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Getting Dried Out

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

After water intrusion changes your life the next step is to get dry. Getting dry is our number one goal. After a flood and water damage getting dried out is a number one priority to minimize dangerous after effects. Did you know that there is a science behind the drying process?

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

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

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

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

Staying Warm But Safe

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Heating methods can be a sure cause of fire during the cold months. Winter is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many of us use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know heating equipment is the number 1 cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a "kid-free zone" around space heaters.
  • Make sure the fire place has a sturdy screen to stop sparks.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off before leaving the room, or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected every year.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

In the unfortunate event that your property suffers fire damage, contact SERVPRO St. Augustine.

Water Water Everywhere

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural damage over time. The key to avoiding future problems is to call SERVPRO as soon as a water damage occurs.

We have the equipment and expertise to find any unseen water before secondary damage or mold occurs. Here are some of the tools our local St. Augustine Beach Professionals use during a water damage.

Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls, and flooring.

Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content in various materials. These readings allow SERVPRO St. Augustine to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians are trained to create the type of environment most conducive to drying.

Holiday Fire Facts

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

The holidays are a great time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. Many times there are fire hazards in our homes caused by our holiday decorations as well as electrical issues in our home. Here are a few fire facts :

* One of every three fires is caused by electrical problems.

* Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average one of every reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.

* A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four tree fires.

* Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles.

* One third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.

Heroes

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Heroes Ready and waiting !

Developing individuals - one hero at a time. Much of the work that the SERVPRO® production team produces involves things that other people are unwilling or unable to do.  Many people cannot handle the unglamorous, labor intensive and detailed work that comes along with fire and water restoration. We take pride in who we are and what we do.  We are a critical piece to restoring structures, contents, and personal lives. Many times there may be situations that affect our homes and businesses that are out of your control. Let the heroes at SERVPRO St. Augustine help. Not only do we have a faster response time, but here at SERVPRO St. Augustine we truly care about our customers. So much so that we have even been called heroes ! 

How Water Damage Can Affect Your Business

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting and the effects more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number, as well.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like the growth of toxic mold may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully re mediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water. Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, non ventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and its secondary damages such as mold growth.

Dry Me Out

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

When water affects your life getting dry is our number one goal. After a flood and water damage getting dried out is a number one priority to minimize dangerous after effects. Did you know that there is a science behind the drying process?

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

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

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

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

The Water You Don't See

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural damage over time. The key to avoiding future problems is to call SERVPRO St. Augustine as soon as a water damage occurs.

We have the equipment and expertise to find any unseen water before secondary damage or mold occurs. Here are some of the tools our local St. Augustine Professionals use during a water damage.

Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls, and flooring.

Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content in various materials. These readings allow SERVPRO of St. Augustne to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians are trained to create the type of environment most conducive to drying.

We Can Get You Dry !

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

After water intrusion changes your life the next step is to get dry. Getting dry is our number one goal. After a flood and water damage getting dried out is a number one priority to minimize dangerous after effects. Did you know that there is a science behind the drying process?

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

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

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

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

Water Conservation

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water conservation is something that we can all participate in, even in areas where water seems abundant.  In addition to saving money on your water bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. For example, 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, and 25% of this is for the toilet. The average toilet uses 4 gallons per flush. You can invest in a ULF (ultra-low flush) toilet which will use only 2 gallons per flush. But you can also install a simple tank bank, costing about $2, which will save .8 gallons per flush. This saves 40% of what you would save with the ULF toilet. Using simple methods like tank banks, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators you can retrofit your home for under $100.

Using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. The average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,00 gallons of water per year. On a daily basis, the average household, using 350 gallons per day, could save 125 gallons of water per day. The average individual, currently using 70 gallons per day, could save 25 gallons of water per day.