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Tornado Safety is Important, even in Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, Florida | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Safety is Important, even in Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, Florida | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch A tornado can form almost anywhere, even in Florida. | SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch

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.  Just this past Friday, April 19th, we had a Tornado watch issued for areas near East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch.

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 and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

The Impact Damaging Winds Can Have on Your Property | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Severe storms can bring a multitude 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.

Storm Damage: Most Common Types

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Coastal towns like East Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch are more familiar than most with storms and their damaging effects. But did you know there are 4 common types of storms? Each has unique causes and each causes its own kind of damage.

SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch knows how important the safety of a home is, especially during a storm. This blog is meant to educate readers about different types of storms - hurricanes in particular - and their damaging effects.

The 4 most common storms are:
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Thunderstorms
  • Tropical storms

The Florida gulf coast is much more likely to experience a hurricane or tropical storm, or even a tornado. Hurricanes can be so strong that their effects can be felt far inland as strongly as they are on the coast. (Hurricane Sandy impacted 24 states.)

Life on the coast comes with obvious risks because of the likelihood of a hurricane, so it’s of the utmost importance to be familiar with how hurricanes cause damage.

So what are the common causes of hurricane damage?First, there’s storm surge.

Storm surge affects the coast directly. This happens because wind pushes more and more water toward the shore with nowhere to go. Eventually, all that excess water piles up higher than the predicted tide level and shoves onto the shore and even inland. Storm surge is so powerful that it damages buildings, roads, and other structures.

Second, there are floods.

Hurricanes cause floods in two ways: storm surge and rainfall. Both can cause floods to happen across a widespread geographical area. Rainfall from hurricanes can spread farther than 100 miles from where the hurricane landed. A tropical storm doesn’t even have to be classified as a hurricane to cause widespread and destructive flooding.

Third, there’s the wind.

Hurricane wind can be as fast as anywhere between 74-155 miles per hour. This wind is fast, powerful, and destructive. Wind can knock down trees and powerlines, carry debris far and wide, and cause a domino effect of damage. Roofs can even be lifted from homes. And sometimes winds from hurricanes form separate tornadoes.

Storm damage can be far reaching and devastating, especially on the coast. There are many precautions that you can take to protect from and prevent storm damage, like adding weather-resistant features to your home. Every home, office, and vehicle should also have an emergency preparedness kit.

Cleaning up in the aftermath of a storm can be dangerous and overwhelming. Call SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch for help from the leading experts in storm damage restoration.

Restoring Your Home after Tornado Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Home after Tornado Damage Tornadoes and Severe Storm Damage Can Be Restored with SERVPRO's Help

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. This assessment will ascertain 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.

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

Is your home structurally sound after a tornado?

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is your home structurally sound after a tornado? Do you have tornado damage in your Parrish home?

After your personal safety has been adequately addressed, you can move systematically through the evaluation of the rest of your home and 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 repairing before other work can start. SERVPRO can cover open areas of a roof or structure with tarps and also board up opened areas. This will help mitigate tornado damages and help against vandalism.

Home Infrastructure Systems

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 rstored. However, there are companies like SERVPRO that have the ability to repair and restore these systems to pre-tornado damage condition, if at all possible. 

Water Damage can be a Big Problem after a Tornado

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

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 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."

Why Choose SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch?

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

In Lakewood Ranch, Disasters Do Not Happen Just From Large Storms

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage In Lakewood Ranch, Disasters Do Not Happen Just From Large Storms Disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. At SERVPRO of Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch we are ready for whatever happens.

There were three speakers talking about their experiences with hurricanes in Florida and around the Gulf Region.  One of the points the speakers mentioned over and over again is that we have not had a named storm hit Florida in 11 years. This doesn’t seem right, but it is true! I would encourage you not to be apathetic and treat each hurricane season seriously and listen to what your preferred meteorologist has to say.

We participated in the Disaster Preparedness Expo 

The theme of the Expo was disaster recovery. Their data states that 40% of businesses do not recover from a disaster. This is a very high number and the majority cause is lack of insurance or business owners being underinsured. Hurricane or no hurricane this year, disasters are not just large storms. Here’s a list of potential “disasters” that can ruin a business or cause disruption to your operations:

Large thunderstorm with damaging winds and rain

Sewage backup

Plumbing leaks

Fire Sprinkler Activation

Vandalism

Fire and smoke damage

Do you know what to do if one the above should occur in your business? Does your insurance cover all of the above perils? Do you have a business interruption policy to cover your loss of income in the event of a disaster? I encourage you to sit down with your agent and ask these questions. A good policy should be designed to protect your financial interests.

At SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch, we are here to help in the event of a disaster. Our trained staff will respond quickly and professionally to your emergency needs. We will work with your insurance adjuster to restore your business and make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7/365.

Avoiding Mold When a Flood Takes Over

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding Mold When a Flood Takes Over Give SERVPRO a call if you experience storm damage. Our technicians are available 24/7.

As many homeowners in Bradenton, FL are aware, there are many challenges to face when a flood strikes; seeking safety, inspecting damage, and reviewing insurance coverage are only a few steps on the list. Mold is another, perhaps lesser-known visitor that can arrive in a flood's wake, as moisture left behind has a way of lingering and serving as the perfect setting for growth. Here are a few pointers to help you prevent mold growth after flood damage.

1. Inspect the Area

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

2. Get to Cleaning

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

3. Keep Places Dry

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

There is no fun way to look at the repercussions of a storm and its effects on your home. When you pay close attention to the damage, however, and follow proper steps to keep your pad protected, you can leave the mold growth – and the stress – behind. Visit http://www.SERVPROeastbradentonlakewoodranch.com for more information on storm damage. 

Restoration After Sewage Backup

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

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. 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. Visit http://www.SERVPROeastbradentonlakewoodranch.com for more information on storm damage.

Why You Need the SERVPRO ERP

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Need the SERVPRO ERP Be ready for whatever happens with the ERP.

No matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for any natural disaster that may occur. Natural disasters often strike without warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. Though Mother Nature's disasters are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared.

Contact SERVPRO of East Manatee County to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your home and business property. SERVPRO's ERP serves as a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information for your property in the event of an emergency. The ERP is an ideal supplement to any existing preparedness plan, or may be used as a standalone document. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and can minimize the effects of any weather-related disaster, water, or fire damage to your home or business.

When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of East Manatee County will be ready to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage in Lakewood Ranch

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Lakewood Ranch Fallen trees can cause serious damage to your property. Call SERVPRO for a fast response, we can help protect your property from further damage.

Summer storms are upon us which means almost daily rain and lightning threats.  

A common occurrence during the storm season for the Lakewood Ranch 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 5 steps to take for emergency tree removal:

  1. Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
  2. 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.
  3.  Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.
  4.  Call your insurance company and if you can safely do so take pictures.
  5. Contact SERVPRO of East Manatee County, 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.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of East Manatee County 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.