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How Do Mold Inspections Help Determine Needed Remediation Work?

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on wall and ceiling When a mold infestation takes over your property call the experts at SERVPRO!

Professional Evaluations of Your Jacksonville Home Can Determine the Presence of Threatening Mold Colonies

The presence of mold in your Jacksonville home can be a threatening situation for those exposed, including your pets. While multiple signals can indicate the growth of mold, these are not always apparent. Musty odors and visible growth might not be overwhelming or even noticeable with the onset of microbial colonization, so if you suspect that mold might exist in your home, professional air sampling and environmental testing might be necessary.

Before you can begin on the remediation that your property might require, mold inspections in your Jacksonville house can determine the extent of the damage and how severe potential colonization has become. Air sampling is among the most common of the approaches for testing the concentrations of spores. A pump forces air through a collection device that traps any potential microbes and contaminants for later evaluation and testing in an off-site laboratory. Once mold has been confirmed, our SERVPRO team's remediation technicians can begin work on controlling these pressing concerns.

What Remediation Strategies Exist When Mold Gets Discovered?
Remediation is among the most challenging obstacles for a residence because mismanagement of the situation can allow for the organism to spread and affect more organic matter throughout the house. A rapid evaluation of the house's conditions and the respective remediation strategies necessary allows our technicians to get to work quickly on what must occur to protect the property and your personal belongings. Some of the common remediation tasks include:

    •    Abrasive Cleaning
    •    Antimicrobial Products
    •    Sanding
    •    Controlled Demolition

You might not always know when mold exists in your home. However, professional testing and evaluations of the property by competent technicians and mold hygienists available through our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team can help.

How To Recover Documents From a Flood

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Wet documents A document damage restoration service in Bayard, FL, can recover all kinds of documents.

Document Restoration

If your business in Bayard, FL, experiences a flood, you may think that your documents are lost forever. Fortunately, document restoration is possible. SERVPRO can dry, sterilize and even digitize your damaged documents.

Document Types

SERVPRO, a document damage restoration service in Bayard, FL, can recover all kinds of documents:

  • Photographs
  • Papers
  • Books
  • Parchment
  • Files

Their innovative methods of restoration can accommodate nearly all paper types. No matter what types of documents were affected, you should contact a professional as quickly as possible to minimize the damage.

Flooding can damage documents in several ways:

  • Water damage
  • Chemical exposure
  • Contamination by bacteria or viruses

Document drying and sterilization can repair structural damage to the documents and remove any harmful substances.

Freeze Drying

Freeze drying is a method of document restoration that dries the item without harming it. The documents are frozen in a special vacuum that converts the water straight from its solid to a gaseous state, meaning the documents don't get wet in the process. This method is a safe and effective method of document drying that can be used on many different types of items.


Flood water can contain harmful substances that can contaminate documents. These documents can be cleaned using gamma radiation. This removes chemicals and kills microorganisms without damaging the documents.


Technicians can help you digitize your documents during the restoration process. This ensures that you have backup copies of important papers that are accessible virtually. This will also help you get rid of unnecessary clutter and organize all the documents you need.
Whether you lost photos, papers, books, files or other items, SERVPRO understands that your documents are important to you and your business. They use advanced document restoration techniques, including freeze-drying and sanitizing with gamma radiation, to help you minimize losses. They can even create digital copies of all of your documents so you never have to worry about losing them again.

The Dangers of Chemical Drain Cleaners

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Drain cleaner ads, water pipe detergent with clear pipes section in 3d illustration Chemical drain cleaners can be harmful.

Chemical Drain Cleaners Can Be Harmful

Many commercial building owners use a chemical cleaner to fix a clogged drain. However, this could just cause more harm to the premises. Here are some reasons your clients should only use chemical products as a last resort. These cleaners can actually cause harm in several ways.

1. They Can Hurt Pipes
The heat produced by chemical cleaners can harm certain pipes. Older metal or plastic pipes are particularly prone to damage from chemicals.

2. They Can Hurt the Environment
The chemicals from drain cleaners do not stay in pipes forever. They eventually end up in landfills, lakes and rivers, where they could poison various animals.

3. They Can Hurt People
Cleaners can even cause adverse effects to humans. Simply breathing them in while trying to clear a clogged drain could irritate the throat and eyes.
Since chemical drain cleaners can be dangerous, your clients should first try to clear the clog with mechanical options such as an auger or plunger. If that does not work, they can use non-toxic cleaners that use bacteria or enzymes to eat the clog. These cleaners work best on clogs that result from organic materials such as soap, hair or grease.

To prevent damage to your clients' Bayard, FL, buildings, you should tell them to avoid pouring chemicals down a clogged drain. An auger or enzymatic cleaner can safely remove the clog without harming the pipes.

If a broken or deteriorating pipe does harm your client's property, you will need to call sewage cleaning specialists to dry the premises and remove any mold. SERVPRO franchise professionals will respond quickly to the emergency and do what they can to thoroughly restore the property while keeping costs down. The franchises have the corporate resources to tackle big projects yet remain locally operated and owned.

SERVPRO is thus a preferred vendor for numerous insurance providers. Whether your client's water loss resulted from a chemical drain cleaner or a frozen pipe, SERVPRO can assist with the repairs.

Why Insurance Agents Should Work With Storm Restoration Services

3/19/2022 (Permalink)

Empty office room, ceiling collapsed, debris on floor Storm damaged office in Pine Forest, FL.

Why Should Insurance Agents Work With Storm Restoration Companies?

Property damage after a storm can be catastrophic and costly. If a storm strikes your area in Pine Forest, FL, you will likely be flooded with calls from insurance clients looking for help. Working with reliable storm restoration professionals can help ease the process and ensure that all of your clients have their needs met.

1. Quick Response

A storm response needs to be quick in order to be as effective as possible. Returning a structure to a physically stable state, removing flood water, and cleaning the debris left behind should all happen quickly in order to establish safety and prevent mold growth from starting. If mold is prevented, this lessens additional damage and lowers the cost of cleanup. Restoration specialists like SERVPRO pride themselves on their quick response to every type of disaster.

2. Trained Professionals

Storm restoration specialists are trained in responding to every type of storm. Whether it's a hurricane, flood, snowstorm, or tornado, they know how to deal with the damage. After a storm, there is rarely just one type of damage to a structure. There might be wind damage to the siding and water damage from flooding in the basement. These damages require different types of cleaning and repairs. Restoration specialists know how to catalogue and deal with wind damage, flood damage, and more simultaneously. This eliminates the need for multiple specialists working on the same restoration.

