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We Have You Covered When Your Jacksonville Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster
Repairing a water damaged ceiling in your Jacksonville home is especially needed for the overall upkeep of your home.
Water Damage Cleanup For Your Jacksonville Home
Repairing a water damaged ceiling in your Jacksonville home is especially needed for the overall upkeep of your home. If it is not taken care of, a water damaged ceiling results in mold and can weaken the structure of your home. Whether your ceiling is constructed from plaster, drywall, or another material, nothing protects it against water that is leaking.
With no significant leaks, smaller water damage to your Jacksonville ceiling can be spotted if you notice slightly discolored spots, a sagging ceiling, mold, drips, or slightly bulging drywall. Calling the professionals in from SERVPRO gets your home restored to the way it was before the water damage promptly.
SERVPRO technicians use the wet cleaning method for ceilings and walls. It takes a little more time than dry cleaning, and is a three-step process – wash rinse, and dry. Before we begin, we pretest an area to ensure that we get good results. If there is furniture in the affected area, we carefully move it to the center of the room and take down any wall hangings. We protect any contents, furniture, and the work area floor by covering with plastic drop cloths. If the area is heavily soiled, we knock down the excess soil and vacuum the resulting residue from surrounding surfaces. A brush can be used for this as well.
White cleaning towels are used to apply cleaning solutions. Once the towels are folded and submerged into the solution, they are squeezed to release the excess water. Beginning at the bottom of the wall, we wipe in an upward motion, covering three to four feet at a time. A clean side of the towel is always used until it is soiled, then a new side is exposed, and the process is repeated until the entire towel is soiled.
Once all the affected surfaces are clean, we towel dry the area. We pay particular attention to door jambs, baseboards, and trim moldings. Furniture, contents, and wall hangings are also put back in their appropriate places.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can thoroughly restore your home in Southside, Bayard, or Avenues after a ceiling leak, ensuring we get every affected surface cleaned. Give our crew a call right away at (904) 762-8066 when you notice a problem so our experts can prevent any more damage from occurring.
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The Unexpected Risks That Pose A Threat To Your Water Damaged Baymeadows Home
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The Unprecedented Dangers Of Water Damage To Your Baymeadows Home
While the loss of books, furniture, and the carpet is a top concern for Baymeadows residents after water damage, there are other underlying dangers. If not detected immediately, they pose a threat to your home. Some of these dangers may go unnoticed until it's too late. To prevent complete loss, hiring SERVPRO technicians helps in the detection of these dangers.
In case of water damage in Baymeadows, many people cannot fathom the likelihood of a fire. Let’s face it. Clean or gray water is flooding the home. To a homeowner, the thought of a fire is never on one’s mind. What people don’t know is that fire damage can occur even to a flooded home. This is linked to appliance damage. If you have a gas appliance in contact with water and a few electrical wires exposed, this can lead to a fire. All it takes is some sparks, and the damaged gas appliance is going to start a fire. Even with the water flooding your floor, carpet, furniture, and rugs, fire can consume everything. SERVPRO water damage technicians recommend turning off the electricity at the mains. Also, turn off or disconnect the gas appliance if possible. In case the damaged appliance is leaking gas, this should prevent it.
Water damage is a problem that affects the structural integrity of your home. Exposing your floor and walls to standing water for a long period means the damage can go unnoticed. Due to the extra weight (from the soaked floor and walls), damage to the foundation, walls, and floor may occur. How? Cracks may appear, and with time, they expand due to the weight. If the problem goes undetected, further damage leads to expensive repairs. It may also lead to complete loss of the house.
When you hire SERVPRO technicians, we scope your home. We do this to ensure no structural damage in your walls and floor. We use specialized equipment such as hygrometers to detect the presence of moisture. To fast track the drying process and save your home, we also use water extraction equipment. Later, air movers and dehumidifiers dry your home. Within 3 to 5 days, you should be moving back into your home.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a locally owned and operated franchise. As a leader in the restoration industry, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. As such, we are ready for any water damage emergency. To save your home, call our 24/7 emergency line at (904) 762-8066 today!
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Don’t Let Clogged Gutters Drain Water Inside Your Home
Debris accumulates in rain gutters. Make sure to clean these at least yearly to prevent any damage to you home.
Water Damage a Possibility with Misaligned Gutters on Town Center Properties
Watching the rain hit a window in a Town Center home as it cascades downward might entertain children, but homeowners should see such activity as a sign of impending problems involving their home. Gutters clogged with leaves, twisted sections, or broken, disconnected areas can cause water to hit your home instead of flow correctly.
Water damage inside your Town Center home can occur if your gutters contain flaws. Once your gutters receive the required repairs, SERVPRO can mitigate any water damage in your home's living space. When water damages a home because of misdirected rainfall, it can also affect window frames, particularly those made of wood. Interior walls made of drywall can break away in sections or crumble at the lightest touch.
When SERVPRO technicians perform mitigation of water damage, we always check the moisture content of surrounding materials to ensure that they remain undamaged. Materials can seem uncompromised even after water seeped into them. Early detection of this situation means we can get the affected area dried out quickly and prevent permanent damage. Helping our customers save money is always important to us at SERVPRO.
Water can also occur at the floor level after entering a house. Once there, it can begin warping trim and floorboards. We carry highly effective equipment that handles drying out moisture inside walls and other structures inside a house. After removing the baseboards and drilling two small holes, we can place the flexible tubing attached to our Injectidry system. Once ready, we can begin moving warm, dry air through the wall's cavity and get it dry again.
