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How to Remove Cigarette Smoke from Any Home

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

Cigarette smoke residue is a yellowish-brown, gluey substance that sticks to every surface in a home, making it difficult and time-consuming to remove. In order to completely eliminate cigarette smoke odor, you must thoroughly clean the tobacco smoke residue from every surface and every nook and cranny in the home.

First, allow fresh air to enter your home and then start systematically cleaning everything in the home. As a temporary solution, try using baking soda to absorb smells from the carpets and upholstery and place bowls of white vinegar, coffee or activated charcoal around the house.

However, the best way to get rid of tobacco odor is to clean your home:

-Open all windows and doors to let as much fresh air in as possible.

-Clean or replace the air filters, furnace filters and AC filters.

-Clean walls and ceilings using products with ammonia and glycol - two ingredients that neutralize bad odors. Let the walls dry and check if the odor persists.

-If you can still sense cigarette odor after cleaning, repaint the walls and ceilings with latex paint. Use a sealant designed to lock in odors before painting.

-Clean everything in the home: floors, windows, carpets, furniture, upholstery, draperies, blinds and other household surfaces, fixtures and items. Hire a professional cleaning company if the tobacco smoke is too difficult to remove.

If you want inexpensive short-term solutions, try these tips:

-Use an air purifier in your home.

-Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, leave it overnight to absorb bad smells, and vacuum it the next day.

-Place saucers of white vinegar around the home and leave them overnight to neutralize the smell.

-Get indoor plants which can absorb up to 87% of indoor pollutants.

-Place small bowls of coffee throughout the home.

-Use scented or non-scented candles.

-Leave orange peels around the home.

-Place pineapple slices around the room with all doors and windows closed for 24 hours.

-Place bowls of activated charcoal around the home.

Completely removing cigarette smoke odor from a home is a very time consuming process. If the situation is severe, call the highly trained professionals with SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra, to remove the odor – 904-246-6118.

Water Damage and Flood Water Removal

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage can cost home owners thousands of dollars to fix. When water gets into a structure and it is dried incorrectly, the wood can rot and mold and mildew can form making the occupants extremely ill. Trained and certified to the highest standards in the industry, our professional production team responds immediately - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - to mitigate loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion and respect. Our technicians identify the full extent of moisture damage, both obvious and unseen, by using sensors such as moisture detectors and state of the science technology. 

Meanwhile, we help homeowners overcome their feeling of helplessness by explaining the process in a way that they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do. SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra’s commitment to customer excellence includes insurance professionals; which means that insurance agents and claims adjusters can expect effective, ongoing communication and reporting. We understand insurance industry requirements. Our production team will provide a complete estimate, including photos, to the agent or adjuster within 24-48 hours.

Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra and get quality water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold and mildew removal and if your home, business, or insurance customer needs, we are ready, trained and equipped to provide you with any clean up, mitigation and restoration service. Call us today at 904-246-6118 or check out our Facebook for more safety tips.

What To Do When Your Beach House Suffers Water Damage

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

A home often suffers water damage after a flood or a severe storm. In some cases, water damage occurs when a plumbing fixture such as a pipe or water heater breaks or a roof starts to suddenly leak.

Prompt treatment of any affected areas helps prevent more extensive problems from manifesting. Any part of a home that experiences water damage becomes an ideal breeding ground for mold and other pathogens. If a homeowner ignores the areas of water damage in the home, the microbial spores frequently spread throughout the structure and render it uninhabitable. 

Any time a home suffers sudden water damage, reaction time is paramount. A quick response to the damage prevents moisture from seeping into the home's drywall, flooring, furniture, and other structural areas of the house. Professional technicians from a disaster restoration service will quickly identify all areas of moisture concern in the home. Once the damaged areas have been identified, the company will work to dry out any moisture pockets everywhere in the structure by exposing them to elevated air speeds with specialized equipment to immediately stop mold growth from occurring and to get the affected areas totally dry as quickly as possible. In some cases, the technicians may have to clean some areas with specialized chemicals to prevent and control mold growth. 

