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In the Age of Information, SERVPRO Specializes in Fire Damage Remediation in Town Square

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage In the Age of Information, SERVPRO Specializes in Fire Damage Remediation in Town Square Whether an item can be restored or needs replacing is a decision that can save you money in the long run. Contact our certified technicians.

Fire Damage Experts In Town Center Describe Different Methods to Clean Contents

If a fire ever starts on your property in Town Center, there are three main methods professional restoration companies such as SERVPRO use to remediate issues caused by the blaze. The most expensive option is replacing items, and it only gets implemented if the fire damage has burnt objects so severely that they cannot be refinished or cleaned. In some cases, the charred materials exist only on the surface and refinishing the substances can bring them back to their preloss state. In more minor situations, objects inside your home can be restored using various cleaning procedures. Before we begin any fire damage mitigation work, we comprise a list of the objects in your home and outline whether the item needs to be replaced or if it can get refinished or cleaned.

When figuring out whether or not an item is cleanable, our SERVPRO technicians test-clean the surfaces and see which chemicals work best. When remediating fire damage in Town Center, our team can use several different methods to clean soots and soils from the various surfaces inside your building. When a fire burns it uses a variety of fuels, therefore the soot residues that remain have different chemical compositions. Every different type of soot or soil adheres differently to the various surfaces inside your home. When cleaning your contents, we utilize several different methods to return them to their preloss condition.

In some scenarios, our SERVPRO technicians can use wet cleaning methods. During wet cleaning, we apply alkaline based detergents on a rag and then rinse them off with clean water, and then dry them with a towel. For hard surface contents, we spray the detergent onto them and then wipe off the chemicals.

For easily ruined surfaces, we often use foam cleaning because it does not damage fragile surfaces. For more severe situations we can utilize abrasive cleaning methods that get applied with steel wool or other scrub pad. For some items, immersion cleaning proves to be the best. During this method, we drop your contents into detergents and then rinse them off. If you ever need help restoring your possessions after a fire, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 24/7.

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Think of SERVPRO If and When You Have A Water Spill in Your Jacksonville Home

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Think of SERVPRO If and When You Have A Water Spill in Your Jacksonville Home Our technicians are trained to cleanup any water spills, no matter how big or small the mess might be.

Aspects Influencing the Ease of Water Cleanup in Jacksonville

Severe water spills happen mostly when a home is unattended creating the opportunity for maximum damage. Apart from no one being around to turn off the mains, the water that spills also gets the chance to migrate unabated. Depending on the time taken before clean up to start, many other problems like microbial growth, bad odor, and loss of structural integrity might develop complicating the restoration process. We offer professional restoration services to help Jacksonville homeowners deal with the damages suffered. 

The volume of water spilled is the central aspect that influences the process of water cleanup in Jacksonville. When much water is involved, it is likely to spread to many parts of the house increasing the burden of cleanup. Our SERVPRO technicians work as a team, therefore, providing extra pairs of hands to tackle the cleanup. We also have different sophisticated tools like truck mounted water extract and dry-wet vacs, which quicken the water removal process.

Water can lead to different types of soiling. The most common is staining which happens when dyes in fabrics or furniture items run spreading to other contents. Sometimes the spill can originate from a broken appliance such as a dishwasher or washing machine, which leads to the spread of detergents, food remains and other wastes from the appliance. Water also spreads debris such as pet waste or dust already present in the affected areas. The level of soiling can prolong the cleanup process, especially if done by hand. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to deal with soils including the use of power washers. We also remove stains from carpets or fabrics before drying them to prevent settling.

Drying a property after water loss is crucial because it eliminates problems like bad odor and microbial growth. The level of water migration determines how long it takes to dry the home. For example, if water only affects a carpet but not the underlying floorboards, drying is faster. Our SERVPRO technicians use different moisture detection tools including moisture meters, thermal cameras and moisture sensors to gauge the level of migration. We then choose the right drying equipment including air movers, dehumidifiers or injectidry systems for moisture removal from concealed spaces.

In case of a water spill, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. You can reach us at (904) 762-8066 any time.

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We Are Your First Choice When Water Has Damaged Your Home In Jacksonville

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Are Your First Choice When Water Has Damaged Your Home In Jacksonville SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can come to your rescue when your home in has a water damage emergency due to a malfunctioning dishwasher.

Why SERVPRO Is The Right Choice For Water Damage Cleanup In Your Jacksonville Home

A familiar source for water damage in homes in Jacksonville is the dishwasher you use each day. There are several necessary steps you can be taking to help prevent damage sustained from these appliances and avoid a sudden flood in your kitchen.

If your dishwasher has already malfunctioned and created water damage in your Jacksonville home, you want the assistance of a professional remediation company so the mess can get cleaned up quickly and accurately. SERVPRO can come to your aid with the knowledge and tools to restore your home before additional damage can be done, making it easy to see why SERVPRO should be called when you have a water damage emergency.
To avoid a water disaster involving your dishwasher, you need to replace your appliance every three to five years. It may seem like a short time and a significant amount of money to spend. However, hairline fractures can form in the shell of the dishwasher over time from routine use. Soap residue and hard water can also build up and cause these fractures, which get bigger and bigger, resulting in thousands of dollars of water damage. SERVPRO technicians have truck-mounted pumps which we can pump out the gallons of water from your kitchen so we can proceed to dry it back out.

In the same way, you need to make a habit of ensuring the drain line is correctly hooked up to the ink. It should be connected tightly to the plumbing under the sink and shouldn’t be loose. If it is loose, natural water pressure continues to water at the connection and can dump a whole dishwasher’s worth of water out into your kitchen.

A good practice is also to make sure only to use this appliance when you are at home so you can guarantee you catch any leaks as soon as they happen. Turning on the dishwasher and leaving home can leave a leak to develop and water damage to occur just twenty to thirty minutes later. With no one there, the water continues to pour into your kitchen.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can come to your rescue when your home in has a water damage emergency due to a malfunctioning dishwasher. Contact us right away by dialing (904) 762-8066 so we can help you clean up the mess.

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Water Damage emergency in Jacksonville on Christmas Eve

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Damage emergency in Jacksonville on Christmas Eve The SERVPRO team is ready to help during your water damage emergency.

Our team responded to a water damage emergency call on Christmas Eve. We were pleased to receive the testimonial letter below from Alice C in Jacksonville.

On December 24, 2018 at about 2:39 pm, I was taking a rest before celebrating Christmas eve with family. From my bedroom window I saw something flaming with fire coming from above. I jumped up and ran into the living room to look out my patio to see what it was but was stopped by water pouring from the ceiling from light fixtures and AC units. I opened the front door and realized the fire alarm was screaming. My neighbor across the hallway opened his door at the same time. We agreed that the fire was above my unit. By now, water was pouring into my house. The neighbor rushed in, got buckets and started to try to catch as much of the water as he could. I grabbed all of the towels in the house and started to do the same. We continued for 20 minutes or more. The fire department had arrived and was upstairs, but it was 20 or 30 minutes before the water stopped.

I called my family and the owner of my unit. They all jumped in – my son and daughter-in-law brought a wet vacuum and started work. The owners arrived and started removing light fixtures and vents.

SERVPRO arrived soon after and jumped right in – removing wet rugs to patio, etc. Summer and her team did everything that could be done at the time to prevent further damage. As soon as possible they brought in 8 large fans and a dehumidifier. Later, they removed the baseboards in the most affected areas. They did a great job and came every day to take readings. Equipment ran 24 hours a day for 6 days.

There is damage that will need to be fixed – paint ceiling, replace lights and fixtures, replace baseboards, clean damaged rugs, etc.

Thank goodness I was at home when this situation happened.

The SERVPRO team headed by Summer was so helpful and professional. My neighbor and family were wonderful. My family washed 30 towels and brought them back to me on Christmas day. The Owners reassured me everything will be fixed.

Thanks to all for the help. Thank goodness no one was hurt!

Our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team is ready to help 24/7. We appreciate the kind testimonial letter from Alice. Call us 24/7 when an emergency affect your Jacksonville home (904) 762-8066.

Ultimate Solution for Baymeadows Fire Damage Remediation

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ultimate Solution for Baymeadows Fire Damage Remediation A fire can damage your home and leave odors that can linger for a long time. Contact our IICRC certified team for remediation services.

Mitigating Fire Damage Only Partially Removes Odors in a Charred Home in Baymeadows

Baymeadows residents rarely sustain a massive house fire, with most blazes remaining contained in a small area and quickly extinguished. Cleaning up the soot and smoke smudges left behind after such a fire helps to remove most of the smell. Homeowners with residences that sustained more extensive fires can continue to detect smoky odors for months or even years afterward.
SERVPRO's Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) concentrate on every aspect of damage in your Baymeadows home caused by the fire, smoke, and water, and how they interact to create foul odors. Odors originate from the particles created during changes to substances in your home. These can come from burned articles of clothing or upholstery, or from water-turned-to-steam that plays a role in the continued disintegration of heated materials.
Even after we pull these odor-causing items out of your home, odors continue. We know this happens because of hidden particles that both the smoke and the steam carried and deposited throughout your entire home. We remove the soot deposited on surfaces, launder clothing and stuffed toys, vacuum carpets and rugs, and wash walls and ceilings. However, it is quite common for odors to linger even after all these tasks.
Our team can perform different odor-eliminating methods to make your home smell “Like it never even happened.” One method is with the use of a hydroxyl generator. This method is preferred over ozone when materials remain damp, as is often the case after a fire. We want to perform odor eliminating functions like this during our other mitigation tasks to help make our specialists more comfortable while they work. With ozone, we cannot work until the ozone has cleared the house. However, both of these are equally effective at freshening the air and making it much more pleasant.
Hydroxyl generators do not resolve the issue of still-present particles of soot, in any case. To eliminate these particles' ability to continue affecting your home's air quality, we use thermal fogging. Just like the heat from the fire and the steam changed everyday items into odor-producing soot, the chemical agents in the heated fog bond with the soot particles and create a larger, heavier molecule. Now weighing more, these particles can no longer get back into your home's air and your family no longer smells these odors.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can help your family not only get moved back home after a fire, but we can also ensure that your home contains no traces of odor or other signs of fire damage. Serving those in Bayard, Deerwood, and San Marco, you can reach us by calling our 24-hour emergency services line, (904) 762-8066, any day of the year.
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Our Highly Skilled Crew At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Baymeadows Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Highly Skilled Crew At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Baymeadows Home Our slogan that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster is not just a catchy saying, but a commitment that we have to our customers.

A Wise Choice For Professional Water Cleanup In Baymeadows Homes

When water loss incidents occur in your Baymeadows home, many homeowners struggle with all of the steps necessary to return their property to its original dry condition. While many can handle the actions necessary to clean up immediate spills, larger incidents can quickly seep into flooring, walls, and affect areas out of your sight. To overcome these effects and prevent a situation that leads to irreparable damage to construction materials and the belongings inside of your house, seeking out professional restoration services is a wise decision.

The question then becomes: what company suits your needs and can provide efficient and effective water cleanup in your Baymeadows home? While there might be several choices throughout our service area, our SERVPRO professionals are a wise choice for future potential customers for many reasons. The first of these reasons is our commitment to providing our clients with highly skilled technicians that have certifications in the industry and continue their education to be among the most trained and knowledgeable staff available.

Our slogan that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster is not just a catchy saying, but a commitment that we have to our customers throughout our communities. We provide 24-hour emergency assistance to provide immediate mitigation work and protection for your property and the contents that matter the most to you. Our emergency response team rolls out from our headquarters with the full measure of our industry-leading equipment designed to make an immediate impact on your water-damaged home.

The SERVPRO technicians that we dispatch to a damaged address come with the advanced technology to provide fast extraction and efficient drying efforts to protect your home from irreparable damage in water cleanup situations. From truck mounted pumps to high-powered air movers, we have the tools to dry out saturated materials fast.

While you might get overwhelmed amid a disaster that requires water cleanup for your home, you can always remember the experience and the fast response of our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South restoration technicians. Give our experts a call anytime that you need us at (904) 762-8066.

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We Have You Covered When Your Jacksonville Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Have You Covered When Your Jacksonville Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster Repairing a water damaged ceiling in your Jacksonville home is especially needed for the overall upkeep of your home.

Water Damage Cleanup For Your Jacksonville 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.

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.

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 Mold Growing in Your Jacksonville Home Ductwork?

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Growing in Your Jacksonville Home Ductwork? Inadequately maintained ventilation systems are a breeding ground for mold. Make sure yours is inspected regularly.

Mold Remediation for the Ductwork in Your Jacksonville Home

When you’ve had a water leak in your Jacksonville home, you may now also have mold lurking in hidden areas, such as your ductwork. A trained eye is needed to help you to find it and clean it out, as mold, especially in ductwork, can cause health effects for you and your family as it gets spread throughout your home.  

You should not hesitate to get mold remediation services in Jacksonville, as mold continues to grow as it is allowed to sit. SERVPRO technicians can come to your rescue quickly with the expertise and tools needed to find the mold and then clean it, so it does not spread further.  

Sometimes the biggest culprit for poor indoor air quality is an inadequately maintained ventilation system. Throw mold into the mix, and you have a much bigger problem. Signs that dangerous fungi are lurking in your ductwork include a musty odor and visible mold growth around your heating and cooling system ducts. Even if you cannot see the mold, but suspect it, calling us right away is the smart thing to do.  

SERVPRO staff have special tools we can use to detect any hidden moisture and mold. Cleaning the mold, yourself is never a good idea, because doing so sends spores out into the air, worsening an already problematic situation. Our certified and trained techs can efficiently and safely remove the mold from the air ducts in your home in a few hours. We insert suctioning devices on the climate-control vents, then use vacuuming devices to suction mold from the vents or air ducts. To verify that your home is safe, we collect mold contamination from the connectors and hoses and keep them sealed in bags.  

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South understands that getting the mold cleaned from your home in Southside, Town Center, or Gate Parkway is essential to do thoroughly and quickly to prevent further issues. Reach out to us immediately when you suspect a problem by dialing (904) 762-8066, and we can restore your home to the safe environment it was before.

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Bounce Back from A Restaurant Fire with The Help of Our SERVPRO Experts

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Bounce Back from A Restaurant Fire with The Help of Our SERVPRO Experts Our team is here to respond and help restore your restaurant kitchen back to preloss condition!

Recovering Fire Damage in Your Town Center Restaurant

Running a Town Center restaurant comes with competition. With the high amount of traffic expected through the area throughout the year, your reputation through online forums and review boards is more critical than it has ever been. These are the first impressions before anyone ever comes to the restaurant, making it all the more essential to provide every new patron the best experience possible. When even a smaller-scale disaster strikes the building, you need to respond quickly to keep from giving your customers a compromised experience in your eatery.

Fire damages can spread quickly throughout your Town Center restaurant, even without a roaring blaze. Even without a fire in the dining area, elements like smoke and soot damage can find their way into unaffected areas to settle and provide an overwhelming odor that can ruin appetites. More than this, your reputation becomes affected negatively when customers set to enjoy your food arrive at a building that they cannot stand to stay inside of and leave. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can help.

With kitchen fires, you might not need demolition and rebuilding efforts, but there are undoubtedly steep hurdles to overcome to return your restaurant to its original condition. Often this begins with an assessment of the severity of the damage and working quickly to improve indoor air quality through several unique approaches.

Our SERVPRO technicians can set up deodorization equipment like our thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators which can help to eliminate lingering harsh odors from burning materials. Air scrubbers can help to pull particulates, debris, soot, and other contaminants from the affected environment to improve the breathability of the air for our professionals and those who continue to monitor our restoration progress within the building.

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Finding the right team of professionals to help recover your restaurant after a kitchen fire is not challenging. You can always count on our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South rapid response team to arrive quickly with the experience to get your doors back open as fast as possible. Give us a call today at (904) 762-8066.

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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.

Choosing Relevant Cleaning Actions During Fire Damage Restoration In Baymeadows

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing Relevant Cleaning Actions During Fire Damage Restoration In Baymeadows You need cleaning services as part of the restoration procedures after experiencing a fire damage incident.

Cleaning Actions During Fire Damage Restoration

You need cleaning services as part of the restoration procedures after experiencing a fire damage incident. Cleaning aims to remove the soils or any soot particles from the surface. Our technicians will go over some of the cleaning actions we perform when offering cleaning services in Baymeadows. Before we select a cleaning action, we first look at the type of smoke particles and the surface of your property.

When our SERVPRO technicians are cleaning non greasy particles during fire damage restoration in Baymeadows, we start by using mechanical actions. It is a process that dislodges particles from surfaces before we can employ other cleaning processes that involve the use of solvent-based or water-based cleaning agents. Sometimes, surfaces can create strong bonds with the particles if you start by using liquid cleaning products before dislodging the excess residues.

In some situations, we might decide to make the particles slippery through a method known as lubrication. By lubricating, the bond between the surface and the soils weakens, making the residues to slide into the detergents. In cases where a substance chemically changes when it comes into contact with another substance, our SERVPRO technicians use chemical action. We use this method when it is not possible to remove residues from surfaces without altering their chemical formula. Removing oxidized stain from wool carpeting and cotton are some of the examples where we apply chemical actions.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also apply suspension and dispersion when cleaning your property. We begin by loosening the residues and then suspend and disperse them in the detergent. After that, we extract the cleaning product and the soils. When choosing a cleaning product, we have to consider whether the particles can dissolve in water or solvent-based cleaning agents.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South has highly trained and experienced restoration technicians who offer storm, mold, water, and fire damage restoration services. Call us at (904) 762-8066 and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Remediating Flood Damage to Baymeadows Homes

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage to Baymeadows Homes If your home suffers flood damage, contact SERVPRO right away for effective remediation services which may include boarding up any broken windows.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Drying Out Your Home After a Flood

Flooding in Baymeadows happens quickly. Storms can drop thousands of gallons on a home in just a few hours, and the winds from even a minor storm can shatter windows, causing more damage.
Remediating Baymeadows flood damage to preserve the home and property requires quick action. SERVPRO restoration teams follow an emergency response plan that stops further damage from happening, removes floodwater, and begins repairs to the carpets and floor.
First, our technicians secure the structure. After performing an exterior inspection, they cover roof damage with either plywood or waterproof tarpaulins and then board up broken windows, doors, and other entry points. This action prevents further water intrusion and also keeps out any nearby wildlife from setting up a new home in the attic or other parts of the home.
As the last plywood sheet goes up over a window, other team members begin removing any standing water. Depending on the amount of water in the home, technicians use one of the commercial grade water pumps from our equipment inventory. Sizes range from a pump that can sit on a deck with a portable generator, to a truck mounted pump that runs off the engine. All of them can operate continuously until the water is gone.
Now, SERVPRO technicians extract water from carpets and floors. They use extraction wands with adjustable speed to draw out water quickly without separating carpet layers, or drying wood floors too quickly, causing cracking or splintering. The devices also contain an adjustable heating element to start drying them as well carefully.
After extraction, technicians treat surfaces that were underwater. If there are any furniture stains on the carpet, they remove them first and then examine the back of it for delamination. If there is no damage, they replace the carpet. For wood floors, specialists examine the floorboards for swelling, cracking, and other signs of damage. If the damage is minor, they can remove it by hand or use an electric sander, and then refinish the affected floorboards. For major damage, replacing the affected floorboards is the cost-effective option.
For SERVPRO of Jacksonville South, the goal is to remove water and begin repairs as quickly as possible. If you have any damage from recent or older flooding, contact us today at (904) 762-8066 to help return your home to its pre-flood condition.

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Water Damage Experts Out Of Baymeadows Explain Why Restoration Is So Important

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Experts Out Of Baymeadows Explain Why Restoration Is So Important Baymeadow and Jacksonville Benefit from SERVPRO's Fast Water Damage Mitigation Service

Baymeadows Condo Owners Know the Importance of Fast Water Removal Services to Mitigate Damages

If a pipe bursts inside your Baymeadows condo, water can flood out your home ruining many things in its path. Once excessive moisture gets into your living area, it can cause considerable inconvenience. The longer items stay wet; the worse problems can get.
Any time a property gets damaged by moisture, it is an upsetting event for the homeowner. We at SERVPRO know that any time water damage occurs in Baymeadows, the typical lifestyle of residents gets severely disrupted. When things indoors get wet, it is possible that the event can cause health concerns for some people.
Moisture has a destructive effect on most building materials and contents. If the water problems are not treated promptly, more items can get ruined. Being able to restore a water-damaged building is a valuable service to you the homeowner and your insurance company. If the proper equipment and techniques get used, it is possible in many instances, but not all, to prevent the costly replacement of building materials and contents.
Our SERVPRO technicians have the training, expertise, and specialized equipment to properly dry and restore water-damaged structures. We know that if we do not resolve the issues correctly that water can cause much worse damage over time. We commit to on-going education and stay well versed on all of the latest technology of the industry.
During any restoration project, we know that working directly with you and your insurance company is vital. We know how to listen to the concerns of all parties involved and come up with an overall work plan that satisfies everyone. When completing a job involving excessive moisture, we always follow the IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration.
This guide provides fundamental principles for remediating structures affected by water. The first step outlined, is to provide for the safety of all workers and occupants. The second step is to keep accurate records of all the work procedures starting on day one of the loss. Then, our SERVPRO technicians complete mitigation which includes fixing the source of the water leak and extracting excess moisture. After the original issues get mitigated, we dry out building materials and contents using specialized industrial equipment.
The final step is the cleaning and repair stage. After moisture levels of contents and building materials are returned to what they were before the loss took place, things like drywall patches, painting, and carpet installation get completed. Before we leave any job site, we complete a final cleaning and deodorization process so that your home is 100% back to normal, whenever possible. To prevent future problems after a water leak, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 24/7.

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Fast Water Damage Restoration for a Jacksonville School

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast Water Damage Restoration for a Jacksonville School Accidents happen quickly in a school environment. If your school suffers a water damage event, contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Time is of the Essence When Dealing With Water Damage in a School Setting

The schools in the Jacksonville area can often be more prone to water damage incidents than residences are. With so many students and faculty members, a slight mistake can lead to the need for immediate and thorough cleaning. Custodial staff works around the clock for your facilities, but sometimes professional restoration can help you achieve results more quickly than the limited resources of your custodians can offer.

