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Common Types of Leaks in Water Damaged Bradenton Homes

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Types of Leaks in Water Damaged Bradenton Homes If you should ever have a water leak that causes water damage, don't delay. Call SERVPRO, we are faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO technicians deal with all types of water leaks.

 Leaks are one of the most expensive types of damage that can happen to a home, but also one of the least detected. In some cases it can take months or even years for leaks to cause visual damage, but by that point, it’s too late to take preventative measures. Leaks can weaken structures, waste water, dissolve building materials, creates dangerous compounds, and foster mold growth. These are some of the most common leaks we encounter on a typical residential call, and how they start:

Pipe Leaks

Pipe leaks, in cabinets, behind walls, or anywhere else, are one of the most common sources of water damage.  Pipes are often deliberately placed out of view of occupants, so when one develops a leak, it can be a while before anyone notices. These hidden pipe leaks often occur close to normally dry wood and fabric, and once these are consistently soaked by leaking water, they can lose structural integrity or even develop patches of mold growth. In extreme cases, residents sometimes only learn of these leaks when part of their ceiling crashes down into the living room.

Sink, Shower, and Tub Leaks

These leaks are often much more “violent” and much more noticeable than a pipe leak because they are usually caused by a resident in some way and the leak is immediate. As such, they have less potential for long-term water damage, but can be a big problem, and cause a bigger mess.

Water Tanks and Heaters

When water heaters or tanks leak, the damage can go on for hours until it is discovered, causing severe damage to surrounding objects and materials. It is important to know the age of your water heater and consult with a professional plumber when you should replace your water tank heater. Water tank heaters have a manufacturer’s useful life and if your water tank has not been serviced or ignored for many years, the consequences can be very damaging. If you have concerns about your water heater, we suggest contacting a professional plumber to assist you.

Technicians from SERVPRO of Bradenton are trained extensively in water damage restoration of all kinds, and we feel confident we can handle any water disaster you have. Call us 24/7 at (941) 792-7715 for emergency services or a quote.

Why You Need the SERVPRO ERP

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Need the SERVPRO ERP Be ready for whatever happens - SERVPRO is. Our team is ready to respond to any size disaster for your home or business.

No matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for any natural disaster that may occur. Natural disasters often strike without warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. Though Mother Nature's disasters are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared.

Contact SERVPRO of Bradenton to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your home and business property. SERVPRO's ERP serves as a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information for your property in the event of an emergency. The ERP is an ideal supplement to any existing preparedness plan, or may be used as a standalone document. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and can minimize the effects of any weather-related disaster, water, or fire damage to your home or business.

When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of Bradenton will be ready to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage in Bradenton

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Bradenton Fallen trees can cause serious damage to your property. Call SERVPRO for a fast response to protect your home from further damage.

Summer storms are upon us which means almost daily rain and lightning threats.  

A common occurrence during the storm season for the Bradenton community is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are 5 steps to take for emergency tree removal:

  1. Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.

  2. In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.

  3.  Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.

  4.  Call your insurance company and if you can safely do so take pictures.

  5. Contact SERVPRO of Bradenton, your local mitigations and emergency storm cleanup provider in Manatee County. We will place a tarp on the roof if needed. We will also carry out any board up services required and cleanup any water inside the home. Boarding up parts of the home that have structural damage will help with your insurance claim and also deter any vandals while you are away from your home.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bradenton has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 

Water Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up Now to Prevent Problems Later

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up Now to Prevent Problems Later At SERVPRO, we are ready for any size water damage emergency.

Many people clean their homes prior to leaving for vacation. They also make sure that all the lights are off, and then also check that all windows and doors are locked securely. Many otherwise careful people fail to shut off the water line at the outside of their home during their pre-vacation preparations. Many times, nothing comes of this, but when it does, the water damage can be substantial. 

Water damage in Longboat Key that results from a broken water line, no matter where the break or leak is located, can cause damage throughout your home. This damage may not only spread across the floor or down the inside of a wall space but from one floor to lower levels, increasing the amount of damage your home experiences. 

