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How to Restore Your Tampa Home After a Fire

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Restore Your Tampa Home After a Fire Speed is a necessity in recovering from a fire and preventing secondary damage. SERVPRO ;has the expertise to assist you with this unpleasant task.

Useful Tips for Restoration of Fire Damage in Tampa

In homes, an out of control fire is always only a few seconds away. It might sound like a grim outlook, but considering the wide variety of likely ignition sources present in the home, it is a reality that people have to accept. Some likely sources include cooking equipment, faulty electrical wiring, candles, barbecues and even habits such as smoking in the bedroom. Most fires can be traced back to negligence so exercising proper care can keep them at bay. However, when they do occur, you can restore your Tampa property to preloss conditions if you follow the right procedures.  

Speed is an integral part of recovery efforts after fire damage in Tampa. The materials that burn in the blaze form different types of residues that settle all over the property. Some of these might corrode or fuse into the surfaces where they settle causing additional damages. Surfaces made of aluminum, porcelain, marble or brass are easily damaged this way. Fabrics such as draperies or upholstery can also form permanent stains if residue that settles on them is left unattended for long. Our SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the loss environment to determine which areas should be addressed first to avert further damages.  

The damages caused by fires fall into different categories based on whether heat, smoke or flames cause them. Looking through what is left, you might be tempted to clear everything out and send it to the landfill. However, some of the contents appearing damaged entirely might be salvageable through cleaning or other restorative procedures. Our SERVPRO team helps you save such items thus reducing the overall recovery costs. We separate items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items immediately after starting the restoration process.  

Apart from dealing with the contents, the affected area also requires deep cleaning to get rid of soot and other smoke debris. The heat from the blaze might also cause discoloration of surfaces such as walls. Cleaning helps restore the visual appeal of the affected area, and also remove any lingering bad odors. By applying professional cleaning agents, and mechanically agitating the affected areas, our SERVPRO technicians deal with effects of the fire “Like it never even happened.”  

Although fire ruins properties in a matter of minutes, restoration takes considerable effort. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa to assist. You can reach us at (813) 855-0888 any time of the day.

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How SERVPRO Can Help You Avoid Storm Damage To Your Home In Tampa

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Can Help You Avoid Storm Damage To Your Home In Tampa One of the secondary effects of adverse weather is flooding.

Reducing The Risk Of Permanent Harm After Flood Damage In Tampa

September is a month where many Americans experience extreme weather conditions. So much so, that institutions like the Red Cross, Environmental Protection Agency and Government sponsored initiatives warn us to be prepared for every eventuality. National Preparedness Month is designed to ensure we have the tools, skills and resolution to help each other and our communities when confronted with natural disasters like those being experienced across the East Coast right now.

One of the secondary effects of adverse weather is flooding. Properties that have flood damage in Tampa can benefit from quick, decisive action. SERVPRO has spent decades helping homeowners to overcome the unexpected. From those years of experience, we have honed our approach to providing a convenient solution that is both thorough and efficient.

Notification of loss can be made 24 hours a day to our emergency call line. We guarantee to arrange a service within the first hour of receiving your call to help put you at ease at what is a stressful time. Once a trained SERVPRO technician arrives onsite we can begin to mitigate loss, starting with a thorough visual inspection.

A visual inspection is crucial to understanding the extent of damage and the best method for reducing it. Your technician can prioritize areas of potential hazard such as electric cables or signs of contamination. It is not uncommon for flood water to contain pathogens that could be harmful or cause permanent damage. Using chemical-based cleaners and sanitizers can help reduce the risk of those pathogens from spreading.

Depending on the extent of harm, we made need to relocate you to temporary accommodation. If it is safe for you to remain in the property, we can cordon off affected areas, establish clean rooms and set to work restoring your home contents. Usually, we find that possessions coming into contact with contaminants can still be salvaged using advanced cleaning methods. Those that can not be salvaged can be logged by SERVPRO to help you make your insurance claim.

Preparing for every eventuality is part of our remit. Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa now at (813) 855-0888 to arrange a service.

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Households That Prepare for Disasters Involving Water Loss Suffer Reduced Mold Damage in Rocky Point

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Households That Prepare for Disasters Involving Water Loss Suffer Reduced Mold Damage in Rocky Point Water Flooding Is Followed by Mold Damage in the Rocky Point Area, SERVPRO for Demolition and Remediation

Mold Remediation in Rocky Point Properties Is Best Left to SERVPRO

During our nation's National Preparedness Month, we at SERVPRO want to encourage people in our communities to learn everything they can about how disasters can affect them and their homes. Finding out what can lessen the damages from catastrophic events that occur in and around Rocky Point can help decrease property damages and keep your family safe from harm.
 
