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When You Suffer A Fire Loss In Jacksonville Call Our Experts

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

A room in a house covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire Our professionals used state-of-the-art equipment and specialized cleaning techniques in this home to restore it to pre-damage conditions.

How Fire Damage Can Impact Your Jacksonville Home

Fires are destructive, so when there is a fire in your home, you need to respond immediately to prevent the damage from spanning throughout the building. Once you suffer fire loss, assessment of the damage to the structure, as well as the contents of your home, gives a bigger picture of the work that is necessary. The professionals at SERVPRO can get to the heart of the matter in a timely fashion.

The fire damage in your Jacksonville home could be one or more of three common forms. Each type of destruction comes with its own set of issues, so it is imperative that you understand each kind and how it can impact your property.

Damage from Flames

Various levels of flame destruction can take place, depending on the cause of the fire. The damage caused by a naked flame coming from a candle or match is going to be vastly different than that of an electrical fire. Failing to restore appropriately can lead to hidden electrical issues and unseen structural damage. However, SERVPRO technicians have the necessary expertise to restore a home after any fire.

Damage from Soot and Smoke

Soot can leave long-lasting fire damage that may linger for weeks or even months after the fire is extinguished. The strong scent of smoke may also last longer on different surfaces within your home, including the walls, ceilings, flooring, and furniture. Smoke morphs into soot, which can discolor various surfaces, and stronger smoke residue might even lead to surface corrosion. To remedy this issue, SERVPRO technicians carefully wipe down plastic and painted surfaces, finished surfaces, and the tops of your furnishings. We may also employ the use of air scrubbers that work to eliminate the smoke scent from within the home. 

Damage from Third Parties

House fires may also bring about other issues, such as damage from the water used to extinguish the flames. Because the water may soak into the carpeting and drywall, our trained technicians use infrared camera technology to pinpoint areas of hidden moisture. If dry chemicals have been used by firefighters to extinguish the fire, we can work quickly to clean up the corrosive powder that may be left behind to prevent further damage.

When you suffer from a fire loss, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can be there quickly to get to work. Give us a call at (904) 762-8066 to learn more about our available services.

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Why We Are The Leader In Town Center Water Damage Restoration

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our LGR dehumidifier working to pull water vapor out of a room in a house Our advanced LGR dehumidifiers can pull gallons of water vapor out of the affected room, call us right away to prevent further damage.

Tips for Remediating Water Damage in Your Town Center FL Residence

Water from a broken pipe can seep through hardwood floors, carpets, walls, or ceilings, causing damage. If it meets the drywall that makes up the interior walls and ceilings of your home, it can make them appear unsightly. In some cases, water can ruin the drywall seriously enough that it collapses. However, you should not panic because you can repair structures that water has destroyed if you have the right tools.

After experiencing water damage in your Town Center FL residence, returning the property to its pre-damaged state as fast as possible is a priority. Water damage can affect the structural integrity of the building materials in your house. It is therefore vital to handle the water loss problem by taking these steps:

Ensure safety

After the water has pooled in your home, make sure that your family is safe before you begin the cleanup process. Switch off the power to prevent electrical shock. If the source of the leak is a burst pipe, switch off the main water valve, so that you can contain the water.

Remove the water

Use a broom and mop to get rid of the excess water. Using a mop and broom is much safer than using a vacuum cleaner. This can help clear the way for drying and may also reduce your remediation costs.

Move furniture, carpets, and rugs

Let your furniture sit on blocks and wipe down everything. Move furniture out of the way so that you can access all the areas with water. Take movable carpets and rugs outside to dry. Furthermore, open cabinet doors so that they can dry on the inside.

Move all affected items to a dry area

Take out wet books and lay them flat on the dry ground so that they can dry quickly. Take any affected upholstery out of the house and into a dry area to avoid mold growth.

When remediating the water damage in your home, you may come across problems that are beyond your capabilities, such as drying the spaces between walls. In such a case, hiring professionals from SERVPRO is the right decision. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can use structural cavity drying equipment to dry the wall cavities.