When moisture invades a floor, we can use mats that work similarly. Air movers also work to increase evaporation, and desiccant machines extract water vapor from the air as it circulates. Wherever materials show water damage, we only remove what is necessary and as neatly as possible.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South wants to help you keep your home in the best condition possible. We also work with families in Gate Parkway, Deerwood, and San Marco. Water damage can affect your home in many ways, many of which are preventable if detected early enough. Call us at (904) 762-8066 if you suspect water may pose a threat to your home.
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Water Damage Experts Out Of Baymeadows Explain Why Restoration Is So Important
Baymeadow and Jacksonville Benefit from SERVPRO's Fast Water Damage Mitigation Service
Baymeadows Condo Owners Know the Importance of Fast Water Removal Services to Mitigate Damages
If a pipe bursts inside your Baymeadows condo, water can flood out your home ruining many things in its path. Once excessive moisture gets into your living area, it can cause considerable inconvenience. The longer items stay wet; the worse problems can get.
Any time a property gets damaged by moisture, it is an upsetting event for the homeowner. We at SERVPRO know that any time water damage occurs in Baymeadows, the typical lifestyle of residents gets severely disrupted. When things indoors get wet, it is possible that the event can cause health concerns for some people.
Moisture has a destructive effect on most building materials and contents. If the water problems are not treated promptly, more items can get ruined. Being able to restore a water-damaged building is a valuable service to you the homeowner and your insurance company. If the proper equipment and techniques get used, it is possible in many instances, but not all, to prevent the costly replacement of building materials and contents.
Our SERVPRO technicians have the training, expertise, and specialized equipment to properly dry and restore water-damaged structures. We know that if we do not resolve the issues correctly that water can cause much worse damage over time. We commit to on-going education and stay well versed on all of the latest technology of the industry.
During any restoration project, we know that working directly with you and your insurance company is vital. We know how to listen to the concerns of all parties involved and come up with an overall work plan that satisfies everyone. When completing a job involving excessive moisture, we always follow the IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration.
This guide provides fundamental principles for remediating structures affected by water. The first step outlined, is to provide for the safety of all workers and occupants. The second step is to keep accurate records of all the work procedures starting on day one of the loss. Then, our SERVPRO technicians complete mitigation which includes fixing the source of the water leak and extracting excess moisture. After the original issues get mitigated, we dry out building materials and contents using specialized industrial equipment.
The final step is the cleaning and repair stage. After moisture levels of contents and building materials are returned to what they were before the loss took place, things like drywall patches, painting, and carpet installation get completed. Before we leave any job site, we complete a final cleaning and deodorization process so that your home is 100% back to normal, whenever possible. To prevent future problems after a water leak, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 24/7.
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Benefits Of Immediate Water Damage Restoration In Jacksonville
Failure to attend to water damage can lead to mold growth, electrical hazards, and cause costly losses to your property.
Water Damage Restoration
Failure to attend to water damage can lead to mold growth, electrical hazards, and cause costly losses to your property. That means such incidents are stressing and the best line of action to take is to work with a team of restoration experts as you try to get your business or home back to its former state. It is vital for any Jacksonville resident to act within 48 hours from the time the water event took place.
When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Jacksonville property to address water damage, we immediately do a site inspection. With the help of specialized devices, we are in a position to determine the magnitude of the problem. By using moisture meters and infrared cameras, we can detect any hidden moisture in ceilings, walls, and floors. The inspection also helps us to find out salvageable contents, items that need replacement. With all these details, we formulate an appropriate restoration plan.
Water extraction is the next step that follows. During this process, our SERVPRO team can use pumps and truck-mounted systems to remove deep standing water. If we notice that the water has gone through your carpet or padding, we lift it and dry it separately or discard it when necessary. After removing the water through extraction and drying the site, there are chances of the structure having high humidity. When the humidity is high, there are chances of secondary water damage -like mold growth - taking place once condensation takes place. To prevent that, we perform dehumidification with the help of Desiccant Dehumidifiers and Refrigerant Dehumidifiers.
Water damage can make organ items to rot and emit odors. When there are strong odors at the site, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to perform ozone deodorization. We perform the process using ozone deodorizers which are machines that produce ozone, which breaks the molecular formula of the odors thus freshening up the area.
Our goal at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is to make your property “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at any time of the day by calling (904) 762-8066 and get services from our highly trained and experienced technicians.
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When Clean Water Causes Flood Damage in Your Baymeadows Residence
Water damage can come from BOTH outside and inside sources. Should your home be facing water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation.
Team SERVPRO Quickly Assesses How to Best Dry Out Your Flooded Property
It can be a highly traumatic experience when flooding occurs in your Baymeadows home. Flooding from other sources can also occur, such as when a water line breaks away from the back of an appliance. While these might seem cleaner than flooding from weather-related events, water in Category 1 can change.
If your home in Baymeadows sustains flood damage from an appliance, the clean water involved can become altered because of chemicals in your home. Some of these chemicals include cleaning agents and soaps, herbicides and pesticides, and fertilizers for plants. Other ordinarily innocuous items in your home can include kitty litter boxes, kennels, or recently applied floor treatments.
SERVPRO technicians begin removing the water as soon as the flow of water stops. With the use of either pump trucks, for those times when the home was vacant at the time the flooding began, or smaller extraction devices that we manipulate by hand for those occasions when someone caught the accident in its early stages, we remove the visible water.
After we remove the majority of the water, the moisture content can remain higher than average. As time elapses, this moisture can begin evaporating into the air, increasing the overall humidity and allowing it to spread. Because of this, we use a combination of heaters, air movers, desiccant machines, dehumidifiers, and moisture extraction mats. Each piece of equipment helps us complete a crucial part of the drying out process a home with flood damage requires.
