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Hurricane Information

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Information From tropical storm to hurricane. These storms can bring forth a tremendous amount of damage in their wake. Pictured is a view of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricanes

     Hurricanes are giant, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 miles (257 kilometers) an hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day. These same tropical storms are known as cyclones in the northern Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, and as typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season peaks from mid-August to late October and averages five to six hurricanes per year.

A Damaging Storm

These storms bring destruction ashore in many different ways. When a hurricane makes landfall, it often produces a devastating storm surge that can reach 20 feet (6 meters) high and extend nearly 100 miles (161 kilometers). Ninety percent of all hurricane deaths result from storm surges.

A hurricane’s high winds are also destructive and may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further damage by spawning floods and landslides, which may occur many miles inland.

The best defense against a hurricane is an accurate forecast that gives people time to get out of its way. The National Hurricane Center issues hurricane watches for storms that may endanger communities, and hurricane warnings for storms that will make landfall within 24 hours.

Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company in Nassau County or North Jax

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company in Nassau County or North Jax SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax is IICRC-certified. You can count on us to handle water damage issues fast and well!

The following tips are from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) web site.

When a storm leaves a home flooded, or a burst pipe causes serious issues in a home, getting water damage restoration services from a respected company should be considered a top priority. Unfortunately, this industry is not regulated, and there are people out there who pose as professionals or overstate their qualifications. Therefore, homeowners should be mindful of who they hire, as an untrained technician may do more harm than good or delay repairs, resulting in a higher degree of destruction. Before selecting a company to handle the job, keep in mind these points:

  • Only choose certified professionals to perform water damage restoration services. Even though the industry is not regulated, technicians who have received certification have made the effort to get the best training possible, proving that they take their job seriously. Certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a sign that a professional has received the most up to date training and is knowledgeable in the latest techniques and technologies employed during repairs. The IICRC operates a Certified Firm registrant-only database on its site, making it easy to find a local, certified professional without trouble.
  • Do not select a technician based only on the price or an insurance company’s recommendation. When possible, speak to neighbors or friends who have had to hire a technician recently and try to get a recommendation from them. Insurance companies often select a restoration company based on price, and unusually low pricing suggests the company does not use modern drying or repair methods.
  • Choose a company that offers a range of water damage restoration services. The easiest way to determine the expertise of a firm is to see if they provide a full range of options for homeowners. Mold remediation, for example, is often needed given how quickly mold can set in. This is a standard field of knowledge that advanced technicians should possess. If a company doesn’t offer mold remediation, it may not be prepared for all job settings.
  • A company that is available 24/7 is a good sign. Stay away from any firms that are reluctant to start right away. In many cases modern equipment can enable near-complete drying in as little as 36 hours,  although many situations require longer. Also, a homeowner should not have to wait before repairs begin. Every minute counts when there is standing water present, and reputable professionals understand this. If a technician insists on waiting to begin the  remediation portion of the loss, they probably cannot be trusted to see the job through in a reasonable timeframe.

Using these guidelines, you should be able to find a technician that can be trusted and is equipped to do the job the right way. A storm or other disaster is hard enough to deal with, and a remediation firm should do everything in its power to make this difficult process easier.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax is IICRC-certified. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you have water damage!

Keep Your Amelia Island Home Allergen-Free With These Simple Tips….

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keep Your Amelia Island Home Allergen-Free With These Simple Tips…. Cleaning your home regularly will go far in reducing allergens. SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax can help! Call us at 904.729.2401!

Allergies are often associated with the arrival of spring, but indoor allergy sufferers will often find themselves sniffing and sneezing year-round. The culprit? Indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet hair and dander. So how do you make sure your home is a respite from both seasonal and interior allergens and create a healthy environment for you and your family. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there are several best practices you can adopt to manage allergens in your home: 1. Keep it clean. Regularly cleaning your home will go far in reducing allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet dander. 2. Redo your floors. Replacing rugs and carpets with wood or vinyl floorings will help minimize dust and other allergens that become embedded in fabric fibers. 3. Groom your furry friends. Regularly bathing and brushing your pets will help reduce the amount of dander and pet hair in your home. 4. Go on mold patrol. Be on the lookout for any leaks or moisture in your home as this can cause mold to thrive.

If you have deep cleaning needs or you need a mold inspection at your home, call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904.729.2401. 

