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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Clean Puffback Soot Yourself

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

building smoke and fire damage Puffback soot is a hazardous substance that requires specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.

Puffback is an unexpected and unfortunate event that can happen to any household that uses oil-fired heating systems. It occurs when the furnace or boiler malfunctions, causing a build-up of soot and debris in the exhaust system. This buildup can then ignite, sending a puff of soot and smoke throughout the house.

If you've experienced puffback in your home, you know how devastating it can be. The soot and smoke can cover everything in your home, from walls to furniture, and even clothing. In an attempt to save money, some homeowners may try to clean up the soot themselves. However, it is essential to understand that puffback soot is not like regular household dust, and cleaning it up requires specialized equipment and techniques. Here are some reasons why you shouldn't attempt to clean puffback soot yourself.

Inadequate equipment

Cleaning up puffback soot requires specialized equipment, such as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums, air scrubbers, and ozone machines. These machines are not readily available for homeowners to use, and even if you can rent them, you may not know how to use them properly. Professionals have access to this equipment and have the expertise to use them to effectively clean up the soot and smoke damage.

Lack of expertise

Cleaning up puffback soot is not like cleaning regular dust or debris. It requires specialized knowledge and techniques to ensure that all the soot and smoke residue is removed thoroughly. Professionals have the expertise to assess the damage and determine the best approach to clean up the soot and restore your home to its pre-puffback condition.

Potential for further damage

If you attempt to clean up puffback soot yourself, you may end up causing further damage to your home. For example, using the wrong cleaning products or techniques can cause discoloration or damage to your walls and furniture. Professionals know how to use the right cleaning products and techniques to ensure that no further damage occurs during the cleanup process.

In conclusion, puffback soot is a hazardous substance that requires specialized equipment and techniques to clean up properly. Attempting to clean it up yourself can put you at risk of exposure to harmful chemicals, cause further damage to your home, and may not yield the desired results. It is essential to hire a professional puffback cleanup service to ensure that your home is restored to its pre-puffback condition safely and effectively.

3 Categories of Water Damage

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

damaged supply line When your property suffers from a water damage it is important to know the category of damage,

Water damage is the most common loss in a home or business. Knowing what category of water loss you are dealing with can help prevent further damages. To help you better understand how to handle water-related issues, we've broken the three categories of water damage for you.

Three Categories of Water Damage

Water damage can be caused by a variety of reasons, sources, and events. You might have a pipe burst in your home or business that causes extensive water damage to the structure and its contents. Flooding due to heavy rain or snow melt can also cause a water loss for your property. Whatever the case may be, there are three main categories of water damage: Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3.

It is important to understand the different categories of water damage in case of a loss in your own home or business. Knowing how the various sources of water damage are categorized into 3 categories can assist you in making the proper decisions to keep yourself, your family, or your employees safe after a water damage event.

Category 1 - Clean Water

Category 1 water damage is the least serious type of water-related damage. Category 1 water comes from a sanitary source and is referred to as "Clean Water." This type of water is considered clean and safe for use in your home. However, it may still cause damage and mold growth if left untreated.

Examples of Category 1 sources are toilet tanks, water supply lines, melting Ice/Snow, and rainwater.

Category 2 - Gray Water

Category 2, also known as "Gray Water" is the second highest level of water damage. This category includes significantly contaminated water that may cause discomfort if you come in contact with it. Category 2 sources include:

  • Dishwasher Leaks
  • Washing Machine Leaks
  • Overflowing Toilet Bowl
  • Aquarium Water

Category 3 - Black Water

Category 3 water damage is the most serious type of water damage. It's also known as "Black Water," and it's considered grossly contaminated. All materials that come in contact with Category 3 sources must be removed and replaced.

Examples of Category 3 water sources include:

  • Sewage
  • Floodwaters
  • Seawaters

If your home or business suffers from water damage that could potentially be categorized into one of these three categories: Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3, give the professionals a call at SERVPRO.  Each category has a different risk and damage level, so it is important to call immediately for assistance. SERVPRO of Arlington/ Jacksonville East has the experience and expertise for your water damage emergency.

Things to consider before installing a Fire Sprinkler System

2/13/2023 (Permalink)

fire sprinkler in commercial space Consider installing a fire sprinkler system to help prevent fire damage to your business.

Fire sprinkler systems can save lives and your property. They are a critical part of any building's safety plan, but they may not always be necessary. Here are three things to consider before installing a fire sprinkler system in your home or business:

Fire Sprinkler Protection

Fire sprinkler systems are required by law. Fire sprinkler systems are a great way to protect your property from fire hazards. These automatic fire protection systems can help save lives and property in the event of a fire emergency. By installing a fire sprinkler system you can significantly reduce the risk of injury or loss associated with fires in buildings where people live or work.

Qualified Installer in your Area

When shopping for a fire sprinkler system, look for a company that is licensed and insured. Look for a company that has a good reputation. There are companies with experience with the type of building you have, which can help them understand how to best meet your needs. Also, look for a company that has experience with the type of fire sprinkler system you want installed in your business.

Inform yourself about Fire Sprinkler standards

It's also vital to know the standards set by your local government or building department. Most fire codes are based on NFPA 13, a standard that defines how a sprinkler system is installed and maintained. This includes things like how many sprinkler heads are required per square foot floor space and where they should be placed. The next step is to check the manufacturer's installation instructions since they may differ slightly from NFPA 13.

Fire Sprinkler System can save your Life

A well-designed and installed fire sprinkler system can save your life and even help improve property value. The insurance industry has a vested interest in promoting the installation of fire sprinkler systems because they reduce the risk of injury, property damage and loss due to fire. They also save lives.

A properly sized and efficiently operating automatic fire sprinkler system can act as an early warning device, allowing you precious minutes to escape safely during a fire emergency. Fire sprinklers are designed to control fires before they get out of control. The heat from a quickly spreading fire is absorbed by the water in the pipes, causing it to expand rapidly. This expansion creates pressure that activates valves releasing water into open areas where it snuffs out flames before they spread further through dry tinderbox conditions created by wood frame construction elements like wood ceilings or wooden staircases that make up much of modern day homes

A well designed and installed fire sprinkler system can save your life and even help improve property value. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today! We are here to help!

What To Do When the Storm Clears and the Flooding Recedes

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

tree fallen over a car Hurricane damage in Glynlea, FL.

A hurricane, like any natural disaster, is a stressful event. But once the storm passes and the floodwaters recede, you'll have to assess the damage and start cleaning up. This can be overwhelming: not only are there large debris items that need removing from your home or business premises, but you also have to decide whether to hire a professional cleaner or do it yourself. Below is an overview of what to consider when deciding what actions to take after a hurricane has caused flooding in your area.

Safety

When the storm clears and flooding recedes, it is important to be safe. While it may be tempting to walk through flood waters or drive through standing water, this can put you at risk of injury or death. When in doubt, turn around and go the other way. If your car stalls in a flooded area, get out and move to higher ground before attempting to restart your vehicle. 

Emergency communication

When the storm has passed and the floods recede, you will have to deal with several obstacles before you can begin rebuilding. One key concern is communicating with loved ones who may have been separated from you during the storm.

