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Mold and My Home

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a word no one wants to hear. Just when you least expect it mold can occur. When there's water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health problems and can significantly damage your property.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of St. Augustine. We will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, personnel, and resources needed.

Your property with be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure. This hel;ps keep mold spores from spreading and causing secondary damage.

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic ,mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of St. Augustine utilizes powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of harmful mold spores while mold remediation is in progress.

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces it is growing on. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of porous mold contaminated materials like drywall and flooring, may be necessary when mold growth is heavy.

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials  may be removed. Restoration may involve repairs such as reconstruction, replacing drywall, painting, installing new carpet.

SERVPRO of St. Augustine Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning products and techniques to sanitize your belongings.

Moisture In My Home

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO St. Augustine restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed it is important not to delay.  

Homeowners know that moisture is the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem.  No matter how moisture gets into a building, the response should be the same.  Bring in a certified firm immediately to extract, dry and clean the structure to ensure that there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the structure through a contaminated source, do not try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backups contain multiple types of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can have serious effects on people causing serious illness.  A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, but they also have the necessary protective equipment to remain free from harm.

Restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal.  These include powerful truck mounted vacuums and pumping systems, high velocity air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture reading equipment, and a number of cleaning products formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats.  White the technicians work on the structure, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies.  This is the only way to ensure a structure to be safe to live and work in.  Any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.

The professional technicians with SERVPRO of St. Augustine have been serving St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and all of St. Johns County since 1981.  We have the latest IICRC certifications and the most up to date equipment and technology to help with any size water damage issue in any building located in northeast Florida.  Call us today at 904-829-0665 for any emergency water damage or estimate to help clean up and restore your structure from any water related damage.

Biohazard Can Mean Many Things

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Just what exactly is a biohazard job ?

Biohazard can be many things. Blood, urine, body fluids and excrement. Most often it is a crime scene or accident. Not something anyone wants to think about and Nobody ever thinks this will happen to them, but sometimes it does and when it does SERVPRO St. Augustine is here to help.

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene in St. Augustine, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk.

Police and homeowners rely on professional services that are equipped to handle crime scene cleanup. 

SERVPRO of St. Augustine's technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back to a clean, safe home or office.  We will always treat your property and everyone involved with the utmost respect and empathy in these difficult circumstances.  

Some common trauma and crime scene scenarios are:

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

If you find yourself wondering what to do in the event of a trauma or crime scene, call SERVPRO of St. Augustine to take care of your cleanup needs.  (904) 829-0665

Commercial Water Damage

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage at work can be devastating. 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 remediated.

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, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

Storms Can Leave Us Devastated

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

With Storm Season right around the corner, we want to make sure you have a plan!

"What would your family do? Would you know where to meet?" Talk to your family about these important issues! You never know when a disaster could strike. 

It is important at least once a year to get together with your family and come up with a plan. The following is a list of some important things to consider when getting you family's plan in place.

-"Where will we meet if our neighborhood is evacuated, or we are not allowed to go home by law enforcement?"

-"Is there a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative that can pick up the kids if parents can not get to them? Are they already on the pre-approved pick-up list for that child's school?"

-"Do you have a list of medications handy, and are they up to date which prescriptions filled regularly? This includes pets as well."

-"Make a list of shelters that allow pets ahead of time, and have a plan in place for pets if you cannot get them to a shelter. If you are staying with a relative, make sure your pet can come to, and purchase supplies ahead of time so your pet will be comfortable on a spare of the moment road trip."

-"If you have an elderly family member/friend, or a special needs family member/friend in an assisted living facility, learn that facility's evacuation plan and ask questions. Will they provide transportation for that family member, or will you need to get them? What would you do if you couldn't get to them, or got separated?"

-"Make a disaster kit! If you are riding out a disaster or are in a voluntary evacuation zone, you could be without water or power for days. Include water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, medications, pet supplies and pet food, flashlights, batteries, crank radio, wet wipes, and cleaning supplies you don't need water to use. Ever toilet paper and paper towels are also a good idea. Fill up your bath tub with water before disaster strikes so you can use that water to flush your toilets."

