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Your One Stop Shop For #Local Restoration!

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your One Stop Shop For #Local Restoration! The self-cleaning feature on this oven caused a fire in a Vilano Beach residence

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach works hard to ensure that our clients are treated with the utmost compassion after suffering a loss.

Fire, flood, and mold damage disrupt your life and often displace you from your home. SERVPRO is here to make your life easier.

Fire, flood, and mold damage requires affected materials to be removed. When our team removes baseboard, drywall, popcorn ceiling (etc), we treat the damage using proper restoration techniques to ensure that the damage will be eliminated without spreading.

Once the damage is mitigated, our construction crews go back in and replace the baseboards, drywall, popcorn ceiling, etc. When we start a project, we make sure to return your home back to its original state before we depart. Our teams offer full build back services for buildings that require partial demolition.

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach has done emergency service work for cars, buses, RV's, boats, small homes, mansions, hotels, warehouses and many more. Our wide array of services makes us the obvious choice for all your #local restoration needs!

We’re locally owner and operated in St. Augustine, and we love to help our community. Our insurance estimates are always FREE, and our teams are standing by 24/7 to assist in your time of need.

Emergency Service Work Within 1 Hour of Loss

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

General Emergency Service Work Within 1 Hour of Loss This damaged ceiling filled the house with water. We were able to assist before the insurance company arrived, saving the insured thousands!

Did you know that SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach is authorized to begin emergency service work immediately following a loss?

It will often take an insurance adjuster a few days to arrive on site to provide a walk-through. If your home or business suffers a loss, SERVPRO is pre-authorized by most major insurance companies to begin working on site immediately.

The longer that damage goes untreated, the more expensive and time consuming the claim becomes. By calling our crews immediately following a loss, we can help keep the damage from spreading and eliminate further damage from occurring. 

If you are concerned that a loss may not be covered by your insurance company, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine can help! We will happily help you review your policy and provide education regarding your claim. Our teams also communicate directly with your insurance adjusters to ensure that all services performed will be covered by the insurance company!

Call us today at 904-429-4457 to see how we can help you recover from a disaster!

Top 5 Mold Remediation Tips

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top 5 Mold Remediation Tips Our mold defending Mini Cooper out and about in the Ancient City!

Mold isn’t something to take lightly. If you and your family are exposed to this fungus, it can result in many different health effects, including coughing, eye irritation, and skin irritation. That’s why it’s important to prevent it and take immediate action when you do encounter mold. The professionals at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach offer the following mold remediation tips.

The Top 5 Mold Remediation Tips

1. Educate Yourself

The first step to keeping mold away is learning more about moisture. After all, mold growth results from a water or moisture problem. Once you find out how moisture gets into a home, identify the moisture sources in your house and use it to discover mold. 

2. Determine the Severity

It’s important to figure out just how bad the mold situation in your home is. Once you know the extent of the mold contamination in your house, it will be easier to establish the appropriate remediation plan. 

3. Record the Mold Issue

To help mold cleaning experts develop the proper remediation strategy, take photos and video recordings of the mold and describe its presence in writing. The professionals will use the documentation to determine who will oversee the remediation, if testing needs to be done, and if residents have to stay somewhere else during the cleanup.

4. Remove Mold

Remediation involves several steps, including correcting the moisture problem, blocking off the contaminated area, getting rid of mold-infected materials, cleaning surfaces, and performing a visibility test. This can be quite complex and dangerous, so it’s best to hire a professional cleanup and restoration company.

5. Assess the Remediation Plan

The last thing you must do is determine if the remediation was successful. Recheck every area of your house for mold and water damage, including behind the walls. If you don’t see visible signs of mold or notice any strange smells, there’s a good chance the remediation plan achieved its goal.

If you need to schedule mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach at (904) 429-4457. They specialize in both residential and commercial remediation services. 

Indoor Air Quality

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Indoor Air Quality This is what the coils look like on an A/C unit that has not been properly maintained. You don't want to breathe that in!

