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When A Tampa Hotel Experiences Flooding, It's Time To Call The Pros

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown with fans and other equipment unloaded SERVPRO of West Tampa works with businesses of all sizes and can help your Tampa business recover quickly.


Hotels in the Downtown Tampa area need to depend on water removal services from an experienced company using the right type of equipment. SERVPRO of West Tampa 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. This will allow 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. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians can 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."
Our experts will be able to offer you the knowledgeable and detail-oriented work necessary to get your home back in excellent condition. SERVPRO of West Tampa water damage restoration specialists offer comprehensive remediation services, including damage evaluation, drying work, odor control, demolition, and reconstruction. Some of the characteristics you should look for in a reliable company is:
• 24/7 emergency service
• a proven track record
• excellent online reviews
• exceptional customer service
• IICRC-certified technicians  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.

Choosing the Right Storage Facility in Tampa

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Three wooden pallets are shown You should also use a crate or a pallet to elevate your items off the floor when storing material in a storage unit.

More and more storage unit businesses have been cropping up across the United States in the past two decades, as more people are looking to store furniture and valuables they might not have room for in their home.

Storage units, on the plus side, give a safe place to keep these times until you need them or are willing to get rid of them. They also present a very real water damage threat.


To avoid your items becoming water damaged and ruined, there are things you can check and steps you can take. If there is water damage to your storage unit in Tampa, you can call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 to help restore what is salvageable.
Before renting a storage unit, ensure that you check the facility out thoroughly.

Much like you would do with your personal property, check to see that the landscaping slopes away from the storage units, and that the location has enough drainage in case there is flooding or heavy rains. If there is any gathering or puddling of water somewhere on the property, you might consider this as a flood risk. The structure itself should also be in good condition without signs of water damage around or in the units. Water damage is generally apparent by stains on walls, flooring, or other structural parts of the building. Plus, if light from the outside can be seen while you are standing inside the unit, this means water can get inside easily.


Sometimes, people make the mistake of thinking that renting a storage unit means that their possessions are insured against loss by water or fire. This is not always the case; however, some companies might offer insurance as part of the agreement for rental. Therefore, you need to thoroughly read your agreement to figure out whether you are covered are not.


You should also use a crate or a pallet to elevate your items off the floor when storing material in a storage unit. You can also cover your things with a tarp to protect them in case the roofing is compromised and is leaking. If you find any leaks, ask for a different unit or request that the leak is repaired before you move your valuables into the unit.


Even if after all these precautions you still have a problem with your stored items getting water damaged, you can contact our professional technicians at SERVPRO of West Tampa. We can come out right away to assess the damages, figure out what can be saved, and clean up and restore these items. Just give us a call at (813) 855-0888 if you ever need our help, and we will be there quickly.

The Biohazard Solution in West Tampa

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

The biohazard symbol is shown, it includes three broken black circles over a sold black circle and an orange background We can remove the risks inherent in these scenes and restore a safe environment in your home or business. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa(813) 855-0888

Dealing with a crime or trauma is undoubtedly difficult. Unfortunately, biohazards can linger at the scenes of these events, creating the potential for serious health consequences if they are not properly eliminated.

You can protect yourself from the physical aftermath of a traumatic situation by calling SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 for bio-hazard cleanup.


The Purpose


Blood-borne pathogens, various biohazards, crime scene residues and dangerous chemicals often remain even after the initial crime or trauma.

SERVPRO of West Tampa's professional restoration experts trained in biohazard cleanup have specialized training and equipment. The training allows us to safely remove any toxic material and restore normalcy to the area.

Their expertise is important for people struggling to deal with the repercussions of a variety of unpleasant experiences, including:


Crimes and accidents

Suicides, homicides, injuries, and deaths

Sewage backups

Methamphetamine labs

Chemical spills

Hoarding

Vandalism

Animal waste or remains


The Process


When cleaning a scene, professionals create three distinct zones with biohazard tape and plastic sheeting. The clean area provides a place for them to store their equipment, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. The buffer zone offers a secure area for them to don their personal protective equipment. The actual scene that needs to be cleaned in West Tampa is referred to as the control zone.


