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What Nassau County/North Jax Residents Need to Know About Turkey Fryers

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.

NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."

For a demonstration showing the dangers of turkey fryers see this video.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee hope you will consider this advice, and we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Fire Damage Emergency Tips  

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Emergency Tips    In the event of a fire in your home or business, these tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage, and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you have fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 as soon as possible.

When Major Storms Hit, We Are Backed By Unmatched National Resources

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Major Storms Hit, We Are Backed By Unmatched National Resources A nationwide system of more than 1600 qualified franchises backs SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee.

When a major storm hits the our area, not only is SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee ready to respond, but we are backed by two major support squads coordinated by our corporate office that ensure timely mitigation of your storm damage.

Our Resources Are Unmatched

First, there’s SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team (called Storm Team), which mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events.  A nationwide system of more than 1600 qualified franchises backs SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee. This network of franchises travels at a moment's notice to support us when needed. Strategically positioned and available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the SERVPRO Storm Team Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. This network proved to be invaluable when Hurricane Irma struck. We were able to reassure homeowners that their damages would be mitigated on a timely basis, which is an assurance many of our competitors simply cannot offer.

For losses of 50,000 sq. ft. or more, the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is called in. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager who helps ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

For example, when the Wells Fargo Center, which covers an entire block in downtown Jacksonville, was flooded from Hurricane Irma, SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division was the disaster recovery team that was called in to mitigate damages. The team pumped water out of the basement garage, the basement level of the building and the loading dock area that was flooded. Those levels were filled with mud that had to be extracted and cleaned up.

When storms strike and you need an immediate response, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401

Nassau County, North Jax Area 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service  

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nassau County, North Jax Area 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service    If you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is here to help 24/7.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help, Call Today! - (904) 729-2401

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Fire Prevention Month: Importance of Smoke Alarms  

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month: Importance of Smoke Alarms    Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

FACTS ! ! ! SAFETY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers
  • Replace fire alarms when they are 10 years  old.

Expected Jacksonville Area Impacts from Hurricane Michael  

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Expected Jacksonville Area Impacts from Hurricane Michael    The Jacksonville area will experience heavy rain in multiple bands through Thursday, with the potential for 1-3" of rain, more in some spots.

Source: Action News Jax

Hurricane "Michael" continues to organize & strengthen.  Forecast to hit the Fl. Panhandle as a "major" Cat. 3 hurricane Wednesday afternoon.  This could be the most major hurricane to squarely hit the Panhandle since Ivan in 2004 which destroyed the I-10 bridge to Pensacola.

Given current forecast path - SUBJECT TO SOME CHANGES –Michael will hit between Mobile, Al. & the Big Bend of Fl. centered on the Central Panhandle, local impacts for Jacksonville, NE Fl. & SE Ga. are as follows:

* heavy rain in multiple bands through Thu. with the potential for 1-3" of rain, more in some spots.  Far more rain just offshore to the east & over NW Fl. & Panhandle into Ga. closer to what should be the center of Michael.  Looks like a relative lull in the rain Wed. due to dry slot pivoting north around the eastern side of Michael's circulation.

* breezy winds - combination of  "Michael" to the west & moderately strong high pressure to the north will result in brisk winds out of the SE increasing each day through Thu. averaging 15-25 mph with gusts 30+ mph.  Strongest winds will be at the beaches & from near Lake City to Waycross closer to Michael's center.

* isolated waterspouts &/or tornadoes, especially Tue. through Thu.

* high rip current risk at area beaches

* minor to possibly moderate flooding - especially at times of high tide - along the coast, intracoastal & St. Johns River & its tributaries due to a combination of strong/persistent onshore flow, occasional heavy rain & an astronomical boost due to the new moon phase. No significant storm surge is expected for NE Fl. & Jacksonville & SE Ga.

If you have have storm damage call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

Key Themes for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”  

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

The latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.™” Fire Prevention Week takes place October7-13,2018.

Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:

  • Look for places fire can start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of each room

“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA continues to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1000home fires reported to the fire department) was 10percent higher in 2016than in1980.

“While we’ve made significant progress in preventing home fires from happening, these statistics show that there’s still much more work to do when it comes to teaching people how to protect themselves in the event of one, and why advance planning is so critically important,” said Carli.

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations - and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe.

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90years, NFPA works with local fire departments throughout North America to promote the campaign in their communities and reaches out to the public directly to encourage everyone to take action to be safe.

For a wealth of information and resources about this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” campaign, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Leaking Air Conditioner Can Lead to Mold

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

A leaking air conditioner can lead to mold problems. If you have leaking, look at these potential problem areas:

1. Cracked or Missing Drain Pan

The drain pan is located underneath your evaporator coil and collects any condensate from your indoor unit. If it is cracked, rusted, or misplaced, water won’t be able to properly drain outside.

2. Clogged Drain Line

Algae and fungi can clog your A/C condensate drain line. Pour about 6 ounces of vinegar into your drain line every few months to kill any algae and fungi build-up. You can also try clearing out your drain line with a wet/dry vacuum, call your HVAC professional.

 3. Clogged Air Filter

Your indoor air handler needs proper airflow in order to function. If your air filter is clogged, air will be restricted, leading to a variety of problems, including frozen evaporator coils that drip excess water. Change the air filter every 30-60 days to avoid this problem.

If you experience water leaking or spills - ACT QUICKLY.  If wet or damp materials or areas are not dried within 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, there’s a good chance mold will grow.

If mold results from an air conditioner leak, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401.

Mold Questions Answered

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Questions Answered It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Nassau County/North Jacksonville home or business.

When it comes to mold in our homes, there are many old misconceptions circulating to this day. Once you bust the myths, you will have a better understanding of mold and its impact to your health and home. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee have put together a list of 5 common mold myths and the truth behind them, so you can use this information to your benefit when you encounter a mold problem:

Myth 1: All mold is toxic

Truth: While many molds can affect your health due to long-term exposure, there are beneficial molds as well. The mold found in natural environments helps decompose organic material, allowing other organisms to grow. Certain molds, such as Aspergillus flavus, are used in the production of cheese. Some molds are used in medicine, as well. For instance, the Penicillium mold has been used to create Penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered.

Myth 2: Bleach kills mold

Truth: Many people use bleach as a mold removal solution in their home. However, they are unaware that bleach kills only live mold, but not mold spores. The worst part is that removing mold with bleach and water can allow mold to regrow even faster. Instead, use a mix of household detergent and water for small-scale mold remediation.

Myth 3: There should be no mold in my home

Truth: The truth is that mold spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The air you are breathing contains mold spores, and completely eliminating it is almost impossible. The problem lies in the concentration of mold in your home. Greater amounts of mold can pose health risks and damage your home if you don’t take care of the mold infestation.

Myth 4: You shouldn’t worry about a small spot of mold

Truth: In reality, a small area affected by mold can grow larger and larger if the moisture problem is not addressed. What’s more, mold can spread to any organic surface, as well as to the heating and ventilation system in your home. This can result in widespread damage and costly repairs.

Myth 5: You can clean up mold infestations yourself

Truth: Even though you may be able to clean areas smaller than 10 square feet yourself, bigger infestations require professional mold removal services. In fact, your efforts of removing mold using UV light or high-heat drying can accelerate mold growth. Well-trained mold remediation professionals have the specialized equipment and know the necessary techniques to get rid of mold infestations much more efficiently.

Visit our Mold Information Page. Essential mold removal do’s and don’ts are available here. Contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Nassau County/North Jacksonville home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Have a mold issue? Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401.

Florida starts to feel the spin-off of Hurricane Florence

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Florida starts to feel the spin-off of Hurricane Florence There is a coastal flood advisory in effect for the Jacksonville area until 8 p.m. Friday.

Source: SunSentinel

As Hurricane Florence’s path edges farther south, Florida’s Atlantic coastline is preparing for a beating.

The center of the storm is still projected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but its effects on Florida are likely to increase, especially if it stalls along the coast before moving ashore.

Florence is expected to stay north of Florida, which will keep heavy rains away from the state, and it should stay far enough away that lessens the effect of wind, too.

In Jacksonville, the National Weather Service predicts the area will see winds between 15 mph and 30 mph. There’s a 20 percent chance or less that portions of Northern and Central Florida will experience tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or more.

There is a coastal flood advisory in effect for the Jacksonville area until 8 p.m. Friday. That is due to a combination of the higher seas caused by Florence and the seasonal king tides now taking place.

Hurricane Florence Now Category 3 – Expected Jacksonville Area Impacts

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Florence Now Category 3 – Expected Jacksonville Area Impacts  The entire East Coast is on alert as Hurricane Florence moves steadily in our direction.

Source: Action News Jax

MONDAY 11 A.M. | Florence has regained strengthen and is now a category 3 hurricane. 

JACKSONVILLE & VICINITY - FLORENCE IMPACTS: An increasing easterly swell at our beaches from distant Florence which will include a heightened rip current risk through Tuesday. Thereafter - primary impacts look to be a breeze & very rough seas/surf & rip currents AS LONG AS FLORENCE STAYS NORTH & EAST OF JACKSONVILLE - stay up to date on the latest & potentially changeable forecasts. In other words, on the forecast track, Florence locally will primarily effect the beaches & ocean.  All boaters should stay in port beginning Wed.

As for the big picture, Hurricane Florence appears to be taking aim at the largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast.

Camp Lejeune has an extensive beachfront about 50 miles northeast of Wilmington and it's well within the National Hurricane Center's forecast "cone."

The hurricane's path is still far from certain Monday. The rapidly intensifying storm could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4.

Since a recurve looks very unlikely, major to severe impacts can be expected on the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts.

As for the forecast models, there was a notable shift north over the weekend, but seemingly a recent stabilization pointing to the Carolinas. This could be because of the aircraft analysis that was ingested into the computer models Sat./Sunday. 

Virtually all reliable global models are -- for now -- not far from Myrtle Beach. The UKMET model has shown the greatest shift north and is even north of the European and GFS models.

Water Damage Restoration Service in Nassau County/North Jax

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Service in Nassau County/North Jax Time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood in order to prevent mold growth.

From estimation to completion, our experienced team at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is ready to handle your home’s water damage cleanup and restoration needs. With our help you can rest assured that your assets will be protected and damage kept minimal.

Our trained technicians will use specialized equipment to find out just how severe your water damage problem actually is. Once they’ve evaluated the damage, they’ll get rid of any standing water then begin the drying process.

Steps to take when Water Damage Strikes:

  • Act Quickly: The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth: Mold spores love moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials: Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is a Florida-licensed mold remediator (MRSR450).
  • Expose pockets of saturation: Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction: In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction. Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 to ensure proper drying has taken place.

Safest Place in your Home to be During a Hurricane

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Article Source: Act for Libraries… http://www.actforlibraries.org/safest-place-in-your-home-to-be-during-a-hurricane-3/

Hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts until November 30th. For those five months, people who live in any area where hurricanes pose any kind of threat, regardless of whether it is a direct threat or the threat from storm related feeder bands and other problems, finding a safe place to stay while at home is an important consideration. Most homes in hurricane prone areas don’t have basements, but a basement might not be the safest place, especially if there is any possibility of flooding in that basement. If you live in an area where you may be subject to a direct or indirect hit from a hurricane, part of your hurricane readiness preparations should involve finding a safe and secure place in your home to stay if you don’t have to evacuate.

In most places, a mandatory hurricane evacuation order won’t be issued unless there is a threat of a category three hurricane or worse. For that reason, many people will opt to stay at home rather than head to a shelter for minimal to moderate hurricanes. That being said, as long as precautions are taken to batten down the hatches and secure the home to the greatest possible extent, unless you live in a very low lying area where flooding from storm surges will flood your home, you can create a safe haven in which you and your family can gather to wait out the storm. 

Avoid staying in any room where there are windows or other things that become projectiles when the windows break because of the intensity of the wind. Avoid staying on an upper floor because you could be seriously hurt if the roof of your house was to collapse. A collapsed roof isn’t an uncommon occurrence during the hurricane season.

What to look for when considering a safe place in your home…

You should also go to a windowless place on the interior of your home. The strength of winds can cause windows to break and you don’t want to be in a place where you could be hit by flying glass or other debris. You should close blinds, curtains or drapes on all windows and don’t open them until you are sure that the storm has passed. Avoid places that may be prone to flooding. 

WHERE TO GO – 

*A windowless interior bathroom –

A windowless bathroom that is away from exterior walls can be a good place because there will be plumbing pipes that can provide additional protection besides the heavy walls. Moreover, this is the place that weather authorities often recommend that people go to during tornado warnings – especially when there is no basement.

*An interior closet 

A closet can also be a good place to go for protection when you need to wait out a hurricane. If you have a large walk-in closet, gather blankets and pillows, plenty of non-perishable food, hand sanitizer, napkins, paper plates and plastic utensils, plenty of water and flashlights, batteries, a battery powered radio and your cell phone. A weather radio can be very handy at a time like this as well.

*A windowless hallway –

If you don’t have a bathroom or a bedroom or other closet that is not on an outside wall or that doesn’t have windows, look for a hallway on the interior of your home. You want to be in a place where there are no windows and where you can’t be hurt if a roof or outside wall was to collapse. 

*Under a stairwell –

If you have a two story home, you may find that the safest place, other than an interior room may be a stairwell, provided it isn’t too close to windows or a door. A closet or alcove under a staircase can be a great place to go for safety during a home. Bring in plenty of pillows, blankets and a mattress if one will fit, because you can always use a mattress to cover yourself and your family as a means of protection from flying objects. 

*Creating an in-home storm shelter  –

Some people may choose to spend the money to have a place in their home reinforced so that it is more secure and offers greater safety from both hurricanes and tornadoes. These reinforced places are designed to withstand strong winds and flying debris, allowing you to be safer than you would otherwise. These are basically an indoor equivalent to the old outdoor storm or bomb shelters. You might not want to be in an underground place if flooding is a likely possibility. 

Most of all, when staying in your home during a hurricane, you need to exercise many of the same precautions that are used for tornado warnings. Have mattresses on hand so that you can use them both to sleep on and to cover yourself with if the need for protective cover should arise. You may also want to have blankets and pillows. Be sure you have plenty of water and a hurricane readiness kit that is filled with non-perishable foods, medications that people may need, batteries, flashlights or battery powered lanterns, a NOAA weather or other radio and things to keep people entertained such as cards or board games.

With a hurricane, don’t be fooled by what may seem like a lull because that may merely be the eye of the storm and the worst is yet to come. Remain indoors until you hear something on the radio that advises you that it is safe to go outside. When you do venture out, be on the lookout for downed power lines, broken windows and other debris that can inflict injury, and never touch a power line because it is probably still live.

Above all, be sure to heed all warnings and evacuation notices.

If you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

8 Tips for Avoiding Plumbing Emergencies

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 8 Tips for Avoiding Plumbing Emergencies It pays to know where your water shut-offs valves are located, and if they are operational.

Source: Water Damage Defense…

https://www.waterdamagedefense.com/blogs/home-maintenance-blog/plumbing-maintenance

Plumbing maintenance may not be the most exciting topic, but it is well worth your attention! By regularly examining your plumbing system, and performing preventative maintenance, you can save yourself from both costly repair bills and the slow, steady expense caused by drips and leaks. Here is a maintenance checklist to help you stay ahead of common plumbing problems.

  1. Water heater: Many plumbers recommend draining and cleaning your water heater annually. Most people hire a professional to handle these tasks, due to their technical nature, and often they are even included in your plumbing fixture’s service contract.
  2. Valves: Locate all your shut-off valves and turn them off, then back to their original position, to make sure they would not be stuck open in the event that you need to shut the water off. While you are at it, look them over for any sign of corrosion, which could lead to an undetected leak. Replace any valves that are not working properly. Finally, make sure that your entire family knows where your shutoff valves are located, especially the main one, since this is very valuable information in case a leak occurs.
  3. Leaks: Leaks can develop in many different places in your plumbing system and should be addressed immediately to curtail waste and water damage. Periodically check for any of the following signs of trouble: soft flooring near toilets, bathtubs, dishwashers, water heaters or washing machines; dampness inside sink cabinets; soft walls or loose tiles that could signal a leak inside a wall; pipes with rust or mineral deposits; constant dampness around faucets or toilets; and finally toilets that keep running after being flushed. Use water shut off valve or water leak detection systems to alert you when water leaks occur.
  4. Old or malfunctioning fixtures: Generally, toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, and boilers that are more than 12 years old are good candidates for replacement. New appliances will be more energy and water efficient. Check the item’s serial number, since this often indicates the year it was manufactured. Companies use a variety of coding methods, so perform a quick internet search to find out what to look for. Additionally, replace old faucets with new, washer-less models to save on maintenance costs, and replace any hardened or cracked hoses on washers and dishwashers to reduce the risk of a rupture. The old adage “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” does not always make sense when it comes to plumbing! Keep in mind that by swapping the old plumbing fixtures for new, more efficient models you could save money every month on your energy and water bills in addition to avoiding costly water damage repair bills.
  5. Caulking: Check and re-do any aging caulking around bathtubs, showers, toilets, and sinks that might be allowing water to penetrate the surrounding structure.
  6. Septic: If you have a septic system, any persistently marshy areas in your drainage field may signal a leak in your septic line. Although pumping a septic tank is an essential element of plumbing maintenance, there is no hard and fast rule governing how frequently you should pump the tank. It depends on several factors, like the number of people in your household, whether there is a garbage disposal, the size of your tank, its system design, and even the temperature in your region. Consult a septic expert to find out how often you should pump your septic tank.
  7. Low water pressure: Test for low water pressure by running water from your tub faucet and then opening the kitchen faucet. If the pressure decreases when you open the second faucet, you should get a plumber to analyze the problem. Low water pressure is often caused by a leaks or sediment build-up in pipes.
  8. Drains: Clogged drainpipes can often be avoided by regularly cleaning your drains with an eco-friendly drain cleaner. One easy way to clean your kitchen garbage disposal is to send some ice through it to clean out any grease that may have accumulated inside. Also, look for bubbles escaping up from a drain while water is trying to go down, as this could indicate a drain vent problem.

 Whether you perform these maintenance checks yourself or hire a professional to handle them, it is a worthwhile investment of your time or money. By taking preventative measures, you greatly reduce the risk that you encounter costly surprises down the road.

 If you do have water damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

Conditions in Nassau County/North Jacksonville Right For Mold

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions in Nassau County/North Jacksonville Right For Mold If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to assess the situation. We are Florida-licensed mold remediators and have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. If you suspect mold, call us today at 904.729.2401.

Hurricane Preparedness: Check Out the FEMA App  

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness: Check Out the FEMA App    The FEMA app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google.

We are well into Hurricane Season in North Florida and thought it would be a good time to introduce you to the FEMA App.

The FEMA App provides timely alerts and useful information to help you and your loved ones stay safe before, during and after disasters. You can receive fast and reliable notifications about severe weather for up to five locations nationwide. This simple and easy-to-use resource also provides safety information, emergency preparedness tips, and disaster assistance. In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you locate someone to talk to at a Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers.

Features 
• Receive real-time alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service
• Monitor severe weather for up to five locations nationwide
• Know what to do before, during, and after disasters, including flooding, fires, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, volcanoes, and more
• Prepare for disasters with an emergency kit checklist, emergency family plan, and reminders
• Locate open emergency shelters in your area
• Locate Disaster Recovery Centers near you where you can talk to a FEMA representative in person
• Connect with FEMA to apply for disaster assistance online
• Upload and share disaster photos with our Disaster Reporter
• Toggle between English and Spanish
• Follow the FEMA blog to learn about the work FEMA does across the United States

STAY SAFE & INFORMED
Receive notifications about severe weather for the locations that matter to you – where your loved ones live, where you travel to, where your team plays, where you vacation. The FEMA App is perfect for emergency managers, weather junkies, property owners, businesses, non-profit organizations, outdoorsy types, travelers, commuters, vacationers, empty-nesters, coastal residents, islanders, and anyone interested in staying safe and informed.

The app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google.

If you suffer water damage as the result of a storm, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

Fire Prevention Tip: Why Cleaning Dryer Vents is So Important!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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 amateurs

That'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  

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

General 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

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

  1. Are you aware of your local hazards, and your risk exposure?
  2. Have you subscribed to local alerts? 
  3. Have you created and tested a family emergency plan?
  4. Are you properly insured? 
  5. Are you saving money for emergencies, so that you can purchase emergency food and water, pay insurance deductibles, and miss a paycheck? 
  6. Have you been trained, and do you periodically practice how you and your family will respond in times of disaster, until the help arrives?
  7. Have you stored/updated emergency supplies, and enough food and water to last at least 72 hours at your home?
  8. Have you backed up computer files and data and made copies of important documents? 
  9. Do you know how to shut off the water & gas in your home?
  10. 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

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

  1. 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

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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!

