Carpet Cleaning For Your Bradenton Business Is A Phone Call Away
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At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we care about carpet care and making sure all of our customers have the best information available.
We have learned over the years that carpet cleaning is the subject of much confusion. In fact, people have so many misconceptions about carpet cleaning that we offer you this information. When you are choosing a carpet cleaning company you can understand why it's important to select certified, trained experts. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715. Misconception #1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.NO! Dirt is an abrasive - like sandpaper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind dirt into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps, by itself it is simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out. Misconception #2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust -- and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair, on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals, pollens and bacteria wind up -- you guessed it -- in your carpet. If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems -- one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, and chemicals in your carpet. If you're sensitive to cigarette smoke, you might find that you'll breathe easier after you hire a professional to get those harmful chemicals out of your carpet. So in addition to getting rid of dirt, another important reason to clean your carpet is to get rid of pollens, fungus, bacteria, chemicals and the tars and residue from tobacco smoke. Misconceptions #3: One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another. Unfortunately this is not true. You can choose from two primary methods: Dry cleaning or hot water extraction. DRY CLEANING METHODS Many people believe that dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning your clothing. This is not true. All carpet cleaning methods use water to clean. Some methods use more water than others. “Dry Cleaning” for carpets should really be called “Low Moisture Cleaning”. Here are three methods of dry cleaning carpet. Dry Foam When a carpet cleaner uses dry foam, they apply shampoo to your carpet, allow it to dry, and then sucks the dried shampoo chunks into a vacuum. Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum? This method can leave a residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not very effective, however a new spin on dry foam called ENCAPSULATION cleaning is quite effective. It utilizes a crystallizing detergent to suspend and capture soil particles in an acrylic polymer which actually CAN be vacuumed out. It is a cost effective maintenance method for commercial carpets. Bonnet Cleaning The Bonnet Cleaning method is similar to dry foam. The major difference is that when bonnet method is used, the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins from side to side, absorbing the dirt that's in the carpet. After the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another cotton bonnet is applied. Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet. It can, however be effective on glue down or commercial carpets. Dry Compound The dry-compound method spreads an absorbent mixture made of recycled corn stalks. It looks like wet sawdust all over your carpeting. Then the machine brushes the mixture into the carpet, which in theory causes dirt to absorb into the mixture. Once the mixture has dried, a vacuum cleaner sucks the residue out of the carpeting. However, vacuuming does not remove all the residue, which accumulates over time between the carpet and pad. Because the carpet is not rinsed in any way, this method is not very effective. HOT WATER EXTRACTION The second carpet cleaning method is called “hot water extraction”. This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into the carpet and then sucked out of the carpet. This method is also referred to as steam cleaning even though steam is not used. Shaw Industries, the world's largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction and you can choose from two different types: Portable extraction, which is done with a small machine. Or truck mount extraction which means the large cleaning machine is mounted in a truck or van. Misconception #4: Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly. NOT TRUE. Many companies own hot-water cleaners -- but many company employees don't know how to use them. You probably know someone who bought the newest computer on the market -- but didn't learn how to use it for a year or more. The same is true with carpet cleaning machines. The company you are considering may own good equipment, but the employees may not know how to use it correctly. This is why it's important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully. The best carpet cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC. A carpet cleaning company cannot buy this certification. The carpet cleaner must earn the certification through study, experience and the successful completion of formal, written examinations. In addition to IICRC training all SERVPRO carpet techs are required to complete a proprietary SERVPRO course training in production and safety. The IICRC provides written credentials to the companies it certifies. So before you choose a carpet cleaner, ask to see written proof of the company's IICRC certification. All certified technicians are required to carry an IICRC certification card with them. Before you select a company, decide what you want to accomplish. If you want the carpet cleaner to remove only some of the dirt, you can choose from hundreds of companies that use small shampooers or other cleaning methods.
