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Fast, Professional Restoration For Flood Damage To Your Baymeadows Apartment Complex

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast, Professional Restoration For Flood Damage To Your Baymeadows Apartment Complex When the mistake made by a nearby resident causes flooding in other of your tenants’ homes SERVPRO awaits to help you recover.

Flood Damage To Your Apartment

Our neighborhood is home to many inviting condos, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Multi-occupant housing presents some challenges to residents, including sharing of common areas, noise and activity out of synch with neighbors, and bad choices or accidents affecting those living in other units. When the mistake made by a nearby resident causes flooding in other of your tenants’ homes SERVPRO awaits to help you recover.

A third-floor tenant has a waterbed that leaked, causing flood damage throughout that wing of your Baymeadows apartment complex. Nearly 200 gallons of water soaks through all three levels, inconveniencing your renters, threatening structures, and ruining tenant belongings. Quick action by our restoration team saves you from relocating individuals or families as the restoration completes.

Our crew arrives with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors for speedy removal of the flooded contents of the mattress. Although we begin our investigation in the bedroom with the offending waterbed SERVPRO crew members are familiar with the “path of least resistance” water takes. Since some of the water drained down common walls and through ceilings, its path is hidden, following pipes and wiring behind the gypsum board and acoustical tiles. If necessary, we remove a few tiles or cautiously cut a hole into a wall when we fear water is pooling in unseen recesses.

After our team vacuums up visible and hidden water from carpeting and floors, air movers and dehumidifiers take on the next stage. SERVPRO technicians train in moisture measurement and monitoring, ensuring that carpeting, sub floors, and walls all receive individualized drying attention based on their difference drying curves. Carpet padding usually fails to dry fast or thoroughly enough, so we replace it in most cases. The carpeting itself dries in place, sometimes lifted and propped up, so the air moves over both the top and bottom for complete drying.

One supporting role SERVPRO provides in a disaster like this is to work with insurers. Your tenant did not sneak the waterbed into the unit. Since you knew it was in place, you demanded purchase by this lessee of additional renter’s insurance. Along with coverage, you keep up as the landlord the claims proven with our help against the extra insurance limits your liability.

Rely on SERVPRO of Jacksonville South to react fast when flooding affects several units of your apartment house. Call (904) 762-8066 to arrange for a flood damage restoration team to come to your aid, 24/7.

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Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Jacksonville Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Jacksonville Home Mold spores are smaller than the smallest seed.

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Ask owners about protecting their home, and you hear about hurricanes, fires, home invasion, and flooding. If they mention mold at all, it is almost as an afterthought. Since the costs to restore or repair homes from mold are in the millions each year, the mold should be higher on the list than keeping the neighborhood dogs off the front lawn.

Stopping mold damage in Jacksonville is not a simple process, but SERVPRO has decades of experience in getting the job done, no matter how far mold spores have grown through and sometimes into a home. To understand how pervasive a mold infestation can be and how difficult it is get rid of one, it is helpful to know how they grow and spread.

Mold spores are smaller than the smallest seed. A group of thousands is just slightly larger than each dot on a pair of dice. They stay dormant until something disturbs them. The cause can be a breeze or a hard shake of some type. The spores which break away remain dormant unless they encounter enough moisture to cause them to expand.

Once they begin to expand, the spores send out hyphae. These structures grow across and into surfaces, looking for food and additional moisture. Favorite food sources are building materials such as ceiling tiles and drywall. They also feed and grow rapidly on carpet fibers like cotton, wool, and rayon. The temperature ranges most molds expand under is from 68 to 86 degrees, but some grow in temperatures as high as 122 degrees.

The way we stop mold growth is to eliminate one of those factors, moisture, food, or temperature. Removing every food source is impossible and permanently lowering or raising the temperature is simply too expensive. We use pumps and smaller extractors to remove standing water and then test the surrounding air and material for excess moisture.

