Fire Prevention Tip: Why Cleaning Dryer Vents is So Important!
It is important to clean the lint filter before and after each load.
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death.
To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee can help clean vents and ducts that may have lint build-up.
Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Association include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by obstacles. Do not use a dryer that does not have a lint filter.
Your first hint that you need to check your vents is when your clothing doesn’t dry after a normal drying cycle.
Other hints include a musty odor in the clothing following the drying cycle, clothes that seem unusually hot to the touch, or excessive heat in the laundry room.
If you would like your dryer vent cleaned to minimize risk of fires, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.
Fourth of July Tip From NFPA: Attend Public Fireworks Displays
In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment.
Legal or not fireworks are too risky for amateursThat's the message from the National Fire Protection Association who urges families to attend public fireworks displays rather than using fireworks at home or parties. NFPA says that... Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment – these are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use. To keep the public safe from fireworks-related injuries and deaths, NFPA urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals.
According to NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. Pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.
"There are no such things as safe fireworks," says NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli. "The power and danger of fireworks should not be underestimated.”
In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, scars or even disfigurement or death. The thousands of serious injuries each year typically harm the eyes, head or hands, and are mostly reported in states where fireworks are legal. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,000°F.
"In the hands of amateurs, fireworks are especially dangerous," says Carli. "Fireworks are unpredictable. They can lead to catastrophe, causing injury, permanent scarring, or even death."
Wooded areas, homes, and even automobiles have become engulfed in flames because of fireworks. Fireworks-related fires have typically caused at least $20 million in property loss each year. A substantial portion of the structure fire property loss due to fireworks typically involves bottle rockets or other fireworks rockets. These can land on rooftops, wedge within certain structures and retain enough heat to cause a fire.
"For most people, family and home represent security and safety, a haven to share our hopes, dreams, and struggles,” says Carli. “Imagine risking all of that for a few seconds of entertainment. It’s not worth it. Avoid fireworks injuries and damage by playing it safe. There are safer alternatives to using fireworks on the Fourth of July or at any other time."
Public fireworks displays are one of those alternatives. Conducted by trained professionals, these displays are the smartest and safest fireworks alternative for anyone because they are established under controlled settings and regulations. After these displays, or any other time, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over. Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury because they may still be active. Children should always tell an adult if they find fireworks rather than picking up smoking or charred fireworks themselves, which is just too risky.
Lead Paint Removal
Contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 if you need lead paint testing or removal.
The Facts About Lead
- Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.
- Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
- Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
- Lead is also harmful to adults and the elderly.
- Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.
- Projects that disturb lead-based paint can create dust and endanger you and your family.
- In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Certified for Lead Paint Removal
EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee has RRP certification and will take the necessary precautions according to current laws. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee professionals have been trained and certified to follow lead-safe work practices while performing renovation and repair projects in our area.
According to EPA requirements (40 CFR Part 745) contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:
- Contain the work area.
- Minimize dust.
- Clean up thoroughly.
Does Your Property Contain Lead?
Older homes, older child care facilities, schools and other buildings are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Homes may be private, government-assisted or public housing. Schools are preschools and kindergarten classrooms. They may be urban, suburban or rural.
Percentage of homes likely to contain lead:
- Built between 1960-1978 = 24%
- Built between 1940-1960 = 69%
- Built before 1940 = 87%
What You Can Do To Protect Your Family From Lead in Pre-1978 Homes
- If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
- Clean up paint chips immediately.
- Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.
- Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
- Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys often.
- Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces.
- Make sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA’s dietary guidelines, which helps protect children from the effects of lead.
- Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.
Contact us at 904-729-2401 if you need to lead paint testing or abatement at your home or place of business.
Hurricane Watches & Warnings
Stay abreast of weather alerts during Hurricane Season!
The National Weather Service (NWS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), issues alerts when weather conditions make hurricanes more likely. Know the terms used to describe changing hurricane conditions and be prepared to take appropriate action.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Advisory– The NWS issues an Advisory when it expects conditions to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch– The NWS issues a Watch when a tropical storm or hurricane is possible within 48 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards local radio, TV, or other news sources for more information. Monitor alerts, check your emergency supplies, and gather any items you may need if you lose power.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning– The NWS issues a Warning when it expects a tropical storm or hurricane within 36 hours. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected in an area. A warning is issued 36 hours before tropical storm–force winds are expected. During a Warning, complete your storm preparations, and immediately leave the threatened area if directed to do so by local officials.
The best way to stay safe is to keep abreast of changing conditions and follow evacuation orders if these are issued.
Are You Storm-Ready?
Hurricane season started officially on June 1st and we'll soon be moving into peak season. Make your preparations now!
Storm season is upon us. Now is the time to get prepared. Here are some questions that will help you determine whether you are ready for hurricane season.
- Are you aware of your local hazards, and your risk exposure?
- Have you subscribed to local alerts?
