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Professional Restoration After a Tampa Fire

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

After a fire call the specialists at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Residential and commercial fires are unpredictable and can be devastating.
Hopefully you have given thought to fire prevention for your home. In addition to taking these steps, you have also developed an escape plan with your family. In the unfortunate case of a serious fire, would you know where to turn after the fire crews leave?


SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 is the simple, effective solution. We'll respond quickly and get to work restoring your property.


One of the first steps in our fire damage restoration process is the inspection.

Without proper and careful inspection, we cannot be sure of risk factors in the environment, the extent of damage, critical utility locations, and numerous other important factors. Inspection can sometimes be a lengthy process, as SERVPRO of West Tampa inspectors have to look for and catalog many different factors.

Here are some of the things that we look for in homes that have taken fire damage.
 


Structural Instability


 
One of the most important considerations when inspecting fire damage in Tampa is structural stability. Fires, as they burn through supports and other structural components, can create unstable conditions and high potential for collapse. Our technicians look for signs of structural weakening to ensure the safety of both you and SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians, such as warped walls, burned columns, caved-in ceilings, buckled door frames, and scraping between doors, windows, and their upper frames. Any of these may be an indicator of a weakened structure, so knowing of them before any work begins has the potential to save lives.



Spots for Tarping and Boarding


 
Immediately following inspection, our crews move in with tarps and boards to seal up any windows, doors, or holes in the home that leave it open to the elements. Inspectors look for these openings and compose plans to seal them most effectively.


 
Damage Inspection


 
Of course, the central part of any fire damage inspection is what has been hurt, and how much. Inspectors will catalog items, surfaces, and areas which have taken damage, describing in detail for our other teams how bad the situation is and what factors caused it. From there, our technicians can work to apply appropriate cleanup processes and measures. If you have used our ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) system, this process may be greatly accelerated as our inspectors will have access to plans and inventory lists beforehand.


 
SERVPRO of West Tampa works with you to get fire damage cleaned up quickly at a fair price. Call us at all hours at (813) 855-0888.

Local Restoration Experts in Tampa

6/7/2022 (Permalink)


Being prepared for severe weather is just part of living in Florida. Part of living in coastal Florida is accepting the fact that hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, the rainy season, and living so close to sea level on the Gulf of Mexico, may result in water and flood damage.



If you are experiencing flood damage in Tampa, SERVPRO of West Tampa will help you get your home or business back to normal after the devastating water deluge has occurred. It is important that damage from flooding is taken care of immediately to minimize losses to your home or business.



When it comes to the type of flooding we experience here in Florida, the best option is professional water removal and cleanup for safety and proper restoration.

SERVPRO's highly trained technicians are consummate professionals who are IICRC certified and practice the best methods in cleaning and restoration services. One of the most important parts of preparedness is knowing who to call when you have storm damage, Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.



Flood Damage Restoration and Cleanup Services
Our trained technicians will arrive at your residence or commercial business and assess the flood damage and needs that your structure will require. From water damaged furniture, flooring, walls, and damage as a result of flooding, we do it all.



SERVPRO’s Residential and Commercial-Grade Services include:


• Water Removal


• Water and Storm Damage Restoration


• Mold Remediation if necessary


• Cleaning Services


• Building Services including rebuilds and reconstruction with affiliated partners



SERVPRO of West Tampa offers a wide range of professional cleaning services and restoration of flood damage in Tampa. Our locally owned and operated location means that we are close by and ready to serve you in your time of need. Our advanced equipment and tools aid us in cleaning up hazardous damage and mitigating future problems such as mold and structure damage. Our expertise helps us to provide you with the latest methods in flood and water damage restoration and sanitation.



24/7 Emergency Services in Tampa


Storms can be wildly unpredictable. When flooding occurs, you are never fully prepared. You can count on is SERVPRO of West Tampa to be there for you when you need us most. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants will answer your questions and dispatch our technicians to your location to get to work.



Whether it is your home residence or commercial property that has been affected, time is of the essence after flood damage has occurred. To ensure structural integrity, to mitigate damage, and to provide cleanup and restoration services, we work with the aim of getting you back into your home or business safely and efficiently "Like it never even happened."



