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Knowing What To When Your Home Is Left Stained From Storm Damage

12/23/2019 (Permalink)


Extreme weather is a part of Florida living. Over the last decade in the United States, there have been several major storms; most recently including Matthew, Irma and Michael. So, leaking roofs, wet crawlspaces, and rising dampness are recurring problems. Fortunately, SERVPRO of West Tampa has expert storm damage repair teams on hand to deal with water issues quickly. 
We are available 24 hours a day. Our technicians are highly skilled in handling everything from wet carpets to flooded bathrooms and damaged insulation. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, the SERVPRO of West Tampa staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Even if the storm damage to your home isn't serious, you are likely to be left with unsightly water marks on the walls. We know how to take care of stain issues.  Dealing with Unsightly Water Marks
Often, after we have inspected the damage, it is clear that removing whole sections of the drywall is not necessary. In fact, in most cases, we can just treat and clean the affected parts of the wall. Heavy storms can put much pressure on a house and, if wind and rain get inside, moisture can accumulate between the walls.  The first thing to do is check the drywall is secured to the framing or studs. If it is sagging away from the studs, it may need replacing. However, we can try to add drywall screws and solve the problem before taking this stop.  Scraping, Cleaning, and Sealing
Following this, the SERVPRO technicians take scraping tools and remove any patches of drywall mud or paint which have become wet and clumped together. These areas of damage need to go so that the stains can be cleaned and painted over with sealants. Strong chemicals are only applied if the team suspects mold. The unsightly water stains are easy to deal with, but a sealant should is needed before adding regular paint. The sealant coating traps any residual moisture and bacteria and prevents it from bleeding through the repair job. The final stage is to cover the sealant with several layers of oil or shellac based paint. If you need help repairing your walls after a storm, SERVPRO of West Tampa has the advice and expertise to get the job done fast. We can leave your home looking "Like it never even happened." with state of the art tools and equipment. Call us 24/7 on (813) 855-0888.

Organizing The Restoration After A Downtown Hotel Fire

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown with fans and other equipment unloaded SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated, 24 hours, seven days a week. Call us today at (813) 855-0888 for fire damage restoration.


When an electrical fire caused a downtown Tampa hotel to be evacuated in January of 2016 guests where moved out of the building from just after 9 in the morning until 730 that night. Firefighters worked on an electrical fire ensuring guests and staff were safe while putting the fire out. The electrical fire caused smoke odors throughout the first four floors. According to the  National Fire Protection Association fire departments in the U.S. responded to an estimated average of 3,520 structure fires in hotels and motels each year, which represents 1% of all structure fires..
A fire damage event in a Tampa business can be professionally handled when owners have secured the services of SERVPRO of West Tampa. For a temporary move-out,  certified renovation professionals will sure that hotel owners have their contents packed, boxed, tagged, inventoried, photographed and staged in a specific area.  After a devastating fire in a hotel, the contents are quickly moved from the site to a warehouse or a storage facility for a scheduled cleaning. To further help hotel owners, a move-out checklist should be devised to help coordinate the move date with the business owner, the adjuster, the renovation contractors and a professional mover. A checklist should consist of a pack-up start date, a projected move-out date, and an actual date that the move-out will occur. Adjusters generally don't care when the move happens, but contractors do care since their reconstruction work is held up until the contents are moved. The fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa are using an inventory software package with an application called POI – Pack-Out Inventory to help keep their customers organized for claims processing. The software allows the restoration company to provide a complete inventory, using bar code and scanner technology. The software aptly tracks the entire move-out project with custom room templates and detailed room-by-room contents. This software also helps business owners to categorize each contents item into three different categories, as needed: salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable items. 
When a restoration company is helping to schedule their hotel customer’s move-out items, this is accomplished in two steps. After cleaning, the contents are removed from the warehouse and delivered to the customer's restored hotel location. Cleaning a hotel's fire damaged items are a part of their “restore versus replace” mantra. Hotel contents are pre-tested to decide what items can be restored to a pre-fire condition. There are several methods of cleaning: dry, wet, spray and wipe, foam, abrasive and immersion cleaning techniques.
As a proud and active member of Florida's southeastern community, SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated, 24 hours, seven days a week. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training to make your property operative again. Commercial restoration is a unique challenge. Our experts have the training, experience, and resources to help restore your business from lost revenue and lost productivity. Call us today at (813) 855-0888 for fire damage restoration and a move-out schedule, when needed.

