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5 Common Places to Find Mold

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are present indoors and outdoors and do not pose a major problem until they find an environment that is conducive to growth. If you have noticed a mold or mildew smell in a commercial property, check five of the most common places for signs of visible mold. If you smell mold but cannot find any evidence, you should contact a service in Bradenton, FL that provides mold testing services.

1. Near water sources: Mold requires moisture to thrive. Bathrooms and kitchens are more likely to develop a mildew smell and mold than drier and less humid areas. Other parts of the building exposed to water may run the risk of developing mold.
2. Appliances: Appliances that process water such as air conditioners or water heaters are also prone to developing mold. Condensate or drain pans and terminal units are common locations for mold colonies.
3. Ductwork: HVAC systems expose ductwork to humid air. If condensation accumulates in duct linings or a leak occurs, mold can develop. Make sure that air-flow rates are set at an appropriate level.
4. Walls: Condensation, roof leaks or mechanical system leaks can lead to the growth of visible or hidden mold within walls. Moist masonry or wallboard is particularly susceptible to mold growth.
5. Ceiling tiles: Depending on the material, ceiling tiles can absorb moisture that encourages the development of mold. Several common culprits include condensation from pipes, humidity around HVAC vents and leaks.

Inspect any part of a property with a mildew smell for visible mold, but do not try to find hidden mold. If you happen to disturb a colony in your search, you can spread many more mold spores throughout a property. If you are concerned about mold growth in a commercial property in Bradenton, FL contact a service that specializes in mold testing and clean-up as soon as possible.
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How Do Professionals Address Smoke Damage?

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can wreak havoc on any commercial building in Bradenton, FL. Once everything has settled down, you need to begin addressing the remaining smoke damage. This will require you to hire professional smoke cleaning services. This cleanup team will have a lot to take care of, and you want to allow them to handle remediation rather than attempting to fix items on your own.

1. Remedy Smoke and Fire Damage

Soot damage can travel fast. Areas of the building that did not actually catch fire may still need to be remedied for smoke and soot. This is particularly true for textiles and upholstery. You do not want to simply toss these items in a washing machine. Improperly washing items with soot may only deteriorate them further. Instead, give these items to professionals so that they can be washed and dry-cleaned adequately.

2. Clean Up Fire Retardant

Smoke damage restoration professionals will also need to clean up any fire retardant used to put out the fire. Whether this is material that came from a fire extinguisher or from the firefighters, it could be dangerous to handle on your own. Some extinguishers use ammonium phosphate, and you do not want to use chlorine to clean up that chemical. Experts know what precautions to take to stay safe.

3. Throw Away Badly Damaged Items

Although professionals will know how to salvage some items, it will be best to throw others away. Occasionally, this disposal is in the best interest of your health and safety. For example, food should always be disposed of following a fire. It could become contaminated from smoke and soot, making it dangerous to consume.

Rectifying smoke damage is a multi-pronged approach. The expert team you hire will need to carry out some basic actions to ensure your company gets back up and running in no time.
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Removing the Smell of Tobacco Smoke From Your Home

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

The smell of cigarette smoke can permeate a home and give it a stale smell. Maybe you have chosen the new year to kick a bad habit, or maybe you just purchased a home that was previously owned by smokers. Regardless of the reason behind your cigarette removal need, home deodorization is high on your list of priorities. If you have allergies or asthma, cigarette smoke can be especially irritating.

This odor can be difficult to remove. This is because cigarettes leave behind

• Toxic and irritating gases
• Tar vapors
• Smoke residue

Cigarettes produce toxic and irritating gases such as phenol, ammonia gases and carbon monoxide. They also release tar vapors that become sticky. These vapors, residues and gases are able to travel everywhere.

Ozone, or O3, is one of the few home deodorization techniques that actually works to combat this. That is because an ozone generator eliminates odor by oxidizing the air. The oxidized air is circulated through the air just as smoke is and so is able to get to all the places cigarette smoke does, effectively getting rid of the smelly residue.

If you have a smelly home, you can hire professionals in Bradenton, FL that can help you identify the source and eliminate the problem. Many odors can be removed without a trace. Although cigarette smoke is one of the most offensive and prevalent odors, it is not the only one. Home deodorization can also include pet odors, spill odors and other foul smells.

Oxidization is just one of many ways specialist might remove offensive smells. Sometimes special equipment and treatments are necessary to clean air ducts, carpets, upholstery and hard surfaces.

If cigarette smoke is the culprit, all of these surfaces and areas must be deodorized for your home to smell fresh and clean again. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you might benefit from an odor specialist in Bradenton, FL.

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What to Expect With Professional Water Extraction

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Whether by storm or by burst pipe, you wake up one morning to find that your Bradenton, FL basement is flooded with two feet of water. What can you do next? The next step is usually to call a specialist who can remedy the flood with the proper equipment. If this sounds daunting or you aren’t sure what to expect, here is what happens when you use a professional service to help with your flooded basement.

