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Fast Moving, Powerful Storms Cause Flooding And Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

 Tampa Storms And Dealing With The Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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

Commercial Water Removal Services For Your Tampa Business

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Water Removal  SERVPRO of West Tampa

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

Water Damage Restoration That Will Keep You In Business

SERVPRO of West Tampa wants to help businesses to remain open but utilizing our commercial water removal services. It is critical that water is removed quickly and the area is dried out to avoid additional property loss. While still damp, microbes freely proliferate, damage accrues, and air continues to harbor moisture. This condition can then lead to mold growth and additional damage.

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

Sanitizing your kitchen area and dining facilities must also receive our attention before you can reopen your doors again. We wipe all surfaces down with anti-microbial cleansers. Debris is physically removed and placed in appropriate containers for disposal. When completed, your kitchen can fully function again.

A restaurant is much more than its kitchen, however. Dining areas must have a thorough cleaning and pass the sniff test, as well. Odors left behind by water and debris can pose unsettling problems for diners who merely want to enjoy a good meal.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) helps make this happen for many of our customers. Restoring the furniture to pristine shape remains another aspect that we can help within the dining area. Tightening chairs to prevent a loose feel when used can preserve a fundamental part of the feel of your patrons' dining experience.

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

Even A Small Fire Can Leave Behind Odors In Your Home

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

House Fires In Tampa


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

Odor Masking Products


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

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

Removal of Materials


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

Controlling Air Conditioning


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

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

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

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

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

Flooding And Plumbing Leaks, Fast Restoration Response In Tampa


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


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


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

Do You Suspect Mold?


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


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

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


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


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

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

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

Professional Restoration In Tampa


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

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


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

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

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

24-Hour Emergency Service


Faster to Any-Sized Disaster


Highly Trained Restoration Technicians


A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry


Locally Owned and Operated


Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

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

Storms In Tampa Mean Flooding And Damage To Your Home

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

The inside of a home that has flooding is shown with furniture When flooding begins in your home, you do not have a minute to lose to get in touch with the right restoration company. SERVPRO of West Tampa

The Tampa area is susceptible to hurricanes and severe weather systems. The figurative tide can change quickly, from great weather to dangerous conditions that can leave substantial damage in their wake. Fortunately, the SERVPRO of West Tampa restoration team is always standing by to restore 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 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. Our SERVPRO Of West Tampa professionals have repaired 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 of West Tampa restoration.


Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


When flooding begins 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.

Fire Prevention Tips From Tampa Fire Rescue

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke detector is shown on a ceiling If you do have a fire in your home or business call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 for help after the fire is out.

On The Job Since 1895 Tampa Fire Rescue Knows Something About What Causes Fires


Tampa Fire Rescue responded to more than 72,000 alarms last year from 22 stations located throughout the 128 square miles of the city.
Here are some of the ways Tampa Fire Rescue recommends you can do to prevent a fire.


Preventing Fires


Smoke Detectors


Place smoke detectors near bedrooms and on every floor.


Test the batteries monthly & replace them at least twice a year.


WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE THE BATTERY IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR


Place smoke detectors at least 4 to 6 inches away from corners.


Kitchen Fire Safety


Never leave cooking unattended.


Keep lose fitting clothing away from burners.


Keep cooking area clean and free of grease build up.


Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as paper towels, cereal boxes, and dish towels.


Remember to turn stove off and unplug small appliances before leaving your home.


Alternative Heaters


Use heaters only in well ventilated areas.


Place heaters where they will not be knocked over easily.


Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture and anything that could get hot and catch fire away from portable heaters.


Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.


Wood Stoves And Fire Places


Always use a protective screen.


Clean interiors, hearths, and chimneys annually.


Never leave children unattended around any heating source!


Children And Fire Safety


Teach children that fire fighters are their friends, and will help them in a fire emergency.


Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Make sure children know how to call for emergency assistance.


Teach children how to " Stop, Drop and Roll" if their clothes catch on fire.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

If you do have a fire in your home or business call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 for help after the fire is out.


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.


SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

Training Makes A Difference

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Tampa Home Fires, It's Important Who Goes In When First Responders Leave

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

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The Fire Is Out, But Is It Safe To Go In Your Tampa Home?


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 are 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.

Fire Situations Differ

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

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.

Storm Flooding Response Requires Trained Technicians Using The Right Equipment

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

A damaged wall is shown after a storm caused flooding SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally operated and uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to return your property to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of West Tampa Uses Advanced Methods To Understand Storm 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.


It is essential to track moisture in your Tampa home during flood damage restoration. Our SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.

Flooding In Tampa Doesn't Have To Mean Losing Your Home

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO technician is shown on a job wearing a black shirt and black SERVPRO hat If you need restoration help with your Tampa home or business Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

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.


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of West Tampa arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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.

The SERVPRO of West Tampa 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.

The SERVPRO of West Tampa 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.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


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.

If You Suspect Mold, Bring in The Team In Tampa That Understands Moldrsta

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown on an interior residential wall It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named.

Understanding Mold In Tampa


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 of West Tampa 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.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.



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. The SERVPRO of West Tampa 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.

Why Our Team For Mold?

SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.



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.

Restoration And Renovation In Tampa

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes the Tampa area, call SERVPRO of West Tampa call us for a fast response time, professional clean-up, and reconstruction of your home. When you decide to replace the chipped bathtub and outdated tile you can call us for that as well.



Bathroom remodeling for Tampa homes is a special service our SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.

Our goal at SERVPRO of West Tampa, 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.

Commercial Water Damage Requires Experienced Response

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A damaged pipe is shown with water gushing out If you have water damage to your home or business Call us at (813) 855-0888 to see why SERVPRO of West Tampa.


The hospitality industry in the Tampa Bay area is a major part of the area economy. 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.

