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Call Us First - SERVPRO Has Trained Technicians To Respond Quickly

1/21/2020 (Permalink)


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 some tips:


Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms.

Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.


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.


Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.


Contact SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333, 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.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.


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.


The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians are IICRC trained and certified.

The Principals of Mold Remediation For Your Business

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A ventilation unit with mold is shown Give us a call, we are here to help you get your commercial property back on track 941-747-2333.

If you have a commercial building in East Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch, mold might not be your biggest concern each day. It is something you should be aware of and take action when necessary.


 The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification outlines five major principles of mold remediation. This important to know if you own or lease commercial business space.


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


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


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


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


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


Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields. Mold issues can be extremely costly to your business. If you suspect mold from a leak or some other source, don't hesitate to call today.
Why use a certified technician?


SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch professional restoration  technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs to your business.

The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. We  have the certifications and the knowledge to apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their preloss condition and make it look "Like it never even happened." Give us a call, we are here to help you get your commercial property back on track 941-747-2333.

After A Fire Insurance Shouldn't Be A Worry

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire damaged room is shown including insulation that has been taken out SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch, we are here to help with fire damage and the secondary smoke and water damage 941-747-2333

Four of every five fire deaths and three quarters of all reported fire injuries in the US were caused by home structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA Fires are known to spread quickly and cause a lot of damage.

Restoring your home to its original state can be costly. You don’t have to meet all the expenses on your own, because homeowners insurance covers fire damage. It's always good to understand the process, but know we will be there to help and we will work with your insurance company.


During a fire, there can be a lot of damage to your property and personal possessions. The damage results not only from the fire, but also from the smoke and the actions by the fire fighters. This is called secondary damage. Secondary damage can lead to mold growth, rusting or metals and permanent staining of plastics and PVC materials.


What Does Fire Damage Insurance Cover?


These policies are varied, and cover anything ranging from totally razed down structures and personal items.

Generally, the policies cover:


• The cost of total loss to your home.


• Cost of repairs to your damaged structure and the interior of the house.


• Covering of lost personal possessions.


• The cost of temporary housing as you wait for the house to be repaired.


• Costs of secondary damage to your property due to smoke and water damage.


In order to be compensated, you need to file a fire damage insurance claim. Remember we can take care of this for you.


Filing a Claim for Damages


Filing for damages can be complicated. This is because the insurance company will try to give you a minimum payout that might not be enough for the damages incurred.

Here are tips to make sure you get what you deserve:


Document the Damages
List all the damages that you have incurred both structural and personal. Make sure you take photos of the damages, the date it occurred, type of loss and a written report if possible. Document any injuries and make sure you get the police report. When taking photos, it is best to  include a general photo as well as close-up photos of specific damages.


Keep Receipts and Bills
The insurance company needs evidence to understand what to pay. If you have performed any minor repairs, keep the receipts so that the insurance company understands the original damages.


Keep the Evidence Intact
The adjustor uses the site of the accident to determine your compensation. So, don’t throw away any damaged items before the insurance adjustor has been at the site.


We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.

At SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch, we are here to help with fire damage and the secondary smoke and water damage. Give us a call if you live in Bradenton, or Lakewood Ranch, 941-747-2333.

Heavy Storm Damage Can Lead To Mold And Bleach Isn't The Answer

1/6/2020 (Permalink)


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. 

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.

Why Do I Need Trained Technicians To Clean Carpet?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Three SERVPRO techncians are shown cleaning a carpet with SERVPRO equipment Our technicians are IICRC trained and certified. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of your carpet, but perhaps the most valuable benefit from the process is improving you and your family’s health.

This is best accomplished with trained, certified SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch professionals.


 According to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it’s especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week. Beyond vacuuming regularly, you may also benefit from having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year.


If you’re not fully convinced of the benefits of professional carpet cleaning, consider the following top three ways the process leads to a healthier home:


1. Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust.

Toxic airborne gases can adhere to these particles and also get trapped within the carpet. These toxic gases can be released through everyday activities such as vacuuming and walking across the carpet, which can cause them to contaminate the air in your home.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch cleaning services kills these bacteria through specialized shampooing formulas and can remove deeply trapped pollutants with high-powered vacuums.


2. Carpet cleaning can clear out dust mite infestations.


Many homes have dust mite infestations, yet most homeowners aren’t aware of the infestation, because the creatures are microscopic. Dust mites themselves aren’t allergens, but they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are. Because of the microscopic size of these particles, they can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed, which can exacerbate allergies. Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch utilizes steam cleaning techniques to deep-clean when performing carpet maintenance work, which exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can’t survive.


3. Carpet cleaning can help prevent mold growth.
Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets are at a high risk of developing mold growth when exposed to moisture. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home and can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately.

Having your carpet cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch has the high-powered drying equipment that annihilates moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.


So hopefully now you are convinced how important it is to keep your carpets clean, it's just as important to chose a professional team, SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is the answer.


