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Preventing Water Damage from Leaking Pipes

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Pipe with Water Leaking Out of It Even when you're prepared, accidents happen! Call us and we will be there to help restore your home ASAP when facing water damage.

No homeowner wants to deal with water damage from a leaking pipe. In addition to possibly flooding your home, a pipe leak can wreak havoc in a number of ways. Warped, stained walls, dangerous mold, and ruined carpet and furnishings are just a few of the consequences of an unattended leak. The best way to avoid all of that chaos is to prevent the leaks in the first place.

To properly avoid water damage from a leaking pipe, you must first understand the factors that come into play with pipe leaks.

  • Pipe corrosion can eat away at metal pipes and cause leaks.
  • Cracks indicate weakness in a pipe and will eventually cause the pipe walls to give way.
  • The seals that keep your plumbing system’s connections from leaking can fail.
  • Blockages in your pipes cause pressure to build up and cause leaks.
  • Damaged joints can be caused by different things, like pipes expanding or contracting or poor workmanship.
  • High water pressure can stress weak points in your plumbing system and cause a pipe burst or leaks.
  • Foundation shifts can cause water lines to disconnect or rupture.
  • Extreme temperature changes can cause pipes to crack and leak.
  • Tree root intrusion happens when root systems put pressure on your pipes.
  • Fixture cracks happen because of physical impact to a fixture or the surrounding pipes.

The water damage repair after a leak can be extensive. It’s important to know how to shut off the water in your house so that if a problem occurs you can minimize the extent of the damage and reduce your water damage cleanup. To prevent leaks in the first place:

  • Keep an eye on your pipes for signs of visible corrosion. Green spots on copper, for instance, indicate cold water pitting.
  • Listen to your pipes. Rattling, shock, or vibration when you turn the water on or off can indicate an issue.
  • Replace old piping. Start watching it at 20 years and replace it by about 40.
  • Look for staining on sinks or taps. Blue or green stains can indicate high concentrations of carbon dioxide or a low pH, which can corrode pipes and fittings.
  • Soften your water. Hard water can cause pitting, so treat it before it creates a problem.
  • Watch the water pressure. If the pressure goes above 80psi/552kPa or a velocity of more than 4FPS a pipe burst can occur.
  • Monitor your water usage. Watch the water meter and look to your water company for historical usage data. Unexplained water usage could mean a hidden leak.
  • Consider smart systems. New smart technology allows you to monitor humidity in order to detect leaks.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your home will sustain water damage from a leaky pipe. If that happens to your Jacksonville Beaches area home, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra for help with water damage restoration. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, or Ponte Vedra home or business and get everything back to normal. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

What is the Difference Between a Hurricane and Typhoon or Tropical Storm?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Trees blowing in a storm with high winds If your Beaches area home experiences damage from a storm, SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra will be there to help right away!

If a storm has violent winds, heavy rains, and creates a storm surge, what is it called? Is it a hurricane or a typhoon? Where do tropical storms fit into the picture? Weather terminology can be confusing, but we can help you understand the differences between these kinds of storms.

Hurricane and typhoon are two different terms for the same weather phenomenon. In short, they’re tropical cyclones, rotating, organized systems of clouds and thunderstorms that originate over tropical or subtropical waters and have closed, low-level circulation. For a storm to be considered a hurricane or a typhoon, the tropical cyclone must have 74 mph or higher sustained winds. They can occur at any time of year, but there are seasons during which these storms are most common. If the two storms are the same thing, though, why do they have different names? It has to do primarily with the location.

  • Hurricanes are cyclones located in the North Atlantic Ocean, the central North Pacific Ocean, and the eastern North Pacific Ocean. They’re rated between Category 1 through Category 5 by the national hurricane center. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.
  • Typhoons are cyclones that originate in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. They are generally stronger than hurricanes, but they do less damage because of where they’re located. Typhoons commonly occur from May to October.
  • In the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, they are simply called tropical cyclones. The cyclone season runs from November to April.

