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A Small Leak Can Be A Cause For Concern When The Homeowner Isn't Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A toilet is shown in bathroom that has been water damaged, green SERVPRO equipment is restoring the room The decision of the homeowner to call the IICRC trained technicians from SERVPRO of West Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch was crucial in preventing additi

Recently a Bradenton homeowner answered a frantic call from a neighbor. The neighbor said that water was coming out of the home. The homeowner called the experts at SERVPRO and started to make his way home. A hot water heater had leaked causing damage to most of the home. Luckily, it was caught in time, because this all happened in a condo and it could have been much worse.

The actions of the neighbor were very helpful. The decision of the homeowner to call the IICRC trained technicians from SERVPRO of West Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch was crucial in preventing additional damage. The team responded quickly, because they are set up for 24/7 emergency service.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria technicians are highly trained to properly clean and restore your house so that it feels like home again.

When the leak was stopped, and the inspection completed, it was time to really get to work. First is the water removal and extraction. Depending on the amount of water, we may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. Removing most of the water helps reduce drying time and helps prevent secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth. After the damage assessment it was time for drying and dehumidification.

Our team is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our technical expertise and industrial grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment go well beyond simply masking odors and other shortcuts that don’t work when your odor problem is persistent.

We can work with your insurance. So for an easy claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details. (941) 792-7715

Even After The Fire Is Out, Quick Response Is Still Important to Your Home or Business

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Even After The Fire Is Out, Quick Response Is Still Important to Your Home or Business
Following a fire, you need to hire professionals to handle the smoke cleanup. However, you also need to hire people who know how to address the necessary water cleanup. While smoke and soot will damage various items, water can enter your building in Anna Maria, following a fire, and you need to take care of that, too.
Fire mitigation work is designed to contain the existing damage and make sure that the property’s structure is not unsafe.  If you have suffered a fire, the chances are there is more damage than what you can see. Delaying a response after a fire is only going to cause more problems once the actual work begins. Don't delay after the fire trucks leave turn to the experts at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715. Things to consider:
1. Burst Pipes The high temperatures brought in by a fire can cause the metal of pipes to melt and warp. This causes water to leak out, and if you do not shut off the main water valve during a fire, then it can leak everywhere. The places more prone to this kind of damage include the basement of the building and the bathrooms. 2. Storm Water Occasionally, fires are caused by storms from lightning strikes. The initial strike can create an opening in your building that storm water pours in from. Part of the water cleanup efforts will involve putting tarps and boards over any exposed area, but until those fixtures can be put into place, a significant amount of water can make its way inside.
Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.
According to the State of Florida Fire Marshal Report; 830 fire calls were responded to in Manatee County in 2016.  That's over two fires per day.  Fires can be devastating and leave you feeling helpless.  Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.
Any moisture needs to be cleaned up and taken care of to avoid health hazards. You want to avoid mold getting into the airways. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has well trained experts that know how to take care of water issues. 
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. Call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.

If Your Business Has Water Damage Do You Know What To Do?

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a significant problem for a business owner. Unfortunately, many business owners don't know how to handle this type of property damage. However, learning more about the issue can empower you to take the steps necessary to get your commercial property back in pristine condition

Water Damage Basics

Some of the possible causes of water damage:

Poor Ventilation

Leaking Pipes

Excessive Condensation

High Humidity

Damp Utility Closets

Roof Leaks

Damp Carpets


Fire Sprinklers

Once a water damage has transpired on your property, you'll need to determine the following three things:
Where the water came from?
What is the extent of the damage?
How long has the devastation has been in place?

Now it's time to get the right team.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO® expert nearby and ready to serve you.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is strategically located to respond quickly to your water emergency event. We have been serving the Bradenton community for over 25 years! Call us SERVPRO® of West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715.

What To Do After The Fire

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

After a house fire, after the fire trucks leave it's time to bring in SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria.

The firefighters will douse the flames, but they will also bring in a lot of water. This is a necessary inconvenience. Water can be pumped from a room, but it is difficult to salvage an area that has been exposed to a big fire. Even using a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire will necessitate professional cleanup to ensure the materials are disposed of properly.

Do not delay the fire cleanup efforts. Many items can be salvaged following a fire, but if you wait, then those chances decrease. Find a service to assist you with both fire and water cleanup so that your business gets back up and running in no time.

Fires in Manatee County occur more frequently than you might actually believe.  According to the State of Florida Fire Marshal Report; 830 fire calls were responded to in Manatee County in 2016.  That's over two fires per day.  Fires can be devastating and leave you feeling helpless.  Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.
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. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715

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® West Bradenton / Anna Maria is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

When your Bradenton home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715

Cleaning a fire loss usually means having a water loss.

SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715 is certified in cleaning fire and water damages.