The Right Training and Experienced Technicians

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 of West Tampa 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 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 of West Tampa 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.

If You Suspect Mold In Your Home, Trust Our Team

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A wall with cracked and peeling paint is shown If your walls look like this, it could be mold. Call us today at (813) 855-0888.

Mold growth on 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.

Certified And Trained Professionals

Your best bet against mold damage in is contacting SERVPRO of West Tampa. 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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.

SERVPRO of West Tampa specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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.

Avoiding Injury And Accidents In Your Tampa Warehouse

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

A jug of biohazard cleaning fluid is shown Call the SERVPRO of West Tampa biohazard cleanup team a call anytime that you need us at (813) 855-0888

There are a number of things to be aware of in a busy warehouse. Making sure workers are avoiding injury and accidents is important. 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.

Experienced Technicians

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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.”

Accident Response In Tampa

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.


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

Certified Technicians Can Respond Quickly To Water Damage And Mold

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in a corner Trained experts with the right equipment can respond quickly. SERVPRO of West Tampa a call at (813) 855-0888.

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. If you suspect mold or water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of West Tampa.

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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa to assess the damage and remove present colonies.

Make The Call To Protect Your Home


SERVPRO of West Tampa has experienced technicians and the right equipment to help you with mold, water damage or any other restoration work you might need.


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.

Work With Us To Make Sure Your Business Is Prepared

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

The green logo for an emergency app is shown If you have questions about preparing your home or business call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

You have worked hard to establish your business into a profitable enterprise. You have all the insurance policies in place in the event of an accident, act of nature or an unanticipated event. Is that enough to protect your commercial business? Many businesses do not reopen after large scale damage has taken place.

SERVPRO of West Tampa 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.


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 with your laptops, tablet, and smartphones. 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

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

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage is shown with standing water and trees down in the street At SERVPRO of West Tampa, it is our goal to return every home to its original, dry condition, call us today at (813) 855-0888

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Flooding in Tampa


Sitting on the coast means Tampa sees their share of flooding and storms. 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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.

A Flood In Your Tampa Home Needs Professional Attention

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded living room is shown flooded As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly.

One disadvantage of living in Tampa is the damage related to severe storms and natural disasters. 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 of West Tampa 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.

You Can't Afford To Let Water Damage Close Your Tampa Business

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

An illustration of a storefront is shown At SERPVRO of West Tampa we understand that every day that your doors are not open you are losing business revenue.

A water leak in your Tampa business can be costly. Water causes expensive damage when you don't call professional help quickly. When dealing with water leakage in your commercial building, call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.

Anytime there is too much moisture inside a building, 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 business is to determine 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.

Fire Damage Restoration Services Are Here For You

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters are shown on a ladder putting out a house fire When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure.

Fire damage usually isn't on the mind of most homeowners until a situation arises. 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 been adequately prepared for the fire damages that you now face in your Tampa residence, SERVPRO of West Tampa is always ready to help. Our technicians are trained to deal with all facets of fire restoration from smoke/soot cleaning to water damages left behind after extinguishment. With our expertise, you get the restoration process completed and move on from the fire.

When our technicians arrive, 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.

Understanding Mold In Your Tampa Home, Knowing Who to Call

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

There is a lot of information online about mold that is outdated and simply wrong.

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. If you suspect mold call SERVPRO of West Tampa today (813) 855-0888. A trained, certified technician can respond quickly.


Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications.

Mold likes bleach.

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 trained 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.

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.

Don't Let Simple Damage To Your Tampa Home Get Out Of Control

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is shown on a residential wall When fire, mold or water damage affects your home or business in Tampa, Rocky Point or surrounding areas your need help fast.

Dealing with an emergency restoration to your home can be overwhelming when you have to assess the damage and formulate a plan of action. 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.

There are times when water damage can compound into another even larger problem, leaving you with twice the need for professional restoration services for your Tampa 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 damaged home.



When our SERVPRO of West Tampa team arrives at your home for an assessment, we take the time to determine the full scope of the damages. 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 critical to learn the extent of the damages to your home.



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.

The SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians work quickly to prevent the spread of the mold and to ensure that any structural damage that exists does not get worse.



Sometimes small water damage issues can turn into a more significant problem. 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.

Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster. We are also certified as a General Contractor and specialize in reconstruction so we are often able to complete the repairs and help you get back to normal quickly.

Commercial Cleanup From The Pros

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

A tall condominium is shown on a beach At SERPVRO of West Tampa we understand that every day that your doors are not open you are losing business revenue.


Running a business carries a great deal of responsibility but a hotel substitutes as a home-away-from-home. When people visit West Tampa for business or family vacations, they expect to find their room to be perfect.



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 of West Tampa can handle a variety of jobs 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.

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.

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Tampa business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.


When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of West Tampa. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make sure your business is ready to go.


Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster.
SERVPRO of West Tampa's (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.

Don't Waste Time When You Have Water Damage In Your Home

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

The floor and wall of a flooded home are shown with standing water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business.

Call the Pros: SERVPRO of West Tampa


Knowing what to do when you have substantial water damage to your home can help you mitigate the loss. Timing is critical when restoring your property and failure to attend to the incident immediately may make your contents unsalvageable. That's why it is important to work with a certificated restoration service.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is the first call you should make. 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.

SERVPRO of West Tampa 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.

The SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 toward 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.

The Right Call When You Have Water Damage in Tampa

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 well-trained, certified experts.

Don't Ignore Water Damage In Your Attic

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is shown under magnification We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal

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.

Specialized Service

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 of West Tampa. 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 of West Tampa 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.

Mold and Moisture

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.

Kitchen Fire Aftermath In Tampa

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your Tampa home can leave behind different kinds of damage. This 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 might be too considerable to clean and restore.

