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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.

Common Types of Storm Damage Caused by Thunderstorms

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

The weather can be unpredictable here in West Tampa, thunderstorms can be commonplace and with them can come the chance for significant storm damage.

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year throughout the world.  In the U.S., the number typically comes to around 100,000 thunderstorms per year, with 10% of those considered severe.

Are you familiar with the most common types of damage caused by thunderstorms?

Damage Created By Thunderstorms 

There are many aspects of a thunderstorm that can prove dangerous, but one of the greatest risks is the chance of flying debris due to high winds.

In a severe thunderstorm, wind speeds can gust in excess of 57.5 mph, which can cause significant damage to your property.

Take the time to secure items in your yard prior to any thunderstorms rolling through.  Even the most harmless-seeming of items can turn into a projectile, such as tree branches, gravel, mailboxes, fencing, lawn furniture, potted plants and garbage cans when high winds occur. 

Besides wind damage, thunderstorms can also produce the following damage:

  • Lightning damage. If lightning strikes a home or building, that electricity can pass through the wiring of the home. This could severely damage any electrical appliances that are plugged into an outlet. Lightning can also result in the starting of fires.
  • Tornado damage. Tornadoes are extremely destructive, and they can have wind speeds reaching upwards of 200 mph in the worst of occurrences. Tornadoes can do severe structural damage in a very short amount of time.
  • Hail damage. Did you know that according to NOAA, the cost of hail damage can reach $1 billion a year? Small hail can damage crops, while larger hail can damage vehicles, roofing and windows.
  • Flood damage. It is not uncommon for heavy rains to accompany a thunderstorm, and occasionally, that can lead to flash flooding. These floods can damage structures, tear trees out of the ground and sweep things away.

When you experience damage to your home or business as a result of a  thunderstorm, know that the team at SERVPRO® of West Tampa is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration. Call us:(813) 855-0888

DIY Water Removal Mistakes Can Be Costly

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO For Water Damage Restoration in Tampa

For Water Removal, Rely on SERVPRO of West Tampa 

Water damage is no laughing matter. Rather, it is an expensive matter. In fact, the American Insurance Association reports that property damage from floods and water leaks cost residential property owners $9 billion between the years of 2017 and 2019. As a result of the economic challenges that water damage can cause, many homeowners are tempted to save money by completing the water damage restoration processes on their own. However, this course of action is imprudent and can even be dangerous.

Learn why you should always call a professional water damage restoration service by reviewing the information found below:

The Professionals Are Knowledgeable And Certified 

Numerous factors must be carefully considered during the water removal process. Luckily, water remediation experts from SERVPRO of West Tampa have the knowledge necessary to complete essential restoration processes like the minimization of structural damage and loss of keepsakes that results from floods. Additionally, the professionals know that even minor leaks can get into crevices and cracks, thereby causing unpleasant odors and numerous other household issues. Our specialists use knowledge and hands-on experience to quickly and correctly eradicate these problems.

Professionals Have All The Right Equipment

In addition to possessing the training necessary to complete the restoration process, we have the proper equipment necessary to expedite the water extraction. Some of the equipment used by professionals to complete the remediation work include dehumidifiers, fans, and moisture meters. Most members of the general public do not have the tools and equipment necessary to expedite and optimize the restoration project. Relax, no stress, let us do the job for you.

Professionals Can Eliminate Mold

Damp flooring, ceilings, and walls create the ideal medium for the fungus to thrive in especially in our humid climate here in Florida. Another reason why you should always obtain professional water removal services is that our technicians know how to remediate mold quickly and correctly. A mold infestation can cause health effects. Once your home has been subjected to excess water, attaining professional water damage restoration services is a must. Attempting to remove the water on your own can be dangerous. To get the precise, professional services you deserve, contact the professionals of SERVPRO. Our industry leading experts will arrive quickly and provide you with the fast-acting, goal-centered services that get your home back in excellent condition.   When water damage occurs, SERVPRO of  West Tampa has the resources and personnel to help.

Call us today 24/7 for immediate help at (813) 855-0888.