Regardless of how the commercial water damage occurred to your Jacksonville institution, cleaning up the mess efficiently is a top priority. The faster that you can eliminate the water from the affected area, the less damage and added tasks exist for the restoration portion of the project. Our SERVPRO team of qualified technicians can help you clean up the mess and get the area thoroughly dried as promptly as possible.

As a representative for the school, you must keep the facilities in top form for the students and faculty that you employ. With even moderate sized schools, custodians are stretched thin attempting to keep up with the everyday maintenance tasks, general cleaning, and repairs the institution requires.

Not to mention should the water damage incident penetrate into wall cavities or beneath the flooring, traditional cleaning approaches are inadequate to thoroughly dry out the water. Improperly drying up the dampness or persistent moisture can allow for instances of mold growth and mildew to form. These unsavory circumstances can be significant enough to close the school for removal and remediation.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the need for your facility to be fully functional and restored as quickly as possible. That is an assurance that our technicians respond quickly and leave the affected area "Like it never even happened."

School representatives in the area have many threats to the facility such as severe weather systems and potential flooding. A smaller-scale water damage incident inside the building can also get handled by the same professionals you trust to bring you through the worst of disasters. Give our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team a call anytime at (904) 762-8066.

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Removing Mold And Remediating Damage in Jacksonville Properties

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold And Remediating Damage in Jacksonville Properties HEPA Filtration Systems Are Utilized by SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Jacksonville

SERVPRO Provides Industry Leading Technologies and Equipment for Mold Damage Cleanup and Disinfecting

Removing a mold infestation and remediating its effects from Jacksonville homes requires professional service. When the mold has spread through an attic or into several rooms, it takes much more than a gallon of bleach and a new coat of paint to return a home to its original condition.

Jacksonville mold damage can occur anywhere, in any home. All mold spores need is a minimal amount of moisture to expand and grow. Once it starts, the mold begins moving outward, looking for a food source. SERVPRO restoration teams use the latest remediation methods and equipment to return each home to a clean, safe condition.

First, our teams stop the growth by eliminating the source of water. The cause is usually from a damaged pipe or a leaky connection. Our technicians can tighten connections and perform many minor repairs to sinks, toilets, and other plumbing. If the leak is a major issue, however, the restoration team leader recommends hiring a licensed plumber to make repairs.

Next, SERVPRO technicians neutralize and remove existing mold. In most areas of the home, technicians start by spraying the mold and affected surfaces with an anti-fungal cleaning agent. In most areas of the home, they follow-up by wiping down the surfaces with a dry or damp sponge. When the mold layer is thick, technicians use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. This specialized filter is designed to trap mold spores, and can even capture a single spore off surfaces.

For mold found in the attic, one of the newest removal methods available is soda blasting. Similar to sandblasting, technicians use sodium bicarbonate in a pressure abrasive blaster to remove mold from roof supports and the attic floor. After completion, technicians use a vacuum and HEPA filter to remove everything.

If mold has infested the attic insulation, our technicians remove it immediately. While it is possible to neutralize the mold spores with an anti-fungal spray, the liquid also compacts the insulation and reduces its effectiveness in keeping the home cool in the summer.

After discovering mold, every homeowner needs to bring a professional restoration company. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is here to help you return your home to its original, pre-mold condition. If you need us, call (904) 762-8066 today.

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Cleaning and Removing Mold From Town Center Homes

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning and Removing Mold From Town Center Homes Finding mold on the wall in your home is certainly disconcerting. Contact SERVPRO immediately for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Three Major Tasks After Finding the Source of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

The first sign of mold for Town Center residents is that telltale ‘musty’ odor everyone recognizes. In some cases, it is the only sign that a homeowner ever notices.
Once we are called in, SERVPRO technicians often trace mold damage in Town Center homes using that odor as well. Although we can use air content meters to analyze mold spore counts, it is often easier and faster to find the starting growth point for a mold colony just by following our sense of smell.
After we find the starting point, our technicians have three tasks: Stop current growth, kill the active spores, and clean the home to prevent future mold growth. Team members stop the growth by finding and eliminating the source of water that allows the spores to expand and search for food and more moisture.
In most homes, the water source is a small leak from a leaking pipe connection or even a rubber washer that needs replacing. SERVPRO specialists can fix these small issues quickly, but if they find a major leak, the team leader recommends the homeowner bring in a licensed contractor or plumber. After stopping the leak, our personnel can remove any puddles or other standing water with sponges and cloths.
If there is a large amount of water, they use extraction wands. The wands we use are commercial grade versions of a Water-Vac, but are adjustable in speed and have more options to draw out water from tight places in attics or crawlspaces. Once the water source is gone, the mold rapidly returns to an inert state and growth stops immediately.
Next, our restoration team wipes down every affected area with a dry sponge which removes the majority of the inert spores. Then they spray an anti-fungal agent over spots where the mold layer is thick. The chemical breaks up the clumps of spores, kills the few remaining active spores, and allows our specialists to remove them easily. The agents evaporate quickly, so our teams leave a clean, dry structure for the homeowner and residents to reoccupy.
If you suspect there is mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South today at (904) 762-8066. That musty odor is a warning you cannot ignore, so let us help you get rid of it.

Cleaning up after a Candle in the Bathroom left Fire Damage in a Home in Baymeadows

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning up after a Candle in the Bathroom left Fire Damage in a Home in Baymeadows If a candle in your home causes fire damage, you will lit up when you call SERVPRO for remediation.

Removing soot and smoke damage after fire damage

Many people in Baymeadows use candles of different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents to create a warm and relaxing environment that makes it easier to unwind after a hectic day. A towel accidentally knocked onto a burning candle can cause a fire to spread quickly. Likewise, getting clothing too close can also cause flames to start and grow larger.

The smaller size of a bathroom in Baymeadows compared to the rest of the home can help keep fire damage contained. The smoke produced often does not become a life-threatening hazard if the exhaust fan is running, but few people keep this on during a bath and only use it during a shower.

SERVPRO's experts recommend homeowners turn off bathroom exhaust fans and use another method to get smoke and odors out of the home, but only if it is safe to do this. Running the bathroom exhaust might seem to keep the smoke contained, but this might not work as planned. Smoke can escape into other areas of your attic space and end up in other areas of your home.

To remove as much smoke as possible, one fan should direct fresh air into the home from a point across the home, if possible, from where the fire took place, and another fan should direct the air out the bathroom window. Positioning fans this way dramatically minimizes the amount of smoke that permeates into other areas of the home and can make the air less dense with smoke.

Our technicians can mitigate the damage of burned materials and clean up the soot deposited on the surfaces in your bathroom. The noxious smell left behind can bother anyone near the bathroom and make it unusable. Our mitigation services include removing both the damages you see and the odors you smell, as well as cleaning everything, so your bathroom is again “Like it never even happened.”

Homeowners in Deerwood and San Marco can contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South by calling (904) 762-8066. We can quickly restore your home after an incident involving fire damage and get things in your family life back to normal.

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Benefits Of Immediate Water Damage Restoration In Jacksonville

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Benefits Of Immediate Water Damage Restoration In Jacksonville Failure to attend to water damage can lead to mold growth, electrical hazards, and cause costly losses to your property.

Water Damage Restoration

Failure to attend to water damage can lead to mold growth, electrical hazards, and cause costly losses to your property. That means such incidents are stressing and the best line of action to take is to work with a team of restoration experts as you try to get your business or home back to its former state. It is vital for any Jacksonville resident to act within 48 hours from the time the water event took place.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Jacksonville property to address water damage, we immediately do a site inspection. With the help of specialized devices, we are in a position to determine the magnitude of the problem. By using moisture meters and infrared cameras, we can detect any hidden moisture in ceilings, walls, and floors. The inspection also helps us to find out salvageable contents, items that need replacement. With all these details, we formulate an appropriate restoration plan.

Water extraction is the next step that follows. During this process, our SERVPRO team can use pumps and truck-mounted systems to remove deep standing water. If we notice that the water has gone through your carpet or padding, we lift it and dry it separately or discard it when necessary. After removing the water through extraction and drying the site, there are chances of the structure having high humidity. When the humidity is high, there are chances of secondary water damage -like mold growth - taking place once condensation takes place. To prevent that, we perform dehumidification with the help of Desiccant Dehumidifiers and Refrigerant Dehumidifiers.

Water damage can make organ items to rot and emit odors. When there are strong odors at the site, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to perform ozone deodorization. We perform the process using ozone deodorizers which are machines that produce ozone, which breaks the molecular formula of the odors thus freshening up the area.

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 day by calling (904) 762-8066 and get services from our highly trained and experienced technicians.

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How Combined Inventory Management Services Help Town Center Clothes Stores Survive Fire Damage

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Combined Inventory Management Services Help Town Center Clothes Stores Survive Fire Damage Town Center Retail Shops, Fire Damage, and SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Inclusive Efforts to Keep Businesses Open After a Fire

When fire damage hits clothing stores in Town Center, managing the disaster's fallout can be a nightmare for some business owners and managers. Fires, along with byproducts such as smoke and ash, can cause permanent damage to structural components and inventories alike. Most companies can only manage the effects of one side of the problem at once, but thanks to our expansive staff and experienced representatives, SERVPRO offers combined damage restoration and inventory management solutions for establishments in need of them.

Our Inventory Services
Tracking inventory for a clothes store after fire damage in Town Center can be difficult due to a large number of similar items present in most establishments. Identifying specific items lost in the fire and calculating their value may often be critical to receive appropriate insurance payouts, but the process of collecting and organizing this information in a way that is acceptable to the insurance provider can overwhelm many retail outlet owners and managers. Furthermore, conducting these services also gives a better idea of what treatments we may need to conduct to salvage any objects we can. SERVPRO has representatives on-hand with experience helping with these services and can take care of many of the administrative and legal functions without troubling you. Just ask about our inventory and insurance mediation capabilities when you place a call. But, we are not an insurance company and simply attempt to coordinate the task at hand with your adjuster.

Integrating Administrative Functions
All of our paperwork and business functions are conducted simultaneously with physical damage restorations. Our CCIS Content Claims Inventory Service is an effective tool. Our primary focus is always to get doors open and customers returning as fast as possible after a disaster, and we refuse to allow administrative functions to interfere with that goal. Our ability to concentrate both cleanups and restorations after the legally signed documents allow us to manage our teams better and operate within the bounds of safety and insurance guidelines set forth by both you and any relevant third parties.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South helps businesses in the local area to recover from the devastating effects of fire damage. For our expert services, call us 24/7 at (904) 762-8066.

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Water Removal and Mold Prevention in Baymeadows Homes

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Removal and Mold Prevention in Baymeadows Homes Water damage from any emergency must be remedied right away to help prevent a mold infestation. Contact team SERVPRO to discuss.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Your Property and Help Prevent Mold from Forming

For many Baymeadows homes, stormwater or water from a plumbing issue can lead to other problems. Besides the physical damage to the structural and personal property, excess water can cause inert mold spores to expand and begin to grow throughout any residence. With enough water, a mold colony can feed and spread through almost any type of material.
Preventing mold damage means water removal for Baymeadows homes includes not just running pumps but also drying the interior as quickly as possible. SERVPRO Restoration can perform the entire process from drawing out standing water to drying carpets and remediating the effects of flooding in everything from carpets to walls.
Pumps can remove most of the water, but for wood floors and carpeting, that is not enough. Water can easily become trapped between floorboards, the nap of a carpet, and the pad underneath it. Our technicians can draw this water out using extraction wands. The devices also have a heating element built in, so team members can start to dry them and reduce the chance of mold growth carefully.
Water can make a carpet very heavy, so once technicians draw it out, they lift the carpet off the floor to examine it for physical damage such as the layers separating. If the pad shows any signs of damage, they remove and dispose of it. Carpet pads are cheap to replace, and once they begin to deteriorate, the process does not stop.
If SERVPRO technicians see any sign of mold on the carpet, they set it back on the floor and shampoo it with an anti-fungal agent mixed into the cleaner. After finishing, they set the carpet down again, but raise a section at opposite ends to dry it. Team members set up air movers on one side to force warm, dry air under and over the carpet surface while an exhaust fan at the other side draws the cooler, damp air away from the carpet and blows it outside of the affected area.
For floors and walls, they use the same equipment to draw out small, remaining amounts of moisture. Mold can quickly grow in the cracks between floorboards and feed on wall materials such as sheetrock and wood paneling. As the air movers and exhaust fans do their job, technicians can speed up the process by installing dehumidifiers to remove water from the air and lower the humidity.
Preventing mold is not the first concern of a homeowner standing in water, but it can be an expensive problem if not dealt with quickly. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South offers full-service water removal and mold prevention after a flood. If you need our services, call (904) 762-8066 today.

Flood Damage Repair In Town Center

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Repair In Town Center When storms wreak havoc on your home, our team will be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Always Has An Answer to Town Center Flood Damage

If a severe thunderstorm ever comes into Town Center, flooding of the region can occur. When the water outside gets deep, it can flow into your home and cause severe damage. The longer the water sits inside the house, the worse the loss can get.

When water saturates materials, they can lose their structural integrity and require replacement. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Town Center have extensive experience in restoring weather-related problems. We know that mitigating the issue in a timely fashion is vital to save materials and prevent mold formation.

If not mitigated promptly and adequately, water can saturate drywall and cause it to get removed. In many cases, our SERVPRO technicians remove the baseboard and cut the drywall up one or two feet from the floor. These "flood cuts" are made to remove the worst damaged drywall and allow air to get into the wall cavity. With the drywall removed from the bottom of the wall, air movers can push air up behind the remaining drywall drying it and the wooden studs out.

It is likely when water damage scenarios are severe that carpet and pad inside the home get removed. Carpet can delaminate from its backing and lose its structural integrity. If moisture stays in carpet and pad too long, mold growth can occur on the materials and the wooden subfloor underneath.

After all of the carpet and padding gets removed and disposed of, the subfloor can get dried out. Air moving systems speed up evaporation and dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air. When the subfloor and wooden studs are exposed drying the materials is more efficient.

Excessive flooding can also cause damage to basements that sit below the ground. Often water flows into the basement from the ceiling. When this happens, the drywall in the ceiling often gets removed. Once the ceiling is removed, the floor joists and subfloor can be dried from the bottom.

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When drying structural components, it is essential that moisture levels meet IICRC standards before the equipment gets removed and the job is completed. If a storm causes you problems, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 any day of the week.

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Fire Damage Cleanup for Your San Marco Home

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup for Your San Marco Home If lightning strikes your home and causes a blaze, call the professionals at SERVPRO for thorough fire damage restoration services.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Begin the Cleanup and Restoration Process after Fire Damage

Natural disasters can happen fast in San Marco, and while flood damage comes to mind for most people when they think of big storms, there is also the potential for fires and fire damage. Lightning strikes which come with storms can create massive damage if they hit the ground and if your home gets struck you could have a significant blaze on your hands. The fact that you can never predict where a lightning bolt strikes is the worst part.

If the area you live in is frequently hit with storms, you should at least have an efficient evacuation plan for you and your family. If lightning strikes your San Marco home and causes fire damage, it is something you want to get taken care of as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO staff is here to help you whenever you need us, so get in touch with us as soon as the fire is out.

As IICRC certified restorers, we provide emergency services to protect both your home and your health. Our immediate objectives are to prevent fire and smoke damages from creating more damage to the property, to provide a safe work site, and to prepare the home for mitigation and restoration work. We may perform various emergency services to meet these needs.

Every fire loss is unique, so the kinds of emergency activities SERVPRO staff perform differs from one job to the next. They can include conducting building inspections to evaluate the loss site for safety or health hazards, boarding up the structure to secure your home against intrusions, and drying the building from firefighting efforts.

We may also need to establish emergency electricity to provide a temporary power source to the job site. In some situations, the degree of smoke odors present might need deodorization to make your home more habitable. The method used could be using air scrubbers or thermal fogging.

Sometimes, initial cleaning is beneficial. Initial cleaning could help prevent additional damage from soot if restoration is delayed. We can pre-clean furniture and carpets to remove the heaviest smoke. Acidic soot residues can be wiped from metals and porcelain. Charred materials are removed that could remind occupants of the fire loss.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South understands that fire in your home in Bayard, Avenues, or Southside is stressful and overwhelming, so we work to restore everything for you as soon as we can. Reach out to us at (904) 762-8066 after a fire so we can help you get your life back.  

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Protecting Your Belongings During Cleanup after Flood Damage Affects Your Jacksonville Residence

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Belongings During Cleanup after Flood Damage Affects Your Jacksonville Residence Flood damage can affect the floors as well as the furniture. Call SERVPRO for proper remediation.

Seek the professional help of SERVPRO when you find flood damage in your home

When severe weather events affect the residences in the Jacksonville area, the interior of your home might suffer dramatically. Many homeowners find that water from lakes and streams invade their home's living space by only an inch or two, but still make a mess of things located much higher. Restoring your home after a flood includes protecting your home's contents.

If your Jacksonville home suffers flood damage, protecting your belongings needs to start immediately, also. After we remove the majority of the water with our extraction equipment, we then proceed to remove any visible debris lying on your home's floors. This provides us with clearer walkways within your home, increasing safety levels.

As we remove flood damaged materials in your home, we also need to remove your family's belongings. We do this to protect them from possible damages, to ensure those items that require restoration receive it, and to remove anything that might hinder our work crews.

Working in teams of two people, we inventory and carefully box your items. Our employees carry this task out in a standardized manner, ensuring that your home's inventory sheets' format remains consistent from one room to another. We also make a note of items that show damage or other problems, and at times, take photos of the damage for later reference. These notes and other evidence can assist you in making insurance claims and replacing such items, as well.

Making your house "Like it never even happened." after flood damage includes taking care of your belongings. Correctly inventorying your items helps us return these to their proper locations inside your home. Working in groups of teams, SERVPRO knows how to restore your home's interior after flood damage while protecting undamaged belongings.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is always available to help residents in Town Center and Gate Parkway protect their property from flood damage. Call our 24-hour service line at (904) 762-8066 so we can start the work your home needs and deserves.

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What to Do When Your Fire Sprinklers Accidentally Go Off in Your Baymeadows Clothing Boutique

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Do When Your Fire Sprinklers Accidentally Go Off in Your Baymeadows Clothing Boutique Water damage in your boutique can quickly cause damage to a great deal of merchandise. Contact SERVPRO right away should your store suffer damage.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to a Water Damage Incident at Your Store

Sometimes false alarms occur, and while they are usually harmless, a false fire alarm in your clothing store can cause water damage. If the fire sprinklers are accidentally triggered, they can spew out an impressive amount of water per minute onto nothing more than your merchandise. Even if only a couple of the sprinklers end up turned on, they can still soak into the clothes, fashion accessories, and the carpet that they protect. Because these sprinklers can dispense so much water in just minutes, by the time they are turned off your store might be in need of some professional help.

We understand how vital it is to keep your business open. We are willing to work with you to make sure that happens. We can section off the commercial water damaged area in Baymeadows and work out of sight or even work during closed hours. We strive to be as unintrusive to your business as possible while still returning your store to its preloss condition.
SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are skilled and know how to deal with the damaging water on your property. Depending on the extent of the water damage that the sprinklers caused to your merchandise and physical store, we can try to remediate the damage as swiftly as possible. We understand how critical it is to get the job done in a timely fashion and we strive to do just that.
Once SERVPRO arrives, we can investigate the damages and then employ the most efficient drying technique. Should water have soaked into the walls, we can use a wall cavity ventilation system to usher dry air into the space between the walls. We also can use refrigerant dehumidifiers to dry out the carpets in your store and axial fans to assist in creating a moisture-free environment.
When water damage occurs on the property of your business, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians to your property to get the job done swiftly.

Pack-Outs After Flood Damage To Your Jacksonville Home

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pack-Outs After Flood Damage To Your Jacksonville Home Whether you live in a flood-prone area of Jacksonville or not, you could be at risk for flooding in your home at some point.

Flood Damage To Your Home

Whether you live in a flood-prone area of Jacksonville or not, you could be at risk for flooding in your home at some point. Heavy rains can create a situation like this by oversaturating the ground or overflowing nearby streams and rivers. Sometimes you have warning that flooding is possible, but in other situations, flash floods occur where there is no time to prepare for the disaster.

Storms like this can be quite devastating to your Jacksonville home and neighborhood. If you experience a situation like this and are left with flood damage to clean up, where do you begin? The best thing to do first is to get a hold of our professional staff at SERVPRO. We are trained to handle flood damage and can help you sort everything out, get the water back out of your home, and restore whatever is possible.

Although we try to avoid it, sometimes a move-out is necessary for a flooding situation. When your home is saturated with so much water, the contents of your home could become damaged from the moisture levels inside the home. High humidity can damage expensive upholstery or artwork.

Once all your possessions have been packed, boxed, tagged, inventoried, photographed and staged, SERVPRO staff can get ready to move them to a safe location. Contents are moved from the work site to a warehouse or storage facility where they can be cleaned.

Sometimes, the move itself of your items is sub-contracted. Usually, our staff clean the contents and your home from the flood damage but are not trained as professional movers. We can do the packing and cleaning of your items, while a moving company loads and transports them to and from an off-site location.

In this way, you can be assured that adequate furniture blankets and pads are used to prevent furniture from being scratched or damaged during transport. Drawers are secured, and items are correctly loaded into the truck. We go over with you all the dates of pack out, the time for restoration and cleaning, and when your home should be back together with all of your possessions in place again.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South does everything needed to protect your personal property during flood remediation to your home in San Marco, Deerwood, or Avenues. Give us a call right away at (904) 762-8066 after flooding has occurred in your home.

