Staying Safe From Fire When Grilling
Fire safety, including grilling safety, is especially important in our drought-ridden community.
Grilling is a popular way to relax on Amelia Island, but it poses the risk of fire and related injuries. With all of the recent wildfires, fire safety is especially important in our drought-ridden community.
Here are important tips to keep your home and family safe when grilling:
- Only use propane and charcoal barbecue grills outdoors.
- Always supervise the grill.
- Place the grill well away from the home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills. Grease and fat burn quickly and can cause burn injuries or fires.
- Clean the grease or fat build-up after every use. Doing so not only decreases the risk of fire, but also helps the food cook better.
- Check the propane tank, hose, and all connection points for leaks. If you smell gas when the grill is on, turn off the tank and burners immediately.
- If you have a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid to light the grill. However, charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using paper as a fuel.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- After you finish grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Following these tips will ensure that fire will not damage your home or property. In the event fire does strike you or someone you know, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville provides emergency fire restoration services. Call 904-729-2401, and we’ll be there to help 24/7.
Water Damage and IICRC Certification of Your Restoration Firm
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is an IICRC-certified restoration company.
Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, restorers certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
More About the Importance of IICRC Certification
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.
When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is an IICRC-certified restoration company. Call us today at 904-729-2401 if you have water damage.
Questions to Ask When You are Looking for a Mold Remediation Contractor
Looking for a mold remediation contractor? Make sure to ask if they are licensed in the state of Florida.
You suspect you have mold in your house. Now, what? Here are some key questions to ask when looking for a mold remediation contractor who can identify, remove, clean up and remediate the issue.
- Is the company licensed? Every state has its own set of laws and regulations that must be followed. 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/North Jacksonville is a Florida-licensed mold remediator. 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.
- Is the company properly certified for mold removal and remediation? The proper certification makes certain that the company has the necessary expertise and experience to deal with the mold inside the home; it also guarantees that the technicians are well trained in how to remove the mold safely to prevent any potential health risks. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
- Is the company insured? Before hiring a contractor, find out what type of liability insurance the mold specialist has, what that insurance covers and the amount of coverage. The insurance should cover mold or microbial work. Plus, confirm that the company has workers’ compensation insurance. Otherwise, the homeowner may be at risk of a lawsuit or expenses if a worker gets injured on the property. In the state of Florida, applicants for a Mold Assessor license are required to obtain general liability and errors and omissions insurance for both preliminary and post remediation mold assessment in the amount of $1 million dollars. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville meets these requirements. We carry the required $1,000,000 liability coverage and have workers’ comp insurance.
- Does the company conduct background checks on its employees? Make certain that the contractor’s employees have all had background checks. This practice ensures that reputable people are doing the job. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville requires employees to pass background checks and we do employ any sub-contractors.
- Do the company’s employees wear uniforms? Employees should all wear company uniforms. This allows the homeowner and their family to easily identify employees of the company and know who is on the property. Employees of SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wear uniforms.
- How long has the company been in business? And, can the business provide references? Ask the contractor about their history doing this type of cleanup and restoration work and for references from similar projects. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonvilie has a track record of successfully performing mold remediation jobs and can provide references.
- Does the company provide a written estimate? This will ensure that all contractors are bidding on the same work. The estimate should be detailed and include all services to be provided. Of course, the contractor should come to the job site prior to estimating the job. Estimates should not be given over the phone without the site being seen. These are standard operating procedures for SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville.
- Does the company work with insurance companies? Often mold remediation requires interfacing with the homeowner’s insurance company. It is beneficial to work with a company that can help facilitate the paperwork, expedite services and return the situation to it normal state. SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville provides this service.
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is a licensed mold remediation contractor in the state of Florida. Our company is IICRC certified, and our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Learn more about our mold remediation services, and call us at 904-729-2401 if you have mold issues.
A Small Leak Can Turn Into a Big Problem
A small leak in the glass block window above this garden tub turned into a significant restoration product at this Amelia Island home.
With any leak, it’s the water that you don’t see that causes the most damage. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet, and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time.
Periodic inspections can protect your home investment: the most important step you can take is to identify any humidity, moisture, or water damage problems before they create bigger problems such as mold or structural damage. Here are a few tips to help you identify potential issues.
- Periodically inspect your home inside and out.
- Look for any water or moisture. Pay special attention around pipes, in basements, and in crawl spaces. If you see a problem, call SERVPRO to identify the extent of damage. 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, usually without expensive repairs.
- 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.