We use various drying or ventilating systems to direct airflow into wall cavities to replace the moist, cold air with dry, warmer air. This can increase the temperature of the surfaces, reduce the vapor pressure, and increase the rate of evaporation. Our SERVPRO crew can direct air into wall cavities, beneath cabinets, and other structural cavities by drilling small homes in ceilings, walls, or under cabinets. Once the areas are dry, we patch up the holes.

After a water intrusion issue in your Jacksonville, Baymeadows, or San Marco home, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is the remediation company to call. We are available 24/7. Our helpline is (904) 762-8066.

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What are the Stages of Fire Damage Restoration in Jacksonville?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on wall and ceiling No matter the size of the fire damage, SERVPRO can restore your property.

Crucial Stages in the Restoration of Fire Damage Incidents in Jacksonville

Because of the far-reaching implications, a fire loss incident might have, proper planning is necessary for successful damage restoration. Various stages are involved, and properly executing each stage is what helps guarantee a positive outcome. The four crucial steps of fire damage restoration when you hire a professional such as SERVPRO include:

  • Project initiation
  • Project Plan
  • Project Execution
  • Project Close-out

The initiation phase involves learning as much as possible about that specific fire damage incident in Jacksonville. The dynamics differ depending on the types of materials in the building and the intensity of the fire.  Other factors include how long the fire burns and other issues. You can provide some of this information to our SERVPRO customer service representative when you call for help. We also send technicians to perform a walk-through establishing the extent of damages. The information gathered helps determine the number of technicians and equipment type needed at the loss site.

The planning stage is also crucial to the success of fire damage restoration. The first step in planning is establishing the scope of work. For example, it is at this stage that we determine whether there is a need for a move-out, demolition, or even specialized cleaning processes. Another vital step is the scheduling of the different activities involved in the restoration. Proper schedules eliminate repetition or other redundancies. At the project planning stage, you have the chance to validate the information given by the restoration crew and also get an estimate of the total cost involved.

The project execution stage is when the actual work starts. However, before cleaning, moving, and rebuilding can begin, there is a need for site setup. Our SERVPRO technicians establish a staging area for the equipment, mark or isolate hazard areas, and perform other preparatory steps. We then embark on the restoration processes depending on the schedule we set earlier. Once all operations are over, we close out the project, which includes removing equipment and returning contents.

Planning is crucial for the smooth restoration of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 to help you execute the restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In Jacksonville

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Our green box truck outside a home Our Green Box Trucks are on the scene at this home within hours of the fire damaging event.

Why SERVPRO Seals Interior Areas of Houses with Fire Damage in Jacksonville

Cleaning up smoke deposits and charred and blackened materials like personal belongings and building materials can stir up dust and increase the amount of pollutants in the air. Before starting such projects in Jacksonville, our building department team, working under General Contractor License # CBC1256211, boards up exterior doors we do not plan on using, as well as windows with broken glass or other security risks. They also tarp over any openings in the roof that might let in rain.

Sometimes, however, the family decides to continue living in their house in Jacksonville during fire damage mitigation, and this is why SERVPRO technicians seal interior doors, as well. Instead of keeping vandals and he elements outside, these interior seals keep living areas clean and free of dust, while allowing us to use out equipment in an efficient manner. 

Unsecured windows provide us with a location where we can expel contaminated air from our machinery. Although our air scrubbers use HEPA filters, the amount of humidity from firefighting efforts can cause additional problems if damp air, no matter how clean, gets recycled back into your house.

Sealing areas off from the usable space keeps the customer's family from breathing in smoke particles, as well as experiencing any unwanted odors from the fire. While not all families can do this and must leave for a short stay elsewhere, we do everything we can to ensure that those who do remain in their home can do so without any unpleasant experiences. 

Not having to hold or redirect mail, change routes to work and school, and collect medicines, papers, and personal items for use elsewhere can help families recover and get things back to normal with much less stress. The costs involved also decrease whenever a customer can refrain from finding other lodging. SERVPRO wants to help families as much as possible after a disaster, so we always discuss the options and explain the benefits and drawbacks involved.

Continuing to live in the house after fire damage while we mitigate the damage and restore structures can become noisy. This is because of the machinery that we use. However, there are different ways we can get these machines to run with less noise. We might place a machine on an opposite wall, away from the section of the house your family occupies. Other machines make less noise if placed on top of a thick pad.