For those without power or cell phone service, this can be a difficult problem to overcome. However, there are several things you can do to ensure that family members continue to stay in contact with each other:

  • First, make sure that everyone knows where their phones are supposed to be charged at home. If one person's phone is missing or broken due to water damage, then it might be possible for them or another family member to borrow one of theirs if they know where their charger is located.
  • It's also important for families and communities not only keep in touch but also share vital information about resources like food pantries or shelters so they know where they can turn if necessary. 

Food and water safety

Food safety guidelines:

  • Check the temperature of your refrigerator, freezer, and other appliances to make sure they're still cold. If any of them are warmer than 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius), discard any food that may have been exposed to unsafe temperatures and clean the appliance thoroughly.
  • The same goes for food in other places—like your pantry or garage refrigerator—as well as leftovers from meals you prepared earlier this month. Throw away anything that's been above 41°F (5°C) for more than 2 hours and get rid of any items with an unusual odor or appearance.

Medical needs

If you are injured because of the flooding, seek medical care. If you have any health conditions — such as diabetes or asthma — or take medications, check with your doctor about what to do during a flood. Make sure that you have enough medication to last until the storm passes!

Electrical safety

  • Don't touch downed power lines. If you see a downed power line, don't touch it!
  • Don't drive through flooded areas. The water may be deeper than it looks and can hide objects that could cause damage to your car or injure its occupants.
  • Generators must be used with caution. Do not use a generator in a garage or basement where carbon monoxide gas could build up and become deadly.

Some things are acceptable to clean up on your own, while others should be left to professionals.

The first step is determining whether your property is safe to enter. If there are warnings of potential structural damage or other dangers, it’s best not to enter until local authorities have given clearance. After that, proceed with caution: if you have any doubt about your ability to safely remove something from your home or business, call in an expert for help.

Cleaners and disinfectants should be used only when cleaning up mold-contaminated items like sheetrock or furniture — not on drywall or carpeting. Avoid contact with floodwater and standing water altogether; use rubber gloves whenever possible when handling wet items like clothing or bedding as these can contain harmful bacteria.

Following these tips will help you get back to normal after your Glynlea, FL home has been flooded. It’s important to remember that it doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t be discouraged if progress seems slow or stalled at times. Don’t forget that there are plenty of organizations and agencies out there willing to help if you need some assistance!

Fire Damage Restoration Tips

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

Stove severely damaged by fire Kitchen fire damage in Jacksonville, FL

Fire Damage Restoration

Fires can be incredibly devastating, and the fire damage restoration process can seem daunting. Determining how to preserve your Jacksonville, FL home and belongings takes a lot of work, but it can be done! Here are 6 tips for fire damage restoration that will help you make the best during this stressful time.

Knowing these tips for fire damage restoration can help save time and money when disaster strikes

You should hire the services of a professional fire damage restoration company as soon as possible after the disaster. If you have experienced a fire in your home, it is important that you stay out until the home has been inspected by an expert. The longer you are exposed to these conditions, the higher your chances will be for getting sick or injured.

Contact your fire restoration company as soon as possible.

If you have fire damage, the sooner you contact a restoration company, the better.

When there's an emergency in your home like this, it can feel overwhelming to figure out what to do next. But don't worry! The Fire Department can help you with that part as well. If they haven't already done so, they'll direct you to a Fire Damage Restoration Company in your area who can assist with making sure that any affected property is cleaned up and restored as quickly and safely as possible. 

Stay out of your home until a restoration specialist tells you it is safe for you to come inside.

It's tempting to want to go back into your home as soon as possible. You've been away from it for a while, and you naturally want to go back in and do what you were doing before the fire. But don't be tempted by this urge. 

First, check with your restoration specialist about whether it is safe for you to return home yet. If they say no, listen to them! They know exactly what's going on inside and outside of your house, so if they say there are still major problems like water damage or structural issues that need fixing first, listen up! 

Don't touch anything until everything has dried completely. This includes walls which may have been affected by moisture; floors which may have gotten wet; surfaces where steam came out of vents during drying process (such as kitchen counters). Anything wet or damp could potentially leave behind harmful mold spores that could quickly grow into full-blown mold colonies if left unchecked - especially when combined with high humidity levels found within our homes during summer months.

If hot spots are still present in your house, call the fire department and ask for an inspection before entering for re-entry.

If you have hot spots in your house and re-entry is not recommended, take these steps:

  • Call 911 or the fire department and ask for an inspection.
  • Wait for the fire department to inspect your property before re-entering it.

It's important to keep in mind that not all fire damage can be fully repaired; sometimes it's best to just start over from scratch. But we're able to do the job right — in most cases we'll be able to restore everything back as close as possible before it broke down during a fire incident.

Salvage what you can, but let the pros decide what is safe.

Never try to salvage anything from a fire unless you are positive that it's safe! Fire damage can cause hidden dangers like mold and asbestos contamination. Fortunately, professional fire damage restoration companies will know how to evaluate your property for safety before beginning any work on it.

Hopefully, we’ve given you some helpful advice to use if disaster strikes. Keep these tips in mind as you work through your fire damage restoration project and save yourself time, money, and stress.

How Do I Replace a Toilet?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

New toilet Toilet replacement in an Arlington home.

How To Replace a Toilet

Replacing a toilet is a job you can do yourself, but it's important to take your time and follow the instructions carefully. The process will vary depending on the type of toilet you're replacing and where it's located, but here are some general steps that can help guide you:

1. Cut the old toilet off at the flange.

Remove the old toilet by cutting it off at the flange. Use a hacksaw to cut through any pipe that's in the way, and use a wrench to remove any bolts holding it in place. If you're not sure where these are located, feel free to ask for help from an experienced plumber or handyman.

Once you've removed all of your old fixtures and fittings, use a putty knife or similar tool (like an old credit card or butter knife) to scrape away old wax ring residue from under where your new flange will be installed. This step is important because it ensures that your new wax ring adheres properly when you install it later on in this process. If there was still some leftover residual wax around where you need something sturdy like a "toilet flange," then no amount of glue would keep up with those forces acting against them. Also, don't forget about clearing out any other debris clogging up your drains so nothing gets stuck there later.

Here are some steps to consider to make the job a little bit easier:

  • Turn off the water supply to your toilet. This will be either a faucet handle or a shutoff valve.
  • Remove the toilet seat and lid by unscrewing them from the bowl.
  • Unscrew or loosen any bolts holding the toilet to the floor, then lift it out of place so you can work on it easily. You can use a wrench for this task if necessary, but make sure not to force anything—the old stuff may crumble apart in your hands!
  • Be careful not to break any pipes underneath when scraping off the wax seal. Also, clean up any debris from behind where you removed everything else (you might have gotten some dust there).

2. Clean and prep the area.

The second step after removing the toilet is to clean the area. Once you have cleaned out all of that old gunk, it’s time to prep for the installation of your new toilet. This involves buying a new wax seal, as well as getting some bolts that will hold down your new fixture securely enough so it doesn’t fall over or leak after installation.

3. Install a new wax ring and wax seal.

Clean the wax ring. While you may be tempted to install your toilet with a dirty wax seal, this can damage the new toilet and cause leaks. Before installing, clean the seal with soapy water or rubbing alcohol and then allow it to dry completely before moving on to step two.

