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How SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage in Town Center Homes

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

home theater room.  Moving beginning to play on screen Floodwaters can ruin home theaters. SERVPRO has what it takes to quickly dry and restore your home.

Eliminating Flood Damage in a Town Center Home Theater 

While Florida homeowners are no strangers to flooding and other water-related disasters in their homes and businesses, it can be stressful for homeowners to tackle on their own. Those with young children, older relatives, or compromised immune systems can quickly get sick from floodwaters without adequate cleanup measures. Fortunately, there is a professional team available to assist in maximizing safety and cleanliness for homeowners after a disaster. 

If your home in Town Center has experienced flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to restore your home to a preloss condition. Staff, technicians, and franchise owners alike receive extensive education regarding disaster mitigation tools and techniques to ensure that homeowners can benefit from the knowledge and materials available to restore their homes after a mishap. SERVPRO works carefully with homeowners and insurance adjusters alike to ensure that the meeting of both parties needs.

Tips for Taking Inventory After Disaster

  • After flooding has occurred, contact your insurance company or agent as soon as possible so that an adjuster can come out and see the damage for themselves. If you are unable to stay home, make sure that your company or agent knows how to contact you.  
  • Itemize possessions in advance when possible. Save receipts in a safe, dry place in your home, or off-site in a bank deposit box. Take photos or videos so that there is documentation of your possessions. List your belongings, including relevant makes and models. Also include dates purchased or acquired, as well as quantities and approximate monetary value. 
  • After flooding, cleanup should start as soon as floodwaters have receded. Make sure to separate damaged from undamaged items, as well as wet from dry. Make a detailed list of damaged property and take photos of water in the house. Keep any items until the adjuster has seen them..

SERVPRO Preserves Your Film Collection 

If you are an avid collector of anything, including video games, movies, or books, SERVPRO has a variety of methods available to clean and restore those items. Technicians use delicate specialized cleaning methods and work carefully with professional restoration technicians to salvage as much as possible.  

Books and essential documents can be frozen and then dried to minimize warping and other deformations. This team can also make digitized copies of your documents so that you always have access to them even if the originals are lost. If you need general contracting work, this SERVPRO has a license for general contracting work (#CBC1256211). 

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South responds swiftly to help. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you need rapid disaster cleanup services, call (904) 762-8066. 

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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary In Jacksonville To Handle Your Water Damage

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Our LGR dehumidifier sitting in the room of this home We have the state of the art equipment necessary such as the LGR dehumidifier seen here working to pull the water vapor out of this affected room.

SERVPRO Performs Efficient Water Damage Restoration in Affected Jacksonville Homes

Even though a water intrusion problem resulting from a sink overflow or rainwater infiltration may look small, it may cause significant destruction if ignored for an extended period. If you discover water damage in your residence, the wise decision is to seek professional help from SERVPRO. We offer emergency water restoration services around the clock.

With highly trained technicians who have decades of experience, we can restore any magnitude of water damage in your Jacksonville residence. We have state-of-the-art equipment that helps us handle the situation faster to meet or exceed our client's expectations. If a leaking roof caused the water damage, we reliable experts who can perform the necessary repairs. Fast water removal helps limit the chances of secondary property damage. The removal of excess water helps in speeding up the drying process.

One of the most challenging situations you may face following water intrusion in your home is dealing with wet carpeting. Drying the carpet immediately after the incident is critical. Maybe your carpet is expensive, or you have an emotional attachment to it, and you do not want to lose it. If only a small area of the carpet has water, drying, it can be straightforward. However, if a large area is affected, you may need to use more than one drying method. Our team can use light wands to remove the water damage. This equipment can extract water rapidly from glue-down carpets.

Water can get into hard to access areas. In extreme cases, we may remove some structures in your property to pave the way for drying. For instance, we might remove the carpet and pad if they are covering wood flooring. By removing them, we can dry the wood flooring effectively. During the removal process, our technicians ensure that the carpet and pad remain intact to avoid further damage. We can use a stair tool and knee kickers to remove the carpeting and padding. We only reinstall the carpet after restoring the affected area.

Water can also affect drywall with insulation and saturate wall cavities, making them difficult to dry. Our SERVPRO team has equipment that can effectively dry the cavities and the insulated walls. We can use centrifugal air movers to dry the cavities. Our crew can attach shrouds or other attachments to these air movers so that the machines can introduce dry air into wall cavities and beneath kitchen cabinets.

