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Water Damage On Anna Maria Island Needs Immediate Attention

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Living in Florida can often mean waking up to a headline like "Powerful, Severe Thunderstorms Plowed Across the State Overnight." Whether your damage is because of wind, rain or fire, the highly trained team from SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria provides 24 hour emergency response. Water damage doesn't wait for normal business hours, and neither do we.

We are locally owned and operated and will respond quickly. As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property the right way and get your life back to normal. Some of our certifications include:

AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program


In addition, we use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

Removing the water quickly is critical because if water sits for too long it can start to form mold and create more damage. There can be other dangers like, electrocution or disease and illness from contaminated water. Once the water is removed technicians will place drying equipment throughout your home. Once the home is dry, the equipment can be removed and the rebuilding and repair process can begin. We work to mitigate your risks and minimize your loss.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has the teams and the equipment to restore your property quickly. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency (941) 792-7715. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

What Are Odd Smells Saying About Your Commercial Business?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Framing near the floor is shown because a damaged wall has been partially removed If you suspect damage to your commercial property because of odors, call us today SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.

Odors in commercial spaces can be caused by anything from sewer gases to dirty carpets. Mild, mildew, smoke and even chemical odors can have a negative effect on your business.

Here in Bradenton, extreme temperatures and humidity can actually drive odors into structural materials and contents. If these issues aren't addressed early, you could end up with a significant issue. Many business with odor and other indoor air quality issues struggle to find expert solutions. Masking and other shortcuts aren't effective when your odor problem is severe or persistent.

Our Training Could Make The Difference

At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria our experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have the proper equipment to remove the cause of the odors. The IICRC is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. IICRC technicians are trained to operate at a higher level of competency within their designated fields. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is severe or persistent.

What's That Smell?

By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us. Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, the professionals at SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Will The Next Storm Catch You Off Guard?

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Most of the time we will have advanced warnings for some types of severe weather, but there are times when storms manages to catch us off-guard.

Fortunately, there are things you can do and safety tips to follow that will ensure your family is prepared for these various severe weather occurrences.

Severe Weather Planning Tips


A great place to start is to put an established family emergency plan in place.

Be sure to that this is regularly practiced and reviewed if your family does have an emergency plan in place, especially as the seasons and weather change to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do.

If you have not yet created a family emergency plan, here are some helpful hints to take into consideration when doing so:

1. Emergency Alerts and Warnings

We will always have radio and television broadcast alerts available to us, but thanks to today’s technologies, it is very easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on your smartphone that is equipped with a weather app or Google. You will quickly receive emergency alerts, which can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations.

2. Storm Shelters

Living in an area where tornadoes are common means you’ll want to seek shelter in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If there is no basement, find an interior room on the lowest level that is away from windows and doors. There are other reasons a storm shelter is needed besides tornadoes, and by visiting ready.gov you can learn more about those situations.

3. Evacuation Routes

Do you know your evacuation routes? You should always have multiple routes mapped out that can serve as an evacuation route since things such as hurricanes, flooding and fires can force you from your home in a hurry and one route could become impassable. Make sure you remember your furry family members when evacuating and find out if there are places to stay with your pets along the way.

4. Keeping in Touch

Reliance on cell phones is our first choice for communicating with our family members, but there will be times when that won’t be possible. Cell phone towers don’t always withstand a storms fury and power may also be lost, you may lose or leave your cell phone behind, and, if there is no power, you will not be able to charge your batteries.

Make sure there is an emergency communication plan completed for your family and designate a safe meeting place for your family in case you get separated.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island (941) 747-2333 to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Does Your Business Have A Storm Plan?

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Understanding Storms And Your Business


Natural disasters can happen quickly and without advanced notice. Everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes. The key to being able to keep your business going is to be prepared for any or all of the worst-case scenarios.

Taking action and being prepared for those scenarios involves developing a natural disaster plan for your business. Some of the aspects to be considered when designing that plan are below.

What to Take Into Consideration


There are many things you will need to consider when you are developing a disaster plan for your business.

Included in those considerations are:

How to safely protect your employees
Securing your assets


How to get your business up and running smoothly again


FEMA, the Red Cross and Ready.gov have created many helpful checklists that can identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan as well as highlight areas where more planning needs to take place.

Employee Safety Is Key


When disaster strikes without warning, your primary concern must be having a plan in place that lays out procedures and safety measures for the protection of employees and visitors.

Evacuation routes and all exits from your facility need to be clearly marked—and you need to provide a place where people can take shelter, look into installing emergency lights, and have a designated staff of “safety wardens” properly trained and ready to help with all emergency efforts.