Vacationing is only temporary and so should any water damage, if you call for professional assistance upon returning from vacation, homeowners whose home has been water damaged while they've been away are in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. Shutting off the water should be the first thing done if it can be safely accomplished. Standing water can pose an electrical hazard if electrical outlets or wiring are immersed in the water. If you are not sure about your safety, you should have professionals complete the shut-down the electricity prior to shutting off the water. Everyone should remain clear of the water to be safe. 

After the flow of water has been stopped, call in SERVPRO to properly mitigate the water damage for you. Because water can infiltrate porous materials like drywall throughout your home, it is tough to remove completely. The structure water damaged area must have the standing water extracted first. If this is not done properly, warping and deterioration of walls and other structures in your home can quickly occur. Then the absorbed moisture and humidity in the interior environment must be mitigated to acceptable levels. If not, this can lead to not only dangerous structural problems but also the growth of mold and mildew. These can cause health effects in your family members over time. 

What We can do For You 
Our professionals are trained in not only the removal of water that can cause damage to your home's interior, but we have training in the IICRC approved drying techniques that are designed for maximum efficiency. After cleaning-up and extracted all of the water, we will begin the drying process and take note of any damage that needs to be restored or repaired. Cleaning-up will continue with removing any debris that is left over from repairs, as well.  

The professionals at SERVPRO of Bradenton has 26 years of experience in responding to water damage emergencies from leaking pipes or plumbing backups. We can respond quickly to any size plumbing disaster. and we can respond quickly. We are available 24/7 so call us at (941) 792-7715 not only fast service but also professional experience.

Water Damage 101

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage 101 When a disaster strikes act fast to control the damage.

Water damage can describe any large number of possible losses caused by water intrusion into your business or home. No matter how it got there, water can be very destructive, causing the rusting of steel, rotting of wood, de-laminating of materials like plywood and the growth of mold, plus much more. 

Bradenton water damage can be imperceptibly minor and slow like water spots which could appear on your wall or ceiling, or they can be catastrophic and instantaneous like flooding. No matter how fast it happens, water damage is a huge contributor to the loss of property. 

Insurance Coverage 

Your insurance policy may or may not cover costs that are associated with water damage and the water damage restoration process. You should look at your insurance policy before a disaster happens so that you know what is covered and what is not. With floods, you will usually need separate flood insurance. Speak with your insurance agent if you are not sure what your policy covers. 


There are different water removal methods and remediation procedures depending upon the category of water. Because of the destructive nature of water, restoration methods heavily rely on how much water is involved, and how much time the water has been allowed to stay stagnant. Contacting a professional water damage restoration specialist, such as our team at SERVPRO, is the safest way to restore your property that has been damaged by water because our training and experience are extensive. 

Mold Growth 

Slight discolorations on your ceiling or walls might go unnoticed for an extended period of time, but they gradually spread and become more severe. They are often ignored even if they are noticed because it is thought that discoloration is a normal part of wear and tear in a home. However, mold spreads throughout a structure and when it does it can lead to serious health issues. If you suspect at all that you have mold, contact us at SERVPRO so that we can check it out for you. 

If you delay in calling us to help you with your water damage, you will wind up with additional damage to your building. It may cause things that could have been salvaged to no longer be viable; mold will begin to grow and quickly spread through the structure, plus you may wind up with a lot more structural damage than you would have had we been able to get out there in a timely fashion. This is why it is important to act quickly when you experience any water damage. Not only will your repair costs rise significantly, but you will also have much more loss than you would have. 

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So when you experience water damage of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO of Bradenton by calling (941) 792-7715 any time of day or night. We will be to your property quickly so we can begin assessing the damages and work out a plan for remediation.

Clearing the Air About Your Carpets

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Clearing the Air About Your Carpets Do you find yourself sneezing a lot? How are your allergies? When was the last time your carpets were cleaned? SERVPRO are experts at carpet cleaning.

Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen, pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with hepa filtration vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.

Asthma and Allergies

A misconception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that properly cleaned carpet helps reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and allergies.

Mold and VOC misconceptions:

When carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers. Carpet is recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOC's) among various interior flooring choices. The Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Standard identifies carpet ( ) , adhesive and cushion products that meet or exceed government indoor air quality regulations and are the lowest emitting products on the market.