3. A Network of Resources

Working with a restoration specialist with a corporate system in place like SERVPRO connects you and your clients with a large national network. Disaster response teams located throughout the country can mobilize and help where and when they are needed. With many clients in the same area needing assistance at the same time, having a large network to draw from after a storm can be highly beneficial.
Recovery from storm damage involves specialized cleaning, repairs, and often rebuilding. Undertaking these tasks in a timely manner is extremely important to help prevent further damage. A storm restoration specialist like SERVPRO can help speed up the claims process and help your clients recover every step of the way.

Is Mold Testing Really Necessary?

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

Close-up of person hand wearing gloves measuring wetness of a moldy wall Mold assessment test in a Jacksonville, FL home.

Is it Really Necessary to Test for Mold?

When mold gets discussed in the media, it is often dramatic and involves a worst-case scenario of some poor homeowner who had a life-changing event occur because of the mold problem reported. However, when most people run into a colony of the fungi in their Jacksonville, FL, home, their first instinct is to grab some bleach water and wipe the spots away. When the spots return, it is probably time for a professional mold assessment to determine what type of fungus is attacking the building.

What Does a Mold Test Look For?

A mold test is typically done to locate the species of mold and contamination levels within a particular area inside the home. These tests can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Stachybotrys, or toxic black mold
  • Aspergillus, or a group of 200 dangerous molds
  • Contamination, or the levels of spores in the air
  • Mildew, or an innocuous type of fungus

What Happens After a Mold Test?

Since the majority of mold lurks inside walls, it can be important to know where the mold is, what type it is and how large the contaminated area really is. A professional assessment team can do just that; in fact, the certified mold assessment professionals at SERVPRO of Jacksonville, FL, are Here to Help anytime mold is found. The team can locate the source, remove the polluting fungi and repair the area impacted by the mold.

Attacking the surface mold with a cleaning solution can do little more than stall the problem because mold colonies hide inside and under the surface. Letting a professional mold removal team locate the problem and remove it can save time and money. Why not defend your home and alleviate the situation with a mold assessment test before and after repairs to assure there is no longer a mold issue in your home?

Tips for Removing Smoke Odor from Your Home

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

Thermal fogger, smoke odor removal A thermal fogger might be used to remove smoke odor from your home.

How to Remove Smoke Odor from Your Home

After a fire cleanup, home deodorization can be an important next step to making the area livable again. When setting up the cleanup process may professionals in San Marco, FL, recommend these three steps for successful odor removal.

1. Identify the Source

Knowing the source of the smoke odor can help determine the best cleanup plan. Odor can come from cigarette smoke, a house fire, or even extended use of a fireplace. In the event of a house fire it may be important to know what type of materials were burned, how long the fire lasted, and how long it’s been since the fire occurred. The smoke odor from cigarettes may also be stronger the longer it has been allowed to settle.

2. Use the Right Tools

When it comes to home deodorization, masking the smoke odor is only a temporary fix. Things may seem fresh for a while but over time the odor will reemerge. This is why it’s important to use the correct tools and cleansers from the start. The method used may depend on the severity of the smoke damage, but in most cases, a ozone machine or thermal fogger may be the best tool for the job.

3. When in Doubt Call a Professional

Whether you’re dealing with cigarette smoke or fire cleanup, you may want to consider contacting a professional for your smoke removal needs. Many professional teams already have the tools needed to successfully remove the smoke odor from your home. They also have the knowledge they need to access the odor’s source and determine the best cleaning plan.

The process for home deodorization requires knowing the source of the odor, and which tools are best for the problem. Knowing these things can help you formulate a plan for smoke odor removal. In many cases, it may be best to contact a professional as they already have the tools and cleaning solutions needed for the job.

Does Mold Remediation Eliminate All Residues From Jacksonville Homes?

9/12/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls of a room Did you recently spot a mold infestation in your home? Contact SERVPRO to evaluate and then remediate any mold damage.

SERVPRO Uses Multiple Approaches to Deal with Residues during Mold Remediation

After discovering mold in your Jacksonville home, one of your worries may be whether it is possible to eliminate all the residues left after dealing with the growth. Exposure to residues from mold can cause health effects, so your desire to eliminate all residues is well-founded. 

The approaches taken during mold remediation from Jacksonville homes determine whether residues are contained or spread throughout the property. Uncontrolled spreading can put the occupants as well as the restorers at risk. SERVPRO prioritizes containment before embarking on other restoration processes. 

Mold restoration processes fall into different categories, including:

  • Mold remediation
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Mold remediation

If an inspection reveals that demolition is necessary to remove most of the moldy materials from sections of the property, our SERVPRO teams first set up containment barriers around the areas that need demolition. We ensure the barriers are airtight and set up negative air pressure machines within the containment to ensure no residues escape. 

When cleaning moldy surfaces, various methods can be used to remove the masses of mold colonies. Uncontrolled agitation of surfaces may be effective in loosening the materials. However, it is also likely to spread them all over the property or release them into the air.  SERVPRO technicians use a layered approach, starting with HEPA vacuuming surfaces before progressing to other methods like wet cleaning. 

Since some of the residues may still escape even with the precautions in place, running air scrubbers ensures that no particulate matter remains suspended in the air. Such devices suck in dirty air and pass it through a layer of filters before releasing clean air back into the environment or porting it to the exterior.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South works diligently to guarantee positive outcomes after mold remediation processes. Call us at (904) 762-8066. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

We Are Proud To Announce The Acquisition of SERVPRO of Jacksonville Westside / Orange Park.

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Service Capacity & Capability Expanded to Serve Community

Our Jacksonville area team increases its services and capacity with additional equipment, resources and team members ready to serve our commercial and residential customers in Northeast Florida. “We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our customers, and continuing to serve our community,” said Bryce Clark, Owner of the newly expanded team at SERVPRO® of Jacksonville South, SERVPRO® of Arlington/ Jacksonville East and SERVPRO® of Jacksonville Westside/Orange Park.


Service Capacity & Capability Expanded to Serve Community

Jacksonville, FL – August 16, 2021 – SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE SOUTH & SERVPRO® OF ARLINGTON/JACKSONVILLE EAST is proud to announce it has expanded its service capabilities further to deliver outstanding restoration and remediation services to commercial and residential customers in Northeast Florida and other locations. With the recent acquisition of the SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK franchises, the team increases its services and capacity with additional equipment, resources and team members ready to serve customers.

As a leader in the restoration industry and a large loss franchise, the SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE SOUTH, SERVPRO® OF ARLINGTON/JACKSONVILLE EAST and SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK team is equipped to handle any size disaster. In the event of a large-scale disaster, the team can also tap into more than 1,700 franchises nationwide to serve customers in Northeast Florida or at any location impacted by a disaster nationwide. The team of professionals are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to respond to customers and any size disaster.

