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What is a Wet Cleaning Method?

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling Repairing a water damaged ceiling in your Jacksonville home is especially needed for the overall upkeep of your home.

Repairing a water damaged ceiling in your Jacksonville home is especially needed for the overall upkeep of your home. If it is not taken care of, a water damaged ceiling results in mold and can weaken the structure of your home. Whether your ceiling is constructed from plaster, drywall, or another material, nothing protects it against water that is leaking.

How do you clean water damage from ceilings?

With no significant leaks, smaller water damage to your Jacksonville ceiling can be spotted if you notice slightly discolored spots, a sagging ceiling, mold, drips, or slightly bulging drywall. Calling the professionals in from SERVPRO gets your home restored to the way it was before the water damage promptly.

Does SERVPRO use wet cleaning and what is it?

SERVPRO technicians use the wet cleaning method for ceilings and walls. It takes a little more time than dry cleaning, and is a three-step process – wash rinse, and dry. Before we begin, we pretest an area to ensure that we get good results. If there is furniture in the affected area, we carefully move it to the center of the room and take down any wall hangings. We protect any contents, furniture, and the work area floor by covering with plastic drop cloths. If the area is heavily soiled, we knock down the excess soil and vacuum the resulting residue from surrounding surfaces. A brush can be used for this as well.

White cleaning towels are used to apply cleaning solutions. Once the towels are folded and submerged into the solution, they are squeezed to release the excess water. Beginning at the bottom of the wall, we wipe in an upward motion, covering three to four feet at a time. A clean side of the towel is always used until it is soiled, then a new side is exposed, and the process is repeated until the entire towel is soiled.

Once all the affected surfaces are clean, we towel dry the area. We pay particular attention to door jambs, baseboards, and trim moldings. Furniture, contents, and wall hangings are also put back in their appropriate places.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can thoroughly restore your home in Southside, Bayard, or Avenues after a ceiling leak, ensuring we get every affected surface cleaned. Give our crew a call right away at (904) 762-8066 when you notice a problem so our experts can prevent any more damage from occurring.

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Is Laminate Flooring Ruined after Flood Damage?

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

 Laminate Flooring SERVPRO of Jacksonville professionals restore your floors without need to refinish.

Laminate flooring is popular due to its sleek and elegant look coupled with its durability. It requires far less maintenance than carpet and other flooring materials and is considerably more affordable, especially when compared to hardwood.

However, it does come with a set of disadvantages to go with its advantages. Those disadvantages include the susceptibility to water damage. Homeowners should consider the following:

Water Damage and Laminate Flooring

Water damaged laminate flooring is one of those problems home inspectors see regularly. Depending on the amount of water and the time it could stay on the floor, from moisture can be severe. In many cases, floors can have so much damage and unsalvageable. Causes of water damage to laminate flooring include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Leaking appliances
  • Overflowing toilets
  • Wet concrete floor
  • Excessive humidity

What Happens When Laminate Flooring is Damaged by Water?

When the seams between planks of laminate flooring encounter water over a long time, they swell. In this situation, the homeowner's only option is to replace those planks; however, this is not easy as it may not be possible to find planks that match up exactly with the ones already installed. It may therefore be necessary to replace the whole floor.

How to Spot Water Damage to Laminate Flooring

  • Plank edges are puffy or swollen
  • Severe cupping
  • Severe crowning
  • Severe cracking

Homeowners should note that even a small amount of water like a spilled drink or rain blowing in through an open window could result in major damage. Furthermore, the moisture may not be visible until after the floor has been damaged.

Why Laminate Floors are Susceptible to Moisture Damage

In many cases, laminate floors occur without a moisture barrier. The most used underlayment is simply a foam pad installed between the laminate flooring and the subfloor. Even when a with moisture barrier, it is still possible for moisture to remain in the foam pad. The trapped moisture will speed up the rate at which the laminate flooring is damaged and may also cause damage to the walls and subflooring.

Laminate Flooring can be restored after flood damage.

