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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
 Moisture
  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.

Fire Damage To Your Bradenton Home

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire can be a terrifying experience.


After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition – "Like it never even happened."  Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.  Step 1: Emergency Contact  The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 and we will send a team with the appropriate equipment and resources.  Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage AssessmentOur Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.  Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service  Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO West Bradenton/Anna Maria technicians can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.  Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)  The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.  Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces  SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.  Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing  They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.  Step 7: Restoration  Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.  Call us anytime – we are available 24/7/365. SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria 941-792-7715

Here Are Tips For Cleaning Your Bradenton Home

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

If You Are Considering Deep Cleaning in Bradenton, Call Us

Make Door Mats Welcoming Shake, Wash, Swat them with a broom. Give them the toughest cleaning they can take. They’re your front line against tracked-in dirt, so keep them clean enough so they can do the job. Clean Carpets and Upholstery  Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear.  

Why SERVPRO?

   At SERVPRO of West Bradenton /Anna Maria, we have over 26 years of experience cleaning carpets. Our technicians are trained and certified. We make sure we provide them with the best equipment to take of your home. Technology, training and experience set us apart.  Finish Your Floors  To protect the floors in your kitchen from another year of wear and tear, wax or apply a sealer following label directions. The simplest method: Use a combination wash-and-wax floor cleaner. No wax floors don’t need a polishing treatment, but an occasional makeover will keep them looking fresher and add a protective buffer that could help them last longer.  Use a floor cleaner that cleans, shines, or both. If you have wood floors, move furniture and rugs aside, then apply a wood cleaner and either liquid or paste polish to clean and add a new wax coating.  Wash walls, cabinets, baseboards, and woodworkThe walls may not look as if they need to be cleaned, dust and soot fall to the floor, right? Most of it does, but just enough clings to vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal cleaning. Use a sponge and hand dishwashing detergent, washing the surface in sections. A sponge mop makes it easier to reach higher spots. Use two buckets: one for dishwashing detergent solution and another for wringing your sponge. Dry the walls and woodwork with a clean cloth.  Vacuum with intelligence  The old rules mandated that you go through the labor intensive task of dragging every piece of furniture off the carpet, just so the vacuum cleaner could cover every nook and cranny. Instead, simply move those big items a little to the left or to the right. Vacuum the area previously occupied by the furniture and then move it back into place. Use furniture moving discs to easily move larger pieces of furniture to get to those hard to reach areas.  Clean Your Ceiling Fixtures  Remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air-conditioner vents with a cloth and a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.  Clean Your Light Fixtures  A few minutes with a stepladder, all purpose cleaner, a sponge, and a polish cloth will give new light to your life. If your home has skylights or tall ceilings, consider investing in a stepladder and extended-reach dust-and-dirt-removal tools. 
Clean Your Coils  You should clean the refrigerator’s condenser coil, usually found behind the toe grille, with a long handled bottle brush and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose to remove dust and lint. Built up dust can shut down the unit by causing it to overheat. To remove dust from coils attached to the hard-to-reach back side of the fridge, carefully pull the refrigerator out several feet (newer models roll on casters) and vacuum thoroughly. Finish by sweeping or vacuuming the floor area you’ve revealed.    At SERVPRO of West Bradenton /Anna Maria, we love clean! We are not a housekeeping service, but we will come to your home our business and help you deep clean.  Here’s a list of what we offer:  Carpet Cleaning  Tile Cleaning  Upholstery  Drapes and Blinds  Odor Removal  Air Ducts and HVAC  Bio Hazard and disinfectant  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. 
Give us a call (941) 792-7715 to set up an appointment for your free estimate.

Carpet Cleaning Is About Experience And Technology

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen, pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with HEPA filtration vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.  Asthma and Allergies  A misconception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that properly cleaned carpet helps reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and allergies.  Mold and VOC misconceptions:  When carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers. Carpet is recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOC's) among various interior flooring choices. 
The U.S. EPA reports that Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors which means that indoor air quality is of the utmost importance.  Some believe that carpet reduces indoor air quality, but the facts support quite the opposite in that carpet is better for indoor air quality because it acts as a filter by trapping allergens and keeping them out of the breathing zone. In fact, there is no scientific study linking the rise of allergies and asthma to the use of carpet.  If you have carpet in your home, keeping it clean is the best way to eliminate the negative effects of allergens.  Vacuuming is the simplest and most effective way to remove dirt and allergens from carpet. In fact, 90 to 95% of all dry soil by weight can be removed from carpet by following a routine vacuuming schedule. CRI Seal of Approval tests vacuums for effective soil removal and dust containment, which means CRI/SOA-approved vacuums are among the best at raising indoor air quality.  Another imperative in improving indoor air quality is a regular deep cleaning. 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.  A deep cleaning every 12-18 months by an IICRC trained SERVPRO employee will renew the look of carpet by removing the deepest dirt. 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 utilizes the best technology and world-renowned certified equipment that effectively removes soil to get carpet looking like new. If you’re committed to improving indoor air quality in your home, choose SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.

Preventing Fire Damage To Your Bradenton Home

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

A home that is in flames is shown Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

Fires in Manatee County occur more frequently than you might actually believe. Proper grill maintenance is often key to preventing a grease fire. Grill cleaning can be an important safety measure, so here are some tips to keep your grill in top shape. 1. Understand Grill Maintenance Basics There are usually several steps to cleaning your grill after use that apply no matter what type of grill you have. First, cook off food debris by heating the grill for 15 minutes. Once cooled, scrub the grates with a long-handled wire brush, though balled up aluminum foil may work in a pinch. Wipe vegetable oil on the grates with paper towels to prevent rust and food accumulation. Finally, clean the inside of the grill with dish soap and warm water. 2. Take Extra Steps, Pre and Post Season Besides grill cleaning after each use, there are a few things you should do each year before you grill for the first time and at the end of the season. One of them is to get a new wire brush each year. Be sure to clean the inside and outside of your grill with dish soap and water and use a grill cover when you store it. 3. Know How To Clean Gas and Charcoal Grills Gas grills have heat deflectors over the burners that should be cleaned with other removable grill parts. The burners can be removed to clean the gas ports. Blocked gas ports can affect the efficiency of your grill.  Charcoal grills are often a bit simpler with regards to cleaning. After each use, remove the briquettes and brush out the ash. Otherwise, clean it with dish soap and warm water like you would clean a gas grill. Grill cleaning should be an essential task to prevent fires. Enjoy your great meals knowing that your grill is clean and safe. If you do experience a fire our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.  We take a caring and emphatic approach, treating you, your home or business, and your belongings with respect. Our team will be at your side step-by-step providing knowledge to navigate through any size fire or smoke damage.
SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too.
Have Questions? Call Us Today – (941) 792-7715 SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria

Preventing Mold Problems In Your Anna Maria Business

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

When your Bradenton or Anna Maria Island business floods or has water damage, water is everywhere – and so is mold. It is a pervasive pest and infestation that needs water to sprout from fungal spores into a full-on mold outbreak. That may make mold seem like an inevitability, but you have control over the mold in your Bradenton, FL, commercial site, you have options for mold prevention. All you need to do to prevent mold is to prevent water damage. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity.  