After testing, we set up dehumidifiers and air movers to lower moisture. The dehumidifiers draw water directly out of the air; up to a rate of 30 gallons per day depending on the device we use and the humidity level. Our air movers force warm, dry air over the surface of the affected structural material and other property.

Restoration is not a quick set of procedures, but SERVPRO of Jacksonville South understands that the first step to returning your home to a normal condition is to understand the situation and then act quickly. Call us today at (904) 762-8066 to set up an inspection.

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Prepare Your Jacksonville Area Home Or Business For Hurricane Season

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Jacksonville Area Home Or Business For Hurricane Season Getting ready for storm season can help reduce the damage to your property afterwards. Contact SERVPRO to discuss what should be done.

SERVPRO Provides Helpful Suggestions to Weather the Storm as Well as Technicians to Take Care of the Damages Afterwards

Protecting your home properly during hurricane season takes lots of effort. Every year both businesses and homes suffer catastrophic losses. Think about what you have invested and then picture everything you have fought long and hard for, gone.  
 
When taking on the task of preparing for hurricane season in the Jacksonville area, take the time to address certain areas that can help mitigate storm damages and improve your properties chance of recovery. Without knowing the in’s and out’s of every situation that may occur, a specialist in the field can come in quite handy.
 
Contacting SERVPRO helps with the development of your “Emergency READY Plan.” A tool at your disposal that helps you prepare your property, its contents, and any personal belongings for disaster. We can help you identify potential hazards and get you well on your way to defending your property, even when things are at their worst.
 
If you operate a business, you should consider renting a nearby office space, storefront, or even work out of the house as a temporary answer that helps protect valuable tasks and keeps operations running. Take equipment, resources, and computer files with you, ensuring that your business weathers the storm, even if your building does not.
 
SERVPRO technicians can assist with performing a safety inventory. We test smoke detectors, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers found on your property, make sure everything works as intended and is in working order for when you need them. It never hurts to have an alternative power source, when possible electricity failure looms overhead, portable generators can truly save the day. Just make sure that you store fuel used to operate the generator safely.
 
Even though you contact SERVPRO and begin to prepare your building for everything that might head your way, you should contact your insurance company. Double check or even triple check that your insurance coverage meets your needs. Hurricanes can lead to floods and earthquakes are always a possibility, never make the mistake of assuming your safe, you may be left wanting.
 
Give SERVPRO of Jacksonville South a call for assistance with preparing your home for hurricane season. We can help you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. Make the decision to survive, today. (904) 762-8066

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Smoke Odor from Fire in Your Jacksonville Home

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Odor from Fire in Your Jacksonville Home Our technicians have a big selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors.

Smoke Odor in Your Jacksonville Home? SERVPRO Can Help

Smoke odor is a stubborn and pervasive odor which lingers a long time after the flames of a fire are out. Whether it was caused by a nearby fire, a natural disaster, or from an accident such as an out of control cooking fire or a fireplace left unattended, the smoke odor can be a challenge to remove, even for experienced restoration professionals.

There are various factors which influence the severity of smoke odor from fire damage in your Jacksonville home. The first is obvious – the size of the fire. The bigger the fire is and the more materials which have burned, the more smoke there is. How long the affected area is exposed to smoke matters as well. Smoke odor embeds itself deeper into porous materials the longer it has a chance to sit.

Our technicians at SERVPRO know that after a fire, time is of the essence to prevent additional damage, which is why once you call us, we are out to your home quickly. We clean up the smoke odor, sanitize the area, and repair any salvageable items.

Another factor which impacts the smoke odor is how large the room which is affected is. The smaller the room is, the more concentrated and intense the smoke odor can become. Materials which have burned is also important. Different materials leave behind different odors. A fire which burned wood smells different than a fire which affected mostly plastics or a protein fire. The kind of materials affected can influence the products we at SERVPRO use to get the smoke odor out.

