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Nights of Lights in Downtown St. Augustine

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nights of Lights in Downtown St. Augustine #local #nightsoflights #top10

This Saturday (11/19) will be the annual celebration for the Nights of Lights in downtown historic St. Augustine. Voted one of the worlds top 10 holiday lighting displays, you won't want to miss the celebration taking place in the plaza on King Street.

The party begins at 4:30pm and will feature live music, food, and fun, ultimately ending the night with over 1 millions holiday lights illuminating the streets in downtown.

The following tours offer one of the best way to see the city from a unique perspective, and will be available for booking until January, 2018

Happy Veterans Day!

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Happy Veterans Day! Support your veterans!

November 11th 1919 marked the end of World War I. Originally know as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was established as a national holiday in 1938. Every year on November 11th we proudly pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country!

We proudly employ multiple veterans here at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of our service men and women, and to their families, for the sacrifices you have all made for our country. Our community is thankful for all you do.

Take some time this Saturday to thank a Veteran and please consider making a donation to the Fisher House Foundation

https://www.fisherhouse.org/

SERVPRO Sponsors Firefighters for Families

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Sponsors Firefighters for Families When: November 18th Where: Back 40 Café A1A Time: 1:00-4:00pm Charity: Firefighters for Families

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine loves its #local community in the nation’s oldest city! We are dedicated to supporting any local business, and we strive to give back to community whenever possible. St. Augustine is supported by many public servants who work hard to keep our city safe, and we want to help celebrate and recognize those men and women.

On November 18th, Firefighters for Families will be hosting a firefighter appreciation event at The Back 40 on A1A in St. Augustine Beach from 1:00-4:00pm. This awesome event will feature free Tacos for firefighters, $1 beers for all, live music, and a bounce house for the kids! Come out to show your appreciation to our awesome local firefighters and their families.

If your business would like to sign up to be a sponsor, or make a donation to Firefighters for Families, Please Contact Cam Robinson (Realtor at Keller Williams) at 904-679-9979. We look forward to seeing you all at this awesome event!

October is Fire Safety Month!

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October is Fire Safety Month! Fire in Mandarin, FL. The damage for this house was able to be remediated by our expert teams!

October is National Fire Safety Month in the United States, and our local team here at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach wanted to offer you a few safety tips. Most fire safety may seem like common sense, but there a lot of things that cause fires that we rarely think about.

1: Since 1974 the National Electrical code has required 15 changes in code. If your homes electrical has not been inspected in recent years, you should strongly consider contacting an electrician!

2: 50% of electrical fires are caused by faulty ACFI Breakers and Outlets. Consult an electrician for more safety information regarding electrical fires.

3: Extension cords cause 3,300 fires annually in the United States. Never use extension cords with severing or tearing. If you use extension cords throughout your home, consider having additional outlets installed. Outlet installation is cheaper than fire remediation!

4: Faulty smoke detectors in homes are the leading cause of residential fire deaths. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, batteries should be checked monthly and replaced every year.

In addition to these lesser known fire prevention methods, be sure to always let common sense prevail. Never cook unattended, don't run self-cleaning ovens over night, keep a fire extinguisher readily accessible, and remain calm in the event a fire does start.

Stay safe, St. Augustine!

#Staugustinestrong

Mold Damage in the Nation's Oldest City

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in the Nation's Oldest City When mold is not properly treated, it will spread throughout your home or business!

Our local franchise here in St. Augustine has been working around the clock to help the residents in the nation’s oldest city in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Initially, the majority of our concerns focused on remediating flood damage to homes and businesses in St. Johns County. Our focus has now shifted, and we are starting to see mold growth in buildings that were not properly remediated.

A lot of people believe that mold can be killed by applying bleach to the visible areas that are affected. We wanted to offer a few facts about mold that may not be common knowledge.

  • Mold spores can’t be eliminated by treating with bleach!
  • Bleach is 90% water, which hydrates mold spores, contributing to growth.
  • Clorox Bleach Company, The Environmental protection Agency, and OSHA have all released statements saying that bleach does NOT kill mold.
  • 30 days after bleach is exposed to oxygen (open bottles of bleach), the chemical loses up to 50% of its ability to disinfect
  • Bleach is corrosive when combined with other cleaning products. This can seriously damage your property!
  • Mold claims through insurance are capped at $11,000 (with a $1,000 deductible). This means you need to act fast if you see mold, as damage spreads quickly and can exceed $11,000!
  • Mold requires negative air pressure to kill the spores. Building containments to restrict airflow is the most reliable way to eliminate growth.

Mold remediation is a science, and should be left to your local SERVPRO professionals. We are licensed to remediate mold, and we work closely with the inspectors you hire to assure our work is thoroughly completed. We are the only SERVPRO located in the nation’s oldest city, and we are here to help 24/7. No job is too big or too small!

St. Augustine After Hurricane Irma

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage St. Augustine After Hurricane Irma Our SERVPRO bus hanging out at The Players Championship Golf Tournament In Ponte Vedra, FL.

Over the last two weeks, St. Augustine residents have been living in a mild state of déjà vu. Just a mere ten months after Hurricane Matthew devastated Florida’s First Coast, Irma followed in its wake, leaving another trail of destruction.

Our teams here at SERVPRO were standing by ready to assist, and as soon as the roads cleared our teams dispatched to help our city recover. In less than two weeks, we have helped to remediate countless businesses and residences. While we’re exhausted, we won’t rest until our city has recovered from this tragedy.

