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If You Have Water Damage And Suspect Mold, Bleach Isn't The Answer

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO logo is shown and the words Leaks Lead To Mold Are displayed Mold thrives on moisture, and since the primary component of bleach is water

Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch Water Damage


A few days after some recent heavy storms a homeowner wanted to know if bleach would kill the mold spores. Unfortunately, we had to give him the bad news that bleach will not kill mold spores.


Some people 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.


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 of East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch has professionally trained crews that understand the problems that can arise out of damage caused by a storm.

With years of experience responding to property owners and managers with mold in their homes or businesses, handling mold projects throughout Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, our staff can properly and completely clean up any mold situation with the right products and equipment.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch 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 storm damage please feel free to contact us for an estimate.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Preparing For Storms, SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

The words "SERVPRO Hurricane Preparedness" are shown over a green hurricane logo and a stormy sea and sky Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.

Hurricane Season - Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch


While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. According to the National Weather Service the primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.

Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.


Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.


Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.


SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch 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.
SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Fire Extinguisher Safety And Knowing PASS

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is important. There are cases when you might need to get out of the building quickly and let the professionals handle it. If the fire is taller than you, then you should not try to put out the fire yourself. According to FEMA. Fires grow quickly, doubling by the minute. This leaves very little time to try to figure out how to use a fire extinguisher. If circumstances allow, how do you use it effectively?


PASS: The 4 Steps in Using a Fire Extinguisher


PULL - Pull the pin to break the safety tamper seal.


AIM - Aim low towards the base of the fire.


SQUEEZE - Squeeze handle to discharge.


SWEEP - Sweep the trajectory side to side at the base of the fire.


It is also important to know what type of fire extinguisher you are using to effectively knock the fire down.


According to the NFPA there are four common types of Fire Extinguishers:


Class A: This type of fire extinguishers are good for fires that have started from wood, paper and other type of ordinary combustible items.


Class B: This type of fire extinguisher is designed to be used on grease, oil, gasoline and other flammable fluids.


Class C: This type of fire extinguisher is designed to be used on fires from electricity.


Class D: This extinguisher class is the best for flammable metals.


There is also the Class K fire extinguisher which is designed for commercial kitchens.


Whether you are able to put the fire out or you call the professionals, there is a mess to clean up. This is the time to call the restoration professionals.


SERVPRO East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 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.


Call Us Today – SERVPRO East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333


Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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 East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 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 East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.


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

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch Is Ready To Help Your Business

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

An office building is shown with orange SERVPRO logo and the words "Like it never even happened." Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Water Damage In You Lakewood Ranch Business

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 offers fast, 24 hour emergency services.


24 Hour Emergency Service

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: SERVPRO East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.


Commercial business owners face unique challenges for their property and employees when dealing with water damage. One of the most frequent disasters a business owner can encounter is water damage.

Unfortunately, many business owners don't know how to handle this type of property damage. Learning more about the issue can empower you to take the steps necessary to get your commercial property back in pristine condition. Access the information you need to accomplish this objective by reviewing the outline below:


Water Damage Basics


A water damage is a property issue that can transpire for numerous reasons. Some of them include:


· 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:


1) Where the water came from?


2) What is the extent of the damage?


3) How long has the devastation has been in place?

Develop A Water Damage Emergency Plan


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. 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


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 East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 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 East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch for fast, friendly water damage restoration services you need and deserve.


As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 is strategically located to respond quickly to your water emergency event.

Storm Damage Response In Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

A downed tree is shown with the words storm damage with a question mark SERVPRO East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

As many homeowners in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch are aware, there are many challenges to face when a serious storm hits. Seeking safety, inspecting damage, and reviewing insurance coverage are only a few steps on the list.


Mold can arrive in a flood's wake, as moisture left behind has a way of lingering and serving as the perfect setting for growth.


Here are a few pointers to help you prevent mold growth after flood damage.


1. Inspect the Area

Addressing a flood-damaged home can easily become a tremendous task. Depending on the severity of the storm and subsequent destruction, you may have many spots in the house to repair. When looking over your house after the storm's aftermath, make sure to comb over all the hidden corners for mold. Flooding can bring moisture that may hang around and cause mold to grow.

2. Get to Cleaning


Because the cleanup process depends on the seriousness of the storm's effects on your home, it is important to catch all places that have become damaged by a flood. Drywall, carpets, and other permeable materials may need to be replaced. A professional can also help you get a clearer picture of the state of your home, as mold removal might be another task on the list.

3. Keep Places Dry


After the long string of events that consist of relocating to safer areas, inspecting the damage, and going through the process of cleanup, you might assume the work is over. Although this is true for the most part, mold growth can occur long after the storm. By maintaining a clean, dry living space, you can reduce your chances of this fungal nuisance.

Contact SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333, your local mitigations and emergency storm cleanup provider in East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch.


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 East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch, 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.


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 East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 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 East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Are Paid Out Because Of Kitchen Fires

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A person is shown using a fire extinguisher to put out a stove fire Do you have a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen?

The kitchen is often the hub of the home where family and friends will gather and spend quality time while meals are prepared. The kitchen is also an area where fire can likely occur. The leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

State Farm, in one year, paid out over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to fires caused by grease and other cooking-related causes.

