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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.”

Preparing For A Fire in Your Bradenton Business

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

There is no way to ever fully prepare for a life changing event like a fire. Business owners often prepare for the worse but forget about the everyday challenges, which can be just as crippling.

When a disaster strikes, having a plan and being able to put it into immediate action can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of your customers and community or shutting down for a few days.

Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 Having a plan can ensure that you’re back in business quickly and able to provide products and services to your community.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the five most common causes of fires in commercial buildings are cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and intentional fire setting.

We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas.

Restoration after the fire is crucial to recovering your business quickly. 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.

We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition. Our team will be at your side step-by-step providing knowledge to navigate through any size fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are ready to help (941) 792-7715.

Choose SERVPRO To Check For Mold In Your Home

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is shown behind drywall As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is close by and ready to respond to your restoration needs

When your home experiences water damage, it is important to have it cleaned up quickly, because black mold can start to grow within 24 to 48 hours. If you have a moisture problem, it is likely that you will eventually also have a mold problem. Here are a few tips on what to do and whom to enlist to help.  Immediate Action  Mold only needs three criteria to thrive:  Air flow
  A little time  Mold spores are transported through the air. Then, they settle in wet places and start to grow. To prevent the spread of mold in your home in Bradenton, FL you must control the airflow and moisture. The first thing you should do is turn off your HVAC system. This slows the spread of mold spores through the air and hopefully will protect your air ducts from an infestation of black mold. The second thing you must do is turn off the water. This helps to control moisture by cutting off any leaks throughout your home at the source.  Calling In the Experts   Your first call should be to a SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria. It is also a good idea to have your air ducts inspected and, if a problem is found, cleaned before it can spread any further. Finally, as it does no good to fix a mold problem without addressing the moisture problem that led to it. 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. 
Black mold is not a problem to be taken lightly. If you act quickly, however, in initiating mold cleanup, you can fix the problem and prevent it from spreading. If you have any questions call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.

Is Your Home Trying to Tell You Something?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

It can be unsettling to hear knocking, hammering or whistling coming from your walls. However, plumbing can get noisy as the years go by. You don't always have to suspect a pipe break when you hear an unusual noise in the wall. Check out the three reasons for noisy pipes below.  1. Momentum Changes: If you're running a shower and quickly close the faucet, you may hear a clanging in your pipes. This is caused by the water's rapid change in speed. While not necessarily a problem by itself, the vibrations caused by the hammering can actually lead to loose pipes or a pipe break in extreme circumstances. You may be able to fix the problem in two ways. First, try to tighten or replace your straps. Second, install an anti-hammer device. 
2. Obstructions: Blockages in your pipes can lead to a whistling sound whenever the water is forced past it. Distorted washers in valves, loose screws or sediment buildup could be a cause of an obstruction in your plumbing. You can fix the noise by locating where the whistling sound originates from, and then replacing the appropriate faucet washers and screws. If the blockage is somewhere within the pipe, you may have to worry about the possibility of a burst pipe should the obstruction grow. The best way to clean out the pipes is to call in a plumbing cleaning service. 
3. High Pressure: If the water pressure in your Bradenton, FL home is set too high, it can cause your pipes to become quite noisy. While the sound may be annoying, you should be more concerned about the potential problems it can cause. It may not cause a pipe burst, but it could damage your dishwasher, washing machine or other appliances. You can fix this issue by making sure your water pressure is set no higher than 80 pounds per square inch.  The pipes in your home may be noisy for a wide range of reasons. Some of the noises can even leave your plumbing vulnerable to a pipe break. It is important you fix a broken pipe as soon as you find the problem.  Water damage can be a serious problem for your home. Call the experts at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 if you have water damage. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.  If your Bradenton property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly.

Storm Damage On Anna Maria Island Requires Expert Attention

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and storm damage doesn't always happen during regular business hours and that's why our team is always ready. 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.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Within Minutes

Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

Drywall begins to swell and break down.

Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

Furniture begins to swell and crack.

Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

Metal begins to rust and corrode.

Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

Paint begins to blister.

Wood flooring swells and warps.

Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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.

Bottom line for your property, act fast and do not delay! All water damages can quickly escalate to bigger problems if not dealt with. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days year for your Water Emergency needs. Give us a call anytime 941-792-7715.

Commercial Flooding Tips For Bradenton and Anna Maria Island

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency situations are stressful and can leave you feeling helpless.  SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria focuses on 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to make it "Like it never even happened," no matter the size or type of disaster. 
Water damage can be challenging to deal with. If you've experienced flooding in a commercial building, you’ll want to start the drying process immediately to prevent mold from forming and walls from disintegrating. Here are three important damage tips you should know before addressing the problem at hand.  1. Be Careful Around the Water  Whether it was a pipe burst, severe storm, or sewage backup that caused flooding in your building, it’s important to be careful around the water. Flood water is often contaminated by things such as sewage, toxic substances, and bacteria. While handling the water damage, try to follow these guidelines: • Wear protective clothing when in contact with flood water.
• Disinfect your hands before eating or drinking.
• Avoid direct contact with any flood water. Safety always comes first. Along with protecting yourself from contaminated water, throw away any food, liquids, or clothes that were affected by the water.  2. Turn Off the Power  When beginning the drying process, turn off the electricity lines within the building. Many damage tips will tell you that water is an excellent conductor of electricity and can often short out lines. To prevent any accident or harm, turn off the power before you start.  3. Take the Time to Air Dry  Although it might seem tempting to blast the heaters or air conditioning system, natural ventilation is a better solution. Sometimes forcing the drying process can be harmful to the structure of the building. To completely and thoroughly dry the building, open all the windows to create air circulation. From there, you can get cleaning tips and help from the experts at SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.  These damage tips can help you stay safe and reduce restoration costs while drying out your building. Keep in mind that you may need to make temporary repairs to prevent additional water from entering the building. Along with that, you may want to take a photographic record of the damages caused by the flooding so that you can negotiate costs with your insurance. With these cleaning tips in mind, you can stay on top of the drying process.