After fire causes damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066. We are always available to our customers in Town enter, Baymeadows, and San Marco. 

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How to Turn Fire Damage Into Success at Your Jacksonville Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

electric outlet fire When a fire breaks out you will need a service to repair the damage done to your home, call SERVPRO to get it done.

What to Expect When a Jacksonville Home Receives Extreme Fire Damage

There are cases where the fire damage is so severe, that the best possible outcome for the homeowner involves prepping the property for reconstruction. 

Even though the majority of a home in Jacksonville might have received severe fire damage, SERVPRO technicians examine the structure as they go through charred contents to find items that have the potential for restoration. 

Containment and Pack Out

When a portion of a property requires cleanup and another part received only minor damage, common actions are containment and the organized removal of contents, known as a pack out. Containment tactics involve putting up a barrier separating the damaged area using plastic sheeting or techniques such as negative air chambers, so during the cleanup and restoration, cross-contamination does not occur within the rest of the property.

Removal of Fire Debris

As technicians remove damaged sheetrock, flooring, and furnishings, they separate any items with restoration potential. This is an organized method to save homeowners the cost of replacement whenever possible. 

Assistance with Filling Insurance Claims

During cleanup and restoration from fire loss, it is tough to keep up with everything the insurance adjuster may want in terms of filing a claim. To assist with this, SERVPRO technicians take Items that are a fire loss, take photos, and create a detailed report. This action makes the task of reporting the areas of the home and contents damaged by fire easier to do. 

Use One Service for Restoration and Reconstruction

Along with assisting homeowners with filing fire loss claims, with their general contractor license #CBC1256211, SERVPRO has the skills to not only clean up fire damage but also rebuild and repair the home to restore it to its pre-fire condition. The technicians create detailed records of repairs and restoration actions needed, so when it is time to rebuild, they already know what to do. 

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 is ready to handle any size fire damage to your property. They have the skills and experience to clean up and rebuild any property to make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Discuss Our Moisture Detection Devices In Jacksonville Beach

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Black moud and fungus on wall near window. Rainwater can also sometimes get inside your wall cavities, which can pose a risk for mold growth.

Flood Damage Experts In Jacksonville Beach Point Out Moisture Detection Devices

It is still hurricane season, and the Jacksonville Beach area could see some backlash from a hurricane or tropical storm. If the rain is extreme, it could build up in your yard and cause your house excessive flood damage. If anything gets wet inside your home, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We provide fast, 24/7 service so we can arrive immediately after you notice a problem.

Once we arrive at your flood damage claim in Jacksonville Beach, our highly-trained SERVPRO team first works toward figuring out the extent of the water-related issues. In some cases, the moisture is easily found, while in other situations, wet materials can hide. We utilize an array of advanced technology to determine where the moisture went and exactly what items it affected.

For example, if the water came in from the ground, your flooring materials and structural components beneath your floor could have been negatively affected by moisture. Rainwater can also sometimes get inside your wall cavities, which can pose a risk for mold growth. To find every place that moisture went, our SERVPRO technicians can use one or all of the following devices to find damp building materials.

1.Moisture Sensors
Moisture Sensors have a probe on one end and a handle on the other, and they get used to detect the presence of moisture in your carpet and pad.

2. Penetrating Moisture Meters
Penetrating meters use electrical conductivity to test for moisture. They have probes that get hammered into your drywall or wooden building materials so that we can figure out the item's moisture content.

3. Non-Penetrating Moisture Meters
Non-penetrating meters use electrical conductivity emissions to detect the presence of moisture without having to puncture any materials. These instruments often get used first to test for wet materials such as drywall or plaster.

4. Infrared Cameras
In some flooding situations, these specialized cameras can be used to find moisture by visually detecting temperature changes in your building materials.

Calling in a professional team of restoration technicians can increase the chances of all of your flood-related issues getting mitigated. When a storm in Town Center, Baymeadows, or San Marco ruins your day, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Talks About the Water Extraction Tools Used to Remove Water From Carpeting in Jacksonville Homes

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Two girls laying on carpet Carpet can be salvageable if the damage is from rainwater. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to restore your water damaged carpet.

