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Storms In Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch Can Leave Behind Serious Water Damage

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

A man is shown squeezing water out of a towel and into a bucket If you have water damage call SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

When storms roll through Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch there can be significant water damage left behind. Understanding water damage is important to protect your home or business.
When you find yourself in a water damage situation, it is important to understand the differences in the water that could be involved.

There are three classifications for this water: clean, gray and black, and having a better understanding of these differences will help you understand how to better handle the situation.

Regardless of the type of water involved, there will always be a cleanup and restoration process that follows. The most important part of the cleanup, however, is to remove all of the moisture and damp items quickly, so that mold does not have a chance to flourish in a mold-growth ideal environment.

Clean Water

Much like the name states, “clean” water is, well, clean. And it is not likely the type that will pose an immediate threat to your health. This water is free of contaminants and can come from:

Broken water lines

Malfunctioning appliances

Toilet holding tanks

Snow melt and rainwater

This is the easiest type of water damage to work with, as there will be fewer microbes living in the water, but after only 48 hours and contact with building surfaces, clean water can move up to category two, which is gray water.

Gray Water

The cleanup and restoration process with gray water becomes a bit more involved and serious. This water could very well have the potential to pose a health risk, due to it containing chemical or biological contamination. This slight contamination in gray water means that the water would need to be thoroughly treated before being safe for consumption.

Gray water is water from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure rule for mold growth also applies here as well, as gray water will become black water if not quickly treated.

Black Water

The most serious and dangerous water is black water, and it is considered to be highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter. This would include floodwaters containing soil and any sewage water.

Sewage contains microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more—many of which are extremely harmful to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:




Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

A good rule is to remember that, when it comes to floods, all water involved should be assumed to be black water since it will have picked up contaminants along its path.

These three floodwater classifications are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our technicians have all studied and familiarized themselves with the IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services.

After The Storm Has Passed

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Storms in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch

It can all start with a weather alert on your phone. Then you can see the weather changing quickly. You seek shelter and then you hear a loud continuous rumble. The sound that has been described as a jet or a passing train. When the threat has passed and everyone is ok, you can breathe a sigh of relief, but did your home fair as well?

After the tornado has passed

According to the National Weather Service after the storm you should assess the damage. They suggest after the threat for tornadoes has ended, check to see if your property has been damaged. When walking through storm damage, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes. Contact local authorities if you see power lines down. Stay out of damaged buildings. Be aware of insurance scammers if your property has been damaged.

The best place to start this inspection is the structural integrity of your home. A small tornado can have the power to knock a house off of its foundation, or collapse a load bearing wall or roof, which needs to be repaired before other work can start.

Next, it is time to address the concerns with your home's primary systems. These include the electrical, gas, plumbing, and even air conditioning.

All of these systems are what make our homes more comfortable to live in, and they all require specialized expertise to be properly restored. Contact SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

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 1,800 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.

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

Springtime Storms And Tornadoes

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Springtime is not too far off. That means storms and tornadoes are even more likely.

Springtime weather is unpredictable, you should always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

April and May traditionally have the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Read on as we explore some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

Conditions That Can Cause a Tornado

Roughly 1,200 tornadoes occur in the U.S. each year, and they are a result of thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

A tornado will be born when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

If you are looking for the signature funnel cloud, you will not see it at first because it is transparent until it picks up water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or dust and debris.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Tornadoes typically occur during the late afternoon, but it is vital to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

What You Should Do for a Tornado Warning

Knowing the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning is important. A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If you are in the path of a warned tornado, it is imperative that you take action to find safe shelter immediately.

Shelter options include:

Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.

The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.

If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
It is a good idea to always have flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your home tornado shelter.

When a tornado occurs while you are driving, NEVER attempt to outrun it. Also, when you are sheltering in your home, items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets will provide further protection to your head and neck.

Tornadoes can create havoc on the areas where they touch down. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is ready to get cleanup and restoration of your property underway. Call SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 727-2333.

Smoke Damage Requires Professional Attention

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most difficult realities for a homeowner to deal with is a house fire. After you learn that your property has been subjected to this type of natural disaster, it's crucial that you get the restoration process going.

In many cases, homeowners are inclined to handle some of the restoration processes themselves, including Palmetto smoke damage removal. While you may find the idea of a do it yourself project appealing, it's important to know that this type of work is best left to the professionals. These individuals possess the extensive education and experience to complete the job with skill and efficacy.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch has the experienced restoration professionals to mitigate the damage and restore your home or business to preloss condition.