Our goal in restoring your home is to make everything "Like it never even happened." by the time we leave. The many components of your home react differently when exposed to water or moisture, but our IICRC certificates mean we come to your home prepared for such situations. No job is too small for us, nor too large. We view any amount of flood damage as something we need to mitigate. Otherwise, the damage increases within your home continuously merely because moisture only recycles itself, never disappearing, until we remove it from your residence.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South helps homeowners and businesses in our local communities, including Bayard, Town Center, and San Marco. If you live near these areas and your home suffers from appliance-caused flood damage, contact us at (904) 762-8066 for expert and reliable assistance.
Water Damage Restoration For Residents In Baymeadows And Surrounding Communities
Water Extraction in Baymeadows by SERVPRO Reduces Costs and Disruptions with Rapid Service
Lingering Water Can Result in Structural Issues If Not Addressed Swiftly
After locating water damage in your Baymeadows home, you might not be aware of how dangerous it is to ignore the problems you find. Even with just a little moisture trapped in your home, significant problems can develop that compromise the structural integrity and overall condition of your families living environment.
However, with the help of an expertly trained professional, you can defeat water damage present in your Baymeadows home. The right company provides you with quality personnel, advanced equipment, and access to resources you likely do not have on your own. This gives you a better opportunity to protect your investment and provide for your family.
Water trapped in your walls can cause severe damage to untreated framing materials, insulation, and lead to corrosion, rot, and mold growth. You should always assume wherever water damage occurs, or a leak happens, that mold growth is not so far away. SERVPRO can send IICRC-industry certified technicians to your home that understand how water and mold act, giving you a plan of action that helps you take care of even the worst problems.
Compromised structural integrity severely impacts the value of your home. However, you can minimize any losses you experience by having a trained professional clean and dry your home after water incidents occur. SERVPRO can help you understand which steps to take, remove any standing water with the proper extraction, drying, and cleaning equipment and help your home become liveable again, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services available year-round. We give you access to the help you need, whenever you need it by proudly supplying quality water damage restoration throughout our community. Whether you have a faulty appliance, damage caused by leaky or broken pipes, weather-related water problems, or something as terrible as a flood, we can help.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South stands ready to assist homeowners with professional water damage restoration, cleaning, and deodorization services you can trust. If you live in Deerwood, San Marco, Bayard, or any of our surrounding communities, give our offices a call, today. (904) 762-8066
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Faulty Appliances Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Jacksonville Home
Even with regular maintenance to your dishwasher, malfunctions can occur causing gallons of water to spill out all over your floors.
Rely on SERVPRO if an Appliance in Your Home Causes Water Damage
Jacksonville, in general, is no stranger to severe weather and flooding threats to the homes here. While this might be the case, and you might be well prepared structurally for high rising water that might attempt to intrude from the outside, there are still unexpected situations that can cause significant water damage inside of your home. These are situations that are almost impossible to plan for and require fast reaction times to keep the damages from getting worse.
As you might have already guessed, flood damage to your Jacksonville home does not have to occur from severe weather or storm damages at all. Convenience purchases like your dishwasher and washing machine can give you the same flooding damages when certain malfunctions occur within these appliances. The trouble is, even with preventative maintenance and servicing of these appliances on a regular basis (which is not all that common for the typical homeowner to do unless there's a present issue in performance), the threat of appliance failure persists.
Something as simple as a bushing that has gone bad in a washing machine can allow gallons and gallons of water to begin pouring onto your floor unabated until someone in the house takes notice of the occurrence. If you have set one of these appliances on right before leaving the house, the results could be significant flooding to the areas where you have this appliance located in your home. While this might be a shock to see, the longer this water can sit and spread throughout your home, the more damage it can cause. A situation like this is an excellent time to reach out to our SERVPRO emergency response team.
Right away, our IICRC certified technicians get to work with eliminating the source of the water damage (if it has not stopped before we arrive) and extracting the present water in the area. Pumps get used for fast extraction, and our drying equipment such as air movers get used to finish off the last of the present water in the area.
Appliances can add a new level of convenience to your home life, but they are not built to last forever. If you are battling flood damage from faulty appliances in your home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South today. You can reach us at any time by calling (904) 762-8066.
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Water Damage to Your Baymeadows Home can Create Safety Hazards in the Bathroom and Kitchen
Water damage in your home can be dangerous. If your home has water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation before the problem escalates.
SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Investigate the Extent of the Damage During the Remediation Process
Baymeadows homes need to stay dry and free of intrusive water. Regardless of the source, water can create many hazards inside the house. Pests become attracted to homes with water damage and can include termites, birds, rodents, and harmful insects.
When a Baymeadows home develops water damage in floors or ceilings, the safety of occupants can become an issue. Weakened areas in floors could let someone fall through while ceilings can collapse under their own weight. Even if it only involves someone's foot slipping through, an injury could easily happen. Plus, a hole in the floor requires immediate attention to prevent further accidents.
SERVPRO technicians ensure that accidents do not happen by clearing the area of damaged materials and securely putting an adequately sized temporary floor in place. Because water damage affects the underlying areas of a floor, the damage can affect a more significant portion than what the homeowner might know about beforehand. We must remove the visible areas, as well, to reach the damaged area, requiring its replacement.
When carpeting covers damaged floors, we do our best to save it, especially in large rooms. However, if the damage occurs in front of a sink or smaller area, it might prove worthwhile to use a more water-resistant covering in the future, to prevent future, additional water damage.