If A Storm Has Caused Water Damage To Your Home Or Business Don't Wait, Call The Professionals Right Away

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms are officially defined as storms that are capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph. Hail this size can damage property such as plants, roofs and vehicles. Wind this strong is able to break off large branches, knock over trees or cause structural damage to trees.
Preparing your family for severe storms is important. Knowing what to do about the damage after the storm is also very important. Water can cause costly damage to your home or business.
1. Call the pros right away so that 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. 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.
When storms hit West Bradenton / Anna Maria, 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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.
When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715 will be ready to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
Find help that you can count on. Being proactive about plumbing issues involves routine maintenance, but it also means finding 24/7 help. Call SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 as soon as possible to minimize additional damage. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have 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. 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.
Before mold or other issues cost you more contact SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715. The longer water is left standing, the more likely mold growth will become a problem.Mold can begin to grow in a flooded commercial site in 24 to 72 hours. Contact SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  to eliminate standing water. 24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

If You Experience Flood Damage, Call The Professionals

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to spend their time dealing with flood damage. There are some practical measures that he 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 important 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. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715.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® West Bradenton / Anna Maria 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

If Water Has Been Flowing, Mold Could Be Growing

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

An important distinction between restoration companies is certification. SERVPRO® of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is an IICRC firm.

Mold can be a serious threat to your home or business. It requires immediate, professional attention.
The first pointer you want to keep in mind involves mold growth and its ability to spread quickly. Whether your business has had a leaky pipe or a more serious form of moisture damage, mold usually moves in within 24 to 48 hours after the water runs its course. Because they can easily lock dampness in, carpets are especially susceptible to rapid mold invasion. Plan To Dry Properly
Cleaning up after water damage in your building can require more than a couple of hours with a scrub brush; instead, the professionals may need to make a further inspection. Call SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715. Areas such as baseboards and spaces behind walls are mold's favorite stomping grounds, but they're also often hard to fully scrutinize. Other places prone to mold takeover include tile ceilings, spots behind wallpaper, and any other place that can trap moisture.
Keep Up With Routine Maintenance
Anti-mold steps don't usually end after a cleanup is over. Mold has a way of popping up after any minor water damage and can even linger in a humid part of the building. It's also capable of sustaining itself on drier materials until moisture comes back into the picture, so you want to carry out regular maintenance checks to ensure the fungus stays outside where it belongs.
Regardless of the weather in Bradenton, FL or what type of moisture chaos you may be facing, your business could be hiding an unpleasant, moldy secret that could take a toll on the building itself. Keep these mold prevention tips in mind to avoid any surprises down the road.
Restoration Companies are usually the ?rst to your home or business following signi?cant damage to a home from ?oods and ?res, water damage, sewage backup and other major events.  The job of a restoration company is to clean up the mess and to preserve and protect the home and its contents so that further damage will not occur.
An important distinction between restoration companies is certification.
SERVPRO® of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace. Call SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715 for more information on mold.

Bleach Kills Mold, True or False

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Bleach Won't Fix This SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715

The idea that bleach kills mold spores is simply not true. Unfortunately that idea has made its way into the do-it-yourself community, leading homeowners and property managers to believe that they can actually kill a mold problem by spraying a bleach solution onto a wall and then wiping it clean. While the area appears to be clean and rid of the black fungus on the surface, this particular method actually makes the situation worse.

When mold and bleach interact, the mold spores react as if they are being attacked. Spraying the fungus down with bleach causes the mold to shoot off spores to protect itself. So as you are wiping the surface, you are actually spreading the mold spores further out.  If the cloth is used in other areas of the home, it can spread the mold to areas that were unaffected (otherwise known as cross contamination).

Mold thrives on moisture, and since the primary component of bleach is water, the solution actually feeds the fungus rather than kill it. Another reason bleach is no match for mold is because its chemicals, which include chlorine, do not penetrate through the porous areas of the sheetrock or wood where the deep roots of the mold spores are located.

Still another reason not to use bleach to combat a mold problem is because the solution is highly acidic, which can threaten the integrity of porous materials. The acidity levels in bleach wreak havoc on the fibers that compose most home building materials such as drywall and baseboard. And not only will the bleach compromise the integrity of the material, it will spread the mold spores to otherwise unaffected areas. Because this damage is occurring beneath the surface, it goes unseen and unnoticed.

While bleach can erase the unsightly black marks of mold spores on the surface, the fungus is still present in the wall. Mold has deep roots and can permeate to the outer areas of the wall, as it seeks out moisture and a food source. Since bleach can only clean up the ugly surface marks and not completely kill the roots, it is not a recommended solution for mold remediation.
SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria never uses bleach on any of its mold remediation projects. Our professionally trained crews understand the problems that can arise out of using bleach on  mold spores. With over 25 years of experience responding to property owners and managers with mold in their homes or businesses, handling mold projects throughout the 941 area code, our staff can properly and completely clean up any mold situation with the right products and equipment.  As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO requires our staff to be trained and able to explain the different types of methods that can be used to clean up mold for our customers. We never sell our services based on fear but rather on information.

