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

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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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A Broken Sprinkler Head Can Cause Damage to Your Tampa Motel

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Tampa Area Hotels and Fire Sprinkler Systems for Protection and Safety

In the Tampa Area, SERVPRO Dries Out Water Damaged Motels

When you own and operate a motel, fire sprinklers are a must as part of your safety protocol. They eliminate fires before they can grow and cause more severe damage and risk to lives, and many times are a plus when negotiating for insurance policies for your property.

Unfortunately, sprinklers can create a lot of damage when they go off, which means you deal with both commercial water damage and fire damage in your Tampa hotel. A broken sprinkler valve is a more serious problem if it happens on its own. They go off for no obvious reason, spilling a huge amount of water into your building's ceilings and walls in a very short time.
 
At SERVPRO, we are professionally trained to handle water damage from a broken sprinkler head. We move quickly to extract the water since time is of the essence to avoid additional damage such as mold growth and deteriorating building elements.
 
Many factors can cause broken fire sprinklers, including mechanical deficiencies like corrosion, a broken pipe, improper installation, and manufacturing issues. Overheating can also occur. The damage left behind is considerable and can be worse if you do not take prompt action to get in touch with us. Remediation procedures should begin within 48 hours max after the water damage. Most of these cases need specialized treatments which we can provide. Why wait and inconvenience your guests and reduce the next night's revenues?
 
The water coming out of a sprinkler has enough pressure to damage the items in your motel greatly, but can also stay hidden behind ceilings and walls where it continues to wear away at structural materials. It also allows mold to grow and dangerous toxins to take hold. At SERVPRO, we use special infrared cameras and moisture meters to find any hidden moisture left behind and then dry it out.
 
It is a good idea (and the law) to have your fire suppressant system inspected each year for obvious reasons. The nominal fee for these inspections is worth it to prevent you from a major undertaking after the failure of your sprinkler system leads to a drenched hallway.
 
A burst sprinkler head is a serious issue and needs to be addressed by our  SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians. For prompt service call us at (813) 855-0888.

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Persistent Mold in Tampa Needs Remediation From SERVPRO

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO today to remediate a current mold infestation AND get help with preventing any future damage.

Repeated Mold Infestations can Be Elusive to Get a Handle on Without Professional Help

Mold growth and abatement require you to strike a balance between the conditions that allow fungi to flourish and the comfort of the average human. If you constantly battle mold in a commercial setting, another approach may be needed. Work with SERVPRO to discover and permanently remedy the moisture problems that cause persistent mold growth.
 
Your housekeeping staff is top-notch, yet you never seem to get ahead of hotel mold damage in your Tampa lodging property. Every time a housekeeper cleans a guest bathroom, they are to look carefully for mold and mildew. They almost always find a patch and apply a bleach solution to eradicate it. Although mold is common in all bath areas, struggling with it daily is unsustainable and an indication that your plan is not working. We would love an opportunity to evaluate your situation to see our mold remediation protocol offers a better and more permanent outcome.
 
Mold needs oxygen, moisture and a source of carbon-based nourishment to grow and prosper. Your hotel baths have plenty of oxygen. You might be surprised to know the remaining nourishment sources are possibly the thin coating of invisible soap scum for carbon and the water used to dilute the bleach solution. SERVPRO staff train to learn how to locate, contain and remove the microbial growth, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) procedure to remediate mold in schools and commercial buildings.
 
We use targeted biocide or anti-microbial products to disinfect the area, a much better decision than the use of bleach. Bleach lightens the color of the mold but does not remove or kill the tiny fungi. This explains why the same area darkens time after time, even after serious scrubbing by your housekeepers. Our SERVPRO team then takes the investigation a crucial step further. We determine why the moisture level in your bathrooms is providing such an efficient incubator for mold.
 
Measurements of ambient humidity reveal the moisture content of the air alone in your guest bathrooms encourages the mold outbreaks. The answer is variable, including an inspection of your HVAC systems and a close look at how well your ventilation fans are reducing moisture. One thing that makes a huge difference is to link the bath light with the fan at all times, eliminating the choice for your guests to shower and bathe without the fan running.
 
If hard to manage mold outbreaks are causing your hotel review scores to dip, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa for a comprehensive evaluation and mold remediation. Call us at (813) 855-0888 to solve this problem.

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Tampa House Fire Odors? Contact the Professionals from SERVPRO

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Odors Are Gone in Tampa Homes Thanks to SERVPRO

Eliminating Odors after Fire Damage in Your Tampa Home

Every homeowner experiences property damages at some point during their lives. These can vary in scope and frequency, but one common cause is a minor 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 soots and producing an unpleasant odor. Equally damaging can be water used in fire fighting procedure which can set soots 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. We can even sparya deodorizer for customers suffering from phantosmia.

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.

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If You Encounter Water Damage In Your Tampa Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO Right Away

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

We are professionals in assessing the damage and risks associated with water damage and can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water Damage To Your Home In Tampa- Big Or Small We Are Here For You

Living in Tampa means being careful of the effects of storms and heavy rainfall. Homeowners prepare by installing impact windows, making sure sewers are free of debris and stocking up on basic supplies. Seldom do we 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 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.

At SERVPRO of West Tampa, we 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.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Flood Remediation in Tampa

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Tampa is ready to meet your water restoration needs.

Why SERVPRO's Anticipation Helps When Dealing with Flood Damage in Tampa

Although floods can happen any time, most incidents catch Tampa homeowners unawares. Floods, especially from storms, involve a myriad of challenges like contamination, and damages that spread all over the property. Even if you expect a flood, such challenges can overwhelm you. Certified in IICRC restoration of storm-damaged properties, we have the skills necessary to tackle all problems that may arise.  

Our biggest weapon against flood damage in Tampa is anticipation. We have fully stocked storm trailers ready to deploy at a moment notice to any location where flood damages property. When we arrive at the loss site early enough, we can take steps that prevent secondary damages. A good example is boarding up your property to keep weather elements out and removing any free items from the flooded sections to keep the water from ruining them.  

Many hazards exist in flooded properties. For example, as the water flows over different areas, it carries several contaminants including biohazards to the house. The water level in the house might also reach electrical outlets, so anyone venturing into the house faces electrocution hazards. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to anticipate such problems, which is why we carry the necessary PPE, Personal Protection Equipment, to all loss sites. Such equipment includes rubber gloves and boots to protect against contaminants. We also spray EPA- registered disinfectants into the water before starting other restoration processes.  

Porous materials absorb contaminants from the floodwaters, and it is hard to remove all traces of such contaminants through cleaning procedures. For the safety of the occupants, the best option is to remove all porous materials from the affected area. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate contamination of carpets, drywall, insulation, and other porous materials so in our toolboxes we have carpet shears, duckbill knives, pry bars and other tools to facilitate safe removal without damaging untouched materials. We also have heavy-duty plastics to hold the materials removed for safe disposal.  

Dealing with flood damage is easier when you have a highly trained team assisting you. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 to help restore your property.

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Tampa Commercial Structures Benefit from SERVPRO's biohazard Cleanups

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Responds Swiftly to Biohazardous Cleanups in Tampa Commercial Structures

Effective Cleanup for Chemical Spills in Your Tampa Warehouse

For the speed of business coming in and out of your Tampa warehouse every day, you work hard to ensure that employees and respective equipment do their jobs properly to avoid injuries and hazardous incidents. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and when they do, it is not always a situation that custodial staff or employees have the expertise or personal protective equipment to clean up on their own.

Our experienced professionals can respond to your Tampa warehouse quickly to begin biohazard cleanup. With many of the industrial chemicals and solutions needed to maintain a warehouse or production facility properly, a spill of any of these substances can prove harmful to exposed employees. The best thing that you can do is to move all personnel from the affected areas and reach out to our SERVPRO rapid response team to get the mess cleaned up quickly and safely.

A compromised facility can be dangerous not only to the employees working in that area but also to the stock and stored items that you keep in this area of the warehouse. Our technicians work to set up a containment of the affected area from the time that we arrive to prevent the spread of the spill or any potentially harmful fumes or effects. We can work to remove at-risk contents from the exposure site to protect them from irreparable damage when possible.

To clean up chemical spills, our SERVPRO biohazard team wears full protective gear and works quickly to remove this substance from the flooring. Depending on the chemical or solvent, various counteracting agents or methods might be necessary to make the cleanup more efficient and safer for the professionals involved. Once the substance has gotten successfully removed, our technicians can work on deodorizing and disinfection that can make the accident “Like it never even happened.”

Accidents can happen at any time in your warehouse, but knowing how to respond to these emergencies in a way that can keep your employees and your investments safe is good business. Give our SERVPRO of West Tampa biohazard cleanup team a call anytime that you need us at (813) 855-0888.

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Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your Tampa Hotel

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

This is a busted pipe that caused water damage in the building.

How SERVPRO Delivers Comprehensive Hotel Water Removal In Tampa When You Need It Most

The hospitality industry in the Tampa Bay area is a major economic player in the community. Partial year residents, vacationers, and sports fans fill the rooms, along with business people traveling to make our area even more interesting and financially robust. If a water crisis occurs hotel owners need a remediation company to trust, and we are eager to rise to the challenge.

Water removal scenarios in a Tampa hotel have many causes. A supply pipe, a sewer backup, laundry machine overflow, pool or spa breach, and more can send clean or contaminated water flowing. It is crucial that professional water abatement technicians assess the quantity and quality of the water and develop a safe and efficient removal plan that complies with local regulations. Along with the training and critical thinking skills career restoration workers bring to the problem are the various, industrial strength pieces of equipment essential to removing water fast and drying the structure, furnishings, and fixtures thoroughly.

We have the IICRC-trained and seasoned technicians, crew leads and project managers, and equipment needed to manage a loss large or small, which is why SERVPRO meets and exceeds expectations when commercial water removal is needed. Our team works hard to design a water mitigation plan that permits the majority of your guests to continue enjoying their Florida getaway or business trip. We have access to resources including a nationwide network of other franchises if we need additional equipment or technicians to get you back in business fast.

Hard flooring recovers well from water intrusion with pumps and wanded extractors. Expanses covered by carpet are first extracted by plain wands to limit migration of water, and then we can attempt in-place drying with weighted wands and the techniques or technicians learned at training. We measure moisture in structural components at the beginning and throughout the remediation process, also using thermal scanning to find hidden water for removal that collects in cavities. Our comprehensive approach makes it clear why SERVPRO is a preferred commercial water removal partner.

Once the majority of the water exits our management determines drying goals. We establish a perimeter and achieve a balance of air movement and temperature to force water out of building materials where it can be condensed or absorbed as a vapor for disposal by our dehumidifiers. There is a true science to structural drying, psychrometry, which is why SERVPRO’s highly-qualified technicians make all the difference.

Your hotel is well served when you have our number on speed-dial for water removal needs. Call us at (813) 855-0888 to see why SERVPRO of West Tampa is the area’s water disaster restoration leader.

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When Water Damages Cause Your Tampa Jewelry Business to Lose Its Luster

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Avoiding the Need for Commercial Water Damage in Your Tampa Business

Owning a jewelry business in Tampa means you need to keep up with regular maintenance to avoid things such as water damage. Your building requires general upkeep and inspections to keep everything in working order.  Should you fail to take care of your building, you could be dealing with a severe water loss that was likely preventable.  

Commercial water damage in your Tampa business can take shape in many different ways. Whether it is a roof leak, burst pipes, or a malfunctioning sprinkler system, you need help from the professionals at SERVPRO to dry everything out and get your business back on track.  

Roofs come in all sizes and apes, but one thing they all share is that they are exposed to the elements at all times. Whether it is driving winds, the sun is beating down, or torrential rain, your roof is always being affected by the weather.  Not maintaining your roof subjects it to leaks, which if left untouched, can cause significant water damage inside your shop. SERVPRO techs can help find the leak and clean up the damage which resulted.  

Your air conditioner should be serviced regularly as well. It naturally creates moisture whenever it is running, which, let's face it, is almost all year round in Florida. If there is a problem with the unit, such as a clogged drain or dirty filter, additional water can build up, and it can overflow into your building. Many commercial buildings even have AC units on the roof, so this can compound the damage done.  

Your water heater as well can suffer maintenance issues. Leaks from rusty or loose components, such as valves, are more common as the water heater gets older. However, that is minor compared to what can happen if there is an explosion. Contents under pressure can be hazardous. We also recommend monitoring your plumbing. Blockages in your plumbing can create extra stress in particular areas which could eventually lead to a burst pipe.  

SERVPRO of West Tampa is always standing by to assist you when your business in Rocky Point, Tampa, or Town n Country experiences a water damage emergency. Hopefully, with regular maintenance, you can avoid any major disasters, but if you need our help, call us anytime at (813) 855-0888.

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Call Our Crew When You Discover A Mold Infestation In Your Garage In Tampa

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of West Tampa rapid response team a call today!

Removing Mold Damage From Your Tampa Garage

When people think of microbial or mold growth occurring in their Tampa homes, they do not often attribute this situation to areas like their garage. While crawlspaces for homes continue to be a leading area for the organism to grow and thrive in moist conditions ideal for mold colonization, damp conditions that persist in your garage can also allow these spores to seat and thrive in this environment as well.

While many might not immediately attribute mold damage in their Tampa home as a threat to their families or the structural integrity of their property, it should not be ignored. The longer that this organism remains and spreads, the more areas and materials that it can affect and damage. Mold feeds on organic material to continue to spread and thrive, and in doing so, the organism decays the host material it uses to support the colony. The longer that homeowners wait to remedy the situation, the more likely it becomes that affected materials become unsalvageable.

With the garage, mold growth can also present problems for areas like your vehicle as well. While the inside of your vehicle might not be as damp as affected areas of the garage, active spores and volatile organic compounds can infiltrate the inside of the vehicle to affect those using it. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly to assess the full spread of this organism and the best approach to removing the colonies completely from the area.

If the mold growth has persisted for some time, our SERVPRO professionals often must use controlled demolition techniques to remove materials like drywall to get down to the studs and framing of the structure. These structural elements can get sprayed with antimicrobial solutions to prevent mold growth and make them uninhabitable for active spores while our technicians continue to remove exposed materials and use our advanced techniques like soda blasting and sanding to eliminate colonies present in the framework of the garage.

While you cannot always keep areas like your garage completely dry, especially with the severe weather that our area typically sees throughout the year, knowing how to handle mold when you find it can protect your structural components and those living in your house. Give our SERVPRO of West Tampa rapid response team a call today at (813) 855-0888.

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Do You Have Flood Damage in Your Tampa Home From a Recent Storm?

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO'S vans are stocked with state-of-the-art equipment to remove water and dry out your home.

Sudden Storms Can Leave You with Flood Damage in Your Tampa Home

Unexpected changes in the weather around Tampa can cause residents great inconvenience when outdoor activities get doused with showers. Your home can also suffer 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. Any changes in the terrain, including minor ones, can send floodwater directly into your property and quickly overtake your residence. 

At SERVPRO, we train our specialists in various fields and situations to prepare them for mitigation work homes after sustaining flood damage in Tampa. Floodwater that travels overland might not contain as many microbes as water from a stream or lake, but we still consider this water as highly contaminated. Mitigation of flooding from outside sources must address the contamination deposited in the house. 

Floors require special care and mitigation so their damage remains manageable, and this requires the removal of many types of flooring and fast drying out of the underlying structure. 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 microbial infestation and growth. 

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. 

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. 

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When Mold Has Taken Over Your Hotel In Downtown Tampa, You Need Help From Our Team At SERVPRO!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

More troublesome still is how much mold damage can impact your Downtown Tampa hotel in a brief period.

Removing Mold Colonies Quickly From Your Downtown Tampa Hotel

With the multiple professional sports teams and premier beachfront, your Downtown Tampa hotel sees considerable traffic throughout the year. With high levels of humidity and storm damages that persistently threaten your property, the likelihood of conditions like microbial and mold growth stay at similarly high levels. Combating these effects is challenging when you are not certain what to look for, and removing an active colony takes skill and training often beyond the ability of custodial staff and maintenance workers that your hotel employs.

More troublesome still is how much mold damage can impact your Downtown Tampa hotel in a brief period. From the moment that this organism sets into organic material throughout an affected area, the growth spreads along the material, spreading throughout the entire region of the building to seat into new surfaces and locations. A small colony can grow to the point of being out of control without the immediate intervention of qualified professionals like our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians.