A Sprinkler System Can Cause Commercial Water Damage in Tampa

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO of West Tampa for Immediate Water Removal When Your Business Needs Assistance

Commercial water damage can close the doors of a business enterprise. It may be a retail store, a doctor's office, an apartment complex, or even a big-box store. Disruptions to normal business patterns lead to loss of goodwill and revenue. Consider calling in a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to limit your losses.

Downtown Tampa Commercial Water Removal professionals are needed when it comes to handling unwanted water intrusion. Water damages can occur at any time and any place. It is important to be prepared to call a professional because water damage can be very hard to clean up by yourself. In fact, water gets into many places that are inaccessible. As a result, even after you have dried up the building yourself, you can still get mold and other problems in the building. Eventually, the office can become very hazardous due to the mold that can grown in our humid environment here in Florida.  
 
It takes quick action to handle the damage efficiently. You have to make sure that all belongings are safe. If the water has gotten to some of the belongings, it is important to make sure that you clean them out as quickly as you can before any permanent damage occurs. All of the other items that you can save, you should do so. Afterward, you should contact a professional certified team who will remove the water and use  specialized drying equipment. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa Professionals are certified and have the equipment needed to take care of the water damage. 
 
For even less than an inch of water, mold can grow within three days. Mold grows at a quick rate in a building. This is why you should have a professional make sure that all moisture is extracted out of the building. Otherwise, the business becomes a hazardous workplace. We are experienced with getting rid of water damage completely. 

SERVPRO of West Tampa is the commercial water removal company that has experience in mitigating water damage. We know how to handle water damage that resulted from storms, clogs, natural disasters and other similar events. We are always available when you call and will promptly dispatch a crew. Call us at (813) 855-0888.

SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Properties and Checks for Hidden Damage

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tampa is Unmatched

Fire Damage In Your Home or Business Requires Immediate Attention

Events leading to a fire can have many different factors. Even a prevention plan for fire will only reduce the risk of fire, it will not eliminate the potential of a fire hazard. There are ways to limit the possibility of fire. One method is to keep smoking restricted to designated areas. These selected areas also need maintenance to lower the chance of fire damage. In most cases, the preferable area for smoking is outside. Also, electrical wiring should be installed in compliance with OSHA regulations and local codes. Licensed electricians should be the ones to do the maintenance. Other aspects of the home like fuel gas and appliances that produce heat should be up to standard. 

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be devastating. You don't want to be complacent about taking care of the fire damage. It is imperative to make sure that you react to the necessary cleanup which has resulted from the flame out. In most cases, you are going to need a professional to take care of the fire damage so that you can be sure that your house will not be vulnerable to on-going problems. 

Fire Damage is something that needs to be quickly and thoroughly cleaned up and fixed by professionals from SERVPRO of West Tampa . Even after taking care of the fire, it is important to look for any additional damage that may have occurred. Long after the fire is out, certain forms of damage could become visible such as cracked foundations, contamination, toxic fumes, leaking pipes from the heat, or even mold growth. For this reason, it is critical to making sure that every bit of moisture or damage is found in the home and repaired. 

By hiring an experienced team of skilled fire damage restoration technicians, you can be assured that these IICRC trained individuals will utilize industry leading equipment to mitigate the harm caused by the inferno. Fast response to limit secondary water damage resulting from the firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames is of paramount importance. Our expert service technicians arrive promptly after you call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

Commercial Water Removal Services Gets Your Restaurant Back In Business

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Causes Lost Revenue

Unless they can reopen soon, many businesses may face permanent closure.

Commercial Water Removal Services

Town and Country received a great deal of water from the recent storms and hurricanes which impacted many local businesses. Many restaurants remained standing but filled with water. Unless they can reopen soon, many of these businesses face permanent closure.

SERVPRO wants to help businesses in the Town and Country area remain open with commercial water removal services. It is crucial that we remove water quickly and dry out the area to avoid additional property loss. While still damp, microbes freely proliferate, damage accrues, and air continues to harbor moisture. This condition can then lead to mold growth and health concerns.

Trucks with mounted pumps carry the more substantial amounts of water out of your restaurant. Then we switch to smaller extraction units to remove the rest of the standing water that covers your floors. After we have removed and disposed of any carpeting, we can begin drying the walls and the other interior elements of your restaurant. Large air movers force air to whisk moisture out of walls and lift it up into the air. Air scrubbers and dehumidifiers extract microbes and humidity from this air, leaving the walls increasingly dry. These same air movers also work to dry ceilings and floors.

