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Water Damage In Your Lakewood Ranch Home Can Be Overwhelming

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

A flooded living room is shown SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency. Call for help. (941) 747-2333.

One of the most important initial steps for you to do following a water damage or flooding event in your Lakewood Ranch home is to contact your insurance agent and then to call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333. The insurance agent will be able to send an adjuster to the property to complete the water damage assessment. If you call SERVPRO, a field operator who is always available, will also arrive at your property. SERVPRO has extensive relationships with over 300 insurance companies, adjusters, management companies and government agencies. This offers a unique opportunity for your adjuster and the SERVPRO inspector to assess and develop a plan of action for your home. The water damage restoration expert will complete a report known as the CCIS. The Contents Claim Inventory Service technology inventories items room by room and categorizes these items as salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable. This form arms you with information to work with your insurance adjuster to come to an agreement on how SERVPRO can best serve you. With a "Work Authorization Form" in hand, the expert technicians can immediately start the water damage restoration process. The importance of a quick implementation of the water damage restoration plan cannot be over-emphasized. Standing water within your home can only compound the damage the longer it remains. 
Choosing SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 is an important part of taking care of your water damaged home.
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We live and work in Lakewood Ranch too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency. Call for help. (941) 747-2333. 
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.

Knowing What To Do When Your Home Is Flooded

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch Tips to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Property


If your home becomes flooded for any reason it is important that you know what to do. The longer pooling water stands on your property, the more severe the water damage will be to your home. It could possibly be a serious threat to your health and safety.Accessing information from SERVPRO® regarding how to handle water damage will help you get your home back to dry, pre-water damage condition.


SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch Tips to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Property

What To Do 

• Identify the source from which the water is flowing and stop it or prevent its flow from expanding. When pooling water increases, so does the opportunity for mold growth. SERVPRO®, using moisture meters and hygrometers, will inspect for hidden pockets of water or moisture to ensure total drying. The drying will mitigate opportunistic mold spores from developing colonies of mold.
• Cut off any circuit breakers that are on. Electricity and water are not a safe combination. If not sure of shut-offs for electricity and water, call for help.
• Unplug all appliances located near the wet area, if you can safely approach the outlets.
• Determine where the damages are and try to salvage safely water damaged items by moving them.
• Make sure that your furniture legs, window treatments, and all other items stay off of the wet flooring.  

What Not To Do 

• Don't use a shop-vac or home vacuum to clean the water. Doing so increases your susceptibility to an unwanted electric shock.
• Don't change your property's temperature unless specifically told to do so by an SERVPRO® expert.
• Don't use newspaper to soak up excessive water. This could cause staining if the ink runs. Also, avoid walking on wet surfaces, because this could also lead to further water damage. Be aware of slippery surfaces when walking. A DIY Project for water removal can easily be unsuccessful. In many cases, residential property owners grow upset when they see an accumulation of unwanted water in their home and start to clean it up themselves. Don't take this approach if it is more than an isolated puddle. Attempting to remove the water on your own exposes you to a wide range of health hazards. Flood water surely holds chemical contaminants and possibly sewage--"black water." Even the "gray" water from a clogged a/c air handler or a leaking clothes or dishwasher contains harmful agents. Additionally, most homeowners lack the experience, knowledge, safety gear, and equipment necessary to expedite the water damage restoration process. As a result, your attempt to complete a DIY project will likely prolong your exposure to excessive water and all of the health hazards it can produce. 

Call SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 immediately. When you find that your home has water damage, you need a team of water damage restoration experts working on your behalf. The team to trust is SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch.

In addition to offering excellent customer service, all of our IICRC-certified technicians provide homeowners with 24/7 emergency assistance. From the time we arrive, until the task is complete, we will keep you informed and will restore your home.


Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists


As SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We provide validation and documentation that your property in Palmetto, Ellenton, or Lakewood Ranch is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates. Call SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Water Damage Restoration and Understanding Your Insurance

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

One of the most important initial steps for you to do following a water damage or flooding event in your Lakewood Ranch home is to contact your insurance agent and then to call a water damage restoration company.