The safety of your guests and staff are often the most concerning element of a disaster like this. It is critical to isolate this area as fast as possible to limit the exposure of your guests and your employees to the active colonies thriving in the area. As growth like this has become understood to cause potential health effects in those exposed, preventing this occurrence can save your business money and its reputation.

Our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly to begin the process of preventing the spread of mold spores throughout the property with the use of specialized equipment like our air scrubber. This tool can trap particulates and mold spores in the air to keep them from accessing new locations to seat and thrive.

Protecting your hotel is critical to ensuring that your business has a growing reputation for the high volume of tourists coming into our area all year long. When you find mold growing in your facility, you want to take care of this harmful organism as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa response team can do just that. Give SERVPRO a call today at (813) 855-0888.

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SERVPRO Says "STOP!" Before Attempting Removal of Fire & Smoke Damage and Odors from Your Tampa Property--Call Us

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

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These Methods May Not Remove Fire Odor from a Tampa Home, But They May Help

Removal of fire odors from home can prove to be impossible without specialized tools and equipment, but there are some steps you can do to help before SERVPRO arrives with industry-leading equipment, products, and treatments to take care of the issue. 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. To indeed take care of the issue, try giving us a call.

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. However, 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. For a professional, safe, and successful conclusion call us.

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.

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Tampa Water Loss Gets Help from SERVPRO

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Tampa Homeowners Call SERVPRO to Cleanup and Restore after a Water Loss

Water Damage Cleanup After a Leak Roof in Your Tampa Home

Most people think a roof leak in Tampa is just a structural problem. However, it poses several safety and health risks as well. The constant intrusion of water slowly but steadily works its way down from your roof to your foundation, compromising the integrity of your whole structure if left unchecked. It can pose a threat of fire from shorted wires as well, plus rapidly growing mold.
 
 
To prevent this slow but devastating water damage to your Tampa home, you need to address roof leaks very quickly. At the first signs of roof damage, get in touch with our staff at SERVPRO. We are specially trained to handle these situations in a fast but efficient manner so we can avoid further damage happening to your home.
 
 
One thing we may likely have to replace are ceiling tiles where the water came down through your roof. Usually, these are less expensive to replace than to dry. Plus, water can stain the tiles and make them bow, so they become an eyesore as well if not replaced. SERVPRO technicians can remove ceiling tiles during the drying process so air can circulate and dry the wet areas above the tiles.
 
When the water has gone down through your walls, drying several layers of sheetrock requires longer drying time. Drying just one layer of wet drywall usually takes five to seven days, and two segments can take ten to fourteen days. We monitor the layers using a penetrating moisture tester with Teflon coated probes. These probes are used in inconspicuous places, and we patch the holes during the process of restoration. When wet, drywall becomes more fragile, so we make sure to be careful as we work. It stabilizes more as it dries out.
 
 
SERVPRO staff also checks and dries all flooring and subflooring for any water damage. If needed, we take the appropriate action depending on the type of floor and set out air moves and dehumidifiers to ensure a faster drying time.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa are the ones to call when you have a leaky roof and water damage to your home in Rocky Point, Town, and Country, or West Tampa. Call us right away at (813) 855-0888 when you realize there is a problem and we can be out to your home in a timely fashion to help you restore your structure.

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If Your Coffee Shop In Tampa Experiences A Water Damage Disaster Call The Team At SERVPRO!

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience a significant water breach inside your coffee shop, contact trained professionals like us right away.

We Offer Reliable Commercial Water Damage Services For Your Tampa Coffee Shop

If you experience a significant water breach inside your coffee shop, contact trained professionals like us right away. Moisture can ruin flooring, interior walls, ceilings and the structure of your building if it sits for a long time. Plus, excess water can damage your furniture and various contents inside the building, which can be costly. Moisture can cause mold growth and can cause health effects, so acting fast makes sense.

SERVPRO offers reliable commercial water damage restoration services in Tampa that can 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 coffee shop is your livelihood so 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. For major repairs, we advise contacting a general contractor. After the inspection stage, our techs can remove damaged furniture and structural materials such as drywall and floor and ceiling tiles.

The water removal process may include the use of portable or truck-mounted extractors and pumps to eliminate water quickly. After the crew removes all standing water from the affected areas, they can begin the drying phase. Typically, we employ air movers, heaters and axial fans to dry areas fast. If necessary, the team can strategically place dehumidifiers to force moisture from the structure and enhance drying.

We may also need to pack-out some of the items in your shop like coffee beans, creamers, sweeteners and syrups. Tables, chairs and other furniture may also be part of the pack-out phase. Our technicians do this to prevent loss of products and to prevent further damages. We wrap, label and categorize every item before we remove them from the premises. The use of bar-coding and tagging helps keep accurate records that can be useful to business owners when making insurance claims.

SERVPRO of West Tampa provides reliable commercial water damage services that are reliable and fast. We are here to help and are only a phone call away. Contact us 24/7 at (813) 855-0888. When possible, our highly skilled technicians can return your shop to its preloss condition and make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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Tampa Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration and Remodeling Services--Why Not One Stop Shopping?

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? We Clean Up Water and Mold Damage and Even REMODEL Your Tampa Bathroom

Why SERVPRO for Bathroom Remodeling For Tampa Homes

When disaster strikes the Tampa area, residents know to call us for one of the fastest response times, clean-up, and reconstruction of their home. When they decide to replace the chipped bathtub and outdated tile they can call us for that as well.
 
Bathroom remodeling in Tampa homes is a special service our SERVPRO office provides area homeowners. Since the removal and preparation for restoration and remodeling is the same, helping residents modernize and improve their home is a natural growth out of our original mission.
 
Our remodeling team starts by sitting down with the homeowner to determine what they want, and we can offer our input. Our remodelers can install any tile and fixture, and paint or prepare the walls and ceilings to meet their color requirements as well. If desired, our crew can install modular units for the tub and shower enclosures.
 
Once our team has the plan, they start by carefully removing the old fixtures and pulling down any tile. If the homeowner wants to donate old fixtures that still look good and function, the team leader can help him, or she makes the arrangements for the items to be picked up.
 
With the tub, sink, and other items gone, SERVPRO team members inspect the walls and ceiling for any water issues. If the drywall shows sign of crumbling or other damage, we prefer to remove and replace them before continuing with other steps of the remodel. We can apply an antimicrobial agent for protection again mold growth. Next, we paint the walls and ceilings, and then apply tiles where indicated by the owner. Once everything is in place, we use fans to increase air circulation to more quickly dry the bathroom.
 
Finally, we carefully install the new bathtub or shower, sink, and other fixtures. Our crews carefully set the new items in place to avoid any possible damage or misalignment. With everything in place, teams use the fans again to speed up drying and ventilate the room.
 
Since we are a water and fire cleanup and restoration company, we make sure that the exhaust ventilation in the bathroom is adequate to evacuate excess moisture after a shower.

At SERVPRO of West Tampa, our goal is to provide a remodeled bathroom that the homeowner can enjoy as quickly as possible. We are here for our neighbors, regardless if it to help improve the value of their home or to rebuild it after a disaster. If you need us, call today at (813) 855-0888 to get started.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Tampa Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the know-how and equipment to remove unwanted water from your home.

Water Removal in Tampa – What to Expect From SERVPRO Technicians

Water is a useful resource. Tampa residents use it to quench their thirst, doing laundry, taking a bath, for gardening and washing dishes. Problem is this helpful resource can become destructive. The main issue can originate from a faulty appliance or plumbing.  Your carpet, rugs, and furniture absorb the water.   To prevent further damage to your belongings and home, contact water removal experts.

Getting the help of water removal professionals in Tampa translates to a speedy response and cleanup of your home. In so doing, your carpet and furniture are left dry together with your hardwood floors, books, art, and other valuables.

Apart from a speedy response, homeowners should expect well trained and experienced professionals from SERVPRO. Not only do we possess the necessary knowledge to prevent water damage in your home, but we use the top quality equipment. Also, we are IICRC certified. 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 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 got them all. By using this equipment, removal and dismantling of your furniture and other household belongings are minimal.

We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and we are available 24/7/365. Before starting the extraction, cleanup and drying processes, you must sign the work agreement. Afterward, we explain the process of restoring your home, provide a firm estimate and explain the pros of Direct Billing. Since we are Faster To Any Size Disaster, we complete the water extraction and drying process in a few days. 

As a brand that your neighbors and friends have come to trust when it comes to dealing with water damage, 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.

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Our Secret To Stopping The Spread Of Mold In Your Tampa Home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere the right conditions are present, even if the area has never had an infestation before.

Stopping The Spread Of Mold Damage To Your Tampa Home

Regardless of whether or not your home in Tampa has had mold damage in the past, you should actively be trying to prevent it from happening. 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 inspectors use advanced thermohygrometers to detect pockets of moisture (and mold growth) throughout the home any time they respond to a mold damage call.

SERVPRO of West Tampa has helped local homeowners to combat 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.

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How to Restore Your Tampa Home After a Fire

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Speed is a necessity in recovering from a fire and preventing secondary damage. SERVPRO ;has the expertise to assist you with this unpleasant task.

Useful Tips for Restoration of Fire Damage in Tampa

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 follow the right procedures.  

Speed is an integral part of recovery efforts after fire damage in Tampa. The materials that burn in the blaze 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.”  

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.

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How SERVPRO Can Help You Avoid Storm Damage To Your Home In Tampa

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

One of the secondary effects of adverse weather is flooding.

Reducing The Risk Of Permanent Harm After Flood Damage In Tampa

September is a month where many Americans experience extreme weather conditions. So much so, that institutions like the Red Cross, Environmental Protection Agency and Government sponsored initiatives warn us to be prepared for every eventuality. National Preparedness Month is designed to ensure we have the tools, skills and resolution to help each other and our communities when confronted with natural disasters like those being experienced across the East Coast right now.

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 guarantee to arrange a service within the first hour of receiving your call to help put you at ease at what is a stressful time. Once a trained SERVPRO technician arrives onsite we can begin to mitigate loss, starting with a thorough visual inspection.

A visual inspection is crucial to understanding 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. Using chemical-based cleaners and sanitizers can help reduce the risk of those pathogens from spreading.

Depending on the extent of harm, we made need to relocate you to temporary accommodation. 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 SERVPRO to help you make your insurance claim.

Preparing for every eventuality is part of our remit. Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa now at (813) 855-0888 to arrange a service.

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Households That Prepare for Disasters Involving Water Loss Suffer Reduced Mold Damage in Rocky Point

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Flooding Is Followed by Mold Damage in the Rocky Point Area, SERVPRO for Demolition and Remediation

Mold Remediation in Rocky Point Properties Is Best Left to SERVPRO

During our nation's National Preparedness Month, we at SERVPRO want to encourage people in our communities to learn everything they can about how disasters can affect them and their homes. Finding out what can lessen the damages from catastrophic events that occur in and around Rocky Point can help decrease property damages and keep your family safe from harm.
 
Many disasters that involve water in Rocky Point can lead to mold damage. Protecting our homes and other property from this aggressive microorganism can help prevent its growth. When mold and mildew cannot grow out of control, damage to your home and personal belongings remains very unlikely.
 
Preparing for disasters like flooding and stormy weather hinders microbial activity by removing the water quickly. Allowing water to remain in a home, even in the form of elevated humidity, permits microbes to flourish and begin consuming your house's materials. SERVPRO technicians can remediate mold damage and extract all the excess moisture that allowed the damage to start developing inside the interior.
 
When mold damage came from the development of a slow leak or another structural shortfall in your property, we can repair small problems for you. More significant issues require a quick call to a plumber, which we can arrange for you if you wish. As long as the water continues unabated, however, our efforts must wait. Proceeding to remediate mold damage while invasive water remains an issue only wastes our efforts and your money.
 
During remediation, we contain the area that sustained damage to keep anything from spreading and contaminating the rest of your home. We use plastic sheeting, air filtration systems, and negative air pressure to push the contaminated air out and draw clean air into the location where we are performing remediation. Removing damaged and infested materials by using double bags keep the debris contained even as it leaves your home. Once finished, we clean up so you can truly relax and feel right at home immediately.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa can help you put a stop to mold damage and make everything “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (813) 855-0888 when microbial activity is creating problems in your house.

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How Tampa Residents Can Identify And Repair Water Damage In Attic Spaces

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

When leaks occur in your attic space insulation can act like a sponge, soaking up moisture and encouraging mold growth.

Water Damage In Your Attic

Attic spaces are an area where moisture and mold can build up undetected. Unpleasant odors, discoloration of your ceiling and changes in texture are all signs of leaking or burst pipes. Damage like this can occur from plumbing issues, a faulty HVAC, wind damage or extreme weather conditions. One thing that's for sure is that you need professional investigation and remediation.

Precipitation increases in the fall making water damage in Tampa a common occurrence. When leaks occur in your attic space insulation can act like a sponge, soaking up moisture and encouraging mold growth. The difficulty in treating these areas lies in accessibility which limits the use of standard procedure and equipment.

At SERVPRO, we have designed and honed a specialized service for attics and crawlspaces. A visual inspection can be carried out onsite by a trained technician. We are looking to locate the source of water. Be that from damage to the roofing materials, leaking appliances, plumbing or structural damage.

The next step in the procedure is to dry the structure which can mean removing sheetrock as well as insulation. Sheet-rock that is showing signs of saturation such as warping needs replacement and can be demolished by SERVPRO. Fiberglass insulation can be removed, dried and returned.

The equipment we can use includes rapid air-movers and dehumidifiers. Your technician can use moisture meters to ascertain the correct dry level in the affected area. Negative air pressure can be used in the affected area to limit the spreading of contaminated air or unpleasant odors into other areas of your home.

Where there is severe structural damage, it may be necessary to call in remodeling contractors. SERVPRO can identify areas where remodeling is needed and prepare the structure for remodeling work. We can also perform emergency board ups if there are apparent gaps in your roofing. These are temporary fixes designed to prevent further damage until the area is fully repaired by an external contractor.

If you suspect there may be mold or moisture building up in your attic space, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 or request help online.

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How Professional Equipment Make Flood Damage Restoration in Tampa Successful

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Measures Moisture and Flood-Cuts Damaged Walls in the Tampa Area

SERVPRO Employs Scientific Methods to Understand and Grapple with Moisture Content after a Storm-Induced Flooding

The use of professional products and equipment makes flood damage restoration doable. It is necessary to undergo training to operate some of the devices. They are several types of equipment that we use when working on your property and their work is to detect moisture, deodorize odors, extract water, move air, dehumidify, and prevent injury to customers and employees. We are going to look at how we use detection and monitoring equipment when dealing with such incidents in Tampa.

It is essential to track moisture in your Tampa home during flood damage restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians compare the readings we get with the standard moisture levels from a baseline we establish by documenting moisture content in an unaffected area of the home. We use a moisture sensor when we have to detect whether soft materials contain moisture. If we want to check the moisture of water in your carpet, we can use the equipment's sharp probes to penetrate into the material. If the sensors detect water, then a light blinks and a beeping sound goes off.
 
We use moisture meters when our SERVPRO technicians need to determine the exact amount of moisture in wet materials. Just like moisture sensors, penetrating moisture meters have probes that we direct into underneath the wood flooring and wall cavities to measure the moisture content. We can also place non-penetrating moisture meters on surfaces - which function by using sensors. It is also important to remember that a moisture meter which is set to take readings on wooden materials cannot work well if we use it to take drywall readings.
 
The temperature and the relative humidity RH of your structure are factors that our SERVPRO technicians look at when drying your property. We can measure the two by using thermo-hygrometers and infrared thermal imaging devices. Before we can take the readings, we first allow the device to adapt to the site's conditions. We can perform dehumidification to lower the content of water vapor in the air when the relative humidity is so high.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally operated and uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to return your property to its preloss condition. Call us at (813) 855-0888 at any time of the day and benefit from a stress-free process.

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Seek Help to Avoid Restoration Related Dangers after Fire Damage in Tampa

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Advice--Check Your Tampa Residence Smoke Alarms Often

Tampa House Fires Can Hide Dangers and Hazardous Conditions, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Most property owners are only wary of the dangers involved when putting out a fire. Once the flames are out and the smoke clears, any thoughts of danger also disappear. The restoration process in any Tampa property damaged by fire presents a number of risks. Some like weakened parts of the structure that might collapse and injure people are easily identifiable. Others like the effects of burnt residues might not be readily discernible. Involving someone with some level of expertise in such restorations can protect you.
 