While it could be simple for you to say that your kitchen requires remodeling after fire damage 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.

The experienced SERVPRO of West Tampa professionals can help you through every part of this process to help you repair, restore, and ultimately remodel your home’s kitchen. We will work 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 of West Tampa team a starting point for cleanup and restoration, as we work to preserve and salvage any part of your kitchen that is not completely 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.



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.

Preventing Water Damage To Your Home

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

A leaky roof is shown from inside Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster.

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 additional damage.

Water Damage Experts 

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 Right Equipment

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.

When fire, mold or water damage affects your home or business in Tampa, Rocky Point or surrounding areas your need help fast. SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated.

Water Damage In Your Tampa Kitchen Can Be Overwhelming, We Can Help

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

A dishwasher is shown in a kitchen Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

When you purchase a new dishwasher, you trust that the company who comes to deliver and install it to know what they are doing. 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 of West Tampa 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.

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster. We are also certified as a General Contractor and specialize in reconstruction so we are often able to complete the repairs and help you get back to normal quickly.

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 of West Tampa 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.

Taking Care Of Fire Damage In Tampa

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

A woman is shown cleaning a microwave Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster.

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.

Trained, Certified Response

SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians 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.

Before SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians 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.

Dedicated

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.

Drying Out Your Tampa Home After Storm Damage

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Tampa


Storms, hurricanes or heavy rains can cause significant damage to your home. It is essential to get rid of the standing water, and also to eliminate the residual moisture to prevent any long-lasting damage.

The drying of your Tampa home after a flood depends on several factors. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians are trained and certified to make sure they can deliver 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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.

Trained Team


We are also certified as a General Contractor and specialize in reconstruction so we are often able to complete the repairs. This helps you get back to normal quickly. With over 15 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction industry, our team is trained and dedicated to being the BEST restoration company in the area.


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

Clean Up And Restoration Help From The Experts

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

A home is shown with flooding in front The first 48-72 hours after a water damage event is the most critical time to call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa for Storm Water Removal and Cleanup

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 of West Tampa right away so we can help get your life back in order.

Clean Up and Restoration

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 of West Tampa 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.

Testing to be Sure

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.

If Fire Has Damaged Your Tampa Business Call The Experts Today

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

A person's hands are shown holding a tablet looking for insurance information with a fire in the background SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call us at (813) 855-0888

Getting Back To Work After A Fire In Your Tampa Business

Fire damage in your Tampa business can lead to permanent or prolonged setbacks if you do not take decisive action. Though your insurance provider may offer some compensation after the incident, a fire can leave a big dent in your business.

If there is a fire at your commercial location in Tampa, you need restoration services immediately.


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 of West Tampa team has specialized equipment and tools to address such challenges.
 
When our SERVPRO of West Tampa 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. Whether your home or business is located in Tampa, Town n Country or Rocky Point you can rest assured we are faster to any size disaster.


 
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.

SERVPRO of West Tampa is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.
 
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 restoration services for your business.

Commercial Fire Damage Can Cost You Your Business - Know Who To Call

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

The hallway of a hotel is shown We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly SERVPRO of West Tampa

Hotel Fires in West Tampa, Town n Country or Rocky Point Can Be Dangerous and Costly

  When fire damage occurs to a hotel, good decisions have to be made quickly regarding clean up. The restoration process can be lengthy, and if not done correctly, it can leave your hotel in an 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 at SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa 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.
We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.
Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert fire restoration technicians.

Commercial Water Damage in Tampa

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage to hotels is not completely avoidable. For example, having an in-suite kitchenette is one of the amenities that many people expect to have when traveling outside their hometown. 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.

Hurricane And Storm Damage Require Planning

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Palm Trees Are Shown Blowing In The Wind Call SERVPRO to minimize the interruption to your life and help you rebuild after the disaster (813) 855-0888.

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.

Cleaning Up After A Fire in West Tampa

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business is a scary experience. It's sad and depending on the amount of damage it can be overwhelming. Understanding the restoration process isn't easy. There are so many things to consider and so many decisions to be made. 

One Call

 Call the trained, certified experts at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888, they can even work with your insurance company. 
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 of West Tampa 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 of West Tampa

 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.

Storm Damage In West Tampa

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Palm Trees Are Shown Blowing In The Wind The trained, certified, professional team members at SERVPRO of West Tampa know how flood damage from hurricanes can affect our community.

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 severe 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 of West Tampa 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 trained, certified, 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.

Preparing Your Family For A House Fire

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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


Escape Plan


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


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


 
Stop, Drop, Roll


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


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


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


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

Trust your certified SERVPRO of West Tampa cleanup and sanitization experts.

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

In these times of stress and uncertainty, the best way to combat the threat of COVID-19 is to be prepared.

When it comes to disinfection and sanitization, SERVPRO cleanup practices follow CDC guidelines and use EPA-approved products. We’re here to help you protect your business and your employees – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.


This is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.


Specialized Training


We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.


The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:


Kitchen/Food Areas
Bathrooms
Schools/Classrooms
Offices
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
Shelving/Racks
Sales Counters
Carpets and Rugs
Stair Handrails
Elevator Cars
Playground Equipment
Fitness Equipment


Specialized Products


The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.


Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning


If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

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

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Call The Experts If You Suspect Mold


Even when were not in the storm season residents on Florida’s Gulf Coast still need to be vigilant about the effects 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.

SERVPRO Provides Remediation for Mold Damage

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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 of West Tampa 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 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.


 
Choose 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

Water Damage Your Home Requires Immediate Attention

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 will likely deal with water damage and the need for water damage restoration services. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.


 
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 easy to reach at any time when you dial us at (813) 855-0888.

