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Water Damage In Tampa, Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

In the United States, 37% of all homeowners have had their property or possessions damaged by extensive water issues. It can be a stressful experience, and it is crucial that, if this happens to you, there is a reliable repair team on hand to help.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of West Tampa provides a dependable, high-quality water damage restoration service. Our restoration team is very skilled and has lots of experience dealing with flooding and other water related issues. Water damage in Tampa homes is usually caused by burst pipes, internal leaks, or dysfunctional appliances.  The question is, should you wait until your home is facing a serious problem before you ask for professional help? More importantly, will a water damage restoration team respond to an emergency call, if flooding has not yet occurred?Get A Guaranteed Response With SERVPRO
While it may be that other companies respond only to flooding, SERVPRO of West Tampa recognizes the value of early detection and repair. We strongly advise all homeowners to get in touch if they suspect that water damage is developing within their property. Whether it is a leaking roof or a clogged drain; we’re here to help and fix it quickly.  The thing to remember about leaks, in particular, is that they never stay small. While that drip in the attic might seem minor now, it is only a matter of time until the moisture creates a bigger hole and a more severe problem. It is always best to repair and restore small amounts of water damage while they remain mostly superficial.  Why Small-Scale Repairs Are Important Too
While our state of the art drying and dehumidifying tools are primarily designed to deal with serious cases of water damage, they can be used for small projects too. SERVPRO of West Tampa has a range of dehumidifiers of different shapes and sizes and we can pick the right one for your home. If there is no extensive water intrusion and the soft furnishings are mostly intact, we can work quickly to bring the property back its original condition.  Unless the water damage is related to gray or black liquid (from an overflowing toilet, for example), containment procedures won’t be needed. This means that you’ll be able to stay in your home while the technicians work. They’ll repair damaged materials by repainting stained walls, lifting carpets (if necessary), and thoroughly cleaning the affected area.Don’t let water damage turn into a serious problem.  Get in touch with SERVPRO of West Tampa for fast, reliable repairs. We are a locally based company, so you can expect us to arrive onsite quickly. Call us 24/7 at (813) 855-0888.

Flooding In Your Tampa Business And Knowing Where To Turn

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

When your business or commercial property experience flooding it can be confusing to know where to turn for help. 
SERVPRO of West Tampa has certified, trained technicians that are ready to help. They are available 24/7 and have the experience to know how to restore your business. 
To understand why the expertise is important, lets use a hardware store as an example. When a flood moves through an area, hardware stores are as vulnerable as any home or business.
Tampa has flooding from damaging storms from time to time. When standing water of any depth is present in a hardware store, the increased humidity alone can ruin much of the inventory barring fast extraction.  Since many items, including those that are not metal, are heavy enough that they are not swept around the interior of the store by flood water, are still contaminated. Those items that are made of metal or have metal coatings are often affected by rust or a loss of their finishing, leaving them dull and unsightly, unsuitable for sale. Other items are also affected but in other ways.  PVC pipes are used in homes and businesses for the delivery and drainage of water. These must be returned to a clean condition that is sanitary before they can be sold. These tubes are often sold in 10-foot lengths and are often stored so they cannot roll around in the store, even in the best of conditions. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians always take the necessary time, working in teams, to restore your inventory to salable condition.  Other items that are loose in small bins, such as various fasteners, can be cleaned and dried. Stray items strewn around your store are restored and then returned to their previous location. Debris can exist everywhere, and this is removed and disposed of in containers outdoors.  Hardware stores are known to have their own distinctive scent, but flood damage can destroy this. Deodorizing helps to eliminate the flood's foul odors that are left behind even after the most thorough cleaning. We deodorize with different methods, depending on your store's unique needs. We may place deodorizing packets under shelving, inject liquid deodorants into carpeting or apply them to the undersides of wooden bins. Mold inhibitors can also be painted onto wooden bins, decreasing their risk of being attacked by mold. 
Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of West Tampa has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is always ready to help with flood damage and other disasters that can adversely affect your business. Contact us at (813) 855-0888 when you need professionals who have experience remediating any level of contamination.

Spring Break Is Right Around The Corner And So Is Potential Water Damage For Tampa Hotels

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

A small patch of sand is shown with the words Spring Break written in the sand and a pair of red sunglasses are nearby SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians are certified and have the right restoration equipment. SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.


Spring is coming fast and hotels around Florida are getting ready for Spring Break. Hotels that cater to groups or seasonal travelers know some of their guests can get a little out of hand. Sometimes a hotel manager requires the fast, consistent, and experienced services of SERVPRO of West Tampa to resolve if the incidents caused issues beyond the skills and equipment of on-site housekeeping staff.
 
Spring break exposes hotel owners to the real possibility of commercial water damage in Tampa. March and early April are the times nearly half of the college students in the United States plan a warm weather holiday.

Thousands of teens and young adults arrive in groups that fill the hotels in Florida. The benefit to hotel owners of rented rooms is balanced by the prospect of watery disasters as the students overfill hot tubs, tip over coolers, and fail to keep shower curtains within the shower. These examples of water damage are bad enough, but some spring break guests add intent as they prank with bedding soakings, water gun or balloon fights.
 
Seasoned hotel managers realize water damage is a serious problem that demands a swift response. If the moisture remains unabated for even a day or two, mold growth is almost inevitable.

SERVPRO of West Tampa has technicians trained specifically to remove water damage and evaluate for microbial growth. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians are certified and have the right restoration equipment.


We realize you have waves of spring break vacationers arriving so our teams work to restore and dry contents and fixtures fast and in place.

Because of our relationships with other franchisees, we offer services that scale up to your needs if an overflowing tub drenches dozens of underlying floors. Our industrial strength pumps, water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers transform sodden to dry rapidly, even with carpeting and furnishings remaining in the rooms. No guesswork is involved, with our employees extensively trained and certified. They are experts in understanding the characteristics of water and water vapor.


When your Tampa hotel experiences water damage, reach out immediately to the professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Living In The Tropics Isn't Always Paradise

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Palm Trees Are Shown Blowing In The Wind Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa Call Us First- Call today, (813) 855-0888 "Like it never even happened."

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 a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.
 
Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa for assistance in preparing your home and limit your home's exposure to flooding. Call today, (813) 855-0888

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)

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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.