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The Unexpected Risks That Pose A Threat To Your Water Damaged Baymeadows Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Unexpected Risks That Pose A Threat To Your Water Damaged Baymeadows Home As a leader in the restoration industry, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Unprecedented Dangers Of Water Damage To Your Baymeadows Home

While the loss of books, furniture, and the carpet is a top concern for Baymeadows residents after water damage, there are other underlying dangers. If not detected immediately, they pose a threat to your home. Some of these dangers may go unnoticed until it's too late. To prevent complete loss, hiring SERVPRO technicians helps in the detection of these dangers.

Fire Hazard
In case of water damage in Baymeadows, many people cannot fathom the likelihood of a fire. Let’s face it. Clean or gray water is flooding the home. To a homeowner, the thought of a fire is never on one’s mind. What people don’t know is that fire damage can occur even to a flooded home. This is linked to appliance damage. If you have a gas appliance in contact with water and a few electrical wires exposed, this can lead to a fire. All it takes is some sparks, and the damaged gas appliance is going to start a fire. Even with the water flooding your floor, carpet, furniture, and rugs, fire can consume everything. SERVPRO water damage technicians recommend turning off the electricity at the mains. Also, turn off or disconnect the gas appliance if possible. In case the damaged appliance is leaking gas, this should prevent it.

Structural Damage
Water damage is a problem that affects the structural integrity of your home. Exposing your floor and walls to standing water for a long period means the damage can go unnoticed. Due to the extra weight (from the soaked floor and walls), damage to the foundation, walls, and floor may occur. How? Cracks may appear, and with time, they expand due to the weight. If the problem goes undetected, further damage leads to expensive repairs. It may also lead to complete loss of the house.

When you hire SERVPRO technicians, we scope your home. We do this to ensure no structural damage in your walls and floor. We use specialized equipment such as hygrometers to detect the presence of moisture. To fast track the drying process and save your home, we also use water extraction equipment. Later, air movers and dehumidifiers dry your home. Within 3 to 5 days, you should be moving back into your home.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a locally owned and operated franchise. As a leader in the restoration industry, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. As such, we are ready for any water damage emergency. To save your home, call our 24/7 emergency line at (904) 762-8066 today!

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When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: How SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage to Your Jacksonville Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: How SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage to Your Jacksonville Home Smoke travels throughout your house and everything it touches will need to be cleaned.

Fire Damage Experts In Jacksonville Talk About The Equipment Used During Restoration

Each structure fire that occurs in Jacksonville burns things inside the building differently. In many situations, certain types of fire damage can take place without you realizing it. Once things burn inside your home, problems close to the source are noticeable, but other issues may not be as visible. When anything burns, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can travel throughout your house. A significant part of any fire damage restoration project is to mitigate all problems including the issues that smoke has created that may not be so noticeable.

To accomplish this, our SERVPRO technicians utilize some of the industry's most advanced technology. Our crew uses their training and experience of how things burn to find al the fire damage inside your Jacksonville home. As soon as a fire incident takes place, we respond quickly and immediately begin inspecting your entire home. Our estimators come to your property equipped with a testing kit so that we can determine how severe your fire or smoke-related problems are.

One thing that sets our SERVPRO team above the rest is the fact that we provide fast 24-hour service. Our technicians are on call 24/7. Our team answers your phone call at any time of the day to get all the information we need to begin your fire restoration project quickly. Then, our local technicians respond quickly and begin taking the necessary steps to mitigate any problems you have.

Before any work begins, we provide you with an initial estimate. Once our SERVPRO team makes sure your house is safe for all occupants, we send in our estimators. Our estimators inspect the entire home to find out where the damage is and whether we can save items from replacement or not. If you are ever in a situation where a structure fire takes place on your property, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 immediately after you have any structural problem.

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Don’t Let Clogged Gutters Drain Water Inside Your Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don’t Let Clogged Gutters Drain Water Inside Your Home Debris accumulates in rain gutters. Make sure to clean these at least yearly to prevent any damage to you home.

