Extreme Heat Safety
Did you know: that over the past 30 years, extreme heat has led to more deaths in the United States than other extreme weather events, like hurricanes and floods?
St. Augustine residents are no strangers to the heat that Florida summers bring, but other than the discomfort that comes along with high temperatures, we often forget about the side effects heat can have on our bodies. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, and sick. As Florida residents, we have a greater chance of being affected due to the high temperatures and humidity. Follow the tips below to protect yourself and your family from the high temperatures:
Prepare Yourself Before Going Outside
- Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
- Be sure to apply sunscreen
- Stay hydrated even if you are not thirsty and limit alcohol and caffeine intake on those days.
- Be aware and pay attention to signs of Heat exhaustion
- Keep strenuous activity to a minimum during the hottest parts of the day (11 am-2 pm) and use a buddy system!
- If you must go outdoors, wait until temperatures cool down or stay in a shaded area if at all possible
- Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies
- Call 911 if you see someone suffering from a heat emergency!
At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach, we specialize in fire and water restoration and mold remediation. Our highly trained technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your home quickly and safely. We have been serving the residents of St. Augustine and surrounding St. Johns county since 2015. To schedule, a free estimate call us at 904-429-4457!
The Most Magical Place on Earth: The SERVPRO 2021 Convention
Our SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine Team had a blast at this year's convention and is so excited about the future of our brand!
The SERVPRO Annual Convention is where the magic happens and last week SERVPRO franchises from all over the county were able to come together to celebrate the accomplishments that our brand has seen so far coming off of an unprecedented year, continue our education, and get a sneak peek at what is to come. We may be biased- but that sounds like the most magical place on earth right? So it's only fitting that this year's hybrid convention was held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, adding to that magic!
The annual convention is an incredible experience where we got the opportunity to spend time with SERVPRO families from across the nation, many of which who we have not been able to see face-to-face for almost 19 months! On top of getting to learn from and reconnect with each other, we got the opportunity to sit in on workshops and trade shows to expand our knowledge of the brand and get excited about what is to come!
At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach, we are always here to help and make it "Like it never even happened." That being said, we could not be more excited about the future and what is next for the SERVPRO brand to better help us serve our customers from day to day!
Water Damage Timeline: Why You Must Act ASAP
The longer you wait, the worse the damage will be! SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine is ready to respond to any size emergency, 24/7/365!
At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach, we can not stress enough how important it is to address any water damage loss in your St. Augustine home or business as quickly as possible.
Each water damage loss should be treated as an emergency due to the fact that the longer the water sits, the more damage it can cause as water is especially invasive and can quickly spread through your home quickly. The longer that the damage sits, the worse that the damage gets. The following timeline shows how important fast water damage cleanup is and why you should act fast.
Immediately After Water Damage
Within minutes of a water loss, water will begin to spread quickly, saturating whatever it comes into contact with. Porous materials like drywall, wood, insulation, fabric/upholstery will begin to absorb water.
24 Hours After Water Damage
After the water has been sitting for 24 hours, upholstery and carpet will become heavy, and sodden from water saturation, drywall, insulation, and other structural materials will begin to swell and bow. Wood maybe begin to warp, colors and dyes will begin to bleed from fabrics, paper goods will no longer be salvageable and mold growth will become a concern.
48 Hours After Water Damage
After 48 hours, mold spores can continue to spread throughout the property and may even begin to be visible on surfaces. Wood will continue to warp and bend due to the excess moisture. Metal objects will begin to corrode and rust, and drywall, insulation, carpet padding, and other textile goods will begin to show major signs of deterioration and may no longer be salvageable.
One Week After Water Damage
One week after a water loss occurs, restoration costs and procedures will be significantly increased because now structural damages are a major concern. A structural rebuild will be necessary in order to restore the property to preloss condition as cracking, buckling, breaking, peeling, bending and other signs of determination will likely be visible on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Few if any items in the exposed area will be salvable, most will have sustained too much damage by this point and will need to be disposed of. Mold is now a problem of its own, as it has likely spread throughout the property, not just the area that sustained water damage.
SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to help and ready to respond to emergency water damage situations 24/7/365 because we know how important it is that when water damage occurs, that it gets cleaned up as soon as possible! Our IICRC trained technicians have the expertise and equipment to act quickly to restore your property to preloss condition. Don't wait, call us today at 904-429-4457!
What To Do After a Storm Has Passed
Even after the hurricane or storm has passed, its aftermath remains. During seasonal storms, high-speed winds remove materials off of your home causing flying debris, and heavy rainstorms could lead to flooding and water damage. Before leaving the safety and doing anything, you want to ensure that the storm has fully passed. Since the eye of the storm is calm and can span over miles, wait for official confirmation that the storm has fully passed before leaving your safe, interior room.