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When Clean Water Causes Flood Damage in Your Baymeadows Residence

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Clean Water Causes Flood Damage in Your Baymeadows Residence Water damage can come from BOTH outside and inside sources. Should your home be facing water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Assesses How to Best Dry Out Your Flooded Property

It can be a highly traumatic experience when flooding occurs in your Baymeadows home. Flooding from other sources can also occur, such as when a water line breaks away from the back of an appliance. While these might seem cleaner than flooding from weather-related events, water in Category 1 can change.
If your home in Baymeadows sustains flood damage from an appliance, the clean water involved can become altered because of chemicals in your home. Some of these chemicals include cleaning agents and soaps, herbicides and pesticides, and fertilizers for plants. Other ordinarily innocuous items in your home can include kitty litter boxes, kennels, or recently applied floor treatments.
SERVPRO technicians begin removing the water as soon as the flow of water stops. With the use of either pump trucks, for those times when the home was vacant at the time the flooding began, or smaller extraction devices that we manipulate by hand for those occasions when someone caught the accident in its early stages, we remove the visible water.
After we remove the majority of the water, the moisture content can remain higher than average. As time elapses, this moisture can begin evaporating into the air, increasing the overall humidity and allowing it to spread. Because of this, we use a combination of heaters, air movers, desiccant machines, dehumidifiers, and moisture extraction mats. Each piece of equipment helps us complete a crucial part of the drying out process a home with flood damage requires.
Our goal in restoring your home is to make everything "Like it never even happened." by the time we leave. The many components of your home react differently when exposed to water or moisture, but our IICRC certificates mean we come to your home prepared for such situations. No job is too small for us, nor too large. We view any amount of flood damage as something we need to mitigate. Otherwise, the damage increases within your home continuously merely because moisture only recycles itself, never disappearing, until we remove it from your residence.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South helps homeowners and businesses in our local communities, including Bayard, Town Center, and San Marco. If you live near these areas and your home suffers from appliance-caused flood damage, contact us at (904) 762-8066 for expert and reliable assistance.

San Marco's Fire Damage Technicians

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Marco's Fire Damage Technicians SERVPRO arrives quickly and works hard to thoroughly restore your home after fire damage, leaving it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Technicians Study Fire Theory to Better Understand How to Properly Clean Fire Damage

If a fire ever burns inside your San Marco home, various types of damage likely occur. Any fire that ignites creates heat, flames, and smoke. All three of the things associated with fires damage your home in different ways.

Most times heat and flames cause the most damage, but smoke spreads a further distance. SERVPRO's fire damage professionals in San Marco study fire theory and know how it behaves. The best way to find all damaged areas inside a building is to track where smoke went based on its usual behavior.

Usually, damage resulting from heat and direct flame exposure is easily noticeable. With some surfaces, it is possible to remove charred material by cleaning or sanding. Other times, heat burns materials severely enough to where they get removed and replaced.

Smoke, on the other hand, spreads all over a building and is possibly harder to find. Smoke always rises inside a structure because it is hotter than the indoor air. Then, smoke travels around based on the airflow inside.

Smoke penetrates some materials, causing pungent odors inside your house. It also leaves behind soot residues. These residues discolor surfaces and sometimes deteriorate materials.

The first step to removing any odor is to eliminate the source. Burnt materials create foul odors that cease once they get removed. Soot residues that remain on surfaces inside the building also produce smells that linger.

Once the odor's source gets removed, usually burnt smells no longer exist. However, even though the cause of the unpleasant aroma is gone, there is a chance that the problem does not get permanently fixed. Foul odors possibly return unless an odor control process takes place.

After the burnt materials and soot residues get taken out of the picture, any odor particles in the air get removed during the odor control procedures. In most cases, smells get masked or covered up by more pleasant aromas. However, there are many different methods to achieve the above task.

Most times a few different approaches get used when solving an issue with odor. If you ever need professional help dealing with smoke, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for assistance any time of the day, every day of the week.

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The Best Team To Handle Fire Damage To Your Baymeadows Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Best Team To Handle Fire Damage To Your Baymeadows Home When your Baymeadows home falls victim to a devastating fire, finding the right place to begin restoring your home might be a challenging task.

SERVPRO Is The Best Team To Handle Fire Damage

When your Baymeadows home falls victim to a devastating fire, finding the right place to begin restoring your home might be a challenging task. When you start to look over the entire affected area, it can be difficult to determine which problems and lingering effects from the fire require your attention the most. Fortunately, with the right professional restoration assistance, you do not have to walk this road by yourself.

Fire damage to your Baymeadows home can show itself in several different ways. Things might seem overwhelming after the blaze has gotten extinguished, but our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists can help you to work through each problem that has occurred and successfully return your home to preloss conditions. When we say that we make situations like this “Like it never even happened.” that is not just a catchphrase to get your attention, it is a commitment we make to every client we serve.

From the moment that we arrive at your damaged home, the initial assessment and conversation with you can lead our team to the restoration plan that best suits your priorities. Our efforts are meant to give you back your home, so addressing the concerns that impact you the most and prevent comfortable living are critical to starting our process.

Our SERVPRO technicians get uniquely and thoroughly trained to handle all manner of fire damage and can utilize both our combined experience and state-of-the-art restoration equipment to bring your home back from its current state. Covering a wide range of potential issues from the water damage often left behind after firefighting efforts to the lingering noxious scent of smoke damage, our team can handle it all.

Unfortunately, we cannot help those that never call. When you are facing fire damage in your home, it can often be too overwhelming and require too much specialty equipment to restore and clean up on your own. Instead of being on an island, let your neighbors here at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South help you to bring your home back to the way it used to be. Our experienced emergency response team can be reached anytime at (904) 762-8066.

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Water Damage Restoration For Residents In Baymeadows And Surrounding Communities

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration For Residents In Baymeadows And Surrounding Communities Water Extraction in Baymeadows by SERVPRO Reduces Costs and Disruptions with Rapid Service

Lingering Water Can Result in Structural Issues If Not Addressed Swiftly

After locating water damage in your Baymeadows home, you might not be aware of how dangerous it is to ignore the problems you find. Even with just a little moisture trapped in your home, significant problems can develop that compromise the structural integrity and overall condition of your families living environment.  

However, with the help of an expertly trained professional, you can defeat water damage present in your Baymeadows home. The right company provides you with quality personnel, advanced equipment, and access to resources you likely do not have on your own. This gives you a better opportunity to protect your investment and provide for your family.

Water trapped in your walls can cause severe damage to untreated framing materials, insulation, and lead to corrosion, rot, and mold growth. You should always assume wherever water damage occurs, or a leak happens, that mold growth is not so far away. SERVPRO can send IICRC-industry certified technicians to your home that understand how water and mold act, giving you a plan of action that helps you take care of even the worst problems.

Compromised structural integrity severely impacts the value of your home. However, you can minimize any losses you experience by having a trained professional clean and dry your home after water incidents occur. SERVPRO can help you understand which steps to take, remove any standing water with the proper extraction, drying, and cleaning equipment and help your home become liveable again, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services available year-round. We give you access to the help you need, whenever you need it by proudly supplying quality water damage restoration throughout our community. Whether you have a faulty appliance, damage caused by leaky or broken pipes, weather-related water problems, or something as terrible as a flood, we can help.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South stands ready to assist homeowners with professional water damage restoration, cleaning, and deodorization services you can trust. If you live in Deerwood, San Marco, Bayard, or any of our surrounding communities, give our offices a call, today. (904) 762-8066

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Restoring Substantial Fire Damage to Your San Marco Residence

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Substantial Fire Damage to Your San Marco Residence SERVPRO places tarps over holes and boards up windows and doorways to protect your home from outside elements after a fire.

Rely on SERVPRO for Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs

Structural damage is an unfortunate effect of significant fires occurring to San Marco homes. While the fire itself is traumatic, the lingering and overwhelming damage that results from a blaze can sometimes feel worse than the initial panic. Recovering from a fire is not always easy to do, especially when you attempt to resolve the issues on your own. Professional restoration services can bring your home back to preloss conditions and do so far more expediently than your efforts. 

Even an initial assessment of the fire damage to your San Marco home might be difficult to stomach, seeing your home turned upside down. Our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists are extensively trained to handle all types of fire damages and have the tools and resources to get the job done right. That is what makes us such a strong choice for those dealing with the lingering effects of a recent house fire. 

With substantial fires, extinguishing efforts often go on for long periods of time. The process can leave untold amounts of water throughout the affected areas of your home, not to mention causing further exterior damage to implements like windows, doorways and your roof. Our technicians assess these points of access for further elemental damage and tarp over holes and board up windows and doorways to keep further damages from occurring while the restoration process is underway. 

The pooled water throughout your home might indicate successful extinguishing of the flames, but it is now an unfortunate and damaging effect to battle. Our SERVPRO professionals use a combination of wet vacuums and portable pumps to extract water from all of the affected areas of your home. Once the area is dried with air movers, further assessment of structural damage and necessary restoration steps can begin. 

Significant structural concerns might require the work of residential construction contractors to rebuild areas of your home. While our experienced restoration specialists do not do major repair work on structures, we do prepare the area for this reconstruction with controlled demolition techniques. The process adequately cleans and preps the building site for new construction to begin immediately. 

When you are facing substantial or even minor fire damages to your home, trust our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team to help you set things right again. You can reach our emergency response team anytime at (904) 762-8066.

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Saving Your Tavern from Commercial Flood Damage in Jacksonville

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Saving Your Tavern from Commercial Flood Damage in Jacksonville Patrons love frequenting your establishment. Don't force them to find a new spot when your business faces flooding. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Works Quickly to Minimize Business Downtime After Flooding

Jacksonville nightlife depends on all types and sizes of taverns, bars, and clubs. Our local population combines with the tourist base to form a vital industry. Renovations can help improve an establishment's look and increase profits, but a disaster often means the opposite happens instead.

Decreased profits, or a complete lack of them, can occur when your establishment suffers from commercial flood damage in Jacksonville. Losing inventory that comes into contact with flood water can create a massive setback for any business but restoring your building should happen before any planned restocking takes place.

Our technicians can help restore every inch of damaged space, so it looks “Like it never even happened.” To do this, we bring all the equipment needed. Storms often knock power out for extended periods, so we arrive prepared with our own sources of electrical power. Other equipment types used by our technical crews include high-powered pumps to drain the water away, powerful air movers to increase air circulation, and heaters to decrease drying times.

Flooding introduces copious amounts of debris, both large and small. Our workers remove all of this, so your business becomes clean once again. Sanitizing with the proper chemicals can eliminate pathogens located in areas used during food and drink preparation, protecting both your employees and your customers.

Submerged walled areas suffer damage and begin to swell, so we remove these above the flood line. We ensure all cuts are straight to help restoration work flow more smoothly. Flooring also needs expert attention after flooding events, and our Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) works with our Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) to ensure that we restore all damaged areas of your business to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is continually prepared to help our neighboring businesses when Mother Nature decides to unleash on our community. Hiring professional mitigation experts after commercial flood damage strikes your establishment can significantly improve your business' overall recovery. Contact us at (904) 762-8066 for a local team dedicated to helping your business.

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Faulty Appliances Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Jacksonville Home

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faulty Appliances Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Jacksonville Home Even with regular maintenance to your dishwasher, malfunctions can occur causing gallons of water to spill out all over your floors.

Rely on SERVPRO if an Appliance in Your Home Causes Water Damage

Jacksonville, in general, is no stranger to severe weather and flooding threats to the homes here. While this might be the case, and you might be well prepared structurally for high rising water that might attempt to intrude from the outside, there are still unexpected situations that can cause significant water damage inside of your home. These are situations that are almost impossible to plan for and require fast reaction times to keep the damages from getting worse.

As you might have already guessed, flood damage to your Jacksonville home does not have to occur from severe weather or storm damages at all. Convenience purchases like your dishwasher and washing machine can give you the same flooding damages when certain malfunctions occur within these appliances. The trouble is, even with preventative maintenance and servicing of these appliances on a regular basis (which is not all that common for the typical homeowner to do unless there's a present issue in performance), the threat of appliance failure persists.

Something as simple as a bushing that has gone bad in a washing machine can allow gallons and gallons of water to begin pouring onto your floor unabated until someone in the house takes notice of the occurrence. If you have set one of these appliances on right before leaving the house, the results could be significant flooding to the areas where you have this appliance located in your home. While this might be a shock to see, the longer this water can sit and spread throughout your home, the more damage it can cause. A situation like this is an excellent time to reach out to our SERVPRO emergency response team.

Right away, our  IICRC certified technicians get to work with eliminating the source of the water damage (if it has not stopped before we arrive) and extracting the present water in the area. Pumps get used for fast extraction, and our drying equipment such as air movers get used to finish off the last of the present water in the area.

Appliances can add a new level of convenience to your home life, but they are not built to last forever. If you are battling flood damage from faulty appliances in your home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South today. You can reach us at any time by calling (904) 762-8066.

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Is Your HVAC Or Other Climate Control System Contributing To Mold Damage In Your Jacksonville Home?

1/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Your HVAC Or Other Climate Control System Contributing To Mold Damage In Your Jacksonville Home? Moisture and Humidity in Jacksonville Can Result in a Mold Remediation Service by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tip:  Control Moisture and Humidity to Reduce the Chance of Mold Infestations

Mold control requires proper moisture management, which can be a struggle in Jacksonville. The hot, humid climate we enjoy for most of the year means that the mold spores always in the air and on surfaces have a better than average chance at coming in contact with enough moisture to support growth into full-blown mold colonies. Partnering with our mold remediation team helps rid your home of current mold issues and plan for a mold minimization strategy in the future.

Homes in Jacksonville risk mold damage if their climate control systems are not striking a balance between cooling and humidity control. If mold only grew when there was noticeable water damage, preventing outbreaks would be straightforward. In areas of the country where the average outside humidity equals or exceeds 60 percent most days of the year, the fungi are harder to manage. Our technicians are aware of this added challenge and consider it as a potential moisture source as we contain and remove existing colonies of mold in your home. Only when moisture is eliminated, or limited as in the case of humidity, can we hope to assist you in preventing further mold growth.

Mold can begin multiplying when air moisture levels are higher than 60 percent, indoors and out. SERVPRO can help you determine a course of action to lower indoor humidity permanently if our assessment of your mold damage problem indicates higher humidity may be the culprit. During our inspection of your premises, we search for leaks and evidence of spills or flooding that did not receive adequate remediation as possible causes for mold growth. We also consider the chance that mold is fueled primarily by humidities of 60 to 70 percent or higher in your home.

SERVPRO technicians are skilled in the use of moisture monitors and infrared scanning devices to locate hidden water and measure the moisture content of air and structures in your home. If we find that ambient humidity is in the range where it is likely to encourage mold spores to grow and reproduce, we work in all ways practical to reduce humidity levels to the 30 to 50 percent range.

One option SERVPRO evaluates carefully is your HVAC system or freestanding air conditioning units. A visual inspection of the ducts may reveal moisture or even mold colonies. Our team can clean and dry out the system to stop the recirculation of moisture and mold within your dwelling. If the AC and dehumidification functions are miscalibrated, you can have your vendor realign settings so that cooling and drying of our moist Florida air is stabilized. On occasion, an AC unit or system may be too big for the space cooled. This contributes to mold issues as the air is cooled too quickly, and the equipment does not cycle long enough to reduce humidity to the 30 to 50 percent level.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South remediates mold damage following EPA protocols and investigates the reasons moisture is an issue in your home. Call (904) 762-8066 to obtain this full-spectrum assistance to solve mold issues today and tomorrow.

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Jacksonville Commercial Flood Damage Needs the SERVPRO Solution

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Jacksonville Commercial Flood Damage Needs the SERVPRO Solution When storms cause your commercial space to flood you can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Services

The Jacksonville area thrives because of the proximity of the St. John’s River and the ocean. Residents and visitors enjoy shopping, dining, and enjoying entertainment near and with a view of the water. When severe weather systems pass through, however, the contents of our waterways combine with driving rains and winds to threaten the viability of our vibrant community with devastating flooding.

Located near the river, multi-use marketplaces and event venues can suffer flood damage in Jacksonville when rain runoff and storm surge funnel water into shops, restaurants, and entertainment establishments. Flourishing businesses risk closure, perhaps permanent, if they fail to secure the services of a professional restoration company for the spaces affected. We have the resources to respond to substantial commercial water losses due to flooding.

We are proud of our local presence in the community, but we also know we can reach out to a nationwide network of restoration experts if a flooding occurrence requires. Our customers receive efficient assistance fast, even if many other businesses also suffer from storm-related flooding and other damage. If necessary, we augment our response with help from our neighboring SERVPRO partners.

Within hours of your first contact, SERVPRO has a fully-equipped team of flood damage restoration experts at your site. Even if the electricity goes out around your business, our crews get immediately to work, including employing cutting-edge water removal and drying equipment. Our service vehicles feature truck-mounted pumps and water extractors that do not rely upon the local power grid to commence the tasks needed for flood restoration. Floodwater is removed and structures dried fast, crucial to restoring building materials and permitting rapid reopening of your business.

Our employees are veteran responders with tenures that include other significant flood-related disasters. Their familiarity with the challenges of flood restoration and the continual training they receive in proper restoration techniques makes the difference to a business in crisis. SERVPRO is a restoration industry leader because of our balance of efficient equipment and four decades of hands-on experience.

Flooding damage is swiftly restored with SERVPRO of Jacksonville South on duty. Start the process with a call to (904) 762-8066; lines answered 24 hours a day.

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Town Center Mold Concerns Solved

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Town Center Mold Concerns Solved A mold infestation can cause serious health effects. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South to remediate the situation!

SERVPRO Can Solve All Mold Issues In Your Town Center Property

The humid, subtropical climate of Jacksonville puts Town Center at risk of mold growth. The past year also reflects record-breaking rainfall totals for the area, increasing the threat that excess water may contribute to unexpected and unwanted microbial activity. Dealing with mold damage in a locality that experiences both high humidity and significant rainfall need the help of professional mold remediators.

As frustrating as it may sound, the truth is that not even the best restoration and mold damage remediation service in Town Center can promise a mold free environment. The life cycle of mold must be well understood if one is to devise a comprehensive plan to limit its effect on your property. We take a comprehensive approach when we respond to a customer’s request to remediate mold. Educating our customers about how to manage mold now and into the future is a crucial part of our mold remediation program.

Mold spores are continually sharing space with us, both indoors and out. Their growth actually serves many beneficial purposes in the natural world, breaking down and recycling organic debris. Mold growth becomes an issue when it chooses our interior spaces as a favored spot. It is unsightly, smells unpleasant, and has the potential to damage the structure and contents of property, breaking down the same type of organic material it seeks in the outdoors. Also, for individuals sensitive or allergic to the compounds produced by molds as they grow, irritation can become a problem. SERVPRO mold remediation experts contain and remove mold growth damaging your property and threatening your well-being. We then recommend proven strategies to limit additional mold damage going forward.

A mold spore is inert and harmless until it absorbs moisture and begins rapid growth. The challenge we have in Florida is minimizing not only water excesses but also humidity levels over 60 percent. High humidity by itself can exacerbate mold issues. SERVPRO technicians work with you to identify the source of moisture that underlies the mold damage we just remediated for your property. We then advise how to eliminate the water, including repair and maintenance tips, or how to lower water vapor levels to between 30 and 50 percent. Vigilance in ridding your property of the water that fuels the mold is the only sure way to avoid a reinfestation.

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Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for a comprehensive mold damage evaluation. We strive to develop a plan that works for you on an ongoing basis, managing mold without panic but with techniques that are effective.

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Restoring Your Home after Flood Damage Hits Jacksonville

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Home after Flood Damage Hits Jacksonville There are many tasks involved to properly dry out a home that has been flooded. Contact Team SERVPRO quickly for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Tools and Experience to Find Hidden Water and Thus Possibly Prevent a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Homes in the Jacksonville area have been through a tremendous amount of wear and tear in recent months. Flooding often happens to homes in our state because of the amount of water surrounding us.

When a Jacksonville home sustains flood damage, quickly acting can keep the spread of damages low while keeping costs minimized, also. As damages increase, so do loss and expenses related to the disaster. These damages include both the visual impact as well as activity at the microbial level.

Flooding from either storms or overflowing bodies of water near your residence can flush yard debris, sewage, and garbage into your home. Along with our removal of these larger items, we also use cleaning agents that neutralize any microorganisms present. Because these living contaminants can come from anywhere, it is not recommended ever to overlook their potential for harm.

Extracting any water present after the floodwaters recede, we can begin restoring your dwelling. Removing waterlogged walls helps remove additional amounts of moisture inside your home, as does removing the carpets on affected floors.

Rolling carpeting up into bundles for handling and disposal exposes the padding. Removing older padding can appear highly messy and time-consuming, but it is because of the composition and condition of the padding.

After we remove the lower sections of drywall and all textile floor coverings, we can begin drying out your home. We implement large air movers to not only direct air currents toward walls and other damp areas but to direct that moister air outside or toward desiccant machines. The interior of walls can hold moisture, affecting wiring and other components unless dried quickly. We partner with electricians to ensure the elimination of any danger.

Flooring that was under water must become dry again as quickly as possible to prevent warping, cracking, and other troubling issues. We apply heat to floors via the use of heated mats. Attached to these mats, tubes suction off any evaporated water, placing it in containers for disposal.

At SERVPRO of Jacksonville South, the goal when dealing with homes suffering from flood damage includes restoring everything, including the air inside, to usual dryness. Call us at (904) 762-8066 for any concerns regarding flood damage or other disasters your home suffers. Our technicians receive international-level training and education, keeping them ready whenever you need our help.

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Extra Problems Crop Up from Improper Mold Damage Remediation in Jacksonville

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Extra Problems Crop Up from Improper Mold Damage Remediation in Jacksonville No matter how severe the mold infestation is, our SERVPRO team will remediate it "Like it never even happened."

Let SERVPRO Properly Remediate Mold From Your Jacksonville Residential Home

Merely scraping mold off of a surface and giving the area a quick sanitization effort is rarely enough to eliminate mold damage in a Jacksonville home. Mold must be dealt with careful, thorough, and professional means; otherwise, the homeowner may face some grave consequences. SERVPRO provides certified, premium mold remediation solutions, ensuring that all threat from the fungus is indefinitely removed from your home and that none of these secondary effects get a chance to appear after we leave.

Returned Mold Growth

One of the most important reasons to contact a professional company like SERVPRO to handle any mold damage in your Jacksonville home is to prevent any chance of the same colony returning. If mold is improperly cleaned, handled, or removed, left-behind spores and patches of growth can flare up into a new, often much more virulent infestation than existed previously. In some cases, this new mold growth can be much harder to remove because any surviving spores may be much harder than those that died off from previous treatments. We use advanced sanitization and air filtration technology to remove as many spores as possible from the building, and bring chances of renewed mold damage down to a minimum.

Water Damage

In the majority of cases our SERVPRO technicians see in the field, mold is not the only factor causing damage to the home. Most mold colonies start to grow only after a source of water has caused other types of damage to the house, leaving materials soaked and vulnerable to mold. We clean up and restore any water damages we come across in addition to the mold.


Even if you can somehow remove all traces of mold damage without specialized equipment, you are almost certainly not done dealing with its effects. Odors from mold damage can persist for long after the mold has otherwise been cleaned up, and require relatively heavy equipment to eliminate. We use advanced chemical fogging technology to remove all odors from the home, both those heavy in the air and deeply embedded in building materials.