When picking out a place to take shelter, a basement or storm cellar is ideally the best location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If that is not possible, designate a small interior room on the lowest level of the building or use a closet or interior hallway.

Don’t Forget About Your Assets


While brick and mortar locations are generally sturdy places to have a business, there are still important considerations to make about how to protect the assets inside the building. Everything from equipment to merchandise is at risk and so are thousands of dollars when a natural disaster strikes.

Be sure you have put together a very detailed and up-to-date inventory and pictures, if possible, of these items. This will be needed for filing insurance claims. If your assets are located on a computer server, take the necessary steps to ensure that it is regularly performing backups and that you are using a storage system that cannot be damaged, such as cloud storage options.

As a building owner, spend time walking through your building with a contractor to uncover areas that may need to be improved with regard to structural integrity. A contractor can also walk you through safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not be structurally sound to withstand certain weather situations.

Get Back to Business, Faster


Businesses usually must shut down after a natural disaster due to damage and needed repairs or rebuilding. Every day you remain closed is another day you’re losing lost profits. Make a wise move and set up a storm fund, which will help you with additional costs that may not be covered by your insurance.

Compile a list of contractors who will make themselves readily available for repairs and/or construction needs, and find a cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria (941) 792-7715, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria to be there for you.

Storms in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island Can Cause Serious Damage

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in the corner on a ceiling Before mold or other storm related issues cost you more contact SERVPRO West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.

Storms in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island 

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.

Be Prepared


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.


Call the trained, certified professionals at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria right away so that the technicians 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.


SERVPRO will place the required number of air movers and dehumidifiers. This equipment will be monitored daily to make sure it is working properly. After the structure is dry, SERVPRO technicians can start the rebuilding process. In most cases, SERVPRO can handle every job from start to finish.


When storms hit Bradenton and 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 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. We've got Bradenton and the beaches covered.


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.

Fire Safety In The Kitchen

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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The kitchen is often the hub of the home where family and friends will gather and where meals are prepared. The kitchen is also an area where many home fires occur.

Cooking fires top the charts as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

In one year alone, over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires was paid out by State Farm.

Fire Safety Tips


One kitchen fire safety tip is staying in the kitchen while cooking, but it is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Be mindful of your how you are dressed. Long, flowing sleeves or big, baggy, loose-fitting clothing could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Watch the items around the stovetop. Be sure not to place kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Have a fire extinguisher in/near the kitchen. Every home needs to have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, preferably one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. Do not throw hot grease in the garbage can. The temperature of hot grease alone may just be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn even if the grease is not on fire. Let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Have a fire escape plan established. By creating a fire escape plan, you are preparing your family for a worst-case scenario, which is never fun, but it’s better for everyone to be prepared if an emergency were to occur. Review exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”


Call SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island (941) 792-7715

Water Damage In Your Bradenton Home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

A ceiling with extensive water damage is shown beginning to fall Our team of trained experts have the tools and equipment to mitigate damages to your home or business quickly and properly.


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.


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. 

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.

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.

Understanding The Types Of Water Involved In Water Damage

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage In Bradenton Or Anna Marie Island

Understanding the differences in the types of water that are involved with water damage will help you when dealing with the cleanup. It is easy to think that all water causing damage is the same, but there are three separate classifications for it: clean water, gray water and black water.

Regardless of what type of water has caused the damage, there will always be a cleanup and restoration process that will need to be done afterward. The most important thing to accomplish is removing all the moisture and damp items quickly, so that mold cannot begin to flourish in its ideal environment.

No. 1: Clean Water

This water is considered “clean” and not the type to pose an immediate threat to your health. It is free of contaminants and can come from:

Broken water lines


Malfunctioning appliances


Toilet holding tanks


Snow melt and rainwater

Of the three different classifications of water, this is the easiest type of water damage to work with, as there are fewer microbes living in the water. However, after 48 hours and having contact with the building surfaces, clean water can move up to category two, which is gray water.

No. 2: Gray Water

In the case of gray water, damage cleanup and restoration can become a little more involved.

This water may pose a health risk, due to it containing slight amounts of chemical or biological contamination. This slight contamination in gray water means that it would need to be thoroughly treated before it is safe to consume.

Gray water is the type of water that can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. Again, the 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, with gray water turning into black water if not treated.

No. 3: Black Water

Black water is the most hazardous of the three classifications, and it is considered to be highly contaminated with harmful chemicals and biological matter. This includes floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters.

Sewage is contaminated with microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, many of these can be harmful to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

Cholera


Typhoid


Hepatitis


Gastroenteritis-type illnesses


Just remember that when it comes to floods, any water should be treated as if it is black water since it picks up contaminants along its path.

The three classifications of floodwater are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria (941) 792-7715, is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services.

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