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Here To Help During These Difficult Times

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
Sales Counters
Carpets and Rugs
Stair Handrails
Elevator Cars
Playground Equipment
Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can answer your questions (941) 747-2333.

Understanding Proactive Cleaning For Your Business

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum.

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.  The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can answer your questions (941) 747-2333.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.   SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. 

In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. 

SERVPRO® franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training  and products to get your property back to business.

If You Suspect Mold In Your Bradenton Home, Call Us

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

A section of exposed framing is shown where drywall was removed SERVPRO of East Bradenton/ Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 does more than clean up mold infestations; we can help prevent them.

Do you suspect a mold infestation in your home? If so, you need to start the mold removal process immediately. While some gutsy DIY’ers will handle a small mold infestation, it is recommended that homeowners and property owners hire a professional mold remediation team for their Lakewood Ranch home.

Because the mold removal and restoration process takes significant time, resources, and equipment, the vast majority of homeowners simply do not have access to these necessary items. Removing mold from drywall, carpet, air ducts, furniture, insulation, and other areas requires special protective gear, cleaning supplies, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbing fans.

Additionally, all mold-infested items must be disposed of properly to ensure it doesn’t spread.
Areas of the home that are not currently infested with mold can quickly become so if the HVAC system is not shut down and infested areas are not cordoned off with plastic sheeting. Mold spores travel through the air to find a suitable host, and with our hot and humid weather here in the Bradenton area, suitable hosts are not difficult to find. Bathrooms, kitchens, cabinets, closets, and other areas that tend to have high levels of moisture, are all prone to develop and harbor mold.

When tackling mold infestations, it is important to clean all affected areas, preferably in one day. This is a daunting but important task. The reason this is so important is because of the way mold spreads, and how quickly it spreads. Many individuals become frustrated when they spread mold cleanup across multiple weekends only to find it to start to reappear in just a few days.
Our SERVPRO Team has received extensive, professional training and we use only the best tools and cleaning solutions available to fully rid your home of mold.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton/ Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 does more than clean up mold infestations; we can help prevent them. Our team has the skills, expertise, and tools necessary to effectively restore your home to its pre-disaster shape after storm damage, fire and smoke damage, sewage backups, and other water damage has affected your home. Most mold infestations are caused by improper cleanup after water damage, that is, when best practices and cleanup protocols were not followed.

Water extraction is just the first part of the process; cleaning, disinfecting, drying, and dehumidifying are all key to preventing future mold infestations.

Since mold can begin growing within 48 hours of water damage, it is imperative that you call us immediately. Time is of the essence. We are available 24 hours a day, and we pride ourselves on helping our friends, neighbors, and community members recover when disaster strikes their homes.

Call us today (941) 747-2333 for more information on how we can return your home to a healthy condition, and mold free.

Your Trip Has Been Planned Carefully, But Have You Missed Something

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

The side of a green SERVPRO truck is shown in a garage If you return from a vacation to find water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

There are people that put an incredible amount of planning into their travel arrangements. The right flights and lodging, excursions to places they have always wanted to see. Planning for your home while you're gone may not get your full attention. 
Many people clean their homes prior to leaving for vacation. They also make sure that all the lights are off, and then also check that all windows and doors are locked securely. Many people do not consider shutting off the water line from outside of the home. Many times, nothing comes of this, but when it does, the water damage can be substantial.  Water damage in Lakewood Ranch that results from a broken water line, no matter where the break or leak is located, can cause damage throughout your home. This damage may not only spread across the floor or down the inside of a wall space but from one floor to lower levels, increasing the amount of damage your home experiences.  If you return from a vacation to find water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333. Shutting off the water should be the first thing done if it can be safely accomplished. Standing water can pose an electrical hazard if electrical outlets or wiring are immersed in the water. If you are not sure about your safety, you should have professionals complete the shut-down the electricity prior to shutting off the water. Everyone should remain clear of the water to be safe.  After the flow of water has been stopped, call in SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch to properly mitigate the water damage for you. Because water can infiltrate porous materials like drywall throughout your home, it is tough to remove completely. The structure water damaged area must have the standing water extracted first. If this is not done properly, warping and deterioration of walls and other structures in your home can quickly occur. Then the absorbed moisture and humidity in the interior environment must be mitigated to acceptable levels. If not, this can lead to not only dangerous structural problems but also the growth of mold and mildew.   What We can do For You
Our professionals are trained in not only the removal of water that can cause damage to your home's interior, but we have training in the IICRC approved drying techniques that are designed for maximum efficiency. After cleaning-up and extracted all of the water, we will begin the drying process and take note of any damage that needs to be restored or repaired. Cleaning-up will continue with removing any debris that is left over from repairs, as well.   The professionals at SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch has 26 years of experience in responding to water damage emergencies from leaking pipes or plumbing backups. We can respond quickly to any size plumbing disaster and we can respond quickly. We are available 24/7 so call us at (941) 747-2333 not only fast service but also professional experience.

Storm Damage Doesn't Have To Be A Stressful Experience

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

There are very few natural disasters that can cause such extensive havoc as tornado damage in Bradenton. Homeowners reel from the aftermath of a twister or severe storm. Even relatively small storms can cause major damage to your house or mobile home, and many people are often left wondering where to begin or what they should do following one of these storms.

For SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch Can Provide Emergency Tornado Damage Services

SERVPRO suggests the following article may help you keep safe while getting your life back in order. Severe weather patterns are becoming the norm on the west coast of Florida; it is time to be prepared.

Safety Is Paramount

First things first, your safety has to be the paramount concern when evaluating the extent of damage or even before you attempt to start the recovery and clean up. Maintain contact with your local officials for safety procedures and shelter. The Red Cross may be an option. Get your home inspected by a trained professional from SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch.

This assessment will determine if your home is structurally sound to enter, and will evaluate whether there are electrical concerns, gas leaks, or even large amounts of standing water that would prevent the safe evaluation of your home. If any of these conditions exist, they must be dealt with, possibly also at a municipal level.

It is important to bring in the right team for help. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch has trained, (IICRC) certified restoration technicians ready 24/7. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Remember SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.

Our fast response is crucial to storm and tornado damage mitigation. Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (941) 747-2333

Storm Damage In Lakewood Ranch Means It's Time To Call The Pros

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

When it's a beautiful sunny day it's easy to forget how much damage a Florida storm can cause. The heavy sustained winds and the driving rain can leave behind substantial water damage. It's not just the named storms and well publicized hurricanes that can cause significant damage to your home. In 2018 there were 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, and two above Category 3.

Damage from water is often a problem after a tornado or hurricane. In addition to these problems that occur after tornado damage, the issue of water damage can cause significant destruction to homes following a storm. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch has the manpower, equipment, and experience to remove the water rapidly and to salvage as many personal possessions and structural materials as possible.

Our elite, large loss specialists, can seamlessly perform all the steps in water removal, cleanup, sanitation, and restoration to make "Like it never even happened."

The experienced professionals, tools, and equipment are in high demand.  SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch has access to the resources you need when storm damage strikes. A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs.

Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch has trained, (IICRC) certified technicians.
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.

Why Choose SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch?

We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition.

We're faster to any size disaster. Our fast response is crucial to storm and tornado damage mitigation. We have the equipment and manpower for any size storm. Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (941) 747-2333

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.