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6 Steps You Should Take To Protect Your Business

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 6 Steps You Should Take To Protect Your Business 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)

Fire Damage Even Small Fires Can Cause Significant Smoke Damage 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.

The Correct Way To File An Insurance Claim After A Flood

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Correct Way To File An Insurance Claim After A Flood SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day

When severe storms cause flooding that hits your home or business it is critical that you know the proper steps to take so that you can get back to normal quickly. Even the simpler to-do list can appear gargantuan and create stress. Follow these steps below in order to make this process an easier one. 

Communication Is Everything

After a storm has swept through, it is crucial that you connect with your insurance agent. Filing an insurance claim in a timely manner can help you get the assistance you need. Your insurance company can then get the ball rolling with aspects such as inspection and documentation of the mess. 

Proper Assessment Works Wonders 

After you've gotten in touch with your insurance company in Bradenton, FL you can then move on to the inspection. Getting a trusted professional  like SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria to take a look at your property can help you move on to other parts of the cleanup process. Part of this process might include taking photos of the affected areas in the home, as well as making a list of all damaged possessions. 

Documentation Makes All the Difference

Part of the inspection process involves proper flood claim paperwork that can help you get appropriate assistance and compensation where available. An insurance adjuster may confirm damages through a Proof of Loss statement; from there, homeowners can contact government offices to find out more information on the steps involved in flood recovery. The requirements in these claims can depend on your insurance's guidelines. 

Jumping through the hoops of a flood cleanup is a fact of life that countless homeowners in Bradenton, FL have had to face. However, there are steps you can take to make these troubles easier to manage. When you file a flood claim the right way, you can have peace of mind that all boxes have been checked.  The certified technicians at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today,  941-792- 7715

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

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Many people clean their homes prior to leaving for the season or 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 and Anna Maria can result from a broken water line, no matter where the break or leak is located and 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. 

If a leak develops while you are away, the damage to your property can be extensive. Contact a licensed professional such as SERVPRO of West Bradenton /Anna Maria as soon as possible to avoid further damage, including the development of mold. Shutting of the source of 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 the proper techniques, 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 / Anna Maria has 28 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.

Understanding Professional Response To Your Flooded Home

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen in your home for a variety of reasons. It could be a plumbing issue or maybe a result of storm surge. What can you do to minimize the damage to your home in Bradenton or Anna Marie? The next step is usually to call a specialist who can restore your home using the proper equipment.Here is what happens when you use a professional service to help with your flooded basement. 1. Find the SourceThe 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 WaterThe 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 MaterialsIf 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.
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.
We Have the Resources to Handle Floods
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.
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.
SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
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. Contact SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715

Water Damage Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Basics Every Homeowner Should Know This is why it is important to act quickly when you experience any water damage.

No matter how it gets in your home, 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 very minor, like water spots which could appear on your wall or ceiling. They can also 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.


Remediation
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® West Bradenton / Anna Maria, 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® West Bradenton / Anna Maria by calling (941) 792-7715 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. 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.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources
So when you experience water damage of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria 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.

Storms Are Unpredictable, But Having An Emergency READY Profile (ERP) Can Help You Be Prepared

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Are Unpredictable, But Having An Emergency READY Profile (ERP) Can Help You Be Prepared When storms hit West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.

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 disasters are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared.


Contact SERVPRO® 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.


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.


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.


We Have the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
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."

Commercial Fires Require Professional Response

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there more than a 100,000 fires in nonresidential buildings in the United States a year. Fatalities have been decreased by about 30%, but businesses still experienced $2.7 billion in financial losses.


If there's a fire in your commercial building in West Bradenton or Anna Maria you need to begin addressing the remaining smoke damage as soon as the fire is out. 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.

Call the professionals in residential clean up,  SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


Our professionals at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
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.
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.

Our SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria team is dedicated, trustworthy, efficient and always prepared and ready to help in YOUR time of need.
Fire and Water Restoration
General Cleaning
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Duct Cleaning
Mold Remediation
Storm Damage Restoration
Reconstruction
Biohazard and Trauma Cleanup
24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (941) 792-7715

Maintenance On Your Business Today Could Prevent Expensive Flooding Repairs Tommorrow

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Preventative maintenance is one of the most important things a business owner can do to protect their property, the tenants, and employees.

It makes sense to have routine inspection of plumbing, sprinklers, pumps, and drains. While the inspection schedule for any of these items may vary, at least one full-scale inspection per year is recommended.


What would a major plumbing issue do to your business today? Having a commercial plumber on hand is great, but sometimes having the information to prevent commercial plumbing disasters can make a real difference.


Fix minor issues before they become major ones. Inspections are useless if problems are identified and not addressed. The whole point in performing inspections is to find and resolve issues while they are still small. It's a bad idea to wait until the issue grows into plumbing problems that can temporarily close down your business. If owners can commit to performing annual inspections and fixing small issues before they become substantial issues.


If your business is flooded don't waste time and money, call the restoration professionals right away.


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.
We Have the Resources to Handle Floods
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.


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.


SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Smoke Damage To Your Home Will Need Professional Attention

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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


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


Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.

The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.


Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
This kind of damage can occur anywhere, but if it happens to you in West Bradenton or Anna Maria, call us today.


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

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.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


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