After bad weather subsides, you'll want to bring your home back to its former condition as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of damage your property is facing, time is of the essence. The quicker the restoration process is able to begin, the quicker your home will be brought back to normal, lessening the impact to both you and your wallet. Below are a few tasks you can perform immediately to begin the storm damage restoration process:
What Should You Do After a Storm?
1. Check Your Home for Damage
After the storm has passed, you should check your home and property to learn the extent of the damage, as not all of it will be immediately obvious. Possible damages could be:
- Holes in the roof
- Split seams
- Missing, broken, or dented shingles
- Granules collecting in gutters or downspouts
- Leaks in your roof or ceiling
- Dents on vents, gutters, or flashing
- Cracked windows or broken window panes
2. Contact Your Insurer
Homeowners' insurance policies typically cover repair costs for fallen trees, wind, hail, and water damage caused by storms, so call your insurer to let them know exactly what happened. You'll need to provide the policy number so be sure to have the paperwork on hand. Once you have filed a claim, an insurance adjuster will be scheduled to come out and visit the property and assess the scope of the damage.
3. Take Pictures of the Damage
If possible, go through the property and take pictures of any broken windows, standing water, and any other issues that have been caused by the storm. Make note of any missing siding, toppled trees, and any other exterior damage. Include images of the home prior to the storm damages for comparison, this could also be used to calculate how much money you will need for the storm damage restoration.
3. Secure the Property
Emergency service providers can put tarps on the roof to prevent water infiltration and fallen trees from your property. Board up windows to prevent water and pests from getting inside, and remove any debris in the yard that could be potential tripping hazards.
4. Avoid Additional Home Damage Where Possible
When it is time to start fixing your home, there may be some areas that you can handle yourself, if you can properly repair some damage you should begin immediately as you also seek professional help for the additional areas. Immediate repairs can help to prevent more damage, so acting quickly is key.
SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to help and ready to respond to your storm damage restoration needs. If your St. Augustine or surrounding St. Johns County area home is damaged during a storm, our highly trained technicians will return your home to pre-storm condition and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at 904-429-4457, or for more information, check out our website.
4th of July Firework Safety
SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach wishes you and your family a fun and safe 4th of July!
The 4th of July, Independence day is a day usually used to spend with friends and family, celebrating with picnics and barbecues, and of course, fireworks. But unfortunately, this fun celebration also comes with some danger and safety risks. Did you know that the 4th of July is the holiday that has the most fire-related incidents? According to the NFPA, more fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day of the year, with more than half of those due to fireworks.
Many of the 4th of July fire-related accidents can be avoided if proper safety precautions are used. Follow the tips below to ensure that you and your family have a safe and fun celebration this Independence Day:
- Check city and state laws for fireworks and avoid any illegal fireworks.
- When using fireworks, avoid loose-fitting clothing, but be properly clothed including protective eyewear and shoes.
- Keep and hose and bucket of water close by to put out any stray flames. Hose down any fireworks that do not ignite and then let them sit for 15-20 minutes to ensure they are not delayed starters. After the required time has passed, soak them in the bucket of water for an additional 15-20 minutes before disposing of them.
- Make sure that the area where you are lighting off fireworks is free of hazards like bushes, dry grass, trees, decorations, and any other fire-hazardous materials.
- If you are consuming alcohol, it is crucial to not handle fireworks while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol causes judgment impairment and could lead to a fire, other serious accidents.
Following this 4th of July firework safety tips will make it easier to ensure a safe, fun, and fire-free 4th of July for all.
At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach, we understand that even when following safety guideless, accidents still happen. That is why we are here to help our local community in emergency situations 24/7/356. If you suffer from a fire and are seeking help for water and fire damage restoration, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine is here to help. Call our office at 904-429-4457 for emergency services or to schedule a free estimate.
We Tackle Restoration on Both Land and Sea!
Land or sea, big or small, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is Here to Help!
On Sunday we received a call that a boat docked in Camachee Cove over on Vilano Beach had suffered a fire. When our crew responded to assess the damage, they were greeted by The Captain of the boat and found that the fire had occurred in the bilge of a 69ft Sport Vison Spencer Yacht.
Our crew went out early Monday morning to start the restoration process. The bilge of the yacht was covered in soot and smoke damage, causing the white interior to become pitch black. Since the bilge is such a tight area, space would only permit two technicians to work on the wipe down and restoration process. They worked hard and long into the night to complete the job and get the yacht ready to head back out to sea the next day.
