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Smoke Damage

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

When there is a fire in your home or business it can be a devastating loss. Did you know that even after the fire is out, smoke can still damage other areas of the property? The smoky odor from a fire can make the entire home or business smell horrible and smoke damage, if left untreated, can often exceed fire damage in repair and replacement costs. Fire damage repairs must begin quickly to maximize effectiveness and minimize loss due to smoke damage. 

SERVPRO St. Augustine answers the call and immediately moves into action 24/7. Recognizing the trauma and emotional upset that occupants suffer, we work quickly and considerately to mitigate fire and smoke damage on salvageable property, such as household items, fixtures, metals and other contents. Our state-of-the science techniques and cleaning processes often prevent replacement costs, thereby reducing costs. Fire and smoke damage restoration requires knowledge and skill; our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to do the job right.

Our trained professionals determine the full extent of fire damage, including the impact of smoke, heat and residues from fire and smoke. We keep home and business owners informed, helping to overcome their loss and restoring hope by explaining what can be saved and how, in a way property owners can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.

SERVPRO St. Augustine's treatment always includes respectful handling of property as if it was our own. We take extra care and the necessary steps to protect the floor and personal belongings. 

Safety First

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Having smoke alarms in your home is a number one priority in helping get you out in case of an unexpected fire. Smoke Alarms can save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial spaces, check your state requirements or contact the local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test Smoke Alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms without batteries that are wired into the home, need to be replaced every ten years, regardless of if they seem to still be working. Other types of alarms need their batteries replaced once a year, and the unit itself replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps "low battery", take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Don't put it off, you may forget.

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke detectors offer benefits like, not needing to be tested as often, and activating in the entire building, even if the smoke is in just one area.

If you need help installing a smoke detector or alarm contact your local fire department, a licensed electrician, or the American Red Cross.

What Do We Do Next ?

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Florida is a State that can have a strong thunderstorm or a deadly hurricane and it is important to know what to do when a disaster strikes 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.

If you’re not sure how to act after experiencing water, fire or mold problems in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of St. Augustine !

Kitchen Fire in St. Augustine

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

When there is a fire in your home or business it can be a devastating loss. Did you know that even after the fire is out, smoke can still damage other areas of the property? The smoky odor from a fire can make the entire home or business smell horrible and smoke damage, if left untreated, can often exceed fire damage in repair and replacement costs. Fire damage repairs must begin quickly to maximize effectiveness and minimize loss due to smoke damage. 

SERVPRO answers the call and immediately moves into action 24/7. Recognizing the trauma and emotional upset that occupants suffer, we work quickly and considerately to mitigate fire and smoke damage on salvageable property, such as household items, fixtures, metals and other contents. Our state-of-the science techniques and cleaning processes often prevent replacement costs, thereby reducing costs. Fire and smoke damage restoration requires knowledge and skill; our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to do the job right.

Our trained professionals determine the full extent of fire damage, including the impact of smoke, heat and residues from fire and smoke. We keep home and business owners informed, helping to overcome their loss and restoring hope by explaining what can be saved and how, in a way property owners can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.

SERVPRO of St. Augustine's treatment always includes respectful handling of property as if it was our own. We take extra care and the necessary steps to protect the floor and personal belongings. SERVPRO St. Augustine uses state-of-the-science techniques and cleaning solutions that can dramatically increase the likelihood of saving property without needing to replace it.

Our Equipment is State of The Art

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows the biggest difference we can make is in our equipment. It is measurable and reduces the loss on a claim report. The right tools do make a big difference, but it also helps when the SERVPRO of St. Augustine's trained professionals are on the job fast with the right knowledge to properly dry and save your assets.

It starts with Psychrometrics, Which is the study of air and its properties. The properties of air include temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point.  

We can measure these through:

  • Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture in the contents of the materials that may be wet
  • Moisture sensors are able to detect moisture in carpets, walls, and baseboards
  • Thermohygrometers measure both the temperature and relative humidity. 

Once all of this data is collected, the SERVPRO of St. Augustine Tech will be able to determine  the humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure. That will enhance the direction and equipment used to start the drying process.

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 !