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Fire Damage Experts in St Nicholas Explain Mitigation Procedures

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in St Nicholas Explain Mitigation Procedures Proper assessment by certified SERVPRO technicians can help with expediting the remediation process. Call immediately after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Type of Damage Left by the Fire Before Starting the Remediation Process

If a fire ever starts on your property in St Nicholas, there are a few elements of the blaze that can cause damage. When something burns, the process of a solid turning into a gas via heat or combustion takes place. Due to changing conditions during a fire, many materials do not completely combust causing items to get partially burnt and creating smoke.
 
The flames and heat created during a blaze can burn and cause charring on various contents and building materials inside your home. During any fire damage in St Nicholas, repairing burnt or charred structural materials is vital. When heat affects items, they lose their structural integrity and can create pungent aromas inside the building.
 
When restoring burnt and charred items, our SERVPRO technicians first concentrate on materials that are essential for your house's structural integrity. Flames can torch items such as drywall and flooring. If the blaze is especially hot, wooden studs and floor trusses can also get affected.
 
Before any restoration work takes place, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the entire structure to figure out the extent of the damage. We determine how severely items were burnt by measuring the depth of the charring on the material's surface. We also trace where the smoke went inside the home and how badly it affected items.
 
In many cases, the flames and heat coming from a fire burn items deeply into the materials forcing them to be removed and replaced. In some situations, if the charring is not deep, materials can be saved from replacement. If charring occurs on wooden studs, they can be sanded down past the burnt material on the surface of the wood. If the burnt material is just on the surface of some materials, then they can be sanded down and resurfaced.
 
After the burnt part of the material is removed, the raw substances get treated with a specialized sealant paint. The paint coats the sanded material and seals the wood preventing burnt fragrances from existing after reconstruction. The sealant also often gets used to seal elements that got affected by smoke created by the fire.
 
Smoke damage also can require different methods such as cleaning and soot removal to prevent foul odors. At the end of the job, the goal is to restore the home to preloss conditions entirely. For assistance with fixing items burnt during a fire, call SERVPRO of Arlington at (904) 721-2230 24/7.
 
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Reacting Quickly To Flooding In Your Jacksonville Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reacting Quickly To Flooding In Your Jacksonville Home When it comes to something as detrimental as flood damage to your home, this instance can be overwhelming for a homeowner to experience firsthand.

Reacting Quickly To Flooding In Your Home

There are many things that every homeowner should be aware of living in the Jacksonville area. With the almost ever-present threat of severe weather, safeguarding your home from risks like flooding and storm damages can spare you significant repair bills and restoration costs in the coming years. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not understand where their house is vulnerable to the damaging effects of a storm until their home is allowing these breaches to occur.

When it comes to something as detrimental as flood damage to your Jacksonville residence, this instance can be overwhelming for a homeowner to experience firsthand. Without the right preventative measures in place to prevent the water from getting inside your home, the contents of your house and its structural components become susceptible to the damaging effects of the rising waters. Reacting quickly to these occurrences can spare you irreparable damage to these structural elements and items, and keep your overall restoration costs to a minimum.

Once we have received your call, our SERVPRO professionals respond quickly. From the time that we arrive at your home, our priority is two-fold. First, we have to stop the water coming into your house by working to seal off the penetration points. Secondly, we have to assess the full scope of the damage that your home faces so that our team has the right equipment and plan for restoring your home to its preloss conditions.

Services like packouts can remove "at risk" items in your home from becoming damaged by the pooling water. Once the restoration completes inside of your house, our SERVPRO technicians can return these removed items back to where they initially rested.

Flooding in your home is never going to be an easy thing for you to witness or face on your own. Fortunately, you have certified restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Arlington that is ready for your call and willing to help. We can work quickly to bring your home back to the way it used to be. Give us a call 24/7 at (904) 721-2230.

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Removing Mold Colonies From Your Jacksonville Home

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Colonies From Your Jacksonville Home No matter the severity of the mold infestation, our SERVPRO team will be there to help and remediate.