The Importance of A Restoration Inspection After A Fire

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A fire with smoke billowing from a window is shown SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 is the simple, effective solution. We'll respond quickly and get to work restoring your property.

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, cheaply, and with the minimal safety concern. Call us at all hours at (813) 855-0888.

If You Suspect Mold in Your Tampa Home Know The One To Call

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Different varieties of Mold are shown during a lab test SERVPRO of West Tampa we have the best training, gear, and equipment available Know the one to call when you suspect mold.(813) 855-0888

If you are being overwhelmed by a mold damage infestation in Tampa, don't hesitate to call on our professional staff to help.

Calling in expertly trained technicians to assist with your situation can significantly enhance the chances of containing the infestation before it has an opportunity to get out of control and cause even further damage to your property.


Our SERVPRO of West Tampa staff knows that mold can quickly grow out of control within 48-72 hours, so we make sure that our technicians are at your door, ready to assist within four hours of your initial call.

A mold infestation may cause health effects for young children, elderly folks or anyone with respiratory issues; it is important to get a handle on the spread of a mold infestation immediately since it can cause many different types of reactions in a variety of different people. But, we do emphasize that most people are not affected adversely by most mold species.


With all of the news reports about the dangers of "Black Mold" recently, it can be hard to determine whether the information you're getting about mold is relevant or not. These reports can be scary, alarming and confusing. It would benefit you to take a few minutes to understand the facts about mold. Knowing certain information will assist you with choosing the correct actions to take to eliminate your mold infestation.


The expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa highly recommend that you remain outside of any affected areas found on your property and suggest that you avoid using your ventilation system until a remediation and restoration service has been performed to mitigate the spread of any existing infestation.

It is necessary to prevent the occupants of your property from making contact with any of the infected areas and for you to refrain from attempting to dry or clean the infected areas yourself. Doing so will assist you in preventing more damage to your property.


SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians have been specially prepared to help you; we have the training, gear, and equipment available to help us gain the upper hand against any size mold infestation and prevent further mold growth on your property.


The professional staff at SERVPRO of West Tampa is waiting for your call and are ready to help you right now. Make the call today - (813) 855-0888

SERVPRO Tips for Fire Damage to Your Tampa Property

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A large scale commercial buildig fire is shown You can develop a fire prevention plan to help lessen the risk of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (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. SERVPRO agrees that the following measures can help prevent fire and water damage.

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 from SERVPRO. 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 at the following always open line (813) 855-0888.

Do Not Make The Mistake Of Ignoring Water Damage In Your Tampa Home

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage Doesn't Have To Destroy Your Tampa Business

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

A shelves and coffee cups in a coffee shop is shown SERVPRO of West Tampa offers reliable commercial water damage restoration services.