Did you know that maintaining proper air flow throughout your home or business can help keep mold from growing? 

Having your A/C unit serviced twice a year helps keep air circulating properly throughout the building. Increased quality with indoor airflow will help cut down on microbial particles in the air, which will help fight against allergies, asthma, COPD, and many other health conditions.

Additionally, Routine maintenance will save you time and money, both in the short term and long term.

Short term, your A/C unit will function more efficiently which will save you money on your monthly utilities. Changing your filters monthly significantly cuts down the amount of work required to service your A/C unit.

Long term, having your A/C unit serviced regularly will increase the life expectancy of the unit. Trust us when we say it is much cheaper to maintain the unit over time than it is to replace it!

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach always uses licensed and insured Air conditioning professionals when we subcontract A/C maintenance and duct cleaning. Don't take shortcuts with your maintenance!

Space Heater Safety Reminder

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heater Safety Reminder The #Local apartment fire was caused due to a space heater over heating from improper refueling.

A #local St. Augustine apartment fell victim to a fire started by a kerosene powered space heater. While this is an isolated incident, we wanted to take a moment to give you some safety tips regarding space heaters. 

Space heaters that require fuel should be handled and used with extreme caution. While fuel powered space heaters are more efficient at heating a large space, there are certain things you must do to protect yourself from a potential fire. 

Never (ever) leave space heaters running without supervision. It's understandable that you don't want to come home to a cold house, but leaving a space heater running with no one around is extremely dangerous.Space heaters may overheat which could ignite the fuel and cause a fire.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your home safe:

1: Always make sure the space heater is turned off before refueling

2: Remove the space heater from the residence before refueling. Never refuel inside the house!

3: Allow the space heater adequate time to cool down. Refueling a space heater while it is still hot can cause an explosion. If you spill gas onto one of the hot parts of the space heater, it could easily ignite.

4: Make sure to check if the space heater you are using is approved for indoor use. Most fuel powered space heaters are designed for outdoor use only!

5: Always be sure to double check that your home fire extinguishers are charged and that the expiration date has not passed.

6: Do not place space heaters on carpets or other flammable fabrics. Make sure the space heater is not in a confined space where it may overheat

7: Electric space heaters should never be plugged in if the room is damp. Humid air can caused the space heater to short, leading to an electrical fire.

8: Always make sure that electric space heaters are plugged into an outlet. Extension cords increase the risk of shorting.

9: Before purchasing any space heater, make sure that the space heater has passed safety tests in the United States. The easiest way to tell is to check for an Underwriters Laboratory Label (UL).

Be safe, St. Augustine friends! 

Crawlspace Concerns? Yes, We do that!

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Crawlspace Concerns? Yes, We do that! This home has no vapor barrier, exposed insulation, and multiple other threats to the home!

Homes that are elevated usually feature a small crawlspace under the home. In most cases, these crawlspaces are heavily neglected for a number a reasons. Most people don't have the desire to crawl in the dark, wet, and cramped spaces underneath their home to provide routine maintenance. That's where your #LOCAL SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach comes in!

Here are a few things that we want you to know about your crawlspace:

Your crawlspace should always feature a vapor barrier. A properly installed vapor barrier can help eliminate moisture build up, which will help defend against mold.

Ductwork, plumbing pipes, and electric wiring run underneath your house in the crawlspace. In order for your home to operate efficiently, ductwork should be protected by insulation, electrical wires should be covered with protective plastic, and pipes should be insulated to avoid the drastic temperature changes that occur in the crawlspace. Pesky critters also lurk in crawl spaces, and having your pipes, wires, and ductwork covered will help eliminate damage.

Pro Tip: Installing a Sub Pump in your crawl space will help to eliminate standing water. Standing water is the number one threat to the integrity of your home.

If you have questions about your crawlspace, call us today for a free evaluation!

