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How Space Heaters Can Cause Fires in Your Jacksonville Home

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Space Heaters Can Cause Fires in Your Jacksonville Home Space heaters cause 43 percent of home heating fires and 85 percent of home heating fire deaths.

How Space Heaters Cause Fires in Your Jacksonville Home

Space heaters continue to be a source of household fires resulting in fire damage. Sometimes it is a case of the space heater sparking a fire, or causing a plug to overheat and causing a fire inside a wall at the plug's location. Both types of fires leave water, smoke, soot and odor problems that must be addressed quickly to prevent secondary damage from occurring.

Once the fire is out in your Jacksonville home, your SERVPRO team can go to work for you. First, they quickly access the damage to gauge the scope of the fire and immediately begin to remove any standing water from putting out the blaze using the most expedient method for your situation.  

After removing the water, air movers can be used to dry the affected areas and discourage mold growth. Then, we can begin addressing the residual fire damage to the structure of the home. Smoke can contain soot, ash, and also harmful tars and carbons. Carbon monoxide is of particular concern, as it is harmful and has no odor to alert you to its presence. That is why it is standard for SERVPRO to test the burned areas for carbon monoxide to ensure your home doesn't contain harmful fumes.

We use special cleaners and dry sponges to remove smoke and soot residue on nonporous surfaces and objects. After thoroughly cleaning the floors and walls, the removal of the odor from the affected room or rooms is the final step in the remediation process. One method that effectively removes odors quickly is the use of a thermal fogger which recreates the heat and pressure of the fire and pushes deodorizer in the room and over possessions in the same manner the smoke penetrated them.

You can rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Arlington to come to your home any time of the day or night to turn back the clock on your fire damage. Call (904) 721-2230 for a consultation with one of our experts.

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SERVPRO Wants To Restore Your Arlington Home

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Wants To Restore Your Arlington Home Call the experts to remove mold immediately when you spot it in your home.

Mold Damage Experts In Arlington Talk About Sodablasting

Fungi can develop inside your Arlington home any time there is excessive moisture added to a structure. Once organic substances inside your house stay wet for more than 48 hours, it is possible that mold damage can occur. Fungi usually start forming in dark, confined spaces making sometimes hard to find. Once materials get contaminated, the hyphae form root-like anchors that dig deep into the material and adhere to it. The hyphae then release spores into the air so that the fungus can reproduce and attempt to create mold damage in other areas.
 
Once something gets contaminated, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO so that we can find and mitigate all of the issues present. Since there are a thousand different types of fungi each mold damage situation in Arlington is different. Some contamination can be easily wiped or scrubbed off of surfaces while other types of fungi can be difficult to remove. In some more severe cases, the hyphae grow all the way into materials like wood or drywall and affect both sides. When this happens, the items usually get discarded and replaced.
 
In some situations, there are methods that can be used that do not damage the surface of the material. One method called soda blasting uses sodium bicarbonate or baking soda to remove mold from surfaces such as drywall or wood. If the proper techniques get implemented, our SERVPRO technicians can remove contamination with minimal damage, waste, and cleanup.
 
When the baking soda gets blasted onto a contaminated surface, it removes the formations as well as killing the reproductive spores. The soda blasting can be effective on just about any surface. The baking soda also absorbs any malodor particles helping neutralize any foul smells. The process is eco-friendly and is easy to clean up once finished. If you ever notice a water leak that has gone unnoticed or the presence of mold inside a place like your attic, call SERVPRO of Arlington at (904) 721-2230 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Click here for more information on the top 4 attractions to see when visiting Arlington.

When Foul Odors Plague Your Mold Damaged Arlington Home You Need Our Team At SERVPRO

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Foul Odors Plague Your Mold Damaged Arlington Home You Need Our Team At SERVPRO Mold damage can affect your home in many ways, and having the right professionals can make a quick difference to the recovery of your property.

Removing Odors From Materials In Mold-Damaged Arlington Homes

Many Arlington homeowners might not realize that some disasters provide concise warnings and symptoms to indicate damage is occurring to the property. Mold growth, for example, might not always be in an accessible area that you can see easily. Many homeowners only realize there is cause for concern when they encounter a harsh musty odor in certain areas of their home. This same scent can be challenging to remove without the appropriate equipment, and our team has multiple options for removing it from the affected areas of your house.

Indoor air quality is significantly affected by mold damage in your Arlington home. Even beyond the lingering odor spread throughout the impacted areas of the house, the colonization of mold presents potential airborne hazards that must also get addressed by our SERVPRO remediation specialists that arrive at your property to begin the removal and restoration process.

Addressing the potential health hazards present in the environment from the mold growth begins with the removal of overly damaged structural elements and contents of your home. Some of these contents can get removed to a nearby facility for focused cleaning, disinfection, and deodorization by our SERVPRO Contents Department. Air scrubbers and negative air machines constantly run throughout this process inside of physical containments designed to prevent the spread of airborne spores and volatile organic compounds from reaching new areas.