Make sure your wax ring is the right size for your toilet flange (the base of your old toilet). You can find out what size flange you need by looking at small numbers or letters stamped into the metal ring on top of your old toilet’s base—or simply by measuring it yourself using a ruler. If there aren’t any markings on yours, measure its width (from side-to-side) instead since all standard American toilets have an 8-inch flange in diameter (this includes both round and elongated bowls).

Once you know what size wax seal will work best for your home improvement project, make sure that it's properly seated inside its corresponding groove around each end of where that piece meets up against other parts underneath. This ensures airtightness which prevents any leakages from occurring.

4. Bolt down the new toilet.

There are many different types of bolts. Be sure to use the right ones for your toilet and your installation. If you're unsure about what type to use, consult with a professional or read the instruction booklet that came with your new toilet. Once you've done that, make sure the bolts are tight and level.

Once all of this is complete, check for leaks around any joints where water might be allowed in (such as between a wall and the floor). Leaks can occur during installation, so always double-check before sealing up anything!

If the toilet is too far gone, you may want to consider replacing the entire floor or wall. In cases like this, you will also want to make sure your Arlington home doesn’t show signs of mold damage. This is where SERVPRO of Arlington/Jacksonville East can help. Give us a call for water damage restoration and mold remediation!

What Does a Commercial Property Insurance Policy Cover?

10/8/2022 (Permalink)

a young man in a suit in his office showing an insurance policy and pointing to where the policyholder should sign with a pen Commercial property insurance can help protect your assets from disaster and keep them safe.

What Is Covered by Commercial Property Insurance?

As you are starting your business and looking for a commercial property policy, there are many things to consider. You have to choose the amount of coverage you will need, as well as its features and price. You can get a policy that fits your needs and even offers a competitive price; however, here are some important things to know before buying one:

The Basics

If you have a business, whether it's just a part-time venture or a full-time moneymaker, there are some things that could happen that could cause you to lose money. For example, if your storefront was hit by a car, it may be damaged beyond repair and you'd need to rebuild it. Or maybe your entire property is flooded during an unexpected flood and all of the contents inside get ruined. In these cases—and many others—commercial property insurance can help protect your assets from disaster and keep them safe so they're available when they're needed most.

The first step in finding out if commercial property insurance will be right for you is determining what kind of business structure you have: sole proprietor or partnership. If there are multiple owners involved (like with a limited liability company or corporation), then the next step would be figuring out who owns what portion of the building and its contents so you can get an accurate quote based on their specific needs.

What is Commercial Property Insurance?

Commercial property insurance is a policy that covers losses to your business. It can cover everything from fire damage to theft, and it can be written for a single property or for an entire portfolio of properties.

The coverage options will vary from company to company, but generally speaking, you'll see the following options:

  • Property damage and loss (property being damaged by natural disasters or other events)
  • Business income (loss of revenue caused by an event like fire)

Choose the Amount of Coverage

You will have to choose the amount of coverage you’re going to need. The amount of coverage you choose should be based on the value of your property. It is important that you get an insurance policy that fits your needs and even offers a competitive price.

Building & Personal Property Coverage

The standard commercial property insurance policy includes both building and personal property coverage. The following is a breakdown of each:

  • Building Coverage – This covers the cost to repair or replace your building, its contents, and any other structures located on your property (such as fences). However, it does not include land value or any improvements to your land.
  • Personal Property Coverage – Covers electronic equipment and fixtures as well as things like furniture, clothing, and machinery that are used in the day-to-day operations of your business. This may also extend to tools that are used by employees while they’re working onsite.

In conclusion, commercial property insurance is very important. If you own a business or you have a property in Arlington that needs to be protected, this type of coverage will help you do it at an affordable price. This type of insurance can also offer peace of mind in knowing that if something does happen on your property then there are funds available should any damages need repairing.

3 Flood Safety Tips To Follow

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

Documents in plastic containers Store important documents in water-resistant containers

Flood Safety Tips

Before, during and after a flood in Arlington, FL, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to best keep yourself safe. There are certain flood safety suggestions that can help you navigate your home after a flood.

1. Avoid Electrical Systems

Electrical systems in your home can be hazardous to handle after a flood. Though you might think you can remove small amounts of water that surround electrical systems on your own, it’s often wise to instead allow water damage restoration experts to safely remove the water from your home. Even if the area surrounding any outlets, wires or systems appears unaffected by water, it’s often best to avoid the area.

2. Obtain and Access Necessary Supplies

There are particular supplies that are often useful to have during and after a flood. Having adequate amounts of drinkable water for every person in your home can be helpful since floodwater often is unsafe to drink. It can also be wise to have nonperishable food items and important medications on hand. Part of flood safety also means making sure you can easily access the materials and items without putting yourself at risk.

3. Make Preparations Before Disaster Strikes

Though many people don’t like to think their homes will be affected by a flood, thinking about safety tips before a disaster occurs can be incredibly useful. Storing insurance information, social security cards and other important documents in water-resistant containers can be important, as you may need to access these items after a flood. Additionally, preparing and practicing an evacuation plan can also help you react to a flood in a manner that is safe and timely.

Being informed about flood safety can help you feel more prepared for a flood. Avoiding electrical systems, obtaining and keeping track of important supplies and preparing before a natural disaster occurs are helpful ways to bolster your safety.

The Non-Plumber's Guide to Replacing a Toilet

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

Debris on the floor of bathroom, toilet has been removed. Water damage in a St. Nicholas, FL bathroom home.

How To Replace a Toilet

Water leaks are no fun, and when you discover a leak is coming from a toilet, it can be downright revolting. The good news is that most leaking toilet issues involve clean water, so chances are you can make the toilet repair or swap yourself. That said, if you're not a certified plumber or a handyman, you probably have no clue as to how to replace a toilet. This step-by-step guide should help you.

1. Drain and Remove the Toilet

First things first: Shut off the supply line to the toilet and drain it completely. This is a necessary step if you don't want to cause more water damage or be inundated with a surge of toilet water. Once you've drained the toilet, remove the caps that conceal the closet bolts and detach the hex nuts. Exercising extreme care, lift the old toilet by the bowl and place it on an old towel.

2. Make the Repair

The problem behind a leaking toilet typically stems from the closet flange. If that's the case in your bathroom, scrape away the existing wax gasket. Loosen the bolts that secure the flange to the surface and slide a repair strap beneath it. Center the new wax gasket on the flange.

3. Connect the New Water-Supply Tube and Replace the Toilet

Finally, attach the new water-supply tube to the valve at the base of the toilet tank. Replace the toilet onto the gasket and press down on the bowl to tighten the seal. Secure the closet bolts and then press down on the bowl again. Make sure the nuts are as tight as they can go before covering them with caps. Reconnect the supply line to the shut-off valve, and then reopen the valve. Perform a test flush to check for leaks.

If the water from your leaking toilet has already caused significant damage in your St Nicholas, FL, home, you may want to contact a professional plumber. You should also reach out to your local water remediation team for cleanup assistance.

4 Things That Make SERVPRO a Great Franchise

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

two truck box and a van, three green vehicles on the road SERVPRO is the industry leader in the restoration and remediation industry.

Four Qualities of a Great Franchise

Are you an entrepreneur who loves helping people in your community? If so, owning a SERVPRO franchise may be the perfect business opportunity. SERVPRO is the industry leader in the restoration and remediation industry. Their experts aid homeowners and business owners who have experienced a traumatic event such as a fire, flood, or another disaster. 