The insurance agent will be able to send an adjuster to the property to complete the water damage assessment. If you call SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333, a field operator who is always available, will also arrive at your property.

SERVPRO has extensive relationships with over 300 insurance companies, adjusters, management companies and government agencies. This offers a unique opportunity for your adjuster and the SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch inspector to assess and develop a plan of action for your home.

The water damage restoration expert will complete a report known as the CCIS. The Contents Claim Inventory Service technology inventories items room by room and categorizes these items as salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable. This form arms you with information to work with your insurance adjuster to come to an agreement on how SERVPRO can best serve you. With a "Work Authorization Form" in hand, the expert technicians can immediately start the water damage restoration process. The importance of a quick implementation of the water damage restoration plan cannot be over-emphasized. Standing water within your home can only compound the damage the longer it remains.


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.


As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have 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. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.

A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


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

Don't Let Water Damage Destroy Your East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch Home or Business

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

There are some simple things you can do to protect your home or business. For example, update your windows and doors. Look for watertight options in new windows and doors. Older wood windows should be cleaned, repainted and re-stained periodically. Cracks in trim should be resealed. Glazing compound around older windows should be replaced as needed.
It's a good idea to regularly check your roof for signs of damage, such as excessive wear on shingles or missing shingles. Contacting a plumber to inspect the condition of the pipes in your home. Much home piping has a lifespan of 50 to 80 years, PVC pipes may need to be replaced every 25 to 40 years. You may need to add or update drainage. Use gutters and downspouts to make sure water is diverted away from your home and its foundation.
If water damage has been a serious problem in your home's lower level try adding a sump pump. Choose a cast iron pump, which may last longer, and consider buying a backup battery-powered pump in case the power goes out. Test your pump twice a year or as suggested by the manufacturer. Seal your basement. Thick coatings, paint and silicate-based sealers may help minimize or prevent water damage. Each method varies in application and cost. Remember to replace washing machine supply hoses. Plan for new ones every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance plan.
No matter how much you prepare with regular maintenance, water damage can still be a frightening reality.
SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333
If your not sure why Emergency Service is important, consider this Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:
Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


First 24 Hours:
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 goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.


2 Days to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust and corrode.
Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.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.

After Commercial Water Damage It's Time To Decide What Should Stay and What Has To Go

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

When a business floods it is a serious matter. Depending on the extent of the damage, it might feel like the end of the world. It doesn’t need to be, you may be able to salvage much of your inventory and other items in your business. Here’s how to handle cleaning your commercial property after a flood.
Furniture and Carpets
Take furniture outside, brush off any mud and remove any drawers or doors. Determine the material of each item and use commercial cleaning products designed for those materials. Set the furniture away from direct sunlight and allow it to dry. This could take weeks or months, depending on the item. Once thoroughly dry, you can refinish and wax. Spread carpets outside and hose them off. Use a professional carpet cleaner on soiled items. Rinse the solution out using 2 tablespoons of colorfast bleach per gallon of water, unless the carpet is wool. Dry the carpet and its subfloor, keeping in mind that you may need a professional to re-stretch it as you reinstall it. Dry cleaning may be an option for some items. No matter what, always hire a professional water cleanup company to assist you and ensure your business does not fall victim to mold.
SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Damaged Food Items and Kitchen Inventory
Unfortunately, if you run a restaurant, you may find that you do need to dispose of much of your inventory after a flooded company. However, you may still be able to save some of it. Any undamaged foods that are in all-metal cans or retort pouches are salvageable. Remove their labels, wash and rinse the cans and disinfect them. You can use a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water. Once sanitized, use a marker to write the food and its expiration date on the can.
When it comes to utensils, you can wash and sanitize metal and ceramic items. You will need to toss out anything wooden or plastic, such as the following:
• Plastic utensils and dishes
• Plastic storage containers
• Wooden cutting boards or utensils
Faster To Any Size Disaster
For more information on preparing your business check https://www.ready.gov/business
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 

The Classifications of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • 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 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!