“We are so grateful to our customers who entrust us to take care of their businesses and homes and I am so thankful to my entire team who works tirelessly to serve our customers every day. We welcome our new, talented employees that join us from SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK and are working hard to transition customers seamlessly from John Strachan’s team,” said Bryce Clark, Owner of the newly expanded team at SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE SOUTH, SERVPRO® OF ARLINGTON/ JACKSONVILLE EAST AND SERVPRO® OF JACKSONVILLE WESTSIDE/ORANGE PARK. “We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our customers, and continuing to serve our community,” added Clark.

Our team prides themselves on delivering outstanding services to Commercial and Residential customers, including:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Response & Major Event Clean Up 
  • Specialized Pathogen Cleaning & Other 
  • Cleaning Services
  • Rebuild and Construction Services (Fully Licensed Building Contractor)

Who can Handle Mold in a Jacksonville Home?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Mold If mold damage strikes in your property, you’ll need a team to help you. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Jacksonville Homeowners can call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in their Homes

Mold exists all around us, and it is easy for it to spread in Jacksonville homes and businesses. Places with high humidity are ideal for mold growth, and virtually all of Florida falls under this category. It is not uncommon for mold to spread silently throughout a home for months before its residents discover it. Discoloration in the walls or an odd smell can be the first telltale signs of its presence, and property owners must take action as soon as possible.

SERVPRO handles the mold remediation process in many Jacksonville homes. Our staff is trained to address the root cause of the issue while cleaning and neutralizing the existing damage. Our approach, which follows the best practices in our industry, focuses on minimizing your loss while keeping it safe. When unattended, mold can cause health effects which is why time is of the essence. At its most basic level, mold remediation entails the following-

  • Containment- Achieved with plastic sheeting and negative pressure, along with sealing vents and establishing decontamination areas. Containment prevents the further spread of mold throughout the home.
  • Removal- Sometimes involves the disposal of items such as upholstery and textiles, while other materials can be cleaned with appropriate cleaning solutions.
  • Drying- Returning the space to its normal moisture levels helps prevent future growth

At SERVPRO of Jacksonville South, we work thoroughly with our clients to achieve the best results. Call us at (904) 762-8066 so we can leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Restoration of Baymeadows Homes Suffering from Water Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Call in the professionals for water removal, to avoid additional water loss in your property. Our SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7.

Professional Water Restoration Technicians Assist the Baymeadows Community when Water Incidents Occur

Baymeadows is considered one of the safest areas in Jacksonville. Located in Duval County, it is the intersection between urban and suburban living, a quality that attracts many young professionals. Jacksonville is the most populous city in the state and enjoys its proximity to Georgia, Miami, and the Atlantic Coast. The city has grown on the banks of the St. Johns river, a proven catalyst to its industrial and economic growth. Thanks to its location, Jacksonville hosts the third largest seaport in the state of Florida.

Not surprisingly, residents of Baymeadows share the history, amenities, and issues faced by the other Jacksonvillians. The influence of the military dates back many years, and it is highlighted in the World War II years. Navy bases accounted for employment opportunities and economic growth, which later moved into the suburbs. From the 1940s to the 1980s, this metropolitan area was plagued by increasing poverty, lack of resources, and infrastructure challenges. However, in the 1990s, its government embarked upon the River City Renaissance program to renew Jacksonville's urban core.

Those looking to relocate to Baymeadows are in luck, as its cost of living is reported to be 14% less expensive than the U.S. average, and its crime rate is 35% lower than the U.S. average. Despite being in Florida, there is a certain southern charm in its people and culture, probably due to it being just a few miles away from Georgia. Foodies will have no trouble finding a restaurant to soothe their palates, whether in Baymeadow or its surrounding neighborhoods.

The Jacksonville beaches are incentive enough for anyone looking for a beautiful place to live. Although summers can be hot and humid, the coastline is welcoming to young and old. In recent years, storms and hurricanes have threatened the Jacksonville metropolitan area and inflicted damage, but thankfully it has recovered quickly and continued to prosper. Hurricane Irma in 2017 was particularly damaging and SERVPRO had a hand in mitigating the water damages.

Steps to Restore Water Damage in a Home

Baymeadows homes are just as vulnerable to water damage as their close-by communities. Water damage can occur due to a storm or simply burst pipes or a sewer backup. Regardless of the magnitude of the disaster, calling SERVPRO ensures that your home gets the best water damage emergency services. If your situation involves clean water, you can expect the following from our team:

  • Water extraction with pumps of varying sizes (submersible, truck-mounted, handheld)

  • Water extraction from the subfloor and assessment of your carpet. In some cases, when delamination occurs, we may recommend removing it.
  • Closely monitoring temperature, relative humidity, and specific humidity within the affected area and its comparable metrics in unaffected areas and the outside.

When you call upon SERVPRO of Jacksonville South, you are in good hands for water clean-up and water removal services. Our certified technicians hold the key to an efficient way of restoring your home and mitigating your loss. Whether it is a small leak or your home looks like a river runs through it, give us a call at (904) 762-8066. We look forward to leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”

What Motivates the SERVPRO Team to Deliver Excellent Results When Disaster Strikes?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Comes Through When Significant Flooding Greets an Overwhelmed Jacksonville Couple on a Sunday Night

Local residents count on the SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team to respond quickly to household flooding, 24-hours-a-day, every day of the week. We are proud when customers appreciate the connection between SERVPRO ’s work ethic and positive results. Recently our commitment to 24/7 availability inspired a touching testimonial from a valued Jacksonville customer.

Who Knows What Awaits Behind Your Home’s Doors?

The story began for the homeowners as an unanticipated and unfortunate surprise. After a weekend day away, our customer related:

“At 8:30pm on a Sunday evening, my husband and I came home to a flooded house. I turned off the water to the house, which stopped the active flooding, but what to do about the inch of standing water throughout the house.... we jumped in the car to try to get to Home Depot to buy a wet vac but Home Depot was closed....”

Whom Can You Count On When the Unexpected Happens?

Many homeowners are willing to roll up their sleeves to try to mitigate a home disaster, but without tools and closed Big Box retailers on a Sunday night, what is your option? In this case, our customer made the right decision, picking up the phone and:

“Called SERVPRO!!!! They said they would dispatch a team out as soon as they could. I got a call about 15 minutes later, and the guys said they would be here around 10:00pm. Rashaud and Ricky showed up on time and went right to work extracting the water from our home and set up fans to start getting everything dried out.”

Who Commits to Appropriate Follow Through?

