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Property Damage from a Storm, Blaze, Mold, or Leak at Your Arlington Home? Just Call us, SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, and Even Rebuild Services

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Property Damage from a Storm, Blaze, Mold, or Leak at Your Arlington Home? Just Call us, SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, and Even Rebuild Services The Relief of a SERVPRO Box Truck at Your Arlington Home after Property Damage Is Priceless!!

Why Arlington Residents Choose SERVPRO for Restoration Services in the First Coast Area

The primary goal of a restorer is to return a property to its preloss condition. The task is a multi-faceted one which requires a strong skill-set as well as advanced equipment to complete successfully. Properties can sustain many different types of damages during there lifetime. Some types of damage may be related to water, flooding, or storms. Others may be the result of microbial growth in the form of mold or removing smoke residues after a kitchen fire. Since many of these duties overlap, restoration services need a diverse team of technicians with cross-training to truly make property damages "Like it never even happened."

Storm
Being situated on the coast, restoration services for storm damage in Arlington are an unfortunately common part of our business practices. Periods of the year where strong winds or heavy rainfall occur can take their toll on your home, pulling off roof tiles or damaging doors and windows. In some situations, flooding can occur in the ground levels as a result of nearby road overflow or falling debris that opens up cavities for rainwater to fall into.

We ensure that there are SERVPRO technicians available on-call in Arlington and the surrounding area should you require out of hours emergency assistance. Water damage increases exponentially the longer it remains untreated, meaning that a clean water emergency can quickly deteriorate into a contaminated water disaster. Our restoration services incorporate microbial growth control as well as a full scoping procedure to ensure that your home is safe and secure in both the short and medium term.

It is not uncommon for the impact of a storm to require some reconstruction or remodeling work. SERVPRO can engage on your behalf to ensure that you only have to deal with one restoration service from start to finish, us. We can also spot and neutralize potential hazards so that a workforce can enter the property to begin reconstruction work on your Arlington residence. Restoring power to a property, or performing emergency board ups on windows and doors are vital procedures which secure the property and mitigate further losses until the restoration, and if needed, rebuilding are completed.

Fire
One restoration service we provide is structural and contents cleaning after fire damage in your Arlington home. Smoke residues are frequently deposited throughout the property during fires and can enter your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. SERVPRO fire restoration technicians are trained to understand the patterns of smoke movement throughout a property and can pinpoint areas that require extra attention or specialized cleaning solutions like duct restoration.

We conduct a pre-test of contents and structure that have been affected by smoke or fire. The pre-test provides a SERVPRO restorer with a clear picture of the type of residues left behind. Residues can be oil-based, in the case of protein or synthetic fires, or water-based where natural materials like wood have burned. When soots settle on surfaces, they often need to be dissolved in a solvent solution for complete removal. Pre-tests inform SERVPRO technicians of whether to use oil or water-based chemical agents to ensure the best results.

One critical concern for homeowners in Arlington that have experienced a property fire is odor control. Malodors are microscopic particles that can become embedded in surfaces or fabrics. The best method of removing odors is to recreate the conditions that caused them. In the case of a fire, thermal ULV foggers can be deployed which produce a solvent vapor that mirrors smoke. The vapor contains chemical pairing agents which bond to odor particles and cause them to drop to the ground where they can be wiped or vacuumed away, leaving no residues. Other compounds simply float away with the air currents.

Water
Slow leaks are tough to spot but can cause extensive water damage to your Arlington home. Often hidden behind drywall or underneath floorboards, these issues only become apparent once warping, staining or buckling is visibly apparent. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) can detect moisture that is invisible to the naked eye using infrared thermal imaging cameras.

Starting from the source of water, we can work our way outward performing restoration services along the way. Readings can be taken from materials throughout the inspection phase. Using moisture sensors to penetrate surfaces, SERVPRO technicians can get an accurate picture of the moisture content in structural contents. Arlington properties with hardwood flooring can be temporarily removed to gain access to the subfloor and thoroughly dry the affected area. Before replacing it, floorboards can be sanded to level out signs of warping or buckling. We are also prepared to enter crawlspaces for drying the underpinnings.

