stains. We do this at this point because stains are simpler to remove when the carpet is still damp. Most of them come out using only a brush to remove the dirt or other particles. If the stains are resistant to brushing, we use a variety of commercial shampoos and a powered scrubber to get them out.

Now that the carpet is stain-free, we quickly move to dry it out. It does not take long for an odor to develop, so technicians utilize air movers, heaters, and box fans to speed up the drying process. Again, with a shorter nap and no carpet pad, what could take several days or a week, we can accomplish in just one. If we find mold in the carpet, we recommend replacing it since the restoration cost is usually much more than buying new carpet.

At SERVPRO of West Tampa, we do not look at this as just another carpet to clean. Our community shares in every success and small business owners are the backbones of that. We do everything we can to keep every door open, every customer satisfied, and every tourist happy and wanting to come back next year. If you need us, call (813) 855-0888 today.

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An Overflow from a Hotel Kitchenette can Require Extensive Water Removal Efforts in Tampa

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage An Overflow from a Hotel Kitchenette can Require Extensive Water Removal Efforts in Tampa SERVPRO Professionals know that working quickly is vital to keeping damage from increasing or spreading.

Water Overflow? Call SERVPRO

Having an in-suite kitchenette is one of the amenities that many people expect to have when traveling outside their hometown. However, just as when they are at home, accidents can happen, leading to extensive damages. These damages can be worse the higher the floor involved.

There are no buildings in Tampa that are impervious to disasters and overflows from a hotel room's kitchenette sink can require water removal services for large portions of that hotel. It may take hours for guests on lower floors to report the problem, especially during busy times when few people are in their room.

Water that goes undetected because guests are out sightseeing and enjoying the attractions in Tampa can create enormous water losses. The damage caused by overflows like this is never insignificant, either. Water removal is the best way to restore affected buildings quickly and thoroughly.

Because many floors are affected at one time, SERVPRO Professionals know that working quickly is vital to keeping damage from increasing or spreading. For hotels, keeping disruptions to a minimum and equipment as out of the way as much as possible is necessary to reduce the impact already experienced. However, we also know from experience that inspecting and assessing the area to gain a complete understanding of the disaster is paramount to being able to make it “Like it never even happened” once again.

Water problems of this magnitude, which is considered a Class 3 level, must be dealt with at every floor level that is affected in the hotel. Ceilings, floors, walls, and hotel furnishings must all be considered. We can discuss guests' belongings and their care, if desired. After as much water as is possible is extracted using extraction equipment designed for water that is visible on the surface, we switch to using heat and dehumidification with the use of air blowers.

Heat speeds up the evaporation process, and when porous materials are affected by water, they tend to release the moisture they hold just as easily as they absorbed it in the first place. Some materials are harder to dry out, such as concrete and wood because their structures trap moisture more quickly because of their higher densities. For the air circulation system to refrain from dispersing moisture that the heaters bring up out of materials, these should be turned off in the affected area.

Air blowers are used to keep the air moving so that moisture cannot settle on surfaces, only to be reabsorbed again, while the dehumidifiers collect the moisture from the air and trap it in containers. Floors are treated with heated pads that bring up moisture caught in them. Walls are dried more quickly when air blowers are directed at them, whisking that moisture out of them. Dampness felt on walls does not mean the process is failing, but rather that it is working as it should.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

While the water removal process can be an intensive task, no job is too large for SERVPRO of West Tampa. We can be reached, any day and at any time, by calling our local number (813) 855-0888. We know that your hotel is an important part of our area's overall economy and that your guests are what drive your business. We always treat our customers' guests like we would our own, with courtesy and respect.

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Persistent Mold in Tampa Needs Remediation From SERVPRO

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Persistent Mold in Tampa Needs Remediation From SERVPRO Call SERVPRO today to remediate a current mold infestation AND get help with preventing any future damage.

Repeated Mold Infestations can Be Elusive to Get a Handle on Without Professional Help

Mold growth and abatement require you to strike a balance between the conditions that allow fungi to flourish and the comfort of the average human. If you constantly battle mold in a commercial setting, another approach may be needed. Work with SERVPRO to discover and permanently remedy the moisture problems that cause persistent mold growth.
 
Your housekeeping staff is top-notch, yet you never seem to get ahead of hotel mold damage in your Tampa lodging property. Every time a housekeeper cleans a guest bathroom, they are to look carefully for mold and mildew. They almost always find a patch and apply a bleach solution to eradicate it. Although mold is common in all bath areas, struggling with it daily is unsustainable and an indication that your plan is not working. We would love an opportunity to evaluate your situation to see our mold remediation protocol offers a better and more permanent outcome.
 