If the laminate floor has been flooded, immediate water removal steps are essential. Homeowners can use fans or dehumidifiers for water removal. In most cases, the floors will return to their previous state after they have been dried out. Once the water removal efforts are complete, the damage can be assessed, and a determination made about whether it will be necessary to replace the flooring.

In order to protect laminate flooring, homeowners should try to limit indoor humidity to between 30 and 50 percent while maintaining a temperature of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Our goal at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is to make your property “Like it never even happened.”

You can reach us at any time of the 24 hours calling (904) 762-8066 and get services from our highly trained and experienced technicians.

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Water Removal Has Always Been a Part Jacksonville's Culture

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

home in a storm Get in the habit of monitoring and maintaining areas in your home prone to water damage.

Water Removal Has Always Been a Part Jacksonville's Culture. 

Water Damage Restoration 101

When natural disasters like floods or fire take place in your home or office, dealing with water damage in Town Center is typically one of the property owner's most pressing concerns. If you do not address the excess water in your home or office immediately, you could find yourself dealing with a wide range of unwanted health and safety issues. To ensure that your property is restored correctly and quickly, you need to attain professional water damage remediation services. Here are just a few benefits that result from taking this course of action:

 Preventing Mold Growth

 Attaining professional Town Center water damage restoration services help prevent mold growth. When you have excess standing water in your home or office, you create the damp setting that mold likes to thrive in. When you hire a team of remediation specialists, they will utilize advanced methodologies and cutting edge equipment to quickly remove excess water from your property. This work is extremely important given that continual exposure to mold can compromise your health. 

 Preventing Structural Damage

 When you hire a team of Town Center water damage restoration experts, they will help prevent your home or office from falling prey to structural damage. If excess water starts to seep into your property's structure, the result can be the deterioration of its stability and strength. This is why individuals who have been subjected to water damage often find that they cannot immediately reenter their property following a natural disaster. Restoration professionals possess the equipment and expertise necessary to recognize and remediate signs of damage quickly. In so doing, they can prevent deep, permanent structural damage from transpiring.

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(904) 762-8066

Water cleanup is a complex, time-consuming task that should never be completed by a property owner. Instead, you should contact a team of industry professionals to complete the remediation process on your behalf. The best company to call for excellent, effective water damage restoration is SERVPRO. We offer 24/7 emergency assistance, excellent customer service, and affordable rates. Moreover, all of our technicians are IICRC-certified.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Jacksonville

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

building fire “Like it never even happened.”

Your Jacksonville Business is Our Business!

The bustling downtown Jacksonville scene represents an excellent opportunity for your business. Whether you are a tax preparer, a hairdresser, or a clothing boutique, the foot traffic potential is attractive for many entrepreneurs. As you put your business plan on paper, you need to account for unexpected events that might derail your projections. Most people are sure to include expenses associated with weather events, but many fail to consider mechanic or human missteps in their contingency plan.

Whether your business in Jacksonville faces fire damage or an emergency brought on by mother nature, a professional restoration service should always have a spot in your emergency preparedness plans. SERVPRO is ready to help whenever you face adversity, and we come to you as soon as we can. By directly calling our round-the-clock emergency line, you access a wealth of knowledge and expertise willing to work for you and reduce your loss.

Take, for example, a small electrical fire that escalates and burns a section of your office. Although the visible trace of the flames appears small, there may be a residue that is not obvious to the naked eye. Our SERVPRO crew arrives with specialized equipment designed to identify those hidden threats. Very often, the sprinklers that ultimately save your workspace wreak havoc as well, leaving your work area a mix of smoke, soot, and extinguishing chemicals that help control the fire. It is our job to understand the behavior of each of these remnants and tackle them individually.

