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Tampa Home Fires, It's Important Who Goes In When First Responders Leave

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

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The Fire Is Out, But Is It Safe To Go In Your Tampa Home?


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 are 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.

Fire Situations Differ

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

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.

Storm Flooding Response Requires Trained Technicians Using The Right Equipment

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

A damaged wall is shown after a storm caused flooding SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally operated and uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to return your property to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of West Tampa Uses Advanced Methods To Understand Storm 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.


It is essential to track moisture in your Tampa home during flood damage restoration. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.

Flooding In Tampa Doesn't Have To Mean Losing Your Home

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO technician is shown on a job wearing a black shirt and black SERVPRO hat If you need restoration help with your Tampa home or business Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

Although floods can happen any time, most incidents catch Tampa homeowners unawares. Floods, especially from storms, involve a myriad of challenges like contamination, and damages that spread all over the property. Even if you expect a flood, such challenges can overwhelm you. Certified in IICRC restoration of storm-damaged properties, we have the skills necessary to tackle all problems that may arise.


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of West Tampa arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Our biggest weapon against flood damage in Tampa is anticipation. We have fully stocked storm trailers ready to deploy at a moment notice to any location where flood damages property. When we arrive at the loss site early enough, we can take steps that prevent secondary damages. A good example is boarding up your property to keep weather elements out and removing any free items from the flooded sections to keep the water from ruining them.


Many hazards exist in flooded properties. For example, as the water flows over different areas, it carries several contaminants including biohazards to the house. The water level in the house might also reach electrical outlets, so anyone venturing into the house faces electrocution hazards.

The SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians are trained to anticipate such problems, which is why we carry the necessary PPE, Personal Protection Equipment, to all loss sites. Such equipment includes rubber gloves and boots to protect against contaminants. We also spray EPA- registered disinfectants into the water before starting other restoration processes.

Porous materials absorb contaminants from the floodwaters, and it is hard to remove all traces of such contaminants through cleaning procedures. For the safety of the occupants, the best option is to remove all porous materials from the affected area.

The SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians anticipate contamination of carpets, drywall, insulation, and other porous materials so in our toolboxes we have carpet shears, duckbill knives, pry bars and other tools to facilitate safe removal without damaging untouched materials. We also have heavy-duty plastics to hold the materials removed for safe disposal.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


Dealing with flood damage is easier when you have a highly trained team assisting you. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 to help restore your property.

If You Suspect Mold, Bring in The Team In Tampa That Understands Moldrsta

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown on an interior residential wall It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named.

Understanding Mold In Tampa


Mold growth and abatement require you to strike a balance between the conditions that allow fungi to flourish and the comfort of the average human. If you constantly battle mold in a commercial setting, another approach may be needed. Work with SERVPRO of West Tampa to discover and permanently remedy the moisture problems that cause persistent mold growth.



Your housekeeping staff is top-notch, yet you never seem to get ahead of hotel mold damage in your Tampa lodging property. Every time a housekeeper cleans a guest bathroom, they are to look carefully for mold and mildew. They almost always find a patch and apply a bleach solution to eradicate it. Although mold is common in all bath areas, struggling with it daily is unsustainable and an indication that your plan is not working. We would love an opportunity to evaluate your situation to see our mold remediation protocol offers a better and more permanent outcome.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.



Mold needs oxygen, moisture and a source of carbon-based nourishment to grow and prosper. Your hotel baths have plenty of oxygen. You might be surprised to know the remaining nourishment sources are possibly the thin coating of invisible soap scum for carbon and the water used to dilute the bleach solution. SERVPRO staff train to learn how to locate, contain and remove the microbial growth, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) procedure to remediate mold in schools and commercial buildings.


We use targeted biocide or anti-microbial products to disinfect the area, a much better decision than the use of bleach. Bleach lightens the color of the mold but does not remove or kill the tiny fungi. This explains why the same area darkens time after time, even after serious scrubbing by your housekeepers. The SERVPRO of West Tampa team then takes the investigation a crucial step further. We determine why the moisture level in your bathrooms is providing such an efficient incubator for mold.



Measurements of ambient humidity reveal the moisture content of the air alone in your guest bathrooms encourages the mold outbreaks. The answer is variable, including an inspection of your HVAC systems and a close look at how well your ventilation fans are reducing moisture. One thing that makes a huge difference is to link the bath light with the fan at all times, eliminating the choice for your guests to shower and bathe without the fan running.

Why Our Team For Mold?

SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.



If hard to manage mold outbreaks are causing your hotel review scores to dip, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa for a comprehensive evaluation and mold remediation. Call us at (813) 855-0888 to solve this problem.

Restoration And Renovation In Tampa

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes the Tampa area, call SERVPRO of West Tampa call us for a fast response time, professional clean-up, and reconstruction of your home. When you decide to replace the chipped bathtub and outdated tile you can call us for that as well.



