Don’t Let Your Washing Machine Flood Your Nassau County/North Jax Home
Checking the washing machine supply lines every six months, and replacing when needed, can save you a lot of money.
It is not unusual for our highly trained technicians here at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax to be called on to respond to water damage or even floods caused by, yes, washing machines.
Helping our customers is our biggest goal, and so we want to share with you tips to help you avoid these expensive and time consuming flood losses. Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your washing machine is not going to cause problems:
- Check the washing machine supply lines that are located behind the appliance every six months as part of your routine. Replace water lines when cracking or dripping occurs, or when a scale is forming around the connection to the water valve. The small investment of replacing water line can save you thousands of dollars and prevent major damage.
- Make sure the drain for your washing machine is draining efficiently. Clogged drains are a leading cause for washing machine floods.
- Do not overload your washer! Though doing one large load of laundry is more convenient than doing multiple loads, overloading your washer causes the machine to vibrate and move which can knock loose connections and cause water to overflow.
- Know where your main water shutoff valve is located! In the event your washing machine does overflow, shutting off the main water supply could save you a lot of time and money.
- Do not run your washing machine if you are not awake, or not at home. If your washing machine floods, you want to be there to minimize the damage.
The average water loss costs between $3,000-$8,000. Use these simple steps to help protect your investment from water damage loss. Call us if you need help at 904-729-2401.
Protecting Fernandina Beach/Yulee Kids from Fire-Related Injuries
Dewey our mascot Duck says, "Kids, don't play with fire."
Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville picked up the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Parent’s Fire Safety Tips
- Children experience fire interest. They may ask questions such as how hot is fire or show an interest in fire through playing with fire trucks or cooking on a play stove. This is healthy, and it is time to begin educating about fire.
- Fire starting happens when children begin to experiment with fire using matches and lighters. Many fires happen when young children are left alone, even for a short period of time, and have access to matches and lighters. Parents must have clear rules and consequences about fire misuse.
- Grown-ups can help keep fire out of the hands of children.
- Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet or container.
- Never leave matches or lighters in a bedroom or any place where children may go without supervision.
- Teach young children and school-age children to tell a grown-up if they see matches or lighters. Children need to understand that fire is difficult to control, it is fast and can hurt as soon as it touches you.
- A child with an interest in fire can lead to fire starting and result in repeated firesetting behavior.
- It is important for grown-ups to discourage unsupervised fire starts.
- Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement for children; they may imitate you.
- Never assign a young child any tasks that involve the use of a lighter or matches (lighting candles, bringing a lighter to an adult to light a cigarette or the fireplace, etc.)
- If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
- Use only lighters designed with child-resistant features. Remember, child-resistant does not mean child-proof.
We hope it never happens, but if you have a fire in your home and need fire damage restoration, please call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach /Yulee /North Jacksonville at 904.729.2401
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Shares Tips on Using Fire Extinguishers
Our mascot Dewey shares tips on fire extinguishers. Fortunately, Dewey is an expert on Fires and all things Water.
Since it’s fire prevention week, we wanted to share a few helpful tips on using fire extinguishers. Using a fire extinguisher isn’t rocket science, but there are a few basics you should know. According to FEMA, the majority of Americans don’t know how to use an extinguisher, even if they have one in their home. This is an alarming knowledge gap. Fires double in size every 60 seconds, so you don’t want to be fumbling around in an emergency situation, reading over the instruction manual as a small flame on the stove grows into an inferno.
Most fire extinguishers for homes and public spaces are classified as Class ABC extinguishers, meaning they’re suitable for putting out wood and paper fires, flammable liquid fires, and electrical fires—not grease fires. (See below for grease fires).
Using a Fire Extinguisher: Remember PASS, which stands for:
P—Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
A—Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Hitting the tops of the flames will not be effective.
S—Squeeze the trigger slowly and evenly to release the agent.
S—Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Most extinguishers will give you about 10-20 seconds of discharge time.