Understanding the Different Types of Water Damage

  Water damage in your commercial site can take on many forms, but the most common and most likely to lead to mold growth are the following:  • Leaking roofs and windows, soaking water into insulation, windowsills, drywall, carpet, and other matter within the home
• Damaged or leaking pipes
• Broken or leaking appliances that cause puddling or standing water, or heavy condensation
• Humidity in the air caused by your climate or by showers and steam from the stove
• Flooding and storm damage  Mold prevention involves recognizing these common sources of growth and eliminating them before an infestation can take hold and spread throughout your business.  

What If I Already Have Mold?

  You can still prevent additional spread of the infestation. Mold remediation and containment can be critical once you’ve discovered mold growth. You may need to shut off your HVAC system to prevent proliferation of mold spores throughout air ducts and do your best to seal off the area where the mold is growing before quickly scrubbing it off. Mold remediation specialists can also help you find the hidden sources of mold and eradicate them.  

Once I Get Rid of Mold, Will It Come Back?

  After you’ve handled mold cleanup and remediation, proper mold prevention can keep it from coming back – though you can never be rid of it entirely. The spores will always exist in your environment, but the key is keeping them from growing into mold by depriving them of the moisture they need to enter their next stage of development. 
When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941)792-7715, has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Flood Damage Clean Up In Bradenton and Anna Maria

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

There is no guarantee that your commercial property that is meant to be dry will stay dry. When flooding occurs in Bradenton, FL your commercial insurance package can cover the costs of repairing or replacing your business’s building and property within it. 
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.
Under FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) recommends both property and personal policies to make sure that damages caused by flooding are covered. Property Policy A good property policy insures the building itself. It is not limited to the basic structure but also many elements built into the structure, such as the following items: • Central air conditioning and heating systems
• Installed carpeting
• Built-in furniture, such as cabinetry
• Fire system and any related apparatus Commercial insurance can help you replace any aspect of the building itself that is damaged by flooding. This not only includes floors and basements but also awnings and any structures attached to the building.  Personal Policy  Another good flood policy to have is a personal policy that can be used to reimburse you for the actual cash value of items in your building that are damaged. These items include but are not limited to the following examples:  • Furniture and equipment
• Free-standing machinery or appliances
• Uninstalled carpet or rugs
• Inventoried stock
• Non-licensed vehicles used primarily on property  Because your business often relies on the use of these items, a personal policy is just as important for business continuity as a property policy.  Commercial insurance covers damage caused directly by flooding. If a sewage system backs up, for example, the damage it causes is only covered by a flood policy if there is a flood in the area that initiated the backup. Any damage that results from the neglect of property owner, such as subsequent mold or contamination that occurs because the flooding was not dealt with quickly, is also not covered. If handled in a timely manner, however, your property and personal flood policies should make recovering from flooding in Bradenton, FL more affordable. 
You can depend on SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Have Questions? Call Us Today – (941) 792-7715

The Benefits of Proactive Cleaning in Bradenton

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need


During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.


Specialized Training


We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.


The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:


Kitchen/Food Areas
Bathrooms
Schools/Classrooms
Offices
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
Shelving/Racks
Sales Counters
Carpets and Rugs
Stair Handrails
Elevator Cars
Playground Equipment
Fitness Equipment


Specialized Products


The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.


Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning


If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of West Bradenton and Anna Maria Island (941) 792-7715

Carpet Cleaning For Your Bradenton Business Is A Phone Call Away

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

A Carpet Cleaning device is shown cleaning a light colored carpet When choosing a carpet cleaning company, select certified, trained experts. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715


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

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

A green heavy duty fan is shown drying a floor Technicians from SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are trained extensively in water damage restoration (941) 792-7715

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

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A fallen tree is shown on a roof Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources (941) 792-7715.

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.


Faster Response


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.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (941) 792-7715.

Knowing What To Do After The Storm

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

A damaged roof is shown with wind damage on the corner of a house 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

1/7/2020 (Permalink)


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

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Dark Storm Clouds Are Shown 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

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A toilet is shown in a bathroom 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

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A room that has extensive mold on the walls is shown Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your water damage emergency. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715

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

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A hand is shown holding a cellphone on the screen is information about Ready Plan app 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

If Your Home or Business is Damaged By Water Do You Understand Your Coverage?

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO Technicians are shown cleaning up water damage If an insurance company declines your application to cover water damage, it could still have a big impact on your insurance rates. (941) 792-7715

After experiencing water damage, you may be left wondering what your options are. In most cases, you should make sure that you fix all water damage as quickly as possible. Once you have done this, you can then proceed to file for claims. Fixing your home immediately can prevent problems from getting worse due to mold or decomposition. However, afterward you will still need to deal with the consequences of the bills. For some homeowners, it may be possible for insurance to cover some of the losses. Many homeowners insurance policies do not always come packaged with flood insurance. To provide assistance, this will take a look at the differences between flood insurance and water damage claims. Water Damage Claims
Your first impulse is probably to call your insurance company. Hopefully, you haven’t done this yet. There is a big difference between water damage and flood insurance. Water damage can be caused by storms, accidents, or bursting pipes. These claims are only valid when water damage is associated with water that did not first touch the ground (such as lakes, ponds, & rivers). This means that water coming from a regular thunderstorm or tornado, plumbing, or appliance is usually covered under water damage claims. In contrast, a flooded lake or stream that inundates a person’s home is not covered.  Flood Insurance
It is important to keep in mind that flood insurance is a special form of insurance contract. It does not automatically come with a standard homeowners insurance policy. In almost all cases, individuals have to purchase   flood insurance separately from homeowners insurance. Since many homeowners are not aware of this, homeowners are often outraged when they discover that their insurance contract does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is generally available for just a few dollars each month. Without this insurance, homeowners can not expect to have any damage associated with flooding covered under their homeowners insurance policy.  Implications of Denied Coverage
If an insurance company declines your application to cover water damage, it could still have a big impact on your monthly insurance rates. Insurance companies can take advantage of information in your claims application to increase your monthly insurance bills. It is not uncommon to see insurance companies viewing homes that have experienced flood damage as high risk. As a result, they have the right to appropriately increase your monthly rates according to this information. The reality that your insurance rates could increase after being denied coverage makes it even more important to understand the difference between flood damage and water damage claims. Many individual homeowners make the mistake of filing claims for costs associated with flood damage, only to find that these costs are not covered. When the bill comes the next month, there is nothing that homeowners can do to bring their rates back down. Therefore, it is important to only file a claim if flood damage is explicitly covered in the homeowners insurance contract. In some cases, it may even be recommended for homeowners to work with an attorney to ensure that it is appropriate to file a water damage claim. 
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
Remember we work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.
If you have questions about your coverage, we strongly advise you to contact your insurance agent and review your policy. What incidents and perils are you covered for? What are your deductibles? At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria we are here to help you in any we can.

