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How to prepare your home for Storm damage in Tampa

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Couple boarding home windows before a storm Preparing your home for Storm damage in Tampa

When news stations report the weather today, people tend to pay more attention to what’s being reported. Since Tampa weather can produce many different types of unsettling conditions, it is not uncommon for everyone to expect most anything. It does not matter which areas of the country are impacted by the weather, especially because the most recent storms are causing all kinds of problems and issues of concerns. From large balls of hail hitting windows in the home and causing them to break to flood waters rising because of large volumes of rain coming down for longer periods of time, stormy weather can be very unpredictable.

Preparing Your Home Before a Storm

Getting ready for the storm before it hits is one of the ways for a homeowner to protect the interest that they have in their property. However, sometimes the preparation made will not make any difference if the winds are so strong that they rip off of the roofing on the top of the home. In some cases, the winds will leave Tampa storm damage behind that may cost the owner or their insurance companies tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. So, the aftermath of a storm can be solemn for the owner and their family members.

Recovering After the Storm Passes Through

Typically, after a major storm passes through any area, owners are left with the aftermath to clean up and restore back to its original condition. Based on the severity of the damage that’s left, the owner may need to call a professional storm damage of Tampa recovery team to begin the process of cleaning up. These services are usually needed when the storm causes major damage to the roofing or the waters from the storm floods one or more rooms in the home. When this is the case, owners will need to protect their investment by contacting our team of technicians for emergency services. These services are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week so we can get started right away devising a plan of action. In fact, we will provide the homeowner and their family members with several key services including cleaning up the excess water, drying the areas impacted in the home, using antibacterial treatments for the family’s safety and restoring the home back to its original condition.
 
The impact of a storm can be very challenging for homeowners who have had storm damage near Tampa. Even though an owner can start the process of protecting the home before it passes through, they cannot always predict what is going to happen and the damage that it is going to cause. However, after the storm has passed through, the owners can hire our technicians to assist with the clean-up and recovery process.

For those of you who need a professional to visit your home for an assessment of the damage and a plan, you should call SERVPRO of South Tampa at (813) 839-6633 today!

What you need to know to prevent roof leaks from storm damage

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Residential roof leak Preventing roof leaks from storm damage in Tampa

The first step toward a leak-free roof happens before any storms are on the horizon. Many homeowners are aware of the potential roof damage that can come from a hail storm. However, many residents, FL don’t know how to respond afterward to prevent further flooding and structural issues from affecting the home.
 
Inspection and Preparation
 
The first step toward a leak-free roof happens before any storms are on the horizon. Many insurers will insist on regular roof inspections, especially if you have a more expensive policy or property. This sort of preventative maintenance keeps the roof in good shape in case a severe weather event does occur. Sometimes everyday wear and tear is the first sign that a roof will undergo water or wind damage later on.
 
Finding Points of Interest
 
Most roofing inspections will involve a number of steps. The layering, position, and condition of the shingles is one of the most important initial markers of a potential roof damage. If any of the asphalt shingles are broken or missing, water will begin to flow toward and under the plastic barrier beneath, given enough time. Re-roofing is fairly inexpensive and can save money in the long run by preventing damage to plywood, insulation, and structural beams in your attic.
 
Removing Wet and Damaged Materials
 
Once the roof leak has been identified, it's time to start cleanup and restoration both inside and outside. The area must be cleared of ruined and damp materials. You should remove items from the water's path as much as possible. Cover objects that cannot be moved with plastic to prevent mold and water damage from developing. Contain as much water as you can from your damaged roof with buckets or other large containers. This can be a very big job and many leaks will require professional cleaning and restoration services.
 
Drying & Disinfecting the Affected Area
 
Once the area has been cleared of wet materials, it needs to be thoroughly dried out and disinfected. You may be able to dry some items yourself, such as small furnishings and personal items. Keep the area as well-ventilated as you can. Larger storm cleanup projects require pros since they have the proper training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.
 
Restoring Roof and Ceilings
 
After the affected area is dry and clean, the restoration process can begin. Repair needs will depend on the extent of the destruction sustained. Restoration often includes replacing missing shingles, repairing damaged gutters and downspouts, and fixing flashing around vents and chimneys.
 
Finding a roof leak in your Tampa, building doesn't have to become a headache. Take action as soon as possible to prevent bigger problems. Contact a water damage remediation specialist to manage the situation fast, and you'll be back in business in a snap.

Remember, many roof damage and flood scenarios may require professional intervention from a qualified cleanup company. However, with adequate knowledge and preparation, you can face any inclement weather with confidence.

Give SERVPRO of South Tampa a call at (813) 839-6633 today if you need help to prepare for storm damage!

Why choose SERVPRO for home flood damage in Tampa

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen from appliance Home kitchen flood damage in Tampa

There are many safety considerations to be aware of during the flood damage remediation process. A broken appliance fast spreads water through the surrounding area and might cause damage to carpets, nearby walls, or any furniture that happens to be in the water’s path.
 
Flood damage from a broken dishwasher in your Hillsborough home is a small incident that has the potential to cause a significant inconvenience. It is hard to carry on life as normal with a wet kitchen or utility room, especially if carpets or other furnishings are compromised. Luckily we are on hand to help – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
There are many safety considerations to be aware of during the flood damage remediation process. You can rely on SERVPRO of South Tampa to be aware of safety at all times and carry out drying and remediation with the utmost care and attention.
 