Our technicians have a big selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors. From hydroxyl generators to ozone machines, eco-friendly odor-busters to powerful odor-destroying chemicals, we are your answer to all your smoke odor removal needs. Our experienced professionals help you pinpoint the problem and figure out the best solution after we arrive at your home.

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Think of SERVPRO of Jacksonville South when your home has suffered from a fire of any size. We can get the smoke odors out of your home and prevent additional damages when you contact us at (904) 762-8066.

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Protect Your Bowling Alley From Fire Damage With Professional Help In Jacksonville

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Bowling Alley From Fire Damage With Professional Help In Jacksonville Don't Let Your Jacksonville Business Get Bowled Over from Fire Damage--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Jacksonville Businesses Open

When running a bowling alley, there are many precautions you should consider taking, simply because there are so many services packed into such a small space, making them particularly susceptible to fire damage.  
 
As you enter your Jacksonville area business, a trained eye can spot fire damage flags everywhere. Every section of your business has a separate set of dangers. Your entryway, where people gather to meet up with friends or sit to chat before deciding where to start their evening needs to have fire extinguishers and fire alarms installed, making sure to mark each exit clearly.  
 
From there you may have a bar where you serve food and alcohol. People use this section to visit and enjoy each other's company, grab a bite to eat, play a game of billiards, or just enjoy music on the jukebox. However, between the alcohol, electrical devices, serving area, and seating area, a variety of hazards exist. It is your job to make this area safe for both your employees and each patron that visits your establishment, SERVPRO can help.
 
A small arcade room filled with old arcade machines exposes your building to electrical and safety hazards that could happen at any time. You should check each machine visually, maintaining a regular maintenance schedule to help prevent frayed cords, broken plugs or sockets, or faulty equipment from causing harm. Incidents that happen more during inclement weather, where even a single water leak can lead to shorts, sparks, or electrical hazards that put your patrons at risk.  
 
Next, you likely have a concession area, with a kitchen attached that serves food to both your bar customers and those waiting for a lane or visiting others. This section becomes more susceptible to fire damage than any other, simply because of the level of heat, humidity, and combination of chemicals, appliances, and electronic equipment that exists. Like most cooking areas, this is the most common area that fires can occur.  
 
SERVPRO technicians can provide you with recommendations to improve your ventilation, locate hidden hazards, and provide you with the services you need should an accident happen on your property. Working closely with our expertly trained personnel, you gain access to several years of experience and training in fire prevention, that helps limit loss and protects your investment better.
 
Make the call to SERVPRO of Jacksonville South, see for yourself what our IICRC certified technicians can do for you. We are available 24-7, 365, any time that is convenient for you. (904) 762-8066

Flood Damage From Failing Washing Machine Hoses In Your Jacksonville Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage From Failing Washing Machine Hoses In Your Jacksonville Home It seems unlikely, but flood damage from a washing machine is one of the top five causes of home insurance claims.

Failing Washing Machine Hoses Cause Flood Damage

Most homeowners protect their homes against things such as storms, fire, and burglary, but water damage from malfunctioning or leaking home appliances often gets overlooked, especially when it comes to washing machines.

It seems unlikely, but flood damage from a washing machine is one of the top five causes of home insurance claims. More than half of these claims is from supply hoses which have burst or leaked, so make sure your Jacksonville home is prepared for such an event. Have the number of a reputable flood damage restoration company handy at all times, like SERVPRO, who is experienced in all kinds of flood damage.

Most washing machine hoses fail eventually over time, even when they have been installed properly. They can cause leaks or even catastrophic flooding when they burst. Failure can be due to several things such as installation error, age, poor design and poor quality materials. Most of these hoses are made of reinforced polymer or rubber. The materials lose resiliency as they age, making them susceptible to leaks, cracks, and bursting.