Deep Extraction Tools for Saturated Carpeting in Jacksonville Home 

After natural disasters like hurricanes and severe weather events, Jacksonville homes can begin to experience both water loss and flood loss conditions depending on the damage and exposures of their home. Standing water is a substantial threat to properties as it can begin to move past the surface of exposed materials nearly immediately. In flooring options like carpeting, these materials, the padding, and even structural supports beneath including joists become at risk for deterioration. 

The saturation of the carpeting in your home can be costly enough. Adding additional water damage in Jacksonville properties shows the need for a fast response in the critical hours following a loss incident. If the flooding of carpets was the result of rainwater driven into the interior by hurricane-force winds, there is a chance to salvage them. However, if the drenching results from contaminated groundwater – black water – then discarding these materials is the only option.  

Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast and dedicated response, with a staffed emergency line 24/7 to ensure that no customer ever waits for the restoration work that their home needs. Rapid water extraction can mitigate the clean or gray water-soaked carpets and prevent the need to discard them. With storms that could have destroyed thousands of structures on the coast like Hurricane Dorian, having a team available when you need it can be the difference between total losses and salvageable situations. 

We utilize many extraction tools to help address the standing water in your home with our arrival. Especially for carpets and other softer materials and textiles, we have numerous options that can suit the individual needs of homes throughout the area. 

Self-Propelled

Much as the name might suggest, we have several options that can move through an affected area at a consistent speed regulated by the controlling technician. Weighted extractors like our ROVER, which often are units that our technicians ride on to provide additional weight, can force moisture to the surface from the padding. This water can get collected by an onboard vacuum system and discharged to a drain or the outside. 

Stationary 

We also have weighted extractors for carpeting and similar materials that must get set in a specific area and then moved and reset when a new area needs extraction. These machines also rely on their heft to force moisture to the surface and an onboard vacuum. Every 10-15 seconds of extraction, the unit can get moved to another portion. Our most powerful stationary tools can boast a recovery area of 200 square inches at once. 

We strive to provide every weather and flood-damaged home with a fast and powerful recovery solution that protects your home from costlier avenues like reconstruction and renovation. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (904) 762-8066.

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SERVPRO Says Improved IAQ Indoor Air Quality Is a Must Goal for Jacksonville Homes Following Fire and Smoke Damage

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt and Charred Desk and cinder blocks showing from removed burnt walls SERVPRO Says By Removing the Burnt Contents The Indoor Air Quality Can Improve After a House Fire in Jacksonville

Is Air Filtration Necessary After a Jacksonville Housefire?

HEPA filtration and the elimination of airborne contaminants are essential tasks for restorers to pursue after a fire loss in Jacksonville homes. Mitigation is a vital objective, as our initial efforts in a damaged home can help to reduce the cost of service and the time spent restoring a residence. Air quality after a widespread structure fire can be extensively compromised, leading to a need for many of the advanced machines that our SERVPRO team keeps in our growing inventory of recovery tools.

A risk with air contamination after a fire is that many of the most hazardous elements are nearly impossible to see, making fire damage in Jacksonville dangerous for homeowners and even our experienced technicians. Soot, for example, is much smaller than dust particles or debris that might exist in the environment, which can help it to be much less discernable in the air until it comes to rest on surfaces and contents throughout the house.
 
Environmental testing can take time and is generally not needed. We can deploy our powerful filtration devices regardless. Negative pressure systems used in conjunction with our sheeting barriers can help to contain the situation until our SERVPRO technicians can successfully clean and restore the affected region with our powerful cleaning agents, scrubbers, and chemical sponges.
 
A useful tool for reducing the presence of air contaminants and debris is our hydroxyl generator. Using a UV spectrum similar to how the atmosphere cleans out contaminants, these machines can eliminate certain particulates through this cleansing process and others through the HEPA filtration system onboard. These same machines are also capable of reducing or eliminating foul odors structure fires can leave behind, making them an even more likely choice for deployment in a fire-damaged home. Thermal fogging can chemically alter or drop airborne particulates for cleanup, further improving the indoor air quality IAQ.
 
