Smoke Odor Removal
When there is a fire in your home or business it can be a devastating loss. Did you know that even after the fire is out, smoke can still damage other areas of your property? The smoky odor from a fire can make the entire home or business smell horrible and smoke damage, if left untreated, can often exceed fire damage in repair and replacement costs. Fire damage repairs must begin quickly to maximize effectiveness and minimize loss due to smoke damage.
SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra answers the call and immediately moves into action 24/7. Recognizing the trauma and emotional upset that occupants suffer, we work quickly and considerately to mitigate fire and smoke damage on salvageable property; such as household items, fixtures, metals and other contents. Our state-of-the science techniques and cleaning processes often prevent replacement costs, thereby reducing overall claim costs. Fire and smoke damage restoration requires knowledge and skill; our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to do the job right.
Our trained professionals determine the full extent of fire damage, including the impact of smoke, heat and residues from fire and smoke. We keep home and business owners informed, helping to overcome their loss and restoring hope by explaining what can be saved and how, in a way property owners can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can SERVPRO treatment always includes respectful handling of property as if it was our own. We take extra care and the necessary steps to protect the floor and personal belongings. SERVPRO uses cleaning solutions that can dramatically increase the likelihood of saving property without needing to replace it.
Black Mold Myths
Mildew and moisture affects the ceiling of a bank in East Jacksonville.
There are many myths associated with "black mold" If you have ever been in a damp, musty basement, chances are you were exposed to elevated levels of mold. Many of us have seen that little line of greenish black coating near a bathroom tub or window. In case you haven’t guessed it yet, that’s more than likely mold.
Most everyone these days has heard that exposure to mold is dangerous. We hear news reports every now and then, that toxic black mold is deadly. But just what is toxic black mold?
The term “Toxic Black Mold” has absolutely no scientific validation. It is a term made up by the media. Unfortunately, much like a video that goes viral, the term has resonated with both private companies that use it to exemplify potential dangers, and public officials, who seek to regulate the industry.
The (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) CDC state that the term “Toxic Mold” is not accurate. While some molds can produce toxins, (specifically mycotoxins; mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by micro fungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals) the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous.
Mold can come in many colors. Black mold is most often associated with the mold species Stachybotrys chartarum (due to its greenish black coloring). Stachybotrys is often referred to as “toxic black mold” by the media.
Don't panic if you see mold. Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra (904) 246-6118.
Water Damage at Work
An East Jacksonville University experienced a flood water intrusion due to an irrigation system malfunction, bringing in mulch as well as water.
The last thing you need is a flood in your work place. Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting, and the effects more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines, and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number.
Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage; like the growth of toxic mold, may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.
Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:
- Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
- Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water. Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
- Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
- Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.
For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and secondary damage such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra at (904) 246-6118.
Mold Remediation, Simple Steps to Follow
A roof leak from a storm caused water damage and subsequent mold growth in this residential garage.
Understanding the basic concepts of mold remediation and mold removal is not difficult, and is essential if you want to hire the highest quality professional. While learning and understanding the basic concepts of mold remediation and mold removal is easy, doing the actual work in the proper way as described below can however be a challenge.
Mold remediation and mold removal explained:
- If you already see mold, you usually do NOT need to spend money on pretesting as we discuss here. Plain and simple: You need to remove it. All mold must be removed and done the same way (as described in the next bullet point), regardless of the type of mold testing identifies. If a so-called 'mold professional' insists that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on pre testing when mold is already visible, our advice is to be very wary because its a waste of money, except in the rarest of circumstances.
- These are the five basic principles of all successful mold removal and mold remediation projects:
1. Safety – Protect all workers and occupants.Calling SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Verda is the next step (904) 246-6118.
2. Assessment – Make a preliminary assessment, an assessment during mold remediation and an assessment after mold remediation.
3. Contamination Control – Prevent cross-contamination and the spread of mold from contaminated areas to areas absent of or with less contamination.
4. Source Removal – Physically remove the mold at its source.
5. Moisture Removal – Eliminate the moisture problem that caused the mold outbreak.
New Year, New Beginnings
Each new year brings the opportunity for new beginnings! Make 2019 the year you resolve to be READY. SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra wants to help ensure you enjoy a safe and happy new year by helping you be prepared for anything the year may have in store.
Did you know, up to 50 percent of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen? Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place. Let SERVPRO help you build an emergency preparedness plan for your property.
Make your resolution one that helps protect your business. Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/ Ponte Vedra today at 904-246-6118 to learn how we can get you "Ready for whatever happens" in the new year.
Protecting Your Property During Cold Weather
Cold weather can weak havoc on your home and business if you're not properly prepared. To help prevent weather related damages, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.
- Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather like heavy wind and rain can cause branches to fall.
- Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building/ home, and leaves should be cleared away.
- Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are free of debris.
- Test gas lines if they have been dormant to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks.
- Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Make sure all exterior doors and windows have weather stripping.
Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra at 904-246-6118 if your home or business has suffered damage due to winter weather.
Fire Safety Tips for Your Commercial Business
SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra is Equipped to Handle Your Commercial Fire Claim.
Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it recommends your building have an emergency action plan to protect yourself, employees, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
Organize emergency preparedness procedures and share them with your employees.
Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure that all exits are marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed evaluate how well the plan worked. You may need to make improvements.
Disaster Can Strike at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Our Beaches office is ready for the Holidays with a Christmas decor.
The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy quality time and fellowship. As the weather outside turns frightful (yes, even in Florida) we rely on the warmth of our homes to host gatherings with loved ones.
What happens when disaster strikes your property at the most wonderful time of the year? You can't afford to wait for a restoration company to return from Christmas vacation to start the cleanup. You need help now-even if it's the night before Christmas. If a fire or water damage strikes your home or business during the holidays, give SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra a call, 904-246-6118. We are here 365 days a year -even Christmas day. Whether you are ready for the holidays or not, SERVPRO at Jacksonville's Beaches will always be "Ready for whatever happens."
Winter Heating Hazards
The winter season is finally here in Florida, and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many of us use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know heating equipment is the number 1 cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fire.
- Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a "kid-free zone" around space heaters.
- Make sure the fire place has a sturdy screen to stop sparks.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off before leaving the room, or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected every year.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
In the unfortunate event that your property suffers fire damage, contact SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra at 904-246-6118.
Real Value, Packaged in Green
Our air movers and dehumidifiers are drying out a carpet cleaning at a ocean front hotel in Jacksonville Beach.
SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra provides consistent service and reliable information.
Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, a fire or water damage requires prompt action to reduce loss and costly down time. Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information?
SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. The Beaches team utilizes technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick, dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money.
Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra today at 904-246-6118 for a quote on mitigating mold, water damage, fire damage, or cleaning for your commercial property.
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