Recent Storm Damage Posts

Understanding Tricky Storm Forecasts In Tampa

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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


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

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

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

Your Team In Tampa

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

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


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

Trained And Ready To Help

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

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

Tampa Flood Damage After Heavy Storms

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faster Response in Tampa


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

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

Fast Moving, Powerful Storms Cause Flooding And Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

 Tampa Storms And Dealing With The Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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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