Why You Shouldn't Delay Water Damage Services
3 Reasons to Schedule Water Damage Repairs
1. Stop Mold Growth
Mold thrives in dark, moist places, and water damage speeds it up. Mold growth can start within 24 hours on wet or damp materials like carpets, sofas, curtains, walls, and ceilings. Since it can spread quickly through its fungal spores, it can contaminate nearby areas in a short period. Mildew, bacteria, and other microorganisms will also thrive in wet areas. They pose serious health hazards, including allergies, respiratory illnesses, and other diseases.
2. Prevent Extensive Damage
Apart from mold growth, water damage can also harm the structure itself. It can leave unsightly stains on the walls, ceilings, and floors. And if you have carpeting, it will deteriorate and crumble when left untreated. Building materials like drywall and wood will likely degrade as well.
3. Minimize losses & costs
Time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. The longer you delay fixing it, the costlier the consequences will be, especially if water has already seeped through the materials. Call for professional restoration services immediately to mitigate the effects of the aftermath—they know which they should prioritize to reduce losses.
When you need water damage restoration services fast, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach. Headquartered in Saint Augustine, FL, their trained technicians provide a range of services, including storm damage restoration, fire damage repair, and mold remediation, throughout the area. Call (904) 429-4457 to set an appointment or learn more about their services online.
SERVPRO's commitment to Veterans
SERVPRO is proud to have made a commitment to hire 1,000 veterans by 2022! On Veteran's Day, we were proud to honor the contributions and sacrifice's of all who served. We sincerely thank the veterans of our country and will take this commitment seriously.
Call (904) 429-4457 or apply in person at 2205 Dobbs Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32086
Quick to respond to any job large or small
Customer called and asked us to get there as soon as we could for water damage. We were there within an hour and the drying process was underway within 2.
SERVPRO of Greater St Augustine was there for her in a time of need.
First Responders Bowl
Get fired up!
SERVPRO is the title sponsor of the first ever First Responder Bowl! The game will be held on December 30th, 2019 at 11:30 AM (CST) and will take place at Southern Methodist University Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl, said it best; "We are truly grateful for all first responders' sacrifice and service. It is a tremendous privilege to honor these men and women who protect our communities 24/7/365."
We're Here For Our Community During Fire Season
Fire season has arrived!
Fire and smoke damage can quickly become very problematic in our homes, businesses and even to our health. Fire damage causes tremendous casualties to properties, we all know how fast an engulfed home can cause major issues. An issue that can be overwhelming and an issue that should be handled by professionals.
Something else we want to remind you of this fire season, is how damaging the smoke from fire is. Even light smoke damage can cause short outs in circuits. Circuits that are inside your breaker panels, in your TV’s, your smartphones, and even your appliances like microwaves. Smoke is very corrosive and reactive and can lead to pre-mature failure in circuits.
All smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter (PM or “soot”.) When smoke is inhaled, even for a short period of time, it causes alarming health issues. Issues like: A decrease in your body's oxygen, headaches, nausea, reduced alertness, and aggravation to cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Most people don’t realize just how detrimental fire damage can be; and that is why you should seek professionals to determine how much damage has been done and how to address it. SERVPRO can quickly be on site to thoroughly inspect the property for all issues that stem from fire and smoke damage such as; soot, thermal heating, hazardous chemical material, and even water damage that was used to put the fire out.
Here at SERVPRO we want to ensure you and our community that if you or someone you know, experiences any sort of fire damage; our team is here for you and will work with you to the best of our abilities to make sure we satisfy everything you may need. This fire season; rely on SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach. Our service is quick, professional, and when we leave, the damage will look "Like it never even happened." You can contact us at 904-429-4457!
What Is Black Mold & How Does It Affect Your Health?
SERVPRO is the leader in Mold Remediation in St Augustine. We ensure we have the proper tools and certifications to maintain our leadership.
Mold loves to grow in dark, moist places like home bathrooms. There are countless species, and black mold—common in homes—is one to be aware of. It can have a negative impact on your health. Taking the proper steps to prevent mold and scheduling mold remediation will ensure you address black mold in your home.