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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.

Inspection
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.

Emergency Services
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.

Monitoring
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.

Restoration Services
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

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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:

  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

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.”

Flood Action Steps For Businesses

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

BEFORE A FLOOD

If an advanced Flood Warning has been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas of your business:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances.
    Move vehicles out of low lying parking garages.
    Raise elevators from bottom floor.

AFTER A FLOOD:

SAFETY FIRST

  •  Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts.
  •  If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers.
  •  While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
  •  Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  •  Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
    •  Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains).
    •  Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.

Water may also be electrically charged.

    •  Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by flood waters.
    •  Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
    •  Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.

SECURE THE PROPERTY

  • Contact local emergency officials.
  • Secure main entrances to building.
  • Alert Security company and Alarm company of the situation.

STABILIZE THE PROPERTY

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Give priority to the protection of power plant and fire pumps, keeping them in service if at all possible.
  • Open basement or low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls.
  • Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local emergency officials deem the structure safe to enter.
  • Notify your insurance agent or Risk Manager to determine insurance policy guidelines and steps to take.

SERVPRO®

  • Contact SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to activate your Emergency READY Profile, if applicable, and request service.
  • Ensure availability of key decision maker to authorize mitigation work to begin.

Flood Tips for Businesses

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Tips for Businesses If your business experiences flooding, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401!

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.

Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:

Flood Preparation Tips:

  •  Determine if your property is in a flood plain.
  •  In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  •  Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  •  Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
  •  Plan for payroll continuity.
  •  Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.
  •  Visit:http://www.ready.gov/america/local/index.htmlfor a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans.

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.

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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.

Keeping Your Nassau/North Jax Plant Open Following Water Damage  

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Your Nassau/North Jax Plant Open Following Water Damage    SERVPRO has the skilled professionals who can work as a team to reduce downtime.

Industrial settings such as factories and assembly plants require consistent environmental conditions. Standing water, in any area, from any source, can immediately halt production and affect not only worker safety but also company profits, for months to come. SERVPRO has the skilled professionals who can work as a team to reduce downtime, working around your employees, if needed, to return your operations to full speed again. 
 
Fernandina Beach and North Jacksonville area business owners will always have emergency commercial water removal services available for whenever situations with invasive, problematic water issues threaten to halt normal business operations. SERVPRO is known nationwide as a trusted name in emergency situations of any type or magnitude. Our water removal professionals that care about your employees' health, your business, and the general public can make it “Like it never even happened.” and quickly. We know time is money. Our goal is to help you stay open, operational, and in business. 
 
Starting with the appropriate-sized extraction equipment for the situation, we quickly remove any visible water from the site. When this stage is complete, our experts will start the process of returning your factory to an adequately dry state again. Using commercial grade air movers will decrease the overall drying time by substantially increasing the rate of evaporation. For Large Loss emergencies, we can utilize large refrigerated dehumidifiers that can each draw up to 100 lbs of moisture from the air daily. Concrete floors, after returning to a dry enough state, can be treated under larger pieces of manufacturing equipment with anti-fungal sealants that are quick drying. This application protects these areas from future mold growth. 
 
Depending on the type of water, and its source, we may not be able to save all of a business's inventory. Our efforts can largely prevent metal mesh floors and staircases from peeling and corroding, equipment cases from rusting, the wiring of components in tools and machinery from developing shorts, and other, common effects of water damage to industrial equipment and structures. Hand-cleaning of the details in your machinery, molds, and lines, including tubing, basins, and other affected areas will ensure that your finished goods are not affected in the future.

For any size water emergency involving any category of water, contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 to begin the restoration process and get back in business. We are available 24/7 to assist in any emergency situation your business or factory may experience.

Tips to Help Prevent Condensation & Resulting Mold

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Help Prevent Condensation & Resulting Mold Fixing leaky plumbing helps to reduce humidity and prevent mold.

Condensation can be a sign of high humidity, which can lead to mold problems. The key to mold control is moisture control, and you can solve moisture problems before they become mold problems! How are some tips to reduce humidity:

  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical.  Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
  • Increase air temperature.
  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

For more information on mold cleanup and restoration please visit SERVPRO® Mold Cleanup & Restoration. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment call us today at 904-729-2401.  

Tips to Help Prevent Water Damage In Nassau/North Jax Homes

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Help Prevent Water Damage In Nassau/North Jax Homes Knowing where to locate shut-off valves can help to minimize water damages in the event of a plumbing or appliance failure.

Knowing common sources of water damage around your home can help you avoid big repair bills as well as time and trouble. Most floods and water damage are caused by plumbing and appliance failures. An example would be dishwashers, toilets, or washing machines that leak or overflow. The waste-filled, chemical-laden water, which may be either gray or black water can give rise to a toxic environment. In this case water removal is the number one priority. View the tips below for preventing water damage and knowing what to do if and when it occurs.

Toilets   

  • After flushing, remain in the bathroom until the fill valve has finished refilling the bowl.
  • If the bowl or tank begins to overflow, turn off the water at the supply valve.
  • Inspect the flushing mechanism inside the toilet every six months.
  • The fill valve should shut off when the float reaches the proper water level.
  • Operate the shut-off valve to make sure the water supply will turn off properly. Replace if needed.

Washing Machines  

  • Turn supply valves off when not in use for extended periods of time.
  • Do not operate the washing machine while the home is unoccupied.
  • Inspect the water supply lines every six months.
  • Check the hoses for cracks, kinks, blisters, or scaling, all of which are commonly found near the hose connection.
  • Replace washing machine hoses every 5 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Consider using reinforced braided stainless steel hoses

Water Heaters   

  • Have a professional inspection of the anode rod at least once every two years and annually once the warranty has expired. The rod may eventually corrode and leave the tank vulnerable to damage.
  • Remove sediment by flushing the tank every six months. Sediment can build up faster in areas with hard water.

Refrigerator Icemakers

A refrigerator containing a water filtration system and ice maker may develop hose leaks from the water supply line. If these leaks remain unnoticed for extended periods of time, they can give rise to mold proliferation and damage to the walls, floors, and the foundation. If the refrigerator is leaking water, it could have a clogged or frozen defrost drain.

  • Proper installation of the ice maker supply line hose is important to avoiding water damage.
  • Ensure a tight connection between the hose and valve however, avoid over-tightening.
  • If kinks are present, replace hose.
  • Leave a 3 to 4 inch gap between the back of the refrigerator and the wall to prevent the hose from crimping.
  • When pulling the refrigerator out for cleaning or service, avoid getting the hose caught beneath the wheels.
  • Locate the water shut-off valve and check for leaks.
  • Be sure water line fittings are secure.

Dishwashers

  • Run the dishwasher after you get home and before you go to bed so you are able to shutoff the appliance at the first sign of trouble.
  • When your unit floods, don’t panic. Instead, unplug the device or shut off the circuit breaker.
  • Remove any debris from the drain gate; the drain gate is found on the bottom of the dishwasher.
  • Inspect the drain and determine if it drains properly. If the water doesn’t drain, the hose that runs from the unit to the kitchen sink may need to be replaced or repaired.

If you have water damage problems or flooding, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401. We’ll be there to help 24/7. For more information, visit:

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SERVPRO Assists in Restoration of Historical St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Assists in Restoration of Historical St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee provides commercial cleaning services for unusual jobs.

The SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee crew had the opportunity to apply their skills in unusually historical and beautiful surroundings recently as we were called in to assist in the restoration of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Fernandina Beach. 

Floors had been sanded down and refinished and repairs were made before the SERVPRO crew came in to clean the wood dust residue from walls and windows. Stained glass windows were meticulously vacuumed in the sanctuary, which boasts 26’ ceilings. An electric vertical personnel lift was used to access walls and stained glass windows in the sanctuary, which was constructed in 1881.

The church has a fascinating history. A nearby historical marker reads, "The church was organized as a mission in 1858 and was consecrated the following year by the Rt. Rev. Francis Huger Rutledge, first Bishop of Florida. During the War it was used by Federal forces occupying Fernandina and many of its interior possessions were lost. The building was restored to sacred use during the Reconstruction Period, but was destroyed by fire in 1892. The present neo-Gothic church was completed in 1893."

St. Peter's is located at the eastern edge of downtown Fernandina Beach, on Atlantic Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets. The Fernandina Beach Historic District where the church is located was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee provides specialty commercial cleaning services in addition to clean-up and restoration services for water, fire and mold damage. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you need these services at your home or business.

Do You Know Where Your Main Water Shut-off Valves Are?

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do You Know Where Your Main Water Shut-off Valves Are? As our mascot, Dewey, is showing here, the water shut-off valve inside this home is located in the garage.

No one expects pipes to burst, water heaters to break, or toilets and washers to overflow.  If this happens, your quick response along with the highly trained specialists from SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will limit your damages and potentially save you thousands of dollars! Here are some tips for locating water shut-off valves on your property.

Source: The Spruce…

Finding the Water Shut-Off Valves

Some things in life are worth learning before it's too late—like the locations of your water shut-off valves. If a water pipe springs a leak, knowing where the shut-off valve is could save you thousands in water damage repairs. What's more, you can't make those major plumbing repairs or improvements unless you first turn off the water.

Home water systems contain two types of shut-off valves: main or master shutoff valves for stopping the flow of water to the entire house and individual or supply shut-off valves for specific appliances and fixtures.

Before Anything Else, Try to Cut Off Water Close to Source

If you have a leak at your toilet, sink, clothes washer, or ice maker, shut off water close to the source:

  • Toilet:  Look under the toilet, against the wall.  You will see flexible metal tubing.  Turn the handle clockwise until the handle stops.  Do not force.
  • Sink:  Look under the sink cabinet.  You will see two sets of flexible metal or plastic tubing.  Turn clockwise.
  • Clothes Washer:  Some houses have the valves clearly exposed above and behind the washer.  Turn both valves clockwise.  If you do not see these valves, slide the washer outward and you will likely see them.
  • Dishwashers: The water supply tube running to the dishwasher often has a fixture shutoff valve controlling it. In many cases, this is also located under the kitchen sink base cabinet, and it may be close proximity to the sink faucet shut-off valves. 
  • Refrigerator ice makers/water dispensers: The small copper or mesh supply tube running to the refrigerator usually has a small saddle valve or other devices that can be shut off to close down the water supply. 

Now for the main water shut-offs to the house…

  1.  Water Main:  Locate Shut-Off Valve Within the House

This is the best way to shut off water in your house.  It will cut off your home's entire water supply, allowing you to open up any pipe within the house.

Unlike the main water valve, it should be easy to access and not involve special tools or digging. (The only problem is that not everyone has one. In this case, turn off the pump at the electrical box.)

But where would you find yours?  Put on your detective's hat for this one.  Suggestions:

  • Inside/Outside Perimeter:  In most cases, it will be near the perimeter of the house—like the outside wall in a utility area where the main water line enters the house, or on an outside wall near the water meter. This valve will always be located on the house side of the water meter and is usually a rather large valve. 
  • Ground Level:  Keep your focus on-grade.  So, if you are in a basement, you will be looking at eye level or above.  If on a ground level floor, you will be looking down.
  • Path of Least Resistance:  Imagine a straight line extending from your outdoor water meter to the nearest point of your home's exterior perimeter.  Water lines will take the shortest path to get to a house.  Where that line meets your house is likely where the house's shut-off is located.
  • Check Inspection Report:  If you still have your property inspection report from when you purchased the house, it should indicate the location of the shut-off valve.  Inspection reports often follow a standardized format, so you may find this information located in Section 6.1.
  • Access Panels:  Look for any kind of access panel.  Water cut-off valves are not supposed to be sealed up behind drywall.  However, your home's previous owner may have unwisely sealed the valve behind a wall.  Most homeowners--and any legitimate contractor--will create an access panel around the valve.

Where It Is Not:  It is likely not under a sink.  The shut-off to the water heater may look promising, but that only affects the outflow of hot water from that point.  Do not confuse the gas shut-off to the furnace or water heater with water lines.

  1. Water Main:  Locate Main Shut-Off Value Outside By Meter

If the previous two options fail, try to shut off the water main outside.  

This will cut off all water in the house.  This is the most rigorous option and will involve tools, and possibly even tools that you do not have on hand.  It is dirty work and may involve digging.

Locate the round, square, or rectangular steel or iron lid.  Lift the lid and set the lid to the side.  If there is dirt or sand, remove gently with your hand or a garden trowel.  Do not discard.  If you live in a climate that freezes in the winter, this sand/dirt is required to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting.

After clearing the box, you will see three things:

  • Water Meter:  A glass-covered meter that may have a secondary cover to protect the glass.  Ignore this as it has nothing to do with shutting off the water.
  • Water Company's Shut-Off Valve:  This will be on the street side of the water meter.  See attached image.  This turn-off is designed so that only the water company can turn it off with a special tool.  Do not turn this off.  Even if you manage to get a Vise-Grip or Crescent wrench on this, you would find it exceedingly difficult to turn.
  • Your Shut-Off Valve:  This will be on the house side of the water meter.  It may have a knob for turning or it may have a nut.  There is no standard size for this nut.  For example, some are 3/8" and require a ratchet wrench with an extender for access.  Turn this clock-wise.

If you need help locating your main water shut-off valves, you can schedule a service call for SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to come out and assist you. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you are interested. It would be money well spent to protect your home investment.

The Mold Remediation Process  

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Remediation Process    Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 if you have a mold problem. Here is a job we recently did on Amelia Island.

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. First you should know that we are a State of Florida Licensed Mold Remediator. Our license number is MRSR450. Now, here is a step-by-step explanation of the mold remediation process:

Emergency Contact – Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at  (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 using fogging equipment. Learn more....


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.

Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729-2401 if you have a mold issue. We have been serving Nassau County and North Jax, including Oceanway, River City, Dunn Avenue, and the Heckscher Drive areas for more than a decade. We have the experience, license, and equipment to restore your mold problem and care for your belongings.

Hurricane Irma Leaves Hidden Mold in Amelia Island Condo  

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hurricane Irma Leaves Hidden Mold in Amelia Island Condo    Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 if you suspect mold in your home or business.

Mold problems are often invisible problems because mold commonly strikes where it cannot be seen. For example, this Amelia Island condominium had suffered water damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, but the unit was not appropriately dried due to a power outage and the leak that caused the damage was never repaired. Leaks in the windowsill and roof resulted in mold in the walls that was visible only once baseboards were removed. The remaining moisture, along with the warm temperatures and high humidity we experienced in our area during the fall, allowed mold spores to multiply and eventually grow through the entire structure and drywall.

The result was a festering problem, the extent of which was not visible to the naked eye.

The mold infested the framing and support structures. In several locations, the growth had spread down the walls.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee began clean-up by sealing off the affected areas with containment area of plastic sheeting to avoid further contamination. Once enclosed, our technicians started the demolition and removal of all infested drywall, insulation, window trim and baseboards.

Next, we cleaned and sprayed studs and every surface with an anti-microbial agent and removed loose spores by either wiping down every surface or vacuuming them up with a commercial grade vacuum and special HEPA filters designed to catch and trap spores.

Though replacement of demolished property was handled by the Homeowner’s Association (HOA), the homeowner was thrilled to know that we had gotten to the source of the problem and there would be no more lingering effects.

If you suspect there is a mold problem in your home or business, visit our web site or call (904) 729-2401 for more information.

Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Residents: Ring in the New Year Safely!

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Residents: Ring in the New Year Safely! We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate and ring in the New Year, but injuries, fires and home insurance claims can put a damper on this longstanding holiday tradition.

Fireworks are beautiful and fun, but dangerous…

In 2008, fireworks caused about 22,500 fires and $42 million in property damage, and even if you have the right home insurance coverage, setting off fireworks on your property entails risks. In addition to putting your home and your neighbors' homes in danger, fireworks can cause serious injuries. In 2008, hospital emergency rooms treated about 7,000 fireworks-related injuries, according to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). About 40 percent of these injuries happened to children under the age of 18. 

Protect yourself and your family…

If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks, including sparklers
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

Make sure that your home is equipped with working smoke alarms on every level, and that everyone in the home knows the sound the alarm makes and what it signifies. Have a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place. Practice the plan with all members of your household both at night and during the day.

We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

Looking Back at 2017 With Gratitude: Thank You from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Community Looking Back at 2017 With Gratitude: Thank You from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The holiday season offers us a special opportunity to extend our personal thanks to our friends, our customers, our neighbors and all of those we come into contact with throughout the year. As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with you is something we very much appreciate.

As we look back on 2017, we have seen much change in our community and one challenge we’ve all had to live with is being struck by two majors hurricanes in the past two years. In the restoration business, we see first-hand how devastating these storms can be. They change the face of our community, and the lives and homes of all of the people affected.

We were called in to help many of you recover from the storm, and we did our best to do so with haste and compassion. Some of you are still recovering and we continue to do our best to help. Please call on us if you have lingering storm problems.

We welcome the opportunity to serve you. Though it may be under unpleasant conditions when we do so, we strive to help you get through these situations as painlessly as possible. We understand that we may be the last people you want to see, but we will be here when you need us. We’ve been through a lot together, and together we will weather all storms.

So it is now that we wish to you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that peace, prosperity, and happiness be yours throughout the holidays and in years to come.

Gratefully,

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax

Nassau/North Jax Homeowners: Keep on Eye on Temps to Prevent Pipes From Freezing

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nassau/North Jax Homeowners: Keep on Eye on Temps to Prevent Pipes From Freezing All it takes is a few hours of freezing temperatures for your pipes to freeze.

Okay, so it’s probably not likely, but it never hurts to be prepared. With temperatures expected to drop to at or near freezing over the coming week, frozen pipes could be an issue in North Florida.

WINTER STORM WATCH: Tonight through Wednesday afternoon. Icing/freezing rain may lead to dangerous road conditions by early Wednesday. 

Especially with everyone catching up from the holidays, winter weather can catch us off guard. All it takes is a few hours of freezing temperatures for your pipes to freeze.

Here are some helpful hints to help you avoid problems:

  • Keep one or two faucets dripping
  • Direct warm air to any colder areas of your home
  • Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air in--especially if your kitchen sink is on an outside wall
  • Disconnect your hose from the outside faucet
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located

Water damage caused by frozen pipes can be one of the most damaging problems a homeowner can face. Most homeowners insurance will cover damage resulting from a frozen pipe provided you can prove that you took measures to prevent the pipe from freezing.

The good news is that SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will be here to help 24/7 if you run into frozen pipes and resulting water damage problems. Call us at 904-729-2401.

Enjoy Holiday Magic on Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, This Weekend

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Community Enjoy Holiday Magic on Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, This Weekend From Christmas caroling, to costumes, music, and photos with Santa, Dickens on Centre is a perfect holiday outing!

Wondering what holiday festivities you can enjoy this weekend on Amelia Island? Do you know about the Dickens on Centre festival that starts with a parade on Thursday, December 7, and goes on all weekend in Downtown Fernandina Beach?

Here’s more information on the festival from the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, along with a complete schedule of festivities.

Travel back in time December 8-10, 2017 during the third annual Dickens on Center festival in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island. Free to the public, this Victorian inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for the entire family. Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transform downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This Christmas, Come Make Memories.