Bathroom remodeling for Tampa homes is a special service our SERVPRO of West Tampa office provides area homeowners. Since the removal and preparation for restoration and remodeling is the same, helping residents modernize and improve their home is a natural growth out of our original mission.



Our remodeling team starts by sitting down with the homeowner to determine what they want, and we can offer our input. Our remodelers can install any tile and fixture, and paint or prepare the walls and ceilings to meet their color requirements as well. If desired, our crew can install modular units for the tub and shower enclosures.



Once our team has the plan, they start by carefully removing the old fixtures and pulling down any tile. If the homeowner wants to donate old fixtures that still look good and function, the team leader can help him, or she makes the arrangements for the items to be picked up.



With the tub, sink, and other items gone, SERVPRO of West Tampa team members inspect the walls and ceiling for any water issues. If the drywall shows sign of crumbling or other damage, we prefer to remove and replace them before continuing with other steps of the remodel. We can apply an antimicrobial agent for protection again mold growth. Next, we paint the walls and ceilings, and then apply tiles where indicated by the owner. Once everything is in place, we use fans to increase air circulation to more quickly dry the bathroom.



Finally, we carefully install the new bathtub or shower, sink, and other fixtures. Our crews carefully set the new items in place to avoid any possible damage or misalignment. With everything in place, teams use the fans again to speed up drying and ventilate the room.



Since we are a water and fire cleanup and restoration company, we make sure that the exhaust ventilation in the bathroom is adequate to evacuate excess moisture after a shower.

Our goal at SERVPRO of West Tampa, is to provide a remodeled bathroom that the homeowner can enjoy as quickly as possible. We are here for our neighbors, regardless if it to help improve the value of their home or to rebuild it after a disaster. If you need us, call today at (813) 855-0888 to get started.

Commercial Water Damage Requires Experienced Response

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A damaged pipe is shown with water gushing out If you have water damage to your home or business Call us at (813) 855-0888 to see why SERVPRO of West Tampa.


The hospitality industry in the Tampa Bay area is a major part of the area economy. Partial year residents, vacationers, and sports fans fill the rooms, along with business people traveling to make our area even more interesting and financially robust.

If a water crisis occurs hotel owners need a remediation company to trust, and we are eager to rise to the challenge.

Water removal scenarios in a Tampa hotel have many causes. A supply pipe, a sewer backup, laundry machine overflow, pool or spa breach, and more can send clean or contaminated water flowing. It is crucial that professional water abatement technicians assess the quantity and quality of the water and develop a safe and efficient removal plan that complies with local regulations.

Along with the training and critical thinking skills career restoration workers bring to the problem are the various, industrial strength pieces of equipment essential to removing water fast and drying the structure, furnishings, and fixtures thoroughly.

The Right Training and Experienced Technicians

We have the IICRC-trained and seasoned technicians, crew leads and project managers, and equipment needed to manage a loss large or small, which is why SERVPRO of West Tampa meets and exceeds expectations when commercial water removal is needed. Our team works hard to design a water mitigation plan that permits the majority of your guests to continue enjoying their Florida getaway or business trip. We have access to resources including a nationwide network of other franchises if we need additional equipment or technicians to get you back in business fast.

Hard flooring recovers well from water intrusion with pumps and extractors. Expanses covered by carpet are first extracted by plain wands to limit migration of water, and then we can attempt in-place drying with weighted wands and the techniques or technicians learned at training. We measure moisture in structural components at the beginning and throughout the remediation process, also using thermal scanning to find hidden water for removal that collects in cavities.

Our comprehensive approach makes it clear why SERVPRO of West Tampa is a preferred commercial water removal partner.

Once the majority of the water exits our management determines drying goals. We establish a perimeter and achieve a balance of air movement and temperature to force water out of building materials where it can be condensed or absorbed as a vapor for disposal by our dehumidifiers. There is a true science to structural drying, psychrometry, which is why SERVPRO’s highly-qualified technicians make all the difference.

Your hotel is well served when you have our number on speed-dial for water removal needs. Call us at (813) 855-0888 to see why SERVPRO of West Tampa is the area’s water disaster restoration leader.

If You Suspect Mold In Your Home, Trust Our Team

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A wall with cracked and peeling paint is shown If your walls look like this, it could be mold. Call us today at (813) 855-0888.

Mold growth on walls occurs mostly due to water leaks, condensation, and high humidity. Condensation occurs when water vapor meets a cold surface and transforms into liquid form. Things like steam from hot water or drying wet clothes inside the house increase the humidity in your home. Failing to address high humidity levels in the house can eventually lead to mold growth on the walls.