COVID-19 And Protecting Your Commercial Property

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

What can SERVPRO of West Tampa do to help you take care of your commercial property during the outbreak of COVID-19?


The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States
Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.   SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces.  In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. 
Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE™.


Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 if you have questions.


SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. 

The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.


It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

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

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

Flooding In Your Tampa Business And Knowing Where To Turn

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

Living In The Tropics Isn't Always Paradise

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

Did you know that a tropical storm only receives an official name after reaching wind speeds beyond 39 mph? These fast-spinning storm systems maintain a low-pressure center, closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and steady thunderstorms that produce excessive amounts of rain. 
 
Depending on the location of the storm system, they become categorized as a hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone. Residents living in the Tampa area too often experience flood damage from these types of events. If you are a new resident or have never experienced these types of naturally occurring events before, you should contact someone qualified to help you prepare your home against high winds, storm surges, and flooding. 
 
While the sunny, warm environment and coastal living are appealing, it has its drawbacks. Tropical storms start forming over large, warm bodies of water, far away from land. These storms feed off of the energy caused by water evaporation near the surface of the ocean. Resulting condensation produces cloud cover and rain when moist air rises and cools. 
 
These storms contain powerful winds blowing counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, or clockwise within the Southern Hemisphere, generating high waves, damaging storm surges, and tornadoes that rapidly reduce in strength after making contact with land mass. However, the resulting power levels affect areas up to 40 miles inland, taking a severe toll on coastal regions.
 
Research the storm history in the area where you live and consider making home improvements that help prevent future damage. Make the decision to prepare your home now. Never wait until the last minute to protect your property against this type of event, SERVPRO can help. 
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians can perform a full inspection, making recommendations on how to improve how your home fairs during this kind of event. Discuss options for grading, drainage, sump pump, and backflow valve installation that help limit exposure, removing some issues that cause severe damage.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa uses advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, returning your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition using resources to respond quickly to your situation. "Like it never even happened."
Call Us First, for a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.
 
Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa for assistance in preparing your home and limit your home's exposure to flooding. Call today, (813) 855-0888

Knowing What To When Your Home Is Left Stained From Storm Damage

12/23/2019 (Permalink)


Extreme weather is a part of Florida living. Over the last decade in the United States, there have been several major storms; most recently including Matthew, Irma and Michael. So, leaking roofs, wet crawlspaces, and rising dampness are recurring problems. Fortunately, SERVPRO of West Tampa has expert storm damage repair teams on hand to deal with water issues quickly. 
We are available 24 hours a day. Our technicians are highly skilled in handling everything from wet carpets to flooded bathrooms and damaged insulation. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, the SERVPRO of West Tampa staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Even if the storm damage to your home isn't serious, you are likely to be left with unsightly water marks on the walls. We know how to take care of stain issues.  Dealing with Unsightly Water Marks
Often, after we have inspected the damage, it is clear that removing whole sections of the drywall is not necessary. In fact, in most cases, we can just treat and clean the affected parts of the wall. Heavy storms can put much pressure on a house and, if wind and rain get inside, moisture can accumulate between the walls.  The first thing to do is check the drywall is secured to the framing or studs. If it is sagging away from the studs, it may need replacing. However, we can try to add drywall screws and solve the problem before taking this stop.  Scraping, Cleaning, and Sealing
Following this, the SERVPRO technicians take scraping tools and remove any patches of drywall mud or paint which have become wet and clumped together. These areas of damage need to go so that the stains can be cleaned and painted over with sealants. Strong chemicals are only applied if the team suspects mold. The unsightly water stains are easy to deal with, but a sealant should is needed before adding regular paint. The sealant coating traps any residual moisture and bacteria and prevents it from bleeding through the repair job. The final stage is to cover the sealant with several layers of oil or shellac based paint. If you need help repairing your walls after a storm, SERVPRO of West Tampa has the advice and expertise to get the job done fast. We can leave your home looking "Like it never even happened." with state of the art tools and equipment. Call us 24/7 on (813) 855-0888.

Organizing The Restoration After A Downtown Hotel Fire

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown with fans and other equipment unloaded SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated, 24 hours, seven days a week. Call us today at (813) 855-0888 for fire damage restoration.


When an electrical fire caused a downtown Tampa hotel to be evacuated in January of 2016 guests where moved out of the building from just after 9 in the morning until 730 that night. Firefighters worked on an electrical fire ensuring guests and staff were safe while putting the fire out. The electrical fire caused smoke odors throughout the first four floors. According to the  National Fire Protection Association fire departments in the U.S. responded to an estimated average of 3,520 structure fires in hotels and motels each year, which represents 1% of all structure fires..
A fire damage event in a Tampa business can be professionally handled when owners have secured the services of SERVPRO of West Tampa. For a temporary move-out,  certified renovation professionals will sure that hotel owners have their contents packed, boxed, tagged, inventoried, photographed and staged in a specific area.  After a devastating fire in a hotel, the contents are quickly moved from the site to a warehouse or a storage facility for a scheduled cleaning. To further help hotel owners, a move-out checklist should be devised to help coordinate the move date with the business owner, the adjuster, the renovation contractors and a professional mover. A checklist should consist of a pack-up start date, a projected move-out date, and an actual date that the move-out will occur. Adjusters generally don't care when the move happens, but contractors do care since their reconstruction work is held up until the contents are moved. The fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa are using an inventory software package with an application called POI – Pack-Out Inventory to help keep their customers organized for claims processing. The software allows the restoration company to provide a complete inventory, using bar code and scanner technology. The software aptly tracks the entire move-out project with custom room templates and detailed room-by-room contents. This software also helps business owners to categorize each contents item into three different categories, as needed: salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable items. 
When a restoration company is helping to schedule their hotel customer’s move-out items, this is accomplished in two steps. After cleaning, the contents are removed from the warehouse and delivered to the customer's restored hotel location. Cleaning a hotel's fire damaged items are a part of their “restore versus replace” mantra. Hotel contents are pre-tested to decide what items can be restored to a pre-fire condition. There are several methods of cleaning: dry, wet, spray and wipe, foam, abrasive and immersion cleaning techniques.
As a proud and active member of Florida's southeastern community, SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated, 24 hours, seven days a week. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training to make your property operative again. Commercial restoration is a unique challenge. Our experts have the training, experience, and resources to help restore your business from lost revenue and lost productivity. Call us today at (813) 855-0888 for fire damage restoration and a move-out schedule, when needed.

