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Steps to Take After Storm Damage

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Steps to Take After Storm Damage

A major storm can be devastating. If you personally experience one or choose to ride it out, you may be wondering what to do next. Here are some suggestions.

Safety First

Is everyone safe? If anyone needs medical attention, call 911. If not, carefully and slowly assess the home and grounds for broken glass, splintered wood, exposed nails, or anything else that can cause injuries. Be very careful moving anything, wearing work gloves if possible. Shut off all gas valves if you smell gas. If you see a power line down, stay far from it and report it to the police or your power company.

Record the Damage

Take photographs of the damage. This serves two purposes. First, it helps you show your insurance company and restoration company the extent of the damage. Second, it helps you contemplate the damage after you leave the building. 

Here are a few things you may want to focus your photography on:

  • Damaged windows and doors
  • Roof damage - tree limbs and other debris, standing water, damage to tiles or shingles, gutters and downspouts
  • Damage to HVAC components such as exterior heat pumps
  • Basement flooding
  • Water intrusion in the attic/ wet insulation
  • Damage to exterior siding
  • Burn marks that may have been caused by water infiltrating electrical outlets or cords, or by downed power lines
  • Damage to computers, printers, televisions, speakers or other electronic equipment

Call Your Insurance Company

As soon as you can, call your insurance company or agent and tell them all you can about the damage. Tell them you have photos that you can send them. They will eventually send out an adjuster to assess the damages. Read your policy and ask questions about what is covered and the timeframe of your compensation. Remember that storm damage is covered by most residential and commercial insurance policies but flood insurance is a separate policy. They can also give you contact information for trusted contractors and help you avoid unscrupulous ones. Your insurance company can tell you if any aspect of your damage is covered by federal emergency aid programs as well. Keep any receipts related to the storm damage so that you can seek reimbursement. 

Avoid Further Damages

To avoid storm damage getting worse, remove vulnerable items (especially electronics, wood furniture, etc.) from standing water and put them somewhere they’re more likely to dry out quickly. Hang up rugs. Carpets with extensive water damage will probably need to be replaced. As soon as you can, call a water clean-up and restoration company. They have special equipment, experience and methods to stop further damage and begin the restoration process immediately. 

If your northeast Florida home or business has suffered storm damage, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, or Ponte Vedra home and get everything back to like-new condition. A trusted leader in the industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118.

Does Homeowners’ Insurance Cover Burst Pipes

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Does Homeowners' Insurance Cover Burst Pipes

When a pipe bursts, the damage to your home can be extensive. Worse, water damage repair can be time-consuming and expensive. If this happens in your house, will your homeowners’ insurance protect you? The answer is a little bit complicated.

If your pipe bursts suddenly, the resulting water damage will probably be covered by your homeowners’ policy. “Suddenly” is the key word in this sentence, though. If your pipe begins to leak because of damage that occurs gradually, like rust, the insurance company is not likely to cover it.

What does homeowner’s insurance cover then? A homeowners’ insurance policy protects you in three ways.

  • Dwelling coverage protects your home’s structure. This is the part of your insurance that helps pay to repair or replace your carpet or flooring or rebuild the physical structure of your home.
  • Property coverage protects your belongings. In other words, this covers the repair or replacement of things like furniture, clothing, sporting goods, or electronics. Typically, insurance will cover the actual cash depreciated value of the items instead of covering the cost to replace them.
  • Loss of use coverage reimburses you for costs associated with damage to your home. If you’ve lost the use of your home for a time, this coverage will pay for things you have to have while you’re waiting for home repairs, like your lodging, food, and boarding for your pet.

That all sounds pretty comprehensive, but it’s important to carefully read your policy and understand the terms. In most cases, if something sudden and accidental happens to your plumbing, like a fixture failure or a water line damaged by construction, the resulting damage will be covered. In some cases, burst pipes fall into this category. If, however, the problem is the result of age or wear and tear, like a water leak because of a rusty pipe, it won’t be covered. Similarly, if the problem was preventable, the insurance company probably won’t cover it. So, if your pipes burst suddenly in a freeze, it will probably be covered. If you’ve left town and turned off your heat, leaving your pipes vulnerable to freezing, it most likely will not be covered. Acts of nature are generally not covered, so if you live in an area prone to flooding, it’s smart to purchase additional flood insurance.

If your home has sustained damage from burst pipes, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra for help. Not only do we provide water damage restoration, but we also work with your insurance, managing the paperwork and claims process to reduce the stress of the experience for you. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra area property and get everything back to normal. A trusted leader in the restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118.