Removing the harsh odor that gets emitted from the colonies, our professionals utilize equipment like our thermal foggers. These machines release an odorless chemical compound designed to neutralize the present molecules and leave no discernable odor behind. This approach can get used for open areas affected by the musty scent but is also ideal for use on softer materials also affected such as clothing, carpets, furniture, drapery, and more.

Mold damage can affect your home in many ways, and having the right professionals can make a quick difference to the recovery of your property. You can always count on our SERVPRO of Arlington applied microbial remediation technicians to work fast and remove this threatening organism from your house. Give us a call today at (904) 721-2230.

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Safety Tips That Can Save Your Water Damaged Home In Arlington

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Safety Tips That Can Save Your Water Damaged Home In Arlington Be sure to prioritize your safety!

What Do I Do When My Home In Arlington Has Sustained Water Damage?

Whether the water damage to your Arlington home came from a faucet or appliance within your home or inclement weather outside of it, the first steps you should take to deal with the issue should mostly be the same. Although the actual restoration process SERVPRO starts can vary widely depending on the type and extent of damage your home has sustained, these first few countermeasures should give you a significant advantage heading into the coming battle against damage. Also, be sure to prioritize your safety above all else: if you feel that your safety could be put at risk by any of these steps, hold off on it until later.

Call For Help
Your first response to water damage in your Arlington home should be to call a qualified damage restoration company like SERVPRO. We keep crews ready and available on a 24/7 basis to rapidly respond to any disaster you might encounter because the faster we can arrive at the scene, the more damage we can prevent and the more money we can save for everyone involved. As soon as you get off the phone with us, your second phone call should be to your insurance company to tell them what has happened and inform them that certified damage mitigation specialists are already on their way.

Separate Everything
One of the ways to start the drying process early is to separate as many things as you can. Remove objects from wet flooring and cushions or sheets from beds and sofas. Keeping objects separate allows more of their surface area to dissipate moisture and removes the threat of color bleed that may otherwise permanently stain most materials.

Use The Climate To Your Advantage
If the air outside isn't very humid, you may want to open up windows and doors to allow moisture in the home to evaporate quicker. Alternatively, when it is warm outside, turning on your air conditioning can improve air circulation in the home and start drying out the entire area.

SERVPRO of Arlington has the personnel and equipment necessary to handle water damage disasters of any scale. Call us at (904) 721-2230.

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How SERVPRO Keeps Your Water Damaged Jacksonville Home on Solid Footing

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Keeps Your Water Damaged Jacksonville Home on Solid Footing SERVPRO of Arlington is ready for any water issue that might arise. Call us 24/7 at (904) 721-2230.

Jacksonville's Water Damage Technicians Talk About Drying Hardwood Floors

If a water leak ever occurs at your Jacksonville residence, some of your building materials can get wet and be difficult to dry. The goal to any water damage project is to return moisture levels to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. Some items in your home are simpler to dry than others. Porous materials such as carpet get wet quicker, but they are easier to dry out than non-porous materials like wood or concrete. If things like your wood floors receive water damage, it could take more than just air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the materials.  

Our SERVPRO technicians always use the industry's most advanced technology when mitigating any loss at your property. We also know that fast 24/7 service is essential to reducing the severity of problems during any water damage situation in Jacksonville. Located locally, we answer our phones at all times so that we can respond promptly. Our team is highly trained, and we have experience in dealing with many types of different scenarios. When we arrive at your home, we first make sure the building is safe for all occupants, then we use specialized instruments to take humidity, temperature, and moisture level readings.  

If we think that your hardwood floors may be affected, we use our wood moisture sensors to determine the moisture level of the materials. Quickly drying out hardwood floors from water damage can prevent the wood from cupping and warping. If the flooring has a high moisture content, then we may use specialized equipment to help speed up the drying process to prevent buckling and fungal growth. To do this, we often use drying mats to push air deep into the wood flooring materials. The mats help concentrate and spread out the air so that it focuses evenly into the wet wood.  

The use of drying mats is just one example of the technologically advanced tools of the trade our SERVPRO crew can bring to the table. If your hardwood floors ever get wet, call SERVPRO of Arlington at (904) 721-2230 any day of the week.

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Do Not Let Mold Take Over Your Arlington Hotel!

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Do Not Let Mold Take Over Your Arlington Hotel! With visitors coming to stay at your hotel in Arlington mold damage couldn’t be farther from your mind.

Professional Mold Damage Mitigation And Remediation For Your Arlington Area Hotel

With the understanding of how visitors spend countless hours researching the best places to stay, you are more than ecstatic when they choose your Arlington area hotel. Are you ready for their visit? Tourist season is almost here, and many guests booked rooms months in advance. You and your staff work diligently to get everything ready, but have you thought of everything?

