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Don't Let a Frayed Cord Cause a Fire in Your Jacksonville Home!

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Let a Frayed Cord Cause a Fire in Your Jacksonville Home! Our SERVPRO team can clean soot, deodorize any smoke, and restore fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning Up Fire Damage in a Jacksonville Bedroom

When you have the same lamps for a long time, it can be easy to forget to check on the cords every so often. A worn or frayed cord on any appliance can put your home at risk for fire, so it is vital to be aware, especially if you have pets or small children. A compromised electrical cord on your trusty bedroom lamp can cause fire damage that leaves soot on your wall, headboard, sheets, and curtains, and an unpleasant smell and residue from melted plastics or rubbers that is impossible to get out with standard household cleaning products.

If a damaged or frayed cord on your lamp causes fire damage in your Jacksonville residence, the team at SERVPRO is ready to come to your home and address the damage, restoring your bedroom to its pre-fire condition. We can handle everything from cleaning soot off of surfaces and fabrics to deodorizing your bedroom to eliminate smoke odors.

After you make your call, we can have a team at your home within hours to mitigate damage. Our SERVPRO restoration technicians can examine the area to pinpoint soot on walls and wood, which can be manually scrubbed clean with EPA-registered disinfectants, and vacuumed to eliminate carbon residues from floors and surfaces. For fabrics that have been affected by smoke, such as drapery, we can gently clean the surface with a portable vacuum before cleaning.

After clearing up soot and residues, the next step is to mitigate odors with deodorization. Our odor control technician can use a thermal fogger, which emits solvent-based smoke, much like how smoke penetrates porous surfaces in a fire. This emission allows the fogger to bind with odor-causing particles to eliminate foul smells from your fabrics, carpet, upholstery, and other porous surfaces in your home.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can come to your home at any time of the day or night and leave your home looking "Like it never even happened." To request our help cleaning up after disaster strikes in your home, give us a call today at (904) 762-8066.

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Use SERVPRO to Effectively Remediate Your Fire Damaged Home in Jacksonville

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Use SERVPRO to Effectively Remediate Your Fire Damaged Home in Jacksonville Fire damage remediation in your home can encompass many things including debris removal. Contact SERVPRO for effective service.

Debris Cleanup of Your Fire-Damaged Jacksonville Home

Restoring your Jacksonville property after a fire requires professional restoration technicians with extensive training in debris removal and cleanup. A failure to perform this step correctly could result in unnecessary damage or injury, not to mention a higher restoration and reconstruction cost. Addressing pressing concerns after a fire starts with a thorough examination and removal of the existing threats and overly damaged materials and contents. Our professionals can help with a fast response and expertise to perform this phase efficiently and thoroughly.

Fire cleanup in your Jacksonville home happens in stages but begins with the inspection process. Our estimator and project manager can walk through your fire-damaged home with you to explain the work that needs to get done and to get feedback from you with how things should look when restored. This assessment is also critical for damage claim approval with your insurance provider. We work closely with area insurance companies to provide a fast and efficient claims process to ensure restoration work begins without delay.

It is important to reach out to our SERVPRO professionals first, even before your insurance company, to get mitigation and clean up started in your home right away. Even though the fire has gotten extinguished, damage can still continually worsen from spreading soot and smoke residues, airborne contaminants, spreading odors and other threats. Our mitigation process not only seeks to address some of these concerns immediately but also allows our team to set up containment barriers to prevent these effects from spreading further through the property.

With a licensed contracting firm among our SERVPRO team, we can offer controlled demolition and debris removal beginning with our initial visit. Once mitigation completes, these same experienced contractors can begin work right away on build back. Our comprehensive approach can save you time and money on getting your fire-damaged property restored entirely.

Fires can greatly damage your home and require fast cleanup and debris removal to begin making it safer for restoration workers and others exposed to the compromised property. Our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South rapid response team can arrive quickly, 24/7, to make fire damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (904) 762-8066.

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Winning Tactics for Jacksonville Fire Damage Remediation

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Winning Tactics for Jacksonville Fire Damage Remediation Our technicians have access to advanced equipment that can help rid your home of odor after a fire. Call team SERVPRO for effective results.

The Importance Of Fire Odor Removal In Your Jacksonville Home

Recovering from a fire disaster is a many-phase process in Jacksonville. Our highly-qualified fire mitigation team takes the process step by step, ensuring we miss nothing in our quest to make your fire crisis “Like it never even happened.” From water and chemical removal because of firefighting efforts to customized residue cleaning and charring restoration, we handle all necessary tasks safely and professionally.

Lingering smoke smells make fire odor removal a must in your Jacksonville home. No matter how untouched your dwelling looks after our team finishes surface cleaning and damage restoration, the unmistakable odor of the combusted building materials and contents brings back unpleasant and perhaps terrifying memories.

SERVPRO fire remediation crew members approach odor removal systematically, following protocols learned during Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. We start by removing the burned materials, including scraping down charred structural materials to undamaged layers. A thorough cleaning removes many of the odor-bearing residues. If a smell continues to emanate from a cleaned surface, we might consider sealing with appropriate professional products.

HVAC systems can spread and retain odor-bearing particles. If vents are open during the fire or fire residue cleaning efforts, the odors drift far from the fire site. At a minimum, filters need changing, and the system needs to be turned off for evaluation. SERVPRO experts inspect the ductwork to see if cleaning or sealing is indicated and make arrangements to complete that service.

Airborne soot particles and those that settle on surfaces and furnishings are tiny yet pack a pungency that must be addressed. SERVPRO crews prefer to use techniques and equipment that eliminate the odors rather than covering them with distracting perfumes. Thermal foggers recreate the conditions of the fire to disperse heated chemicals that attach to the granular bits and neutralize the smell. We also use hydroxyl generators or ozone machines as another way to attack the odor problem at a molecular level. Enzymatic products can help with organic soiling and smells.

Rely on the team at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South to eliminate the smoky odors that might otherwise remain in your home even after fire remediation. Call us at (904) 762-8066 to get the process of odor abatement rolling.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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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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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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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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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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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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 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 

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.

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