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Taking Care Of Fire Damage In Tampa

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

A woman is shown cleaning a microwave Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster.

Microwaves, similar to other appliances in your Tampa kitchen, can start a fire when the wrong types of items are put in the microwave, food overheats, routine maintenance and cleaning has not been performed, or when wiring is faulty.

Since radiation is used in microwaves to heat food items, it is essential that you follow the directions from the manufacturer when using them, and do not try to heat anything that is not microwave safe. Such things include tin foil, metal objects, or recycled paper.

Performing routine maintenance and cleaning can help you avoid any issues, including fire damage to your Tampa kitchen and home. However, if something does happen, you have a mess on your hands that needs a fast response and the knowledge of professionals to get it done right.

Trained, Certified Response

SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians not only have the training to clean up fire damage, but also the right tools to do it in a timely fashion to avoid further damage.

Cleaning procedures for walls and ceilings after a fire address several different surfaces. Whether they have a finish or not on wood or paneling, painted, acoustic tile, sprayed-on acoustic plaster, stipple, metallic tile, or textured plaster makes a difference in how we approach the cleanup.

Before SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians begin, we must identify the walls and ceilings affected and pretest them for cleanability. Factors which help us determine the best method of cleaning are the kind of surface, the kind of soil, and whether the surface is dry or wet cleanable.

We use a dry cleaning sponge for walls and ceilings of all types with light to medium soiling which is non-grease-based. The sponge also can be used to pre-clean excess soils that are non-grease-based before wet cleaning.

Wet cleaning is performed on metal, painted, or wood that has heavy soot or ash residue, or light to heavy oil-based residues.

We use active peroxide cleaning for acoustical ceilings or other nonporous and porous surfaces, especially with heavy nicotine and tar soiling. Textured ceilings with a blown coating can dissolve if we treat them with wet cleaning procedures that are more aggressive, so instead, the active peroxide cleaning is used.

Dedicated

SERVPRO of West Tampa is dedicated to cleaning your home in Town n Country, Rocky Point, or West Tampa thoroughly after fire damage. We know what methods to use on each surface to protect your home and belongings and get everything safe again for you when you call us at (813) 855-0880.

Drying Out Your Tampa Home After Storm Damage

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Tampa


Storms, hurricanes or heavy rains can cause significant damage to your home. It is essential to get rid of the standing water, and also to eliminate the residual moisture to prevent any long-lasting damage.

The drying of your Tampa home after a flood depends on several factors. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians are trained and certified to make sure they can deliver rapid and efficient drying. Here are the most critical factors affecting the rate of drying that you should know.

Temperature


The temperature of the air governs the rate of drying. Contents dry at a much faster rate if the temperature of the room is high as hotter air can carry more moisture. The ideal temperature for the fastest drying is between 70 and 80 degrees. That said, if the temperature of the room is above 85 degrees, the air can become saturated with too much moisture and can create secondary problems.



Amount of water to be removed


The volume of water also dictates the time required for drying. Also, it is easier to remove water in the liquid state rather than to remove the excess moisture.

SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians can use extractors to eliminate the standing water and dehumidifiers and air movers to pluck out the airborne residual moisture. The rate of water removal with a dehumidifier is much slower compared to an extractor. But, its purpose is not to remove gross volumes of floodwaters, but to prevent moisture from causing secondary water damage.

The relative humidity (RH)


The RH of the room also controls the rate of drying. Higher RH can slow down the drying process significantly. Dehumidifiers can be used to extract excess moisture from the air and keep the RH low, speeding up the drying process.

Air movement


The air movement is also crucial for efficient drying. The air in a flood-damaged area is usually damp which slows the rate of evaporation. Replacing this damp air with fresh and dry air can speed up the drying process.

SERVPRO of West Tampa professionals can use high-quality air movers to drive the damp air out and bring the drier air in, speeding up the process significantly. A right combination of dehumidifiers and air movers can help create an ideal situation for faster and more efficient drying. A flat-lay system can channel unwanted humidity to the exterior.

Trained Team


We are also certified as a General Contractor and specialize in reconstruction so we are often able to complete the repairs. This helps you get back to normal quickly. With over 15 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction industry, our team is trained and dedicated to being the BEST restoration company in the area.


Call SERVPRO of West Tampa today at (813) 855-0888 to talk to our flood restoration experts. We are always ready to help.

