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Mold Vs. Mildew

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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While there are many differences between the two fungi, mold and mildew both develop and thrive in moist conditions. A leaking roof, a window that doesn’t seal properly, and water damage caused by a broken pipe can all lead to the growth of mold and mildew. In order to reduce the risk of health effects and damage to building materials, mildew and mold in the home or business needs immediate mold remediation.

Mildew vs Mold

Plain and simple, mildew and mold are fungi. Fungi can live in many different types of habitats such as soil, on vegetation, and on surfaces exposed to moist conditions like a wall or ceiling after flood damage. Fungi reproduce by spores and quickly can spread.

What is mildew? Mildew is mold in its early stage and often the term is used interchangeably with the word mold. That whitish-gray, powdery substance sometimes seen on the leaves of a plant is mildew. Mildew is a surface fungi that grows on organic material like plants and food as well as wood or fibrous items like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard/paperboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabric

How is it different from Mold? Mold ranges in color from green to gray, brownish and black. It may appear fuzzy, flat or even slimy. Green slimy mold may develop in the damp, shady areas of decks and even vinyl siding, while indoors, mold can develop on grout, tile and other surfaces found in and around bathrooms and other areas with high humidity and inadequate ventilation.

Pro Tip: Slimy mold on decks, fences and siding often can be removed using a pressure washer. Always wear proper safety protection when dealing with mold and working with tools.

Dangers of Mildew and Mold

In a battle between mildew vs mold, which presents more problems and danger? It depends on several factors.

The powdery mildew often found on the leaves of a houseplant, typically poses little danger to you, but it can harm the plant. However, anyone that suffers from mold allergies should avoid touching that mildew. If contact occurs, wash hands thoroughly and never touch your face/eyes/nose after coming in contact with mildew.

The Need for Mold Remediation

Mold and mildew, if ignored, can cause long-term health issues and physical damage to a home or business. Mold found anywhere in a building, such as behind drywall, on insulation, around windows and along basement walls has developed because there is a moisture problem. To avoid further damage, it’s essential to locate and correct the source of the moisture and then remove all traces of mold.

Any home or business that’s suffered any type of water damage (from firefighting efforts, roof leak, burst pipe or flood) needs professional assessment quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra immediately after any water disaster; mold can begin developing within 24 to 48 hours. Trust our professional technicians for a comprehensive mold remediation plan. Call 904-246-6118.

Be 'Ready for Whatever Happens'

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Stats and Safety Tips:

The peak time of year for Storms, June -November.

Force, from 74-155+ miles per hour.

Best resources for safety information, ready.gov/hurricanes.

Cost of damage, for example, Hurricane Sandy caused nearly $62 billion in damage in the United States. Sandy is the nation's most expensive storm since hurricane Katrina, which caused $128 billion in damage (statistics provided by NOAA.

Flood Stats and Safety Resources:

The peak time of year, year-round threat in the US, most likely in the spring and fall for our region.

Cost of damage, according to floodsmart.gov, total flood insurance claims averaged $4 billion per year from 2003- 2012.

One of the best resources for safety information, floodsmart.gov has extremely helpful preparedness tips.

Wildfire Stats and Safety Resources:

The peak time of year, a year-round threat for Florida. 

Acres burned, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, there were more than 63,000 wildfires that burned over 3.5 million acres in the United States in 2014. The cost of damage, more than $1.5 billion in 2014.

One of the best resources for safety information, check out Firewise USA.

Tornado Stats and Safety Resources:

The peak time of year, March- June, though tornadoes have been recorded every month of the year, in years past. Tornadoes can also occur in any state.

The best resource for safety information, www.ready.gov/tornadoes.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help insure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra as your preferred SERVPRO franchise in the event of a disaster. Having a plan in place helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive following a disaster.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment that requires little time, and can same you a lot of time and money in the future.

Do You Have Your Ducts in Order?

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Your ventilation system is the biggest contributor to your indoor air quality. Inspecting your ductwork in your home or business should be a high priority, and done regularly. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, containments such as microbial growth, and irritating dust throughout your home or business.

The process begins by using patented equipment including a root-scraper, which automatically adapts to duct's shape and diameter, removing debris and dirt before vacuuming begins.

Next, the push-pull air delivery and collection system transfer debris and dust to a container.

Air is then filtered through a HEPA air filtration system, removing 99.97% of air particles.

Only a state licensed HVAC contractor is then legally allowed to take apart your HVAC motor and coils, clean them, and then reinstall them. Make sure whoever you hire can show you their State of Florida HVAC Contractor's License. Your SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra HVAC Contractor can! Call today, 904-246-6118 for a free quote.

Fire Safety Tips for Your Commercial Business

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

Organize emergency preparedness procedures and share them with your employees.

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

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

IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) Certified Firm

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

Originally founded in 1972, the IICRC is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource. There are currently more than 54,000 active certified technicians many with multiple certifications and nearly 6,000 Certified Firms around the world. 

Not only is SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra an IICRC Certified Firm, but each one of our technicians, our marketing team, our owners, and our office staff are all individually certified. That way you know when you call us at 904-246-6118 or talk to one of our team members out in the field, that the person you are speaking with is knowledgeable in our industry. Education is important to our organization, and passing that knowledge on to you is the first step to making it "Like it never even happened."

New Year, New Beginnings

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Each new year brings the opportunity for new beginnings! Make 2019 the year you resolve to be READY. SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra wants to help ensure you enjoy a safe and happy new year by helping you be prepared for anything the year may have in store.

Did you know, up to 50 percent of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen? Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place. Let SERVPRO help you build an emergency preparedness plan for your property.

Make your resolution one that helps protect your business. Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/ Ponte Vedra today at 904-246-6118 to learn how we can get you "Ready for whatever happens" in the new year.

Protecting Your Property During Cold Weather

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Cold weather can weak havoc on your home and business if you're not properly prepared. To help prevent weather related damages, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather like heavy wind and rain can cause branches to fall.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building/ home, and leaves should be cleared away.
  • Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are free of debris.
  • Test gas lines if they have been dormant to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks.
  • Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Make sure all exterior doors and windows have weather stripping.

Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra at 904-246-6118 if your home or business has suffered damage due to winter weather.

Real Value, Packaged in Green

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra provides consistent service and reliable information.

Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, a fire or water damage requires prompt action to reduce loss and costly down time. 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 faster recovery. The Beaches team utilizes technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick, dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra today at 904-246-6118 for a quote on mitigating mold, water damage, fire damage, or cleaning for your commercial property. 

Click HERE for a full list of our commercial services.

Winter Heating Hazards

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

The winter season is finally here in Florida, 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 of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra at 904-246-6118.