Learn more about why hiring professional smoke damage companies is a good idea by reviewing the following information:

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch Uses Special Equipment

One of the reasons that you should leave the Palmetto smoke damage removal process to professionals is because it necessitates the use of specialized equipment. In many cases, smoke can seep into your walls and cause health problems if it is not removed immediately.

The most effective method to remove the smoke is thermal fogging. Professionals execute this process by opening the pores of your walls and then neutralizing the odors contained within.

Professionals combine this strategy with the use of dehumidifiers and ozone generators to get your home in optimal, smoke-free condition.

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Clean Carpets And Better Health

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

a carpet is shown in a residential bedroom In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed.

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 cause health effects 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.

Protecting Your Bradenton Business Against Fire Damage

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Two men are shown putting out a small fire Make sure your business is properly equipped for fire safety.

There are many responsibilities business owners have, one of them being safety factors to take into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. One of those risks that needs some extra consideration is planning for and working toward preventing fires.

Leading Causes of Fires

According to research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

Cooking equipment, 29% of fires

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires

Heating equipment, 11% of fires

Intentional, 10% of fires

Smoking materials, 9% of fires

Exposure, 4% of fires

Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Three of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment, accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

When you consider more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that during the timeframe from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires involving office properties per year. Those fires were responsible for an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

How to Protect Your Business

Let’s take a look at steps you can take to protect your business from fire risk. Some of those steps are focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education. These topics will help you work to reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

Your first step should be to assess the risk of fire hazards. In some areas, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

Ensure that the proper amount of and right fire protection equipment is in place. This should include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers for each floor your business occupies.

Finally, but most important, consider the safety of your employees and visitors. By creating and regularly reviewing your fire plan with your staff, you’ll be making sure everyone is aware of the proper procedure to follow in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep this fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and where the first-aid kits are.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Water Damage And Your Lakewood Ranch Home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water is shown near a drain We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage. SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

When thinking of water damage, severe weather is usually one of the first things that comes to mind. While storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage, often, they are not the main culprits.

Many of the various items in your home can be responsible for situations that result in water damage.

Water Damage Details

Many homeowners will suffer water damage, and it was the third most common reason for a homeowner to file an insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

We must first explain the difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which impacts how insurance claims are paid. Gradual damage is when something has been happening over time, such as plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation.

Unfortunately, many aspects of gradual water damage are usually not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

The Common Culprits
The leading causes of water damage, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), are:

Plumbing supply system failures. Frozen pipes can burst due to a buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water in the lines or when the supply system equipment fails and results in a leaking or burst pipe. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. It was also found that homes ages 16 to 40 years of age were a larger group of supply system material failure claims.

Water heater failures. Once your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the chances for the tank to rust and corrode increase, which can cause leaking or bursting issues. IBHS found that 69% of all water heater failures were a direct result of a slow leak or sudden burst and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

Plumbing drain system failures. This occurs when sewer drains back up and overflow into a home or from material breakdown issues. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material breakdown issues. The average drain system failure was more expensive in the southern region than in northern region of the United States.

Toilet failures. This type of damage is second to plumbing supply system failures for residential water loss after and can be caused by faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. According to IBHS, toilet failures that happen on the first floor of a home resulted in more homeowners insurance claims than those happening in basements or upper floors.

Washing machine malfunctions. Typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures, washing machines are in the top 10 for residential water damage losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home falls victim to water damage, the team at SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Water Damage Could Devastate Your Bradenton Business

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

A seemingly minor broken pipe can cause a devastating amount of water damage in your commercial building.

To be prepared, make sure you understand your insurance coverage. It's also important to note that flooding is not usually covered by commercial property insurance. It requires its own policy if you want to protect your business from flood damage. Understanding your insurance coverage is definitely important to your business. It's also important to know who you are going to call if your business has water damage. Contact the highly trained restoration specialists at SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

So what are the common causes of water damage?

1. A Leaky Roof

If a severe storm has happened recently or if your building’s roof is getting old, you might expect a few roof leaks. These leaks can lead to a lot of problems such as mold or serious water damage. Try to find the source of the drip and contact SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

2. A Damaged Water Heater

Due to high water pressure in the pipes, the seals on your water heater might crack or break. This can be dangerous, especially if there are electric fixtures nearby. To prevent leaking or flooding from happening, try to flush your heater regularly.

