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Water Damage Can Make You Sick

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Exposure to water damage can cause illnesses and distressing symptoms in susceptible individuals. Some of the problems are of an allergic or immunologic nature, some from the irritant effects of microbial volatile organic compounds ,but the causes for many other symptoms remain unknown.


Introduction: Water damage to any structure , if left un-remediated in a timely manner, is bad for the integrity of the building and even more so for certain susceptible occupants. In fact, one can get quite sick from continuous exposure to such an environment.

The reasons?
Since a humid indoor environment encourages the growth of molds (fungi) and house dust mites, certain genetically susceptible people often develop allergic reactions to these agents. The most frequently detected molds in these structures are Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys, but elevated spore counts of other mold species are often detected as well. Such measurements can be obtained through an environmental assessment firm usually headed by an industrial hygienist or a Ph D in microbiology.

Diseases such as bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, allergic fungal sinusitis, and occasionally hives (urticaria) are usually the consequence of allergic sensitization ( the production of specific IgE antibodies) to the molds and/or house dust mite droppings.
Diseases such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis (which may present as repeated bouts of pneumonia or pulmonary fibrosis) are believed to be caused by a different immunologic mechanism than allergy.
Allergic bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA) is likely based on both allergic and other immunologic factors and often manifests as refractory asthma.

It should be noted that even in the absence of an immunologic reactions, fungal /mold enzymes called proteases and proteinases can induce inflammatory changes in the airways not unlike that of an allergic reaction. However, unlike an allergic reaction, the inflammation only lasts during the actual exposure.
Molds can also produce microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC) which may irritate the mucous membrane in susceptible individuals. Recently , an epidemiologic study found that living in a damp environment alone increases one's risk in developing allergic rhinitis (hay fever).

On the other hand, not all individuals exposed to water damage will necessarily be sickened by the exposure. For Water remediation call SERVPRO St. Augustine today. (904) 246-6118

Getting Dry

10/29/2019 (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 pre loss 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.

Let Us Dry You Out

10/29/2019 (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 of St. Augustine at 904-829-0665 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. 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.

Families Prepare

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your family prepared in 2019 with this Emergency Checklist from our partners at the American Red Cross.

 -Have a gallon of water, per person, per day on hand.

 -Supply non-parishable packaged, or canned food, and include a manual can opener.

 -Include blankets or sleeping bags. If your power goes out, it could get cold.

 -Include first aid kits and prescription medications.

 -Include a battery powered or crank radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries. If piecing a kit together from last year, make sure your batteries are not corroded or expired.

 -Credit cards, cash, and car keys are important items to keep close by. Also fill up all vehicles with gas ahead of time.

 -List of family physicians and their contact information.

 -Special items for infants, the elderly, and disabled family members.

Water Damage

10/15/2019 (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 of 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 Jacksonville 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 of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra 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.

Natural Disasters and your Business

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Nobody want interruption to their Business ever ! Natural disasters can be terrifying. Especially if they affect your home or business, and those that depend on you. Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your business, including floodshurricanestornadoes, fires, and more.  If one of these unfortunate events happens, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared! Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you are able to recover quickly and safely.  

1.     Assess the Situation

As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and any family members to make sure no one is hurt. If you have any nearby neighbors, see if they are in need of any help. Turn off the gas and electricity in your home if it safe to do so, and avoid entering your home for a while, as there could be damage to your floors or ceilings that could cause them to collapse.

2.     Finding Food and Shelter

If your business no longer has running water, you can obtain it through emergency sources, such as rainwater, your hot water tank, your toilet reservoir, or ice cube trays. Shelters are usually assembled by the American Red Cross in emergency situations for those whose homes are too damaged to stay in; look for one of these if you feel your home or business is dangerous. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as local churches and community services, are also good resources for any needs you might have in these dire situations.

3.     Be Cautious

Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind; be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of all the chaos. Don’t turn the gas back on in your home, as there could be a leak, and make sure your house is ventilated if you’re cooking over your fireplace.

4.     Recovering Important Information

One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recovery is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage, such as your insurance policies, birth certificates, driver’s license, deeds, wills, financial statements, and any other precious information. Although these procedures might be difficult, it will help you and your family recover from this crisis as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of St Augustine with all Your Disaster Rehabilitation Needs!

If a disaster has affected your home, call SERVPRO for all your cleanup needs! Our disaster restoration services are available 24/7, 365 days per year; they include water and flood damage cleanup, mold remediation, odor control, reconstruction services, trauma cleanup, and fire and smoke damage cleanup. Don’t wait another moment if your home has been devastated ! Call us today !

Water Damage at Work

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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 today !

Water And You

6/26/2019 (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.

Cleaning Tile and Grout Regularly Keeps Tile Crystal Clean

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Running any business can be a very demanding job. Sometimes owners get so caught up in the day-to-day running of the business that they forget about some other very important things, such as a spectacularly clean floor. There are huge benefits to having your tile and ground cleaned. If you have never experienced professional tile and grout cleaning, then you are in for a treat.

Benefit #1: The largest benefit to investing in this service, is that it will change the look of your whole business.

Benefit #2: The floor will look brand new, and your customers will take notice. 

Benefit #3: When your tile, and grout is clean, it changes the whole atmosphere of your business.

Benefit #4: When you properly clean your tile and grout you show your employees, and customers, how much you care about their safety and health because clean floors means that you properly removed the dirt and buildup from them and made your overall building much healthier. 

The floors will be cleaned, and then the grout would be sealed so that the dirt doesn't easily creep back into the grout. It is well worth the investment. Having your floors cleaned is an investment that will pay out over, and over again.

With proper maintenance, your floors will never get back to the dull, dirty look that they had before the cleaning. With the noticeable change of your tile and grout, the confidence in the way you do business may change forever. Your confidence is not the only thing that will increase, your customer’s confidence will increase also.

For more information on having your tile, and grout professionally cleaned, please contact us. We would be delighted to help you give your business a new look that you, and your customers will feel great about.

For more expert tips and information about our cleaning services, visit http://www.SERVPROstaugustine.com/ or like us on Facebook.  We provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Call us at 904-829-0665. 

Prepare Your Workplace

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it recommends your building have an emergency action plan to protect yourself, employees, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

Organize emergency preparedness procedures and share them with your employees.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure that all exits are marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times. 

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed evaluate how well the plan worked. You may need to make improvements.