Remediating Mold From Your Jacksonville Property is  Easy With The Help of SERVPRO

Once mold has gotten discovered in a Jacksonville home, many homeowners seek to take care of the problem as efficiently as they can. While for some this means attempting to remove the present colonies on their own, most concede that to remove the colony and the presence of the mold entirely, professional remediation is a necessary step to take.

When it comes to removing and remediating the mold damages in your Jacksonville home, our professional restoration team seeks to limit the spread of this colony to new areas. This process allows our SERVPRO remediation specialists the opportunity to get to work on removing the mold colonies from the organic material it has seated itself on.

To remove these colonies where they get found, several possible approaches might get taken. Our team of SERVPRO professionals often first sprays the affected material down with an antimicrobial solution. This spray deeply penetrates the porous construction materials housing the colony and can work to reduce the entire hyphae with subsequent steps to follow.

There are some instances in which hard scrubbing on the surface can remove the fledgling mold colonies, yet often, more invasive measures are necessary. Sanding and soda blasting allow our team to get into the pores of the material to remediate the mold damages.

When mold damage has persisted for an extended period, the severity of the damage to construction materials and structural components of your home might be too considerable to overcome. In these cases, the only suitable solution is to remove these elements and replace them with new materials. Controlled demolition gets used here to limit the removal of materials to only the severely affected portions rather than to deconstruct entire areas of your home.

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While mold damages can often be overwhelming to discover in your home, there are always going to be qualified and certified applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Arlington to help you overcome them. Our team is available anytime that you need us by calling (904) 721-2230.

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We Can Handle Kitchen Fires In Jacksonville

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Handle Kitchen Fires In Jacksonville Unpleasant Odors from Jacksonville House Fires Are Not Mistaken for the Aroma of Coffee--Call SERVPRO for Help

Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration in the Jacksonville Area Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

Without notice, a kitchen fire can start in your home. While this can be a startling event, quick action is paramount to possibly saving your life. Plus, acting fast can help protect your property and many of your household items. Like many mornings, you put a bagel in the toaster oven and went upstairs to get dressed. Today was a little different. You received a business call and forgot about the bagel in the toaster oven on the counter. Luckily, you were able to put out the fire due to the working smoke detector before the fire spread to any other rooms in the house. There is not much damage, but a strong smell of smoke is lingering in the house. Plus, there is some soot on the walls, ceiling and kitchen floor as well as on the countertop and cabinets.

Calling SERVPRO to inspect fire damage in your Jacksonville home means help is on the way. We try to respond within an hour after the first call to our office. Expect our trained and uniformed technician to arrive at your residence within four hours to access the damage and walk you through the cleanup process. Step-by-step, the production manager or technician explain what needs and can be done to restore the kitchen to its preloss condition.
 
The cleanup process may include wiping down the walls, cleaning the inside of windows and metal surfaces such as silver or brass handles and knobs on the kitchen cabinets. It also may entail mopping the floor and cleaning the ceiling.

Fires in homes vary and require multiple techniques to complete the job. Our SERVPRO crew is experienced, IICRC certified and recognizes what to do in fire damage situations. We may also need to deodorize the affected areas to lessen the degree of smoke odors in the home. To achieve this goal, we can use ULV foggers, air scrubbers with activated charcoal filters, and general ventilation. During the cleanup and restoration efforts, we can also set up hydroxyl generators to neutralize malodorous conditions.
 
We strive to satisfy our customers, which is why our SERVPRO of Arlington team conducts a final walk-through with homeowners after the job is complete. Call us 24/7 at (904) 721-2230 for any damaging fire event. We can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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Restoration of a Saturated Home begins with Water Removal in Jacksonville

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration of a Saturated Home begins with Water Removal in Jacksonville No matter the scope of the water damage, our SERVPRO of Arlington team can help.