Regardless of the damage's location inside a home, SERVPRO professionals always discuss the steps available in each unique situation. Although we want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.” we know that modifications can also benefit our customers tremendously. Please talk to us about any concerns you want us to discuss with you. We highly value your input into how we restore your home after water damage or any other disaster. We can more easily attain our goal, to make your home safe and secure for you and your family, when you partner with us.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is always available to help area families keep their homes safe from water damage. For this and any other type of damage affecting your home, call us at (904) 762-8066, 24/7. We are always ready to assist you, no matter how extensively your home is affected.
Water Damage Mitigation Services For Baymeadows Residents
While water is vital to human life, it can spell disaster for your property.
Water Damage Mitigation Services
Having standing water in the basement of your Baymeadows home is no picnic, especially when it happens out of the blue, without a clear source. Small amounts of water often lead to serious property damage, making quick work of anything you might store inside, and even affecting the foundation.
Today we are going to talk about what you can do to identify water damage in your Baymeadows area home and how to react when things truly get out of hand. First, remember that you are not alone, you have a quality water damage restoration company nearby that is available to supply you with the answers you need.
Never hesitate to contact experts, like SERVPRO, for help returning your home to normal after discovering water damage on your property. We train and work hard so that you can live in a clean, healthy, environment, so make the most of what is available to you. After you contact our office, a team of qualified technicians arrives to listen to your concerns and inspect the area you see with signs of water intrusion forming. We use various tools, including infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to locate the water source causing your issues.
SERVPRO technicians look for water or any excessive humidity or condensation; basically, anything that can give you a leg-up on fighting common problems that homeowners face. Standing water, small pools, damp or humid air, condensation on your windows, or even walls that are wet to the touch are all signs of different water problems developing in your basement.
SERVPRO technicians also check for hidden problems associated with water damage, often finding cracks in your foundation, sewer problems, improper grading, broken water lines, improperly maintained windows, broken gutters, and downspouts, or even surface water that enters from under your home.
You might think more of torrential rains causing water damage more so than anything else. However, it is far more often that your water heater, appliances, plumbing, tubs, or other fixtures break, that lead to just as much, if not more damage than any natural disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South for full-service solutions to water damage issues throughout the area, including Gate Parkway, San Marco, and Bayard, call today (904) 762-8066.
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Protecting Your Bay Meadows Home From Water Damage
Protecting your Bay Meadows home from water damage may take some work.
Protecting Your Property From Water Damage
Think of your home as a bubble; the roof, walls, windows, and foundation all make up this bubble. These areas are keys to waterproofing your home, with the right help, you can be successful.
Protecting your Bay Meadows home from water damage may take some work. However, it can be simple to go through your home one area at a time to ensure they were originally built correctly, with the right materials and install or improve as you go.
If you are currently building your own home, save yourself a lot of problems down the line by using the latest advances to protect your investment from water intrusion. Regardless, you still have a chance to update your current home, hire a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO and start protecting your home, today.
The roof of your home has many layers that all make a huge difference in protecting your home from water damage. Shingles provide the first line of defense, while underlayments installed serve as your last chance to stop water and the damage it may cause. Every roof has an underlayment, your building code requires it.
However, there are multiple products available, some of which provide far less protection than others. SERVPRO can help you install quality underlayments at the eaves and critical detail areas of your roof, including overlaps, fasteners and roof deck.
You likely have windows or doors on every wall of your home, providing water with large openings that present as major leak zones if not weatherproofed correctly. Shudders do not keep the wind-driven rain at bay. However, the proper selection and installation of flashing and doors can prevent rain and snow from causing rot or mold within your walls.
SERVPRO technicians understand how these products were designed to form a watertight and airtight seal, protecting your home from water infiltration and damage. House wraps and basement or crawlspace encapsulation services provide premium weather protection for your home. Providing you with advanced methods that protect your living environment and often reduce energy costs substantially.
Contact our team at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South for additional information or to schedule your initial appointment, today (904) 762-8066.
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Speed Matters When Dealing With Water & Flood Damage In Jacksonville
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SERVPRO Removes Water and Mitigates Damages Rapidly
Floods can be catastrophic for any householder. Jacksonville residents clearly remember the floods of October last year when many streets were completely under water. The floods caused chaos and damaged many properties. It is unrealistic to think it can not happen again as floods are often a fact of life for people here in Florida. What you can do however is take action quickly when flood damage strikes.
Mother nature visits floods on Florida regularly. A storm surge, burst river banks, heavy rainfall or a hurricane, can all cause flood damage to your Jacksonville home. Any homeowner who has faced a flood cleanup knows that it is a major undertaking. The faster you take action, the better the chance of restoring your house and possessions.
Furniture, clothes and other household items quickly become waterlogged. Some can be saved, but others are not. The structure of your home suffers in a flood, too. Walls, floors, and ceilings are all susceptible to structural damage when they are exposed to standing water. The longer things are left untreated, the harder it is to restore them.
SERVPRO experts are well trained in the risks of flooding in the Florida region. That is why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We understand that swift remediation is necessary to restore your home as fully as possible. We recommend that in the event of a flood you call us as soon as possible.
The first thing is to clear your home of standing water. As long as there is standing water in your home, it can soak into your floors, carpets or walls. Our IICRC-certified technicians come equipped with both truck mounted, and portable pumps to extract water from your home quickly. Our powerful sump pump equipment is designed to work even if fully submerged. The pumps can move water uphill if need be which means that even if access to your home is difficult following a flood, our team can still get in and get the water out.