Water Damage a Possibility with Misaligned Gutters on Town Center Properties

Watching the rain hit a window in a Town Center home as it cascades downward might entertain children, but homeowners should see such activity as a sign of impending problems involving their home. Gutters clogged with leaves, twisted sections, or broken, disconnected areas can cause water to hit your home instead of flow correctly.  

Water damage inside your Town Center home can occur if your gutters contain flaws. Once your gutters receive the required repairs, SERVPRO can mitigate any water damage in your home's living space. When water damages a home because of misdirected rainfall, it can also affect window frames, particularly those made of wood. Interior walls made of drywall can break away in sections or crumble at the lightest touch.  

When SERVPRO technicians perform mitigation of water damage, we always check the moisture content of surrounding materials to ensure that they remain undamaged. Materials can seem uncompromised even after water seeped into them. Early detection of this situation means we can get the affected area dried out quickly and prevent permanent damage. Helping our customers save money is always important to us at SERVPRO.  

Water can also occur at the floor level after entering a house. Once there, it can begin warping trim and floorboards. We carry highly effective equipment that handles drying out moisture inside walls and other structures inside a house. After removing the baseboards and drilling two small holes, we can place the flexible tubing attached to our Injectidry system. Once ready, we can begin moving warm, dry air through the wall's cavity and get it dry again.

When moisture invades a floor, we can use mats that work similarly. Air movers also work to increase evaporation, and desiccant machines extract water vapor from the air as it circulates. Wherever materials show water damage, we only remove what is necessary and as neatly as possible.  

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South wants to help you keep your home in the best condition possible. We also work with families in Gate Parkway, Deerwood, and San Marco. Water damage can affect your home in many ways, many of which are preventable if detected early enough. Call us at (904) 762-8066 if you suspect water may pose a threat to your home.

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How SERVPRO Locates and Eliminates Hidden Mold in Your Jacksonville Home

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Locates and Eliminates Hidden Mold in Your Jacksonville Home Do you know what is hidden behind your drywall? Call SERVPRO to see your house is hosting mold colonies.

Useful Tips for Dealing with Hidden Mold Damage in Jacksonville

Concealed areas such as wall cavities or crawl spaces tend to retain higher humidity levels. Low natural light, dust and other debris are also typical in such sections making them perfect places for mold proliferation because apart from moisture, mold also requires a food source. Since these are among parts rarely inspected, the colonies have enough time to spread before the Jacksonville homeowner notices. We offer professional remediation services that can help deal with such widespread mold colonies. 

If you suspect there is mold damage in your Jacksonville property probably because of musty smell or other mild signs, it is essential to take immediate steps to deal with the situation. A thorough inspection of all the suspected areas can help identify where the mold colonies are. Our SERVPRO technicians can help inspect your property to determine problem areas. 

Proper mold inspection requires care. Instead of opening up the entire wall, it is better to take the gradual approach. In this case, only open a small wall section at a time for inspection. This approach reduces the amount of damage done to the structure. Checking the extent of the infestation is also essential. Where there are heavily infested porous materials, the best option is to throw them out because it is not possible to eliminate the hyphae that reach deep into the affected material. 

Identifying all possible moisture sources in an affected building is essential for long-term results. Sometimes the problem could be a result of condensation due to differences in temperature between the air in the cavity and the surrounding surfaces. This outcome is likely when walls have impermeable coverings such as vinyl wallpaper. However, in most cases, the moisture originates from leakage in plumbing systems or issues in the roof. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate all possibilities to identify the moisture source. In some cases, we even use thermal cameras to trace back the origin of the issue. 

Hidden mold colonies should not lead to long-term problems. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South to help. You can reach us at (904) 762-8066 any time.

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What Goes Into SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Process That Restores Your Baymeadows Property

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Goes Into SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Process That Restores Your Baymeadows Property When there is a plumbing leak in your business, the stakes can be higher than in residential space because of the damages it can cause.