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SERVPRO of Jacksonville South provides thorough, professional, and certified mold damage restoration services to the local area. Give us a call at (904) 762-8066.

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Clearing Hurricane Irma Damage and Debris out of Your Jacksonville Home

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Clearing Hurricane Irma Damage and Debris out of Your Jacksonville Home Hurricane Irma Cleanup Protocols Are Followed by SERVPRO for Your Jacksonville Area Property

Let SERVPRO Cleanup and Restore Your Property After Tropical Storms

Tons of hurricane-related debris now exist across the Eastern coastline including the Jacksonville area, creating hazardous conditions inside homes and all over lawns. Cleanup efforts may take weeks or months in some areas. The first step is always removing all ruined contents and belongings from your home's interior, then removing damaged sections of the home's structure. Placing this debris by the curb or as close to it as possible permits sanitation and debris disposal workers to collect it and carry it away safely. 

As residents in Jacksonville remove the items from their hurricane-damaged homes, working rapidly not only decreases the amount of time involved, but it also helps control microbial growth. For many residents, doing this work themselves is almost impossible. Having worked with government entities many times over the years, SERVPRO understands how to collaborate efforts with those agencies set up to help a local area recover quickly after widespread disasters.  

While in your home, you can remove a significant portion of items safely if you take certain precautions. Protective gear such as heavy gloves, eye protection (preferably goggles), air filtration masks, and rubber boots can give you substantial protection. Staying away from any broken framework, glass, and twisted metal keeps these from posing as much risk. Be sure to photograph all items being discarded.

Bagging everything that has come into contact with water, either directly from the hurricane or from related flooding, can take substantial time. Because these items are likely to contain substantial amounts of pathogens and other microbial pollutants, handling them with care is essential to protecting your health. The water saturating these items adds significantly to their weight, making the task even more difficult.

SERVPRO can save much of what many homeowners would otherwise need to bag and throw away. Just as we have back up assistance from SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Teams, we also have access to Esporta Cleaning systems. Able to remove the number of pollutants and other foreign matter from otherwise ruined items, this system has reclaimed thousands of items for other customers. Restoring materials and possessions always costs less than replacing them, resulting in substantial savings, both financially and emotionally.

Calling SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 begins the process of restoring your home and belongings, and your family's routine life. We understand the devastation that hurricane damage can do to a family and their home. We can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Townhouse Water Removal In Baymeadows

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Townhouse Water Removal In Baymeadows When a water disaster happens in one of the multiple-unit rental buildings we offer the resources necessary to return to a preloss condition.

Water Removal

Higher density housing in Baymeadows has its pros and cons. The migration of water incursions from one unit to another is a challenge for the owners and management of a complex. When a water disaster happens in one of the multiple-unit rental buildings we offer the resources necessary to return to a preloss condition.

The quiet, residential feel of our community attracts residents to the many apartments, condominiums, and townhouses in Baymeadows. If flooding or heavy rains make water removal necessary typically not just one tenant is in crisis. We understand that a water damage emergency in one renter’s home often leads to an even more severe situation in another resident’s home.

Whatever the cause an overflowing tub or toilet, a broken pipe, a leaking waterbed, or storm-related water intrusions, SERVPRO stands ready with top-notch water removal services. We have industrial-quality submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors in every service vehicle, operational even if the power is cut off in your townhome complex. Our technicians receive IICRC training in water removal strategies and methods and are experts in the use of our specialized equipment designed to make quick work of water evacuation.

As water moves from one living area to the next pockets of moisture collect in recesses between walls, and underneath floors and above ceilings. SERVPRO technicians measure moisture and employ the latest in scanning technology to discover hidden water, and then take steps to remove it. Expect to see our crews drill holes in mortar joints or at the bottom of drywall panels to release water. If possible, we use extractor wands to suction out trapped standing water. Structural components saturated with water receive drying treatments ranging from air movers, heat, to specialized, commercial dehumidifiers.

Throughout the water removal process, SERVPRO is in contact with your insurance company. Our crews document their efforts, providing support for your claims. Ensuring that all possible is done to extract the water and dry the structure is crucial, for coverage of your initial claim and any subsequent submissions. Insurers may resist paying for damage unless you can show due diligence in your attempts to remediate.

Landlords and building managers find an excellent resource in SERVPRO of Jacksonville South when water removal and subsequent drying is needed. Call (904) 762-8066 to have an experienced water loss crew dispatched to your complex.

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Secondary Effects of Fire Damage in Baymeadows May Be Just as Costly as Primary Ones

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Secondary Effects of Fire Damage in Baymeadows May Be Just as Costly as Primary Ones You can count on SERVPRO of Jacksonville South to get your home back to preloss condition.

Do you know what the Secondary Effects of Baymeadows Fire Damage Are?

Smoke, ash, and burn damage are what most people associate with fire. They are not wrong: all of these factors contribute to damage and restoration costs in the fire's aftermath. However, for most victims of fire damage in Baymeadows, a host of other problems may appear. Water damage is a common issue for many fire victims, as firefighters soak the entire home in water while attempting to stop the flames. Rubble and debris may cause additional damage on their own, and without particular preventative measures, exposed surfaces and breaches in the home may lead to further damage.

Water Damage

Water damage often complements cases of fire damage in Baymeadows due to sprinklers, certain types of fire extinguishers, and firefighter efforts. When water presence becomes excessive, it can create several new and unique risk factors in the home. Water can mix with ash and burned materials to create acidic and toxic compounds that stain and dissolve materials it comes into contact with. Some types of mold may feed on the combined moisture and burned material, potentially creating a fast-spreading mold problem in your home.

Damage from Debris

Some fires, especially larger ones, can severely weaken the structure of whatever buildings they have touched. This structural weakening can cause debris to fall and crumble, creating holes and blunt-force damage to the home. While relatively easy to repair, these issues can also be particularly costly.

Holes and Breaches

In some instances, fires can burn straight through the exterior walls and roofing materials of a home, opening the interior up to the elements. Should a storm pass through, it can soak the interior with water and create many of the issues outlined above. SERVPRO provides tarping and boarding services to ensure that the fire damage from these factors is minimal.

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SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a local branch of a national company dedicated to helping homeowners to recover from fires and other disasters. For our aid in restoring your home, call us at (904) 762-8066.

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Flood Damage in Your Jacksonville Home's Garage

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Your Jacksonville Home's Garage SERVPRO can restore your home and your garage after it is damaged by hurricanes and storms.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Garage After a Flood Strikes

Hurricanes or overflows from St. John's bring flooding to the forefront of many people's minds. Preparing properties in Jacksonville typically means boarding up a home and moving as many items to higher levels of the home. Garages, however, often do not receive the same response from worried homeowners.

Properties in Jacksonville suffering from flood damage need skilled response teams to mitigate the damage before it can worsen. While homes often require extensive cleanup and sanitation efforts to become livable again, garages and their contents also need a suitable response. Often the location for storing equipment and other high-priced items, these can become destroyed if neglected after a flood. A proper response can often save these items from such a fate.

The highly trained professionals at SERVPRO can help resolve the damage caused by floodwaters in both your home and your garage. Just as we partner with skilled technical specialists whenever we encounter electronics damaged by water or other damaging events, we also work with other service providers, coordinating efforts to ensure the best results for the items stored inside your garage. 

While your garage itself might not require the same standards of sanitary hygiene that your house must attain, ensuring that we restore its state of complete dryness and structural integrity is crucial for several reasons. Protecting the contents is only part of the story. Property damage of any kind can affect the overall value of your home in a very detrimental manner. 

Damage to your garage can also make entry by unwanted persons much easier than you might like, and any thefts might result in uninsurable losses. Many home security systems do not include the garage in their surveillance areas, especially on the sides that do not face your main property areas. This vulnerability becomes greater after emergency events like flooding.

The employees at SERVPRO understand the complex nature of flood-related problems and can help prevent them while restoring your home's garage. Restoring security remains essential, and we work quickly, so you have less time worrying about such matters.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can be contacted any day or night, 365 days a year, by calling our local number, (904) 762-8066. We remain dedicated to our community and the families who live here. We want to make sure that your home is livable and your garage performs as it should for you. 

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Water Damage Mitigation Services For Baymeadows Residents

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Mitigation Services For Baymeadows Residents While water is vital to human life, it can spell disaster for your property.

Water Damage Mitigation Services

Having standing water in the basement of your Baymeadows home is no picnic, especially when it happens out of the blue, without a clear source. Small amounts of water often lead to serious property damage, making quick work of anything you might store inside, and even affecting the foundation.

Today we are going to talk about what you can do to identify water damage in your Baymeadows area home and how to react when things truly get out of hand. First, remember that you are not alone, you have a quality water damage restoration company nearby that is available to supply you with the answers you need.

Never hesitate to contact experts, like SERVPRO, for help returning your home to normal after discovering water damage on your property. We train and work hard so that you can live in a clean, healthy, environment, so make the most of what is available to you. After you contact our office, a team of qualified technicians arrives to listen to your concerns and inspect the area you see with signs of water intrusion forming. We use various tools, including infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to locate the water source causing your issues.

SERVPRO technicians look for water or any excessive humidity or condensation; basically, anything that can give you a leg-up on fighting common problems that homeowners face. Standing water, small pools, damp or humid air, condensation on your windows, or even walls that are wet to the touch are all signs of different water problems developing in your basement.

SERVPRO technicians also check for hidden problems associated with water damage, often finding cracks in your foundation, sewer problems, improper grading, broken water lines, improperly maintained windows, broken gutters, and downspouts, or even surface water that enters from under your home.

You might think more of torrential rains causing water damage more so than anything else. However, it is far more often that your water heater, appliances, plumbing, tubs, or other fixtures break, that lead to just as much, if not more damage than any natural disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South for full-service solutions to water damage issues throughout the area, including Gate Parkway, San Marco, and Bayard, call today (904) 762-8066.

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Quick Turnaround For Industrial Flood Damage In Jacksonville

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Quick Turnaround For Industrial Flood Damage In Jacksonville Filled with complex and expensive machinery, businesses in the Jacksonville area find their production areas brought to a halt when flooding occurs.

Industrial Flood Damage

Filled with large, complex, and expensive machinery, businesses in the Jacksonville area find their production areas brought to a halt when flooding occurs. Safety concerns and the potential for permanent water damage that could close commercial endeavors forever require professional resolution of these catastrophes. Our crews have the skills and the experience to turn this scenario around.

You manufacture and distribute wire products that permit other businesses and consumers to meet many needs. Local road work breaks open a water main causing flood damage to your Jacksonville location. The specialized equipment you use and the products stored on your premises are both in peril from several inches of water spread throughout your vast production floor and warehouse. You need fast action from a disaster restoration company that has the tools and the technicians to manage a large loss.

SERVPRO meets your requirements on every level. We respond quickly, as we understand the first minutes to hours after a flood are crucial. Our experienced project managers assess the damage and put in place an effective plan to remove the water and mitigate the damage. Planned power outages are frequent on sites suffering this type of damage to prevent electrical shock to your staff and responders. Our vehicles arrive with truck-mounted high-efficiency submersible pumps and water extractors, providing our own power to remove the standing water.

Teams of SERVPRO water damage abatement experts complete the removal of the obvious water and then turn to drying the spaces. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers begin the task of lowering moisture levels in the air, floors, walls, and around and within the working parts of your machinery. We send seasoned scouts to find areas in your buildings where moisture hides, including behind wallboard, within cinderblocks, and in any number of nooks and crannies throughout your plant and office suites. Our IICRC trained workers measure moisture levels and use an array of strategies to release water from recesses, such as suctioning out cinderblock cells, drilling holes in mortar joints or drywall, and removing panels to reveal water we then pump or extract.

We work with other contractors to ensure your equipment regains operational ability, making certain our teams meet all safety requirements. Throughout the process, we work with your insurance carrier and city officials to document the claims that minimize your out of pocket expenses for a disaster that not due to your actions or negligence.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South has the capacity to remediate even major commercial flooding losses. Call us at (904) 762-8066 to set the gears in motion to restore your business back to preloss condition.

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Attic Mold Damage Remediation in Jacksonville

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Attic Mold Damage Remediation in Jacksonville At SERVPRO of Jacksonville South, we say no to mold!

SERVPRO Can Defeat Mold in Your Jacksonville Home

Attic mold is common in Jacksonville like in most other areas. After all, it is a natural part of our environment. The problem begins when it becomes concentrated indoors, where it may damage building materials and cause health issues. The leading causes of attic mold growth are improper ventilation and existing roof leaks.

In the event of mold damage in Jacksonville, contact SERVPRO immediately for mold damage remediation services. Getting rid of mold for the long term requires professional help, and tackling the problem on your own may lead to health implications. Our technicians are IICRC approved and have access to advanced tools and products to annihilate mold growth.

Mold damage remediation begins with finding and correcting the source of the moisture problem. In the case of attic mold, the most likely culprits are poor ventilation or roof leaks. Acting fast is important to avoid severe structural and aesthetic damage to the house.

Once we have fixed the moisture issue, we proceed to remove the mold itself. SERVPRO technicians have effective techniques for dealing with all types of mold, whether it is green mold, black mold, or other varieties. To contain the mold spores in one area, we seal off space with plastic sheeting and tape.

A wet vacuum is particularly effective at treating mold damage. We use it to clean up water soaked surfaces, remove any standing water, and vacuum up the mold itself. A dry vacuum is ill-advised when it comes mold remediation because it tends to launch mold spores into the air.

To kill the mold, our specialists apply an approved fungicide using either a fogger or a sprayer. We then clean the area thoroughly to avoid future growth. The cleanup process may include scraping, scrubbing, cleaning up dirt and debris with a vacuum, and even moving out furniture, building materials and other items contaminated by mold.

The last part of mold damage remediation involves drying out the area using fans, dehumidifiers, and other equipment. Note that drying out the area thoroughly is crucial to prevent the mold from resurfacing again. In fact, mold continues to grow until the moisture leakage issues are resolved.

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Protect your attic from being overrun by mold damage by contacting SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. As a locally operated business, we have the means to arrive quickly to get rid of mold growth in your house. For emergency services, call us today at (904) 762-8066.

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Fire Damage Prevention for Your Town Center Home

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Prevention for Your Town Center Home Even small appliances can cause house fires, try to keep them unplugged when they are not in use to prevent fire damage.

Common causes of house fires

Home fires are scary, stressful events. However, fire protection does not have to be difficult. Even some straightforward things can help you and your family in Town Center from going through a fire. Knowing the leading causes of home fire can help you to prevent them from happening in the first place. It is good to go over all of them with your family members so everyone can practice caution and be aware. 

Many people think if they are careful they are much less likely to have a fire in their Town Center home. While this is true, most fires and fire damage are not caused by carelessness. Instead, they are caused by everyday living which is not always possible for us to change. There are checks you can do on a regular basis, however, which can help. 

No matter the cause, when you experience a fire in your home, you need the professional help of fire damage remediation specialists. SERVPRO technicians are always ready when you need help, no matter the day or the hour. We move fast to get to your home and create a plan of remediation for your situation.

Many fires are caused by electrical wiring. Older homes are especially susceptible, as they were not wired to operate the many appliances that fill our modern homes. A lot of older homes are also built with aluminum wiring which gets very hot and raises the chance of fires.

Toasters, lamps, or even a baby monitor can have shorts. Be even more careful with older appliances and extension cords. Appliances which are new can also create a fire. Unplug as many appliances as you can while they are not in use.

Another large cause of residential fires is in the kitchen and cooking. Most times it is due from unattended pots and pans on the stove. A grease fire can start very quickly.

Children playing with matches or other fire hazards is an additional cause of home fires. It is important that you keep these things out of reach of your kids, and express to them that they are tools, not toys.

Our trained staff at SERVPRO can assist you with all aspects of fire damage cleanup, including smoke and water damage. We also help you determine what is salvageable and what is not.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South understands how upsetting fires can be, and we take special care with your home and possessions, along with how you are feeling. Please give us a call at (904) 762-8066 as soon as the fire is out in your Jacksonville, Town Center, or Baymeadows home so we can help you.

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Mold Damage Remediation Services in Jacksonville

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services in Jacksonville The purpose of mold damage remediation is to eliminate any mold growing inside the house and to prevent exposing you to large amounts of mold.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Your Residential Mold Damage Emergency 

It is easy to ignore a simple pipe leakage when it happens, but the results can be costly. Dripping water from burst pipes can penetrate the walls and eventually find its way onto carpets and other house items. Failure to dry these items within 24-48 hours can lead to mold and mildew growth. These fungi thrive in moist environments. In the house, they can grow on cardboards, ceiling, tiles, wood products, foods, plants, fabrics, drywall, carpets, and other materials. While they have their purpose in nature, they can cause health effects.

Following a water damage incident, it is important to have a mold remediation company check your house for mold growth. If you are looking for mold damage control services in Jacksonville, SERVPRO has qualified technicians with adequate equipment for the job. Our techniques are up to par with IICRC recommendations, and our emergency response is quick and efficient.

Water damage situations provide an excellent environment for mold growth. Molds feed on organic materials such as natural fibers, drywall, paper, and wood. Additionally, they thrive in typical building temperatures of between 68 and 86 degrees F (meaning either extremely hot or cold temperatures). Some can survive in low relative humidity levels (up to 65 degrees low), but most prefer lots of moisture. To control their growth, our technicians use different equipment to reduce the RH to below 60%.

The purpose of mold damage remediation is to eliminate any mold growing inside the house and to prevent exposing you to large amounts of mold. To do this effectively, SERVPRO technicians have to calculate the extent of the contamination. Indeed, mold does not always grow in one place.

Based on our calculations, we can determine the most efficient method and products to use. The idea is to stop the water source, remove all moisture, and dry the area completely to avoid future mold growth. Air movers are particularly useful in drying a mold-damaged area. They create airflow at the surface level, allowing moisture into the air in the form of vapor. Drier air fills up the vacuum created, thus accelerating evaporation.

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Molds may (or can) cause health effects if not addressed. As a locally-based water damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can arrive quickly to control the mold damage. Call us today at (904) 762-8066.

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Protecting Your Bay Meadows Home From Water Damage

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protecting Your Bay Meadows Home From Water Damage Protecting your Bay Meadows home from water damage may take some work.

Protecting Your Property From Water Damage

Think of your home as a bubble; the roof, walls, windows, and foundation all make up this bubble. These areas are keys to waterproofing your home, with the right help, you can be successful.

Protecting your Bay Meadows home from water damage may take some work. However, it can be simple to go through your home one area at a time to ensure they were originally built correctly, with the right materials and install or improve as you go.

If you are currently building your own home, save yourself a lot of problems down the line by using the latest advances to protect your investment from water intrusion. Regardless, you still have a chance to update your current home, hire a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO and start protecting your home, today.

The roof of your home has many layers that all make a huge difference in protecting your home from water damage. Shingles provide the first line of defense, while underlayments installed serve as your last chance to stop water and the damage it may cause. Every roof has an underlayment, your building code requires it.

However, there are multiple products available, some of which provide far less protection than others. SERVPRO can help you install quality underlayments at the eaves and critical detail areas of your roof, including overlaps, fasteners and roof deck.

You likely have windows or doors on every wall of your home, providing water with large openings that present as major leak zones if not weatherproofed correctly. Shudders do not keep the wind-driven rain at bay. However, the proper selection and installation of flashing and doors can prevent rain and snow from causing rot or mold within your walls.

SERVPRO technicians understand how these products were designed to form a watertight and airtight seal, protecting your home from water infiltration and damage. House wraps and basement or crawlspace encapsulation services provide premium weather protection for your home. Providing you with advanced methods that protect your living environment and often reduce energy costs substantially.

Contact our team at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South for additional information or to schedule your initial appointment, today (904) 762-8066.

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Fast, Professional Restoration For Flood Damage To Your Baymeadows Apartment Complex

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast, Professional Restoration For Flood Damage To Your Baymeadows Apartment Complex When the mistake made by a nearby resident causes flooding in other of your tenants’ homes SERVPRO awaits to help you recover.

Flood Damage To Your Apartment

Our neighborhood is home to many inviting condos, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Multi-occupant housing presents some challenges to residents, including sharing of common areas, noise and activity out of synch with neighbors, and bad choices or accidents affecting those living in other units. When the mistake made by a nearby resident causes flooding in other of your tenants’ homes SERVPRO awaits to help you recover.

A third-floor tenant has a waterbed that leaked, causing flood damage throughout that wing of your Baymeadows apartment complex. Nearly 200 gallons of water soaks through all three levels, inconveniencing your renters, threatening structures, and ruining tenant belongings. Quick action by our restoration team saves you from relocating individuals or families as the restoration completes.

Our crew arrives with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors for speedy removal of the flooded contents of the mattress. Although we begin our investigation in the bedroom with the offending waterbed SERVPRO crew members are familiar with the “path of least resistance” water takes. Since some of the water drained down common walls and through ceilings, its path is hidden, following pipes and wiring behind the gypsum board and acoustical tiles. If necessary, we remove a few tiles or cautiously cut a hole into a wall when we fear water is pooling in unseen recesses.

After our team vacuums up visible and hidden water from carpeting and floors, air movers and dehumidifiers take on the next stage. SERVPRO technicians train in moisture measurement and monitoring, ensuring that carpeting, sub floors, and walls all receive individualized drying attention based on their difference drying curves. Carpet padding usually fails to dry fast or thoroughly enough, so we replace it in most cases. The carpeting itself dries in place, sometimes lifted and propped up, so the air moves over both the top and bottom for complete drying.

One supporting role SERVPRO provides in a disaster like this is to work with insurers. Your tenant did not sneak the waterbed into the unit. Since you knew it was in place, you demanded purchase by this lessee of additional renter’s insurance. Along with coverage, you keep up as the landlord the claims proven with our help against the extra insurance limits your liability.

Rely on SERVPRO of Jacksonville South to react fast when flooding affects several units of your apartment house. Call (904) 762-8066 to arrange for a flood damage restoration team to come to your aid, 24/7.

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Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Jacksonville Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Jacksonville Home Mold spores are smaller than the smallest seed.

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Ask owners about protecting their home, and you hear about hurricanes, fires, home invasion, and flooding. If they mention mold at all, it is almost as an afterthought. Since the costs to restore or repair homes from mold are in the millions each year, the mold should be higher on the list than keeping the neighborhood dogs off the front lawn.

