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Water Damage in Nassau County/North Jacksonville? Call the Experts at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Nassau County/North Jacksonville? Call the Experts at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee You never want to see water coming out of your baseboards. Call SERVPRO to make water damage emergencies "Like it never even happened."

A pipe leak at a hotel near Jacksonville Airport causes water damage, a burst water heater floods a homeowner's property in Oceanway, a roof leak at a Church in Callahan, flooding from fire rescue efforts at a business on Amelia Island...Or a malfunction in the installation of a tankless water heater creates water damage at a Fernandina Beach condo, but the unit’s water shut-off valve is stuck, and no one knows how to turn the water off to the building.

Water damage happens…more often than you’d think and often when you least expect it. The consequences can be devastating. If your Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville property has water damage caused by flooding or water leaks, we at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee have the experience, expertise, and equipment for complete water extraction and water restoration of your property. We are water restoration specialists: Whether the source is plumbing/pipe breaks, appliances, sprinklers, or sewer back-ups, we can take care of your water damage and restore your home or commercial property. Our water removal, cleanup, and restoration process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry and the water damage is restored.

Plus, we work with all insurance companies. We offer 24/7 emergency service to address your water damage situation quickly and with a sense of urgency. We get there fast and remove the water fast! And we serve the North Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach and the surrounding areas, including all of Nassau county.

Have Water Damage or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (904) 729-2401

Here are some water damage tips to help you know what to do and what not to do when you have water damage issues and need water or flooding remediation, cleanup, and restoration services. Here's a blog on how to find the water shut-off valve. Call us at 904.729-2401 and we’ll take care of your water damage emergency…”Like it never even happened.”

Where to Look for Water Damage

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Where to Look for Water Damage Buckling floors can be a sign of water damage.

Flooding is common in Florida, but water damage can come from many different places and is not just a problem for people living on the coast. While the damage from a flood is pretty apparent, there are many ways water damage can happen to your home when you don’t even realize it.

Here are some common causes of water damage and how you can spot the warning signs.

Weather is a common cause of water damage. Rains cause flooding that can get into your home. Even if it isn’t raining or snowing there is still moisture in the air. Damp air can lead to condensation and water damage to your walls. This is especially true of basements, bathrooms, and other damp areas of your home that don’t get much airflow.

Appliances like your washing machine, garbage disposal, water heater, toilet, and air conditioner can all contribute to water damage if they leak or stop draining properly.

Water from our pipes and plumbing systems can also cause water damage. Leaks and drips can go on for months, or even years, raising your water bill and doing unseen damage to your home.

So if these are all the ways water can sneak into your home, what are the signs of water damage?

Here are a few warning signs that you have a water damage problem in your home.

Standing water – This may sound pretty obvious, but if you notice water pooling in your house you have a water problem that needs to be taken care of immediately.

Bad smells – While water doesn’t normally have much of a smell, the mold and bacteria that grow in damp environments can give off a distinct musty, wet odor. If you smell mold or mildew you might have a water issue.

Stains and spots – Stains on the ceilings or walls can be a sign of water damage. You might have a leaky pipe or roof. Call a professional to determine the cause of the problem and to clean up the damage before it becomes a serious mold problem.

Peeling paint – Paint damaged by water will start to peel, bubble, or flake off.

Uneven surfaces – Water damage can cause floors, ceilings, walls, and other surfaces to warp and feel uneven.

Cracks – Water is always seeking the path of least resistance out of your home. Water can enter through cracks and once water finds its way in, the crack will expand allowing even more to get into your home. Make sure you seal all visible cracks on your property.

If you notice your home has water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

Got Mold in Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville? Better Call SERVPRO  

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold in Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville? Better Call SERVPRO    Mold thrives under the right conditions...like high humidity found in North Florida.

Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach/Yulee. We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.

A Moldy Situation

Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. Maybe a leak supplied the water that created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your family or employees to breathe.

Containing the Infestation

When SERVPRO® franchise professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. These spores pose the real hazard for those who breathe the air in the infested building. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.

Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air

Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, a SERVPRO® mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a negative air situation inside the infested area--essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.

Removing Contaminated Materials

Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage people to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.  

Inhibiting Future Growth

SERVPRO® franchise professionals can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.

Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee for Mold ASAP

When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville mold remediation team at 904-729-2401 for an inspection and good advice about protecting yourself, your family or other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again. 

Control Humidity to Prevent Mold Growth

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Control Humidity to Prevent Mold Growth In high humidity areas like Florida, your home can experience mold damage without leaky pipes or a damaged roof.

When you live in a subtropical area, like Florida, the high humidity both outside and inside can have consequences far beyond personal discomfort. Given the right combination of free floating microbial particles and ambient moisture, the interior of your home can exhibit significant mold damage, even without leaky pipes or a damaged roof. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee can help you evaluate whether the mold damage you are experiencing in your home is traceable to simple high humidity or if other sources of water need to be uncovered. We also then will work with you to use a variety of techniques to reduce the moisture levels of the air within your house so that fungal growth will be reduced, slowed, and then halted. 

Existing mold damage linked to high humidity in Fernandina Beach and North Jacksonville should be treated with the EPA approved procedures. Our SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee mold remediation technicians are well trained in this best-practices methodology. Containment, cautious but thorough removal, and proper disinfection will bring the microbial activity to a baseline where no future growth is expected. As long as you are careful to monitor the humidity, mold spread should cease.

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:

  1. Emergency Contact -  Call us at (904) 729-2401
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Here are some tips to follow to control humidity to prevent mold problems:

The level suggested for the interior relative humidity of your home is 60 percent or less to discourage mold growth. Do not guess to maintain this level. Invest in a good quality hygrometer to be certain your humidity levels are within the parameters that will discourage mold growth. 

