Fire Safety & Halloween Tips from SERVPRO
SERVPRO wants YOU to Stay Safe for Halloween
If you’re carving pumpkins, odds are you’re also adding candles to add that spooky flicker on Halloween night. But multiple pumpkins with multiple candles outside can also increase the risk of fire. Especially with children running around in costumes that may be hard to see out of. Glow sticks and battery powered candles are a great, safe alternative that can still be just as spooky.
Remember that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths happened in homes without working fire alarms, so if you do decide to use candles, check to make sure your fire detectors are working properly. That way in the event of an accident you’re prepared to be alerted and take action.
Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year.
If you’re really going all out for the season, you might find yourself with a large inflatable ghost or animatronic Frankenstein terrorizing your neighbors from your front lawn. Most similar decorations can even be purchased at any hardware store. But refrain from getting too many though as the more plugs in a socket only increase the risk of electrocution or an electrical fire.
By following some general safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association you can keep your children and family safe!
What's under your floor? Do you know??
Is this underneath your home or business?
The reasons you might have standing water under your home include a clogged low-point drain, leaking pipes, cracks in the foundation of your home, issues with foundation vents, moisture from the ground, etc..
Obviously this is not ideal.
Water pooled at your foundation and collecting in your crawl space can be damaging. It can lead to structural and health effects if left neglected. The ground under your home can be compromised leading to settling. A building that has settled too much has creaks in the floors and sticky doors.
Most times, water in the crawl space gets there one of three ways: a plumbing leak, water seepage from the surrounding soil (usually after heavy rain), or condensation. (Humidity condenses on cold surfaces, like ducts, and drips onto the crawl space floor.)
Using fans in your crawl space drain system will help dry out the area thoroughly and quickly, and will help prevent the growth of mold. Afterward, be sure and have a dehumidifier in place to keep the area dry. Sandbags are also a great way to help dry out a basement that is below ground level.
If you notice any damage to your floor such as cupping or curling, discoloration, etc. please call us at 904-861-8870 (SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg) and we will be glad to assess the situation and advise you to the best of our ability.
Once You Call SERVPRO to Your North Florida Home, We Arrive Within Hours to Begin Water Cleanup and Drying
Rubber ducks are cute, but they belong in the bathtub
If your duck has found a new pond in a place a pond shouldn’t be, call us. Our professionals will get it back to the proper water and make sure your home is dry land, once again.
Many water incidents take place that cannot get cleaned up with a mop and bucket. Even if you have a wet-dry vacuum at your Clay County home, most standing water calls for skilled technicians for rapid cleanup to keep secondary damage from setting in. With a single call to SERVPRO, we are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can get to work right away so that you have the rapid water removal you need.
How Does Water Cleanup Work?
Once water cleanup in Orange Park is underway, our team works to repair and restore your interior wherever water damage has set in. The work performed here may include repair or replacement of:
Our crew utilizes a broad range of controlled demolition techniques to bring your business back to preloss condition so that everything is just “Like it never even happened.” We always work with a plan to restore rather than replace so that we can save you the most time and money for your water cleanup project.
We adjust our cleanup protocols based on each unique job that we get. For large amounts of standing water, we use truck mounted pump extractors to pull up thousands of gallons promptly. We also have specialized tools for handling water removal from your carpets to salvage as much as possible. Once standing water is gone, we implement drying techniques using:
- Centrifugal Air Movers – Sometimes called a ‘snail shell’ or turbo dryer, these fans produce focused, powerful air movement.
- Axial Fans – Powerful fans force air to move with high dynamic pressure while being light, small, and easy to move around to adjust drying protocols.
- Dehumidifiers – Specialized units that help to remove moisture from the air to bring down humidity.
SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whenever you need help with water cleanup. You can reach us by calling (904) 861-8870.
Damaged Books from Flood or Fire?
Water Damaged books caused by a flood
Devastated over your water damaged Family Bible or important papers?
SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg can help! We can vacuum freeze-dry your special documents. You may want your damaged documents restored for sentimental or legal reasons. Often these documents are one-of-a-kind or are irreplaceable. These important papers include family bibles, personal/medical documents, government/business records, personnel files and blue prints.
SERVPRO Document Restoration Service use the process of sublimation. This process takes frozen documents through temperatures and pressures that turn moisture into vapor. The result is a dry document that can be restored or reused.
Water damage may occur when a home or business floods, water damage from another source or even water from extinguishing a fire. SERVPRO will help you decide which documents to save and which ones to discard. We will box up, freeze and ship your damaged papers with the care and security they deserve.
If you have questions about water damaged documents and how we can help, call us at (904)861-8870!
