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Cleaning Up Water Damage In Your Lakewood Ranch Home

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage is shown on a white wall Our team of trained experts have the tools and equipment to mitigate damages to your home or business quickly and properly.

When you have water damage in your home, the first thing on your mind is likely damage control, but you probably aren’t thinking about black mold as part of that damage. Mold cleanup should be your first priority, before anything else; it’s hard to salvage the rest of the home if mold takes root. You have 24-48 hours before mold begins its lifecycle as spores begin to blossom into a full-on fungal outbreak.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch focuses on immediate response in mitigation of water damage; understand the expenses a water damage can create if not attended to in a timely manner.

Here are a few tips for mold remediation.

Preventing Mold After a Flood

As soon as you are safely able to enter your home again, you should:

• Glove up. You should wear personal protective equipment, at the very least something to protect your eyes and hands, before handling material that may be contaminated with mold or black water.

• Shut off the water. You may have broken pipes or other leakage issues contributing to an environment ripe for mold growth.

• Shut off your HVAC system. Airflow picks up mold spores and spreads them throughout the house, often carrying them to sources of water that allow them to grow.

• Quickly clean up any standing water. Black mold will rapidly sprout in areas where standing water has soaked into the walls and floorboards.

• Get rid of waterlogged materials. Furniture, carpeting, and curtains can make ripe breeding grounds for black mold. Immediately tear out anything waterlogged that can’t be salvaged. Take other objects out into the sun to dry out.

• Use an air purifier to clear the environment. While you may want to avoid fans that could just circulate spores, an air purifier can remove them from your environment and reduce the saturation of spores in the air.

• Contact SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch. Many times handling mold cleanup yourself is just a stop-gap. Once you’ve taken emergency measures to prevent the infestation and spread of black mold, contact a mold remediation professional to conduct a more thorough assessment of your home and any potential mold hazards.

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Preparing Your Commercial Site For A Disaster

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

A sign is shown indicating where an exit is located We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

The key to being able to make sure your business can recover from disasters like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes is to be prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.

Some of the considerations that need to be addressed when preparing for those scenarios are discussed in this blog.

What to Consider

Where your business is involved, there will be many things you will need to consider concerning a disaster plan. Everything from your employees to your business’s assets should be included.

Some considerations to address include:

Employee protection

Asset protection

Getting your business back up and running again
Fortunately, there are sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and that have created checklists available that can help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan and also show you how prepared you truly are.

Protecting Employees and Visitors
Having a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures to follow for employees and visitors is extremely important should a disaster strike without warning. Evacuation routes and exits from your facility should be properly marked and visible. Identify an area that will be used as a shelter space, have designated “safety wardens” properly trained and ready to implement your disaster plan and assist with all emergency efforts, and consider installing emergency lighting throughout your workspace.

Obviously, when choosing a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is the ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. A small interior room on the lowest level, such as a closet or interior hallway, should be used if there is no basement space.

How to Protect Assets
There are thousands of dollars at risk when a natural disaster strikes, so it only makes sense to devise a plan to protect the assets inside the building even if your business is located in a brick and mortar location.

Always have a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of your assets and, if possible, have photographs prior to a disaster and keep these stored in a safe place as it will be helpful if insurance claims have to be made. Look into a cloud storage option for safely keeping computer files and assets, and make sure your backup system is working.

As a building owner, work with a contractor to uncover areas that need improvement regarding structural integrity. This contractor will be able to walk you through possible safety upgrades and offer advice on any areas that may not be able to stand against certain weather situations.

Getting Back to Work

When a natural disaster does occur, you may have to close the doors to your business for several days or months to recover from the damage. Every day you remain closed becomes another day of lost profits. Having funds set aside helps with additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.

Locate and establish a relationship with a list of contractors who would be available for construction matters, and find a cleanup and restoration service that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, 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 East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 to be there for you.

Do You Understand Smoke Alarms?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

A battery is shown being put into a smoke alarm As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business.

A house fire can be a frightening experience, but according to the National Fire Protection Agency, one of the best fire safety measures is to use a properly functioning smoke alarm. This simple step can dramatically increase your chances of survival if a fire occurs while you are at home.

That’s why it’s important to know how to choose a smoke detector that you can rely on to protect you and your family.

Choose the Type of Smoke Alarm

1. Ionization alarms use a minute amount of americium-241, a radioactive element, to ionize the air that flows into the mechanism. If smoke is introduced, the flow of air is interrupted, which triggers the alarm to sound. These alarms work better at detecting fires that flare up quickly and don’t produce much smoke, such as those started with highly flammable materials. Ionization alarms are the most cost-effective.