These types of storms form when air is heated by warm seawater, causing the air to rise quickly. As it cools down again, more warm air rises below and pushes it aside. This cycle creates strong winds, and when it happens over the sea, the result can be huge waves. Scientists believe that the intensity of hurricanes will increase in the future because the temperature of ocean water is rising.

Of course, there are different stages of storms leading up to the formation of a hurricane or typhoon. The first stage is a tropical depression, sometimes referred to as a tropical wave, disturbance, feature, or system. This is a cyclone with winds of 38 miles per hour. When a cyclone’s wind speeds reach 39 to 73 miles per hour, it becomes a tropical storm. At that point, you’ll see it on the hurricane tracker, classified on the same scale as hurricanes. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) issues advisories based on information collected through reconnaissance aircraft missions, vessels, equipment located on islands, and buoys so that people can keep track of local storms and protect their homes and businesses.

If your Northeast Florida home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, or Ponte Vedra home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Avoiding Drainpipe Overflow

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Washer & Dryer If you experience water damage from an overflowing appliance, call us and we'll be there to help ASAP!

Water damage to your home can quickly become a serious- and expensive- issue. Unfortunately, our appliances can be the source of extensive water damage. Sometimes, washing machine overflow or a leaking dishwasher are unavoidable. In many cases though, being proactive can prevent these disasters.

  • If the problem is dishwasher overflow, it may be a detergent problem. You may have added too much soap or the wrong kind of detergent, in which case it’s a simple fix. Purchase soap that’s recommended by your dishwasher manufacturer and you will solve the problem.
  • Your leaking dishwasher could be caused by a worn-out door gasket. If you are handy you can replace or clean the gasket yourself to stop the leak. If not, a plumber or appliance repair person can help.
  • If it’s a faulty inlet valve or defective float assembly or switch, you may need to call a plumber. The inlet valve delivers water to the dishwasher. If it’s malfunctioning, you might notice water in the bottom of the dishwasher even if the appliance has not been used. The float in a dishwasher rises with the water level, signaling the float switch to turn off the water. If the float is stuck, the float switch will not be activated. If it is not stuck but the dishwasher is overflowing, the switch may need to be replaced.
  • You may also need to call a plumber if your washing machine is leaking. Especially if you live in an older home, your drainpipe may not be equipped to handle the amount of water used by your modern washing machine. A plumber can clean out the drain, which will help for a few months. Your plumber may also suggest another solution, like installing a larger pipe, installing a pump, or installing a laundry sink so that the drain flow can be carefully monitored.
  • A lint catcher or enzymes might help prevent drainpipe overflow. A wire mesh lint catcher keeps lint from clogging the drain, and enzymes will help clear soap scum out of your drain. For enzymes to be effective, you need to use them regularly, preferably every month. Pour the enzymes into your drain at night and rinse with hot water in the morning.
  • You can use a drain snake as a preventive measure. Any time your drain starts running slowly, snake it out to remove any clogs. This is not difficult to do: you just push a drain snake into the drain and pull it back out.
  • A front-loading washer may solve your washing machine problem. Because these washers use less water, they are less likely to overwhelm your drainpipe.

Regardless of why it happened, if your First Coast home is damaged by a leaky appliance or overflowing drain, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, or Ponte Vedra home back to preloss condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

How Much Water Damage Do Hurricanes Cause?

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Florida Home with Flooding in Front Yard We're here to help resore your business or home to like new no matter how extensive the storm damage!

For people who live in hurricane-prone areas, news of a hurricane can seem mundane. Especially if you’ve never personally experienced hurricane damage, you may think they are overhyped. In truth, though, hurricanes do a great deal of damage each year.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were 28 weather disasters between 2019 and 2020 that each caused more than $1 billion of damage. In fact, a 2019 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the annual economic losses from hurricane winds and flooding to be about $54 billion, with $34 billion of that damage happening to homes. Hurricane damage in Florida is not something to ignore, because Florida is hit by more hurricanes than any other state: 121 hurricanes, 37 of them major, since 1851.