Mold in the Cold

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in the Cold Mold took over this utility room in the winter due to the warm and humid conditions

There is a common misconception that mold only grows in the warmer months. The truth is that mold doesn't discriminate based on the climate. Mold has the potential to grow year round, and SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach is here to help you avoid mold this winter.

Here are some ways that winter mold invades your home or business:

  • Cranking up the heat in your home traps the warm air inside with no ventilation. Condensation builds up moisture and affects the relative humidity level. If the weather permits, consider cracking a window for a small amount of time to allow stale air to escape. 
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home. Dead plants and leaves are a source of heat on the ground and have the potential to release mold spores. Wet shoes in the winter will also release moisture into your carpets. Moisture entering a warm building with poor air flow can cause mold to grow.
  • Make sure the windows and doors in your home are properly sealed to avoid moisture entering your home.

If you have concerns about mold growth in your home, please contact us at 904-429-4457 for a free inspection.

SERVPRO's Fleet Can Handle Anything!

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Fleet Can Handle Anything! Before and after shots of our newest vehicle, the NV200

Did you know that our #local SERVPRO Franchise now has 10 emergency service vehicles! We have a vehicle for every situation, and we are truly faster to any size disaster!

Our newest vehicle is a SERVPRO green NV200, capable of hauling up to 10 dehumidifiers and 15 air movers, plus 2 members of our emergency response team!

We also have 5 full size pick up trucks used for insurance estimates, general transportation, debris hauling, and equipment transportation.

Our largest vehicle is a 16 foot box truck that is used on our large commercial jobs for our #local clients.

Our Promaster van features a built in truck mount for immediate on-site emergency water extraction. The truck mount also handles our residential cleaning projects.

Our other trucks and vans are used by our construction department, operating under our fully licensed general contractor. These vehicles all have the capability to haul our 14 foot trailer that is loaded with tools to tackle any size construction project.

It is our privilege to serve our #local community, and we wish you all a very happy holiday season!

End of the Year Franchise Update

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial End of the Year Franchise Update Hurricane Irma was so large that it covered the entire state of Florida!

2017 has been an amazing year for SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach, but it did not come without its difficult times. St. Augustine was devastated by a hurricane for the second time in two years.

Our staff works 12+ hour days for a month straight, doing everything we can to help our local community get back to their normal lives. The whole city was pushed to its limits, and once again we all rallied together to get through tough times.

Our community came together in December to celebrate the end of the year, and thanks to many of our amazing friends in St. Augustine, we were able to raise $1,500 to donate to the St. Johns Housing Partnership. 

Our Franchise now features a fleet of 10 vehicles, all capable of responding to any size disaster! 

Next year we will continue to grow, but we could not do it without the love and support of loyal customers. Thank you all for the support throughout 2017, and we look forward to many more years of service to our awesome #local community!

Replacing Your Floors? Consider the following:

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Replacing Your Floors? Consider the following: Photos of a home after the floors were removed due to hurricane flooding. The owner replaced the floors with tile to avoid this in the future!

St. Augustine residents have now been forced to overcome the troubling outcome of two hurricanes in the past year. Many of our clients from Hurricane Matthew became repeat customers after Hurricane Irma.

Residents who have homes in low lying areas and are prone to flooding are left with little options to protect their residence from flooding in the event of another hurricane. Raising the house to be higher above sea level is expensive and time consuming.

When a home floods from a hurricane, the water is considered to be grossly contaminated. Anything porous that the water touches is considered compromised and should be removed. This includes laminate flooring, carpet, carpet pad, etc.

One step that homeowners are taking in the second rebuilding process is to add tile floors throughout the entire house. Tile is not a porous material, and does not have to be removed after a floor. While the installation of tile is more pricey, it offers one less thing to worry about after a hurricane.

Since tile is bonded directly to the concrete, water does not penetrate its surface. This allows SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach to finish the process of restoring your home in less time!

For other small hurricane recovery tips, please visit our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0g3h9XIqMnWVp_HKsA5G1w