2. Photoelectric alarms incorporate a light and a sensor. In its normal state, the sensor does not detect the light; however, smoke particles disperse the light, causing the sensor to detect it and activate the alarm. This type of alarm is better at detecting fires that produce a lot of smoke, such as smoldering fires that are started in beds or upholstered furniture. Photoelectric alarms are more expensive than ionization alarms.

3. Dual sensor alarms combine aspects of both ionization and photoelectricity; therefore they detect both types of fires regardless of how much smoke is produced. Because they are the most effective, they are also the most expensive.

Note the Power Source

Most smoke detectors run on batteries. If they do, you need to be sure to change the batteries regularly, at least once per year. However, some use lithium batteries, which can last up to 10 years. Some even can be connected directly to your home’s current, only using batteries as backup when the power is interrupted.

A smoke alarm can help prevent fires, but sometimes they happen anyway. In the unfortunate event that your home is damaged by a fire, SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond quickly to your home. Our techncians are trained and certified.
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Experts Can Help With Mold In Lakewood Ranch

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold In Your Bradenton Home

Mold loves moisture, and your bathroom inevitably has a lot of it. How, then, do you keep mold growth from occurring around your toilet, sink and tub? While water is used daily in your bathroom, you can still keep the room dry enough to avoid water damage and the subsequent mold problem by engaging in regular, preventative maintenance.

Recognizing a Mold Problem

Mold prevention is the ideal scenario, but most people discover the need for prevention as the result of an existing problem. There are many areas of a bathroom where mold can thrive:

Inside the cabinet under the sink

In bathtub grout

In the caulk where the baseboards meet the floor

Around faucets

Near drains

Mold grows in many textures and colors, but if you see a dark fuzzy growth or a collection of spots where there were none before, you probably have a mold problem. Mold remediation specialists in Bradenton, FL have techniques to take care of the problem and the water damage that likely led to it.

The experts at SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch are 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.

Preventing a Mold Problem

Mold growth requires moisture, so the first step in mold prevention is minimizing your bathroom's humidity. Air vents help air circulate, and circulation helps keep moisture from gathering on surfaces. Drying your shower or bathtub with a towel after every use also inhibits the growth of mold. If the air in your bathroom remains humid, you can use a dehumidifier to dry it out some more. Replace anything damaged by mold, such as caulking, to stop the spread of the growth.

Mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can help you deal with an existing mold problem, but it's even better to prevent a problem from happening in the first place. If you fix water damage as soon as it happens and take precautionary steps to limit the humidity of the room, you can probably avoid mold problems in your bathroom.
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Bringing In Trained Professionals When You Suspect Mold In Lakewood Ranch

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Once you discover mold in your business, a mold cleanup is usually your first move. While you may think it’s a good idea to grab a bottle of bleach and scrub any sign of the mold away, in the long run this can cause more problems than it helps. Mold spores are like a fine powder and can be easily carried on the wind or brushed off onto clothing.

To avoid this, most professionals in mold remediation practice something called containment. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch technicians are trained and certified.

Professional Containment in Bradenton

If you’re planning on a mold cleanup, you should always have a professional with experience at the ready. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

To make sure that there is no cross-contamination, you need the right tools and knowledge to stop the mold from spreading. A professional service has the knowledge to make the process run smoothly.

Benefits of Containment

Containment is an effective way to prevent mold from spreading during the restoration process. It has multiple benefits:

• Quick restoration time
• Lower property damage
• Reduced liability
• Lower risks

For all these reasons, containment tends to be first choice.

The Containment Process

First, mold specialists will seal their work area to keep the mold spores from escaping to the rest of the building. They can do this by setting up plastic sheets or hard walls to make the space airtight. After this, they may use something known as negative air containment.

This works by taking blower fans and using air pressure machines to draw in clean air while forcing the contaminated air outside. Once the air purification is accomplished, the area can be cleaned and vacuumed.

When it comes to mold in your Lakewood Ranch, FL business, it’s best to have proper mold cleanup. Keep in mind that scrubbing the fungus from your walls isn’t always enough. Sometimes you need a professional remediation service, especially when it comes to using the right tools to remove mold contamination. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Carpet Cleaning Confusion

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

A carpet cleaning device is shown on a carpet Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

After many years in the restoration business, 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 this consumer education message so when you select a carpet cleaning company, you can make an informed, intelligent decision.

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. Then 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.