Certified And Trained Professionals

Your best bet against mold damage in is contacting SERVPRO of West Tampa. Our technicians are highly trained and highly experienced in mold remediation, and we always follow IICRC guidelines to ensure a thorough and complete restoration process. Our equipment and products are designed to return your property to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Mold on drywall is a serious concern. Since drywall is high in cellulose, it is extremely vulnerable to mold damage. In most cases, SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians often resort to cutting out and disposing of any drywall that has mold growth on it, as there is no practical way to completely remove it from the material.

Mold usually grows unnoticeably behind walls, where there is plenty of humid, moist air. Mold growth can also occur behind wallpaper, as wallpaper glue holds organic debris that becomes a source of food for the mold. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians use effective inspection methods to detect mold damage behind walls.

Signs of mold on walls include bulging, discoloration, and cracked or peeling paint. If you notice these signs on your wall, a closer inspection may reveal the development of mold growth. These signs could also be an indication of mold growing in the wall cavities. Small patches of mold on your walls may represent a larger mold colony that is slowly growing on the other side. You can easily identify the presence of mold through its unique musty odor.

SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Apart from serving as the last line of defense against external elements, your walls provide a space for hanging your favorite items and photographs. If you notice signs of mold, SERVPRO of West Tampa can come in and begin the mold damage control process. Call us today at (813) 855-0888.

Avoiding Injury And Accidents In Your Tampa Warehouse

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

A jug of biohazard cleaning fluid is shown Call the SERVPRO of West Tampa biohazard cleanup team a call anytime that you need us at (813) 855-0888

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.

Certified Technicians Can Respond Quickly To Water Damage And Mold

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in a corner Trained experts with the right equipment can respond quickly. SERVPRO of West Tampa a call at (813) 855-0888.

How can you prevent mold damage to your Tampa home?

It starts with understanding some facts about the creation of mold colonies and understanding what you need to do to get rid of the mold that has begun to form.

The first thing that you need to understand is that moisture is like fuel for mold spores to seat and grow into colonies. You want to cut back on the moisture in every area of your house, not just the spots that you believe are familiar places to spawn fungus. The reduction can happen in several ways that you might already be using, considering the excessive humidity typical of most Tampa homes. Without moisture in the air, colonies are much less likely to ever form on surfaces in your house. If you suspect mold or water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of West Tampa.

Another thing that you need to keep in mind is that mold spores exist naturally in the air that we breathe. Its natural existence means that if the conditions are right, any room in your house can suffer mold damages. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa certified technicians have dehumidifying devices to get rid of the moisture anywhere in your home.

Your bathroom is likely one of the most troublesome spots for the production of mold, especially if you are not regularly using the exhaust fan when taking showers and baths. This resulting steam from the warm water can linger for quite a long while as molecules in the air, pairing with mold spores to find a place to seat and grow. If you do not have an exhaust fan at all, this is a critical element to every single functioning bathroom. Ensure that you have one and that you use it appropriately.

If mold already exists, you should give our remediation technicians a call at SERVPRO of West Tampa to assess the damage and remove present colonies.

Make The Call To Protect Your Home


SERVPRO of West Tampa has experienced technicians and the right equipment to help you with mold, water damage or any other restoration work you might need.


Mold damages might not be all that uncommon to Tampa homes, but you should know whom to call if you happen to find some in your own home. Give SERVPRO of West Tampa a call at (813) 855-0888. You can reach us anytime.

Work With Us To Make Sure Your Business Is Prepared

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

The green logo for an emergency app is shown If you have questions about preparing your home or business call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

You have worked hard to establish your business into a profitable enterprise. You have all the insurance policies in place in the event of an accident, act of nature or an unanticipated event. Is that enough to protect your commercial business? Many businesses do not reopen after large scale damage has taken place.

SERVPRO of West Tampa takes its role very seriously in providing Tampa with fire, water, and storm restoration services to residential and commercial properties locally and throughout our great nation. Having plans in place for the protection of your property and contact information to all first responder organizations are critical to mitigating property loss and increasing personal safety.

Residential and business owners can use our no-cost mobile app called the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) that allows you to input pertinent information before your time of need when time is of the utmost importance.


For our local commercial businesses, we offer a very comprehensive package when you designate SERVPRO of West Tampa as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. We will visit your facility and develop a no-cost assessment of mission critical points that will mitigate impending damages because of quick response from emergency responders.

By being proactive, we can help you evaluate weak points, indicate shut-off valve and electrical panel locations, have all contact information at your fingertips via a mobile app, and relieve the stress of critical decision-making. And we follow up this assessment yearly to make sure your enterprise's profile is current.

The ERP benefits are quite extensive. You can sync with your laptops, tablet, and smartphones. Owners, decision-makers, office staff, and employees can share this information to help limit losses and downtime. We suggest you email us a copy of your completed profile so that we can dispatch adequate crews and equipment to mitigate any water or fire damage to your property.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. After calling your local first responders, call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888