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Three Areas of Homes are Can be Damaged by Floods in Tampa

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Three Areas of Homes are Can be Damaged by Floods in Tampa SERVPRO of West Tampa has the equipment to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

How Flood Damage in Tampa Can Totally Miss the Ground Level

Most of the most severe examples of flood damage in Tampa happen during big storms when heavy rainfall and high winds create torrents of fast-moving water that can cause damage to an entire neighborhood at once. However, through our years of helping residents recover from the effects of flooding after hurricanes and other storms, we at SERVPRO know that not every case fits the same familiar mold. Sometimes, water strikes first and foremost in attics, upper floors, and foundational crawlspaces while missing the ground level entirely. Here's a brief overview of how these parts of your home might be affected in a storm, and what we can do to help.

Flooded Crawlspaces

Some of the most challenging examples of flood damage we find in Tampa happen in the crawlspaces below local homes. Flooded foundations and crawlspaces rarely dry out on their own, forcing us to use water extraction pumps and advanced drying plans to remove all excess water from the area. Sometimes, these floods may happen in tandem with common ground flooding, or a leak from elsewhere in the home or somewhere in the foundation can allow water to find its way in from the outside without ever touching another part of the home.

Flooding in Upper Floors and Specific Rooms

One of the most common reasons people call us after a storm rolls through the area is because they happened to leave a window open while the weather raged outside. Although minimizing the costs and extent of damage by preventing moisture from reaching other parts of the house, drying out and restoring the damaged room is difficult without the aid of a professional restoration service like SERVPRO.

Attics

Attics may sustain flood damages from storms by leaving windows or roof hatches open on accident, or if outside effects should cause a hole to open up in the roof or siding. Regardless of the source of damages, attic flooding can affect the rest of the home when waters pour down from above and affect other areas, sometimes behind walls and in unseen places.

SERVPRO of West Tampa stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to local calls for help in dealing with flooding and other types of damage after a storm. Contact us at (813) 855-0888 for our fast emergency services.

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

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

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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A Broken Sprinkler Head Can Cause Damage to Your Tampa Motel

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Persistent Mold in Tampa Needs Remediation From SERVPRO

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Tampa House Fire Odors? Contact the Professionals from SERVPRO

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tampa House Fire Odors?  Contact the Professionals from SERVPRO Smoke and Odors Are Gone in Tampa Homes Thanks to SERVPRO

Eliminating Odors after Fire Damage in Your Tampa Home

Every homeowner experiences property damages at some point during their lives. These can vary in scope and frequency, but one common cause is a minor fire. Minor fires usually start in the kitchen but can be contained relatively quickly. Smoke, which is released as materials burn, can travel through the home, depositing soots and producing an unpleasant odor. Equally damaging can be water used in fire fighting procedure which can set soots into fabrics, carpets or wallpaper.

Working to restore fire damage in Tampa properties is a professional job. Different types of soot deposit need to be given individual attention as some methods may result in a spreading effect and further damages. Agitative cleaning methods are useful but often hidden smoke deposits can leave behind thick odors that are much harder to get rid of without professional equipment.

SERVPRO can send local technicians with IICRC certificates in smoke & odor control. Extensive training helps to locate the sources of odor which can often reside in upper cavities or your ventilation systems. At the beginning of service, a technician conducts a pre-test to discover different types of smoke damage as well as any areas where soot may be residing hidden to the naked eye. We can even sparya deodorizer for customers suffering from phantosmia.

Removing the source of an odor, rather than masking it with air-freshener, is part of getting your home back to its preloss condition. Removal of the source should remove the majority of odors. However, some stubborn odors can remain behind. SERVPRO can deploy air scrubber. Although traditionally used to remove airborne particles, this equipment can also help to eliminate odor by filtering out gases using several layers.

Another way SERVPRO can tackle smoke odor is through thermal fogging. Thermal foggers vaporize solvent-based deodorants which are similar to the soot itself. Although safety equipment must be worn during deodorization, this method is much safer to use in a home because the fog dissipates quickly. The solvent used inside a thermal fogger is a pairing agent which bonds with odor-causing particles causing them to drop to the floor where they can then be cleared away.

Are you struggling to deal with soot and smoke odors? Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today.

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If You Encounter Water Damage In Your Tampa Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO Right Away

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage If You Encounter Water Damage In Your Tampa Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO Right Away We are professionals in assessing the damage and risks associated with water damage and can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water Damage To Your Home In Tampa- Big Or Small We Are Here For You

Living in Tampa means being careful of the effects of storms and heavy rainfall. Homeowners prepare by installing impact windows, making sure sewers are free of debris and stocking up on basic supplies. Seldom do we prepare for the consequences of a broken dishwasher or a leaking washing machine. As it slowly leaks overnight, it can flood a significant part of your home.

