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Don't Waste Time When You Have Water Damage In Your Home

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

The floor and wall of a flooded home are shown with standing water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business.

Call the Pros: SERVPRO of West Tampa


Knowing what to do when you have substantial water damage to your home can help you mitigate the loss. Timing is critical when restoring your property and failure to attend to the incident immediately may make your contents unsalvageable. That's why it is important to work with a certificated restoration service.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is the first call you should make. Experts in the industry should analyze the extent of the damage and determine what is restorable and what you need to replace.

There is a need for specialized drying equipment when addressing challenges that result from water damage in Tampa.

SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians are well equipped and trained to use air movers, scrubbers, and dehumidifiers when restoring your property. We opt to use air movers to dry moist areas as they promote air circulation. They are devices that require correct positioning as per the IICRC standards to achieve efficiency in their operation.

There is a danger of leaving the excess moisture in place for a long time. Apart from the possibility of making your contents unsalvageable, it may promote the growth of mold that may cause health effects.

The SERVPRO of West Tampa team uses dehumidifiers to reduce the levels of moisture in the air and thus create room for evaporation. There are accepted levels of humidity, and that is what we work toward achieving when conducting the restoration.

If there are odors and particles in the air, then air scrubbers can play a very vital role. Dependent on the situation, our technicians may use a wet or dry scrubber.

Deodorization is also another option that we use to combat the unpleasant smells. The work of deodorants is to neutralize and mask the unpleasant odors. Before neutralizing the smells, we begin by identifying their sources.

The Right Call When You Have Water Damage in Tampa

SERVPRO of West Tampa restores your property to its preloss state and is a leader in storm, mold, water and fire damage restoration. Call us at (813) 855-0888 for unbeatable restoration services offered by well-trained, certified experts.

Don't Ignore Water Damage In Your Attic

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is shown under magnification We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal

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.

Specialized Service

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 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

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.

Kitchen Fire Aftermath In Tampa

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your Tampa home can leave behind different kinds of damage. This is the case for many kitchen fires that affect homes. While the blaze itself might stay contained within this specific area of your house, the damage that occurred while extinguishing efforts were underway might be too considerable to clean and restore.

While it could be simple for you to say that your kitchen requires remodeling after fire damage in your Tampa home, the process of actually getting to that point is not always so streamlined. There are several steps in between the damage from the fire and renovations and remodeling.

The experienced SERVPRO of West Tampa professionals can help you through every part of this process to help you repair, restore, and ultimately remodel your home’s kitchen. We will work to make your space better than new.



From the moment that our technicians arrive at your home following the fire, our initial assessment of the damage helps to determine what can get restored with our expertise and equipment.

You might find that your kitchen area, where the bulk of the fire occurred, is not a complete loss. This process also gives our SERVPRO of West Tampa team a starting point for cleanup and restoration, as we work to preserve and salvage any part of your kitchen that is not completely damaged.



The restoration process combines a lot of the state of the art equipment that we have at our disposal to clean up the smoke/soot damage, to deodorize the area of the noxious scent left behind after the blaze, and also to address additional concerns like water damage from extinguishment.

Once these processes are underway, our experienced professionals can quickly determine what materials, appliances and structural components of the room cannot get salvaged with our efforts.



In these circumstances, our team utilizes their training in controlled demolition to carefully remove irreparably damaged materials found in flooring, ceilings, walls, cabinetry, or contents of the room for a replacement. This process is intricate and concise, ensuring that areas that can successfully get restored get left intact, and only the pressing concerns get removed.



Sometimes a kitchen fire in your home requires remodeling to reverse the fire damage successfully. If you are facing severe damage to this or any area of your home following a fire, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (813) 855-0888.

Preventing Water Damage To Your Home

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

A leaky roof is shown from inside Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster.

When your roof leaks and lets water come into your Tampa home, you need to get things dry again as quickly as possible. Water removal can take some time to fully complete, so beginning as early as possible keeps your home from additional damage.

Water Damage Experts 

SERVPRO helps many residents in Tampa cope with emergencies with our water removal services. Skilled and trained, our technicians hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) from the IICRC.

When we first arrive, we perform an inspection that reveals much of the information we need to carry out the work your home requires. During this time, we measure the amount of humidity in the air and different materials throughout your home. Some of these elements remain dry, providing goals for other materials and belongings.

Besides removing the standing water in your home, we also remove the moisture that evaporates out of that water. This moisture makes the air humid and travels everywhere inside your house. Pumps alone cannot perform all of the work required to restore complete dryness again. Heaters and air movers lift additional humidity out of materials, and then keep it moving until other machinery removes this moisture from the air.

The Right Equipment

The use of dehumidifiers and desiccant machines considerably improve the efficiency of the rest of our work. These remove the moisture that evaporates so it cannot condense elsewhere. Heaters, during the colder months, allow us to work without needing to turn your home heating system on, protecting it from microbes that might exist in the air. During the warmer months, we open windows and doors whenever the air outside is drier than it is in your home.

At regular intervals, we take additional readings in your home to determine if our work meets our progress goals. When these readings indicate restoration of your home's natural dryness level, we know that we succeeded in our goal.

Experienced in helping families live in safe, dry homes, SERVPRO of West Tampa can help your family, too. Call us at (813) 855-0888, anytime, day or night, any day of the year, to reach our 24-hour service. Water removal services provide the protection your home needs while restoring dryness that makes your house a home.

When fire, mold or water damage affects your home or business in Tampa, Rocky Point or surrounding areas your need help fast. SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated.

Water Damage In Your Tampa Kitchen Can Be Overwhelming, We Can Help

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

A dishwasher is shown in a kitchen Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

When you purchase a new dishwasher, you trust that the company who comes to deliver and install it to know what they are doing. You may run into a problem with it not being installed correctly, and you soon have a mess of water flooding your Tampa kitchen.

You need to act fast to get the water cleaned up before it creates more damage than it already has.

A leaking dishwasher can put many gallons of water out into your Tampa home very quickly. Once you get the water turned off and not flowing anymore, you need help in cleaning up the water damage, so it gets dried properly.

SERVPRO of West Tampa can come to your rescue anytime you need, so be sure to give us a call right away.

As water damage technicians, we always make a drying goal for any water damage situation. We also monitor the drying process each day to see whether the goal is being accomplished.

A drying goal is a condition that we want to bring about in the affected area of your home. Our goal is to get your home completely dry again and to correct any damage which has happened due to the standing water.

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster. We are also certified as a General Contractor and specialize in reconstruction so we are often able to complete the repairs and help you get back to normal quickly.

Our process includes moisture content readings from dry, unaffected contents and the structure. We take readings in percentage for wood materials and in points for materials which are not made of wood.

SERVPRO of West Tampa techs use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. Drier air means air with low humidity. A relative humidity of less than forty percent is essential for an efficient drying process. Relative humidity of under forty percent lets us know that the air is dry and thirsty, and pulls more water out of materials.

Measurements for relative humidity are however not as accurate as specific humidity readings. Reaching low relative humidity readings does not mean the structure is dry 100%, so we use specific humidity readings to make sure the humidity in the affected area is going down. When it is thoroughly dry, the specific humidity in the area should be the same or lower than the specific humidity in an area which was not affected.

SERVPRO of West Tampa takes care to ensure your home is dry again before we say the job is complete. Doing so avoids any additional damage in your home in the areas of Rocky Point, West Tampa, or Tampa, such as mold growth, so do not hesitate to call us right away at (813) 855-0888 when you have a water damage problem.

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.