During the removal of standing water, technicians turn their attention to assessing the condition of your home and belongings. A full assessment allows us to devise the best drying plan for your situation. As well as keen observation we use industry leading devices such as moisture meters and infrared technology to gain a full picture of the situation. We also let you know which items cannot be saved, as keeping them around provides a potential breeding ground for mold and it is, therefore, better to dispose of them.
SERVPRO understands that getting your home dried is a priority so you can get back to a normal life. We know how to position air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the dwelling for the most effective drying of floors and floor coverings, walls, carpets, and furniture. We carefully monitor the drying process to ensure it is complete.
If there is flood water in your home, don’t delay. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South on (904) 762-8066 for the help you need.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Sprink Park Home
Water Damaged Carpet from a water line break. Call the experts at SERVPRO for any of your Water Damage needs.
Water damage is the main thing which weakens the foundation of your home and the core that holds your house together. Water damage hits at the core strength of your home, causing serious structural damage in the end. With damp wood, carpenter ants and termites have an invitation. Plus, mildew and mold start to grow.
Knowing steps to prevent water damage can give you peace of mind during the next heavy storm. Your Spring Park home can stand up to the elements, and you do not have to spend your time worrying about the possible damages that could happen. When water damage still occurs, get a professional remediation company into your home right away to minimize damages. SERVPRO is always ready to help you when needed.
Make Sure You Have Good Drainage
Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing uneven settling, cracks, and pathways for water to get into your home.
Keep your gutters clean. A clogged gutter sends cascades of water down the side of your house, which damages your siding and foundation. Make sure your downspouts direct the water five to ten feet away from your house. Also, ensure that your yard is sloped six inches or more over a ten-foot span away from the foundation. A gradient like this keeps water from getting right next to your foundation, which can crack the masonry, cause walls to lean, and make leaks. When it comes to crawl spaces, keeping water away ensures that extra water is not pooling under your floor, creating damp conditions that encourage rot, insects, and mold.
If you ever notice leaking at all around your foundation, get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO right away, as this can become an enormous and expensive problem if it is not taken care of as soon as possible.
Check Your Sump Pump Regularly
During a severe storm is not when you want to realize your sump pump is not working. Check it at least once a year, or more during a heavy period of storms.
Fill the sump pump pit slowly with water and watch for the float to rise. Make sure the water level falls. Test your backup pump the same way, unplugging the main pump first.
Check for Water Leaks
Persistent leaks cause mildew and mold, rot, and the presence of carpenter ants and termites. If you are quick to fix a leak, you may experience no long-term damage.
Look for dark spots under piping inside sink cabinets, toilets which rock, stains on ceilings, and drips. Inspect your roof at least once per year, and repair any loose, missing, or damaged shingles. Cracked caulking needs repair, and look for leaks around flashing.
If you do ever find water leaks or damage in your home, you need to have it taken care of as soon as you can to prevent additional and more costly damage. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can help you clean up and repair water damage of various kinds. Just give us a call at (904) 762-8066 any time of the day so that we can assess the damage and get your home back to its proper condition.
Important Things To Know About Safe Water Removal In Jacksonville Beach Homes
When a home is hit by extensive flooding, the first place to bear the brunt of intruding water is the basement.
Safe Water Removal
When a home is hit by extensive flooding, the first place to bear the brunt of intruding water is the basement. This area is usually underground, so the floodwaters quickly enter even if they got into the house at a point higher up. It is one of the reasons why basements can be so difficult to maintain and keep dry. They are, essentially, at the mercy of external conditions.
Fortunately, they can be quickly emptied of standing water after a flood, as long as there are no major electrical hazards. At SERVPRO, we use motorized extractors for water removal in Jacksonville Beach homes. They are designed to pump large amounts of liquid out of affected spaces so that it can be safely disposed of elsewhere.
This guide to the basics of motorized water extraction will tell you a little bit about how we carry out this aspect of flood damage restoration.
Truck Mount Vs Portable
The SERVPRO technicians have access to a range of different sized pumps and extractors. The largest are mounted on trucks, but these are generally only employed in commercial and industrial environments when the affected space is much bigger than normal. In some rare instances, they have been used to empty homes of standing water when the volume is high and time is of the essence.
It is much more common for SERVPRO to use portable water extractors to tackle liquid in the basement. This is because they are more agile, easier to transport and position and they even fit into awkwardly shaped spaces. While extraction is only part of the restoration process, it must be completely thoroughly and efficiently before drying can begin.
The biggest hazard when it comes to basements and floodwater is electricity. In most homes, the basement is where the breakers are; there’s always a risk of shock if you don't take the proper precautions. If your basement is flooded, we strongly recommend waiting for the SERVPRO team to arrive before attempting to make contact with any breaker switches. If your mains controls are above ground and you are sure that you can reach them safely, switch off the power to the house. This will reduce the risk of electrical items getting wet and causing sparks. It's not an excellent idea to try and move electrical items, even if you can do it safely, because movement may cause more damage.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a locally based service for homeowners who need flood damage repairs quickly. No matter how extensive the problem, we can help you bring your home back to life and restore your furniture and personal items. Call us 24/7 at (904) 762-8066 today.
Water Removal is the Beginning for Waterlogged Englewood Properties
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With flooding, it isn't only the areas of your home that were under water that will need to be cleaned. Water can travel up walls, so even areas that seem to be undamaged will also need to be restored. This process is similar to water traveling upward on a piece of fabric that has an end dipped into water.
Englewood residents who need water removal and extraction services should know that SERVPRO works with families, too, not solely with businesses in the area. No job is too small for us, just as no emergency is too large. When we work in your home, we'll make sure that it's as dry as it needs to be so that you won't have future problems with mold growth and other types of secondary water damage.