On the other hand, if you want your carpet thoroughly cleaned -- if you want to remove the harmful dirt, bacteria, pollens, chemicals and tobacco residues -- then you need to hire a company that uses a hot water extraction unit mounted in a truck. This is the only way to assure that your carpet remains healthy and free from dirt, disease-causing bacteria, and hurtful chemicals. If you want the best, most powerful cleaning available. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has powerful portable extraction units that we use for high rises and other places our truck mounted machines cannot be used. We offer the same quality assurance, however it just takes us more time. So remember that the price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed.
As a way of improving our profession, we take a lot of time in educating the public in our industry’s best practices. The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all the facts you need. This is why we are engaged in writing this article and many others for your home or business. Below are some things for consideration to try and understand pricing.
First, the type of carpet: Certain types of carpet are harder to clean than others. So before we can give you a quote, we need to know the type of carpet you want cleaned. Second, the amount of soiling: Carpet that hasn't been cleaned for ten years will take longer to clean than carpet that was cleaned within the last six months. Third, the amount of furniture that has to be moved: If we have to move your furniture, the bid must include that labor. To recap, we consider the type of carpet, the amount of soiling, and the amount of furniture that has to be moved. So, as you can now imagine, every quotation is different. If you want your carpeting to be completely and thoroughly cleaned, call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941)792-7715. In addition to 24/7 emergency services like water damage, fire damage restoration, mold mediation, and bio hazard cleanup, we are your local experts in carpet and floor care. Give us a call, we are here to help. 941-792-7715.
Understanding Water Damage In Your Bradenton Home
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SERVPRO restoration technicians are trained to deal with all types of water leaks. Leaks are one of the most expensive types of damage that can happen to a home, but also one of the least detected. In some cases it can take months or even years for leaks to cause visual damage, but by that point, it’s too late to take preventative measures. Leaks can weaken structures, waste water, dissolve building materials, creates dangerous compounds, and foster mold growth. These are some of the most common leaks we encounter on a typical residential call, and how they start: Pipe Leaks Pipe leaks, in cabinets, behind walls, or anywhere else, are one of the most common sources of water damage. Pipes are often deliberately placed out of view of occupants, so when one develops a leak, it can be a while before anyone notices. These hidden pipe leaks often occur close to normally dry wood and fabric, and once these are consistently soaked by leaking water, they can lose structural integrity or even develop patches of mold growth. In extreme cases, residents sometimes only learn of these leaks when part of their ceiling crashes down into the living room. Sink, Shower, and Tub Leaks These leaks are often much more damaging and much more noticeable than a pipe leak because they are usually caused by a resident in some way and the leak is immediate. As such, they have less potential for long-term water damage, but can be a big problem, and cause a bigger mess. Water Tanks and Heaters When water heaters or tanks leak, the damage can go on for hours until it is discovered, causing severe damage to surrounding objects and materials. It is important to know the age of your water heater and consult with a professional plumber when you should replace your water tank heater. Water tank heaters have a manufacturer’s useful life and if your water tank has not been serviced or ignored for many years, the consequences can be very damaging.
Technicians from SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are trained extensively in water damage restoration of all kinds, and we feel confident we can handle any water damage you have.
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. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call us 24/7 at (941) 792-7715 for emergency services or a quote.
If You Have Water Damage After A Storm On Anna Maria Island Call The Experts
Whether by storm or by burst pipe, you wake up one morning to find that your Anna Maria Island home is flooded with two feet of water. What can you do next? The next step is to call a specialist who can respond to your emergency with the right equipment. The technicians with SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are trained and certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria have trained (IICRC) technicians.
If a storm has caused water damage don't hesitate call the experts SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.
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. 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. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.
Call Us First If You Have Storm Damage In Bradenton
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There are a lot of ways you can get prepared before damaging storms hit. One way is to check the local NWS office NWS Local Office. They provide useful information and forecasts. You can also learn about how to prepare for storms NWS preparedness.