1. Locally Owned Franchises
Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated, which allows each business owner to become a pillar in his or her community. By being Faster to Any Size Disaster, customers will quickly come to rely on your expertise. 

2. In House Financing
Opening a franchise is not cheap, and SERVPRO understands that not all business owners will have all of the cash up front. SERVPRO makes it easier to open a franchise by offering in-house financing options.

3. Extensive Training from Headquarters
SERVPRO knows that many people purchasing a franchise are not already experts in the restoration and remediation business, and they do not leave new owners to figure the business out on their own. One way that SERVPRO remains an industry leader is by offering each owner extensive training and support. Each owner attends a training program after purchasing a franchise and continues to receive ongoing support from headquarters throughout the duration of the business.

4. Well Positioned in the Post Covid World
SERVPRO has created a certified cleaning program based on the CDC guidelines to mitigate infectious pathogens. Home and business owners can purchase this service to help make themselves, their guests, and their employees feel safe returning to crowded spaces. 
By opening a SERVPRO franchise in Jacksonville, FL, you can give the people in your community somewhere to turn to when they need help after a disaster. With the SERVPRO brand name and training program on your side, you will quickly be established as a leader in the industry.

What Is the Best Way to Clean Up My Business After a Water Spill?

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment placed in the hallway of a building Call SERVPRO for any water cleanup your business property may need.

How Can I Be Certain My Shop Is Ready for Customers After My Water Heater Failed? 

Commercial water cleanup in an Arlington bakery requires additional precautions for recreating a healthy, safe environment for food preparation and serving customers. SERVPRO specialists train extensively to dry the structure and make each item inside customer-ready again. 

Where Do Your Specialists Begin? 

If the weather allows, they start by opening all doors and windows, and set-up exhaust fans in key positions. This increased airflow helps to increase natural evaporation and reduce the humidity level by drawing out the damp air inside. Where needed, specialists can install dehumidifiers to quickly draw down the humidity to prevent the formation of rust deposits and mold. 

As the fans go up, other team members use pumps and smaller water extractors to draw standing water off the floors. Depending on the type of equipment present, they may also use long-handled squeegees to push water out from under freezers and ovens. For very tight spaces, specialists direct warm air across the floor using an air mover to dry it completely. 

If there are any commercial carpets present, our specialists use vacuums with adjustable speed and heating options. Team members can dry the carpets without softening the glue and accidentally causing air pockets to form. 

What Else Can SERVPRO Do for The Health of My Employees and Customers?

In addition to these steps, SERVPRO now offers Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. It is a program that targets viral pathogens and is designed specifically for restaurants and other food-service businesses. Personnel trained in the program strictly follow the decontamination protocols established by the CDC and county health agencies. 

To schedule one of our restoration teams to begin work at your business, call SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 today. We are here so you can serve your customers once again.

3 Key Components of the Fire Restoration Process

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Burned kitchen Kitchen fire damage in Monument, FL.

Fire Restoration Process

When a fire rips through your home, the cleanup and repair process can seem daunting. However, there are three critical components that must take place to make the home safe again. Here is what to expect if your Monument, FL, home requires fire restoration. 

1. Removal of Soot and Smoke Damage
After a fire has blazed through your home, contact a local fire damage restoration company. These experts are best equipped to remove the harmful soot and smoke encased in the structure from the flames. They will use specialized cleaning techniques and products to lift residue out of walls and surfaces. Don't attempt to clean soot damage before help arrives, as the structure could be unsafe and improper smoke cleaning methods may cause more damage.  

2. Home Deodorization
A lingering smell of smoke and smolder is typically inevitable after a home fire. However, the stench can be lifted during the fire restoration process. Fire damage professionals can deodorize the home using a variety of trusted, science-backed methods that fully remove the smell rather than mask it. This step will often occur after smoke damage has been removed and while an overall deep cleaning of the home occurs. 

3. Repairing Home
You may think that issuing repairs to the home is the only part of the restoration process. However, it comes last after the house has been cleared of any smoke damage, deodorized and properly sanitized. During this step, experts will restore any part of the structure that was damaged in the fire. This process can vary depending on the size of the home and the extent of the damage. It can include anything from replacing drywall and carpets, to full reconstruction of parts of the house, such as the roof. 
Following a house fire, the process to restore the home includes expert cleaning of smoke and soot, removal of odors and structural repairs. 

Our Experts Discuss Our Restoration Strategies

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking from diswasher Water damage in Merrill, FL.

Restoration Strategies

When water leaks occur in your home, it is always advisable to implement immediate mitigation of the damage as quickly as possible. Some folks try to perform the cleanup themselves, only to have to call in the experts after mold and mildew appear. Long-term moisture situations can also cause structural damage to your home, which can cost thousands of dollars in repairs.

SERVPRO has been responding to water damage events in Merrill, FL  area for many years. We have the equipment and team members to respond to any size disaster and can call in experts from other SERVPRO franchises if needed. Our experience has taught us that the total damage can be managed more effectively if the response is immediate. Our professionals are available on a 24/7 basis.

Tips in Dealing with Water Damage
Always make sure it is safe to enter the area where there is water damage. Ensure that there are no electrical or other dangers to avoid. Stop the source of the water as quickly as possible. Call SERVPRO to help remove the water and moisture in your home. Use mops, towels, and even blankets to remove as much standing water as possible. Remove any area rugs, books, magazines, and items that could leach dyes onto carpeting. Place all furniture on blocks to avoid leaving marks on carpeting.

SERVPRO Can Help
While consumers can remove much of the water from a leak in their homes, moisture can remain in carpeting, underpads, wall cavities, and many other difficult-to-reach locations. Our technicians are trained to locate these hard-to-reach spots and deploy the necessary equipment to remove the moisture.

We remove all moisture. SERVPRO can set up air movers and dehumidifiers, create negative air spaces, force air into cavities, and check for humidity using infrared cameras. We also deploy water extractors and sump pumps for more significant water situations. Whatever water damage event you are dealing with, we have the team and equipment to respond. Our technicians can return your property to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Homeowners Should Plan for Water and Fire Damage Cleanup

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out a fire in a house As a homeowner, you want to clean up fire damage quickly once the flames disappear.

Fire and Water Cleanup

As a homeowner, you want to clean up fire damage quickly once the flames disappear. However, you may not have water contamination on your radar. Unfortunately and fortunately, the two coexist. Firefighters rely on moisture to extinguish the blaze, saturating possessions and materials.
Don't limit your restoration scope. This essential safety procedure leaves you with more than soot and ash concerns. The home also has soggy structures that demand professional drying procedures. The following are reasons to give prompt attention to fire and water cleanup.

Water Damage Is a Big Deal
Visible symptoms of fire devastation make sense. The charred walls become a clear sign of trouble. You know you have to wash them off, repair holes and eliminate the unpleasant odor. On the other hand, water hides, often lurking in your home's structure. Because you don't see it, water remediation may not seem significant.
However, the fire crew used large quantities of moisture, drenching roofs, walls, and floors. As a result, the following may be soaked:

  • Drywall
  • Carpeting
  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Personal belongings

If you focus on fire damage only, the fluid sits, absorbing into porous items. These conditions trigger mildew and mold spores to reproduce, create a musty odor and deteriorate crucial building parts. Furthermore, appliances with water exposure pose an additional fire risk.