- Control humidity in bathrooms, showers, and wherever water is used repeatedly. Exhaust fans, proper caulking, and regular cleaning with a bleach-based cleaning product will help keep problems away.
- Ventilation matters. Proper ventilation in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and other dark spaces can help stop moisture problems. Be sure these areas are well ventilated.
- HVAC systems and air conditioners. Having your HVAC and air conditioners inspected regularly can identify moisture problems or drain clogs.
Don’t procrastinate if you find a problem. Get professional help from SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville to make sure the problem is solved. The best defense—and the best way to keep down costs—is periodic inspections and quick action, so call us at 904.729.2401.
PREPARING FOR NASSAU COUNTY WILDFIRES
Disposal of yard debris, rapid wildfire growth, and weather conditions have the Florida Forest Service reminding citizens to exert extreme caution.
You have undoubtedly heard about recent wildfires in our area. Residents and firefighters in Florida must be vigilant year-round for potential wildfires. Though, there is no particular wildfire “season” in Florida, there are conditions that make forested areas more susceptible to ignition. The Florida Forest Service, along with other local, state, and federal agencies, monitor weather, humidity, drought, wind, and natural fuel conditions in an effort to predict when fires are more likely to occur, as well as warn the public and the first responders.
Wildfires consume hundreds of homes in the United States every year. Studies show that 80 percent of these homes could have been saved if owners had followed a few fire-wise safety practices. Here are a few basic measures you can take to make you, your home, and property better prepared for an approaching wildfire:
- Create a defensible zone between your home and the surrounding area—that is, a zone fee of flammable plants and debris—of at least 30 feet around your home and other structures.
- Take steps to mitigate fuel around your property. This means you should remove dead branches, shrubbery, and other debris. Also, mow grass regularly and prune tree limbs to a height of 10 to 15 feet from ground level. Otherwise, lower limbs draped with vines and debris could act as “ladder fuel” by igniting and allowing fire to reach your roof and soffits. Finally, remove accumulated leaves from your roof and gutter.
- Pay particular attention to the roof, eaves, vents, walls, decks, windows, and doors.
Other Things You Can Do to Prepare for Wildfires:
- Prepare your family by creating a Family Disaster Plan
- Train your family how to use a fire extinguisher and keep them on hand.
Know where all home utility shut-offs are located.
- Plan for evacuations via several different routes. Designate a meeting location for family members. Know points of contact. Keep a list of phone numbers.
- Assemble an emergency supply kit that you can “grab and go”.
- Stay well informed about the progress of any wildfire, and comply with directions from local officials.
Know where you’re going to go and the whereabouts of all family members! Stay safe.
If your property is affected by a wildfire, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401. We will help you through this difficult time and get you back to normal. Here are some additional fire damage tips outlining what you should and should not do before we arrive.
SERVPRO Offers Local Businesses Free Emergency Ready Profile
We at SERVPRO at Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville offer local businesses a FREE service that can be invaluable in the event of a disaster.
Did you know that 50% of businesses close down following a disaster? Of the businesses that do survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax 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. We would like to offer you this FREE service at your place of business. 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.
- Offers a guide to help you get back into your building safely following a disaster.
- 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.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
Please call us at 904-729-2401 to schedule your ERP. We serve Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and North Jacksonville, including Oceanway, River City, and the Heckscher Drive and Dunn Avenue/Lem Turner areas.
Fernandina Beach Commercial Property Suffers Water Damage
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville restored this dentist office after a hot water heater burst, and minimized the repair costs.
A hot water tank in the attic burst and flooded this dentist office over a weekend, affecting multiple hallways, examination rooms, the X-ray room, and utility rooms. The spraying water just missed a $100,000 X-ray machine. (This photo shows only a small portion of the job.)
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville arrived on the scene and performed restoration work, as the dental practice was able to continue seeing patients, which pleased the staff greatly. We removed:
-the wet and damaged ceiling tiles
-small potions of drywall at the baseboards so we could dry the walls without tearing out the thick, hotel-style wallpaper used throughout the offices
-the vinyl flooring to expose and dry the wood subfloor.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville was able to salvage both the carpet and the walls/wallpaper. This job is a great example of our franchise’s commitment to restore rather than replace where possible--and preferable for the client. Tearing out these walls and replacing all of the drywall and wallpaper would have cost the owner significantly more in both downtime and money. Our restoration efforts made for easy repairs by the owner’s handyman/contractor, within days instead of weeks.
If your business has water damage issues, contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401.