You can buy an ABC extinguisher for about $30 -$60 on Amazon or at your nearest hardware store. Get the biggest one you can comfortably handle to maximize its discharge pressure, time, and range.
Steps to put out a grease fire:
- Turn off source of heat (burner / element).
- Do NOT pour water on it.
- Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot, or baking pan.
- If you can't cover it, dump baking soda (lots of it) on it.
If you suffer a fire damage event, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401. Refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
Nassau County & North Jax: October 8-14 Is Fire Prevention Week
Message from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax. In a fire, every second counts. Plan 2 ways to exit each room.
The following is from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)…
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Here is a helpful quiz to test your fire prevention knowledge.
Here is information about SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville’s fire damage services. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you have fire damage.
Tropical system may impact Florida coast in next 10 days
The low pressure evolving over the Western Caribbean & Central America has been upgraded to tropical depression #16 and will likely become Nate.
With Hurricane Irma barely behind us, meteorologists advise that tropical weather may not be over for Floridians this hurricane season, which does not end until late November. Here’s what Accuweather said earlier this week.
The tropical Atlantic Basin has turned quiet for now, but new tropical threats may pose hazards across the western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico or near Florida well into October.
Following Lee and Maria’s departure, the Atlantic Basin is now void of any named tropical systems, something that hasn’t happened since Aug. 23.
With nearly two months left in the hurricane season, there is still plenty of time for new tropical systems to form and it could happen as soon as late week.
“Multiple factors will be in place that may favor several tropical systems to come about into the middle of October,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
A large, slowly-spinning area of showers and thunderstorms hovering near Central America and the western Caribbean will be worth watching over the next couple of weeks. This feature, known as the Central American Gyre, may spin up tropical systems if the right conditions are present.
Residents and those with interests in Central America, Cuba, the Bahamas, Mexico and the southeastern United States will want to keep a watchful eye on this over the next couple of weeks.
“Waters over much of the region are very warm and likely to stay warm for many weeks,” Sosnowski said.
"A tropical depression or storm could develop with little notice in the western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico or in waters along the Southern Atlantic coast of the United States."
Should a tropical system form in this region, the warm water would provide the necessary fuel for the system to maintain itself and even flourish.
However, much of this will depend on wind shear, or the changing of speed and direction of winds at different layers of the atmosphere. While wind shear will be disruptive at times through the month of October over this area, there will also be times where it relaxes enough for a tropical system to form.
Latest Update from WOKV Jacksonville: The low pressure evolving over the Western Caribbean & Central America has been upgraded to tropical depression #16 and will likely become Nate.
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville advises local residents to re-supply their emergency kits and stay current on weather reports in the meantime.
Tip to Prevent Post-Flooding Mold: Follow Your Nose
What you DON’T want to do is disturb mold and inadvertently spread it.
Here’s advice from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax for North Floridians whose homes and property were hit by Hurricane Irma: Protect your family’s health and your own by treating or discarding mold- and mildew-infected items. The best defense is to clean, dry or, as a last resort, discard moldy items.
Many materials are prone to developing mold if they are damp or wet for too long.
All flood-dampened surfaces should be cleaned, disinfected and dried as soon as possible. Follow these tips to ensure a safe and effective cleanup:
- If you see a mold problem, call SERVPRO to identify the extent of damage.
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold--and stay out of the area. Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Sometimes moisture in ceilings or wall cavities cannot be seen. This provides perfect conditions for mold growth. SERVPRO can identify this moisture and remove it.
- Your nose knows. Musty and moldy odors may be an indicator of growing molds. Your sense of smell may alert you to problems you cannot see.
- Check out all odors. It’s possible for mold to hide in the walls or behind wall coverings. Let SERVPRO find all mold sources and clean them properly.
- Cleaned areas can take several days to dry thoroughly. SERVPRO will use high-speed fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.
- SERVPRO will remove and discard all materials that can’t be cleaned, such as wallboard, fiberglass and cellulose areas. Then we will clean the wall studs where wallboard has been removed, and allow the area to dry thoroughly.