One of the most frustrating aspects of fire damage can be the smell it leaves behind. Well, beyond the cleanup and disinfecting process, business owners are constantly reminded of the event just by breathing in its foul smell. At SERVPRO, we seek to understand the nature of the smell and make an informed decision as to its removal. In some instances, odor counteracting pellets are sufficient to mask the odors; in others, air scrubbers are to neutralize the smell, and in more extreme cases, we may have to resort to an ozone generator to eradicate the odor. Whatever your situation, our team has the resources to identify your needs and develop a plan to meet them.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is at your side when your business needs it. Call us at (904) 762-8066 whenever you face an emergency and allow us to help you get back to work. Together, we can leave your offices “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Contact Our Crew After A Flood Has Caused Damage to Your Home in Jacksonville?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room floor with floating gray coach and house plant You can manage flood situations better with help from SERVPRO of Jacksonville South

SERVPRO Professionals Help Manage the Burden of Flood Damage Recovery in Jacksonville

Your house can flood within minutes, whether from rising groundwater, leaking roof or other sources. However, the repairs and cleanup necessary to restore the property to its preloss state can take many days or weeks. The burden is higher if the affected Jacksonville homeowners choose to handle the restoration on their own, or hire restorers with limited resources. Our services are IICRC certified, which means we have enough resources to help lift most of the burden off your shoulders.

Usually, an incident of flood damage in Jacksonville leaves many areas around the home in need of attention.  For example, there is a need to remove standing water or move items. There is also a need to fix any parts of the structure affected by the water and cleanup of any soils left in the wake of the flooding. Since our SERVPRO technicians work as a team, it is possible to address different issues at once. Teamwork not only reassures the homeowner but also helps save more items.

Can the cleanup and extraction be difficult? Yes!

  • For example, scooping off the standing water with buckets or scrubbing off soils from surfaces with brushes is backbreaking work
  • Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced equipment that lightens the load and quickens the turnaround time
  • For example, using truck-mounted water extractors, we can remove up to 36000 gallons of water per day
  • We also use submersible pumps, which are more efficient for water deeper than two inches

Floodwaters contaminate porous materials in the house deeply necessitating removal. Commonly affected materials include carpets, drywall, and insulation, among others. Removing and replacing these materials is a complicated and tiring process. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on a large array of tools, including pry bars, rubber hammers, and molding lifters, among others that help ease the process and reduce the chances of damaging other elements of the property.

You can manage flood situations better with help from SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. Call us at (904) 762-8066 anytime. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Our Experts Act Fast In Jacksonville After A Fire

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

Different Cleaning Products That Help in the Restoration of Fire Damage Incidents in Jacksonville

Fire incidents soil properties in many ways, including leaving residues on solid surfaces and other types of materials, necessitating extensive cleaning. The use of professional cleaning products helps address different cleaning challenges.

General surface cleaners

The widespread nature of fire damage soiling in Jacksonville properties often means there is a need to clean different materials simultaneously. Some detergents can help clean all painted and washable surfaces without causing additional damages. A general surface cleaner has very low alkalinity with a pH around 10, which is strong enough to remove soils but protective to semi-gloss interior paint. Our SERVPRO technicians use such cleaners on ceilings, painted walls, hard surface furniture, countertops, and wet cleanable wallpapers.

Heavy-duty cleaners

Sometimes fires leave greasy soils and other hard-to-clean residues. It can be difficult to remove such soils even with aggressive agitation or other cleaning techniques. The use of heavy-duty cleaners helps overcome such difficulty. The detergents have high alkalinity and contain ammonia. Although they are highly effective, they can damage materials such as aluminum, enamel paint, chrome, or any highly polished surface because of the ammonia. Our SERVPRO technicians take different precautions when using such cleaning agents, including using them sparingly and mixing them with warm water or general surface cleaners. When cleaning carpets, we only use heavy-duty cleaners on synthetic fabrics because they cause yellowing or bleeding in natural fabrics.

Liquid crème cleaners

Restoration of fire damage can present unique cleaning challenges, including black marks, stubborn spots, rust stains, and greasy surfaces. Regular cleaning procedures might not deal with such challenges exhaustively. Liquid crème cleaners can provide the power you need to deal with such challenges because they contain mild abrasives. Our SERVPRO technicians use them to brighten, deodorize, and polish hard surfaces. We do not use them on porcelain, stainless steel, bathtubs, or other materials that can be damaged by the abrasives.