The Initial Assessment
When SERVPRO does an initial assessment of a flooded home, it might seem as if we are examining areas that couldn't have been affected by the water. But we know from experience that mold grows not only where water has been, but where evaporating water travels to in the form of humidity in the air.
Wherever moisture lands after being carried around in your home's interior by air currents, mold spores are most likely already there in high concentrations, waiting on conditions of higher humidity to activate them. Since air currents in a home have unique air currents that rarely change, we often find that where mold spores are carried to is most likely where moisture will also be carried to. This is why we check throughout a home after a flood or large water leak.
Before We Consider Our Work Completed
During the time we are working to restore your home, you should feel free to ask us about anything that concerns you. As we work in your home, we will take additional periodic readings of the humidity levels in the air in addition to our readings of solid materials to determine how well our efforts at drying out your home are progressing. If humidity and moisture levels are not decreasing rapidly enough, we will bring in additional equipment to speed things up.
When our readings determine that our efforts have achieved our goals of how dry things should be, then we will conduct a final inspection with you. We will answer any additional questions that you may have. We will point out any areas that might be more prone to developing mold or deterioration, so you can check these areas periodically. If there are any additional problems, please don't hesitate to call us again.
When you've had a problem with water overflowing from tubs or sinks, backing up from sewer lines, broken pipes, or floods, you can always call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066. Available every day to handle your emergencies, 24/7, we're only a phone call away.
4 Hidden Dangers of Water Damage
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4 Dangers of Residential Water Damage
Water damage can result from some different sources, including devastating weather, malfunctioning appliances, leaky roofs, and burst pipes. No matter what the cause, a water emergency is a serious issue that should be handled by a professional immediately.
If you're a homeowner facing water damage in South Riverside, it's important that you call a skilled contractor as soon as possible to start the repair and restoration process. The longer that water sits in your home, the more havoc it will wreak on its structure and your possessions. Here are a few dangers caused by water damage that many homeowners don't notice until it's too late.
1. Mold and Mildew
The growth of mold and mildew can ruin your flooring, walls, furniture, and the surfaces of your home, not to mention your clothing, books, and documents. In addition to creating odors that are tough to eliminate, mold can be harmful to the health of your pets and family members. At SERVPRO, we're experts at preventing water damaged homes from developing mold growth.
2. Structural Problems
The weight of water is enough to put stress on your home's foundation, flooring, and walls and cause the need for extensive repairs. We're careful to extract as much moisture as possible when restoring homes with water damage.
3. Electrical Dangers
Water, wiring, and appliances are never a good combination, and water emergencies often cause major appliances to malfunction or pose electrical hazards. Having your home thoroughly assessed and inspected is the best safety measure to take once water damage has occurred.
4. Hazardous Materials
Water damage is often accompanied by dangerous debris, such as contaminated plaster and materials with lead. Our team is well equipped to repair your home in addition to removing any hazards.
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If you're facing a water emergency, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is here to get your home quickly back to normal. For more information about our water damage restoration services or to receive a quote, call us at (904) 762-8066.
What Can A Water Damage Restoration Company Do For Your Arlington Property?
SERVPRO Can Repair the Roof, and Restore the Water Damaged Home
Your Arlington Home's Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO
When Arlington water damage is the outcome from a fire or flood that occurred on your property, it's critical that you contact a water damage restoration company. These industry professionals possess extensive experience with the remediation process. SERVPRO offers the following information concerning water damage hot spots and restorative processes.
Repairing Structural Damage. One of the primary services provided by water damage restoration experts is the repairing of structural damage. To begin this process, industry professionals assess and set up for emergency repairs:
• Roof-collapsed sections, bent gutters, ruined or missing shingles, damaged or cracked chimneys, and cracked or stained surfaces found on the property's exterior. Tarp and board up openings exposed to the elements.
• Windows-collapsed walls, damaged or broken windows, indications of water leakage through your windows, and wet exterior walls located on the property. Board up and eventually repair and seal with caulk.
• Ruined plants and flooded areas of your yards. Regrade soil for runoff away from the foundation.
• Cracked or wet ceilings, floors, and walls in your attic.
• Damaged or wet ceilings, floors, and walls in your rooms. Locate leak sources before water damage restoration.
• Soft flooring or visible leaks around the commode, stains on countertops and sinks, and damage to bathtubs. Find the source of the leak and install a ceiling exhaust system to remove moisture.
• Cracked or wet foundations, floors, and walls in your basement. Use vapor barriers, water-proof coatings and install a sump pump for emergency use. SERVPRO Restoration experts will also monitor for moisture and inspected the HVAC system.
In addition to ascertaining out how badly your home's structure has been damaged, our experts will scrutinize your personal possessions and determine which ones should be discarded, cleaned and repaired, or replaced. We offer our CCIS report which itemizes all damages on a room-by-room basis. This report will aid you with your insurance claim, and we will also work with your insurance company to restore your home to its pre-loss condition, in the most economical way.
Once the water has been removed from the premises we clean, wipe, and dry household items, either on-site or ship to our facilities. All skilled SERVPRO technicians have IICRC certification plus extensive corporate training.
• Upholstered furniture, artwork, books and photos
• Wooden pieces like dressers, tables, and cabinets
• Digital media forms like computers, DVDs, and CDs
• Carpets, drapes, clothing, and other types of fabric
• Appliances such as dryers, washers, and refrigerators
Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Help You Now
When your Arlington property has been affected by water damage, you may feel confused about what to do. Don't. Instead, call the experienced professionals of SERVPRO. We are close by, and our goal is to restore your home to a safe and secure condition. "Like it never even happened."