The Importance of A Restoration Inspection After A Fire

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A fire with smoke billowing from a window is shown SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 is the simple, effective solution. We'll respond quickly and get to work restoring your property.

Residential and commercial fires are unpredictable and can be devastating.
Hopefully you have given thought to fire prevention for your home. In addition to taking these steps, you have also developed an escape plan with your family. In the unfortunate case of a serious fire, would you know where to turn after the fire crews leave?


SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 is the simple, effective solution. We'll respond quickly and get to work restoring your property.


One of the first steps in our fire damage restoration process is the inspection.

Without proper and careful inspection, we cannot be sure of risk factors in the environment, the extent of damage, critical utility locations, and numerous other important factors. Inspection can sometimes be a lengthy process, as SERVPRO of West Tampa inspectors have to look for and catalog many different factors.

Here are some of the things that we look for in homes that have taken fire damage.
 
Structural Instability
 
One of the most important considerations when inspecting fire damage in Tampa is structural stability. Fires, as they burn through supports and other structural components, can create unstable conditions and high potential for collapse. Our technicians look for signs of structural weakening to ensure the safety of both you and SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians, such as warped walls, burned columns, caved-in ceilings, buckled door frames, and scraping between doors, windows, and their upper frames. Any of these may be an indicator of a weakened structure, so knowing of them before any work begins has the potential to save lives.
 
Spots for Tarping and Boarding
 
Immediately following inspection, our crews move in with tarps and boards to seal up any windows, doors, or holes in the home that leave it open to the elements. Inspectors look for these openings and compose plans to seal them most effectively.
 
Damage Inspection
 
Of course, the central part of any fire damage inspection is what has been hurt, and how much. Inspectors will catalog items, surfaces, and areas which have taken damage, describing in detail for our other teams how bad the situation is and what factors caused it. From there, our technicians can work to apply appropriate cleanup processes and measures. If you have used our ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) system, this process may be greatly accelerated as our inspectors will have access to plans and inventory lists beforehand.
 
SERVPRO of West Tampa works with you to get fire damage cleaned up quickly, cheaply, and with the minimal safety concern. Call us at all hours at (813) 855-0888.

If You Suspect Mold in Your Tampa Home Know The One To Call

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Different varieties of Mold are shown during a lab test SERVPRO of West Tampa we have the best training, gear, and equipment available Know the one to call when you suspect mold.(813) 855-0888

If you are being overwhelmed by a mold damage infestation in Tampa, don't hesitate to call on our professional staff to help.

Calling in expertly trained technicians to assist with your situation can significantly enhance the chances of containing the infestation before it has an opportunity to get out of control and cause even further damage to your property.


Our SERVPRO of West Tampa staff knows that mold can quickly grow out of control within 48-72 hours, so we make sure that our technicians are at your door, ready to assist within four hours of your initial call.

A mold infestation may cause health effects for young children, elderly folks or anyone with respiratory issues; it is important to get a handle on the spread of a mold infestation immediately since it can cause many different types of reactions in a variety of different people. But, we do emphasize that most people are not affected adversely by most mold species.


With all of the news reports about the dangers of "Black Mold" recently, it can be hard to determine whether the information you're getting about mold is relevant or not. These reports can be scary, alarming and confusing. It would benefit you to take a few minutes to understand the facts about mold. Knowing certain information will assist you with choosing the correct actions to take to eliminate your mold infestation.


The expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa highly recommend that you remain outside of any affected areas found on your property and suggest that you avoid using your ventilation system until a remediation and restoration service has been performed to mitigate the spread of any existing infestation.

It is necessary to prevent the occupants of your property from making contact with any of the infected areas and for you to refrain from attempting to dry or clean the infected areas yourself. Doing so will assist you in preventing more damage to your property.


SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians have been specially prepared to help you; we have the training, gear, and equipment available to help us gain the upper hand against any size mold infestation and prevent further mold growth on your property.


The professional staff at SERVPRO of West Tampa is waiting for your call and are ready to help you right now. Make the call today - (813) 855-0888

SERVPRO Tips for Fire Damage to Your Tampa Property

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A large scale commercial buildig fire is shown You can develop a fire prevention plan to help lessen the risk of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

A small flare-up or flash fire can wreak havoc on a condo or multiple floors of an apartment or business building if safeguards are not maintained.

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

 The following are the most common fire hazards leading to fire damage in a Tampa structure that forces a closure. SERVPRO agrees that the following measures can help prevent fire and water damage.

Smoking. Maintain designated areas for smoking when necessary. If possible, with the warm climate in Tampa, this can be an outside area. Typically, inside smoking is no longer permitted.
 
Electrical Wiring and Equipment. Install equipment and wires in compliance with local codes and OSHA regulations. Make sure maintenance is done by licensed electricians. Do not overload outlets or use long extension cords.

Fuel Gas. Install equipment in compliance with local codes and OSHA regulations. Professionals oversee maintenance.

Heat-Producing Appliances/Equipment/Boilers. Install equipment in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations and local codes. Allow only trained personnel to operate equipment.