Water damage mitigation and remediation is a process, and the SERVPRO team brings training that meets or exceeds industry standards, hands-on experience, and high-efficiency and quality equipment to get the job done expertly and thoroughly:

“Over the course of 5 days, Stephen, Ricky, Rashaud, Cody and anyone else on the job, checked the progress, kept us informed and took such good care of our property.”

Who Offers Wrap-Around Repair and Rebuilding Services?

Even though We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, a flooding scenario can require additional work to bring your home full circle, restoring appearance and full-functionality. We are honored that our customer entrusted us with the final tasks and touches:

“SERVPRO will also be giving us an estimate for the repair work and if their service, knowledge and professionalism, in this area is the same as it has been...we are in good hands! From beginning to end, the level of communication and service that we received from everyone at SERVPRO, has been topnotch! We are so grateful! Thank you SERVPRO, for helping us get our home and life back to normal!!!!!”

Who Never Takes Customers for Granted?

The SERVPRO team is humbled by the overwhelmingly positive review by Traci M. Our mission is to help Jacksonville residents recover from disasters, always aiming to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Rapid interventions result in outstanding outcomes, and SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is always there for you. Call anytime day or night at (904) 762-8066 for a prompt assessment, emergency services, and a complete restoration plan and implementation.

Can Jacksonville Storms Cause Mold?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and trained for any amount of mold damage done to your home.

Excess Humidity in Jacksonville Homes can Cause Mold to Spread.

Jacksonville, on the banks of the St. Johns River, is the largest city in Florida in terms of population and area. Close to the Georgia border, it is located over 300 miles from Miami. The Timucua people first inhabited the area, eventually leading to its becoming British territory. Its history tells the story of how it became home to Fort Caroline, a French settlement, in 1564, which is considered one of the oldest European settlements in our nation's history. As time progressed, the area became governed by the British and later succumbed to Spanish control. In 1822, a town was established.

Jacksonville authorities have made the most of its proximity to the Atlantic and other waterways, a feat reflected in the importance of its port and numerous military bases. Not surprisingly, financial services, insurance, and logistics enterprises have also flourished in the city, as has tourism. The warm weather in Jacksonville has always been attractive to northerners. In the early 1900s, film executives in Chicago and New York scouted locations in the region, driven by its weather, inexpensive labor, and easy access via railroad. Only Hollywood, with a bigger promise of success, was able to shift production to California.

Despite some challenging years, starting in the 1980s, Jacksonville focused on its revitalization, including owning its own NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. With aggressive government funding, urban renewal initiatives got underway, and infrastructure improvements have paid off in recent years. The city's rebirth has not been without challenges, including the frequency with which storms and hurricanes visit the area. However, suburban growth continues, and Jacksonville continues to thrive.

Entertainment in Jacksonville

Like all large cities, Jacksonville hosts a myriad of events throughout the year. Taking advantage of its pleasant weather, visitors can enjoy the outdoors year-round, making it a great destination to visit during the winter months. Fishing tournaments and music festivals abound, and you can also enjoy some of the following indoor venues-

  • Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
  • Museum of Science and History
  • Kingsley Plantation

The list could go on and include the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Suffice it to know that exploring Jacksonville and its neighborhoods is thought-provoking and entertaining.

Mold in Jacksonville Homes

Mold is not unique to Jacksonville, but copious rains and storms can dramatically increase humidity levels making the environment suitable for its rapid spread. Mold growth happens quietly, and many homeowners do not realize the extent of the issue until several areas in the home have been affected. Some signs pointing to the presence of mold in your home include-

  • Discoloration in walls and ceilings
  • An odd musty smell
  • Peeling wallpaper and paint

As soon as you suspect mold in your home, reach out to a professional team to assess the damage and take corrective action. At SERVPRO, we are available around the clock to kick-start the process and have your home in mint condition as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is ready to provide restoration services. Call us at (904) 762-9066 and trust our trained staff to bring the best technology and techniques into your home.

Tis the Season In Bay Meadows -- Visit Santa and Support a Meaningful Cause

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Did fire damage take control of your life? Call SERVPRO for the fire restoration services you need to get your life back on track.

Bay Meadows Children Enjoy a Festive Breakfast with Santa While Proceeds Benefit the Jacksonville Area’s Facing Futures Foundation

RSVP to claim a chance to see Santa at Adamec Harley-Davidson on December 14, 2020. Bay Meadows families get a magical opportunity to slip in a quick request to Santa at this fun event. 

Your donation supports Facing Futures – Foundation For Pediatric Facial Disorders. Facing Futures changes lives through surgical correction of facial birth defects affecting children from remote areas of the world. Pediatric specialty teams bring the hope of a brighter future to pre-screened children by transporting them to Jacksonville’s state of the art medical facilities for appropriate surgeries without charge.

Contact Adamec Harley-Davidson (Jacksonville) for the invite link.

RSVP soon as space is limited -- Phone (904) 493-1931

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30 AM CST – 9 AM CST

Location:  8909 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

$5 cash donation -- free for kids two and under

Professional fire damage cleanup is critical during the aftermath of a household blaze, why SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is ready to intervene 24/7 with best industry practices. Call our team at (904) 762-8066 to schedule an appointment.

How Thorough Are Mold Removal Companies In Restoring Jacksonville Properties?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van If your home is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Familiarity with the Service is One of the Reasons SERVPRO is A Great Partner When You Need Help Removing Mold.

When mold develops in your house, you need two things – remediation and reassurance that the actions taken are sufficient to nullify the issue. SERVPRO takes a systemic approach to ensure a thorough mold removal process and to reassure Jacksonville homeowners. 

How do we ensure mold removal restores our Jacksonville property to preloss state?    

The process may involve several steps. Our SERVPRO technicians focus on a couple of areas like:

  • Inspection and assessment of mold damage
  • Mold Containment
  • Removal of mold and mold-Infested materials
  • Air Filtration
  • Cleaning Contents and other materials

In most cases, when you seek help because of mold in your Jacksonville Home, you have noticed some signs such as patches or spots on surfaces, or there is a whiff of musty odor in your property. However, these signs rarely reveal the whole picture because mold tends to develop in hidden sections of the house. Our technicians can help perform additional tests, including drilling inspection holes on ceilings or walls and lifting covers such as carpets to establish how far the problem spreads around the house.

What sort of containment is done when mold is discovered?

Containment mostly helps prevent mold debris from spreading all over the property. Our SERVPRO technicians set up containment barriers using 6-mil plastic sheets, poles, and grip disks. Limiting further mold growth by applying biocides to vulnerable surfaces can also count as a form of containment.

Running air filtration devices helps remove moldy residues from the air. We also use the devices to create negative air pressure in the contained area, thus ensuring residues do not spread. With proper containment, demolition of affected materials and cleaning can run smoothly without affecting the rest of the house. 