Thursday, December 7
Lighted Christmas Parade
America’s Youth lights up downtown Fernandina Beach with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade
 
Friday, December 8, 5-9pm
5-6pm, Stage - Yancy Clegg
5-6pm, Kid Zone - Children’s Story Telling
5 & 6pm, Welcome Center - Dickens After Dark Ghost Tours, $10 adult/$5 kid
6-6:30pm, Stage - Opening Ceremony w/ Phil Amato, St. Nick Welcome & Reading of The Night Before Christmas
6-8pm, Centre Street - Caricature Artist & Old Fashioned Photos
6:45-7:15pm, Stage - Yulee High School Band
7-8pm, Kid Zone - Children’s Story Telling
7:45-9pm, Stage - King Guys Band
  
Saturday, December 9, 10am-9pm
8am, Main Beach - Run Like The Dickens, 1 mile sprint, all ages
10-11am, Stage - Amelia Island String Ensemble
10am-2pm, Welcome Center - Historic Walking Tours, free
11-11:30am, Welcome Center - Fernandina Beach High School Band
11am, Welcome Center - Parade of Paws
11:30am-12pm, Stage - Fernandina Beach High School Chorus 
12-12:30pm, Stage - Fernandina Beach High School Saxophone Quartet
12-4pm, Centre Street - Caricature Artist
12-7pm, Welcome Center - Holiday Gift Wrapping
1-2pm, Stage - Chris Thomas Band
2-4pm, Kid Zone - Children’s Story Telling
2:30-4pm, Stage - Amy and Dillon Basse
3-5pm, Centre Street - Old Fashioned Photos
3-7pm, Centre Street - Holiday Carolers
4:30-5:45pm, Stage - Crescendo Amelia
5 & 6pm, Welcome Center - Dickens After Dark Ghost Tours, $10 adult/$5 kid
5-8:30pm, Art Galleries - Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk
6-6:15pm, Stage - Royal Amelia Dance Academy
6-6:30pm, Stage - St. Nick Welcome with Phil Amato & Reading of The Night Before Christmas
7:30pm-9pm, Stage - One Man Performance of A Christmas Carol by Jason Woods

Sunday, December 10, 10am-7pm
10-11:30am, Stage - James and Sylvia Kalal
10am-2pm, Welcome Center - Historic Walking Tours, free
10am-6pm, Welcome Center - Holiday Gift Wrapping
12-12:30pm, Stage - Holiday Bells by Pam Bell
12-4pm, Centre Street - Caricature Artist
12-4pm, Centre Street - Holiday Carolers
1-2pm, Stage - Dueling Pianos w/ Michael Murphy
1-3pm, Kid Zone - Children’s Story Telling
2:30-3:30pm, Stage - Nassau Community Band
3:30pm-3:45pm, Stage - Reading of The Night Before Christmas
4-5pm, Stage - Gabriel Arnold
5:30-7pm, Stage - ReVoiced

Kid Zone - All weekend
Letter Writing to St. Nick
Ornament Toss and Holiday Corn Hole
Giant Chess, Checkers and Jenga
Ring Toss and Tic-Tac-Toe
Holiday Craft
Rocking Horses

Call Outs
Photos with St. Nick
with Boston Photograph
Friday, 7-9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-1p & 3pm-6pm

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you and your family a very, Merry Christmas.

Using Candles Safely Over the Holidays

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Using Candles Safely Over the Holidays We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you a safe and Merry Christmas!

The National Candle Association and the National Association of State Fire Marshals are urging consumers to take special care when using candles this holiday season, and to follow these important fire-safety rules:

  •  Always keep a burning candle within your sight. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  •  Keep burning candles away from combustible items. Be especially careful not to place candles near flammable decorations or Christmas greenery.
  •  Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be sturdy, heat resistant and big enough to collect dripping wax.
  •  Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  •  Trim candlewicks to 1⁄4 inch before lighting or re-lighting. Keep the wax-pool free of wick trimmings, dust, matches and debris at all times.
  •  Never move a candle when it is burning.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas!

What You Need To Know About Christmas Lights

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Need To Know About Christmas Lights Don’t leave Christmas lights running when you go to bed at night or when you leave the house.

Fernandina Beach/North Jax houses all lit up with Christmas lights are beautiful sights to behold. But whether stringing lights across your roof and around your home or using them indoors, take a few moments to run through a quick safety checklist.

  • Before you string up a single strand of lights, carefully check them for cracked cords frayed ends or loose connections.
  • The combination of shorts in electrical lights and a tinder-dry tree can be deadly. There are 250 Christmas tree fires and 14 related deaths each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. So keep your tree well-watered. Not only will it stay fresh and green, but it might also keep your house from burning down.
  • Modern lights have fused plugs, preventing sparks in case of a short circuit. Ditch old strands of lights that don’t have fuses and get a set of newer, safer lights.  
  • Don't connect more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. 
  • If bulbs have burned out, replace them right away, but make sure you use the correct wattage bulbs. 
  • Water and debris can get into outdoor sockets, so make sure outdoor lights are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet to reduce the risk of shorts and shocks. Hire a licensed electrician if you need to install GFCI outlets.
  • Keep an eye on extension cords, as they can occasionally overheat. Just touch-test the cord. If it’s hot, unplug it.
  • Don’t use tacks, nails or screws to hang lights, which can pierce the cable and become electrified. Use insulated hooks instead. 
  • When running extension cords along the ground, make sure to elevate plugs and connectors with a brick to keep snow, water and debris out of the connections.
  • Tape down any ground-level extensions cords to prevent people from tripping over them. 
  • Check to make sure lights have been rated by a testing laboratory. You can see a list of federally recognized labs on the OSHA website.
  • Not all lights are rated for outdoor use. Indoor lights often have thinner insulation, which can become cracked and damaged when exposed to the elements outdoors. So make sure the ones you string up on the house belong out there. 
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights running when you go to bed at night or when you leave the house.
  • When you put your lights back into storage after the holidays, make sure to place them in a well-sealed container to prevent possible water damage and to block hungry rodents looking to turn the cords into lunch.

 These tips will help you stay safe and prevent fires. Of course, if you do have a fire, call 9-1-1. Follow these fire safety tips and call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 if you need help with professional clean-up.

Tips to Keep Kids Safe Over the Holidays

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Community Tips to Keep Kids Safe Over the Holidays Natural Christmas trees can pose fire hazards. Make sure your tree has plenty of water by checking it regularly.

As you get ready for the holidays, here are some tips to keep in mind, from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Decorate Your Tree With Your Kids in Mind 

Kids are curious and will want to play with the ornaments on the tree, so you might as well prepare. Move the ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks towards the top of the tree. That makes room at the bottom for the ones that are safer for young kids.

Water the Tree Regularly

Natural trees look beautiful and smell great, but if they’re not watered regularly, needles can dry out and pose a potential fire hazard. Make sure your tree has plenty of water by checking it regularly.

Check the Lights

Lights are one of the best parts of holiday decorating. Take a look at the ones on your tree and in and around your home for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.

Blow Out Candles and Store Matches Out of Reach

Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.

Make a habit of placing matches and lighters in a safe place, out of children's reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.

Keep Harmful Plants Out of Reach

Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating, but keep those that may be poisonous out of reach of children or pets. This includes mistletoe berries, holly berry, and Jerusalem cherry.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wishes you a safe and joyous Holiday Season.

Don't Let A Cooking Fire Ruin Your Thanksgiving

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's a wonderful time to enjoy the company of others. Most of us will be sitting around dining room tables and feasting with family and loved ones. Some of us will spend time in the emergency room after a grease fire or some other cooking accident. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more cooking fires occur in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year

Here are some stats and some tips.

Cooking fires by the numbers

Based on 2010-2014 annual averages:

  • Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 46% of home fires that resulted in 19% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.**
  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions led to 18% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
  • Ranges or cooktops accounted for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • Unattended equipment was a factor in one-third (33%) of reported home cooking fires and half (49%) of the associated deaths..
  • Frying dominates the cooking fire problem. (See how to put out grease fires and things you should know about frying turkeys below.)
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Steps to put out a grease fire:

  1. Turn off source of heat (burner / element).
  2. Do NOT pour water on it.
  3. Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot, or baking pan.
  4. If you can't cover it, dump baking soda (lots of it) on it.

If you suffer a fire damage event, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401—even over the holiday. Refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Avoiding Turkey Fryer Fires

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoiding Turkey Fryer Fires Putting too much oil in the fryer or dropping in a frozen or partially thawed turkey lead to most turkey fryer fires.

Thanksgiving brings up warm memories of gathering with family and the delicious aroma of cooking turkeys and other goodies. In North Florida, a lot of us like to deep-fry our holiday birds—frying is fast and keeps the moisture in. As good as fried turkeys are, we need to keep our wits about us when using this preparation method.

Many of the more serious cooking fire incidents occur due to the increasing popularity of fryers used for deep-frying turkeys. According to last year's report, fire departments across the country respond to 1,000 fires a year in which a deep fryer is involved. The NFPA says that deep fryers cause an average of five deaths, 60 injuries and more that $15 million in property damage each year.

Two primary oversights that lead to danger: too much oil in the fryer and dropping in a frozen or partially thawed turkey.

It is important to keep the fryer a far enough distance from any structures to prevent them from catching fire. If a turkey fryer does catch fire, the most important thing to remember is NOT to use water to put out the fire. Like with any other grease fire, water will just cause the oil to splash and spread the fire further. Fire extinguishers (preferably Class K) are the most reliable means of containing the flames. Even if you have one on hand, still call 911 immediately and have the professionals take care of it.

In the meantime, make sure that everyone has been moved a safe distance from the fryer while you wait for the fire department

If you suffer a fire damage event, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401—even over the holiday. Refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax is Grateful for Nassau County Council on Aging

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax is Grateful for Nassau County Council on Aging SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax applauds The Nassau County Council of Aging for their outstanding work for the seniors in our community.

We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax would like to express our appreciation to the Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) for the outstanding work that they do to better the lives of older adults in our community. We would also like to thank this organization for calling on SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax for help when storms like Hurricane Irma damage their facilities and threaten their ability to perform their much-needed services. We were honored to help them out.

So the purpose of this blog is to thank this outstanding organization and spread the word about the good work they do in our community. Here is some background information on the Council.

About the Nassau County Council on Aging

Mission

To enhance the lives of older adults through services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families.

Purpose

To provide targeted services of comprehensive, compassionate care that not only foster independence, but also help our clients remain active, valued members of their community.

Founded in 1974 by local citizens, the Nassau County Council on Aging is a non-profit organization whose goal is to maintain and enrich the lives of older citizens throughout Nassau County. NCCOA’s programs enable those age 60 and older to live independently at home while also providing opportunities for companionship, and activities geared toward the needs of seniors. NCCOA is a resource for education, information, referral, counseling and general assistance.

Senior Life Centers in Fernandina Beach and Hilliard offer those 60 and older assistance, information and support, as well as a variety of fun and engaging activities, plus opportunities to socialize.

NCCOA delivers critical services to Nassau County seniors in five major categories: Meals on Wheels, Home Health Services, NassauTRANSIT, Adult Day HealthCare and the two Senior Life Centers we operate: the East Nassau Center in Fernandina Beach and the West Nassau Center in Hilliard.

Service offerings include:

  • Educational programs and classes about health, nutrition, home safety, low vision support and much more.
  • Presentations and seminars on topics of interest to senior citizens – Social Security and Medicare, senior fraud and advanced directives – just to name a few.
  • Structured exercise with trainers from the YMCA; musical presentations by the M&M Singers, Song Spinners, and other musicians; arts and crafts with local artists; card games; Bingo three times a week, and computer classes.
  • Medical screenings as well as health and wellness programs on diabetes, blood pressure and dental health.
  • A chance to socialize and share companionship each day at the Senior Life Center and during picnics, planned outings, holiday parties and field trips.
  • A hot noon-time meal and snacks.
  • A Geriatric Care Manager available to provide support to ALL Nassau County senior citizens, regardless of income, as they navigate the maze of healthcare, insurance and social services

NCCOA’s Circle of Friends program offers many flexible opportunities for volunteering, from donations, to visits or weekly phone calls made to homebound seniors, to minor home repairs or yard clean-up, to delivery of meals, and assistance with use of emergency call pendants. To volunteer, call 904.261.0701.

Again, we at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax applaud the efforts of the Nassau County Council of Aging facilities and encourage local residents to visit their facilities and lend a helping hand with their good work. At this Thanksgiving season, they are a group we can all be thankful for.

Indoor Air Quality in Your Office Space  

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Indoor Air Quality in Your Office Space    Diligent maintenance of HVAC equipment is essential for the adequate delivery and quality of building air.

The following tips, provided in the EPA’s “Office Building Occupants Guide to Indoor Air Quality,” offer good advice to office and facility managers.

What You Can Do to Improve the Indoor Air in Your Office:

  • Do not block air vents or grilles.
  • Comply with the office and building smoking policy.
  • Water and maintain office plants properly.
  • Dispose of garbage promptly and properly.
  • Store food properly.
  • Avoid bringing products into the building that could release harmful or bothersome odors or contaminants.
  • Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an indoor air quality problem.

If You Manage an Office:

  • Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues.
  • Place office furniture and equipment with air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in mind.
  • Coordinate with building management in instances when responsibility for design, operation and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared.
  • Establish an effective smoking policy that protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid procedures and products that can cause indoor air quality problems.
  • Integrate indoor air quality concerns into your purchasing decisions.
  • Work with the building manager to ensure use of only necessary and appropriate pest control practices, and nonchemical methods where possible.
  • Work with building management and the contractor before you remodel or renovate to identify ways of keeping building occupant exposure to pollutants to a minimum and to ensure that the air distribution system is not disrupted.
  • Encourage building management to develop a preventive indoor air quality management program following guidance issued by EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The EPA states that, “Diligent maintenance of HVAC equipment is essential for the adequate delivery and quality of building air. All well-run buildings have preventive maintenance programs that help ensure the proper functioning of HVAC systems.”

This is where SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax comes in. We offer professional HVAC/Duct Cleaning services. Call us at 904.729.2401 to learn more and see our other commercial cleaning services as well.



Keeping Your Little Monsters Safe: Halloween Fire Safety Tips

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Community Keeping Your Little Monsters Safe: Halloween Fire Safety Tips SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wants to help keep your little trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween.

Halloween is a fun, and spooky time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips. 

  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or- treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
  • When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames.
  • Be sure your kids know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Did you know?

Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.

Halloween Safety in Nassau County & North Jax

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Community Halloween Safety in Nassau County & North Jax Dewey our mascot Duck says, "Have fun and be safe on Halloween!"

Decorating for Halloween can bring out creativity in everyone, but many elements of Halloween decorating can pose hazards to unsuspecting visitors. Now is the time to make your home safe for trick-or-treaters. We have gathered some information for you:

  • Consider candy choices: No doubt buying Halloween candy is fun, but keep in mind that not all candy is appropriate for every child. Avoid candy that poses a choking hazard for toddlers, and keep in mind that a number of children have peanut allergies. Even if the candy doesn’t contain peanuts, it could be made in a facility that handles peanuts. Check the candy bag’s label for a peanut allergy warning. Also, consider toys and other options for children with other allergies.
  • Say “No” to knives: Don’t let your children handle sharp carving knives and keep an eye on them while you’re carving. If possible, purchase specific tools that are geared just for pumpkin carving (for your safety, too!). If the kids really want to participate in the carving, you can let them make the pattern or poke the pumpkin flesh in after you’ve done the carving.
  • Reconsider the candles: A glowing jack-o’-lantern makes your home warm and welcoming to candy seekers, but using a candle to illuminate a pumpkin can be dangerous. Costumes, paper decorations and ornamental straw can easily catch on fire. Instead of a traditional candle, use one powered by batteries or buy a bunch of glow sticks readily available at any party supply or discount store and place them inside your jack-o’-lanterns. They cast an eerie green glow and are safe all around.
  • Pay attention: Never leave a candle anywhere unattended, and never leave burning candles where anyone can reach them or accidentally knock them over.
  • Blazing fires aren’t allowed: Keep a fire extinguisher handy. You never know when a gourd will go up in smoke.
  • Secure the perimeters: Make sure that all props hanging, dangling, draped, staked, or set are steadily secured. Where there will be foot traffic, tape down loose wires with duct tape. You don’t want people to trip. And check these places often during the course of the evening for any loose edges that need fixing.
  • Follow the package directions: If a package of lights says that they’re only for indoor use, don’t string them outside. Read the fog machine directions. Take every precaution when it comes to decorating with materials you’re not familiar with.
  • Secure your railings: Young children, and the adults who often accompany them, will need the security and support of railings while climbing steps to get to your front door. If you’ve been putting off fixing that rickety railing, it’s time to get out the toolbox and make it secure.
  • Make room in the garage: If you’re headed out on Halloween, clean out the garage and store your car securely in it. From teen antics to serious vehicle vandalism and theft, your car is best kept in the garage on Halloween.
  • Clear walkways: Trick-or-treaters are too busy counting candy to pay close attention to where they’re walking, so it’s critical to survey your yard for potential trip and slip hazards. Be sure your yard is free of tripping hazards like hoses and sprinklers, clear walkways of loose gravel, and be sure to clean moss off steps. If your home has an irrigation system, turn the system off well in advance of the big night so your lawn and walkways have a chance to dry.
  • Use lots of lights: A dimly lit entryway helps set the spooky mood of Halloween, but it’s also increases the chance of an accident. Make sure the exterior lights of your home are working, and consider turning on flood lights to illuminate the darkest areas of your yard. Even if you’re not going to be home, leave on lights for safety reasons and to dissuade unsavory characters from vandalizing your home. And, if you won’t be there, make sure you set your security system, just to be safe.
  • Contain your pets: Barking dogs not only scare trick-or-treaters of every age away, they also present a danger. A dog that breaks away from your home might not bite, but he could knock down a toddler or scare a teen right into the street, causing even more danger. Keep all pets securely confined inside your home until the hustle and bustle of the night has passed.

We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wish all of you a very Happy Halloween!

Don’t Let Your Washing Machine Flood Your Nassau County/North Jax Home

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don’t Let Your Washing Machine Flood Your Nassau County/North Jax Home Checking the washing machine supply lines every six months, and replacing when needed, can save you a lot of money.

It is not unusual for our highly trained technicians here at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax to be called on to respond to water damage or even floods caused by, yes, washing machines.

Helping our customers is our biggest goal, and so we want to share with you tips to help you avoid these expensive and time consuming flood losses.

First, know how to shut off your water if the washer is flooding:

  • Clothes Washer:  Some houses have the valves clearly exposed above and behind the washer.  Turn both valves clockwise.  If you do not see these valves, slide the washer outward and you will likely see them.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your washing machine is not going to cause problems:

  1. Check the washing machine supply lines that are located behind the appliance every six months as part of your routine. Replace water lines when cracking or dripping occurs, or when a scale is forming around the connection to the water valve. The small investment of replacing water line can save you thousands of dollars and prevent major damage.
  2. Make sure the drain for your washing machine is draining efficiently. Clogged drains and supply line breaks are the leading causes for washing machine floods.
  3. Do not overload your washer! Though doing one large load of laundry is more convenient than doing multiple loads, overloading your washer causes the machine to vibrate and move which can knock loose connections and cause water to overflow.
  4. Know where your main water shutoff valve is located! In the event your washing machine does overflow, shutting off the main water supply could save you a lot of time and money.
  5. Do not run your washing machine if you are not awake, or not at home. If your washing machine floods, you want to be there to minimize the damage.

Insurance industry data shows the cost of washing machine floods/failures averages $5000 in an occupied home and $12,000 in an unoccupied home. Use these simple steps to help protect your investment from water damage loss. Call us if you need help at 904-729-2401.

Protecting Fernandina Beach/Yulee Kids from Fire-Related Injuries  

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protecting Fernandina Beach/Yulee Kids from Fire-Related Injuries    Dewey our mascot Duck says, "Kids, don't play with fire."

Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville picked up the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 

Parent’s Fire Safety Tips

  • Children experience fire interest. They may ask questions such as how hot is fire or show an interest in fire through playing with fire trucks or cooking on a play stove. This is healthy, and it is time to begin educating about fire. 
  • Fire starting happens when children begin to experiment with fire using matches and lighters. Many fires happen when young children are left alone, even for a short period of time, and have access to matches and lighters. Parents must have clear rules and consequences about fire misuse. 
  • Grown-ups can help keep fire out of the hands of children. 
  • Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet or container. 
  • Never leave matches or lighters in a bedroom or any place where children may go without supervision. 
  • Teach young children and school-age children to tell a grown-up if they see matches or lighters. Children need to understand that fire is difficult to control, it is fast and can hurt as soon as it touches you. 
  • A child with an interest in fire can lead to fire starting and result in repeated firesetting behavior. 
  • It is important for grown-ups to discourage unsupervised fire starts. 
  • Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement for children; they may imitate you. 
  • Never assign a young child any tasks that involve the use of a lighter or matches (lighting candles, bringing a lighter to an adult to light a cigarette or the fireplace, etc.) 
  • If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for adults only. 
  • Use only lighters designed with child-resistant features. Remember, child-resistant does not mean child-proof. 

We hope it never happens, but if you have a fire in your home and need fire damage restoration, please call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach /Yulee /North Jacksonville at 904.729.2401

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Shares Tips on Using Fire Extinguishers

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Shares Tips on Using Fire Extinguishers Our mascot Dewey shares tips on fire extinguishers. Fortunately, Dewey is an expert on Fires and all things Water.

Since it’s fire prevention week, we wanted to share a few helpful tips on using fire extinguishers. Using a fire extinguisher isn’t rocket science, but there are a few basics you should know. According to FEMA, the majority of Americans don’t know how to use an extinguisher, even if they have one in their home. This is an alarming knowledge gap. Fires double in size every 60 seconds, so you don’t want to be fumbling around in an emergency situation, reading over the instruction manual as a small flame on the stove grows into an inferno.

Most fire extinguishers for homes and public spaces are classified as Class ABC extinguishers, meaning they’re suitable for putting out wood and paper fires, flammable liquid fires, and electrical fires—not grease fires. (See below for grease fires).

Using a Fire Extinguisher: Remember PASS, which stands for:

P—Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. 

