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Onshore Cold Fronts Can Bring Powerful Storms to Tampa

1/5/2022 (Permalink)


The Tampa area is accustomed to power thunderstorms and the damage they can do. Often in the late Fall and Winter a cold front will head in from the Gulf. A line of gusty thunderstorms will move onshore right before the main cold front arrives. These storms can happen anytime, but when they are in the early morning hours, you might be waking up to 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.

Damage Created by Thunderstorms in Tampa

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 and cause significant damage to your property.

Take the time to secure items in your yard prior to any thunderstorms rolling through. Even items that seem harmless 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 to help with cleanup and restoration. Call us:(813) 855-0888

Preparing Your Family in Case of a Housefire

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire can be frightening,  preparing your family ahead of time can ensure everyone gets out safely. Take a few minutes to review the tips below and go over them with your family.
 


Escape Plan


You should first ensure that your entire family knows what to do in case of a fire in your home. Make an escape plan and practice it several times per year with your family. Make sure your family members know not to put their lives in danger to save possessions, but instead take the way outside which is most direct. If you must exit through smoke, know to drop down under it and try to cover your mouth to keep from breathing smoke indirectly. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it or go through it.


 
Rope Ladders


If you live in a two-story home, every bedroom should have a rope ladder which is readily available so family members can climb down outside instead of being trapped. A meeting spot outside your home needs to be designated, and ensure you take attendance, so you know who is out safely. In this way, you keep people from endangering themselves by going back in and looking for someone who is already out. If someone is missing, make sure to alert the firefighters – do not ever re-enter the home yourself.


 
Stop, Drop, Roll


Everyone should know how to do this if fire catches on your clothes. Drop to the ground right away, cross your hands over your chest, and roll forward and back until you smother the flames completely. Cool the area that is burned with water and call for medical attention right away for serious burns.


 
Fire Extinguishers


Places such as your workshop, fireplace, and kitchen should have fire extinguishers nearby. Every family member should know how to use it as well properly. Extinguishers need to be regularly recharged, inspected or replaced as necessary.


 
Stove Fires


A small fire in your kitchen should be able to be handled by all. Suffocate the fire by putting a lid on the pan, turning the stove off and letting the pan sit unmoved until the flames are smothered. Extinguish small grease fires by putting baking soda on them, but do not ever use water.
SERVPRO of West Tampa can come in and help you clean up your Tampa home after the fire. We have trained professionals that are certified.


Call SERVPRO as soon as any fire is out so that they can clean up damages and prevent any further damage from happening.


 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is available to help you clean up fire damage at any time. We know how important it is to act quickly, so the sooner you call us at (813) 855-0888, the sooner we can stop further damage from soot and smoke.

Water Damage in Tampa- Hesitation Can Get Expensive

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

A coffee shop and juice bar counter are shown SERVPRO of West Tampa is here to help restore your business (813) 855-0888.

There are a lot of ways that your Tampa business can be damaged by water. Don't hesitate to begin restoration with professionals, SERVPRO of West Tampa is always ready to help. 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.

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.

Water Damage in Your Tampa Business

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.

Reliable, Trained Professionals in Tampa

SERVPRO of West Tampa quickly provides reliable commercial water damage services. 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.”

SERVPRO of West Tampa Is Here To Help With Your Mold Issue

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown growing on the wall of a home SERVPRO of West Tampa, Call us at (813) 855-0888 if you find or suspect mold damage

Mold can grow anywhere the right conditions are present, even if the area has never had an infestation before, and these conditions might already exist somewhere in your home. Although mold prevention is not easy, the alternative option is to deal with the fungus after it has already been allowed to spread, which is a much more expensive and difficult process.

Keep The Home Dry


Most homes in Tampa with mold damage receive the damage as a side effect of some other type of water damage. When any part of the home including the bathroom remains inundated with excess water, this creates the perfect environment for spores to begin to grow.

Contacting a professional water removal company like SERVPRO soon after the water damage comes to light can prevent mold and other issues from developing at all.

Close The Windows


Longtime residents know Florida's humidity well. Open any window, and you can feel it for yourself. Fungi thrive in hot and humid conditions, and by keeping doors and windows open in your home, you work against the climate control systems that would otherwise discourage mold growth. You don't have to keep your home shuttered all day, but closing doors and windows when you are not around could be a good idea.

Do Not Ignore Warning Signs


A small patch of mold may seem harmless and easy to deal with, when it is, in fact, just an extension of a much larger mold problem. Mold can grow behind walls, below floors, and in hiding places. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians use advanced thermohydrometers to detect pockets of moisture and mold growth throughout the home any time they respond to a mold damage call.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Tampa provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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.

SERVPRO of West Tampa has helped local homeowners to fight mold damage for years and can help to eliminate any fungal problems in your home in a quick and efficient process. Call us at (813) 855-0888 as soon as you find damage.

Tampa Water Damage Will Require Professional Restoration

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown seeping into a home Our SERVPRO technicians can install air movers to circulate dry air around the structure.


A water damage event in Tampa can leave standing water in or around your home. When our SERVPRO of West Tampa team arrives at the site, we inspect the house and check for gas leaks and loose power lines. We will check if there are any noticeable cracks in the foundation or windows.



The SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians will remove any damage that the water leaves behind. If necessary, we can remove the registers or vents to clean the metal ducts.



Damp conditions create favorable conditions for mold growth, and if the wallboard remains wet for long, it may start disintegrating. Wood may also rot, swell, or warp and it is important to dry your home as soon as possible.