NO! 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.

NO! Unfortunately this is not true. You can choose from two primary methods: Dry cleaning or hot water extraction.


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, he applies 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.


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 a 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.

Cleaners who are certified by the IICRC have, in effect, earned a degree in carpet cleaning. In addition to IICRC training all SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 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.

Misconception #5: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.

MAYBE -- but not always. Here are two important points to consider.

Point #1:

The price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed. 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. Or, you can even rent a machine at the grocery store and do the job yourself.

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 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.

Point #2:

The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised was not the amount they were charged.

And if you've ever hired a carpet cleaner, you too may have been the victim of false or misleading advertising. You probably learned the hard way that some carpet cleaners offer a cheap price -- usually between $3.95 and $9.95 per room -- and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. Some of them may even break the law by using unethical bait and switch tactics.

As in all businesses and professions, the carpet cleaning industry has its share of bad apples. I take no pleasure in telling you this, but some are unethical -- and, sadly, a few are dishonest. By their misleading advertising and false promises, they cast a dark shadow on our entire industry.

Then you'll find other carpet cleaners -- professionals like us who work hard to earn your trust and respect.

As a way of improving our profession, we take a lot of time to 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.

Misconception #6: Any honest carpet cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price quote over the telephone.

I wish this were true, but it isn't. Consumers often think that if they want to clean four rooms and the price is $6 per room, then the price will be $24. But most often if it seems too good to be true it is.

First, honest, most reputable carpet cleaning companies usually price carpet cleaning by the square foot. So if you'd like us to tell you the exact cost of cleaning your carpet, we need to know the exact number of square feet that you want cleaned. You'll be glad to know that the carpet area to be cleaned is not nearly as great as most people think. For example, if you want your entire home cleaned and your home is 2000 square feet,

the amount of carpeting to be cleaned might be only 1200 square feet. This is because most home measurements are outdoor measurements. Plus we deduct the area taken up by walls, room dividers and the like. The result is that the actual area to be cleaned is usually only about 60% of the square footage of the home.

So even though we can't always give you an exact quote over the telephone, here are things we consider when quoting a price.

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're thinking about having your carpets cleaned, I offer these four recommendations:

Recommendation #1: Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned. The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they'll wear out. Plus the longer you have to breathe all the pollens, fungus, chemicals and dust mites that live in your carpet.

Recommendation #2: Consider your objectives. Do you want only the dirt removed, something you could do with a rented machine. Or do you want the bacteria, fungus and chemicals removed, which will require a hot water truck mount cleaner, like I use.

Do you want to work with an honest, reputable company -- or are you willing to risk working with the company that offers you the lowest price -- knowing that company might not be in business tomorrow.

Recommendation #3: Ask questions. The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers. Here are the questions I suggest you ask:

1. What method of carpet cleaning do you recommend?

2. What type of equipment do you use to clean carpet?

3. What does your equipment remove from my carpet?

4. How often should I get my carpets cleaned?

5. What training have you had in cleaning carpets?

6. Are you a member of any trade associations and, if so, which ones?

7. Are you certified by the IICRC and will you show me your certificate?

Recommendation #4: Once you're satisfied that you're working with an honest, competent professional, invite him into your home and ask for a specific quotation in writing. A written quotation gives you the assurance that you know exactly what your job will cost -- no surprises.

By following these four recommendations, you'll gain all the information you need to make an informed, intelligent decision. If you want a quick, cheap carpet cleaning job, many companies in the phone book can help you. Or you can rent a shampooer and do the job yourself.

But if you want your carpeting to be completely and thoroughly cleaned, then I invite you to call SERVPRO of East Manatee County. 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. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 941-747-2333.

Is Your Business Ready If There's An Unexpected Emergency?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Disaster Planning For Your Bradenton Business

Creating a disaster preparedness plan ensures that your employees have the tools and the knowledge to know what to do if a disaster should occur.

Making a Plan

Spending the necessary time designing a protocol to follow during a disaster can save lives and thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Make it a priority to develop a plan and share the details with your staff. Another planning best practice is to review your disaster protocol monthly or quarterly to update it with any changes.

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


Severe weather, including thunderstorms 

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

If there is no emergency plan in place for your business, things could get even more stressful quickly regardless of whether the emergency is man-made or from a natural disaster.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By working with your employees to familiarize them 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

When beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, make an evaluation of the possible scenarios that are most likely to occur—even those that are highly unlikely but could still happen. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios 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.