Areas that may have restricted access, like wall cavities, for example, can also be treated by a SERVPRO technician. Using injectidry systems, technicians can circulate airflow inside a cavity or raise the surface temperature using rapid air-movers. Doing so encourages evaporation of interior moisture pockets. Moisture that has evaporated into the surrounding air can then be drawn into dehumidifiers or exchanged for drier outdoor air to ensure humidity remains under control.

Mold
In almost all types of restoration service, controlling microbial growth is a factor. Mold spores are a natural part of any home environment but become a problem when they come into contact with moisture and can proliferate in a short period. Property owners that discover mold damage in their Arlington home are often surprised to learn that the cause was a pre-existing water issue or a previous restoration service that left behind damp spots or moisture residues.

At, SERVPRO, the mold remediation process begins by establishing a containment zone. Containing is essential to preventing the infestation from spreading throughout the property while intensive cleaning methods are taking place. Clean rooms may be established for decontamination as well as plastic sheeting being put in place. Negative air pressure can help to prevent the spread of mold spores during the remediation process.

The most effective methods of remediating microbial infestations are through tackling the source of the issue, by drying and controlling humidity. As an extra safeguard, SERVPRO technicians can use biocides and anti-microbial treatments throughout your Arlington home. These can be incorporated in base-coats of paint for walls and ceilings, or as a spray on treatment for carpets and flooring. Anti-microbial treatments are an essential safeguard against recurring damages in mold remediation.

At SERVPRO of Arlington, bringing your home back to a preloss condition is the core goal of our restoration service. Contact us today at (904) 721-2230.

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SERVPRO of Arlington Recognized as a Top 100 SERVPRO System Franchise Nationwide

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Arlington Recognized as a Top 100 SERVPRO System Franchise Nationwide The SERVPRO of Arlington Top 100 Recognition

"Top 100" Award Means SERVPRO of Arlington Offers Stellar Cleanup and Restoration Services

Jacksonville, FL – June 3, 2019 – SERVPRO® of Arlington was named one of the SERVPRO® Systems’ “Top 100” Franchises in the nation. There are over 1750 franchises in the company. This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of franchises to the SERVPRO® brand and distinction in endeavoring to support SERVPRO® as the Premier Cleaning and Restoration Company in the World. This Franchise is a strategic unit, one of only six, in the entire state of Florida for Large Loss Commercial Recovery, including hurricane mitigation.

SERVPRO® of  Arlington strives to deliver the following services to our Commercial clients and Residential customers:
?    Water Damage Restoration, from removal to drying
?    Fire Damage Restoration, cleanup, demolition, water extraction, and odor control.
?    Mold Remediation, certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT)
?    Cleaning Services, scheduled and emergency actions
?    Storm and Major Event Clean Up, a premier staffed and equipped franchise
?    Rebuild and Construction Services (Fully Licensed Building Contractor), a "one-stop" cleanup and restoration experience

"We are so humbled and grateful for this recognition. I want to thank my entire team who works tirelessly to take care of our commercial and residential customers,” says Bryce Clark, Owner of SERVPRO of Arlington. “It is an honor for us all, and we’ll continue our mission to assist our customers with all of their restoration and cleaning needs 24 hours a day.”

The SERVPRO Brand is synonymous with customer satisfaction at the highest levels. The efforts to make our customers feel "Like it never even happened," is the driving force that Bryce Clark and his team put forth every day and every hour. By once again earning a Top 100 Recognition, we are confident that we meet our customers' expectation.

For a fast and efficient cleanup and recovery from a water, fire, mold or storm damaging event to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Arlington 24/7 at  (904) 721-2230.

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Dryer Fire Damage Cleanup In Arlington

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Dryer Fire Damage Cleanup In Arlington With newer homes, dryer fires in Arlington can be more likely to happen.

