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Water Damage 101

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage 101 When a disaster strikes act fast to control the damage.

Water damage can describe any large number of possible losses caused by water intrusion into your business or home. No matter how it got there, 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 imperceptibly minor and slow like water spots which could appear on your wall or ceiling, or they can be catastrophic and instantaneous like flooding. No matter how fast it happens, water damage is a huge contributor to the loss of property. 

Insurance Coverage 

Your insurance policy may or may not cover costs that are associated with water damage and the water damage restoration process. You should look at your insurance policy before a disaster happens so that you know what is covered and what is not. With floods, you will usually need separate flood insurance. Speak with your insurance agent if you are not sure what your policy covers. 


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, is the safest way to restore your property that has been damaged by water because our training and experience are extensive. 

Mold Growth 

Slight discolorations on your ceiling or walls might go unnoticed for an extended period of time, but they gradually spread and become more severe. They are often ignored even if they are noticed because it is thought that discoloration is a normal part of wear and tear in a home. However, mold spreads throughout a structure and when it does it can lead to serious health issues. If you suspect at all that you have mold, contact us at SERVPRO 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. 

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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.

Bradenton Residents: Bleach does not kill mold!

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bradenton Residents: Bleach does not kill mold! Does bleach kill mold? Read more about killing mold in Bradenton.

Recently we received a call from a Property Manager in Bradenton because they noticed some mold growing on the baseboard in one of the bathrooms and they wanted to know if bleach would kill the mold pores. Unfortunately, I had to give him the bad news that bleach will not kill mold spores.

Then I followed by explaining that the idea that bleach kills mold spores is one of those “urban myths” that has made its way into the do-it-yourself community, leading homeowners and property managers to believe that they can actually kill a mold problem by spraying a bleach solution onto a wall and then wiping it clean. But while the area appears to be clean and rid of the black fungus on the surface, this particular method actually makes the situation worse.

When mold and bleach interact, the mold spores react as if they are being attacked. Spraying the fungus down with bleach causes the mold to shoot off spores to protect itself. So, as you are wiping the surface, you are actually spreading the mold spores further out.  If the cloth is used in other areas of the home, it can spread the mold to areas that were unaffected (otherwise known as cross contamination).

Mold thrives on moisture, and since the primary component of bleach is water, the solution actually feeds the fungus rather than kill it. Another reason bleach is no match for mold is because its chemicals, which include chlorine, do not penetrate through the porous areas of the sheetrock or wood where the deep roots of the mold spores are located.

Why you shouldn't use bleach on mold?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Another reason not to use bleach to combat a mold problem is because 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. And 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 never uses bleach on any of its mold remediation projects. Our professionally trained crews understand the problems that can arise out of using bleach on  mold spores. With over 25 years of experience responding to property owners and managers with mold in their homes or businesses, handling mold projects throughout the 941 area code, our staff can properly and completely clean up any mold situation with the right products and equipment.  As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO requires 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.

Needing Water Damage Remediation After a Fire?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Following a fire, you need to hire professionals to handle the smoke cleanup. However, you also need to hire people who know how to address the necessary water cleanup. While smoke and soot will damage various items, water can enter your building in Anna Maria, following a fire, and you need to take care of that, too.

1. Burst Pipes

The high temperatures brought in by a fire can cause the metal of pipes to melt and warp. This causes water to leak out, and if you do not shut off the main water valve during a fire, then it can leak everywhere. The places more prone to this kind of damage include the basement of the building and the bathrooms.

2. Storm Water

Occasionally, fires are caused by storms from lightning strikes. The initial strike can create an opening in your building that storm water pours in from. Part of the water cleanup efforts will involve putting tarps and boards over any exposed area, but until those fixtures can be put into place, a significant amount of water can make its way inside.

Extinguishers and Hoses After a Fire

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

A severe fire will necessitate bringing in firefighters to put out the flames. Their hoses will douse the flames, but they will also bring in a lot of water. This is a necessary inconvenience. Water can be pumped from a room, but it is difficult to salvage an area that has been exposed to a big fire. Even using a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire will necessitate professional cleanup to ensure the materials are disposed of properly. 

Do not delay the fire cleanup efforts. Many items can be salvaged following a fire, but if you wait, then those chances decrease. Find a service to assist you with both fire and water cleanup so that your business gets back up and running in no time.

Cleaning a fire loss usually means having a water loss. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is certified in cleaning fire and water damages.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Fire Damage?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Fire Damage? Anna Maria home fire damage.

One of the worst incidences that can happen in your home is a fire accident. Fires are known to spread quickly and cause a lot of damage. Restoring your home to its original state requires you to invest some money, which can be costly on your part. However, you don’t have to meet all the expenses on your own, because homeowners insurance covers fire damage. However, you need to understand how this works so that you make your claim the right way.

During a fire incident, there is a lot of damage that occurs to your property and personal possessions. The damage results not only from the fire, but also from the smoke and the actions by the fire brigade. 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.

In order to be compensated, you need to file a fire damage insurance claim.

How do I file a fire claim?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Filing a Claim for Damages
Filing for damages can be complicated. This is because the insurance company will try to give you a minimum payout that might not be enough for the damages incurred. Here are tips to make sure you get what you deserve:

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.

Contact the Insurance Company
You need to call the insurance company representative immediately to report the claim. The sooner you call, the faster the company will send an adjustor to the site, which speeds up the process.

Once you contact the insurance company, make sure you work with the representative to settle the claim as quickly as possible. Return all phone calls and provide the required documents.

In summary, you need to understand the process of filing for fire damage insurance, and what to do to make it a success.

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.

You can be ruined or you can be ready!

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You can be ruined or you can be ready! Call us to set up your Emergency Ready Profile. 941-792-7715

Major disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes are rare. Smaller disasters like a water pipe break, sewer back up, and fires, however, happen every day. 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.

Following a disaster, statistics show over 50% of businesses fail within a year unless they can resume operations within 5 days. Having a plan can ensure that you’re back in business quickly and able to provide products and services to your community.

Emergency Ready Application

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria we have a plan and can help you implement it. Our marketing and production crews can help you prepare for disasters after a storm.

Give us a call and we will set you up with our FREE Emergency Ready Profile. This is an APP that you can place on any mobile device that puts all of your emergency contacts in ONE location, the palm of your hand.

  • Insurance contacts
  • Emergency contacts
  • Water shutoff locations
  • Gas shutoff valves

In addition, we will do an assessment of your property and help you create an action plan for when disaster strikes.

You can be ruined or you can be ready.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is ready to help Call us to set up your Emergency Ready Profile. 941-792-7715

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage for Longboat Key

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage for Longboat Key SERVPRO of Bradenton acts fast for everyone of our customers. We serve Longboat Key, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and Sarasota area.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. 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.

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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.

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.