The right cleaning agents can help resolve soiling challenges that arise when restoring fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 to help address any difficulty aspect of an incident, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Removal In Your Jacksonville Home

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Contact us at (904) 762-8066) to restore your home to normal.

How to Perform Water Removal in Your Jacksonville Home Effectively

You use water in many areas of a home, and it can, therefore, destroy different items if it gets out of control. A water intrusion incident can happen after a washing machine or dishwasher has leaked, or a pipe has burst. Regardless of the cause of water intrusion, your hardwood floors, carpets, upholstery, electronics, and other belongings are at risk of getting damaged.

Apart from affecting your property, water damage can also cause stress. When you invite a restoration company to perform water removal in your Jacksonville home, you expect it to do the best it can to ensure that it reinstates the affected areas to their original state. SERVPRO has the tools and reliable professionals with the expertise required to bring about the desired results. We can use a wide range of equipment to dry your house and eliminate moisture.

We can arrive at your home soon after you contact us because we know that time is of the essence when dealing with water loss problems. We can complete the water removal process quickly and efficiently, extracting all the water from carpets and pad, and other affected areas. When drying carpeting, our crew can use light wands to remove the water. They are suitable for removing water from a building initially and for extracting water from glue-down carpets.

We are not only interested in the aesthetic appeal of a house but also the health of its occupants. If molds and other pathogens grow on wet floor surfaces, they can affect the well-being of the residents. To ensure that the carpets, furniture, and drywall of your house are 100% dry, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers to eliminate the moisture.

After drying a surface, we can use penetrating moisture meters to determine if it is dry. The devices have sharp probes that our restores can push in the material we are testing. Some moisture meters can measure the actual moisture content of various materials, while others are calibrated to measure specific materials like drywall and wood.

Our SERVPRO team can also lookout for signs of mold, especially if water and moisture seem to have remained in a particular area for a while. We can treat all affected areas with anti-microbial solutions to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. You can trust our technicians to meet all your water extraction needs.

When in need of emergency water removal services in Town Center, Baymeadows or San Marco SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can help. Contact us at (904) 762-8066) to restore your home to normal.

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We Can Get You Back In Business In Jacksonville After A Fire

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green box trucks in the driveway of this property When our green box truck arrives, you can rest assured help has arrived, and restoration will begin in your property right away.

Certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians for Commercial Fire Damage Sites in Jacksonville

Commercial Fire Damage Jacksonville

Our unique roster of technicians is proud of the fact that we are one of just six Florida-based restorers to offer disaster relief on major loss events that have struck over the past decade. We know how to work together as a team to achieve superb results, which stands us in good stead with our commercial clients. When a fire strikes in your business, you can contact us immediately with the knowledge that we have the human resources, experience, and equipment to deal with substantial fire-loss sites. We can help return your furniture and wares store to its preloss condition as well as disposing of any waste debris or non-salvageable items responsibly.

The high temperatures and pressures that occur during combustion can lead to heavy lifting as well as detailed commercial fire damage restoration of your Jacksonville furniture store. While most of the damage is likely to push upwards onto walls and ceilings, you may find that many items below become coated in a layer of soot or dust. Firefighting procedures that use water to control the blaze can inadvertently exacerbate the situation by setting soils into fabrics or flooring.

SERVPRO commercial services share expertise in both water and fire damage restoration to ensure your business returns to its preloss condition. We can, first of all, handle much of the heavy lifting by carefully assessing the condition of debris, contents, and materials. If necessary, a crew chief can arrange for professional movers to collect salvageable items and take them to a separate warehouse for safe storage and specialized restoration. Non-salvageable items can be skipped and taken with us at the end of the service.

We can supply certified carpet cleaning technicians (CCT) to remediate residual damage to the structural contents of your furniture store. These services may include pre-conditioning carpets or distributing carpet cleaning emulsifiers using our truck-mounted extraction units. If carpets are harmed beyond repair, we can detach and remove the carpet before replacing it with materials to match the existing ones you have.

For substantial loss duties associated with commercial property fires, contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066.