3. A Broken Pipe

In both cold and hot weather, water pipes can burst and cause a lot of damage. If this occurs, you can follow these steps:• Remove soaked furniture and carpets from the area.
• Focus on mopping up as much water as you can.
• Open windows to circulate the air.
• Call the professionals for additional help.

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

Our team of trained experts have the tools and equipment to mitigate damages to your home or business quickly and properly. Our inspection equipment makes finding the affected areas a breeze.

Our technicians use extraction equipment to remove standing water; followed by developing a drying plan that will be documented using SERVPRO DryBook, which is available for you to monitor the progress in real time, to ensure your property is returned to preloss condition.
By doing this, you can address the problem quickly and efficiently.

4. An Overflowing Toilet

Sometimes toilets leak or overflow, which can cause a lot of expensive water damage. If a toilet in your building starts overflowing, try to adjust the float to make it stop. If this doesn’t work, turn off the water valve behind the toilet to prevent any more water from spilling out onto the floor.

Many of these problems could easily happen in your building, but you can take precautions by being watchful and knowing how to handle any water damage situation.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch has highly trained specialists 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. Our training program includes the following:

IICRC Training
Employee Certification Training
Initial Franchise Training
Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 can respond immediately to your emergency. A team of experts will make sure everything is quickly and thoroughly taken care of, giving you your home back as soon as possible.

We Provide Immediate Response To Residential Or Commercial Damage In Lakewood Ranch

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

A water damaged floor is shown SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch focuses on immediate response in mitigation of water damage (941) 747-2333.

Time is a precious commodity when there is damage to your home or business. There’s no time to waste when your Bradenton property is on the line, you need help right away.

We know how important a fast response is, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan to us.

Why a Fast Response Is Necessary

When your belongings are damaged, time is not a luxury you have regarding disaster cleanup. This is especially true where water damage has come into play, which can be through various means such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.

It can only take minutes for water to spread throughout your property, where it saturates everything in its path. Things like the walls, floors, upholstery and your belongings are all fast casualties of water.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

Drywall begins to swell and break down
Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
Furniture begins to swell and crack
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spread and stain
The arrival of a musty odor
The damage will worsen as time goes on.

Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
Metal beginning to rust and corrode
Paint beginning to blister
Wood flooring swelling and warping
The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

If left unchecked for over a week, the damage done can dramatically increase the restoration time and costs and can also impact structural safety.

You Can Count on Us

Providing an immediate response to any size disaster is what we are here for. Our fast response times can help minimize the damage and keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

It doesn’t matter what day or time it is, our trained cleanup and restoration specialists will quickly be dispatched to your property or business.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there, no matter the time or day.

The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Strong Storms And Damaging Winds

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Severe storms can bring a number of concerns, but damaging winds are always a threat. These winds can come with little to no notice, and they can be problematic because they can have long-term structural impacts.

Understanding Damaging Winds

Anyone who lives in a thunderstorm-prone area can be at risk from damaging winds, but there are some structures that are especially at risk. Mobile homes, even those that have been anchored, could sustain serious damage with wind gusts over 80 mph.

While many think damaging winds are a result of a tornado or hurricane, those are not the only times when they may come into play. Winds exceeding 50–60 mph are traditionally considered damaging winds and can be produced by a strong thunderstorm. You will commonly hear damaging winds referred to as “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage from tornado damage.

The damage from these winds can be especially destructive, as they can cause any objects not anchored to become projectiles. Windows and the roof can take the brunt of this damage, and if the damage is extensive, it can result in water damage to the home as the outside elements come indoors through the damaged windows and roof.

How to Protect Your Property

Below are some ways to be proactive in protecting your property from damaging winds. The “Two R’s” are a good place to begin, reinforce and remove.

  • Have a professional reinforce your garage door.
  • Safely store or anchor loose objects on your property that could become projectiles. This includes trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.
  • Dying or dead large trees and limbs need to be removed by a professional so that they don’t blow over onto the home.

Don’t rely on advanced notice for a high wind situation. Not all high wind circumstances come with advanced warning. But being proactive with some of these action items can prepare you for just these situations.

Also, if you are building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure your walls, windows and doors meet the building code for your area.

If your home has been hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home. Call us today (941) 747-2333.