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Common Types of Storm Damage Caused by Thunderstorms

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

The weather can be unpredictable here in West Tampa, thunderstorms can be commonplace and with them can come the chance for significant storm damage.

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year throughout the world.  In the U.S., the number typically comes to around 100,000 thunderstorms per year, with 10% of those considered severe.

Are you familiar with the most common types of damage caused by thunderstorms?

Damage Created By Thunderstorms 

There are many aspects of a thunderstorm that can prove dangerous, but one of the greatest risks is the chance of flying debris due to high winds.

In a severe thunderstorm, wind speeds can gust in excess of 57.5 mph, which can cause significant damage to your property.

Take the time to secure items in your yard prior to any thunderstorms rolling through.  Even the most harmless-seeming of items can turn into a projectile, such as tree branches, gravel, mailboxes, fencing, lawn furniture, potted plants and garbage cans when high winds occur. 

Besides wind damage, thunderstorms can also produce the following damage:

  • Lightning damage. If lightning strikes a home or building, that electricity can pass through the wiring of the home. This could severely damage any electrical appliances that are plugged into an outlet. Lightning can also result in the starting of fires.
  • Tornado damage. Tornadoes are extremely destructive, and they can have wind speeds reaching upwards of 200 mph in the worst of occurrences. Tornadoes can do severe structural damage in a very short amount of time.
  • Hail damage. Did you know that according to NOAA, the cost of hail damage can reach $1 billion a year? Small hail can damage crops, while larger hail can damage vehicles, roofing and windows.
  • Flood damage. It is not uncommon for heavy rains to accompany a thunderstorm, and occasionally, that can lead to flash flooding. These floods can damage structures, tear trees out of the ground and sweep things away.

When you experience damage to your home or business as a result of a  thunderstorm, know that the team at SERVPRO® of West Tampa is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration. Call us:(813) 855-0888

DIY Water Removal Mistakes Can Be Costly

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage DIY Water Removal Mistakes Can Be Costly Rely on SERVPRO For Water Damage Restoration in Tampa

For Water Removal, Rely on SERVPRO of West Tampa 

Water damage is no laughing matter. Rather, it is an expensive matter. In fact, the American Insurance Association reports that property damage from floods and water leaks cost residential property owners $9 billion between the years of 2017 and 2019. As a result of the economic challenges that water damage can cause, many homeowners are tempted to save money by completing the water damage restoration processes on their own. However, this course of action is imprudent and can even be dangerous.

Learn why you should always call a professional water damage restoration service by reviewing the information found below:

The Professionals Are Knowledgeable And Certified 

Numerous factors must be carefully considered during the water removal process. Luckily, water remediation experts from SERVPRO of West Tampa have the knowledge necessary to complete essential restoration processes like the minimization of structural damage and loss of keepsakes that results from floods. Additionally, the professionals know that even minor leaks can get into crevices and cracks, thereby causing unpleasant odors and numerous other household issues. Our specialists use knowledge and hands-on experience to quickly and correctly eradicate these problems.

Professionals Have All The Right Equipment

In addition to possessing the training necessary to complete the restoration process, we have the proper equipment necessary to expedite the water extraction. Some of the equipment used by professionals to complete the remediation work include dehumidifiers, fans, and moisture meters. Most members of the general public do not have the tools and equipment necessary to expedite and optimize the restoration project. Relax, no stress, let us do the job for you.

Professionals Can Eliminate Mold

Damp flooring, ceilings, and walls create the ideal medium for the fungus to thrive in especially in our humid climate here in Florida. Another reason why you should always obtain professional water removal services is that our technicians know how to remediate mold quickly and correctly. A mold infestation can cause health effects. Once your home has been subjected to excess water, attaining professional water damage restoration services is a must. Attempting to remove the water on your own can be dangerous. To get the precise, professional services you deserve, contact the professionals of SERVPRO. Our industry leading experts will arrive quickly and provide you with the fast-acting, goal-centered services that get your home back in excellent condition.   When water damage occurs, SERVPRO of  West Tampa has the resources and personnel to help.

Call us today 24/7 for immediate help at (813) 855-0888.

A Sprinkler System Can Cause Commercial Water Damage in Tampa

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO of West Tampa for Immediate Water Removal When Your Business Needs Assistance

Commercial water damage can close the doors of a business enterprise. It may be a retail store, a doctor's office, an apartment complex, or even a big-box store. Disruptions to normal business patterns lead to loss of goodwill and revenue. Consider calling in a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to limit your losses.

