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Cracking a water damage case

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Cracked toilet bowl Cracked toilet bowl

When SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg receives a call about a water damage one of the first things we do is attempt to find the source of the damage if the homeowner is unsure where it is coming from.

This particular case was a very easy find. Our office received a call about a water damage in our local area and we sent a team out to assess the damage and begin to work on fixing the issue.

When we arrived we noticed that the toilet bowl in the second bathroom had a huge crack and water had gone into most of the house.

Over the course of a few days, our crew was able to remove the flooring in the effected area along with some of the kitchen cabinets and began the drying process.

If you have a similar situation, feel free to give us a call at 904-861-8870.

How to Choose and Use a Fire Extinguisher

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Different types of Fire Extinguishers Fire Extinguishers

Here at SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/Middleburg we like to keep our local community as informed as possible.

The best way to choose what type of Fire Extinguisher is to first know what type of fire you are dealing with.

There are a few different grades of Fire Extinguisher-A, B, C, D and K

A is the common household extinguisher

B is used to combat grease and gasoline fires

C is used with electrical equipment

D is used on flammable metals

K is the most common restaurant extinguisher

Using a Fire Extinguisher follows four easy steps

Pull the pin

Aim low

Squeeze the lever slowly

Sweep the nozzle from side to side

For more information on how to choose and use a fire extinguisher, visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Cleaning Area Rugs

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning Area Rugs Cleaning Area Rugs

An area rug can be used a few different ways. To designate a certain area of a room or to protect the flooring underneath.

SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg offers a few different options for cleaning area rugs.

Our fantastic team can clean your area rug where it is located in your home but we also have options for having it cleaned at our warehouse. We can either bring the rug to our warehouse or you can drop it off and then we can begin the process of steam cleaning your area rug.

Once your area rug is cleaned, SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg can either deliver the rug to your home or you can stop by our warehouse and pick up the area rug.

Whichever option you choose, feel free to call SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg and we will be more then happy to assist.

Build a Sandbag and how to use it

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags in doorway Sandbags in doorway

Where can I get sandbags from?

Sandbags can be purchased from some local hardware stores or landscaping suppliers. During times of flood and storm, quantities may be distributed by your local Council. Contact your local Council or visit their web site for further information.
When significant flooding is occurring, sandbags maybe in limited supply and may only be issued by the Council or State Emergency Service (SES) on a case by case basis. So be prepared and purchase/prepare your own sandbags prior to, or when aware of an impending flood event.
Self-inflating sandbags are ready-to-use sandbags that don’t require filling are a light weight alternative to traditional sandbags. They will self-inflate when they come into contact with water and can be stored a long time. Self-inflating sandbags can be purchased from some local hardware stores or landscaping suppliers.

How do I fill the sandbag?

  • It is preferable that you only use sand to fill the bags. Soil, clay, gravel or a mixture of these is not usually recommended.

  • Sandbags only need to be filled to 2/3 full.

  • Do not over fill as they will be too heavy to carry. A filled sandbag can weigh 15-20 kilograms.

  • Do not tie the top of the bag. The top of the bag may be tied for transport purposes only.

Where do I need to put the sandbags?

  • For most buildings to reduce the impact of flooding, sandbags should be placed over floor wastes and drains (e.g. laundry, shower and bath) to prevent backflow of grey water entering. Sandbags should also be used in front of doorways / roller doors and brickwork vents.

  • Most standard homes and buildings on a concrete slab can be protected with less than 25 sandbags.

  • It is not always necessary to place a sandbag wall around your whole building to provide protection.  This may only be necessary if it is on stumps or constructed of materials such as timber or fibro sheeting. Before building a sandbag wall consideration should be given to how you would remove floodwater that could become trapped between the sandbag wall and your building. (e.g. pump, siphon or bailing bucket).

If you have any further questions, call SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg.

Six Reasons Why Your Roof Is Leaking

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking roof Leaking roof

It happens to everyone at some point in time: You notice a dark stain on the ceiling or streaks on your walls. Or even worse, you see droplets or a stream of water flowing from these areas. Your roof is leaking!

