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Knowing What To Do After The Storm

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

A damaged roof is shown with wind damage on the corner of a house SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 There are a number of steps you can take to protect your property from damaging winds.

Homeowners concerns arise with the possibility of severe storms, with damaging winds being high on the list. These winds, which can come with little to no notice, can create long-term structural impacts.

What to be Concerned About

Tornadoes and hurricanes are not the only storms to cause damaging winds. “Straight-line” winds with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph are often spawned by strong or severe thunderstorm—and their damage is different than damage from a tornado.

The damage from these winds can be very destructive, causing loose items around your home to become projectiles. Windows and roofs can take a major brunt of this damage, and if the damage is extensive, it can result in water damage to the inside of the home as the outside elements come indoors.

Anyone who lives in a thunderstorm-prone area can be at risk from damaging winds, but there are some structures, like mobile homes, that are especially at risk. Even when anchored, they could be seriously damaged in wind gusts over 80 mph.

How to Protect Your Property

There are a number of steps you can take to protect your property from damaging winds, but keep the “Two R’s” in mind: reinforce and remove.

  • Have your garage door professionally reinforced.

  • Remove and/or anchor loose objects on your property that could be blown or tossed by the wind, including trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.

  • Have large or dying trees and branches near your home professionally removed. Better to remove them now than have them come crashing down during a storm.

Not all high wind circumstances come with advanced warning, as we all know, but using a “just-in-case” logic and being prepared could prevent major damage to your home.

Also, if you are building or renovating a home, be sure all windows, walls and doors meet building code for your area.

If you have questions please call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715

Florida State Fire Marshalls Provides Tips To Avoid House Fires This Winter

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries and December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires.

Here are some helpful tips from the Florida State Fire Marshall:

1. Keep objects away from heaters and fireplaces. Keep flammable objects at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

2. Keep fireplaces and chimneys clean. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

3. Never leave a fire unattended. Remember to extinguish fireplaces and turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

4. Do not use your oven to heat your home. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to your local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Use Carbon Monoxide detectors. Since carbon monoxide can be produced by a number of fuel-burning devices, it's important to have carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. This will ensure every person in the home can hear and be alerted to the emergency.

If you do experience a fire know that SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria can help you with your insurance company.

We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details (941) 792-7715.

Document the Damages
List all of the damages that you have incurred both structural and personal. Make sure you take photos of the damages, the date it occurred, type of loss and a written report if possible. Document any injuries and make sure you get the police report. When taking photos, it is best to include a general photo as well as close-up photos of specific damages.

Keep Receipts and Bills
The insurance company needs evidence to understand what to pay. If you have performed any minor repairs, keep the receipts so that the insurance company understands the original damages.

Keep the Evidence Intact
The adjustor uses the site of the accident to determine your compensation. So, don’t throw away any damaged items before the insurance adjustor has been at the site.

At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we are here to help you during a Fire Damage and the secondary Smoke and Water Damage. Give us a call if you live in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, or Lakewood Ranch 941-792-7715.

Storm Preparedness May Save Your Future

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Dark Storm Clouds Are Shown Contact SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

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

Contact SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 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.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Technicians with SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are (IICRC) trained and certified.

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

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

Sewage Is Not An Easy Clean-Up Call The Trained Pros

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A toilet is shown in a bathroom SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too.

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 West Bradenton / Anna Maria 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 provide sewage remediation work. The technicians with SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are trained and certified to handle these situations. 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 of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too.

The Facts About Water Damage and Mold

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A room that has extensive mold on the walls is shown Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your water damage emergency. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715

Water damage can be a costly mess and it can encourage the growth of mold on walls and floors. It may even be in areas that are not visible, in ductwork, attics and crawl spaces.  In these hidden areas you might not notice it. A musty odor is a sign that mold may be present. Mold can cause damage and lead to health problems, so it's important to deal with it quickly.

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

Should I use a DIY test kit after water damage?
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 bring in the trained technicians of SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria. They 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.

It's important to understand the damage water can do.

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.

If you have questions about water damage or mold, give us a call at SERVPRO of West Bradenton /Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.