If you need any help with eradicating a mold issues please feel free to contact us for an estimate. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715

6 Steps You Should Take To Protect Your Business

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Bradenton Anna Maria can help you if you experience commercial water damage

SERVPRO serves both small and large businesses in the Bradenton community.

If you are a business owner in Bradenton, you know that there are many risks to keep in mind. Water Damage is one of them. In cases of water damage, before looking into the kind of insurance you need, it is smart to know more about different sources of water damage and ways that you can prevent it and protect your business.

Protecting Your Small Business Against Water Damage in Bradenton, FL

It is important to know different ways that water damage can affect your business, before you look into prevention. You should be aware of the different areas of your business where the damage is likely to occur, before beginning to look for ways to reduce the risk of water damage. The first place you should be looking at is where you have appliances in your building, such as washers, air conditioning units, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters. Drains and pipes can also be a source of water damage. Examine the roof as well, looking for damage from weather that could make your building more vulnerable.

Protecting Your Business

You cannot have certainty in preventing water damage entirely, but you can minimize potential damage by utilizing the following tips:

  • Prevent Plumbing Leaks. Watch out for leaks in the plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom. This may mean grouting and caulking around sinks and toilets, and replacing any missing tiles.
  • Verify water Resistance. Make sure that the components of your building are made using water resistant materials, as this will prevent a great deal of damage to the interior and exterior of your building in the event of a water disaster.
  • Secure Hoses. Be sure that any hose connections are secure, including those that connect two appliances in the building.
  • Insulate Water Pipes. This is important to prevent exposure of the pipes to harshly cold temperatures. These pipes are typically in the garage or basement of buildings. The insulation will help prevent potential water damage by preventing cracking and freezing.
  • Maintain Leak Detection Systems. It is good to have both an active system and a passive system.
  • Secure Adequate Insurance. Do not allow water damage to ruin your small business. Make sure to take all of the proper precautions that you need to take in order to protect your small business and make sure that you get all of the business insurance coverage that you need to minimize risks.

Commercial Building Restoration Services in West Bradenton and Anna Maria

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services in Bradenton, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is a leader in the industry, serving this community for over 25 years. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, we responds quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Call us today, 941-792-7715

Even Small Fires Can Cause Significant Smoke Damage

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage From a Kitchen Fire in Bradenton

The smoke that lingers after a fire has been put out can be more damaging than you might think. The problem that many homeowners have is that they don’t think a fire or smoke damage could ever happen to them. The reality is that home fires are incredibly common, ranging from the very minor to the more major. Despite the fact that a minor fire may not cause a lot of fire damage, it can still cause significant smoke damage that is difficult to clean and dangerous to be living around.

Smoke Damage that is a direct result of fire damage should ideally be cleaned by experts. Experts know how to get rid of smoke damage that might be present in the home after it has been ravished by flames. You should always look to hire a licensed and highly experienced professional who has extensive experience dealing with fire damage. The professionals will often start by evaluating the overall extent of the damage that is present in the home, and then they will go over prices and costs of damage remediation for you to get the issue cleaned up by their company.

There are a lot of reasons why handling smoke damage after a fire should be done by experts and as quickly as possible. The smoke that you find after a fire often contains ash, soot and sometimes even carbons and tar that might have come off of the flames. Also, carbon monoxide is incredibly common after fire damage has been exhibited. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous  because it is odorless and cannot be seen or tasted. Therefore, you may not even know that you are surrounded by carbon monoxide until it has been properly tested. An expert damage restoration company like SERVPRO will normally test for carbon monoxide levels in a home that has dealt with a fire.

Smoke damage can also be aesthetically damaging. Furniture, walls, ceilings and practically anything in your home can become black or gray from the smoke that has come off from a fire. Many things will need to be professionally cleaned, while other things might have to be fully removed from the home in order to get rid of the problem. Your remediation company will be the one who tells you what can and cannot be saved after you have dealt with massive smoke damage in your own home.

Fires are very common, and even the most minor fire can cause a lot of smoke damage. In fact, some homeowners who have simple fireplaces that are not well-vented could deal with smoke damage without a fire ever being an issue for the home itself. Handling the damage on your own should be avoided simply because of all of the expertise that needs to go into cleaning the mess. Also, you need to have a professional test the home or room for carbon monoxide to ensure that it is going to be safe for you or for them to go in there to clean.

Smoke after a fire can linger for a long time. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has the resources and training to make your damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us today, 941-792-7715.