Mold needs oxygen, moisture and a source of carbon-based nourishment to grow and prosper. Your hotel baths have plenty of oxygen. You might be surprised to know the remaining nourishment sources are possibly the thin coating of invisible soap scum for carbon and the water used to dilute the bleach solution. SERVPRO staff train to learn how to locate, contain and remove the microbial growth, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) procedure to remediate mold in schools and commercial buildings.
 
We use targeted biocide or anti-microbial products to disinfect the area, a much better decision than the use of bleach. Bleach lightens the color of the mold but does not remove or kill the tiny fungi. This explains why the same area darkens time after time, even after serious scrubbing by your housekeepers. Our SERVPRO team then takes the investigation a crucial step further. We determine why the moisture level in your bathrooms is providing such an efficient incubator for mold.
 
Measurements of ambient humidity reveal the moisture content of the air alone in your guest bathrooms encourages the mold outbreaks. The answer is variable, including an inspection of your HVAC systems and a close look at how well your ventilation fans are reducing moisture. One thing that makes a huge difference is to link the bath light with the fan at all times, eliminating the choice for your guests to shower and bathe without the fan running.
 
If hard to manage mold outbreaks are causing your hotel review scores to dip, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa for a comprehensive evaluation and mold remediation. Call us at (813) 855-0888 to solve this problem.

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A Broken Sprinkler Head Can Cause Damage to Your Tampa Motel

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial A Broken Sprinkler Head Can Cause Damage to Your Tampa Motel Tampa Area Hotels and Fire Sprinkler Systems for Protection and Safety

In the Tampa Area, SERVPRO Dries Out Water Damaged Motels

When you own and operate a motel, fire sprinklers are a must as part of your safety protocol. They eliminate fires before they can grow and cause more severe damage and risk to lives, and many times are a plus when negotiating for insurance policies for your property.

Unfortunately, sprinklers can create a lot of damage when they go off, which means you deal with both commercial water damage and fire damage in your Tampa hotel. A broken sprinkler valve is a more serious problem if it happens on its own. They go off for no obvious reason, spilling a huge amount of water into your building's ceilings and walls in a very short time.
 
At SERVPRO, we are professionally trained to handle water damage from a broken sprinkler head. We move quickly to extract the water since time is of the essence to avoid additional damage such as mold growth and deteriorating building elements.
 
Many factors can cause broken fire sprinklers, including mechanical deficiencies like corrosion, a broken pipe, improper installation, and manufacturing issues. Overheating can also occur. The damage left behind is considerable and can be worse if you do not take prompt action to get in touch with us. Remediation procedures should begin within 48 hours max after the water damage. Most of these cases need specialized treatments which we can provide. Why wait and inconvenience your guests and reduce the next night's revenues?
 
The water coming out of a sprinkler has enough pressure to damage the items in your motel greatly, but can also stay hidden behind ceilings and walls where it continues to wear away at structural materials. It also allows mold to grow and dangerous toxins to take hold. At SERVPRO, we use special infrared cameras and moisture meters to find any hidden moisture left behind and then dry it out.
 
It is a good idea (and the law) to have your fire suppressant system inspected each year for obvious reasons. The nominal fee for these inspections is worth it to prevent you from a major undertaking after the failure of your sprinkler system leads to a drenched hallway.
 
A burst sprinkler head is a serious issue and needs to be addressed by our  SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians. For prompt service call us at (813) 855-0888.

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When Leaks Happen, Commercial Water Removal can Prevent Catastrophic Problems in Tampa Offices

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When Leaks Happen, Commercial Water Removal can Prevent Catastrophic Problems in Tampa Offices Showers and locker rooms are a possible source of water damage in your building. Having a water damage restoration company on speed dial can be handy.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Ready to Help With Water Damage at Your Business Location

There are several ways that water can invade your office building. Some office complexes have the luxury of on-site gyms and fitness areas, complete with showers and locker rooms, and clogs in showers can cause back-ups. Toilets might overflow, a kitchenette sink's water feedline could break, or a multitude of other situations develop in the blink of an eye.
 
Whenever situations like these occur in your Tampa office building, you need to call experts in commercial water removal to ensure that the entire situation is taken care of correctly and efficiently. Water damage, mold, electrical problems including life-threatening hazards can develop. These problems increase and intensify as time passes. Just because there were no problems immediately after an event occurred does not guarantee that problems are not capable of forming later.
 
SERVPRO has expertly trained technicians who know how to remove any standing water and then track down all of the water that escaped into cracks, crevices, and other porous areas. These areas might not even be known to you, let alone be visible. Because water not only can travel down and sideways, as well as evaporate and travel to other areas within a building, our technicians also use methods to find higher concentrations of moisture. These areas can lead to problematic water damage in the future, so it is best if they are completely eradicated now, instead. Using moisture meters makes this aspect of our work simple and easy to complete in a short amount of time.
 