Remediation Teams Can Tackle Both Problems
Immediately request help from fire and water restoration experts in Fort Caroline, FL. These certified technicians use specialized technology to evaluate fire contamination and water concerns. They assess personal possessions and property to determine what they can sanitize and what requires replacement, focusing on minimizing secondary problems.
Expect water to take precedence. Moisture from the fire hose spreads quickly. The team needs to use industrial dehumidifiers to reduce harmful humidity from the impacted rooms. Then, they can focus on washing and scrubbing walls, clearing away the soot.
Yes, fixing the fire damage remains vital, but you must also concentrate on the effect of water on the home. Manage both problems simultaneously to minimize future concerns.

Cleaning 101: How to Remove Microwave Smells

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning the inside of a microwave Regularly clean your microwave.

How to Remove Microwave Smells

Modern appliances can be very convenient. You can cook a variety of things in them and many of them save you time. In order to extend the lifetime of your appliances and to prevent a house fire, you should regularly clean them.

Clean the Turntable and Interior
You may have some odors lingering inside your microwave from the last time you cooked: Tomato smell from leftover spaghetti, the chicken smell from your canned soup lunch, or smoke smell from the time you cooked your popcorn just a little too long. Follow this method to clear these odors:

  • Squeeze out a lemon and place the peels into a safe-to-heat bowl filled with one cup of water.
  • Heat the lemon water for five to ten minutes.
  • Let stand for five more minutes.
  • Carefully remove the bowl.
  • Wipe down the entire interior with a soft cloth.
  • Don't forget the turntable.

Voila! No more smoke smell or any other unpleasant aromas. It's important to note that you shouldn't use anything abrasive, as that can cause damage and increase the risk of a fire during use. 

Clean the Vent Grill and Exterior
If your appliance is found over your stovetop, then after you wipe the exterior of your appliance, you will also need to remove and clean the grills and vents. These collect a lot of greases while they are working. If you haven't cleaned it in a while, it will take a lot of scrubbing. Another option, Oak Haven, FL, is to call your local cleanup and restoration company. They can do the deep cleaning that even day-to-day housecleaning services sometimes miss.
On a weekly to biweekly basis, you should be cleaning the inside and outside of your appliances. Remember to use a gentle cleanser and cloth so you can prevent a fire risk. Regular cleaning can prevent odors from building up, such as a rancid, rotten smell or a smoke smell. Follow these simple tips for keeping your kitchen a cleaner, safer space to use.

How To Recover From a Flood if You Don't Have Insurance

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery centers staffed with recovery specialists from FEMA FEMA provides assistance to those affected by natural disasters through the Individuals and Households Program.

How To Recover From a Flood if You Don't Have Insurance

Sometimes, those who do not live in a flood plane may not feel the need to purchase flood insurance. However, every home is susceptible to flooding. If your Spring Glen, FL, home is affected by a flood, and you are uninsured, there are many institutions that may be able to help.

Nonprofit Organizations
After a flood occurs, check with nonprofit organizations, such as the American Red Cross, to see what assistance they are able to offer. The Red Cross is experienced in delivering emergency provisions and cleanup supplies to those in need. They can help with finding temporary shelter or longer-term housing. Other organizations that may have resources to help include United Way, Salvation Army, and smaller local charities. Throughout most of the United States, you can dial 211 and find assistance for a variety of issues, including help after a flood.

FEMA and Other Government Organizations
Many government organizations also help individuals without flood insurance recover. Check with the following agencies to see if you qualify for assistance:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Small Business Administration
State and local government programs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides assistance to those affected by natural disasters through the Individuals and Households Program. These funds may be allocated for temporary housing, medical care, rebuilding costs, or other necessary expenses. The SBA offers loans to individuals who have been affected by declared disasters. Homeowners and renters are eligible to apply for a loan to replace or repair their personal property, and homeowners may apply for funds to rebuild. Check with your local government to see if another assistance is available. In some cases, you may be able to use funds from the government to hire a certified restoration service.
Although flood insurance makes recovering from a flood easier, it is possible for the uninsured to also get help by reaching out to government and nonprofit agencies. These institutions may be able to help with acute needs as well as rebuilding.

3 Types of Category 3 Water Damage

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on wall Category 3 floodwater can trigger mold growth in any room it enters.

Three Different Types of Category 3 Water Damage

Flooding that occurs in St Nicholas, FL, can have a serious effect on your property. This is especially true of floods that have an outdoor source, as it is usually filled with sewage, bacteria and chemicals. This is what flood removal technicians call black water due to its degree of uncleanliness. This kind of water can cause a variety of damage, and recognizing what it can do to your home can help you understand when you need assistance with water removal and restoration.


1. Standing Black Water
When outdoor floodwater enters your home, it can seriously degrade the building materials and damage them to the point where they may have to be removed. The longer the water sits, the more it is likely to ruin drywall, furniture and stored items. The sooner you have it removed and disposed of properly, the better.

2. Mold Growth
Category 3 floodwater can trigger mold growth in any room it enters. Because mold spores thrive on humidity and moisture, an area affected by this dirty water can experience the encroachment of mold within 24-48 hours of the flood. While its removal is important to prevent mold, it is best to wait for restoration technicians to assist you, as they have the proper removal and disposal tools to do so safely.

3. Sewage and Moisture Odor
Dirty floodwater can soak into walls, ceilings and carpeting, leaving behind a foul odor once the sewage cleanup is complete. A flood mitigation and restoration service can help you salvage items with specialized cleaning equipment and ozone machines to clean the air in any affected areas so no sewage odors linger.
Black water floods in St Nicholas, FL, can have many different effects on your home and ruin building materials and treasured family items. Understanding what far-reaching problems they may cause can help you prevent the loss of time and money.

The 3 Elements To Protect Your Business Against Fire Disaster

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler system in a commercial building Fire preparation is about ensuring your business survives a disaster.

Fire Preparation

As a business owner, you only want what is best for your company, employees, and consumers. A significant part of your job is ensuring you do everything possible to keep people and property safe. Fire preparation is an essential aspect of that obligation. Talking to fire mitigation services in Jacksonville University, FL, you may discover there are three elements to business, property, and people protection.

1. Disaster Preparation Response Plan
A fire disaster will likely involve significant fire damage. The goal of a business owner is likely to ensure that the physical property damage does not impede or interrupt business operations to a detrimental effect. Therefore, you should have a disaster response plan in place. The plan should cover all the essentials of your business, allowing you to maintain critical operations outside of your property.

2. Standby Remediation Specialists
A significant aspect of fire preparation is ensuring a recovery after the disaster. You can work with a fire remediation company to develop a response plan. With a plan in place, all that is needed after a fire is a single phone call to the mitigation service. When the company receives your call, they should review their records and respond precisely, as you previously discussed.

3. Safety Systems
One of the most effective ways to ensure the safety of employees and consumers and minimize potential damage to your property is by installing all appropriate safety systems and measures. At a minimum, you can install a sprinkler system, alarm system, emergency lighting, and fire extinguisher in all appropriate locations.
Fire preparation is about ensuring your business survives a disaster. However, it is primarily about ensuring the safety of yourself, employees, and consumers. Having an effective plan in place, a mitigation service on standby, and all essential safety systems installed helps ensure the best chance of survival.

