Recent Posts

How Can My Home in Town Center be Restored After Flood Damage?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with chairs and items floating everywhere When flooding occurs, quick action is the most effective. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate the flood damage in your home.

Expert Restoration Companies Employ a Variety of Advanced Methods to Successfully Repair Flood Damage

Town Center, FL is no stranger to flooding and many area homeowners have experienced it one or more times during their residencies.  Located on low, marshy land that is surrounded by water, this town adjacent to Jacksonville tends to experience flooding every year.  Excessive rains from hurricanes and various tropical storms routinely inundate the area between June and the end of November.  While some residents can avoid the worst of this problem through preventative measures, many others have to deal with catastrophic flood damage.  Luckily, for the ones impacted, services like SERVPRO have innovative tools and methods for resolving their issues.                   

Is There Anything I Can Do to Prevent or Mitigate Potential Flood Damage?

There are various ways you can either prevent or mitigate potential flood damage in Town Center.  These measures help prevent floodwaters from entering your home through its foundation, roof, and windows.  The following is a short list of such preventative steps you can take to protect your Town Center home:     

  • Seal any cracks in your house’s foundation
  • Fix any roof leaks and ensure that your roof drainage system is in good working order
  • Cover all openings and windows with sturdy plywood
  • Strategically place sandbags around your home to divert floodwaters

What Equipment and Methods Can SERVPRO Use to Dry and Restore My House?

When SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, they first evaluate your home for damage and then extract any standing water.  Once they remove any remaining mud and trash, our workers start drying and restoring your house.  The general process they follow to do this is:

  • A drying goal is scientifically established, based on local atmospheric data and moisture levels in unaffected rooms
  • The most effective ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers is determined and they are used to dry out your home’s interior
  • Injectidry systems, connected to dehumidifiers, are used to dry hard-to-reach areas behind walls and ceilings    

Considering everything, you should now understand that there is help available if you need it.  Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for assistance.

Does Mold Remediation Eliminate All Residues From Jacksonville Homes?

9/12/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls of a room Did you recently spot a mold infestation in your home? Contact SERVPRO to evaluate and then remediate any mold damage.

SERVPRO Uses Multiple Approaches to Deal with Residues during Mold Remediation

After discovering mold in your Jacksonville home, one of your worries may be whether it is possible to eliminate all the residues left after dealing with the growth. Exposure to residues from mold can cause health effects, so your desire to eliminate all residues is well-founded. 

The approaches taken during mold remediation from Jacksonville homes determine whether residues are contained or spread throughout the property. Uncontrolled spreading can put the occupants as well as the restorers at risk. SERVPRO prioritizes containment before embarking on other restoration processes. 

Mold restoration processes fall into different categories, including:

  • Mold remediation
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Mold remediation

If an inspection reveals that demolition is necessary to remove most of the moldy materials from sections of the property, our SERVPRO teams first set up containment barriers around the areas that need demolition. We ensure the barriers are airtight and set up negative air pressure machines within the containment to ensure no residues escape. 

When cleaning moldy surfaces, various methods can be used to remove the masses of mold colonies. Uncontrolled agitation of surfaces may be effective in loosening the materials. However, it is also likely to spread them all over the property or release them into the air.  SERVPRO technicians use a layered approach, starting with HEPA vacuuming surfaces before progressing to other methods like wet cleaning. 

Since some of the residues may still escape even with the precautions in place, running air scrubbers ensures that no particulate matter remains suspended in the air. Such devices suck in dirty air and pass it through a layer of filters before releasing clean air back into the environment or porting it to the exterior.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South works diligently to guarantee positive outcomes after mold remediation processes. Call us at (904) 762-8066. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Fire Restoration to a Jacksonville Commercial Building

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO is always ready and available to assist with fire mishaps around the clock. Don't wait, Just Call (904) 762-8066.

Why SERVPRO is Qualified for Fire Restoration to a Commercial Building in Jacksonville

Q: What happens to my building in Jacksonville if I do not quickly get fire damage restoration service after having fire damage, and how long should I wait to take action?