Our technicians are IICRC trained and certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.


We suggest regular cleaning and maintenance of all your carpeting. Vacuum at least three times per week and establish a regular carpet cleaning schedule with our office. For any questions or concerns about your carpets, including area rugs, give us a call at (941) 747-2333.

Do You Have The Right Insurance For Water Damage?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage is shown in a bathroom Of course SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch will work with your insurance (941) 747- 2333

After experiencing water damage, you may be left wondering what your options are. In most cases, you should make sure that you fix all water damage as quickly as possible. Fixing your home immediately can prevent problems from getting worse due to mold or decomposition. For some homeowners, it may be possible for insurance to cover some of the losses. Many homeowners insurance policies do not include flood insurance. Of course SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch will work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 
To provide assistance, this will take a look at the differences between flood insurance and water damage claims. Water Damage Claims
After experiencing water damage, your first impulse was probably to call your insurance company. Hopefully, you haven’t done this yet. There is a big difference between water damage claims and flood insurance. Water damage can be caused by storms, accidents, or bursting pipes. These claims are only valid when water damage is associated with water that did not first touch the ground (such as lakes, ponds, & rivers). This means that water coming from a regular thunderstorm or tornado, plumbing, or appliance is usually covered under water damage claims. In contrast, a flooded lake or stream that inundates a person’s home is not covered. Flood Insurance
It is important to keep in mind that flood insurance is a special form of insurance contract. It does not automatically come with a standard homeowners insurance policy. In almost all cases, individuals have to purchase flood insurance separately from homeowners insurance. Since many homeowners are not aware of this, homeowners are often outraged when they discover that their insurance contract does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is generally available for just a few dollars each month. Without this insurance, homeowners can not expect to have any damage associated with flooding covered under their homeowners insurance policy. Implications of Denied Coverage
If an insurance company declines your application to cover water damage, it could still have a big impact on your monthly insurance rates. Insurance companies can take advantage of information in your claims application to increase your monthly insurance bills. It is not uncommon to see insurance companies viewing homes that have experienced flood damage as high risk. As a result, they have the right to appropriately increase your monthly rates according to this information. The reality that your insurance rates could increase after being denied coverage makes it even more important to understand the difference between flood damage and water damage claims. Many individual homeowners make the mistake of filing claims for costs associated with flood damage, only to find that these costs are not covered. When the bill comes the next month, there is nothing that homeowners can do to bring their rates back down. Therefore, it is important to only file a claim if flood damage is explicitly covered in the homeowners insurance contract. In some cases, it may even be recommended for homeowners to work with an attorney to ensure that it is appropriate to file a water damage claim.  If you have questions about your coverage, we strongly advise you to contact your insurance agent and review your policy. What incidents and perils are you covered for? What are your deductibles? At SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch we are here to help you in any way we can (941) 747- 2333.

Dealing With The Mess After The Fire

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire on top of a stove is shown The smoke that lingers after a fire can be more damaging than you might think. Call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

The experts with the NFPA have found that most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.


The smoke that lingers after a fire has been put out can be more damaging than you might think. The problem that many homeowners have is that they don’t think a fire or smoke damage could ever happen to them. The reality is that home fires are incredibly common, ranging from the very minor to the more major.

Despite the fact that a minor fire may not cause a lot of fire damage, it can still cause smoke damage that is difficult to clean and dangerous to be living around.


Smoke damage that is a direct result of fire damage should ideally be cleaned by experts, such as SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch.

Experts know how to get rid of smoke damage that might be present in the home after it has been ravished by flames. You should always look to hire a licensed and highly experienced professional who has extensive experience dealing with fire damage.

The professionals of SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch will often start by evaluating the overall extent of the damage that is present in the home, and then they will go over prices and costs of damage remediation for you to get the issue cleaned up by their company. We use the same industry standards respected by insurance companies and adjusters.


There are a lot of reasons why handling smoke damage after a fire should be done by experts and as quickly as possible. The smoke that you find after a fire often contains ash, soot and sometimes even carbons and tar that might have come off of the flames. Also, carbon monoxide is incredibly common after fire damage has been exhibited. Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous things because it is odorless and cannot be seen or tasted. Therefore, you may not even know that you are surrounded by carbon monoxide until it has been properly tested.
Smoke damage can also be aesthetically damaging.

Furniture, walls, ceilings and practically anything in your home can become black or gray from the smoke that has come off from a fire. Many things will need to be professionally cleaned, while other things might have to be fully removed from the home in order to get rid of the problem.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch tell you what can and cannot be saved after you have dealt with massive smoke damage in your own home.


Fires are very common, and even the most minor fire can cause a lot of smoke damage. In fact, some homeowners who have simple fireplaces that are not well-vented could deal with smoke damage without a fire ever being an issue for the home itself. Handling the damage on your own should be avoided simply because of all of the expertise that goes into cleaning the mess.