Your Guide to Black Mold
What Is It?
Stachybotrys chartarium, better known as black mold, is a toxic species of mold that commonly grows in homes. It produces toxins called mycotoxins, which can cause health problems in some people. It appears greenish-black and is usually slimy, though it can also be powdery if the colony runs out of water.
What Are the Health Risks?
Black mold spores pose a serious health risk to some people. They can cause general mold poisoning, with side effects including coughing, nose stuffiness, and wheezing. Those with allergies, asthma, and weak immune systems may experience headaches, fatigue, and even difficulty breathing. In the most severe cases, black mold exposure for these people can be fatal.
How to Prevent Mold
Luckily, black mold is highly preventable. Start with the bathroom. Make sure that it’s well ventilated with box fans and an open window after a shower. Check sinks, faucets, and other fixtures around your home for leaks, and have mold remediation professional address water damage, especially to carpets where black mold may grow.
If you need assistance getting black mold under control, the mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Greater St Augustine / St. Augustine Beach can fulfill your needs. Serving St. Augustine, FL, these professionals handle fire and water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, mold remediation, and more—all of which you can explore on their website. Call (904) 429-4457 to speak with a representative and connect on Facebook for news and updates.
3 Important Steps to follow after a Home Fire
Never underestimate the damage level of any fire. Check every area affected.
A house fire can completely interrupt your family’s lives. Whether the fire erupted in a single room or affected several bedrooms, it’s vital to take safety precautions before entering the home. These will yield the best results for fire restoration and ensure no one is injured in the process.
1. Schedule an Inspection
No matter how safe your home may seem, schedule an inspection first. Fire restoration professionals will check that no live electrical components create a shock or other fire risk and will test gas piping for leaks. They’ll also look at structural damage to make sure the home is safe to enter. This crucial step will reduce the potential for injuries and also kickstart the recovery process.
2. Don’t Start Fire Restoration On Your Own
As tempting as it is to begin cleaning up, wait for the professionals. You can open windows, but avoid plugging in box fans or turning ceiling fans on. These may spark electrical problems or worsen the smoke smell and ash cover. Ideally, you shouldn’t use the electricity at all until an electrician has made necessary repairs. The best course of action is to stay offsite until fire damage repair begins.
3. Stay Off Furniture
If you start clearing debris with professionals, stay off of furniture. Most pieces are salvageable if ash and soot don’t sink into the fibers. Sitting on a sofa or bed may press them in and embed a permanent ash smell. Professional fire restoration companies have the proper equipment that deep clean sofas, mattresses, chairs, and other furniture that is lined with fabric.
The Perfect Storm: Staying Prepared for Hurricane Season
Hurricane Dorian at the coast of the United States
Amidst the madness of Hurricane Dorian barreling the coast of Florida and the eastern seaboard, residents of St. Augustine prepped their livelihood for an upcoming natural disaster all the while filling their fridge with alcohol, the pantry with snack food, and charging their devices in case of an outage. Even though St. John’s County was subject only to light flooding and we can breathe a sigh of relief, hurricane season is by no means over. We must remain vigilant and continue preparations for the upcoming storms that may occur throughout September and October.
Expect the Unexpected
Dorian isn’t the first hurricane to grow in size at an astonishing rate. Throughout the week, meteorologists were stunned at the continuous changes of the storm’s nature and path. The forecast had changed at least five times throughout its forecast. Dorian’s eye was expected to hit Florida in some way, shape, or form until it shocked the country by landing stationary on top of the Bahamas at Category 5 strength. After a day of havoc and destruction, Dorian slowly grazed the Florida east coast, only causing erosion and minor water damage for most of the state. Even as a weaker storm, it impacted North Carolina more with extensive power outages. The outer bands of hurricanes can cause impressive wind guests. While meteorologists and analysts have the best technology and knowledge to identify and report hurricanes, the weather is still unpredictable. Have your home prepared even if the weather report predicts the storm won’t directly hit your residence.