A: The quick answer is immediately! There are many reasons to act upon your fire damaged business with great speed. From the business standpoint, every day required to clean up, repair, restore your building, and reopen the doors is lost revenue. Immediately contact your insurance agent and then SERVPRO. 

This commercial fire restoration company can promptly respond and mitigate the water and fire damage upon agreement. Delaying the fire restoration process in Jacksonville can also compound the damage caused by the water used to extinguish the flames. Below are some factoids that suggest an immediate response to a fire-damaged structure is paramount.

The ash residue left from the fire can lead to permanent damage. Ashes are highly acidic and can corrode materials made of metal or glass. Glass windows may be permanently etched, and your drywall may be damaged and discolored beyond repair. As metallic materials corrode, water leakage from plumbing may occur and lead to increased water damage requiring further repairs. 

Q: As a business owner, why should I consider hiring an experienced fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO?

A: These technicians have the training, tools, equipment, and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building. They respond immediately to begin the restoration to get you back to work. SERVPRO experts are IICRC certified.

Q: How do your technicians perform fire damage restoration services for me?

A: The SERVPRO technicians begin the building restoration process by inspecting the structure, assessing the damage, and determining the proper course of action, starting with the clean-up. They complete a comprehensive clean-up and eliminate ashes, smoke, soot, and debris. Because the odors caused by smoke may permeate walls and crevices, our professionals use special machines called thermal foggers to release particulates into difficult-to-reach corners and voids to eliminate smoke odor. SERVPRO can secure and repair the building expediently. This is a type of one-stop shopping. Let's quickly get your doors reopened.

Commercial Building Fire Damage Restoration Services

When it comes to commercial restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24/7, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South responds quickly to your Jacksonville business's fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. Learn more about our commercial restoration services. Call us at (904) 762-8066.

We Are Proud To Announce The Acquisition of SERVPRO of Jacksonville Westside / Orange Park.

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Service Capacity & Capability Expanded to Serve Community

Our Jacksonville area team increases its services and capacity with additional equipment, resources and team members ready to serve our commercial and residential customers in Northeast Florida. “We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our customers, and continuing to serve our community,” said Bryce Clark, Owner of the newly expanded team at SERVPRO® of Jacksonville South, SERVPRO® of Arlington/ Jacksonville East and SERVPRO® of Jacksonville Westside/Orange Park.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE SOUTH & SERVPRO® OF ARLINGTON/JACKSONVILLE EAST EXPANDS WITH ACQUISITION OF SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK
Service Capacity & Capability Expanded to Serve Community

Jacksonville, FL – August 16, 2021 – SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE SOUTH & SERVPRO® OF ARLINGTON/JACKSONVILLE EAST is proud to announce it has expanded its service capabilities further to deliver outstanding restoration and remediation services to commercial and residential customers in Northeast Florida and other locations. With the recent acquisition of the SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK franchises, the team increases its services and capacity with additional equipment, resources and team members ready to serve customers.

As a leader in the restoration industry and a large loss franchise, the SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE SOUTH, SERVPRO® OF ARLINGTON/JACKSONVILLE EAST and SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK team is equipped to handle any size disaster. In the event of a large-scale disaster, the team can also tap into more than 1,700 franchises nationwide to serve customers in Northeast Florida or at any location impacted by a disaster nationwide. The team of professionals are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to respond to customers and any size disaster.

“We are so grateful to our customers who entrust us to take care of their businesses and homes and I am so thankful to my entire team who works tirelessly to serve our customers every day. We welcome our new, talented employees that join us from SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK and are working hard to transition customers seamlessly from John Strachan’s team,” said Bryce Clark, Owner of the newly expanded team at SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE SOUTH, SERVPRO® OF ARLINGTON/ JACKSONVILLE EAST AND SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK. “We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our customers, and continuing to serve our community,” added Clark.

Our team prides themselves on delivering outstanding services to Commercial and Residential customers, including:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Response & Major Event Clean Up 
  • Specialized Pathogen Cleaning & Other 
  • Cleaning Services
  • Rebuild and Construction Services (Fully Licensed Building Contractor)

How Hurricanes Form Tornadoes in Jacksonville

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado If your home is damaged by a severe storm, call on the experts at SERVPRO for help at (904) 762-8066. We are available 24/7.

Beware of Tornadoes During a Hurricane

Typically, tornadoes and hurricanes are thought of as separate storms, with tornadoes causing images of the flat prairie to come to mind and hurricanes associated with coastal, warm tropics. Hurricanes are tremendously larger than tornadoes. However, Tornadoes can produce winds that are a lot faster than winds of hurricanes. However, some tropical storms and hurricanes can spin up tornadoes, as many have in the past. How do tropical storms and hurricanes make tornadoes? 

Tropical storms and hurricanes in Jacksonville are known collectively as tropical cyclones and have all the ingredients needed to make tornadoes. Most hurricanes can firstly carry with them individual supercells, which are well-organized, rotating thunderstorms. These storms are typically ones that spin up massive twisters in the Plains. Every tornado has to have a storm to form. 

Hurricanes, secondly, bring with them moist, warm air, which acts as the fuel of these storms. These conditions make the atmosphere unstable, namely a layer of warm air that is less moist and slightly colder than the air above it. This contributes to an unstable atmosphere since the warm air wants to rise, as it is not as dense. 

Hurricanes finally create a wind shear, which is an abrupt change in the wind speed plus the direction of the wind over an abrupt change in height. Rolls form from these alternating winds, which are making swirling air. Then these vortices can be flipped vertically, producing tornadoes by updrafts from thunderstorms, which are currents of rising air that are warm. 

A majority of hurricanes that move inland can cause tornadoes. It is relatively uncommon not to have tornadoes with these storms. Tornadoes form mainly overland instead of water since the land slows down the winds, which are at surface level, making even more wind shear. Tornadoes form anywhere these supercells already happen to be, but meteorologists cannot predict yet precisely where the tornadoes strike. 

Usually created in the swirling bands of rain outside the cyclone, these twisters are found in the front-right quadrant of the storm. If the storm is moving north, in other words, you can likely find tornadoes to the northeast of the eye of the cyclone. 

Tornadoes spawned from cyclones are not fundamentally different from other tornadoes which form in the Great Plains area. One difference, however, is that the former are usually less powerful, not exceeding a rating of EF2 for the most part on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Twisters that form in the Plains get all of their components from different places. With hurricanes, however, they give all the elements needed for twisters on their own. 

Storm Damage Restoration

If one of these powerful storms has gone through Jacksonville, your property has likely sustained storm damage of some kind. Give our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South a call so that we can come out quickly to assess and repair the storm damages. You can reach us at (904) 762-8066.

How Do Professionals Select Appropriate Fire and Smoke Damage Interventions in Jacksonville?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Home Fire Illustration If you need professional assistance with fire damage, Call in the experts at (904) 762-8066. We are always available to help you!

Advanced IICRC training Plus On The Job Experience Prepare Jacksonville’s SERVPRO Technicians for House Fire Clean Up

Why call in professionals when your Jacksonville home battles smoke damage and needs fire restoration? Even if you pride yourself on a “do it yourself approach for most household challenges, the unique clean up protocols necessary for successful fire and smoke remediation require up-to-date, research-based training and specialized equipment:

  • Assessment of smoke and soot residue characteristics throughout your home and an understanding that the residue type can vary even within a room 
  • Matching of specific residues with SERVPRO proprietary cleaning products and appropriate tools and equipment, plus an evaluation of the durability of surfaces affected and any adaptations necessary to limit cleaning-related damage

What Safety Considerations Urge Hiring SERVPRO Professionals for Water and Fire Damage Restorations? 

A considerable barrier to DIY fire damage restoration in Jacksonville is the preliminary but critical task of firefighting water damage mitigation and remediation. Immediate water removal and structural drying must precede other jobs to minimize hazards such as slip and fall, structural collapse, and electric shock. SERVPRO crews are also water damage recovery specialists, thus streamlining this phase. As the crew moves on to the implementation of fire, soot, and smoke remediation best practices, additional safety considerations to shield workers and you and your family from harm include:

  • Containment of the work area with 1.6 mil polypropylene barriers to prevent the spread of the highly toxic residues created by fire and heat
  • Donning of personal protective equipment (PPE) by SERVPRO technicians that also limits tracking of harmful substances into unaffected areas of your home
  • Use of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment to vent contaminants outside to improve interior air quality and to get ahead of subsequent deodorization efforts

The multidisciplinary approach of SERVPRO of Jacksonville South emphasizes both water and fire damage restoration by our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team. Call (904) 762-8066 for the help you need after a household fire.