SERVPRO OF FERNANDINA BEACH/YULEE PROUD SPONSOR OF KATIE RIDE SUPPORTING ORGAN DONATION
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is a proud sponsor of Katie's Ride.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is once again a sponsor this year for the annual Katie Ride. The Katie Ride is an annual fundraiser created in 2005 to raise awareness for organ donation and support the Katie Caples Foundation nationally recognized organ donor education program. It is a premier bicycle touring event catering to cyclists of all abilities.
The 13th anniversary of the event is Saturday, April 22, 2017, which will again be held on beautiful Amelia Island, where Katie Caples called home. Despite her tragic death at age 17 in a car accident, Katie went on to save the lives of five individuals through the gift of organ donation.
More than 125,000 adults and children in the United States are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. On average, 21 people will die each day in the United States due to a lack of available organs for transplant. And while 90% of Americans say they support organ donation, less than 44% are currently registered. Funds raised through this event support the Katie Caples Foundation and its mission to increase the number of registered organ donors to eliminate the wait for individuals on the national transplant list.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is pleased to participate in this very worthy cause. For more information or to participate, see www.katiecaples.org.
Prepare for Storm Season: Ten Tips You Should Know
It's almost that time of year again. We are enjoying early spring, but late spring ushers in storm season. Here in the Southeast, we are very vulnerable to violent weather and hurricanes. So it pays to make sure you’re prepared before the weather arrives. Here are 10 steps to take before storm season:
- Locate and agree on a safe room. Plan to find the lowest place in the house, without windows. Usually this is the basement or an interior closet or storeroom. Meet as a family and agree to the plan to meet there in case of emergency. Be sure that each family member has a plan for shelter away from home in case of a storm that doesn’t allow everyone to get home.
- Be sure to keep supplies on hand in or near the safe room. These should include: water, a water purification kit, non-perishable snacks/food, blankets and pillows, clothing, first aid, medical equipment for special-needs family members, pre-moistened towelettes, hand sanitizer, zip-lock plastic bags, disposable eating ware, duct tape, necessary toiletries, flashlights with fresh batteries, radio, cell phone with charged batteries, entertainment items, and pet care items. You may want a battery-operated laptop with a cellular modem to be able to connect with email and Internet.
- Evacuation plan. Have a plan if you will be required to evacuate due to incoming weather. Don’t risk it--get out if an evacuation order comes. Know the escape routes, plan for pets, have the car full of gas, etc. Be sure you have identification, medication, medical paperwork, insurance information, food, eyeglasses, money, credit cards, etc. with you when you evacuate.
- Plan for pets. Make sure you know where the family pets are at all times and who is responsible for their care before and during the storm. Develop a plan for their care in case of evacuation.
- A stand-by generator rapidly is becoming a necessary home appliance. Heating/cooling, cooking, communication, medical gear, etc. all are dependent on electric supply. A permanent stand-by generator fueled by natural or propane gas with automatic transfer switch is best. Portable gas or diesel-powered generators are ok for short-term uses but less reliable and more dangerous. Be sure to follow proper venting procedures to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Check insurance. Make sure your home and auto insurance is up to date and that you’re covered in case of storm damage.
- Trim the trees. Broken tree limbs hitting power lines or houses can cause a lot of damage. The best defense is pruning. Taking the weight off the top of trees allows the roots to withstand higher winds and prevent damage.
- Install the shutters. New building codes in hurricane-prone areas require shutters or ballistic glass to be installed in homes. But increasingly homeowners around the country are installing shutters that can be deployed electronically or manually in case of storms. You also can use pre-cut plywood to cover windows.
- Collect all potential projectiles. Clear the yard and patio of everything not attached: lawn furniture, bird feeders, wind chimes, patio equipment, toys, etc. so they don’t become airborne projectiles.
- Secure valuables. Move valuables and irreplaceable photos to a safe deposit box to prevent loss. Videotape the contents of your home, garage, and landscaping, and store the video in the box.
Planning is the key to minimizing damage and preventing injuries or loss of life in storms. So get ahead of the season, and be prepared.
If you suffer storm damage, call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401 any time day or night. We’ll respond quickly and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Restoring A Fernandina Beach Commercial Property After Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Events Present Unique Challenges
Storm and water damage events at Fernandina commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. In this case, the storm had caused water penetration of both the roof and the walls of this building, and the professionals at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville had to balance this large job with numerous others in the area at the time. We also called in other SERVPRO franchises nearby so that we could respond quickly to all of the affected homes and businesses.
Restoring Commercial Properties After Hurricanes Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and 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 revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call at 904-729-2401 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville 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.