For example, we take amazing care around any electrical appliances. Being mindful of electrical hazards is particularly important in the kitchen as there are so many appliances there, such as the toaster or hob. We handle all appliances with care. We also ensure light fittings are safe before attempting to switch them on.
 
We tie electrical cords out of the way and cover up tack strips to make sure there are no trip or puncture hazards. SERVPRO of South Tampa provides our teams with the highest quality personal protective equipment to ensure safety is paramount during any work on your home.
 
Our teams are also aware of the risk of structural damage, or damage to carpets, floors or other furnishings. We use a range of instruments, including thermo-hygrometers and moisture sensors to assess your kitchen and ascertain the extent of the water damage.
 
Another safety issue is the potential for mold or mildew to grow in your kitchen after a broken dishwasher incident. Our IICRC-certified technicians take steps to prevent mold growth, including making sure your kitchen is thoroughly dry and using disinfectant chemicals where necessary to treat at-risk areas or items.
  
We understand that you need a remediation team you can rely on to clean up your kitchen thoroughly and with an eye for safety at all times. Call SERVPRO of South Tampa at (813) 839-6633 for assistance.

Why choose SERVPRO for home mold damage in Tampa?

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on kitchen walls Removing mold in your Tampa home

Do you need Mold Remediation in Tampa?

It can be a badge of honor for some Tampa homeowners to try to manage as many home improvement and maintenance projects as possible on their own. Although many tasks complete successfully with some research and a little elbow grease, re-mediating mold damage is a job best left to experts. Our technicians have the knowledge, products, and equipment necessary for proper mold abatement.

 
A thorough understanding of the life cycle of fungi and characteristics of home mold damage requires hands-on training few Tampa homeowners possess. It can be tempting to believe a cursory treatment with a diluted bleach solution and a cover-up with some mildew-resistant paint resolves the problem. We make sure our crew members master advanced classes in mold remediation and thoroughly consider all aspects of potential mold resurgence if the moisture that fuels microbial growth is not addressed.
 
The success of SERVPRO of South Tampa professional mold remediation relies upon information learned in Applied Microbial Remediation Technician training from the IICRC and protocols developed by the EPA. Mold can never be eliminated, and any company that promises such a result is not being transparent with clients. Mold spores are found everywhere, including both indoor and outdoor settings, impractical to eradicate in a home. Without a regular source of moisture, however, mold spores cause little to no damage. Consequently, finding and recommending a permanent fix to water incursion must be part of any remediation.
 
Once the spores absorb water, including scenarios where indoor humidity exceeds 60 percent, the fungi reproduce and multiply into colonies. Only oxygen and moisture are needed, meaning mold growth can remain hidden to the eye, easily spreading between walls and under eaves and flooring. A musty smell can be the only sign, and the edge of a colony seen in a damp corner of an attic or under a sink may be just a small sample of a much more massive unseen infestation.
 
When we take on your mold remediation challenge, we make sure you and your family remain protected during the removal of colonies through effective containment strategies. Physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers keep mold debris away from unaffected spaces as we work. HEPA filters remove spores and mold fragments from your indoor air, and EPA registered antimicrobial inhibit recurrence of mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of South Tampa encourages you to reach out to us for high-quality mold remediation services. Give us a call at (813) 839-6633 to set up a mold damage evaluation and abatement plan.

Why choose SERVPRO for water damage in Tampa

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Home flooded by water in Tampa Why choose SERVPRO for water damage in Tampa

Forces of nature, appliance and plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. There are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but water damages can still occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist. A specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water-damaged environment to its original state.
 
There are a number of important functions a specialist must perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment.
 
Once the water has been removed, it becomes important to properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional, such as SERVPRO.
 
A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present amazing safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.
 
Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist extremely significant.
 
If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation fast and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist. 
 
Depending on what type of water there is, it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. SERVPRO owns several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage. Further damage, if not dried completely in a reasonable amount of time, could result in the growth of mold. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber.
 
A SERVPRO of South Tampa specialist can handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility device issues. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away, call a water damage specialist today at (813) 839-6633

Why choose SERVPRO for home storm water damage in Tampa

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Home flooded by storm water in Tampa Why choose SERVPRO for home storm water damage in Tampa

SERVPRO of South Tampa knows that one of the risks that bay area residents take is the damage related to severe storms and natural disasters that sweep through Tampa. While many of the homes in the region get safeguarded to most of the troublesome effects of severe weather systems as they cut a path through the area, no precaution is ever foolproof.
 
Homeowners work to keep flood damage in Tampa and other natural disasters from threatening their comfortable living, but even the most well-constructed of homes can experience flooding under the right conditions. No matter where this flooding originates from, be it a damaged roof or crumbling foundation walls, it is critical to act fast to prevent significant damage to structural elements of your home and the contents found in the affected areas.
 
Fortunately, our SERVPRO team of pros 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 home 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 de-humidification equipment, it is rarely as fundamental as that. Often drying mats are a requirement to penetrate deep below the floors, and our systems use 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 team. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 at (813) 839-6633.