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904.729.2401 if you find mold in your home.

With the humidity present in our North Florida area, mold can become an issue. Here are some tips you should know. If you see visible mold in your home, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores that become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Call us at 904.729.2401 to schedule a mold inspection.

Celebrate Summer Safely

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Celebrate Summer Safely SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wishes you a happy summer!

Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors on Amelia Island and in North Jacksonville, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association to keep you and your family safe all summer long. 

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • Observe burn bans. Check with local authorities to see when these are in place, as when the local wildfires were raging. Currently there are no bans in in Nassau County. In Duval County, open burning of yard debris is prohibited year round per county ordinance.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wishes you a happy summer! 

SERVPRO Has The Right Equipment for Handling Water Issues in Nassau County

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Has The Right Equipment for Handling Water Issues in Nassau County The key to avoiding costly problems in the future is to handle every water damage event as a threat to your Nassau County/North Jax property.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly problems in the future is to handle every water damage event as a threat to your property. SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville will answer your call with rapid action and provide a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools we use:

-Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO to monitor the drying process.

-Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

-Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

-Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.

The bottom line? SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 904.729.2401 if you experience water damage.

Enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks Without Injuries

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Community Enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks Without Injuries SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wishes you and your family a safe and happy 4th of July!

The Fourth of July is the most festive day of summer. While backyard barbeques and block parties are frequent highlights, fireworks are traditionally among the most popular of activities. 

Follow these simple tips to ensure safety for yourself and for those around you: 

-- Use a clear, open area and keep the audience a safe distance from the site where the fireworks will be set off.

-- Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks or fireworks device.

-- Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.

-- Have a fire extinguisher or water supply, such as a hose or bucket of water, nearby.

-- Use eye protection when lighting or using fireworks.

-- Never consume alcohol or smoke when lighting fireworks.

-- Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person. 

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wishes you and your family a safe and happy 4th of July! 

What You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms  

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms    When properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms save lives.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained.

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

If you have a fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401.

Flood Clean Up Tips For Homeowners

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Clean Up Tips For Homeowners Severe thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding. Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401 if you have storm damage.

Rising water is one of the most frightening problems that a homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward the home. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow. Acting quickly after the water recedes can decrease the damage and perhaps make some possessions and furniture salvageable. Even carpet may be restorable, depending on the extent and the type of the flooding. Unfortunately, many electronics exposed to the water are typically considered a loss. Don’t take water damage lightly. Even if the area only had an inch of water, or is just damp, it can become the ideal situation for mold growth within days. Mold may contaminate walls, carpet, furniture, and flooring. It can lead to breathing issues including asthma, and severe illness.

Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners. If any mold is suspected, we recommended using the services of an IICRC-certified mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville rather than attempting clean-up yourself.

Clean Up Tips for Homeowners

  • Before going into the house to begin flood clean-up, check for downed power lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks, or other obvious problems.
  • If power lines are down near the home, avoid puddles or standing water. Calling on professional help is the best way to avoid injury or electrocution.  
  • Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas, and it is possible that they have entered the home or are in the general vicinity.
  • While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
  • Waterlogged cleaning products, paint, batteries, and fuel are contaminated and considered hazardous. Learn more about disposal of these items.
  • Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water. Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has the experience and equipment to restore your property. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you experience storm-related damage. 

Fire Ravages Callahan Family Home  

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Ravages Callahan Family Home    The fire department had to cut out the ceilings and some of the rafters to reach the flames and extinguish the fire.

This story begins with a lightning strike to the roof of this Callahan family home, which ignited a fire in the attic. The fire department arrived to extinguish the fire but in order to reach the flames; they had to cut out the ceilings and some of the rafters before dousing the entire space with water hoses. There was blown-in insulation in the attic, and all of this became drenched with water as it snowed down into the living space below. What was once a cozy home now looked like a war zone.

When SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville arrived on the scene, they were greeted by frantic homeowners who had seen their home destroyed. The home had suffered from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. We assured the homeowners that we could, and would, restore their home to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore a fire-damaged home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

If you ever suffer damage from a fire, call us at (904) 729-2401. Here are fire emergency tips outlining what you should and should not do before we arrive. First and foremost, be safe. Is it safe to stay in the house? Watch out for electrical and "slip and fall" hazards. Also, wet materials can be VERY heavy, so be careful lifting! Also, try to limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.