Do not let a water intrusion problem cause secondary damage to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for fast restoration that can make the water damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Water Cleanup in a San Marco Gym

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Several sets of shelves with large amounts of SERVPRO equipment on the shelves.  San Marco if you have water damage, let us help you. We have the knowledge, training, and tools to assist you for every step of water mitigation.

Having water damage in your San Marco gym can cause a lot of problems, let us help.

Florida entrepreneurs may be surprised to know that the number of annual water claims that cost more than $500,000 has doubled since 2015, and those that caused over $1 million have tripled. This frequency in water claims can come from a variety of sources, including pipe leaks, cracks, loose fittings, and other structural damages. Without professional mitigation, water damage can create even more costly repairs and replacement costs for business owners.

If your San Marco business requires water cleanup, certified SERVPRO technicians are prepared to come to your business within hours of your call to mitigate damage. This team has extensive experience in disasters of all sizes and strives to preserve your facility so that employees and customers alike can enjoy them as before. 

Factors That Affect Gym Flooring

  • Foot traffic. Gyms can see dozens, or even hundreds, of customers come in and go each day. This means more wear and tear and more potential for water damage to penetrate flooring.
  • Moisture. Whether your gym has a swimming pool or offers showers and saunas inside, the chances for moisture to penetrate structural materials become exponentially higher without regular preventive maintenance. 
  • Weights and machines. Having hundreds of pounds of weights, treadmills, and resistance training equipment spread throughout your facility increases the rate at which the flooring wears down and can eventually damage your floor.
  • Floor space. Commercial gyms need to cover hundreds of square feet to accommodate large numbers of people every day with minimal issues. It is crucial to choose a flooring solution that can withstand the elements with as few seams as possible. The more seams there are in your flooring, the more opportunities there are for water to get inside.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

Whether you have carpet in a small gym or a concrete base covered with open-cell rubber rolls, SERVPRO technicians have the tools you need to extract water and restore your facilities. These pros can use portable extractors to remove water from affected surfaces, as well as tools like wet-dry vacuums, mops, squeegees, and rovers to address carpeting. To ensure that drying goals are met, technicians carefully evaluate the moisture levels of surfaces with penetrating and non-penetrating moisture measurement solutions, including sensors, meters, and even infrared cameras if damage behind structures or under subflooring is a concern. 

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (904) 762-8066 for commercial disaster mitigation at any time of the day or night.

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 Our Professionals Can Help After A Storm Has Damaged Your Jacksonville Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused damage Give our technicians a call today at (904) 762-8066.

Emergency Services – Not Just Board Up for Jacksonville Homes

Northern Florida can see some of the worst storms to come off the Atlantic Ocean, but Jacksonville homes have benefitted from the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO team. As leading storm response professionals, we can assess the immediate damages when we first arrive and perform several emergency services. In most cases, many homeowners might think that the most restoration companies can offer immediately following a storm is board up.

As beneficial as fast board up services can be following storm-related flood damage in Jacksonville homes, the other actions that our professionals can take when we arrive can have an equally beneficial effect on the residence. Understanding what to expect both from our experienced mitigation specialists and our licensed (#CBC1256211) general contractors arriving at the damaged household.

Temporary Fencing
One of the most pressing concerns of homeowners, when they must vacate their property, is what becomes of their house when they are not around. Our SERVPRO team keeps close tabs on your property and what it needs and can deter intrusion and even animal infestations when you are away from the house with the installation of temporary fencing.

Standing water is a grave concern for your home, primarily because of how prolonged exposure can weaken construction materials and irreparably damage contents in the house. Extraction is often one of the first focuses of the arriving water restorers of our team. We have multiple options regarding equipment, though, without the presence of solids to battle, the standard choice is the electric portable submersible pump.

Tree Removal
Strong winds frequent in the hurricane season spanning from late May and early June through September, and even October can uproot trees and pull limbs from trunks. Trees can be catastrophic to homes, and their presence after the storm can hinder the immediate mitigation work that the property needs. Our in-house general contractors can remove this tree and its remnants to ensure that the work begins on the household as soon as possible.

As damaging as wind and storms can be to area businesses and homes, our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team can help however you need. We have effective emergency services that can save you money and time. Give our technicians a call today at (904) 762-8066.

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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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