Why You Need Help Restoring Commercial Water Damage In Baymeadows

When there is a plumbing leak in your business, the stakes can be higher than in residential space because of the damages it can cause. Apart from the structure, the water might ruin important records and equipment used in the day-to-day running of the business. Depending on the source of the leak in your Baymeadows workspace, the damages might be restricted to the floors or extend to the walls and ceiling. A pipe bursting in the ceiling is likely to spread water all over leaving you with a soggy ceiling, peeling paint or wallpaper on walls and a floor submerged in water. The professional restoration services we offer can help your business recover faster.

The exposure time involved in a case of commercial water damage in Baymeadows determines how much the water ruins the property. The level of permeance a material has might also exacerbate the situation because the more water absorbed, the higher the damage likely to occur. Wood and particleboard materials have varying degrees of permeability, so they are more likely to be ruined. Our SERVPRO technicians help reduce this effect by extracting standing water from the affected areas. For harder to reach areas, we use portable extractors with tanks that can hold up to 12 gallons of wastewater.

If there is a carpet in the affected area, you are likely to face problems such as delamination whereby the backings of the carpet separate. Another problem is latex deterioration although it is not restricted to water loss cases. One effective way to save a carpet from delaminating is fast water removal. Since carpets lose up to 50% of their strength when wet, it is possible to cause some ruin the carpet in the process of saving it. Our SERVPRO technicians are fully aware of such challenges, and that is why we exercise caution when saving your carpet.

Unless the water is extracted and the property dried thoroughly within a few hours, odors can develop. By removing water quickly, our SERVPRO technicians cut down chances of microbial growth, which is the leading source of bad odors. We also dry the property to its preloss conditions.

When your workplace floods, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can help you recover quickly. You can reach us at (904) 762-8066 any time.

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Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Restore Your Mold Damaged Jacksonville Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Restore Your Mold Damaged Jacksonville Home Living in a Jacksonville home that contains mold and mildew can become a stressful situation.

The Equipment Used By SERVPRO Technicians During Remediation Of Mold Damage In Jacksonville Homes

Living in a Jacksonville home that contains mold and mildew can become a stressful situation. Clothing develops odor and carpeting never seems to smell fresh. These situations happen because of the spores released by many mold strains during active growth.

When we arrive at a home in Jacksonville to remediate mold damage, we bring a variety of tools and materials along with us. These tools help us perform the work remediation requires. Some tools are probably very familiar to you, such as box cutters, measuring tapes, hammers, and drills. Materials also include everyday items like plastic sheeting and non-marking tape. There are several other tools that we use when we restore a home through remediation.

To help clean the air of mold spores and dust that our work often generates, we use air scrubbers. These machines pull air into them and through a HEPA filter. As the air passes through, anything in the air becomes trapped by the filter. We often use these as part of small containment areas we set up with the plastic sheeting and non-marking tape to pull air out of the area and direct it outside of your home. This setup removes the bulk of the spores and dust before they can ever settle onto the floor.

Our commercial grade vacuums also come with HEPA filters, and we use these wherever we create dust and debris, which happens when we cut away moldy materials, drill holes, or remove baseboards. Our experts always clean up after we finish our work, including removing nails, materials we removed, and later, plastic sheeting, tape, and anything else that helped us complete the job.

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) knows that microbial infestations can hide in locations that you may rarely see. Finding these becomes easier with the use of an infrared thermal imaging device, as it quickly shows where cooler temperatures exist in the materials making up your home. Cooler temperatures often exist due to the presence of moisture, which can allow mold damage to develop quickly.

We also rely heavily on our ability to work as a team together, as well as partner with you in restoring your home. Our dedication to remediating your home of all mold damage and restoring normal microbial population levels also assists us in providing a service that you are satisfied with and that protects your home.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South regularly provides homeowners in Bayard and Southside with professional mold damage remediation. Call us at (904) 762-8066 if you locate mold growing inside your home.