Among the first steps taken to restore fire damage in Tampa is the removal of the charred and smoke filled residue. The blaze level the fire reaches might compromise the integrity of the structure or even some fixtures such as cabinets. It is, therefore, necessary to exercise care to prevent these structures from crashing and injuring the person restoring the property. When our team from SERVPRO visits your property, we first inspect the structure to identify any areas likely to pose problems and either support them or involve a structural contractor.
 
Apart from the danger of compromised structures, fire residues also pose various risks. Smoke and other airborne residues present the least observable dangers, but their effects are long term. When a fire burns, it produces different gaseous components including carbon monoxide, which most people are aware of, and hydrogen cyanide, which is very dangerous. Also, it has aerosols comprised of very minute burnt and unburned materials that remain suspended in the air long after extinguishing the fire. Working in such an environment over an extended period without protection can lead to respiratory issues. The team we send from SERVPRO uses all the necessary protection including wearing respirators.
 
In addition to dangers the restoration procedures expose to the person doing the job, it can also affect the structure and contents too. For example, in a bid to save time, it is possible to throw away items blackened by soot even when no real damage is present. When you call SERVPRO, our technicians can salvage most items even when pressed by a short turn around time. Sometimes we remove possessions for off-site cleaning. This way, normal operations in the affected property can resume within the set deadlines. Later on, we return the cleaned items.
 
Involving a specialist used to dealing with restoration projects safeguards your interests. SERVPRO of West Tampa can avail a team to help at any time of the day or night. Call us at (813) 855-0888 for personalized assistance.

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Common Hazards to Avoid During Water Damage Restoration in Tampa

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in any part of your home is a cause for concern. Call SERVPRO to dry out your home and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Take Care of BOTH Your and Our Safety Concerns When Remediating Water Damage in Your Home

Before the water damage restoration process can start, it is essential to know whether the structure is safe and secure, because there might be many hazards at the site. For instance, the water may contain some layers of soil, toxic chemicals, pesticides, sewage and other hazards. It is one of the reasons why we use protective clothing and equipment when attending to such incidents in Tampa. We are going to at some of the safety measures we observe when we are working for you.
 
The water damage event in Tampa can leave standing water next to the outside walls of your home. When our SERVPRO team arrives at the site, we walk around the house and check for gas leaks and loose power lines. We also check whether there are any noticeable cracks in the foundation and windows. If the gas or electrical meters are outside, we shut them off to make sure the utilities are not running.
 
It is also the work of our SERVPRO technicians to remove the sediments that the water leaves in the house. We can use shovels to do this kind of work. We also clean any mud around the air conditioning and heating ducts. Where necessary, we can remove the registers or vents when cleaning the metal ducts and perform some demolitions within the crawl space area to promote accessibility.
 
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 there is a need to dry your property 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, then we may consider using desiccants.
 
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.
 
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Storm Damages Allow Flooding In Your Tampa Residence

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding begins to happen in your home, get in touch with SERVPRO.

Storm Damage

The Tampa area is susceptible to hurricanes and severe weather systems sweeping in from the Atlantic all throughout the year. The figurative tide can change quickly on great weather to dangerous conditions that can leave substantial damage in their wake. Fortunately, our restoration team is always standing by to meet these effects head on and help you reclaim your damaged home.

While gale force winds and torrential rainfall can have its damaging effects on your house, it can also allow for instances of flooding. This incident adds a level of immediacy to the situation because untold volumes of water now have access points into your residence. Soon, you not only have to contend with the avenues that runoff and rainfall can take into your house, but have to contend with the subsequent flood damages in your Tampa home.

Roof damage is more common than you might believe. Even with just heavy rainfall, aging shingle roofs can struggle over time to divert the water away. Once even a single shingle breaks free from the group, water can gain access to the sensitive materials between your attic space / top floor and the outside world. Our SERVPRO professionals have tended to many flooding situations which originated in the attic from roof damages.

Your siding is another avenue that runoff and torrential rainfall can take to flood your house. While wind can get strong enough to tear vulnerable siding away from the home, these damages frequently happen with falling trees or flying debris. Often plywood and insulation are the final lines of defense between the interior of your home and the severe weather outside. These flooding situations could affect any area of your home, and require SERVPRO restoration in a widespread area.

When flooding begins to happen in your home, you do not have a minute to lose to get on the phone and get in touch with the right personnel to mitigate the damages. The faster you reach out to our SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration technicians, the fewer damages that they ultimately have to overcome to restore your home. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (813) 855-0888.

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Structural Concerns Of Your Tampa Home Following Fire Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping yourself safe does not stop simply because the fire was successfully extinguished in your house.

Structural Concerns Following A Fire

Assessing the structural integrity and needed repairs to your Tampa home following a fire is something that you should let the professionals handle. Especially with widespread damages, the weakening of structural elements becomes an inevitability that you cannot and should not ignore. While it is important to you to understand the full scope of the damage that your property faces and what has to happen to correct this damage, you should be better informed about potential risks associated with your own assessments.

Once the fire has gotten extinguished in your Tampa residence, homeowners quickly want to understand the farthest reaches of the fire damages they face. While this is often something for restoration teams and insurance adjusters to work on determining, homeowners often rush into the structure to see the issues for themselves firsthand.

Our SERVPRO professionals get trained to identify structural concerns and potential hazards when assessing a job, and even with this knowledge often find themselves at risk for falling construction materials and weakened flooring. These are the same risks that you take on when you set out to determine how much the fire has affected your home.

Ultimately, the fire itself and the water used to extinguish it can cause untold amounts of stress to wood framing, drywall, flooring materials, and ceiling framework. As these components weaken with the lingering damage yet to get addressed by our SERVPRO restoration specialists, the risk for them giving way and falling (or allowing someone to fall through them) is higher than you might expect.

This possibility is why structural assessment is part of the initial inspection performed by our estimators. They determine what materials require replacement based on the severity of their damages. Those with the highest risks of falling, or giving way, then become part of the estimation for rebuilding and renovation.

Keeping yourself safe does not stop simply because the fire was successfully extinguished in your house. Long after the first responders leave, your home remains at risk to those who enter it. Trust in our SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration professionals to properly determine the stability of your home and what needs to be done to restore it. Give us a call anytime at (813) 855-0888.

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Bathroom Remodeling In Tampa Homes After Mold Damage

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

When mold infests a home, the damage and the restoration costs can vary widely.

Bathroom Remodeling After Mold Damage

When mold infests a Tampa home, the damage and the restoration costs can vary widely. If caught quickly after the mold begins growing, both are minor, and the emphasis stays on cleaning and removing mold from surfaces. If the mold has had months to grow unnoticed, then the focus can shift to removal and replacement of affected property, both personal and structural.

When this happens, Tampa homeowners have a unique opportunity for remodeling their homes, especially the bathroom. SERVPRO technicians can remove the tiles, shower, bathtub, and other bath items, and replace them at the direction of the homeowner.

Mold rarely penetrates tile surfaces, but it does grow into the grout material that seals the tiles in place. The same material also forms a seal between pieces of a shower or bathtub unit, keeping water from leaking or seeping in behind them and causing further damage from wood rot. SERVPRO restoration teams train to remove the grout and tiles carefully.

If mold has grown into the walls behind the tile, our teams can remove and replace those as well. After removing the affected drywall, specialists spray the framing behind them and the surrounding area with an anti-fungal agent to make certain no live mold spores are still present.

Before installing the new panels, the teams use a combination of air movers and fans to increase circulation and dry out the bathroom to reduce the chance of mold growing again. If the interior humidity is very high, they augment these devices with a dehumidifier to draw water from the surrounding air.

With a new wall, it is a perfect time to replace the tiles, or even replace the entire bathtub and shower area with a one- or two-piece, drop-in unit. Technicians can make many of these changes at the homeowner’s discretion, but for very expensive replacement items, the team leader always recommends using the manufacturer’s installation team to set and seal them in place.

A mold infestation is something no homeowner wants to happen in their residence. Cleaning and replacing affected property can be an opportunity to upgrade the home, however. If this is your situation, call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today to begin restoration.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Tampa

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding after a storm can bring several inches of water, or sometimes feet, into your home. Call SERVPRO for drying out services.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Flooding and Promptly Begin the Drying Out Process

Sitting on the coast means Tampa deals with flooding as an almost routine problem. It does not take a hurricane or some other form of extreme weather to generate enough wind and rain to send water into a home, rotting carpets and warping wood floors.
 
Restoring a home after flood damage in Tampa requires training, the right equipment, and rapid response to begin remediating damaged property. SERVPRO Restoration meets these requirements with industry-approved courses, access to a nationwide equipment and tool inventory, and an on-call, 24-hour restoration team of technicians and specialists.
 
Our team begins with a thorough inspection. The team leader makes certain the home is safe to enter after checking for structural integrity and if rising water compromised the electrical system. Once inside, the team quickly determines what equipment they need and which tasks take priority. Within minutes after arriving, work begins to restore the home.
 
In most cases, that means starting with removing the water. Depending on how quickly our team arrives on-site, they begin with a pump for water about ankle-high or higher. For very deep water, technicians have the option to use a truck-mounted pump that can run off the engine and stay in service overnight if needed.
 
For lower levels, team members use extraction wands to draw water out of the home. They can adjust the vacuum speed of these devices which makes them very useful to draw water from wooden floors and carpets without accidentally causing further damage.
 
After drawing water out of the carpets, specialists lift it off the floor and remove the pad underneath. To prevent the carpet layers separating or mold growth in the fibers, they next set up a combination of air movers and fans to dry the carpet and the concrete underneath it. Once they complete this procedure, SERVPRO specialists lay in a new pad and then stretch the carpet back in place.
 
If the home has wood floors, our technicians use the air movers and fans to remove water from between the floorboards. If they find water underneath the floor, team members carefully lift boards near walls or under furniture and insert a hose connected to an air mover to force warm air inside.
 
Technicians also augment these devices with dehumidifiers. Since even treated wood can warp quickly, removing moisture from the floorboards and the surrounding environment is even more important. The commercial dehumidifiers we use can remove up to 25 gallons every 24 hours.
 
At SERVPRO of West Tampa, it is our goal to return every home to its original, dry condition. If you are dealing with the effects of flooding in your home, call us today at (813) 855-0888 to schedule a visit.

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Water Removal Services for Flooded Downtown Tampa Hotel's Laundry Room

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

When water damages your hotel, we have the tools and equipment to complete your water damage restoration.

Water removal services for any part of your hotel

Behind-the-scenes activities in a hotel in downtown Tampa includes preparation of food and laundry activities. Without both of these, as well as other activities, running smoothly, hotel activities can become difficult to carry out as needed. A clogged drain or other problem with laundry facilities can cause problems that require immediate attention.

Hotels in the Downtown Tampa area need water removal services from an experienced company using the right type of equipment. SERVPRO offers emergency services that can help keep your current guests from feeling inconvenienced by not only restoring your hotel's interior but also by assisting your staff in fulfilling the needs of your guests. Linens and towels can quickly run out, but we can work with you to find a solution while we remove water from your laundry room floor and surrounding area. Doing so allows your employees the time to concentrate on maintaining high levels of guest satisfaction.

Restoring the interior area of your laundry room prevents damage from continuing to spread and worsen. Water not only seeps into other areas but also allows microbes to flourish. Microbes can begin affecting laundered items before staff members carry them to guest rooms, bringing spores with them and then infesting both rooms and guests' belongings. Dryers that remain in a humid environment can begin to rust on their drums, leaving rust spots on towels and bed sheets.

We quickly dry everything with air movers, along with air scrubbers, that dry out the indoor environment and remove any microbes in the air. Towels used after showering and swimming in the pool can harbor spores from mildew and mold, thus keeping the microbial population in your laundry room higher than usual. Eliminating these before they can cause problems protects the rest of your hotel from damage later.

Water can easily seep into walls, so we use our equipment to push dry air inside them. We monitor the amount of moisture in the air as it exits your walls' interior cavities. When it reaches a reasonable amount, we know the interior no longer contains excess moisture. Your floors receive similar treatment with heated mats that suction off evaporated water.

No matter what part of your hotel needs drying out, we carry the right type of equipment in our Green Fleet. We work quickly to minimize the number of rental nights lost and to keep any current guests, and your employees, happy by making it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Tampa works with businesses of all sizes and can help your downtown hotel recover quickly from malfunctioning equipment and broken water lines with our expert water removal services. Contact us at (813) 855-0888 to reach our 24-hour emergency services line.

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When You Need Water Removal For Your Tampa Night Club

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Keeps Out the Water and the Patrons In a Tampa Night Club

Time to Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Extraction

As a nightclub owner in Tampa, you have many plates that you have to balance between making sure that everyone is having a good time and that you are making a steady profit. Unfortunately, you are also always at the mercy of the severe weather that often impacts the area throughout certain parts of the year and also the unexpected water emergencies that could occur from within your building. Fortunately, even when you get subjected to significant water intrusion in your club, professional restoration services are only a phone call away.

As a club owner, you can likely attest to the expense of the materials that went into areas like your dance floor, your bar, and the premium seating options around the perimeter. When substantial water damage affects your Tampa nightclub, you can appreciate the importance of moving quickly to get the right professionals on cleaning up the mess and restoring the damaged elements.

From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your business, we take the necessary time to inspect the entire area for the full scope of the damage that you face. Water extraction begins the restoration process, and depending on the volume; this could either involve wet-vacs and portable pumps or a pump truck from our fleet.

Once the water has gotten removed, then drying efforts can begin. The goal here is to preserve as much of the original material as possible. This goal is what makes drying such a critical component, as it can aid in salvaging these original materials, but also gives our SERVPRO technicians a better look at areas that might be irreparably damaged. The effort at limiting losses to consumable inventories can be discussed in a later blog.

As a club owner, you should be worrying about how to draw in the crowds and what your specials are going to be, not how to overcome substantial water damages. Leave that to our SERVPRO of West Tampa water restoration specialists. Our team can help you to overcome any damages and restore your business to get your doors back open quickly. Give us a call today at (813) 855-0888.

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Why Every Step Counts During Mold Damage Restoration in Tampa

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in any part of your home can cause some alarm. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate and Then Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

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 such an eventuality, removing the moisture is critical. The work of our remediation team is to clean, dry and deodorize your Tampa property with the aim of returning it to its earlier state.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property to address mold damage in Tampa, we perform initial tests and evaluations. We understand that exposure to moldy surrounding can lead to health effects, and as a result, we wear the right protective gear. For instance, we put on full body suits, chemical resistant gloves, eye protection, and respirators with proper cartridges.
 
During the evaluation, we find out whether the mold problem exists, and then record our findings, which may include the level of contamination as well as the extent of moisture saturation. Without the right work practices, there is a possibility of spreading the mold spores from the areas with the contamination to clean areas. To address such, we set negative air machines on the site. We can also introduce containment barriers, where we install plastic sheeting in the area. There is also the need of switching off HVAC systems to avoid spreading the contamination.
 
Since we already know the materials and surfaces where the mold is growing on, the next step that our SERVPRO technicians perform is removing the mold contamination. In some cases, we may have to remove porous materials with extensive mold growth physically. Where we are dealing with nonporous surfaces, we may perform damp wiping for wet surfaces and HEPA vacuuming when the areas are dry. We usually use detergents with anti-microbial properties when wiping. It is also important to note that HEPA vacuuming removes loosely attached mold fragments, so if necessary, we perform other complementary processes such as sanding and wire brushing to agitate surfaces.
 
At SERVPRO of West Tampa, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, fire, mold, or storm-related damage. We offer 24-hour emergency service, and you can call us at (813) 855-0888 to learn your options.
 
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Restoration of a Hotel with Extensive Fire Damage in Tampa

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

If your Tampa hotel is affected by fire damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO to reverse the damage.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Hotel to Its Pre-Loss Condition

Some of the beautiful sites in Tampa include the many hotels' architecture and landscaping. Several stories high, many seem like elegant, sparkling jewels near the beach or dotting the downtown landscape. Thousands of tourists help keep our community's economy strong by patronizing the hotels in our area.

