Recent Storm Damage Posts

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
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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

Understanding Professional Response To Your Flooded Home

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen in your home for a variety of reasons. It could be a plumbing issue or maybe a result of storm surge. What can you do to minimize the damage to your home in Bradenton or Anna Marie? The next step is usually to call a specialist who can restore your home using the proper equipment.Here is what happens when you use a professional service to help with your flooded basement. 1. Find the 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.
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.
At the end of the day, hiring a professional service to remove water from your basement and to restore your home is less stressful than trying to handle it on your own. Without the proper equipment, you may not get the job done and it could lead to more issues and property damage down the road. A team of experts will make sure everything is quickly and thoroughly taken care of, giving you your home back as soon as possible. Contact SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria  (941) 792-7715

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."

How Wind Damage Can Impact Your Property | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Many threats and 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.

Should your home ever be hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island are here 247 to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home.

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.

Storm Damage in Bradenton

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fallen trees can cause serious damage to your property. Call SERVPRO for a fast response to protect your home from further damage.

Summer storms are upon us which means almost daily rain and lightning threats.  

A common occurrence during the storm season for the Bradenton community is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are 5 steps to take for emergency tree removal:

  1. Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
  2. In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
  3. Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.
  4. Call your insurance company and if you can safely do so take pictures.

Contact SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria, your local mitigations and emergency storm cleanup provider in Manatee County. We will place a tarp on the roof if needed. We will also carry out any board up services required and cleanup any water inside the home. Boarding up parts of the home that have structural damage will help with your insurance claim and also deter any vandals while you are away from your home.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO has 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 and cleaning needs. 

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.

What to Expect With Professional Water Extraction

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Whether by storm or by burst pipe, you wake up one morning to find that your Bradenton, FL basement is flooded with two feet of water. What can you do next? The next step is usually to call a specialist who can remedy the flood with the proper equipment. If this sounds daunting or you aren’t sure what to expect, here is what happens when you use a professional service to help with your flooded basement.

1. Find the Source

The first thing that any professional is going to do is find the source of your flooding. If you already know where the leak is coming from, you can, of course, point them in the right direction. In some cases, it may be difficult to tell where the leak is coming from on your own.

2. Extract Water

The next step is to extract the water. Experts will have equipment with them that you may not have access to on your own. For example, some people may have a sump pump in their home, but many don’t. Generally, before they can begin to restore the property, specialists will use a trash pump mounted to their truck to extract the flooding in your basement.

3. Salvage Any Materials

If there are any materials that can be salvaged, they will do this for you. Additionally, they will be able to throw out what can’t be saved. This can be anything from drywall, carpets, stuffed animals, bedding and even ceiling tiles. If it’s porous, mold can grow inside the spaces of the object and be impossible to clean.

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. Visit http://www.SERVPROwestbradentonannamaria.com  for more information on storm damage.

Why You Need the SERVPRO ERP

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Be ready for whatever happens - SERVPRO is. Our team is ready to respond to any size disaster for your home or business.

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 Mother Nature's disasters are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared.


Contact SERVPRO of Bradenton 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.


When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of Bradenton will be ready to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened."