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3 Tips to Prepare Your St. Augustine Business For Natural Disasters

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Pouring rain and text that says 24/7 You can't plan storm damage, but you can make a plan to handle storm damage. SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to help!

You need the April showers to bring May flowers, but you don't need the water & storm damage that can come with all the Spring rain.

Natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding can threaten the safety of your business and employees. That’s why it’s essential to have a plan in place that can help you minimize damage and ensure your workers are protected. Below are a few tips for developing a protocol plan, including when to contact emergency cleaning services.

How to Prepare Your Company for a Natural Disaster

1. Identify the Risks

As a business owner, you must prepare for disasters, both large and small, natural or manmade. The first step in doing this is to identify situations that pose a risk. For instance, in Florida, hurricanes are a top threat. Other risks might include fires, tornadoes, or power outages. If your business is considered high-risk, such as a laboratory that contains hazardous materials, identifying the potential problems will help you prepare accordingly with an evacuation and disaster recovery plan. 

2. Rehearse Evacuation Drills

Once you know which threats to prepare for, conduct drills with all of your employees so they know what to do in case of an emergency. This should include evacuating the building in the event of a fire, or taking shelter if there’s a tornado warning. Employees should know where all of the emergency exits are located, as well as what rooms or closets are away from windows. If you work with hazardous chemicals, have a list of personnel that will be responsible for turning off flames and other ignition sources and shutting off all electrical equipment. Follow up the drills with a discussion so you can go over any potential challenges that may affect the success of the evacuation. Some issues might include keeping employees organized while evacuating and keeping track of personnel. 

3. Make a Recovery Plan

Each day your business is down following a natural disaster is a blow to your bottom line. That’s why it’s essential to write a recovery plan. Identify the essential systems that your business needs to function so you know which issues must be addressed first. For instance, emergency cleaning services such as fire restoration, mold remediation, and water extraction will ensure your environment is safe and comfortable so that employees can get back to work as soon as possible.

If your business endures damage during a natural disaster, turn to the team at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach. Based in St. Johns County, FL, we are a locally owned and operated company that specializes in a wide range of residential and commercial emergency cleaning services, including everything from carpet cleaning and fire restoration to mold remediation and water extraction. Our highly trained team of experts can also evaluate your emergency protocol plan and advise changes that will improve its efficiency. Call 904-429-4457 to schedule a free estimate and learn more about our services and how we can help!

Here to Help Minimize Business Interruption

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

When fire, water, or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone - the owner, the management, employees, tenants, and of course the customers. 

Even a small fire or water damage must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to keep business interruption at a minimum! 

Your local SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. 

By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, our SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach team will work to minimize disruptions and get your business up and running again. When we are done, it will be "Like it never even happened."

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at 904-429-4457. We are Here To Help 24/7/365!

3 Benefits of Spring-Cleaning your office or Business

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Wipe down and deep cleaning of office materials You have enough to do, let SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach handle your business's spring cleaning this year!

Over time, dirt and grime can accumulate in even the most carefully maintained offices or businesses. A spring cleanup, including carpet cleaning and dusting, will help your business maintain a positive impression and make your office a healthier place to work. Check out the reasons below for more information on why you should invest in professional cleaning services this spring. 

Why Does Your Commercial Space Need Spring-Cleaning? 

1. Improved Air Quality 

Mold developing in the carpets releases spores, which could potentially cause health effects. Dust and germs can also travel through air ducts, spreading strange odors and diseases that may affect your employees, customers, and visitors. Professional carpet cleaning and duct inspections will improve the air quality throughout your building. These services can reduce your employees' sick days by minimizing germs and irritants, making your entire business more productive. 

2. Durable Furnishings

Trapped dirt in the fibers of your carpet and furnishings can gradually wear down the material. Your AC system can also be affected by dust, restricting airflow and enforcing the equipment to work harder than necessary. The additional degradation will eventually cause frequent breakdowns and premature failure. Duct and carpet cleaning will minimize your maintenance costs and help you get the most out of your investments. 

3. Increased Efficiency 

Disorganized stockrooms and filing cabinets will lead to wasted time looking for products or paperwork, which can be frustrating for your employees. Spring cleaning is also a chance to reorganize your storage systems, making it easier for your team to find what they need at a moment's notice. You can also take the time to create more efficient spaces by putting supplies within easy reach. 

If your business or office space is due for spring cleaning, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach. Our team of certified technicians have the tools and the training to handle everything from carpet cleaning to water stain removal for customers through St. Augustine, FL, and surrounding areas. We also offer emergency cleaning services in case the unexpected occurs. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help, or call our office at 904-429-4457 to schedule a free estimate!

What Happens During the Water Damage Restoration Process?

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach, we understand the anxiety that comes when a water loss event hits your St. Augustine home or business. Our professionally trained staff is accustomed to handling these emergencies, and we strive to minimize the disruption for you so you can get back to normal life, soon. 

But what does the process look like? Well, every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique approach, but the general process stays the same. The water damage restoration process can be broken down into 5 steps: 

1. Emergency Contact: The process begins when you call us, we know that this is a stressful and confusing time so our staff is here to walk you through the crisis by asking you a variety of questions to help our emergency team best gauge what equipment and resources they need to bring to begin to help you, and your property as quickly as possible.  

2. Damage Assessment: At this stage, our team will begin a detailed assessment of your property to determine the source of the loss and the extent of the damage to ensure proper and complete restoration and dry out. 

3. Water Extraction: During this step is when the majority of the water is removed. Removing most of the water is helpful in reducing drying time and preventing mold growth. If carpet pad and carpet pad removal or a pack-out of items are needed, it will happen at this step. 

4.Drying & Dehumidification: Once the excess water is removed from the property our team will set equipment to further dry it out. From there, we will carefully monitor the process using moisture meters until materials meet drying goals. 

5. Restoration: Once the property is dry, the final step is restoring your property to its preloss condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low! We will also talk to your insurance company and provide updates throughout the whole process!

Locally owned and operated, we have been helping 
St. Augustine and surrounding areas since 2015, we are your one-stop-shop for all water restoration needs! You can count on us to make it "Like it never even happened." 24/7/365. Call us anytime, 904-429-4457!

Spring Can Deliver Severe Weather Surprises

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and a much-anticipated break from winter. But, it also brings a very real threat of severe weather.

Spring weather can be unpredictable at best and downright dangerous at worst. When you give some thought to the types of hazards a spring storm could produce, you can begin to plan for the safety of your family as well as your home or business.

Here are some of the ways a spring storm might damage your home or business:

1. Water damage caused by foundation washouts from storms, sump pumps that fail during power outages, torrential downpours, or faulty air conditioning condensation lines during a heatwave.

2. Fire damage caused by the use of alternate emergency heat sources, sprinkler systems that fail, downed power lines, or environmental conditions leading to structure fires.

3. Wind damage caused by fallen trees and limbs, damage to siding and roofs, and downed power lines. Of course, most of these hazards don’t happen alone. For example, tornadoes and thunderstorms put property owners at risk for water, fire, and wind damage. It’s important to understand which hazards might affect your property and your family, and then take the proper steps to prepare.

Resources like the U.S Government's "Ready" program are available for more information and help you get prepared, as well as the free SERVPRO Ready app. Home and business owners can use this SERVPRO Ready app to store essential contact and property information, then access it in seconds with a mobile device when disaster strikes. 

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is an industry leader and provider of fire, water, and wind cleanup and restoration services. Our team of highly trained professionals are ready to respond 24/7/365. We know that water and fire damage don't stick to normal business hours, and neither do we. 

Call us at 904-429-4457 and let us make it "Like it never even happened." 

We at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine Are Experts In The Industry

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

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We are the experts in the field of restoration at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach because we are constantly updating our cleanup and restoration services. We take your restoration needs seriously. We understand the Florida and St. Augustine weather can bring many challenges, do our team is trained on the latest restoration techniques so we can handle any job, big or small. 

We take training very seriously and strive to be a premier cleaning and restoration company. Every job that we take, we put our reputation on the line to show our St. Augustine community why they should use us in their time of crisis and what sets us apart from our competition. 

Everyone on our team has undergone extensive SERVPRO training, continuing education courses, and work towards the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

The IICRC sets the standards for the restoration and cleaning industry, and its extensive training covers every aspect of this industry from water and fire restoration, mold remediation, to carpet and upholstery cleaning.  

So, why SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach?

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is the name you can trust for all of your residential and commercial restoration needs due to our dedication to excellence and training, along with our implementation of the best techniques and equipment in the industry. We are here to provide the city of St. Augustine and surrounding areas with the help that they need when they need it the most, 24/7/365.

When disaster strikes, don’t feel as if you have to go it alone. Whether it is water, fire, mold, or storm damage, your local St. Augustine SERVPRO is ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call our office at 904-429-4457 to schedule your free estimate! 

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Big Storm

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

Major storms can take place year-round and cause damage, especially in areas prone to hurricanes. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on your local weather forecast and ensure your home is protected. Preparing in advance can minimize the risk of water damage and other costly problems. Here are a few steps you should take. 

How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Weather 

1. Clear Out the Gutters
Gutters and downspouts channel rainwater away from your home's roof and foundation. If they are clogged with debris, the water will back up and be diverted indoors. This issue can result in significant water damage, especially if the moisture is undetected. Check your gutters regularly and make sure they're kept clear of leaves and twigs that can inhibit water from flowing freely. 

2. Keep Trees Healthy
Trees enhance your curb appeal and provide privacy, but they also require proper maintenance. Schedule professional tree trimming services once a year to get rid of weakened or dead branches that could easily snap off in a storm. Otherwise, the limbs can come crashing down and damage your roof, siding, and windows. 