Air filtration is an essential element of home restoration after a fire. We have sophisticated tools and processes to help, and you can reach our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South rapid response team 24/7 by calling (904) 762-8066.

If Your Jacksonville Clothing Boutique Experiences A Fire Call Our Experts

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

clothes hanging on a rack in a store. When your establishment has a fire on the property, never wait for help.

What To Do After A Small Electrical Fire Breaks Out In Your Jacksonville Clothing Boutique

A fire in your Jacksonville clothing boutique is one of the worst things that could happen. Fire presents a significant danger to both the structure of your store and the merchandise that you sell. Unfortunately for your store, faulty wiring led to the outbreak of a small electrical fire in your storage room at the back of your store.

During these sorts of emergencies, you may be unsure of what to do about the fire damage in your Jacksonville clothing store. What is imperative to remember about fire damage is that it is time-sensitive. No matter when the fire damage occurs, you need to be able to call for professional cleanup and remediation services. Leaving the damage could make some of the discoloration permanent, as well as allow the unpleasant odors left behind to linger much longer than necessary.

For this reason, you need professional services that can come to your location whenever you need it. Here at SERVPRO, we build our schedules around yours. No matter what time you contact or what day, we have technicians available who can help you. Our professionals pride ourselves on swift and effective service. Our technicians are highly trained and have many certifications, including from the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. Furthermore, at SERVPRO, we use advanced technology to remediate the damages inside of your shop, aiming to make you feel, “Like it never even happened.”

When we arrive at your store, we can take inventory of all of the items that were destroyed during the electrical fire. Fortunately, the damage was contained to one area of your store, but there are still losses there. At SERVPRO, we can help you work with your insurance adjuster to get a claim going for your losses.

To remediate the fire damage, our technicians can investigate and assess what sort of smoke residue was left behind. Identifying the type of soot allows our technicians to use a cleaning solution specially designed to break it down. Once finished, we can use thermal foggers to contain and neutralize the scent-causing particles in the air, eliminating all traces of the fire that happened.

When your establishment has a fire on the property, never wait for help. Communicate with SERVPRO of Jacksonville South by calling (904) 762-8066. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Explain The Equipment We Use To Save Your Home In Jacksonville

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 because we are confident that we can arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Cleanup Professionals In Jacksonville Report On The Tools Of Their Trade

Excessive moisture can find its way into your Jacksonville condo in several different ways. For example, if a water pipe breaks or an appliance such as your dishwasher malfunctions, the result could be you being forced to conduct voluminous water cleanup. Once your contents and building materials get wet, the problems can get worse; the longer items stay moist. Mildew odors and mold can develop if moisture is not removed from affected items promptly.

The quicker our SERVPRO team can arrive at your water cleanup project in Jacksonville, the better chances we have of saving your contents and building materials in your condominium. Once moisture gets into your dwelling, it starts to soak into your building's structural components. Liquid H2O left standing indoors will eventually evaporate into the air and raise your interior's relative humidity level. After the majority of the moisture soaks into substances and fills the air as vapor, removing it becomes very difficult.

Our SERVPRO technicians know that a major part of removing moisture from your structure is the initial extraction phase. The facts prove that it is 1,200 times easier to remove H2O when it is still in the liquid phase. During every restoration project, we spend extra time extracting so that we can get up as much water as possible before it changes to the gas phase or soaks into items.

When extracting water from your building, we use a heavy-duty extractor. The machines we use are made for carpet cleaning, and they can be used to vacuum the water out of your building materials like your carpeting and your contents such as your couch or recliner chair. We can use either a portable unit that enables us to get into tight spaces, or we can utilize our truck-mounted system for larger jobs.

Once our SERVPRO crew decides on the best extractor to use, we pick a tool to attach to the vacuum engine. Since carpet is 50% weaker when it is wet, we carefully choose which extraction wand will work the best. The idea when extracting carpet is to use an extraction tool heavy enough to cause compression and slight agitation, but the device needs to be designed in a way that will help keep the wand from damaging carpet and upholstering during extraction procedures.

If you ever notice a liquid mess inside your condominium in Baymeadows, Gate Parkway, Deerwood, or Avenues, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 because we are confident that we can arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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