Stopping mold damage in Jacksonville is not a simple process, but SERVPRO has decades of experience in getting the job done, no matter how far mold spores have grown through and sometimes into a home. To understand how pervasive a mold infestation can be and how difficult it is get rid of one, it is helpful to know how they grow and spread.

Mold spores are smaller than the smallest seed. A group of thousands is just slightly larger than each dot on a pair of dice. They stay dormant until something disturbs them. The cause can be a breeze or a hard shake of some type. The spores which break away remain dormant unless they encounter enough moisture to cause them to expand.

Once they begin to expand, the spores send out hyphae. These structures grow across and into surfaces, looking for food and additional moisture. Favorite food sources are building materials such as ceiling tiles and drywall. They also feed and grow rapidly on carpet fibers like cotton, wool, and rayon. The temperature ranges most molds expand under is from 68 to 86 degrees, but some grow in temperatures as high as 122 degrees.

The way we stop mold growth is to eliminate one of those factors, moisture, food, or temperature. Removing every food source is impossible and permanently lowering or raising the temperature is simply too expensive. We use pumps and smaller extractors to remove standing water and then test the surrounding air and material for excess moisture.

After testing, we set up dehumidifiers and air movers to lower moisture. The dehumidifiers draw water directly out of the air; up to a rate of 30 gallons per day depending on the device we use and the humidity level. Our air movers force warm, dry air over the surface of the affected structural material and other property.

Restoration is not a quick set of procedures, but SERVPRO of Jacksonville South understands that the first step to returning your home to a normal condition is to understand the situation and then act quickly. Call us today at (904) 762-8066 to set up an inspection.

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Prepare Your Jacksonville Area Home Or Business For Hurricane Season

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Jacksonville Area Home Or Business For Hurricane Season Getting ready for storm season can help reduce the damage to your property afterwards. Contact SERVPRO to discuss what should be done.

SERVPRO Provides Helpful Suggestions to Weather the Storm as Well as Technicians to Take Care of the Damages Afterwards

Protecting your home properly during hurricane season takes lots of effort. Every year both businesses and homes suffer catastrophic losses. Think about what you have invested and then picture everything you have fought long and hard for, gone.  
When taking on the task of preparing for hurricane season in the Jacksonville area, take the time to address certain areas that can help mitigate storm damages and improve your properties chance of recovery. Without knowing the in’s and out’s of every situation that may occur, a specialist in the field can come in quite handy.
Contacting SERVPRO helps with the development of your “Emergency READY Plan.” A tool at your disposal that helps you prepare your property, its contents, and any personal belongings for disaster. We can help you identify potential hazards and get you well on your way to defending your property, even when things are at their worst.
If you operate a business, you should consider renting a nearby office space, storefront, or even work out of the house as a temporary answer that helps protect valuable tasks and keeps operations running. Take equipment, resources, and computer files with you, ensuring that your business weathers the storm, even if your building does not.
SERVPRO technicians can assist with performing a safety inventory. We test smoke detectors, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers found on your property, make sure everything works as intended and is in working order for when you need them. It never hurts to have an alternative power source, when possible electricity failure looms overhead, portable generators can truly save the day. Just make sure that you store fuel used to operate the generator safely.
Even though you contact SERVPRO and begin to prepare your building for everything that might head your way, you should contact your insurance company. Double check or even triple check that your insurance coverage meets your needs. Hurricanes can lead to floods and earthquakes are always a possibility, never make the mistake of assuming your safe, you may be left wanting.
Give SERVPRO of Jacksonville South a call for assistance with preparing your home for hurricane season. We can help you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. Make the decision to survive, today. (904) 762-8066

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Smoke Odor from Fire in Your Jacksonville Home

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Odor from Fire in Your Jacksonville Home Our technicians have a big selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors.

Smoke Odor in Your Jacksonville Home? SERVPRO Can Help

Smoke odor is a stubborn and pervasive odor which lingers a long time after the flames of a fire are out. Whether it was caused by a nearby fire, a natural disaster, or from an accident such as an out of control cooking fire or a fireplace left unattended, the smoke odor can be a challenge to remove, even for experienced restoration professionals.

There are various factors which influence the severity of smoke odor from fire damage in your Jacksonville home. The first is obvious – the size of the fire. The bigger the fire is and the more materials which have burned, the more smoke there is. How long the affected area is exposed to smoke matters as well. Smoke odor embeds itself deeper into porous materials the longer it has a chance to sit.

Our technicians at SERVPRO know that after a fire, time is of the essence to prevent additional damage, which is why once you call us, we are out to your home quickly. We clean up the smoke odor, sanitize the area, and repair any salvageable items.

Another factor which impacts the smoke odor is how large the room which is affected is. The smaller the room is, the more concentrated and intense the smoke odor can become. Materials which have burned is also important. Different materials leave behind different odors. A fire which burned wood smells different than a fire which affected mostly plastics or a protein fire. The kind of materials affected can influence the products we at SERVPRO use to get the smoke odor out.

Our technicians have a big selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors. From hydroxyl generators to ozone machines, eco-friendly odor-busters to powerful odor-destroying chemicals, we are your answer to all your smoke odor removal needs. Our experienced professionals help you pinpoint the problem and figure out the best solution after we arrive at your home.

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Think of SERVPRO of Jacksonville South when your home has suffered from a fire of any size. We can get the smoke odors out of your home and prevent additional damages when you contact us at (904) 762-8066.

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Protect Your Bowling Alley From Fire Damage With Professional Help In Jacksonville

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Bowling Alley From Fire Damage With Professional Help In Jacksonville Don't Let Your Jacksonville Business Get Bowled Over from Fire Damage--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Jacksonville Businesses Open

When running a bowling alley, there are many precautions you should consider taking, simply because there are so many services packed into such a small space, making them particularly susceptible to fire damage.  
As you enter your Jacksonville area business, a trained eye can spot fire damage flags everywhere. Every section of your business has a separate set of dangers. Your entryway, where people gather to meet up with friends or sit to chat before deciding where to start their evening needs to have fire extinguishers and fire alarms installed, making sure to mark each exit clearly.  
From there you may have a bar where you serve food and alcohol. People use this section to visit and enjoy each other's company, grab a bite to eat, play a game of billiards, or just enjoy music on the jukebox. However, between the alcohol, electrical devices, serving area, and seating area, a variety of hazards exist. It is your job to make this area safe for both your employees and each patron that visits your establishment, SERVPRO can help.
A small arcade room filled with old arcade machines exposes your building to electrical and safety hazards that could happen at any time. You should check each machine visually, maintaining a regular maintenance schedule to help prevent frayed cords, broken plugs or sockets, or faulty equipment from causing harm. Incidents that happen more during inclement weather, where even a single water leak can lead to shorts, sparks, or electrical hazards that put your patrons at risk.  
Next, you likely have a concession area, with a kitchen attached that serves food to both your bar customers and those waiting for a lane or visiting others. This section becomes more susceptible to fire damage than any other, simply because of the level of heat, humidity, and combination of chemicals, appliances, and electronic equipment that exists. Like most cooking areas, this is the most common area that fires can occur.  
SERVPRO technicians can provide you with recommendations to improve your ventilation, locate hidden hazards, and provide you with the services you need should an accident happen on your property. Working closely with our expertly trained personnel, you gain access to several years of experience and training in fire prevention, that helps limit loss and protects your investment better.
Make the call to SERVPRO of Jacksonville South, see for yourself what our IICRC certified technicians can do for you. We are available 24-7, 365, any time that is convenient for you. (904) 762-8066

Flood Damage From Failing Washing Machine Hoses In Your Jacksonville Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage From Failing Washing Machine Hoses In Your Jacksonville Home It seems unlikely, but flood damage from a washing machine is one of the top five causes of home insurance claims.

Failing Washing Machine Hoses Cause Flood Damage

Most homeowners protect their homes against things such as storms, fire, and burglary, but water damage from malfunctioning or leaking home appliances often gets overlooked, especially when it comes to washing machines.

It seems unlikely, but flood damage from a washing machine is one of the top five causes of home insurance claims. More than half of these claims is from supply hoses which have burst or leaked, so make sure your Jacksonville home is prepared for such an event. Have the number of a reputable flood damage restoration company handy at all times, like SERVPRO, who is experienced in all kinds of flood damage.

Most washing machine hoses fail eventually over time, even when they have been installed properly. They can cause leaks or even catastrophic flooding when they burst. Failure can be due to several things such as installation error, age, poor design and poor quality materials. Most of these hoses are made of reinforced polymer or rubber. The materials lose resiliency as they age, making them susceptible to leaks, cracks, and bursting.

Inspect Regularly
Many times, fittings and hoses that connect your washing machine to the water source are visible and easy to inspect each time you use the machine. If they are not visible, figure out how to gain access to them so you can inspect them once per month. Look at both the cold and hot water lines. Failures happen near the connection where the hose usually bends. Keep an eye out for:

Signs Of Imminent Failure
Obvious evidence of imminent failure or deterioration should be looked for, such as bulges, blisters, unraveling, cracks, kinks, discoloration, or crimps, especially close to the connections and turns in the hose.

Look for drops, moisture, rust, leaks on, in, or around the connections or hoses or in a catch pan, or discoloration. Look at the connects to ensure they are properly tightened. Even a small leak can lead to imminent failure.

Right Positioning
Ensure the washing machine is located four inches at least from the connections, so the hose is not kinked or bent. Make sure the machine is balanced properly, so it is not “walking” when in use, which puts added stress on connections and hoses.

Lastly, aging or damaged hoses should be replaced right away, and make sure that the hoses are properly installed. Knowing where the shut-off valve is as well is important if a hose does fail. Then get in touch in SERVPRO right away so they can help you clean up the flood damage and dry out your home.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is always standing by since flooding emergencies can happen at any time. Contact SERVPRO today at (904) 762-8066, and their technicians will come quickly to help you get your home back to normal.

Lessons We Learned From Previous Storms, Not Only in the Jacksonville Greater Area

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lessons We Learned From Previous Storms, Not Only in the Jacksonville Greater Area Preparation for Tropical Storms and Hurricanes in Florida Mitigates Loss of Life and Property--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Offers the ERP Mobile App and Experienced Franchises to Battle Tropical Storm and Hurricane Damage

The best way to prepare for the issues of future storms is to learn from past weather disasters. Even in an area like Jacksonville, which dodged all but one direct hurricane hit for the last 145 years, the risk is real. Lying outside the path of a hurricane of any category also does not mean the many storm fronts that sweep through Florida in any given year spare our communities entirely. Tropical storms pound away with winds up to 74 miles per hour, plenty of damaging force resulting in the destruction of buildings and infrastructure. The wind, rains, storm surge and flooding accompanying these severe storms multiply the damage done to homes and businesses.

Prepare For The Impact Not The Probability

When planning for future weather disasters in the Jacksonville area, formulate your response to the impact your community could endure if the worst happens. If you focus your attention instead upon the likelihood of the ultimate devastation you waste time and effort. Simply because your area escaped complete ruin during previous storms does not mean that will always be the case. Devising a sustainable disaster recovery blueprint ensures you are ready for a catastrophe. Should the worst not occur that blueprint still guides you step by step as you work through restoration needed for more commonplace storm damage.

Understand Levels Of Emergency And How They Shift

Harvard researchers explored the difference between routine emergencies and crisis emergencies. In Jacksonville, we expect a certain degree of emergency preparedness is necessary for the damage arising from a typical tropical storm system. A home or business owner knows the drill to get ready for the predictable issues seasonal storms present -- these are the routine emergencies that do not surprise us based on our previous experience. There is a non-arbitrary reason that hurricane season falls between June 1st and November 30th. This statistical fact is, if you will, "the cone of certainty, ALMOST."

If we fail to appreciate that our experience may not be the reality when our area suffers a Katrina or Sandy-level of destruction do we have a hand in creating our ruin? Crisis emergencies and the impact they could have must be accepted as a real possibility. Relying only upon what worked in the past for routine crises is short sighted. Responsible property and business owners look to the heightened needs and response our nation's storm history shows a crisis emergency demands.

As any crisis develops, it may feel familiar, with plans and methods that worked during other routine scenarios adequate for the restoration efforts needed. If the situation escalates beyond the routine, our customers and we acknowledge that the extreme measures integrated into your recovery plan need now to come into play. Denial of the aggressive level of risk or refusing to vary from what worked before is futile.

Partner With A Restoration Company That Comprehends And Can Handle All Crisis Levels.

SERVPRO appreciates the possibility that crisis levels fluctuate and can increase in severity. Our team looks to a nationwide network of other franchisees for support, ensuring we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Local technicians join with other professionals with the training and experience to tame the chaos of a “storm of the century.” We leverage the power of a system that has storm Disaster Recovery Teams at the ready 365 days out of the year, all hours of the day or night. Our strategically placed SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division members are headed by commercial operations managers who supervise the dispatching of specially trained professional technicians. In conjunction with a formidable communications system, industry leading heavy equipment and vehicles, and temporary on-site labor, we confidently cut costs and mitigate storm damage.

Proactive Protection From The Unpredictable

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South offers professional planning for the mega disaster that has the potential to close your business. Design a SERVPRO ERP, Emergency Ready Profile, with our experienced staff, anticipating every issue your business or property confronts when severe storms strike. We visit to assess your facility and its layout during the calm before the storm. Our mobile app permits you to input relevant contacts, mission critical functionality, and ancillary information to rank priorities, so we respond intelligently and effectively to your post-catastrophe needs. Contact SERVPRO at (904) 762-8066 to see how our extensive experience with major storm damage restoration can help you recover after a major weather event.

Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Baymeadows Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Baymeadows Home    Baymeadows Fire Damage Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Baymeadows Properties Post Fire & Smoke Damaging Occurrences

After a fire happens on your property, you may be anxious to clean things up right away and attempt to get started on your own. However, unless you have professional cleaning experience or gain advice from a cleaning expert, you may be wasting your effort, or cause even further damage.
A properly trained restoration technician can help you determine whether the items that receive fire damage in your Baymeadows home are worth trying to restore, or if they need replacement. These professional fire restorers can provide you with recommendations that help prevent further damage and give you estimates on services for cleaning and deodorizing the entire affected area.
Fire and water damage restoration companies, like SERVPRO, follow strict guidelines when providing repair and cleaning services in your home. They take the time to secure the area, prevent hazards, and help limit the damages that you experience during this type of disaster. Getting help is the best way for you to assist with recovering from accidents that occur on your property.
SERVPRO offers a variety of services that includes the removal of soot and smoke residues that form on various surfaces throughout your home during a fire. Household textiles such as carpeting and draperies often require several attempts before cleaning and deodorization services are complete. Not doing so may cause odors to return.
It is important to make quick, precise decisions when considering your options after an event happens in your home. Time is essential, making dealing with smoke odors in your clothing, furniture, and other household items critical to prevent odors from lingering for days, weeks, or even months. Having a professional restoration company helps get things under control quicker and removes these odors in a more efficient manner.  
SERVPRO technicians use industrial-grade water extraction equipment to remove water used during fire fighting efforts and have years of experience using cleaning methods to get the job done right. They are locally owned and operated, giving them the ability to provide you with what you need to get things back to normal fast.
Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South for additional information about available services or help regarding a fire, water, storm, or mold situation happening in your home today. (904) 762-8066

Speed Matters When Dealing With Water & Flood Damage In Jacksonville

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Speed Matters When Dealing With Water & Flood Damage In Jacksonville Enjoy Your Home with No Damage from Water, Keep It on the Beach in Jacksonville

SERVPRO Removes Water and Mitigates Damages Rapidly

Floods can be catastrophic for any householder. Jacksonville residents clearly remember the floods of October last year when many streets were completely under water. The floods caused chaos and damaged many properties. It is unrealistic to think it can not happen again as floods are often a fact of life for people here in Florida. What you can do however is take action quickly when flood damage strikes.

Mother nature visits floods on Florida regularly. A storm surge, burst river banks, heavy rainfall or a hurricane, can all cause flood damage to your Jacksonville home. Any homeowner who has faced a flood cleanup knows that it is a major undertaking. The faster you take action, the better the chance of restoring your house and possessions.
Furniture, clothes and other household items quickly become waterlogged. Some can be saved, but others are not. The structure of your home suffers in a flood, too. Walls, floors, and ceilings are all susceptible to structural damage when they are exposed to standing water. The longer things are left untreated, the harder it is to restore them.
SERVPRO experts are well trained in the risks of flooding in the Florida region. That is why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We understand that swift remediation is necessary to restore your home as fully as possible. We recommend that in the event of a flood you call us as soon as possible.
The first thing is to clear your home of standing water. As long as there is standing water in your home, it can soak into your floors, carpets or walls. Our IICRC-certified technicians come equipped with both truck mounted, and portable pumps to extract water from your home quickly. Our powerful sump pump equipment is designed to work even if fully submerged. The pumps can move water uphill if need be which means that even if access to your home is difficult following a flood, our team can still get in and get the water out.
During the removal of standing water, technicians turn their attention to assessing the condition of your home and belongings. A full assessment allows us to devise the best drying plan for your situation. As well as keen observation we use industry leading devices such as moisture meters and infrared technology to gain a full picture of the situation. We also let you know which items cannot be saved, as keeping them around provides a potential breeding ground for mold and it is, therefore, better to dispose of them.
SERVPRO understands that getting your home dried is a priority so you can get back to a normal life. We know how to position air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the dwelling for the most effective drying of floors and floor coverings, walls, carpets, and furniture. We carefully monitor the drying process to ensure it is complete.
If there is flood water in your home, don’t delay. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South on (904) 762-8066 for the help you need.

Fire Prevention Steps for Your Southside Home

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Steps for Your Southside Home Testing your smoke detectors regularly and having a fire extinguisher in a central area are two ways to safeguard your family from a fire.

Having a Fire Safety and Escape Plan in Place is Crucial

Once your home has caught on fire, did you realize you may have only about two minutes to get out safely? An early warning from a smoke detector in proper working order during a fire and a fire escape plan which has been regularly practiced can save the lives of you and your family. After the fire, you may be disorientated and distraught, but at SERVPRO, we understand that and want to help put your life back together by cleaning up the mess and repairing the damages.
Preventing a fire at all costs in your Southside home is imperative. Our team at SERVPRO is quite experienced, highly trained, and ready to tackle whatever challenge is at hand. Our strategies and state of the art equipment for fire damage remediation are unmatched. The lasting damage of a fire, however, can still cause problems for you and your family. To prevent such events, ensure that you have the following taken care of:
Smoke Detectors
Make sure smoke detectors are installed in your home and working properly. You can have earlier warning of fire because of these devices, and can even help you put a fire out before it gets out of control. It is the most important step in preventing fires.
Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers should be within reach at all times. If things get bad, this ensures you are prepared to fight it and help you to get away from the fire safely.
Test, Test, Test
Your smoke alarms need to be tested each month. If they are not working properly, change the batteries right away.
Escape Plan
Create an escape plan in case of an emergency and go over it with the whole family. Ensure that everyone understands it and that you have a safe spot where you can meet up once everyone gets out of the home, so you know that everyone is accounted for.
Unfortunately, there are times when a fire breaks out, and we understand that there are many reasons why this can happen. Therefore, our approach at SERVPRO to fire and smoke damage cleanup involves a very extensive damage assessment. After you are safe and the fire is under control, get in touch with us right away and let us know exactly why the fire started. We use this information to deploy a strategy and team which is tailored uniquely to solving your problem.
We give you our best work with the highest level of customer service in the industry. Our trained professionals are willing to do the dirty work, so you have no worries. Fire damage is quite serious, and we treat it as such. Our goal is to give you top level professionalism, and the highest level of service, customer support, and damage cleanup.
Reach out to us at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South if your home experiences a fire for any reason. We are happy to be out to your home right away when you call us at (904) 762-8066 anytime, any day of the week.

Clothes Dryer Fire A Common Residential Risk In Jacksonville

3/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Clothes Dryer Fire A Common Residential Risk In Jacksonville 2,900 residential fires per year identify a clothes dryer issue like lint or electrical malfunction as their cause.

Fire Caused By Clothes Dryer

While relaxing at your beachfront condo the lint in your tumbling dryer is probably the last thing on your mind. 2,900 residential fires per year identify a clothes dryer issue like lint or electrical malfunction as their cause. SERVPRO has experience with the soot, odor, and other damage done by a laundry room fire, ready to put your vacation or retirement plans back on track.

Often families share a holiday property, different members rotating through the season. Fire damage linked to improper maintenance of a Jacksonville townhouse’s clothes washing and drying facility need not ruin your chosen week. Perhaps extended family members or their friends occupying the condo before you lacked the foresight to clean the lint filter. Clogged or improperly installed venting also increases fire risks. Our technicians train diligently for the chance to return your laundry room to a place of order rather than a disaster scene no matter the background of the blaze. We assess for the source of the problem and then clean and restore based on the type of fire.

When home appliances are at the center of a fire, SERVPRO technicians focus first on the safety of residents and our crew. Evaluation of the condition of electrical wiring and the mechanical system of the affected dryer is the first step. If water extinguished the fire, we check out the added risk as water conducts electricity. During the restoration, we will disconnect the power if necessary in the affected area. A gas warmed dryer has installation points which need evaluation in case a leak caused the fire. Expect our team to advise you to consult with proper authorities to determine if the machines need repair or replacement so that future fire concerns recede.

Smoke and soot are standard after any fire, and lint and clothing fire is no exception. If your cooling or heating duct work is nearby, there is a real possibility of airborne contamination from the fire. Our staff inspects the interior of your ducts to prevent residual debris from circulating within your dwelling after the restoration of visible damage. We clean or seal the ducts to avoid recontamination.

A dryer fire attended to quickly by SERVPRO of Jacksonville South minimizes the interruption to your enjoyment of a beach holiday. Call (904) 762-8066 to schedule a same day appointment. Post this number near the phone for all your extended family members should a disaster strike while you are away.

Preventing Water Damage in Your Sprink Park Home

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage in Your Sprink Park Home Water Damaged Carpet from a water line break. Call the experts at SERVPRO for any of your Water Damage needs.