Downtown Tampa Commercial Water Removal professionals are needed when it comes to handling unwanted water intrusion. Water damages can occur at any time and any place. It is important to be prepared to call a professional because water damage can be very hard to clean up by yourself. In fact, water gets into many places that are inaccessible. As a result, even after you have dried up the building yourself, you can still get mold and other problems in the building. Eventually, the office can become very hazardous due to the mold that can grown in our humid environment here in Florida.  
 
It takes quick action to handle the damage efficiently. You have to make sure that all belongings are safe. If the water has gotten to some of the belongings, it is important to make sure that you clean them out as quickly as you can before any permanent damage occurs. All of the other items that you can save, you should do so. Afterward, you should contact a professional certified team who will remove the water and use  specialized drying equipment. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa Professionals are certified and have the equipment needed to take care of the water damage. 
 
For even less than an inch of water, mold can grow within three days. Mold grows at a quick rate in a building. This is why you should have a professional make sure that all moisture is extracted out of the building. Otherwise, the business becomes a hazardous workplace. We are experienced with getting rid of water damage completely. 

SERVPRO of West Tampa is the commercial water removal company that has experience in mitigating water damage. We know how to handle water damage that resulted from storms, clogs, natural disasters and other similar events. We are always available when you call and will promptly dispatch a crew. Call us at (813) 855-0888.

SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Properties and Checks for Hidden Damage

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Properties and Checks for Hidden Damage SERVPRO of Tampa is Unmatched

Fire Damage In Your Home or Business Requires Immediate Attention

Events leading to a fire can have many different factors. Even a prevention plan for fire will only reduce the risk of fire, it will not eliminate the potential of a fire hazard. There are ways to limit the possibility of fire. One method is to keep smoking restricted to designated areas. These selected areas also need maintenance to lower the chance of fire damage. In most cases, the preferable area for smoking is outside. Also, electrical wiring should be installed in compliance with OSHA regulations and local codes. Licensed electricians should be the ones to do the maintenance. Other aspects of the home like fuel gas and appliances that produce heat should be up to standard. 

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be devastating. You don't want to be complacent about taking care of the fire damage. It is imperative to make sure that you react to the necessary cleanup which has resulted from the flame out. In most cases, you are going to need a professional to take care of the fire damage so that you can be sure that your house will not be vulnerable to on-going problems. 

Fire Damage is something that needs to be quickly and thoroughly cleaned up and fixed by professionals from SERVPRO of West Tampa . Even after taking care of the fire, it is important to look for any additional damage that may have occurred. Long after the fire is out, certain forms of damage could become visible such as cracked foundations, contamination, toxic fumes, leaking pipes from the heat, or even mold growth. For this reason, it is critical to making sure that every bit of moisture or damage is found in the home and repaired. 

By hiring an experienced team of skilled fire damage restoration technicians, you can be assured that these IICRC trained individuals will utilize industry leading equipment to mitigate the harm caused by the inferno. Fast response to limit secondary water damage resulting from the firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames is of paramount importance. Our expert service technicians arrive promptly after you call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

Commercial Water Removal Services Gets Your Restaurant Back In Business

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Services Gets Your Restaurant Back In Business Water Damage Causes Lost Revenue

Unless they can reopen soon, many businesses may face permanent closure.

Commercial Water Removal Services

Town and Country received a great deal of water from the recent storms and hurricanes which impacted many local businesses. Many restaurants remained standing but filled with water. Unless they can reopen soon, many of these businesses face permanent closure.

SERVPRO wants to help businesses in the Town and Country area remain open with commercial water removal services. It is crucial that we remove water quickly and dry out the area to avoid additional property loss. While still damp, microbes freely proliferate, damage accrues, and air continues to harbor moisture. This condition can then lead to mold growth and health concerns.

Trucks with mounted pumps carry the more substantial amounts of water out of your restaurant. Then we switch to smaller extraction units to remove the rest of the standing water that covers your floors. After we have removed and disposed of any carpeting, we can begin drying the walls and the other interior elements of your restaurant. Large air movers force air to whisk moisture out of walls and lift it up into the air. Air scrubbers and dehumidifiers extract microbes and humidity from this air, leaving the walls increasingly dry. These same air movers also work to dry ceilings and floors.

