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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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Flood Damage San Marco FL – Owners Precautions Were Not Enough

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on shelves. SERVPRO will get you through the waves of flood damage in your San Marco area.

Don’t take on flood damage alone, we are always here to help in San Marco.

Recently a storm was forecasted to hit the area, and one owner thought he had done everything required to protect his home. He boarded up the windows and moved everything he could from the main floor to a higher level. The only furniture remaining downstairs were couches, a few large chairs, and tables. All of the area rugs were rolled up, and the electronics were disconnected and moved. Unfortunately blowing debris hit one of the boarded-up windows, smashing the plywood and the glass window. The main floor was quickly soaked with water and a variety of debris blown into the house.

The owner called SERVPRO about the flood damage in San Marco Fl requesting help to clean up his house, remove the water, and restore his home. Our team responded and immediately got to work. Since the owner had removed many items to the second floor of the house, damage to related items was limited. The team removed the debris blown into the house, and the broken window was boarded up once again to prevent additional damage from the elements.

Since we offer complete build back and restoration services, we were able to offer the owner a complete turnkey solution. We also removed the remaining furniture.  We removed all of the carpeting and evaluated the structural impact from flood damage. One wall had to have all of the drywall removed along with the insulation. The remaining walls were tested for moisture and deemed to be ok with sufficient dehumidification and air dryer application.

Once the home and structure were sufficiently dry, our team focused on restoration activities. Our objective at SERVPRO is to restore your home, "Like it never even happened." We installed new insulation. New drywall was installed, taped, mudded, sanded, and painted. The owner opted for hardwood floors instead of carpeting and paid the difference in costs compared to his insurance allocation. The furniture was also cleaned and returned to the home a few weeks after the storm. The client was delighted with the results!

Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for 24/7 service. We serve Town Center, Baymeadows, Gate Parkway, and surrounding areas. We can restore your home, "Like it never even happened." We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Cleanup Jacksonville – Burst Pipe During Vacation Absence

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our Technicians knew exactly what to do with this water clean up in Jacksonville.

SERVPRO was there for this Jacksonville water damage in a jiffy.

Imagine coming home from vacation to see water pouring out the side door of your house from the laundry room! Our client, who was on vacation for a week, came home to find that a hose had burst in the laundry room while away. There is no indication of how long the water was leaking from the pipe. It was long enough to leave water over the majority of the main floor of their home. The burst hose was attached to the washing machine. It had not been replaced in many years.

SERVPRO technicians responded to this water cleanup emergency in Jacksonville as soon as the customer called our office. The client was distraught. There was a great deal of concern about wet area carpets on the tile floors, various boxes, and items left on the floor. Fortunately, there was not a great deal of water on the floor. Water flows to the lowest point in the house, which in this case was towards the side door.

Before our team even arrived, the client turned the water off to stop the water leak. The owner also began removing wet items from the area and placing Styrofoam blocks under furniture legs. Our team continued by vacuuming water off the floor and from the wet carpets. Drying and air mover equipment were brought into the home to continue removing moisture. The air conditioning was turned on, which also helped to remove more moisture from the home.

Moisture meters were used to assess if water had penetrated the walls under the baseboards and into the substructure. Moisture was contained to the laundry room and the kitchen area. Holes were drilled into the walls to confirm that the moisture levels were satisfactory in these rooms. Moisture levels quickly began to decline, once the water was removed. SERVPRO was able to dry the area carpets and various items to the customer's satisfaction. In the future, the owner plans to turn off the main water shut off valve to the home to avoid future potential water leaks and damage.

Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for 24/7 service. We serve Town Center, Baymeadows, San Marco, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We clean up your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Are Available 24/7 To Begin Your Jacksonville Business Restoration Services

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

We're ready and prepared to answer your call 24/7. We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Help! My Children’s Activity Center is Underwater!

Jacksonville is a great city to grow a family. It has the charm of a small town while enjoying the services of a more massive metropolis. Businesses focusing on services for children stand to be successful, which is why setting up a space for mother and child activities is a great idea. Following successful models, you fill your shop with items to encourage the bonding between the child and the caregiver, while stimulating social and cognitive skills. Floor mats, balls, toys, and other props all help you create a welcoming environment for the families you serve.