A—Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Hitting the tops of the flames will not be effective.

S—Squeeze the trigger slowly and evenly to release the agent.

S—Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Most extinguishers will give you about 10-20 seconds of discharge time.

You can buy an ABC extinguisher for about $30 -$60 on Amazon or at your nearest hardware store. Get the biggest one you can comfortably handle to maximize its discharge pressure, time, and range.

Steps to put out a grease fire:

  1. Turn off source of heat (burner / element).
  2. Do NOT pour water on it.
  3. Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot, or baking pan.
  4. If you can't cover it, dump baking soda (lots of it) on it.

If you suffer a fire damage event, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401. Refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Nassau County & North Jax: October 8-14 Is Fire Prevention Week

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Nassau County & North Jax: October 8-14 Is Fire Prevention Week Message from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax. In a fire, every second counts. Plan 2 ways to exit each room.

The following is from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)…

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home  with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Here is a helpful quiz to test your fire prevention knowledge.

Here is information about SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville’s fire damage services. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you have fire damage. 

Tropical system may impact Florida coast in next 10 days

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Community Tropical system may impact Florida coast in next 10 days The low pressure evolving over the Western Caribbean & Central America has been upgraded to tropical depression #16 and will likely become Nate.

With Hurricane Irma barely behind us, meteorologists advise that tropical weather may not be over for Floridians this hurricane season, which does not end until late November. Here’s what Accuweather said earlier this week.

The tropical Atlantic Basin has turned quiet for now, but new tropical threats may pose hazards across the western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico or near Florida well into October.

Following Lee and Maria’s departure, the Atlantic Basin is now void of any named tropical systems, something that hasn’t happened since Aug. 23.

With nearly two months left in the hurricane season, there is still plenty of time for new tropical systems to form and it could happen as soon as late week.

“Multiple factors will be in place that may favor several tropical systems to come about into the middle of October,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

A large, slowly-spinning area of showers and thunderstorms hovering near Central America and the western Caribbean will be worth watching over the next couple of weeks. This feature, known as the Central American Gyre, may spin up tropical systems if the right conditions are present.

Residents and those with interests in Central America, Cuba, the Bahamas, Mexico and the southeastern United States will want to keep a watchful eye on this over the next couple of weeks.

“Waters over much of the region are very warm and likely to stay warm for many weeks,” Sosnowski said.

"A tropical depression or storm could develop with little notice in the western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico or in waters along the Southern Atlantic coast of the United States."

Should a tropical system form in this region, the warm water would provide the necessary fuel for the system to maintain itself and even flourish.

However, much of this will depend on wind shear, or the changing of speed and direction of winds at different layers of the atmosphere. While wind shear will be disruptive at times through the month of October over this area, there will also be times where it relaxes enough for a tropical system to form.

Latest Update from WOKV Jacksonville: The low pressure evolving over the Western Caribbean & Central America has been upgraded to tropical depression #16 and will likely become Nate. 

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville advises local residents to re-supply their emergency kits and stay current on weather reports in the meantime.

Tip to Prevent Post-Flooding Mold: Follow Your Nose

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tip to Prevent Post-Flooding Mold: Follow Your Nose What you DON’T want to do is disturb mold and inadvertently spread it.

Here’s advice from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax for North Floridians whose homes and property were hit by Hurricane Irma: Protect your family’s health and your own by treating or discarding mold- and mildew-infected items. The best defense is to clean, dry or, as a last resort, discard moldy items.

Many materials are prone to developing mold if they are damp or wet for too long.

All flood-dampened surfaces should be cleaned, disinfected and dried as soon as possible. Follow these tips to ensure a safe and effective cleanup:

  • If you see a mold problem, call SERVPRO to identify the extent of damage.
  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold--and stay out of the area. Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Check out all odors. It’s possible for mold to hide in the walls or behind wall coverings. Let SERVPRO find all mold sources and clean them properly.
  • Cleaned areas can take several days to dry thoroughly. SERVPRO will use high-speed fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.
  • SERVPRO will remove and discard all materials that can’t be cleaned, such as wallboard, fiberglass and cellulose areas. Then we will clean the wall studs where wallboard has been removed, and allow the area to dry thoroughly.

Again, your nose knows. If you detect an odor, mold problems are likely developing somewhere you cannot see. Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904-729-2401 to help you identify and address mold issues. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Water Intrusion from Hurricane Irma? Extraction Without Drying Will Lead to Mold Problems

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Intrusion from Hurricane Irma? Extraction Without Drying Will Lead to Mold Problems High speed air movers and dehumidifiers are crucial to the water damage restoration process to prevent mold problems down the road.

After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.

Drying / Dehumidification

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. They use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. They’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying standards.

  • Use Dehumidification Equipment
  • Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress

Monitor Floor and Walls

They 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.

BE INFORMED: Some companies will extract the water and tell you the problem is solved…but unless drying is part of the restoration process, you’ll likely have mold problems down the road, especially with our area’s high humidity. See our 6-step water damage restoration process.

Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904.729.2401 to schedule a mold inspection if you suspect your property wasn’t properly dried after Hurricane Irma. Remember: It’s the water you can’t see that causes the problems.

Hurricane Irma Upgraded to Category 5; Florida Prepares

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Irma Upgraded to Category 5; Florida Prepares Now is the time for North Floridians to prepare for Hurricane IRMA.

Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a dangerous Category 5 storm early Tuesday as it churned through the Atlantic Ocean. Tuesday’s 7:45 a.m. advisory revealed that Irma’s sustained wind strength had increased to 175 mph.

On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall. Wednesday the storm is expected to be near Puerto Rico and by Friday it will be near Cuba. 

In the Jacksonville area, there will be an increasing threat of dangerous rip currents for several days.

Many hazards include: Elevated surf, coastal flooding, and beach erosion toward the end of the week. There is also a threat of very heavy rainfall through Northeast Florida this weekend.(7-day forecast)

The storm is then expected to make a quick turn to the north early Sunday morning, but it is still unknown at this time what that track will look like.

Now is the time to prepare your emergency kits.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax will be available to help if your property suffers flooding. Call us at 904.729.2401.

Nassau County/North Jax: Prepare for Hurricane Irma

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Community Nassau County/North Jax: Prepare for Hurricane Irma SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax urges you to follow these tips to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wants everyone to be prepared for Hurricane Irma; Our partner, the American Red Cross, offers these tips to help you get ready.

  • Talk with your family about what to do if the hurricane strikes. Discussing hurricanes ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for younger children.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts. Find an online NOAA radio station. Search for a NOAA radio app in your app store. Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding. 
  • Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.
  • Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or invest in one-half inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows.
  • Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans (away from stairs and exits) to prevent them from being moved by high winds and possibly hurting someone.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings.

For more, visit http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Hurricane-Season-Could-Be-Busy-Prepare-Now

Call us at 904-729-2401 if we can be of help or you suffer flooding or water damage.

What You Should Know About Water Mitigation

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Should Know About Water Mitigation Water mitigation is all about reducing or preventing the amount of damage that happens after a flood or leak.

Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of water damage that happens after a flood or a permeating leak. It prevents additional damage by taking fast, appropriate actions.

Water mitigation is needed after plumbing failures or when storms cause water to rush into your home. Soaked rugs, damaged walls, warped flooring and ruined furniture are only the beginning if mitigation is not engaged quickly.

Specific steps are taken to reduce property destruction, to prevent further water damage and to restore your property to its full value.

When to Call For Water Mitigation

Seeping water damage is progressive, pervasive and can mean valuable objects may become permanently damaged – especially if emergency response is delayed beyond the first 48 hours.

Water damage is usually caused by a plumbing failure. When moisture seeps into anything of value there are immediate steps that can be taken to reduce the amount of long-term damage that results.

Steps to take as soon as you detect flood damage:

  • Remain calm so your thinking stays clear
  • Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401
  • Close the water main or shut off any water source so flooding stops
  • Shut down the electrical breaker in damaged areas before unplugging or removing any electrical devices from the wet carpet or submerged areas.
  • Put aluminum foil under legs or feet of any furniture in contact with wet carpet or water to prevent permanent staining
  • Lift any curtains or draperies away from wet carpet or water
  • Lift and tack up any upholstered furniture skirts
  • Remove books, papers, fabrics, shoes, potted plants or other items that are able to stain wet carpet

Avoid doing these things:

  • Use your home vacuum – electrical shock can result, as well as damage to the equipment
  • Place newspaper in traffic areas to walk on – newspaper ink transfers easily to wet carpet fibers which results in permanent staining
  • Walk on carpet any more than necessary – this keeps damage from spreading to unaffected areas

If you have water issues, call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904-729-2401.

Nassau County & North Jax: Do you have an emergency kit?

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

As we have seen in Houston, flooding can happen fast in many environments. September is National Preparedness Month. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water--3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contacts, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/Supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera for photos of damage

If you suffer flooding or water intrusion in your home, call the water restoration experts at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401.

Accolades for SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville!

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Community Accolades for SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville! Pete Reilly, co-owner of SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville, with members of his staff. Pete is the one in the back with the big grin!

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville owners Pete and Paula Reilly recently received recognition for outstanding performance during their 10-year tenure as franchise operator and employer in the disaster remediation and cleaning industry here in Nassau county.

The two were recognized by both SERVPRO Industries and by Florida Senator, Aaron Bean, for winning the President’s Gold award at SERVPRO’s recent annual convention.

In his letter, Senator Bean praised both employers and staff, and pointed out the valuable role SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville plays in the community. 

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has operated in this area since 2007, and has helped scores of families and businesses recover from storms such as Hurricane Matthew as well as other water, mold, and fire emergencies. The firm also plays an important role in assisting local property managers maintain local vacation and rental properties.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville serves Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, and Yulee, as well as River City, Oceanway, and Lem Turner/Dunn Avenue and Heckscher Drive areas.

You can reach SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904.729.2401 if you have water, fire or mold problems.

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)

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)

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.

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.

Preventing Fires in the Workplace

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Preventing Fires in the Workplace Keeping the workplace free of clutter helps to prevent fires.

The following tips promote a fire-safe workplace.

  1. Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by impeding access to exits and emergency equipment.
  2. Place oily rags in a covered metal container. This waste must be properly disposed of on a regular basis.
  3. Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
  4. Report electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized.
  5. Maintain free access to all electrical control panels. Material or equipment stored in front of the panels would slow down the shutting down of power in an emergency situation.
  6. Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.
  7. Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.
  8. Help maintain building security to prevent arson fires. Lock up as instructed; report suspicious persons; and don’t leave combustible rubbish where it can be set on fire outside the building.
  9. Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
  10. Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials.
  11. Post emergency telephone numbers as well as the company address by the telephone for quick access if a fire were to start in your work area.
  12. Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

For More Information:

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach / Yulee has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. 

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Fewer Hurricanes Expected in 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season  

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fewer Hurricanes Expected in 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season    If a hurricane strikes this season, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville will be there to help 24/7.

The coming hurricane season could be slightly below the average of 12 a year, according to Colorado State University forecasters.

The university's annual Department of Atmospheric Science pre-season forecast is based on long-range weather and climate conditions.

Currently, those are showing "a below-average probability of major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean," researchers Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell said in a recent report.

The center is predicting 11 named storms, including two major hurricanes. All together, the center expects there will be 50 days during which storms are active.

The probability of a direct hit on the East Coast and Florida is 24 percent. The historical average is 30 percent. The probability of a major hurricane coming ashore anywhere in the United States is 42 percent, compared to the historical average of 52 percent, according to the report.

University forecasters predict 2017 hurricane activity will be about 85 percent of the average season of 12 storms. Last year's was 135 percent of the average season.

Last year, the center correctly predicted an above-average Atlantic hurricane season, which included historic Hurricane Matthew. Its strongest winds came within 5 miles of the First Coast. The brunt of that storm hit elsewhere, particularly in South Georgia and the Carolinas.

The university's forecasts have been correct during 28 of the 35 years it has been predicting whether a season will be above or below normal.

National Hurricane Center officials caution the public that it only takes one hurricane to severely damage an area and forecasters can't say where this season's tropical storms and hurricane might go.

"They (coastal residents) should prepare," Koltzbach said.

Last year, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville helped many local residents recover from damages related to Hurricane Matthew. If a hurricane strikes this year, call us at 904-729-2401 and we’ll be there to help 24/7.

Does Your Amelia Island Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Amelia Island Home Have A Mold Problem? On Amelia Island, mold growth can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:



  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 904-729-2401.

Where to Go in the Event of a Tornado, Hurricane, or Severe Storm in Nassau County  

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Where to Go in the Event of a Tornado, Hurricane, or Severe Storm in Nassau County    NOTE: Not all shelters are opened for every emergency. Call 904-548-0900 before you go.

Following is a list of Nassau County Emergency Public Shelter Locations, along with other helpful information.


Please Note:


-NOT ALL SHELTERS WILL BE OPENED FOR EVERY EMERGENCY!
Check with Emergency Management before you go - call 904-548-0900.

-If you have no way to get to a public shelter, register for transportation assistance annually, before June 1st.  

-If you use medical equipment that requires electricity, such as an oxygen concentrator, and intend to go to a public shelter, you must register for space in the Special Medical Needs Shelter annually, before June 1st.

These Sites Are Approved Wind-Rated Emergency Shelters:

General Population Shelters (no pets)


Bryceville Elementary School
6504 Church Ave 
Hilliard, FL  32045 
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Callahan Intermediate School
34586 Ball Park Rd 
Callahan, FL  32011 
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Hilliard Elementary School
27568 Ohio St 
Hilliard, FL 32045 
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West Nassau High School 
(General Population) 
1 Warrior Dr. 
Callahan, FL 32011 
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Yulee High School 
85375 Miner Rd. 
Yulee, FL 32097 
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Yulee Middle School 
85439 Miner Rd. 
Yulee, FL 32097 
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Pet-Friendly Public Shelters
Requires secure crate/cage, bowls, food supply, and current vaccinations


Callahan Middle School
450121 Old Dixie Hwy 
Callahan, FL  32011 
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Yulee Elementary School 
86063 Felmore Rd 
Yulee, FL  32097 
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Special Medical Needs Shelter
Requires Annual Registration before Hurricane Season (by June 1st)


Hilliard Middle-Senior High School 
1 Flashes Ave 
Hilliard, FL  32045 
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Staying Safe From Fire When Grilling

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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   

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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.

EVACUATE EARLY!
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

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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  

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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  

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Community 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

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

Types of Water Losses

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Types of Water Losses Have you experienced a commercial water loss? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to evaluate the situation.

How Water Loss Affects Your Business

When evaluating the types of water damage and how they affect an emergency water removal situation on commercial property, it helps to know that water losses fall into three categories: clean water, gray water and black water. Once these categories are determined, it is easier to introduce the proper drying techniques, and it helps to designate what items can and cannot be restored. Here’s some specific information about the three types of water losses.

Category 1: Clean Water

This water originates from a source that does not pose substantial harm to humans. It may include broken water supply lines, sink overflows with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines, melting snow, falling rain water, broken toilet tanks, and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives. If left untreated for 72 hours, Category 1 water becomes Category 2 water. This further enforces the fact that reaction time is a key factor when dealing with the various types of water damage.

Category 2: Gray Water

Gray water contains a significant level of contamination. If humans consume this water, it has the potential to cause discomfort or illness. Category 2 water carries microorganisms and nutrients for microorganisms. Sources may include discharge or overflows from dishwashers, washing machines or toilet bowls (with some urine but no feces); sump-pump failures; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure; and broken aquariums.

Gray water may contain chemicals, bio-contaminants and other forms of contamination, including physical hazards, and is not suitable for consumption. Carpet pads affected with Category 2 water must be removed and disposed of properly. Even carpet that is salvaged must be cleaned with hot-water extraction. If left untreated, Category 2 water becomes Category 3 water in 48 hours or less.

Category 3: Black Water

Category 3 water includes sewage and other contaminated water sources that enter or affect the indoor environment. Sources could range from toilet backflows that originate beyond the toilet trap to all forms of flooding from sea water, ground surface water, and rising water from rivers and streams. These types of water carry silt and organic matter into structures and create black water conditions. Whenever a sewage backflow occurs, the health of workers and occupants should be the primary concern. Always remove and properly dispose of carpet and padding that has been affected by a Category 3 water loss.

When it comes to different types of water damage, the experts at SERVPRO can help you evaluate the various types of water loss and how they should be treated. Put your trust in the experienced professionals.

When Storm or Floods hit Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax, SERVPRO is ready!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storm or Floods hit Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax 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 Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax, 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 904-729-2401.

Does Your Company Have an Evacuation Plan for Employees?

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Company Have an Evacuation Plan for Employees? Call SERVPRO if your business experiences an emergency that calls for restoration services. We're here 24/7.

On their website, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides important safety information as well as life saving tips for employers to share with their employees should it be necessary to evacuate a building in the event of an emergency. Check it out at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/evac.html

     And although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, OSHA highly recommends that you provide an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business space during an emergency situation. Here are some tips:

     A disorganized evacuation can result in confusion, injury, and property damage. When developing your emergency action plan, it is important to determine the following:

  • Conditions under which an evacuation would be necessary. 
  • Conditions under which it may be better to shelter-in-place.
  • A clear chain of command and designation of the person in your business authorized to order an evacuation or shutdown.
  • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits.
  • Specific evacuation procedures for high-rise buildings.
  • Procedures for assisting visitors and employees to evacuate, particularly those with disabilities or who do not speak English.
  • Designation of what, if any, employees will remain after the evacuation alarm to shut down critical operations or perform other duties before evacuating.
  • A means of accounting for employees after an evacuation.
  • Special equipment for employees.
  • Appropriate respirators.
  • During development and implementation of your draft plan, think about all possible emergency situations and evaluate your workplace to see if it complies with OSHA's emergency standards.

    Emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect immediate response, day or night.

 Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (904) 729-2401.

 

 

 

Fire Facts & Information

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Facts & Information Pictured is a house fire that occurred in North Jacksonville Florida that was caused by an electrical issue.

House Fires



  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.

  • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.

  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.

  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.

  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.

  • Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2014, 15 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 88 deaths.

  • During 2009-2013, roughly one of every 335 households had a reported home fire per year.


Smoke Alarms



  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.

  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended. 


Fire Prevention Information


     For more great information about how to prevent fires and even what to do following a fire visit the links below:



  1. Fire Damage Safety Tips & Prevention

  2. Important Fire Damage Restoration Tips

  3. Workplace Fire Prevention Tips

  4. What to Do Following a House Fire

  5. Holiday Fire Prevention

  6. Fire Damage Top Tips To Prevent Kitchen Fires

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

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.


Restoring Commercial Properties 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 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


About SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax


SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax 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, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Important Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Cleanup Service

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Important Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Cleanup Service SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Offers Biohazard Cleanup & Remediation Services

Always Choose a Trained Professional

  • Because it’s traumatic: No one should have to deal with the personal impact of cleaning up after the traumatic loss of a loved one. A professional SERVPRO can get a situation cleaned up quickly, compassionately and discreetly.
  • Because it’s safer: Federal regulations classify all human and animal remains, including blood, urine, feces, vomit and bodily fluids, as biohazards. This is because they have the potential of carrying life-threatening pathogens such as Hepatitis B and C, AIDS, HIV, MRSA, Tuberculosis and many more. The safe cleanup and removal of biohazardous materials involves extensive analysis and detailed work, and the use of state-of-the-art cleaning and odor removal technologies.

Licensed Bonded & Insured

  • It is important to use licensed professionals because they conduct safe cleanup, removal and disposal of biohazardous waste. Additional considerations include being registered and compliant with OSHA and FEMA, federal agencies that oversee disasters and workplace safety. Cleanup crews will be coming into your home or the home of your loved one, so be sure the professional you choose is bonded and insured.

Will Work with Insurance Companies

  • In most cases, insurance will cover much or all of the cost of traumatic even cleanup. You can minimize or eliminate your out-of-pocket expenses by working with licensed and bonded professionals such as SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee who will deal directly with insurance companies, saving you one more headache in this already difficult process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Can I just use my regular cleaning or janitorial service for biohazard cleanup of blood or bodily fluids?

A: Not unless your regular cleaning or janitorial service has been properly trained and equipped to handle biohazard cleanup and waste such as blood or bodily fluids, and has a legal place to dispose of the recovered biohazardous waste.

Q: Who pays for bio-recovery services?

A: In many cases home, business or auto insurance will pay for bio-recovery services. Ultimately the property owner may be responsible for cost of the service.

Q: Can I have an employee of my business clean the scene?