Why is hurricane damage so serious? Hurricanes are extremely intense storms, bringing high-velocity winds, waves, tornadoes, and floodwaters. They are ranked in terms of severity on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most destructive. A Category 1 Hurricane has winds that range from 74 to 95 miles per hour and may cause only minor damage. By contrast, a Category 5 Hurricane can bring winds of up to 157 miles per hour, which can destroy the roof and walls of a house. A Category 5 Hurricane can also cause power outages and knock down trees. A hurricane does not have to be a Category 5 to cause major damage though, because damage from Categories 3 and 4 can be almost as extreme.

Flood damage is perhaps the most devastating aspect of a hurricane. Hurricanes cause flooding in different ways, as storm surge pushes seawater onto the shore and heavy rains drench even inland areas. Entire regions can end up flooded for days. When that region includes your home, water damage can be extensive. Because water weighs about 1,700 pounds per cubic yard, it can be brutal on structures not meant to take that kind of force.

Water can damage your home in several different ways. It can cause floor dampness. If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time you know that dampness inside your home is not going to dry out on its own. In fact, if your floor is soaked in a hurricane, you may end up having to tear up flooring, baseboards, and even your drywall. If you sustain a roof leak, you could end up needing mold remediation. What’s more, water damage from rising floodwaters is often polluted and can be dangerous. You will need professional help removing that water from your house.

If your Northeast Florida home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, or Ponte Vedra home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Hurricane Evacuation Plan

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Evacuation Sign with Palm Trees in Background It's important to have a plan in case a storm strikes our Jacksonville Beaches area!

Do you have a hurricane evacuation plan? Hurricane season began June 1st and lasts until November, and if you’re near the coast, hurricane preparedness is vital for keeping your family safe. Even if you don’t think you’ll want to evacuate, there may come a time when officials make it mandatory. A Florida hurricane can quickly become dangerous, and may not leave you much time. Planning ahead will help make the experience much easier and more comfortable.

  • Keep track of the local weather. Sign up for alerts from the National Weather Service so that you will know if a hurricane watch or warning is in effect for your area.
  • Decide on a destination. Where will you wait out the storm? You can choose to stay with out-of-town friends or family, rent a hotel room, or stay at a local shelter, but it’s important to know where you’re going and map it out in advance. If you have pets, make sure to include them in your plans. If it’s not safe for you to be home it’s not safe for your pets. Choose a place to stay that accepts pets or make other arrangements for your furry family members.
  • Pick your route and plan for detours. Your local government will offer suggested routes to make it easier to get to safety, but it’s smart to know at least three ways to get to your destination. You never know if a road is going to be blocked by flooding, a washed-out bridge, or downed trees. Throughout hurricane season, keep your gas tank full. That way you’ll be sure you have enough gas to get you where you’re going even if you run into trouble. Additionally, it will keep you out of the long lines that inevitably form at gas stations during natural disasters.
  • Be thorough with emergency supplies. Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car with fresh water, non-perishable snacks, blankets, a phone charger, road maps, garbage bags, toilet paper, paper towels, a gas can, jumper cables, and a towline. Each family member should have a bag with changes of clothes and a copy of the evacuation plan. Additionally, have a hurricane preparedness kit that’s easy to grab, like a backpack, containing:
  • Copies of important documents
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Medications
  • Cash
  • Extra keys for your house and car
  • Know who to call. Make plans with your family members in case you are separated. Decide upon a meeting spot or two where you will reconnect, and pick an out-of-state friend or family member to call with updates.

If your Northeast Florida home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, or Ponte Vedra home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Trees Blowing in a Storm with the Words Storm Damage We Can Help Overlayed If your home experiences damage from a storm, SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra is here to help restore your home to pre-storm condition!

Hurricane season begins June 1st and lasts until November, and if you’re near the coast, hurricane preparedness is vital for keeping your home and family safe. Will you be ready if there’s a hurricane? Here are some steps for preparing your home.