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Why Making Preparations for Flooding in Town Center is Always Great Advice

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Making Preparations for Flooding in Town Center is Always Great Advice Unfortunately, our area is often in the eye of a storm and possible flooding. Contact SERVPRO to discuss your flood damage scenario.

National Preparedness Month: Practicing Due Diligence for Flood Damage in Town Center

September sees the launch of National Preparedness Month. A government-sponsored initiative that encourages Americans to practice due diligence toward extreme weather conditions. These preparations can include learning life-saving techniques like CPR or stocking up on goods, putting together an emergency plan, or investing in emergency generators to ensure a consistent supply of electricity. As a community member, you are the first on the scene of a natural disaster and preparing thoroughly is an invaluable part of helping yourself, your family and your community.

One of the secondary symptoms of extreme weather conditions can be flooding. Homeowners that experience flood damage in Town Center could benefit from building a list of local tradesman and services to help remove, restore and repair their property. SERVPRO is a localized franchise that offers 24-hour emergency support near you.

When property damage occurs a general rule of thumb is that the faster you react, the lower the likelihood is of permanent damage. SERVPRO can send a trained technician to your property within four hours of notification of loss. On arrival, we can inspect your property and, if necessary, perform an emergency board up to temporarily seal structural damage, protecting your home from further damage.

Water extraction can be carried out using full-submersible, gas-powered pump to rapidly remove excess and prevent your structure and contents from becoming saturated. In our experience, flooding can complicate procedure because overflowing waters or drainage can carry raw sewage, pesticides, animal carcasses or other potential contaminants.

At SERVPRO, we refer to contaminated water as Black Water. When Black Water comes into contact with your structure or contents, we must treat these items as equally contaminated. That means we may have to remove sections of drywall, inspect crawlspaces or anywhere else moisture may reside undetected. Being exceptionally thorough in cleaning and sanitization is an essential part of our efforts to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

But rest assured, this isn't the first time we have dealt with Black Water and it is unlikely to be the last. For an emergency assessment, inspection and remediation contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 anytime, day or night.

The Advantages Of Hiring Our Team To Remediate Your Mold Damage Issue In Jacksonville

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Advantages Of Hiring Our Team To Remediate Your Mold Damage Issue In Jacksonville Mold damage in Jacksonville can be a real problem for homeowners.

Get Rid Of Mold Damage With SERVPRO In Jacksonville

After water or flood damage, your house might experience some mold infestation. Mold can form spores in a very moist environment. The spores are microscopic and can float in the air and travel around from places to places without anyone noticing it. If mold damage is left unmanaged, it can lead to some health issues.

Mold damage in Jacksonville can be a real problem for homeowners. People often think that they can clean out the excess water or put soap and water on a towel, and wipe the mold away from the floor or the walls. Unfortunately, these mold spores are microscopic, so they often go unnoticeable. This issue is why eradicating mold spores requires a specialist and advanced technology. It can be exhausting and expensive to learn all the information and to obtain the equipment on your own.

SERVPRO has highly trained technician who is experts in mold remediation. They can promptly get to your residential area and inspect it for any signs of mold. Because mold feeds on cellulose and can hide from plain sight, experts often use various technologies to detect mold spores and water sources. They may use negative air chamber to isolate contaminated sites with negative air and physical barriers. The negative pressure can prevent the mold from spreading during the cleaning process. During this process, all heating, cooling, and fans must be turned off to prevent the spread of spores.

SERVPRO techs can use sophisticated equipment such as air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to capture microscopic spores from the air. This process can prevent the mold spore from spreading throughout the remediation process. The technicians can also use antifungal and anti-microbial treatment to get rid of mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming. They can even get rid of carpeting and drywall that is severely infested by mold. The technicians can thoroughly clean your furniture, curtains, clothes, and other items that were contaminated. They can utilize special techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.

If you want to save your property from mold damage, then call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at 904-762-8066 for a consultation with our skilled technicians.