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Jacksonville Storm and Flood Damaged Properties Receive SERVPRO's Precise Methods for a Successful Result

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Stored air movers at SERVPRO warehouse SERVPRO Remains Prepared with Cutting-Edge Equipment to Overcome Storm-Related Events in the Jacksonville Area

Preparation Helps Overcome Constraints that Limit Flood Damage Restoration in Jacksonville

Flood damage incidents cause many problems in the Jacksonville properties they affect. Quickly resolving such predicaments helps limit the costs involved or overall damage to the property. However, some constraints can prevent even the best restoration crews from doing their job efficiently. SERVPRO technicians receive training on how to deal with various limitations, complexities, complications, and conflicts to guarantee a positive outcome.

Each flood damage incident in Jacksonville is unique, so thorough scoping is necessary before embarking on restoration. Such scoping establishes what materials are affected, how far the damages spread, and the quickest ways to resolve the problems. However, the limitations that arise can halt the desired action plan. The training our SERVPRO crews receive helps them anticipate constraints such as inadequate funds for the restoration, customers expecting contaminated materials to be restored or overlooked, and containment measures being disallowed. Our crew chief or project manager for larger issues, perform a walkthrough explaining all processes necessary for the restoration before starting the process. This creates a chance to identify any limitations that may arise and iron them out.

Although preparation helps deal with most obstacles that complicate flood damage restoration, complexities can arise during execution. Complications are issues that make it harder to accomplish the task but do not stop it altogether. During flooding, factors like adverse weather, occupied work areas, and lack of storage spaces, are common. Our SERVPRO technicians take various steps to address such complexities, including boarding up properties and performing move-outs to our external facility to complete the cleaning and restoring.

Sometimes developments may arise during the restorations leading to the stoppage. In flooding incidents, complications such as the discovery of mold or hazardous and regulated materials such as asbestos or lead-based paints are likely. There is no foolproof solution to beat difficulties, so we are always flexible to change timelines and seek additional resources where necessary.

With the right preparation, it is possible to deal with constraints and restore property affected by flooding. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Jacksonville After A Fire

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green box trucks in the driveway of a property Our Green Box Trucks arrive within hours of your fire damaging event. We know its crucial cleanup begins right away so we are available 24/7.

Fire Damage Restoration In Jacksonville Involves Wet Cleaning Contents And Building Materials

Whenever an inferno ignites inside your Jacksonville house, soot residues can coat surfaces throughout your residence. One major part of any fire damage restoration project is the cleaning and removal of soils and soot residues. Cleaning occurs using either wet or dry methods depending on the type of surface affected. Dry cleaning gets conducted using dusters or dry sponges. Wet cleaning uses water or water-based solutions to clean surfaces that can get wet.

Cleaning soot residues with water-based solutions after you suffer from fire damage in Jacksonville can only be conducted when dealing with certain types of surfaces. Porous materials should not be cleaned with water because the moisture can cause soot residues to soak deeper into the material. Flat painted surfaces are also porous, so if wet cleaning methods get used, the process could cause staining and discoloration. Cleaning with water-based detergents works best when dealing with glossy and semi-gloss surfaces. For example, water-based detergents work well when cleaning greasy soot residues from items like painted walls, door jambs, and trim moldings.

Before tackling any major cleaning project, our SERVPRO technicians always pre-test the negatively affected areas. Test cleaning your soiled contents and building materials helps us make sure the wet cleaning process will be successful. During the test cleaning phase we also determine which chemical products will work best for the different types of surfaces inside your home. When test cleaning a surface we always start with the most soiled area and use a wall and all surface cleaner.

Before we wet clean any of your ceilings or walls, or SERVPRO crew removes all breakable items from the affected room and we move all of your furniture into the center of the room. We also remove anything hanging on your wall and take down your draperies. Any of your furniture and contents that get left in the affected room during the cleaning process get covered with plastic so that no staining occurs. Once the area is prepared properly we conduct the wet cleaning by cleaning, rinsing, then drying.

If you ever notice fire damage soot residues on your walls after a fire burns, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 24 hours a day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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