A Small Leak Can Be A Cause For Concern When The Homeowner Isn't Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A toilet is shown in bathroom that has been water damaged, green SERVPRO equipment is restoring the room The decision of the homeowner to call the IICRC trained technicians from SERVPRO of West Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch was crucial in preventing additi

Recently a Bradenton homeowner answered a frantic call from a neighbor. The neighbor said that water was coming out of the home. The homeowner called the experts at SERVPRO and started to make his way home. A hot water heater had leaked causing damage to most of the home. Luckily, it was caught in time, because this all happened in a condo and it could have been much worse.


The actions of the neighbor were very helpful. The decision of the homeowner to call the IICRC trained technicians from SERVPRO of West Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch was crucial in preventing additional damage. The team responded quickly, because they are set up for 24/7 emergency service.


SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria technicians are highly trained to properly clean and restore your house so that it feels like home again.


When the leak was stopped, and the inspection completed, it was time to really get to work. First is the water removal and extraction. Depending on the amount of water, we may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. Removing most of the water helps reduce drying time and helps prevent secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth. After the damage assessment it was time for drying and dehumidification.


Our team is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our technical expertise and industrial grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment go well beyond simply masking odors and other shortcuts that don’t work when your odor problem is persistent.


We can work with your insurance. So for an easy claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details. (941) 792-7715

Even After The Fire Is Out, Quick Response Is Still Important to Your Home or Business

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Even After The Fire Is Out, Quick Response Is Still Important to Your Home or Business
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.
Fire mitigation work is designed to contain the existing damage and make sure that the property’s structure is not unsafe.  If you have suffered a fire, the chances are there is more damage than what you can see. Delaying a response after a fire is only going to cause more problems once the actual work begins. Don't delay after the fire trucks leave turn to the experts at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715. Things to consider:
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.
Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.
According to the State of Florida Fire Marshal Report; 830 fire calls were responded to in Manatee County in 2016.  That's over two fires per day.  Fires can be devastating and leave you feeling helpless.  Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.
Any moisture needs to be cleaned up and taken care of to avoid health hazards. You want to avoid mold getting into the airways. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has well trained experts that know how to take care of water issues. 
SERVPRO of 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. Call SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715.

If Your Business Has Water Damage Do You Know What To Do?

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a significant problem for a business owner. Unfortunately, many business owners don't know how to handle this type of property damage. However, learning more about the issue can empower you to take the steps necessary to get your commercial property back in pristine condition


Water Damage Basics


Some of the possible causes of water damage:


Poor Ventilation

Leaking Pipes

Excessive Condensation

High Humidity

Damp Utility Closets

Roof Leaks

Damp Carpets

Flooding

Fire Sprinklers


Once a water damage has transpired on your property, you'll need to determine the following three things:
Where the water came from?
What is the extent of the damage?
How long has the devastation has been in place?


Now it's time to get the right team.


When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.


Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO® expert nearby and ready to serve you.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is strategically located to respond quickly to your water emergency event. We have been serving the Bradenton community for over 25 years! Call us SERVPRO® of West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715.

What To Do After The Fire

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After a house fire, after the fire trucks leave it's time to bring in SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria.


The firefighters 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.


Fires in Manatee County occur more frequently than you might actually believe.  According to the State of Florida Fire Marshal Report; 830 fire calls were responded to in Manatee County in 2016.  That's over two fires per day.  Fires can be devastating and leave you feeling helpless.  Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. 

We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  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.


When your Bradenton home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly.

SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.


We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715


Cleaning a fire loss usually means having a water loss.

SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715 is certified in cleaning fire and water damages.

If A Storm Has Caused Water Damage To Your Home Or Business Don't Wait, Call The Professionals Right Away

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

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.
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.
1. Call the pros right away so that SERVPRO®  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.
2. SERVPRO®  will place the required number of air movers and dehumidifiers. This equipment will be monitored daily to make sure it is working properly.
3. After the structure is dry, SERVPRO®  can start the rebuilding process. In most cases, SERVPRO can handle every job from start to finish.
When storms hit West Bradenton / 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 1,650 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.
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. 24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

If You Experience Flood Damage, Call The Professionals

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to spend their time dealing with flood damage. There are some practical measures that he to reduce the flood and water damage in your Anna Maria home. Before you leave, place furniture, appliances, electronics, and family memorabilia in boxes several feet off the floor level to prevent water damage. Secure food in plastic trash bags to keep them dry and avoid contamination. Shore up all openings to your structure the best you can. Every effort you make to protect your property from rising flood waters, will save you time and money during the water damage restoration process that will occur.
Always have a plan for your pets, should you face a deluge. For instance, if you have to stay in a hotel, at someone's home or in a shelter because of flood damage to your home, they may not accommodate your pets. Be willing to drive your pet to a facility even in the next town or city if need be. Or have a friend as a backup plan on your list that you can call who would be prepared to take your pet. If you leave your pets at your home, they can feel the stress and cause more additional damage to your home. Also, they are potentially at risk if flood waters rise and you cannot return home for several days to feed them.
It is important that you shut off the electricity, especially in the areas of your house that are more prone to flooding. If you are planning on evacuating the premises, turn off the electric at its source, the main electrical panel. Do not attempt to deal with this if there is standing water.
Call for help from professionals. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715.There is a very high risk of sustaining an electrical shock or worse by you, family members or someone working in a flooded area of your home. If the water has reached the level of the electrical sockets with live current, at best the circuit breaker will short the circuit. Be prepared to call in SERVPRO® when the water recedes for water extraction, drying, cleaning, and sanitizing your property. Floodwaters can transport sewage, chemicals, fertilizers, and other substances that are harmful. Electrical appliances such as the furnace, freezer, washer, and dryer can pose real safety hazards during flooding. Unplug them if possible. Take emergency contact information with you to keep family members and friends informed of your situation. Don't forget the chargers for your mobile devices. Utilize emergency media messages for information and The American Red Cross for shelter. SERVPRO® is an industry leader in providing post-flooding restoration for commercial and residential properties. With our industry leading equipment, specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing products, and highly trained technicians who are instructed beyond the IICRC standards, we can help. From a quick emergency response to water extraction and drying and cleaning, we can restore your water damaged home to pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. We proudly serve our local communities of Bradenton, Longboat Key, Palmetto, Anna Maria Island, and Bradenton Beach.  Call us for immediate response to mold, fire, and water damage 24/7 at (941) 792-7715