Cleaning And Restoring Flood Damage In Jacksonville

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Storm over homes Storm flooding can impact your home in many ways. If your home has been affected by storm damage, just call the experts at SERVPRO.

Flood Damage Procedures

When you call in professionals such as SERVPRO for flooding from storm damage, the first stage of the job is to make you feel at ease and explain what will happen. They will then inspect your home and its contents. They will write down all their findings and figure out safety and drying procedures. Then they will begin protecting the structure.

For any type of flood damage in Jacksonville, our technicians at SERVPRO will need to determine where the water came from and make sure that the source of water has been contained or stopped.

  • We will first figure out if the water is clean, gray, or black. If the water has sat for some time, clean water could become gray, and gray water could turn black.
  • We will explain what we are doing and why and go over the proper forms, so you fully understand what we are going to do.
  • You’ll then sign the proper documentation before we begin any work.
  • We will look for any possible safety hazards next, such as electrical hazards, ceilings loaded with water, and if the flooring is strong enough to hold up people walking on it.
  • We will use moisture detection equipment to figure out where the water migrated, starting with the source of the water and working outward. We will check all areas which could have been affected.
  • We will note the kind of materials which need to be dried and make sure to test the baseboards, walls, cabinets, insulation, crawl spaces, hidden areas, ducts, registers, pads, carpets, subfloors, and wet contents. We will write down everything, from the kind of material to preexisting conditions to how damp everything is.
  • Then, we will measure the damaged areas and photograph the damage.
  • A complete report will be drawn up of all our findings.

The 10 Most Important Things We Look For When Scoping A Contaminated Water Damaged Structure 

  1. How many materials were contaminated?
  2. Are the materials non-porous or porous?
  3. Can the area be ventilated, and is containment necessary?
  4. Can the affected materials be decontaminated and restored, or do they need to be replaced?
  5. Does the amount of contamination pose a health risk to the occupants or us?
  6. Will it be more expensive to restore or replace? Do porous materials automatically need to be replaced?
  7. Are there local, state, or federal regulations that apply?
  8. Was the HVAC system affected?
  9. What do we need to do to prevent more damage?
  10. How will we dispose of the waste?

When it comes to cleaning and restoring flood damage, safety always comes first for us at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. You can be assured when you give us a call at (904) 762-8066 for your storm damage issues that we will put you and your family first and follow all the proper steps to get your home in order.

Important Things To Know About Safe Water Removal In Jacksonville Homes

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer Our technicians are prepared with the training and state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident.

Safe Water Removal

When a home is hit by extensive flooding, the first place to bear the brunt of intruding water is the lowest level. Floodwaters can quickly enter even if they got into the house at a point higher up. 

Fortunately, homes can be quickly emptied of standing water after a flood, as long as there are no major electrical hazards. At SERVPRO, we use motorized extractors for water removal in Jacksonville homes. They are designed to pump large amounts of liquid out of affected spaces so that they can be safely disposed of elsewhere.

This guide to the basics of motorized water extraction will tell you a little bit about how we carry out this aspect of flood damage restoration.

Truck Mount Vs. Portable Water Extractors

The SERVPRO technicians have access to a range of different sized pumps and extractors. The largest are mounted on trucks, but these are generally only employed in commercial and industrial environments when the affected space is much bigger than normal. In some rare instances, they have been used to empty homes of standing water when the volume is high and time is of the essence.

It is much more common for SERVPRO to use portable water extractors to tackle liquid in a home. This is because they are more agile, easier to transport and position, and even fit into awkwardly shaped spaces. While extraction is only part of the restoration process, it must be completed thoroughly and efficiently before drying can begin.