Leaks seems to come from out of the blue, for no good reason at all. Even on newly installed roofs or relatively young ones, leaks can happen. There are several reasons and factors that should be considered:

  1. Compromised shingles
    It may be due to poor installation and workmanship, faulty materials or it may have been mother nature with a wind or hail storm: Once shingles that have blown off, fallen off or out of place due to improper installation the integrity of your roof system has been compromised and this can cause leaks. Many times, this can be spotted from the ground, however on some roofs a professional may be required to inspect.
  2. Compromised Valleys
    The roof valley (The “V” created where two sloping roofs meet) could have been punctured. Either the valley metal (open valley) or shingles (closed valley) could have been damaged either accidently by other personnel or roofers stepping in them or if maintenance is neglected, buildup of debris could cause water buildup and leaks.
  3. Poor installation or materials
    One of the most common causes for leaks is poor workmanship. If an unexperienced roofing contractor did not install the materials properly, leaks almost always occur. Leaks caused by improper installation can include the roof membrane, roof flashing, roof vents or chimney, although these can be punctured by various things. The most common problem with these areas are poor installation of materials.
  4. Punctured roof or obstructed water flow
    Falling limbs or trees, hail or other objects can cause major damage to a roof. After a storm, it is highly recommended to have an inspection as soon as possible if signs of a leak are present. Even if the roof was not punctured, debris could block water flow causing pooling which can seep into your home and cause damage, including leaks. Keep the gutters clean and the entire roof free of debris to prevent damage.
  5. Improper Room Ventilation
    Improper ventilation in rooms where high moisture is generated (like bathrooms, kitchens, sunrooms) can cause moisture to build up and cause serious damage over time. Be sure these rooms are ventilated properly to avoid problems.
  6. The roof is just too old
    Roofs don’t last forever: Once the materials in your roof age beyond their life expectancy they begin to break down, compromising the integrity of your roof.

If you have a leak, let us take a peek.

Call SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg at 904-861-8870 to have our team assist with your water damage.

Flood Factor

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

High rising water High rising water

SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/Middleburg is always keeping an eye out for resources that we can provide to our community to help with any issues that may arise.

Our latest find is https://floodfactor.com/ , which is a website where you can input you Florida Zip code and that map will designate whether your home is in an area where there is a high possibility of flooding.

Flood Factor has a few different resources such as a flood risk explorer which allows you to see an estimate of the flood risk in your area as it changes as far as 30 years in the future.

Flood risks are increasing because of the environment. Flood Factor also has an area on its site where you can how environmental changes will be affecting a larger area.

The final section listed is a community solutions section which provides ideas on how you can lessen the risk of flood in your area in the future.

PREPARING TO REOPEN AFTER COVID-19?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with light fog or mist in the air PREPARING TO REOPEN AFTER COVID-19?

As your business schedules to reopen and return to regular operations, it is important to make sure the necessary precautions are taken. Reentering a facility after COVID-19 requires more than basic cleaning or janitorial services, it requires a company with the experience of handling biohazard cleaning and virus outbreaks.

SERVPRO, in conjunction with environmental experts have developed comprehensive cleaning protocols for commercial facilities looking to reopen after the COVID-19 crisis. 

Our facility reopening cleaning includes:
Hand cleaning of all horizontal and frequently contacted surfaces such as: door handles, keyboards, desks, seating areas, handrails, copiers and printers, shopping carts, production equipment, touch screens and more. 

After hand cleaning all frequently contacted surfaces, we will apply an aerosolized disinfection solution to frequently touched porous surfaces such as upholstery, carpet, cubicles, etc.

All restrooms within the facility will be disinfected to include: toilets, sinks, partitions, counters and all other surfaces within the restrooms frequently touched.

If your facility has large open areas such as those found in warehouses or manufacturing plants, SERVPRO can mist an aerosolized EPA-registered, healthcare-grade disinfectant into the atmosphere of the area and on horizontal surfaces. If required, we can also hand clean individual pieces of equipment.

Working with renowned environmental scientists and industrial hygienists to engineer our COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection processes provides you with the most comprehensive service available, while avoiding unnecessary costs. Our technicians are trained in biohazard cleanup and certified by the IICRC. In addition, each employee is trained on the proper use of personal protective equipment to not only protect their safety, but also limit the chance of cross-contamination.

