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Real Value, Packaged in Green

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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. 

Click HERE for a full list of our commercial services.

When Fire and Water Take Control, We Help Take it Back

12/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Fire and Water Take Control, We Help Take it Back Our Beaches Storm Team responding to Hurricane Florence Damage, helping the home owners of other SERVPRO franchises no matter where they are.

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it Never Even Happened." SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of our customers in Jacksonville Beach.

Like it never caught fire, was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never spilled, whatever the case our goal is to make it "Like it Never even Happened."

Your Can Trust SERVPRO

Our family has been helping home owners in Northeast Florida since 1981. There are now over 1700 franchises just like us, Nationwide. More locations means faster response. We can be on-site in most cases in under 1.5 hours.

24 Hour Emergency Service

In our business you need us fast. The sooner SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra arrives, the better chance we can reduce the damage, and prevent secondary damage from occurring. The Ponte Vedra Team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Holiday Fire Safety Checklist

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety Checklist Don't Have a Holiday Disaster!

The holidays are one of the worse times for house fires. Cooler weather, beautiful Christmas trees, decorations and candles can be a potential fire hazard. SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra would like to advise you to take personal responsibility and prepare long before a fire threatens your home and your family’s safety.

Sit down with your family and review this fire safety checklist:

  • Install and maintain a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom, outside of every sleep area and on every level of the home, including the basement, and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • Know where your fire extinguisher is mounted, and make sure everyone in the family knows how to use it.
  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
  • Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.

While it is crucial to be cautious of fire hazards year-round, taking the time to walk through these steps at least once a year could save you and your family’s life. When a fire happens, there is no more time for planning. Act today, be prepared!

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Have Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra – 904-246-6118

Cleaning Up After a Fire -the Right Way

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up After a Fire -the Right Way Let SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra Help With Your Recent Fire Damage, 904-246-6118.

Need an estimate for fire damage? Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra at (904) 246-6118.

Inspection and Pretesting
The SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra Professional pretests from the type of cleaning that will be appropriate for your type of fire damage, while inspecting the property to determine the extent of fire damage and the scope of cleaning needed, restoration, and repairs.

  • The full extent of the smoke and fire damage. How many materials are affected by smoke or fire? What is the proper method for cleaning? Will your personal belongings need to be relocated while your house is restored? These are just a few of the decisions that must be made to get your property back "Like it never even happened."
  • Unaffected areas - It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by soot and odor before the damage spreads to these areas. It will save you money, and will also protect your valuables from secondary damage.
  • What materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced. Are the smoke residues cleanable? Who is completing the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair? Fire damage pretesting is vital. A complete inventory is invaluable! How long will the cleanup take? We'll let you know what to expect.
  • The most effective cleaning methods. What procedures will restore the damaged materials?

Pretesting also allows the SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra Professional to focus on saving precious items or keepsakes on your behalf.

Once the fire damage mitigation begins, the Franchise Professional will keep you informed and answer your questions, all while working to help make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

The Science of Drying

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Science of Drying SERVPRO in Ponte Vedra Uses the Science of Drying (Psychometrics) to Dry Commercial Properties Quickly and Effectively.

Did you know that there is a science behind the drying process?

Having the knowledge of physics metrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to run for the towels and grab a few fans. SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards. If your business suffers from water damage, our beaches SERVPRO Professionals will:

Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.

Measure how much moisture is in the wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.

Speed up mother nature by using professional drying equipment. A wet building will always seek equilibrium an try to dry naturally. When materials are wet moisture will naturally move to drier air. The problem is nature takes too long and secondary damage, like mold can occur while you are waiting for your professional building to dry. We use state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven drying process to speed up the drying time in your business.

Myths About Lightning

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Myths About Lightning SERVPRO Wants You to Stay Safe During Storms.

According to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people every year are killed by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. Many times this injuries are due to misinformation.

Here are a few most common myths about lightning:

Myth: If it's not raining there is no danger from lightning.

Fact: Lightning can occur up to 10 miles outside of a rainstorm.

Myth: If you are inside, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact: A home or business is a safe place to seek shelter from a thunderstorm, as long as you avoid conduits of electricity, including phones with cords, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly. For example the Empire State Building gets hit at least 100 times per year.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you'll be electrocuted

Fact: The human body does not store electricity. 

Acting Quickly After a Disaster

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

When a Disaster strikes, it is imperative to respond quickly in order to prevent further damages and complications. Fires, Mold infestations, and Floods from broken pipes, overflows or heavy storms – all such disasters must be dealt with in a timely manner. If not handled immediately you could experience on or more of these issues:

  • If water-damaged structures and contents are not dried out quickly and correctly, potential health risks can develop. Mold can begin to grow within the first 24 to 48 hours after the flood.
  • Excessive water can cause: rusting in metals, corrosion in electronic components, cracking, splitting or warping of furniture items, color bleeding or transfer in fabrics, furniture stains and secondary damage to upholstery, drapery, clothing, wallpaper, photos and papers.
  • Fire or smoke damaged properties can also experience irreversible damage, regardless of the size of the fire. Soot residue is highly acidic and can pit or corrode the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. It can also etch glass in windows, mirrors and cabinets, causing them to look soiled and cloudy. Moreover, plastics, appliances, fabrics and vinyl windows can become discolored.
  • The safety and security of your home can be compromised. Windows and doors may become weak and function improperly, wet materials may collapse and electrical installations and components can be a health hazard when they come in contact with water. Slips and falls are also potential dangers.