Sanitizing your kitchen area and dining facilities must also receive our attention before you can reopen your doors again. We wipe all surfaces down with anti-microbial cleansers. Debris is physically removed and placed in appropriate containers for disposal. When completed, your kitchen can function “Like it never even happened” once more.

A restaurant is much more than its kitchen, however. Dining areas must have a thorough cleaning and pass the sniff test, as well. Odors left behind by water and debris can pose unsettling problems for diners who merely want to enjoy a delicious meal. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) helps make this happen for many of our customers. Restoring the furniture to pristine shape remains another aspect that we can help within the dining area. Tightening chairs to prevent a loose feel when used can preserve a fundamental part of the feel of your patrons' dining experience.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated and can restore your restaurant with their commercial water removal services and get you back in business quickly. We are available 24 hours a day. Call us at (813) 855-0888. 

Understanding Different Types of Water Damage | SERVPRO of West Tampa

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Different Types of Water Damage | SERVPRO of West Tampa Flooded house

Severe weather can happen often here in Tampa and is usually one of the first things that comes to mind for many when the subject of water damage comes up.

Storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage however they are often not the main culprits. Instead, there are also various items in your home that can be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.

Water damage is something that many homeowners will face, with it being the third most common reason for homeowners to file a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, paying out an average of $8,861 per claim.

It is important to know the difference between water damage and gradual water damage, and how it can impact insurance claims. For example, slow leaks inside walls from appliances such as ice maker lines and washing machines can happen gradually and are ongoing situations that have been happening over a period of time. Plumbing issues in the walls can cause damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Unfortunately, many gradual water damage situations are not covered by homeowner’s insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. In homes that were 16 to 40 years of age, this was a more frequent occurrence and made up a large group of supply system material failure claims.
  • Plumbing drain system failures. This can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material breakdown issues. 
  • Toilet failures. Toilet failures fall second in line to plumbing supply system failures for residential water damage loss, and can be caused by a faulty fill valve or clogged drain lines. 
  • Water heater failures. If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to rust and corrode. This can result in leaking or bursting issues. 
  • Washing machine failures. Typically caused by supply hose failures, drain line failures and machine overflows, washing machine failures are one of the top 10 sources of residential water damage losses. According to IBHS, supply hose failures were responsible for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home ever experiences any water damage, SERVPRO of West Tampa is available  24/7 to help with cleanup and restoration and make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 813-855-0888

3 Grill Safety Tips | SERVPRO of West Tampa

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Grill Safety Tips | SERVPRO of West Tampa House Fire Due to Uncleaned Grill

Tips to Make Your Grill Safe | SERVPRO of West Tampa

Backyard cookouts are a fun tradition and grill cleaning should be an essential task to prevent fires.

Grilling season is here in Tampa, Fl and proper grill maintenance is often key to preventing a grease fire. Grill cleaning can be an important safety measure, so here are some tips to keep your grill in top shape.

1. Understand Grill Maintenance Basics

There are usually several steps to cleaning your grill after use that apply no matter what type of grill you have. First, cook off food debris by heating the grill for 15 minutes. Once cooled, scrub the grates with a long-handled wire brush, though balled up aluminum foil may work in a pinch. Wipe vegetable oil on the grates with paper towels to prevent rust and food accumulation. Finally, clean the inside of the grill with dish soap and warm water.

2. Take Extra Precautions, Pre and Post Season

Besides grill cleaning after each use, there are a few things you should do each year before you grill for the first time and at the end of the season. One of them is to get a new wire brush each year. Be sure to clean the inside and outside of your grill with dish soap and water and use a grill cover when you store it.

3. Clean Gas and Charcoal Grills Properly

Gas grills have heat deflectors over the burners that should be cleaned with other removable grill parts. The burners can be removed to clean the gas ports. Blocked gas ports can affect the efficiency of your grill.

Charcoal grills are often a bit simpler with regards to cleaning. After each use, remove the briquettes and brush out the ash. Otherwise, clean it with dish soap and warm water like you would clean a gas grill.

Enjoy grilling out knowing that your grill is clean and safe. If you have damage that has occurred due to a fire emergency SERVPRO of West Tampa is here to help.  