If your home has suffered water exposure, please contact us at SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra to evaluate the damage and start the restoration process needed to make your house a home again.  For more expert tips and information about mold prevention and remediation, like us on Facebook. We provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Call 904-246-6118.

Post-Flood Contamination Risks and Serious Hazards

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Post-Flood Contamination Risks and Serious Hazards Proper Personal Protective Equipment is Required when Dealing with Contaminated Materials.

While damage to a building after a flood is a given, flood contamination risks often come as a surprise to occupants of a building affected by water inundation. There’s more to worry about than just wet carpets, so keep flood contamination risks in mind when contemplating the clean-up of a flooded building.

First, consult with a qualified water damage remediation expert before re-entering a flood-damaged building to make sure other, more lethal threats such as live electricity and potential structural collapse have been mitigated.

Sewage Contamination

Work under the assumption that any water you contact may be raw sewage or tainted by raw sewage.

  • Wear protective clothing including, boots, gloves, eye protection and some sort of approved face mask to protect against respiratory illness.
  • Wash your hands frequently while you’re in the home. Don’t eat or drink without thorough washing first.
  • Don’t eat any food contacted by water during the flood. If you need water, use bottled water until the safety of the local drinking water has been verified.
  • Clean and bandage any minor cuts or scrapes immediately before continuing any clean-up work.

Chemical Contamination

Industrial chemicals that overflow during a flood, pesticides picked up by flood waters and gasoline and oil are all common contaminants that pose a threat after flood waters recede. Local toxic waste disposal sites inundated by a flood may also release dangerous substances into the water.

  • Wear protective clothing, gloves, boots, eyewear and respiratory protection.
  • Be alert to any symptoms of exposure to toxic chemicals, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and skin rashes. Discontinue clean-up work and seek medical help immediately.

For a professional assessment of flood contamination risks and advice on how to protect yourself, contact the water damage experts at SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra – 904-246-6118.

Getting Back to Work: Commercial Water Damage Restoration

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Getting Back to Work: Commercial Water Damage Restoration SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra Crews Work Round the Clock to Get This Commercial Retail Space Dry After a Fire Suppression System Malfunctions.

Commercial water damage restoration not only restores a building. It restores jobs and income to the people employed there, products or services to customers, and a healthy environment for everyone who utilizes the structure. If it’s not done right, or on time, the ultimate result can be the closing of a facility, relocation elsewhere, and severe impact to a private business or public organization’s bottom line. Because the scope of water damage in commercial settings is frequently wider and more extreme than in a residential scenario, water damage remediation specialists with experience specific to commercial buildings are positioned to provide effective emergency service when the need arises.

Here’s a typical protocol utilized in commercial water damage restoration:

  • All areas contacted with water are inventoried, including affected building materials and furniture. Any wet carpet must be located and identified.
  • Wet ceiling tiles may be removed and discarded after the event. Ceiling tiles usually are not salvageable.
  • A moisture meter should be utilized to check for water-damaged drywall. Disinfection and mold control techniques may need to be initiated.
  • Wet electrical components are assumed to be hazardous. A qualified maintenance technician or electrician should cut off power to affected areas. Inspection by a building inspector or electrician is required to determine the need to replace wet wiring, circuit breakers, outlets and light fixtures.
  • Upholstered furniture wet by flood water, roof leaks, or sewage should be discarded. Furniture contacted by drinking water can be air-dried if done within 24 hours. Laminate or hardwood furniture can be cleaned with a disinfectant solution and reused; particle board furniture may be discarded.
  • Carpet contaminated by sewage must be disposed. Carpet wet by drinking water or rain water through roof leaks may have water extracted and then be sterilized.

For experienced commercial water damage restoration, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra at 904-246-6118.

10 Key Fire Safety Tips

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires are avoidable. The following tips can help reduce the likelyhood of fire:

1. Watch your cooking. Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. 

2. Give space heaters space. Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that is flammable.

3. Smoke outside. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach, preferably under child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords. Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles. Keep candles at least one foot from everything else. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7. Have a fire escape plan.