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SERVPRO of Jacksonville South proudly serves Arlington, Jacksonville, and Southside with 24/7 immediate emergency help for all fire, mold, and water damaging problems. Call us. (904) 762-8066
Why Water Cleanup Is Important in Town Center
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The Importance of Town Center Water Cleanup
Water Damage Restoration 101
When natural disasters like floods or fire take place in your home or office, dealing with water damage in Town Center is typically one of the property owner's most pressing concerns. If you do not address the excess water in your home or office immediately, you could find yourself dealing with a wide range of unwanted health and safety issues. To ensure that your property is restored correctly and quickly, you need to attain professional water damage remediation services. Here are just a few benefits that result from taking this course of action:
Preventing Mold Growth
Attaining professional Town Center water damage restoration services help prevent mold growth. When you have excess standing water in your home or office, you create the damp setting that mold likes to thrive in. When you hire a team of remediation specialists, they will utilize advanced methodologies and cutting edge equipment to quickly remove excess water from your property. This work is extremely important given that continual exposure to mold can compromise your health. Some of the health issues that individuals who are exposed to mold tend to experience include chronic fatigue, asthma attacks, dizziness, vision complications, diarrhea, nausea, difficulty breathing, and lung challenges. Ongoing exposure to mold growth can also lead to cancer and other pathogenic diseases.
Preventing Structural Damage
When you hire a team of Town Center water damage restoration experts, they will help prevent your home or office from falling prey to structural damage. If excess water starts to seep into your property's structure, the result can be the deterioration of its stability and strength. This is why individuals who have been subjected to water damage often find that they cannot immediately reenter their property following a natural disaster. Restoration professionals possess the equipment and expertise necessary to recognize and remediate signs of damage quickly. In so doing, they can prevent deep, permanent structural damage from transpiring.
Water cleanup is a complex, time-consuming task that should never be completed by a property owner. Instead, you should contact a team of industry professionals to complete the remediation process on your behalf. The best company to call for excellent, effective water damage restoration is SERVPRO. We offer 24/7 emergency assistance, excellent customer service, and affordable rates. Moreover, all of our technicians are IICRC-certified
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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (904) 762-8066
Atlantic Beach Hit by Flooding This Week
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Atlantic Beach residents have been affected by flooding this week after hours of rain hit the area Sunday night and Monday morning. Many Hotels and businesses downtown were also affected by this storm and are in need of clean up and restoration.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South immediately took action after owner, Chandler St. Peters, received 20 calls in 12 hours about flooding and water damage. St. Peters and his SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team came to the rescue.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South will start the water extraction and drying process on some of these properties to restore them. St. Peters mentioned that this process takes a few days but it is required to clear the water safely from these properties.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is open 24/7 and is strategically located to respond quickly to your emergency situation.
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SERVPRO Reacts Immediately to Water Damage Restoration in Jacksonville
Always Keep An Eye Out for Leaks!
The Water Damage in Your Jacksonville Home Can Be Remedied by SERVPRO
If your residential home in Jacksonville is victimized by water damage, the time to act is now. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that secondary water damage can commence within 24 to 48 hours of exposure. One study found that wet drywall left untreated for two days had already given rise to microbial growth, including mold and mildew. In recognizing that addressing water damage is a time-sensitive matter, many homeowners wonder what steps they should take to optimize and expedite the remediation process. The most effective way to accomplish this objective is to call a team of trained water restoration specialists from SERVPRO. Learn more about this important matter by reviewing the following short outline:
What Can Water Damage Contractors Do For You?
By calling a water damage specialist to assist with the remediation of your residential property in Jacksonville, you will find many benefits. First, these remediation professionals from SERVPRO will perform a detailed assessment and inspection of your property to determine the depth and scope of water damage. Once they have logged this information, the water removal process can start. Truck mounted water pumps, and vacuums will remove the standing water. The next step is drying out walls, ceilings, flooring, hidden voids and structural materials with several types of de-humidifiers and air-movers. Additionally, they will remove or discard wet building materials like insulation, drywall, and carpet.
Another important component of the water remediation process is moisture readings. The restoration specialists will take moisture readings of affected areas of the property during the drying process. This step is important because it will ensure that your property is thoroughly dry prior to the water damage repair process. An applied structural drying technician from SERVPRO will monitor moisture levels in hidden regions of the property such as behind cabinets and wall cavities. This step ensures the prevention of excess moisture that could lead to microbial growth. The proliferation of mold in your home can lead to potentially hazardous health issues.
Water damage in Jacksonville is a serious matter that necessitates immediate, effective restoration services from a team you can trust. The team to call for fast, thorough restoration is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals offer 24/7 emergency services and use all of the cutting-edge equipment and advanced methodologies necessary to expedite the restoration process to completion. Let us help you get the water out and you back into your Jacksonville home.
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We are proud to be an active member of Town Center, Jacksonville South and Starke. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is locally owned and operated and ready to help Jacksonville residents with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies. Just call us. (904) 762-8066.
Jacksonville Water Damage - Spotting Damage To Flooring
SERVPRO's time-tested proprietary cleaning products and methods, SERVPRO of Jacksonville professionals restore your floors without need to refinish.
Jacksonville Water Damage - Laminate Flooring Laminate flooring is popular due to its sleek and elegant look coupled with its durability. It requires far less maintenance than carpet and other flooring materials and is considerably more affordable, especially when compared to hardwood. However, it does come with a set of disadvantages to go with its advantages. Those disadvantages include the susceptibility to water damage. Homeowners should consider the following:
Water Damage and Laminate Flooring
Water damaged laminate flooring is one of those problems home inspectors see regularly. Depending on the amount of water and the time it was allowed to stay on the floor, water damage Jacksonville from moisture can be severe. In many cases, floors can be so badly damaged that they cannot be repaired and must be removed. Causes of water damage to laminate flooring include:
• Roof leaks
• Leaking appliances
• Overflowing toilets
• Wet concrete floor
• Excessive humidity
What Happens When Laminate Flooring is Damaged by Water?