What to do when dealing with Biohazard in Tampa

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians performing biohazard services Biohazard Services in Tampa

Biohazard Services in Tampa

DO:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from your building exterior as soon as possible
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints
  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

DON’T 

  • Don’t attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
  • Operate damage lamps or appliances
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects.
  • Harmful Waste such as: Sewage, blood borne pathogens, etc

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of South Tampa pros arrive to your home or business.

Building Restoration and Inspection Services in Tampa

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians performing building services Building services in Tampa FL

What's it like doing building restoration work?

Notes from our master technician on our most recent project...

We do not normally perform small drywall work, however this particular business could not afford any space loss. The home or business needs to be open and available throughout the process as well. We agreed to perform all this "customized" drywall work to make it easier for the business owners to continue running their business. After all, they are not in a business of searching out contractors for more than a dozen things that needed to be done.

Our crew chief is taking careful measurements as she is directing the reconstruction project in this water damaged Hillsborough home.

Why are building inspections important?

Building inspections are very important to property buyers before making a purchase. This is because there are many hidden things in a home a owner is unaware of such as previous water leaks, HVAC cleanliness issues, microbial growth areas, roof damage, cracks in the foundation, or unknown drywall damages like our technician had found.

Potential owners who don't make investments prior to having their property inspected are risking spending $1,000's potentially on unexpected repair costs. To have peace of mind, hire a company like SERVPRO of South Tampa to help evaluate your potential purchase before you invest any money in the structure.

Give us a call at (813) 839-6633

Cleaning Services in South Tampa

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of South Tampa offers top notch cleaning to Hillsborough county residents at amazing prices and delivered with superior quality!

Rug Cleaning

SERVPRO cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick-up and bring your rugs back to our special cleaning facility where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal. We do onsite rug cleaning, and offer the best prices in town.

Car Cleaning

Our car interior restoration in the most technologically advanced restoration company in Hillsborough County. We can completely clean out your faded carpets or interior walls that may have been faded from smoke or just normal wear and tear.

Couch Cleaning

Our certified technicians will come to your home to completely clean out all that dirt and filth that has been building up in your couches for the last decade or more! Once you see the difference that a proper cleaning can have - you won't believe why it took you so long to get it done!

Commercial Water Removal in Tampa

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO commercial building water damage SERVPRO commercial building water damage

When you are a business owner you know how important it's to stay open and continue to bring in revenue. When something devastating, such as water damage strikes, it's difficult to fast line up all of the needed services, such as: remediation, construction, and cleaning just to name a few. SERVPRO is a full service restoration company, meaning we can do all those things, all while we keep your business open. (813) 839-6633.

Restoring a business back to its original state has its own, special requirements. Different property absorbs water and deteriorates at a different rate. Since paper is one of the first items to deteriorate, a bookstore's primary concern is not going to be the carpet or the hardwood floors. it's going to be their inventory. In this case, lowering the moisture level is going to be their first concern and our first task.

The inspector on our SERVPRO response team will use a commercial moisture meter to measure air content levels in every corner in every room. This allows us to determine the fastest plan to reduce levels to normal and restore commercial water damage. As the inspector begins, our team will pump out any standing water as fast as possible. We need to do this in order to provide a safe working environment for our people and the store's employees.

As soon as it's safe, technicians will set up commercial air movers. This begins the process to replace the damp air with dry air. This not only lowers the moisture level but also pushes air over the inventory, drying books and other property directly.

Once the air movers are set-up, members of the response team will assist the store owner in moving property out of the affected area. it's important to isolate everything that should be thrown out in order to determine what can be saved and returned to inventory. Our staff can also assist in laying out salvageable books and other property on dry surfaces to help facilitate a faster restoration. 

In corners or small rooms where air movers cannot be used effectively, dehumidifiers will be installed. These devices can draw up to 30 gallons of moisture a day from the surrounding air.
Swamp walks and Hillsborough watching is amazing for the tourists, but many of them still want to lay out on the beach with a amazing book. The weather forecast is amazing now, but rain is coming this weekend. Regardless of what business you'll own or operate, SERVPRO is ready to help you recover and reopen your doors. Give us a call at (813) 839-6633 to get started.

What to do when a Fire Strikes Your Tampa Home

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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When a Fire Strikes Your Tampa Home

Fire damage in Tampa is one of the worst issues a residential property owner may have to experience. In addition to destroying an individual's valuable possessions, fires can do serious damage to the structural integrity of your property. However, learning more about what steps to take following a fire can help you limit stress, save money, and restore order in your life. To accomplish these objectives, SERVPRO offers the following short outline regarding fire damage recovery steps:

  • Once a large fire strikes your property forcing you to vacate, you should not reenter. Unfortunately, fires can do significant damage to the foundation and structure of your property.
  • This means that the home can harbor dangerous elements like sagging ceilings, hidden sharp objects, and electrical breakdowns. It's also important to note that your property probably has standing water following the fire due to the extinguishing activities of firefighters. These factors, a few among many, make your property a dangerous place to be.
  • Be sure to consult with the department fire marshal or another official to learn when it's safe to reenter the home.
  • Contact A Fire Damage Restoration Company like SERVPRO after you call your insurance company. When your property that has been impacted by fire, these pros possess the expertise, equipment, and training necessary to restore your fire damaged property with skill and speed.