Again, your nose knows. If you detect an odor, mold problems are likely developing somewhere you cannot see. Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904-729-2401 to help you identify and address mold issues. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
Water Intrusion from Hurricane Irma? Extraction Without Drying Will Lead to Mold Problems
High speed air movers and dehumidifiers are crucial to the water damage restoration process to prevent mold problems down the road.
After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.
Drying / Dehumidification
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. They use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. They’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying standards.
- Use Dehumidification Equipment
- Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress
Monitor Floor and Walls
They check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process.
- Monitor Floors
- Monitor Walls
- Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
- High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.
BE INFORMED: Some companies will extract the water and tell you the problem is solved…but unless drying is part of the restoration process, you’ll likely have mold problems down the road, especially with our area’s high humidity. See our 6-step water damage restoration process.
Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904.729.2401 to schedule a mold inspection if you suspect your property wasn’t properly dried after Hurricane Irma. Remember: It’s the water you can’t see that causes the problems.
Hurricane Irma Wreaks Havoc; We'll Help Restore Order to Amelia Island/North Jax
Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904-729-2401 for a thorough, thoughtful assessment of your flooding situation.
Professional 24/7 Flooding Restoration on Amelia Island/Yulee/North Jax
Hurricane Irma hit us hard in the Nassau County/North Jax area. With knowledge and compassion, SERPVRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax understands that a water emergency needs urgency and sensitivity. SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax answers your call 24/7 with a thoughtful, thorough, and easy to understand assessment of your exact situation and the restoration process. We identify the damage and explain the process. With care and respect for your property and belongings, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax uses state-of-the-science equipment for drying, dehumidifying, deodorizing, disinfecting water and flood damage.
Our IICRC certified technicians use state of the art technology and equipment which offers superior drying based on the science of Psychometrics. This proven, scientific process measures the dryness of the walls, carpet, and other materials. These measurements are recorded in a log and help our technicians monitor the drying process of your property.
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax will monitor and mitigate water damage to your property. Don’t be flooded with worry and water! Don't wait, call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax immediately. When water is on the move, timing is most critical. We have served the Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax area for more than 10 years. Call (904) 729-2401 for water emergency service you can trust and depend on.
Hurricane Irma Upgraded to Category 5; Florida Prepares
Now is the time for North Floridians to prepare for Hurricane IRMA.
Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a dangerous Category 5 storm early Tuesday as it churned through the Atlantic Ocean. Tuesday’s 7:45 a.m. advisory revealed that Irma’s sustained wind strength had increased to 175 mph.
On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall. Wednesday the storm is expected to be near Puerto Rico and by Friday it will be near Cuba.
In the Jacksonville area, there will be an increasing threat of dangerous rip currents for several days.
Many hazards include: Elevated surf, coastal flooding, and beach erosion toward the end of the week. There is also a threat of very heavy rainfall through Northeast Florida this weekend.(7-day forecast)
The storm is then expected to make a quick turn to the north early Sunday morning, but it is still unknown at this time what that track will look like.
Now is the time to prepare your emergency kits.
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax will be available to help if your property suffers flooding. Call us at 904.729.2401.
Nassau County/North Jax: Prepare for Hurricane Irma
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax urges you to follow these tips to prepare for Hurricane Irma.
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wants everyone to be prepared for Hurricane Irma; Our partner, the American Red Cross, offers these tips to help you get ready.
- Talk with your family about what to do if the hurricane strikes. Discussing hurricanes ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for younger children.
- Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts. Find an online NOAA radio station. Search for a NOAA radio app in your app store. Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store.
- Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding.
- Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.
- Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or invest in one-half inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows.
- Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans (away from stairs and exits) to prevent them from being moved by high winds and possibly hurting someone.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings.
For more, visit http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Hurricane-Season-Could-Be-Busy-Prepare-Now
Call us at 904-729-2401 if we can be of help or you suffer flooding or water damage.