Clean Up And Restoration Help From The Experts

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

A home is shown with flooding in front The first 48-72 hours after a water damage event is the most critical time to call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa for Storm Water Removal and Cleanup

Hurricanes cause plenty of damage from wind and rain, and flooding is a massive problem during these storms. For many families in Tampa, flooding was a reality after big storms that went through the area recently. Hurricane flood water carries high levels of raw sewage and other bio-hazards, so you should never try to clean it up on your own.

Hurricanes can generate tons of building rubble, debris, ash, charred wood, plus cause personal property damage, extreme wind damage and massive flooding in Tampa. When flood damage has affected your home, you should contact our professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa right away so we can help get your life back in order.

Clean Up and Restoration

Before we can begin cleanup and restoration, we must remove all standing water. We do this with professional-grade, truck-mounted pumps. Once the majority of the water has been removed, we can inspect the home for the extent of the damages from the floodwaters.

Because floodwaters are contaminated, we must remove and dispose of any carpeting and padding in the home. If needed, we pressure wash structural components and disinfect surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant.

We continue to remove materials as necessary to decontaminate your home, keeping in contact with you as we go to ensure that we agree. Interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas that were contaminated by rising water are cleaned and dried, and disinfecting steps are repeated for any newly exposed surfaces.

SERVPRO of West Tampa staff then removes and disposes of any final debris and wastewater. Once cleaning procedures are complete, we place air movers and dehumidifiers in the home to speed up drying. These machines are monitored daily and moved or adjusted to ensure optimal drying.

Testing to be Sure

We also use moisture meters to detect any hidden moisture that could be lingering inside walls. All of this moisture must be taken care of to prevent the growth of mold. If any mold has started to grow, we also clean this up and sanitize the affected areas.

SERVPRO of West Tampa ensures that we have your home thoroughly dry again before we say the job is complete. We pride ourselves in our ability to make affected homes in the areas of Rocky Point, West Tampa, or Town n Country safe again, so give us a call at (813) 855-0888.

If Fire Has Damaged Your Tampa Business Call The Experts Today

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

A person's hands are shown holding a tablet looking for insurance information with a fire in the background SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call us at (813) 855-0888

Getting Back To Work After A Fire In Your Tampa Business

Fire damage in your Tampa business can lead to permanent or prolonged setbacks if you do not take decisive action. Though your insurance provider may offer some compensation after the incident, a fire can leave a big dent in your business.

If there is a fire at your commercial location in Tampa, you need restoration services immediately.


Most people forget that commercial fire damage incidents in Tampa have a close relationship with water damage - which usually results from the fire extinguishing efforts. We are referring to the liquids that equipment like fire sprinklers dispense when attempting to put off the flames. On top of that, the pipes might burst and lead to additional water on your property. That means apart from cleaning the soot particles, water removal services are also necessary. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa team has specialized equipment and tools to address such challenges.
 
When our SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians respond to a fire and smoke damage event, one of the tasks we do is to investigate the specific cause and then device appropriate techniques to address all the needs. Securing the structure is the other thing we do, and during that step, we work towards protecting the occupants and our team.

We inspect whether the ceilings, wooden floors, and walls are strong enough for the restoration to proceed. If not, we may perform minor demolitions where necessary. 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.


 
Our SERVPRO technicians also clean the smoke residues, and this procedure typically starts from the source.

The type of smoke residues on your property as well as the surface they are resting on usually help us to select a cleaning method. We understand the elements of cleaning such as temperature, time, chemical action and agitation - which are helpful when suspending and removing the residues. For instance, if we go for a chemical reaction, we understand the heat can increase the speed of such processes; therefore, we choose the most appropriate temperature to boost the effectiveness of the detergent we are using.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.
 
At SERVPRO of West Tampa, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster be it storm, water, mold, and fire related. Call us at (813) 855-0888 when you need restoration services for your business.

Commercial Fire Damage Can Cost You Your Business - Know Who To Call

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

The hallway of a hotel is shown We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly SERVPRO of West Tampa

Hotel Fires in West Tampa, Town n Country or Rocky Point Can Be Dangerous and Costly

  When fire damage occurs to a hotel, good decisions have to be made quickly regarding clean up. The restoration process can be lengthy, and if not done correctly, it can leave your hotel in an uninhabitable condition. One of the most significant challenges during the fire damage restoration of your Tampa hotel is the inconvenience to the guests. The fire can leave multiple rooms with soot and smoke damage, and the odor can be very challenging to eliminate. That said, professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa use a multi-step approach to minimize the damage and eliminate the odor as quickly as possible and with minimum disruption to your other guests.  

