Space Heater Safety
Should you ever experience a fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest! But here are tips for space heaters as compiled by Consumer Reports:
Using a Space Heater: Safety Tips
Half of all home heating fires happen during the months of December, January, and February—they’re mostly caused when a heater (typically an electric one) is placed too close to curtains, bedding, or upholstered furniture. Our experts, as well as the pros at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturersand the National Fire Protection Agency offer the following safety tips:
- Place the heater on a hard, level, and nonflammable surface. These appliances are intended to sit on the floor, not on a table.
- Establish a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a space heater in a child’s room.
- Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from combustible materials, such as furniture, bedding, and curtains. A taller heater may need to be even further away.
- Don’t use a heater in a workshop or garage near paint, gas cans, or matches.
- Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Unplug the heater when it’s not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use the heater if the cord is frayed or worn.
- Don’t plug another electrical device or an extension cord into the same outlet as a heater—that can cause overheating.
- Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every bedroom, and test them monthly.
SERVPRO is near you in Jacksonville for water damage restoration, fire damage restoration and mold remediation!
Commercial Water Damage- No Job Too Large!
Commercial Water Damage
When dealing with commercial water damage, bigger is almost always worse. The more water that is flowing through a space, the worse the damage will usually be. Water damage in commercial buildings has the potential to be far more disastrous than a residential home, because of how many more pipes there are in a commercial building. More bathrooms, appliances, and sprinkler systems mean there are a greater number of chances for water loss.
With commercial loss, it also means more equipment will need to be used to dry out the area. More equipment means more manpower needed to move the equipment. This trend can keep compounding out to show how commercial job can have costs add up quickly.
It is also the cost of not doing business that makes a large water loss so damaging. Not being able to have a store/location open for days, weeks, or months at a time can mean a devastating loss of profit which will just make a water loss worse. This is why SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest uses every method to expedite the restoration process, such as working directly with insurance providers, offering construction services, and using state of the art equipment to get the restoration process completed fast!
Large commercial water losses can be scary. When you call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest, rely on our experience to get the damage under control and back to normal.
How to Efficiently Clean Up Water Damage
Active Water Damage in Home.
Water damage can be a frustrating and costly event for homeowners. Whether it is caused by a leaky pipe, a flood or a burst water heater, it is important to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage and growth. In this blog post, we will outline a step-by-step guide to efficiently clean up water damage and restore your home back to its original state.
1. Ensure Safety:
Before starting the cleaning process, it is crucial to ensure your safety. Turn off the power supply to the areas to avoid the risk of electrocution. Additionally, wearing protective gear such as gloves, boots, and masks is essential to protect yourself from contamination.
2. Remove Excess Water:
Using an extraction machine, tool or a water pump, to remove as much excess water as possible from the area. Start by extracting the water from the floor, carpets, and furniture. Make sure all water is extracted before going into any drying processes.
3. Drying Dehumidification:
Once the excess water is removed, the next step is to dry out thoroughly. Set up air movers and use dehumidifiers to promote air circulation and speed up the drying process. Make sure to dry not only the visible surfaces but also hidden areas such as behind walls and under flooring to prevent mold growth.
Evaluate the affected items and determine which can be salvaged and which need to be discarded. Porous materials such as carpets, upholstery, and drywall should be removed and replaced if they are heavily soaked or contaminated. Non-porous items can be cleaned and disinfected using a mixture of water and bleach or a commercial disinfectant.
5. Prevent Mold Growth:
After the water damage cleanup, it is crucial to prevent mold growth. Use mold-inhibiting spray apply antimicrobial treatments to the affected surfaces. Monitor the humidity levels in your home and a hygrometer to ensure they remain below 50%. Consider installing a dehumidifier or using moisture absorbers to maintain a dry environment.
6. Professional Restoration:
In severe cases of damage, such as extensive flooding or damage to the structure of the house, it is advisable to seek SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest. Experienced professionals such as us have the expertise and equipment to handle complex situations and ensure thorough restoration of your home.
Water damage can be a challenging situation to deal with, but following the steps outlined above, you can efficiently clean up the damage and restore your home to pre loss condition. Remember to prioritize safety, remove excess water, thoroughly dry the affected areas, salvage and disinfect items, and take preventive measures to avoid mold growth. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest's professional restoration services to ensure a successful cleanup process.
Is SERVPRO near me?
Be sure you have us in your phone, we are ready 24/7 to serve your emergency needs!
I have water damage in my home. Is SERVPRO® near me? Yes! Does SERVPRO service Jacksonville? Of course! And we can also do the reconstruction!
At SERVPRO, we are proud to offer our customers an industry-leading level of service. Each of our over 2180 franchises offers a broad variety of opportunities to help, to serve, and to repair, and restore people’s homes and businesses.
If you water damage or fire damage restoration in Northeast Florida, we are here for you 24 hours a day, every day. We are the water damage restoration experts.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives
Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide is known as the 'silent killer”. It puts your health at risk and can also pose a fire risk causing significant damage to your home.
SERVPRO® Provides fire damage cleaning services and reconstruction that can remove soot, and smoke odors from your property. Our highly trained technicians respond to an emergency within a few hours.
Carbon monoxide is a type of gas produced when fuel such as wood, gas, oil, kerosene, and charcoal burns. If you don't have the appropriate ventilation or correct fuel, the carbon monoxide can get trapped in your home and build up overtime.
There are several sources of carbon monoxide you need to be aware of to help you avoid any health or fire hazards: fireplaces, chimneys, grills etc.
Because it is an invisible, odorless gas, it is undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector. Here are the signs of carbon monoxide present in your home:
Soot stains on or around gas appliances
Pilot lights that go out often
Rust or soot staining in a chimney
What are the risks of carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is seriously harmful to your health, and can lead to death if not addressed quickly.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
dizziness, feeling or
chest and muscle pain
shortness of breath
Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors. Should a fire affect your home or business, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest for your restoration and reconstruction needs.
SERVPRO is a Member of the Nassau County Chamber.
Jonathan Harris and Pamela Reilly attend Lunchmob with the Chamber of Commerce.
The Nassau County Chamber hosted a networking event at Juniors Seafood Restaurant and Grill in Callahan. Jonathan Harris and Pamela Reilly of SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast and SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest attended and met a great group of business owners to network together. Thank you to the Chamber and Juniors for such a great event!
SERVPRO Repair and Reconstruction
SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest outside of being the premiere Water Restoration, Mold Restoration, and Fire Restoration company in your area; we also provide in-house Reconstruction Services of all kinds varying from putting back materials involved in our restoration/demolition process to boarding up damaged houses for protection against the elements. SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest takes pride in being a Water Damage Repair Service along with handling the Water Removal side of it all too.
Examples Of Our Services
- Drywall Hanging
- Drywall Finishing
- Priming and Painting
- Carpenter Work
- Flooring Repair
- Carpet Repair
- Water Damage Repair
- Drywall Repair
SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest is always available for your Restoration and Reconstruction needs, 365/24/7. Our Reconstruction department specializes in all of your needs after a tragic accident that may occur in your household. Feel free to call us at 904-256-4894 for consultations, inspections and our services. We represent your town to make it like it never even happened!
IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
NEW Tropical Storm Dan
Trajectory of Tropical Storm Dan as of 7/20/23, since has moved away from Florida.
NEW Tropical Storm Dan was once en route towards the beaches of Florida encompassing Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, seems to have drifted away towards Northern America and is no longer a threat to Florida. In the case of a potential Tropical Storm, what should you do? Well you might be experiencing up to 30-70mph winds which can eliminate traveling from your house and probably will knock all power out. You need to be prepared with this checklist.
Checklist to prepare for Tropical Storms:
1. Emergency Food and Drinks(No access to Grocery Stores)
2. Emergency Power Source(Generator, Batteries, Chargers, ETC)
3. Emergency Medicine Supply(For diabetic, ill, ETC)
4. Sanitization and Hygiene Supplies(Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer, ETC)
5. Tools(Wrench, Radio, Duct Tape)
With these precautions set in place you're sure to be safe and sound during times of Tropical Storm crisis. Stay Safe and stay alert for potential Tropical Storms that could come in your area. Remember, SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest is here to help any Water Restoration or other disastrous events that might occur due to Tropical Storms. Call for consultations about our services!
Fallen Ceiling in Jacksonville Northwest
Fallen plaster ceiling and blown in insulation after AC Leak water damage.
A local unsuspecting home in Jacksonville Northwest experienced a traumatic experience in their ceiling falling after they've returned home. In secret, their AC unit has been leaking for a great amount of time and eventually the plaster ceiling fell through due to the water intrusion and erosion of material. When is the last time you've checked your AC Unit warranty or Emergency water pan? AC Unit's malfunctioning and leaking are very common in water damages. Check your AC Units to ensure they're properly functioning and don't harm your homes. SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest specializes in AC Leaks and the water damage related to such leaks that may come from it. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest for any types of consultations about water damage or our services.