5 Ways To Prepare a Home for Flooding

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

hands holding heavy mulch Consider doing some landscaping with mulch and plants known to have high water needs.

Five Steps to Flood-Proofing Your Home

With flood risks on the rise, your home in Arlington Manor, FL, may be at risk. Although preventing flooding may not be possible, there are ways to prepare your home and minimize the damage that a professional water and storm damage restoration company will have to repair.

1. Ensure Proper Drainage

An essential way to minimize flood damage is to ensure that the grading around your home is at the right angle. There should be a slope away from the foundation. If you have noticed pools after a rain shower, it is time to bring in some dirt. To further enhance drainage, consider doing some landscaping with mulch and plants known to have high water needs.

2. Inspect the Foundation and Basement

Even the smallest crack in the foundation may lead to big problems. Inspecting the foundation and basement windows should be on the annual to-do list. Check for any signs of leaks, cracks, broken seals, missing caulk or broken masonry.

3. Install Flooding Prevention Systems

If your home is in a high-risk area, there are different systems on the market that detect unwanted water. These are electronic devices that alert the homeowner of excess water before it becomes a major problem. Many of these can also be tied to other smart-home devices.

4. Clean Gutters and Drains

If the gutters are dirty, the rain won’t drain properly. Instead, it will push out of the sides and straight down to the foundation. For homes in areas with many trees, the gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year. Ditches and drains should also be inspected to ensure there is no blockage.

5. Keep Barriers Accessible

Once the rain starts to pour down, you may not be able to keep it out. You can slow the flow by having sandbags on-site. There are also other innovative barrier systems designed for flood prevention that are easy to use and help divert water.
While flooding may not be totally avoidable, there are ways to minimize the risk and prepare your home to battle the storm.

The 3 Main Goals of Plumbing Maintenance

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

Air movers and dehumidifiers placed in a long hallway of a building. Commercial cleanup in Regency, FL.

The Three Most Important Plumbing Maintenance Objectives

You have enough to do with your company in Regency, FL, without having to worry about an expensive business claim. Your plumbing system provides many essential benefits. However, if it isn't working properly, you could face a business disruption as well as a host of other problems. Regular maintenance on your plumbing lines is probably the best way to avoid surprises and added expenses. When working with a licensed plumbing contractor, you can better plan your budget for the year. A plumbing maintenance program has three main goals.

1. Avoiding Water Damage. Broken pipes and water leaks can be major or minor. A small problem will be contained in one area and can be fixed in a matter of hours. A larger problem can spill between floors and rooms and damage equipment, walls and flooring and even computer systems.

2. Limiting a Business Claim. You have commercial insurance for a reason, but you still want to avoid using it if possible. Repeated claims can drive up your premiums. It can also be a process that takes a lot of your time. Professional plumbing maintenance makes it less likely that you will have to claim damages from a major water leak.

3. Keeping Your employees and Customers Safe. If a pipe breaks in your building, you are suddenly faced with a potentially dangerous situation. Wayward water can create electrical hazards as well as trip and fall perils. If sewage water is present, it is important to make sure the water is not touched by human skin to prevent infections and other health issues.

Even in the best circumstances, water disasters happen from time to time. For help dealing with water issues, a professional water mitigation franchise such as SERVPRO is always Here to Help. In addition to cleaning up your property quickly and safely, franchise workers, as a preferred vendor for many insurance companies nationwide, can help you process a business claim with a minimum of trouble.

How To Contain Mold Damage on Your Commercial Property

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall Commercial mold damage in Arlington, FL.

When you first notice evidence of black mold on your property, your gut response may be one of panic. After all, mold cleanup is a pretty big task to handle, and your concerns about damage to your property are valid. However, in Arlington, FL, mold remediation and restoration professionals can effectively and thoroughly address the issue.

Prevent the Spread of Spores

While you wait for professionals to arrive, there are several things you can do to prevent black mold spores from spreading to other rooms and spaces:

Understand that spores only require a little bit of airflow to float from one place to another. Additionally, anyone walking through affected areas could carry spores on their clothes or shoes into unaffected areas.
Turn off the heating and cooling systems. Although these systems provide ventilation, which is important when preventing mold growth, once mold has made an appearance, the fans could help spread the mold. Additionally, the HVAC system is often an area of contamination itself.
Look for sources of water. If you've found mold, it's probably because there's a leak or other source of humidity somewhere. Cut off any supply of water and dry up any obvious pools of water.

The appearance of mold could negatively impact business in your commercial property, so act quickly to get professionals on-site and prevent any spread of spores.

Prevent Mold Growth

If you haven't found mold yet, make sure you understand how to avoid it. Address any moisture problem immediately. If you spot condensation around the edges of windows, notice a dripping faucet or slow leak around toilets, or find that a stain is developing on the ceiling, contact mold cleanup and remediation professionals right away. That unwanted moisture is a common cause of mold, so tackle it aggressively.

Prevent Damage to Your Property

The best way to avoid damage from black mold is quick action. Contact professionals right away and then cut off access to the affected area, turn off the HVAC system, and shut off the water. Plan ahead to avoid mold growth and related damage.

3 Precautionary Steps for Preventing Roof Leaks

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Missing shingles on a roof Missing or broken shingles can cause trouble to your roof.

Steps To Avoid a Roof Leak

There are many things that can lead to a roof leak, from aged, malfunctioning shingles to wind damage from a natural disaster. The presence of one has the potential to cause a great deal of inconvenience and water damage that may require the services of a professional cleanup and restoration company in Glynlea, FL, to deal with. Its existence may promote the growth and spread of mold, compromise structural integrity, create a fire hazard by allowing liquid to drip on live wires and more. There are some steps business owners can take to avoid a leaky roof in the first place.

1. Perform Regular Maintenance
Commercial properties require regular repairs and checkups. One way to head off a potential roof leak is to keep up with some necessary tasks:

  • Clean out the gutters and storm drains
  • Remove debris from the roof (it can cause water to pool, leading to damage)
  • Replace damaged shingles
  • Make sure sealant/caulking is working properly

2. Remove Potential Nature Hazards
Trees close to the structure need to be cut down and overhanging branches trimmed off. They have the potential to punch holes in, scratch, rip shingles off and otherwise harm the top of buildings, causing leaks. Getting rid of them is the best way to eliminate the risks they pose.

3. Inspect the Roof Closely
A regular inspection is also vital. The surface of the roof itself, its penetrations (pipes, drains and other components that go through it), the perimeter and the underside all need to be carefully evaluated, especially if severe weather is expected. Holes, cracks, mold, deterioration, rotting materials, wear and tear and missing or broken shingles are all things that can cause trouble and need to be dealt with.
A roof leak can be a pain to deal with. Implementing measures to keep one from occurring in the first place is a good idea and can help commercial property owners avoid a mess.

4 Steps for Preparing a Business Interruption Claim

3/26/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers and air movers placed along way in a hallway Commercial water cleanup and restoration in Regency, FL.

Preparing a Business Interruption Claim in Four Steps

If you have recently had to hire water remediation professionals to clean up the flooding in your business, you know the importance of filing a well-documented claim with a business interruption insurance company. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your claims are thorough and don't get subject to extensive reviews and rejection.

1. Develop a Plan

The key to starting a sound claim is creating a team responsible for handling your flooding. You should then thoroughly review your insurance policy and determine if the event is covered, unlike a broken pipe due to freezing temperatures. If you have experienced a covered peril, you should contact your insurance adjuster and start the claim process.