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

Heavy Rain and Wind Damage, All Part of Tampa Storms

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Tropical storms start forming over large, warm bodies of water, far away from land.

Did you know that a tropical storm only receives an official name after reaching wind speeds beyond 39 mph? These fast-spinning storm systems maintain a low-pressure center, closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and steady thunderstorms that produce excessive amounts of rain.



Depending on the location of the storm system, they become categorized as a hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone. Residents living in the Tampa area too often experience flood damage from these types of events. If you are a new resident or have never experienced these types of naturally occurring events before, you should contact someone qualified to help you prepare your home against high winds, storm surges, and flooding.



While the sunny, warm environment and coastal living are appealing, it has its drawbacks. Tropical storms start forming over large, warm bodies of water, far away from land. These storms feed off of the energy caused by water evaporation near the surface of the ocean. Resulting condensation produces cloud cover and rain when moist air rises and cools.



These storms contain powerful winds blowing counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, or clockwise within the Southern Hemisphere, generating high waves, damaging storm surges, and tornadoes that rapidly reduce in strength after making contact with land mass. However, the resulting power levels affect areas up to 40 miles inland, taking a severe toll on coastal regions.



Research the storm history in the area where you live and consider making home improvements that help prevent future damage. Make the decision to prepare your home now. Never wait until the last minute to protect your property against this type of event, SERVPRO can help.



SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians can perform a full inspection, making recommendations on how to improve how your home fairs during this kind of event. Discuss options for grading, drainage, sump pump, and backflow valve installation that help limit exposure, removing some issues that cause severe damage.



SERVPRO of West Tampa uses advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, returning your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition using resources to respond quickly to your situation. "Like it never even happened."


Call Us First, for stress-free claims, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Accidents in Busy Tampa Warehouses

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

There are a number of things to be aware of in a busy warehouse. Making sure workers are avoiding injury and accidents is important.

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.

Experienced Technicians

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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.”

Accident Response in Tampa

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.


SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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. If you need help with commercial water damage call SERVPRO of West Tampa.

Professional Restoration Response to Fire Damage in Tampa

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business can be a frightening experience.  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 in Tampa

 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 Response to Fire Damage

 SERVPRO of West Tampa 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.

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.

Repairing Water Damage, Listen to What Your Pipes are Telling You

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Ignoring water damage in your home can be a costly mistake.


Knowing what to do to avoid water damage can protect your investment and the health of your family.


Water damage can require a costly fix. Here are a few ways you can avoid water damage in your Tampa home:


Older wood windows should be cleaned, repainted and re-stained periodically. Glazing compound around older windows should be replaced as needed. Update your windows and doors. Watertight options are best in new windows and doors.


Replace washing machine supply hoses. Plan for new ones every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance plan.


Regularly check your roof for signs of damage, such as excessive wear on shingles or missing shingles.


Use gutters and downspouts to make sure water is diverted away from your home and its foundation. In some cases, it is necessary to update of repair drainage.


Test your pump twice a year or as suggested by the manufacturer.


Much home piping has a lifespan of 50 to 80 years, so if you have an older house, ask a plumber to check its condition. PVC pipes may need to be replaced every 25 to 40 years.


Regularly check your roof for signs of damage, such as excessive wear on shingles or missing shingles.


Seal your basement. Thick coatings, paint and silicate-based sealers may help minimize or prevent water damage. Each method varies in application and cost.


Even minor plumbing problems can turn into major issues down the road. In the process, mold and mildew can create the ideal conditions for harmful bacteria and fungus to start growing and eventually cause a myriad of health problems for your family, including young children and family pets.


Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 to handle all your water damage.

If left unchecked, water leaks will inevitably cause more damage to your home or business, which is why they need to be addressed the instant you notice them.

If You Suspect Water Damage, Don't Ignore Your Attic

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

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 damaged pipes.

Damage like this can occur from plumbing issues, a faulty HVAC, wind 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.