Once the sections have been established, restoration professionals get to work, eliminating bio-hazards using a three-step process. In the cleaning phase, they remove blood, biological materials, dirt, and chemical residues. They also take out any materials that cannot be salvaged, disposing of them as medical waste. The sanitization phase comes next. Here, technicians spray a sanitizing foam over any affected surfaces. This foaming is repeatedly done until adenosine triphosphate fluorescence testing verifies that the area has been thoroughly sanitized. In the final phase, technicians use deodorizing agents to remove any odors.


At SERVPRO of West Tampa, we understand the emotional and practical challenges involved in dealing with a crime or trauma scene. Our professional technicians have the empathy and expertise needed to tackle biohazard cleanup and restoration situations. Following the protocols established by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we can remove the risks inherent in these scenes and restore a safe environment in your home or business. Call (813) 855-0888 today to discover more about our services or request professional assistance.


Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated assisting the communities of West Tampa, Tampa, Town n Country and Rocky Point.

We take pride in being members of these local communities and are ready to help 24/7.
Call Us Today – (813) 855-0888

Restoring A Hotel After A Fire Is A Job For Experts

10/7/2019 (Permalink)


In Tampa damaging storms and hurricanes are usually in the spotlight, but there are other disasters that can be a major problem for area businesses. Kitchen and other types of fires still close hotels and other businesses at a time when it's most important from them to be up and running at capacity. Remediating Tampa hotel fire damage is not a quick task, and should only be handled by trained, certified technicians. The only way to remove debris quickly, clean smoke odors, and restore a hotel to its original condition is to accomplish it right. SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 technicians 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. 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.

Preparing For Storms in the Tampa Area

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Dark Storm Clouds Are Shown Contact Us Today! Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 for any questions or for help via our 24/7 Emergency Service.

Being prepared for severe weather is just part of living in Florida. Part of living in coastal Florida is accepting the fact that hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, the rainy season, and living so close to sea level on the Gulf of Mexico, may result in water and flood damage.
 
If you are experiencing flood damage in Tampa, SERVPRO will help you get your home or business back to normal after the devastating water deluge has occurred. It is important that damage from flooding is taken care of immediately to minimize losses to your home or business.
 
When it comes to the type of flooding we experience here in Florida, the best option is professional water removal and cleanup for safety and proper restoration. SERVPRO's highly trained technicians are consummate professionals who are IICRC certified and practice the best methods in cleaning and restoration services. One of the most important parts of preparedness is knowing who to call when you have storm damage, Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.
 
Flood Damage Restoration and Cleanup Services
Our trained technicians will arrive at your residence or commercial business and assess the flood damage and needs that your structure will require. From water damaged furniture, flooring, walls, and damage as a result of flooding, we do it all.
 
SERVPRO’s Residential and Commercial-Grade Services include:
• Water Removal
• Water and Storm Damage Restoration
• Mold Remediation if necessary
• Cleaning Services
• Building Services including rebuilds and reconstruction with affiliated partners
 
SERVPRO offers a wide range of professional cleaning services and restoration of flood damage in Tampa. Our locally owned and operated location means that we are close by and ready to serve you in your time of need. Our advanced equipment and tools aid us in cleaning up hazardous damage and mitigating future problems such as mold and structure damage. Our expertise helps us to provide you with the latest methods in flood and water damage restoration and sanitation.
 
24/7 Emergency Services
Storms can be wildly unpredictable. When flooding occurs, you are never fully prepared. One thing you can count on is SERVPRO to be there for you when you need us most. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants will answer your questions and dispatch our technicians to your location to get to work.
 
Whether it is your home residence or commercial property that has been affected, time is of the essence after flood damage has occurred. To ensure structural integrity, to mitigate damage, and to provide cleanup and restoration services, we work with the aim of getting you back into your home or business safely and efficiently "Like it never even happened."
 
Contact Us Today! Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 for any questions or for help via our 24/7 Emergency Service.