A: Federal Regulation 29cfr1910.1030 states that no employee can be placed in a position to be exposed to biohazard cleanup of blood spills without first:

  1. Receiving Blood Borne Pathogen (bbp) training.
  2. Having a written BBP exposure control plan.
  3. Having been provided personal protective equipment.
  4. Having been offered Hepatitis B vaccine and exposure evaluation and follow-up.
  5. Being provided with a method to remove and properly store the bio-hazardous waste in properly marked containers for disposal at an approved site.

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SERVPRO's Vast Experience Does the Heavy Lifting to Keep Your Business or Factory Operational Following Water Damage

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO's Vast Experience Does the Heavy Lifting to Keep Your Business or Factory Operational Following Water Damage If your factory looks like this, you're going to need help from the professional!

Industrial settings such as factories and assembly plants require consistent environmental conditions. Standing water, in any area, from any source, can immediately halt production and affect not only worker safety but also company profits, for months to come. SERVPRO has the skilled professionals who can work as a team to reduce downtime, working around your employees, if needed, to return your operations to full speed again. 
 
Fernandina Beach and North Jacksonville area business owners will always have emergency commercial water removal services available for whenever situations with invasive, problematic water issues threaten to halt normal business operations. SERVPRO is known nationwide as a trusted name in emergency situations of any type or magnitude. Our water removal professionals that care about your employees' health, your business, and the general public can make it “Like it never even happened,” and quickly. We know time is money. Our goal is to help you stay open, operational, and in business.
 
Starting with the appropriate-sized extraction equipment for the situation, we quickly remove any visible water from the site. When this stage is complete, our experts will start the process of returning your factory to an adequately dry state again. Using commercial grade air movers will decrease the overall drying time by substantially increasing the rate of evaporation. For Large Loss emergencies, we can utilize large refrigerated dehumidifiers that can each draw up to 100 lbs of moisture from the air daily. Concrete floors, after returning to a dry enough state, can be treated under larger pieces of manufacturing equipment with anti-fungal sealants that are quick drying. This application protects these areas from future mold growth.
 
Depending on the type of water, and its source, we may not be able to save all of a business's inventory. Our efforts can largely prevent metal mesh floors and staircases from peeling and corroding, equipment cases from rusting, the wiring of components in tools and machinery from developing shorts, and other, common effects of water damage to industrial equipment and structures. Hand-cleaning of the details in your machinery, molds, and lines, including tubing, basins, and other affected areas will ensure that your finished goods are not affected in the future.

For any size water emergency involving any category of water, contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to begin the restoration process and get back in business. We are available 24/7 to assist in any emergency situation your business or factory may experience.

A Major Key to Mold Remediation is Humidity Control

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Major Key to Mold Remediation is Humidity Control Look at this moldy living room. This is what can occur when water damage is not properly mitigated.

    Humidity Control is Key


      When you live in a subtropical area, like the south Atlantic region of the United States, 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 technicians 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 microbial colonies and mold damage linked to high humidity in Fernandina Beach and North Jacksonville should be treated with the EPA approved protocol to remove from areas they infest. Our SERVPRO 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 current growth is expected. As long as you are careful to monitor the humidity after the protocol is followed mold proliferation should cease.


     The level suggested for the interior relative humidity of your home should measure is 60 percent or less to discourage mold growth. Do not guess to maintain this level, particularly if you have just battled back from a mold infestation. 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 must vent to the outdoors. Remember to run air conditioners regularly as they work largely by removing moisture from the air. Eliminate the use of vaporizers or humidifiers in the house. If all of these measures do not reduce the humidity to proper levels, invest in one or more dehumidifiers to get to and then maintain that 60 percent standard. Be sure all equipment used to reduce the humidity is checked for proper drainage of the water removed from the air. Empty the water condensed as needed or set the machine up to discharge into a sink or drain. Keep everything scrupulously clean so that mold does not begin growing within the very system you have set up to reduce humidity.

Did You Know... Duct Cleaning...

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Did You Know... Duct Cleaning... Fernandina Beach North Jacksonville Duct Cleaning Services

Duct Cleaning Information


     Unfortunately, there is not a lot of air duct cleaning information out there and people want to know more about home duct cleaning these days due to concerns about indoor air pollution, mold and other allergens. While there is not a lot of duct cleaning information available, there is plenty of information about the dangers of mold, dust and other allergens in the home and one way these substances can be spread and dispersed throughout the home is through the air ducts of a home heating and cooling system.


What is Duct Cleaning?


     Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air. You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home's indoor air quality. These services typically — but not always — cost approximately $35 per vent, depending on:
the services offered:



  • the size of the system to be cleaned

  • system accessibility

  • climatic region

  • level of contamination


Does Your Home or Office Need Duct Cleaning?


     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says "you should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:"



  • There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:



  1. Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.

  2. You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation.

  3. If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.

  4. If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.



  • Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).

  • Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.


     The EPA also states that "if any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur." Contact a professional in this area such as SERVPRO and they can assist in determining cause or causes.


Finding a Duct Cleaning Professional


If you are looking for a home duct cleaning professional for cleaning services or simply for more air duct cleaning information, you want to make sure you find someone qualified. The Environmental Protection Agency offers the following tips:



  • Ask professionals if they comply with the standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

  • Ask professionals if they are certified by the state, if certification is required in your state (it is not required by law in all states).

  • Avoid professionals that claim to be certified by the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency does not certify air duct cleaning professionals.

  • Ask for references so you can talk to prior customers to see if they were satisfied with the work they had done.

Water Damage & Who to Call

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage & Who to Call Water Damage Should Not Be In Your Fernandina Beach or North Jacksonville Home

As many water damage restoration experts know, there are numerous situations that can expose your home in Lenoir to the effects of water damage. Irrespective of which situation arises, a weather event or a mechanical breakdown, obtaining professional, expert, water damage repair services from a top company such as SERVPRO will be important. Learn more about areas of your home that can be affected by unwanted water intrusion.  The restoration process can only start after the water has been removed.  

Other Causes and Effects Of Water Damage 

Water damage can result from humidity and leaky roofs. Water that enters your property from leaky roofs indicates that quick repairs to prevent further issues are necessary. Excessive humidity can result in your window frames, ceilings, flooring, floor joists, furniture, and walls discoloring and warping. In a crawl space foundation, installation of permanent dehumidifiers and plastic poly for establishing a vapor barrier may be needed. Minimizing damage caused by water will also lessen the cost to restore. Additionally, water damage can become an ideal location for mold spores to grow and develop into a mold infestation.  Unfortunately, some molds are toxic and can impair the health of your family by causing neurological and respiratory problems. For this reason, a company with the knowledge, equipment and experience, such as SERVPRO, should execute mold remediation.

Appliances

Broken or leaking appliances can generate unwanted water damage. An example would be dishwashers, toilets, or washing machines that leak or overflow. The waste-filled, chemical-laden water, which may be either gray or black water, can give rise to a toxic environment. In this case water removal is the number one priority. Additionally, a refrigerator containing a water filtration system and icemaker may develop hose leaks from the water supply line. If these leaks remain unnoticed for extended periods of time, they can give rise to mold proliferation and damage to the walls, floors, and the foundation. 

A Recognized Water Damage Solution

If you find that your property in the Fernandina Beach or North Jacksonville areas have restoration needs, the most effective solution is to hire a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to begin the cleanup, repair, and restoration process. We offer 24-hour services, excellent customer service, and expedient remediation work that return your home to a safe, sanitary condition.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in North Florida too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach is close by and ready to respond to your water and flood damage emergency. As leaders in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience.

Hurricane Information

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Information From tropical storm to hurricanes. 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.

Mold Remediation

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Large amounts of mold in a residential home in North Jacksonville Florida 32011.

There are many different substances in the air we breathe in addition to the oxygen we need. These things include microorganisms such as mold, bacteria, and viruses, plus water vapor and dust of all types. Occurring naturally, these substances are impossible to eliminate from a home, no matter how clean it is kept.

Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and North Jacksonville homes can often have signs of mold damage that are sometimes ignored by homeowners. A very common warning sign of mold growth is a musty odor that rarely goes away completely, although it may seem to decrease at times. This ebb and flow of this odor do not mean that the mold is going away or dying off.
 
Dusting is one way that dust and mold spores can end up in the air after having settled on surfaces. When the mold is left on these surfaces, though, it has the time needed to ruin many of your belongings. Items made of organic matter, particularly cellulose, are favorite targets of mold. Books, especially older ones, can provide a treasure trove for mold to survive on. Due to the vast surface area of the pages of even just one book, mold has room to grow. The absorbent nature of paper adds to the situation in mold's favor by capturing moisture from the ambient air.
 
While mold spores are circulating in the air, they can travel anywhere in your home. When they settle on something, they are inactive and not growing. A small amount of moisture, along with some time in low-light conditions, and mold can soon begin to flourish. Before long, newly established colonies send off their spores. Colonies can take on various patterns on the surfaces they grow on. Sometimes it is a solid dustiness covering a wall or ceiling (like mildew). Other displays of mold growth can be much more dramatic. Different colored round areas in a variety of sizes happen with high frequency. While they may seem colorful, the mold is damaging the underlying drywall, disintegrating the materials. This mold growth and hyphae penetration cause drywall to crumble easily. It can also mean that mold is growing inside of the walls, affecting supporting wall beams.
 
When spores land on clothing and other textiles, spotting and staining of these items is almost unavoidable without some intervention. Washing regularly can help prevent this from happening, but once the mold has started to grow, special equipment must be utilized. SERVPRO has used the ESporta system with excellent results to remove stains that were otherwise permanent. Clothing, stuffed toys, draperies and curtains, furniture cushions, and bedding are among some of the many items that we have been able to restore.
 
When mold damage is threatening your home and your belongings, contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee (904) 729-2401 or click Request Help Online.

How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Home

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Home Don't let mold damage your Fernandina Beach home! Let SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee get rid of the mold infestation for you.

 In Fernandina Beach, mold damage cannot only compromise your health, but it can also be costly. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent mold from forming in your home. Here are several tips to help you get started.   

  • Monitor the humidity levels for any potential Fernandina Beach mold damage problems. Indoor humidity monitors can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Ideally, levels should be between 35% and 50%. However, in the middle of the summer, you may have readings that reach as high as 55%. Anything higher and you need to investigate and repair the source of the extra moisture. 
  • Get rid of clutter. Clutter can block airflow in your home and prevent your HVAC system from properly circulating air. In addition to getting rid of any excess items, be sure that furniture and curtains are not blocking any vents or grilles in your home.
  • Be sure your thermostat is set to the right temperature. If a thermostat is set too low, your home is prone to cold surfaces that result in water condensation. However, thermostats that are set at too high a temperature often prevent your air conditioner from dehumidifying the air properly and create mold in the home. To combat moisture, it is suggested that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees F during the summer months. When you are away from home, set it to 80 degrees F, but don’t go any higher. 
  • When the air is running, shut the windows and doors. Open windows and doors to allow humid air into your home, which often causes condensation.  
  • SERVPRO suggests addressing any standing water immediately. Take the time to check for dampness or puddles around basement doors, freezers, hot water tanks, windows, and hot water tanks, while also inspecting crawl spaces for foundation leaks or groundwater dampness. If you identify a potential Bethlehem mold damage problem, call the appropriate service person to take care of it. 
  • Invest in a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are designed specifically to remove extra moisture from the air. Both portable and whole-house systems are available. 

Fire Damage Top Tips To Prevent Kitchen Fires

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Top Tips To Prevent Kitchen Fires Fire Damage Restoration Fernandina Beach/Yulee North Jacksonville

Fernandina Beach - Yulee - North Jacksonville - Kitchen Fire Prevention

Fire damage in Fernandina Beach often occurs in the kitchen. According to the most current research by the NFPA, 2 out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Kitchen fires are also the leading causes of home-fire-related injuries. Prevent kitchen fires with the following safety tips:

Watch What You Are Cooking
Unattended cooking is the primary cause of cooking fires. Mitigate fire risks by: 
- Always remaining in the kitchen when you grill, broil, or fry
- If you exit the kitchen, even for a second or two, turn off the heat source
- Using a timer when cooking
- Checking food regularly to make sure it doesn’t overcook


Be In The Right Condition To Cook
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), kitchen fires can happen when you are inattentive and impaired. Therefore: 
- Avoid using your stove if you are sleepy

Remove All Cooking Surfaces
Keep flammable items such as paper towels, potholders and wooden spoons clear of the stovetop. You should clean your oven often to remove any spills and food debris. Additionally, clean stovetops frequently to remove grease and oil.

Use Your Appliances Wisely
According to Consumer Reports, kitchen appliances were the cause of over $547 million in fire damages in 2006-2008. Safeguard your home by doing the following: 
- Always read and adhere to manufacturer’s instructions/safety warnings for all appliances
- Immediately register all new appliances to receive recall information
- Always act on product recalls
- Review product safety complaints about appliances in the kitchen to evaluate potential hazards
- Store small appliances unplugged
- Inspect all the power cords you use on appliances -- replace them if frayed
- Avoid using extension cords. Directly plug appliances into outlets

Maintain Personal Safety
According to estimations by the University Of Rochester Medical Center, maintaining personal safety helps prevent injuries to both yourself and others from kitchen fires. Do the following: 
- Keep pets and children from cooking surfaces
- Tuck in long shirts before cooking
- Roll up your sleeves to prevent them from being close to cooking surfaces
- Secure long hair

Take the above precautions and prevent fire damage in your Fernandina Beach or Yulee kitchen. A safer kitchen protects your family and home.


     If you experience a fire damage emergency, feel free to call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee (904) 729-2401. They are trusted and prominent leaders in the restoration industry. These fire damage professionals work round the clock to attend to any emergency. Whether you have cleaning or restoration needs, talk to them today.

Happy New Year from SERVPRO

1/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Happy New Year from SERVPRO Servpro - Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration - Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

     

     Before the end of this year, we want you to know that we are very pleased and satisfied with all of our employees for their excellent performance through the year. Also, we want to extend the greetings to our dear clients, the other important part of the engine of our company. Happy New Year to all the people that help us make it "like it never even happened".

 

     We wish the best to our customers and employees, because you are the most important part of the company. Also to our team work, as a reward for their dedication and effort to deliver a first class service, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/ Yulee wishes you a fabulous New Year to all our customers and employees.

 

Merry Christmas from Your Friends at SERVPRO

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Community Merry Christmas from Your Friends at SERVPRO Merry Christmas Servpro 2016

   Happy Holdidays

 

      The holiday season offers us a special opportunity to extend
our personal thanks to our friends, and our very best wishes
for the future. Our thoughts turn gracefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit we would like to say, may peace, prosperity, and happiness be yours throughout the holidays,

Thank you and best wishes for the holidays.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

Holiday Fire Prevention

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Prevention Holidays are meant to be spent with friends and family, not cleaning up fires. Make sure you know how to prevent holiday fires with a few simple tips.

Did you know that one in every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems? Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.  The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports more than double the number of open-flame fires on Christmas Day than on an average day, and about twice as many on New Year’s Day. And when those fires occur, they do more damage: Property loss during a holiday fire is 34% greater than in an average fire, and the number of fatalities per thousand fires is nearly 70% higher. When the source of the fire is a highly flammable Christmas tree, the toll in property and lives is even greater.

To keep your household from becoming a holiday fire statistic, here are some safety tips to follow.

  • Maintain your lights – by inspecting them for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear.
  • Only use lights listed by an approved tested laboratory.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe.
  • Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
  • Make sure to periodically check the wires, they should not be warm to the touch.
  • Do not leave lights on unattended

For more information and tips on preventing fires as well as what to do following a fire please visit SERVPRO Fire Damage Emergency Tips.

 

Mold Prevention Tips & Information

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold. The very word is enough to make a person cringe.

     Yes, mold can be good — it's essential in making brie and penicillin, for example, and necessary for the decomposition of organic matter in nature — but it can also be very, very bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home.

     Mold spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated.Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.

     Not only is a mold problem difficult to fix, but mold can also produce allergens and irritants (and, rarely, toxins) that may compromise your health.

     So what can you do if you're concerned about mold growing in your home? The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.

     Here are nine ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do an audit of your home: where are the problem areas? Does the basement flood? Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Or it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely be more costly down the road if mold continues to grow unchecked.
  2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you've experienced a flood, call a professional such as SERVPRO to properly dry out and restore affected areas. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Vent appliances that produce moisture — clothes dryers, stoves — to the outside (not the attic). Use AC units and dehumidifiers (especially in humid climates), but make sure they don’t produce moisture themselves by checking them periodically and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.
  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. Traditional drywall is composed of a gypsum plaster core pressed between plies of paper. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless — the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass, making the surface highly water-resistant. Moisture-resistant drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens. Not only is traditional drywall more susceptible to mold than the paperless kind, but it is also difficult to rid of mold, and removal and replacement can be expensive. Mold-resistant gypsum board is also available; the core of the drywall is developed in such a way to prevent moisture absorption, and thus prevent mold growth.
  5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).
  6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.
  8. Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.
  9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

     Finally, educate yourself on your region's climate — be it the cold and wet Northeast, the hot and wet South, the hot and dry Southwest, or the cold and dry West — and how it responds to moisture. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step. For more mold information please visit SERVPRO Mold Remediation or EPA.gov/mold

Water Damage Restoration Requires Experience

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Requires Experience Flood Damage

Emergency Water Damage Repair

Water in your home; whether from a plumbing leak, a malfunctioning washer, a backed-up sewer, a flood or another natural disaster -- causes more damage the longer it's in contact with the structure and materials, so a water-damage emergency requires immediate action. Call a professional such as SERVPRO in to assess damage. Water removal, restoration services and mold cleanup generally require licensed professionals with the correct equipment for the job.

Time Is of the Essence

The sooner mitigation can begin the better your chance of preventing structural damage and mold growth. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's guidelines for water damage to schools and commercial buildings calls for discarding or fully drying water-damaged materials within 48 hours to reduce the risk of mold. Mold cleanup requires protective equipment to reduce its hazard to health. At minimum levels, respirators, gloves and goggles are standard attire, according to FEMA.

Water Damage Mitigation

Water emergency contractors should have the know-how, experience and equipment to expedite water damage mitigation. SERVPRO specializes in water damage and offers services including testing to detect moisture in hidden areas. Surface cleanup isn't enough in cases where moisture has seeped into walls, supports and subfloors. Unseen moisture pocket can cause mold, rot and other damage. An EPA lead-safe certification is required for firms that repair homes built before 1978 that contain lead paint.

Restoration and Repair Process

The restoration process involves pumping out the water, removing materials and furnishings that can't be restored, and drying the home's interior, furnishings and systems, such as ductwork, air conditioning and furnaces, if necessary. Extraction vacuums pull water out of upholstered furnishings and carpets, saving the cost of replacing them. Structure drying, including crawlspaces and basements, ensures against moisture damage.

Call SERVPRO

If you experience a water damage or flood situation contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee immediately. They can help assess the damages and have the proper knowledge, education and equipment to make it "like it never even happened". 

Residential Water Damage Restoration

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Residential Water Damage Restoration Act Quickly When Water Damage Strikes Your Home by Calling SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

Resisdential Water Damage Restoration Service:

  From estimation to completion, our experienced team is ready to handle your home’s water damage cleanup and restoration needs. With our help you can rest assured that your assets will be protected and damage kept minimal.

     Our trained technicians will use specialized equipment to find out just how severe your water damage problem actually is. Once they’ve evaluated the damage, they’ll get rid of any standing water then begin the drying process.

Steps to take when Water Damage Strikes:

  • Act Quickly: The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth: Mold spores love moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials: Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  • Expose pockets of saturation: Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction: In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction. Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to ensure proper drying has taken place.

What to Do Following a House Fire

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do Following a House Fire House Fire

House fires are a disaster that no one wants to experience. Here are some steps to help limit further damage to your home after a fire.

  • Ask when it is safe to enter a house or building after a fire. Do not enter a house or other building that has been affected by a fire until you have listened to the professionals telling you that it is okay to do so.
  • Know who to contact after a fire. Contact family members that may not have been with you and let them know what happened as well as that you're okay. Contact a professional fire restoration expert such as SERVPRO to assist with the cleanup and restoration of fire damage.
  • Secure the property. If you have not already done so it is important to secure your property to prevent possible looting. Talk to emergency services on how to best go about this.
  • Consider the clean-up requirements. If your house has been damaged rather than destroyed, interior clean up will be required. Keep in mind that damage to the property often goes beyond what the eye can see. (Removal of a destroyed house should only be done by professionals.) Call SERVPRO to assess the damage.
  • If water hoses were used to put out your fire, drying your home is VERY important. It is best to hire professionals to do fire/ water damage restoration and clean-up. Water damage can lead to more damage or even mold if not dried properly.

