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SERVPRO Serves Both Small And Large Businesses In The Bradenton Community

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

A water damaged hallway of a business is shown with SERVPRO equipment SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients.

If you are a business owner in Bradenton, you know that there are many risks to keep in mind. Water Damage is one of them. In cases of water damage, before looking into the kind of insurance you need, it is smart to know more about different sources of water damage and ways that you can prevent it and protect your business.

Protecting Your Small Business Against Water Damage in Bradenton, FL

It is important to know different ways that water damage can affect your business, before you look into prevention. You should be aware of the different areas of your business where the damage is likely to occur, before beginning to look for ways to reduce the risk of water damage.

First look where you have appliances in your building, such as washers, air conditioning units, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters. Drains and pipes can also be a source of water damage. Examine the roof as well, looking for damage from weather that could make your building more vulnerable.

Protecting Your Business

You cannot have certainty in preventing water damage entirely, but you can minimize potential damage by utilizing the following tips:

  • Prevent Plumbing Leaks. Watch out for leaks in the plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom. This may mean grouting and caulking around sinks and toilets, and replacing any missing tiles.
  • Verify water Resistance. Make sure that the components of your building are made using water resistant materials, as this will prevent a great deal of damage to the interior and exterior of your building in the event of a water disaster.
  • Secure Hoses. Be sure that any hose connections are secure, including those that connect two appliances in the building.
  • Insulate Water Pipes. This is important to prevent exposure of the pipes to harshly cold temperatures. These pipes are typically in the garage or basement of buildings. The insulation will help prevent potential water damage by preventing cracking and freezing.
  • Maintain Leak Detection Systems. It is good to have both an active system and a passive system.
  • Secure Adequate Insurance. Do not allow water damage to ruin your small business. Make sure to take all of the proper precautions that you need to take in order to protect your small business and make sure that you get all of the business insurance coverage that you need to minimize risks.

Commercial Building Restoration Services in West Bradenton and Anna Maria

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services in Bradenton, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is a leader in the industry, serving this community for over 25 years.

Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, we respond quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Call us today, 941-792-7715

Have A Plan To Keep Your Commercial Site Up And Running

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

One of the best ways to limit water damage is to develop an emergency plan that informs you and your employees of the steps you will take once a disaster strikes. Your plan should include information regarding who to call in the event of a water damage.  SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria (941) 792-7715 is always here to help.  Make sure that the contingency plan is placed in a visible area where all employees can easily access and read it. Also, be sure to delegate an authoritative figure to make significant decisions in case you are absent when the emergency transpires. 
Mold Concerns After Water Damage 
Another issue that commercial business owners should be cognizant of is mold. Unfortunately, water damage creates the ideal environment for this fungus to grow in. 
To prevent mold from becoming a problem on your commercial property, be sure that all excess water is removed from the office setting quickly and correctly.  Call SERVPRO For Commercial Water Damage Cleanup 
If you find that your commercial property is subjected to unwanted water damage, don't worry. Instead, call the IICRC-certified technicians of SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria to obtain the fast, friendly water damage restoration services you need and deserve. We're ready to assist you right now, so contact us today at (941) 792-7715.  We understand that the appearance of your commercial site is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity.  When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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.

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

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.

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

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
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.

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, 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.”