Recent Community Posts

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.

Natural Disasters

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can be terrifying, especially if they affect your home and your loved ones. Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your home, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and more. If one of these unfortunate events does happen, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared!  Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you and your family 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

Food and water are vital for keeping your strength up, so start your search for necessities as soon as you can. If your home 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. If you have food that needs to be cooked, you can cook it over a fire in your chimney or use a grill outside. 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 is dangerous. 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.

If a disaster has affected your home, call SERVPRO St. Augustine 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 at 904-829-0665.

Getting Life Back To Normal

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Be it a flood, hurricane, tornado or broken pipe. your loved ones. Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your home, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and more.  If one of these unfortunate events does happen, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared!  Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you and your family 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

Food and water are vital for keeping your strength up, so start your search for necessities as soon as you can.  If your home 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.  If you have food that needs to be cooked, you can cook it over a fire in your chimney or use a grill outside.  Shelters are usually assembled by the 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 is dangerous.  The Federal Emergency Management 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 !

Disaster Rehabilitation

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can be terrifying, especially if they affect your home and your loved ones.  Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your home, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and more.  If one of these unfortunate events does happen, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared!  Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you and your family 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

Food and water are vital for keeping your strength up, so start your search for necessities as soon as you can.  If your home 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.  If you have food that needs to be cooked, you can cook it over a fire in your chimney or use a grill outside.  Shelters are usually assembled by the 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 is dangerous.  The Federal Emergency Management 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 !

SEPTEMBER is National Preparedness Month

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month!!  SERVPRO of St. Augustine wants to incourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action! September is an ideal time for individuals and families to update their emergency supply kits and family emergency plans and to become better informed about different threats and local emergency plans.  Many things can change over the course of a year, and it is imperative that the entire family have the most up-to-date emergency contact information and a family emergency plan as they head back to school and work.  It’s about talking to your families and figuring out what you should do if an emergency happens in your community.  Where will we meet?  What emergency supplies will we need and where should we keep them?

One simple thing that individuals and families can do to be prepared is to have a family emergency plan.  To develop one we should ask ourselves some important questions such as, “In the event of an emergency, is there a safe place for my family to meet?”  This is especially important if you aren’t allowed back into your home or neighborhood.  “What is the evacuation location and plan of my child’s school?”  “Does everyone in the family have one another’s contact information and the contact for an out-of-town relative to take roll-call?”

One of our missions at SERVPRO® of St. Augustine has always been to contribute to the communities where we live and work. This month we have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference by joining forces with companies and communities throughout Northeast Florida to help prepare our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors and communities for emergencies, whether naturally occurring or man-made.

Have A Hurricane Plan Before the Storm

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

  • Know your hurricane risk.
  • Talk to your local emergency management agency.
  • Make an emergency plan...SERVPRO can help !
  • Build or restock your hurricane kit including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to local TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders
  • Call your local SERVPRO office and we will be able to help you prepare for an upcoming storm. Being prepared can minimize the impact a hurricane has on you and your family !

First Coast Blessings in a Backpack

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Community First Coast Blessings in a Backpack Manager Sedrick from Walmart located at Kernan and Atlantic presenting a check for $2000.00 to First Coast Blessings in a Backpack.

Tom and Robin Braddock owner of SERVPRO of St. Augustine serves on the board and volunteers for First Coast Blessings in a Backpack. Pictured above is the Manager Sedrick from Walmart located at Kernan and Atlantic presenting a check for $2000.00 to First Coast Blessings in a Backpack.To learn more about our local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack visit http://www.firstcoastblessingsinabackpack.com/.

Tips on how to conserve water and more

7/14/2016 (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.

For more tips on saving water go to: http://www.gracelinks.org/1297/how-to-save-water.

4 Essential Steps of Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can be terrifying, especially if they affect your home and your loved ones.  Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your home, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and more.  If one of these unfortunate events does happen, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared!  Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you and your family 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

Food and water are vital for keeping your strength up, so start your search for necessities as soon as you can.  If your home 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.  If you have food that needs to be cooked, you can cook it over a fire in your chimney or use a grill outside.  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 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 of St. Augustine 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 at 904-829-0665.

Hurricane Season is Here! 5 Preparedness Tips to do today!

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricane season has arrived and SERVPRO of St. Augustine has preparedness steps that families and individuals can do today, before the next storm approaches.

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a near-normal 2016 Atlantic hurricane season with 10 to 61 named storms, it is important to remember that it only takes one hurricane to devastate a community. In addition, caution cannot be limited to coastal states. Hurricanes can be just as destructive for inland communities.

5 Hurricane Preparedness Tips to Tackle Today

 

1. Download the Red Cross Emergency App.

This new app provides expert advice on what to do before, during, and after hurricanes and other disasters. It also gives instant access to 35 customizable weather alerts, safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different emergencies; all in one free and easy to use app

2. Learn the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning.

As hurricane season approaches, it is also important to know the difference between the threat levels.

?  A Hurricane Watch is when conditions are a threat within 48 hours. It’s then time to review and update your hurricane plan. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.

?  A Hurricane Warning is when conditions are expected within 36 hours. It’s then time to complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.

3. Create an evacuation plan for your family.

Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event. Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for. Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

4. Build an emergency kit.

The Red Cross advises that you should include a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information.

5. Pay attention to the weather forecast and stay informed.

Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)

6. Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan App.

This is an invaluable tool if you own a home or commercial building.  The SERVPRO Ready Plan App is a part of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile which is a start up approach that provides critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.

SERPVRO of St. Augustine provides emergency service 24/7/365.  Our team of professionals are committed to providing fire, water and bio-hazard cleanup and restoration services for all St. Augustine and St. Johns County communities and business.  SERVPRO of St. Augustine also offers top-quality professional cleaning services for all St. Augustine and St. Johns County homes and businesses.  Call us anytime and speak to a SERVPRO professional and NOT a recording, at 904-829-0665.

Are you prepared for a power outage?

3/4/2016 (Permalink)

Community Are you prepared for a power outage? Ready Kit

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov Here is the link to winter tips for before during and after a severe weather event;  http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather   When severe storms strike Florida’s First Coast knowing what to do until SERVPRO of St. Augustine arrives will make a difference.  Contact us at (904) 829-0665.

Do You Have a Plan?

3/3/2016 (Permalink)

Community Do You Have a Plan? St. Augustine families plan for disaster.

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.