Quick Tips for Preventing Water Damage

4/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Quick Tips for Preventing Water Damage Common Causes of Water Damage

Quick Tips for Preventing Water Damage from Common Sources in Your Fernandina Beach, Yulee or Jacksonville Home:

Knowing the water damage warning signs in and around your home can help you avoid big repair bills as well as more time and trouble later. View the tips below for preventing water damage and what to do if and when it occurs.

Toilets  

  • After flushing, remain in or near the bathroom until the fill valve has finished refilling the bowl.
  • If the bowl or tank begins to overflow, turn off the water at the supply valve.
  • Inspect the flushing mechanism inside the toilet every six months.
  • The fill valve should shut off when the float reaches the proper water level.
  • Operate the shut-off valve to make sure the water supply will turn off properly. Replace if needed.

Washing Machines 

  • Turn supply valves off when not in use for extended periods of time.
  • Do not operate the washing machine while the home is unoccupied.
  • Inspect the water supply lines every six months.
  • Check the hoses for cracks, kinks blisters, which are most commonly found near the hose connection.
  • Washing machine manufacturers recommenmd replacing washing maching hoses every 5 years
  • Consider using reinforced braided stainless steel hoses

Water Heaters  

  • Have a professional inspection of the anode rod at least once every two years and annually once the warrenty has expired. The rod may eventually corrode and leave the tank vulnerable to damage.
  • Remove sediment by flushing the tank every six months. Sediment can build up faster in areas with hard water.

Plumbuing Supply & Drain Systems

*Homes 30 years old are three times as likely to have a plumbing supply or drain issue.

*Homes in the South, where plumbing is usually beneath the slab are twice as likely as their northern neighbors to have a supply issue.

  • Visually inspect plumbing pipes annually, look for condensation around the pipes or an obvious leak and corrosion.
  • Pay attention to your water bill. A signifigant increase could indicate a leak.
  • Call a plumber at the first signs of rust-colored water, backed-up toilets or sinks and cracked or warped flooring.
  • Insulate pipes in attics, basements and exposed exterior pipes to avoid freezing.

Refrigerator Icemakers

  • Proper installation of the icemaker supply line hose is important to avoiding water damage.
  • Ensure a tight connection between the hose and valve however, avoid over-tightening.
  • If kinks are present, replace hose.
  • Leave a 3 to 4 inch gap between the back of the  refrigerator and the wall to prevent the hose from crimping.
  • When pulling the refrigerator out for cleaning or service, avoid getting the hose caught beneath the wheels.
  • Locate the water shut-off valve.

Roof Leaks

  • Have a professional inspection annually.
  • Request a detailed inspection report that includes the condition of the flashing, roof covering, parapets and drainage system.
  • Repairs are needed if there are cracked or missing shingles or loose or missing granules; if flashing has deteriorated, paticularly around chimneys and vents; or if pooling water is present.

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Spring HVAC & Duct Cleaning

3/24/2016 (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 duct work? 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.

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Mold Facts and Information

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Facts and Information Fernandina Beach/Yulee and North Jacksonville Mold Remediation Experts

Can Mold Be a Problem in My Fernandina Beach or North Jacksonville Home?

     Yes. Molds will grow where conditions allow. Molds require two things to grow – a food source and moisture. Food sources can be anything from dry wall and insulation to carpeting or mattresses. Moisture can come from many sources, including high humidity levels, leaky pipes or appliance hoses, neglected or inadequately repaired roofs, improperly maintained air conditioners, landscape and drainage problems, etc.

Should I be Concerned About Mold in My Home?

     Yes. Indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable. If you can see or smell mold inside your home, you should take steps to eliminate the cause and clean up and remove the mold. If left unchecked mold growth can cause health effects and structural damage to your home.

What is "Black Mold"?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. For more information about "black mold" please visit the link below.

SERVPROfernandinabeachyulee.com/black-mold

Are Molds a Health Concern?

Quite possibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to mold does not necessarily result in a health problem. 

     While many people seldom experience ill effects from mold exposure, it can cause health effects in others. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Mold From Growing in My Home?

Since mold needs a food source and moisture to grow, the best thing you can do is to prevent moisture problems that allow mold to grow.

  • Maintain lower levels of humidity in your home (preferably between 30-50%) by: venting bathrooms and dryers to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation by adding crawlspace and attic vents; using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning, etc.
  • Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, pipes, exterior walls, roofs, or floors.
  • Inspect your home regularly for indications and sources of indoor moisture such as leaking pipes, appliance hoses, showers, tubs, sinks and toilets. Replace plastic hoses with steel-reinforced hoses. Check windows, doors, attics and ceilings for leaks or evidence of water stains or odors, particularly after rains. Fix plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks right away.
  • Don't carpet bathrooms, basements, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture. Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry.
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces with a moisture barrier plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent water from entering basements and crawlspaces by repairing holes and cracks in walls and foundation. Use landscaping to direct water away from your foundation.
  • Clean and maintain your gutters and make sure drainpipes carry water several feet away from your home.
  • Watch your utility bills. An abnormally high water bill could signal a water leak.
  • Before you travel, turn off the water at the main valve. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check the inside and outside of your home periodically while you're away.

     If you think you may have a mold issue or signs of mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee today. For more mold information tips and Mold Remediation Services visit SERVPRO Mold Damage Emergency Tips or call (904) 729-2401

**This information is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any health concerns regarding mold contact your doctor immediately**

How Can I Prepare for a Frozen Pipe Disaster

1/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Can I Prepare for a Frozen Pipe Disaster Frozen pipe burst in Jacksonville FL resulting in water damage.

     One of the most common things to happen to a home during a cold snap is water damage caused by frozen pipes, especially if your pipes aren't insulated. Even where extremely cold weather is normal in winter, pipes freeze and cause all kinds of problems. Pipes freeze when they're exposed to freezing weather for a few days. Problems come up when frozen pipes thaw; cold weather makes pipes brittle and frozen water has less volume than running water. The pipe breaks due to the cold, water starts running and then you've got a mess on your hands.

     Pipes can freeze in 2 main areas – water coming in and water going out. You know water coming in is frozen because nothing comes out the tap. Frozen outgoing pipes from showers, toilets and sinks are a bigger problem because these will back up into the house; that's the reason it's always recommended to keep a little water dripping into the sinks and opening the cabinet doors under the sink ... running water doesn't freeze as easily as standing water.

     Every winter season, the pipes in your Fernandina Beach / Jacksonville home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze, and in some cases burst. The following tips can help you safeguard your home before, during and after a pipe freezes.

Prevent Your Pipe From Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes.

If a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a professional restoration expert such as SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.

Fernandina Beach Pipe Burst - Flood Removal

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fernandina Beach Pipe Burst - Flood Removal Fernandina Beach FL: House flood resulting from a burst water pipe during freezing temperatures.

     It's that time a year again and if you live in an area with cold winters there is a risk of plumbing pipes freezing during cold weather.

     If the temperature inside a house gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit it's likely the water supply pipes and the drain traps will freeze. When water freezes it expands 9% and if there is no room for expansion it is possibel that the pipe will develop a crack. When the ice thaws the pipe will leak, and in the supply system this leak could occur anywhere.

     There is a reason why many professionals recommend leaving a trickle of water flowing through home faucets during cold weather. If water is allowed to remain still in a pipe exposed to the cold air, the water may freeze solid and the pipe may burst. If the water continues to flow, even in a trickle, it won't have the opportunity to freeze and the pipes should survive until the air temperature warms above freezing.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

     Remember the three central causes of frozen pipes? Quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats set too low. You can prepare by protecting your home during the warmer months. Here’s how:

  • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic, even if you live in a climate where freezing is uncommon. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember: The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  •      For more information about how to prevent frozen pipes check out this information from The American Red Cross.

         Already have a burst pipe? Please visit SERVPRO's Water Restoration Process or call (904) 729-2401

    Professional Pressure Washing by SERVPRO

    11/3/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Professional Pressure Washing by SERVPRO Before/After Pressure Washing by SERVPRO

    Professional Pressure Washing

         Experience your property at its finest! SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee proudly offers exterior property cleaning, fire & water damage restoration, low pressure roof cleaning, wood & deck pressure washing, and interior power washing & water extraction for commercial and residential clients. We appreciate that your home or business is more than a property — it’s an investment. And we’re proud to deliver services that are worthy of it. 

    Residential

         Residential services include exterior sidings, driveways, sidewalks and patios, fences, and roofs. It is very important to keep the exterior of your home clean and free from environmental hazards such as soot, mold, algae and oxidation. Regular cleaning such as pressure washing, deck or patio washing and concrete or driveway washing can help to prevent premature aging which reduces maintenance cost and saves you money. When you compare the relatively low price of proper residential pressure wash cleaning to the high cost of home repairs or even replacement, it is easy to see why home owners choose to have this type of work done on a scheduled basis.  Not to mention the fact, it just plain looks better when it’s clean. 

    Commercial

         We offer our commercial property owners comprehensive power washing solutions. No two businesses are alike. That’s why we provide the tailored commercial services that will fulfill your needs. Shopping malls, banks, restaurants and convenience stores typically require unique services at different times. We take pride in offering flexible service plans and scheduling to accommodate your needs.

         Let us keep your business looking picture perfect. We always ensure that our work is implemented at a time that will minimize interference with your business operations. What’s more, our team will always come to your property with the specialized commercial services equipment needed to complete the task and provide professional results. 

    Apartment and Homeowners Association (HOA)

         At some point during every interview, a potential resident will tour the neighborhood. The first impressions that are made during this tour can go a long way towards filling the unit or letting it sit empty. Are the common areas and parking lots of your apartment complex or HOA community clean and inviting? What about the units themselves? Do they reflect a clean and properly maintained community?  If you have been looking for a company to handle all of your properties exterior cleaning and maintenance needs look no further! We have the experience and the equipment to get the job done right! 

    Examples

    Take a look at our Photo Gallery section as well as Before & After Photos of some of the pressure washing jobs we have done in the past.

         We would like to hear from you. Click CONTACT US or Call (904) 729-2401 for a no cost estimate or assessment today!

    What do SERVPRO and golf have in common?

    10/22/2015 (Permalink)

    Community What do SERVPRO and golf have in common? SERVPRO - "Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour"

    What do SERVPRO and golf have in common?

    The people! Our customers and Franchises love to play golf so we've launched a new site that brings the two together. SERVPROgolf.com

    SERVPRO joins the PGA TOUR as an Official Marketing Partner and receives the designation as “Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.” Our customers and our Franchisees love golf so we are thrilled to be a PGA TOUR Marketing Partner. The PGA TOUR partnership is a perfect way to expand our brand awareness and thank our clients for allowing SERVPRO to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning by SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

    10/22/2015 (Permalink)

    Commercial Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning by SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Tile and Grout Cleaning Service - Fernandina Beach - Yulee - Callahan - North Jacksonville

    Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning

    SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee offers tile & grout cleaning. Deep cleaning your tile & grout will revitaize and rejuvenate your floor with outstanding results. We are a full service restoration company using the best techniques, highly trained technicians, and the most technoligically advanced equpipment on the market.

    Grout is Porus and Cleaning it is a Difficult DIY Project

    Grout in particular is naturally a very porus material. All of the grease, soil, and contaminants in the grout andon the tile need to be suspended using the right balance of material specific cleaning chemicals as well as hot water and high pressure extraction. Mopping and scrubbing just aren't enough to get the hidden deep down grime.

    How Do We Clean Your Tile & Grout

    We use a high pressure rotary tool with dual rotating jets. This is combined with the same truck-mounted steam/pressure cleaning we use to deep clean your carpet. We use tile and grout specific cleaners that strip away any waxy build-up and remove the dirt embedded in the grout lines.

    USDA Workplace Fire Prevention Tips

    10/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage USDA Workplace Fire Prevention Tips Fernandina Beach - Yulee - Jacksonville - Workplace Fire Safety Tips

    Workplace Fire Prevention Tips

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Suggests:

    Eliminate Fire Hazards:

    Keep workspaces free of waste paper and other combustibles, have damaged electrical cords replaced and do not over load circuits. 

    Prepare for Emergencies:

    Make sure you know who to call in an emergency; participate in all drills. 

    Report Fires and Emergencies Promptly:

    Immediately report all foul odors or defective equipment to the Building Manager or Security. If fire is detected pull the fire alarm station to sound the alarm. 

    Evacuate Safely:

    Leave the area quickly in an emergency; use stairs instead of the elevator. Assist your coworkers. 

    Do Not Use Open Flames:

    The use of open flames in the work place is prohibited unless authorized. 

    General Workplace Fire Safety:

    Make sure all walk ways and corridors are kept clear to ensure emergency egress is uninhibited. Use and maintain wiring, tools and equipment correctly. Keep everything oil and dust free. Uncoil an extension cord fully before use and use extension cords for temporary wiring ONLY; be sure the amperage of the cord is appropriate for the job you are doing. Do not use equipment that delivers mild electric shock, gives off unusual heat or smells odd. If in doubt have it checked and repaired or replaced. Sweep up scraps of paper or material and dust as soon as possible. Do not use electrical equipment when flammable gases, vapors, liquids, dust, or fibers are present. Ensure trash is emptied frequently enough to prohibit a buildup of combustibles in an area. 

    For More Information:

    You can visit the links below for more information:

    USDA United States Department of Agriculture

    Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

    Fire Damage Safety Tips

    SERVPRO Fire Brochure

    Fire Damage Restoration Process

    Odor Removal and Deodorization

    SERVPRO - Contact Us

    Fire Prevention Month is Here

    10/15/2015 (Permalink)

    October is Fire Prevention Month

    Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just minutes to escape?

    The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. 

    Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now

    • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
    • Never smoke in bed.
    • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
    • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep. 

    Smoke Alarms

    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
    • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
    • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
    • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
    • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. 

    Fire Escape Planning

    • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
    • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
    • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
    • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire. 

    Fire Damage Safety Tips

    • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
    • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
    • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

    Water Damage Cleanup and Extraction

    10/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup and Extraction General Water Damage Equipment & Process

    Water Damage Cleanup and Extraction - Fernandina Beach Yulee and Jacksonville

         Have you experienced a water leak, flood or intrusion? Then you are probably familiar with the equipment pictured.

         From the left there about a dozen air movers. These air movers are used to dry. These aid in part of the drying process. The air movers are used to dry surfaces which in turn cause the moisture contntent to go from any surface into the air. That's where the dehumidifiers come in. Next you can see that there are three LGR (low grain refrigerent) commercial dehumidifiers. This piece of equipment is vital to the process as they remove the excess moisture that the air movers put into the air. Without removing the air moisture content the air will become 100% saturated and surfaces will not continue to dry. The two air movers on the right are a sort of specialty equipment. The first air mover is the round one, called an axial air mover. It is used to dry flooring, jetting a high velocity of air directly down on the wet areas. The last air mover has a few extra plugs on the side of it allowing us to chain several air movers together when there are not sufficient outlets available.

         As you can see it takes several pieces of specialized equipment to perform the drying process after sustaining water intrusion. If you have just experienced a watter issue and do not know what to do, just call the professionals at SERVPRO.

    Fernandina Beach - Jacksonville - Duct Cleaning

    9/29/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Fernandina Beach - Jacksonville - Duct Cleaning Fernandina Beach - Yulee - Callahan - North Jacksonville - HVAC Duct Cleaning Service

    SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Provides HVAC Duct Cleaning Services

         If you replace your air filter on a regular basis and it looks similar to this, it may be time to have your duct work cleaned.

         The Environmental Protection Agency says "You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:

    A) There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
    B) Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects)
    C) Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers

         Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings."

         SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and North Jacksonville provides HVAC Duct Cleaning services. Call or click today for a quote to clean and optimize your HVAC system.

    Jacksonville Mold Remediation

    9/18/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Jacksonville Mold Remediation Mold growth in a Jacksonville home from water intrusion damage.

    Mold Remediation in Jacksonville Florida

    It happens all too frequently. It begins with a minor flood or leak. As soon as 48 hours after a water intrusion it begins to grow. Mold.

    Mold can begin to grow as soon as 48 hours after a water intrusion provided that there is elevated moisture content remaining. A water intrusion left untreated can cause extensive further damage. The conditions for mold to grow exist just about everywhere; after all, mold can grow on just about any surface. As a result, that entire mold is waiting for is high enough humidity.

    If you suspect mold growth in your home, office or commercial building, you should call us to inspect. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    Commercial Cleaning Services

    9/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Commercial Cleaning Services Commercial Cleaning Services by SERVPRO

    SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Provides Commercial Cleaning Services 

    You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. 

    Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency claims that indoor air has been found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air? Now consider that most people spend between 60% and 90% of their time indoors. The facts can be quite alarming. Considering that we spend so much time indoors it makes perfect sense to clean the source of our indoor air quality problems... Our Air Ducts and HVAC systems. SERVPRO provides commercial air duct and HVAC cleaning services.

    Need a price quote or estimate? Call or e-mail us today. You can schedule an appointment for an estimate or in some cases get a general quote over the phone. To request help online click Contact Us and fill out the form provided. You may also call us at (904) 729-240.

    Fernandina Beach Water Damage Tips

    7/31/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Fernandina Beach Water Damage Tips Water Damage/Intrusion Tips and Information. House Flood? Water Extraction? Call SERVPRO Professionals.

    Water Damage/Intrusion Tips for Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville

    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, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss 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.

    Safe Flood Damage Clean-up Tips

    • Use caution when entering buildings. Make sure electrical power is off and the structure is sound before entering and inspecting a flooded building. Small animals or reptiles may also seek shelter inside a structure, so be cautious when repositioning contents or removing materials.
    • Protect yourself. Wear an organic vapor respirator, available from paint or building supply stores, along with rubber gloves, eye protection and protective clothing. Ventilate affected areas by opening windows, and eventually, by placing a fan in a window. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
    • Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives in a moist environment with organic material (e.g., paper or particle board), and temperatures between 68°F and 86°F. Keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures as possible.
    • Consider hiring a professional such as SERVPRO. A professional water damage restoration company has trained technicians, specialized cleaners and antimicrobial agents, and extraction, drying, dehumidifying and moisture measuring equipment.

    Know How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Service

    7/14/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Know How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Service When water damage strikes; "Everything under your roof. Everyone under ours"

    Do you know how to choose a Water Damage Restoration Service in Fernandina Beach, Yulee, or Jacksonville?

    1. Only choose certified professionals to perform water damage restoration services...
    2. Do not select a technician based only on the price or an insurance company’s recommendation...
    3. Choose a company that offers a range of water damage restoration services...
    4. A company that is available 24/7 is a good sign. Stay away from any firms that are reluctant to start right away...

    Using these guidelines, a homeowner 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.

    For more information about how to select a water damage restoration service visit the IICRC - Insitute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification's website How To Choose Water Damage Restoration Services   #WaterDamage #Restoration #Remediation

    How to Keep Fernandina Beach & Yulee Schools Mold Free During Humid Summer Months

    6/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation How to Keep Fernandina Beach & Yulee Schools Mold Free During Humid Summer Months School administrators should always be vigilant that the indoor air quality of their building is healthy and safe.

    How to Keep Schools Mold Free

    Indoors and outdoors, mold is always around. This resilient little spore is floating in the air, growing on the ground, and may even be present on indoor surfaces. While microscopic amounts of mold in Fernandina Beach & Yulee generally aren't harmful, larger populations can cause serious health problems in those with allergies or weakened immune systems. For that reason, school administrators should always be vigilant that the indoor air quality of their building is healthy and safe.

    Why humidity is a problem in the summer

    Humidity can be a concern year round, not just the summer. However, it's during summer vacation that schools are likely to turn off HVAC systems in order to save money. Many don't realize that an HVAC system doesn't just keep the temperature to a comfortable level; it keeps the humidity in check too. Thus, by turning off the HVAC system, school administrators could be creating the perfect opportunity for a mold problem in Fernandina Beach & Yulee.  

    What mold needs to grow

    The conditions for mold to grow exist just about everywhere; after all, mold can grow on just about any surface. As a result, all that mold is waiting for is high enough humidity. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that indoor humidity be kept to 50% or lower at all times to prohibit mold growth. If the humidity stays too high for too long, mold will grow.   

    Watch for key problems areas

    Thankfully, there might be a middle ground here for schools. Rather than running the HVAC system night and day, school administrators can instead track humidity levels. Once the humidity gets too high, the HVAC can be turned on, or a dehumidifier can be used to literally pull moisture out of the air. Additionally, mold-prone areas, like kitchens, bathrooms, and windows should be carefully watched for mold growth. 

    Hire a professional mold cleanup team

    Should mold be found, it's best for school administrators to hire a professional cleanup team. The mold remediation process can be complex and even dangerous. Inexperienced hands can spread spores or miss problems areas. In the end, this could make the problem much worse, raise the overall costs of repairs, and put the health of those in the building at risk. 