- Have you created and tested a family emergency plan?
- Are you properly insured?
- Are you saving money for emergencies, so that you can purchase emergency food and water, pay insurance deductibles, and miss a paycheck?
- Have you been trained, and do you periodically practice how you and your family will respond in times of disaster, until the help arrives?
- Have you stored/updated emergency supplies, and enough food and water to last at least 72 hours at your home?
- Have you backed up computer files and data and made copies of important documents?
- Do you know how to shut off the water & gas in your home?
- Are you prepared to check on your neighbors?
We've been hit hard with Hurricanes Matthew and Irma over the last two years, and we all hope the storms will steer clear of us this year. If you suffer storm-related damage to your home or property, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401. We'll be there to help 24/7.
The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage
If you have water damage at your place of business, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729-2401.
Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO
When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
- Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
- Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
- Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (904)-729-2401 for fast help.
Mold & Bacteria Growth in the Duct System
When mold contaminates the ductwork, the spores begin to spread quickly throughout your home or office.
Shown here is a “before” photo of mold in the ductwork of a retail facility in North Jacksonville. The spreading of the mold spores throughout the air in your home or office can cause the infiltration of mold to show up in other places where there is moisture present and can cause respiratory allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to mold. The reaction that many people experience from a mold allergy can be similar to seasonal allergies.
Since your ductwork is essentially the “lungs” of your home or office, you need to make sure it is kept clean of as many airborne hazards and pollutants as possible. Any kind of harmful pollutant in your ductwork will inevitably get carried throughout the air in your home or office. Exposure to mold from your within your ductwork can create some very unhealthy conditions for you, your family, or your employees. If you believe there might be a mold problem in your air ducts, it is very important to have the ductwork checked out and have any contaminants removed.
Why is there mold in my ductwork?
Molds and fungi can be found virtually anywhere where excessive moisture accumulates indoors. This problem can be even worse when there is excessive moisture over an extended period of time. When a surface or material in your home or office is holding moisture and mold spores from anywhere land on it, the mold begins to grow. As long as the source of moisture is present the mold will continue to grow on the surface, whether it’s in your drywall, wood beams, or even in your duct system. The problem will continue to expand until the source of moisture is eliminated and the mold is properly remediated.
Why is mold in my ductwork dangerous?
Your ductwork is the system which distributes fresh air throughout the home or office to keep it comfortable year-round. When mold begins to grow and has contaminated the ductwork, vents, or registers, the mold spores begin to quickly be spread throughout the home or office.
If you need HVAC/duct-cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.
When Water Damage Strikes, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Is There!
The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.
The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within fours hours of being notified of a loss, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services step-by-step.
To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss conditions.
Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 if you experience water damage.
Water Damage in North Jacksonville Hotel Challenges Operations
This thermal image shows water behind the walls of the hotel.
Whenever SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee gets a call about water damage at a hotel, it’s all systems go! For our most recent job, eight rooms and a 60-foot hallway were impacted. Such a large-scale event impacts revenue significantly.
Not only does the hotel need to handle the costs of water damage restoration, but they must also deal with the potential lost income of closing down or reducing the number of available rooms during the repairs. In addition to dealing with damages to the actual hotel, hotel staff must also consider the issue of damaged personal belongings of their guests. Following are common causes of water damage in hotels:
- Overflowing bathtub or bathroom sink
- Toilet leaks
- AC unit overflow
- Water heater leaks
- Broken shower drain
- Sewer line back ups
The cause in this case was failure of a pipe in a wall going to the toilet in one of the rooms. We worked around the clock to complete the job as soon as possible while also trying to inconvenience guests as little as possible. In this case, the damage was limited to the first floor so at least water leaking from higher floors was not an issue.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee specializes in the clean up and restoration of commercial properties after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained and IICRC-certified. We understand that each day restoring the property is a lost day of revenue so we work overtime using a 6-step restoration process.
If you have water damage at your commercial property, call us at 904-729-2401.
Roof Damage from Hurricane Irma Results in Widespread Mold
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will make mold problems 'like it never even happened."
Mold was one of many issues affecting this six-unit apartment building in North Jacksonville when SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee first arrived on the scene. The roof of the building had suffered damage from Hurricane Irma some six months prior, and rain had been intruding into the building over this time period.
Consequently, the structure had much mold damage. Once the roof leak was addressed, we could proceed with mold remediation.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:
- Emergency Contact - Call us at (904) 729-2401
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
We are a Florida-Licensed Mold Remediator. In the state of Florida, any person or company advertising or representing oneself to be a mold remediator—or taking samples for purposes of testing for the presence of mold—must have a license. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is licensed; you can verify the license of our company owner here. (Our license number is MRSR450.) A licensed contractor has the training, expertise and experience required to do the job well, safely and to code.
If you have mold issues call, us at 904.729.2401. We’ll make it ‘like it never even happened.”