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After A Flood Causes Damage To Your Jacksonville Home, Call Our Experts Immediately!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After A Flood Causes Damage To Your Jacksonville Home, Call Our Experts Immediately! For emergency restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066.

Repairing Floorboards After Flood Damage In Jacksonville

Burst water pipes can be a cause of excessive quantities of water in the home. Metal pipes expand and contract in response to temperature changes which can cause splitting, weakening or bursting. A pipe can put out more than 160 gallons of water per hour. If a family is away from the property, that could result in thousands of gallons of water spread throughout the home.

Our service is designed to help homeowners with any kind of flood damage in Jacksonville. Using our training, we can assess, restore and replace your property making the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Often, damages can affect both structural components, like flooring, as well as non-structural components like your possessions, furniture or valuables.

Properties with hardwood flooring are at the most risk of suffering permanent damage from exposure to moisture. Excess moisture is absorbed by wooden flooring causing warping and buckling. Application of proper drying techniques with hot air circulation as well as dehumidification can help to save flooring if we can reach it in time. Where there is 'cupping' of wood, SERVPRO can restore it using sand-blasters to even it out before refinishing the surface.

Homeowners with laminated flooring often need full-scale replacements. Laminate materials act as vapor barriers causing water to become trapped underneath. In some cases, if there is only staining on the surface of the floor, your SERVPRO technician can sand and refinish the floor. However, typically these are non-salvageable materials.

At SERVPRO we apply the same careful attention to your flooring as other areas of your home. Our remit is to work with a restore rather than replace mentality so, where possible we bring in advanced equipment to help get the job done. When materials are non-salvageable, we can bring in quality replacements or refer you to trustworthy third-parties. All materials are taken with us for proper disposal in line with federal and state law.

For emergency restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066.

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We Will Restore Your Home Day Or Night In Jacksonville After A Flood

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Will Restore Your Home Day Or Night In Jacksonville After A Flood We will help you prepare and plan for a flood. Call us anytime 24/7 for helpful tips and for flood restoration after the flood. We are here for you.

Keeping your Family Safe Before and During Flood Damage in Jacksonville

While flood damage in Jacksonville can be easy to deal with on your own, adding a family and household into the mix can significantly complicate matters. Protecting your home and belongings before a major storm or hurricane hits the area should factor into your thought processes as well. The further ahead of a storm you plan for disaster, the more likely you are to make it through without undue troubles.

Keep Safety in Mind

Flood damage in Jacksonville can pose a significant hazard to the health and safety of you and your family. Do your best to follow public service announcements about incoming storms and any evacuations that they may warrant, as these warnings are not made lightly and failing to follow them can lead to severe consequences. Additionally, you should have a waterproof container full of first aid supplies, flashlights, drinking water, and other survival essentials that you can access in times of need.

Have a Second Place to Stay

Having a place to stay set up before disaster strikes can help you get to a safer position without confusion and time pressure. Relatives who live further inland or in elevated areas may be able to offer refuge. If this option is not available to you, please try to identify towns with hotels that fare better in most storms than your neighborhood.

Stay Away from Floodwaters

Whether you choose to ride out the storm at home or evacuate elsewhere please be aware of the dangers floodwaters pose both to individuals and vehicles. SERVPRO technicians have specialized protective gear before entering any flooded area.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South stays prepared before, during, and after every major storm to help out local homeowners with flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (904) 762-8066.

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Contact Our Crew After A Flood Has Caused Damage To Your Home In San Marco

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Contact Our Crew After A Flood Has Caused Damage To Your Home In San Marco You can manage flood situations better with help from SERVPRO of Jacksonville South.

Why Professionals Help Manage The Burden Of Flood Damage In San Marco

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Leaks
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.

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!

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.

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

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