Water damage is the main thing which weakens the foundation of your home and the core that holds your house together. Water damage hits at the core strength of your home, causing serious structural damage in the end. With damp wood, carpenter ants and termites have an invitation. Plus, mildew and mold start to grow.
Knowing steps to prevent water damage can give you peace of mind during the next heavy storm. Your Spring Park home can stand up to the elements, and you do not have to spend your time worrying about the possible damages that could happen. When water damage still occurs, get a professional remediation company into your home right away to minimize damages. SERVPRO is always ready to help you when needed.
Make Sure You Have Good Drainage
Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing uneven settling, cracks, and pathways for water to get into your home.
Keep your gutters clean. A clogged gutter sends cascades of water down the side of your house, which damages your siding and foundation. Make sure your downspouts direct the water five to ten feet away from your house. Also, ensure that your yard is sloped six inches or more over a ten-foot span away from the foundation. A gradient like this keeps water from getting right next to your foundation, which can crack the masonry, cause walls to lean, and make leaks. When it comes to crawl spaces, keeping water away ensures that extra water is not pooling under your floor, creating damp conditions that encourage rot, insects, and mold.
If you ever notice leaking at all around your foundation, get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO right away, as this can become an enormous and expensive problem if it is not taken care of as soon as possible.
Check Your Sump Pump Regularly
During a severe storm is not when you want to realize your sump pump is not working. Check it at least once a year, or more during a heavy period of storms.
Fill the sump pump pit slowly with water and watch for the float to rise. Make sure the water level falls. Test your backup pump the same way, unplugging the main pump first.
Check for Water Leaks
Persistent leaks cause mildew and mold, rot, and the presence of carpenter ants and termites. If you are quick to fix a leak, you may experience no long-term damage.
Look for dark spots under piping inside sink cabinets, toilets which rock, stains on ceilings, and drips. Inspect your roof at least once per year, and repair any loose, missing, or damaged shingles. Cracked caulking needs repair, and look for leaks around flashing.
If you do ever find water leaks or damage in your home, you need to have it taken care of as soon as you can to prevent additional and more costly damage. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can help you clean up and repair water damage of various kinds. Just give us a call at (904) 762-8066 any time of the day so that we can assess the damage and get your home back to its proper condition.

When Fires Strike Your Commercial Property

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When Fires Strike Your Commercial Property Some kitchen equipment may be highly sensitive to fire, requiring intensive and perhaps costly restoration efforts to avoid full replacement.

Commercial Fire 

Restaurants are often tricky to plan a course of action for once they have taken damage from a fire, as they contain rooms and materials of varied size, layout, and composition. A seating area, for example, needs a very different set of treatments than the kitchen or bathrooms. Some challenges, however, often present themselves as more time-consuming and difficult to handle than others. Depending on the size, intensity, and causative factors of your fire, these situations are likely to be some of the toughest SERVPRO faces during the restoration process.

Structural Damage

Some of the worst fire damage to Spring Park restaurants comes in the form of structural damage. Restaurants may be at particularly high risk of the ceiling collapsing, as they have large floor spaces often occupied by few supporting columns and walls. It does not take much time for a fire to weaken or destroy these already relatively fragile structural components seriously. Our inspectors are trained and certified to detect these potential safety hazards and find a way to work around and secure them.

Ash and Sludge

Fire tends to create significant quantities of ash, especially if it starts in a dining area where fabrics can be easily caught in the blaze. Ash gets into every nook and cranny in a restaurant, wedging into even the smallest cracks while simultaneously clogging water fixtures and drains. Often compounding damage from ash is water from sprinkler systems, which can mix with the material and form a thick sludge. This sludge is hard to remove and causes heavy staining, and once dried, it may create a hardened layer of caked-on ash.

Kitchen Equipment

Some kitchen equipment may be highly sensitive to fire, requiring intensive and perhaps costly restoration efforts to avoid full replacement. SERVPRO technicians handle some damages, but others may need to be contracted out. We keep a list of qualified and local contractors on-hand for these situations, ensuring that all equipment and objects find a qualified restoration expert.

Smoke Damage

Smoke is a problem in almost all fires, and restaurants are no different. Microscopic smoke particles can become embedded in materials of all kinds, but especially wood, fabric, and other organic materials common in restaurant construction. We bring in heavy fogging equipment to make sure that the last vestiges of smoke have been removed from your restaurant.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a local resource and authority on fire damage restorations, with years of experience dealing with disasters of all kinds. Call us anytime at (904) 762-8066.

SERVPRO supports the JT Townsend Foundation

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO supports the JT Townsend Foundation JT Townsend Board Members & SERVPRO Jacksonville South & Arlington Team

The JT Townsend Foundation, SERVPRO Jacksonville South & Arlington team, friends and family gathered to remember JT Townsend on February 7, 2017 which was marked as JT Townsend Day in Jacksonville back in 2015.

The day of remembrance was held at Unity Plaza to celebrate what would have been JT’s 30th birthday and to announce the Foundation’s recent milestone in charitable giving – raising over $500,000 in funds to assist more than 245 First Coast families. 

 A reception was held at Unity Plaza where a commemorative stone honoring JT is located and a check was presented to the JT Townsend Foundation from long-time JT Townsend Foundation Partner, SERVPRO Jacksonville South & Arlington. Bryce Clark, Owner of SERVPRO Jacksonville South & Arlington and team has been supporting JT Townsend Foundation for nearly five years through golf tournaments, community events and other fundraising activities and have donated over $40,000 to the Foundation to continue their work in helping families living with disabilities on the First Coast.

The month of February also kicked off the continued efforts of friends in the community to raise funds for the JT Townsend Endowed Scholarship at the University of North Florida, in memory of JT who was a UNF alumnus, who earned his degree in sport management in the spring of 2013. The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate sport management majors. 

For more info on the JT Townsend Foundation visit: www.jttownsendfoundation.org

Important Things To Know About Safe Water Removal In Jacksonville Beach Homes

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Important Things To Know About Safe Water Removal In Jacksonville Beach Homes When a home is hit by extensive flooding, the first place to bear the brunt of intruding water is the basement.

Safe Water Removal

When a home is hit by extensive flooding, the first place to bear the brunt of intruding water is the basement. This area is usually underground, so the floodwaters quickly enter even if they got into the house at a point higher up. It is one of the reasons why basements can be so difficult to maintain and keep dry. They are, essentially, at the mercy of external conditions.

Fortunately, they 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 Beach homes. They are designed to pump large amounts of liquid out of affected spaces so that it 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
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 the basement. This is because they are more agile, easier to transport and position and they even fit into awkwardly shaped spaces. While extraction is only part of the restoration process, it must be completely thoroughly and efficiently before drying can begin.

Neutralizing Hazards
The biggest hazard when it comes to basements and floodwater is electricity. In most homes, the basement is where the breakers are; there’s always a risk of shock if you don't take the proper precautions. If your basement 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.

Water Removal is the Beginning for Waterlogged Englewood Properties

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal is the Beginning for Waterlogged Englewood Properties Let SERVPRO of Jacksonville help with any Water Damage in your Home or Business

With flooding, it isn't only the areas of your home that were under water that will need to be cleaned. Water can travel up walls, so even areas that seem to be undamaged will also need to be restored. This process is similar to water traveling upward on a piece of fabric that has an end dipped into water.

Englewood residents who need water removal and extraction services should know that SERVPRO works with families, too, not solely with businesses in the area. No job is too small for us, just as no emergency is too large. When we work in your home, we'll make sure that it's as dry as it needs to be so that you won't have future problems with mold growth and other types of secondary water damage.
The Initial Assessment
When SERVPRO does an initial assessment of a flooded home, it might seem as if we are examining areas that couldn't have been affected by the water. But we know from experience that mold grows not only where water has been, but where evaporating water travels to in the form of humidity in the air.
Wherever moisture lands after being carried around in your home's interior by air currents, mold spores are most likely already there in high concentrations, waiting on conditions of higher humidity to activate them. Since air currents in a home have unique air currents that rarely change, we often find that where mold spores are carried to is most likely where moisture will also be carried to. This is why we check throughout a home after a flood or large water leak.
Before We Consider Our Work Completed
During the time we are working to restore your home, you should feel free to ask us about anything that concerns you. As we work in your home, we will take additional periodic readings of the humidity levels in the air in addition to our readings of solid materials to determine how well our efforts at drying out your home are progressing. If humidity and moisture levels are not decreasing rapidly enough, we will bring in additional equipment to speed things up.
When our readings determine that our efforts have achieved our goals of how dry things should be, then we will conduct a final inspection with you. We will answer any additional questions that you may have. We will point out any areas that might be more prone to developing mold or deterioration, so you can check these areas periodically. If there are any additional problems, please don't hesitate to call us again.
When you've had a problem with water overflowing from tubs or sinks, backing up from sewer lines, broken pipes, or floods, you can always call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066. Available every day to handle your emergencies, 24/7, we're only a phone call away.

Mold Damage in Baymeadows Homes can Affect Any Room

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Baymeadows Homes can Affect Any Room Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Your Baymeadows Home, Be Safe

Many Conditions Can Result in the Need for Mold Remediation

Mold is not particular about where it settles. Spores, which is how mold spreads, can grow on almost any surface. Surfaces that are porous or semi-porous can hold moisture for longer periods of time, increasing the chances that mold will eventually take home and begin to damage the items it is growing on. Because many of these surfaces can absorb moisture, they are also able to be penetrated by mold itself, leaving nearly permanent stains.
Baymeadows homes that do not have a functional dehumidifier run a much higher risk of developing mold damage. Having an air conditioner or central air is often not sufficient in reducing humidity levels in a home. Remediation efforts for mold damage should not overlook these two possible sources of mold. Air ducts and locations surrounding units, as well as surrounding areas in attics and crawl spaces should also be included.
At SERVPRO, we know that for mold remediation, efforts must be through and even aggressive in nature to remove the cause of the fungi infestation. Otherwise, restorative work is very likely to become contaminated and need restoration itself shortly. This isn't to say that remediation will remove all mold in a home – that isn't possible. Mold is always in the air, both inside and outdoors, on clothing and shoes, in your vehicles, even in the soil around your home and garden. When it begins to grow in expanded areas, uncontrollably, is when problematic situations with mold damage arise.

This is why, in addition to the physical restorative work of removing and replacing damaged areas in a home, and cleaning other areas where mold has settled on non-porous furnishings, we also use equipment to clean the air inside of your home. We know that full containment isn't possible without these, and understand that placement of these is also very important. Air scrubbers can clean the air of particles that are extremely small and will eliminate bacteria and viruses, in addition to mold spores, from the air your family breathes. Because their number will be greatly reduced (never fully eliminated), there is no risk of them starting additional colonies.
Mold damage can often be a sign of ongoing water leaks or other ways water is entering your home. We have moisture meters and humidity detectors that can pinpoint the underlying problem. Then, we can eliminate it, ensuring that mold damage won't be a problem in the future. Our technicians can also advise you on how to prevent conducive conditions for mold proliferations.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 are always ready to take your call.

Flood Damage Recovery Challenges Inspire Jacksonville Oceanside Lodgings To Prepare For Next Time

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage Recovery Challenges Inspire Jacksonville Oceanside Lodgings To Prepare For Next Time Don't let flooding close your business for long. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

SERVPRO Can Help You Beat Flood Damage Odds

A century after the last significant hurricane hit our area, oceanside hotels and resorts recently dealt with the heavy rains and storm surge from Matthew in late 2016. If your beach location caused actual water incursion or the fear of flooding in guest rooms and common areas you want to take proactive steps before the next rising water situation threatens. Work with our flood disaster specialists to prepare for speedy flood damage recovery by scheduling an inspection and assessment from our team of restoration technicians. Our professionals partner with you to develop a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, preparing for a fast reaction from our recovery team should your seaside lodgings face flood damage from severe weather.

Your resort or hotel is a destination for excited and eager travelers who need assurance that even the potential of commercial flood damage will not interfere with their vacation in Jacksonville. When we visit your accommodations, we complete a thorough assessment of your hotel property, looking for ways to minimize flooding damage you can implement before the next storm season. We will sketch out the layout of your property, paying particular attention to where utilities and mechanical systems are located. In order to minimize any shutdown of the lodgings, you offer we also ask you to identify key staff who can authorize flooding abatement task by our team, especially if you cannot be reached during the critical time immediately after water floods through your business. Together with you and your management team, we craft a detailed plan that keeps your guests safe and dry while we manage the flooding. Share your preparedness proudly with your guests when they inquire as to how your hotel will respond to potential water intrusion.

If your hotel is not ready for seasonal flooding, you risk a temporary closure, forced to turn away guests who anticipated a wonderful time sheltered within your unique hostelry. SERVPRO stands ready to help you avoid even a short term period where you shut your doors. Statistics show that 50 percent of businesses that close after a flooding or other disaster do not survive to reopen, making it essential you prepare for the possibility of a disaster. You want to plan to be a holiday destination that beats the odds when the fear of flooding looms.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is your flood damage preparedness partner. Hotel and resort owners who call us at (904) 762-8066 to schedule the development of an ERP are well on their way to beating the odds. Plan for the floods and ensure both your guests’ enjoyment and your financial security.

Mold Damage Remediation Services In Spring Park

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services In Spring Park Let SERVPRO remove any mold in your Spring Park home or business.

Mold growth occurs naturally on a continual basis within our environment. With that said, it is important to understand that removing mold entirely is simply not possible. It grows and exists everywhere, but, there are proven methods used today to limit exposure and contain the spread of mold throughout your home.
Learn how the services that we offer at our Spring Park offices can assist in mold damage remediation. We can help you understand the conditions that cause mold to grow and teach you how to prevent major infestations from happening.
One of the main steps in preventing the growth and spread of mold is control of the environment. You should attempt to maintain less than 50% humidity within your home. There are several dehumidifiers that you can purchase to accomplish this goal. Removing as much moisture as possible and eliminating any potential water sources can contribute to controlling the spread of mold in your home.
At SERVPRO we have experienced situations where mold spores lie dormant and wait until the perfect conditions exist so that they can cause massive contamination within a relatively small amount of time. It isn't impossible for you to have visibly infested areas cleaned, only to have other areas pop up throughout your home a short time later.
Our technicians at SERVPRO perform a thorough analysis to determine possible moisture patterns to prevent this from happening. We also perform tests on the surrounding area, including the air, carpets, curtains and other fabrics, as well as other surfaces within the contaminated area for possible infestation.
SERVPRO technicians understand how important venturing into the walls and crawl spaces is a significant step to removal and future prevention. Wood, drywall, insulation, and paper are all highly absorbent materials that mold uses to grow colonies and spread its spores.
You and your pets could be tracking microscopic mold spores from room to room without ever realizing it. Carpets absorb moisture and develop mold growth which can be prevented by properly drying your footwear, bathing your pets regularly and cleaning your carpets with the proper equipment. Remember, there is no way to remove it entirely, the goal here is to limit our exposure and eliminate the conditions that allow it to flourish within your home.
Learn more about the characteristics and behavior of mold within your home by contacting us at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South; we're waiting to provide you with the services that you need. (904) 762-8066

Develop A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile And Plan For Potential Commercial Fire Damage

11/13/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Develop A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile And Plan For Potential Commercial Fire Damage Let SERVPRO Ready Plan help prevent any future damage to your commercial property

Develop A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile And Plan For Potential Commercial Fire Damage In Your South Riverside Apartment Building
Arm yourself or your property manager with individualized fire restoration help “In The Palm Of Your Hand” by partnering with SERVPRO and developing an Emergency Ready Profile and plan with our mobile app. Your rental housing investment and the safety and well being of your tenants depends upon your quick response if a fire starts in any rental unit or common area. Work with us to create your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) before disaster strikes, permitting us to have immediate access to the essential information we need to begin mitigating and restoring fire damage fast. The sooner we arrive on site, the more likely it is that your tenants will be swiftly returned safely to their homes and your structure will be returned to its pre-loss condition.
Abating the extent of your commercial fire damage in South Riverside is the key to resuming your successful business. Statistics reveal that half of all businesses that must shut down after a fire or other disaster may never reopen. If you have no viable plan in place for your apartment building and your tenants, you may join those who ultimately lose their investment. Tenants who are dislodged must seek shelter elsewhere and are disinclined to wait until you straighten out the chaos to move back into one of your apartments. The fear and unease of the fire are replaced by uncertainty and a lingering concern that you are not operating things properly if there is no blueprint to follow after the fire. Do not let your tenants or yourself down when we can restore both structures and belongings on a reasonable timetable. Knowing you have planned for the worst and are rising above the disaster fast will give your tenants the confidence to stick with you as the fire damage is restored.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile you create with our expert input will condense all necessary information within one easy to access plan both you and we can view and follow. No time needs to be lost in those critical minutes and hours after the firefighters leave the premises when your ERP is current. We assess your apartment complex prior to any disaster at no cost, helping you identify the things that will be most important to get you and your tenants back into the building, safe and healthy. Everything from identifying key personnel within your business to authorize work to nuts and bolts like where shut off valves is located are instantly available to our commercial restoration technicians so we can move forward with no impediments that could compromise health or safety or delay restoration.

Protect your rental housing units by developing an Emergency Ready Profile and plan with SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. If fire damage in your commercial building occurs alerting us at (904) 762-8066 will roll out your personalized fire damage restoration blueprint for immediate restorative action.

Cleaning And Restoring Flood Damage In Spring Park

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning And Restoring Flood Damage In Spring Park Flooding can cause major damage to your property.

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 is going to happen. They will then inspect your home and its contents. They will write down all their findings and figure out safety and drying procedures, and then they will begin protecting the structure.

For any type of flood damage in Spring Park, 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 to you what we are doing and why and go over the right 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 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 wet 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 which 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 and regulations.

Storm Damage from Hurricane Matthew

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage from Hurricane Matthew SERVPRO Handles Hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville

SERVPRO Provides Professional Restoration After Storms and Hurricanes

Hurricane Matthew hit the Eastern Coast just recently, and with it, affected many states with terrible storm damage. According to the NOS tide gauge at Fernandina Beach (operated by NOAA), Florida experienced a peak surge of 9.88 feet above normal on October 7th. Hurricane Matthew hit the Southern States of the U.S. Further, it has been reported that due to the damages and loss of life, that Matthew has become the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Stan in 2005. With an estimated 6 Billion dollars in damage, Hurricane Matthew dumped enough rain to fill the Rose Bowl 163,000 times.
Storm damage in Jacksonville post-hurricane is stressful and more than inconvenient. Life right after a hurricane can profoundly affect your home, your workplace, and your life. Once you have found your way to safety, it is important to know who to call. SERVPRO has the expert knowledge needed to safely traverse your damaged home, remove water damage, get rid of all debris, and begin the restoration process with the respect and professionalism you deserve.
Staying Safe After a Hurricane
The aftermath of a massive storm such as a hurricane can be difficult. Many dangers exist after your home has been flooded or damaged in any way by a storm. These dangers can not only harm you but could even take your life.
Personal hazards that occur in a water damaged home include wading in high water levels to save belongings, getting stuck in confined spaces, slipping, falling, and being exposed to chemicals or dangerous toxins as a result of flooding. It does not take a lot of standing water in your home to present these dangers. Swiftly moving floods can drown you, stay out of vehicles.
One such contamination is the unknowns that lie in the storm water. Surges combined with groundwater runoff lead to biohazards including infectious waste, chemicals, fertilizers, pathogens, and molds. It can be dangerous or worse to become exposed to these toxins if you wade in the water damage.
SERVPRO professionals know personally how hazardous water damage restoration can be. This is why we promote a safety-first attitude among our employees as well as you, our clients and neighbors. Our Emergency Storm Teams are located throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada. These semi-trailers and vehicles are stocked with heavy duty equipment and products to grapple with flooding and fire damage related events.
Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 if you have been affected by a recent hurricane and are in need of water damage removal and restoration. Our staff is at your disposal 24/7 with our Emergency Services. Let us put your mind at ease!

Fire & Smoke Damage Lurk in Hidden Areas

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire & Smoke Damage Lurk in Hidden Areas Smoke & Fire Damage In Englewood Can Stop the Music

SERVPRO Has the Expertise to Restore Smoke Damaged Items

Fires are one of the most destructive forces a residential home can encounter. This ruin is because fire is the only natural force that can not only create damage in every crevice from floor to roof but endanger lives as well. We are all familiar with the charring, soot, ash, debris, scorch marks, and other damage flames cause in the home. However, what happens after the fire? It may surprise many to know that depending on the type and size of the fire, “after fire” activities can cause more damage to your home. Secondary fire damage is always a factor.
Fire damage in Englewood may be unavoidable in many cases, but with some helpful information about what to do after a fire, you can have a better understanding of the type of fire that has affected your home and what that will mean for you regarding the contents. After SERVPRO has answered your emergency fire cleanup/restoration call, you still have some decisions to make regarding the contents of your home after everything is complete.
Household Textiles and Clothing
Often forgotten after the sudden events of a devastating fire, are household textiles and clothing that were not directly burned or charred by fire. While the odor may be apparent, there is more invisible damage that you do not see that will have affected your fabric furniture, upholstery, carpeting, and clothing.
This unknown makes it important to take action to ensure that your textiles, clothing, furniture, upholstery and more are appropriately and thoroughly cleaned, or thrown away if necessary. Dry cleaning is recommended to remove smoke odors and soot from clothing, but sometimes this is not enough. Many SERVPRO franchises provide an Esporta Cleaning Machine that greatly increases the effectiveness of cleaning soft items and fabrics.
Removing Soot from Textiles
Before you can clean and deodorize upholstery, carpets, drapes, and furniture, visible soot must be withdrawn by our fire damage specialists. Since soot is oily, it is imperative that as the homeowner, you do not touch anything after a fire. A professional will do this job properly and safely.
Removing Smoke Odor from Textiles
After removing soot, the remaining damage will now smoke odor. This will remain in your furniture, fabrics, carpets, and clothing if it is not properly deodorized and cleaned. Ozone treatment is a modern method professional use, as it is a deodorizing process that breaks up smoke molecules to eliminate odors and toxins.
Remember that deodorizing should be done before you remove any textiles and clothing from the home to be cleaned at dry cleaners and professional carpet cleaners.
Contact Us
No matter what type of fire damage you have encountered, remember to call the professionals so that you have the best chances of saving what you can of your home. Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for help, questions, quotes, inspections, and service. We are available to take your all 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Homeowner Prevention Can Mitigate Hurricane Damage

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Homeowner Prevention Can Mitigate Hurricane Damage SERVPRO Helps Post Hurricane Flooding in Jacksonville

SERVPRO Hurricane Help for Florida

Hurricane season begins June 1st and continues through November 30th. That's for everywhere that is within the areas in this hemisphere that have even a minimal risk. For the East Coast and the Eastern Caribbean, the period to worry about is from mid-August to mid-September. And now, into the first week of October.