There are a lot of ways that your Tampa business can be damaged by water. Don't hesitate to restore your business, contact trained professionals right away. Moisture can ruin flooring, interior walls, ceilings and the structure of your building if it sits for a long time. Excess water can damage your furniture and various contents inside the building, which can be costly. Water damage causes mold growth and can effect your health.  SERVPRO of West Tampa offers reliable commercial water damage restoration services. Our trained technicians will get you back in operation as soon as possible. First, our crews can check your shop to ensure the structure is sound. We understand that your business is important. You can expect our crew to work fast to get you back to work. If minor repairs are needed, our team can address those issues. After the inspection stage, our techs can remove damaged furniture and structural materials such as drywall and floor and ceiling tiles.  The water removal process may include the use of portable or truck-mounted extractors and pumps to eliminate water quickly. After the crew removes all standing water from the affected areas, they can begin the drying phase. Typically, we employ air movers, heaters and axial fans to dry areas fast. If necessary, the team can strategically place dehumidifiers to force moisture from the structure and enhance drying. This kind of restoration will require certified technicians that understand how to get your business back in business.  We may also need to pack-out some of the items in your business. Tables, chairs and other furniture may also be part of the pack-out phase. Our technicians do this to prevent loss of products and to prevent further damages. We wrap, label and categorize every item before we remove them from the premises. The use of bar-coding and tagging helps keep accurate records that can be useful to business owners when making insurance claims. SERVPRO of West Tampa provides reliable commercial water damage services that are reliable and fast. We are here to help and are only a phone call away. Contact us 24/7 at (813) 855-0888. When possible, our highly skilled technicians can return your shop to its preloss condition and make it look “Like it never even happened.”

When A Tampa Hotel Experiences Flooding, It's Time To Call The Pros

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown with fans and other equipment unloaded SERVPRO of West Tampa works with businesses of all sizes and can help your Tampa business recover quickly.


Hotels in the Downtown Tampa area need to depend on water removal services from an experienced company using the right type of equipment. SERVPRO of West Tampa offers emergency services that can help keep your current guests from feeling inconvenienced by not only restoring your hotel's interior but also by assisting your staff in fulfilling the needs of your guests. Linens and towels can quickly run out, but we can work with you to find a solution while we remove water from your laundry room floor and surrounding area. This will allow your employees the time to concentrate on maintaining high levels of guest satisfaction.
Restoring the interior area of your laundry room prevents damage from continuing to spread and worsen. Water not only seeps into other areas but also allows microbes to flourish. Microbes can begin affecting laundered items before staff members carry them to guest rooms, bringing spores with them and then infesting both rooms and guests' belongings. Dryers that remain in a humid environment can begin to rust on their drums, leaving rust spots on towels and bed sheets. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians can quickly dry everything with air movers, along with air scrubbers, that dry out the indoor environment and remove any microbes in the air. Towels used after showering and swimming in the pool can harbor spores from mildew and mold, thus keeping the microbial population in your laundry room higher than usual. Eliminating these before they can cause problems protects the rest of your hotel from damage later.
Water can easily seep into walls, so we use our equipment to push dry air inside them. We monitor the amount of moisture in the air as it exits your walls' interior cavities. When it reaches a reasonable amount, we know the interior no longer contains excess moisture. Your floors receive similar treatment with heated mats that suction off evaporated water.
No matter what part of your hotel needs drying out, we carry the right type of equipment in our Green Fleet. We work quickly to minimize the number of rental nights lost and to keep any current guests, and your employees, happy by making it "Like it never even happened."
Our experts will be able to offer you the knowledgeable and detail-oriented work necessary to get your home back in excellent condition. SERVPRO of West Tampa water damage restoration specialists offer comprehensive remediation services, including damage evaluation, drying work, odor control, demolition, and reconstruction. Some of the characteristics you should look for in a reliable company is:
• 24/7 emergency service
• a proven track record
• excellent online reviews
• exceptional customer service
• IICRC-certified technicians  SERVPRO of West Tampa works with businesses of all sizes and can help your downtown hotel recover quickly from malfunctioning equipment and broken water lines with our expert water removal services.Contact us at (813) 855-0888 to reach our 24-hour emergency services line.

Choosing the Right Storage Facility in Tampa

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Three wooden pallets are shown You should also use a crate or a pallet to elevate your items off the floor when storing material in a storage unit.

More and more storage unit businesses have been cropping up across the United States in the past two decades, as more people are looking to store furniture and valuables they might not have room for in their home.