Now imagine that your family gym is soaking wet as the result of the water sprinklers. You get the call in the middle of the night and know that you need water removal services in your Jacksonville location as soon as possible to retain your young clientele. Thankfully, SERVPRO is available 24/7 to take your call and dispatch our team to help you through this emergency. Like you, we want to reduce the loss in time and money this water disaster generates.

Not surprisingly, friends and family may come to your aid while you wait for our SERVPRO team to arrive. Be ready to receive their help by asking them to do the following-

- Soak up as much of the water as possible

-Remove any dry items from the wet areas, so they remain protected

-Open all doors and windows and bring standing fans to encourage air circulation

-Prop items, so they are above the standing water to prevent further absorption

Once we arrive, our SERVPRO team has at its disposal industry-grade pumps to extract water damage from your storefront. We also have specialized equipment to reach into structural elements, such as walls and flooring, and restore humidity levels. Similarly, we can use our gear to dry your exercise mats and other equipment to save as much of your inventory as possible. If items need to be discarded, our team works under local guidelines and regulations to dispose of them.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is your partner when things go wrong. A call to us makes all the difference in restoring your business and serving your clientele. Call us at (904) 762-8066 and let us leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Flood Damage Technicians Will Save Your Jacksonville Home

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Contamination can pose a serious health risk, contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for emergency assistance.

Cross Contamination And Flood Damage In Jacksonville

Emergency services, like our rapid response units, cover properties that without immediate attention, are at risk of permanent harm. Common scenarios that are covered by our emergency services include the flooding of your home, which might be the result of internal or external issues. Road overflow from heavy rainfall could result in significant quantities of contaminated water entering the ground levels of your property. We offer experienced technicians, on-call, to assist you and your property in an emergency.

Our call-lines are operated round the clock to assist you with flood damage in Jacksonville. Since contaminated materials are involved, our technicians may require you to evacuate affected areas of the home, or even the whole property itself, while work is carried out. SERVPRO technicians are trained to spot the presence of contaminants in water and may need to cordon off certain zones as well as designate clean rooms on-site for decontamination.

Containment of the emergency is essential to avoiding cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is hard to stop and can be spread on clothing, footwear, or through airborne particles. SERVPRO deploy plastic barriers to cordon off the affected area and can apply negative air pressure when necessary. After establishing a quarantine zone, entering the affected area can only be permitted wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE.) This is to ensure that potentially harmful pathogens do not come into contact with you or the restorer.

In a blackwater situation, there are significantly more items that need disposal than in a clean water emergency. Pathogens can remain harmful and odorous even in microscopic quantities. Porous structural materials like insulation, sheetrock, or some woods must be removed for demolition from at least 2 inches above the standing water level. These items must be sealed into disposal bags and be dealt with in line with state and federal guidelines. Once the area is thoroughly disinfected, the disposed of materials can be replaced.

Contamination can pose a serious health risk, contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for emergency assistance.

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Jacksonville Battles Floods, Fires, Mold and Water Damage with the Help of SERVPRO

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

No Jacksonville Property Owner is a Big Fan of Mold Damage--SERVPRO Can Remediate

Experience Counts with Restoration Services Our Jacksonville Team Provides

Disasters can become traumatic and stressful situations for Jacksonville property owners, especially without a working understanding of how to resolve these outcomes. With each type of accident bringing a list of hazards and potential obstacles to overcome, many have sought out the experience our certified experts can provide.  No matter how severe or widespread effects from water, fire, mold, and storm loss events can become, we have the training and growing reputable roster of restoration specialists to help. Choosing the right professionals for your emergency can save you time and money, getting you back to your normal life much more quickly.

Water Damage
Many SERVPRO team members including our office staff have gotten certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) to contend with all cases of water damage to Jacksonville homes and structures. As cleanup, removal, and restoration are among the most common tasks for our certified specialists, we stay prepared to respond to these crises at a moment’s notice from our facility.