Mitigation Services

 
The first and perhaps one of the most important service that SERVPRO of West Tampa professionals offer is the mitigation service. The goal of this service is to secure your hotel and prevent further secondary damage. This service includes board-ups, establishing the temporary source of electricity and emergency drying of the structures that are wet after fire-fighting procedures.  

Structural Cleaning Services

 
Cleaning is perhaps one of the most labor-intensive and time-consuming steps in the restoration process. SERVPRO technicians use some of the best equipment and chemicals to clean the smoke and soot residues from your hotel. Our priority is to restore rather than to replace. We make sure that you are aware of the timeline and the progress of the restoration.  

Contents Cleaning Services 

 
The contents of your hotel that are covered in smoke and soot residue are also cleaned by SERVPRO of West Tampa professionals. While some contents can be cleaned on-site, other situations may require the contents to be moved to another site for cleaning and restoration. We make sure that your contents are appropriately transported and cleaned while on an off-site location.  

Specialty Restoration Services

 
Some content such as electronic equipment, furniture, expensive artwork or upholstery needs special cleaning that needs to be done by experts. Our technicians make sure that you are aware of such experts and also help you to get in touch with them.
We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.
Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert fire restoration technicians.

Commercial Water Damage in Tampa

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage to hotels is not completely avoidable. For example, having an in-suite kitchenette is one of the amenities that many people expect to have when traveling outside their hometown. 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.

Hurricane And Storm Damage Require Planning

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Palm Trees Are Shown Blowing In The Wind Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster (813) 855-0888.

Hurricanes are characterized by very powerful winds that move in a circular motion and that can cause severe storm damage.

Hurricanes and storm damage in Tampa are more likely to occur along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. However, areas along the Pacific coast in the southwest of the United States will also feel the effects of hurricanes. Hurricane season along the Atlantic Ocean is typical between June and November, with the maximum amount of hurricanes taking place from the middle of August to the end of October. Along the Pacific Ocean, hurricane season will start in the middle of May and will finish around the end of November.

Hurricanes are unrelenting in their force and can produce winds more than 155 miles an hour. Hurricanes cause Tampa storm damage and floods miles inland and can demolish property with heavy winds and debris storms. Slower moving hurricanes can trigger mudslides or landslides in mountainous regions as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, it is estimated that between 1970 and 1999 more people lost their life as a result of flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other hazard associated with these storms.

Hurricanes will often make landfall suddenly. The storm damage can be intense. Many homeowners have seen the benefit of preparing a hurricane preparedness checklist. This list will include things that they will need before, during, and after a hurricane. Local TV stations and The American Red Cross provide comprehensive check lists. Some items on this checklist are:

• An emergency kit including a way to communicate with family
• Diagrams showing the level of their property as well as how flooding from storms will affect their property
• Learn where levees and dams that could affect your property are located
• Learn your community’s hurricane escape route and know how to get to higher ground
• Have an evacuation plan
• Make a plan to secure your property by covering the windows with 5/8 inch marine plywood to prevent windows from breaking
• Guarantee that all trees and shrubbery around the home have been trimmed as they can lead to expensive structural damage
• In the hours before the storm, bring any loose furniture, decorations, and garbage cans that are around the perimeter of the home inside
• Make arrangements to secure your boat
• Purchase a generator for power outages
• If the home is in a hurricane prone area, consider constructing a safe room
• Avoid elevators
• Take steps to protect food and water during and after an emergency
• In addition to drinking water, have water for sanitary purposes such as flushing the toilet

The above checklist by SERVPRO includes some of the things that homeowners who live in areas that are prone to hurricanes should be prepared for. The better prepared a homeowner is, the better the chances of protecting their loved ones and their property.


SERVPRO of West Tampa is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. Contact us 24/7 at (813) 855-0888.

Cleaning Up After A Fire in West Tampa

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business is a scary experience. It's sad and depending on the amount of damage it can be overwhelming. Understanding the restoration process isn't easy. There are so many things to consider and so many decisions to be made. 