When you need mold problems in your Baymeadows, San Marco, or Deerwood home resolved, SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is ready to help. Call us at (904) 762-8066. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Can I Eliminate Mold from My house?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

female kneeling and looking at mold stains on kitchen wall For Mold Remediation and Fixing the Source of the Moisture--Jacksonville Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Help Trace What Leads to Mold Damage at Your Jacksonville Home and Perform a Full Remediation

Mold development in your Jacksonville property is not something to look forward to since people can interpret it as neglect. Mold is also associated with health effects. Perhaps the biggest concern is how stubborn such infestations can be, reappearing a few weeks or months after removal, if not done correctly.

What steps play a crucial role in resolving mold damage comprehensively in Jacksonville?

  • Establishing the root cause of the infestation
  • Full remediation of affected materials
  • Removal of airborne mold debris

For mold to develop in a property, a couple of factors are necessary, including the availability of organic food source and moisture. Since almost any organic material can serve as a nutrient, moisture is the main trigger. Unless there is a water spill incident, our SERVPRO technicians inspect your property to establish and fix possible sources of moisture. Typical sources include:

  • High humidity in the air from insufficient cooling of the interior
  • Unresolved or hidden water leaks
  • Steam from the shower and other places

How should I deal with moldy materials?

The remedial action chosen depends on the type of material and level of infestation. For heavily infested porous materials such as carpets, insulation, drywall, or fabrics, removing the affected material is the appropriate action since the root-like mold hyphae penetrate beyond the surface, making it hard to remove mold entirely by cleaning. Regardless, mold remediation is just that. It is not possible to eliminate ALL mold and spores from a home with a treatment.

For non-porous surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians use various cleaning approaches, including HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping the infested areas. Semi porous materials require elaborate cleaning processes such as brushing, sanding, wire brushing, or specialized cleaning, such as soda blasting.

Killing spores is also crucial for longer-term results. Our crews use antifungal products with antimicrobial properties to achieve this goal. Some of the spores and other mold debris disturbed during cleaning are suspended in the air, meaning they can settle back on cleaned areas. We run air filtration devices (AFD) with HEPA filters to remove the particulate matter.

Mold infestations are manageable. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 to help restore your property to its preloss state.

What Kinds of Interventions Do Professional Loss Responders Use to Clean Up After a Jacksonville Fire?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a house consumed in smoke and fire The committed work team at SERVPRO dedicates their efforts to restoring your home and possessions after the devastation of a household fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Experts at Balancing the Principles and Elements of Fire Damage Cleaning When We Answer the Call from Jacksonville Residents

Cleaning might seem like a commonsense activity that most people learned how to competently do as youngsters to contribute to their home and community. The positive attitude and energy you as a homeowner might want to bring to fire loss recovery are admirable. Still, it is likely not enough to avoid inadvertent mistakes that could permanently damage your Jacksonville home or put you or your family in danger. Professional fire damage restorers break the cleaning process down, using research-based scientific approaches to eliminate fire residues safely and for good.

Why Does Fire Damage Recovery Focus On Cleaning?

You might wonder why compromised structures and soot-covered contents are not demolished and thrown out when you view the aftermath of fire damage to your Jacksonville home. Although it might seem like an expeditious solution, it is costly in both terms of the money needed to purchase rebuilding materials and the loss of your beloved and familiar personal furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. We apply the principles and elements of cleaning to restore materials and contents at a fraction of the cost while causing much less disruption.

What Are the Principles of Cleaning As Applied to Smoke and Soot Damaged Materials?
The aim of restoration through cleaning is to bring the materials back to the function and appearance they exhibited before the fire loss. To achieve this result, SERVPRO employees move through the following protocols:

    •    Inspecting all spaces in your home affected by smoke and soot to locate the residues, commencing the inspection at the ignition site, and moving out throughout the structure.
    •    Evaluating the residues knowing that different conditions and fuel sources during the fire cause the soot characteristics to vary.
    •    Making preliminary recommendations for effective cleaning methods and products for the different residues encountered.
    •    Examining the surfaces affected. The types of material and their condition narrows the choice of cleaning products and methods. If a surface is not durable enough to withstand a particular method or cleaner, adaptations can be made. Some materials cannot be restored using this analysis. We communicate this to you and your insurance company to consider further options.
    •    Employing dry and wet cleaning methods to loosen, dislodge, and remove the residues.
    •    Dry methods are primarily mechanical -- brushing, during vacuuming, lifting with chemical sponges.
    •    Wet methods use water or oil-based solutions to suspend or emulsify the residues before rinsing and wiping away.
    •    Disposing of residues, which, depending on the characteristics of the soil, might require following hazardous waste procedures.

What Are the Elements of Cleaning As Understood by Fire Damage Removal Experts?

The elements of cleaning focus on the wet and dry cleaning methods mentioned above, using best practices to manipulate conditions within the restorer’s control to increase the efficacy of the process. We consider the following variables to achieve successful outcomes:

Raising the temperature increases the speed of our proprietary products’ chemical reactions. We add heat based on the particular product and the capacity of the material cleaned to withstand it.

Disrupting the bond between the residue and the surface to which it adheres is possible by a range of physical means using various tools and equipment. We spread cleaning products in this manner also:

    •    Scrubbing
    •    Rubbing
    •    Brushing
    •    Water and air pressure
    •    Ultrasonic vibrations

Chemical action
A keen knowledge of the expected actions and reactions between our professional-grade products and the residues we seek to remove is essential. We break the bond between soot and surface by choosing products based on their ability to do the following to the adhered residues:

    •    Dissolve
    •    Emulsify
    •    Bleach
    •    Oxidize
    •    Alter pH
    •    Digest

The desired outcomes often do not occur immediately. Our technicians utilize scientifically established dwell time windows to give products and ancillary elements a chance to work. We monitor the effect on the surface to ensure avoiding secondary damage.

What Kind of Training Do SERVPRO Crews Receive to Become Proficient in the Application of the Principles and Elements of Cleaning?

Our owners and employees all take advantage of the comprehensive knowledge base provided by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is an international standard-setting organization that continually evolves and improves the best practices used by leading restoration professionals. We stress adherence to these practices to lend consistency to our efforts, striving at all times to use our skills, products, and equipment to reach the point where you and your family feel safe, comfortable, and secure, “Like it never even happened.”