Sanitizing your kitchen area and dining facilities must also receive our attention before you can reopen your doors again. We wipe all surfaces down with anti-microbial cleansers. Debris is physically removed and placed in appropriate containers for disposal. When completed, your kitchen can function “Like it never even happened” once more.

A restaurant is much more than its kitchen, however. Dining areas must have a thorough cleaning and pass the sniff test, as well. Odors left behind by water and debris can pose unsettling problems for diners who merely want to enjoy a delicious meal. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) helps make this happen for many of our customers. Restoring the furniture to pristine shape remains another aspect that we can help within the dining area. Tightening chairs to prevent a loose feel when used can preserve a fundamental part of the feel of your patrons' dining experience.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated and can restore your restaurant with their commercial water removal services and get you back in business quickly. We are available 24 hours a day. Call us at (813) 855-0888. 

Understanding Different Types of Water Damage | SERVPRO of West Tampa

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded house

Severe weather can happen often here in Tampa and is usually one of the first things that comes to mind for many when the subject of water damage comes up.

Storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage however they are often not the main culprits. Instead, there are also various items in your home that can be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.

Water damage is something that many homeowners will face, with it being the third most common reason for homeowners to file a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, paying out an average of $8,861 per claim.

It is important to know the difference between water damage and gradual water damage, and how it can impact insurance claims. For example, slow leaks inside walls from appliances such as ice maker lines and washing machines can happen gradually and are ongoing situations that have been happening over a period of time. Plumbing issues in the walls can cause damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Unfortunately, many gradual water damage situations are not covered by homeowner’s insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. In homes that were 16 to 40 years of age, this was a more frequent occurrence and made up a large group of supply system material failure claims.
  • Plumbing drain system failures. This can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material breakdown issues. 
  • Toilet failures. Toilet failures fall second in line to plumbing supply system failures for residential water damage loss, and can be caused by a faulty fill valve or clogged drain lines. 
  • Water heater failures. If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to rust and corrode. This can result in leaking or bursting issues. 
  • Washing machine failures. Typically caused by supply hose failures, drain line failures and machine overflows, washing machine failures are one of the top 10 sources of residential water damage losses. According to IBHS, supply hose failures were responsible for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home ever experiences any water damage, SERVPRO of West Tampa is available  24/7 to help with cleanup and restoration and make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 813-855-0888

3 Grill Safety Tips | SERVPRO of West Tampa

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

House Fire Due to Uncleaned Grill

Tips to Make Your Grill Safe | SERVPRO of West Tampa

Backyard cookouts are a fun tradition and grill cleaning should be an essential task to prevent fires.

Grilling season is here in Tampa, Fl and proper grill maintenance is often key to preventing a grease fire. Grill cleaning can be an important safety measure, so here are some tips to keep your grill in top shape.

1. Understand Grill Maintenance Basics

There are usually several steps to cleaning your grill after use that apply no matter what type of grill you have. First, cook off food debris by heating the grill for 15 minutes. Once cooled, scrub the grates with a long-handled wire brush, though balled up aluminum foil may work in a pinch. Wipe vegetable oil on the grates with paper towels to prevent rust and food accumulation. Finally, clean the inside of the grill with dish soap and warm water.

2. Take Extra Precautions, Pre and Post Season

Besides grill cleaning after each use, there are a few things you should do each year before you grill for the first time and at the end of the season. One of them is to get a new wire brush each year. Be sure to clean the inside and outside of your grill with dish soap and water and use a grill cover when you store it.

3. Clean Gas and Charcoal Grills Properly

Gas grills have heat deflectors over the burners that should be cleaned with other removable grill parts. The burners can be removed to clean the gas ports. Blocked gas ports can affect the efficiency of your grill.

Charcoal grills are often a bit simpler with regards to cleaning. After each use, remove the briquettes and brush out the ash. Otherwise, clean it with dish soap and warm water like you would clean a gas grill.

Enjoy grilling out knowing that your grill is clean and safe. If you have damage that has occurred due to a fire emergency SERVPRO of West Tampa is here to help.