With visitors coming to stay at your hotel in Arlington mold damage couldn’t be farther from your mind. However, mold occurs in hotels far more often than you might think. Believe it or not, you could face a mold problem just before, or even right after, guests arrive. Having access to qualified mold remediation and timely damage mitigation can help make a huge difference in the quality of your guest's visit.

As a hotel manager, it is your job to inspect and clean each room regularly. You turn off air conditioners whenever a room is unoccupied and empower your employees to respond to risky situations. However, you also need to have each room explicitly checked for mold, and that’s where SERVPRO comes. Our IICRC-industry certified technicians can help determine if your walls are properly insulated and catch a variety of smaller moisture problems before they have a chance to get bigger. We can even show you different ways to minimize any losses you might experience and catch mold before it has a chance to put your guests at risk.

When you have a customer complain about an existing mold problem on your property, an entire team of SERVPRO technicians is available 24-7. We provide emergency response, cleanup, remediation, and restoration services at a moments notice, year-round. We can cordon-off the affected area, limiting guest exposure, and stopping the spread of mold in its tracks. By using negative-airflow machines, air scrubbers, foggers, and advanced techniques, our team goes to work immediately, restoring your property to a quality pre-mold damage condition quickly.

SERVPRO of Arlington has an entire Green Fleet available, every day. We work hard to provide quality remediation and restoration services throughout our local community. Contact us at (904) 721-2230 to begin your companies mold remediation process, today.

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Calling SERVPRO Immediately can Reduce Secondary Water Damage in Your Jacksonville Home

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Calling SERVPRO Immediately can Reduce Secondary Water Damage in Your Jacksonville Home An ounce of prevention: inspect your pipes often to make sure that there are no leaks.

Water Damage Spreads Quickly Throughout Your Jacksonville Home

Regardless of the size of the incident in your Jacksonville residence, effects can spread quickly to get out of control. With water loss incidents, overcoming these effects can prove problematic even for an experienced homeowner. Inadequate cleanup of water damages can lead to secondary effects like mold growth, so seeking out a team of professionals like ours that can arrive quickly and offer an experienced hand to the situation is critical to preserving your property.

Water damage in Jacksonville spreads throughout your home quickly, moving from the source out to adjoining rooms and areas, even affecting different floors of the home as well. Taking care of the situation as promptly as possible is critical to preserving the materials used to construct your home and the contents throughout it. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to your emergency to offer fast solutions to preserve at-risk elements of your property.

With our franchise offering service to our customers on a 24-hour basis, there is no reason why water damages should reach the point of structural degradation as they often do. With a fast response to the situation, materials like drywall in your home have less of an opportunity to absorb the present moisture, swell, and erode. Within a short period from your call, our experienced technicians can arrive at your home and begin the assessment of the damage and the appropriate steps to protect your property and restore the damage it has sustained.

That assessment gets performed by one of the highly trained technicians dispatched to your address. Our IICRC-certified team undergoes extensive training to obtain their titles, but also continue to expand their knowledge and techniques through ongoing training opportunities provided through the franchise and online learning avenues.

If you want to know what makes our SERVPRO of Arlington team a wise choice to help you overcome water damage in your home, it begins with the commitment we have to provide our customers with experienced and educated technicians. Trust us to help you clean up the mess and restore your home by calling (904) 721-2230.

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Here Are A Few Ways Our Experts Help Arlington Store Owners Tackle Mold Damage

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Here Are A Few Ways Our Experts Help Arlington Store Owners Tackle Mold Damage When mold damage hits a clothing store, several unique problems can arise that pose a challenge to remediation professionals working on the case.

Removing Mold Damage From A Clothing Store In Arlington Does Not Have To Be Difficult

When mold damage hits a clothing store in Arlington, several unique problems can arise that pose a challenge to remediation professionals working on the case. Large floor spaces provide huge environments for spores to grow and thrive in, and even the merchandise can support entire colonies by itself. SERVPRO technicians know they have to act fast to control the problem before it spreads around the store and contaminates more merchandise and drastically increases the restoration and replacement costs you may later incur. Here are a few ways we help clothing store owners tackle mold damage problems quickly and professionally.

Targeted Quarantines
A reliable method to stop mold damage in an Arlington clothing store is to quarantine the affected area. By keeping most of the spores inside a contained area that we can rapidly treat and sanitize, we can significantly reduce the risk of additional growth in other parts of the store. In certain cases, we may be able to keep the business open and operating while this quarantine is in place, although safety concerns may require us to close off the establishment to customers temporarily.

Air Filtration
Airborne spores can spread the infestation around the store and even to back rooms and neighboring businesses through interconnected HVAC systems. We use industrial strength air scrubbing technology to scrub the air clean of almost all mold spores, even those that are small enough to bypass standard filtration technology.