If you’re not sure how to act after experiencing water, fire or mold problems in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra at 904-246-6118. We have a team of restoration professionals ready 24/7/365 to help you.

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IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) Certified Firm

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

General IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) Certified Firm Contact the IICRC Local Leader in Cleaning and Restoration, 904-246-6118.

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

Originally founded in 1972, the IICRC is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource. There are currently more than 54,000 active certified technicians many with multiple certifications, and nearly 6,000 Certified Firms around the world. 

Not only is SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra an IICRC Certified Firm, but each one of our technicians, our marketing team, our owners, and our office staff are all individually certified. That way you know when you call us at 904-246-6118, or talk to one of our team members out in the field, that the person you are speaking with is knowledgeable in our industry. Education is important to our organization, and passing that knowledge on to you is the first step to making it "Like it never even happened."

After the Storm: How to Check Your Property for Damage

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

The Importance of Conducting a Storm Damage Inspection

As summer ushers in warmer temperatures, it can also bring with it heavy rains, strong winds and powerful storms. While your home protects you from the wrath of Mother Nature, it should also be thoroughly checked for problems after every storm.

You may not have reason to suspect that your home has been damaged by a passing storm. However, once the inclement weather has safely passed, it’s important to look over the dwelling for any issues. This is also a great time to make emergency repairs and assess if an insurance claim is needed.

The following is a handy storm checklist from the National Storm Damage Center:

Roof
The roof is typically one of the most vulnerable areas during a storm. Hail, wind, rain and debris can adversely impact it. The following indicators can help in your assessment:
    •    Holes or tears in the roof
    •    Split seams
    •    Lost or missing shingles
    •    Ceiling or roof leaks

The Exterior of the Dwelling
Materials such as brick, siding and stucco are usually heavy and durable. However, during a storm, they can withstand significant damage. In some cases, problems may not be noticed until it’s too late to file an insurance claim, so you need to be diligent in your determination:
    •        Chipping, cracking, dents and dings are obvious signs that there is a problem. Even if your siding appears to be fine at first, you want to check it at varying times of the day. Different stages of lighting can showcase problems that you may have missed.
    •        Small or large holes in the stucco. No matter if the hole is small or large, this is a serious issue for a homeowner. If you find a hole or blemish, a knowledgeable and trustworthy company such as SERVPRO can conduct a thorough inspection of the property.
    •        Damaged tuck pointing and brick. Brick is a solid material when it comes to homes. However, it should be thoroughly checked for problems following a storm.
    •        Detached or ruined gutters, trim, downspouts, etc. Gutters, trim, downspouts and other exterior materials on a home are instrumental in its protection. If anything is out of sorts, it should be immediately repaired.

Driveways, Walkways, and Porches
Concrete can split, chip and crack with continuous storms and rain. This can reduce the lifespan of your walkway driveway or porch. To alleviate a safety issue, you’ll want to assess it for any imperfections.

Trees and Fallen Limbs
According to the National Storm Damage Center, fallen trees and branches can cause billions of dollars in damages every year. Most property owners would handle the removal of debris, even if the limbs or trees came from your neighbor’s property. Your insurance company may help in the retrieval of the costs, but it’s dependent on the type of policy and circumstances surrounding the incident.


Basic Tips
    •        Severe storms may knock down power and electrical lines. If this occurs on your property, you’ll want to cordon off the area approximately 30 feet in various directions from the fallen line. It’s also important to call the power company and 911 immediately.
    •        After a storm, you also want to assess the remainder of your property including fences, air-conditioning units, caps, vents etc. If your vehicle was left out of the garage, it would also need to be checked over for damage.
    •        Crawl spaces and basements should be looked over for water or flooding.

Document as much of the damage as possible by taking photos at various angles.

Finally, it’s important to comprehend your homeowner’s coverage, limits, and deductibles before a problem occurs. In case something happens, you’ll be thoroughly prepared for any storm or disaster. Should you need any help with water or storm damage or clean-up call the professionals from SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra, 904-246-6118.

Is Your Home Prepared for a Power Outage?

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Community Is Your Home Prepared for a Power Outage? Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov Here is the link to winter tips for before during and after a severe weather event; www.ready.gov/severe-weather. When severe storms strike Florida’s First Coast, knowing what to do until SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra arrives will make a difference. Contact us at 904-246-6118.