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Ready to Grill?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Charcoal Grill with flames Grill Fire Safety

The weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up.  According to the National Fire Protection Association from 2014-2018, fire departments went to an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outside or unclassified fires.  Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills, the association adds. 

Regardless of the type of grill you own, here are 9 BBQ safety tips that we are sharing from Nationwide that will keep you safer during barbecuing season:

  1. Grill outside and away from structures
  2. Make sure your grill is stable
  3. Keep your grill clean
  4. Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
  5. If the flame goes out, wait to re-light
  6. Take care around the grill
  7. Be careful with charcoal starter fluid
  8. Wear the right clothing
  9. Be ready to put out the fire

These easy-to-follow tips will help you and your family to enjoy a safe summer barbecuing season.

SERVPRO in Our Community

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

River, church, office building & trees Couple Expands into Clay County to get back to his high school roots!

When you see our green trucks around town, it’s a reminder that SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg is locally owned and operated by folks who have lived right here in our community.  We understand that every call is an opportunity to help our friends and neighbors.

We also enjoy being an active part of our beautiful community.   Having expanded from neighboring Union, Columbia & Suwannee County recently you will begin seeing the familiar faces of our SERVPRO team members at a local sporting event, or, one of our favorite fund raising activities as soon as Covid - 19 passes.    

Having lived in Middleburg, Fl growing up,  Chuck (franchise owner) is also very familiar with the unique needs and circumstances our environment can present.  We have hot temperatures and high humidity which puts us at an increased risk of mold.  Since we enjoy a mild climate, many of us are not prepared for when a cold snap hits.  In, the summer, our beautiful trees put us at risk for Fire.  Your local SERVPRO team understands what you are experiencing and is ready to help you through your disaster.

Faster to any size disaster, your local SERVPRO is ready to help restore your home or business in the event of Fire Damage, Water Damage, Biohazard, Mold Remediation, and much more.  If you ever find yourself in need, know you can rely on your friends and neighbors at SERVPRO - providing services in Black Creek, North Middleburg, Oakleaf & the West Side Orange Park!

Covid-19 Has Changed What It Means To Be Clean. Is Your Business Ready?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Certified Clean on a Shield in Orange and Green GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS RELIES ON GETTING YOUR CUSTOMERS BACK THROUGH THE DOORS.

While SERVPRO here in Orange Park wishes safety and good health for all, you must be prepared for cleaning after a case. Do you know who you will call to clean after a case? SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg has the staff with experience and the tools to decontaminate your business. We are used to helping before, during and after challenging and unfamiliar events. Trust SERVPRO to thoroughly decontaminate after a positive case or if no case just to offer some reassurance to your employees & customers. We can help make it safe again and/or offer some peace of mind.

Put your trust in the nations #1 choice for cleanup and restoration.  SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.  SERVPRO professionals have been on the frontlines of proactive and reactive COVID-related cleanup and are Here to Help as your business begins to reopen.

Call us at 904-861-8870 to answer questions regarding services we can offer!

The Urge to Spring Clean

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning The Urge to Spring clean

Spring is just around the corner and with spring comes the spring cleaning. It’s the time of year when people feel the need to take big cleaning projects, indoors and outdoors. But why? Is it because of the cold and general gloominess of the winter? Is it because we are constantly inside that we feel there is no point in thoroughly cleaning?

If could be because the general idea of spring cleaning (removing furniture, carpets, or even cleaning out the garage) is just rooted in the idea to get the house in order. In our past, our houses became more dirty in the winter. Before the furnace, the house was heated with a wood burning stove or fireplace. Getting the sooty mess out of the home every spring could be a ritual we keep today.

One of the things that most people look forward to with the warm weather is opening the windows and letting the fresh air in and the dust from the long winter out. If could be that with the fresh air we want a fresh home.

While the urge to clean is strong, it’s a good time to get your air ducts and carpet cleaned. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. Possibly sooner if you have children or pets. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet look dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturate with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

With carpet cleaning being recommended every year, the spring cleaning time is a good way to remember to get your carpet cleaned regularly.

The amount of time between air duct cleanings can vary. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris, or other contaminants. If you notice an excessive amount of dust in your home, it may be a good time to get your ductwork inspected.

SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/Middlerburg can help with your spring cleaning. With a long list of cleaning services, we can help you get through the spring cleaning urge and with much less effort. With services from whole home cleanings, to simply just having your carpets cleaned. We will get the job done right! You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today. 904-861-8870.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Two ladies with Covid-19 written on a board A Guide to Employers

As much as we are here for you if you need our services we also always attempt to advise our customers on things they can do themselves.  We are here to help!  SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg located in Orange Park is always interested in helping our community in anyway possible.  Here are some recommendations from the CDC.

How to clean and disinfect: 

Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. 

Disinfect

Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.

Many products recommend:

Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product. 

Download CDC Employer Guidelines 

Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.  

Additional Considerations for Employers

• Educate workers performing cleaning, laundry, and trash pick-up to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.
• Provide instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus.
• Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks.
? Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.
• Ensure workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard.
• Comply with OSHA’s standards on Bloodborne Pathogens, including proper disposal of regulated waste, and PPE. 