SERVPRO offers the most comprehensive COVID-19 re-opening cleaning available. We have the experience with biohazard cleanup and even previous coronavirus outbreaks such as SARS and MERS. Reentering your facility is a big step in getting back to normal business operations and requires careful planning and preparation. SERVPRO is Here to Help.

The Dark Water Rises

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded basement flooded basement

Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during heavy rains, when the snow melts too fast, or when rivers overflow. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.

How Does Rain Water Enter a Home?

Rainwater can seep into your home from cracks in your foundation – large or small, windows that are not sealed correctly and landscaping that is sloped toward the home.

Make sure all your concrete – driveways, sidewalks, patios and walkways slope either away from the house or into a drain. Check to make sure that rain gutters are clean and working properly to carry rainwater away from your home. It is important that downspouts drain at least 10 feet from the foundation of your house. Clogged gutters can also lead to water spilling over the top and that water can end up directly on the foundation of your house.

Keeping an eye on your home inside and out can help with noticing potential problems and could save you thousands in water damage remediation.

Flood Damage Can Be Fixed

It is important to recognize the signs of flooding so that the water can be extracted and any further damage can be prevented. Rainwater flooding that is not taken care of quickly and efficiently can cause black mold (this can form within two days after flooding occurs), furniture damage (moisture seeps into the furniture, which provides an ideal habitat for mildew, mold and fungi), and damage to the ceiling tiles, drywall, and flooring.

If you have any questions, feel free to give our office a call and SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/Middleburg will assist you in getting your home back to a point where it is "Like it never even happened."

Storm season is upon us

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane from space Hurricane

The Essential Guide to Hurricane Preparedness

Our team at SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/Middleburg want to make sure that you have a place you can go to if you have any questions as far as Hurricane season and storms are concerned. Each year hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts 5 months, with storms typically peaking in August and September. As with every hurricane season regardless of forecast, knowing the essentials of how to prepare could truly be a life saver.

Hurricane Knowledge

First, know your hurricane facts and understand common terms used during hurricane forecasts. Storm conditions can vary on the intensity, size and even the angle which the tropical cyclone approaches your area, so it is vital you understand what the forecasters and news reporters are telling you.

Tropical Depressions are cyclones with winds of 38 mph. Tropical Storms vary in wind speeds from 39-73 mph while Hurricanes have winds 74 mph and greater. Typically the upper right quadrant of the storm (the center wrapping around the eye) is the most intense portion of the storm. The greatest threats are damaging winds, storm surge and flooding. This is in part why Hurricane Katrina was so catastrophic when bringing up to 28 foot storm surges onto the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines.

Here are some important terms you may hear:

  • Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area.
  • Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area.
    Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
  • Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area.
  • Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area.
    Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds.
  • Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions.
  • Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.
  • Rain Bands: Bands coming off the cyclone that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.
  • Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a landfalling storm, and quickly flooding coastal and sometimes areas further inland.

During a watch, prepare your home and evacuation plan in case a warning is issued. During a warning, carefully follow the directions of officials, and immediately leave the area if they advise it. In the event of an Extreme Wind Warning/Advisory, which means that extreme sustained winds of 115 mph or greater are expected to begin within an hour, immediately take shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Hurricane Forecasts

Predicting a tropical cyclone's path can be challenging; there are many global and local factors that come into play. The storm's size and path can directly influence what sort of wind patterns guide, enhance or hinder its growth, and vice versa! Forecasters have computers that take huge amounts of data and try to predict where the storm will go and usually can calculate 2-3 days out fairly accurately. This is where you hear the terms computer models and spaghetti models being used. Generally the forecast track or path is given with the average consensus of these models. The National Hurricane Center has the most up-to-date information on tropical cyclone developments, forecasts and weather alerts, discussions analyzing the data and more. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call and we will more then happy to help any way that we can.

Fire Safety for the summer

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Grill fire Grill fire

SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/Middleburg would like to share some tips on how a safe summer can be had by everyone in our local community. Summer weather means cookouts, Fourth of July fireworks, and all sorts of campfire fun as families across the country take advantage of the warm temperatures to get back in touch with nature.

It’s certainly relaxing to enjoy a beach bonfire with friends and loved ones, or roast marshmallows by the lake or in the backyard fire pit, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.

  1. Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.
  2. Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course). Sparklers and pinwheels might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.
  3. Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.
  4. Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no scrub or brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.
  5. When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. Unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.