Understand your insurance choices prior to the need for it
Like any natural disaster, a flood can become very problematic as a disruption to business operations. It’s imperative that it is handled efficiently, so business can continue as soon as possible. While considering the best process, you likely think of commercial insurance for floods. To know if commercial flood insurance is worth the cost for your business, you must first understand its scope.
Flood insurance may or may not cover water damage that was nonexistent before the flood event. There are several flood events where losses are usually covered depending on your policy such as:
• Overflowing bodies of water
• Excessive or extended rainfall
• Storm draining blockage
• Broken dam
• Broken levees
• Storm surge
• Melting snow
If the damage is due to a burst pipe or precipitation overfilling gutters, the flood policy may not be necessary. Those events often are covered by regular commercial insurance if negligence cannot be determined.
Is Flood Coverage Standard in Business Insurance?
Flood damage is not traditionally rolled into a baseline package. The federal government offers coverage through the Nation Flood Insurance Program, known by its abbreviation of NFIP. NFIP is offered by FEMA alongside private options in the market.
There is a caveat to the necessity of flood insurance. Any business mortgaged by a federal lender in an area with a major flood risk is mandated to buy flood insurance. Outside of flood prone areas, it is not required.
How Do I Remedy Flood Damage Once Insurance Takes Effect?
A local commercial storm recovery company will send out experts to evaluate and create a plan to repair the damage. If you have flood insurance, the policy provider will work with connected partners to fix up your business from the storm damage.
Even if you don’t have an appropriate commercial insurance policy, you can contact a restoration company for estimates of repair costs. Depending on the area, it may be more economical to keep a flood policy rather than wait for a costly disaster to hit your business. Checking the flood risk and prices in the area gives you a cost-benefit analysis to determine if it’s appropriate for your business.
For more information, visit our website at www.SERVPROnorthclaycountyoakleafnorthmiddleburg.com
Develop a plan with your family on how to escape if fire starts.
Fires can happen anywhere at any time
Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters. The vast majority of which are home fires. As a matter of fact, 1 in 5 home fires are caused from unattended cooking; "pot on the stove". Did you know you have as little as 2 minutes to escape?
Here are the Top Tips for Fire Safety courtesy of the American Red Cross.
- Install Smoke Alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
- Test Smoke Alarms every Month.
- Talk with Family Members about a Fire Escape Plan. Practice your plan twice a year.
- If a Fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.
We want to help you!
SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. The specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg & Westside Orange Park is here to help!
Call Us Today @ (904) 861-8870
We help you to know WHAT TO DO!
Not only do we help you when you need it, we advise you of things to do and not to do!
With over 30 years of experience under our belt SERPVRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg has helped home owners and businesses with fire, smoke and water damage clean up.
But, did you know, that SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg has professionals that are trained and certified in Bio-Hazard clean up? Here are some helpful tips on what to do until help arrives if you experience damage from a crime scene, vandalism or bio-hazard damage in your home or business.
- Hose or wash egg damage from your building exterior as soon as possible
- Vacuum glass particles from carpets
- Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints
- Don’t attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damage lamps or appliances
- Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects.
(Sewage, blood borne pathogens, etc.)
- Stay out of affected areas
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Attempt cleanup of any kind
- Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.
These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO's (located in Orange Park) professionals arrive to your home or business.
Please follow these Dos and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Call SERVPRO at (904) 861-8870 for assistance with any Bio-Hazard cleanup.
We are available 24/7/365 to serve our residents and businesses.
Time to Clean your Ducts?
Do you need our ductwork cleaned?
There are so many impurities that can run through your HVAC duct system which is why is it important to have them cleaned. Smoke, dust, dirt, pet dander and hair, pollen, smoke and mold can all be circulating through your ductwork.
When this occurs you, your family, employees, etc. could be exposed to allergens and triggers that keep circulating leading symptoms to occur more often. Mold growth in the ductwork or HVAC system can cause damage and as spores circulate through the air, it can pose serious health effects. Impurities that flow through your HVAC ductwork can also lead to odors in the home.
Duct cleaning services are usually on a as needed basis and while there is no need to clean them regularly, you may have certain circumstances where they need cleaning more often. For example, you may have mold or mildew growth which can cause a moldy smell or you may even be able to see mold growth within the ducts or HVAC system. Pests such as mice are also able to penetrate through ducts through the attic, crawlspace or even outdoors. If they nest or even die inside they leave behind droppings, bodies, and impurities.
If you ever find yourself needing a duct cleaning service then please feel free to call us here at SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg and we can give you a quote. We also cover Baker County/MacClenney and western Orange Park.
There are a couple of steps that you can take to help keep the HVAC ductwork such as changing air filters on a regular basis. You can also clean the vents thoroughly with warm soapy water removing the impurities from the vents. We offer free quotes & can give you advise or our professional opinion to determine our specific needs.
Are your ducts in order?