    Mold Remediation

    Mold can present serious health concerns and can spread quickly through your home or business if left unchecked. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Professionals utilize proven mold remediation techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to protect you and your property. For more information about mold and mold remediation please visit the following:

    Jacksonville/Fernandina Beach Fire Damage

    6/1/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Jacksonville/Fernandina Beach Fire Damage When you experience a fire, there is not only fire damage, but may also be water damage and mold damage.

    Important Fire Damage Restoration Tips

    After a property has sustained fire damage in Fernandina Beach or Jacksonville, many homeowners are taken aback by the number of challenges that they must overcome while attempting to ensure the restoration and safety of their homes. In addition to being deadly, fires also have the capacity to cause a tremendous amount of property loss. Residential and commercial property owners must collect as much information as they possibly can before having to deal with one of these events. This will increase their chances of making rapid recoveries. The guide that follows is interactive and offers a number of helpful fire restoration tips along with tips that have been provided by FEMA.

    The foremost priority of property owners is to assess the nature and amount of damages that a fire has caused. A number of items within the structure could be overlooked when attempting to gauge the full measure of damages. It is vital to carefully review the following items with a fire inspector before choosing to use these in the home or in the business:

    ·         Edible goods

    ·         Eating utensils and dishes

    ·         Furnishings

    ·         Clothing

    ·         Carpeting

    ·         Flooring

    When damages are assessed, people often fail to consider their dishes, food and eating utensils. Eating foods that have been contaminated or using contaminated dishes and eating utensils can result in serious illness. A fire restoration service must properly inspect these items before use. If they cannot be salvaged or restored, they will need to be thrown out.

    Although the flames will have caused much of the visible damage that occurs in your home during a fire, soot and smoke are often far less conspicuous hazards that could be very detrimental to human health. The leading cause of death among fire victims is smoke inhalation. Thus, smoke damage is the most important thing to consider when assessing fire damage.

    Soot is unlike smoke in that it is very easy to detect. This is a fine coat of black dust that is produced by burning oil-based, coal or wood items. These carbon particulates circulate throughout the indoor space and can settle on any surface. If you inhale soot, it can cause serious lung ailments and even death. When the office or home is filled with soot contaminants, fire restoration specialists will have to assess the affected areas in order to learn whether or not it will be possible to restore them.

    Water is often the last thing that people think about when dealing with fire damage. Another important detail that is frequently overlooked after a life-threatening blaze is the resulting water damage that results from the efforts on the part of fire officials to put the fire out.

    Fires of all sizes are usually extinguished with water. Once fires have been contained, all affected areas will need to be dried completely in order to prevent additional property loss and damage. Restoration companies can employ industrial air movers and dehumidifiers in order to dry carpet padding, carpets, furniture and any other items that have been saturated with water.

    Due to the fact that mold spores can develop within just 48 hours after water damages have occurred, it is vital to quickly and efficiently dry the affected area. Water, fire and mold together can result in total property loss if a trusted mold remediation specialist does not properly tend to these situations.

    Homeowners can expedite their restoration and repair efforts by learning more about fire damage long before experiencing fires in their homes.

    SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is locally owned and operated and serves Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Callahan, Hilliard, Oceanway, North Jacksonville, and the surrounding communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood. Other services we provide include the following:

    ·         24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service

    ·         24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service

    ·         24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service

    ·         24/7 Mold Remediation

    ·         24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean

    ·         24/7 Commercial Cleaning

    Jacksonville Water Damage

    6/1/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Jacksonville Water Damage SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee can restore your floors and make it "Like it never even happened".

    Laminate Flooring

    Laminate flooring is popular due to its sleek and elegant look coupled with its durability. It requires far less maintenance than carpet and other flooring materials and is considerably more affordable, especially when compared to hardwood. However, it does come with a set of disadvantages to go with its advantages. Those disadvantages include the susceptibility to water damage. Homeowners should consider the following:

    Water Damage and Laminate Flooring
    Water damaged laminate flooring is one of those problems home inspectors see regularly. Depending on the amount of water and the time it was allowed to stay on the floor, water damage in Jacksonville from moisture can be severe. In many cases, floors can be so badly damaged that they cannot be repaired and must be removed.

    Causes of water damage to laminate flooring include:
    • Roof leaks
    • Leaking appliances
    • Overflowing toilets
    • Wet concrete floor
    • Excessive humidity

    What Happens When Laminate Flooring is Damaged by Water?
    When the seams between planks of laminate flooring are saturated with water, they swell. In this situation, the homeowner's only option is to replace those planks; however, this is not easy as it may not be possible to find planks that match up exactly with the ones already installed. It may therefore be necessary to replace the whole floor.
    How to Spot Jacksonville Water Damage to Laminate Flooring• Plank edges are puffy or swollen
    • Severe cupping
    • Severe crowning
    • Severe cracking
    Homeowners should note that even a small amount of water like a spilled drink or rain blowing in through an open window could result in major damage. Furthermore, the moisture may not be visible until after the floor has been damaged.
    Why Laminate Floors are Susceptible to Moisture Damage
    In many cases, laminate floors are installed without a moisture barrier. The most commonly used underlayment is simply a foam pad installed between the laminate flooring and the subfloor. Even when a moisture barrier is installed, it is still possible for moisture to get trapped in the foam pad. The trapped moisture will speed up the rate at which the laminate flooring is damaged and may also cause damage to the walls and subflooring. Water Removal Steps for Laminate Flooring
    If the laminate floor has been flooded, immediate water removal steps are essential. Homeowners can use fans or dehumidifiers for water removal In most cases, the floors will return to their previous state after they have been dried out. Once the water removal efforts are complete, the damage can be assessed and a determination made about whether it will be necessary to replace the flooring.

    In order to protect laminate flooring, homeowners should try to limit indoor humidity to between 30 and 50 percent while maintaining a temperature of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.SERVPRO of Jacksonville South Professionals provide fire and Jacksonville water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Jacksonville South proudly serves Jacksonville, Macclenny, Starke, Keystone Heights, White House, St Nicholas, Town Center, Brooklyn, San Marco  and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

    See The Difference?

    5/1/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning See The Difference? Do you see the visible difference between steam cleaned and dry cleaned carpet? Which is cleaner? You be the judge.

    This image is a perfect example of the difference between steam cleaning carpet and dry cleaning. As you can see the steam cleaned carpet appears the cleanest, and that's because it is!

    Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. So give us a call today (904) 729-2401 and schedule an appointment to make your dirty or dull carpets "Like it never even happened."

    Why Should You Clean Your Tile & Grout?

    2/13/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Why Should You Clean Your Tile & Grout? See the difference a professional tile and grout cleaning can make. This is one of the many things you can do to brighten up your home or office today

    Why Should I Have My Tile and Grout Cleaned

    Just like carpet, dirt builds up over time dulling your tile’s appearance and discoloring your grout. A thorough, professional tile & grout cleaning is the only way to remove the deep-down dirt.

    Cleaning tile floors by hand is hard work. It’s messy, uncomfortable—and impossible to get the deep-clean results that come with professional tile and grout cleaning. That’s because grout, which is a porous material, collects dirt, grime and spills, often discoloring the surface. Regular mopping and spot cleaning don’t reach the hidden dirt that lies deep within the pores of your grout lines. Our professional tile and grout cleaning service restores the luster to your floors, making them look like new.

    How do we clean your tile?

    We use a high pressure rotary tool with dual rotating jets. This is combined with the same truck-mounted steam/pressure cleaning we use to deep clean your carpet. We use tile and grout specific cleaners that strip away any waxy build-up and remove the dirt embedded in the grout lines.

    Tips For Tile and Grout Cleaning

    • Always vacuum/sweep before mopping to eliminate as much dry soil as possible.
    • Always rinse after you mop.
    • Avoid bleach and other harsh chemical cleaners that might break down sealants.

    Seven Water Damage Home Insurance Scenarios

    10/16/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Seven Water Damage Home Insurance Scenarios Do you know your coverage? Call your insurance provider today and make sure you are covered in the event of a water loss.

    Water Damage: Seven Home Insurance Scenarios

    Water damage is one of the most common reasons people make claims on their home insurance. Burst pipes, leaky appliances and flooded basements often lead people to discover the details of their home insurance policies.

    Although insurance companies may pay to replace a carpet damaged by your dishwasher leak, you'll probably have to replace or repair the damaged hose at your own cost. If a sudden, unforeseen problem such as a frozen pipe leads to water damage, your home insurance covers repairs to both the broken pipe and your home and furnishings.

    Here are common water-damage scenarios and their insurance consequences.

    Scenario No. 1: The temperature drops to 10 below zero, causing your water pipes to freeze and burst. Your floor is now covered in 6 inches of water.

    Are you covered? Yes, you're covered for water damage from burst pipes, but most policies won't cover you if you've left the house unoccupied and without heat. If that's the case, your claim could be denied because you've failed to perform the necessary upkeep that would prevent the accident.

    Scenario No. 2: Water leaks from your backyard pool, ruining your manicured lawn and flooding your basement.

    Are you covered? The damage to your basement and your personal property are covered, but not the damage to your lawn. According to a sample policy, "We do not cover land, including land on which the dwelling is located." However, your lawn is covered if it's damaged by certain "named perils." These include fire, explosion, riot, aircraft, vehicles not owned by you and vandalism. The amount of coverage for lawns and plants is small — usually only up to $500. Swimming-pool leaks are not a named peril. But if your leak was caused by a tree falling on the pool, it would be covered.

    Scenario No. 3: Your washing machine overflows, flooding the basement.

    Are you covered? Yes. But it depends on your home insurance company's view of the problem: Did you fail to maintain the washer properly or did sudden, accidental damage cause the flood? Usually, water from a broken appliance will be covered.

    Scenario No. 4: A sewer backs up, flooding your basement.

    Are you covered? No. Standard home insurance policies don't cover sewer backups, and many specifically exclude damage from sewer back-ups. Special endorsements are available, at added cost, for sewers and drains.

    TIP: Don't shoot yourself in the foot by reporting damage to your home insurance company that's not covered by your policy. Your damage report may still go on your insurance record and look like a claim when you shop for new insurance in the future.

    Scenario No. 5: Water seeps from the ground into your basement, damaging your foundation and interior.

    Are you covered? No. Seepage is considered a maintenance problem, not "sudden and accidental" damage, and is excluded from home insurance coverage.

    Scenario No. 6: During a heavy rainstorm, water leaks through your roof. The roof is damaged, as is furniture.

    Are you covered? Somewhat. You're unlikely to be reimbursed for roof repairs because that's a house-maintenance issue. But the water damage to your home is covered. Damage to your furniture is also likely covered if you have a standard H0-3 home insurance policy, but not if you have a generic HO-1 policy (which many insurers don't even sell anymore). If your neighbor's tree falls on your roof, the damage to your roof, home and belongings is covered. Your policy also reimburses you up to a certain amount, usually around $500, for the cost of removing the tree.

    Scenario No. 7: A nearby lake or river overflows its banks, causing a flash flood in your living room

    Are you covered? No. Flood damage is not covered by home insurance. You must purchase flood insurance for that.

    **All information above is for educational purposes only, not as actual insurance interpretation. If you have questions about your insurance coverage contact your carrier**

    The 3 Categories of Water and 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage

    9/17/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage The 3 Categories of Water and 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage Do You Know Where the Main Water Shut-off Valve Is In Case You Have Water Issues? SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax can help. 904.729.2401!

    We are an IICRC Certified Firm.

    There are 3 Basic Categories of Water

    Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

    Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

    Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

    Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.

    The 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage

    Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

    Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad).  Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches.  There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

    Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  Water may have come from overhead.  Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.

    Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations.  Wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (eg. hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light-weight concrete and stone).  Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.  These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

    *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions. 

    Do You Know Where the Main Water Shut-off Valve Is?

    No one expects pipes to burst, water heaters to break, or toilets and washers to overflow.  If this happens, your quick response along with the highly trained specialists from SERVPRO® Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jaxwill limit your damages and potentially save you thousands of dollars!

    Take advantage of our disaster planning services by visiting The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage

    October is Fire Prevention Month!

    8/27/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage October is Fire Prevention Month! October is Fire Prevention Month! Join us at the Yulee Home Depot on October 4th and spread the word of fire prevention!

         Is your family prepared for a fire emergency? October is National Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an excellent time to examine your preparedness. Do you have a home fire escape plan? Have you changed smoke-alarm batteries within the last year? Do you know the main reasons for fires starting in the home?

         The U.S Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately injure 20,000 more.  U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences.

         A home is often referred to as a safe haven.  During October, make sure your home is protected from (and your family is prepared for) a fire.  Here are 10 simple tips to help you avoid fires and reduce the risk of injury should one occur:

    1.     Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home.  Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive.  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.

    2.     Prevent Electrical Fires –Don’t overload circuits or extension cords.  Cords and wires should never be placed under rugs or in high traffic areas.  Avoid loose electrical connections by checking the fit of the plug in the wall outlet.  If the plug loosely fits, inspect the outlet right away.  A poor connection between the plug and the outlet can cause overheating and can start a fire in minutes.

    3.     Keep Plugs Safe – Unplug all appliances when not in use.  Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions and use your senses to spot any potential disasters.  If a plug is overheating, smells strange, shorts out or sparks – the appliance should be shut off immediately, then replaced or repaired.

    4.     Alternate Heaters – Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit.  Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away.  Inspect your chimney annually and use fire screens to help keep any fires in the fireplace.

    5.     Fire Safety Sprinklers – When combined with working smoke alarms, home fire sprinklers greatly increase your chance of surviving a fire.  Sprinklers are affordable and they can increase property value and lower insurance rates.

    6.     Create An Escape Route – Create and practice your escape plan with your family from every room in the house.  Practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand.  It’s just like a routine school fire drill – but in your home.

    7.     Position Appliances Carefully – Try to keep TV sets, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains.  If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly.  Additionally, keeping your appliances away from water sources (like rain coming in from windows) can help prevent wiring damage, which can lead to a fire.

    8.     Clean Dryer Vents – Clothes dryers often start fires in residential areas.  Clean the lint filter every time you start a load of clothes to dry or after the drying cycle is complete.  Make sure your exhaust duct is made of metal tubing and not plastic or foil.  Clean the exhaust duct with a good quality dryer vent brush to prevent blockage & check for lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.

    9.     Be Careful Around the Holidays – If you fill your home with lights during the holiday season, keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire.  Check all of your lights prior to stringing them up and dispose of anything with frayed or exposed wires.

    10.   Conduct Regular Inspections – Check all of your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month.  Taking a little time to do this each month can really pay off.

         Following these simple tips could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one.  Pass this list on to your friends and family and make this fire prevention month count!

          We will be at the Home Depot in Yulee October 4th from 9:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m. along with our local fire rescue team spreading the word of Fire Prevention and Safety.    

    We Offer Professional Biohazard Cleanup

    8/15/2014 (Permalink)

    Biohazard We Offer Professional Biohazard Cleanup Biohazards happen. Let the professionals at SERVPRO® make it "like it never even happened"

    Do you have a Bio-hazardous situation?

    How do you know when you have a biohazard on your hands? The first thing you need to know is the definition of a biohazard. Biohazards are infectious agents or hazardous materials that create a risk for the health of humans or animals. Often this is associated with the possibility of material being considered infectious to anyone in the environment. Now that we know the definition, we must now look at what types of situations can cause infections.

    Different Types of Biohazards

         Death - When an individual dies, their body shuts down losing the ability to contain its fluids and wastes. All of these fluids would be considered biohazard waste, since the fluids might have bacteria or viruses that are still alive. Hence the precautions that are taken when dealing with those situations. Without the proper protections the risk of infection is greatly increased.

         Sewage Backups - Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

         Hoarding - Biohazards are arguably the most dangerous threat to homeowners and their pets. It is no secret that many hoarding cases are plagued with biohazards. Biohazards, or pathogens, are any harmful agents that pose an immediate risk to human beings, animals, or the environment. Biohazards usually rear themselves in the form of toxic or infectious diseases or agents.

         Health - Health biohazard cleanup is needed when these agents are presented in two major forms within a hoarded home: Airborne and blood borne.

    • Airborne biohazards are any pathogens (bacterial, viral, or allergenic) that can be absorbed through the lungs or enter the body in other ways like the ears, nose, throat, and eyes.
    • Blood borne biohazards are commonly more deadly and quicker to infect a person or pet. Able to enter the blood stream in many similar ways as an airborne pathogen, blood borne biohazards can also infect someone through open cuts, sores, and any major orifice.

    Biohazard Cleanup Services

         Here are a few of the benefits we provide during each biohazard cleanup:

  • Our services are provided to you with compassion, respect and integrity. We are committed to provide you immediate professional services.
  • We are a preferred vendor for the top insurance companies; this shows we have met their strict criteria to be ethical in conduct, performance and in billing.
  • We remove and decontaminate most all biological hazards. All items deemed unsafe will be cleaned or removed and disposed of properly.
  • We are a Certified Professional Mold Remediation Contractor; meeting the guidelines IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.
  • You can rest assured that we follow all state and federal guidelines and regulations in the transportation, incineration, or disposal of all bio-hazardous materials.
  • You can also visit Servpro® Biohazard Cleanup to learn more about some of the other bio-hazardous cleaning services we offer. 

    Back To School Supply Drive

    7/17/2014 (Permalink)

    Community Back To School Supply Drive Help Us Donate To The Nassau County Back to School Supply Drive

    You Can Help Donate School Supplies For Students Who Need Them Most

    We are proud to help the Amelia Island Nassay County Association of Realtors collect school supply donations for students who need them the most. Some of the most-needed supplies include pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks, pocket folders, wide ruled notebook paper, spiral notebooks, dry erase markers, and white or color copy paper. You can bring donations and supplies to our office located at 1658 South 8th St. Suite G5 or their office at 910 South 14th St. Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034 We will be accepting donations until July 31st and encourage everyone to participate, even if you only have a small box of pens or pencils to donate, you can make a difference!

    Storm Damage Prevention Awareness

    6/23/2014 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Storm Damage Prevention Awareness Follow these tips to prevent damage to your home in the event of a storm.

    Follow These Tips For Storm Damage Prevention

     Powerful natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and tornados often strike with little warning and are capable of leaving behind complete devastation. Hurricanes give more warning but may be even more damaging. By investing time in preventative measures, your risk of experiencing storm damage is greatly decreased.

     Keep Trees Trimmed

         There is no doubt trees can cause damage and be damaged in storms. However, appropriately placed and maintained trees can help reduce damage to structures in storms by deflecting wind, and reduce damage to trees. Appropriate actions includes proper placement and planting, and structural pruning prior to the storm. Species selection can also be somewhat helpful in avoiding some damage. Actions in the weeks and years following a strong storm can help bring damaged trees back to health.

  • Trim tree limbs away from your home's roof on a regular basis. Roof damage associated with storms is often caused by overgrown trees. Regular trimming reduces the chances of fallen limbs harming your home or vehicle.
  •  Put Away Movable Objects

  • Store light and movable items such as outdoor furniture and lawn decorations. These items can be swept up by strong winds and thrown at doors, windows and vehicles.
  •  Manage Leaks

  • Repair all leaks. Even the smallest of untreated leaks can quickly grow into a deluge during heavy rains and cause an unlimited amount of damage to a home. All leaks should be properly repaired immediately.
  •  Protect Your Vehicle

  • Park your vehicle under an awning or in a garage. Vehicles are always at a very high risk of suffering storm damage because they usually are parked outside. If protected parking is unavailable, park far away from trees, telephone poles and objects at risk of falling or moving.
  • Mold Prevention & Information

    6/16/2014 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Mold Prevention & Information Call us before your mold issue gets out of control!

    Mold growth in your home can lower your home's value, ruin its aesthetic appeal and can actually render the home unhealthy. Some types of mold can cause serious health consequences that can lead to death in some indiviuals. Call a professional as soon as you notice mold growth to keep it under control and prevent it from causing negative health issues. You can ensure long-term protection by calling SERVPRO.

    About Mold

    Mold is a type of fungus that needs water and organic matter to grow and reproduce. If it doesn't find these things, it will quickly die. Thus, mold tends to grow in areas of your home that have excess moisture and that have some sort of organic matter to eat, which is why mold tends to grow in bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms or crawlspaces and why it actually decays wood, carpets and even brick mortar.

    Lowering Humidity

    Mold will grow more often in humid climates and in humid areas of your home. If you live in a humid climate, you may need to install a dehumidifier to prevent the mold from growing in your home. Some dehumidifiers are capable of removing humidity from the entire house while others are designed for use in one room. Place those in rooms that you know have already had mold issues.

    Increasing Ventilation

    Increasing ventilation in your home will help reduce humidity. It will also enable an air current to form. This air current will prevent the mold from settling in one area and growing there. Increase ventilation in your home by installing bathroom fans, ceiling fans, attic fans and by ensuring ventilation systems are always working properly.