Remodeling after Storm Damage

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Remodeling after Storm Damage

If you’ve experienced storm damage from a natural disaster, the process of getting your house back to its preloss condition can be overwhelming. If you’re an optimist, you might look at this as an opportunity to renovate your space. That’s a great idea, but before you start ordering new fixtures, you’ll want to reach out to some storm damage repair companies and find one to help you make sure your home is safe and structurally sound. The faster you get a professional restoration team on the job, the less likely your home will sustain long-lasting effects from the storm. Here’s what you can expect from the process.

  • If you’ve been away, prepare for a depressing sight. A natural disaster can wreak havoc on your home, so expect the damage to be dramatic. Just keep reminding yourself that once it’s done, it will be better than ever!
  • Find out for sure what your insurance covers. Remodeling is an expensive endeavor. You’ll need various contractors to tackle different aspects like drywall, painting, electrical work, and so on. If, because of storm damage, roof repair is required, that’s an additional contractor and expense. Call your insurance company as soon as the damage occurs and have them send an adjuster as quickly as possible. It’s imperative for you to know exactly what will and will not be covered, and the extent of that coverage.
  • The home will need to be dried out as quickly as possible. The longer a property stays wet, the more potential for damage. Standing water needs to be removed immediately, using a wet/dry vacuum, wet furnishings and carpet need to be removed, and dehumidifiers need to be utilized to dry the building further. It’s wise to contact a professional to handle this part of your storm damage repair because the situation could be extremely hazardous, especially if electrical damage is involved.
  • You’ll need to have your property inspected for mold. Water left to sit on a surface for any amount of time can provide a hospitable environment for mold spores. Before you do any remodeling, have a mold inspector come to determine if there’s any dangerous mold on your property that requires remediation.
  • Be prepared for it to take a long time. Try to remain patient with the process, because rushing it could end in a result that’s less than ideal. The house must be dry and clear of mold before reconstruction can even begin, and construction is a lengthy and messy process.
  • Expect to make plenty of decisions. There will be negotiations with contractors, decisions to be made about materials, and so many details you’ll be exhausted. Take your time and give careful consideration to each step of the process, including upgrades you might want to make.

Before you can start remodeling after a storm, your property needs to be repaired and restored by professionals like the ones at SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra area property and get everything back to normal. A trusted leader in the storm damage cleanup and restoration space, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage after a Hurricane?

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage after a Hurricane?

If you live in Florida, you’ve probably lived through more than your share of hurricanes. If you’ve never dealt with damage to a home you own during a storm, you may not know what to expect. What does homeowner’s insurance cover? Do you need to get supplemental insurance if you live in a hurricane-prone area?

First, understand that there’s no specific hurricane insurance policy. However, standard homeowner’s insurance will cover some of the damage caused by hurricanes (wind-driven rain). One thing that’s typically not covered is flooding (rising water) from a hurricane, but that’s not the only exclusion. People who live in hurricane-prone areas would be wise to purchase supplemental hurricane coverage. Let’s look at how insurance companies usually address the various aspects of hurricane damage.

  • Wind damage is typically covered by a homeowners insurance policy’s dwelling coverage. However, in regions prone to hurricanes, wind coverage is often excluded. Take a close look at your home insurance declarations page to determine whether you should purchase additional windstorm insurance.
  • Water damage is a complicated issue. Almost all homeowner’s insurance policies exclude flooding due to natural disasters. This means that water damage from flooding or storm surge (both examples of rising water) that comes along with a hurricane, almost certainly will not be covered. There are some unusual things that could happen in a hurricane, like windows breaking and allowing rain to damage your belongings, and these things sometimes fall under personal property coverage. However, having additional wind and flood insurance in place is the best way to make sure you’re covered.
  • What does flood insurance cover? Homeowners living in a flood-prone region should opt for flood coverage in addition to their homeowner’s insurance. In fact, in many of these areas, flood insurance is required as a term of the mortgage. You can purchase a flood insurance policy from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but it won’t cover damage to landscaping or decks, pay for living expenses, or apply to more than $250,000 of dwelling coverage. NFIP policies also tend to exclude basement flooding, so it may benefit you to look into flood insurance from a private company.
  • Sewer backup may or may not be covered. For instance, if there’s sewer backup because a hurricane has flooded the sewer, you’ll want to have sewer backup insurance and flood coverage, in addition to your home insurance policy. This protects you even if the adjusters decide that your regular policy will not.
  • Leaving your home is only covered after the storm. In other words, evacuating your home to avoid the hurricane doesn’t entitle you to reimbursement from the insurance company for living expenses. If your house becomes unlivable after the storm, your policy’s additional living expenses portion will pay for a hotel and some other expenses.