One Call

 Call the trained, certified experts at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888, they can even work with your insurance company. 
The only way to restore most of the materials in the building is by rigorous evaluation, cleanup, repair, and replacement. Every fire comes with a unique type of damage. Low oxygen fires tend to leave wet, smoky residues that are harder to remove than the drier smoke residue that a high oxygen fire generates. Additionally, the water used to extinguish the fire can cause indoor humidity to rise significantly, allowing more smoke and residue to penetrate the wood in the structure.  Whichever type of fire you are dealing with; you need to contact a fire restoration company as soon as the firefighting crew departs. SERVPRO of West Tampa can provide quick and efficient fire damage restoration services for your Tampa home. We have highly skilled professionals who are certified by the IICRC, ensuring that you get back control of your home in no time.

SERVPRO of West Tampa

 SERVPRO professionals offer specialized services for getting rid of bad odors left by smoke or fire damage. We seek out the odor sources and eliminate them instead of simply covering them with a fragrance. This process involves using advanced deodorization equipment such as Thermal Foggers and Ultra Low Volume Foggers. Thermal foggers are suitable for confined spaces while ULV foggers can easily penetrate sites with odor-causing residues.  If the house contents are at risk of additional fire damage from prolonged exposure, we may recommend a move-out. Our experts are adequately trained on proper move-out procedures to prevent additional damage to your property, including efficient inventory taking. We use Contents Claim Inventory Service technology to generate comprehensive inventories for each room. Contents are grouped into questionable, salvageable, and non-salvageable items for easier settlement.  To determine the best cleaning services for the job, our technicians must first test the extent of the smoke damage. We use air and fluids to extract soils, either through vacuuming or dissolving. Vacuuming is particularly useful for removing dry particles that are loosely attached to surfaces. When they come into contact with moisture, solid particles can be difficult to clean off. Dissolving is used to remove soils and residues that are not loose particles. In this case, it is important to consider the type of surface involved to avoid damaging the material being cleaned. Some surfaces are vulnerable to water while others do not react well with solvents.Whether small or large, fire can occur unexpectedly and cause considerable property damage.  Fortunately, you have SERVPRO of West Tampa to count on for fast and efficient fire damage restoration services. In case of an emergency, contact us immediately at (813) 855-0888.

Storm Damage In West Tampa

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Palm Trees Are Shown Blowing In The Wind The trained, certified, professional team members at SERVPRO of West Tampa know how flood damage from hurricanes can affect our community.

Tampa is quite often in the path of hurricanes and homes and businesses suffer thousands of dollars in damage. A large percentage of this damage is related to the flooding inherent in such severe weather systems. A hurricane leaving an area does not guarantee that the crisis poses no further problems for homeowners. It only means that cleanup efforts can begin.


 
When a hurricane hits the area, flood damage in Tampa is almost impossible to avoid. While flooding continues to affect an area, the costs of mitigating the damage increases. When we arrive, pumping out the flooded floors of your home becomes a priority. Eliminating any additional moisture follows, with moisture levels monitored as the work continues. This includes the humidity in the air inside your home.
 
Left without a place to call home, Floridians need to restore their homes quickly. Completion of necessary repairs not only re-establishes 'home' but it also decreases the risk of secondary types of damage.

After a hurricane, the air outside can remain saturated for a long time. Instead of opening doors and windows to permit faster evaporation rates, we close these openings. Doing so creates an enclosed space that can become drier faster because of the increased control maintained over the indoor environment. With little humidity able to enter, a state of dryness is easier to obtain.
 
Soaked materials in a home become swollen and warped. Such materials no longer function as they should, even once dry again. The changes in the physical appearance alone can render many materials unusable. While the experts in restoration at SERVPRO of West Tampa always save as much as possible during each job, some materials can pose risks if salvaged and reused or never removed and left intact. We put our expansive knowledge to work for you, so your family is protected in the future after the work is done and long after.
 
The trained, certified, professional team members at SERVPRO of West Tampa know how flood damage from hurricanes can affect our community. Each home is important to not only the family who lives there but also to the neighborhood and the community as a whole.

Call us at (813) 855-0888 at any time, whenever your home needs restoration work of any kind.

Preparing Your Family For A House Fire

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire can be frightening,  preparing your family ahead of time can ensure everyone gets out safely. Take a few minutes to review the tips below and go over them with your family.
 


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 re-enter 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.
SERVPRO of West Tampa can come in and help you clean up your Tampa home after the fire. We have trained professionals that are certified.
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.