Staying Safe in the Kitchen


Staying in the kitchen while cooking is just one of fire safety tips you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. What type of clothing are you wearing? Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it loose-fitting? It 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. What type of items are near the stovetop? Make sure you don’t have 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. Do you have a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen? We hope that there is at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. How are you disposing of hot grease? While the grease may not be on fire, it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should 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. Do you have an established fire escape plan? Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared rather than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

After The Fire

SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.


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 East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”
If you have fire or water damage give us a call today (941) 727-2333.

Commercial Plumbing Disasters In Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch

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.

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.

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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


Our professionals 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.

About SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch


SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

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 of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch as soon as possible to minimize additional damage.

Before mold or other issues cost you more contact SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333. 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 of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch to eliminate standing water.

Homeowners Have A Valuable Resource When There Is Water Damage

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown near a window in a home Don't let water damage turn to mold, you have a company you can rely on to help SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch.

Water Damaged Homes In Lakewood Ranch And Bradenton

Homeowners in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch have a good resource for help when they have water damage. SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is here to help. Your home may have flooding from storms or leaky plumbing.

Whatever causes water damage SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch can respond with an experienced, trained technician.


One thing to consider with water damage is mold. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


One of the most dangerous and debilitating household complications residential property can experience is a mold infestation. Mold remediation should not be delayed in the event of visible mold patches. Learning more about mold and how to prevent it from spreading in your home can help you limit losses, save money, and prevent stress. SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch offers the following information you should know about mold.

Mold Basics


Molds are fungi, an organism that decomposes organic materials. Additionally, mold comes in a wide range of colors, including black, orange, white, green and blue. The color has no bearing on the potential danger of a specific mold. Mold reproduces through the process of releasing spores into the air. Once the spores find a damp, moist environment containing a cellulose food source, they begin to grow strings of colonies. These colonies can grow into extremely large mold infestations readily visible.


What to Do:


Stay out of affected areas.


Turn off the HVAC system and fans.


Contact SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch for mold remediation services (941) 747-2333.


What Not to Do:


Don’t touch or disturb the mold.


Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.


Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.


Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.


About Our Mold Remediation Services


SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.


SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

Fire Hazards In Your Lakewood Ranch Home

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

A candle is shown being lit with other candles in background Recognizing fire hazards in your Bradenton home can help you protect your family and your property.

Recognizing fire hazards can be an important way to protect your Lakewood Ranch or Bradenton home.

The problem with candles

According to the National Fire Protection Association, during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015, fire departments in the United States answered calls to almost 8,700 home structure fires a year that began with candles. In total, 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in property damage were attributed to candles.

Candles were the cause of 2 percent of reported home fires, with 3 percent resulting in death and 7 percent resulting in injuries. There were an average of 24 home candle fires reported per day during those five years, with the month of December having the highest number of calls per year for home candle fires.

Candle fires during this time span were attributed to 37 percent starting in bedrooms and were responsible for 36 percent of the associated deaths and 51 percent of the associated injuries.

While using candles, it is important that the candle is kept at least one foot away from anything that could catch fire and is placed in a sturdy holder that won’t easily tip over. Never use a candle where oxygen is used in the home—and always extinguish all candles when you leave a room or go to sleep.

Smoking can ignite fires in the home


While cooking is the leading cause of house fires, smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths. Cigarettes, pipes and cigars contributed to an estimated 17,200 home structure fires in 2014, resulting in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage.

If you’re a smoker, the safest place to smoke is outside. Most deaths resulted from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms or bedrooms.

Extinguish all cigarette butts and ashes with water or sand prior to throwing them away—and keep in mind that one out of four fatalities from smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose smoking started the fire.

Watch for hidden fire hazards


We’ve covered candles and smoking as two of the most common causes of home structure fires. There are also other lesser-known hazards that could be present in your home.

Dust is also a fire risk if it builds up near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Regular sweeping and vacuuming your floors regularly and cleaning hard-to-reach areas can help prevent buildup.

Look out for loose outlets in your home because continuous movement of these electrical outlets may cause loose wires that are connected to the outlet. This could cause dangerous arcing, which could cause a fire.

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.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, not to mention the water damage that happens from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke call SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Water Extraction In Your Bradenton Or Lakewood Ranch Home

5/18/2021 (Permalink)


Understanding water extraction in your home

Water extraction, utilizing truck-mounted water pumps and wet-vacs is the first and very important step. This will limit water damage by preventing wicking of water into furniture, fabrics, electronics, and building materials.

The clean up entails tossing badly damaged items and moving salvageable items. Wiping down walls, wooden furniture and checking the HVAC coils and ductwork for water and contaminants.

Our IICRC trained technicians have the skills to clean your house "Like it never even happened." The drying process employs air-movers, high-velocity fans, and several variations of dehumidifiers.

Measurements are taken to verify that the moisture and humidity inside the home environment are within an acceptable range. You will be provided upon request documentation indicating validated drying of your home. Mold can grow in 48-72 hours if sufficient moisture is present. Sanitizing with the use of antifungal and antibacterial products are used if deemed appropriate.

All these important steps lead to the repair and restoration of your home in Lakewood Ranch. SERVPRO can execute quick and professional water damage restorative steps to get you back home.

Locally Owned and Operated

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.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. Call us. (941) 747-2333