The recovery of a disaster begins with our vital mitigation efforts, including extraction and drying. Standing water and saturation are hazardous threats to both structures and those exposed, so our specialists utilize advanced tools and equipment to address these conditions where they get found. From portable sump pumps and wet-vacs to gas-powered and truck-mounted options, we have a tool for every water removal need a Jacksonville home has – even substantial loss incidents that have damaged the entire property. As is the case with all emergencies that our professionals work to restore, fast response by our qualified team can protect both your property and its occupants from more severe consequences.

Drying needs for your Jacksonville home can exist in a variety of locations from the main living areas through crawlspaces and attics. Without proper discovery techniques like thermal imagery or moisture content readers and focused drying efforts from tools like air movers and dehumidifiers, lingering water damage and moisture can facilitate the spread of secondary effects like bacterial hazards or mold growth.

Storm Damage
There is an ever-present threat to Jacksonville from storm damage, as coastal storms can introduce substantial threats to structural integrity with a pronounced severity and strength. Our SERVPRO team has become a respected response team amid storm emergencies, including flooding threats because of our involvement with a Large Loss Recovery Team which combines our resources and personnel to handle substantial loss incidents.  

These loss recovery incidents revolve around not only addressing the primary issues stemming from the flood damage in Jacksonville properties but also providing a full-service build back and reconstruction solution for damaged structures. As a general contracting firm certified through the State of Florida (License #: CBC1256211), we can offer emergency restoration services like board up and tarping that can stop the infiltration of flood water so that our professionals can work on mitigation and recovery unabated.

Much like the water services we provide, our disaster relief team can mobilize quickly throughout the entire Jacksonville area to offer our customers time and money-saving solution when flood damage and storm losses occur. We have fast extraction, drying, and cleaning approaches that can quickly improve the outlook of your damaged property.

Mold Damage
We have a full team of IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) that can work quickly for mold damage in Jacksonville homes. With mold spores being a natural addition to every environment that our customers encounter, any area is only awaiting the appropriate conditions to facilitate and promote the colonization and spread of these damaging organisms.

With many species of mold that can affect Jacksonville houses, our SERVPRO professionals must continually educate and grow in their understanding of this niche of the industry. Remediation tactics change and evolve, helping our team to be more efficient and productive in both the way we approach mold colonization and the safe handling of damaged materials and contents found in the property. Our containment strategies, including physical barriers and the use of negative air scrubbers and other purification tools, can help in reducing the spread and severity of microbial concentration.

Mold damage has several compromising effects for your Jacksonville home, and we must address both how microbial growth began and the consequences of this spreading organism. From addressing the moisture with dehumidifiers and forced heated air to using deodorization equipment like thermal and UV foggers, we have the expertise to handle even complex and substantial mold damage scenarios.

Fire Damage
Residential and commercial fire damage in Jacksonville can be among the most costly and devastating situations for property owners to ever face. From fires that become easily contained or limited to specific areas of your house to widespread structure fires that can compromise substantial portions of the home, our SERVPRO professionals can help with a fast response and a confident understanding of what every damaged residence needs after a loss incident.

Though we have a full-service division of general contractors with years of experience in the construction trades to help with rebuilding after fire damage, there are many other consequences to face in your Jacksonville home as well. Our restoration services for these emergencies often include odor removal, soot, and smoke residue cleanup, and fire debris removal. With IICRC-Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and others trained in the specialized cleanup for carpeting, fabric/upholstery, and in content management, we can help our customers through every phase of restoration and recovery.

No two fire damage incidents are alike in the Greater Jacksonville area, so our team of SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared to handle complex recovery situations like inaccessible damage, controlled demolition, and safety concerns through the earliest stages of mitigation. We have a deep inventory of equipment to help us handle deodorization, cleaning, reconstruction, and air purification concerns.

We have a strong reputation throughout Jacksonville and its surrounding areas rooted in our experience and compassion. We know how to make the damages from water, fire, storm, and mold loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team a call today for any of our professional-grade restoration services at (904) 762-8066.

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