Also, you should have a professional test the home for carbon monoxide to ensure that it is safe. If you have any questions call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Avoiding A Fire In Your Home During Chilly Weather

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A space heater is shown near a rug Always here to help. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333. We make any size disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Everyone wants to keep their homes and workplaces warm during the winter.

In an effort to keep heating costs down, many residents and employees will turn to alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces and space heaters.

In Lakewood Ranch, fire damage can be prevented by reading the following tips from SERVPRO.

When used and maintained as directed, these methods can effectively warm your home or office. However, there is also an inherent danger, as heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months.

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), the second leading cause of residential home fires, resulting in severe fire damage, is alternate heating sources. Cooking equipment is the primary culprit. Alternative heating sources, such as space heaters, are safe when used correctly according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch would like to pass along the following tips to help minimize the risk for heating fires this winter:


·    Never use the stove, oven or range to heat your home.


·    Never burn green wood, trash, or paper in your fireplace. These fuel sources cause heavy creosote build up, which could eventually start a fire in your chimney.


·    Only buy heaters certified by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as the Underwriters Laboratories (UL).


·    Purchase electronic heaters with a thermostat control mechanism that will switch off if the heater tips over.


·    Never use electric heaters to dry clothes. Place space heaters a minimum of three feet from combustible materials.


·    Plug your electronic heater directly into the wall - do not use an extension cord or a power strip.


·    Always unplug your electric heater when not in use.

Fire Damage in Lakewood Ranch can be minimized. My team and I encourage you to stay warm and safe as the cold front moves in. If you have any questions call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

How To Recover and Restore After Sewage Damage

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A damaged background is shown with the words Storm Damage question mark After Storm Damage, if you need help with sewage backup or just have questions please call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.


Storms and storm damage can result in sewage backup in your home.
Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses.
A sewer backup into your home can be devastating. If the water stands for too long, it can cause extensive property damage and the effort to clean it up again can be overwhelming. If you need help with sewage backup or just have questions please call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch  (941) 747-2333.  Generally, after a storm where black water has flooded your Lakewood Ranch, FL home, you need a professional with the right tools and knowledge to restore your property. Here are three tips to help you through the process.  1. Intervene Quickly A sewer backup has to be dealt with as soon as possible. If the sewer is backed up due to rain water from a storm, you may have to wait for the storm to clear to get assistance. Once you can get help, you need to make sure that you get to it right away. The quicker that the problem is solved and you remove the water from your home, the less damage you’ll suffer.  2. Clear Out Items Black water refers to any standing water that has been contaminated by pathogens. Naturally, flooding from the sewer is severely contaminated. Not only do you have to worry about the germs and bacteria that come with the water, but mold growth is also often common after a flood. Your safest option once the water is extracted is to remove any porous items from the home. If it can’t be cleaned, do not try to clean it.  3. Disinfect What’s Left The items you’re left with need to be disinfected. When it comes to sewer backup, you should use chlorine bleach to guarantee that everything is clean. This will kill and stop the spread of any more bacteria. The process to clean up your property after a sewer backup can be intimidating, to say the least. However, if you take it in a few simple steps, you can clean up your home to be as good as new in no time. 
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 
SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch  (941) 747-2333 making any size disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Clean Carpets And Better Health

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

A bedroom with carpeting is shown SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch – Water Damage, Fire Damage Restoration, Mold Mitigation, and Carpet Cleaning. (941) 747-2333

Carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of your carpet, but perhaps the most valuable benefit from the process is improving the health of everyone in the home.

According to the American Lung Association, if people in your home suffer from breathing conditions, such as snoring or asthma, it’s important that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week.

You should also consider having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you’re not fully convinced of the benefits of professional carpet cleaning, consider the ways the process leads to a healthier home:

1. Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust. Toxic airborne gases can adhere to these particles and also get trapped within the carpet. These toxic gases can be released through everyday activities such as vacuuming and walking across the carpet, which can cause them to contaminate the air in your home. SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch cleaning services kills these bacteria through specialized shampooing formulas and can remove deeply trapped pollutants with high-powered vacuums.


2. Carpet cleaning can clear out dust mite infestations.
Many homes have dust mite infestations, yet most homeowners aren’t aware of the infestation, because the creatures are microscopic. Dust mites themselves aren’t allergens, but they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are. Because of the microscopic size of these particles, they can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed, which can exacerbate allergies. SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch utilizes steam cleaning techniques to deep-clean when performing carpet maintenance work, which exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can’t survive.


3. Carpet cleaning can help prevent mold growth.
In areas with high humidity levels, like Florida, dirty carpets are at a high risk of developing mold growth when exposed to moisture. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home and can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately. Having your carpet cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch has the high-powered drying equipment that annihilates moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.


We suggest regular cleaning and maintenance of all your carpeting. Vacuum at least three times per week and establish a regular carpet cleaning schedule with our office. For any questions or concerns about your carpets, including area rugs, give us a call at (941) 747-2333.


SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch – Water Damage, Fire Damage Restoration, Mold Mitigation, and Carpet Cleaning.