2. Measure Your Income Loss

You need to measure your income loss in an objective and supported way. Also, ensure that you take any normal operating expenses out of your total income. Some areas that require thorough support include the relationship of the loss to a disaster, your ordinary income, your income history, any market conditions that could impact these numbers, and the sales you have used to offset your losses.

3. Identify Any Extra Expenses

In addition to lost income for your business in Regency, FL, you will likely be able to get funds to pay any extra expenses that are a direct result of a disaster. For instance, a flood will bring cleaning and disinfecting fees that you would normally not have to pay.

4. Execute a Mitigation Plan

Your insurance adjuster will focus on the efforts you took to mitigate your interruption after the flooding. This could include many different tactics, such as moving to a temporary location, finding alternative suppliers, or reaching out to customers through unusual methods. Make sure your loss mitigation plan is well documented so you can offer it to your insurance company.
Business interruption insurance is one source businesses rely on when they experience disasters, such as large water damage. To ensure their claim is accepted quickly, business owners should follow these critical steps to create a strong and well-supported case.

Is Black Mold Grounds To Sue a Commercial Landlord?

3/19/2022 (Permalink)

Drywall board removed and mold growth found If a water issue is not treated correctly it can lead to mold damage.

As a commercial business owner, the last thing you want is black mold destroying your property. If you rent, your building landlord may be responsible for this costly issue. Find out if you have grounds to sue upon finding mold invading your commercial space.

First Steps When Mold Overgrowth Is Suspected

Black mold can often go undetected. Therefore, if you notice any signs at all, it's best to contact your landlord immediately. Ask to have professional mold remediation experts brought into the site. This will establish a paper trail, providing evidence that you have reported the issue. Landlords are legally required to remove the mold and provide compensation for any damages incurred. There are certain laws that protect tenants from improper building conditions. Look into garnering professional legal advice to find the specific building codes for commercial rentals in Glynlea, FL.

At this stage, you should familiarize yourself with contractual caveats in your lease agreement, including (but not limited to):

  • Responsibility of tenant for property damage;
  • Preventative measures required by tenant;
  • Mold removal rules;
  • And landlord responsibility for fixing plumbing and ventilation issues.

Remember that water damage, such as that from leaky plumbing, will likely cause mold overgrowth. Figure out whom your lease agreement holds responsible for fixing any defects in the commercial property. It is usually the responsibility of the landlord to promptly address any maintenance requests. However, there may be a separate mold addendum that outlines preventative measures or instances in which to contact property maintenance. Ensure that you have done everything mentioned to mitigate the possibility of fungus overgrowth in your rental. Then, and only then, do you have enough reason to move forward with a lawsuit.

Grounds To Sue
Once you've carefully considered the above steps, you may move on to exploring legal options. Just ask yourself:

  • Did the landlord refuse to take action?
  • Have damages to your property occurred?
  • Have you lost income due to these damages?

Even if the landlord did take action, destruction of your property beforehand may still be enough to sue. If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you can start looking into filing a lawsuit against your landlord due to black mold.

Work With the Best Disaster Recovery Team After a Storm

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a drywall and air movers placed to start drying process A disaster recovery team like SERVPRO can help you quickly after a storm.

Work With the Best Disaster Recovery Team After a Storm

If your facility in Arlington, FL, experiences a flood or storm, you want to get the best disaster recovery team to help. Working with a local franchise means you will have a fast response with the backing of a large company.

A Fast Response

After a storm, getting help quickly means the mitigation process can begin right away. This is important for several reasons:

  1. A professional storm response team will secure your building, reducing secondary damage.
  2. It will help shorten the restoration process, reducing business interruption.
  3. It can help reduce your insurance costs by preventing further damage.

Trained Professionals

When you've experienced a disaster, you want a company that's trained to handle storm damage of any size and has the equipment to clean up and restore your property. SERVPRO has decades of experience handling remediation projects and no disaster recovery is too large.

The Large Loss Division is comprised of specialists trained to handle any size disaster. They are located strategically throughout the country, so they're ready to respond quickly in Arlington, FL. A commercial operations manager handles every large loss project prepared to oversee the mitigation process and facilitate communication.

The Right Equipment

SERVPRO franchises are locally based, but they have access to the equipment needed to handle cleanup and restoration. Whether your company's mitigation needs are large or small, professionals are ready to handle mold remediation, drying after a flood or storm, upholstery and fabric cleaning, inventory storage or any step of the restoration process.
Many storms lead to water damage. SERVPRO technicians use vacuums and pumps to move water out of your facility. They have special equipment to detect hidden water sources and industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the area quickly. Once your building is dry, it can be sanitized and restored.
A disaster recovery team like SERVPRO can help you quickly after a storm. They have the local and national resources needed to get your facility running again and they are Here to Help.

How Contaminated is Your Flood Water?

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment on kitchen Drying equipment in a kitchen in Jacksonville, FL.

Water Categories

When contaminated water enters your home in Jacksonville, FL, you may begin wondering how dangerous it is to wade into the water. This can depend on your supply line, where the water came from, and other factors. As complex as this can be, there are three main categories of water:

  • Clean Water
  • Gray Water
  • Black Water

While these may seem like meaningless titles, these categories can give you a good idea of how dangerous standing water is.

Clean Water

Clean water, which is also called, “White Water,” is generally considered safe. This is the type of water that you may shower, cook, and clean with. You might face floodwater in this category if a pipe inside your home bursts and does not contact anything else. Generally speaking, you can be safe from contamination when dealing with this type of water.

Gray Water

This water is slightly contaminated, but not necessarily dangerous. That means that gray water may have such particles as human hair, oils, and soap. The important thing is that gray water has not contacted solid human waste. This type of water may come from an overflowing tub or sink, for example.

Black Water

The most important thing about this type of water is that it has encountered solid human waste. Thus, it could be contaminated with harmful bacteria, parasites, toxins, and other dangerous particles. If your toilet overflows or your sewage backs up, you should not go near it. Many people are surprised to learn that flood water that enters your home from outside after a storm is also black water. It can become contaminated water when sewage backs up from the flooding.

No matter what kind of water damages your home in Jacksonville, FL, it’s essential to call a professional restoration company to assist you. All kinds of water can cause mold, and a restoration company can help.

What to Know About Restoration and Your Company

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a long hallway of a commercial building Commercial water restoration in Monument, FL.

What You Should Know About Restoration and Your Business

When your company in Monument, FL, experiences flooding and contamination by black water, your staff may wonder if it's safe to come to work during the restoration process. Many restoration experts recommend staying away from the building during certain steps in the process, however, staff may be able to return to work sooner than expected.

The Business Building May Need to Stay Closed for Some Steps

Many damage and restoration professionals recommend either closing or moving business off-site while certain repairs are underway. These restoration steps may include

  • Water removal
  • Decontamination of the affected area
  • Necessary demolition or cutaway work
  • Mold remediation efforts

Some Tasks Can Be Performed from Alternate Locations

While the company building is cleansed of black water and then decontaminated, some parts of your business may be able to continue from an alternate location. If your business’s electronic files are backed up onto a server, then your IT company may be able to set you up on an alternate computer. Phone calls may be able to transfer to a different line, and some employees may be able to work from home.