When you encounter water damage in your Tampa home, your belongings and the very foundation of your house are at risk. Our SERVPRO restoration team is available 24/7 to respond to your call land limit the exposure of the contents of your home to the water. By using specialized equipment and targeted techniques, we attempt to salvage as much of your home as possible.

Our top priority for our team is to extract the water from your home as quickly as possible. The longer your home’s structure is saturated with water; the more severe the damage can be. To quickly address any standing water, our SERVPRO team brings submersible pumps and handheld extraction wands for its removal. By carefully applying the principles of psychrometry, we monitor the moisture in your home and use heat and air to aid in the drying process.

As our SERVPRO team assesses the damage, we aim to isolate salvageable furniture and belongings, so they are no longer vulnerable to excessive humidity. We do this by relocating it to dry areas in the home or the outdoors if appropriate. Simultaneously, we carefully examine your walls, as drywall can absorb water rapidly, thus compromising its structural integrity. In some cases, we remove baseboards to allow us to drill small holes at the bottom of your walls where we can force air circulation to speed up the drying process.

If your water damage was not as dramatic, you might not think of calling us until your home shows unexplained changes. You may see some discoloration in your walls, encounter mold or a suspicious smell. These could all be indications that there is, or was, a water event not correctly restored. As soon as you detect any of these symptoms, reach out to our offices so we can react to the damage and reverse it as much as possible.

At SERVPRO of West Tampa, we are here to help you whether you are ankle-deep in water or you only see the effects of a couple of drops. We are professionals in assessing the damage and risks associated with water damage and can be reached at (813) 855-0888 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Flood Remediation in Tampa

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Flood Remediation in Tampa SERVPRO of West Tampa is ready to meet your water restoration needs.

Why SERVPRO's Anticipation Helps When Dealing with Flood Damage in Tampa

Although floods can happen any time, most incidents catch Tampa homeowners unawares. Floods, especially from storms, involve a myriad of challenges like contamination, and damages that spread all over the property. Even if you expect a flood, such challenges can overwhelm you. Certified in IICRC restoration of storm-damaged properties, we have the skills necessary to tackle all problems that may arise.  

Our biggest weapon against flood damage in Tampa is anticipation. We have fully stocked storm trailers ready to deploy at a moment notice to any location where flood damages property. When we arrive at the loss site early enough, we can take steps that prevent secondary damages. A good example is boarding up your property to keep weather elements out and removing any free items from the flooded sections to keep the water from ruining them.  

Many hazards exist in flooded properties. For example, as the water flows over different areas, it carries several contaminants including biohazards to the house. The water level in the house might also reach electrical outlets, so anyone venturing into the house faces electrocution hazards. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to anticipate such problems, which is why we carry the necessary PPE, Personal Protection Equipment, to all loss sites. Such equipment includes rubber gloves and boots to protect against contaminants. We also spray EPA- registered disinfectants into the water before starting other restoration processes.  

Porous materials absorb contaminants from the floodwaters, and it is hard to remove all traces of such contaminants through cleaning procedures. For the safety of the occupants, the best option is to remove all porous materials from the affected area. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate contamination of carpets, drywall, insulation, and other porous materials so in our toolboxes we have carpet shears, duckbill knives, pry bars and other tools to facilitate safe removal without damaging untouched materials. We also have heavy-duty plastics to hold the materials removed for safe disposal.  

Dealing with flood damage is easier when you have a highly trained team assisting you. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 to help restore your property.

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Tampa Commercial Structures Benefit from SERVPRO's biohazard Cleanups

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Tampa Commercial Structures Benefit from SERVPRO's biohazard Cleanups SERVPRO Responds Swiftly to Biohazardous Cleanups in Tampa Commercial Structures

Effective Cleanup for Chemical Spills in Your Tampa Warehouse

For the speed of business coming in and out of your Tampa warehouse every day, you work hard to ensure that employees and respective equipment do their jobs properly to avoid injuries and hazardous incidents. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and when they do, it is not always a situation that custodial staff or employees have the expertise or personal protective equipment to clean up on their own.

Our experienced professionals can respond to your Tampa warehouse quickly to begin biohazard cleanup. With many of the industrial chemicals and solutions needed to maintain a warehouse or production facility properly, a spill of any of these substances can prove harmful to exposed employees. The best thing that you can do is to move all personnel from the affected areas and reach out to our SERVPRO rapid response team to get the mess cleaned up quickly and safely.

A compromised facility can be dangerous not only to the employees working in that area but also to the stock and stored items that you keep in this area of the warehouse. Our technicians work to set up a containment of the affected area from the time that we arrive to prevent the spread of the spill or any potentially harmful fumes or effects. We can work to remove at-risk contents from the exposure site to protect them from irreparable damage when possible.