When areas are found to have high humidity or moisture, we then, according to the specific needs, engage in ridding the area of the excess moisture until it is within normal moisture levels. These water extraction tools include heaters, which increase the rate of evaporation, air blowers, used to help air currents whisk away moisture from surfaces, and dehumidifiers, which remove the moisture from the air and drain it into a container. We do this until it is "Like it never even happened."
 
No matter what kind of water emergency your office building sustains, call us, SERVPRO of West Tampa, to ensure that water removal efforts are complete and able to protect your building from future damages. Our number is (813) 855-0888, and we can be reached at any time, whenever you need us most.

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Emergency Actions to Take During a Fire in Your Tampa Home

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Actions to Take During a Fire in Your Tampa Home SERVPRO Provides Tips for Family Fire Protection in Tampa

Fire & Smoke Danger Avoidance Tips from SERVPRO

Fires in the home are some of the most dangerous events that can occur. Although we do not like to think about it, they are a possibility, so all family members in your household should know ahead of time what to do in case you experience such an unfortunate event.

Not only should you know whom to help you with repairing and cleaning up the fire damage once it is all over, but you and your family also need to know the steps to taking during a fire to secure your safety. SERVPRO can come in and help you clean up your Tampa home after the fire, but what do you do while the fire is burning?
 
Escape Plan
You should first ensure that your entire family knows what to do in case of a fire in your home. Make an escape plan and practice it several times per year with your family. Make sure your family members know not to put their lives in danger to save possessions, but instead take the way outside which is most direct. If you must exit through smoke, know to drop down under it and try to cover your mouth to keep from breathing smoke indirectly. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it or go through it.
 
Rope Ladders
If you live in a two-story home, every bedroom should have a rope ladder which is readily available so family members can climb down outside instead of being trapped. A meeting spot outside your home needs to be designated, and ensure you take attendance, so you know who is out safely. In this way, you keep people from endangering themselves by going back in and looking for someone who is already out. If someone is missing, make sure to alert the firefighters – do not ever reenter the home yourself.
 
Stop, Drop, Roll
Everyone should know how to do this if fire catches on your clothes. Drop to the ground right away, cross your hands over your chest, and roll forward and back until you smother the flames completely. Cool the area that is burned with water and call for medical attention right away for serious burns.
 
Fire Extinguishers
Places such as your workshop, fireplace, and kitchen should have fire extinguishers nearby. Every family member should know how to use it as well properly. Extinguishers need to be regularly recharged, inspected or replaced as necessary.
 
Stove Fires
A small fire in your kitchen should be able to be handled by all. Suffocate the fire by putting a lid on the pan, turning the stove off and letting the pan sit unmoved until the flames are smothered. Extinguish small grease fires by putting baking soda on them, but do not ever use water.
 
Call SERVPRO as soon as any fire is out so that they can clean up damages and prevent any further damage from happening.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is available to help you clean up fire damage at any time. We know how important it is to act quickly, so the sooner you call us at (813) 855-0888, the sooner we can stop further damage from soot and smoke.

Prepare Your Home Against Flood Damage In Tampa Today

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Home Against Flood Damage In Tampa Today Tampa Tropical Storms Lead to Flooding--Call SERVPRO

For Tampa Residents, SERVPRO Tips for Minimizing the Effects of Storms and Flooding

Did you know that a tropical storm only receives an official name after reaching wind speeds beyond 39 mph? These fast-spinning storm systems maintain a low-pressure center, closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and steady thunderstorms that produce excessive amounts of rain.  
 
Depending on the location of the storm system, they become categorized as a hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone. Residents living in the Tampa area too often experience flood damage from these types of events. If you are a new resident or have never experienced these types of naturally occurring events before, you should contact someone qualified to help you prepare your home against high winds, storm surges, and flooding.  
 
While the sunny, warm environment and coastal living are appealing, it has its drawbacks. Tropical storms start forming over large, warm bodies of water, far away from land. These storms feed off of the energy caused by water evaporation near the surface of the ocean. Resulting condensation produces cloud cover and rain when moist air rises and cools.  
 
These storms contain powerful winds blowing counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, or clockwise within the Southern Hemisphere, generating high waves, damaging storm surges, and tornadoes that rapidly reduce in strength after making contact with land mass. However, the resulting power levels affect areas up to 40 miles inland, taking a severe toll on coastal regions.
 
Research the storm history in the area where you live and consider making home improvements that help prevent future damage. Make the decision to prepare your home now. Never wait until the last minute to protect your property against this type of event, SERVPRO can help.  
 
SERVPRO technicians can perform a full inspection, making recommendations on how to improve the survival of your home during this kind of event. Discuss options for grading, drainage, sump pump, and backflow valve installation that help limit exposure, removing some issues that cause severe damage.
 
