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Tampa Water Damage Will Require Professional Restoration

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

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


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



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



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

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



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

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

Water Damage In West Tampa

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

A water damaged floor is shown partially torn up Call us today 24/7 for immediate help at (813) 855-0888.


For Water Removal, Rely on SERVPRO of West Tampa

Water damage is no laughing matter. Rather, it is an expensive matter. In fact, the American Insurance Association reports that property damage from floods and water leaks cost residential property owners $9 billion between the years of 2017 and 2019.

As a result of the economic challenges that water damage can cause, many homeowners are tempted to save money by completing the water damage restoration processes on their own. However, this course of action is imprudent and can even be dangerous.

Learn why you should always call a professional water damage restoration service by reviewing the information found below:

The Professionals Are Knowledgeable And Certified

Numerous factors must be carefully considered during the water removal process. Luckily, water remediation experts from SERVPRO of West Tampa have the knowledge necessary to complete essential restoration processes like the minimization of structural damage and loss of keepsakes that results from floods. Additionally, the professionals know that even minor leaks can get into crevices and cracks, causing unpleasant odors and numerous other household issues.

Our specialists use knowledge and hands-on experience to quickly and correctly eradicate these problems.

Professionals Have All The Right Equipment

In addition to possessing the training necessary to complete the restoration process, we have the proper equipment necessary to expedite the water extraction. Some of the equipment used by professionals to complete the remediation work include dehumidifiers, fans, and moisture meters. Most members of the general public do not have the tools and equipment necessary to expedite and optimize the restoration project. Relax, no stress, let us do the job for you.

Professionals Can Eliminate Mold

Damp flooring, ceilings, and walls create the ideal medium for the fungus to thrive in especially in our humid climate here in Florida. Another reason why you should always obtain professional water removal services is that our technicians know how to remediate mold quickly and correctly. Once your home has been subjected to excess water, attaining professional water damage restoration services is a must.

Attempting to remove the water on your own can be dangerous. To get the precise, professional services you deserve, contact the professionals of SERVPRO.

Our industry leading experts will arrive quickly and provide you with the fast-acting, goal-centered services that get your home back in excellent condition.

When water damage occurs, SERVPRO of West Tampa has the resources and personnel to help.
Call us today 24/7 for immediate help at (813) 855-0888.

Our Team Is Ready To Respond To Water Damage In Tampa

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Damage And Flood Insurance Basics

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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


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


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

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


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


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

SERVPRO of West Tampa arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.


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


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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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