Hotels in the Tampa area seem impenetrable and secure, but fire damage can quickly spread within one, quickly turning it into a horrific sight. Firefighters can spend hours putting out a blaze that spreads easily across floors and from one floor to another one. The combination of smoke and soot combined with the water and foam used by firefighters, as well as the steam produced, create a messy blend throughout the hotel.

Fire damage covers much more than the blackened, charred materials that burned during the raging fire. Our experienced professionals can restore your hotel from hopeless-looking messes like this and soon have everything back to normal. We restore what your patrons see, as well as what interests safety assessors and building inspectors.

Your hotel's construction happened as a unit, not floor-by-floor, and because SERVPRO technicians work in teams, we perform fire damage mitigation services in much the same manner. Using your hotel's architecture to our benefit wherever we can, we implement large equipment such as air movers and heating systems so several floors can receive the same treatment simultaneously.

After we remove the damaged and destroyed materials filling your suites and corridors, we can move forward with the extraction of water, including moisture in furniture that otherwise remains relatively undamaged. Heating the air in conjunction with causing it to circulate and eventually exit your hotel's interior hastens the return of regular humidity.

Carpeting poses several challenges in a massive fire so we can discuss the options available. Factors include insurance plans in place, as well as the age and previous condition of the carpeting. Current conditions can, of course, significantly affect the final decision regarding carpets on specific floors or the entire hotel.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is proud to serve the communities and businesses of Rocky Point and Town n Country. Fire damage can seem wholly devastating and impossible to recover from, but we can help by quickly making things "Like it never even happened" again. Contact us at (813) 855-0888 to reach our 24-hour emergency response team.

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An Overview of Fire Restoration Services For Your Tampa Residence

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are highly trained to handle fire restoration along with water damages left behind by fire extinguishing efforts.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Home and Get You Back to Normal Living after Fire Damage

Fire damage might not always be on the mind of every Tampa homeowner until a situation arises where that is what they have to face. While fires typically happen unexpectedly, their severity can offer a range of different effects to your home. This hurdle requires professional restoration services to set right, as they have the tools and expertise to do the job thoroughly, and it is a requirement for most insurance companies handling a claim.

While you might not have gotten adequately prepared for the fire damages that you now face in your Tampa residence, SERVPRO always is. Our technicians get specially trained to deal with all facets of fire restoration from smoke/soot cleaning to water damages left behind after extinguishment. With our expertise in this niche, you get the restoration process completed and move on from this traumatic event more quickly.

When our technicians arrive at your home once the fire has gotten extinguished, we work quickly to move through our steps in fully restoring your home. This process begins with an initial assessment of the damage that your home faces and what restoration techniques must get implemented to remedy the effects. We then set out to cover and board off any openings that the fire has left in the house, which might expose your home to further external damages.

Water damage is a common problem after a fire, as this approach is the standard for fire suppression. Cleaning up the water damage has to occur before fire restoration gets underway to prevent compounding damage like mold growth on top of everything else. Addressing the most pressing issues of the recent fire ensure that you can exist more comfortably in your home, and this process includes smoke and soot removal from all affected surfaces.

While there are several layers and levels to the restoration process, it is one that differs between every house that SERVPRO of West Tampa gets tasked with restoring. Fortunately, our experienced restoration specialists can handle any effect that a recent fire has presented to your home and can help you take the necessary steps to bring your home back to preloss conditions. Give us a call today at (813) 855-0888.

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Why Choose Professional Restoration for Flood Damage to Your Tampa House

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Many times flooding can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to dry out your property and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Procedure to Quickly Dry Out Your Property After Flooding

One of the risks that bay area residents take is the damage related to severe storms and natural disasters that sweep through Tampa. While many of the homes in the region get safeguarded to most of the troublesome effects of severe weather systems as they cut a path through the area, no precaution is ever foolproof.
 
Homeowners work to keep flood damage in Tampa and other natural disasters from threatening their comfortable living, but even the most well-constructed of homes can experience flooding under the right conditions. No matter where this flooding originates from, be it a damaged roof or crumbling foundation walls, it is critical to act quickly to prevent significant damage to structural elements of your home and the contents found in the affected areas.
 
Fortunately, our SERVPRO team of professionals is available to take your calls anytime you might need us. This assurance shows you that even amid a disaster, you can count on our experience and professionalism to come through for you when you need restoration the most. Our technicians get uniquely trained in the most effective means of water damage restoration, from the modern techniques to the state-of-the-art equipment needed to deliver your house back in its former condition.
 
Extraction is a crucial component to resolving the flooding concerns, but this is only an option once the vulnerable points that allowed the water into your home have gotten repaired. The process to pull water out of the affected areas typically involves pump trucks from our SERVPRO fleet along with wet-vacs with extraction wands for areas that are challenging to reach with the more prominent pump.
 
Drying the area is a process that requires several different pieces of our equipment to accomplish. While the open areas can get addressed with industrial sized air movers and dehumidification equipment, it is rarely as fundamental as that. Often drying mats are a requirement to penetrate deep below the floors, and our injectidry system uses several entry points to dry in between walls where water had gotten introduced to structural components of your home.
 
While this might only be a small piece of the entire restoration process, it can show the level of dedication and experience you can expect from the SERVPRO of West Tampa team. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 at (813) 855-0888.

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When Does a Fire In Your Tampa Home Requires Kitchen Remodeling?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Distraction Lead to Severe Fire Damage in Your Tampa Kitchen--SERVPRO Advice

SERVPRO Works Hard to Salvage Fire Damaged Materials and Belongings

The recent fire in your Tampa home likely left its mark in several different ways. While professional restoration services can combat the foul odor and aesthetic damages in a multitude of ways, what happens when the damage is too severe to get restored at all? This circumstance is the case for many kitchen fires that affect homes. While the blaze itself might stay contained within this specific area of your house, the damage that occurred while extinguishing efforts were underway is too considerable to clean and restore.

While it could be simple for you to say that your kitchen requires remodeling after a fire damaging occurance in your Tampa home, the process of actually getting to that point is not always so streamlined. There are several steps in between the damage from the fire and renovations and remodeling. Fortunately for you, our experienced SERVPRO professionals can help you through every part of this process to help you repair, restore, and ultimately remodel your home’s kitchen. We can partner with general contractors to make your space better than new.
 
From the moment that our technicians arrive at your home following the fire, our initial assessment of the damage helps to determine what can get restored with our expertise and equipment. You might find that your kitchen area, where the bulk of the fire occurred, is not a complete loss. This process also gives our SERVPRO team a starting point for cleanup and restoration, as we work to preserve and salvage any part of your kitchen that is not irreparably damaged.
 
The restoration process combines a lot of the state of the art equipment that we have at our disposal to clean up the smoke/soot damage, to deodorize the area of the noxious scent left behind after the blaze, and also to address additional concerns like water damage from extinguishment. Once these processes are underway, our experienced professionals can quickly determine what materials, appliances and structural components of the room cannot get salvaged with our efforts. The final decision is yours and your insurance adjuster if this is applicable.
 
In these circumstances, our team utilizes their training in controlled demolition to carefully remove irreparably damaged materials found in flooring, ceilings, walls, cabinetry, or contents of the room for a replacement. This process is intricate and concise, ensuring that areas that can successfully get restored get left intact, and only the pressing concerns get removed.
 
Sometimes a kitchen fire in your home requires remodeling to reverse the fire damage successfully. If you are facing severe damage to this or any area of your home following a fire, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (813) 855-0888.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians Out Of Tampa

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Fast Service, Less Disruptions, and Your Tampa Store Is Open for Business After a Water Leak

Tampa Businesses Rely on SERVPRO to Keep the Doors Open After a Water Intrusion

Finding out water has leaked inside your Tampa convenience store is never a good start to a day. As we all know, water is a dominant force and possibly causes much damage when it soaks any structure. When dealing with water leakage, there are many possible situations. 

Anytime there is too much moisture inside a building, often contents and building materials get damaged. SERVPRO's commercial water damage specialists in Tampa have experience mitigating many different types of problems. Our team has experience in working on commercial properties and know that often they are very different than residential project
 
Businesses, as well as homes, every once in awhile, have problems that take place late at night. SERVPRO operates 24/7 and is always available for emergency services. When a water leak happens in your store that operates most of the day if not 24 hours, prompt after-hours mitigation helps immensely.
 
Whenever we are dealing with an emergency situation, we respond quickly and follow a strict process handling the issue. The processes our technicians use, give them a guideline to follow so that the restoration process gets completed as efficiently as possible. When we are working with commercial properties, we know that cost is always a factor and that keeping your business operating during the project is very essential.
 
The first thing we do when entering your convenience store is, we figure out the overall scope of the project. We always keep in mind everything that needs to get done to minimize loss of revenue to your company. Next, we evaluate all of the water damage that is present.
 
Then, we fix the source of the water leak if it is simple or a plumbing service may be needed and protect the structure and contents. After that, we establish an environment that is safe for both your customers and workers. The next stages of the mitigation process involve water extraction, followed by structural drying.
 
Setting up a detailed plan of the mitigation project helps reduce the strain restoration causes on your business. To help reduce costs and keep your business functioning in times of crisis, call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 for assistance anytime.

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Returning Your Tampa Business to Its Pre-Loss State After Facing Fire Damage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

A Fire at Your Tampa Business? Call SERVPRO After Your Insurance Company for Fast Help

Call SERVPRO to Swiftly Re-Open Your Enterprise for Business After a Fire-Damaging Event

A fire damage experience can lead to permanent or prolonged setbacks for your commercial dealings. Though your insurance provider may offer some compensation after the incident, such happenings leave a big dent in your business. If your Tampa business suffers such a disaster, you urgently need restoration services.

Most people forget that commercial fire damage incidents in Tampa have a close relationship with water damage - which usually results from the fire extinguishing efforts. We are referring to the liquids that equipment like fire sprinklers dispense when attempting to put off the flames. On top of that, the pipes might burst and lead to additional water on your property. That means apart from cleaning the soot particles, water removal services are also necessary. Our SERVPRO team has specialized equipment and tools to address such challenges.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians respond to a fire and smoke damage event, one of the tasks we do is to investigate the specific cause and then device appropriate techniques to address all the needs. Securing the structure is the other thing we do, and during that step, we work towards protecting the occupants and our team. We inspect whether the ceilings, wooden floors, and walls are strong enough for the restoration to proceed. If not, we may perform minor demolitions where necessary.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians also clean the smoke residues, and this procedure typically starts from the source. The type of smoke residues on your property as well as the surface they are resting on usually help us to select a cleaning method. We understand the elements of cleaning such as temperature, time, chemical action and agitation - which are helpful when suspending and removing the residues. For instance, if we go for a chemical reaction, we understand the heat can increase the speed of such processes; therefore, we choose the most appropriate temperature to boost the effectiveness of the detergent we are using.
 
At SERVPRO of West Tampa, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster be it storm, water, mold, and fire related. Call us at (813) 855-0888 when you need your business to return to its former state after a disaster.

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West Tampa Building Services After Catastrophic Events

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Board-up, Clean-up, Build-up, and then Open-up Your West Tampa Business After a Disaster

Rely on SERVPRO to Provide Cleanup, Damage Mitigation, and Restoration After Significant Loss from Water or Fire Events

After a fire or flood, West Tampa businesses can require an extensive number of services to help reopen their doors for customers. Depending on the type of business, some of them can be very specific while other services are generic to almost any type of structure or disaster.

For businesses in West Tampa, SERVPRO building services include immediate damage mitigation and the tasks needed to clear a structure so the actual restoration can begin. Regardless if the damage came from a fire or a storm, we often have to start with the roof.
 
We can use tarps, plastic sheeting, or plywood paneling to temporarily cover the roof to prevent secondary damage to both the roof and everything underneath. We want to prevent water from getting inside which can not only ruin office furniture and personal property but also stop it from soaking the insulation under the roof. Too much moisture compacts both rolled and blown-in insulation, which reduces its ability to either cool or heat the structure as needed.
 
With the interior of the building secured, a SERVPRO team leader or project manager begins the task of inspecting the structural property to determine what may require disposal. In nearly every case, this involves removing drywall. While the panels are excellent material for interior walls, they quickly absorb water from floods and storms, which makes them very fragile. Drywall also absorbs smoke odors which are difficult to remove. In both situations, it is usually cheaper to replace the panels than waste time and labor attempting to restore them. We work with you and your insurance adjuster for the final determination concerning non-salvageable elements.
 
After we remove the drywall panels and the dust they produce, our technicians service the business' heating and air or HVAC system. We carefully inspect not only the unit outside the building but the air ducts as well. If there is any contamination from a fire, turning the system on can blow the smoke and soot particles throughout the entire building. If a storm forced water into the ducts, the pooled water could serve as a starting point for a mold infestation. The sequence of this part of the service is dependent upon priorities for overall mitigation and cleanup.
 
To prevent both, we cover the vents and use air movers to force warm air through the ducts and out of the building. These devices clean out the ducts of smoke and soot particles and dry up excess moisture. If we find an active mold growth, technicians use a fogger machine to force an anti-microbial agent throughout the ducts which kill the mold spores on contact.
 
Starting the process to restore and reopen your business can be intimidating. SERVPRO of West Tampa has helped our fellow business owners repair roofs, hang new walls, and more for many years. If you have more questions about our building services or want to schedule an inspection or need emergency help, call us at (813) 855-0888. We are here to assist.

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When Water Damage in Your Tampa Home Creates Mold Growth

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Seeing a patch of mold suddenly appear on your wall can be quite frightening. Contact SERVPRO after a water damage event that created mold.

SERVPRO Technicians Know That Many Times Remediating Water Damage and Mold Go Hand-In-Hand

Dealing with one traumatic emergency restoration to your home can seem overwhelming enough when you have to assess the damage and formulate a plan of action. Of course, there are instances in which the problem is too much for you to handle on your own and conventional cleaning methods just do not even come close to correcting the problem. Also, there are many times where one disaster with its damages can compound into another, leaving you with twice the need for professional restoration services for your Tampa home.
 
A great example of this would be significant water damage to your home. Failing to treat a circumstance like this quickly and get the area professionally restored can lead to mold growth and subsequent damages from this occurrence. It is quite common for these two types of damages, water and mold damage in Tampa, to coincide because mold requires moisture and dampness to grow, and that air exists all throughout the affected area of your water damage site.
 
When our SERVPRO team first learns of your circumstance and arrives at your home for an assessment, we take the time to determine the full scope of the damages from both sources. While removal of the water damage still stands as the priority, considering that it feeds the mold growth problem in your home, it is still very critical to learn the full scope of the damages that our professional restoration outfit faces.
 
Water extraction and drying are essential components of the restoration process because they greatly aid in combating the current damage while simultaneously beginning to starve the needs of the fungal growth in the area. Drying usually gets done with air movers and dehumidification equipment, which is a crossover process between the treatment for each of these disaster types, as dehumidification and drying are two primary steps in mold remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians work quickly to prevent the spread of the mold and to ensure that any structural damage that exists does not get worse.
 
Sometimes your water damage can turn into a more significant problem than it started out as. When you are facing any disaster, you can trust our experienced specialists at SERVPRO of West Tampa. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (813) 855-0888.

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What Are the Factors That Affect Drying of Your Tampa Home After A Flooding Incidence?

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Tampa Flooding Shouts Out for Fast Service from SERVPRO to Reduce Damages and Costs

SERVPRO Controls the Environment to Ameliorate the Drying Process After Storms Soak Properties

Flood damage due to a storm, a hurricane or heavy rains can cause significant damage to your home. It is not only essential to get rid of the standing water, but also to eliminate the residual moisture to prevent any long-lasting damage.

The drying of your Tampa home after a flooding incidence depends on several factors. SERVPRO technicians can try to create conditions that consider these factors for rapid and efficient drying. Here are the most critical factors affecting the rate of drying that you should know.

Temperature
The temperature of the air governs the rate of drying. Contents dry at a much faster rate if the temperature of the room is high as hotter air can carry more moisture. The ideal temperature for the fastest drying is between 70 and 80 degrees. That said, if the temperature of the room is above 85 degrees, the air can become saturated with too much moisture and can create secondary problems.
 