When the seams between planks of laminate flooring are saturated with water, they swell. In this situation, the homeowner's only option is to replace those planks; however, this is not easy as it may not be possible to find planks that match up exactly with the ones already installed. It may therefore be necessary to replace the whole floor.
How to Spot Jacksonville Water Damage to Laminate Flooring• Plank edges are puffy or swollen
• Severe cupping
• Severe crowning
• Severe cracking
Homeowners should note that even a small amount of water like a spilled drink or rain blowing in through an open window could result in major damage. Furthermore, the moisture may not be visible until after the floor has been damaged.
Why Laminate Floors are Susceptible to Moisture Damage
In many cases, laminate floors are installed without a moisture barrier. The most commonly used underlayment is simply a foam pad installed between the laminate flooring and the subfloor. Even when a moisture barrier is installed, it is still possible for moisture to get trapped in the foam pad. The trapped moisture will speed up the rate at which the laminate flooring is damaged and may also cause damage to the walls and subflooring.
Water Removal Steps for Laminate Flooring
If the laminate floor has been flooded, immediate water removal steps are essential. Homeowners can use fans or dehumidifiers for water removal. In most cases, the floors will return to their previous state after they have been dried out. Once the water removal efforts are complete, the damage can be assessed and a determination made about whether it will be necessary to replace the flooring.
In order to protect laminate flooring, homeowners should try to limit indoor humidity to between 30 and 50 percent while maintaining a temperature of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Professionals provide fire and Jacksonville water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South proudly serves Jacksonville, Macclenny, Starke, Keystone Heights, White House, St Nicholas, Town Center, Brooklyn, San Marco and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:
All Water Damage is Not Equal
Will your Flood Insurance Cover this Flood Damage and The Resulting Water Damage?
Water is the life source of all living things. It's our best friend when filling our oceans, our swimming pools or quenching our thirst, but when it seeps into places it isn't wanted, like our homes, it can quickly turn into our worst enemy. Luckily, depending on the type of home insurance coverage, we have protections against this unwanted enemy.
The cost of water damage
From 2008-2012, the average insurance claim for water damage and freezing was $7,195, making up 17.5 percent of all insurance claims according to ISO, a Verisk Analytics company.
It’s important not to ignore indications of potentialwater damage in Jacksonville you shouldn’t hesitate to search out and stop leaks at their very source. When water seepage occurs, moisture collects which not damages your belongings but allows mold to form. Mold then can cause further property destruction in addition to mild to serve health issues, such as congestion, allergy attacks, sinusitis and bronchitis.
Damage from water can be unexpected, very destructive and expensive to both your health and pocket book. Understanding which coverage is suitable for water accidents will provide the necessary precautions that will help alleviate these factors.
Will my insurance cover me?
The types of water damage covered under home insurance policies can sometimes cause a lot of confusion. Not all water damage is covered by homeowners insurance. Water damage is considered a different source of damage than flood damage. Water damage is distinctly defined as water that damages a property before it touches ground, such as rain, hail, or a leaking pipe due to poorly constructed plumbing or appliances.
However, bad plumbing or a faulty appliance is not always a guaranteed and will require you to prove the water damage was due to shoddy repair work or a poorly-manufactured appliance and not just poor maintenance on your part as the property owner. Rain that causes flooding due to ground accumulation may also not be covered by standard water damage insurance.
By contrast, property located in low-lying areas along lakes, oceans or rivers will likely require specific flood insurance. Properties located in elevated areas or dryer climates where natural sources of water are not as frequent may not even require any flood insurance coverage.
Preventing water damage
In spite of what types of water damage is covered or how the damage happened, prevention is a whole lot easier than going through any insurance claim process. Though some sort of water damage may be inevitable to a property owner, there are precautions to take to at least minimize the risk that include:
• Repair and maintenance of clogged or sagging gutters and downspouts.
• Being wary of trees and plants with invasive roots that have the potential to grow into your pipes, sprinkler systems and septic tanks.
• Using drainage tools in place of unclogging chemical agents.
• Keeping your sump pump clean and running it every few months before storm seasons.
• Installing backflow valves and standpipes to prevent sewage backflow, especially at basement drains, sinks and toilets.
• Directing water build-up away from the foundation by modifying irrigation and landscaping.
• Inspecting windows and doors for water linkage.
• Closing and locking all windows, doors, vents and skylights to prevent wind and wind-driven rain from seeping inside the interior.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South proudly serves Jacksonville, Arlington, Macclenny, Starke, Keystone Hights, St Nicholas, Trown Cente, Southside, Baymeadows, San Marco, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:Water DamageFire DamageDisaster, storm and flood damageMold Damage
SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out.
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Water Damage Company in Jacksonville, Florida Flood Damage
Have you ever wondered what you can do as a home owner or a business owner, when you experience major water damage, or even minor water damage for that matter.
There are several things to consider when your business experiences water damage, as well as some flood terms to help keep you informed of possible floods, here are some of these terms:
1. Flood Watch - Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
2. Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
3. Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
4. Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Make sure your family always has an emergency action plan above all else. For businesses we offer a wide range of emergency plans to help in the event of a flood, for example, that may cause sevre water damange.
For any of your water damage needs in Jacksonville, Florida please do not hesitate to call us!