SERVPRO is The Restoration Company To Take Care of Your Jacksonville Property

After a disaster involving displaced or intrusive water in your Jacksonville home, restoring things to how your family remembers becomes crucial. As water sits inside your home, existing damages steadily worsen, and advanced secondary stages begin.

Preventing extensive water damage and ending up with a healthy, clean home in Jacksonville becomes a reality more easily when water removal services start the restoration process of a saturated home. Without this service, drying processes take longer, increase the use of electricity, and provide less desirable results overall. The drying process alone may seem adequate when water saturates materials and belongings, but removing the majority of standing water considerably speeds up recovery efforts.

Clean water, such as from a tub that overflowed or a broken pipe causing water to collect all over the floor, can slowly seep into your lower walls, carpeting and wooden floors, their padding or underlay. It can eventually find its way into lower levels of your home, affecting wiring and insulation. When flooding happens in your neighborhood, filthy water can encroach into your property and flow steadily into your residence. Dragging fine silt and mud into your property, in addition to disease-causing pathogens, this mixture can lead to a multitude of problems involving not only your home but also your family members and pets.

SERVPRO technicians use equipment designed to extract the water damaging your home and belongings quickly so the rest of the work can commence as soon as possible. Waiting for floodwater to recede allows extra time for damages of all kinds to escalate, indoor air humidity levels to increase, and pathogens to multiply. Removing otherwise clean water helps overall efforts in restoring your home by keeping this water from progressing into Category 2 or 3 as organic-based materials continually decompose from contact with the water. The less work required, the sooner your family can return home and live "Like it never even happened."

Our Green Fleet ensures that homeowners' needs regarding the protection and restoration of their properties receive the correct response from trained professionals who care about our community. Because we never consider a job too large or small for our attention, you can rest assured that we can help restore your home to preloss condition, quickly, efficiently, and while keeping costs manageable for you.

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SERVPRO of Arlington is proud to serve our community using the latest techniques in restoration science. When your home needs water removal to prevent increased damages, contact us for fast service and friendly service. Our 24-hour service line is (904) 721-2230, so please do not hesitate to call when you need us.

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Stormy Weather Outside can Bring Water Damage Inside Jacksonville Properties

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stormy Weather Outside can Bring Water Damage Inside Jacksonville Properties Water can damage your home in many ways. Count on SERVPRO to return your home to preloss condition.

After the storm passes, water can still damage your home

Many people love a gentle rain shower or even a thunderstorm from the safety of their Jacksonville home. When winds reach a certain speed, though, they can damage shingles and even tear siding away from your home. While these problems might stay hidden from your view, they can still let the water come into your home.

If your residence in Jacksonville sustains these issues, water damage can begin showing upon walls or ceilings near walls, if the water accumulated with the ceiling space. While the area might seem to dry up quickly, unless you remove the moisture left behind, the rainwater can continue to cause problems within your home, even in locations away from the initial damaged areas. The ventilation system in your home carries part of the blame for this happening, as the moisture travels through the air and later condense in other, as-of-yet unaffected materials.

Moisture moves around in your home and can affect almost anything, from rusting hardware and tools to permitting mold to start growing in your Grandmother's antique quilt stored in the hall closet. Completely removing the moisture and restoring healthy humidity levels in your home becomes crucial toward protecting your property. SERVPRO uses equipment that works efficiently to handle the task quickly.

The components of your home's structure can also suffer damage from water. Drywall readily absorbs water, even while feeling dry to the touch. Once this standard component swells, deterioration sets in, requiring replacement materials. We remove the damaged drywall and bring in new materials. After installation, we can then paint the wall, so the damage no longer exists.

The exterior of your home also deserves attention. Torn shingles can continue to allow water inside your home, continually ruining your belongings. Siding can also do the same. Replacing these, or reattaching them where possible, can prevent rain from becoming a problem again.