Amount of water to be removed
The volume of water also dictates the time required for drying. Also, it is easier to remove water in the liquid state rather than to remove the excess moisture. SERVPRO technicians can use extractors to eliminate the standing water and dehumidifiers and air movers to pluck out the airborne residual moisture. The rate of water removal with a dehumidifier is much slower compared to an extractor. But, its purpose is not to remove gross volumes of floodwaters, but to prevent moisture from causing secondary water damage.

The relative humidity (RH)
The RH of the room also controls the rate of drying. Higher RH can slow down the drying process significantly. Dehumidifiers can be used to extract excess moisture from the air and keep the RH low, speeding up the drying process.

Air movement
The air movement is also crucial for efficient drying. The air in a flood-damaged area is usually damp which slows the rate of evaporation. Replacing this damp air with fresh and dry air can speed up the drying process. SERVPRO professionals can use high-quality air movers to drive the damp air out and bring the drier air in, speeding up the process significantly. A right combination of dehumidifiers and air movers can help create an ideal situation for faster and more efficient drying. A flat-lay system can channel unwanted humidity to the exterior.

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa today at (813) 855-0888 to talk to our flood restoration experts. We are always ready to help.

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Fire Damage Cleanup from a Microwave Fire in Your Tampa Home

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your microwave clean and only heating microwave safe items can prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO’s Cleaning Procedures for the Different Types of Surfaces in Your Home

Microwaves, similar to other appliances in your Tampa kitchen, can start a fire when the wrong types of items are put in the microwave, food overheats, routine maintenance and cleaning has not been performed, or when wiring is faulty. Since radiation is used in microwaves to heat food items, it is essential that you follow the directions from the manufacturer when using them, and do not try to heat anything that is not microwave safe. Such things include tin foil, metal objects, or recycled paper.

Performing routine maintenance and cleaning can help you avoid any issues, including fire damage to your Tampa kitchen and home. However, if something does happen, you have a mess on your hands that needs a fast response and the knowledge of professionals to get it done right. At SERVPRO, we not only have the training to clean up fire damage, but also the right tools to do it in a timely fashion to avoid further damage.

Cleaning procedures for walls and ceilings after a fire address several different surfaces. Whether they have a finish or not on wood or paneling, painted, acoustic tile, sprayed-on acoustic plaster, stipple, metallic tile, or textured plaster makes a difference in how we approach the cleanup. Some walls can even be covered with flocking, wallpaper, fabrics or carpeting.

Therefore, before SERVPRO techs begin, we must identify the walls and ceilings affected and pretest them for cleanability. Factors which help us determine the best method of cleaning are the kind of surface, the kind of soil, and whether the surface is dry or wet cleanable.

We use a dry cleaning sponge for walls and ceilings of all types with light to medium soiling which is non-grease-based. The sponge also can be used to pre-clean excess soils that are non-grease-based before wet cleaning.

Wet cleaning is performed on metal, painted, or wood that has heavy soot or ash residue, or light to heavy oil-based residues.

We use active peroxide cleaning for acoustical ceilings or other nonporous and porous surfaces, especially with heavy nicotine and tar soiling. Textured ceilings with a blown coating can dissolve if we treat them with wet cleaning procedures that are more aggressive, so instead, the active peroxide cleaning is used.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is dedicated to cleaning your home in Town n Country, Rocky Point, or West Tampa thoroughly after fire damage. We know what methods to use on each surface to protect your home and belongings and get everything safe again for you when you call us at (813) 855-0880.

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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Key for Tampa Residents

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water damaged homes require fast action, call SERVPRO as soon as you discover standing water in your home.

SERVPRO's Timely Efforts Minimizes Further Damage

Knowing the correct measures to take after experiencing a water damage disaster can help you mitigate the loss. Timing is so critical when restoring your property and failure to attend to the incident immediately may make your contents unsalvageable. That explains the importance of working with a certificated restoration service provider in Tampa. Experts in the industry should analyze the extent of the damage and determine what is restorable and what you need to replace.

There is a need for specialized drying equipment when addressing challenges that result from water damage in Tampa. Our SERVPRO technicians are well equipped and trained to use air movers, scrubbers, and dehumidifiers when restoring your property. We opt to use air movers to dry moist areas as they promote air circulation. They are devices that require correct positioning as per the IICRC standards to achieve efficiency in their operation.

There is a danger of leaving the excess moisture in place for a long time. Apart from the possibility of making your contents unsalvageable, it may promote the growth of mold that may cause health effects. Our SERVPRO team uses dehumidifiers to reduce the levels of moisture in the air and thus create room for evaporation. There are accepted levels of humidity, and that is what we work towards achieving when conducting the restoration.

If there are odors and particles in the air, then air scrubbers can play a very vital role. Dependent on the situation, our technicians may use a wet or dry scrubber.

Deodorization is also another option that we use to combat the unpleasant smells. The work of deodorants is to neutralize and mask the unpleasant odors. Before neutralizing the smells, we begin by identifying their sources.

SERVPRO of West Tampa restores your property to its preloss state and is a leader in storm, mold, water and fire damage restoration. Call us at (813) 855-0888 for unbeatable restoration services offered by competent experts.

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Why You Need Professionals To Restore Your Tampa Hotel After A Fire Damage Incidence

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a hotel can be a catastrophic incidence.

Commercial Fire Damage

Fire damage to a hotel can be a catastrophic incidence. The restoration process can be lengthy, and if not done correctly, it can leave your hotel in an almost uninhabitable condition.

One of the most significant challenges during the fire damage restoration of your Tampa hotel is the inconvenience to the guests. The fire can leave multiple rooms with soot and smoke damage, and the odor can be very challenging to eliminate. That said, professionals here at SERVPRO use a multi-step approach to minimize the damage and eliminate the odor as quickly as possible and with minimum disruption to your other guests.

Mitigation Services
The first and perhaps one of the most important service that SERVPRO professionals offer is the mitigation service. The goal of this service is to secure your hotel and prevent further secondary damage. This service includes board-ups, establishing the temporary source of electricity and emergency drying of the structures that are wet after fire-fighting procedures.

Structural Cleaning Services
Cleaning is perhaps one of the most labor-intensive and time-consuming steps in the restoration process. SERVPRO technicians use some of the best equipment and chemicals to clean the smoke and soot residues from your hotel. Our priority is to restore rather than to replace. We make sure that you are aware of the timeline and the progress of the restoration.

Contents Cleaning Services  
The contents of your hotel that are covered in smoke and soot residue are also cleaned by SERVPRO professionals. While some contents can be cleaned on-site, other situations may require the contents to be moved to another site for cleaning and restoration. We make sure that your contents are appropriately transported and cleaned while on an off-site location.

Specialty Restoration Services
Some content such as electronic equipment, furniture, expensive artwork or upholstery needs special cleaning that needs to be done by experts. Our technicians make sure that you are aware of such experts and also help you to get in touch with them.

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert fire restoration technicians.

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Hotel Guests Complaining of Odor Can Point to Mold Problems in West Tampa

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation in Tall Condos and Small Motels in the West Tampa Area

SERVPRO Offers Top-Notch Mold Remediation to Many Businesses

Running a business carries a great deal of responsibility but a hotel substitutes as a home-away-from-home on many levels. Because of this, when people visit West Tampa for business and family vacations, they expect to find their room free of defects.
 
Mold damage can keep hotels in West Tampa from satisfying their guests' expectations. Odors produced by mold, or when guests stay for extended periods only to find their items showing signs of mold, or discovering it in their room, can create an unfavorable environment for everyone involved. Nobody enjoys making complaints nor hearing them. SERVPRO can handle any sized job involving microbial infestation.
 
Our technicians hold different certificates from the IICRC, including Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and Odor Control (OCT). We have the equipment needed, and for the most significant jobs, we can access our nationwide network of other franchises to gain any additional workforce or equipment required to complete the work involved. Though this does not occur often, rest assured your project is being serviced by professionals.
     
Because of the experience we gain in the diverse jobs we engage in, we know how important it is for your guests to remain as undisturbed as possible. We take it very seriously how our customers conduct their business operations, and if you ever have any concerns, we are always ready to listen. We know our equipment can operate at fairly noisy levels and might disturb some guests. We can alert you if these machines are vital toward remediation of your mold situation.
 
Some of the procedures we implement make use of negative air pressure. In areas such as laundry rooms, mold often grows. Containing these areas in heavy plastic sheeting and attaching a high-powered air scrubber removes the mold spores present and prevents contamination of other areas.
 
Tearing out mold-covered materials can also make substantial noise while packing up linens and other items for professional laundering at our facility or a partnered company, can create a line of our employees carrying these boxed items out to the transport vehicle.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa's contact number, (813) 855-0888, is answered 24/7/365. Our 24-hour services are always ready, whenever you need us. We can help you rid your hotel of mold damage quickly and professionally so you, and your guests can place this event behind you.

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Water Removal Can Save Your Waterlogged Home In Tampa

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

When your roof leaks and lets water come into your Tampa home, you need to get things dry again as quickly as possible.

Water Removal Can Save Your Home

When your roof leaks and lets water come into your Tampa home, you need to get things dry again as quickly as possible. Water removal can take some time to fully complete, so beginning as early as possible keeps your home from suffering extensive more damages.

SERVPRO helps many residents in Tampa cope with emergencies with our water removal services. Skilled and trained, our technicians hold certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) from the IICRC. When we first arrive, we perform an inspection that reveals much of the information we need to carry out the work your home requires. During this time, we measure the amount of humidity in the air and different materials throughout your home. Some of these elements remain dry, providing goals for other materials and belongings.

Besides removing the standing water in your home, we also remove the moisture that evaporates out of that water. This moisture makes the air humid and travels everywhere inside your house. Pumps alone cannot perform all of the work required to restore complete dryness again. Heaters and air movers lift additional humidity out of materials, and then keep it moving until other machinery removes this moisture from the air.

The use of dehumidifiers and desiccant machines considerably improve the efficiency of the rest of our work. These remove the moisture that evaporates so it cannot condense elsewhere. Heaters, during the colder months, allow us to work without needing to turn your home heating system on, protecting it from microbes that might exist in the air. During the warmer months, we open windows and doors whenever the air outside is drier than it is in your home.

At regular intervals, we take additional readings in your home to determine if our work meets our progress goals. When these readings indicate restoration of your home's natural dryness level, we know that we succeeded in our goal.

Experienced in helping families live in safe, dry homes, SERVPRO of West Tampa can help your family, too. Call us at (813) 855-0888, anytime, day or night, any day of the year, to reach our 24-hour service. Water removal services provide the protection your home needs while restoring dryness that makes your house a home.

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Bathroom Moisture Can Cause Mold Damage in Your Tampa House

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Having an exhaust fan and using it when taking baths or showers can reduce the risk of mold damage in your bathroom.

How to Reduce the Risk of Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold is something that everyone has seen at one time or another. Whether it was something strange growing on your loaf of bread, or that familiar musty smell you might get a whiff of when you head into a moisture-ridden cellar, Tampa homes have seen their fair share. A standard component to the creation of mold colonies is a misuse of exhaust fans for bathrooms or the lack of them existing altogether.

How can you prevent mold damage to your Tampa home? It starts with understanding some facts about the creation of mold colonies and understanding what you need to do to get rid of the mold that has begun to form.

The first thing that you need to understand is that moisture is like fuel for mold spores to seat and grow into colonies. You want to cut back on the moisture in every area of your house, not just the spots that you believe are familiar places to spawn fungus. The reduction can happen in several ways that you might already be using, considering the excessive humidity typical of most Tampa homes. Without moisture in the air, colonies are much less likely to ever form on surfaces in your house.

Another thing that you need to keep in mind is that mold spores exist naturally in the air that we breathe. Its natural existence means that if the conditions are right, any room in your house can suffer mold damages. Our SERVPRO IICRC Certified technicians have dehumidifying devices to get rid of the moisture anywhere in your home.

Your bathroom is likely one of the most troublesome spots for the production of mold, especially if you are not regularly using the exhaust fan when taking showers and baths. This resulting steam from the warm water can linger for quite a long while as molecules in the air, pairing with mold spores to find a place to seat and grow. If you do not have an exhaust fan at all, this is a critical element to every single functioning bathroom. Ensure that you have one and that you use it appropriately. If mold already exists, you should give our remediation technicians a call at SERVPRO to assess the damage and remove present colonies.

Mold damages might not be all that uncommon to Tampa homes, but you should know whom to call if you happen to find some in your own home. Give SERVPRO of West Tampa a call at (813) 855-0888. You can reach us anytime.

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Hotel Fire Damage In Tampa

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can cause significant damage to your commercial property.

Hotel Fire Damage

Tampa missed the worst of the recent hurricane, but that does not stop other disasters from causing havoc to area businesses. Kitchen and other types of fires still close hotels and other businesses at a time when our state needs every dollar to help fund on-going recovery efforts.

Remediating Tampa hotel fire damage is not a quick task though and should not be approached with speed in mind. The only way to remove debris quickly, clean smoke odors, and restore a hotel to its original condition is to accomplish it right. SERVPRO starts at the highest point of the damage and works our way down to the ground floor so other members of the restoration team can start working while we get rid of drywall, furniture, and other ruined property.

Restoration starts with water removal. Standing water is not usually a concern, so we go directly to extraction wands to pull water out of hallway and room carpets. Since commercial grade carpet has a short nape, we can complete each floor in roughly 1 or 2 days.

Once the water is drawn out, SERVPRO personnel set up fans at the ends of the corridors to bring in warmer air from the outside to finish drying the carpets and lower the humidity. For each room, we open the windows and use air movers if needed to raise the temperature and increase air circulation.

As we remove water, other technicians use spray wands to apply commercial cleaners to support structures, furniture, and other surfaces to remove smoke and soot residues. If we suspect there may be a problem with mold, team members also spray anti-microbial agents where there may be a problem.

With odors and mold taken care of, we move on to replacement. Our teams have decades of experience in hanging new ceilings and installing new drywall. Setting up a new room takes us an afternoon, and with a full crew at work, we can complete an entire floor in less than a week.

Cleaning does not stop at only the hotel building. We maintain commercial washers and dryers to accommodate hundreds of bed linens, napkins, tablecloths, and towels. We have detergents designed to remove soot and odors without damaging the items.

We understand the need to reopen a hotel as quickly as possible. There are still residents without homes, and out-of-state work crews need something other than an army surplus cot for a bed. We have the experience to get the job accomplished correctly and quickly without compromising either one. If you need our help, contact SERVPRO of West Tampa today at (813) 855-0888.

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Cleaning Your Home After Flood Damage In Tampa From A Hurricane

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes cause plenty of damage from wind and rain, and flooding is a massive problem during these storms.

Flood Damage From A Hurricane

Hurricanes cause plenty of damage from wind and rain, and flooding is a massive problem during these storms. For many families in Tampa, flooding was a reality after big storms that went through the area recently. Hurricane flood water carries high levels of raw sewage and other bio-hazards, so you should never try to clean it up on your own.

Hurricanes can generate tons of building rubble, debris, ash, charred wood, plus cause personal property damage, extreme wind damage and massive flooding in Tampa. When flood damage has affected your home, you should contact our professionals at SERVPRO right away so we can help get your life back in order.

Before we can begin cleanup and restoration, we must remove all standing water. We do this with professional-grade, truck-mounted pumps. Once the majority of the water has been removed, we can inspect the home for the extent of the damages from the floodwaters.

Because floodwaters are contaminated, we must remove and dispose of any carpeting and padding in the home. If needed, we pressure wash structural components and disinfect surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant.

We continue to remove materials as necessary to decontaminate your home, keeping in contact with you as we go to ensure that we agree. Interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas that were contaminated by rising water are cleaned and dried, and disinfecting steps are repeated for any newly exposed surfaces.

SERVPRO staff then removes and disposes of any final debris and wastewater. Once cleaning procedures are complete, we place air movers and dehumidifiers in the home to speed up drying. These machines are monitored daily and moved or adjusted to ensure optimal drying.

We also use moisture meters to detect any hidden moisture that could be lingering inside walls. All of this moisture must be taken care of to prevent the growth of mold. If any mold has started to grow, we also clean this up and sanitize the affected areas.

SERVPRO of West Tampa ensures that we have your home thoroughly dry again before we say the job is complete. We pride ourselves in our ability to make affected homes in the areas of Rocky Point, West Tampa, or Town n Country safe again, so give us a call at (813) 855-0888, so we can get your home back to normal.