There are so many impurities that can run through your HVAC duct system which is why it could be important to have them cleaned on an as needed basis. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recommendations you should research to make your own decision. Smoke, dust, dirt, pet dander and hair, pollen, smoke and mold can all be circulating through your ductwork.
When they do, you or your family may be exposed to allergens and triggers that keep circulating leading the symptoms to occur more often. Mold growth in the ductwork or HVAC system can cause damage and as spores circulate through the air can pose serious health effects. Impurities that flow through your HVAC ductwork can also lead to odors in the home.
Duct cleaning services are usually on an as needed basis and while there is no need to clean them regularly, you may have certain circumstances where they need cleaning more often.
For example, you may have mold or mildew growth which can cause a moldy smell or you may even be able to see mold growth within the ducts or HVAC system. Pests, such as mice are also able to penetrate through ducts through the attic, crawlspace or even outdoors. If they nest or even die inside they leave behind droppings, bodies, and impurities.
There are a couple of steps that you can take to help keep the HVAC ductwork such as changing air filters on a regular basis. You can also clean the vents thoroughly with warm soapy water removing the impurities from the vents. If you find yourself needing a duct cleaning service then please feel free to call and we can give you a quote.
What to Do After Storm Damage, Repairs, Tips
What to Do After Storm Damage, Repairs, Tips
Knowing the right steps to take after storm damage can go a long way toward protecting you and your family, as well as your property and finances, from risks of further loss. As challenging as storms can be, learning the steps to take before a storm comes through and turns your life upside down will arm you with the knowledge you need to stay prepared. Here are some tips from the restoration and cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties.
Five Things to Do After Storm Damage
You can mitigate some of the damage caused by a storm by following this checklist:
1. Check your home for damage.
While not all storm damage will be apparent immediately after the storm has passed, checking your home's condition will give you a clearer picture of the extent of the damage left by the storm.
SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee's experts provide a word of caution to take all the necessary safety precautions when checking your home since unexpected damage may cause injuries. Watch out for loose or exposed ceiling tiles or floorboards, broken electrical lines, and slippery floors. Fortunately, some safety tips can help:
- Avoid standing water
- Avoid checking for storm damage in the dark.
- Watch out for exposed nails, window damage, collapsed walls and roofing materials, and broken glass
- Switch off the electricity and shut off the main gas line before entering a damaged home
2. Assess the potential damage
During a storm, some areas in a home are more susceptible to damage than others. One site that is often vulnerable is the roof. Common signs of roof damage include:
- Split seams
- Dented, missing, or broken shingles
- Holes in the roof
- Leaks in the ceiling or roof
Other areas that are susceptible to storm damage include doors and windows. Inspect all windows for damaged frames, broken panes, cracks, and holes. Remember to board up any broken windows.
Also, assess your home's exterior, looking for damage such as dents, holes, cracks, and chipping to any brickwork, paint, or siding. The storm could have also damaged outdoor appliances such as air conditioning units.
Taking all the necessary precaution, be sure to remove debris from the gutters and roof, and then check that the downspouts are intact and unobstructed so they can continue diverting water away from your home. Remember to check for mold, which is common after flood damage.
3. Get in touch with your insurance carrier.
Document the damage and loss that has been caused by the storm, taking photos before removing or moving any objects or debris. Remember to document any additional costs incurred due to the loss, such as hotel receipts or other temporary living costs.
Once all this information is together, contact the insurance provider to determine whether your insurance plan covers the damage caused. Likewise, inquire about the steps to take to make a claim.
4. Attend only to the damage you are capable of handling.
In some cases, the storm might not have caused extensive damage, and you may be able to restore what little damage exists with a few repairs before seeking professional repair services. Prompt repairs can go a long way toward limiting the damage.
If that's the case, you should begin with what you can fix yourself, taking care not to cause additional damage. For example, if wind and water are getting into your home through a broken window, board it up as soon as possible. However, if you're not confident in your repair skills, it's best to get in touch with a company that can offer emergency repair services.
5. Choose the right contractor.
The next step is to hire a professional and trustworthy cleaning and restoration service company to restore your home to its former glory. Choosing a contractor that will promptly attend to your home's restoration, take care of water damage, and immediately mitigate the presence of potential mold is critical.
It's essential to ensure that your house is once again a habitable, healthy living environment. That will likely require water cleanup (flood cleanup) and mold removal by a specialized commercial cleaning service.
Getting Back to Normal
While storms can wreak catastrophic damages upon a home or commercial building, promptly addressing the storm damage—first, to make emergency patches and then to take care of longer-term restoration—will go a long way in getting your home or business back to normal.
SERVPRO is a leading storm damage restoration company that has served Fort Worth for upwards of 50 years. They can handle all aspects of the restoration process, from water removal to debris cleanup.
For more information about storm damage cleanup and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Suwannee Counties.