If a hurricane has left your home with water damage, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra for help. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra area property and get everything back to normal. With more than 40 years of experience in water damage restoration, we’re a trusted leader in the industry. Call (904) 246-6118.

How to Spot Water Damage

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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How to Spot Water Damage

Sometimes, water damage is easy to notice. Other times, it’s more insidious. While it’s easy to see standing water from a burst pipe, water damage that’s hidden could be doing serious damage to your home if it is not detected and repaired quickly. Here, we explain some signs of water damage, along with steps you can take to protect your property.

  • Your floor may tell the story of water intrusion. If there’s dampness in your carpet, or if your tile or wood floors are cracked, buckling, or warped, water damage could be the cause. If you notice water on your floor that returns after you clean it up, you may have seepage or a leak.
  • If you notice a musty smell, check for water. Sometimes, you can just smell the dampness. A damp, musty, or moldy smell means trouble, because it indicates the presence of excessive moisture.
  • If your home has water damage, mold can sometimes be the result. Stay vigilant for signs of mold, which can lead to secondary damage and compromise the structure of your home. Rust, too, can result in a leak if not caught early. By keeping your eyes peeled for signs of mold and rust, you can stop water damage before it becomes a major issue.
  • On the ceiling, water damage leaves telltale marks. These discolorations can also occur around the bathtub, toilet or sink, or on the walls, and they’re some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Ceiling stains should be inspected immediately because they might indicate an undetected leak in the roof or walls. While you’re at it, pay attention to the corners, especially where the walls meet the ceiling or floors. Discoloration in those areas can also indicate a leak.
  • Your walls can manifest water damage in different ways. Maybe the paint is peeling, or the drywall is cracked. If you see these signs or areas that seem swollen or soft, have a leak detection company inspect for leaks as soon as possible. A SERVPRO Technician can also take moisture readings in areas of concern and check for active leaks.
  • Sometimes, water damage may be happening outside of your line of sight. If you hear running water and you don’t have a tap turned on, it may be running somewhere it shouldn’t. If your water bill suddenly and unexpectedly goes through the roof, you probably have a hidden leak that could be causing damage.

If your home has suffered water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra for help. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra area property and get everything back to normal. A trusted leader in the water damage restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118.

Top Causes of House Fires During the Holidays

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Top Causes of House Fires During the Holidays

On average, there are about 350,000 house fires in the United States each year. Approximately 47,000 of these fires happen during the winter holiday season. A house fire during such a festive time of year is tragic, but understanding how house fires happen is a good way to help prevent them. Let’s take a look at some of the common causes of holiday house fires.

  • Cooking fires are one of the leading causes of house fires, all year round. They’re even more common at the holidays, when people are baking and cooking for crowds while distracted.
  • Candles are popular over the holidays. Unfortunately, this also means an uptick in the risk of candle fire. Be very cautious whenever you use candles, keeping them away from flammable objects and never leaving them unattended.
  • Your most festive decor can lead to disaster. Your Christmas tree may be beautiful, but if you’re not careful, it can become the deadliest thing in your house. If you don’t water your tree properly, it can dry out and easily catch fire. Additionally, many people decorate with treasured keepsakes passed down through generations. If any of these beloved items have damaged electrical cords or other flaws that make them flammable, they can pose a real danger.
  • Holiday celebrations often lead to electrical overload. Your favorite lights and light-up decor can all result in fire hazards. Some of the most common and hazardous mistakes people make are stringing several extension cords together, running more than three light strands end to end, or using strings of lights that are worn out or in poor condition.
  • Because they’re winter holidays, space heaters are a hazard. Not everyone has central heating, and sometimes when guests are plentiful, sleeping arrangements become creative. Portable space heaters are great for warming up a chilly house or bringing heat to a sleeping porch, but they can also be dangerous. Never plug a space heater into an overloaded circuit, keep them away from flammable objects and curious children, and follow the safety requirements given by the portable heater’s manufacturer.

Being aware of the causes of house fires can help you prevent tragedy in your own home. To keep your home and family safe, make sure working smoke alarms are installed and keep fire extinguishers at the ready. Create an escape plan and make sure every family member understands it before you ever face a fire.