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Mold Damage on Walls in Rocky Point Homes

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Bulging, discoloration, and cracked or peeling paint are all signs of mold damage on interior walls.

Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Mold Remediation

Mold growth on Rocky Point walls occurs mostly due to water leaks, condensation, and high humidity. Condensation occurs when water vapor meets a cold surface and transforms into liquid form. Things like steam from hot water or drying wet clothes inside the house increase the humidity in your home. Failing to address high humidity levels in the house can eventually lead to mold growth on the walls.

Your best bet against mold damage in Rocky Point is contacting a reputable restoration company like SERVPRO. Our technicians are highly trained and highly experienced in mold remediation, and we always follow IICRC guidelines to ensure a thorough and complete restoration process. Our equipment and products are designed to return your property to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Mold on drywall is a serious concern. Since drywall is high in cellulose, it is extremely vulnerable to mold damage. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians often resort to cutting out and disposing of any drywall that has mold growth on it, as there is no practical way to completely remove it from the material.

Mold usually grows unnoticeably behind walls, where there is plenty of humid, moist air. Mold growth can also occur behind wallpaper, as wallpaper glue holds organic debris that becomes a source of food for the mold. SERVPRO technicians use effective inspection methods to detect mold damage behind walls.

Signs of mold on walls include bulging, discoloration, and cracked or peeling paint. If you notice these signs on your wall, a closer inspection may reveal the development of mold growth. These signs could also be an indication of mold growing in the wall cavities. Small patches of mold on your walls may represent a larger mold colony that is slowly growing on the other side. You can easily identify the presence of mold through its unique musty odor or sudden allergic reactions.

Apart from serving as the last line of defense against external elements, your walls provide a space for hanging your favorite items and photographs. If you notice signs of mold, SERVPRO of West Tampa can come in and begin the mold damage control process. Call us today at (813) 855-0888.

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Water Damage Cleanup After a Dishwasher Leak in Your Tampa Home

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

If you find your home flooded from a failed dishwasher, call SERVPRO to properly remove the water and repair the damage.

The Importance of Humidity Levels in a Water Damaged Home

When you purchase a new dishwasher, you trust that the company who comes to deliver and install it knows what they are doing. However, sometimes you may run into a problem with it not being installed correctly, and you soon have a mess of water flooding your Tampa kitchen. You need to act fast to get the water cleaned up before it creates more damage than it already has.

A leaking dishwasher can put many gallons of water out into your Tampa home very quickly. Once you get the water turned off and not flowing anymore, you need help in cleaning up the water damage, so it gets dried properly. SERVPRO can come to your rescue anytime you need, so be sure to give us a call right away.

As water damage technicians, we always make a drying goal for any water damage situation. We also monitor the drying process each day to see whether the goal is being accomplished. A drying goal is a condition that we want to bring about in the affected area of your home. Our goal is to get your home completely dry again and to correct any damage which has happened due to the standing water.

Our process includes moisture content readings from dry, unaffected contents and the structure. We take readings in percentage for wood materials and in points for materials which are not made of wood.

SERVPRO techs use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. Drier air means air with low humidity. A relative humidity of less than forty percent is essential for an efficient drying process. Relative humidity of under forty percent lets us know that the air is dry and thirsty, and pulls more water out of materials.

Measurements for relative humidity are however not as accurate as specific humidity readings. Reaching low relative humidity readings does not mean the structure is dry 100%, so we use specific humidity readings to make sure the humidity in the affected area is going down. When it is thoroughly dry, the specific humidity in the area should be the same or lower than the specific humidity in an area which was not affected.

SERVPRO of West Tampa takes care to ensure your home is dry again before we say the job is complete. Doing so avoids any additional damage in your home in the areas of Rocky Point, West Tampa, or Tampa, such as mold growth, so do not hesitate to call us right away at (813) 855-0888 when you have a water damage problem.

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Do Not Ignore What Seems Like Minor Damage to Your Tampa Condo When Arriving Home For Winter After Hurricane Irma

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma Meets Up with Tampa--Call SERVPRO for Storm Water Removal and Cleanup

Storms Can Mean Mold Growth in Your Tampa Property

You breathed a heartfelt sigh of relief when the condo manager contacted you at your summer cabin near the Canadian border with the news that Irma’s raging winds and rain did little harm to your Southwest Florida winter home. After time with your family and the grandkids during the busy spring and summer months, you and your spouse look forward to the relative calm of your retirement home near the Gulf.
 
A quick inspection of your Tampa property after you arrive to settle in for the fall and winter reveals just some light staining by a few windows, any water blown in through the aging silicone caulk apparently dried out now. Unfortunately, your reprieve is short lived as after a day or two you notice an unpleasant smell near the windows that took the brunt of the Category 2 storm.
 
Anytime you smell a musty odor, especially when it is accompanied by staining, you may be observing a telltale signal that microbial growth is actively happening within your home. Mold spores need only a source of moisture and an organic surface to infiltrate and consume to multiply. They do not need light and often proliferate in recesses between interior walls and the exterior of a house. It is quite likely that the rainwater driven by the strong winds of Hurricane Irma dripped and seeped into the space under the window sills where a mold colony is now thriving.
 
Remediating mold damage from any cause is a job for professionals from SERVPRO. You do not need to spend your hard-earned relaxation time searching for the outbreak and attempting to manage it properly. Expert mold abatement is available from A reputable local water damage restoration company, and we are skilled at finding even hidden mold infestations.
 
Trying to cope with mold damage without professional help is unwise. Let the SERVPRO pros take the steps necessary, following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols taught in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses, the industry standard. Work with the remediators you hire to solve the problems posed by poorly maintained or aging windows in your Florida condo and never worry about coming back to mold damage after your summer up north again.
 
Enjoy your Florida retirement retreat, even more, when you partner with SERVPRO of West Tampa that is an industry leader in water damage recovery, including ancillary issues like mold growth. Think about a yearly inspection at your Florida homecoming as insurance for a problem-free winter. Call us anytime at (813) 855-0888.

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Fire Damage In Tampa From Candles And Heaters

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Candles can cause fire damage in just a minute or two.

Fire Damage Restoration

As Tampa neighborhoods are starting to recover from the recent hurricane, routine items like inspection and maintenance get forgotten in the clean-up. Despite the desire to put everything back as it was before Irma, not paying attention to a few core issues can result in another disaster like a house fire.

Many homeowners overlook the things that are typically common sense. Recent events, however, have thrown common sense out the window, for those residents who still have windows. Power is on again to Tampa, but fire damage can happen even when surrounded by stormwater. SERVPRO advises everyone to remember these causes of fire damage and be ready for the next hurricane or tropical storm.

Candles are lovely for a relaxing atmosphere and a necessity when the power was out last week. In both situations, homeowners and residents forget to keep an eye on them, and a fire can happen in just a minute or two. We do not recommend candles, but if the next storm forces your hand, remember the following; do not use them in the bedroom, keep anything flammable a foot away from them, and don't burn them all the way down.

Folks forget how quickly the temperature drops at night around here. Space heaters are easy to run off a portable generator and provide some degree of comfort when everything else is still out. Most of them are not meant for continuous operation and can grow too hot. Worse, people hang socks or other clothing on the heater to dry them. SERVPRO recommends that our customers should turn them off before going to sleep or leaving home for any length of time.

Lastly, make sure your smoke detector is working. It is the simplest way to prevent a fire, but it is often the last thought in the mind of a homeowner when there are six inches of water in the living room. It may seem ridiculous, but we at SERVPRO cannot recommend checking the detector enough, even if you have water past your high-tops when you do it.

After any major disaster, there are a dozen things that need to get done each day, every day until you return to your home. Preventing another disaster should be one of them. Despite our training and experience, SERVPRO of West Tampa knows that the best way to stop any damage is to prevent it from happening. If you need our help with a current problem or want to get ahead of the next storm; call us today at (813) 855-0888.

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Reopening Your Hotel is Imperative after Flood Damage in Tampa

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Keeps Tampa Hotels Open After Storm and Water Damage

Water Damage Affects Hotel Business

Water gushing in through the doors of your hotel in Tampa can feel like a nightmare. Carpeting becomes soaked with dirty water, walls begin to swell from the water wicking upwards, furniture ends up in jumbles in corners, and the destruction seems ruinous.

Tampa hoteliers can reclaim their hotel from serious water damage with help from SERVPRO. We became experts in our field by helping other major businesses and government facilities recover from similar devastating events. We strengthened our experience by earning certificates from the IICRC. Our Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) certificates mean we can perform the work required to get your hotel open again and ready to receive your valuable guests once more.
 
If part of your hotel remains open to guests, we are also capable of setting up our equipment so that disruption to your guests' activities remain minimized. In severe flooding situations, complete closure of your hotel becomes much more likely, allowing us to work more quickly. Because we can concentrate on mitigation of flood damage without needing to keep guests' comfort and safety in mind, we can significantly minimize the time your hotel remains at risk.
 
The most visible aspects of our work include eliminating standing and puddled water, cleaning up of garbage and debris, removing damaged sections of walls, and drying out floors in preparation of new carpeting. There are several other parts to restoration and complete mitigation that must take place.
 
Testing of each guest room for the presence of mold spores and other microbes that can exist on surfaces and in the air and humidity levels provides us with answers that help us complete our work thoroughly. We do this before starting work, and then as the work progresses, and once again when we finish.
 
Ensuring that your hotel is dry once again is not enough. High standards while cleaning and sanitizing, especially in areas that can impact the health of guests and employees, are required. Application of antimicrobial agents kills pathogens.
 
Inside the hotel's kitchen, all foodstuffs that the water came into contact with, no matter how briefly, needs disposing of properly. Serving these items to guests or other individuals is in violation of health codes. All surfaces, including the undersides of counters and shelves, need disinfecting agents applied. Floors are cleaned and mopped, so they are again sanitary.
 
Throughout your hotel, flooding can create odors that your guests may find very disagreeable. We eliminate the problem at the source, so there is no more musty water-logged smell wafting through your hotel. Carpets in non-flooded areas can also hold moisture, so we highly recommend cleaning of these places.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa can provide you with all of these services and any others that your hotel requires. Our goal is to help you restore normal business operations quickly and seamlessly. Call us at your convenience, day or night, at (813) 855-0888.

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Severe Flood Damage in Tampa Exacerbates Temporary Homelessness for Many

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Damage after a storm can be overwhelming and leave you wondering if you'll ever get back into your home. Contact SERVPRO for exhaustive remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians are Quick to Respond After Flooding Preventing Secondary Damages From Setting In

Tampa is quite often in the path of hurricanes and homes and businesses suffer thousands of dollars in damage. A large percentage of this damage is related to the flooding inherent in such horrific weather systems. A hurricane leaving an area does not guarantee that the crisis poses no further problems for homeowners. It only means that cleanup efforts can begin.
 
When a hurricane hits the area, flood damage in Tampa is almost impossible to avoid. While flooding continues to affect an area, the costs of mitigating the damage increases. When we arrive, pumping out the flooded floors of your home becomes a priority. Eliminating any additional moisture follows, with moisture levels monitored as the work continues. This includes the humidity in the air inside your home.
 
Left without a place to call home, Floridians need to restore their homes quickly. Completion of necessary repairs not only re-establishes 'home' but it also decreases the risk of secondary types of damage. After a hurricane, the air outside can remain saturated for a long time. Instead of opening doors and windows to permit faster evaporation rates, we close these openings. Doing so creates an enclosed space that can become drier faster because of the increased control maintained over the indoor environment. With little humidity able to enter, a state of dryness is easier to obtain.
 
Soaked materials in a home become swollen and warped. Such materials no longer function as they should, even once dry again. The changes in the physical appearance alone can render many materials unusable. While the experts in restoration at SERVPRO always save as much as possible during each job, some materials can pose risks if salvaged and reused or never removed and left intact. We put our expansive knowledge to work for you, so your family is protected in the future after the work is done and long after.
 
The professional team members at SERVPRO of West Tampa know how flood damage from hurricanes can affect our community. Each home is important to not only the family who lives there but also to the neighborhood and the community as a whole. Call us at (813) 855-0888 at any time, whenever your home needs restoration work of any kind.

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Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services For Tampa Properties

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Every fire comes with a unique type of damage.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

When it comes to fire disasters, any fire damage restoration professional can tell you that extinguishing the fire is the easy part. The only way to restore most of the materials in the building is by rigorous evaluation, cleanup, repair, and replacement. Every fire comes with a unique type of damage. Low oxygen fires tend to leave wet, smoky residues that are harder to remove than the drier smoke residue that a high oxygen fire generates. Additionally, the water used to extinguish the fire can cause indoor humidity to rise significantly, allowing more smoke and residue to penetrate the wood in the structure.

Whichever type of fire you are dealing with; you need to contact a fire restoration company as soon as the firefighting crew departs. SERVPRO is locally based and can provide quick and efficient fire damage restoration services for your Tampa home. We have highly skilled professionals who are certified by the IICRC, ensuring that you get back control of your home in no time.

SERVPRO professionals offer specialized services for getting rid of bad odors left by smoke or fire damage. We seek out the odor sources and eliminate them instead of simply covering them with a fragrance. This process involves using advanced deodorization equipment such as Thermal Foggers and Ultra Low Volume Foggers. Thermal foggers are suitable for confined spaces while ULV foggers can easily penetrate sites with odor-causing residues.

If the house contents are at risk of additional fire damage from prolonged exposure, we may recommend a move-out. Our experts are adequately trained on proper move-out procedures to prevent additional damage to your property, including efficient inventory taking. We use Contents Claim Inventory Service technology to generate comprehensive inventories for each room. Contents are grouped into questionable, salvageable, and non-salvageable items for easier settlement.

To determine the best cleaning services for the job, our technicians must first test the extent of the smoke damage. We use air and fluids to extract soils, either through vacuuming or dissolving. Vacuuming is particularly useful for removing dry particles that are loosely attached to surfaces. When they come into contact with moisture, solid particles can be difficult to clean off. Dissolving is used to remove soils and residues that are not loose particles. In this case, it is important to consider the type of surface involved to avoid damaging the material being cleaned. Some surfaces are vulnerable to water while others do not react well with solvents.

Whether small or large, fire can occur unexpectedly and cause considerable property damage. Fortunately, you have SERVPRO of West Tampa to count on for fast and efficient fire damage restoration services. In case of an emergency, contact us immediately at (813) 855-0888.

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Facts about Mold and Mold Damage can Help You Protect Your Tampa Home

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold must have moisture to grow.

Facts About Mold

There is much information online that complements much of the knowledge many people have about mold. However, scientific knowledge and recent discoveries dispel much of these commonly held beliefs that many surmise to be true. Knowing the facts can help you in your responsibilities in protecting your home. Here are three four five that may surprise you.

Mold likes bleach! Because cleaning with bleach and other household cleaners only masks the growth and presence of microbial infestations, there is little reason to use bleach. For example, bleach bought in the grocery store contains very little sodium hypochlorite, the substance that makes bleach a good cleaner and stain remover for whites in the laundry, but the majority of the contents is plain water. Microbes love water, from any source, including bleach and other cleansers. Besides, the sodium hypochlorite molecules are too large to penetrate into the actual drywall because the paper covering is too dense. We have training in not only mold remediation, but also in mold prevention and can apply microbial growth inhibitors that make recurrence much less likely to happen.

Mold cannot grow in conditions of normal humidity. Mold must have moisture to grow. Without moisture, microbes become dormant and pose little threat unless disturbed. Disturbing microbes can release them into the air. When these living but dormant microorganisms settle in damp or moist areas in your home, they begin to grow.

Having a dehumidifier running, especially in damper areas of your home can significantly reduce the amount of moisture in the air inside your entire home, not just the immediate vicinity near the dehumidifier. SERVPRO has easy-to-maintain dehumidifiers that we can install for you.

Water can appear almost anywhere in your home. Leaks under sinks are common, but toilets and tubs can leak underneath their drains. Refrigerators can also have small leaks in their ice maker's water lines. Misaligned siding on exterior walls can allow precipitation to enter. Basements can develop cracks in walls and floors that become gateways to moisture.