Preparing for the Threat of Severe Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of Tampa

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for the Threat of Severe Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of Tampa Lightening Strike

The arrival of spring brings with it longer days and more sunshine, but spring also brings with it warmer weather which is sometimes unstable. This creates the threat of severe weather throughout our area here in Tampa. It is important that you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

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

After studying natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, it was found that severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses. These storms can bring about flooding threats, high winds and even tornadoes given the right conditions. 

There is no way to completely accurately predict the weather; however, forecasters have the tools available to them to at least give us an idea of the possibility of severe weather. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family. One recommendation is to download a local weather app on your phone and set it to alert you when severe weather is approaching.

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

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

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

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

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

Three Areas of Homes are Can be Damaged by Floods in Tampa

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Three Areas of Homes are Can be Damaged by Floods in Tampa SERVPRO of West Tampa has the equipment to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

How Flood Damage in Tampa Can Totally Miss the Ground Level

Most of the most severe examples of flood damage in Tampa happen during big storms when heavy rainfall and high winds create torrents of fast-moving water that can cause damage to an entire neighborhood at once. However, through our years of helping residents recover from the effects of flooding after hurricanes and other storms, we at SERVPRO know that not every case fits the same familiar mold. Sometimes, water strikes first and foremost in attics, upper floors, and foundational crawlspaces while missing the ground level entirely. Here's a brief overview of how these parts of your home might be affected in a storm, and what we can do to help.

Flooded Crawlspaces

Some of the most challenging examples of flood damage we find in Tampa happen in the crawlspaces below local homes. Flooded foundations and crawlspaces rarely dry out on their own, forcing us to use water extraction pumps and advanced drying plans to remove all excess water from the area. Sometimes, these floods may happen in tandem with common ground flooding, or a leak from elsewhere in the home or somewhere in the foundation can allow water to find its way in from the outside without ever touching another part of the home.

Flooding in Upper Floors and Specific Rooms

One of the most common reasons people call us after a storm rolls through the area is because they happened to leave a window open while the weather raged outside. Although minimizing the costs and extent of damage by preventing moisture from reaching other parts of the house, drying out and restoring the damaged room is difficult without the aid of a professional restoration service like SERVPRO.

Attics

Attics may sustain flood damages from storms by leaving windows or roof hatches open on accident, or if outside effects should cause a hole to open up in the roof or siding. Regardless of the source of damages, attic flooding can affect the rest of the home when waters pour down from above and affect other areas, sometimes behind walls and in unseen places.

SERVPRO of West Tampa stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to local calls for help in dealing with flooding and other types of damage after a storm. Contact us at (813) 855-0888 for our fast emergency services.

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When Leaks Happen, Commercial Water Removal can Prevent Catastrophic Problems in Tampa Offices

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Are Ready to Help With Water Damage at Your Business Location

There are several ways that water can invade your office building. Some office complexes have the luxury of on-site gyms and fitness areas, complete with showers and locker rooms, and clogs in showers can cause back-ups. Toilets might overflow, a kitchenette sink's water feedline could break, or a multitude of other situations develop in the blink of an eye.
 
Whenever situations like these occur in your Tampa office building, you need to call experts in commercial water removal to ensure that the entire situation is taken care of correctly and efficiently. Water damage, mold, electrical problems including life-threatening hazards can develop. These problems increase and intensify as time passes. Just because there were no problems immediately after an event occurred does not guarantee that problems are not capable of forming later.
 
SERVPRO has expertly trained technicians who know how to remove any standing water and then track down all of the water that escaped into cracks, crevices, and other porous areas. These areas might not even be known to you, let alone be visible. Because water not only can travel down and sideways, as well as evaporate and travel to other areas within a building, our technicians also use methods to find higher concentrations of moisture. These areas can lead to problematic water damage in the future, so it is best if they are completely eradicated now, instead. Using moisture meters makes this aspect of our work simple and easy to complete in a short amount of time.
 
When areas are found to have high humidity or moisture, we then, according to the specific needs, engage in ridding the area of the excess moisture until it is within normal moisture levels. These water extraction tools include heaters, which increase the rate of evaporation, air blowers, used to help air currents whisk away moisture from surfaces, and dehumidifiers, which remove the moisture from the air and drain it into a container. We do this until it is "Like it never even happened."
 
No matter what kind of water emergency your office building sustains, call us, SERVPRO of West Tampa, to ensure that water removal efforts are complete and able to protect your building from future damages. Our number is (813) 855-0888, and we can be reached at any time, whenever you need us most.

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