Inspect Regularly
Many times, fittings and hoses that connect your washing machine to the water source are visible and easy to inspect each time you use the machine. If they are not visible, figure out how to gain access to them so you can inspect them once per month. Look at both the cold and hot water lines. Failures happen near the connection where the hose usually bends. Keep an eye out for:

Signs Of Imminent Failure
Obvious evidence of imminent failure or deterioration should be looked for, such as bulges, blisters, unraveling, cracks, kinks, discoloration, or crimps, especially close to the connections and turns in the hose.

Leaks
Look for drops, moisture, rust, leaks on, in, or around the connections or hoses or in a catch pan, or discoloration. Look at the connects to ensure they are properly tightened. Even a small leak can lead to imminent failure.

Right Positioning
Ensure the washing machine is located four inches at least from the connections, so the hose is not kinked or bent. Make sure the machine is balanced properly, so it is not “walking” when in use, which puts added stress on connections and hoses.

Lastly, aging or damaged hoses should be replaced right away, and make sure that the hoses are properly installed. Knowing where the shut-off valve is as well is important if a hose does fail. Then get in touch in SERVPRO right away so they can help you clean up the flood damage and dry out your home.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is always standing by since flooding emergencies can happen at any time. Contact SERVPRO today at (904) 762-8066, and their technicians will come quickly to help you get your home back to normal.

Lessons We Learned From Previous Storms, Not Only in the Jacksonville Greater Area

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lessons We Learned From Previous Storms, Not Only in the Jacksonville Greater Area Preparation for Tropical Storms and Hurricanes in Florida Mitigates Loss of Life and Property--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Offers the ERP Mobile App and Experienced Franchises to Battle Tropical Storm and Hurricane Damage

The best way to prepare for the issues of future storms is to learn from past weather disasters. Even in an area like Jacksonville, which dodged all but one direct hurricane hit for the last 145 years, the risk is real. Lying outside the path of a hurricane of any category also does not mean the many storm fronts that sweep through Florida in any given year spare our communities entirely. Tropical storms pound away with winds up to 74 miles per hour, plenty of damaging force resulting in the destruction of buildings and infrastructure. The wind, rains, storm surge and flooding accompanying these severe storms multiply the damage done to homes and businesses.

Prepare For The Impact Not The Probability

When planning for future weather disasters in the Jacksonville area, formulate your response to the impact your community could endure if the worst happens. If you focus your attention instead upon the likelihood of the ultimate devastation you waste time and effort. Simply because your area escaped complete ruin during previous storms does not mean that will always be the case. Devising a sustainable disaster recovery blueprint ensures you are ready for a catastrophe. Should the worst not occur that blueprint still guides you step by step as you work through restoration needed for more commonplace storm damage.

Understand Levels Of Emergency And How They Shift

Harvard researchers explored the difference between routine emergencies and crisis emergencies. In Jacksonville, we expect a certain degree of emergency preparedness is necessary for the damage arising from a typical tropical storm system. A home or business owner knows the drill to get ready for the predictable issues seasonal storms present -- these are the routine emergencies that do not surprise us based on our previous experience. There is a non-arbitrary reason that hurricane season falls between June 1st and November 30th. This statistical fact is, if you will, "the cone of certainty, ALMOST."

If we fail to appreciate that our experience may not be the reality when our area suffers a Katrina or Sandy-level of destruction do we have a hand in creating our ruin? Crisis emergencies and the impact they could have must be accepted as a real possibility. Relying only upon what worked in the past for routine crises is short sighted. Responsible property and business owners look to the heightened needs and response our nation's storm history shows a crisis emergency demands.

As any crisis develops, it may feel familiar, with plans and methods that worked during other routine scenarios adequate for the restoration efforts needed. If the situation escalates beyond the routine, our customers and we acknowledge that the extreme measures integrated into your recovery plan need now to come into play. Denial of the aggressive level of risk or refusing to vary from what worked before is futile.

Partner With A Restoration Company That Comprehends And Can Handle All Crisis Levels.