Our technicians know how to use state-of-the-art technology, including infrared devices and hygrometers. These devices quickly show where moisture is at and allows us to put a stop to any further problems for you. When your home is dry, damage from fungal growth is much less able to happen. However, if mold damage does exist, calling us, your local SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 can put a stop to it, restore your home once again, and make future growth nearly impossible.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Tampa

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Flood damage can destroy your commercial property.

Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration

One of the fun reasons to travel in Florida is the variety of places to stay. The big hotels bring in millions of people each year, but many people prefer a smaller room that looks like a movie scene or swim in a pool shaped like a shamrock.

There are smaller hotels and motels like this throughout West Tampa. These kitschy, little commercial ventures are usually family owned, so when they suffer flood damage, they do not have the deep pockets of a large-chain to spread out the costs of shutting down for several days or even a week or two. SERVPRO understands this can mean going into debt that no one wants, or having to shut their doors permanently.

These hotel owners can fix leaky pipes easily enough, but when a shower head breaks or an intake pipe for a kitchenette fails, the results can quickly soak the carpet in not just that room, but the ones on either side. If it happens on a second floor, it truly is a disaster. Fortunately, this is what we do for a living.

Since the carpets for hotels and motels are commercial-grade, they are easier to dry than the carpets in a private home. The gap is much shorter, and there is rarely a pad underneath. It means our technicians can usually go directly to extraction wands to draw out any trapped water. What would previously take a day or perhaps two for each room in a private home, we can accomplish in a morning or afternoon. If there is flooding in a larger area like a business center or conference room, technicians can still accomplish this in a day or two at most.

With the water gone, and before we begin to dry it, we check the carpets for stains. We do this at this point because stains are simpler to remove when the carpet is still damp. Most of them come out using only a brush to remove the dirt or other particles. If the stains are resistant to brushing, we use a variety of commercial shampoos and a powered scrubber to get them out.

Now that the carpet is stain-free, we quickly move to dry it out. It does not take long for an odor to develop, so technicians utilize air movers, heaters, and box fans to speed up the drying process. Again, with a shorter nap and no carpet pad, what could take several days or a week, we can accomplish in just one. If we find mold in the carpet, we recommend replacing it since the restoration cost is usually much more than buying new carpet.

At SERVPRO of West Tampa, we do not look at this as just another carpet to clean. Our community shares in every success and small business owners are the backbones of that. We do everything we can to keep every door open, every customer satisfied, and every tourist happy and wanting to come back next year. If you need us, call (813) 855-0888 today.

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An Overflow from a Hotel Kitchenette can Require Extensive Water Removal Efforts in Tampa

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionals know that working quickly is vital to keeping damage from increasing or spreading.

Water Overflow? Call SERVPRO

Having an in-suite kitchenette is one of the amenities that many people expect to have when traveling outside their hometown. However, just as when they are at home, accidents can happen, leading to extensive damages. These damages can be worse the higher the floor involved.

There are no buildings in Tampa that are impervious to disasters and overflows from a hotel room's kitchenette sink can require water removal services for large portions of that hotel. It may take hours for guests on lower floors to report the problem, especially during busy times when few people are in their room.

Water that goes undetected because guests are out sightseeing and enjoying the attractions in Tampa can create enormous water losses. The damage caused by overflows like this is never insignificant, either. Water removal is the best way to restore affected buildings quickly and thoroughly.

Because many floors are affected at one time, SERVPRO Professionals know that working quickly is vital to keeping damage from increasing or spreading. For hotels, keeping disruptions to a minimum and equipment as out of the way as much as possible is necessary to reduce the impact already experienced. However, we also know from experience that inspecting and assessing the area to gain a complete understanding of the disaster is paramount to being able to make it “Like it never even happened” once again.

Water problems of this magnitude, which is considered a Class 3 level, must be dealt with at every floor level that is affected in the hotel. Ceilings, floors, walls, and hotel furnishings must all be considered. We can discuss guests' belongings and their care, if desired. After as much water as is possible is extracted using extraction equipment designed for water that is visible on the surface, we switch to using heat and dehumidification with the use of air blowers.

Heat speeds up the evaporation process, and when porous materials are affected by water, they tend to release the moisture they hold just as easily as they absorbed it in the first place. Some materials are harder to dry out, such as concrete and wood because their structures trap moisture more quickly because of their higher densities. For the air circulation system to refrain from dispersing moisture that the heaters bring up out of materials, these should be turned off in the affected area.

Air blowers are used to keep the air moving so that moisture cannot settle on surfaces, only to be reabsorbed again, while the dehumidifiers collect the moisture from the air and trap it in containers. Floors are treated with heated pads that bring up moisture caught in them. Walls are dried more quickly when air blowers are directed at them, whisking that moisture out of them. Dampness felt on walls does not mean the process is failing, but rather that it is working as it should.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

While the water removal process can be an intensive task, no job is too large for SERVPRO of West Tampa. We can be reached, any day and at any time, by calling our local number (813) 855-0888. We know that your hotel is an important part of our area's overall economy and that your guests are what drive your business. We always treat our customers' guests like we would our own, with courtesy and respect.

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Emergency Actions to Take During a Fire in Your Tampa Home

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Tips for Family Fire Protection in Tampa

Fire & Smoke Danger Avoidance Tips from SERVPRO

Fires in the home are some of the most dangerous events that can occur. Although we do not like to think about it, they are a possibility, so all family members in your household should know ahead of time what to do in case you experience such an unfortunate event.

Not only should you know whom to help you with repairing and cleaning up the fire damage once it is all over, but you and your family also need to know the steps to taking during a fire to secure your safety. SERVPRO can come in and help you clean up your Tampa home after the fire, but what do you do while the fire is burning?
 
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 reenter 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.
 
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.

Prepare Your Home Against Flood Damage In Tampa Today

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Tampa Tropical Storms Lead to Flooding--Call SERVPRO

For Tampa Residents, SERVPRO Tips for Minimizing the Effects of Storms and Flooding

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 technicians can perform a full inspection, making recommendations on how to improve the survival of your home 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 uses advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques to get your property dry again, returning your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition using resources to respond quickly to your situation. "Like it never even happened."
 
Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa for assistance in preparing your home and limit your home's exposure to flooding. Call today, (813) 855-0888

Lighter Used As Toy Causes Tampa Hotel Fire

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Your guests deserve a room without damage and having a pleasant smell. Call SERVPRO after a fire damage event to achieve those goals.

SERVPRO's Quick Response and Fire Damage Action Plan can Limit Areas Which Need to be Closed After a Fire


Fire in a hotel room or common area is a serious business. Guests are at risk as well as the staff and any firefighters who come to the rescue. Alarms and sprinkler systems save lives, but the hotel halls, rooms, and common areas suffer significant damage. SERVPRO has the staff and equipment to restore a hotel to preloss condition fast, and is always the answer to a hotel owner’s query, “Which disaster recovery team near me can handle fire and water damage with ease?”
 
When family members fail to supervise, youngsters make some dangerous decisions. A lighter tucked into an adult’s suitcase but discovered by a bored young man is first a source of amusement and then the instrument of disaster. Pages of a book began to blaze -- the beginning of serious hotel fire damage. The rush is on to vacate the Tampa lodging as emergency crews arrive. Sprinklers spray water which saturates carpeting, floors, and walls to snuff out the fire. Our crews follow the firefighters, with their hoses and extinguishers, ready to pick up the pieces and restore the hotel for future guests.
 
Closing down the entire hotel is a grim prospect, but SERVPRO works with local officials and the owner and management of the hotel to limit the closure to just the areas with fire and water damage. If we are on site as soon as the fire marshal allows recovery to begin, we make every effort to confine the damage to the smallest area possible. Our crew manages multiple tasks. Some work on cleaning away soot and other fire debris in and around the room affected. Others operate professional grade water extractors remove to moisture quickly. Powerful air movers continue the drying process as other staff investigates for hidden moisture and smoke or soot.
 
Hotel guests pay for fresh smelling and clean rooms, so SERVPRO evaluates all areas of the hotel for smoky odors. While our technicians work to restore the rooms with heavy fire damage, including smoke and soot, an air scrubber can help filter the unpleasant odors as items are cleaned or bagged for disposal. Once all the cleaning and drying succeeds, our deodorization specialists move through the hotel treating areas for that lingering smell. We use the methods to eliminate odors that match how the smells occurred, including thermal fogging and ozone treatments for persistent aromas.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa is ready for a fast response when hotel guests evacuate because of an accidental fire. A call to (813) 855-0888 brings a full-service fire and water damage team to the rescue.

Water Damage Restoration in Your Tampa Home

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a broken pipe flood your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate right away.

SERVPRO Has a Thorough Process in Place to Deal with Your Water Damage

Water damage in your home can come from various sources such as sewage backups, broken pipes, flooding from storms, malfunctioning appliances, and human error like overflowing toilets or sinks. Everyone at some point in their lives deals with water damage and the need for water damage restoration services from a professional such as SERVPRO.
 
When water damage happens to you, do not try to handle it yourself. The trained and experienced technicians at SERVPRO have the proper tools to do the job in your Tampa home correctly the first time. We can extract any standing water from the affected areas using high-powered pumps and wet/dry vacuums. The process includes removing carpeting, furniture, and other items out of the way so they can also be cleaned and dried. If there are items which are unsalvageable, we haul them away for you. After the water extraction is complete, the next step can start.
 
Structural drying is next. Our trained staff use heavy-duty fans and dehumidifiers strategically placed throughout the area for the best drying possible. We can tell which areas need to be dried, as water tends to seep into every nook and cranny. Ensuring the area is totally dry is our business. Once each inch is dry, we can go ahead with the next step.
 
Cleaning and the prevention of mold are next during the process of water damage restoration. Special cleaners and mold deterrents are used. Each area that was submerged in water is cleaned and sanitized, which keeps mold from growing, plus remove any odors. Our cleaning supplies leave behind a clean, fresh scent which you can be quite happy and satisfied with. They are not overpowering, or just cover up the smell from dirty water.
 
Lastly, if there is any need, we make any necessary repairs, such as re-tiling, rebuilding walls or floors, roof repair, or painting. Each restoration process is different, and we treat each case individually. At this stage is where you get to see your home returned to its state preloss. It is our number one priority that your home has a look and feel like it had before the water damage occurred.
 
Time is of the essence with water damage, so do not hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO of West Tampa when tragedy strikes. We are each to reach at any time when you dial us at (813) 855-0888.

Spring Break Pranks Cause Hotel Water Damage

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

If Spring Break brought water damage to your hotel, call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Small and Large Scale Disasters


The hospitality industry risks disaster with every change of lodgers. Hotels that cater to groups or seasonal travelers know their guests to be capable of high-spirited activities. These antics on occasion require the fast, consistent, and experienced services of SERVPRO 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 jacuzzis, tip over coolers, and fail to keep shower curtains within the shower. These accidental water follies are troublesome enough, but some spring break guests add intent as they prank others with bedding soakings, water gun or balloon fights and the like.
 
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 offers area hotels technicians trained specifically to remove wetness and evaluate for microbial growth. We also have the equipment to make short work of even the most dedicated of spring break pranksters’ efforts.
 
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 in the science of psychrometrics and drying theory -- they are experts in understanding the characteristics of water and water vapor, and how to set and achieve drying targets.
 
When your hotel is no longer inviting because of guest-caused water damage, reach out immediately to the professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa. One call to (813) 855-0888 starts the water abatement process, protecting your property from secondary moisture issues.

Commercial Flood Damage can be Catastrophic to Tampa Hardware Stores

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Hardware Store? Don't DIY, Call SERVPRO

Businesses Benefit from SERVPRO's Restoration Post Flooding

Hardware stores are where people go to find the items needed to repair their homes and build projects with their children. When a flood moves through an area, hardware stores are equally affected.

Tampa has episodic flooding quite often, and this can create flood damage on a regular basis. 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 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.

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.

Hotel Mold Damage Affecting Guest Services In West Tampa

2/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage in West Tampa Hotels and Buildings

SERVPRO Provides Remediation for Mold Damage


Having a guest report discovering mold damage in their hotel room while visiting your establishment may be rather embarrassing. However, not addressing the situation immediately also poses a variety of issues.
 
Hotel mold damage is quite common in West Tampa area hotels, requiring owners to contact a quality restoration company immediately after discovery to assess the situation properly before making any assumptions about closing your doors.
 
SERVPRO can provide you with a quality inspection and assess the extent of damages you are experiencing on your property to determine whether closing your doors to the public is required or not. We specialize in safety and containment procedures that limit the possibility of exposing any guests to contaminated areas during our restoration process.
 
The extent of damage would need to be rather severe for us to recommend closing your doors. In most cases we can cordon off the affected area and perform the necessary repairs while your business remains open, limiting your loss and getting you back on your feet as soon as possible. We even work through off-peak hours to provide you with the services you need.
 
SERVPRO has access to all of the personnel and equipment necessary to perform any size restoration, so, we can handle any size situation that you may be facing. Our IICRC certified technicians use personal protective equipment and the proper handling procedures to prevent spreading the contaminations to areas outside of the cordon area.
 
We also believe in providing you with safety and conveniently design any services to quickly and efficiently restore normal operations as fast as possible, with limited interruptions to your quests or the services you provide them.
 
You cannot go wrong in choosing SERVPRO to perform your restoration services. We are a one-stop solution for any situation that you face and go above and beyond to make your situation, "Like it never even happened." Fully licensed and bonded services provided by qualified professional technicians that you can count on to get it right the first time.
 
Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa today to get a handle on any mold damage situation that is affecting your business. (813) 855-0888

How to Get Rid of Water Stains After Storm Damage in Your Tampa Home

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storms and Hurricanes Cause Water Damage in Tampa

SERVPRO Skillfully Restores Your Water Stained Home

The United States is used to extreme weather. Over the last decade, there have been at least six major storms; from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Hurricane Matthew in 2016. So, leaking roofs, wet crawlspaces, and rising dampness are recurring problems. Fortunately, storm damage repair teams like SERVPRO are on hand to deal with leaks quickly.

We can make it out to your home within hours of a call for help. Our technicians are highly skilled in handling everything from wet carpets to flooded bathrooms and damaged insulation. Even if the storm damage in Tampa is not serious, you are likely to be left with unsightly water marks on the walls. We know how to make these marks disappear fast.

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 good news is that it does not usually lead to severe damage. 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 good as new and dry out excess moisture with state of the art tools and equipment. Call us 24/7 on (813) 855-0888.

What Our Inspectors Look For in Tampa Fire Damage

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage can affect the stability of your property. Call SERVPRO quickly to assess.

There are Many Factors to Consider When Dealing with Fire Damage

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 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 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.

Choosing the Right Storage Unit in Tampa

1/2/2017 (Permalink)

Using pallets as a base under the items you are storing can save them from potential water damage. Call SERVPRO for more ideas.

Helpful Hints Before You Store Your Items

More and more storage unit businesses have been cropping up across the United States in the past two decades, as more people are looking to store furniture and valuables they might not have room for in their home. Storage units, on the plus side, give a safe place to keep these times until you need them or are willing to get rid of them. However, they also present a very real water damage threat.

To avoid your items becoming water damaged and ruined, there are things you can check and steps you can take. If such a tragedy does occur to your storage unit in Tampa, you can call the professionals at SERVPRO to help repair what is salvageable.

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

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

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

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

Mold Damage Follows Severe Storms Affecting West Tampa

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Moisture levels in your home can lead to mold and subsequent mold damage. Give SERVPRO a call to evaluate your particular situation!

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Plan Begins with Locating the Source of the Damage

Once the tropical storm and hurricane seasons have exhausted themselves residents on Florida’s Gulf Coast still need to be vigilant about the aftereffects of water filled weather systems. Even if you feel confident that any damage your home sustained during the season has been repaired adequately, it is possible that the conditions are still ripe for microbial growth. Mold spores are always at hand awaiting just the perfect combination of moisture, temperature and a material upon which to grow. Because there are many varieties of mold, the conditions will vary, but almost all require water to take hold. SERVPRO can help you isolate the source of water and identify the locations of overgrowth and will then work with you on a mold damage remediation plan.