There are numerous steps that fire damage restoration experts will complete restoring your property. Some of them include: 

  • a thorough assessment of damages
  • creation of a customized treatment plan
  • cleaning, drying, and smoke and soot removal (including odors)
  • elimination of damaged items like rugs, drapes, and carpets
  • mold remediation, if lingering water has created this issue

DIY Cleanup and Restoration

Although many homeowners are tempted to complete the fire damage remediation process for themselves, you should avoid this course of action. Homeowners do not possess the specialized equipment necessary to complete the fire remediation work fast and correctly. Additionally, property owners are unaware of the health and safety hazards involved in the remediation process. This means that attempting to complete the restoration process on your own could make you susceptible to injury and illness.


Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You. Once you realize that you're in need of fire damage remediation services, there's only one company to call: SERVPRO. Our excellent technicians are IICRC-certified and work with skill and persistence to ensure that every corner of your Tampa home is restored to its former condition. Our industry experience has given us a profound awareness of how to expedite and optimize every component of the restoration process, and this is why we achieve such high levels of client satisfaction. "Like it never even happened."

Do you have Fire and Smoke Damage? Call Today (813) 839-6633. 24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service. SERVPRO knows that fire damage can happen any time, so we’re ready to respond 24 hours, 7 days a week—including holidays.

The 8 Most common areas for mold growth in Tampa

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth in Tampa Mold growth in Tampa

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Because mold eats or digests what it's growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.

8 Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:Basements or cellars that have been flooded :

  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Bathroom shower or under sink
  • Behind walls that also home plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
    Attics & Crawl Spaces

Dealing with Storm Damage in Tampa

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Home flooded underwater after storm damage Storm Damage restoration services in Tampa

In the Tampa area, we're used to preparing for storms. These reminders should help you and your family prepare for the next one that comes our way.

Water Preparation

A traditional standing water heater holds up to 40 gallons of clean water. If the water to your home isn’t flowing this is a amazing last resort. However, if there's water going into the home, make sure you check with county sites to find out if you are under a boil water alert or not. Make sure you have 1 gallon of water per person for up to one week stored before the storm hits.

Food Preparation

Canned food and none perishable foods like beans, canned vegetables, and soups are amazing to have around. If you have a small gas cooking device you’ll want to empty out your freezer as fast as possible of any frozen foods so make sure to cook through your perishable foods before your canned foods.


Gas/Fuel

Make sure you have a full tank of gasoline in all of your vehicles. Fuel might become limited during an emergency situation. So you’ll want to make sure you are topped off before the storm hits. As for fuel oil this goes for gasoline for generators, propane for cooking, and lamp oil if you plan to use gas lamps for a lightning source. 

Outside of these basic items there are an assortment of other items  you'll want to keep handy such as:

  • hand cranking can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Cooler for perishable foods
  • duct tape and garbage bags
  • Flashlight and batteries

This short list of items can keep you prepared for the aftermath of an emergency. It’s recommended each year you check off an emergency disaster check-list to insure your stocks are full before a disaster happens.

Give SERVPRO of South Tampa a call when you need help when preparing or dealing with storm damage!

What you need to know about water damage in Tampa Bay

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Home flooded by water in Tampa Home flooded by water in Tampa

Having good insurance is essential protect against water damage. If you're in the Tampa Bay area, here's some things you need to know: 

Water Damage Insurance

If you're a homeowner, chances are that you will experience some type of water damage while you live in your home. Water can cause serious damage to your roof, walls, floors and foundation, so it's important to make sure your homeowner's insurance will cover your damages.

Most homeowner's insurance is defined as type HO-2 or HO-3 which covers various kinds of water damage in Tampa that can occur in your home, with the exception of floods. It most states, homeowner's insurance doesn't protect your home against flood damage since most insurance providers require a separate flood policy. However, your basic policy may cover other types of disasters that can result in water damage to various areas of your home. If your specific disaster is covered under your policy, your homeowner's insurance will reimburse you up to the maximum coverage, minus your deductible.

Typical homeowner insurance policies cover accidental water and steam discharges and overflows from plumbing leaks and broken pipes in the walls and under sinks; heating and air conditioning equipment like hot water heaters; appliances like washing machines and dishwashers; and automatic fire sprinklers. In general, your homeowner's policy will typically pay for unexpected and accidental damages from interior water sources, but it usually doesn't pay for damage caused by outdoor water sources that find their way into your home. The place where the water originates may determine no matter your loss is or is not covered.

Although claims for damages can be small, insurance providers are concerned about more serious problems with mold and mildew that can occur. If damages aren't fast and properly repaired, mold and mildew growth can lead to health issues like allergies, asthma and respiratory problems. Hidden leaks inside walls or in a basement or attic can go undetected for years. Insurance providers are specific about the types of damages they cover due to the expense of potential repairs and health risks. Tampa Water damage can be minor or major, but even minor damages can result in costly repairs. If you have a claim, it's important to note that it's the damage to your home that's covered, not the repair of the failed item. If you have a broken pipe that results in water damage, your insurance will pay for the costs to open up and repair the wall to access the pipe, but it will not pay to repair the broken pipe itself.

When you own a home, amazing homeowner's insurance is essential, but it's important to know what your policy covers. Shop around to find amazing homeowner's insurance in your area. Look for a policy with coverage, deductibles and monthly premiums that meet your needs and your budget. SERVPRO is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage in Tampa situation.

The dangers of Water Damage

Water issues damages 1000's of homes and properties each year due to floods, extreme weather events and plumbing disasters. The problem with water inside your home is the fact that there are a variety of environmental concerns that can affect your health.