Hurricane storm damage in Jacksonville is caused by high winds that don't simply blow things around and pull roofs off of homes and commercial buildings. They also blow water into, through, over and under whatever may be in their path. It's this water that gets into places that home and business owners don't see even when inspecting for damage after a storm. Two areas that are particularly vulnerable are soffits and exterior seals. Soffits are the undersides of a variety of construction elements. These include an arch that is supported by piers or columns, a projecting cornice, chimney side or any exterior overhang of an eave. If these elements are not adequately secured, water can be blown in behind or underneath to soak and eventually rot the wood behind them. Not to mention that improperly fastened soffits can be ripped right off a wall by hurricane winds.

Fortunately, securing them is inexpensive and relatively easy using stainless steel screws and a polyurethane sealant. Dade County hurricane codes are now being followed throughout Florida to mitigate the effects of high winds and storm surges. First, use the sealant to form a continuous layer along the edge of the elements and the wall they are secured to. Be certain to use enough labor and clamps to hold the soffit in place and then firmly attach it to the wall with the screws. Be certain to research first and make sure the ones you use are long enough to hold everything in place when a hurricane will eventually strike. SERVPRO recommends that you request your insurance agent to set up an assessment for wind mitigation. Not only will this protect your structure better, but it could lower your insurance premium.

Exterior seals protect the interior of a home or business from wind and water at the weak points of a structure's surface. These are the cut-outs and other openings where electrical cables, pipes, and wall outlets enter into a home or commercial building. If they aren't properly protected, the wind will not just blow water inside, but also begin to damage walls and foundations. The right type of caulk will seal any opening, regardless of the exterior material (metal, stone or wood).

Protecting your home or business from hurricane winds and water is not an easy process, but every dollar and hour of labor in prevention is worth ten when it comes to clean-up and recovery. If a hurricane has gotten past your defenses, call us here at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 to begin the process of reclaiming your property and getting on with your life.

Where Can Mold Damage Spread To?

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where Can Mold Damage Spread To? Mold reproduces relatively quickly, and can easily spread out across a home and create additional colonies.

Where Mold Is Likely To Grow In Your Property

If you have discovered a colony of mold growing in your home, you may be alarmed that it will spread to other materials and regions of the house. Mold reproduces relatively quickly, and can easily spread out across a home and create additional colonies. Sometimes, mold spores may remain dormant until they find the perfect growing conditions in your home, and so there may still be problems days or weeks after you thought the problem was stamped out. To prevent this, SERVPRO does a thorough analysis of wetness and causative factors in the home, but you should also understand where mold is most likely to spread in your home.
Carpeting across your home has a relatively high chance of incurring additional mold damage in Jacksonville. Carpets often absorb the same moisture as higher-elevation spots of damage, and thus can easily develop mold growth even if they were not the original focal point in your damages. Furthermore, carpets in different rooms can easily transfer mold spores between each other when a human or pet steps on a developing mold patch, carrying a large mass of microscopic mold spores without ever realizing it.
Curtains, Towels, and Fabrics in Bathrooms
No matter where the mold damage is in your home, fabrics in your bathroom may be at an elevated risk simply because they are constantly in a warm, moist environment. Mold spores spread through the air across your home, and there is little to be done about this, but reducing the amount of moisture affecting fabrics and organic materials in the bathroom can help prevent mold.
Behind Walls and in Attics
The materials behind walls and in attics are commonly made of wood and perhaps paper, two highly absorbent, organic substances which are highly favored by mold. If any kind of moisture reaches these regions, mold will grow quickly in them. We use advanced detection equipment to measure humidity and risk in these areas for further mold growth.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a locally-owned company with national assets to help stamp out even the toughest mold cases in the community. Call us 24/7 at (904) 762-8066 for mold remediation or services.

4 Hidden Dangers of Water Damage

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Hidden Dangers of Water Damage Don't let water damage your South Riverside home. Let the pros of SERVPRO of Jacksonville South take care of it!

4 Dangers of Residential Water Damage

Water damage can result from some different sources, including devastating weather, malfunctioning appliances, leaky roofs, and burst pipes. No matter what the cause, a water emergency is a serious issue that should be handled by a professional immediately. 

If you're a homeowner facing water damage in South Riverside, it's important that you call a skilled contractor as soon as possible to start the repair and restoration process. The longer that water sits in your home, the more havoc it will wreak on its structure and your possessions. Here are a few dangers caused by water damage that many homeowners don't notice until it's too late.

1. Mold and Mildew

The growth of mold and mildew can ruin your flooring, walls, furniture, and the surfaces of your home, not to mention your clothing, books, and documents. In addition to creating odors that are tough to eliminate, mold can be harmful to the health of your pets and family members. At SERVPRO, we're experts at preventing water damaged homes from developing mold growth.

2. Structural Problems

The weight of water is enough to put stress on your home's foundation, flooring, and walls and cause the need for extensive repairs. We're careful to extract as much moisture as possible when restoring homes with water damage.

3. Electrical Dangers

Water, wiring, and appliances are never a good combination, and water emergencies often cause major appliances to malfunction or pose electrical hazards. Having your home thoroughly assessed and inspected is the best safety measure to take once water damage has occurred.

4. Hazardous Materials

Water damage is often accompanied by dangerous debris, such as contaminated plaster and materials with lead. Our team is well equipped to repair your home in addition to removing any hazards.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you're facing a water emergency, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is here to get your home quickly back to normal. For more information about our water damage restoration services or to receive a quote, call us at (904) 762-8066.

Fire Damage Restoration Professionals for Residents

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Professionals for Residents Fire damage is devastating. Trust our SERVPRO of Jacksonville team to get you back to normal life.

Professional Restoration for Residential Fire Damage 

When fire damage happens, it involves a lot of individuals. There are firefighters, insurance adjusters, fire investigators, and others. It is a very stressful time for homeowners and/or business owners. It is also a time when you are not thinking clearly, and you are being pulled in many different directions. This type of environment can cause property owners costly mistakes. For this reason, people who experience fire damages need a professional company that will stand by their side from beginning to end. 

Property owners who have experienced fire damage in Jacksonville, Florida has a restoration company who will not only rescue their belongings, but SERVPRO also works with owners in managing the insurance paperwork and process. We use our specialized training, innovative equipment, and industry certifications, which enables us to restore your property to a pre-fire condition. 

We are a part of the community. We are locally owned and operated. This means that we arrive at fire damage emergencies very quickly. When we arrive, we don't just stand around with our hand in our pockets. We make sure that your home and/or your business is properly inspected. We understand that where there is fire, there will smoke damage, water damage, soot damage and odor damage. Our experienced technicians know that within 24-48 hours, mold could also quickly form. 

Our process to give you peace of mind, is the removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces, water removal and drying out rooms and cleaning and repairing your investments. If your property needs to be boarded up, we will take care of that on your behalf. If needed, we also provide roof tarp service. The final result is restoration to get your home or your business back to a normal condition. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South today. We are leaders in the restoration industry. We are the company that you can trust to have your back when there is an emergency. Fire damage is a devastating event, but we will work with you to alleviate your fears and concerns. When you call us, we patiently answer any questions that you may have. Call us at (904) 762-8066. 

How Hurricanes Form Tornadoes

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Hurricanes Form Tornadoes Additional dangers, such as tornados can occur during a hurricane.

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. Some tropical storms and hurricanes, however, can spin up tornadoes, as many have in the past. Just how do tropical storms and hurricanes make tornadoes? 

Tropical storms and hurricanes are known collectively as tropical cyclones and have all the ingredients needed for 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, with namely a layer of warm air that is less moist and slightly colder than the air above it. All of 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 speed of the wind plus the direction of the wind over a short change in height. Rolls form from these alternating winds which are making swirling air. Then these vortices can be flipped vertically, which makes 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 rather uncommon not to have tornadoes with these storms, in fact. Tornadoes form mainly over land 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 that are already there happen to be, but meteorologists are not able to predict yet exactly where the tornadoes strike. 

Usually created in the swirling bands of rain that is 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 different fundamentally 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 which form in the Plains, secondly, get all of their components from different places. With hurricanes, however, they give all the elements needed for twisters on their own. 

If one of these powerful storms has gone through your area, 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 damages. (904) 762-8066

Preventing Mold Damage in Your Residence

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Mold Damage in Your Residence A naturally occurring fungus, mold usually is found lurking in damp, dark environments in your Town Center property.

Mold Damage in Your Residence

It is a common thing nowadays where people are taking care of their health, so why shouldn’t this include your home as well? Mold damage in Town Center can, unfortunately, go unnoticed, but can be harmful to the health of you and your family. A naturally occurring fungus, mold usually is found lurking in damp, dark environments. The perfect places for mold to grow can include basements and attics. Another place which mold can find its foothold is on certain appliances, like humidifiers or indoor vented dryers. Mold is commonly found growing on organic materials as well, like wood, which means there is most likely several places in your which mold could be hiding. If, however, your home is watertight like it should be, then mold shouldn’t be a very big concern. Usually, mold indicates that there is moisture or a leak of some kind in the near vicinity.

After a flood, for instance, mold can easily take over your home. This is the very reason it is critical to making sure that your home is quickly and properly dried if a flood does occur. Although you will want to call in a professional mold remediation service such as SERVPRO because we have the proper tools and protection to do the job right, there are some simple things you can remember to do as well to help make sure mold doesn’t develop or spread further than it has already.

-Get rid of any objects which have mold on them: if you can’t for any reason, you can also freeze them to kill any mold spores that are active.
-Keep humidity and temperatures low: mold thrives in an atmosphere that is moist and warm.
-Ensure that the area is completely dry: if you keep it dry, chances that mold will develop or spread will be quite low.

If you do suspect that you have Town Center mold damage to your residence, have our technicians at SERVPRO look at your structure right away. We have all the tools and equipment to find the source of the moisture, clean the mold up properly and dry the area out thoroughly, all while protecting ourselves with the right gear.

You can reach our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South by calling any time at (904) 762-8066 to allow us to come and look at your damages related to mold. Don’t attempt to clean it yourself, but let us do so, as we have the proper cleaners and methods to clean the mold correctly and lessen a chance of regrowth.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South & Arlington Was Named In the Top 100 Franchises in the Nation

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Jacksonville South & Arlington Was Named In the Top 100 Franchises in the Nation The SERVPRO Team Offers Premier Service

Congratulations to Bryce Clark and the Team at SERVPRO® Jacksonville South & Arlington!

This Top Franchise award recognizes the hard work and dedication to the SERVPRO brand and the excellence in striving to support SERVPRO as the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world! Pictured is the proud owner of this dual franchise, Bryce Clark. He wishes to state that "We are so grateful for this recognition, and I want to thank my team who works tirelessly to take care of our commercial and residential clients. We’ll continue to be on standby to assist our customers with all of their restoration and cleaning needs 24 hours a day."

Remember that quote and give a call to this premier commercial and residential cleaning and restoring company for all your urgent needs. If you require immediate help because of a fire or water damaging event to your home or office in Jacksonville, Arlington, Town Center and surrounding areas, we are ready 24/7 for your call at (904) 762-8066.

Arlington Commercial Water Damage - What to do in the Event of Arlington Commercial Water Damage

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Arlington Commercial Water Damage - What to do in the Event of Arlington Commercial Water Damage Commercial water damage in Arlington can cause all kinds of headaches for business owners, both right away and also in the long run.

What to do in the Event of Commercial Water Damage in Arlington

Water may be essential to living, however it can spell death for your business. Commercial water damage in Arlington can cause all kinds of headaches for business owners, both right away and also in the long run. Therefore, you need to be prepared ahead of time in the event that you experience water damage in your commercial building.

When you experience water damage, whether it is from a burst pipe for instance, you will want to immediately stop the flow of water. Shutting of the main line of water for your business is the first thing you should do. After you have done this, shut off all gas and electricity from the primary source. Don’t handle any appliances if they are not properly insulated and if you have to stand in water to shut off the electricity, you should wait for a professional to help you.

Next, you will want to assess the damage to your building. Make sure to take plenty of pictures, so you have them for the insurance company, and any other documentation you’ll need. These will be helpful later on after you deal with your Arlington commercial water damage, and you need to make your insurance claims.

Let the professionals get rid of all the standing water. The longer water remains, the more damage will occur. They wear protective gear such as gloves, rubber boots, and a respirator or mask. Experts use equipment that is specialized for water removal. Powerful vacuums and pumps are used to eliminate standing water. Industrial dehumidifiers and air movers are utilized to dry out your building.

As much as you can do yourself, it is also important to hire a professional water restoration company as soon as possible after the damage occurs. This is because the moisture will promote the growth of mold and even other organisms, which increase the risk of health problems which are serious. The professionals will also be able to speed up the drying time with special equipment to prevent any further damage, and can find areas with moisture that are hidden behind tile or drywall.

The greatest thing you can do for water damage and water removal is to get in contact with SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. Reach out to them at (904) 762-8066 so that they can come and assess the damage and what the best methods of removal will be.

Arlington Fire Damage-Steps to Take

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Arlington Fire Damage-Steps to Take If Your Home Suffers from Uninvited Flames, Think of Calling SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Quickly Start the Fire Damage Restoration for Your Arlington Property

When Arlington fire damage strike your home, it is essential to hire a professional team to help restore any damages. Get an Estimate Right Away. Call your homeowner's insurance agent, ask for a suggestion for a fire damage restoration company, so that this group can meet with your insurance adjuster. SERVPRO has a working relationship with over 315 insurance and property management companies. This company will work with you to complete your paperwork and assist with your claim process. If an insurance company covers only a certain percent of the total cost, it is imperative to get an accurate assessment of the fire damage, and a scope of service for restoration and repair.

Repairs are needed Quickly
Remember that repairs are required quickly to avoid permanent or further water damage caused by extinguishing the fire. Rapid cleaning and correctly wiping down soot will also salvage more fire damaged items and lessen your final expenses.

Free Estimates from a Professional Company
Most quality restoration companies will provide detailed free estimates. The company will provide you with a list of needed repairs and a timeline for completing the repairs. The estimates must include all fire damage, but also the large tasks of safely removing charred furniture, walls, or other items, as well as clearing smoke odor and water damage from the home. Smoke and soot, in a large blaze, can cause significant destruction. After the water has been removed using industrial grade pumps, the drying process can start using air movers to increase the evaporation rate of the interior and dehumidifiers to reduce the relative humidity (RH) of the ambient air, porous materials, and fabrics.

Restoring your Home
After you have a detailed plan, hopefully provided by SERVPRO, with your insurance company's agreement, our highly skilled IICRC certified technicians can commence with the repair and fire damage restoring of your home in Arlington. Prompt fire damage restoration action helps a professional full-service restoration team like SERVPRO restore the structure to its previous condition as efficiently as possible. Restoring your home starts with good estimates from a good fire damage restoration team. The plan of action will carry through to its conclusion "Like it never even happened."

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, so SERVPRO of Jacksonville South tailors a unique solution. Whether in Arlington, Town Center, or Southside we restore your property. Call us 24/7 for prompt service. (904) 762-8066

The Importance of Residential Fire Damage Cleanup in Southside

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Importance of Residential Fire Damage Cleanup in Southside Fire can cause extreme damage even if it was put out fast.

Call SERVPRO for Southside Residential Fire Damage Cleanup Services

Fire can cause extreme damage even if it was put out fast, and a few different Southside residential fire damage cleanup services will be required to get your home looking its best again. Wet and dry smoke can cause various problems to your property. The leftover smoke scent can make it hard to breathe, and you may also have to deal with soot on everything from your flooring to your ceiling.

The first step to fire damage cleanup should be to make sure that your home is protected from the outside elements. Tarps may need to be placed on your roof, and windows may need to be boarded up to keep your home safe. Once your home is secure, you can get started on the actual cleanup.

Soot and smoke can leave behind a residue that will need to be carefully cleaned. Your flooring, carpets, woodwork, walls, and ceiling will need to be cleaned with state-of-the-art equipment and reliable techniques. In some cases, a thorough cleaning can restore your home to its former condition. In other instances, cleaning is just the first step before repairs and repainting can be completed.

Soot can damage items like your rugs and draperies. Your furniture upholstery may also be completely covered in this residue. It will be vital to have these items cleaned safely. You do not want your fabrics to be damaged during the cleaning process, so the right cleaning products must be used. Other items in your home, including your electronics, should also be checked out and cleaned so that they resume working properly. If you have art in your home, it may need to be cleaned as well. If you can salvage items instead of having to replace them, this will help you to save money and time in the long run.

After your home has been cleaned properly, it should also be deodorized. There are ultra-low volume foggers that can be used to deodorize, disinfect, and apply fungicides. There are also thermal foggers that can neutralize odors. Once the smoke scent has been removed, it’s important to air out the house and allow fresh air to circulate throughout the property. Anything that still smells should be eliminated from the house to keep it from contaminating other items.

If you’re looking for reliable Southside residential fire damage cleanup services, SERVPRO of Jacksonville is ready to take care of your needs quickly and efficiently. We’ll see that all of the soot in your home is removed, and we’ll make sure that the scent of smoke is completely eradicated. Call us today at (904) 762-8066.

What Can A Water Damage Restoration Company Do For Your Arlington Property?

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Can A Water Damage Restoration Company Do For Your Arlington Property? SERVPRO Can Repair the Roof, and Restore the Water Damaged Home

Your Arlington Home's Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When Arlington water damage is the outcome from a fire or flood that occurred on your property, it's critical that you contact a water damage restoration company. These industry professionals possess extensive experience with the remediation process. SERVPRO offers the following information concerning water damage hot spots and restorative processes.

Repairing Structural Damage. One of the primary services provided by water damage restoration experts is the repairing of structural damage. To begin this process, industry professionals assess and set up for emergency repairs:
• Roof-collapsed sections, bent gutters, ruined or missing shingles, damaged or cracked chimneys, and cracked or stained surfaces found on the property's exterior. Tarp and board up openings exposed to the elements.
• Windows-collapsed walls, damaged or broken windows, indications of water leakage through your windows, and wet exterior walls located on the property. Board up and eventually repair and seal with caulk.
• Ruined plants and flooded areas of your yards. Regrade soil for runoff away from the foundation.
• Cracked or wet ceilings, floors, and walls in your attic.
• Damaged or wet ceilings, floors, and walls in your rooms. Locate leak sources before water damage restoration.
• Soft flooring or visible leaks around the commode, stains on countertops and sinks, and damage to bathtubs. Find the source of the leak and install a ceiling exhaust system to remove moisture.
• Cracked or wet foundations, floors, and walls in your basement. Use vapor barriers, water-proof coatings and install a sump pump for emergency use. SERVPRO Restoration experts will also monitor for moisture and inspected the HVAC system.

Content Restoration
In addition to ascertaining out how badly your home's structure has been damaged, our experts will scrutinize your personal possessions and determine which ones should be discarded, cleaned and repaired, or replaced. We offer our CCIS report which itemizes all damages on a room-by-room basis. This report will aid you with your insurance claim, and we will also work with your insurance company to restore your home to its pre-loss condition, in the most economical way.

Once the water has been removed from the premises we clean, wipe, and dry household items, either on-site or ship to our facilities. All skilled SERVPRO technicians have IICRC certification plus extensive corporate training.
• Upholstered furniture, artwork, books and photos
• Wooden pieces like dressers, tables, and cabinets
• Digital media forms like computers, DVDs, and CDs
• Carpets, drapes, clothing, and other types of fabric
• Appliances such as dryers, washers, and refrigerators

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Help You Now

When your Arlington property has been affected by water damage, you may feel confused about what to do. Don't. Instead, call the experienced professionals of SERVPRO. We are close by, and our goal is to restore your home to a safe and secure condition. "Like it never even happened."

Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South proudly serves Arlington, Jacksonville, and Southside with 24/7 immediate emergency help for all fire, mold, and water damaging problems. Call us. (904) 762-8066

Why Water Cleanup Is Important in Town Center

12/20/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Water Cleanup Is Important in Town Center Get in the habit of monitoring and maintaining areas in your home prone to water damage.

The Importance of Town Center Water Cleanup

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. Some of the health issues that individuals who are exposed to mold tend to experience include chronic fatigue, asthma attacks, dizziness, vision complications, diarrhea, nausea, difficulty breathing, and lung challenges. Ongoing exposure to mold growth can also lead to cancer and other pathogenic diseases.

 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.

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (904) 762-8066

Atlantic Beach Hit by Flooding This Week

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South was featured on News4Jax

Atlantic Beach residents have been affected by flooding this week after hours of rain hit the area Sunday night and Monday morning. Many Hotels and businesses downtown were also affected by this storm and are in need of clean up and restoration.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South immediately took action after owner, Chandler St. Peters, received 20 calls in 12 hours about flooding and water damage. St. Peters and his SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team came to the rescue.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South will start the water extraction and drying process on some of these properties to restore them. St. Peters mentioned that this process takes a few days but it is required to clear the water safely from these properties.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is open 24/7 and is strategically located to respond quickly to your emergency situation.

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Fire Damage And Restoration for Arlington

10/27/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage And Restoration for Arlington Every House Should Have at Least One

SERVPRO Remedies the Fire Damage to Your Arlington Property

If your residential property in Arlington is impacted by a fire, there are numerous steps you'll need to take to start and successfully complete the fire damage restoration process. In many cases, homeowners grow overwhelmed, and fear that they will lack the assistance and economic resources necessary to return their property to its original condition. However, knowing what to do and who to call immediately after a fire is the key to saving money and preserving sanity. With that in mind, try using the following strategies to get the fire damage restoration process going.

Call Your Insurance Company

The first things you should do following a fire is to call your homeowners insurance company. An adjuster will be sent out by your insurance agent to complete several steps. He will inspect, and document visible fire damage and also take photographs. He can help with the claim forms and give you a formal okay to go forward with the fire damage remediation process. Be sure to take pictures of all areas of your property that have been damaged for your own records in case disputes arise. This will help ensure that you obtain the maximum level of coverage possible. A smart move is to call in SERVPRO, a locally owned franchise with national roots, to inspect and assess the fire damage and to offer you a CCIS report that is a very comprehensive listing. This listing inventories fire damaged items and building materials room by room. It will indicate what is deemed to be salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable.  We can work in conjunction with your adjuster, upon your approval, of a formal plan to start the fire damage restoration process.