When your neighborhood suffered storm surge, flooding or leaking from overwhelmed roofs and gutters, mold damage can quickly overtake a West Tampa home. Just when you thought things were back to normal you notice an off smell or a discoloration of ceilings, walls or floor coverings. Contact us immediately if you suspect mold is breeding as time is of the essence in successful management of this problem. Be wary of anyone who claims to be able to eradicate mold as it is simply impossible in a home setting. What can be done is to isolate the source of the mold and stabilize it so that there is little chance of additional spores moving throughout your home. Then our experienced and trained technicians will remove the infestation using appropriate products for the materials involved. Non-porous surfaces will be wiped clean and disinfected while absorbent materials like insulation or carpet padding will be detached carefully and disposed of according to relevant environmental and hazardous waste guidelines. We will also determine where the moisture that is feeding the mold is and advise on how to remedy that issue. Even high humidity alone can cause spores to grow so we may evaluate your air conditioning and dehumidification systems toward achieving an optimum humidity level that will not promote mold growth and damage.

Mold growth can be a health concern for some susceptible individuals, and such concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare expert. Avoiding exposure to the fungal growth may be wise and be accomplished by contracting with SERVPRO to abate any mold damage you see or smell in your home. If you are a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast, a smart move is to have us inspect your location after the tropical storm season to find and remediate any mold damage so that your holiday home is ready for your return at your pleasure without fear of significant mold damage.

When you live in our community, you realize its warmth and beauty can change with stormy weather, transforming your dream home to an incubator for mold damage that SERVPRO of West Tampa has experience remediating. If you have any concerns about lingering moisture and possible mold damage call us at (813) 855-0888 for a thorough inspection and evaluation.

Does There Need To Be A Flood Before Restoration Experts Will Deal With Water Damage In Tampa Homes?

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

In the United States, 37% of all homeowners have had their property or possessions damaged by extensive water damage.

When Should You Call The Restoration Experts Before Or After Water Damage?

In the United States, 37% of all homeowners have had their property or possessions damaged by extensive water damage. It can be a stressful experience, particularly for families, and it is crucial that, if this happens to you, there is a reliable repair team on hand to help.

Fortunately, SERVPRO provides a dependable, high-quality water damage restoration service. Our repair team is very skilled and has lots of experience dealing with domestic flooding and damp problems. This type of 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 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 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 flood. 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.

Understanding Mold Damage Restoration In Tampa

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Contain Mold in a Petri Dish, Not Your Home In Tampa

SERVPRO Technicians in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Remediate Mold Problems Safely

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.

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 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.
 
The expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO 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 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

Fire Damage To Your Commercial Property

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Hotel Fire Damage

Tampa residents remember the news in January 2016, when firefighters worked on an electrical fire at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. The electrical fire caused smoke odors that impinged into the first four floors, sending guests into the streets from 9:45 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in an average year, one of every 12 hotels or motels reported a structure fire.

A fire damage event in a Tampa business can be professionally handled when owners have secured the services of SERVPRO certified technicians. For a temporary move-out, renovation professionals should make sure that hotel owners have their contents packed, boxed, tagged, inventoried, photographed and staged in a particular 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.

Fire damage restoration professionals like SERVPRO 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.

Potential Commercial Property Fire Damage Hazards

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Fire Prevention Advice Can Protect Your Tampa Building

SERVPRO Suggestions for Commercial Fire Damage Prevention

It is sometimes a small fire that can develop into massive fire damage destroying a building.  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.

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. 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.

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.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Fingertip Emergency Contacts to First Responders in Tampa

The Mobile App Then Proactively Protects Your Home and Business

You worked hard to establish your business into a profitable enterprise that sustains you, your family, and your employees while also providing goods and services to your local community. You have all the insurance policies in place in the event of an accident, act of nature or an unanticipated event. But is that enough to protect your commercial business? The fact is that 50 percent of businesses do not reopen after a calamitous event has taken place.

The Department of Homeland Security has designated September as "National Preparedness Month" (NPM) which serves as a reminder to be alert and prepared for any type of emergency that may come your way. SERVPRO takes its role very seriously in providing Tampa with fire, water, and storm restoration services to residential and commercial properties locally and throughout our great nation. Having plans in place for the protection of your property and contact information to all first responder organizations are critical to mitigating property loss and increasing personal safety. Residential and business owners can use our no-cost mobile app called the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) that allows you to input pertinent information before your time of need when time is of the utmost importance. Simply click here to register! See the great value in this app.

For our local commercial businesses, we offer a very comprehensive package when you designate SERVPRO of West Tampa as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. We will visit your facility and develop a no-cost assessment of mission critical points that will mitigate impending damages because of quick response from emergency responders. By being proactive, we can help you evaluate weak points, indicate shut-off valve and electrical panel locations, have all contact information at your fingertips via a mobile app, and relieve the stress of critical decision-making. And we follow up this assessment yearly to make sure your enterprise's profile is current.

The ERP benefits are quite extensive. You can sync your inputted information with your computer, network, tablet, and smartphone. Owners, decision-makers, office staff, and employees can share this information to help limit losses and downtime. We suggest you email us a copy of your completed profile so that we can dispatch adequate crews and equipment to mitigate any water or fire damage to your property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. After calling your local first responders, call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888

Fire Damage Restoration: Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire & Smoke Damage in Your Tampa home Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Smoke & Soot Damage Can Ruin Your Home

Fire accidents are perilous as they can lead to physical injuries and property damage. Property damage is usually associated with smoke and soot. Many homeowners are faced with the daunting task of deciding what to do after catastrophic fire damage. Is it better to move out? Buy a new home?  These are costly alternatives that are not usually necessary. Consider calling SERVPRO to resolve your problem and save money besides restoring your home, if at all possible.

What transpires after a fire calamity?
When a fire sweeps through your Tampa home causing fire damage, there is another immediate concern. Smoke and soot are produced in large quantities during a fire accident. This is the by-product of combustion. Items such as appliances, wall, carpets and ceiling are the major victims, and they will start gaining a characteristic yellow color. Smoky odor can also become an issue after a fire.

Fire damage restoration procedure
The main premise of a fire damage professional outfit like SERVPRO is restoring your home to the state it was before the accident. They undertake various steps meant to bring the best and leave your home smoke and odor free. These steps include:

Post-damage Inspection
Smoke damage and structural damage are the main issues of concern with the principle goal of determining the extent of harm, through assessment and inspection, and then deciding which methods of cleaning to use. SERVPRO can help!

Protection to unaffected areas
Items that were partially damaged and those not affected by the fire will be protected from further damage as our professionals conduct their work. This step is important as it prevents unnecessary extra expenses.

The restoration process
There are two methods a specialist can choose to address the problem in your fire damaged home. They include:
1. Desiccant dry air recovery. The fire damage restoration specialist will use tools that will eliminate excess moisture within your home.
2. Vacuum freeze restoration. This particular process is for books, document, and photos restoration typically at our facilities.

Our technicians will then remove all debris and other materials resulting from the fire damage. Those items that were extremely damaged, non-salvageable, are replaced. Firefighters usually rely on large volumes of water to contain the fire. This results in excess moisture that has to be removed. This is followed by soot removal, as well as ash and deodorization. This process calls for a new painting.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is ready and available 24/7 to help with any smoke or fire damage emergency. (813) 855-0888

How to Get Prepared For Hurricanes

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricanes and Storms in Tampa Can Flood and Create Havoc

SERVPRO Offers a Hurricane Check List to Mitigate Storm Damage

Thankfully, hurricanes do not happen frequently. They are a very severe type of tropical storm that can occur in just about any ocean. Hurricanes are characterized by very powerful winds that move in a circular motion and that can cause severe storm damage.

Hurricanes and storm damage in Tampa are more likely to occur along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. However, areas along the Pacific coast in the southwest of the United States will also feel the effects of hurricanes. Hurricane season along the Atlantic Ocean is typical between June and November, with the maximum amount of hurricanes taking place from the middle of August to the end of October. Along the Pacific Ocean, hurricane season will start in the middle of May and will finish around the end of November.

Hurricanes are unrelenting in their force and can produce winds more than 155 miles an hour. Hurricanes cause Tampa storm damage and floods miles inland and can demolish property with heavy winds and debris storms. Slower moving hurricanes can trigger mudslides or landslides in mountainous regions as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, it is estimated that between 1970 and 1999 more people lost their life as a result of flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other hazard associated with these storms.

Hurricanes will often make landfall suddenly. The storm damage can be intense. Many homeowners have seen the benefit of preparing a hurricane preparedness checklist. This list will include things that they will need before, during, and after a hurricane. Local TV stations and The American Red Cross provide comprehensive check lists. Some items on this checklist are:

• An emergency kit including a way to communicate with family
• Diagrams showing the level of their property as well as how flooding from storms will affect their property
• Learn where levees and dams that could affect your property are located
• Learn your community’s hurricane escape route and know how to get to higher ground
• Have an evacuation plan
• Make a plan to secure your property by covering the windows with 5/8 inch marine plywood to prevent windows from breaking
• Guarantee that all trees and shrubbery around the home have been trimmed as they can lead to expensive structural damage
• In the hours before the storm, bring any loose furniture, decorations, and garbage cans that are around the perimeter of the home inside
• Make arrangements to secure your boat
• Purchase a generator for power outages
• If the home is in a hurricane prone area, consider constructing a safe room
• Avoid elevators
• Take steps to protect food and water during and after an emergency
• In addition to drinking water, have water for sanitary purposes such as flushing the toilet

The above checklist by SERVPRO includes some of the things that homeowners who live in areas that are prone to hurricanes should be prepared for. The better prepared a homeowner is, the better the chances of protecting their loved ones and their property.
SERVPRO of West Tampa is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. Contact us 24/7 at (813) 855-0888.

Why is Toxic Black Mold Dangerous?

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip: Call Us if You Suspect Black Mold in Tampa

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Problems

There are many types of molds of various colors. Not all molds are toxic, most aren't. It takes an expert to determine which is. Why is it dangerous? Toxic black mold produces small molecular toxins (mycotoxins) that spread via spores. Exposure in high enough concentrations can cause health effects.

What is it?
How does mold damage occur in Tampa? Mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. The spores, which are naturally occurring in nature, can come into your house from outside by way of open doors, heating, air conditioning systems that have outdoor air intakes, or windows. The spores can also cling to people or animals. They thrive in damp or moist areas such as:

• Drywall
• Tile and grout
• Many types of wood
• Carpets and kitchens
• Laundry/bathrooms
• Attics/basements
• Any place where water leaks.

It can also grow outside in soil and around plants.
Is it easily detectable?
Because toxic black mold so easily resembles several other harmless molds, professional testing is recommended to confirm its presence and to inspect mold damage. SERVPRO recommends that you contact a third party that specializes in testing for this task. This action avoids any conflict of interest between discovery and mold remediation.

Does it smell?
Black mold has a distinctive musty odor, but so do many other species of fungi.

How do I get rid mold and mold damage?
NEVER attempt removal of black mold yourself. Turn to a professional organization like SERVPRO that uses a negative air pressure system to minimize the disturbance and distribution of mold spores. Our expert removal and special equipment are used to prevent the spread of spores. If not done correctly, the mold in your home can spread and further damage possessions and building materials of the structure.

If you think you’ve discovered toxic black mold, please contact us immediately for an inspection and removal. SERVPRO of West Tampa is nearby and available 24/7 to assist you with any concerns you may have regarding mold, fire or water damage.

The Bio Hazard Solution in West Tampa

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Restore Bio-Hazardous Conditions

West Tampa Bio-Hazard Cleanup Accomplished by SERVPRO

Dealing with a crime or trauma is undoubtedly difficult. Unfortunately, biohazards can linger at the scenes of these events, creating the potential for new victims if they are not properly eliminated. You can protect yourself from the physical aftermath of a traumatic situation by calling SERVPRO of West Tampa for bio-hazard cleanup.

The Purpose

Blood-borne pathogens, various biohazards, crime scene residues and dangerous chemicals often remain even after the initial crime or trauma. SERVPRO’s professional restoration experts trained in biohazard cleanup have specialized training and equipment that allows us to safely remove any toxic material and restore normalcy to the area. Their expertise is invaluable for people struggling to deal with the repercussions of a variety of unpleasant experiences, including:

  • Crimes and accidents
  • Suicides, homicides, injuries, and deaths
  • Sewage backups
  • Methamphetamine labs
  • Chemical spills
  • Hoarding
  • Vandalism
  • Animal waste or remains 

The Process

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

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

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

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services? 

SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated assisting the communities of West Tampa, Tampa, and Carrollwood. We take pride in being members of these local communities and are ready to help 24/7.

Call Us Today – (813) 855-0888

Coastal Flood Damage

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Coastal Flooding in Tampa Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Is the Company to Call for Flooding and Storm Damage Restoration

Flooding is a common aspect of the Florida lifestyle. Part of living in coastal Florida is accepting the fact that hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, the rainy season, and living so close to sea level on the Gulf of Mexico, may result in water and flood damage.
 
If you are experiencing flood damage in Tampa, SERVPRO will help you get your home or business back to normal after the devastating water deluge has occurred. It is important that damage from flooding is taken care of immediately to minimize losses to your home or business.
 
When it comes to the type of flooding we experience here in Florida, the best option is professional water removal and cleanup for safety and proper restoration. SERVPRO's highly trained technicians are consummate professionals who are IICRC certified and practice the best methods in cleaning and restoration services.
 
Flood Damage Restoration and Cleanup Services
Our trained technicians will arrive at your residence or commercial business and assess the flood damage and needs that your structure will require. From water damaged furniture, flooring, walls, and damage as a result of flooding, we do it all.
 
SERVPRO’s Residential and Commercial-Grade Services include:
• Water Removal
• Water and Storm Damage Restoration
• Mold Remediation if necessary
• Cleaning Services
• Building Services including rebuilds and reconstruction with affiliated partners
 
SERVPRO runs the gamut in professional cleaning services and restoration of flood damage in Tampa. Our locally owned and operated location means that we are close by and ready to serve you in your time of need. Our advanced equipment and tools aid us in cleaning up hazardous damage and mitigating future problems such as mold and structure damage. Our expertise helps us to provide you with the latest methods in flood and water damage restoration and sanitation.
 
24/7 Emergency Services
Mother Nature never makes appointments. When flooding occurs, you are never fully prepared. One thing you can count on is SERVPRO to be there for you when you need us most. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants will answer your questions and dispatch our technicians to your location to get to work.
 
Whether it is your home residence or commercial property that has been affected, time is of the essence after flood damage has occurred. To ensure structural integrity, to mitigate damage, and to provide cleanup and restoration services, we work with the aim of getting you back into your home or business safely and efficiently "Like it never even happened."
 
Contact Us Today! Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 for any questions or for help via our 24/7 Emergency Service.

Why Water Damage in Your Home Should Never Be Ignored

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Quickly address water damage in your home.

Why Water Damage in Your Home Should Never Be Ignored

Water is literally a force of nature that can potentially cause a great deal of Tampa water damage in terms of expensive repairs. Understanding just how water can potentially damage the structure of your home or business will help you be prepared in case you ever have to endure it.

If your home or business is continually experiencing some degree of water leakage or even flooding, you shouldn’t simply ignore it. Regardless if your property consists of a big commercial building or a very small home, extensive damage due to water can contribute to a number of health issues, especially if mold starts to proliferate while costing you thousands in the end. Therefore, it’s crucial that you contact a professional like SERVPRO of Tampa in order to properly repair any damage due to water.

If you live in an area where there’s a great deal of heavy rainfall and your home isn’t properly equipped with water spouts, a sump pump, or rain gutters, then you are at a much higher risk of experiencing damage. Also, water seepage can infiltrate your basement and let water destroy a number of your expensive items including appliances, furniture, and flooring.

If your home is flooded, the first thing to do is to immediately remove your valuable items from the water. Afterwards, water damage repairs and renovations can begin. While most homeowners can make many repairs themselves, serious Tampa water damage is best addressed by trained experts.

Even though you may be warned about an imminent storm on the horizon, most plumbing issues are usually an unwelcome surprise. Shoddy plumbing work or poor maintenance can lead to many plumbing problems that may persist for an extended amount of time. Depending on the degree of the damage, it can literally destroy your home over time depending on where the leaking pipe is located. That’s why it’s imperative to immediately address any water in the home if you notice a leak, no matter how small.

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 an experienced Tampa water damage and restoration service like SERVPRO of West Tampa to handle all your particular needs. 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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Tampa is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Tampa community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

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