Tips include reducing your risk of mold and mildew, which is bacteria and structural damage to your home that will cost you thousands of dollars.

High humidity levels may cause your foundation and walls to crack. Foundation repairs are one of the most costly problems you face when owning a home. 

The Tampa water damage inside your home can cause your expensive appliances to fail. Water damage tips include finding the source of water leakage. If your problems result from plumbing pipes, then you should turn off the main water valve and seek help from a professional.

  • Lower humidity levels in your home by removing wet items such as rugs, carpets and furniture. Use a large fan to keep air moving inside your home.
  • If flood waters enter your home, you should immediately vacate the area. Plan ahead for natural disasters by packing important papers inside waterproof bags.
  • Most areas of the country that are prone to flooding have warning systems in place.
  • Listen carefully to the news when heavy rains are headed into your area.
  • Flood waters are almost impossible to remove without consulting a professional service.
  • Make sure you have flood coverage on your homeowners policy. If you live in a flood zone, then you should prepare in advance.
  • Stock up on canned meats, fruits and vegetables that don't need to be cooked.
  • Your home can fast become flooded even from running your washing machine.
  • Never leave your home while your washing machine is running.
  • Wet floors and carpeting must be completely dry to prevent mold and bacteria from forming.
  • A professional service will remove the wet items and dry your floors. Check your homeowners policy to ensure your furniture, carpets and other items are covered. Planning ahead for natural disasters is the key to reducing costs.
  • Prepare an emergency strategy with all members of your family that include severe weather events and flooding.

Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every Tampa water damage, situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, Tampa fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement Tampa water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup and sewage removal.

Dripping water can cause damage!

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Tampa Has the Answer for Property Owners Faced with Water Damage.


Water damage is one of the risks a homeowners face when they buy a home. Indoor plumbing will likely fail at some point, and when it does, it makes for a wet mess. The experienced professionals at SERVPRO of South Tampa can help you identify the source of the problem, correct it, and restore your home to a clean, dry condition. Rapid water extraction, after the source has been eliminated, and then moisture removal to reach standard household levels, will mitigate the dangers of contaminated water and mold growth. One of the first things that need to be determined when you have flooding caused by a plumbing failure is whether the water is clean, gray or black. These classifications indicate where the water is coming from and what sort of contaminants it may contain. Water damage occurs in many forms. Clean Water refers to water that is piped into your home. It has not yet been used for any household purpose, so it is clear and free of any hazardous substances.  Drinking water. This water may be leaking from a burst pipe in the walls; it can also be the result of a failed pressure valve on your water heater tank, which allows the water to flood out. There is a large list of possible reasons for an unwanted water intrusion. Gray Water is more damaging. This is water that has flowed in sinks, showers, washing machines and all other plumbing including toilets tanks. Gray water does not contain harmful pathogens, but it does hold food waste, chemical products, and absorbed particulates from the surroundings that can harbor bacteria. Some soaps and other personal care products also contain ingredients that can be toxic if ingested. Black water is the most dangerous. It includes overflow water from a toilet, backed up septic tanks or sewer lines, and degraded gray water. This water contains hazardous bacteria that are linked with raw sewage. If you detect black water flooding, keep yourself and your family out of contact with the water. If you must enter the flooded area, you should wear rubber gloves, safety goggles, and protect your feet with rubber boots or plastic bags.

Call the professionals from SERVPRO of South Tampa! Whenever your household plumbing fails, no matter what the source of the water is, we can help. Rapid and safe water removal from your property will mitigate health concerns, water damage to personal possessions, furnishings, and building materials. We can also save you money by repairing and restoring rather than replacing salvageable property.

Our IICRC-certified and corporately trained technicians have the skills to return your Tampa water damaged home to pre loss condition "Like it never even happened." 


As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of South Tampa has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. With pride, we service the Tampa Bay are for all residential and commercial water damage.

Call us 24/7 for help -  (813) 839-6633

Why Trusting a Restoration Professional After a Fire Is So Important

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

Because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition, smoky residue saturates every opening. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist. When the cleaning teams do arrive, they promptly different salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.


Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.  


Most importantly, a restoration effort reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye they might believe the issue has been fixed, they experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on in the form of increased respiratory discomfort.  


Companies like SERVPRO of South Tampa are leading experts in fire restoration. They are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition.

Call SERVPRO of South Tampa

(813) 839-6633


"Like it never even happened."

Conditions In Tampa, Florida Might Be Right For Mold

12/14/2019 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of South Tampa to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (813) 839-6633

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Tampa for mold remediation services.

Tampa, Florida Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/7/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Tampa for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(813) 839-6633

In Tampa, Florida mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • 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.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (813) 839-6633

Faster to your Tampa Water Damage Event

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (813) 839-6633

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of South Tampa

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

SERVPRO Of South Tampa provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in South Tampa, Hillsborough County.

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of South Tampa (813) 839-6633

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of South Tampa

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

24 hour number:  (813) 839-6633

When Storms or Floods hit Tampa, SERVPRO is ready!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ® ofSouth 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

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Tampa, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROsouthtampafl.com/commercial-storm-cleanup  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (813) 839-6633

SERVPRO ® of South Tampa Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South Tampa will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
813-839-6633

Does South Tampa Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • 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.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (813) 839-6633

South Tampa 24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of South 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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today: (813) 839-6633

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South Tampa has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of South Tampa

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

Mold Damage and The Facts You Should Know

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning mold, when found, should be done very carefully in order not to spread it to other areas that may not currently have a mold issue.