SERVPRO of West Tampa Specialized Service


At SERVPRO of West Tampa, 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. Whether it is 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. Sheetrock that is showing signs of saturation such as warping needs replacement and can be demolished by SERVPRO of West Tampa. 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 of West Tampa 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.

Mold and Moisture in Tampa


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.

Residential Damage in Tampa Due to Severe Storms

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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. 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.

Residential Fire Causes in Tampa

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO of West Tampa for immediate assistance (813) 855-0888.

A small flare-up or flash fire can wreak havoc on a condo or multiple floors of an apartment or business building if safeguards are not maintained.

It is sometimes a small fire that can develop into massive fire damage destroying a building.

The following are the most common fire hazards leading to fire damage in a Tampa structure that forces a closure.


Smoking


Maintain designated areas for smoking when necessary. If possible, with the warm climate in Tampa, this can be an outside area. Typically, inside smoking is no longer permitted.


Electrical Wiring and Equipment


Install equipment and wires in compliance with local codes and OSHA regulations. Make sure maintenance is done by licensed electricians. Do not overload outlets or use long extension cords.


Fuel Gas


Install equipment in compliance with local codes and OSHA regulations. Professionals oversee maintenance.


Heat-Producing Appliances/Equipment/Boilers


Install equipment in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations and local codes. Allow only trained personnel to operate equipment.


Flammable/Combustible Liquids


These should be stored in approved cabinets, containers, and well ventilated and fortified areas. All workers must be trained in how to handle these dangerous products.


There should be locking metal containers for waste, which should be disposed of daily. Assess areas as safe for usage. Contractors must follow facility procedures and report all use of flammable liquids.


Fuel Gas Cylinders


These must be stored in a well-ventilated area, with any oxygen tanks a minimum of 20 feet away. Assess areas as safe for usage. Prevention mechanisms must be in place, such as chains so that they cannot topple over. They should be transported on cylinder carts in upright positions. They should be used at least 20 feet away from hazards with "Hot Work" or "Hot Work Procedure" signs. Only trained personnel should use them.

Oxygen Cylinders

These must be stored at least 20 feet away from flammable or highly combustible material and in well-ventilated locations. Secured to prevent tipping over. They should also be transported on cylinder carts in upright positions. Only trained personnel should use them.

Propane Vehicles

Only trained personnel should use them. They must be properly maintained. Drivers must be trained to handle the propane and the vehicle safely. Cylinders must be safely stored. Maintenance of cylinders must be done by a reputable supplier.

Electric Vehicles

With particular attention to golf cart barns. They must be properly maintained. They must be charged in well-ventilated areas that have been approved for this purpose. No arcing or sparks. This requires special care since it can be an open area to the public.

If you own a building, you do not have complete control over what residents or employees may be doing. You can develop a fire prevention plan to help lessen the risk of fire damage.

In the unfortunate event that your business or apartment building incurs fire damage along with water damage and smoke intrusion, call the experts, SERVPRO of West Tampa. You will receive an immediate response from us, and we will get you back to pre-fire conditions as quickly as is possible. "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa for immediate assistance (813) 855-0888.

Storm Damage Restoration in Tampa

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage, you can depend on SERVPRO of West Tampa to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast. Call us 813-855-0888


The arrival of spring brings with it longer days and more sunshine, but spring also brings with it warmer weather which is sometimes unstable. This creates the threat of severe weather throughout Tampa. It is important that you are prepared for whatever severe weather comes our way.

Fluctuating temperatures that can go from warm to cold within hours cause the weather to change. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes.

After studying natural catastrophe losses in the U.S., it was found that severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses. These storms can bring about flooding threats, high winds and even tornadoes given the right conditions.

There is no way to completely accurately predict the weather, forecasters have the tools available to them to at least give us an idea of the possibility of severe weather.

Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family. One recommendation is to download a local weather app on your phone and set it to alert you when severe weather is approaching.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.


Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.


Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.


Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries 


Emergency evacuation or shelter plans


Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info


A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors


3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food


Personal hygiene items


Blankets or sleeping bag

Storm Damage Help in Tampa


If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO of West Tampa to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast. Call us 813-855-0888.