Space Heater Safety
Should you ever experience a fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast. 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.
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Commercial Water Damage
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 Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast 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 Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast, 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 Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast. Experienced professionals such as us have the expertise and equipment to handle complex situations and ensure thorough restoration of your home.
Conclusion: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 Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast's professional restoration services to ensure a successful cleanup process.
I Have Water Damage In My Home. Is SERVPRO® near me? Yes
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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
Be sure to 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 Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast for your restoration and reconstruction needs.
Over 20 Years Experience!
Pete Reilly is a registrant with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Pete Reilly started off working for a SERVPRO® in South Florida, and moved to Nassau County Florida to expand his horizons and have his own SERVPRO dream. With the IICRC Pete is certified in water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and applied structural drying. He is also certified in mold remediation.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast are water damage specialists who service Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Jacksonville and more. If you have a water damage in Fernandina Beach, Yulee or Jacksonville, we are here to serve your water restoration needs to prevent mold growth! But if you do develop mold in your home, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/ Jacksonville Northeast is certified in mold damage restoration and we can do the reconstruction! This definitely is a benefit to our customers as there is a smooth transition from remediation to reconstruction.
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Jonathan Harris and Pamela Reilly attend Nassau County chamber Lunchmob!
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!
Humidity Outside Causing Condensation Inside
Even small amounts of water can damage your home over time.
When warm, excessively moist air inside your house contacts a cold surface, such as a pane of window glass or an exterior wall, the moisture condenses on that surface in the same way it does on a cold glass of lemonade on a hot, humid summer day. In most homes, a little bit of window condensation is not necessarily abnormal at the beginning of heating season. All summer long the building materials have been absorbing moisture from humid air flowing through. When we finally start to shut our windows and doors and begin to fire up heating plants for the winter, the interior air begins to dry out (some of this is due to infiltration of drier outside air) and the trapped moisture in the building materials begins to be released. As exterior temperatures begin to drop, so do temperatures of windows and exterior walls. This generally results in moisture showing up on these cold surfaces. In most homes, this is a temporary condition. It usually lasts two weeks or so, until the interior of the house dries out. However, ongoing and severe moisture are not normal and should be dealt with. Excess moisture in a house can be quite destructive; it can cause peeling paint, mold growth, and, in severe cases, rot of wood framing members. Here are a few tips to help prevent window condensation aka “window sweat”
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
- Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
- Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
- Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
- Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture. #SERVPRO #moldremediation #waterdamage
SERVPRO Performs Your Reconstruction in Fernandina Beach too!
SERVPRO performing reconstruction after a storm.
Brandon Peterson of SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast was photographed painting the walls after he patched drywall from flood damage. This customer in Fernandina Beach had flood damage from a prior storm and called SERVPRO to handle the water restoration & reconstruction repair.
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SERVPRO Repair and Reconstruction
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach 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 Fernandina Beach 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 Fernandina Beach 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!
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