  • Make a storm kit. This kit should have supplies to get your family through 48 hours of bad conditions, with no electricity, water, or other basic services. It should have three days’ worth of water and a two day supply of food, as well other important provisions. Ready.gov offers a list of supplies here.
  • Gas up your generator. If you have a 5,500 watt generator, it will require about five gallons of gasoline to run for eight hours. Fill up some gas cans so that you’ll be prepared if emergency conditions last for several days.
  • Bring things inside from outside. Lawn furniture, toys, garden tools, and anything else that could be blown away in the storm should come inside. Anything you can’t bring inside should be anchored.
  • Know the location of your water, gas, and electricity shut offs. After a disaster, it’s recommended that you shut off your water until you know it’s safe to drink. If your home experiences flooding or severe water damage, we recommend shutting off your electricity as well. Don’t turn off your gas until local officials tell you to do so.
  • Get your windows, doors, and garage doors ready for the storm. Ideally, you’ve installed storm shutters on your windows, in which case you’ll just need to brace your doors and secure your garage door. If your windows don’t have storm shutters, plywood or other hard materials can be temporarily affixed to the exterior for protection from wind and flying objects.
  • Turn down your refrigerator and freezer. Lowering your refrigerator and freezer to their lowest setting cools the food so that it will stay cold for a while if the power goes out.
  • If the power goes out, unplug your electrical appliances. This will keep them from being damaged if there’s a power surge when the electricity comes back on.
  • Get your insurance documents together. Your home insurance documents and other important papers should go into a waterproof bag to be kept inside your storm kit. You will need them readily available should your experience damage because they’ll make things easier in the aftermath of the storm.
  • Have a plan for your pets. Your pets should be microchipped, and you should have a picture of each pet handy in case they get lost in the storm. Because emergency shelters do not always accept pets, make a plan for where they will go in an emergency if you are unable to bring them with you.

Sometimes homes sustain damage, even if you’re as prepared as possible for the storm. If your Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach or Atlantic Beach home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Does the change in weather have you ready for spring cleaning?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Women with gloves holding up a bucket to catch water from a leak. Your home needs consistent maintenance. At SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra our quick check-up ensures your home is performing at its best.

Spring has sprung and with it, a whole host of issues! Over the fall and winter seasons, our homes, lawns, and workplaces typically lie dormant, giving pests, mold, and other issues time to grow. Have you taken the time to check all the potential problem areas for these common issues? 

Residential Leak: A slow leaking faucet may have created a wet moldy nightmare behind a wall or under a sink- leading to mold that may or may not be seen, and potential water damage. The danger a hazardous mold problem poses to your home, family, and wallet can be reduced by calling SERVPRO. Our experts can get to the source of the problem quickly without risking the health of your family or home.  

Commercial Leak: Commercial Leaks can cause mayhem when least expected. Burst pipes, thawing, and freezing or rainstorms can contribute to Commercial leaking and flooding. Water damage can cost business owners tens of thousands of dollars in damage as well as pose a serious health risk if not properly contained and cleaned. A sanitation process ensures that your property is safe and healthy to resume operations. 

Air Duct Cleaning: Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. We professionally inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe. However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind regarding the health of your system.

Odor Removal: As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from several sources both inside and outside a structure. We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration- Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. A sewage spill or leak is something you should NEVER attempt to contain on your own. We are experts who have specialized training in safe remediation. Don’t risk your health, we have 24/7 Emergency Services to ensure that your home or business is safe and healthy. 

While spring cleaning to you may mean get organized and sprucing up the yard, don’t let these other important maintenance opportunities fall off your checklist. Use Spring Cleaning as a time to make sure your home or office is performing at its best! Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra today to schedule a quick check-up, ensuring what’s behind the walls is just as clean as the space you see every day!

Dust, dust, dust. Gross, gross, gross.

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Vacuum on carpet with shoes. Call SERVPRO today to take care of the deep clean your home or commercial building need!

Spring has sprung and with it a whole host of dust, dirt, soiling, and mayhem. Many home supply stores offer carpet and upholstery cleaners for rental. However, these machines aren’t frequently cleaned or sanitized, could harbor harmful bacteria, and typically don’t work well. 

Conventional methods of cleaning only scratch the service. It’s time to experience the difference that a SERVPRO clean can make in your life. Our highly trained professionals are well versed in all levels when it comes to soiling on carpets, drapes, and upholstery. 