The presence of mold is a fact of life all over the world. There is a wide range of mold varieties that can live in almost any location. Mold in minute amounts poses very little risk and is found in even the cleanest of homes. It is when mold colonies become too large, or they are disturbed by either wind or movement around the mold, that the mold spreads sending off spores to colonize other areas. Mold is impossible to eradicate – there is no such thing, although remediation is quite possible even in the worst mold situations. 

In Tampa, many homeowners want to learn more about mold damage and what it means to them. Much of the information about mold searched for online focuses on black mold. However, all mold can create harmful affects. The color does not matter.

Mold is also found everywhere. Mold is found in dry locations, as well as moist ones. It is in the moister, more humid areas that can grow most easily, but those located in drier areas only need to wait for moisture to find them before they can grow and send off spores of their own. SERVPRO of South Tampa professionals are trained in handling mold so that it does not spread, and is contained adequately during the removal process. We also know how to repair mold damage, and when restoration work should include replacing materials. Our goal is restoring a safe environment.

Cleaning mold, when found, should be done very carefully in order not to spread it to other areas that may not currently have a mold issue. Cleaning mold by the homeowner should only be done if the area is very small, and never with bleach. Bleach can only change the color of the mold, living you a false sense of safety and accomplishment. The spores are still viable, and the mycotoxins still present. The odor is now masked, and temporarily, by the smell of the chlorine. The problem is that with bleach, and especially a bleach solution, the mold has been fed some water, and the bleach will help break down any organic compounds that are present. This provides additional nutrients the mold needs to thrive.
 
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Wherever you've found mold, perhaps in your attic or garage, it may have a moist appearance, or may seem to be dry. It is best not to disturb any mold found, but instead call SERVPRO of South Tampa for professional assistance. You can contact SERVPRO of South Tampa (813)839-6633 24/7 and we will come to your home at your convenience.

Why SERVPRO ?

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Tampa understands the stress when you have a water damage in your business or home. That is why we are available 24/7 to help. Our team is fast and quick to any job at any size. 
Our certified technicians will mitigate the damage to prevent mold, mildew or bacteria. Using EPA disinfectants, we will make your business or home safe to reenter and occupy. We make sure our team is trained and up to date with all of their credentials. 
SERVPRO of South Tampa has been trusted by local business's and insurance companies to assist with their water damage projects. We are there when your family needs help the most. Any type of damage in your home can be a devastating time and can cause a lot of stress in the household. Working with true professionals can definitely help the process and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. 
If you have emergency water damage or fire damage needs, please call us now SERVPRO of South Tampa 813-839-6633

Rely on SERVPRO of South Tampa for Safe Biohazard Removal

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Blood, bodily fluids, and other biohazards can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. Even trace amounts so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye can pose serious health risks. When a site in your home or business has been contaminated, how do you make it safe again? Rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of south Tampa for biohazard cleanup and restoration services.

Avoiding Health Risks?

Is it necessary to seek professional assistance in cleaning up a location impacted by crime, trauma or death? With the risks posed by blood-borne pathogens and dangerous communicable diseases, cleaning a scene contaminated with biohazards like blood is a perilous undertaking for anyone who lacks the proper training and equipment. It is unpleasant to think about, but blood and bodily fluids are prone to splattering so that minute amounts can affect a wide area. The air at these scenes can be hazardous since small particles can become airborne if dried material is disturbed. Anything removed from the scene must also be disposed of properly to avoid spreading the contamination. Ultimately, the best way to make sure that a place is once again safe is to use a professional organization like SERVPRO of south Tampa that is experienced in biohazard restoration.

Preventing Legal Repercussions?

As if the health risks created by biohazards are not dire enough, failure to have a contaminated space properly cleaned can also have serious legal consequences. There are regulations and laws regarding how biohazards are handled that must be followed. These rules are designed to safeguard everyone, and ignorance is not considered an acceptable excuse for disregarding them. Individuals and businesses that do not follow these rules may find themselves facing hefty fines. They might even be held liable if someone else is injured by their actions. Using a professional team that understands what is required to comply with the various rules and regulations governing biohazards in your area can shield you from both health risks and legal issues.

Focusing on Your Safety?

At SERVPRO of south Tampa, we are committed to the well-being of our customers. Offering emergency services 24 hours a day, we will rapidly respond whenever you request our assistance. Our technicians follow the protocols established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, so you can be confident that they have the expertise and training to remove all biohazards and dispose of them properly. We use specialized equipment that allows us to detect the smallest trace of a biohazard, and we do not stop until your scene is thoroughly sanitized. As biohazard restoration professionals, we can often salvage items that others might have to discard, and we ensure that any material that does need to be removed from your location is disposed of appropriately.

Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO of south Tampa for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. Safety-minded, we are ready to do our part in restoring your space and your peace of mind. If a traumatic event has occurred on your property and you require assistance with the cleanup, contact us now to discover more about our Services and secure our help. SERVPRO of South Tampa (813) 839-6633

Dripping water can cause damage.