Many disasters that involve water in Rocky Point can lead to mold damage. Protecting our homes and other property from this aggressive microorganism can help prevent its growth. When mold and mildew cannot grow out of control, damage to your home and personal belongings remains very unlikely.
 
Preparing for disasters like flooding and stormy weather hinders microbial activity by removing the water quickly. Allowing water to remain in a home, even in the form of elevated humidity, permits microbes to flourish and begin consuming your house's materials. SERVPRO technicians can remediate mold damage and extract all the excess moisture that allowed the damage to start developing inside the interior.
 
When mold damage came from the development of a slow leak or another structural shortfall in your property, we can repair small problems for you. More significant issues require a quick call to a plumber, which we can arrange for you if you wish. As long as the water continues unabated, however, our efforts must wait. Proceeding to remediate mold damage while invasive water remains an issue only wastes our efforts and your money.
 
During remediation, we contain the area that sustained damage to keep anything from spreading and contaminating the rest of your home. We use plastic sheeting, air filtration systems, and negative air pressure to push the contaminated air out and draw clean air into the location where we are performing remediation. Removing damaged and infested materials by using double bags keep the debris contained even as it leaves your home. Once finished, we clean up so you can truly relax and feel right at home immediately.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa can help you put a stop to mold damage and make everything “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (813) 855-0888 when microbial activity is creating problems in your house.

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How Tampa Residents Can Identify And Repair Water Damage In Attic Spaces

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Tampa Residents Can Identify And Repair Water Damage In Attic Spaces When leaks occur in your attic space insulation can act like a sponge, soaking up moisture and encouraging mold growth.

Water Damage In Your Attic

Attic spaces are an area where moisture and mold can build up undetected. Unpleasant odors, discoloration of your ceiling and changes in texture are all signs of leaking or burst pipes. Damage like this can occur from plumbing issues, a faulty HVAC, wind damage or extreme weather conditions. One thing that's for sure is that you need professional investigation and remediation.

Precipitation increases in the fall making water damage in Tampa a common occurrence. When leaks occur in your attic space insulation can act like a sponge, soaking up moisture and encouraging mold growth. The difficulty in treating these areas lies in accessibility which limits the use of standard procedure and equipment.

At SERVPRO, we have designed and honed a specialized service for attics and crawlspaces. A visual inspection can be carried out onsite by a trained technician. We are looking to locate the source of water. Be that from damage to the roofing materials, leaking appliances, plumbing or structural damage.

The next step in the procedure is to dry the structure which can mean removing sheetrock as well as insulation. Sheet-rock that is showing signs of saturation such as warping needs replacement and can be demolished by SERVPRO. Fiberglass insulation can be removed, dried and returned.

The equipment we can use includes rapid air-movers and dehumidifiers. Your technician can use moisture meters to ascertain the correct dry level in the affected area. Negative air pressure can be used in the affected area to limit the spreading of contaminated air or unpleasant odors into other areas of your home.

Where there is severe structural damage, it may be necessary to call in remodeling contractors. SERVPRO can identify areas where remodeling is needed and prepare the structure for remodeling work. We can also perform emergency board ups if there are apparent gaps in your roofing. These are temporary fixes designed to prevent further damage until the area is fully repaired by an external contractor.

If you suspect there may be mold or moisture building up in your attic space, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 or request help online.

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Commercial Water Damage Experts In Tampa Talk About Structural Problems

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Experts In Tampa Talk About Structural Problems As soon as we remove all of the ruined components we dry out the structure so that mold growth cannot occur.

Commercial Water Damage Experts

If a major water leak ever takes place inside your Tampa manufacturing company, your building's structure can get ruined. Sometimes a pipe breaks on the second or third floor of the building, and the result can be excessive commercial water damage. Moisture always heads down due to gravity, so when a leak happens on a top floor the level beneath it can start flooding from the ceiling down. In this type of scenario, moisture can destroy structural components and require a vast amount of reconstruction work to your Tampa 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 in Tampa, we ensure the working area is safe. 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.

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.

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. If your manufacturing shop ever gets negatively affected by moisture, call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 any day of the week.

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How Professional Equipment Make Flood Damage Restoration in Tampa Successful

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Professional Equipment Make Flood Damage Restoration in Tampa Successful SERVPRO Measures Moisture and Flood-Cuts Damaged Walls in the Tampa Area

SERVPRO Employs Scientific Methods to Understand and Grapple with Moisture Content after a Storm-Induced Flooding

The use of professional products and equipment makes flood damage restoration doable. It is necessary to undergo training to operate some of the devices. They are several types of equipment that we use when working on your property and their work is to detect moisture, deodorize odors, extract water, move air, dehumidify, and prevent injury to customers and employees. We are going to look at how we use detection and monitoring equipment when dealing with such incidents in Tampa.