1. Find the Source

The first thing that any professional is going to do is find the source of your flooding. If you already know where the leak is coming from, you can, of course, point them in the right direction. In some cases, it may be difficult to tell where the leak is coming from on your own.

2. Extract Water

The next step is to extract the water. Experts will have equipment with them that you may not have access to on your own. For example, some people may have a sump pump in their home, but many don’t. Generally, before they can begin to restore the property, specialists will use a trash pump mounted to their truck to extract the flooding in your basement.

3. Salvage Any Materials

If there are any materials that can be salvaged, they will do this for you. Additionally, they will be able to throw out what can’t be saved. This can be anything from drywall, carpets, stuffed animals, bedding and even ceiling tiles. If it’s porous, mold can grow inside the spaces of the object and be impossible to clean.

At the end of the day, hiring a professional service to remove water from your basement and to restore your home is less stressful than trying to handle it on your own. Without the proper equipment, you may not get the job done and it could lead to more issues and property damage down the road. A team of experts will make sure everything is quickly and thoroughly taken care of, giving you your home back as soon as possible. Visit  for more information on storm damage.

Cleaning Up Sewage Backup

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

No one enjoys cleaning up after a flooded toilet, but the process must be done quickly and thoroughly to reduce the risk of your family becoming ill due to sewage backup. The flooded area, whether confined to a small bathroom or spread out over an entire floor of your home, needs to be scrubbed thoroughly and disinfected to remove all traces of bacteria. When you begin the time-consuming process of sewer cleanup, use these tips to restore flooded areas.


Before you can begin disinfecting the area as part of the sewer cleanup process, you must remove every bit of remaining water. Depending on how much dirty water remains in the flooded area, you can use any of the following items to remove it:

• Old towels
• Buckets
• Sump pump
• Trash pump
• Wet vac

Once the water has been removed, use wet rags and household cleaners to wipe down every surface that touched the sewage to remove every trace of dirt, debris, and filth from the area. Any porous items that may have absorbed water should either be thoroughly washed and dry cleaned or discarded.


Once the area has been cleaned and all filth has been removed, you can begin the process of disinfecting. Mixing household disinfectant sprays with bleach and warm water makes the best solution to kill any remaining bacteria. Apply the solution to every surface that may have been contaminated and let it soak for a few minutes before scrubbing with a clean rag. After the solution has been removed, rinse every surface with clean, warm water.

Dealing with a flooded toilet in Bradenton, FL is never fun. Sewage backup presents a hazard, so it should be cleaned up as quickly and thoroughly as possible. For small areas, you may choose the complete the sewer cleanup by yourself, but larger areas may require the help of a qualified restoration company. In either case, use these tips on cleaning and disinfecting to make the cleanup process easier.
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How To Clean Up After Commercial Sewer Damage

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer damage after a flood in Bradneton, FL is a serious problem that can lead to loss of inventory. It is important to begin the sewer cleanup process as soon as possible, although you should always wait until the electric and gas lines have been shut off to prevent fires or explosions. Once you know it is safe to begin cleaning, complete the following steps.

Clean and Sanitize the Flooded Area

Once the area is free of standing water, remove any excess dirt, soil and other debris. Use a low-suds detergent to wash the following:

• Walls
• Floors
• Countertops
• Railings
• Doors

Rinse with hot water. Complete the process by sanitizing the areas using eight tablespoons of laundry bleach per gallon of water and opening the windows or using fans to air the space out.

Clean or Discard Carpets, Clothing and Bedding

Any items affected by sewer backup must go through the sewer cleanup process. The way you clean each item will depend on its material. In many cases, it may be more helpful to take it to a dry cleaning expert. If you do handle the process yourself, be mindful of avoiding your eyes, nose and mouth while cleaning. When you finish the task, use a nail brush and lots of soap to thoroughly wash your hands and arms.

Clean the Kitchen Area

Begin by tossing out all bottled or boxed foods that were contaminated. You can clean canned foods, including those in canning jars, by scrubbing well with soap and water, submerging each one in an ounce of bleach plus a gallon of water for 15 minutes, and then air drying. Toss any frozen food after it has been without power for a day and any refrigerated items after four to six hours. Of course, throw away anything with an unusual odor or color.

Whether dealing with a flooded toilet or a full-scale sewer cleanup job, consider hiring a professional. Water remediation companies have the necessary tools to ensure the job is completed thoroughly and safely.
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How do I cleanup after a water loss?

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a water loss in your home or business it is important to get it taken care of immediately. 

1. The first step is to get the water extracted. Once all of the water is extracted, SERVPRO can begin to get the drying process started. It is critical to make sure all of the water is removed to prevent secondary damages from happening. 

2. Once all of the water is removed, SERVPRO will place the required number of air movers and dehumidifiers. This equipment will be monitored daily to make sure it is working properly. 

3. After the structure is dry, SERVPRO can start the rebuilding process. In most cases, SERVPRO can handle every job from start to finish. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. 

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.