Flammable/Combustible Liquids. These should be stored in approved cabinets, containers, and well ventilated and fortified areas. All workers must be trained in how to handle these dangerous products.
There should be locking metal containers for waste, which should be disposed of daily. Assess areas as safe for usage. Contractors must follow facility procedures and report all use of flammable liquids.

Fuel Gas Cylinders
These must be stored in a well-ventilated area, with any oxygen tanks a minimum of 20 feet away. Assess areas as safe for usage. Prevention mechanisms must be in place, such as chains so that they cannot topple over. They should be transported on cylinder carts in upright positions. They should be used at least 20 feet away from hazards with "Hot Work" or "Hot Work Procedure" signs. Only trained personnel should use them.

Oxygen Cylinders. These must be stored at least 20 feet away from flammable or highly combustible material and in well-ventilated locations. Secured to prevent tipping over. They should also be transported on cylinder carts in upright positions. Only trained personnel should use them.

Propane Vehicles. Only trained personnel should use them. They must be properly maintained. Drivers must be trained to handle the propane and the vehicle safely. Cylinders must be safely stored. Maintenance of cylinders must be done by a reputable supplier.

Electric Vehicles, with particular attention to golf cart barns. They must be properly maintained. They must be charged in well-ventilated areas that have been approved for this purpose. No arcing or sparks. This requires special care since it can be an open area to the public.

If you own a building, you do not have complete control over what residents or employees may be doing. You can develop a fire prevention plan to help lessen the risk of fire damage.

In the unfortunate event that your business or apartment building incurs fire damage along with water damage and smoke intrusion, call the experts from SERVPRO. You will receive an immediate response from us, and we will get you back to pre-fire conditions as quickly as is possible. "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of West Tampa for immediate assistance at the following always open line (813) 855-0888.

Do Not Make The Mistake Of Ignoring Water Damage In Your Tampa Home

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Ignoring water damage in your home can be a costly mistake.
Knowing what to do to avoid water damage can protect your investment and the health of your family. 

Water damage can require a costly fix. Here are a few ways you can avoid water damage in your Tampa home:


Older wood windows should be cleaned, repainted and re-stained periodically. Glazing compound around older windows should be replaced as needed. Update your windows and doors. Watertight options are best in new windows and doors.


Replace washing machine supply hoses. Plan for new ones every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance plan.


Regularly check your roof for signs of damage, such as excessive wear on shingles or missing shingles.


Use gutters and downspouts to make sure water is diverted away from your home and its foundation. In some cases it is necessary to update of repair drainage.


Test your pump twice a year or as suggested by the manufacturer.


Much home piping has a lifespan of 50 to 80 years, so if you have an older house, ask a plumber to check its condition. PVC pipes may need to be replaced every 25 to 40 years.


Regularly check your roof for signs of damage, such as excessive wear on shingles or missing shingles.


Seal your basement. Thick coatings, paint and silicate-based sealers may help minimize or prevent water damage. Each method varies in application and cost.


Even minor plumbing problems can turn into major issues down the road. In the process, mold and mildew can create the ideal conditions for harmful bacteria and fungus to start growing and eventually cause a myriad of health problems for your family, including young children and family pets.


Contact SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888  to handle all your water damage.

If left unchecked, water leaks will inevitably cause more damage to your home or business, which is why they need to be addressed the instant you notice them.

Water Damage Doesn't Have To Destroy Your Tampa Business

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

A shelves and coffee cups in a coffee shop is shown SERVPRO of West Tampa offers reliable commercial water damage restoration services.


There are a lot of ways that your Tampa business can be damaged by water. Don't hesitate to restore your business, contact trained professionals right away. Moisture can ruin flooring, interior walls, ceilings and the structure of your building if it sits for a long time. Excess water can damage your furniture and various contents inside the building, which can be costly. Water damage causes mold growth and can effect your health.  SERVPRO of West Tampa offers reliable commercial water damage restoration services. Our trained technicians will get you back in operation as soon as possible. First, our crews can check your shop to ensure the structure is sound. We understand that your business is important. You can expect our crew to work fast to get you back to work. If minor repairs are needed, our team can address those issues. After the inspection stage, our techs can remove damaged furniture and structural materials such as drywall and floor and ceiling tiles.  The water removal process may include the use of portable or truck-mounted extractors and pumps to eliminate water quickly. After the crew removes all standing water from the affected areas, they can begin the drying phase. Typically, we employ air movers, heaters and axial fans to dry areas fast. If necessary, the team can strategically place dehumidifiers to force moisture from the structure and enhance drying. This kind of restoration will require certified technicians that understand how to get your business back in business.  We may also need to pack-out some of the items in your business. Tables, chairs and other furniture may also be part of the pack-out phase. Our technicians do this to prevent loss of products and to prevent further damages. We wrap, label and categorize every item before we remove them from the premises. The use of bar-coding and tagging helps keep accurate records that can be useful to business owners when making insurance claims. 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.”

When A Tampa Hotel Experiences Flooding, It's Time To Call The Pros

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown with fans and other equipment unloaded SERVPRO of West Tampa works with businesses of all sizes and can help your Tampa business recover quickly.


Hotels in the Downtown Tampa area need to depend on water removal services from an experienced company using the right type of equipment. SERVPRO of West Tampa 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. This will allow 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. SERVPRO of West Tampa technicians can 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."
Our experts will be able to offer you the knowledgeable and detail-oriented work necessary to get your home back in excellent condition. SERVPRO of West Tampa water damage restoration specialists offer comprehensive remediation services, including damage evaluation, drying work, odor control, demolition, and reconstruction. Some of the characteristics you should look for in a reliable company is:
• 24/7 emergency service
• a proven track record
• excellent online reviews
• exceptional customer service
• IICRC-certified technicians  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.