Calling SERVPRO Greater St. Augustine guarantees you three things:

  • All work is performed by licensed, insured, and highly trained technicians.
  • SERVPRO Greater St. Augustine guarantees all of our work 100%
  • We work for you! Our skilled staff will assist you every step of the way

Our list of people needing help is still growing, and our production teams have been working around the clock to assist as many people as possible. Our corporate storm teams have now entered the area and are standing by to assist our local franchise. If you are in need of remediation for your home or business, please call 904-429-4457. Our local franchise can help put you in touch with a storm team if we are unable to assist you

Is Flood Water Dangerous? YES!

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Flood Water Dangerous? YES! All items featured in the photo would need to be removed in the event of Category 3 water intrusion

If your home or business was the victim of flooding from Hurricane Irma, remediation should be considered immediately. Water is classified into 3 distinct categories. Category 1 water is considered sanitary water, coming from the sink, toilet tank, water fountain etc.

Category 2 water (previously referred to as “Grey Water”) comes from dishwashers, washing machines, and small toilet overflows that don’t contain feces. Any water that passes through multiple materials (Ex: water overflowing from the washing machine, into the carpet, and into the carpet pad) is considered category 2 water and is harmful if ingested.

Category 3 water is the most serious form of water intrusion, as it is considered grossly contaminated. Previously known as “Black water,” category 3 flooding is most often caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes. The water that enters a building from a hurricane potentially contains sewer backup, contaminates from rivers, ponds and streams, and other stagnant liquids containing bacterial growth.

Proper remediation requires removal of all contents that the category 3 water has the ability to infect. Cabinets, laminate flooring, drywall, baseboards and other porous materials should be removed within 72 hours to prevent further contamination. Failure to remove items affected by category 3 water poses threats of serious illness and will compromise the integrity of all items in the immediate area.

If your home or business flooded during Hurricane Irma, please contact SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach immediately for a free consultation and estimate. Our office staff is standing by at 904-429-4457 to assist you in your time of need.

Why You Should Clean Up Water Damage From Your Carpet Fast.

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Should Clean Up Water Damage From Your Carpet Fast. SERVPRO's crew is getting a quick refresher on carpet restoration and extraction to ensure quality.

Summer means rain in Florida, and St. Augustine residents know hurricane season lasts until November. Downpours can cause water damage to the carpeting in your home or business, and it’s important to act immediately after flooding occurs to salvage its appearance and condition.

Here are three reasons to tackle carpet cleaning right away when your home has sustained water damage:

  • Avoid Long-Term Structural Damage: Water can be a threat to your carpet’s structural integrity, and excessive exposure to moisture is damaging. It’s important to act quickly to minimize the amount of time water has to soak into the rug, increasing your chances of salvaging it.
  • Prevent Mold & Mildew: When flooding occurs, carpet padding acts like a sponge to absorb water. When this moisture sits for too long, mold and mildew can develop in this padding and the rug above it. Not only are these spores harmful to the appearance and condition of your flooring, but they also impact your health. Preventing these growths from occurring is the best way to maintain air quality and reduce allergens.
  • Skip Drywall Replacement: It’s not just your carpet that’s affected by water damage. Moisture that isn’t removed from the floor can run up the walls and soak into the sheet rock. Drywall is porous, and mold cannot be properly cleaned once it forms. The only solution is to cut away the drywall at least 30 cm. above where it got wet. This is a pricey repair, but it can be avoided if water damage is removed quickly from rugs and flooring.

If your carpets are looking worse for wear after a flood, call the pros at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach. As the premier water damage restorer in the area, this company specializes in storm damage restoration and water extraction. Learn more about the carpet cleaning services available for residential and commercial clients online or by calling (904) 429-4457.

SERVPRO Partners With the Red Cross

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Partners With the Red Cross Please donate to help those in need. Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and they need your help!

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters — the majority of which are home fires. Whether a disaster impacts a single family or a hundred, the Red Cross is there when people need our help the most. The Red Cross doesn’t just help families recover from disaster; they also prepare communities before home fires strike. Believe it or not, home fires kill more Americans than all other disasters combined. The Red Cross is working to prevent these needless losses through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

 

Join SERVPRO Industries in support of the American Red Cross by making a gift to support Home Fire Relief. Your gift to Home Fire Relief will support communities like ours nationwide by providing families and communities with the lifesaving tools and information they need to prevent and prepare for home fires, as well as offer critical recovery services to those impacted by home fires. Together, we can better prepare our community for home fires and support families who experience them. Thank you in advance for your support.

https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/SERVPROindustries-pub

Avoiding Washing Machine Floods 101!

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Washing Machine Floods 101! #Local #Alwaysopen #Restorationlife #Flood #Fire #Mold #Cleaning

Our highly trained production teams here at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach have been responding to multiple floods that have been cause by washing machines.

Educating our customers is our biggest goal, and we hope to help all of you avoid these expensive and time consuming flood losses. Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your washing machine is secure:

1. Always check your water line connections. Water lines should be air tight, and connections should be checked frequently.

2. Make sure the drain for your washing machine is draining efficiently. Clogged drains are a leading cause for washing machine floods.

3. Do not overload your washer! While doing a large load of laundry is more convenient than doing multiple loads, overloading your washer causes the machine to vibrate and move which can knock loose connections and cause water to overflow.

4. Know where your main water shutoff valve is located! In the event your washing machine does overflow, shutting off the main water supply could save you a lot of time and money.

5. Do not run your washing machine if you are not awake, or not at home. This seems like overkill, but if your washing machine floods, you want to be there to minimize the damage. Standing water that floods into your home can compromise the integrity of your property.

The average water loss costs between $3,000-$8,000 and takes 2-4 weeks to remediate and rebuild. Use these simple steps to help protect your investment.

As always, our advice and opinions are always free, so if you have questions about protecting your home or business, call us at 904-429-4457. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. No job is too big or too small for your #local SERVPRO!