If Water Has Been Flowing, Mold Could Be Growing

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

An important distinction between restoration companies is certification. SERVPRO® of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is an IICRC firm.

Mold can be a serious threat to your home or business. It requires immediate, professional attention.
The first pointer you want to keep in mind involves mold growth and its ability to spread quickly. Whether your business has had a leaky pipe or a more serious form of moisture damage, mold usually moves in within 24 to 48 hours after the water runs its course. Because they can easily lock dampness in, carpets are especially susceptible to rapid mold invasion. Plan To Dry Properly
Cleaning up after water damage in your building can require more than a couple of hours with a scrub brush; instead, the professionals may need to make a further inspection. Call SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715. Areas such as baseboards and spaces behind walls are mold's favorite stomping grounds, but they're also often hard to fully scrutinize. Other places prone to mold takeover include tile ceilings, spots behind wallpaper, and any other place that can trap moisture.
Keep Up With Routine Maintenance
Anti-mold steps don't usually end after a cleanup is over. Mold has a way of popping up after any minor water damage and can even linger in a humid part of the building. It's also capable of sustaining itself on drier materials until moisture comes back into the picture, so you want to carry out regular maintenance checks to ensure the fungus stays outside where it belongs.
Regardless of the weather in Bradenton, FL or what type of moisture chaos you may be facing, your business could be hiding an unpleasant, moldy secret that could take a toll on the building itself. Keep these mold prevention tips in mind to avoid any surprises down the road.
Restoration Companies are usually the ?rst to your home or business following signi?cant damage to a home from ?oods and ?res, water damage, sewage backup and other major events.  The job of a restoration company is to clean up the mess and to preserve and protect the home and its contents so that further damage will not occur.
An important distinction between restoration companies is certification.
SERVPRO® of 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.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace. Call SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715 for more information on mold.

Bleach Kills Mold, True or False

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Bleach Won't Fix This SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715

The idea that bleach kills mold spores is simply not true. Unfortunately that idea 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. 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.


Still 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® West Bradenton / Anna Maria 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. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715

Even Small Fires Can Cause Significant Smoke Damage

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage From a Kitchen Fire in Bradenton

The smoke that lingers after a fire has been put out can be more damaging than you might think. The problem that many homeowners have is that they don’t think a fire or smoke damage could ever happen to them. The reality is that home fires are incredibly common, ranging from the very minor to the more major. Despite the fact that a minor fire may not cause a lot of fire damage, it can still cause significant smoke damage that is difficult to clean and dangerous to be living around.

Smoke Damage that is a direct result of fire damage should ideally be cleaned by experts. Experts know how to get rid of smoke damage that might be present in the home after it has been ravished by flames. You should always look to hire a licensed and highly experienced professional who has extensive experience dealing with fire damage. The professionals will often start by evaluating the overall extent of the damage that is present in the home, and then they will go over prices and costs of damage remediation for you to get the issue cleaned up by their company.

There are a lot of reasons why handling smoke damage after a fire should be done by experts and as quickly as possible. The smoke that you find after a fire often contains ash, soot and sometimes even carbons and tar that might have come off of the flames. Also, carbon monoxide is incredibly common after fire damage has been exhibited. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous  because it is odorless and cannot be seen or tasted. Therefore, you may not even know that you are surrounded by carbon monoxide until it has been properly tested. An expert damage restoration company like SERVPRO will normally test for carbon monoxide levels in a home that has dealt with a fire.

Smoke damage can also be aesthetically damaging. Furniture, walls, ceilings and practically anything in your home can become black or gray from the smoke that has come off from a fire. Many things will need to be professionally cleaned, while other things might have to be fully removed from the home in order to get rid of the problem. Your remediation company will be the one who tells you what can and cannot be saved after you have dealt with massive smoke damage in your own home.

Fires are very common, and even the most minor fire can cause a lot of smoke damage. In fact, some homeowners who have simple fireplaces that are not well-vented could deal with smoke damage without a fire ever being an issue for the home itself. Handling the damage on your own should be avoided simply because of all of the expertise that needs to go into cleaning the mess. Also, you need to have a professional test the home or room for carbon monoxide to ensure that it is going to be safe for you or for them to go in there to clean.

Smoke after a fire can linger for a long time. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has the resources and training to make your damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us today, 941-792-7715.

The Correct Way To File An Insurance Claim After A Flood

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day

When severe storms cause flooding that hits your home or business it is critical that you know the proper steps to take so that you can get back to normal quickly. Even the simpler to-do list can appear gargantuan and create stress. Follow these steps below in order to make this process an easier one. 

Communication Is Everything

After a storm has swept through, it is crucial that you connect with your insurance agent. Filing an insurance claim in a timely manner can help you get the assistance you need. Your insurance company can then get the ball rolling with aspects such as inspection and documentation of the mess. 

Proper Assessment Works Wonders 

After you've gotten in touch with your insurance company in Bradenton, FL you can then move on to the inspection. Getting a trusted professional  like SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria to take a look at your property can help you move on to other parts of the cleanup process. Part of this process might include taking photos of the affected areas in the home, as well as making a list of all damaged possessions. 

Documentation Makes All the Difference

Part of the inspection process involves proper flood claim paperwork that can help you get appropriate assistance and compensation where available. An insurance adjuster may confirm damages through a Proof of Loss statement; from there, homeowners can contact government offices to find out more information on the steps involved in flood recovery. The requirements in these claims can depend on your insurance's guidelines. 