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Tampa Has the Answer for Property Owners Faced with Water Damage.
Water damage is one of the risks a homeowners face when they buy a home. Indoor plumbing will likely fail at some point, and when it does, it makes for a wet mess. The experienced professionals at SERVPRO of South Tampa can help you identify the source of the problem, correct it, and restore your home to a clean, dry condition. Rapid water extraction, after the source has been eliminated, and then moisture removal to reach standard household levels, will mitigate the dangers of contaminated water and mold growth. One of the first things that need to be determined when you have flooding caused by a plumbing failure is whether the water is clean, gray or black. These classifications indicate where the water is coming from and what sort of contaminants it may contain. Water damage occurs in many forms. Clean Water refers to water that is piped into your home. It has not yet been used for any household purpose, so it is clear and free of any hazardous substances.  Drinking water. This water may be leaking from a burst pipe in the walls; it can also be the result of a failed pressure valve on your water heater tank, which allows the water to flood out. There is a large list of possible reasons for an unwanted water intrusion. Gray Water is more damaging. This is water that has flowed in sinks, showers, washing machines and all other plumbing including toilets tanks. Gray water does not contain harmful pathogens, but it does hold food waste, chemical products, and absorbed particulates from the surroundings that can harbor bacteria. Some soaps and other personal care products also contain ingredients that can be toxic if ingested. Black water is the most dangerous. It includes overflow water from a toilet, backed up septic tanks or sewer lines, and degraded gray water. This water contains hazardous bacteria that are linked with raw sewage. If you detect black water flooding, keep yourself and your family out of contact with the water. If you must enter the flooded area, you should wear rubber gloves, safety goggles, and protect your feet with rubber boots or plastic bags. Call the professionals from SERVPRO of South Tampa. Whenever your household plumbing fails, no matter what the source of the water is, we can help. Rapid and safe water removal from your property will mitigate health concerns, water damage to personal possessions, furnishings, and building materials. We can also save you money by repairing and restoring rather than replacing salvageable property. Our IICRC-certified and corporately trained technicians have the skills to return your Tampa water damaged home to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened.
We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques
As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of South Tampa has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. With pride, we service the Tampa Bay are for all residential and commercial water damage. Call us 24/7 for help. SERVPRO of South Tampa (813) 839-6633

Why Trusting a Restoration Professional After a Fire Is So Important

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition, smoky residue saturates every opening. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist. When the cleaning teams do arrive, they promptly different salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.
Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.  
Most importantly, a restoration effort reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye they might believe the issue has been fixed, they experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on in the form of increased respiratory discomfort.  
Companies like SERVPRO of South Tampa are leading experts in fire restoration. They are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition.

Call SERVPRO of South Tampa (813) 839-6633
"Like it never even happened"

Restoring Your Tampa Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Tampa commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of South Tampa a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South Tampa (813) 839-6633
SERVPRO of South Tampa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
SERVPRO of South Tampa

Be Emergency-Ready

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of South Tampa (813) 839-6633

With the click of a button, you can have access to critical information that will help your business overcome disasters.
A reported 50% of businesses fail to reopen after suffering a major disaster.  Our goal is to help you ensure continuity and viability even in the most challenging of circumstances.
Across the nation, and free of charge, SERVPRO franchises have provided literally thousands of "Emergency Ready Plans" (ERP) to help commercial customers respond quickly and precisely to a disaster.  The tool helps ensure that your business will suffer minimal downtime and workplace continuity.
Call us, SERVPRO of South Tampa, and we will be happy to provide a complimentary, no-obligation ERP for your commercial properties.

SERVPRO of South Tampa (813) 839-6633

We are here to HELP and "Make it like it Never Even Happened"

Quick Tips from SERVPRO of South Tampa on Preventing Mold Growth

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Growth can occur in anyone's home or office if you think you might have an issue, give SERVPRO of South Tampa a call and we will be able to assist.

