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.
Visit our website for more information.
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Most technologically advanced infrastructure and equipment in St. Augustine and the entire St. Johns County.
· Strategic location that allows SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach to provide timely response, aka be “Faster to Any Size Disaster”!
These are just a few advantages you can expect from SERVPRO located in St. Augustine – superior staff, infrastructure, and location simply elevates us above the rest. Greater – I’m afraid we are.
When a need for Damage Restoration service arises, and it is typically sudden, many crucial decisions must be made in an instant. Knowing which restoration company to use must not be one of them – make calling SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach synonymous with calling 911 in an emergency – there is simply no other choice in St. Augustine and St. Johns County as a whole.
Call us today at 904-429-4457 to see how we can help you recover from a disaster!
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The choice is clear! In a Water Damage, Fire Damage, Mold Remediation, or any other Restoration need St. Augustine residents and businesses can rely on SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach.
Still here are more advantages we have to offer over our competition:
· IICRC certified technicians – in short IICRC is an entity that regulates damage restoration, not all restoration companies have IICRC certified technicians, we do
· Technicians who handle multiple aspects of damage restoration and even reconstruction, which allows them to be versatile and provide an insight into damage remediation that typically cannot come from a “one trick pony” type of technicians, many restoration outlets rely on specialty tasking
· Most technologically advanced infrastructure and equipment in St. Augustine and the entire St. Johns County.
AtSERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach, their dedicated team understands the unique hazards Florida homeowners face each year.
Whether you’re in need of water damage restoration or want an experienced professional to handle extensive carpet cleaning after a flash flood, they’re ready to help. Learn more about their servicesonlineand call (904) 429-4457 to schedule an estimate today.
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We have what it Takes to get the Job done Right!!
Here is another advantage SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach offers over the competition:
Internal ability to develop customized chemicals – there are many chemicals in our arsenal readily available, albeit if a specialty solution is needed it can be prepared at SERVPRO’s chemical plant in Gallatin, Tn.
· Established more than 50 years ago SERVPRO brand brings experience and knowhow unmatched in the restoration industry, i.e. - there are many established treatment protocols, well researched practices, state of the art equipment packages for franchises and well aligned back office support.
It really would take a separate essay to list all of the advantages SERVPRO brand offers in St. Augustinw; that's why we are posting the rest in next weeks blog!!
We are dedicated to providing excellent customer service to all of our clients. If you have any questions or concerns, please, do not hesitate, feel free to contact us at 904-429-4457.
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No job Too Big or too Small!!!
This month we are featuring a 4 part series on why you should choose us for your water jobs.
Experiencing a Water Damage (or any other damage) in your residence or business is one of the more stressful experiences anyone can go through. Often, your most valued asset/s are damaged, the scenes are chaotic, decisions must be quick and precise, and all desired outcomes depend on what happens next.
Restoration industry in North Florida offers a great variety of companies, ranging from smaller ‘mom and pop’ type of operations such as Rainbow Restoration to bigger names such as SERVPRO and anything in between. There are many advantages of hiring an established name in the damage restoration industry, here over the next month we will present just a few advantages SERVPRO offers over competition.
First Advantage ...
· No job is too small or too big – if additional equipment is needed for commercial damage restoration projects we are able to leverage the vast network of SERVPRO franchises, as well as SERVPRO Strom Teams and Corporate headquarters in Gallatin, with a 24hr turnaround guarantee (equipment shipment).
And remember, whenever your home, office, or property is flooded after a major rainstorm in Greater St. Augustine, you’ll need professional services to repair any damage and prevent water leaks and mold buildup.
If you need to hire professionals for storm damage restoration services, call the team at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach in St. Augustine, FL at (904) 429-4457 or visit their website for more information.
The Floor is Buckling!! We Responded to a Slow Leak in St. Johns County
904-429-4457 Call 24/7!!
Last week, we responded to an emergency water job in St. John's County. A college student found his floor buckling upon returning to his dorm. SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach was quickly called to the scene. We were there within minutes to help keep everyone's mind at ease during this time of disaster.
We used our state of the are equipment and state of the art technology to make sure problems were addressed properly the first time.
When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach. We can help put your mind at ease.
We work with our local residence when they are facing fire, water, and mold, emergencies. If you are facing one of these issues, call SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach at 904 -429-4457.
Just reminding you, that we assist you every step of the way. From your emergency call to the last paint stroke, we help you through the entire process.
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SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach...<<We Can Help>>
We Do it All!! 904-429-4457
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 goes back in and replaces 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.
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 owned 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 you in your time of need.
If you are suffering or have suffered from water damage in you home, please reach out at 904-429-4457.
We will schedule your FREE walk through to help put your mind at ease!! 904-429-4457