For facilities that house people overnight:

• Follow CDC’s guidance for colleges and universities. Work with state and local health officials to determine the best way to isolate people who are sick and if temporary housing is needed.
• For guidance on cleaning and disinfecting the bedroom/bathroom for someone who is sick, review CDC’s guidance on disinfecting your home if someone is sick. The content of this email is republished from the Center for Disease Control website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

Please refer to their website for more detailed information.  We provide services in Orange Park, Oakleaf and Middleburg.  

Need help for Water Damage Situations in Your Home

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

water running in ceiling into kitchen When you need help, call us! We are trained to help you in these situations.

Water can be damaging. It can permeate through solid materials like concrete or cinder blocks if given enough time and makes its way into any crack or crevice found on your property. It is thoughtless, unconcerned, or impartial to whether it does damage to your home. SERVPRO can help with water damage situations.

How a professional can help

A professional water damage restoration specialist in Orange Park, Florida can help you fight back against water issues plaguing your home.  With a variety of tools, experience, and training a quality technician can make the most of what your insurance company provides and work hard to produce the results you deserve. There is no reason for you to take problems like this on alone, in fact, it is likely better that you seek help from the start.

Types of water damage situations

SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg has technicians that respond to a variety of water intrusion situations, providing customers with a solution to each one in detail. During the winter months, you may have problems with frozen or broken pipes. When a pipe bursts, you can easily find your home filled with over 6-inches of water within minutes.
 
SERVPRO also responds to a variety of issues concerning washing machines or dishwashers. A malfunctioning appliance can flood your home within minutes, leaving little time to react. Causing serious damage to your flooring, furniture, and belongings, or even leading to additional hazards that make it hard to recover.

Water damage restoration at a glance

It takes industrial-grade water extraction equipment and infrared moisture detectors to get water out of every nook and cranny; it is just not enough to mop up and move on. Cleaning, deodorization, and sanitation technicians with the proper IICRC certification provide you with your best opportunity for recovery.
 
All you have to do is contact SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg located in Orange Park, Florida to receive professional quality help for all your water damage needs. We can help you recover from most of the problems that occur in your home, so call today (904) 861-8870. We are available 24 hours a day to assist you.

Entertaining or Just Cooking on the Grill? Use these practices to ensure safety!

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flames in a barbeque grill During these times of staying home more and cooking for the family..... make sure you use the following tips to keep your home safe.

Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills. It's usually a case of good products used incorrectly.

Do:

1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.

2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.

3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water, then rubbing it on the hoses and connections. When you turn the gas on, with the grill lid open, the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows, and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.

5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

7. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face. 

8. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.

9. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially to fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

10. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide; a deadly, colorless, and odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family, and your pets.

WE OFFER EMERGENCY COVID-19 CLEANING & SANITATION SERVICES

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Man in full face respirator spraying disinfectant in a kitchen Prepared and Ready to handle all situations!

The coronavirus has changed what it means to clean.

In the year 2019 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), homeowners or their housekeepers could basically scrub, wipe, dust and vacuum their way to a clean house.

But now many homeowners are hiring companies with specialized tools and chemicals to disinfect their homes as a way to protect themselves and their businesses to protect not only employees but their customers.

We understand the dire need of proper disinfectant services to combat the spread of COVID-19. We offer services to deep clean and disinfect your business, school, or other commercial property as well as your own home. No more guessing whether you have cleaned that doorknob or entire wall.

Our Protocols and Certification:
- We wear protective gear (masks, gloves, protective uniforms) when necessary.  i.e. a confirmed case of Covid - 19
- We use the highest quality, approved by the CDC, sanitization products
- We are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, Restoration Industry Association

SERVPRO is outfitted with the necessary tools and skills to combat this situation and help protect your employees and clients.

24/7/365 - HERE TO HELP!

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

24 7 Numbers listed WE ARE HERE TO HELP 24/7/365

Nobody can predict when a water heater will burst, a pipe will break, or your stove will catch fire while you’re cooking. That is why SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg is always available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Within minutes, water will quickly spread, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Within the first 24 hours drywall begins to swell and break down, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and furniture begins to swell and crack. The earlier SERVPRO can get to the scene, the faster water can be extracted from the area and the important step of drying and mitigation can begin.

Fire and smoke is especially destructive. Not only does the structure suffer physical damage, smoke and soot can creep into tiny spaces and settle there, leaving a lingering odor and settling in air ducts, furniture, clothes, and crevices.  In many instances property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

Immediate response can mean all the difference in further issues .If you wait too long, there is the possibility of  the appearance of mold and mildew, wood flooring begins to swell and warp or metal and paint being affected. The longer an area remains unmitigated, restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

So remember that SERVPRO of North Clay County/Oakleaf/North Middleburg is available day or night, we are always on call, and we’re here to help.  24/7/365 you can reach us at 904-861-8870.

SERVPRO, here to help

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help Here to Help

Each one of us is learning to live a little differently these days with "social distancing."  We pray you and your family and businesses are being successful practicing a safe distance from everyone.  

During times like this we come to realize how strong we truly are.  We hope you are taking as many precautions as you can to keep your home and business safe.  

If you find yourself in need of some extra deep cleaning and are unable to do so, please feel free to call SERVPRO of North Clay County, Oakleaf and Middleburg to help you out.

We can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning! At SERVPRO, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration. Call 904-861-8870 to see how we can help clean your home or business.