Storage units, on the plus side, give a safe place to keep these times until you need them or are willing to get rid of them. They also present a very real water damage threat.


To avoid your items becoming water damaged and ruined, there are things you can check and steps you can take. If there is water damage to your storage unit in Tampa, you can call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 to help restore what is salvageable.
Before renting a storage unit, ensure that you check the facility out thoroughly.

Much like you would do with your personal property, check to see that the landscaping slopes away from the storage units, and that the location has enough drainage in case there is flooding or heavy rains. If there is any gathering or puddling of water somewhere on the property, you might consider this as a flood risk. The structure itself should also be in good condition without signs of water damage around or in the units. Water damage is generally apparent by stains on walls, flooring, or other structural parts of the building. Plus, if light from the outside can be seen while you are standing inside the unit, this means water can get inside easily.


Sometimes, people make the mistake of thinking that renting a storage unit means that their possessions are insured against loss by water or fire. This is not always the case; however, some companies might offer insurance as part of the agreement for rental. Therefore, you need to thoroughly read your agreement to figure out whether you are covered are not.


You should also use a crate or a pallet to elevate your items off the floor when storing material in a storage unit. You can also cover your things with a tarp to protect them in case the roofing is compromised and is leaking. If you find any leaks, ask for a different unit or request that the leak is repaired before you move your valuables into the unit.


Even if after all these precautions you still have a problem with your stored items getting water damaged, you can contact our professional technicians at SERVPRO of West Tampa. We can come out right away to assess the damages, figure out what can be saved, and clean up and restore these items. Just give us a call at (813) 855-0888 if you ever need our help, and we will be there quickly.

The Biohazard Solution in West Tampa

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

The biohazard symbol is shown, it includes three broken black circles over a sold black circle and an orange background We can remove the risks inherent in these scenes and restore a safe environment in your home or business. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa(813) 855-0888

Dealing with a crime or trauma is undoubtedly difficult. Unfortunately, biohazards can linger at the scenes of these events, creating the potential for serious health consequences if they are not properly eliminated.

You can protect yourself from the physical aftermath of a traumatic situation by calling SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 for bio-hazard cleanup.


The Purpose


Blood-borne pathogens, various biohazards, crime scene residues and dangerous chemicals often remain even after the initial crime or trauma.

SERVPRO of West Tampa's professional restoration experts trained in biohazard cleanup have specialized training and equipment. The training allows us to safely remove any toxic material and restore normalcy to the area.

Their expertise is important for people struggling to deal with the repercussions of a variety of unpleasant experiences, including:


Crimes and accidents

Suicides, homicides, injuries, and deaths

Sewage backups

Methamphetamine labs

Chemical spills

Hoarding

Vandalism

Animal waste or remains


The Process


When cleaning a scene, professionals create three distinct zones with biohazard tape and plastic sheeting. The clean area provides a place for them to store their equipment, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. The buffer zone offers a secure area for them to don their personal protective equipment. The actual scene that needs to be cleaned in West Tampa is referred to as the control zone.


Once the sections have been established, restoration professionals get to work, eliminating bio-hazards using a three-step process. In the cleaning phase, they remove blood, biological materials, dirt, and chemical residues. They also take out any materials that cannot be salvaged, disposing of them as medical waste. The sanitization phase comes next. Here, technicians spray a sanitizing foam over any affected surfaces. This foaming is repeatedly done until adenosine triphosphate fluorescence testing verifies that the area has been thoroughly sanitized. In the final phase, technicians use deodorizing agents to remove any odors.


At SERVPRO of West Tampa, we understand the emotional and practical challenges involved in dealing with a crime or trauma scene. Our professional technicians have the empathy and expertise needed to tackle biohazard cleanup and restoration situations. Following the protocols established by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we can remove the risks inherent in these scenes and restore a safe environment in your home or business. Call (813) 855-0888 today to discover more about our services or request professional assistance.


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We take pride in being members of these local communities and are ready to help 24/7.
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