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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.

Understanding Tricky Storm Forecasts In Tampa

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Hurricane Preparedness is shown over a green hurricane logo with a storm in background If you do have storm damage our team is standing by to help. SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Understanding storms and changing forecasts is important to help you make good decisions. One good resource is the National Hurricane Center.

It's also important to understand what they are telling you.


Florida Division of Emergency Management provides this guidance on watches and warnings.

When a HURRICANE WATCH is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. The hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. This watch should trigger your family's disaster plan, and proactive measures should be initiated especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.

When a HURRICANE WARNING is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area. The hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing proactive actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.

Your Team In Tampa

If you do have storm damage our team is standing by to help. SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Trained And Ready To Help

SERVPRO of West Tampa is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

No matter how many times a forecast changes, SERVPRO of West Tampa is here to help (813) 855-0888.

Dependable Restoration Services In Tampa

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Burned contents of a home are shown after a fire You can restore your Tampa property to preloss conditions if you bring in the right team

Tampa Residential Fires 


In homes, an out of control fire is always only a few seconds away. It might sound like a grim outlook, but considering the wide variety of likely ignition sources present in the home, it is a reality that people have to accept. Some likely sources include cooking equipment, faulty electrical wiring, candles, barbecues and even habits such as smoking in the bedroom. Most fires can be traced back to negligence so exercising proper care can keep them at bay. However, when they do occur, you can restore your Tampa property to preloss conditions if you bring in the right team.

Speed is an integral part of recovery efforts after fire damage in Tampa. The materials that burn in the fire form different types of residues that settle all over the property. Some of these might corrode or fuse into the surfaces where they settle causing additional damages.

Surfaces made of aluminum, porcelain, marble or brass are easily damaged this way. Fabrics such as draperies or upholstery can also form permanent stains if residue that settles on them is left unattended for long. Our SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the loss environment to determine which areas should be addressed first to avert further damages.

The damages caused by fires fall into different categories based on whether heat, smoke or flames cause them. Looking through what is left, you might be tempted to clear everything out and send it to the landfill. However, some of the contents appearing damaged entirely might be salvageable through cleaning or other restorative procedures. Our SERVPRO team helps you save such items thus reducing the overall recovery costs. We separate items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items immediately after starting the restoration process.

Apart from dealing with the contents, the affected area also requires deep cleaning to get rid of soot and other smoke debris. The heat from the blaze might also cause discoloration of surfaces such as walls. Cleaning helps restore the visual appeal of the affected area, and also remove any lingering bad odors. By applying professional cleaning agents, and mechanically agitating the affected areas, our SERVPRO technicians deal with effects of the fire “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of West Tampa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

24-Hour Emergency Service


Faster to Any-Sized Disaster


Highly Trained Restoration Technicians


A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry


Locally Owned and Operated


Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Although fire ruins properties in a matter of minutes, restoration takes considerable effort. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa to assist. You can reach us at (813) 855-0888 any time of the day.

Tampa Flood Damage After Heavy Storms

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

A living room with white furniture is shown with flooding SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.

One of the secondary effects of adverse weather is flooding. Properties that have flood damage in Tampa can benefit from quick, decisive action. SERVPRO has spent decades helping homeowners to overcome the unexpected. From those years of experience, we have honed our approach to providing a convenient solution that is both thorough and efficient.

Notification of loss can be made 24 hours a day to our emergency call line. We will arrange service as soon as possible to help put you at ease at a stressful time. Once a trained SERVPRO of West Tampa technician arrives onsite we can begin to mitigate loss, starting with a thorough visual inspection.

A visual inspection is important to understand the extent of damage and the best method for reducing it. Your technician can prioritize areas of potential hazard such as electric cables or signs of contamination. It is not uncommon for flood water to contain pathogens that could be harmful or cause permanent damage.

If it is safe for you to remain in the property, we can cordon off affected areas, establish clean rooms and set to work restoring your home contents. Usually, we find that possessions coming into contact with contaminants can still be salvaged using advanced cleaning methods. Those that can not be salvaged can be logged by a SERVPRO of West Tampa technician to help you make your insurance claim.

SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response in Tampa


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa now at (813) 855-0888 to arrange a service.

Fast Moving, Powerful Storms Cause Flooding And Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

The back of a green SERVPRO van is shown with drying equipment SERVPRO can help with flooding and water damage using state of the art equipment.

 Tampa Storms And Dealing With The Damage

Powerful storms and heavy rains around Tampa can cause serious problems for homes and businesses. Your home can also be damaged when rainfall causes water to flow into your home and flood your property. Houses close to the ongoing construction of buildings, roadways, or other structures can experience sudden and unexpected flooding.

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

At SERVPRO of West Tampa, we train our specialists in various fields and situations to prepare them for mitigation work homes after sustaining flood damage in Tampa. Mitigation of flooding must address the potential contamination brought into the house.

Floors require special care and mitigation. Replacing ruined carpet or other flooring types can only happen once we complete the task of drying the floor. We follow the removal of the previous flooring with heated drying mats.