The rainy season has arrived, and with that the opportunity for mold growth presents itself. Due to this, we recommend that you call SERVPRO of South Tampa at the first signs of any moisture or growth.  If you have discovered mold in your Tampa area home or office, we are here to help.
How mold gets into a house or building
Mold and fungal spores occur naturally outdoors, where fungi are the earth’s most important recyclers. Indoors, mold needs moisture to grow; it becomes a problem only where there is water damage, elevated and prolonged humidity, or dampness. Common sources in the Tampa area of excessive indoor moisture that can lead to mold problems include:
* flooding from surface waters (i.e., overflowing streets) or from severe storms;
* roof leaks from damaged or missing roofing materials, blocked gutters;?
* storm-driven rain through window frames, exterior walls or door assemblies;?
* leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflows;?
* damp crawl spaces due to a high water table or poorly managed rainwater drainage; and?
* condensation on cold surfaces.?
How to prevent mold growth
The key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is to control excessive moisture and condensation. Keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry is critical. In general, mold will not grow indoors without water, dampness or excessive moisture.
Three main factors contribute to condensation of water on building surfaces:
* Relative Humidity: Condensation occurs when the air is saturated with water and it cannot hold any more moisture. For example, steam generated from bathroom showers or from cooking can fill up the air with moisture, which will then condense into drops of water on cooler surfaces, such as mirrors and windows. Where possible, localized sources of humidity, such as clothes dryers, should be directly vented to the outdoors. To lower indoor humidity during warm, humid weather, air conditioners should be used.?
* Temperature: Warm air holds more moisture than cold air. Condensation occurs when warm humid air comes into contact with a cold surface and the moisture condenses into water. This can often be seen on single-pane windows, where water condenses and then runs down, causing the wood frames and sills to rot and the wall under the windows to blister. ?
* Poor Ventilation: Indoor humidity can build up if there is not enough ventilation and exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Where there is little or no air movement, such as behind dressers and cabinets, surfaces can remain cooler than surrounding areas, which can lead to increased condensation and mold growth. It is recommended that the area is ventilated and the occupants use exhaust fans (vented to the outdoors) to remove moisture from high-humidity areas, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas. Furniture should be moved slightly away from walls so that air can freely pass behind it. Air should be allowed to circulate between rooms and regularly ventilate to remove humid air. Fans should be used as needed.?
Other things that can be done are to clean and repair gutters regularly, make sure the ground slopes down and away from the home’s foundation and keep air conditioner drip pans and drain lines clean. In addition, in air conditioned buildings in hot and humid climates, vinyl wall coverings on the interior sides of exterior walls should not be used, as these materials can trap moisture, resulting in mold growth underneath them.
In the case of floods or leaking pipes, any standing water should be promptly removed and water-damaged materials should either be dried out and cleaned, or removed and replaced. Porous materials that are wet for more than 48 hours are likely to produce mold growth and should be discarded. In instances where the water damage is extensive, it is recommended that you call SERVPRO of South Tampa at (813) 839-6633, so that we may assist you in preventing growth after water damage, or to remove the mold if it is already an issue.

What to do when your home or office Floods.

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

A flooded home is a devastating event for any homeowner. It has the ability to ruin many of your possessions in addition to your property itself. Due to the fact that water damage can quickly become permanent if not addressed as soon as possible, if you do suffer flood damage to your home, it’s important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Tampa  to help restore the home. However, there are some things that you can do before they arrive. Here are some things you can do immediately after a flood to start the restoration process.
 
Call Your Insurance Agent
Regardless of how bad a flood has hit your home, it’s likely done some significant damage to some of your possessions and to the structure of your home. Soon after you recognize the damage, you should call your insurance agent. Most water damage in the home is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies but you’ll want to contact them to make sure as there could be exclusions.
 
Check Before Entering Home
Before you re-enter your home after flood damage, check for any structural damage that may have occurred. Severe flooding or water damage has the ability to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you enter the home without closely inspecting what you’re walking into, the building could potentially collapse, trapping you inside. Once you’ve entered the home, you should be very careful about where you’re walking, especially if you’re moving from carpeting onto a hard surface.
 
Document Evidence
Once you have entered the home, document the evidence of that damage that has been done by taking photos of it. If there are any questions, particularly by your insurance company about the validity of your claim, you’ll have evidence to show them. While you document the damage, save any items that you can. Some items, such as porous materials, may have been damaged beyond repair. When the SERVPRO crew arrives to restore the home, they’ll save as many items as possible. But if there are items that have not been damaged, you can take them out to avoid any further potential damage.
 
Take Inventory
While you’re examining the damage that has occurred in your home, make a list of the damage or lost items in the home. Make sure to include the date they were purchased and their value with any receipts you may have. Store that list with any inventory of your possessions that you may have taken before the flood. If any of your possessions must be disposed of, which some may, make sure you have photographs of the items.
 
Turn Off Power
After the flood damage occurs, turn off all power, especially to the affected rooms. Also refrain from using any electrical appliances as you could electrocute yourself if you’re standing in water. Keep the power to the home off until an electrician can come and thoroughly inspect the system to ensure it’s safe to turn back on again.
 
Prevent Mold
Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present which makes flooded parts of a house ideal for mold growth. The existence of mold in a home can be hazardous so it’s important to prevent the mold from growing if at all possible. Removing any wet contents from the home as soon as possible will help to prevent such mold growth around the home.
 
Proper Protection
Regardless of how well you think you can clean up after a flood, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Tampa to ensure that as much of your property is salvaged as possible. But if you do decide to start the cleanup process before they arrive, it’s important that you are properly attired. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots when dealing with flood water to ensure your safety.
 
 
If you suffer flood damage in your home, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of South Tampa to clean up. But if you want to get the process started prior to their arrival, these tips will help you remain safe.

Peak of hurricane season

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

2016 Hurricane season activity, the peak being around September 10.

NOAA is expecting the remainder of the season to contain seven to 12 named storms, of which three to six are expected to become hurricanes. Two to four of those hurricanes are expected to be major hurricanes, which means Category 3 or above, containing wind speeds greater than 111 mph.

If one of those major hurricanes happens to hit the United States, it would be the first to do so since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and would end the longest period without a major hurricane hitting the country since records began in 1851.

Keep your eyes on the storms and plan ahead!  We are in the middle of hurricane season and the storms can have lasting effects on your home or business. When disaster strikes call on SERVPRO of South Tampa professionals to handle the job. (813)839-6633

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Does Your Tampa Home Have A Mold Problem?

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

In Tampa Fl. mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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

* Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

* Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

* 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.

* Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of South Tampa (813)839-6633

For Flood Emergencies

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

Bayshore Flooded

For any flooding emergencies call SERVPRO of South Tampa at 813-839-6633.

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1/14/2016 (Permalink)

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