The committed work team at SERVPRO of Jacksonville South dedicates their efforts to restoring your home and possessions after the devastation of a household fire. Call us at (904) 762-8066 for a consultation about your options.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Jacksonville, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South today at (904) 762-8066 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Water Damage Mitigation In Jacksonville

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Boots Standing in a Flooded House SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can provide you with water damage mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Cleanup in Jacksonville With Cutting-Edge Tools

Jacksonville residents are well aware that flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States today, but you might be surprised by the cost of water damage to homeowners. The average flood claim from 2005-2014 was a staggering $42,000, with the total annual flood claims averaging well over $3 billion. On top of that, the national average for flood insurance premiums is $700.

If your Jacksonville area residence needs water damage mitigation quickly, SERVPRO technicians have emergency-response vehicles available with power sources to address the damage and make your home or business clean, safe, and comfortable once more. Our experienced technicians can pack your belongings, move them off-site, and clean them with specialized methods based on the material. Your local SERVPRO team also licensed to offer general contracting services to rebuild your home after a water damage disaster.

Combating Disasters With Advanced Technologies
SERVPRO maintains a fully-stocked warehouse and fleet that is always available to combat disasters of any size. Diesel-powered generators are available for powering a full suite of sophisticated cleaning and drying technologies. Our SERVPRO team members pair their cutting-edge moisture measurement, mitigation, and restoration technologies with an in-depth knowledge of how specific and relative humidity, temperature, and many other factors affect the cleanup and restoration process.

It is crucial to make careful calculations, for example, to ensure that there is an adequate balance of both air movers and dehumidifiers cleaning a space. Too many air movers can overwhelm dehumidifiers and cause potential secondary water damages, while too few can mean a much slower drying process.

SERVPRO Protects Your Belongings
In the event of a flood, our SERVPRO team can move your possessions off-site for storage and cleanup away from contamination and microbial growth. Documents can be frozen to preserve them and minimize damage until they are dried. Contents are evaluated by both homeowners and insurance adjusters to determine what should be prioritized for cleanup. Technicians also carefully document items, serial numbers, makes and models, as well as their current condition, to aid you during the claims filing process.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can provide you with water damage mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (904) 762-8066 for cleanup and restoration that can return your Jacksonville area business or home to a preloss condition.

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Best Practices for Sanitizing in Jacksonville’s Community of Faith

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Alt Image Tag: female wiping a desk and computer with a pink rag Employees don't usually enjoy cleaning. SERVPRO does! We clean around your schedule.

Is Your Jacksonville House of Worship in Need of Cleaning and Disinfecting Services?

SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to provide cleaning and disinfecting services to local faith-based organizations and worship communities to get them ready for regular services. Our team has the training to respond to Commercial Cleaning and Disinfecting projects in all types of commercial buildings and public spaces. 

In Jacksonville, the coronavirus has kept people from attending regular services. Due to the number of people, surfaces, and seating standards in most Houses of Worship, a high level of sanitization is one way to ensure that members are safe to prevent the spread of viruses.

SERVPRO Handles Elevated Cleaning

SERVPRO technicians hold an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have the training and equipment to clean and apply EPA-recommended disinfectants to high touch areas. 

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection indicate that viruses can remain viable on hard surfaces and other nonporous areas for up to nine days. That certainly speaks to the frequency and level of sanitization application, commercial facilities require to be a safe place for people to gather. After an initial deep cleaning by SERVPRO techs, training for the regular janitorial staff can be arranged to maintain the level of cleanliness needed to prevent the spread of viruses. 

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 stands ready to assist churches, parishes, mosques, halls, meeting houses, cathedrals, temples, and synagogues with cleaning services to restore our community’s Houses of Worship to a sanitary condition and elevate the safety for communal gatherings. 

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary In Jacksonville To Handle Your Water Damage

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Our LGR dehumidifier sitting in the room of this home We have the state of the art equipment necessary such as the LGR dehumidifier seen here working to pull the water vapor out of this affected room.

SERVPRO Performs Efficient Water Damage Restoration in Affected Jacksonville Homes

Even though a water intrusion problem resulting from a sink overflow or rainwater infiltration may look small, it may cause significant destruction if ignored for an extended period. If you discover water damage in your residence, the wise decision is to seek professional help from SERVPRO. We offer emergency water restoration services around the clock.

With highly trained technicians who have decades of experience, we can restore any magnitude of water damage in your Jacksonville residence. We have state-of-the-art equipment that helps us handle the situation faster to meet or exceed our client's expectations. If a leaking roof caused the water damage, we reliable experts who can perform the necessary repairs. Fast water removal helps limit the chances of secondary property damage. The removal of excess water helps in speeding up the drying process.

One of the most challenging situations you may face following water intrusion in your home is dealing with wet carpeting. Drying the carpet immediately after the incident is critical. Maybe your carpet is expensive, or you have an emotional attachment to it, and you do not want to lose it. If only a small area of the carpet has water, drying, it can be straightforward. However, if a large area is affected, you may need to use more than one drying method. Our team can use light wands to remove the water damage. This equipment can extract water rapidly from glue-down carpets.

Water can get into hard to access areas. In extreme cases, we may remove some structures in your property to pave the way for drying. For instance, we might remove the carpet and pad if they are covering wood flooring. By removing them, we can dry the wood flooring effectively. During the removal process, our technicians ensure that the carpet and pad remain intact to avoid further damage. We can use a stair tool and knee kickers to remove the carpeting and padding. We only reinstall the carpet after restoring the affected area.

Water can also affect drywall with insulation and saturate wall cavities, making them difficult to dry. Our SERVPRO team has equipment that can effectively dry the cavities and the insulated walls. We can use centrifugal air movers to dry the cavities. Our crew can attach shrouds or other attachments to these air movers so that the machines can introduce dry air into wall cavities and beneath kitchen cabinets.

Do not let a water intrusion problem cause secondary damage to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for fast restoration that can make the water damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Why We Are The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In Jacksonville

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Our green box truck outside a home Our Green Box Trucks are on the scene at this home within hours of the fire damaging event.

Why SERVPRO Seals Interior Areas of Houses with Fire Damage in Jacksonville

Cleaning up smoke deposits and charred and blackened materials like personal belongings and building materials can stir up dust and increase the amount of pollutants in the air. Before starting such projects in Jacksonville, our building department team, working under General Contractor License # CBC1256211, boards up exterior doors we do not plan on using, as well as windows with broken glass or other security risks. They also tarp over any openings in the roof that might let in rain.

Sometimes, however, the family decides to continue living in their house in Jacksonville during fire damage mitigation, and this is why SERVPRO technicians seal interior doors, as well. Instead of keeping vandals and he elements outside, these interior seals keep living areas clean and free of dust, while allowing us to use out equipment in an efficient manner. 