It is essential to track moisture in your Tampa home during flood damage restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians compare the readings we get with the standard moisture levels from a baseline we establish by documenting moisture content in an unaffected area of the home. We use a moisture sensor when we have to detect whether soft materials contain moisture. If we want to check the moisture of water in your carpet, we can use the equipment's sharp probes to penetrate into the material. If the sensors detect water, then a light blinks and a beeping sound goes off.
 
We use moisture meters when our SERVPRO technicians need to determine the exact amount of moisture in wet materials. Just like moisture sensors, penetrating moisture meters have probes that we direct into underneath the wood flooring and wall cavities to measure the moisture content. We can also place non-penetrating moisture meters on surfaces - which function by using sensors. It is also important to remember that a moisture meter which is set to take readings on wooden materials cannot work well if we use it to take drywall readings.
 
The temperature and the relative humidity RH of your structure are factors that our SERVPRO technicians look at when drying your property. We can measure the two by using thermo-hygrometers and infrared thermal imaging devices. Before we can take the readings, we first allow the device to adapt to the site's conditions. We can perform dehumidification to lower the content of water vapor in the air when the relative humidity is so high.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally operated and uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to return your property to its preloss condition. Call us at (813) 855-0888 at any time of the day and benefit from a stress-free process.

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Seek Help to Avoid Restoration Related Dangers after Fire Damage in Tampa

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Seek Help to Avoid Restoration Related Dangers after Fire Damage in Tampa SERVPRO Advice--Check Your Tampa Residence Smoke Alarms Often

Tampa House Fires Can Hide Dangers and Hazardous Conditions, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Most property owners are only wary of the dangers involved when putting out a fire. Once the flames are out and the smoke clears, any thoughts of danger also disappear. The restoration process in any Tampa property damaged by fire presents a number of risks. Some like weakened parts of the structure that might collapse and injure people are easily identifiable. Others like the effects of burnt residues might not be readily discernible. Involving someone with some level of expertise in such restorations can protect you.
 
Among the first steps taken to restore fire damage in Tampa is the removal of the charred and smoke filled residue. The blaze level the fire reaches might compromise the integrity of the structure or even some fixtures such as cabinets. It is, therefore, necessary to exercise care to prevent these structures from crashing and injuring the person restoring the property. When our team from SERVPRO visits your property, we first inspect the structure to identify any areas likely to pose problems and either support them or involve a structural contractor.
 
Apart from the danger of compromised structures, fire residues also pose various risks. Smoke and other airborne residues present the least observable dangers, but their effects are long term. When a fire burns, it produces different gaseous components including carbon monoxide, which most people are aware of, and hydrogen cyanide, which is very dangerous. Also, it has aerosols comprised of very minute burnt and unburned materials that remain suspended in the air long after extinguishing the fire. Working in such an environment over an extended period without protection can lead to respiratory issues. The team we send from SERVPRO uses all the necessary protection including wearing respirators.
 
In addition to dangers the restoration procedures expose to the person doing the job, it can also affect the structure and contents too. For example, in a bid to save time, it is possible to throw away items blackened by soot even when no real damage is present. When you call SERVPRO, our technicians can salvage most items even when pressed by a short turn around time. Sometimes we remove possessions for off-site cleaning. This way, normal operations in the affected property can resume within the set deadlines. Later on, we return the cleaned items.
 
Involving a specialist used to dealing with restoration projects safeguards your interests. SERVPRO of West Tampa can avail a team to help at any time of the day or night. Call us at (813) 855-0888 for personalized assistance.

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Common Hazards to Avoid During Water Damage Restoration in Tampa

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Hazards to Avoid During Water Damage Restoration in Tampa Water damage in any part of your home is a cause for concern. Call SERVPRO to dry out your home and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Take Care of BOTH Your and Our Safety Concerns When Remediating Water Damage in Your Home

Before the water damage restoration process can start, it is essential to know whether the structure is safe and secure, because there might be many hazards at the site. For instance, the water may contain some layers of soil, toxic chemicals, pesticides, sewage and other hazards. It is one of the reasons why we use protective clothing and equipment when attending to such incidents in Tampa. We are going to at some of the safety measures we observe when we are working for you.
 
The water damage event in Tampa can leave standing water next to the outside walls of your home. When our SERVPRO team arrives at the site, we walk around the house and check for gas leaks and loose power lines. We also check whether there are any noticeable cracks in the foundation and windows. If the gas or electrical meters are outside, we shut them off to make sure the utilities are not running.
 
