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

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Look for Water Damage

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaking Sliding Glass Doors of Fernandina Beach Condo Cause Water Damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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. 


 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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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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

    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 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

    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:

    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

    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".

    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

    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.