The U.S. EPA reports that Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors which means that indoor air quality is of the utmost importance.

Many urban legends state that carpet reduces indoor air quality, but the facts support quite the opposite in that carpet is better for indoor air quality because it acts as a filter by trapping allergens and keeping them out of the breathing zone. In fact, there is no scientific study linking the rise of allergies and asthma to the use of carpet.

If you have carpet in your home, keeping it clean is the best way to eliminate the negative effects of allergens.

Vacuuming is the simplest and most effective way to remove dirt and allergens from carpet. In fact, 90 to 95% of all dry soil by weight can be removed from carpet by following a routine vacuuming schedule. CRI Seal of Approval tests vacuums for effective soil removal and dust containment, which means CRI/SOA-approved vacuums are among the best at raising indoor air quality.

Another imperative in improving indoor air quality is a regular deep cleaning.

A deep cleaning every 12-18 months by an IICRC trained SERVPRO employee will renew the look of carpet by removing the deepest dirt. SERVPRO of Bradenton utilizes the best technology and world-renowned certified equipment that effectively removes soil to get carpet looking like new.

If you’re committed to improving indoor air quality in your home, choosing SERVPRO of Bradenton to clean it is the best way to accomplish this.

Call SERVPRO of Bradenton for all of your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs. We have been serving the Manatee County Community since 1989. We make your dirty floors look "Like it never even happened."

Anna Maria Water Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Anna Maria Water Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO SERVPRO of Bradenton is your expert water removal company. We are available 24/7 for all of your dry out needs.

Certainly it is not pleasant to have to deal with flood damage, but here are some practical measures that you can personally implement to reduce the flood and water damage in your Anna Maria home. Before you leave, place furniture, appliances, electronics, and family memorabilia in boxes several feet off the floor level to prevent water damage. Secure food in plastic trash bags to keep them dry and avoid contamination. Shore up all openings to your structure the best you can. Every effort you make to protect your property from rising flood waters, will save you time and money during the water damage restoration process that will occur.

Always have a plan for your pets, should you face a deluge. For instance, if you have to stay in a hotel, at someone's home or in a shelter because of flood damage to your home, they may not accommodate your pets. Be willing to drive your pet to a facility even in the next town or city if need be. Or have a friend as a backup plan on your list that you can call who would be prepared to take your pet. If you leave your pets at your home, they can feel the stress and cause more additional damage to your home. Also, they are potentially at risk if flood waters rise and you cannot return home for several days to feed them.

It is imperative that you shut off the electricity, especially in the areas of your house that are more prone to flooding. If you are planning on evacuating the premises, turn off the electric at its source, the main electrical panel. Do not attempt to deal with this if there is standing water. Call for help from professionals. There is a very high risk of sustaining an electrical shock or worse by you, family members or someone working in a flooded area of your home. If the water has reached the level of the electrical sockets with live current, at best the circuit breaker will short the circuit. Be prepared to call in SERVPRO when the water recedes for water extraction, drying, cleaning, and sanitizing your property. Floodwaters can transport sewage, chemicals, fertilizers, and other substances that are harmful. Electrical appliances such as the furnace, freezer, washer, and dryer can pose real safety hazards during flooding. Unplug them if possible.

Take emergency contact information with you to keep family members and friends informed of your situation. Don't forget the chargers for your mobile devices. Utilize emergency media messages for information and The American Red Cross for shelter. 

SERVPRO is an industry leader in providing post-flooding restoration for commercial and residential properties. With our industry leading equipment, specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing products, and highly trained technicians who are instructed beyond the IICRC standards, we can help. From a quick emergency response to water extraction and drying and cleaning, we can restore your water damaged home to pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bradenton is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. We proudly serve our local communities of Bradenton, Longboat Key, Palmetto, Anna Maria Island, and Bradenton Beach.  Call us for immediate response to mold, fire, and water damage 24/7 at (941) 792-7715

What to do if you have a sewage backup

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard What to do if you have a sewage backup Sewage backups can cause serious health problems. Do not attempt to clean a major sewage backup yourself, call a pro - call SERVPRO.