Jumping through the hoops of a flood cleanup is a fact of life that countless homeowners in Bradenton, FL have had to face. However, there are steps you can take to make these troubles easier to manage. When you file a flood claim the right way, you can have peace of mind that all boxes have been checked.  The certified technicians at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today,  941-792- 7715

Water Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up Now to Prevent Problems Later

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Many people clean their homes prior to leaving for the season or for vacation. They also make sure that all the lights are off, and then also check that all windows and doors are locked securely. Many otherwise careful people fail to shut off the water line at the outside of their home during their pre-vacation preparations. Many times, nothing comes of this, but when it does, the water damage can be substantial. 

Water damage in Longboat Key and Anna Maria can result from a broken water line, no matter where the break or leak is located and can cause damage throughout your home. This damage may not only spread across the floor or down the inside of a wall space but from one floor to lower levels, increasing the amount of damage your home experiences. 

If a leak develops while you are away, the damage to your property can be extensive. Contact a licensed professional such as SERVPRO of West Bradenton /Anna Maria as soon as possible to avoid further damage, including the development of mold. Shutting of the source of the water should be the first thing done if it can be safely  accomplished. Standing water can pose an electrical hazard if electrical outlets or wiring are immersed in the water. If you are not sure about your safety, you should have professionals complete the shut-down the electricity prior to shutting off the water. Everyone should remain clear of the water to be safe. 

After the flow of water has been stopped, call in SERVPRO to properly mitigate the water damage for you. Because water can infiltrate porous materials like drywall throughout your home, it is tough to remove completely. The structure water damaged area must have the standing water extracted first. If this is not done properly, warping and deterioration of walls and other structures in your home can quickly occur. Then the absorbed moisture and humidity in the interior environment must be mitigated to acceptable levels. If not, this can lead to not only dangerous structural problems but also the growth of mold and mildew. These can cause health effects in your family members over time. 

What We can do For You 
Our professionals are trained in the proper techniques, not only the removal of water that can cause damage to your home's interior, but we have training in the IICRC approved drying techniques that are designed for maximum efficiency. After cleaning-up and extracted all of the water, we will begin the drying process and take note of any damage that needs to be restored or repaired. Cleaning-up will continue with removing any debris that is left over from repairs, as well.  

The professionals at SERVPRO of Bradenton / Anna Maria has 28 years of experience in responding to water damage emergencies from leaking pipes or plumbing backups. We can respond quickly to any size plumbing disaster. and we can respond quickly. We are available 24/7 so call us at (941) 792-7715 not only fast service but also professional experience.

Water Damage Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

This is why it is important to act quickly when you experience any water damage.

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.


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.


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. 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® 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.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources
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.

Storms Are Unpredictable, But Having An Emergency READY Profile (ERP) Can Help You Be Prepared

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

When storms hit West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.

No matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for any natural disaster that may occur. Natural disasters often strike without warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. Though disasters are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared.


Contact SERVPRO® 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.


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.


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.


We Have the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit West Bradenton / 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 1,650 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."

Commercial Fires Require Professional Response

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there more than a 100,000 fires in nonresidential buildings in the United States a year. Fatalities have been decreased by about 30%, but businesses still experienced $2.7 billion in financial losses.


If there's a fire in your commercial building in West Bradenton or Anna Maria you need to begin addressing the remaining smoke damage as soon as the fire is out. This will require you to hire professional smoke cleaning services. This cleanup team will have a lot to take care of, and you want to allow them to handle remediation rather than attempting to fix items on your own.

1. Remedy Smoke and Fire Damage

Soot damage can travel fast. Areas of the building that did not actually catch fire may still need to be remedied for smoke and soot. This is particularly true for textiles and upholstery. You do not want to simply toss these items in a washing machine. Improperly washing items with soot may only deteriorate them further. Instead, give these items to professionals so that they can be washed and dry-cleaned adequately.

2. Clean Up Fire Retardant

Smoke damage restoration professionals will also need to clean up any fire retardant used to put out the fire. Whether this is material that came from a fire extinguisher or from the firefighters, it could be dangerous to handle on your own. Some extinguishers use ammonium phosphate, and you do not want to use chlorine to clean up that chemical. Experts know what precautions to take to stay safe.

3. Throw Away Badly Damaged Items

Although professionals will know how to salvage some items, it will be best to throw others away. Occasionally, this disposal is in the best interest of your health and safety. For example, food should always be disposed of following a fire. It could become contaminated from smoke and soot, making it dangerous to consume.

Call the professionals in residential clean up,  SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


Our professionals at SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Rectifying smoke damage is a multi-pronged approach.

The expert team you hire will need to carry out some basic actions to ensure your company gets back up and running in no time.
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.

Our SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria team is dedicated, trustworthy, efficient and always prepared and ready to help in YOUR time of need.
Fire and Water Restoration
General Cleaning
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Duct Cleaning
Mold Remediation
Storm Damage Restoration
Reconstruction
Biohazard and Trauma Cleanup
24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (941) 792-7715

Maintenance On Your Business Today Could Prevent Expensive Flooding Repairs Tommorrow

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Preventative maintenance is one of the most important things a business owner can do to protect their property, the tenants, and employees.

It makes sense to have routine inspection of plumbing, sprinklers, pumps, and drains. While the inspection schedule for any of these items may vary, at least one full-scale inspection per year is recommended.


What would a major plumbing issue do to your business today? Having a commercial plumber on hand is great, but sometimes having the information to prevent commercial plumbing disasters can make a real difference.


Fix minor issues before they become major ones. Inspections are useless if problems are identified and not addressed. The whole point in performing inspections is to find and resolve issues while they are still small. It's a bad idea to wait until the issue grows into plumbing problems that can temporarily close down your business. If owners can commit to performing annual inspections and fixing small issues before they become substantial issues.


If your business is flooded don't waste time and money, call the restoration professionals right away.


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.
We Have the Resources to Handle Floods
We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


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.

Smoke Damage To Your Home Will Need Professional Attention

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 


Smoke and soot facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.

The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.


Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
This kind of damage can occur anywhere, but if it happens to you in West Bradenton or Anna Maria, call us today.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  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.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715

Your New Home Has An Old Problem

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

When you looked at dream home you didn't notice the smell. Now the dream home is all yours, including the cigarette smell from the previous owner.
The smell of cigarette smoke can penetrate throughout a home and give it a stale smell. Regardless of the reason behind your cigarette removal need, home deodorization is high on your list of priorities. If you have allergies or asthma, cigarette smoke can be especially irritating.
This is not something that you will want to take on yourself. The odor can be difficult to remove. This is because cigarettes leave behind
• Toxic and irritating gases
• Tar vapors
• Smoke residue
Cigarettes produce toxic and irritating gases such as phenol, ammonia gases and carbon monoxide. They also release tar vapors that become sticky. These vapors, residues and gases are able to travel everywhere. Ozone, or O3, is one of the few home deodorization techniques that actually works to combat this. That is because an ozone generator eliminates odor by oxidizing the air. The oxidized air is circulated through the air just as smoke is and so is able to get to all the places cigarette smoke does, effectively getting rid of the smelly residue.
If you need to remove odors from your home or business, you can hire professionals in SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715. They can help you identify the source and eliminate the problem. Many odors can be removed without a trace. Although cigarette smoke is one of the most offensive and prevalent odors, it is not the only one. Home deodorization can also include pet odors, spill odors and other foul smells. Oxidization is just one of many ways specialist might remove offensive smells. Sometimes special equipment and treatments are necessary to clean air ducts, carpets, upholstery and hard surfaces.
Since each odor removal is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home.  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.
If cigarette smoke is the culprit, all of these surfaces and areas must be deodorized for your home to smell fresh and clean again. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you might benefit from an odor specialist from SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715.

Following These Grilling Safety Tips Can Save Your Home From Fire Damage

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Taking A Few Minutes To Ensure You Are Grilling Safely Could Save Your Home From Fire Damage

Did you know that seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker. According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 10,200 house fires are started by grills every year on average.

Whether you grill with charcoal, wood, propane or natural gas, don't firing it up until you are sure it's safe. Embers can wreak havoc with a nearby wood pile or even your home. Make certain that vents are clean and operable and that there are no areas that have rusted through. Take the time to thoroughly clean your grill each season. Grease buildup can cause a fire that cannot be easily extinguished. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home or other combustible surfaces. For gas grills, check and secure all gas connections to avoid gas leaks. Soapy water sprayed onto each connection and fitting will reveal an unwanted leak.

Where you place your grill is important as well. Let's start with a basic rule, never barbecue indoors, including in a garage. You can literally suffocate every living thing in your home. Don't barbecue on a wood deck if there is a chance that dry grass is growing beneath it. You can start a fire that can't be easily extinguished. Use starter fluid sensibly. Apply it to the coals and then light your fire. Don't stand next to the fire and squirt lighter fluid onto the flames. Don't use gasoline or paint thinner to start your fire. When using a gas grill NEVER turn the gas on with the lid closed. An accumulation of gas can lead to an explosion. 

If you do experience fire damage to your home call the SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island (941) 792-7715. Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business.  We take a caring and emphatic approach, treating you, your home or business, and your belongings with respect. Our team will be at your side step-by-step providing knowledge to navigate through any size fire or smoke damage. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

Why call SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island?

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

If your home has experienced damage from a fire, know that SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The 5 Principles of Proper Mold Remediation

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in Bradenton

Do not delay if you suspect mold damage. Call us right away. 941-792-7715.

The professional technicians at SERVPRO of West Bradenton/ Anna Maira understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration.

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

1.    Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals, such as the SERVPRO of West Bradenton/ Anna Maria team. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.

2.    A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management

3.    Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.

4.    Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.

5.    Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.

Why use a SERVPRO certified technician?

SERVPRO of West Bradenton/ Anna Maria has the knowledge to apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre loss condition and make it look "Like it never even happened." 941-792-7715

Storm Damage Requires Quick Response

5/29/2019 (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. Floods and storms don’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."

Ways to Avoid Fire Hazards While Cooking | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Unattended cooking is the number 1 cause of kitchen fires

The kitchen is often the hub of the home where family and friends will gather and spend quality time and where meals are prepared. But 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 2017 alone, over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires was paid out by State Farm. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
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.”

Cleaning Up After Commercial Sewer Damage

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

The Proper Steps to Take When Dealing with a Sewage Backup

Sewer damage after a flood in Bradenton, FL is a serious problem for commercial businesses that can lead to loss of inventory and revenue when you are closed for business. SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria understands that it is important for you to get back to normal quickly. It is important to begin the sewer cleanup process as soon as possible, although you should always wait until the electric and gas lines have been shut off to prevent fires or explosions.

Flooding that is caused by sewage backups should be treated differently than other types of flooding events. Sewage is considered a biohazard and contains bacteria and viruses which pose a significant health issue if not handled properly. SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria has the proper equipment and the certified team to handle the job quickly.

Here are a few of the steps we take when beginning the cleanup process.

Remove any standing water and dispose of the contaminated material

Clean and Sanitize the Flooded Area including:

• Walls

• Floors

• Countertops

• Railings

• Doors

Complete the process by sanitizing the areas and ensuring the area is dry. If the area is not completely sanitized and free of moisture mold can develop causing health concerns and illness. Any items affected by sewer backup including furniture and bedding must go through the sewer cleanup process or disposed of properly

If your commercial kitchen area is affected then all food, including bottled and boxed foods should be thrown away.

Whether dealing with a flooded toilet or a full-scale commercial sewer cleanup job, consider hiring a professional like SERVPRO of West Bradenton/Anna Maria. We have the proper tools to ensure the job is completed thoroughly and safely.  Call us today 941-792-7715.

Removing Odors in Your Bradenton Business

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes Owning Commercial Property Just Stinks

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 Florida, 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.

At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria our experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. SERVPRO is IICRC certified and has 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.

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 have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Emergency Preparation Is Essential for Businesses | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Having a disaster plan will save your business.

There are so many different things that must be taken into consideration when running a business, but one of the most important factors to consider is emergency preparedness.

Wouldn’t it be a great if having an emergency preparedness plan would be all you need to protect your company from disasters? Unfortunately, that is not the case, but having a plan can still give your business an advantage on the safety side and ensure that your employees are aware of what is expected of them and what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Making a Plan

Why not make it a point to take the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? In fact, make it a priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

It doesn’t matter if it’s a man-made incident or one stemming from nature, if there is no emergency plan for your business, the situation could get even more stressful quickly.