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Why Carpeting Takes Severe Damage from Flood Damage in Jacksonville

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Carpeting Takes Severe Damage from Flood Damage in Jacksonville Flooding can damage your carpet if it is not dried out correctly. Call SERVPRO right after an incident to help salvage your carpeting.

Team SERVPRO Understands Carpet and How it can Get Damaged During Flooding

One of the most heavily impacted types of flooring in homes in Jacksonville following flood damage is carpeting. Whether the carpet is small, large, thin, or thick, it can sustain much more damage than other types of flooring and often requires complete replacement to make your home presentable again.

SERVPRO has dealt with countless cases of water and flood damage in Jacksonville over the years, and in the process, we have gained an advanced understanding of what makes carpeting so vulnerable. If your carpeted floor comes into contact with floodwater, you can expect one or more of these problems to arise.

Destruction of Underlying Materials
The fuzzy, colorful surface that comes into contact with your feet is only one layer of most types of carpeting, and often one of the least damaged. Much of the most extensive damage comes from the layers below the surface that are constructed of porous materials. When submerged in water, these materials can quickly begin to degrade, expand, and contract once dry. Although a fast response from SERVPRO can potentially save the home from this fate, most carpets are damaged beyond repair from these effects and must be replaced entirely.

Rapid Mold Growth
Although many parts of the home are at risk of developing mold growth after a flood, carpeting is the most likely place for an infestation to begin. Mold proliferates quickly in the damp, fibrous structure of all types of carpeting, and can even cause health effects in a relatively short time if a particularly harmful species begins to grow. Our technicians are experts in identifying signs of fungal infestation and, if called to the scene early enough, can eliminate the problem before it gets out of hand.

Color Bleed
Although this is less of an issue with modern materials, many types of carpeting may still be damaged from color bleed. This is especially true for rugs and patterned materials that may see their colors mix and overlap. Fast drying and careful handling are essential to mitigate as much color bleed as possible.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South specializes in rapid response times to flooding to mitigate as much damage as possible in the hours following the disaster. Call us as soon as possible at (904) 762-8066.

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Restoring Flood Damages to a Town Center School

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Flood Damages to a Town Center School Flooding at a school prevents education. Contact SERVPRO right away and our technicians will mitigate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your School Flooding Situation

The residents in the Town Center area are well aware of the potential and persistent threat of severe weather that can come quickly in from the Atlantic. With severe enough conditions along with damaging winds and heavy rainfall, bodies of water all around the region can rise and overflow. Even implements intended to carry runoff water safely out of the area can become clogged and fail to divert the dangers away from structures and houses, which can pose significant risk all at once. As the overseer of a school, water loss incidents can dramatically affect not only the buildings that you use but also the families of the students that attend the school as well. Taking care of this situation promptly is critical.

Commercial flood damages in Town Center can spread quickly and affect multiple areas of your school over just a brief period. In extreme conditions, multiple points of entry can provide a wide array of sources for our SERVPRO mitigation team to repair or seal up before the restoration work can officially begin. In these instances, it is essential to call our rapid response team immediately so that we can dispatch the appropriate personnel to start working on lessening the impact of this traumatic event.

One of the pressing concerns with floodwaters penetrating your school is the contents of the individual rooms. An area like the library could sustain damages to not only the carpeting of the area but also the furniture and the books throughout the room. Our SERVPRO technicians work in these instances to get at-risk items out of the facility to preserve them in a service known as packing out.

Ultimately extraction and drying play the most significant roles when it comes to restoring flood damages to your institution. While block and brick often are primary construction materials for the walls of your school, moisture detection equipment can help to determine problem areas that lie out of sight, even through materials that are more challenging for water to penetrate.

One of the most important things to remember is to act quickly in the event of a flood in your facility. With widespread flooding in the area, securing the services of our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South water restoration technicians can help you to get your institution up and running again as efficiently as possible. Give us a call anytime you need us at (904) 762-8066.