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When Storms or Flooding Occur in Fernandina Beach or North Jax, SERVPRO is ready!

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Flooding Occur in Fernandina Beach or North Jax, SERVPRO is ready! If you have storm or flood damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401!

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit our area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 904.729.2401

It's going to be another busy, above average hurricane season meteorologists say

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Source: USA Today

After a nightmarish 2017 hurricane season featuring monsters such as Harvey, Irma and Maria, many in the U.S. are hoping for a quieter year. A top forecasting group says that won't be the case.

Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University — regarded as the nation's top seasonal hurricane forecasters — predict 14 named tropical storms, of which seven will become hurricanes. Both numbers are above the average of 12 and six, respectively.

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its wind speed reaches 74 mph. 

Of the seven predicted hurricanes, three are expected to spin into major hurricanes — category 3, 4 or 5 — with sustained wind speeds of 111 mph or greater. The group said there's a slightly above-average chance for major hurricanes to make landfall along the U.S. coastline. Klotzbach put the chance of a major hurricane strike at 63%. 

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, though storms sometimes form outside those dates.

Colorado State's prediction in 2017 was low: Last year, the team predicted 11 tropical storms would form, of which 4 would become hurricanes. In all, 17 tropical storms developed and 10 strengthened into hurricanes.

One of the major determining factors in hurricane forecasting is whether the U.S. is in an El Niño or La Niña climate pattern, he said.

El Niño is a natural warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water, which tends to suppress the development of Atlantic hurricanes. Its opposite, La Niña, marked by cooler ocean water, tends to increase hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Klotzbach said we're now in a weak La Niña event, which appears likely to diminish over the next several months. At this point, a significant El Niño is not anticipated for the summer or fall, he added.

The other big question mark in this season's predictions are how warm sea-surface temperatures will be in the tropical and far North Atlantic Ocean during the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, according to the forecast. 

Hurricanes need the fuel of warm ocean water to develop and strengthen. 

AccuWeather released its hurricane forecast for the upcoming season earlier this week, predicting 12-15 named storms would form, of which six to eight will be hurricanes. The firm said three to four are likely to hit the U.S.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue its forecast in May.

Nassau County/North Jax Residents: Make An Emergency Plan

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Nassau County/North Jax Residents: Make An Emergency Plan   Knowing how to contact each other in the event of an emergency is a key part of your emergency plan.

Source: Department of Homeland Security

https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Make an emergency plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Storms most commonly affect his area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

If storms impact your home or property, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401. We’ll treat your family with compassion and your property with respect.

Our Emergency Ready Profile Helps Local Businesses Prepare for Hurricanes

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Emergency Ready Profile Helps Local Businesses Prepare for Hurricanes SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee offers a free service to help businesses prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies.

The fact that we’ve had two hurricanes in this area during the past two years is good reason for businesses to prepare in advance for storms and weather-related emergencies. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee  offers a complimentary assessment of your facility that can minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

This assessment provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services and serves as a quick reference for important building and contact information. This is a FREE, no strings attached service for local businesses. It's called SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile™  (ERP), and here are some advantages of the program:

  • Includes a concise Profile Document that contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Provides facility details such a shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Offers a mobile app for easy accessibility of this information.

The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of water shut-off valves, fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency, Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency responders react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.

We encourage all property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App.  

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened.” Don’t wait until hurricane season to call us at 904-729-2401 to schedule your ERP. We serve Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Callahan, Hilliard, and North Jacksonville, including Oceanway, River City, and the Heckscher Drive and Dunn Avenue/Lem Turner areas.

Rain Damage vs. Flood Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rain Damage vs. Flood Damage If you suffer water damage to your home or business, call us at 904.729.2401.

What is the difference between rain damage and flood damage to your home?

Rain damage is caused by falling water. A leaky roof or window can cause rain to intrude into your home. Gutters and downspouts can also be a large contributor to rain damage. It is important to clean your gutters and downspouts to keep the rain away from your walls and windows.

Flood damage is caused by rising water. Improper grading, failing drainage, or rising creek water are all examples of how flood damage can occur in your home. Flood damage can also cause cracks to your foundation allowing excess water to intrude into your home.

It is important to professionally dry the structure so as to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee uses updated technology and professionalism to treat your home as if it is ours. We want to help you restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Learn more about our water restoration process. If you suffer water damage to your home or business, call us at 904.729.2401. We offer 24/7 emergency service.

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Did You Know: A Water Damaged Wall Can Be Dried & Restored, Rather Than Replaced?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did You Know: A Water Damaged Wall Can Be Dried & Restored, Rather Than Replaced?   Drilling small holes along the bottom of the wall and ventilating the wall cavity can greatly reduce drying time.

So a plumbing leak or other water intrusion leaves you with wet walls. Here’s the question we at SERVPRO often get: Do the walls have to be removed and replaced? Well, it depends.

In the past, restoration practices called for the replacement of wet drywall from walls. Today there is technology that allows SERVPRO to save walls by drying them, which significantly reduces restoration costs.

It’s part of SERVPRO’s restore vs. replace philosophy, and it can save homeowners (or businesses) a bundle.

Factors to Consider & Steps Involved

When floodwaters or sewage have entered the home—or when structural integrity has been compromised--industry standards require the removal of porous building materials. In most other cases, saving a wall is possible when a skilled restorer such as SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee uses the appropriate techniques.

A common impediment to effectively drying walls is a vapor barrier, which is a material that impedes the evaporation of moisture from walls or other materials. Removing the outer vapor barrier or perforating gloss paint expedites the drying process.