To clean up chemical spills, our SERVPRO biohazard team wears full protective gear and works quickly to remove this substance from the flooring. Depending on the chemical or solvent, various counteracting agents or methods might be necessary to make the cleanup more efficient and safer for the professionals involved. Once the substance has gotten successfully removed, our technicians can work on deodorizing and disinfection that can make the accident “Like it never even happened.”

Accidents can happen at any time in your warehouse, but knowing how to respond to these emergencies in a way that can keep your employees and your investments safe is good business. Give our SERVPRO of West Tampa biohazard cleanup team a call anytime that you need us at (813) 855-0888.

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Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your Tampa Hotel

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your Tampa Hotel  This is a busted pipe that caused water damage in the building.

How SERVPRO Delivers Comprehensive Hotel Water Removal In Tampa When You Need It Most

The hospitality industry in the Tampa Bay area is a major economic player in the community. Partial year residents, vacationers, and sports fans fill the rooms, along with business people traveling to make our area even more interesting and financially robust. If a water crisis occurs hotel owners need a remediation company to trust, and we are eager to rise to the challenge.

Water removal scenarios in a Tampa hotel have many causes. A supply pipe, a sewer backup, laundry machine overflow, pool or spa breach, and more can send clean or contaminated water flowing. It is crucial that professional water abatement technicians assess the quantity and quality of the water and develop a safe and efficient removal plan that complies with local regulations. Along with the training and critical thinking skills career restoration workers bring to the problem are the various, industrial strength pieces of equipment essential to removing water fast and drying the structure, furnishings, and fixtures thoroughly.

We have the IICRC-trained and seasoned technicians, crew leads and project managers, and equipment needed to manage a loss large or small, which is why SERVPRO meets and exceeds expectations when commercial water removal is needed. Our team works hard to design a water mitigation plan that permits the majority of your guests to continue enjoying their Florida getaway or business trip. We have access to resources including a nationwide network of other franchises if we need additional equipment or technicians to get you back in business fast.

Hard flooring recovers well from water intrusion with pumps and wanded extractors. Expanses covered by carpet are first extracted by plain wands to limit migration of water, and then we can attempt in-place drying with weighted wands and the techniques or technicians learned at training. We measure moisture in structural components at the beginning and throughout the remediation process, also using thermal scanning to find hidden water for removal that collects in cavities. Our comprehensive approach makes it clear why SERVPRO is a preferred commercial water removal partner.

Once the majority of the water exits our management determines drying goals. We establish a perimeter and achieve a balance of air movement and temperature to force water out of building materials where it can be condensed or absorbed as a vapor for disposal by our dehumidifiers. There is a true science to structural drying, psychrometry, which is why SERVPRO’s highly-qualified technicians make all the difference.

Your hotel is well served when you have our number on speed-dial for water removal needs. Call us at (813) 855-0888 to see why SERVPRO of West Tampa is the area’s water disaster restoration leader.

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When Water Damages Cause Your Tampa Jewelry Business to Lose Its Luster

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When Water Damages Cause Your Tampa Jewelry Business to Lose Its Luster Inspect your roof and plumbing regularly for leaks and signs of wear.

Avoiding the Need for Commercial Water Damage in Your Tampa Business

Owning a jewelry business in Tampa means you need to keep up with regular maintenance to avoid things such as water damage. Your building requires general upkeep and inspections to keep everything in working order.  Should you fail to take care of your building, you could be dealing with a severe water loss that was likely preventable.  

Commercial water damage in your Tampa business can take shape in many different ways. Whether it is a roof leak, burst pipes, or a malfunctioning sprinkler system, you need help from the professionals at SERVPRO to dry everything out and get your business back on track.  

Roofs come in all sizes and apes, but one thing they all share is that they are exposed to the elements at all times. Whether it is driving winds, the sun is beating down, or torrential rain, your roof is always being affected by the weather.  Not maintaining your roof subjects it to leaks, which if left untouched, can cause significant water damage inside your shop. SERVPRO techs can help find the leak and clean up the damage which resulted.  

Your air conditioner should be serviced regularly as well. It naturally creates moisture whenever it is running, which, let's face it, is almost all year round in Florida. If there is a problem with the unit, such as a clogged drain or dirty filter, additional water can build up, and it can overflow into your building. Many commercial buildings even have AC units on the roof, so this can compound the damage done.  

Your water heater as well can suffer maintenance issues. Leaks from rusty or loose components, such as valves, are more common as the water heater gets older. However, that is minor compared to what can happen if there is an explosion. Contents under pressure can be hazardous. We also recommend monitoring your plumbing. Blockages in your plumbing can create extra stress in particular areas which could eventually lead to a burst pipe.  

SERVPRO of West Tampa is always standing by to assist you when your business in Rocky Point, Tampa, or Town n Country experiences a water damage emergency. Hopefully, with regular maintenance, you can avoid any major disasters, but if you need our help, call us anytime at (813) 855-0888.

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