Make safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans topics that are included in your company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where to Start

As a first step when beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, evaluate which scenarios would most likely to occur—but also include even those that are long shots but could still happen. It’s better to prepare for anything that could possibly happen and not be caught off guard.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

You should also look into a business impact analysis (BIA) to help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This should include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Also, don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Be sure to review and practice your emergency preparedness plan on a regular basis with your employees once you have one in place. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Responding Quickly to Disasters Is Our Business | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

We know that a fast response is crucial, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan for us.

If a disaster has struck your home or business, time becomes a precious commodity, and it is not on your side. When it is your home or livelihood on the line, you need help right away—and you don’t have the benefit of waiting for help.

Why Time Matters

When water damage comes into play through various water damage events such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and water from firefighting efforts, there is no luxury of having time for clean up.

The walls, the floors, upholstery and your belongings are fast casualties of water. It only takes mere minutes for water to spread and begin to saturate your property and belongings or anything else in its path.

Within the first 24 hours, the effects of water damage will include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor

The damage will continue to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you will start to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

Water damage that is left unattended for more than a week leads to greatly increased costs and restoration time as well as impacts structural safety.

How We Can Help

When you call us, we provide immediate response to any disaster, large or small, which can help to minimize the damage and keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

Our specialists are trained in cleanup and restoration and can be dispatched to your property or business at any time, no matter what day or time it is.

As a locally owned and operated franchise, we are close by and ready to respond whenever your call comes in. A major plus of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to many more resources for cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ideas for Protecting Your Business From Fire Hazards | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Being a business owner has many responsibilities as well as plenty of safety factors that need to be taken into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. Fire is a one of those risks and—as a business owner—you need to spend a little extra time on fire prevention.

Leading Causes of Commercial Fires

Findings by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicate that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Of those causes, intentional caused 20% of property damage, with exposure and electrical distribution and lighting equipment following closed behind with property damage of 18% and 15%, respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

In taking a look at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires resulted in an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

Protecting Your Business

There are many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires. But by focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will be taking positive steps to help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, walk through your facility, looking for any fire hazards. You might want to check with your local government to see if they offer the services of a fire marshal who will help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

Make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This should include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Last, and most important, you must make provisions for the human aspect of your business—your employees. Create a fire plan and review it regularly with your staff, thereby ensuring that everyone is aware of the procedures to follow in the event of a fire. By conducting fire drills at least once a year, you keep fire safety procedures fresh, and it will also afford you the opportunity to review evacuation plans and first-aid kit locations.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island is available to help make it like it never even happened.

Do You Know What the 3 Classifications of Floodwater Are? | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

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.

<h41-clean-water">No. 1: Clean Water

The name says it all—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.

<h42-gray-water">No. 2: Gray Water

Gray water is where water damage cleanup and restoration can become a bit more involved and tedious. 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.

<h43-black-water">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 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!

Creating a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Most of the time we will have advanced warnings for some types of severe weather, but there can be times when Mother Nature 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 to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

The Importance of a Disaster Plan for Business Owners | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Disaster Plan

These days, there are plenty of natural disasters happening that prove Mother Nature can be quite a formidable foe, throwing everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes at us. The key to being able to keep your business afloat (no pun intended) 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 laid out in this blog.

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:

  1. How to safely protect your employees
  2. Securing your assets
  3. 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 “rainy day” 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.

With SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island, 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.

Facts You Need to Know About Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

If you are facing a water damage situation in your home or commercial property, mold growth is likely occurring. In fact, mold can begin growing within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

Knowing the steps to take in this situation is vital, which is why we’re using this blog to provide you with an overview of what exactly mold remediation is.

Do You Understand Mold Remediation?

It is very likely that you’ve seen ads for mold remediation with the promise of mold removal, but the latter of the two is not true. To remove all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company focuses on mold remediation, further setting the goal of lowering mold levels back to a normal and safe level.

Mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both inside and outdoors. However, they only become an issue when a minor problem is ignored, allowing it to become major mold infestation.

In a mold remediation situation, technicians isolate all of the contaminated areas. Depending on the level of remediation, it will be done by either closing all doors and windows or sealing off all doorways and openings completely with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is suppressed through misting process.

All of the wet and mold-damaged materials will be removed and discarded using plastic bags. The technicians will then ensure that all areas exposed to and affected by the mold are thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum may be used in some cases to help with the removal of contamination and debris.

A biocide is used to treat the mold-affected area and then left overnight to destroy and kill the mold spores. The following day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate the affected area and beyond.

It’s Best to Call the Professionals

If there is a chance your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll want to act quickly. Upon evaluating the size of the problem, you should call a professional mold remediation company if the mold-affected area is more than 10 square feet.

Be sure that the professionals you call are highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While some homeowners and business owners have successfully resolved minor mold issues on their own, the best way to handle mold is to contact the professionals for the quick and safe resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Fire Safety Basics for Your Home | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that every year in the United States, more than 350,000 house fires occur, adding up to more than $5.5 billion in property damage? Aside from the financial loss, there’s also an immense human expense—these fires lead to close to 3,000 deaths and another 10,000 injuries.

Your best defense against a fire is advance preparation. It’s important that each member of your household know how to prevent fires and what actions to take if one should occur.

Start by teaching your kids basic fire safety guidelines at a young age. Let’s also consider these three other fire safety precautions you can practice together:

Establish a Family Fire Safety Plan

If there is a fire, each person in the family must to know how to react and stay calm—including how to safely get out of the house and where to go once they’re out.

However, creating a plan is just the beginning.

We’ve all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect.” Regular practice of your routine will make you more likely to remember the steps if a fire breaks out.

Pick Out Fire Hazards

How many fire hazards would you spot if you were to look through your home? You might be surprised what you’d find! Take time to go through every room and your outdoor space to uncover these hazards.

  • Are your appliances in good working condition?
  • Are your electrical cords intact and not frayed or otherwise damaged?
  • Have you overloaded your outlets and/or extension cords?
  • Are you using the correct wattage of light bulbs in light fixtures?
  • Have you checked to ensure that electrical wiring is not covered up by rugs or carpet?
Cooking Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Cooking is the biggest single cause of house fires. That’s why it’s important to be especially mindful in the kitchen.

Anyone who’s cooking can use a refresher on basic cooking safety. For example:

  • Cooking when tired or otherwise unable to pay attention is not advised.
  • It is advisable to always supervise kids and teens when they are cooking.
  • Have a lid available when cooking on the stove. If a small grease fire occurs, you will be able to cover and smother the fire with the lid.
  • If the oven catches on fire, turn off the oven and keep the oven door closed.