We want to restore your home to preloss condition, both inside and outside, to better protect your family and your belongings. SERVPRO of Arlington hires local individuals, dedicated to helping others in our communities. We serve the areas near and around Arlington, Jacksonville, and Fort Caroline when water damage or other disasters pose problems that affect their home's integrity. Contact us at our service line, available 24/7, any day of the year, by calling (904) 721-2230.

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Staying On Top Of Mold Damage To A Hotel In Jacksonville

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Staying On Top Of Mold Damage To A Hotel In Jacksonville Guests at hotels in Jacksonville do not want mold damage in their rooms and accommodations, even if the growth is nearly imperceptible.

Mold Damage In Your Hotel

Even in cases where mold damage to a hotel in Jacksonville appears unimportant or safe to ignore, leaving these minor issues untreated can lead to significant consequences for your business. Customer impressions, possible health code violations, and potential for expanded problems all can cost you much more money later on than responsible treatments from a company like SERVPRO cost while the problem remains in its infancy.

Guest Opinion
Guests at hotels in Jacksonville do not want mold damage in their rooms and accommodations, even if the growth is nearly imperceptible. Guests tend to inflate problems in their minds and opinions, and regardless of their validity, these opinions may translate into negative public reviews of the establishment. If a single guest finds the beginnings of a fungal colony in their bathroom, they may write about a "mold problem" online that wards off dozens of potential guests for years to come. Regular and stringent checking of rooms for mold damage is as important as a timely and adequate response to the damage to prevent guest opinion of your establishment from dropping.

Health Codes
In many cases, government and private inspectors may care about mold growth far more than your guests. Preventing fines, negative ratings, and lengthy investigations are best done by avoiding risking anything and take care of minute problems before they are found out. Small amounts of fungal growth may be inexpensive to sanitize and remove but could carry significant fines in some circumstances.

Potential For Further Problems
Even if the damage is minor, taking care of problems now helps to avoid a much broader infestation later. Mold can grow and spread quickly, especially in a water-rich environment like a hotel. Even dead colonies may harbor latent spores that can reignite problems later on. Only through targeted and highly effective sanitization methods like those used by SERVPRO can prevent catastrophes from happening down the road.

SERVPRO of Arlington provides treatment and restoration services for mold damage, no matter how minor or severe the issue may appear. Call us at (904) 721-2230 for our help with eliminating mold from your business.

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How Flash Flooding Could Damage Your Jacksonville Residence

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flash Flooding Could Damage Your Jacksonville Residence Storm Water and Winds Harm Jacksonville Properties

Fast Moving Water from Storms Creates Destructive Forces--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Extraction

There are a few natural disasters that could threaten your Jacksonville home, yet the most typical of these occurrences would be flash flooding. It does not take much to meet the required conditions for flash floods to occur, and when they do, weaker points in your home’s construction get exposed. While modern construction practices enforce the installation of equipment like french drains and other water diversion implements, an older home might not find themselves as well guarded against impending damages.

While it might not take more than oversaturated ground and heavy rainfall to meet the conditions for flash floods to affect the area, ill-preparedness for your Jacksonville home can cause flood damages. Fortunately for you, SERVPRO works to be Faster To Any Size Disaster, which makes us an excellent choice to help you combat the effects of floodwaters pouring in through vulnerable spots in your home’s aging construction.
 
The most commonly affected area of your home when this kind of disaster occurs is in the basement. Typically, blockwork makes up the material for the foundation walls, which erode and degrade over time with exposure to exterior water and flexing of the footer with freezing and thawing of the ground around it. This activity and erosion allow weak points and avenues for water to travel through, expanding these holes even more as liquid pours in.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians work to quickly identify these weak points in the walls and seal over them with hydraulic cement to prevent further damage. This process allows the restoration to begin without a threat of further water penetration into the affected area. Using portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands, the team can remove the pooling water from the floors and get to work on thoroughly drying the area.
 
Finding the right help amid a natural disaster like this might seem problematic, but when you understand the level of dedication and experience that SERVPRO of Arlington puts into every home they care for, the choice is clear. When flood damages affect your home, give our experienced certified restoration specialists a call at (904) 721-2230.