Unsecured windows provide us with a location where we can expel contaminated air from our machinery. Although our air scrubbers use HEPA filters, the amount of humidity from firefighting efforts can cause additional problems if damp air, no matter how clean, gets recycled back into your house.

Sealing areas off from the usable space keeps the customer's family from breathing in smoke particles, as well as experiencing any unwanted odors from the fire. While not all families can do this and must leave for a short stay elsewhere, we do everything we can to ensure that those who do remain in their home can do so without any unpleasant experiences. 

Not having to hold or redirect mail, change routes to work and school, and collect medicines, papers, and personal items for use elsewhere can help families recover and get things back to normal with much less stress. The costs involved also decrease whenever a customer can refrain from finding other lodging. SERVPRO wants to help families as much as possible after a disaster, so we always discuss the options and explain the benefits and drawbacks involved.

Continuing to live in the house after fire damage while we mitigate the damage and restore structures can become noisy. This is because of the machinery that we use. However, there are different ways we can get these machines to run with less noise. We might place a machine on an opposite wall, away from the section of the house your family occupies. Other machines make less noise if placed on top of a thick pad.

After fire causes damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066. We are always available to our customers in Town enter, Baymeadows, and San Marco. 

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We Discuss Our Moisture Detection Devices In Jacksonville Beach

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Black moud and fungus on wall near window. Rainwater can also sometimes get inside your wall cavities, which can pose a risk for mold growth.

Flood Damage Experts In Jacksonville Beach Point Out Moisture Detection Devices

It is still hurricane season, and the Jacksonville Beach area could see some backlash from a hurricane or tropical storm. If the rain is extreme, it could build up in your yard and cause your house excessive flood damage. If anything gets wet inside your home, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We provide fast, 24/7 service so we can arrive immediately after you notice a problem.

Once we arrive at your flood damage claim in Jacksonville Beach, our highly-trained SERVPRO team first works toward figuring out the extent of the water-related issues. In some cases, the moisture is easily found, while in other situations, wet materials can hide. We utilize an array of advanced technology to determine where the moisture went and exactly what items it affected.

For example, if the water came in from the ground, your flooring materials and structural components beneath your floor could have been negatively affected by moisture. Rainwater can also sometimes get inside your wall cavities, which can pose a risk for mold growth. To find every place that moisture went, our SERVPRO technicians can use one or all of the following devices to find damp building materials.

1.Moisture Sensors
Moisture Sensors have a probe on one end and a handle on the other, and they get used to detect the presence of moisture in your carpet and pad.

2. Penetrating Moisture Meters
Penetrating meters use electrical conductivity to test for moisture. They have probes that get hammered into your drywall or wooden building materials so that we can figure out the item's moisture content.

3. Non-Penetrating Moisture Meters
Non-penetrating meters use electrical conductivity emissions to detect the presence of moisture without having to puncture any materials. These instruments often get used first to test for wet materials such as drywall or plaster.

4. Infrared Cameras
In some flooding situations, these specialized cameras can be used to find moisture by visually detecting temperature changes in your building materials.

Calling in a professional team of restoration technicians can increase the chances of all of your flood-related issues getting mitigated. When a storm in Town Center, Baymeadows, or San Marco ruins your day, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Says Improved IAQ Indoor Air Quality Is a Must Goal for Jacksonville Homes Following Fire and Smoke Damage

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt and Charred Desk and cinder blocks showing from removed burnt walls SERVPRO Says By Removing the Burnt Contents The Indoor Air Quality Can Improve After a House Fire in Jacksonville

Is Air Filtration Necessary After a Jacksonville Housefire?

HEPA filtration and the elimination of airborne contaminants are essential tasks for restorers to pursue after a fire loss in Jacksonville homes. Mitigation is a vital objective, as our initial efforts in a damaged home can help to reduce the cost of service and the time spent restoring a residence. Air quality after a widespread structure fire can be extensively compromised, leading to a need for many of the advanced machines that our SERVPRO team keeps in our growing inventory of recovery tools.

A risk with air contamination after a fire is that many of the most hazardous elements are nearly impossible to see, making fire damage in Jacksonville dangerous for homeowners and even our experienced technicians. Soot, for example, is much smaller than dust particles or debris that might exist in the environment, which can help it to be much less discernable in the air until it comes to rest on surfaces and contents throughout the house.
Environmental testing can take time and is generally not needed. We can deploy our powerful filtration devices regardless. Negative pressure systems used in conjunction with our sheeting barriers can help to contain the situation until our SERVPRO technicians can successfully clean and restore the affected region with our powerful cleaning agents, scrubbers, and chemical sponges.
A useful tool for reducing the presence of air contaminants and debris is our hydroxyl generator. Using a UV spectrum similar to how the atmosphere cleans out contaminants, these machines can eliminate certain particulates through this cleansing process and others through the HEPA filtration system onboard. These same machines are also capable of reducing or eliminating foul odors structure fires can leave behind, making them an even more likely choice for deployment in a fire-damaged home. Thermal fogging can chemically alter or drop airborne particulates for cleanup, further improving the indoor air quality IAQ.
Air filtration is an essential element of home restoration after a fire. We have sophisticated tools and processes to help, and you can reach our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South rapid response team 24/7 by calling (904) 762-8066.

Jacksonville Battles Floods, Fires, Mold and Water Damage with the Help of SERVPRO

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

No Jacksonville Property Owner is a Big Fan of Mold Damage--SERVPRO Can Remediate

Experience Counts with Restoration Services Our Jacksonville Team Provides

Disasters can become traumatic and stressful situations for Jacksonville property owners, especially without a working understanding of how to resolve these outcomes. With each type of accident bringing a list of hazards and potential obstacles to overcome, many have sought out the experience our certified experts can provide.  No matter how severe or widespread effects from water, fire, mold, and storm loss events can become, we have the training and growing reputable roster of restoration specialists to help. Choosing the right professionals for your emergency can save you time and money, getting you back to your normal life much more quickly.

Water Damage
Many SERVPRO team members including our office staff have gotten certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) to contend with all cases of water damage to Jacksonville homes and structures. As cleanup, removal, and restoration are among the most common tasks for our certified specialists, we stay prepared to respond to these crises at a moment’s notice from our facility.

The recovery of a disaster begins with our vital mitigation efforts, including extraction and drying. Standing water and saturation are hazardous threats to both structures and those exposed, so our specialists utilize advanced tools and equipment to address these conditions where they get found. From portable sump pumps and wet-vacs to gas-powered and truck-mounted options, we have a tool for every water removal need a Jacksonville home has – even substantial loss incidents that have damaged the entire property. As is the case with all emergencies that our professionals work to restore, fast response by our qualified team can protect both your property and its occupants from more severe consequences.