Item Inventories
We sort mold-damaged items individually and keep track of which individual pieces of clothing need a full replacement, minor restorations work, or no intervention at all. By comparing our lists with your existing item inventories, we can help you file an insurance claim and directly work with the insurer to get you maximum return on your policy.

SERVPRO of Arlington prioritizes fast turnaround times and well-rounded restoration processes for businesses in the area suffering mold damage. Call us at (904) 721-2230.

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Mold Has No Place To Hide In Your Jacksonville Home!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Has No Place To Hide In Your Jacksonville Home! Sometimes fungal growth can take place in the most unexpected tight spots inside your Jacksonville townhome.

Technicians In Jacksonville Handle Mold Damage Scenarios In Some Of The Strangest Places

Sometimes fungal growth can take place in the most unexpected tight spots inside your Jacksonville townhome. In many cases, if your residence suffers from mold damage, it could be longer than you think before you realize that you have a problem. Fungi can develop in any area where organic materials are present, and that stays around the typical room temperature if excessive moisture is added to the scenario. It takes 48-72 hours for most kinds of fungal contamination to develop once water comes into contact with materials like wood or paper. Once a fungus has formed, it creates reproductive spores that can spread the mold damage to places far away from the original problem's source.

Mold can cause health effects with some people, so it is wise to prevent the activation of microbes whenever possible. However, since spores exist naturally in many places, as soon as they come into contact with moisture, they are likely to turn into a micro-organism that can cause mold damage to your Jacksonville home at some point in time. If a pipe breaks or water makes its way in from the outside, your building immediately risks suffering dangerous fungal contamination. Once a fungus pops up, it forms structures labeled as "hyphae" that grow in every direction. These formations release the microscopic spores that allow the organism to reproduce.

The main issue with mold is that it usually is found in the most unexpected places. Mold likes water, organic substances, and warm temperatures as well as sites that receive less sunlight than other locations inside a structure. This means that anytime our SERVPRO team gets called out to inspect a property that is possibly contaminated, we search everywhere to find the problem and its source.

When attempting to find a problem with an unknown location, we look in places that are close to water sources and those that are not necessarily seen every day. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians know where mold is likely to form and we will look under, in between and around your building materials and contents to get to the bottom of the problem. If you ever suspect you might have an issue with fungi even though you cannot see it, call SERVPRO of Arlington at (904) 721-2230 so that we can give you a professional yes or no answer.

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Fire Damage Remediation in Arlington Doesn't Have to be Hard. Read These Residue Removal Tips

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Remediation in Arlington Doesn't Have to be Hard. Read These Residue Removal Tips When fire damage has affected a part of your home, call SERVPRO for expert remediation services.

How Smoke Variation Complicates Restoration of Fire Damage in Arlington

Fire can damage your home in the blink of an eye. Even though the blaze might not be catastrophic enough to cause structural damage, you might still face many issues that ruin the house one way or another. Fire residues, especially those left by smoke mess with the visual appeal of the property. They might also leave bad odor necessitating serious deodorization efforts before your Arlington property can regain its preloss condition.
 
You might not realize this immediately after a case of fire damage in your Arlington property, but soot residues differ significantly. Some residues are difficult to clean than others, therefore, requiring care when choosing an approach. Our SERVPRO technicians comfortably deal with dry, wet, protein and fuel oil smoke residues, eliminating traces of the loss “Like it never even happened.”
 
Fire produces both dry and wet smoke as it progresses through different stages of its burning cycle. When it produces a substantial proportion of one type such as wet smoke, the entire exposure falls under damage by wet smoke. Dry smoke contains limited amounts of aerosols and deposits smaller particles on surfaces. Cleaning efforts such as vacuuming or agitating these surfaces can, therefore, remove most of the deposits. Despite the easier removal, dry smoke deposits originate mostly from hotter fires, so they are likely to singe the surfaces.
 
Wet smoke residues mostly originate from slow burning fires. This type of smoke is usually cooler, so it does not impinge on surfaces. However, its free-floating nature means it finds its way into enclosed spaces and crevices present in the affected area. Our SERVPRO technicians, therefore, prepare to do significant deodorization if we detect wet smoke is predominant in the affected environment.
 
Kitchen fires involve high concentrations of protein residues from burning meat, chicken or fish. Residue from these materials is ordinarily yellowish or amber, and it easily causes discoloration. The residue is also pungent that it necessitates thorough cleaning of all areas close to the affected areas. Our SERVPRO team is likely to clean the entire house if it is affected by such smoke to get rid of the odor.
 
You might consider a fire too small to require professional assistance only for the cleaning effort needed to overwhelm you. If you call SERVPRO of Arlington, we can help restore your property with ease. You can reach us at (904) 721-2230.

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