Never Complete A DIY Project

Because they are anxious to see their property restored to its pre-fire condition, many homeowners seek to complete some of the cleanup work themselves. Even in the case of little damage with collateral damage, this is not a good idea. There is a wide range of hidden dangers that can result from fire damage. Exposure to these dangers can endanger your health and even your life. Smoke damage and odor, oily soot coating furniture and fabric and layers of ashes require professional assistance for proper and safe remediation. You should leave the fire damage restoration process in the hands of the trained professionals from SERVPRO.

The remediation experts of SERVPRO are here to help. We've been restoring fire-damaged properties in Arlington for more than 57 years. Our uniformed, trained technicians are certified by the  Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We also utilize state-of-the-art equipment, chemicals, and a national franchise network for backup. Our goal is to get you back home ASAP.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Arlington too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency also in Town Center and Southside. We are proud to be an active member of the Arlington community. Call us for assistance. (904) 762-8066

SERVPRO Reacts Immediately to Water Damage Restoration in Jacksonville

9/28/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Reacts Immediately to Water Damage Restoration in Jacksonville Always Keep An Eye Out for Leaks!

The Water Damage in Your Jacksonville Home Can Be Remedied by SERVPRO

If your residential home in Jacksonville is victimized by water damage, the time to act is now. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that secondary water damage can commence within 24 to 48 hours of exposure. One study found that wet drywall left untreated for two days had already given rise to microbial growth, including mold and mildew. In recognizing that addressing water damage is a time-sensitive matter, many homeowners wonder what steps they should take to optimize and expedite the remediation process. The most effective way to accomplish this objective is to call a team of trained water restoration specialists from SERVPRO. Learn more about this important matter by reviewing the following short outline:

What Can Water Damage Contractors Do For You?

By calling a water damage specialist to assist with the remediation of your residential property in Jacksonville, you will find many benefits. First, these remediation professionals from SERVPRO will perform a detailed assessment and inspection of your property to determine the depth and scope of water damage. Once they have logged this information, the water removal process can start. Truck mounted water pumps, and vacuums will remove the standing water. The next step is drying out walls, ceilings, flooring, hidden voids and structural materials with several types of de-humidifiers and air-movers. Additionally, they will remove or discard wet building materials like insulation, drywall, and carpet.

Moisture Readings

Another important component of the water remediation process is moisture readings. The restoration specialists will take moisture readings of affected areas of the property during the drying process. This step is important because it will ensure that your property is thoroughly dry prior to the water damage repair process. An applied structural drying technician from SERVPRO will monitor moisture levels in hidden regions of the property such as behind cabinets and wall cavities. This step ensures the prevention of excess moisture that could lead to microbial growth. The proliferation of mold in your home can lead to potentially hazardous health issues.

Water damage in Jacksonville is a serious matter that necessitates immediate, effective restoration services from a team you can trust. The team to call for fast, thorough restoration is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals offer 24/7 emergency services and use all of the cutting-edge equipment and advanced methodologies necessary to expedite the restoration process to completion. Let us help you get the water out and you back into your Jacksonville home.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of Town Center, Jacksonville South and Starke. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is locally owned and operated and ready to help Jacksonville residents with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies. Just call us. (904) 762-8066.

Fire Restoration to a Jacksonville Commercial Building

9/4/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Restoration to a Jacksonville Commercial Building Get the Fire Out and Your Customers Back

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

Q: What will happen to my building in Jacksonville if I do not quickly get fire damage restoration service after  being the victim of a fire, 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 and restore your building and to re-open the doors is lost revenue. Immediately contact your insurance agent and then SERVPRO. This commercial fire restoration company will promptly respond, and upon agreement, begin to mitigate the water and fire damage. Delaying the fire restoration process 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. Yourself and other Jacksonville building occupants may be subjected to an irritation of the eyes, throat, and lungs. Young children and the elderly who have asthma will particularly be in danger of having an asthmatic attack triggered.

Q: As the owner of a business, 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 work to get you back to work. SERVPRO experts are  IICRC certified, click on the hyperlink for details.

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

A: The SERVPRO technicians will begin the building restoration process by inspecting the structure, assessing the damage and then determine the proper course of action beginning with the cleanup. They will do a comprehensive clean up and eliminate ashes, smoke, soot and debris. Because the odors caused by smoke may permeate walls and crevices, our professionals will 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 re-opened.

Commercial Building 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. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises.

 Learn more about our commercial restoration services. Call us. (904) 762-8066

Mold Inspection And Remediation in Jacksonville: A Brief Overview

9/3/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Inspection And Remediation in Jacksonville:  A Brief Overview Stop the Mold and then Renovate

Professional Mold Remediation in Jacksonville Calls for an Expert Company

One of the most serious problems that can occur as a result of water damage in Jacksonville is the need for mold remediation for your home. Because natural disasters can happen at any time, homeowners are concerned about water damage affecting their property in conjunction with one of the secondary results--mold infestation. This concern is legitimate because problems in your home caused by mold proliferation could result in health effects and structural challenges. Because mold may gain a foothold in your home due to water intrusion or leaks, it is important for you to secure mold inspection and mold remediation services from the experts at SERVPRO.

Mold Inspection and Remediation: A Brief Overview

The mold is a fungus, and it can come in an assortment of colors, including gray, green, black, or white. Mold can also appear in various shapes and thrives best in materials that have a high moisture content. Examples would be ceiling tiles, paint, carpet, wallboard, and paneling. While mold growth can result from water damage, it can also be caused by high humidity within the home. Try to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. To effectively remove mold, SERVPRO mold remediation experts will first identify the areas of mold sources and locations, then evaluate the extent of the growth. After this information is gathered, the technicians can start to remove and clean the mold from the environment.

The mold inspection process must be thorough. Unfortunately, mold can begin to grow and thrive in a variety of places, which means that mold remediation specialists need to analyze the residential property carefully. Although mold can thrive in several areas, the main points of inspection should be leaky roofs, indoor plumbing regions, HVAC systems and regions where there are building maintenance problems. In addition to eliminating mold, the remediation process will help prevent its spread or reoccurrence by eliminating moisture sources, and removing infested material. Disposing of these causes of mold proliferation helps restore a healthy environment to your home.


As made apparent by the information outlined above, a mold infestation is a serious matter and should never be taken lightly. Although some property owners may want to complete the removal process for themselves, this is not the best course of action. To secure mold removal efficiently, you should attain assistance from professionals who have industry experience.

The technicians from SERVPRO have at their disposal the specialized tools necessary to do a thorough job. As important as the tools and equipment are, job knowledge, expertise and experience are of equal value. This makes SERVPRO the ideal company to remediate your mold issue. Call us now to attain the excellent, expedient mold inspection and remediation services you need!

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of Jacksonville. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Jacksonville residents and business owners with any size mold contamination.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Arlington, FL
  • Town Center, FL
  • Southside, FL
  • Baymeadows, FL
  • San Marco, FL
  • Arlington, FL
  • Jacksonville South, FL
  • Saint Nicholas, FL
  • Starke, FL

We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores. Call us, we are here. (904) 762-8066 

How SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage in St Nicholas

8/6/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage in St Nicholas House fire needs some attention. Call SERVPRO for restoration.

How the Pros Handle Fire Restoration, in St Nicholas, after a Fire

When it comes to fire damage in St Nicholas, things can get pretty ugly relatively quickly if you've dealt with a fire. Even after the fire is put out, you'll still have residual damage that can get worse if it is not taken care of by a fire restoration company like SERVPRO. The way  this company works is by helping to restore the original glory of your home and remove any and all damage that might be present. Whether you have fire damage caused by a fire, or you have water damage because of the fire being put out, SERVPRO is there to assist you.

When you first make the decision to hire SERVPRO for your fire damage and fire restoration, you'll want to contact them so that they can come out and assess the damage. Their professional will thoroughly inspect the area to see what type of damage is present and what is required for restoration.  It may be anything from replacing walls to replacing piping and flooring. You will appreciate the fact that SERVPRO takes care of all of the heavy lifting.


The fact that damage left after a fire can leave years worth of damage to your home, it is important for you to hire a professional as soon as you can. SERVPRO mitigates the damage from becoming worse, and it is especially important for the overall health of your family.  It can be unhealthy to live around water damage, mold growth and even soot that might have been left over by the fire that has since been put out by the local fire department.

When you have damage caused by a fire, restoration by SERVPRO is your next step. This restoration ensures that you will have a gorgeous home that you did not have to worry about dealing with on your own. Restoring a home or business after a fire can be a daunting task.  The knowledge that the entire job is in the hands of your SERVPRO experts will put you at ease.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of the community in St Nicholas. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Saint Nicholas residents and business owners with any-sized fire and smoke damage emergencies.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Our expertise in fire damage and water restoration is extensive.  SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve.  Call us for help.  (904) 762-8066

How To Choose A Company To Provide Flood Clean Up Services in Starke

8/6/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Choose A Company To Provide Flood Clean Up Services in Starke SERVPRO can save the day!

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Cleanup in Starke

When flood or water damage has impacted your property in Starke, it's imperative that cleanup begin as soon as possible. Doing it yourself is something that people attempt to save money, but that often results in missing hidden damage that certified SERVPRO professionals are trained to spot during the aftermath.

These professionals not only know what to look for but have the equipment available to expedite the process. This SERVPRO expertise not only helps get the property back into working order but also avoids the ugly hazards that could develop.

Hazards Abound

Some of the dangers that any onslaught of water can do to a home or office include damaging both the water purification and sewage disposal systems. This flood damage results in unsanitary conditions that lead to a breeding ground for infectious organisms like tetanus, typhoid, salmonella, Hepatitis A and E. Coli. Also, standing water is an enticement for mosquitoes that can spread encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

Hiring the Right Professionals

Based on those ominous considerations, contacting the restoration-certified professional such as your local SERVPRO expert should be the first step. Their credentials are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), will help make the selection process easier.

Determining Insurance Coverage

Prior to cleanup, check that you are covered through insurance since not every policy is the same. Some don't cover either the cleanup from a flood or the water damage that results, or both while a bursting pipe may be covered, but rising water isn't.

In many cases, the circumstances unique to a specific situation may be the final determination regarding a homeowner’s coverage, so check with your insurance company.

DIY is Not an Option

No matter how simple a cleanup may seem in your Storm Damaged Starke home, more expensive repair bills may be the outcome. Some results of this can be in material like wood and cloth, which will eventually dry out, but help set the stage for such challenges as dry rot and mold.

Simplicity in a Time of Trouble

Flood damage cleanup is a harrowing process, but it can go more smoothly when certified professionals, such as a SERVPRO expert,  are handling the effort. They offer peace of mind at a time of chaos, and can often salvage items thought lost forever.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flood or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Starke community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques.  We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. (904) 762-8066

What Happens During Fire Damage in South Jacksonville?

3/13/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Happens During Fire Damage in South Jacksonville? Unfortunately, fires can occur out of nowhere and for no true obvious reasons.

What Happens During Fire Damage?

Fires are a lot more common around the world than you might think. Most people assume that fires just won't happen to them and their homes, expecting it to be something that just happens to other people. Unfortunately, fires can occur out of nowhere and for no true obvious reasons. 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.

When you actually deal with a fire and its eventually South Jacksonville fire damage, 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 in anyway could melt because of the extreme heat of the flames. 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 will probably notice a burning or ash smell in the air because of the soot and ash that the flames happen to leave off. Some of this odor could also be caused by wood in the home burning, such as the beams and furniture that are present. You may also notice a 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 Neptune Beach house fire, it can easily leave the home more damaged than it was before.

Living in a home that has dealt with massive fire damage in Neptune Beach is dangerous because of the odors, soot and ash that is constantly in the air. When water damage is present, you may also begin to notice a massive mold problem that will need to be dealt with all on its own. Professional Neptune Beach 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 that has been caused by both the fire and the water that was used to put out the fire. From there, they can give you recommendations on what should be done in order to remedy the problem and get your home livable again for you and your family.

Fire Damage Restoration

We understand that smoke and fire damage is both devastating and disruptive to your family or business. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Professionals respond quickly to repair fire, smoke, and soot damage, including:

  • Fire damage cleanup
  • Smoke and soot damage cleaning and repair
  • Cleaning your home's contents and belongings
  • Eliminating fire and smoke odor and deodorization

Jacksonville Water Damage - Spotting Damage To Flooring

1/6/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Jacksonville Water Damage - Spotting Damage To Flooring SERVPRO's time-tested proprietary cleaning products and methods, SERVPRO of Jacksonville professionals restore your floors without need to refinish.

Jacksonville Water Damage - Laminate Flooring 

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 was allowed to stay on the floor, water damage Jacksonville from moisture can be severe. In many cases, floors can be so badly damaged that they cannot be repaired and must be removed. 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 are saturated with water, 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 Jacksonville 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 are installed without a moisture barrier. The most commonly used underlayment is simply a foam pad installed between the laminate flooring and the subfloor. Even when a moisture barrier is installed, it is still possible for moisture to get trapped 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.

Water Removal Steps for Laminate Flooring
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.   SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Professionals provide fire and Jacksonville water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South proudly serves Jacksonville, Macclenny, Starke, Keystone Heights, White House, St Nicholas, Town Center, Brooklyn, San Marco  and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

Jacksonville Fire Damage - Important Fire Damage Restoration Tips

12/17/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Jacksonville Fire Damage - Important Fire Damage Restoration Tips When you experience a fire, there is not only fire damage, but water damage and mold damage.

After a property has sustained fire damage in Jacksonville, many homeowners are taken aback by the number of challenges that they must overcome while attempting to ensure the restoration and safety of their homes. In addition to being deadly, fires also have the capacity to cause a tremendous amount of property loss. Residential and commercial property owners must collect as much information as they possibly can before having to deal with one of these events. This will increase their chances of making rapid recoveries. The guide that follows is interactive and offers a number of helpful fire restoration tips along with tips that have been provided by FEMA.

The foremost priority of property owners is to assess the nature and amount of damages that a fire has caused. A number of items within the structure could be overlooked when attempting to gauge the full measure of damages. It is vital to carefully review the following items with a fire inspector before choosing to use these in the home or in the business:

* Edible goods

* Eating utensils and dishes

* Furnishings

* Clothing

* Carpeting

* Flooring

When damages are assessed, people often fail to consider their dishes, food and eating utensils. Eating foods that have been contaminated or using contaminated dishes and eating utensils can result in serious illness. A fire restoration service must properly inspect these items before use. If they cannot be salvaged or restored, they will need to be thrown out.

Although the flames will have caused much of the visible damage that occurs in your home during a fire, soot and smoke are often far less conspicuous hazards that could be very detrimental to human health. The leading cause of death among fire victims is smoke inhalation. Thus, smoke damage is the most important thing to consider when assessing fire damage.

Soot is unlike smoke in that it is very easy to detect. This is a fine coat of black dust that is produced by burning oil-based, coal or wood items. These carbon particulates circulate throughout the indoor space and can settle on any surface. If you inhale soot, it can cause serious lung ailments and even death. When the office or home is filled with soot contaminants, fire restoration specialists will have to assess the affected areas in order to learn whether or not it will be possible to restore them.

Water is often the last thing that people think about when dealing with fire damage. Another important detail that is frequently overlooked after a life-threatening blaze is the resulting water damage that results from the efforts on the part of fire officials to put the fire out.

Fires of all sizes are usually extinguished with water. Once fires have been contained, all affected areas will need to be dried completely in order to prevent additional property loss and damage. Restoration companies can employ industrial air movers and dehumidifiers in order to dry carpet padding, carpets, furniture and any other items that have been saturated with water.

Due to the fact that mold spores can develop within just 48 hours after water damages have occurred, it is vital to quickly and efficiently dry the affected area. Water, fire and mold together can result in total property loss if a trusted mold remediation specialist does not properly tend to these situations.

Homeowners can expedite their restoration and repair efforts by learning more about fire damage long before experiencing fires in their homes.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is locally owned and operated and serves Jacksonville, Town Center, Southside, Baymeadows, San Marco, and the surrounding communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

Call us at 24/7 at 904-762-8066 

All Water Damage is Not Equal

9/25/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage All Water Damage is Not Equal Will your Flood Insurance Cover this Flood Damage and The Resulting Water Damage?

Water is the life source of all living things. It's our best friend when filling our oceans, our swimming pools or quenching our thirst, but when it seeps into places it isn't wanted, like our homes, it can quickly turn into our worst enemy. Luckily, depending on the type of home insurance coverage, we have protections against this unwanted enemy. 

The cost of water damage

From 2008-2012, the average insurance claim for water damage and freezing was $7,195, making up 17.5 percent of all insurance claims according to ISO, a Verisk Analytics company. 

It’s important not to ignore indications of potentialwater damage in Jacksonville you shouldn’t hesitate to search out and stop leaks at their very source. When water seepage occurs, moisture collects which not damages your belongings but allows mold to form. Mold then can cause further property destruction in addition to mild to serve health issues, such as congestion, allergy attacks, sinusitis and bronchitis. 

Damage from water can be unexpected, very destructive and expensive to both your health and pocket book. Understanding which coverage is suitable for water accidents will provide the necessary precautions that will help alleviate these factors. 

Will my insurance cover me?

The types of water damage covered under home insurance policies can sometimes cause a lot of confusion. Not all water damage is covered by homeowners insurance. Water damage is considered a different source of damage than flood damage. Water damage is distinctly defined as water that damages a property before it touches ground, such as rain, hail, or a leaking pipe due to poorly constructed plumbing or appliances. 

However, bad plumbing or a faulty appliance is not always a guaranteed and will require you to prove the water damage was due to shoddy repair work or a poorly-manufactured appliance and not just poor maintenance on your part as the property owner. Rain that causes flooding due to ground accumulation may also not be covered by standard water damage insurance. 

By contrast, property located in low-lying areas along lakes, oceans or rivers will likely require specific flood insurance. Properties located in elevated areas or dryer climates where natural sources of water are not as frequent may not even require any flood insurance coverage.

Preventing water damage

In spite of what types of water damage is covered or how the damage happened, prevention is a whole lot easier than going through any insurance claim process. Though some sort of water damage may be inevitable to a property owner, there are precautions to take to at least minimize the risk that include:

• Repair and maintenance of clogged or sagging gutters and downspouts.
• Being wary of trees and plants with invasive roots that have the potential to grow into your pipes, sprinkler systems and septic tanks.
• Using drainage tools in place of unclogging chemical agents.
• Keeping your sump pump clean and running it every few months before storm seasons.
• Installing backflow valves and standpipes to prevent sewage backflow, especially at basement drains, sinks and toilets.
• Directing water build-up away from the foundation by modifying irrigation and landscaping.
• Inspecting windows and doors for water linkage.
• Closing and locking all windows, doors, vents and skylights to prevent wind and wind-driven rain from seeping inside the interior. 

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South proudly serves JacksonvilleArlington, MacclennyStarkeKeystone HightsSt NicholasTrown CenteSouthsideBaymeadowsSan Marco, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Disaster, storm and flood damage
  • Mold Damage
  • SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out.  

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    Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

    11/12/2013 (Permalink)

    Statistics Highlight the Need for Preparation and Caution in Holiday Decorating and Entertaining

    Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist offers tips for preventing holiday fires.

    Lights, candles, action – it’s the holiday season again. Brightly lighted decorations, elaborate meals and large gatherings are all part of traditional holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, these seasonal traditions also cause an average of 230 home fires each year, with an average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries and $17.3 million in property damage.

    “Christmas tree lights and candles are just two of the holiday traditions that increase the likelihood of a fire starting in your home,” says Bryce Clark of SERVPRO® of Arlington. “There are about three times as many cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day and almost twice as many on Christmas Day as there are on non-holidays. It only takes a single distracted or careless action to turn a family get-together into a tragedy.”

    Clark says that homeowners can help keep their homes and their families safe during the holiday season by understanding the dangers and taking some simple, commonsense precautions.

    Holiday Cooking Fire Facts

    • Thanksgiving Day has three times the average number of reported home structure fires involving cooking equipment.

    • The two other peak days for cooking-related fires are Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

    Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

    • Supervise items on the stovetop. Fifty-eight percent of kitchen fires involve ranges; homes with electric cooktops have a higher risk of fire than homes with gas cooktops.

    • Keep flammable items – potholders, packaging, wrapping, wooden utensils, loose clothing – away from the stovetop.

    • Don’t let lack of sleep or alcohol consumption affect your ability to concentrate on preparing the meal.

    Holiday Decorating Fire Facts

    • Half of all holiday decoration fires start because the decoration is too close to a heat source.

    • On average, 32 candle fires are reported each day. December is the peak month for candle fires.

    Holiday Decorating Safety Tips:

    • Keep all decorations away from heat sources like radiators, portable heaters and fireplaces.

    • Use flameless candles.

    • If you do use traditional candles, burn them in sturdy candleholders, well away from drapes and other flammable materials. Never leave them unattended and never allow them to burn down to less than one inch in length.

    Christmas Tree Fire Facts:

    • 50% of live tree fires occur between December 22 and January 5.

    • 31% of tree fires are caused by electrical problems.

    • 14% involve decorative lights.

    Christmas Tree Safety Tips:

    • Keep live trees well watered to reduce the chance of a fire.

    • Check wiring on lights for breaks and wear, replace worn strings and don’t exceed manufacturer guidelines for connecting multiple strands of lights.

    • Don’t leave tree lights plugged in when you are away from home or asleep. “We hope these tips will be a reminder to Jacksonville area families to make fire prevention a priority in their holiday preparations,” said Clark, “so they can spend the season enjoying family and friends, not dealing with the aftermath of a fire.”

    For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, contact Bryce Clark with SERVPRO® of Arlington.

    Information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.servpro.com

    Water Damage Company in Jacksonville, Florida Flood Damage

    8/28/2013 (Permalink)

    Have you ever wondered what you can do as a home owner or a business owner, when you experience major water damage, or even minor water damage for that matter.

    There are several things to consider when your business experiences water damage, as well as some flood terms to help keep you informed of possible floods, here are some of these terms:

    1.  Flood Watch - Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

    2.  Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

    3.  Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

    4.  Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

    Make sure your family always has an emergency action plan above all else.  For businesses we offer a wide range of emergency plans to help in the event of a flood, for example, that may cause sevre water damange.

    For any of your water damage needs in Jacksonville, Florida please do not hesitate to call us!


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