3. Secure Outdoor Gear
High winds can pick up items and send them flying through the air, which can cause serious damage to your home's exterior. If the weather report predicts a storm, make sure any loose objects are securely tied down or brought inside. For example, look for patio furniture, potted plants, and garden tools. 

4. Reinforce Doors & Windows
If doors and windows aren't properly sealed, they can provide openings that can allow moisture and debris into your home. Prevent water damage by replacing caulking and weather-stripping whenever they become worn. You can also invest in storm shutters to keep windows from blowing off and avoid breaking glass. 

If you need to schedule water damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to make it "Like it never even happened." We are locally owned and operated and use the latest drying equipment and techniques to help customers throughout St. Augustine, FL. Our team will work as quickly as possible to make your living space safe and comfortable after a storm. Call 904-429-4457 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website to learn more. 

3 Signs You Should Schedule a Professional Carpet Cleaning

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Carpet is the preferred flooring material for many homeowners, as it helps create a warm and comfortable living environment. However, over time, the fibers can become embedded with dirt, dust, and allergens. While frequent vacuuming is an important part of carpet maintenance, it’s not enough to remove contaminants that have settled. Therefore, regular carpet cleanings are also necessary to keep floors tidy. Here are some telltale signs you should call a professional cleaner.

What Signs Indicate You Need a Carpet Cleaning?

1. Stains

As dirt gets tracked indoors, carpets can appear discolored. Without a deep cleaning every other year, it’s common to see areas with heavy foot traffic accumulate grime. Also, pet accidents and spills can leave unsightly stains that change a carpet's appearance. Professional cleaners have special tools and products that work to get rid of stubborn stains.

2. Allergy Symptoms 

When carpets trap dust mites, pet hair, and dander, they can reduce your indoor air quality. These particles often trigger allergy symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Household members that have respiratory conditions might also find it difficult to breathe. If you’re consistently feeling sick, a professional carpet cleaning will help you enjoy fresher air. 

3. Unpleasant Odors

Carpet fibers can absorb smells that won’t go away no matter how much you vacuum. Unpleasant odors can come from spills, pets, and smoke. You may be able to hide any stenches temporarily with an air freshener. However, scheduling a professional cleaning and deodorizing treatment is the only way to find a permanent solution.

If you've noticed these signs, turn to SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach. Our trained and experienced technicians provide effective and affordable carpet cleaning solutions for homes throughout St. Augustine, FL.  We also offer mold remediation, water extraction, and fire damage repair services. Call 904-429-4457 to schedule a free estimate, or visit the website to learn more.

Not all Restoration Companies Have a Reconstruction Team

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Not all restoration companies have a reconstruction team....
But SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach does!

Why does this matter? If you need water damage restoration, this usually includes a lot of demolition. Sometimes we have to cut out dry wall, remove tile and the tile pad, and all this requires a lot of reconstruction/ build-back. 

Restoration companies that do not have an in-house reconstruction team have to "sub-out" that part of the job. This causes the overall bill to increase significantly. 

To avoid that financial pitfall, call your local IICRC certified, 24/7/365 SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach

Take a look at our before and after photo gallery to take a look for yourself! 

Water damage restoration, cleanup, mold mitigation, fire, smoke & soot damage, catastrophic storm response, move ins and move outs, deodorization, carpet clean, upholstery, general cleaning, biohazard, vandalism and crime scene cleanup. We do it all! 

Call your local, qualified IICRC certified one stop shop for any property damage needs at 904-429-4457! 

SERVPRO Offers Environmentally Friendly Chemicals!

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm and SERVPRO logo with text saying Faster to Any Size Disaster SERVPRO now offers environmentally friendly chemical solutions!

Everyone knows that SERVPRO is Green. Our franchise features 10 green emergency service vehicles, our employees are dressed in green, and all our restoration equipment is green. SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach is taking it one step further. Our teams also have access to  “green” environmentally friendly chemicals!

SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach has the option to use Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean (chemical #251) on all commercial and residential properties. This product is pH Neutral, biodegradable, and contains zero phosphates, solvents, dyes, or fragrances.

We also use All Surface Green Clean (product #250). This product is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances, and is non-toxic / phosphate free. All Surface Green Clean is volatile organic compound compliant and rapidly biodegradable.

The last product we would like to introduce you to is the Window Green Clean (Product #249). This glass cleaner is environmentally friendly, volatile organic compound compliant, rapidly biodegradable, and is premixed with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking.

For more information about “green” products, visit our website at SERVPRO of Greater St Augustine/St Augustine Beach or visit http://www.epa.gov/dfe/

Don't forget, our advice, opinions & estimates are always free! Call our office at 904-429-4457 to see how SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach can help you today.