Drying needs for your Jacksonville home can exist in a variety of locations from the main living areas through crawlspaces and attics. Without proper discovery techniques like thermal imagery or moisture content readers and focused drying efforts from tools like air movers and dehumidifiers, lingering water damage and moisture can facilitate the spread of secondary effects like bacterial hazards or mold growth.

Storm Damage
There is an ever-present threat to Jacksonville from storm damage, as coastal storms can introduce substantial threats to structural integrity with a pronounced severity and strength. Our SERVPRO team has become a respected response team amid storm emergencies, including flooding threats because of our involvement with a Large Loss Recovery Team which combines our resources and personnel to handle substantial loss incidents.  

These loss recovery incidents revolve around not only addressing the primary issues stemming from the flood damage in Jacksonville properties but also providing a full-service build back and reconstruction solution for damaged structures. As a general contracting firm certified through the State of Florida (License #: CBC1256211), we can offer emergency restoration services like board up and tarping that can stop the infiltration of flood water so that our professionals can work on mitigation and recovery unabated.

Much like the water services we provide, our disaster relief team can mobilize quickly throughout the entire Jacksonville area to offer our customers time and money-saving solution when flood damage and storm losses occur. We have fast extraction, drying, and cleaning approaches that can quickly improve the outlook of your damaged property.

Mold Damage
We have a full team of IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) that can work quickly for mold damage in Jacksonville homes. With mold spores being a natural addition to every environment that our customers encounter, any area is only awaiting the appropriate conditions to facilitate and promote the colonization and spread of these damaging organisms.

With many species of mold that can affect Jacksonville houses, our SERVPRO professionals must continually educate and grow in their understanding of this niche of the industry. Remediation tactics change and evolve, helping our team to be more efficient and productive in both the way we approach mold colonization and the safe handling of damaged materials and contents found in the property. Our containment strategies, including physical barriers and the use of negative air scrubbers and other purification tools, can help in reducing the spread and severity of microbial concentration.

Mold damage has several compromising effects for your Jacksonville home, and we must address both how microbial growth began and the consequences of this spreading organism. From addressing the moisture with dehumidifiers and forced heated air to using deodorization equipment like thermal and UV foggers, we have the expertise to handle even complex and substantial mold damage scenarios.

Fire Damage
Residential and commercial fire damage in Jacksonville can be among the most costly and devastating situations for property owners to ever face. From fires that become easily contained or limited to specific areas of your house to widespread structure fires that can compromise substantial portions of the home, our SERVPRO professionals can help with a fast response and a confident understanding of what every damaged residence needs after a loss incident.

Though we have a full-service division of general contractors with years of experience in the construction trades to help with rebuilding after fire damage, there are many other consequences to face in your Jacksonville home as well. Our restoration services for these emergencies often include odor removal, soot, and smoke residue cleanup, and fire debris removal. With IICRC-Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and others trained in the specialized cleanup for carpeting, fabric/upholstery, and in content management, we can help our customers through every phase of restoration and recovery.

No two fire damage incidents are alike in the Greater Jacksonville area, so our team of SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared to handle complex recovery situations like inaccessible damage, controlled demolition, and safety concerns through the earliest stages of mitigation. We have a deep inventory of equipment to help us handle deodorization, cleaning, reconstruction, and air purification concerns.

We have a strong reputation throughout Jacksonville and its surrounding areas rooted in our experience and compassion. We know how to make the damages from water, fire, storm, and mold loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Jacksonville South team a call today for any of our professional-grade restoration services at (904) 762-8066.


SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Recognized as a Top 100 SERVPRO System Franchise Nationwide

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Is Again Recognized as a Top 100 Franchise

"Top 100" Award Means SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Provides Premier Cleanup and Restoration Services

Jacksonville, FL – June 3, 2019 – SERVPRO® of Jacksonville South was designated as one of the SERVPRO® Systems’ “Top 100” Franchises countrywide out of over 1750 franchises in the SERVPRO Corporation. This achievement recognizes the hard work and dedication of franchises to the SERVPRO® brand and distinction in endeavoring to support SERVPRO® as the Premier Cleaning and Restoration Company in the World. The SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a vital unit, one of only six, in the entire state of Florida for Large Loss Commercial Recovery, including hurricane mitigation. The mobility allows for ranging far afield to help distant neighbors in their time of need.

SERVPRO® of  Jacksonville South aims to deliver the following services to our Residential and Commercial Clients:
?    Water Damage Restoration, from extraction to drying and disinfecting
?    Fire Damage Restoration, cleanup, demolition, water removal, and odor control.
?    Mold Remediation by certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT)
?    Cleaning Services, residential and commercial, emergency and scheduled maintenance
?    Storm and Major Event Clean Up, equipped, trained, staffed, and mobile
?    Rebuild and Construction Services (Fully Licensed Building Contractor), a "one-stop" experience to lighten the load

"We are humbled and grateful for this recognition. I want to thank my entire team who works tirelessly to take care of our commercial and residential customers,” says Bryce Clark, Owner of SERVPRO of Arlington. “It is an honor for us all, and we’ll continue our mission to assist our customers with all of their restoration and cleaning needs 24 hours a day.”

The SERVPRO Brand is synonymous with customer satisfaction at the highest levels. The efforts to make our customers feel "Like it never even happened," is the culture that Bryce Clark and his group strive for each and every day. Even though we have once again merited a Top 100 Recognition, we continue to improve our service, always going forward.

For an efficient, fair, and fast cleanup, restoration, and recovery from a water, fire, mold or storm damaging event to your business or home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066.

Enjoy the Zoo, and leave the cleanup to us.

Water Damage to Your Baymeadows Home can Create Safety Hazards in the Bathroom and Kitchen

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South can come to your rescue when your home in has a water damage emergency due to a malfunctioning dishwasher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Damage emergency in Jacksonville on Christmas Eve

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO team is ready to help during your water damage emergency.

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

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

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

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

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

Thank goodness I was at home when this situation happened.

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

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

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

Our Highly Skilled Crew At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Baymeadows Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Our slogan that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster is not just a catchy saying, but a commitment that we have to our customers.

A Wise Choice For Professional Water Cleanup In Baymeadows Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke travels throughout your house and everything it touches will need to be cleaned.

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

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

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

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

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

The Great Fire of 1901 started from a chimney spark that ignited a fiber factory.  Read more about Jacksonville here.

How SERVPRO Locates and Eliminates Hidden Mold in Your Jacksonville Home

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know what is hidden behind your drywall? Call SERVPRO to see your house is hosting mold colonies.

Useful Tips for Dealing with Hidden Mold Damage in Jacksonville

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

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

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

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

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

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