We hope these tips will help you avoid a house fire, but we know accidents sometimes happen. If fire damages your home, you don’t have to face it alone. The highly-trained experts at SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra are here to help, with more than 40 years of experience in fire damage repair and restoration.  A trusted leader in the industry, we have the experience and equipment to repair fire and smoke damage, restore your Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra area property, and get everything back to normal. Call (904) 246-6118.

Facts About Commercial Water Damage

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Facts About Commercial Water Damage

If you’re a business owner, your building is likely your greatest asset, so water damage to your property can be disastrous. Not only will you have to deal with water damage restoration, but you’re likely to lose business while bringing the building back to a usable state. Let’s look at some facts that can help you prevent water damage or properly restore your property if damage has already occurred.

  • Maintenance is often key to preventing water damage. Sometimes, water damage is caused by plumbing leaks or appliance malfunctions. Another major source of water damage is a leaking roof, which can happen even to a new roof if a storm strikes. Keeping up with repairs and maintenance can prevent little problems from becoming major issues. Having the building inspected regularly, performing preventative maintenance, and quickly handling any plumbing or roof repair can keep your property from requiring costly and extensive work.
  • Insurance doesn’t always cover water damage. If it’s determined that the water intrusion is due to normal wear and tear or a maintenance issue, the insurance company will often reject the claim. Additionally, some other sources of water damage are not covered under a typical policy. If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, for instance, you may need to purchase supplemental flood insurance. Whenever you discover water damage, contacting your insurance company should be among your first steps.
  • All water is not the same, and neither is all water damage. Water contamination is categorized into three types: white, gray, or black water. For each of these types of water, there’s a certain protocol for safety and cleaning procedures. When you call in a professional water damage repair and restoration team, you can be confident that they know the correct process for whichever type of water is causing your problem. Further, the cleanup needs to be done by someone who understands how to get water out of different types of material. While hard surfaces are typically salvageable, many other materials, like ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, and carpet, will probably need to be discarded and replaced.
  • Time is of the essence. The longer water sits, the more damage it can do. Moisture can not only damage the property you see, but it can also seep into unexpected places and cause problems like mold and structural issues. That’s why it’s crucial for water extraction to occur immediately, to rid your property of even the hidden water and moisture. This extraction, along with water damage restoration is typically best handled by professionals who know exactly what needs to be done to protect your property from further harm.

If your building has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra area commercial property and get everything back to normal. We’ve served our community for more than 40 years, and we’re experts in water damage repair and restoration. Call (904) 246-6118.

Can you Sell a Fire Damaged House

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Living through a house fire can be an extremely traumatic experience. Trying to sell a house after it’s been damaged by a fire can be almost as traumatic, especially if you don’t know the ins and outs of navigating the situation. Here, we offer advice on selling a house after it’s been through a fire.

First, can you sell a fire-damaged home? The answer, in most cases, is yes. Real estate laws don’t prohibit people from selling a house after it’s been damaged by a fire, but they do require the sellers to disclose information to the buyer about the fire.

There are two different ways to go about selling a fire-damaged home:

  • Selling a house as-is: If fixing the damages caused by the fire is cost-prohibitive, you might decide to sell the property as-is. This can be challenging, and you won’t get the market value price, though the money from the sale combined with the payout from insurance might get you into a new home. While the average buyer will probably shy away from buying a home that’s experienced a house fire, there are some companies that buy homes “as is” and would be willing to take the chance.
  • Restoring the house before selling: Restoring your home to a pre-fire state is expensive (though it may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance), but it will also net you more money- sometimes more than you would have gotten pre-fire. Has your home been assessed to see how much repairing the damage will cost before you decide whether or not it’s worth doing?

If you do decide to sell your home after a house fire, here are some steps you should follow:

  • Restore the house to its pre-fire condition. For this, contact a fire remediation company, like us. Fire and smoke damage restoration is not something you should do by yourself, because it requires specific knowledge and equipment.
  • Keep all of your restoration documentation. Include photos and paid invoices, so that you can stand up to any scrutiny.
  • Disclose information about the fire to the buyers. A property disclosure form is required in most states.
  • Be prepared to answer questions. Buyers will want to know what caused the fire, and you’ll need to reassure them that steps have been taken to keep it from happening again.
  • Expect it to take a long time. Rushing the process won’t help but being patient could bring you a better price for your home.

If your home has been damaged by a house fire, it’s important to have it professionally cleaned and restored to its pre-fire condition. When you need help restoring your Northeast Florida home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra for help with smoke damage restoration. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, or Ponte Vedra home and get everything back to like-new condition. A trusted leader in the industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Top Office Building Fire Risks

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know that a structure fire occurs every 63 seconds in the United States? Are you doing everything you can to promote fire safety in the workplace? Here, we offer some helpful fire safety tips.