SERVPRO appreciates the possibility that crisis levels fluctuate and can increase in severity. Our team looks to a nationwide network of other franchisees for support, ensuring we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Local technicians join with other professionals with the training and experience to tame the chaos of a “storm of the century.” We leverage the power of a system that has storm Disaster Recovery Teams at the ready 365 days out of the year, all hours of the day or night. Our strategically placed SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division members are headed by commercial operations managers who supervise the dispatching of specially trained professional technicians. In conjunction with a formidable communications system, industry leading heavy equipment and vehicles, and temporary on-site labor, we confidently cut costs and mitigate storm damage.

Proactive Protection From The Unpredictable

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South offers professional planning for the mega disaster that has the potential to close your business. Design a SERVPRO ERP, Emergency Ready Profile, with our experienced staff, anticipating every issue your business or property confronts when severe storms strike. We visit to assess your facility and its layout during the calm before the storm. Our mobile app permits you to input relevant contacts, mission critical functionality, and ancillary information to rank priorities, so we respond intelligently and effectively to your post-catastrophe needs. Contact SERVPRO at (904) 762-8066 to see how our extensive experience with major storm damage restoration can help you recover after a major weather event.

Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Baymeadows Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Baymeadows Home    Baymeadows Fire Damage Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Baymeadows Properties Post Fire & Smoke Damaging Occurrences

After a fire happens on your property, you may be anxious to clean things up right away and attempt to get started on your own. However, unless you have professional cleaning experience or gain advice from a cleaning expert, you may be wasting your effort, or cause even further damage.
 
A properly trained restoration technician can help you determine whether the items that receive fire damage in your Baymeadows home are worth trying to restore, or if they need replacement. These professional fire restorers can provide you with recommendations that help prevent further damage and give you estimates on services for cleaning and deodorizing the entire affected area.
 
Fire and water damage restoration companies, like SERVPRO, follow strict guidelines when providing repair and cleaning services in your home. They take the time to secure the area, prevent hazards, and help limit the damages that you experience during this type of disaster. Getting help is the best way for you to assist with recovering from accidents that occur on your property.
 
SERVPRO offers a variety of services that includes the removal of soot and smoke residues that form on various surfaces throughout your home during a fire. Household textiles such as carpeting and draperies often require several attempts before cleaning and deodorization services are complete. Not doing so may cause odors to return.
 
It is important to make quick, precise decisions when considering your options after an event happens in your home. Time is essential, making dealing with smoke odors in your clothing, furniture, and other household items critical to prevent odors from lingering for days, weeks, or even months. Having a professional restoration company helps get things under control quicker and removes these odors in a more efficient manner.  
 
SERVPRO technicians use industrial-grade water extraction equipment to remove water used during fire fighting efforts and have years of experience using cleaning methods to get the job done right. They are locally owned and operated, giving them the ability to provide you with what you need to get things back to normal fast.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South for additional information about available services or help regarding a fire, water, storm, or mold situation happening in your home today. (904) 762-8066
 

Speed Matters When Dealing With Water & Flood Damage In Jacksonville

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Speed Matters When Dealing With Water & Flood Damage In Jacksonville Enjoy Your Home with No Damage from Water, Keep It on the Beach in Jacksonville

SERVPRO Removes Water and Mitigates Damages Rapidly


Floods can be catastrophic for any householder. Jacksonville residents clearly remember the floods of October last year when many streets were completely under water. The floods caused chaos and damaged many properties. It is unrealistic to think it can not happen again as floods are often a fact of life for people here in Florida. What you can do however is take action quickly when flood damage strikes.


Mother nature visits floods on Florida regularly. A storm surge, burst river banks, heavy rainfall or a hurricane, can all cause flood damage to your Jacksonville home. Any homeowner who has faced a flood cleanup knows that it is a major undertaking. The faster you take action, the better the chance of restoring your house and possessions.
 