To reduce the moisture content of the air within your home, make sure all exhaust fans are working properly in high moisture generating rooms like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas. Be sure all family members are using them regularly when cooking, showering, and washing clothes.

Dryers should vent to the outdoors. Remember to run air conditioners regularly as they remove moisture from the air. Do not use vaporizers or humidifiers in the house. If all of these measures do not reduce the humidity to proper levels, invest a dehumidifier to reach and then maintain that 60 percent standard. Be sure all equipment used to reduce humidity is checked for proper drainage of the water removed from the air. Empty the water condensed as needed or set up the machine to discharge into a sink or drain.

Following these steps will help to prevent mold issues.

If you do experience mold problems, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is 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; 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.”

Safe Holiday Cooking

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safe Holiday Cooking Follow these tips for safe cooking of your holiday feasts!

During the holidays, families get together to celebrate the season by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fire and injuries, with Thanksgiving and Christmas being the peak days for cooking-related fires. 

Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended—stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, you should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stave or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make children stay at least three feet from the stove.
  • Keep anything flammable—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic back, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Make sure you know proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Leaking Sliding Glass Doors of Fernandina Beach Condo Cause Water Damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leaking Sliding Glass Doors of Fernandina Beach Condo Cause Water Damage If you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee right away to prevent further damage and mold growth.

A severe storm with high winds and significant rainfall impacted the sliding glass doors in this beachfront condominium. The house was a rental and no one was aware of the leak for several days. Water from the leak seeped into the adjoining walls and down three floors. After fixing the source of water intrusion, we removed the affected drywall of adjoining walls and thoroughly dried the affected area.

If you have a problem with water leaking from your sliding glass doors, it will usually be on the bottom track threshold of the non-stationary door. The easiest way to prevent leaks is to keep your tracks free of debris and your plastic or metal rollers clean. If the tracks are dirty, the doors can become misaligned and water can easily seep into the home. 

If you have water damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 right away. Timely mitigation is the key to preventing further damage and/or mold growth.

Fire Escape Planning Tips for Nassau/North Jacksonville Homeowners

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Escape Planning Tips for Nassau/North Jacksonville Homeowners Use the link in this article for tips on creating your fire escape plan.

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. After you create your home fire escape plan, put it to the test.

  • Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. See this fire escape planning grid for guidance on creating your escape plan.
  • Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.
  • It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.
  • If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.
  • Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
  • Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
  • In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in. Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.

Clear Your Escape Routes

Items that block doors and windows in your home could keep you from escaping in the event of a home fire. And that could mean the difference between life and death. So unblock your exits today! Key to your family’s safety is planning and practicing a home fire escape plan twice a year. Start by identifying two escape routes out of each room, if possible, then make sure that each of those escape routes can be used safely by everyone.

Please contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at (904) 729-2401 if you experience any fire damage to your residential or commercial property. 

Holiday Fire Safety in Nassau County/North Jax

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety in Nassau County/North Jax Be fire smart this holiday season. We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you and your family Happy Holidays!

Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart. Here are tips to help you stay safe from fire.

  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
  • Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.

If you do experience fire damage at your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at (904) 729-2401. We’re available 24/7 to help you get your home back to normal.

Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville Businesses: We Do Post-Construction Clean-Up

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

If your business was just built or went through a renovation, who do you call to cleanup the mess that was left behind? It is so important for a business to open as quickly as possible after a major project or renovation. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is always here to help with any deep cleaning needs. We have done jobs for:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Along with our restoration and rebuild services, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee offers post-construction cleanup services. Our professional, and highly-trained team will tackle everything and anything that needs addressing.

Cleanup includes:

  • Walls
  • Light fixtures/fans
  • All trim
  • Floors
  • Ceilings
  • Doors
  • Air Ducts, vents, baseboard heaters
  • Windows
  • Cabinetry
  • Any trash or plastic left behind

If your property needs a thorough, post-construction cleaning, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401. We can handle any size project, no matter how big or small! Learn more about our commercial cleaning services.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Delivers Satisfied Water Damage Customers

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Delivers Satisfied Water Damage Customers At SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee, our goal is to make water damage events less stressful and "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Strives for Excellent Customer Satisfaction on All Jobs

There’s no better answer to “Why SERVPRO?” than the glowing reviews and testimonials from our satisfied customers. Here is one review we received from a couple who recently suffered a water loss.

“I cannot say enough about this company and the staff they employee. I really didn’t know that companies like this still exist in this line of work that have such high standards and professionalism. We had a bad leak in our new home that I have been trying to get fixed for over a year. After 4 roof repairs the and having to deal with 3 different contractors, a roofer, drywall company and a painter on several different occasions my builder finally sent SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee out. They came out to my home and removed all of our belongings from the room and neatly arranged them into another room. I was unable to be there when they arrived so I left a key for them. When we came home that evening we could not believe how neatly they arranged our clothes on rolling racks and displayed our shoes and even separated my wife’s clothes from mine. They removed the shelves from the walls and the ceiling that was damaged. They cleaned everything in the room and made sure there was no mold anywhere. When everything was repaired by the roofer they conducted a water test and then they replaced the drywall and did all of the mud work. They also repainted everything and did the knockdown on the ceiling. They came out every day until the job was complete. I was never home when they came out and they treated my home with respect making sure not to leave any mess behind each day. They made the process so easy and comfortable for us. I highly recommend SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee for any water damage needs and any other services they provide. Thank you to all of the staff, you all are Awesome!” D. Raulerson, Fernandina Beach

If water damage, from the smallest toilet overflow to a full house flood, threatens your home or office call us at (904) 729-2401.  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.  We understand that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you – and most of all, to make it “Like it never even happened.”