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SERVPRO Serves Both Small And Large Businesses In The Bradenton Community

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

A water damaged hallway of a business is shown with SERVPRO equipment SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients.

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.

First look 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 respond 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

Property Can Be Restored With Professional Help

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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You may sometimes hear about hoarding on reality TV, but it’s a serious issue. When a space is used for hoarding, it can eventually lead to a variety of health-related hazards, including an increased risk of mold growth.

But what is hoarding exactly? Hoarding—which impacts as many as 1 in 50 people—is an obsessive-compulsive disorder that causes people to collect and resist discarding possessions. Usually this disorder develops in secret, and over time, those possessions ultimately accumulate in large quantities that can take over a home or commercial space.

Those affected by the condition cling to those items because they believe they will be of value at some point, but in reality, most often the items have little to no value.

As these items add up, they can become fire hazards and can hide pests or mold growth.

If a space you own has been used for hoarding, what should you do? Your best move—call in a team of professionals from SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria to make the space usable again.

3 Stages of the Clean-up Process

While you might think that you just need to clear out clutter and clean up, there are a number of special considerations when it comes to a space that’s been used for hoarding.

Technicians from SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria will provide a comprehensive clean-up that mitigates any potential safety hazards.

Removal of Items

This is the part of cleaning up that most people think of. This stage involves clearing the space of all clutter and accumulated items.

If other items not related to hoarding have become contaminated, those may also need to be removed and even discarded.

Removal of Dangerous Substances
Hoarding accumulates piles of clutter and other objects, which can conceal health-related hazards, including rodents and pests, along with toxic mold growth.

To ensure you are safely cleaning the space and not putting yourself at risk, partner with a highly-trained team outfitted in safety gear.

Complete Cleaning

Once the clutter and debris are removed and the space is cleared, a professional team will perform a deep-cleaning. This will remove all residue and odors—ensuring the space is ready to use again in the future.

Are you in need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our team at SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria, and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened." Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, we respond quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. Call us today, 941-792-7715

Fire Prevention In Your Home

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Several candles are shown burning We’ve received advance training in restoration techniques, and we have the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property.

Considering the possibility of a fire in your home is not pleasant. For thousands of people throughout the country each year, a residential fire has become a reality.

Want to take steps to protect your home from a structure fire? Take some time to review common fire hazards and some lesser-known ones.

Remember to Watch Those Candles

After reviewing data for a five-year period, the National Fire Protection Association found that fire departments in the U.S. responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candles.

Candles are reported to have caused 2 percent of home fires, with 3 percent resulting in death and 7 percent with injuries. There were an average of 24 home candle fires reported per day over those five years—and December was when home candle fire instances were most common.

Of all the candle fires during this time span, 37 percent started in bedrooms and were responsible for 36 percent of the associated deaths and 51 percent of the associated injuries. In total, there were 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.

If you’re burning a candle, make sure it’s at least one foot away from anything flammable and in a sturdy holder that won’t tip over easily. You should not be burning candles in a home where oxygen is being used, and remember to always blow out all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.

Smoking and Home Structure Fires

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, but smoking inside is the leading cause of home fire deaths. In 2014, an estimated 17,200 home structure fires were reported due to smoking materials, which includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes reported that those fires resulted in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage.

Fire-safe cigarettes are the safest option, and deep, sturdy ashtrays should always be used. Put out all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand prior to throwing them.

Smokers should know that most deaths result from fires that have started in living rooms, family rooms or bedrooms. Also, keep in mind that one out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.

Glassware Can Be a Fire Hazard

There are many lesser-known hazards that may be present in your home that could also cause of home structure fires.

Some types of glassware in your home can pose a fire risk, because when sunlight passes through them, the concentrated ray could ignite flammable materials. This is why it’s smart to move glass accessories away from windows.

Look out for loose outlets in your home, because the movement of these electrical outlets could loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing, increasing the risk of fire.

Dust can also pose a fire risk when collecting near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Vacuuming or sweeping your floors regularly and cleaning behind those hard-to-reach places, like an entertainment system, can help prevent buildup.
Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.

We take a caring and emphatic approach, treating you, your home or business, and your belongings with respect. Our team will be at your side step-by-step providing knowledge to navigate through any size fire or smoke damage.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by water damage from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island (941) 792-7715 is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Understanding Your Insurance Policy And Fire Damage

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

When you have experienced a fire in your home the details of your insurance policy are probably not the first thing on your mind. Fires can spread quickly and cause a lot of damage.

Restoring your home to its original state isn't easy, unless you know who to call. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch has trained, certified technicians that can respond quickly.

We work with your insurance. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 792-7715, can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.

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. We take a caring and emphatic approach, treating you, your home or business, and your belongings with respect.

The damage results not only from the fire, but also from the smoke and the actions by the fire fighters. This is called secondary damage. Secondary damage can lead to mold growth, rusting or metals and permanent staining of plastics and PVC materials.

What Does Fire Damage Insurance Cover?

These policies are varied, and cover anything ranging from totally razed down structures and personal items. Generally, the policies cover:

• The cost of total loss to your home.

• Cost of repairs to your damaged structure and the interior of the house.

• Covering of lost personal possessions.

• The cost of temporary housing as you wait for the house to be repaired.

• Costs of secondary damage to your property due to smoke and water damage.

After the fire is out, make the right call to trained professionals that can respond quickly, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 792-7715.

Tips To Dealing With Water Damage In Your Bradenton Home

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

From a burst pipe to a malfunctioning dishwasher or storm damage, there are countless ways water damage can happen in your home.

While water damage can be an especially common issue for homeowners to deal with, there are plenty of ways you can help protect your home.