Furniture, clothes and other household items quickly become waterlogged. Some can be saved, but others are not. The structure of your home suffers in a flood, too. Walls, floors, and ceilings are all susceptible to structural damage when they are exposed to standing water. The longer things are left untreated, the harder it is to restore them.
 
SERVPRO experts are well trained in the risks of flooding in the Florida region. That is why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We understand that swift remediation is necessary to restore your home as fully as possible. We recommend that in the event of a flood you call us as soon as possible.
 
The first thing is to clear your home of standing water. As long as there is standing water in your home, it can soak into your floors, carpets or walls. Our IICRC-certified technicians come equipped with both truck mounted, and portable pumps to extract water from your home quickly. Our powerful sump pump equipment is designed to work even if fully submerged. The pumps can move water uphill if need be which means that even if access to your home is difficult following a flood, our team can still get in and get the water out.
 
During the removal of standing water, technicians turn their attention to assessing the condition of your home and belongings. A full assessment allows us to devise the best drying plan for your situation. As well as keen observation we use industry leading devices such as moisture meters and infrared technology to gain a full picture of the situation. We also let you know which items cannot be saved, as keeping them around provides a potential breeding ground for mold and it is, therefore, better to dispose of them.
 
SERVPRO understands that getting your home dried is a priority so you can get back to a normal life. We know how to position air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the dwelling for the most effective drying of floors and floor coverings, walls, carpets, and furniture. We carefully monitor the drying process to ensure it is complete.
 
If there is flood water in your home, don’t delay. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South on (904) 762-8066 for the help you need.

Fire Prevention Steps for Your Southside Home

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Steps for Your Southside Home Testing your smoke detectors regularly and having a fire extinguisher in a central area are two ways to safeguard your family from a fire.

Having a Fire Safety and Escape Plan in Place is Crucial

Once your home has caught on fire, did you realize you may have only about two minutes to get out safely? An early warning from a smoke detector in proper working order during a fire and a fire escape plan which has been regularly practiced can save the lives of you and your family. After the fire, you may be disorientated and distraught, but at SERVPRO, we understand that and want to help put your life back together by cleaning up the mess and repairing the damages.
 
Preventing a fire at all costs in your Southside home is imperative. Our team at SERVPRO is quite experienced, highly trained, and ready to tackle whatever challenge is at hand. Our strategies and state of the art equipment for fire damage remediation are unmatched. The lasting damage of a fire, however, can still cause problems for you and your family. To prevent such events, ensure that you have the following taken care of:
 
Smoke Detectors
 
Make sure smoke detectors are installed in your home and working properly. You can have earlier warning of fire because of these devices, and can even help you put a fire out before it gets out of control. It is the most important step in preventing fires.
 
Fire Extinguishers
 
Fire extinguishers should be within reach at all times. If things get bad, this ensures you are prepared to fight it and help you to get away from the fire safely.
 
Test, Test, Test
 
Your smoke alarms need to be tested each month. If they are not working properly, change the batteries right away.
 
Escape Plan
 
Create an escape plan in case of an emergency and go over it with the whole family. Ensure that everyone understands it and that you have a safe spot where you can meet up once everyone gets out of the home, so you know that everyone is accounted for.
 
Unfortunately, there are times when a fire breaks out, and we understand that there are many reasons why this can happen. Therefore, our approach at SERVPRO to fire and smoke damage cleanup involves a very extensive damage assessment. After you are safe and the fire is under control, get in touch with us right away and let us know exactly why the fire started. We use this information to deploy a strategy and team which is tailored uniquely to solving your problem.
 
We give you our best work with the highest level of customer service in the industry. Our trained professionals are willing to do the dirty work, so you have no worries. Fire damage is quite serious, and we treat it as such. Our goal is to give you top level professionalism, and the highest level of service, customer support, and damage cleanup.
 
Reach out to us at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South if your home experiences a fire for any reason. We are happy to be out to your home right away when you call us at (904) 762-8066 anytime, any day of the week.