8. Install smoke alarms.

9. Test smoke alarms.

10. Install sprinklers. Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance for saving your property.

Mold... Did You Know?

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold... Did You Know? A Water Damage Due to a Roofing Leak Caused Mold in the Attic Above the Ceiling of this Residential Garage. Call the Beaches SERVPRO, 904-246-6118.

Fungi and mold occur naturally in the outside environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi can be very useful. Yeast is an example of once such fungi. The unique flavor of blue cheeses is the result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving antibiotics are a product of mold -Penicillin chrysogenum.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, and/or simple exposure to molds may present health problems for some people.

Intrusion of water into your home or business can cause mold growth, but don't worry, SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra is here to help. Call us today if you suspect you may have mold growth in your home or business, 904-246-6118. If you hire us to do the mold remediation, we will subtract the estimate cost from your bill!

Managing Mold in You Beaches Home

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold in You Beaches Home Mold Discovered Behind Base Trim After Water Intrusion Wasn't Dealt with Professionally.

When there's water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health problems and can significantly damage your property.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra at 904-246-6118. Lisa, Lorie, or Robin will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, personnel, and resources needed.

Your property with be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure. This hel;ps keep mold spores from spreading and causing secondary damage.

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic ,mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra utilizes powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of harmful mold spores while mold remediation is in progress.

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces it is growing on. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of porous mold contaminated materials like drywall and flooring, may be necessary when mold growth is heavy.

SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning products and techniques to sanitize your belongings.

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials  may be removed. Restoration may involve repairs such as reconstruction, replacing drywall, painting, installing new carpet.

Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Faster to Any-Sized Disaster SERVPRO Crews From Saginaw, Michigan Help Local Franchises Dry Out the Wells Fargo Building in Downtown Jacksonville After Hurricane Harvey.

Not just a catchy tag line, the commitment from SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra is to be there when you need us most!

Whether you are a home or business is facing disaster, SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra  is equipped to deal with fire, flood, and widespread disaster. The National SERVPRO System has resources in place to respond quickly and effectively. SERVPRO's National Resort Team is always posed, ready to back up our local franchise, just like in the case of Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. SERVPRO professionals from Macon, Georgia, Sarasota, Florida, Bay County, Florida, Lakeland, Florida came to work with our crews directly, while SERVPRO storm teams from Mobile, Alabama came to help the customers we just couldn't reach. When a whole city seams affected, SERVPRO can handle anything.

Understanding Types of Water

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Understanding Types of Water Drywall Was Removed Due to Contaminated Water in this Residence. Dehumidifiers Were Used in Place of Fans to Keep Contaminates Out of the Air.

When your Home or Business is suffers from Water Damage, understanding the types of Water is essential to clean-up. There are three types of Water.

Clean Water, or Category 1 Water is Water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.

The term Gray Water, or Category 2 Water, is used to classify water that is slightly contaminated. Clean water can become gray water if left untreated, allowing bacteria to form.

Black Water, or Category 3 Water, is water that has been contaminated by sewage or a natural disaster. This water type should always be handled by licensed, trained professionals. When water damage occurs trust local SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions while waiting for help to arrive, to minimize secondary damage.

Damage from Clean Water:

-Shut off water source if possible.

-Remove as much access water as possible with mops and towels, wiping excess water from wood furniture.

-Turn off circuit breakers in wet areas of your home or business.

-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions.

-Move any paintings, art objects, and other items that may be sensitive and move them to an unaffected area.

-Do not leave books, newspapers, or magazines on wet carpets or floors. They may cause staining.

-Do not use your household vacuum to remove water. There is danger of electrical shock.

-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures. Do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging. It could be dangerous.

Damage from Contaminated Water:

-Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated with sewage.

-Do not walk through wet and contaminated areas.

-Do not turn on the HVAC system.

-Do not use house hold fans to try to dry the structure.

-Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.