The results of the cleaning were incredible! Head over to our before and after gallery to check out the finished work!
Land or sea, big or small, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to help with any fire and water damage restoration needs. Locally owned and operated, we have been serving the residents of St. Augustine and surrounding St. Johns County since 2015. Our crews ready to respond 24/7/365 to any emergency situation. Call your local St. Augustine SERVPRO today at 904-429-4457!
When You Hear The Thunder Roar, Head Indoors
Lighting is one of the most deadly weather hazards in Florida, take thunderstorms seriously and follow safety guidelines this storm season.
Florida summertime and thunderstorms go hand in hand. Like clockwork every afternoon, Floridians can count on a thunderstorm to roll through as the elements needed to create thunderstorms exist in Florida weather daily. Due to Florida's vulnerability to thunderstorms, and the frequency at which they occur throughout the summer months, lighting is one of the most deadly weather hazards in Florida.
As we head into July, which is both the most active time of year for thunderstorms and the deadliest month for lightning strike fatalities- Florida holds the record for most lighting-related deaths in 2020. Remember that, when thunder roars, go indoors until the storm has passed. Find an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or building. After you find shelter:
- Avoid using or touching electronics plugged into the wall. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and TV systems.
- Avoid plumbing and running water during a thunderstorm, as water acts as an electrical conductor. Do not shower/bathe, wash dishes, etc.
- Stay away from windows and doors, avoid pluming and running water since water acts as an electrical conductor, and avoid touching and using electronics that are plugged into the wall
If you are in a vehicle when a storm approaches avoid driving into severe storms, pull over and wait for the storm to pass. If you get caught in an open area and are unable to get inside or to your vehicle for safety, the following actions can reduce your risk:
- Stay as far away from water and bodies of water such as the ocean, ponds, and rivers
- Never shelter under a tree
- Avoid objects that conduct electricity such as wire fences, power lines
- Avoid elevated areas, but never lay flat on the ground. Instead, crouch down into a ball-like position, keep your head tucked, and hands over your ears. This way you are down low and have minimal contact with the ground.
During the storm, practice the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning strike, begin counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go and remain indoors. Stop all activities for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last roar of thunder.
The storm appears to have passed, the thunder and lighting seem to have stopped. Now what?
Stay informed, continue following local news and weather updates, more severe storms could still be headed your way. Once it is safe and you are positive that the severe weather has passed, you can begin to assess your property for damage. Severe storms produce heavy winds, lightning, and flooding that could lead to fires and damages to your home, causing a need for water and fire restoration services.
If you find that your home has been damaged by the storm and you are in need of fire damage restoration, water extraction, or dry out from water damage or flooding, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to help. We have been helping St. Augustine and surrounding St. Johns County areas with property restoration services, as well as reconstruction since 2015, and have experience working on major storm events. You can count on your local, SERVPRO of Greater, St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach to make it "Like it never even happened."
For more information on storm damage restoration, check out our website here. Or call our office at 904-429-4457, our phone lines are open and ready to respond to emergencies 24/7/365!
Fashion For Action
Such a great night supporting a great organization. Thank you Betty Griffin Center for all that you do for our community!
At SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach, we love getting involved with local events and organizations that benefit our community.
Over the weekend, we had the chance to attend Betty Griffin Center's 1st Annual Fashion For Action Fundraiser. The two-part event first featured exclusive shopping in their Julington Square thrift shop where shoppers got access to exclusive deals, raffles, and door prizes donated by local businesses and a chance to win a $50 Betty Griffin Thrift Shoppe gift card. Following the shopping, guests went to a local ballroom for a fashion show where influential men and women from our community modeled their favorite finds from both the Julington creek and the Anastasia Island shoppe locations. The goal of the fashion show was to show the great finds that can come from thrifting and inspire more people to shop at and donate to the Betty Griffin Thrift Shoppes and ultimately help Betty Griffin Center continue to fund their mission.
Betty Griffin Center has been proving shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in St. Johns County for over 30 years. They operate as an emergency shelter, transitional living, outreach services, and training and education programs throughout St. Johns county. Their mission is to offer protection and quality services for victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as victims of sexual assault. They offer shelter, assistance, counseling, and transitional support. In addition to the services they provide to victims, they strive to educate the community about the services they provide and raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault to break the cycles of violence.
Betty Griffin Center does so much throughout our community, we jumped at the chance to help them out and sponsor their Fashion For Action Fundraiser. The event had sold out weeks prior to the fashion show and was such a success that they plan on hosting similar fashion shows in the future. The best part, all of the ticket sales, raffle tickets, and proceeds from items bought at the thrift shoppe, will go towards continuing to fund Betty Griffin Center's mission.