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains harmful bacteria and can lead to serious health issues or even death. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.  Keep SERVPRO of Bradenton in mind when dealing with these situations.  We are on call to serve you 24/7 at (941) 792-7715.

Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – bacteria and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.

  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.

  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.

  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.

  • There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.

  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Bottom line is if you ever experience a sewage backup, don’t assume you can clean the mess with bleach and a mop. Call in a professional who is well trained and has many years of experience dealing with sewage disasters. Call a pro – call SERVPRO. 

Bradenton Mold Remediation FAQs

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bradenton Mold Remediation FAQs Mold can cause serious health problems. If you have mold in your home or business, do not attempt to clean yourself. Call a pro - Call SERVPRO.

How harmful is mold to my health?
Depending on the type of mold and a person's immune system, the mycotoxins released by harmful types of mold may cause allergic reactions, including asthma, eye discomfort, skin rash and other irritations.

How do I identify a mold problem?
Check the air and surfaces in the area. If you notice a musty smell, then you have a mold problem. Additionally, different types of mold discolor surfaces with black and/or green specks. Look for mold in bathrooms, windows, crawl spaces, air conditioners, ventilation systems, leaky roofs, attics and basements.

Why have I found mold in several areas?
All fungi, like mold, release spores that travel along air currents. Unless a mold-infested area is sealed off, the spores spread throughout a building.

Why does mold grow in air ducts?
Poor duct maintenance and moisture from humidity or plumbing, wall or roof leaks give mold spores the perfect dark habitat for growth. The experienced team at SERVPRO of Bradenton use the IICRC (gold standard) guidelines to remove any mold growth.

Can I use bleach to remove mold?

Mold spores have roots.  Liquid bleach is the wrong choice for several reasons: Bleach can't successfully penetrate all surfaces -- especially some porous materials -- and since it is wet it will help any missed mold regrow. Worse yet, bleach can hide a deeply rooted mold problem from a mold restoration and remediation firm like SERVPRO.

Do I need additional testing if I already know that I have mold in my home?
Testing determines the type of mold and the amount of cleaning that must be done to completely restore an area.

Can I use a DIY test kit?
Although DIY kits are inexpensive, they often provide false positive results. They also don't offer the data needed to determine the type of mold or the amount of spores in the air. Also,you need a CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist) to interpret the results and they can not be responsible for determining samples that may not have been collect properly.

How can I remove mold growth and spores from my home?
The best way is to hire a licensed mold remediation firm. Only a qualified and licensed expert, such as SERVPRO, can evaluate the problem and perform the correct tasks to remove mold from the air and surfaces, clean the infested area and safeguard against future growth.

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • They are always present and only dangerous when reactivated by a high level of moisture.

  • 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/stopped. 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.

No Job Is Too Big for the Bradenton Area Commercial Warehouse District.

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services No Job Is Too Big for the Bradenton Area Commercial Warehouse District. Commercial and Industrial cleaning - one of the many specialized services we offer.

You don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.  When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial service, you should call SERVPRO of East Manatee County for prompt service.  Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges.  You need a company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your operations and clients.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Bradenton has the training and expertise to help make it "Like it never even happened."

·         Small Office Buildings

·         Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

·         Apartment Buildings

·         Restaurants

·         Hotel/Motels

·         Small Retail Stores

·         Large Retail/Big-Box Stores

·         High-Rise Residential

·         Manufacturing & Industrial Warehouse

·         Government/Military

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of East Manatee County offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants.  We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.  Our cleaning services include the following:

·         Air Ducts and HVAC

·         Sewage and Biohazard

·         Trauma and Crime Scene

·         Upholstery and Carpet

·         Blinds and Drapes

·         Walls, Ceilings, and Hard Floors

·         Odor Removal and Deodorization

·         Vandalism and Graffiti Removal

·         Hard to reach Cleaning

·         Warehouse and Industrial Cleaning

·         Conveyor Belts System Cleaning

Have Questions?  Call Today – 941-747-2333