It is also the work of our SERVPRO technicians to remove the sediments that the water leaves in the house. We can use shovels to do this kind of work. We also clean any mud around the air conditioning and heating ducts. Where necessary, we can remove the registers or vents when cleaning the metal ducts and perform some demolitions within the crawl space area to promote accessibility.
 
Damp conditions create favorable conditions for mold growth, and if the wallboard remains wet for long, it may start disintegrating. Wood may also rot, swell, or warp and there is a need to dry your property as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians can install air movers to circulate dry air around the structure. By using dehumidifiers, we can decrease the amount of moisture in the air and enhance the drying process. If we have to dry enclosed areas such as closets where air cannot freely move, then we may consider using desiccants.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is a trusted industry leader in water, storm, mold, and fire damage restoration. Call us at (813) 855-0888 when you need your residential or commercial property to be restored the right way.
 
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Storm Damages Allow Flooding In Your Tampa Residence

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damages Allow Flooding In Your Tampa Residence When flooding begins to happen in your home, get in touch with SERVPRO.

Storm Damage

The Tampa area is susceptible to hurricanes and severe weather systems sweeping in from the Atlantic all throughout the year. The figurative tide can change quickly on great weather to dangerous conditions that can leave substantial damage in their wake. Fortunately, our restoration team is always standing by to meet these effects head on and help you reclaim your damaged home.

While gale force winds and torrential rainfall can have its damaging effects on your house, it can also allow for instances of flooding. This incident adds a level of immediacy to the situation because untold volumes of water now have access points into your residence. Soon, you not only have to contend with the avenues that runoff and rainfall can take into your house, but have to contend with the subsequent flood damages in your Tampa home.

Roof damage is more common than you might believe. Even with just heavy rainfall, aging shingle roofs can struggle over time to divert the water away. Once even a single shingle breaks free from the group, water can gain access to the sensitive materials between your attic space / top floor and the outside world. Our SERVPRO professionals have tended to many flooding situations which originated in the attic from roof damages.

Your siding is another avenue that runoff and torrential rainfall can take to flood your house. While wind can get strong enough to tear vulnerable siding away from the home, these damages frequently happen with falling trees or flying debris. Often plywood and insulation are the final lines of defense between the interior of your home and the severe weather outside. These flooding situations could affect any area of your home, and require SERVPRO restoration in a widespread area.

When flooding begins to happen in your home, you do not have a minute to lose to get on the phone and get in touch with the right personnel to mitigate the damages. The faster you reach out to our SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration technicians, the fewer damages that they ultimately have to overcome to restore your home. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (813) 855-0888.

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Structural Concerns Of Your Tampa Home Following Fire Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Structural Concerns Of Your Tampa Home Following Fire Damage Keeping yourself safe does not stop simply because the fire was successfully extinguished in your house.

Structural Concerns Following A Fire

Assessing the structural integrity and needed repairs to your Tampa home following a fire is something that you should let the professionals handle. Especially with widespread damages, the weakening of structural elements becomes an inevitability that you cannot and should not ignore. While it is important to you to understand the full scope of the damage that your property faces and what has to happen to correct this damage, you should be better informed about potential risks associated with your own assessments.

Once the fire has gotten extinguished in your Tampa residence, homeowners quickly want to understand the farthest reaches of the fire damages they face. While this is often something for restoration teams and insurance adjusters to work on determining, homeowners often rush into the structure to see the issues for themselves firsthand.

Our SERVPRO professionals get trained to identify structural concerns and potential hazards when assessing a job, and even with this knowledge often find themselves at risk for falling construction materials and weakened flooring. These are the same risks that you take on when you set out to determine how much the fire has affected your home.

Ultimately, the fire itself and the water used to extinguish it can cause untold amounts of stress to wood framing, drywall, flooring materials, and ceiling framework. As these components weaken with the lingering damage yet to get addressed by our SERVPRO restoration specialists, the risk for them giving way and falling (or allowing someone to fall through them) is higher than you might expect.

This possibility is why structural assessment is part of the initial inspection performed by our estimators. They determine what materials require replacement based on the severity of their damages. Those with the highest risks of falling, or giving way, then become part of the estimation for rebuilding and renovation.

Keeping yourself safe does not stop simply because the fire was successfully extinguished in your house. Long after the first responders leave, your home remains at risk to those who enter it. Trust in our SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration professionals to properly determine the stability of your home and what needs to be done to restore it. Give us a call anytime at (813) 855-0888.

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