For more information on Betty Griffin Center and their mission, their thrift shoppes, and how you can get involved, check out their website here.
Avoid a CATastrophe!
SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to make pet accidents, "Like it never even happened."
We have seen it all here at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach, from homes being flooded due to storms and excess rain, to bathrooms flooded by baby goats. Yes, baby goats. We got a call from a homeowner last week who had been keeping two baby goats in their bathroom and covered the drains, leading water to back up and pour over and causing water damage to the floors, walls, and baseboards.
We love all our furry friends, we spoil them and treat them like a member of the family, but sometimes they leave a mess behind. Pets are curious and often when they are exploring, they are also digging, sniffing, and chewing on anything that catches their attention. Cats turn on faucets, baby goats can plug drains, dogs chew water lines or dig into drainage systems, accidents happen. But unfortunately, those accidents can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage and repairs.
Keeping an eye on your pet's behavior and being aware of some of the risks to your home, your plumbing, and your overall pet's safety could save you majorly on potential damage and repairs down the road. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for to avoid problems when it comes to our pets and plumbing.
Cover Exposed Piping
Dogs are naturally curious, so any exposed piping could act as a temptation to your dog to chew on. It is important to monitor your pet's behaviors and ensure that piping is covered. Not only can PVC piping be easily damaged by chewing, causing leaks and damage to the system, but it could potentially be toxic to your dog and cause digestive issues. Go to your local hardware store or talk to your plumber about what might be available to cover those areas in a decorative or discrete way.
Watch Where They Are Digging
Dogs love to busy themselves digging in the yard, but if they come across submerged water or sewage piping, they can cause breakages, tears, or leakages in the system. Look through your plans or have a professional map out where your piping is so you can better keep an eye on the areas your dog is playing, and discourage them from certain areas if need be.
Careful What You Flush
While it may seem convenient to flush away your pet’s waste material it is important to note that substances such as kitty litter could easily cause blockages in the system even if some of the packagings may describe it as flushable. Some cat litter brands claim to be flushable, but it’s always safest not to. After all, kitty litter is specifically designed to form hard clumps by soaking up all the surrounding liquid, which can easily lead to a disastrous clog in your pipes!
If you are one of the millions of homeowners that own a pet, you need to take extra plumbing precautions, both for the health of your furry friend and the structural integrity of your home. Even if you follow all the recommended plumbing tips, you may still find yourself facing a pet-related issue—which is why SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is always here to help. As local water damage and restoration experts, we have been serving St. Augustine and surrounding St. Johns County areas since 2015. Our team is ready to respond to emergency situations 24/7/365, call our office today at 904-429-4457 to get a team dispatched, or schedule a free estimate!
3 Types of Severe Weather That Affect Florida
SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach wants to help keep you, your family, and your home safe during extreme Florida weather.
While Florida is well known for its gorgeous weather, Florida also experiences extreme conditions at certain points during the year. These weather events can lead to extensive water damage, microbial growth, and other issues at your home or business that will require bringing in remediation experts to restore the area.
What Are Some Common Extreme Weather Conditions?
These storms occur when hot, moist air flows upward and mixes with the cooler air above. Due to Florida being located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, it is a prime area for thunder and lighting. If lightning hits your home or another structure, it could ignite the building materials and cause a fire. Even a seemingly minor fire can significantly impact a property because the smoke and soot contain toxic chemicals, stain the building and reduce indoor air quality.
A normal hurricane season results in about 12 storms hitting Florida, with 13 reaching land in 2020. Experts predict this year's hurricane season, which will run from June 1st to November, to be similarly active. Hurricanes bring strong winds and increase the risk of flooding, which can lead to significant water damage if the flood enters your home. This can also lead to potential microbial growth in the home.
3. Extreme Heat
While many people love the high temperatures, that heat can also pose a health risk without proper safety practices. Extreme temperatures increase the risk of dehydration, especially in young children and older adults. Drinking plenty of water and wearing loose clothing will prevent you from becoming overheated when spending time outside. Additionally, try to schedule outdoor activities for later in the day after the sun has reached its peak. When temperatures are at their highest, remain indoors with air conditioning.
If your home has been damaged by water, flooding, or a fire caused by extreme Florida weather, SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach is here to help. As local remediation experts, we have been providing St. Augustine and surrounding St. Johns County areas with fire, mold, and water remediation services since 2015. To schedule a free estimate, call us at 904-429-4457. But we know that emergencies don't stick to normal business hours, that is why our team is available 24/7/365 for emergencies.