Our SERVPRO technicians can install air movers to circulate dry air around the structure. By using dehumidifiers, we can decrease the amount of moisture in the air and enhance the drying process. If we have to dry enclosed areas such as closets where air cannot freely move, we have to consider alternatives.



SERVPRO of West Tampa is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is a trusted industry leader in water, storm, mold, and fire damage restoration. Call us at (813) 855-0888 when you need your residential or commercial property to be restored the right way.

Commercial Water Damage In Tampa Can Be Bad For Business

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

An overhead commercial sprinkler system with red pipes is shown SERVPRO of West Tampa professionals are certified and have the equipment needed to take care of the water damage.

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. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa 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.

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Tampa commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

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.

Water Damage In West Tampa

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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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, 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. 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.

Our Team Is Ready To Respond To Water Damage In Tampa

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

A hand holding a marker is shown through a transparent surface with the words 24/7 customer service SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Homeowners in Tampa prepare for storms by installing impact windows, making sure sewers are free of debris and stocking up on basic supplies. Those same homeowners usually don't prepare for the consequences of a broken dishwasher or a leaking washing machine. As it slowly leaks overnight, it can flood a significant part of your home.

When you encounter water damage in your Tampa home, your belongings and the very foundation of your house are at risk. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration team is available 24/7 to respond to your call land limit the exposure of the contents of your home to the water. By using specialized equipment and targeted techniques, we attempt to salvage as much of your home as possible.

Our top priority for our team is to extract the water from your home as quickly as possible. The longer your home’s structure is saturated with water; the more severe the damage can be. To quickly address any standing water, our SERVPRO team brings submersible pumps and handheld extraction wands for its removal. By carefully applying the principles of psychrometry, we monitor the moisture in your home and use heat and air to aid in the drying process.

As our SERVPRO team assesses the damage, we aim to isolate salvageable furniture and belongings, so they are no longer vulnerable to excessive humidity. We do this by relocating it to dry areas in the home or the outdoors if appropriate. Simultaneously, we carefully examine your walls, as drywall can absorb water rapidly, thus compromising its structural integrity. In some cases, we remove baseboards to allow us to drill small holes at the bottom of your walls where we can force air circulation to speed up the drying process.

If your water damage was not as dramatic, you might not think of calling us until your home shows unexplained changes. You may see some discoloration in your walls, encounter mold or a suspicious smell. These could all be indications that there is, or was, a water event not correctly restored. As soon as you detect any of these symptoms, reach out to our offices so we can react to the damage and reverse it as much as possible.

The trained technicians at SERVPRO of West Tampa, are here to help you whether you are ankle-deep in water or you only see the effects of a couple of drops. We are professionals in assessing the damage and risks associated with water damage and can be reached at (813) 855-0888, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hiring A Professional Team In Tampa For Fire Damage

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke is shown going into the sky If you have fire damage to your home or business contact SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today.

Every homeowner experiences property damages at some point during their lives. These can vary in scope and frequency, but one cause is a fire. Minor fires usually start in the kitchen but can be contained relatively quickly.

Smoke, which is released as materials burn, can travel through the home, depositing soot and producing an unpleasant odor. Equally damaging can be water used in fire fighting procedure which can set soot into fabrics, carpets or wallpaper.

Working to restore fire damage in Tampa properties is a professional job. Different types of soot deposit need to be given individual attention as some methods may result in a spreading effect and further damages. Agitative cleaning methods are useful but often hidden smoke deposits can leave behind thick odors that are much harder to get rid of without professional equipment.

SERVPRO can send local technicians with IICRC certificates in smoke & odor control. Extensive training helps to locate the sources of odor which can often reside in upper cavities or your ventilation systems. At the beginning of service, a technician conducts a pre-test to discover different types of smoke damage as well as any areas where soot may be residing hidden to the naked eye. 

Removing the source of an odor, rather than masking it with air-freshener, is part of getting your home back to its preloss condition. Removal of the source should remove the majority of odors. However, some stubborn odors can remain behind. SERVPRO can deploy air scrubber. Although traditionally used to remove airborne particles, this equipment can also help to eliminate odor by filtering out gases using several layers.

Another way SERVPRO can tackle smoke odor is through thermal fogging. Thermal foggers vaporize solvent-based deodorants which are similar to the soot itself. Although safety equipment must be worn during deodorization, this method is much safer to use in a home because the fog dissipates quickly. The solvent used inside a thermal fogger is a pairing agent which bonds with odor-causing particles causing them to drop to the floor where they can then be cleared away.

Are you struggling to deal with soot and smoke odors? Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today.

Water Damage And Flood Insurance Basics

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown with the words faster to any disaster In Florida, flood risk is higher due to the state’s proximity to water and frequency of storms.


If it rains, it can flood. Flooding is the most common and most damaging natural disaster in the country. In Florida, flood risk is higher due to the state’s frequency of storms and proximity to water. Despite this, most insurance policies do not cover flooding. Don’t make assumptions: check your policy before it’s too late. This is according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.


Flood insurance is a valuable investment available to everyone: homeowners, business owners, condo unit owners and renters. When considering flood insurance take into account, just one inch of flood water can cause more than $25,000 in damage.

Although the cost of another insurance policy may seem unnecessary, it could save you in the long run from flood damage costs and help you recover faster.


Depending on the risk factors for where you live, as well as the provider you choose, policies will vary in price.


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Tampa provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.

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.


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.


If you have questions about flooding or water damage give us a call (813) 855-0888.