Fire Damage Cleanup


With newer homes, dryer fires in Arlington can be more likely to happen. Clothes dryers were traditionally kept in basements, but with more recent construction, many have dryers placed away from outside walls in kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. The new locations mean dryers are vented longer distances, and the vents are installed with sharp bends and turns over longer distances, resulting in more places for lint to gather, which is the leading cause for a dryer fire.

Lint accumulation reduces airflow, creating the perfect environment for a fire and fire damage in your Arlington home. The best solution is to have straight, short, dryer duct venting. However, when a fire still occurs, you can trust our staff at SERVPRO to come to your rescue after the fire. We can get your home back to its state before the fire in a thorough and fast manner.

Our goal during mitigation is to secure your home and stop further damage. It can include winterizing the plumbing to prevent pipes from freezing, boarding up openings to secure the structure, and establishing a temporary source of electricity. If your home is wet from firefighting efforts, emergency drying is needed to stop secondary water damage.

SERVPRO staff then cleans the structure, focusing on removing smoke residues from the fire and deodorizing odors given off by these residues. We consult with you on what components can be cleaned and which cannot be. Repair or replacement is needed for anything that won’t respond to cleaning.

We also do what we can to clean your possessions of smoke residues. Sometimes, the contents of your home can be cleaned on site. Other times, we need to pack them up and move them to a different location for cleaning and storage. When it comes to electronics, furniture refinishing, cleaning of expensive artwork, and dry cleaning of clothing, we often subcontract this kind of specialty cleaning.

Sometimes, structural components may be too damaged for us to restore them to preloss condition. Reconstructing and repairing these elements may require different skills than standard home remodeling, so we hire licensed general contractors to help with reconstruction services.

SERVPRO of Arlington is experienced in fire damage restoration specialists. We take care to restore your home in Glynlea, Spring Glen, or Fort Caroline back to normal when you call us at (904) 721-2230.

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When Mold Damage Ruins Photos and Precious Items In Jacksonville homes

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Mold Damage Ruins Photos and Precious Items In Jacksonville homes Not only do we restore your home, but we also salvage your precious photos.

Mold Can Cause Damage to Your Personal Belongings in Your Jacksonville Home


Stagnant water in wrong areas can be a nightmare for Jacksonville homeowners. As well as taking safety precautions against storms and heavy rainfall, they also often have to keep an eye on their plumbing systems and house appliances such as dishwashers and laundry machines to avoid undesirable water leakages. However, every now and then, accidents happen that cause water to penetrate different surfaces and items within the house, with unsightly consequences.

Photos and other precious items are some of the most vulnerable items to water damage and mold damage in your Jacksonville home. SERVPRO can help with mold damage remediation by dispatching our highly trained, highly experienced restoration experts to your site. Our methods, tools, and techniques are up to scratch with IICRC guidelines so that you can be sure of a smooth restoration process.

Once mold damage begins, the task of salvaging your photos becomes very difficult for SERVPRO technicians, but not impossible. Of course, the first step involves removing all the items from the standing water (where necessary) before commencing the drying process.

Generally, saving photographs from mold damage is harder than salvaging books and other items. Photographs tend to stick together due to coatings and emulsions, in addition to other items with which they come into contact. It is important to avoid making direct contact with the actual image, or else you risk incurring additional damage.

There are certain chemicals that can kill mold spores, but using them on photographs is more damaging than helpful. As such, SERVPRO mold remediation experts use special solutions to clean the frames and surrounding areas that may have sustained mold damage. Inactive mold spores can easily spread to other items and repeat the infection under the right conditions.

Exposure to UV light, air drying, and freezing are some of the methods we use to inactivate mold. However, light can also lead to fading, so it is important to avoid too much exposure on the photographs– ideally, one hour at most. Once the mold is inactive, we complete the cleanup process by installing dehumidifiers and air movers in the room to curb future growth.

