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When Leaks Happen, Commercial Water Removal can Prevent Catastrophic Problems in Tampa Offices

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Are Ready to Help With Water Damage at Your Business Location

There are several ways that water can invade your office building. Some office complexes have the luxury of on-site gyms and fitness areas, complete with showers and locker rooms, and clogs in showers can cause back-ups. Toilets might overflow, a kitchenette sink's water feedline could break, or a multitude of other situations develop in the blink of an eye.
 
Whenever situations like these occur in your Tampa office building, you need to call experts in commercial water removal to ensure that the entire situation is taken care of correctly and efficiently. Water damage, mold, electrical problems including life-threatening hazards can develop. These problems increase and intensify as time passes. Just because there were no problems immediately after an event occurred does not guarantee that problems are not capable of forming later.
 
SERVPRO has expertly trained technicians who know how to remove any standing water and then track down all of the water that escaped into cracks, crevices, and other porous areas. These areas might not even be known to you, let alone be visible. Because water not only can travel down and sideways, as well as evaporate and travel to other areas within a building, our technicians also use methods to find higher concentrations of moisture. These areas can lead to problematic water damage in the future, so it is best if they are completely eradicated now, instead. Using moisture meters makes this aspect of our work simple and easy to complete in a short amount of time.
 
When areas are found to have high humidity or moisture, we then, according to the specific needs, engage in ridding the area of the excess moisture until it is within normal moisture levels. These water extraction tools include heaters, which increase the rate of evaporation, air blowers, used to help air currents whisk away moisture from surfaces, and dehumidifiers, which remove the moisture from the air and drain it into a container. We do this until it is "Like it never even happened."
 
No matter what kind of water emergency your office building sustains, call us, SERVPRO of West Tampa, to ensure that water removal efforts are complete and able to protect your building from future damages. Our number is (813) 855-0888, and we can be reached at any time, whenever you need us most.

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A Broken Sprinkler Head Can Cause Damage to Your Tampa Motel

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO A Broken Sprinkler Head Can Cause Damage to Your Tampa Motel Tampa Area Hotels and Fire Sprinkler Systems for Protection and Safety

In the Tampa Area, SERVPRO Dries Out Water Damaged Motels

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

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

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Persistent Mold in Tampa Needs Remediation From SERVPRO

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Persistent Mold in Tampa Needs Remediation From SERVPRO Call SERVPRO today to remediate a current mold infestation AND get help with preventing any future damage.

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

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

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Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Flood Remediation in Tampa

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Flood Remediation in Tampa SERVPRO of West Tampa is ready to meet your water restoration needs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your Tampa Hotel

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your Tampa Hotel  This is a busted pipe that caused water damage in the building.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Tampa Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration and Remodeling Services--Why Not One Stop Shopping? Why SERVPRO? We Clean Up Water and Mold Damage and Even REMODEL Your Tampa Bathroom

Why SERVPRO for Bathroom Remodeling For Tampa Homes

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

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

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