Choosing the Right Storage Facility in Tampa

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Three wooden pallets are shown You should also use a crate or a pallet to elevate your items off the floor when storing material in a storage unit.

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. 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 there is water damage to your storage unit in Tampa, you can call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 to help restore 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 request 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.

The Biohazard Solution in West Tampa

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

The biohazard symbol is shown, it includes three broken black circles over a sold black circle and an orange background We can remove the risks inherent in these scenes and restore a safe environment in your home or business. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa(813) 855-0888

Dealing with a crime or trauma is undoubtedly difficult. Unfortunately, biohazards can linger at the scenes of these events, creating the potential for serious health consequences if they are not properly eliminated.

You can protect yourself from the physical aftermath of a traumatic situation by calling SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 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 of West Tampa's professional restoration experts trained in biohazard cleanup have specialized training and equipment. The training allows us to safely remove any toxic material and restore normalcy to the area.

Their expertise is important 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 cleaning 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, Town n Country and Rocky Point.

We take pride in being members of these local communities and are ready to help 24/7.
Call Us Today – (813) 855-0888

Restoring A Hotel After A Fire Is A Job For Experts

10/7/2019 (Permalink)


In Tampa damaging storms and hurricanes are usually in the spotlight, but there are other disasters that can be a major problem for area businesses. Kitchen and other types of fires still close hotels and other businesses at a time when it's most important from them to be up and running at capacity. Remediating Tampa hotel fire damage is not a quick task, and should only be handled by trained, certified technicians. The only way to remove debris quickly, clean smoke odors, and restore a hotel to its original condition is to accomplish it right. SERVPRO of West Tampa 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 technicians 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. 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.

Preparing For Storms in the Tampa Area

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Dark Storm Clouds Are Shown Contact Us Today! Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888 for any questions or for help via our 24/7 Emergency Service.

Being prepared for severe weather is just part of living in Florida. 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. One of the most important parts of preparedness is knowing who to call when you have storm damage, Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.
 
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 offers a wide range of 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
Storms can be wildly unpredictable. 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.

Not All Mold Is Toxic, There's One Way To Be Sure - Experts

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is shown along a white wall and ceiling If you notice mold in your home, call us today SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

There are many types of molds and various colors. Not all molds are toxic, most aren't. Only a professionally trained expert can make an accurate distinction.
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.
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.
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.
Does it smell?
Black mold has a distinctive musty odor, but so do many other species of fungi. 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.
If you think you’ve discovered toxic black mold, please contact us immediately for an inspection and removal. SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 is nearby and available 24/7 to assist you with any concerns you may have regarding mold, fire or water damage.
The trained professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa are certified experts. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

High Flow Appliances Can Cause Flooding Quickly

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

A Flooded Laundry Room is Shown For a job like this you will want professional help, so you should contact our staff at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888

Washing machine leaks are a common source of water damage in homes. The unfortunate part is that your machine rarely shows any symptoms of an impending problem. It is because the problem is not the washing machine itself, but instead is the filling supply hose which rests behind your washing machine. Most commonly, the hose gets pinched. It can work for years before problems arise.


Washing machines are high-flow, meaning they can put out over a hundred gallons of water into your Tampa home in an hour. The amount of water damage ensuing from an issue like this is devastating and needs to be handled right away.

For a job like this you will want professional help, so you should contact our staff at SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888 , we are trained and experienced in working many different water loss situations.
 
One of the things you should consider is the flooring that has been affected by the flooding. Concrete flooring is porous, so water can wick up, leaving chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface. We can usually brush these off. Surface films or dirt on concrete can support the growth of mold. The concrete can be cleaned by HEPA vacuuming, and we apply an EPA-registered disinfectant as needed.


 
If the flooring is asphalt tile, it usually keeps a good bond with concrete following water damage. Chalky or white areas appear sometimes but usually respond well to SERVPRO techs cleaning them. The whitening is caused by the separation of sealer wax or finishes from the actual floor.


 
Sometimes we find asbestos in glues, asphalt tile, or vinyl tile. If we are not sure, the tiles and glues are tested so we can know if they contain asbestos. We use a certified asbestos abatement contractor to remove the tile or glue that is affected if needed. Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Tampa property.
 
On concrete, vinyl tile is not as durable as asphalt tile. Usually, it comes loose if much water is involved. Water movement from it coming up through the concrete can force vinyl tiles to separate from the floor. Because it so quickly comes up, it is simpler to replace them than it is to replace asphalt tiles. It can be less expensive to replace the vinyl tiles rather than drying them.
 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


SERVPRO of West Tampa is careful to dry all aspects of your home in Rocky Point, Town n Country, or West Tampa which were affected by the water loss, including your flooring and subfloor. Contact us anytime at (813) 855-0888 after water damage so we can help you restore your home.

Understanding Commercial Water Damage and Structural Damage to Your Business

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in a Commercial Property Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.

Water leaks can pose a significant threat to commercial buildings, in part because they use more water than residences in most cases. For example, when a pipe breaks on the second or third floor of the building the result can be excessive commercial water damage.

Moisture always seeps down due to gravity. When a leak happens on a top floor the level beneath it can start flooding from the ceiling down. Moisture can destroy structural components and require a vast amount of reconstruction work to your business location.


Any time a problem occurs at your place of business, our SERVPRO technicians show up quickly after receiving an emergency call. Before we begin any work on commercial water damage.
We know that in the manufacturing industry it is vital to keep operations going through a disaster.

Our crew of professionals takes extra measures to make sure that your workers and our staff stays safe during the restoration process.


Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of West Tampa can respond quickly, working to first contain the mold to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

If excessive structural damage takes place, many different types of safety hazards can exist. Moisture can damage the structural integrity of building materials and create fall hazards. When there is excessive moisture on the flooring of your manufacturing shop, slip hazards are likely to occur. Our SERVPRO crew first goes through and mitigates any potential safety issues including repair items and blocking off areas that present hazards that we cannot repair.


Once the job site is safe for both your employees and ours, we start assessing the water damage and figuring out what it will take to bring the building to preloss conditions. When structural components get damaged, they often have to be removed and replaced. In some severe cases, our SERVPRO team will take out all structural materials including drywall and ceiling tiles, stripping the inside of the building down to the studs.


From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO of West Tampa is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of West Tampa provides professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. It is very importance to seek prompt professional solutions at the first sign of water leakage in your commercial building. The experts will take quick action to fix the problem and prevent water damage to your property.


As soon as we remove all of the ruined components we dry out the structure so that mold growth cannot occur. Once the building's structure is dry, we then begin the reconstruction phase. We can complete much of the rebuilding process ourselves and then we can hire a subcontractor for specialized jobs such as electrical work. Call SERVPRO of West Tampa at (813) 855-0888.

Where Can You Turn After A House Fire In West Tampa?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you are in need of a reliable fire damage restoration service, SERVPRO of West Tampa has everything that you need.

What kind of help is available to a home or business owner in West Tampa after a fire?

A fire can be frightening and costly. Knowing where to turn for assistance after the fire is critical. When you consider training, experience and expertise, SERVPRO of West Tampa is the clear choice.


Once you have dealt with the immediate aftermath of the fire and have made sure that everybody in the area is safe, call both your insurer and SERVPRO of West Tampa (813) 855-0888.


You are strongly advised to stay clear of the building because structural integrity may be compromised. It’s best to wait for the restoration team to arrive. They will be able to assess the situation and let you know if it’s safe to enter.


Our trained and certified crews are on call 24 hours a day and ready to take action to help quickly.

Locally owned and operated, we are part of the community and care about getting you back into your home as soon as possible. Whether your home or business is located in Tampa, Town n Country or Rocky Point you can rest assured we are faster to any size disaster.


There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.


Using the Right Restoration Tools and Equipment
There are all kinds of reasons why fire damage could become a problem for homeowners. No matter what the cause, it needs to be dealt with in a safe and controlled manner. This is why restoration services are the right option. These teams have access to specialist equipment (dehumidifiers, air movers, and blowers) that can be used to safely remove the damaged portions of the building and start repairs on the rest.


Dehumidifiers are a common sight on fire damaged lots, because they are usually needed to reverse the impact of water from previous firefighting efforts. As moisture can be incredibly destructive (particularly if left to stagnate), it’s imperative that heavy duty tools are used to dry the air and delay or disrupt the growth of mold. This is a complicated process, and it should only be undertaken by professionals.


SERVPRO of West Tampa is dedicated to responding immediately to your Tampa fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.


If you are in need of a reliable fire damage restoration service, SERVPRO of West Tampa has everything that you need. We can provide state of the art equipment, innovative restoration techniques, and a supportive hand to guide you through the crisis. Call us (813) 855-0888.

Safely Avoiding Harm During Hurricanes and Severe Storms in Tampa

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

During Tampa Storms |Protect Life Before Property

Hurricanes are nothing new to most Florida residents, and to many, they're simply a part of the season. Northerners have their icy winters; Florida has our wet summer and fall months. However, hurricanes carry an unmatched potential for destruction if you're not careful, and many homeowners lose not only their belongings but also their lives if they are reckless during a hurricane. Always heed official warnings, and above all else, remember that your safety is irreplaceable.  In severe hurricanes, many homeowners are concerned with flood damage to their Tampa home first and foremost, often placing themselves in unnecessarily risky positions by remaining in a flooded building too long or indefinitely. Staying out of the way of any potential flooding should always be your priority, and if you know floodwaters or other dangerous situations are impending, you should leave sooner rather than later. 

Heed Official Warnings 

In major hurricanes, lives are often lost due to locals' disregard for official warnings and evacuation recommendations, even when these are made mandatory. Many simply assume that their home is safe, or that this storm will blow over much like the last one and with little damage. Most infamously, many suffered injury or drowning in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, as they misinterpreted the impending disaster as little more than a heavy storm. Hurricane Matthew that ran up the east coast of Florida did cause several deaths.

Move Valuables and Breakables Upstairs 

If your home is at any risk of flooding, before you leave, you should try to move any electronics or valuables to an upstairs area, attic, or wall-mounted cabinet. This will help to keep items safe and secure above the water line and avoid costly replacements. 

If you need to evacuate the American Red Cross recommends that you take the following steps: 

  • Turn off water and electricity at the main valve, breakers or fuses.
  • Turn off propane gas tanks that serve individual appliances like a stove or grill.
  • Do not turn off natural gas unless local officials advise to do so.  

When a hurricane strikes leaving storm waters behind, SERVPRO of West Tampa is prepared to respond to local calls for help and to restore homes and businesses before their owners have time to worry. Call us at (813) 855-0888.

Common Types of Storm Damage Caused by Thunderstorms

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Damage Created By Thunderstorms 

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Properties and Checks for Hidden Damage

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tampa is Unmatched

Fire Damage In Your Home or Business Requires Immediate Attention

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

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

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

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

Understanding Different Types of Water Damage | SERVPRO of West Tampa

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded house

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Grill Safety Tips | SERVPRO of West Tampa

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

House Fire Due to Uncleaned Grill

Tips to Make Your Grill Safe | SERVPRO of West Tampa

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

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

1. Understand Grill Maintenance Basics

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

2. Take Extra Precautions, Pre and Post Season

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

3. Clean Gas and Charcoal Grills Properly

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

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

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

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

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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