Better Safe than Sorry
Floridians like to joke about the lack of danger present in hurricanes based on its category. While it’s all in good fun, we still know the risks any storm can pose. Florida has been damaged by hurricanes for generations and we know even a category 1 can pose a serious risk of intense winds and potential flood damage. Any powerful storm can cause a leak in your home or debris to crash through a window. While you may not have to board up your homes for every hurricane that strikes your area, it’s important to be aware of the dangers from any category-size cyclone. Here are some tips to help you and your family prepare before the rush.
- Purchase your supplies ahead of time to beat the last-minute crowd
- Focus on individual gallons of water as opposed to packaged water bottles
- Make sure there is a flashlight in every major room of your home including bathrooms.
- Fill sandbags and cover them with tarps to prevent excess rain from soaking the sand
- Make sure your devices are fully charged and make sure there is a way to keep track of the storm. There are apps that have free tv channels and radio broadcasts
After the Storm
In the event that your residence or business was subjected to flooding or there is a water leak, don’t panic. Take a deep breath. Make sure the area is safe to traverse. If there is something of value that hasn’t been damaged by water, check the surrounding area for safe passage before attempting to retrieve it. Call your local SERVPRO at 904-429-4457. We’ll be there for you every step of the way to bring your home or business back to normal. Remember to stay prepared and be safe out there during Storm Season 2019.
Why Get Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Because you likely schedule daily or weekly office cleaning service to keep your business tidy, know we would love to give you a free estimate.
It is important to get your carpet professionally cleaned. Even with regular sweeping and vacuuming, your carpets can accumulate stains that just won't go away. To ensure your office is presentable, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach offers expert carpet cleaning service, including:
Upholstery Stain Removal,
to get rid of stains that sweeping and vacuuming miss. We also offer dry cleaning service for areas where color-fastness is crucial. Below, are some of the most valuable benefits of regularly having your carpet professionally cleaned.
4 Reasons to Schedule Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services
1. To Improve Air Quality
Carpeting collects a wide variety of air contaminants, including dust, pollen, mold spores, and bacteria, that can cause allergy symptoms and exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems. If not removed, these particles could end up back in the air you and your employees breathe, resulting in a lot of downtime and loss of productivity.
2. To Remove Stubborn Stains
Some stains are extremely persistent and cannot be removed without professional attention. For stubborn, unsightly carpet blemishes, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach for help. They use powerful cleansers and state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to remove even set-in soils and spatter.
3. To Look Professional
Carpet stains simply don't look professional, and if you invite clients into your offices, they could well be turned off by the dirty, grimy appearance. Moreover, even if your customers never enter your premises, the untreated stains could signal that sloppy work or carelessness is acceptable. To avoid sending that type of message, contact a professional carpet cleaning service.
4. To Extend Carpet Life
Deep-down dirt and grime can damage carpet fibers and cause the rug to wear out more quickly than it should. Regular carpet cleaning removes contaminants that cause damage and discoloration and extends the useful life of your office carpeting.
Commercial carpet cleaning offers some important benefits for your business. To schedule service, contact SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach. T
hey also specialize in water extraction and mold remediation, and they offer 24/7 emergency service throughout St. Johns County. Visit their website to learn more about their services or call (904) 429-4457 to request a quote.
We Give Back in St. Johns County
Did you know, a year ago in August of 2018, our crew and staff members took time out of their personal lives to volunteer in our community.
SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach donated the materials to the St. Johns Housing Partnership to build a wheelchair ramp to a disabled Vietnam Veteran in St. Johns County. We paired up with our friends at Luce AirQuality and built the ramp with our bare hands and tools provided by the St. Johns Housing Partnership.
At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach, we are dedicated to supporting local residents and businesses. We look forward for future opportunities to dedicate our time and efforts to make the Oldest City a better place to live.
Call SERVPRO in St. Augustine for all restoration needs, big or small! 904-429-4457.
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