Not All Mold Is Toxic, There's One Way To Be Sure - Experts

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is shown along a white wall and ceiling If you notice mold in your home, call us today SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

There are many types of molds and various colors. Not all molds are toxic, most aren't. Only a professionally trained expert can make an accurate distinction.
Why is it dangerous?
Toxic black mold produces small molecular toxins (mycotoxins) that spread via spores. Exposure in high enough concentrations can cause health effects.
How does mold damage occur in Tampa? Mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. The spores, which are naturally occurring in nature, can come into your house from outside by way of open doors, heating, air conditioning systems that have outdoor air intakes, or windows. The spores can also cling to people or animals. They thrive in damp or moist areas such as: • Drywall
• Tile and grout
• Many types of wood
• Carpets and kitchens
• Laundry/bathrooms
• Attics/basements
• Any place where water leaks.
How do I get rid mold and mold damage?
NEVER attempt removal of black mold yourself. Turn to a professional organization like SERVPRO that uses a negative air pressure system to minimize the disturbance and distribution of mold spores. Our expert removal and special equipment are used to prevent the spread of spores. If not done correctly, the mold in your home can spread and further damage possessions and building materials of the structure.
Does it smell?
Black mold has a distinctive musty odor, but so do many other species of fungi. Is it easily detectable?
Because toxic black mold so easily resembles several other harmless molds, professional testing is recommended to confirm its presence and to inspect mold damage. SERVPRO recommends that you contact a third party that specializes in testing for this task. This action avoids any conflict of interest between discovery and mold remediation.
If you think you’ve discovered toxic black mold, please contact us immediately for an inspection and removal. SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 is nearby and available 24/7 to assist you with any concerns you may have regarding mold, fire or water damage.
The trained professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa are certified experts. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

High Flow Appliances Can Cause Flooding Quickly

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

A Flooded Laundry Room is Shown For a job like this you will want professional help, so you should contact our staff at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

Washing machine leaks are a common source of water damage in homes. 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.

For a job like this you will want professional help, so you should contact our staff at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 , we are trained and experienced in working many different water loss situations.
 
One of the things you should consider is the flooring that has been affected by the flooding. 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. Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Tampa property.
 
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.
 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


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.

Understanding Commercial Water Damage and Structural Damage to Your Business

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in a Commercial Property Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.

Water leaks can pose a significant threat to commercial buildings, in part because they use more water than residences in most cases. For example, when a pipe breaks on the second or third floor of the building the result can be excessive commercial water damage.

Moisture always seeps down due to gravity. When a leak happens on a top floor the level beneath it can start flooding from the ceiling down. Moisture can destroy structural components and require a vast amount of reconstruction work to your business location.


Any time a problem occurs at your place of business, our SERVPRO technicians show up quickly after receiving an emergency call. Before we begin any work on commercial water damage.
We know that in the manufacturing industry it is vital to keep operations going through a disaster.

Our crew of professionals takes extra measures to make sure that your workers and our staff stays safe during the restoration process.


Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of West Tampa can respond quickly, working to first contain the mold to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

If excessive structural damage takes place, many different types of safety hazards can exist. Moisture can damage the structural integrity of building materials and create fall hazards. When there is excessive moisture on the flooring of your manufacturing shop, slip hazards are likely to occur. Our SERVPRO crew first goes through and mitigates any potential safety issues including repair items and blocking off areas that present hazards that we cannot repair.


Once the job site is safe for both your employees and ours, we start assessing the water damage and figuring out what it will take to bring the building to preloss conditions. When structural components get damaged, they often have to be removed and replaced. In some severe cases, our SERVPRO team will take out all structural materials including drywall and ceiling tiles, stripping the inside of the building down to the studs.


From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO of West Tampa is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of West Tampa provides professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. It is very importance to seek prompt professional solutions at the first sign of water leakage in your commercial building. The experts will take quick action to fix the problem and prevent water damage to your property.