Preparing before the storm is important and knowing who to call if you have storm related damage is very valuable. Choosing trained, certified professionals will absolutely save you time and money.
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
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.
Our technicians are IICRC trained. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Bradenton or Anna Maria Island 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.
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Knowing What To Do After The Storm
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 There are a number of steps you can take to protect your property from damaging winds.
Homeowners concerns arise with the possibility of severe storms, with damaging winds being high on the list. These winds, which can come with little to no notice, can create long-term structural impacts.
What to be Concerned About
Tornadoes and hurricanes are not the only storms to cause damaging winds. “Straight-line” winds with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph are often spawned by strong or severe thunderstorm—and their damage is different than damage from a tornado.
The damage from these winds can be very destructive, causing loose items around your home to become projectiles. Windows and roofs can take a major brunt of this damage, and if the damage is extensive, it can result in water damage to the inside of the home as the outside elements come indoors.
Anyone who lives in a thunderstorm-prone area can be at risk from damaging winds, but there are some structures, like mobile homes, that are especially at risk. Even when anchored, they could be seriously damaged in wind gusts over 80 mph.
How to Protect Your Property
There are a number of steps you can take to protect your property from damaging winds, but keep the “Two R’s” in mind: reinforce and remove.
Have your garage door professionally reinforced.
Remove and/or anchor loose objects on your property that could be blown or tossed by the wind, including trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.
Have large or dying trees and branches near your home professionally removed. Better to remove them now than have them come crashing down during a storm.
Not all high wind circumstances come with advanced warning, as we all know, but using a “just-in-case” logic and being prepared could prevent major damage to your home.
Also, if you are building or renovating a home, be sure all windows, walls and doors meet building code for your area.
If you have questions please call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715
Florida State Fire Marshalls Provides Tips To Avoid House Fires This Winter
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries and December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires.
Here are some helpful tips from the Florida State Fire Marshall:
1. Keep objects away from heaters and fireplaces. Keep flammable objects at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
2. Keep fireplaces and chimneys clean. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
3. Never leave a fire unattended. Remember to extinguish fireplaces and turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
4. Do not use your oven to heat your home. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to your local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Use Carbon Monoxide detectors. Since carbon monoxide can be produced by a number of fuel-burning devices, it's important to have carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. This will ensure every person in the home can hear and be alerted to the emergency.
If you do experience a fire know that SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria can help you with your insurance company.
We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details (941) 792-7715.
Document the Damages
List all of the damages that you have incurred both structural and personal. Make sure you take photos of the damages, the date it occurred, type of loss and a written report if possible. Document any injuries and make sure you get the police report. When taking photos, it is best to include a general photo as well as close-up photos of specific damages.
Keep Receipts and Bills
The insurance company needs evidence to understand what to pay. If you have performed any minor repairs, keep the receipts so that the insurance company understands the original damages.
Keep the Evidence Intact
The adjustor uses the site of the accident to determine your compensation. So, don’t throw away any damaged items before the insurance adjustor has been at the site.
At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we are here to help you during a Fire Damage and the secondary Smoke and Water Damage. Give us a call if you live in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, or Lakewood Ranch 941-792-7715.
Storm Preparedness May Save Your Future
Contact SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP)
No matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for any natural disaster that may occur. Storms often strike without warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. Though storms are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared.
Contact SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your home and business property.
SERVPRO's ERP serves as a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information for your property in the event of an emergency. The ERP is an ideal supplement to any existing preparedness plan, or may be used as a standalone document. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and can minimize the effects of any weather-related disaster, water, or fire damage to your home or business.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Technicians with SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are (IICRC) trained and certified.
The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria will be ready to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened."
Sewage Is Not An Easy Clean-Up Call The Trained Pros
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too.
Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains harmful bacteria and can lead to serious health issues or even death. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems. Keep SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria in mind when dealing with these situations. We are on call to serve you 24/7 at (941) 792-7715.
Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups: Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – bacteria and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B. Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims. It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas. Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too. There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only. Only the most highly trained professionals should provide sewage remediation work. The technicians with SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are trained and certified to handle these situations. Bottom line is if you ever experience a sewage backup, don’t assume you can clean the mess with bleach and a mop. Call in a professional who is well trained and has many years of experience dealing with sewage disasters. Call a pro – call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too.
The Facts About Water Damage and Mold
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Water damage can be a costly mess and it can encourage the growth of mold on walls and floors. It may even be in areas that are not visible, in ductwork, attics and crawl spaces. In these hidden areas you might not notice it. A musty odor is a sign that mold may be present. Mold can cause damage and lead to health problems, so it's important to deal with it quickly.
How do I identify a mold problem?
Check the air and surfaces in the area. If you notice a musty smell, then you have a mold problem. Additionally, different types of mold discolor surfaces with black and/or green specks. Look for mold in bathrooms, windows, crawl spaces, air conditioners, ventilation systems, leaky roofs, attics and basements. Why have I found mold in several areas?
All fungi, like mold, release spores that travel along air currents. Unless a mold-infested area is sealed off, the spores spread throughout a building.
Why does mold grow in air ducts?
Poor duct maintenance and moisture from humidity or plumbing, wall or roof leaks give mold spores the perfect dark habitat for growth. The experienced team at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria use the IICRC (gold standard) guidelines to remove any mold growth.
Can I use bleach to remove mold? Mold spores have roots. Liquid bleach is the wrong choice for several reasons: Bleach can't successfully penetrate all surfaces -- especially some porous materials -- and since it is wet it will help any missed mold regrow.
Worse yet, bleach can hide a deeply rooted mold problem. Do I need additional testing if I already know that I have mold in my home after water damage?
Testing determines the type of mold and the amount of cleaning that must be done to completely restore an area.
Should I use a DIY test kit after water damage?
Although DIY kits are inexpensive, they often provide false positive results. They also don't offer the data needed to determine the type of mold or the amount of spores in the air. Also, you need a CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist) to interpret the results and they can not be responsible for determining samples that may not have been collect properly. How can I remove mold growth and spores from my home?
The best way is to bring in the trained technicians of SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria. They can evaluate the problem and perform the correct tasks to remove mold from the air and surfaces, clean the infested area and safeguard against future growth.
It's important to understand the damage water can do.
Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems.
Consider these facts: Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
They are always present and only dangerous when reactivated by a high level of moisture.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed/stopped. Otherwise, the mold may return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If you have questions about water damage or mold, give us a call at SERVPRO of West Bradenton /Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.
Making Sure Your Home and Business are READY for the Worst
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (941) 792-7715
We spend quite a bit of money and time preparing for unlikely events. We insure our homes and cars to protect some of our most valuable assets. We write living wills to ensure our families and estate are taken care of should the unthinkable happen.
How many of us have a disaster preparedness plan in place should Mother Nature come knocking down our door? If a natural disaster struck while you were at work or out of town, would your family know the steps to take to remain safe?
That’s why SERVPRO has developed the ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) – a FREE app designed for your home and business to place all of your emergency contacts in ONE place, in the palm of your hand. SERVPRO wants you and your family to be safe and know what to do should a disaster strike.
Emergency situations are stressful and can leave you feeling helpless. We focus on 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to make it "Like it never even happened." no matter the size or type of disaster.
Don’t wait for a disaster to strike. Take time now to put together a preparedness plan and your family and business will thank you should a disaster strike.
How does this app work?
1. Call your local franchise and ask to schedule an appointment to do a FREE evaluation of your home or business.
2. Your service rep will come out to your home or business and gather vital emergency contact information you will need for your app.
3. Register on our website and download the app – you’re ready!
At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria we proudly serve Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, and Anna Maria Island.
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (941) 792-7715