Ways to Protect Your Home

Water damage may not seem like much of a hassle for you to deal with, but drying out and cleaning up will prove to be tedious, not to mention there is a good possibility mold will follow. Mold is a very common side effect of water damage, as mold can begin to grow and flourish within 24–48 hours of moisture exposure.

When you begin to look for ways to protect your home, it may help you to break it down by areas of impact. These areas might include the basement, kitchen, bathroom, flooring and ceilings.

Preventing water damage in the basement begins by preventing any water seepage, which can be done by resealing vulnerable areas of the basement, ensuring that water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve.

Your kitchen and bathrooms may experience water damage resulting from plumbing issues and appliance failures.

Make sure to regularly:

Inspect all appliances for issues with hoses and faucets

Check seals and caulking around showers and tubs, ensuring they are watertight

Know where the main shut-off valve is in your home

Don’t leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running

There are things you can do to protect the possessions in your home from water damage, but don’t be surprised if it is not always possible. Use waterproof bins to store items and keep items stored on shelves off of the floor—which is especially recommended when using your basement for storage.

Recovering From Water Damage

If your home does experience a water damage situation, you stand a good chance of salvaging anything that can be dried out within 48 hours.

Your first step should be to contact your insurance company and assess the extent of the water damage in your home as well as identify the type of water that is involved.

The types of water that are involved in water damage are:

Water from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc. is called “clean” water.

Slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc. is called “gray” water.

Water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. is considered “black” water and this water can cause serious health problems.

Remove any wet objects from the home after a water damage disaster. Then dehumidify and dry your home out, followed by a thorough, disinfecting cleaning.

Pro tip: You can freeze wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer to buy some extra time. This prevents mold and mildew from developing and causing more deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be.

You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island (941) 792-7715, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Understanding Water Damage In Your Bradenton or Anna Maria Island Home

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Understanding Water Damage
Water damage is something that many homeowners will face, with it being the third most common reason for homeowners to file a homeowners insurance claim.

It is important to know the difference between water damage and gradual water damage, and how it can impact insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage are ongoing situations that have been happening over time, such as plumbing issues in the walls that will cause damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Unfortunately, many gradual water damage situations are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

Plumbing Failures and Water Damage
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

Plumbing supply system failures.

Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. It was also found that in homes 16 to 40 years of age,` this was a more frequent occurrence and made up a large group of supply system material failure claims.

Plumbing drain system failures.

This can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material breakdown issues. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. IBHS also found that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern states than in northern states.

Toilet failures.

Toilet failures fall second in line to plumbing supply system failures for residential water damage loss, and can be caused by a faulty fill valve or clogged drain lines. According to IBHS, toilet failures that occur on the first floor of a home resulted in more expensive claims than those that occurred in basements or upper floors.

Water heater failures.

If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to rust and corrode. This can result in leaking or bursting issues, and IBHS found that 69% of all water heater failures were the direct result of a slow leak or sudden burst and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.
Washing machine failures. Typically caused by supply hose failures, drain line failures and machine overflows, washing machine failures are one of the top 10 sources of residential water damage losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures were responsible for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

Knowing who to call when you have water damage in your Bradenton or Anna Maria Island home.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has trained, certified technicians to take care of your home. As leaders in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water-damage condition.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is just a call away (941)792-7715.

Heavy Rain, High Wind and Lightning

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Florida storms can be powerful and dangerous. Do you know who to call if you have storm damage to your home?

What can you do to minimize the damage to your home in Bradenton or Anna Maria Island? The first step is 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 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. 

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

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

Why Bring In Experts To Remove Mold?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Restoration professionals may know something about getting rid of mold that you don't know.
There are good reasons not to use bleach to combat a mold problem. 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. 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 of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria doesn't use bleach for mold remediation projects. Our professionally trained crews understand the problems that can arise out of using bleach on  mold spores. We have experience handling mold projects throughout Bradenton and Anna Maria Island. Our staff can properly and completely clean up any mold situation with the right products and equipment.  As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO of West Bradenton /Anna Maria requires that 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 of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941)792-7715.

Storms In Our Area Can Leave Behind Some Nasty Problems

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storms In Bradenton Might Not Just Leave Behind Obvious Damage

  Storms in Florida can be loud, dangerous and destructive. They can leave behind serious water damage to your home. If you have water damage after a storm, check for mold. If you suspect mold, don't wait, hire a professional. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is always ready to answer your call (941) 792-7715. 
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. 
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration standards. 
Our team is dedicated, trustworthy, efficient and always prepared and ready to help in YOUR time of need.

Have A Plan To Keep Your Commercial Site Up And Running

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

One of the best ways to limit water damage is to develop an emergency plan that informs you and your employees of the steps you will take once a disaster strikes. Your plan should include information regarding who to call in the event of a water damage.  SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 is always here to help.  Make sure that the contingency plan is placed in a visible area where all employees can easily access and read it. Also, be sure to delegate an authoritative figure to make significant decisions in case you are absent when the emergency transpires. 
Mold Concerns After Water Damage 
Another issue that commercial business owners should be cognizant of is mold. Unfortunately, water damage creates the ideal environment for this fungus to grow in. 
To prevent mold from becoming a problem on your commercial property, be sure that all excess water is removed from the office setting quickly and correctly.  Call SERVPRO For Commercial Water Damage Cleanup 
If you find that your commercial property is subjected to unwanted water damage, don't worry. Instead, call the IICRC-certified technicians of SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria to obtain the fast, friendly water damage restoration services you need and deserve. We're ready to assist you right now, so contact us today at (941) 792-7715.  We understand that the appearance of your commercial site is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity.  When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”