Ways to Avoid Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage might be one of the most common and costliest disasters your home may experience. There are countless mishaps, such as a pipe bursting, a malfunctioning dishwasher or storm damage, that could cause your home to suffer water damage.

While water damage is an especially common issue for homeowners, allow us to suggest some ways you can safeguard your home from some of these situations.

<h4your-home-from-water-damage">Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

When there is water damage, the damage caused is not the only issue to deal with, as it can have a long-term impact on your home. Mold is a common side effect of water damage, as it can start growing within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

As you consider ways to protect your home, it may be helpful to break the large task down by areas of impact. These areas might include spaces like basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

In the basement, you can help prevent water damage by checking for any water seepage and remedying it by resealing vulnerable areas of the basement, checking that water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve.

Your kitchen and bathrooms may experience water damage as a result of plumbing system breakdowns and appliance failures.

Make sure that you:

  • Inspect your appliances regularly, checking for issues with any hoses and faucets
  • Check the seal and caulking around your showers and tubs, ensuring they are not leaking
  • Know where your home’s main shut-off valve is located
  • Don’t leave a washing machine or dishwasher running when you’re not home

Protecting your possessions from water damage may not always be possible, but there are steps you can take to lessen the amount of possessions you may lose or that could be damaged. Waterproof bins for storage are advisable, as is keeping items stored on shelving off of the floor—especially in the basement.

<h4to-do-if-cleanup-is-needed">What to Do if Cleanup Is Needed

If you find yourself with a home that has damage from water, you stand a good chance at salvaging items that can be dried out within 48 hours.

Contact your insurance company immediately, evaluate the extent of the water damage in your home and identify the type of water that is involved.

There are three types of water in a water damage situation:

  1. “Clean” water from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. “Gray” water, which is slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. “Black” water, which is water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. This water can cause serious health problems.

Following a water damage disaster, you will want to get your home dried out and dehumidified as quick as is safely possible, removing wet objects and disinfecting any remaining materials.

Here’s a helpful pro tip for books, photos and paper: Freeze them in a frost-free freezer, which will give you more time to deal with them, thus preventing mold and mildew from developing, causing more deterioration. Once you are able to deal with them, remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

A Look at Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

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.”

What is water extraction?

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water extraction, utilizing truck-mounted water pumps and wet-vacs is the first and very important step. This will limit water damage by preventing wicking of water into furniture, fabrics, electronics, and building materials. The clean up entails tossing badly damaged items and moving salvageable items. Wiping down walls, wooden furniture and checking the HVAC coils and ductwork for water and contaminants. Our IICRC trained technicians have the skills to clean your house as if it never even happened. The drying process employs air-movers, high-velocity fans, and several variations of dehumidifiers. Measurements are taken to verify that the moisture and humidity inside the home environment are within an acceptable range. You will be provided upon request documentation indicating validated drying of your home. Mold can grow in 48-72 hours if sufficient moisture is present. Sanitizing with the use of antifungal and antibacterial products are used if deemed appropriate.

All these important steps lead to the repair and restoration of your home in Lakewood Ranch. SERVPRO can execute quick and professional water damage restorative steps to get you back home.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in Lakewood Ranch too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. Call us. (941) 747-2333

Top Reasons Your Water Heater Is Making Noises

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Hearing funny noises from your water heater can be off-putting. Knocks, taps, rumbles, hums and crackles can leave you wondering if your unit is about to have a major issue. Some noises are more troublesome than others. Check out these top reasons you might be hearing strange sounds from your appliance.

" Sediment Buildup: Sediments may pile up around the heating tubes of your water heater. When the heating elements are off, water gets trapped below the sediments. As the elements turn back on, a cracking or popping noise starts when the water is forced through the buildup. Cleaning the elements may help you fix this problem. Hiring a maintenance team may also help you eliminate this noise.
" Loose Elements: Electric water heaters usually have elements installed vertically in the tank. As water flows around the part, a humming noise may be caused. Tightening the element can reduce the noise.
" Temperature Change: If the water in the heater cools down, you may hear a tapping or ticking noise in the heater. This is common and shouldn't concern you.
" Open Valves: Most valves to your water heater should be open. If one is not fully opened, you may hear a screeching sound. You can fix this issue by checking to make sure all of the valves at the heater and at the water lines are open all of the way.
" Sediment Movement: If the sediment buildup in your unit is stirred up, it can produce a rumbling noise. A simple solution would be to do a water heater flush. If you clean the unit with a de-liming mixture, you may see even better results.