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Plumbing Materials Could Affect Your Need for Water Removal in Your Jacksonville Home in The Future

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plumbing Materials Could Affect Your Need for Water Removal in Your Jacksonville Home in The Future Lead and copper interior pipes can cause water damage issues as they age.

The Potential Problems of Aging Plumbing in Your Home

While your house might offer comfortable living for you and your family, how much do you know about your Jacksonville home? Chances are if your residence got constructed before the turn of the century, its plumbing is not PVC plastic which is the preferred material used by contractors right now. Depending on its age, your interior pipes could be copper or lead as well, both of which come with their own set of issues as they age.

Understanding some of these concerns can help you to prevent ruptures and breaks in the future, ultimately negating the need for water removal services for your Jacksonville home. Unfortunately, there are too few of homeowners that know anything about the makeup of their indoor plumbing, let alone some of the things to look out for as the years pass.

While our SERVPRO professionals can inspect these networks for signs of wear and degradation, understanding what you can look for yourself can also be a helpful tool. Most often, copper piping was used on many of the houses that stand today. This material is among the least likely to react to chemical additives in water from water treatment facilities, or adversely react to naturally occurring minerals in the water coming in from your local water distribution system. Copper is highly pliable, however, which makes it far more susceptible to high-pressure water and buckling due to losses in pressure on the demand side or supply side of your service line.

Lead plumbing predates copper and comes with an extensive list of potential issues and problems. Lead readily reacts to minerals, and could be prone to rust in the right conditions. More often, when lead piping fails it has a lot to do with the loss of structural stability and strength. There are evident health effects with lead plumbing, which has caused it to be banned for most new construction.

Older plumbing can often attribute to the need for water removal services from our SERVPRO team. As your pipes age and wear down, they are far more prone to breaks, ruptures, and separations. From the time that an incident like this happens to when you can get the supply of water shut off, a high volume of water can affect and damage your home.

If you have a water emergency attributed to aging plumbing or other issues, trust the experienced professionals we have at SERVPRO of Arlington. You can reach our rapid response team anytime by calling (904) 721-2230.

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Make No Mistakes When You Face Flood Damage in Jacksonville

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Make No Mistakes When You Face Flood Damage in Jacksonville Don't panic if your home sustains storm damage and flooding. Contact SERVPRO to get them on the path of remediating and restoring the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Proven, Efficient Process to Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

Sometimes extreme weather conditions may lead to flood damage, but do not panic when that happens since specific pointers can help you to control the situation. It all starts with knowing whether your building is safe to re-enter and then determining what is salvageable and what is unsalvageable. If you are a Jacksonville resident, we advise you to work with professionals as you work towards restoring your property to its former state.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the water damage job site in Jacksonville, they start by pre-inspecting the property before settling on the restoration actions to take. During a pre-inspection, we identify the source of water in the building; it can be clean water, gray water or black water. If we are dealing with black water - which usually comes from sewage/toilets and contains pathogens - we observe additional precautions when restoring your property.
 
If there is water flowing into the area, we stop or redirect it to a different place. We then examine your items and store the wet ones away from the dry ones. At this point, our SERVPRO technicians can point out the ones that we can remediate, while we discard those that are beyond repair. We then use pumps to remove any standing water.
 
The next step is to dry your contents and rooms. Installing air movers is one of the techniques that our SERVPRO technicians use to reduce the drying time and increase the rate of evaporation. When air movers are running, they push the moisture into the air in the form of vapor. To dry wet wall cavities, we can direct dry air into those places to replace the moisture. With time, the surrounding air might become moist, and there are chances of it condensing and causing possible water damage. To avoid such, we run dehumidifiers that remove the additional moisture.
 
SERVPRO of Arlington is a proven industry leader in water, storm, mold and fire damage restoration. Call us at (904) 721-2230, and we can make that disaster appear " Like it never even happened."

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