Neutralizing Hazards

The biggest hazard when it comes to flood damage is electricity. If your home is flooded, we strongly recommend waiting for the SERVPRO team to arrive before attempting to make contact with any breaker switches. If your mains controls are above ground and you are sure that you can reach them safely, switch off the power to the house. This will reduce the risk of electrical items getting wet and causing sparks. It's not an excellent idea to try and move electrical items, even if you can do it safely, because movement may cause more damage.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a locally based service for homeowners who need flood damage repairs quickly. No matter how extensive the problem, we can help you bring your home back to life and restore your furniture and personal items. Call us 24/7 at (904) 762-8066 today.

Containing Mold Damage in Baymeadows Condominium Buildings

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

"Mold damage can happen out of sight" Count on the professionals at SERVPRO to locate and remediate mold damage in your business property.

Remediation and Cleaning Can Help Property Management Resolve Mold Damage in Baymeadows Residential Structures.

There are several reasons why property management should act immediately when mold gets discovered in condo buildings. Damp and moist environmental conditions can facilitate hazardous mold growth that provides several threatening conditions for affected residents, such as:

  • Health hazards
  • Foul odors
  • Structural degradation
  • Contents damage

How Does Mold Damage Get Contained? 

Containment is one of the primary priorities of mold remediation for Baymeadows structures like an apartment building or condominium complex. Constructing wooden frames for six mil poly sheeting creates an impregnable barrier where migrating mold spores cannot reach new areas. HEPA air filtration can also help in this process.

Can Occupants Remain in the Complex? 

It is always the intention of our responding team members to prevent the displacement of residents when mold growth occurs. As a property manager for a condo complex, several families could be impacted by a rapidly developing mold loss scenario. Containment protocols for our large loss recovery team can help to prevent this relocation whenever possible.

Because mold can replicate and infest areas so quickly and overwhelmingly, it is vital to have a team of professionals respond fast to begin mitigation and remediation steps to help. Our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team has a leading inventory of antimicrobial products and equipment to overcome dire circumstances. Give us a call at (904) 762-8066.

What Happens During Fire Damage Remediation in Jacksonville?

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire starting in kitchen, woman on phone No matter where your fire starts, how big or small the damages, contact our experts for help at (904) 762-8066.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess, Remove and Remediate Fire Damage

Fires are a lot more common around the world than you might think. Most people assume that fires won't happen to them and their homes, expecting it to happen to other people. Unfortunately, fires can occur out of nowhere and for no apparent reason. You might leave a candle lit in the home that gets knocked over while you're out shopping. You might have a faulty electrical line that is continually sparking and eventually catches fire. Heating and even air conditioning systems can overheat and cause a fire over time. As you can see, there are tons of different reasons why a fire could be possible in your home.

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

When you deal with fire damage in Jacksonville, there are a lot of things involved. During the actual fire, walls and ceilings can become severely damaged because of the flames. Anything in the home that isn't metal or solid could melt because of the extreme heat of the fire. Also, when the fire is being put out, water damage could be present along with fire damage, making the entire home practically uninhabitable for the people who once lived there.

After the fire is completely put out, this is when you can assess and evaluate the true extent of the actual fire damage. You may probably notice a burning or ash smell in the air because of the soot and ash that the flames happen to leave. Some odor could be caused by wood in the home burning, such as the beams and furniture present. You may also notice the dampness that is caused by the fire being put out by professional firefighters. While using water is the absolute best way to get rid of a massive fire, it can quickly leave the home more damaged than before.

House Fire Clean Up

Living in a home that has dealt with massive fire damage is dangerous because of the odors, soot, and ash constantly in the air. When water damage is present, you may also begin to notice a massive mold problem that needs to be dealt with as well. Professional Jacksonville fire damage companies are experienced with getting rid of these problems and restoring your home as good as new. They can also test the levels of carbon monoxide in the air since this is an odorless fume that smoke lets off during a fire.

Living in a clean, safe, and comfortable home after a fire has ravished it can be difficult, but hiring a company to do the entire cleanup for you is the best way to go. They can assess the damage caused by both the fire and the water used to put out the fire. From there, they can give you recommendations on what should be done to remedy the problem and get your home livable again for you and your family.

We understand that smoke and fire damage are both devastating and disruptive to your family or business. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Professionals responds quickly to repair fire, smoke, and soot damage. Contact us at (904) 762-8066.