The noises you hear in your Bradenton, FL water heater may give you warnings of your maintenance and replacement needs. If you hear a sound that you can't figure out, remember that many of the noises are nothing to worry about. If it makes you feel better, you can call in a professional for help. Visit http://www.SERVPROeastbradentonlakewoodranch.com for more information on water damage

Cleaning Personal Belonging After a Broken Pipe

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you have the misfortune of dealing with a broken pipe in Lakewood Ranch, FL your first instinct may be to get rid of any item the water came in contact with. Water in your home can cause incredible damage to your floor and sheetrock, and having to discard personal belongings may devastate you. Fortunately, with the help of dry cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning, many of the contents of your home can be saved after broken pipes flood your home.

Non-Porous Items

Depending on how much flooding was caused by broken pipes in your home, you may have many items to clean. Anything that came in contact with the water should be scrubbed thoroughly, including non-porous items like the ones listed below:

• Toys
• Appliances
• Kitchen utensils
• Furniture
• Storage containers

Scrubbing these items thoroughly may reduce the number of bacteria on them, but ultrasonic cleaning may be required to completely remove all germs. This type of cleaning involves spraying water infused with microscopic bubbles onto the item. As the bubbles pop, they effectively clean each item and remove all traces of bacteria quickly and easily.

Porous Items

When you begin to clean up after you have standing water in your home, you may have the urge to discard any item that could have absorbed water. Even porous items like the ones listed below can be saved with the right care.

• Upholstered furniture
• Bedding
• Curtains
• Stuffed animals
• Clothes

The key is to have any kind of fabric that may have absorbed floodwater dry cleaned. The special process
and solution that dry cleaners use can usually remove every trace of floodwater from fabric, allowing them to be fully restored.

No one wants to throw away personal belongings just because they came in contact with water from a broken pipe. Abundant moisture in your home can cause enough damage, so resist the urge to discard your sentimental belongings. With the proper care and dry cleaning, nearly anything in your home can be saved.
Visit http://www.SERVPROeastbradentonlakewoodranch.com for more information on water damage.

What do you do if you have water in your Bradenton home?

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

If you have water in your home it is important to make sure you get it taken care of as soon as possible. In many cases, if the water sits to long it can start to cause secondary damages. 

Here are some tips on how to get started. 

1. It is important once you get SERVPRO on site to have them start extracting the water. Once all of the water is removed, the drying process can begin. 

2. SERVPRO can place air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the facility. It is critical to monitor the drying process each day to make sure progress is being made. After a few days of drying the equipment can be removed. 

3. After the drying is finished, SERVPRO can help replace and repair the damages. 

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at anytime. 

Water Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up Now to Prevent Problems Later

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we are ready for any size water damage emergency.

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 otherwise careful people fail to shut off the water line at the outside of their home during their pre-vacation preparations. 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. 

Vacationing is only temporary and so should any water damage, if you call for professional assistance upon returning from vacation, homeowners whose home has been water damaged while they've been away are in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. 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 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. These can cause health effects in your family members over time. 

What We can do For You 
Our professionals are trained in nothttp://www.iicrc.org/ 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 Manatee County 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.

Understanding Flood Claims and Water Damage Claims in Parrish, FL

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

There is a BIG difference between a water damage and flood damage - are you covered by your insurance policy?

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. Once you have done this, you can then proceed to file for claims. Fixing your home immediately can prevent problems from getting worse due to mold or decomposition. However, afterward you will still need to deal with the consequences of the bills. For some homeowners, it may be possible for insurance to cover some of the losses. However, many homeowners insurance policies do not always come packaged with flood insurance. 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 Manatee County we are here to help you in any we can.