    Using Mold Prevention Products

    Manufacturers have created a variety of products that repel mold, including mold-resistant paint, shower curtains, towels and rugs. Some of these products have natural mold resistors on them while others are chemicals that prevent mold from growing there. Using these will prevent mold from beginning to grow and thus decreasing the spore count in your home.

    If you have signs of mold growth you should have a professional such as SERVPRO® assess the problem as soon as possible. You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (904) 729-2401 For more information about mold and mold prevention please visit:

    http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

    http://www.epa.gov/mold/

    http://www.epa.gov/mold/preventionandcontrol.html

    Elliminating Odor with Ozone. What is Ozone? Is It Safe? Can I Use Ozone?

    6/9/2014 (Permalink)

    General Elliminating Odor with Ozone. What is Ozone? Is It Safe? Can I Use Ozone? We can use Ozone (O3) aka Activated Oxygen to Eliminate Odor at its Source

    What is Ozone?

    When the oxygen (O2) that is all around us rises to the upper atmosphere, and is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays, that oxygen is naturally turned into ozone (O3). That is the "ozone layer" that protects us from the sun's harmful UV rays. Since ozone is heavier than air, it falls back to earth. This is the ozone that naturally purifies our air and water. Because it is made up entirely of oxygen, ozone is sometimes called "activated oxygen". Ozone occurs commonly in nature as a result of lightning strikes during thunderstorms. Ozone is also created by waterfalls. The “fresh, clean, spring rain” smell you notice after a storm results from natures creation of ozone. 

    Isn’t Ozone Smog?

    Ozone is O3, three atoms of oxygen linked together, rather than the two atoms of oxygen, O2, we normally breathe. O3 Ozone is not smog

    While some people mistakenly refer to ozone as smog, smog is actually a combination of hydrocarbons, the being CO2 CO, and SO2 that react with UV rays from the sun to form nitric oxides (NOX). These hydrocarbons are most commonly created by the exhaust that comes from automobiles.

    Ozone O3

    The three atom form of oxygen is a naturally occurring compound in the earth’s atmosphere. The life cycle of ozone is: generation, oxidation, return to oxygen.

    Ozone cannot be stored or transported because of its unstable tendency to break down quickly, so ozone must be generated on site. Because gaseous ozone is highly reactive, it readily oxidizes (breaks down) organic matter. When the ozone encounters another compound, one oxygen atom will break away, attach itself to the compound, and oxidize it. Ozone actually breaks down odor-causing compounds, thereby eliminating the odor and changing the ozone back to oxygen (O2). 

    One of the best features of ozone is its ability to control odors by attacking the offending organisms.

    How Long Does The Ozone Last?

    As soon as ozone is formed in the generator and dispersed in a room some of it decays back into oxygen. This step occurs by several processes including the following: Natural decay (or revision to oxygen) due to ozone chemical instability. The natural process is sped up by the presence of walls, carpets, furniture, etc. Additionally ozone itself has a very short half life which means that any extra ozone will return to oxygen within about 30 minutes, in amounts equal to half its level.

    How Does Ozone Handle Tobacco Smoke?

    It eliminates the irritation caused by phenol gasses, by oxidizing them. Phenol gasses are the invisible part of tobacco smoke that cause such offensive odors, and discomfort to one’s eyes and nasal passages.

    Ozone rids offensive odors in the environment rather than merely filtering out some of the visible particles like other “air cleaners”.

    Is Ozone Safe?

    Yes! Ozone is safe when used properly. There is no reason to fear ozone. Yes, breathing in overly high levels of ozone is not good for you. But low levels of ozone are all around us, and are safe to breathe.

    Having Odor Issues?

    If you are having odor issues in your home, office, or even your car, you can use ozone to efficiently and effectively oxidize (break down) any organic matter, killing the odor at its source. We have commercial grade ozone machines that we can use to eliminate odors in spaces as small as a pantry or cabinet, or spaces as large as your home or office. For more information about our deodorization services you can visit Servpro® Deodorization Services or to get help online Contact Us Now

    Fire Damage Safety Tips & Prevention

    6/2/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Damage Safety Tips & Prevention Following these fire safety tips can greatly reduce the risk of fire damage in your home or office.

    Fire Saftey Tips and Prevention

    Electricity

    Electrical distribution equipment poses serious fire safety threats that can even be fatal, especially when equipment is used incorrectly.

    Electrical Safety Basics

  • Protect electrical outlets with plastic safety covers if small children are present in your home
  • Never operate electrical appliances around bathtubs, showers, or puddles of standing water
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection when working where water is near electricity, to protect against electric shock … This means you should use GFCIs in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and outdoor locations
  • Replace or repair frayed, loose, or otherwise damaged cords on all electronics
  • Shut off the circuit and have it checked by an electrician if any switches feel warm
  • Take note of any discolored switch plates, because discoloration could indicate that the electrical wiring behind the switch plate is overheating
  • Remember: symptoms of potential wiring problems include household lights that dim or flicker, a TV picture that shrinks in size, frequent blown fuses, or circuit breakers that trip frequently
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from flammable items, and use light bulbs that match the lamps’ recommended wattages
  • Extension Cords and Surge Suppressers

  • Never use an extension cord as a replacement for permanent wiring
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets
  • Make sure power strips and surge suppressors are designed to handle the loads you will be using them for
  • Connect power strips and surge protectors directly into a wall outlet. Do not connect multiple power strips or surge protectors together
  • Avoid overloading circuits by plugging too many items into the same outlet
  • Avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle, and try to only plug one high-wattage item into each outlet
  • Halogen Lighting

  • Avoid using halogen lamps whenever possible since they operate at much higher temperatures than normal light bulbs
  • If you use halogen lamps, make sure the lamp is placed in a location where it cannot come into contact with drapes, clothing, or other combustible materials
  • Keep halogen lamps and cords away from high-traffic areas and turn lamps off when leaving the room for an extended period of time 
  • Heating Safety

    Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months, and the second leading cause of home fires annually. Heating equipment includes fireplaces, wood stoves, portable space heaters, and fixed space heaters. Nearly half of all deaths attributed to home heating equipment fires involve portable space heaters.

    Heating Basics

  • Have all heating equipment in your home inspected annually by a licensed professional
  • Make sure all gas-fueled and wood-burning heating devices are vented to the exterior of the building
  • Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside of each bedroom if gas-fueled or wood-burning appliances are used in your home
  • Fireplaces and Wood-burning Stoves

  • Have wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected and cleaned on a periodic basis
  • Use properly seasoned wood to reduce creosote build-up in fireplaces and stoves
  • Protect fireplaces with a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room
  • Allow ashes to cool before removing them from a fireplace or stove
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container
  • Space Heaters

  • Maintain a 36 inch clearance between space heaters and combustible items
  • Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Laundry

    Laundry equipment is often overlooked when addressing the issue of home fire safety. However, laundry appliances pose a serious fire risk because they involve electricity, and the combination of combustible clothing and extremely hot temperatures. The vast majority of laundry fires are caused by dryers that are not cleaned properly.

    Dryer Safety Basics

  • Have dryers installed and serviced by a competent professional
  • Have gas-powered washers and dryers inspected periodically by a professional to ensure the gas line and its connection are intact
  • Make sure that the dryer is plugged into an outlet that meets its electrical needs, so it doesn’t overload the outlet and trip circuit breakers or blow fuses
  • Keep the area around the dryer clear of boxes, clothing, and other combustibles
  • Turn the dryer off when leaving home
  • Lint Filters

  • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter
  • Clean lint filters before or after each use, and remove any lint from around the dryer drum
  • Make sure the dryer exhausts into the exterior or into a listed water trap
  • Inspect the area around the dryer for accumulations of lint, paying special attention to the area behind the dryer, and remove any lint you notice
  • Inspect the flexible exhaust duct (if your dryer has one), and remove lint accumulations on a periodic basis
  • Gasoline

    Each year gasoline causes several thousand household fires, many of which result in injury and even death. It is helpful to remember gasoline is a volatile liquid that is constantly releasing flammable vapors, which are heavier than air and accumulate at the lowest point in an area. If released inside a building, these vapors sink to floor level and spread out across the room, and if these vapors make contact with an ignition source a flash-fire will likely result.

    Gasoline Safety Basics

  • Keep gasoline out of children's reach and sight, and never allow children to handle gas
  • Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent
  • Never use gasoline to start a fire in barbecue pits or cooking grills
  • Never use gasoline as a replacement for kerosene or diesel
  • Do not use or store gasoline near potential ignition sources, including gas-fired water heaters that contain a pilot flame
  • Follow all manufacturers’ instructions when using electronics (including all devices with batteries or connections to electrical outlets) near gasoline
  • Clean up spills immediately and discard clean-up materials properly
  • In the Event of Gasoline Fire

  • Leave the area immediately, and call the fire department
  • Do not attempt to extinguish the fire
  • Do not attempt to stop the flow of gasoline
  • Gasoline Storage

  • Store gasoline outside in a garage or shed
  • Never store gasoline in glass, or in plastic milk jugs and other non-reusable plastic containers
  • Store gasoline in a tightly closed metal or plastic container designed, manufactured, and approved specifically for gasoline storage
  • Store only the amount of gasoline necessary to power equipment and machinery
  • Fueling and Handling Gasoline

  • Do not smoke while handling gasoline
  • Use caution when fueling machinery and automobile equipment
  • Never fuel machinery or equipment indoors, and always let it cool before refueling
  • Place portable gasoline containers on the ground before filling, and only fill them outdoors
  • Never fill portable containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck, to prevent a static charge from developing
  • Do not get in and out of automobiles while fueling … Although rare, this movement creates an electrical charge on your body that could spark a fire, especially during dry weather conditions
  • Propane

    Over 1,000 home fires are caused by liquid propane annually, and these fires cause hundreds of injuries and deaths. Propane is a flammable gas that is converted to a liquid before being stored within a cylinder or tank. When released from its container, propane converts back to a gas and expands significantly; if this expanding gas comes in contact with an ignition source an explosion can result. When first released, the gas is cold and heavier than the surrounding air, which creates a “cloud” of heavy gas that will stay close to the ground and collect in low areas.

    Propane Safety Basics

  • Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside your home
  • Never store or operate a propane-powered gas grill indoors
  • Always handle propane-powered equipment cautiously, according to the manufacturers’ instructions
  • Have propane gas equipment inspected by a professional for leaks and faulty parts on a regular basis
  • Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully when lighting pilots
  • Leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home if you smell a strong odor of gas
  • SERVPRO Joins PGA TOUR Official Marketing Partner Program

    5/22/2014 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO Joins PGA TOUR Official Marketing Partner Program The Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (February 18, 2014) – The PGA TOUR and SERVPRO, a national leader in property cleanup and restoration, have announced a new four-year official marketing relationship.

         By joining the TOUR’s Official Marketing Partner program, SERVPRO receives the designation as “Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.” SERVPRO will have the opportunity to have a brand presence at tournaments on both Tours and promote its official affiliation using the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour logos.

         Based in Gallatin, Tenn., SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services. Operating through a network of over 1,600 individually owned and operated Franchises, SERVPRO helps both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies.

         “We take great pride in the quality of our sponsors, and SERVPRO is not only recognized as the brand leader in its own industry, but also one of the top franchises in the country,” said Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Chief Marketing Officer. “We are extremely pleased to announce our new marketing relationship with SERVPRO and look forward to working together to maximize its sponsorship with the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.”

         SERVPRO recently was listed among the Top 10 of Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Of the 853 companies qualified for the rankings, SERVPRO earned the No. 7 spot overall for 2014 and No. 1 in the cleaning and restoration industry for the 11th consecutive year.

         “Our customers and our Franchisees love golf so we are thrilled to be a PGA TOUR Marketing Partner.  The PGA TOUR partnership is a perfect way to expand our brand awareness and thank our clients for allowing SERVPRO to help make it ‘Like it never even happened,’” said Sue Steen, CEO of Servpro Industries, Inc.

         SERVPRO currently plans to have a presence at several PGA TOUR tournaments in 2014. 

     About SERVPRO

         Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,600 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. For more information, visit http://www.servpro.com

    About PGA TOUR

         The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

         The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

         Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $133 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.

         The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

    Water Damage & Flood Damage Safety Tips

    5/19/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage & Flood Damage Safety Tips Fernandina Beach, Yulee, North Jacksonville Water & Flood Damage Safety Tips

    Safety Tips When Water Damage Occurs:

    DO

    • Shut off water source if possible
    • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting the saturated areas
    • Wipe furniture to remove excess water
    • Place aluminum foil between legs and wet carpet
    • Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying
    • Lift drapes off flooring, loop through a coat hanger and hang on curtain rod
    • Move valuable paintings, art objects and photos to a safe dry place
    • Open closet doors, furniture drawers and luggage to aid in drying
    • Remove wet area rugs
    • Remove any wet fabrics and dry immediately
    • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature

    Do Not

    • Use your household vacuum to remove excess water
    • Use electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring or carpets
    • Go into any room where the ceiling is sagging
    • Wait to call professional help. The longer you wait the more damage will occur

    Call SERVPRO® at the first sign of water damage at (904) 729-2401 to prevent any further damage and make it "Like it never even happened".

    Mold Prevention Tips - Preventing Mold Before It Happens

    5/16/2014 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Mold Prevention Tips - Preventing Mold Before It Happens SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach Yulee and North Jacksonville Tips for preventing mold growth before it happens.

    Following these tips will help you prevent mold before it happens.

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.  If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  •  Keep indoor humidity low.  If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity.  Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter. 
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Actions that will help prevent condensation

  • Reduce the humidity.
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical.  Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
  • Increase air temperature.
  • The key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems!

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
  • For more information on mold cleanup and restoration please visit our SERVPRO® Mold Cleanup & Restoration page. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment call us today at (904) 729-2402 and don't worry about what time it is, we are open 24 hours!   

    High humidity problems, high moisture, condensation, window sweat? Here are some cause and solution tips for high humidity issues

    4/29/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage High humidity problems, high moisture, condensation, window sweat? Here are some cause and solution tips for high humidity issues Condensation and excessive window sweat can be a sign of high humidity!

    When warm, excessively moist air inside your house contacts a cold surface, such as a pane of window glass or an exterior wall, the moisture condenses on that surface in the same way it does on a cold glass of lemonade on a hot, humid summer day. In most homes, a little bit of window condensation is not necessarily abnormal at the beginning of heating season. All summer long the building materials have been absorbing moisture from humid air flowing through. When we finally start to shut our windows and doors and begin to fire up heating plants for the winter, the interior air begins to dry out (some of this is due to infiltration of drier outside air) and the trapped moisture in the building materials begins to be released. As exterior temperatures begin to drop, so do temperatures of windows and exterior walls. This generally results in moisture showing up on these cold surfaces. In most homes, this is a temporary condition. It usually lasts two weeks or so, until the interior of the house dries out. However, ongoing and severe moisture are not normal and should be dealt with. Excess moisture in a house can be quite destructive; it can cause peeling paint, mold growth, and, in severe cases, rot of wood framing members. Here are a few tips to help prevent window condensation aka “window sweat”

    • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
    • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
    • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
    • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
    • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
    • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

    By following these tips above you can avoid high humidity issues in your home. For more information about dehumidification visit SERVPRO Cleanup & Restoration Dehumidification, call us today at (904) 729-2401 or get help online

    Emergency Ready Profile in Fernandina Beach and Yulee FL

    4/22/2014 (Permalink)

    Commercial Emergency Ready Profile in Fernandina Beach and Yulee FL Schedule an appointment to make a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile today!

    By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. What the ERP is:



    • A no-cost assessment of your facility.

    • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

    • A guide to help get back into your building following a disaster.

    • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

    • Identification of the line command for authorizing work to begin.

    • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.


    Visit SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile Advantage to learn more information about our ERP advantages. You can also visit SERVPRO® Ready Plan - Mobile App and view a video about our mobile Ready Plan App.

    SERVPRO Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and North Jacksonville Cleaning Services

    4/14/2014 (Permalink)

    Cleaning SERVPRO Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and North Jacksonville Cleaning Services SERVPRO® Residential Cleaning Services

    SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach Yulee offers a wide range of specialized residential cleaning services in the Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and North Jacksonville areas including but not limited to:

    Carpet CleaningDrapes & BlindsUpholstery CleaningOdor RemovalBiohazard Clean Up

    You know SERVPRO® as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty home “Like it never even happened.”

    Fernandina Beach Water Extraction, Water Damage

    2/12/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Fernandina Beach Water Extraction, Water Damage Equipment we use in Fernandina Beach, FL to help clean up water and flood damage.

    This is an image of all of the equipment we removed after a water damage. This water damage was from a small pipe in the wall that froze and when thawed, spared no time flooding our clients’ basement in Fernandina Beach, FL. Upon arrival, we began water extraction to remove the water. Then, we put in fans and dehumidifiers to begin the drying process. Our client was very pleased that we could begin the water extraction so quickly to prevent it from further damaging their home or belongings. For more information about our equipment visit Equipment Information and view pages 7 and 8.

    2014 Fernandina Beach/Yulee Water Damage Readiness Tips

    1/2/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage 2014 Fernandina Beach/Yulee Water Damage Readiness Tips Keep your home safe this year with a few simple tips from SERVPRO, weather you are in Fernandina Beach, FL Yulee, FL or north Jacksonville, FL

    It's a new year and knowing water damage warning signs in and around your home can help you avoid big repair bills as well as more time and trouble later. Here are some tips to prevent water backups.

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them free of debris and leaves and repairing them if they are sagging
  • Inspect your gutters' capacity - after fifteen minutes of heavy rain, if water overflows the gutters, install additional downspouts
  • Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house
  • Adjust landscaping and irrigation so that water flows away from the foundation
  • Drain subsurface groundwater and storm water with a sump pump system that has battery backup and replacement warnings
  • Run your sump pump every few months and clean it annually before the rainy season
  • Prevent backflow of sanitary sewer water by installing backflow valves and standpipes at all basement drain locations, including sinks and toilets
  • Prepare your basement "just in case" by raising your washer, dryer, water heater, oil tank, furnace, all electrical wiring and personal items above typical water backup levels
  • Lastly, call us at the first sign of damage; we can save you from a potential larger scale problem.
  • These are just a few helpful tips that can help you avoid disasters that are within your control. Natural disasters are a different story. Check out our other Home Emergency Tips 

    Keep your home safe this year with a few simple tips from SERVPRO, weather you are in Fernandina Beach, FL  Yulee, FL or north Jacksonville, FL these tips will help keep your home and your family safe.

    Fernandina Beach Tree Lighting Celebration

    11/25/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Fernandina Beach Tree Lighting Celebration We are glad to be a part of a community like Fernandina Beach, FL that has small town events like this. Call if you need help with water damage.

    A full day of entertainment leads up to the official City of Fernandina Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the foot of Centre Street. Beginning at 12:00 noon on November 28, carolers, choirs, dancers and singers will entertain visitors throughout the afternoon with the sights and sounds of the Christmas holiday season. Gather up the family and enjoy a magical day with your friends in the community.

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 2:00 PM at the Fernandina Harbor Marina aboard the Ye Olde Pirate charter boat and all are invited to welcome him to town! Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their way over to the Train Depot at the foot of Centre Street to meet and take pictures with the kids of the community until 5:00pm. Photos with pets will also be available. Entertainment and activities are hosted by the City of Fernandina Beach, Historic Fernandina Business Association and Shiny Badges Ball, Inc.

    On November 29 and 30, downtown Fernandina Beach will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the Annual Fernandina Beach Tree Lighting Celebration. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, come down and enjoy ice skating on a 40-foot by 50-foot outdoor skating rink provided by the Nassau Alcohol, Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC). The rink will be located in Parking Lot A. Cost to skate is $5 per person and skates are provided.

    From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. November 30, you can also get a family picture taken inside a 15-foot tall snow globe, enjoy musical performances, shop from vendors, take your picture with Santa and more! The tree lighting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m.

     For more information, contact the Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation Department at (904) 310-3350.

    The Gopher Tortoise Saturday, November 23, 2013

    11/22/2013 (Permalink)

    Community The Gopher Tortoise Saturday, November 23, 2013 SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach loves this picture of a Smiling Gopher Tortoise, Fernandina Beach FL

    Find out from a park ranger what a gopher tortoise is, where they live and why they are so important. This
    program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

    Fort George Island Cultural State Park State Road A1A South Jacksonville, FL 32226

    Start : Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM         End : Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM  

    For more information about Essential Eligibility Criteria to participate in these programs visit or call the Talbot Islands Ranger Station at (904) 251-2320 or visit our website at www.floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland/Events.cfm.

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