If a kitchen fire spreads, leave the room immediately and close the door behind you.

If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island can help! Give us a call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you.

Storm Damage from Hurricanes

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Coastal towns like West Bradenton and Anna Maria Island are more familiar than most with tropical storms and their damaging effects. Did you know that there are 10 different common storm types? Each with unique causes and unique damage.

SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island knows how important the safety of a house is, especially when a storm hits. This blog is meant to provide basic information about different types of storms - and hurricanes in particular - and their damaging effects.

The 10 most common storms are:

Hurricanes Tornadoes Flooding Snow storm Hail storm Thunderstorm Lightning storm Tropical storms Ice storms Derecho storms

On the Florida Gulf Coast, it’s safe to say that we won’t be expecting ice or snow storms any time soon. Derecho storms are unlikely too. These monster storms are so vast that they are actually composed of multiple storms that cross 240 miles and can reach speeds of over 58 miles per hour. They are as rare as they are big.

The Gulf Coast is more likely to experience a hurricane or tropical storm, even a tornado. Hurricanes can be strong enough that their effects can be felt far inland as strongly as they are felt on the coast. (Hurricane Sandy impacted 24 states.)

Because life on the coast comes with obvious risks thanks to the likelihood of a hurricane, it’s very to be familiar with how hurricanes cause damage.

These are the common causes of storm damage from hurricanes:One: Storm Surge

Storm surge affects the coast most directly. This weather event happens because wind pushes more and more excess water toward the shore with nowhere for it to go. Eventually, all that water piles up far higher than the predicted tide level. Then it shoves onto the shore and even inland. Storm surge is powerful enough to damage buildings, roads, and other structures.

Two: Floods

Hurricanes cause floods in two main ways: rainfall and storm surge. Both have the ability to cause floods to happen across a wide geographical area. Rainfall from hurricanes can spread farther than 100 miles from where the hurricane landed. A tropical storm does not even have to be classified as a hurricane to cause destructive and widespread rain and floods.

Three: Wind

Hurricane wind can reach speeds anywhere between 74-155 miles per hour. This wind is powerful, fast and destructive. Hurricane winds can knock down power lines and trees, carry debris far and wide, and even cause a domino effect of damage. Roofs can be lifted from homes.

Storm damage can spread wide, especially on the coast. There are several precautions that you can take to prevent storm damage, such as adding weather resistant features to your home. Every home, office, and vehicle should include an emergency preparedness kit.

Cleaning up in the aftermath of a storm can be overwhelming and dangerous. Call SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island for help from the leading experts in storm damage restoration.

Bradenton Residents: Bleach does not kill mold!

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

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.

In Bradenton, Disasters Do Not Come Just From Storms

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters can occur anywhere at anytime. Are you prepared? At SERVPRO, we are ready for whatever happens.

We participated in the Manatee County Disaster Preparedness Expo. There were three speakers talking about their experiences with hurricanes in Florida and around the Gulf Region.  One of the points the speakers mentioned over and over again is that we have not had a named storm hit Florida in 12 years. This doesn’t seem right, but it is true! I would encourage you not to be apathetic and to treat each hurricane season seriously and listen to what your preferred meteorologist has to say.

The theme of the Expo was Business Recovery. Their data states that 40% of businesses do not recover from a disaster. This is a very high number and the major cause is lack of business insurance or being under-insured. Hurricane or no hurricane this year, disasters are not just large storms. Here’s a list of potential “disasters” that can ruin a business or cause disruption to your operations:

  • Large thunderstorm with damaging winds and rain
  • Sewage backup
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Fire Sprinkler Activation
  • Vandalism
  • Fire and smoke damage

Do you know what to do if one the above should occur in your business? Does your insurance cover all of the above perils? Do you have a business interruption policy to cover your loss of income in the event of a disaster? I encourage you to sit down with your agent and ask these questions. A good policy should be designed to protect your financial interests.

At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we are here to help in the event of a disaster. Our trained staff will respond quickly and professionally to your emergency needs. We will work with your insurance adjuster to restore your business and make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7/365.

Disasters cause more than a mess in Bradenton

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Bradenton, we clean up disasters of types: Hoarding & Biohazard. 941-747-2333

In Bradenton, SERVPRO is usually the first company on the scene for property damage. When someone experiences damage to their home, there is an emotional part that comes into play and I can’t help but to be affected and even become emotionally involved as well – we care for each and every one of our clients. As a result, there are some jobs that stay with me for a long time.  I remember the people I served and think about them from time to time, and hope that in whatever way I could, I made some kind of an impact on their lives.


The other day, I happened to think about a customer I met a few months ago. We received a call from the property manager of a 55 and older community. One of the residents living there had died and the manager wanted us to come in and clean up the unit. The deceased’s husband was living in a nursing home and their daughter was flying in from Ohio.


We immediately went to the job and began work. The home was a disaster not only were we dealing with a biohazard after a death, the woman in the home became “stuck” in the stress of life and stopped taking care of the house and herself – we were also dealing with a hoarding case.


When her daughter arrived, I could see the pain on her face and knew that she was completely overwhelmed by everything that she had to address. She had to tell her dad about her mother’s death, she had to make funeral arrangements, and she had to grieve. She assumed that she would have to pay for our services out of her mother’s estate. I explained to her that the job in part was most likely covered by her mother’s homeowner’s insurance but I could also see that calling the insurance agent was the last thing on her mind. I couldn’t minimize her emotional pain but I could step in and help a bit with handling the logistics of this clean up. And so I did. I told her to focus on taking care of her dad and making the arrangements for the funeral and I would handle everything concerning the clean up and insurance. I contacted the agent who filed the claim for damages and I went back to the unit later to meet with the adjuster.


Some would say I went the “extra mile” to help this customer, but I disagree. This woman had just suffered the worst loss imaginable. I consider what I did to be a part of the human condition—to reach out and help a person in a time of need. I often think of this customer and hope that she is doing well, that she passed the nursing exams she was studying for when her mother died. Most of all I hope that, in some small way, I helped to ease her burden during a very difficult time.

Promote the Positive: The American Red Cross

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross - helping our community in time of need. Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and Longboat Key

Each week we Promote the Positive. 


The American Red Cross helps those in need in our community, nationally and internationally during a crisis. They do so much for those in need. 


Please visit their website to get more information on how you can help and get help should you ever need it. 


SERVPRO is a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross. 


SERVPRO of Bradenton, Fire & Water - Clean Up & Restoration. 


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