Emergency Ready Profile

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help insure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of St. Augustine as your preferred SERVPRO franchise in the event of a disaster. Having a plan in place helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive following a disaster.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment that requires little time, and can same you a lot of time and money in the future.

Call SERVPRO of St. Augustine today and schedule yours!

Mold

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

What exactly is Mold ?

Mold is  a group of filamentous fungi that are common on food or wet materials. This includes the green Penicillium species that produces penicillin, and fungi that spoil our bread, fruit, cheese and crops. Most of these are Ascomycetes that produce a lot of spores.

The majority of the molds that grow on damp building materials are found in the soil and are adapted to grow on a wide variety of materials. Outdoors, molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. There are thousands of species of mold and they can be any color. Different mold species are adapted to different moisture conditions ranging from very wet to just damp. Many times, mold can be detected by a musty odor. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) under the right conditions. All of us are exposed to a variety of fungal spores daily in the air we breathe, both outdoors and indoor. (American Industrial Hygiene Association definition) 

COMMON CAUSES:

  • flooding from storms or hurricanes that bring in outside elements in from outside.
  • roof leaks from water traveling through all the drywall and insulation.
  • leaking pipes, sewer back-ups
  • damp basements or crawl spaces due to a high water table or poorly managed rainwater drainage

Water Damage In The Work Place

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Nobody is ever ready for a flood especially at work ! 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.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and 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 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 remediated.

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, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and secondary damage such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of St. Augustine at (904) 829-0665

First Steps After a Disaster

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Whether it be a hurricane, flood, fire or tornado SERVPRO of St. Augustine has you covered. When a disaster strikes, it is imperative to respond quickly in order to prevent further damages and complications. Fires, Mold infestations, and Floods from broken pipes, overflows or heavy storms – all such disasters must be dealt with in a timely manner. If not handled immediately you could experience on or more of these issues:

  • If water-damaged structures and contents are not dried out quickly and correctly, potential health risks can develop. Mold can begin to grow within the first 24 to 48 hours after the flood.
  • Excessive water can cause: rusting in metals, corrosion in electronic components, cracking, splitting or warping of furniture items, color bleeding or transfer in fabrics, furniture stains and secondary damage to upholstery, drapery, clothing, wallpaper, photos and papers.
  • Fire or smoke damaged properties can also experience irreversible damage, regardless of the size of the fire. Soot residue is highly acidic and can pit or corrode the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. It can also etch glass in windows, mirrors and cabinets, causing them to look soiled and cloudy. Moreover, plastics, appliances, fabrics and vinyl windows can become discolored.
  • The safety and security of your home can be compromised. Windows and doors may become weak and function improperly, wet materials may collapse and electrical installations and components can be a health hazard when they come in contact with water. Slips and falls are also potential dangers.

What To Do After A Flood

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

With knowledge and compassion, SERVPRO St. Augustine understands that a Flood Emergency needs urgency and sensitivity. Our SERVPRO in Jacksonville answers your call 24/7 with an accurate assessment and easy to understand explanations of the restoration process. We identify the damage and explain the process. Thorough treatment and respect, SERVPRO of Mandarin uses state-of-the-science equipment for drying, dehumidifying, deodorizing, disinfecting water and flood damage.

Our IICRC Certified Technicians use state of the art technology and equipment which offers superior drying based on the science of Psychometrics. This proven, scientific process measures the dryness of the walls, carpet, and other materials. These measurements are recorded in a log and help our technicians monitor the drying process of your property.

SERVPRO of ST. Augustine will monitor and mitigate Flood Damage to your property. Don’t be flooded with worry and water! Don't wait, call SERVPRO of St. Augustine immediately. When water is on the move, timing is most critical. We have served the communities of St. Augustine for 37 years.