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet. 79% of the soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming – as well as checking and changing the filter on your vacuum 
  • Spot removal – this can include dropped food or drinks, or pet stains
  • Using rugs to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet from the outside

“But it doesn’t look that bad.” 

The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, the amount of traffic you experience, and the type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

Offerings

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

In need of a good deep cleaning? Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra today to get started, as nobody should live with dust, mold, and soil buildup. 

Can Air Duct Cleaning Help Allergies?

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Man installing clean air filter for HVAC. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra when you need to ensure your air ducts are clean!

If you’re plagued by allergies, you’re not alone. More than 50 million people in the United States are affected by allergies each year, making it the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the country. Exposure to allergens is not always within your control, since they’re often airborne. Keeping allergens out of your house, though, is a little bit more manageable.

Let’s first look at some common indoor allergens.

  • Dust: Dust mites are in just about every home. They lurk in beds, upholstered furniture, and other fabric, eating the dead skin cells we shed and creating waste that triggers allergies.
  • Mold: Very common in Florida, mold is often found in damp places like bathrooms and crawl spaces.
  • Pet dander: Pets shed skin cells just like people do, and these discarded cells can trigger allergies.
  • Pests: Cockroaches are common in Florida, and their waste, saliva, and discarded skin can trigger allergies. Rodent hair, dander, urine, and feces are all allergens too.
  • Pollen: While you might think of pollen as an outdoor allergen, it travels easily into homes on clothes, shoes, and pets.
  • Air Pollutants: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases given off by household cleaners, building materials, and furniture. Outdoor pollutants like smog can get into your home making indoor air up to five times as polluted as the air outside!

These allergens are common, but there are steps you can take to mitigate the issues they cause. Changing your air filters regularly, vacuuming frequently, eliminating clutter, using a dehumidifier, and taking measures to deter pests can all help. However, one of the best things you can do to help promote healthier indoor air is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

Once allergens are in your HVAC system, they can easily circulate through your home and trigger your allergies. Further, allergens aren’t the only contaminant that could be lurking in your ducts. Bacteria can grow and thrive there, and so can viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you haven’t had professional duct cleaning services in the last five years, it’s time. In addition to improving your air quality and reducing allergens in your home, cleaning your ducts can eliminate odors and make your home easier to clean by lessening the dust in your home. Best of all, clean air ducts lead to greater HVAC energy efficiency. When dust and contaminants clog your air ducts, your home’s HVAC efficiency is reduced. Clean air ducts mean your system doesn’t have to work as hard, so it’s more efficient and will likely have a longer lifespan, which is particularly important here at the Beaches where the warm summer sun causes our HVAC systems to work on overdrive.

When you need air duct cleaning near the beaches around Jacksonville, FL, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra. For 40 years, our locally-owned-and-operated business has served our community, making it “Like it never even happened,” through cleaning and restoration services. Whether you need commercial or residential cleanup, restoration, or mold remediation, call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Commercial Mold Remediation

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Man in protective gear cleaning mold damage in an office building SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra is here to help quickly resolve any mold damage when water damage has occurred

SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra provides essential commercial mold remediation services and health conscious techniques.

Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, commercial mold damage requires prompt action to reduce exposure to potential catastrophic health concerns and keep your business open and operating. Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information?

SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure a faster recovery. The Beaches team utilizes technology designed specifically to provide you and your place of business with efficient remediation needed to ensure the health and safety of your staff and clients. 

What is mold? Why is it a concern in commercial properties? 

Per the EPA, “Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.”

Mold can spread quickly through your business if left untreated. SERVPRO can respond right away, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and restore everything back to its previous condition.

Mold can occur in many places. With even small leaks, moisture and water intrusions can lead to serious issues. Immediate and efficient mitigation is the only way to not lose hours of productivity and thousands of dollars in revenue and property damage. 

Why SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra?

SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra is professionally trained and certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Our Process: 

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Contact

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our specialist will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO uses antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO cleans your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra today at 904-246-6118 for a quote on your commercial mold remediation project. 

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