First, here’s a list of some common fire hazards you might encounter in the office:

  • Flammable Materials: Paper and cardboard are common in just about every office. Unfortunately, they’re also extremely flammable. Keep these materials safely stored in an easy to access area away from the main office area. Get rid of unnecessary documents and trash to keep things from becoming cluttered.
  • Combustible Materials: Safely storing combustible and flammable liquids and vapors is vital to the safety of your office building. A flammable liquid can burst into flames with a single spark, and vapors can cause an explosion, so be sure that your substances are contained securely. Flammable liquids must be completely sealed and kept in a dry, secure place.
  • Dust and Debris: If your building isn’t well ventilated or properly clean, the dust and debris can create a fire hazard. If you use machinery that heats up, make sure it’s scrupulously clean. Grease and dust residue can result in a fire if you’re not careful.
  • Overused Power Sockets: Extension cords should be used temporarily, if at all, and you should make a rule to plug in one item per socket. Overloaded power sockets can overheat and potentially start a fire.
  • Unattended Electrical Equipment: Shut off and unplug electrical heaters and appliances when they’re not in use, and never leave things on overnight. Check for loose cables, broken plugs, or damaged electrical cords, and keep areas around electrical devices clear of paper.
  • Smoking: Smoking is one of the primary causes of office fires, so designate a smoking area far away from the building, with ashtrays and bins for proper cigarette disposal.
  • Negligence: Make sure everyone in the building cleans up messes, doesn’t leave food unattended in the toaster or on a burner, and understands why negligence is hazardous.
  • Inadequate Safety Measures: Obstructed exits, faulty safety equipment, and blocked sprinklers can lead to tragedy in case of emergency, so make sure everything is working as it should. Additionally, take the time to teach your staff to use fire extinguishers, what to do in case of an emergency, and where to go if there’s a fire. Having an emergency plan in place and staff members who know how to execute it can save lives.

If your property sustains fire damage, you don’t have to go it alone. If you’ve suffered through a fire in your Jacksonville Beaches area office building, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra for help with fire restoration. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, or Ponte Vedra property and get everything back to normal. A trusted leader in the fire damage restoration service industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40  years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

What to Do In Case of Fire Damage

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

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How frequently do house fires occur? Would it surprise you to learn that a fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 24 seconds? Hopefully, your home will never make it into that frightening statistic. If it does ever happens to you, here’s what to do once the smoke has cleared and the fire department has left the scene.

  • Don’t plan to immediately move back into the house. Even the parts of the house that weren’t damaged by the flames can be dangerous for people to inhabit. Smoke damage can cause soot and smoke to stick to the walls, floors, and furniture, which makes it dangerous for you to breathe. Fire can also cause electrical hazards and affect ducts and insulation in your walls, attic, and crawl space.
  • Make sure cleanup is handled properly and promptly. Soot and ash discolor surfaces, and the longer you wait to clean it off of your belongings, the worse that discoloration will be, and the lower the likelihood will be that it can be returned to preloss condition. In fact, after just a few days, discoloration of walls and fabric items can become permanent. Left for weeks, the residue left behind by a house fire can corrode metal, permanently etch glass, and cause wood and vinyl surfaces to deteriorate to an irreparable degree.
  • Call in the professionals. Cleaning up the damage left behind by fire requires meticulous care. If it isn’t handled with extreme caution, soot residue can contaminate the entire building. What’s more, fire restoration experts know what can and cannot be salvaged and have the equipment and products needed to comprehensively clean your home. Professionals also know how to work with insurance adjusters, and can often bill the insurance company directly, making the process much easier for you.
  • Call your insurance company. Your homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your home from a fire or smoke. This includes damage caused by a fire at a neighboring building, as well as damage caused by wildfires. The house, fences, driveway, sheds, and other structures on your property are also protected. Homeowner’s insurance also covers the cost of most personal items lost in a fire, and typically also covers additional living expenses, even for months at a time if necessary, while you regroup. Other people on your property at the time are also covered. The only time a homeowner’s policy will not cover damages from a fire is if you or someone else named on your policy caused the fire intentionally.

If your property sustains fire damage, you don’t have to go it alone. If you’ve suffered through a home fire in your Northeast Florida home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra for help with fire restoration. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville Beaches area home and get everything back to normal. A trusted leader in the fire damage restoration service industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40  years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website to get the restoration care you deserve.