SERVPRO uses advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques to get your property dry again, returning your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition using resources to respond quickly to your situation. "Like it never even happened."
 
Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa for assistance in preparing your home and limit your home's exposure to flooding. Call today, (813) 855-0888

Lighter Used As Toy Causes Tampa Hotel Fire

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lighter Used As Toy Causes Tampa Hotel Fire Your guests deserve a room without damage and having a pleasant smell. Call SERVPRO after a fire damage event to achieve those goals.

SERVPRO's Quick Response and Fire Damage Action Plan can Limit Areas Which Need to be Closed After a Fire


Fire in a hotel room or common area is a serious business. Guests are at risk as well as the staff and any firefighters who come to the rescue. Alarms and sprinkler systems save lives, but the hotel halls, rooms, and common areas suffer significant damage. SERVPRO has the staff and equipment to restore a hotel to preloss condition fast, and is always the answer to a hotel owner’s query, “Which disaster recovery team near me can handle fire and water damage with ease?”
 
When family members fail to supervise, youngsters make some dangerous decisions. A lighter tucked into an adult’s suitcase but discovered by a bored young man is first a source of amusement and then the instrument of disaster. Pages of a book began to blaze -- the beginning of serious hotel fire damage. The rush is on to vacate the Tampa lodging as emergency crews arrive. Sprinklers spray water which saturates carpeting, floors, and walls to snuff out the fire. Our crews follow the firefighters, with their hoses and extinguishers, ready to pick up the pieces and restore the hotel for future guests.
 
Closing down the entire hotel is a grim prospect, but SERVPRO works with local officials and the owner and management of the hotel to limit the closure to just the areas with fire and water damage. If we are on site as soon as the fire marshal allows recovery to begin, we make every effort to confine the damage to the smallest area possible. Our crew manages multiple tasks. Some work on cleaning away soot and other fire debris in and around the room affected. Others operate professional grade water extractors remove to moisture quickly. Powerful air movers continue the drying process as other staff investigates for hidden moisture and smoke or soot.
 
Hotel guests pay for fresh smelling and clean rooms, so SERVPRO evaluates all areas of the hotel for smoky odors. While our technicians work to restore the rooms with heavy fire damage, including smoke and soot, an air scrubber can help filter the unpleasant odors as items are cleaned or bagged for disposal. Once all the cleaning and drying succeeds, our deodorization specialists move through the hotel treating areas for that lingering smell. We use the methods to eliminate odors that match how the smells occurred, including thermal fogging and ozone treatments for persistent aromas.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is ready for a fast response when hotel guests evacuate because of an accidental fire. A call to (813) 855-0888 brings a full-service fire and water damage team to the rescue.

Water Damage Restoration in Your Tampa Home

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Your Tampa Home Don't let a broken pipe flood your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate right away.

SERVPRO Has a Thorough Process in Place to Deal with Your Water Damage

Water damage in your home can come from various sources such as sewage backups, broken pipes, flooding from storms, malfunctioning appliances, and human error like overflowing toilets or sinks. Everyone at some point in their lives deals with water damage and the need for water damage restoration services from a professional such as SERVPRO.
 
When water damage happens to you, do not try to handle it yourself. The trained and experienced technicians at SERVPRO have the proper tools to do the job in your Tampa home correctly the first time. We can extract any standing water from the affected areas using high-powered pumps and wet/dry vacuums. The process includes removing carpeting, furniture, and other items out of the way so they can also be cleaned and dried. If there are items which are unsalvageable, we haul them away for you. After the water extraction is complete, the next step can start.
 
Structural drying is next. Our trained staff use heavy-duty fans and dehumidifiers strategically placed throughout the area for the best drying possible. We can tell which areas need to be dried, as water tends to seep into every nook and cranny. Ensuring the area is totally dry is our business. Once each inch is dry, we can go ahead with the next step.
 
Cleaning and the prevention of mold are next during the process of water damage restoration. Special cleaners and mold deterrents are used. Each area that was submerged in water is cleaned and sanitized, which keeps mold from growing, plus remove any odors. Our cleaning supplies leave behind a clean, fresh scent which you can be quite happy and satisfied with. They are not overpowering, or just cover up the smell from dirty water.
 
Lastly, if there is any need, we make any necessary repairs, such as re-tiling, rebuilding walls or floors, roof repair, or painting. Each restoration process is different, and we treat each case individually. At this stage is where you get to see your home returned to its state preloss. It is our number one priority that your home has a look and feel like it had before the water damage occurred.
 
Time is of the essence with water damage, so do not hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO of West Tampa when tragedy strikes. We are each to reach at any time when you dial us at (813) 855-0888.