Removal of lower sections of the wall makes it possible to air out the entire home from the influx of water. Getting support beams and wooden studs completely dry before the rebuilding of walls takes place protects them from structural changes like warping or twisting, and also protects them from mold.

Throughout your property, we use moisture meters to ensure complete and consistent drying occurs. SERVPRO specialists want your home to once again look just “Like it never even happened,” helping your family recover even faster.

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 wants to let you know we are here for you, and that we understand your concerns over how flood damage can affect your family and your home. Call us at (813) 855-0888, and we can help get things back under control for you.

Commercial Water Removal Services For Your Tampa Business

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

A white closed sign is shown in a window with black lettering We are available 24 hours a day, call us at (813) 855-0888 to help get your business open as soon as possible after water damage

Commercial Water Removal  SERVPRO of West Tampa

Storms in Tampa can me downtime for many businesses. Restaurants remain standing, but filled with water. Unless they can reopen soon, many of these businesses face permanent closure.

Water Damage Restoration That Will Keep You In Business

SERVPRO of West Tampa wants to help businesses to remain open but utilizing our commercial water removal services. It is critical that water is removed quickly and the area is dried out 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 additional damage.

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 fully function again.

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 good 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.

Even A Small Fire Can Leave Behind Odors In Your Home

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown near palm trees SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire

House Fires In Tampa


Removal of fire odors from your home can prove to be difficult without specialized tools and equipment. There are some steps you can take before SERVPRO arrives. While these processes can help to alleviate some common problems and aid in future restoration efforts, they are only a temporary fix and should not be relied on long-term. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Odor Masking Products


Air fresheners and other masking products may not be able to remove fire odors from Tampa homes, but they can reduce the effect they cause on guests and occupants. Most types of smoke produce highly pungent odors that are not easily masked, meaning that anything you do with everyday household supplies should be layered on thick and cover a wide area. Unfortunately, maintaining coverage over the sort of broad sections of your home that are impacted by a fire may take too much time and resources to be effective in the long term, and on top of this, your home may smell and feel unnatural with so many chemicals in the air.

Our most important advice is to call us immediately, make sure the HVAC system is turned off, and wait for our arrival.

Removal of Materials


Removing fabric and wood objects from the area with smoke odors can drastically decrease how strong the smells are. Smoke particles collect quickly in porous materials, but by removing them entirely, you can make the area smell and look cleaner. Be forewarned not to track soot and debris to clean areas or items within the structure. However, this is only a temporary solution, and if you want to restore these materials, you likely need a qualified restoration company like SERVPRO.

Controlling Air Conditioning


If your air conditioning system allows you to cut off circulation to the smoke-damaged area, doing so can help to keep odors contained to that room. This may not be practical or possible depending on how your home is designed and built. Removing airborne particulates is only one facet of fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration. 

SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of West Tampa provides permanent solutions for smoke odors in your home at affordable rates and flexible times. Call us at (813) 855-0888 to find out more about our services.

SERVPRO of West Tampa Has The Right Team To Take Care Of Your Water Damage

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in a ceiling corner on a white wall Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.

Flooding And Plumbing Leaks, Fast Restoration Response In Tampa


Water damage can occur in your home a variety of ways. From flooding to plumbing leaks, there are a lot for ways you can end up with water damage. Luckily, there is help in Tampa for water damage in your home.


SERVPRO of West Tampa is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. Please don't hesitate to call (813) 855-0888. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of West Tampa arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
SERVPRO of West Tampa has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration, it's the cornerstone of our business.

Do You Suspect Mold?


One issue that can quickly develops if water damaged isn't addressed is mold.


To deal with mold damage, you need to understand the basics. To start with, whenever mold spores settle in a humid place, there are high chances of molds, bacteria, and mildew growing. To address this removing the moisture is critical.

The work of our remediation team is to clean, dry and deodorize your Tampa property.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.


Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.


Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
If you have fire, water or storm damage Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813)855-0888.

If You Have Water Damage In Your Home, Call The Team You Can Trust

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

a bare floor is shown after flooding with water removal equipment SERVPRO of West Tampa provides 24-hour emergency service

Professional Restoration In Tampa


Water damage in Tampa is a serious issue, especially when it is in your home. It can be caused by a number of things around the home. Plumbing problems, leaks, faulty hoses, and even damage from storms. SERVPRO of West Tampa is the answer to your water damage problem.

In addition to a quick response, homeowners should expect well trained and experienced professionals from SERVPRO of West Tampa. Not only do we have knowledge to take care of water damage in your home, but we use the top quality equipment.


We are IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. As certified technicians, we carry out all water removal and cleanup procedures following industry standards, which assures you of high quality and timely services.

SERVPRO of West Tampa water removal experts use state of the art technology and advanced cleanup and drying techniques. From water extraction equipment to air movers and dehumidifiers.

We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry. SERVPRO of West Tampa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

24-Hour Emergency Service


Faster to Any-Sized Disaster


Highly Trained Restoration Technicians


A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry


Locally Owned and Operated


Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

SERVPRO of West Tampa is the company to call. To mitigate damage to your home, call our 24/7 emergency line at (813) 855-0888.