Also make sure to conduct a business impact analysis (BIA), which will help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure that you have a crisis communications plan in place, as well.

Once that plan has been developed and put into place, it is important that you go over it and practice with employees. 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 may happen. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Ellenton Home

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Inside of a home is shown after a fire with badly burned walls SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can help after a fire.

Significant fire damage in Ellenton can be an emotionally and economically draining experience.

Residential property owners find themselves caught up in tasks like temporary relocation, reassuring family members, salvaging personal possessions, and working with their insurance companies.

While all of these acts are necessary, it's equally important for you to contact a team of professional fire damage restoration experts like SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch once a fire from a natural disaster or otherwise has occurred on your property.

After Fire Damage to Your Ellenton Property, Call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch for Help

Structural damage the heat from the flames can cause substantial destruction to numerous areas of your property in Ellenton. This damage will frequently result in the destruction of your property's infrastructure, such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, not to mention the actual building materials of your house.

The fire damage will be exacerbated by water damaging effects from the fire extinguishing. Residue smoke and fire produce acidic residue that can cause dangerous chemical reactions. These chemical reactions will continue until you have the residue removed. If the residue is not removed quickly, it can cause long-standing problems on your property.

For example, the residue can cause your paint finishes to start flaking off and then lead to corrosion and rust.

We proudly serve our local communities and are ready to help 24/7. Call us. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Is Your Water Heater Trying To Tell You Something?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Hearing odd noises from your water heater can make you wonder if you have a serious problem. Knocks, taps, rumbles, hums and crackles can leave you wondering if your unit is about to have a major issue.

Some noises are more troublesome than others. Check out these top reasons you might be hearing strange sounds from your water heater.

" Sediment Buildup: Sediments may pile up around the heating tubes of your water heater. When the heating elements are off, water gets trapped below the sediments. As the elements turn back on, a cracking or popping noise starts when the water is forced through the buildup.

Cleaning the elements may help you fix this problem. 

" Loose Elements: Electric water heaters usually have elements installed vertically in the tank. As water flows around the part, a humming noise may be caused. Tightening the element can reduce the noise.

" Temperature Change: If the water in the heater cools down, you may hear a tapping or ticking noise in the heater. This is common and shouldn't concern you.

" Open Valves: Most valves to your water heater should be open. If one is not fully opened, you may hear a screeching sound. You can fix this issue by checking to make sure all of the valves at the heater and at the water lines are open all of the way.

" Sediment Movement: If the sediment buildup in your unit is stirred up, it can produce a rumbling noise. A simple solution would be to do a water heater flush. If you clean the unit with a de-liming mixture, you may see even better results.

The noises you hear in your Bradenton, FL water heater may give you warnings of your maintenance and replacement needs.

If you hear a sound that you can't figure out, remember that many of the noises are nothing to worry about. If it makes you feel better, you can call in a professional for help. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Fire Damage and Sensitive Electronics

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch

   After a fire in your home, the damage from smoke, ash, soot, flames, heat and water can be overwhelming. 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. SERVPRO of East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.  As you start your fire cleanup, you might discover damaged electronics. Whether your devices and equipment can be recovered depends on the situation. Some electronics fare better than others.  Factors to Consider  Many different factors come into play. Here are some things to consider when assessing the damage:  • How exposed was any circuitry or wiring? 
• Where were the devices located in relation to the fire? 
• Were they subjected to high heat? 
• Did they suffer water damage? 
• If they were exposed to water, were they plugged in at the time?  Suggestions  Unplug all of your electronics. Even if they are turned off, a small amount of power is being used while they are inactive. By unplugging them from the wall, you stop the flow of electricity completely.  After a disaster, resist the urge of trying to turn on any of your electronics. Turning them on could cause further damage. If they are recoverable, they may need to dry or be cleaned properly first. Fire cleanup should include your electronics, large and small. Smoke damage can leave an oily residue that can disrupt functions or cause an electrical short.  It is important to be able to quickly access your warranty information. There is a chance that your electronics are gone for good, but they may still be covered by a warranty.  Types  Smaller electronics tend to have a higher rate of recovery. These include personal items like tablets, cell phones, personal computers, small appliances, flash drives and external hard drives. They still need to be handled properly to increase the likelihood of a full recovery.  Fire cleanup professionals may need to handle bigger electronics. These include servers, printers, copiers and large appliances. For devices that contain valuable information, like hard drives, you might want to prioritize data recovery.  

Call The Experts For Help

  Cleaning up after a fire is an extensive project. As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition. SERVPRO of East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.