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Precious items such as photos are priceless, and you cannot afford to lose them to mold damage. If you suspect the presence of mold damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Arlington immediately for mold remediation services. We are available 24/7, every day of the week at (904) 721-2230

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Water Removal in Jacksonville after a Failed Water Heater

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Removal in Jacksonville after a Failed Water Heater Over time your hot water heater can corrode and eventually cause your home to flood leaving you in need of professional water removal services.

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough Water Removal Services


The water heater in your Jacksonville home works very hard, holding and transferring water continually from installation to failure or replacement. Deposits accumulate over time on the bottom of the tank, which corrode the heater elements and tank liner. Water quality, especially water hardness, influences how much sediment is deposited. Wear and tear on the piping and tank is also caused by the moving water. The hotter it is, the higher the fatigue.

Your water heater works harder than any other appliance, and in most cases, they fail gradually. However, if the bottom of the tank corrodes out, you can wind up with a deluge of water and the need for water removal services in your Jacksonville home. If your water heater is on an upper level of your home, the damage is even worse. Either way, you need our staff at SERVPRO to help you clean up the mess and dry out your home.

Upon arriving at your home, we carefully pre-inspect every aspect of the damaged areas. Then our next step is to pump out any standing water. Walls and floors are inspected for any water as well.

SERVPRO staff uses moisture meters to find any hidden water in ceilings, walls, carpets, and flooring. Furniture is moved and set on blocks as necessary; then water is extracted from hard surface flooring and carpets. We usually need to detach carpeting and extract water from the pad and floor. The pad is removed from your structure, and in most cases, needs to be discarded.

We check for any mold growth, which we clean if found. The back of the carpet and floor are treated with an appropriate antimicrobial or deodorizer. Carpeting is laid back down, while we extract water again from the surface fibers. Then we apply an antimicrobial or deodorizer to the face fibers if needed.

Drying equipment is placed in your home next, including air movers and dehumidifiers which deliver dry, warm air to the area. These machines are monitored daily to ensure the fastest drying time.

SERVPRO of Arlington ensures we inspect and dry your home in Glynlea, Spring Glen, or Monument thoroughly after a water disaster. Just get a hold of us as soon as possible at (904) 721-2230, so we can help you dry your home back out.

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SERVPRO Can Restore Insulation In Your Arlington Home

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Can Restore Insulation In Your Arlington Home Our experts have the right equipment to restore damaged insulation.

WHY SERVPRO Services Are Important When Restoring Your Water Damaged Arlington Home

Most property owners ask themselves WHY SERVPRO is the best when it comes to water damage restoration. We have the skills and experience of restoring structures after water events despite how big the structure is or the extent of the disaster. Our team understands the threat and amount of damage that can be caused by water. Therefore, we use specialized equipment to return your Arlington property to its former glory after water damage in Arlington.

After a water damage incident in Arlington, one of the most affected aspects of the structure is the insulation. Moisture affects the insulation's power. Our SERVPRO experts provide relevant advice and services on how to restore the insulation after it is damaged by water. The extent of damage on an insulation is largely determined by the type of material used to make it. In most cases, the insulation is matted. Therefore, the only option is to remove it. Most materials used to make insulators easily absorb water hence making the insulators difficult to dry.

As much as most insulators become matted in the case of water damage, some become temporarily matted. Insulators made from fiber glass can be restored by drying them. However, restoration of fiber glass insulations is only possible if the insulator has not absorbed excess water. To determine how badly the insulation has been affected, our SERVPRO technicians check whether the water level is above the spill plate. Additionally, we also look for water that has run down the wall void from above. To dry the walls, we ventilate the wet walls by removing baseboards and drilling holes on the wall. We then force air into the wall cavities to enhance the rate of evaporation.

SERVPRO of Arlington is undoubtedly the surest place to enlist services that can restore your property's insulation after water damage. Be sure to contact us at (208) 466-5000 for the best water damage restoration services.

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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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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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