Another consideration is insulation. A wall may contain fiberglass, spray foam, or blown-in insulation. Blown-in fiberglass can compact and move down the wall cavity when it becomes wet. When this happens, the insulating properties of the materials cannot be restored. The insulation will need to be removed and replaced. Fiberglass insulation with paper backing can usually be successfully dried using air injection or similar methods. Sprayed-in insulation usually needs to be removed.

Drying can be accelerated by drilling small holes along the bottom of the wall and ventilating the wall cavity, greatly reducing drying time. When drying is complete, these holes are patched or, ideally, covered by baseboard. The process described above is faster and less expensive than removing and replacing walls.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians employ a specific set of standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity, and special equipment to measure and remove moisture and to dry a property quickly and effectively.

How much does it cost to restore water damage?

Fixr.com is a web site that provides cost guides and comparisons for hundreds of remodeling, installation and repair projects. Following is an excerpt from their web regarding comparing costs drying vs. replacement when there is water damage (to a 700 sq. ft. area).

Not all water damage is equal; water from “clean” sources such as a pipe or rain is easier and less costly to clean up, while water from a backed up sewer pipe or a leak that’s only found after mold has grown is going to be more difficult and more costly to clean.

The average cost of simply drying out your property from a “clean” water leak (including water removal, drying, and decontamination) with no further damage done or restoration needed is around $2,700, while the average cost of drying out your home and repairing the damage done to areas like drywall and carpeting is around $7,500. Costs continue to go up from here depending on the source of the water, how much water, and how great the damage.

How SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Alleviates Mold Issues

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Alleviates Mold Issues This mold growth was due to the toilet leak from six months prior. The water and mold could not be seen by the homeowners though.

Many of the situations SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is called in to help on are issues with the water you can’t see leading to mold issues. In this project, the homeowners decided to put the home on the market. They received an offer and the buyer’s home inspector was contacted to inspect the property. Everything went great until he entered the crawlspace. Fiberglass insulation was lying on the ground and mold was discovered on the subflooring and floor joists. This mold growth was due to the toilet leak from six months prior. Mold remediation was performed in the crawlspace and new insulation installed. The home inspector revisited the crawlspace and signed off on the cleaning and repairs. The closing on the home went as scheduled.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

1. Emergency Contact - (904) 729-2401

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

3. Mold Containment 

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

4. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

7. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 if you suspect that you have mold issues.

Water Damage Impacts Multiple Floors of Fernandina Beach Hotel

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Impacts Multiple Floors of Fernandina Beach Hotel Water events at hotels pose special challenges; minimizing inconvenience to guests is a priority.

A Fernandina Beach hotel was performing remodeling/ reconstruction work on the fifth floor when there was a pipe break. This led to flooding down to the floors underneath. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee arrived on the scene to assess and mitigate the damages. After careful assessment of the situation, we extracted water from each of the affected areas and meticulously dried them to prevent any subsequent mold damage. All restorable items were cleaned with sanitizing treatments.

The Water Restoration process is a 6-step procedure that SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee follows when a water event impacts your commercial property. Following are more details regarding the extraction and drying phases.

The Extraction & Drying Phases of the Water Restoration Process

Water Extraction

After the inspection and damage assessment step, the water extraction process begins. This step removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

Move-Out / Pack-Out

If your business requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach / Yulee can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect contents from further damage.

Emergency Water Removal

Our highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, we may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. Removing most of the water helps reduce drying time and helps prevent secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth.

Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet

We inspect the carpet and pad and determine if they should be removed to protect the subfloor.

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Professional Drying

Once the excess water has been removed, the floors and walls may appear dry, but a quick inspection will reveal they are wet to the touch. Nearly all building materials, like wood, drywall, and flooring materials, are porous and therefore retain water. This retained water can cause the materials to break down, warp, or cause mold damage.

Drying / Dehumidification

Our technicians will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

Monitor Floor and Walls

We check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process. 

  • Monitor Floors
  • Monitor Walls

Drying Equipment

  • 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.

The next step is cleaning and sanitizing. See the entire 6-step water restoration process.

If you experience water damage in your commercial property please call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401. We’ll make it “like it never even happened.”

Spring HVAC & Duct Cleaning

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring HVAC & Duct Cleaning If your air vents look dirty, your ducts probably are too.

Are you ready to give your home a top-to-bottom buffing this spring? Why not include your HVAC system and ductwork? After all your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is the heart of your indoor comfort and air quality.  

Indoor Air Quality

According to the national Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust and allergens in its air ducts each year. That’s a big problem, considering that 40,000 dust mites can thrive in only one ounce of dust. Those little dust “bunnies” contain a host of unhealthy bacteria, fungi and mold. The EPA estimates indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Even worse, the contaminated air circulates throughout your house every time the heating or cooling system kicks on. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

Energy Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy says that 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee performs HVAC and duct cleaning services. Call us at 904-729-2401 to book yours.

For more information, see:

Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning

Cleaning Services Overview

Commercial Cleaning Services

Restoring A Fernandina Beach Grocery Store After Storm Damage

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring A Fernandina Beach Grocery Store After Storm Damage Hurricane Irma caused roof damage and flooding in this Nassau County grocery store. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee was quickly there to help.

Flooding and water damage events at Fernandina Beach commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

This was the case when SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee was called into a local grocery store after Hurricane Irma. The storm had caused damage to the roof leaving the store flooded in the back inventory area. We worked around the clock extracting standing water and carefully drying the impacted space.


Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.