When it May Be Safe to Return

After the flood cleanup, staff may be allowed to return to parts of the building that are not under construction. Air filtration devices may still be in use to improve air quality while restoration efforts are underway. There may also be some areas of the building that are inaccessible until repairs are complete. However, with the permission of the restoration company, employees can get back to work.

During a black water cleanup at a place of business, it's important to remember that because of certain steps in the restoration process the building may need to remain closed for repair. Fortunately, the company may be able to perform some tasks off-site. After any damaged material and water has been removed, staff may be allowed to return to the building and resume work.

How To Manage Sewage Cleanup in Your Bathroom

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Overflowing broken toilet An overflowing toilet can cause damage to your home in Merrill, FL.

How to Clean Up Sewage in Your Bathroom

Cleaning up areas of your home after flooding and sewer damage is awful no matter what, but cleaning up the bathroom can be especially tedious. If you ever face a sewage backup in your bathroom, there are a few things that are helpful to know to speed proper cleanup and ensure a safe and sanitary home in Merrill, FL.

1. Call for Help

If you suspect you have damaged sewer lines, call your sewage company to schedule an inspection. To protect your home from future mold or rot issues after a toilet overflow, call flood damage remediation experts. Only with the help of professional water removal specialists can you rest assured that floodwater has not crept into places you can’t see to wreak havoc.

2. Dry the Area

Though you may be tempted to sanitize your bathroom immediately after a toilet overflows, you should not do so before you start drying out the affected area. Whether you are dealing with a flooded toilet or an entire flooded basement, the first thing you should do is utilize heavy duty vacuums, drainage systems and fans to remove all the water.

3. Sanitize

After drying the area, sanitize it as best you can. Floodwater resulting from sewer damage can be toxic, so be thorough in your cleaning processes. Once the area is dry from the first round of sanitizer, you should plan to disinfect it one more time.

4. Dehumidify

The presence of excess water in a bathroom often welcomes lingering humidity, which only encourages mold growth in spaces affected by sewer water. During the process of drying, sanitizing and restoring, you should be sure that a dehumidifier is always running.

Cleaning up the aftermath of sewer damage doesn’t have to be a nightmare. By getting a head start on the problem and calling in the professionals, you can have your home clean and dry again in no time.

No, Your Water Heater’s Noises Are Not Normal

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Technician repairing a water heater Extend the life of your water heater by performing maintenance.

Tips On Keeping Your Water Heater In a Good Shape

Polar bears and penguins probably don’t mind taking cold showers. Because you are neither a polar bear nor a penguin, you must keep the water heater in your Fort Caroline, FL, home in tip-top shape. Fortunately, before your home’s water heating system quits altogether, it will likely give you some warning signs.

Signs Your Water Heating System Needs Help

Water heaters usually express signs of distress before they fail completely. If you notice any of the following, your water heating system may be in trouble:

  • Leaks
  • Corrosion
  • Holes
  • Noises
  • Malfunctions

The Cause of System Sounds

Most water heaters operate without making much noise. If you hear grinding, clunking or other sounds coming from your water heating system, you may need to service it. Often, when sediment accumulates at the bottom of a heater, the unit will emit unpleasant sounds. Scheduling a water heater flush is usually an effective way to remove sediment and restore your unit’s quiet operation.

A Preparedness Plan

If you do not regularly maintain the unit in your home, you may be asking for a flood. After all, leaky water heaters can pump a tremendous amount of water into the living area of your house. While replacing an old, damaged or ineffective system is likely your best strategy for keeping your home in excellent shape, you should have a preparedness plan to address flooding. By working with a water damage repair service, you remove standing water from your home. You also curb mold and mildew growth.

When you step into your shower, you expect a warm and pleasant experience. Naturally, if you prefer not to freeze, you need a water heater that functions optimally. While age, sediment and damage can cause your home’s water heating system to malfunction, you can extend the life of your unit with a bit of maintenance.

3 Benefits of Hiring a Comprehensive Fire Restoration Team

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Commercial fire damage in Oak Haven, FL.

3 Reasons to Hire a Full-Service Fire Restoration Company

Most business owners in Oak Haven, FL, hope to avoid a destructive fire inside their facility. While fire mitigation strategies may help reduce the risk, every site is potentially vulnerable. If a blaze erupts, managing fire damage, restoring the building and resuming normal business operations may be top priorities. Taking a comprehensive approach and hiring a single cleanup and restoration entity can help expedite and enhance the process in three primary ways.

1. Enhanced Coordination and Communication

Choosing one company to complete fire cleanup and restoration can simplify the process by enhancing coordination and communication. Instead of managing multiple contacts, you may have one liaison responsible for overseeing the entire project. Utilizing one company also means personnel can complete one assessment and promptly devise an action plan that addresses every repair need.

2. Time-Saving

To salvage equipment and prevent mold contamination, a timely response is essential. Finding and contacting different agencies can be time-consuming. A comprehensive fire damage response team can work efficiently to remove debris, extract saturated items, dry the affected space and commence soot and smoke damage repairs. While this process unfolds, they can evaluate restoration requirements and make plans accordingly, helping to minimize delays.

3. Simplified Record-Keeping

Notifying your insurance company may be one of the first steps you take following a fire. To file a complete and accurate claim, you may need to accomplish a variety of steps, such as documenting damage, determining the value of lost property and tracking repair costs. Working with one company may minimize paperwork, helping you maintain organized records for your insurance adjuster.

A commercial blaze can have a devastating effect on any Oak Haven, FL, business. Because managing fire damage can be daunting, it’s important to make a wise decision when choosing your cleanup and restoration team. Selecting a single entity may help prevent miscommunication and costly delays, helping you to resume normal business operations as quickly as possible.

Mold Prevention in Your Commercial Building

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Black mold growth on a wall Mold growth found in Spring Glen, FL.

How To Prevent Mold Growth

Once you hire a cleaning crew and maintenance staff for your commercial property in Spring Glen, FL, you probably won't spend a lot of time thinking about mold. Fungus can be sneaky, however, so it's a good idea to know how to prevent mold growth. Leaks and condensation can cause secondary damage even in a building that is cleaned regularly.

Where To Look

Mold needs three things to thrive – moisture, organic matter and a little time. Any area of your building that experiences high humidity is particularly susceptible to a mold problem.

  • Water coolers
  • HVAC units and ducts
  • Cavities behind walls
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Bathrooms

These are areas that generally use water to function, so the probability of mold growth is higher than in other areas. To complicate matters further, many of the pipes that carry the water are hidden from plain sight. That means that unless you are vigilant, you could have a mold problem before you even know there is a leak.

What To Do

While mold remediation specialists can mitigate the areas where mold has grown in your building, the best solution is prevention. In addition to the regular cleaning and maintenance you already have scheduled, check for signs of water damage on at least a monthly basis. This review will help you tackle the source of the problem before it gets out of hand. Keep the humidity level in your building no higher than 50 percent all year. You may even consider keeping it lower than 40 percent in the winter to avoid condensation on the windows. Insulate your pipes so that they are less likely to burst. Taking a few precautions and performing frequent inspections can help your building resist mold.

Mold growth can occur easily in commercial buildings where conditions are favorable. Together with your cleaning and maintenance team, however, you can prevent mold even in areas that are prone to it.

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