As soon as we remove all of the ruined components we dry out the structure so that mold growth cannot occur. Once the building's structure is dry, we then begin the reconstruction phase. We can complete much of the rebuilding process ourselves and then we can hire a subcontractor for specialized jobs such as electrical work. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

Where Can You Turn After A House Fire In West Tampa?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you are in need of a reliable fire damage restoration service, SERVPRO of West Tampa has everything that you need.

What kind of help is available to a home or business owner in West Tampa after a fire?

A fire can be frightening and costly. Knowing where to turn for assistance after the fire is critical. When you consider training, experience and expertise, SERVPRO of West Tampa is the clear choice.


Once you have dealt with the immediate aftermath of the fire and have made sure that everybody in the area is safe, call both your insurer and SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.


You are strongly advised to stay clear of the building because structural integrity may be compromised. It’s best to wait for the restoration team to arrive. They will be able to assess the situation and let you know if it’s safe to enter.


Our trained and certified crews are on call 24 hours a day and ready to take action to help quickly.

Locally owned and operated, we are part of the community and care about getting you back into your home as soon as possible. Whether your home or business is located in Tampa, Town n Country or Rocky Point you can rest assured we are faster to any size disaster.


There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.


Using the Right Restoration Tools and Equipment
There are all kinds of reasons why fire damage could become a problem for homeowners. No matter what the cause, it needs to be dealt with in a safe and controlled manner. This is why restoration services are the right option. These teams have access to specialist equipment (dehumidifiers, air movers, and blowers) that can be used to safely remove the damaged portions of the building and start repairs on the rest.


Dehumidifiers are a common sight on fire damaged lots, because they are usually needed to reverse the impact of water from previous firefighting efforts. As moisture can be incredibly destructive (particularly if left to stagnate), it’s imperative that heavy duty tools are used to dry the air and delay or disrupt the growth of mold. This is a complicated process, and it should only be undertaken by professionals.


SERVPRO of West Tampa is dedicated to responding immediately to your Tampa fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.


If you are in need of a reliable fire damage restoration service, SERVPRO of West Tampa has everything that you need. We can provide state of the art equipment, innovative restoration techniques, and a supportive hand to guide you through the crisis. Call us (813) 855-0888.

Safely Avoiding Harm During Hurricanes and Severe Storms in Tampa

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

During Tampa Storms |Protect Life Before Property

Hurricanes are nothing new to most Florida residents, and to many, they're simply a part of the season. Northerners have their icy winters; Florida has our wet summer and fall months. However, hurricanes carry an unmatched potential for destruction if you're not careful, and many homeowners lose not only their belongings but also their lives if they are reckless during a hurricane. Always heed official warnings, and above all else, remember that your safety is irreplaceable.  In severe hurricanes, many homeowners are concerned with flood damage to their Tampa home first and foremost, often placing themselves in unnecessarily risky positions by remaining in a flooded building too long or indefinitely. Staying out of the way of any potential flooding should always be your priority, and if you know floodwaters or other dangerous situations are impending, you should leave sooner rather than later. 

Heed Official Warnings 

In major hurricanes, lives are often lost due to locals' disregard for official warnings and evacuation recommendations, even when these are made mandatory. Many simply assume that their home is safe, or that this storm will blow over much like the last one and with little damage. Most infamously, many suffered injury or drowning in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, as they misinterpreted the impending disaster as little more than a heavy storm. Hurricane Matthew that ran up the east coast of Florida did cause several deaths.

Move Valuables and Breakables Upstairs 

If your home is at any risk of flooding, before you leave, you should try to move any electronics or valuables to an upstairs area, attic, or wall-mounted cabinet. This will help to keep items safe and secure above the water line and avoid costly replacements. 

If you need to evacuate the American Red Cross recommends that you take the following steps: 

  • Turn off water and electricity at the main valve, breakers or fuses.
  • Turn off propane gas tanks that serve individual appliances like a stove or grill.
  • Do not turn off natural gas unless local officials advise to do so.  

When a hurricane strikes leaving storm waters behind, SERVPRO of West Tampa is prepared to respond to local calls for help and to restore homes and businesses before their owners have time to worry. Call us at (813) 855-0888.