Making Sure Your Home and Business are READY for the Worst

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A hand is shown holding a cellphone on the screen is information about Ready Plan app SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (941) 792-7715

We spend quite a bit of money and time preparing for unlikely events. We insure our homes and cars to protect some of our most valuable assets. We write living wills to ensure our families and estate are taken care of should the unthinkable happen.

 How many of us have a disaster preparedness plan in place should Mother Nature come knocking down our door? If a natural disaster struck while you were at work or out of town, would your family know the steps to take to remain safe?

 That’s why SERVPRO has developed the ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) – a FREE app designed for your home and business to place all of your emergency contacts in ONE place, in the palm of your hand. SERVPRO wants you and your family to be safe and know what to do should a disaster strike.

Emergency situations are stressful and can leave you feeling helpless.  We focus on 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to make it "Like it never even happened." no matter the size or type of disaster.

Don’t wait for a disaster to strike. Take time now to put together a preparedness plan and your family and business will thank you should a disaster strike.

 How does this app work?
1.       Call your local franchise and ask to schedule an appointment to do a FREE evaluation of your home or business.

2.       Your service rep will come out to your home or business and gather vital emergency contact information you will need for your app.

3.       Register on our website and download the app – you’re ready!

At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria we proudly serve Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, and Anna Maria Island.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (941) 792-7715

If Your Home or Business is Damaged By Water Do You Understand Your Coverage?

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO Technicians are shown cleaning up water damage If an insurance company declines your application to cover water damage, it could still have a big impact on your insurance rates. (941) 792-7715

After experiencing water damage, you may be left wondering what your options are. In most cases, you should make sure that you fix all water damage as quickly as possible. Once you have done this, you can then proceed to file for claims. Fixing your home immediately can prevent problems from getting worse due to mold or decomposition. However, afterward you will still need to deal with the consequences of the bills. For some homeowners, it may be possible for insurance to cover some of the losses. Many homeowners insurance policies do not always come packaged with flood insurance. To provide assistance, this will take a look at the differences between flood insurance and water damage claims. Water Damage Claims
Your first impulse is probably to call your insurance company. Hopefully, you haven’t done this yet. There is a big difference between water damage and flood insurance. Water damage can be caused by storms, accidents, or bursting pipes. These claims are only valid when water damage is associated with water that did not first touch the ground (such as lakes, ponds, & rivers). This means that water coming from a regular thunderstorm or tornado, plumbing, or appliance is usually covered under water damage claims. In contrast, a flooded lake or stream that inundates a person’s home is not covered.  Flood Insurance
It is important to keep in mind that flood insurance is a special form of insurance contract. It does not automatically come with a standard homeowners insurance policy. In almost all cases, individuals have to purchase   flood insurance separately from homeowners insurance. Since many homeowners are not aware of this, homeowners are often outraged when they discover that their insurance contract does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is generally available for just a few dollars each month. Without this insurance, homeowners can not expect to have any damage associated with flooding covered under their homeowners insurance policy.  Implications of Denied Coverage
If an insurance company declines your application to cover water damage, it could still have a big impact on your monthly insurance rates. Insurance companies can take advantage of information in your claims application to increase your monthly insurance bills. It is not uncommon to see insurance companies viewing homes that have experienced flood damage as high risk. As a result, they have the right to appropriately increase your monthly rates according to this information. The reality that your insurance rates could increase after being denied coverage makes it even more important to understand the difference between flood damage and water damage claims. Many individual homeowners make the mistake of filing claims for costs associated with flood damage, only to find that these costs are not covered. When the bill comes the next month, there is nothing that homeowners can do to bring their rates back down. Therefore, it is important to only file a claim if flood damage is explicitly covered in the homeowners insurance contract. In some cases, it may even be recommended for homeowners to work with an attorney to ensure that it is appropriate to file a water damage claim. 
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (941) 792-7715
Remember we work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.
If you have questions about your coverage, we strongly advise you to contact your insurance agent and review your policy. What incidents and perils are you covered for? What are your deductibles? At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria we are here to help you in any we can.

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.