Do You Know What Category of Water Damage You Are Experiencing?
At SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County, we are ready to respond to your emergency water loss 24/7/365!
Earlier this week we received a call from a local property manager regarding sewage backup in one of their condominium communities. The backup affected 2 bathrooms and spread to the connected bedrooms in both of the affected 2 neighboring units. We were able to send an emergency crew to begin the extraction so the demo and drying process could begin. Water damage is one of the most common damages that occur in residential and commercial properties, so there are many things to keep in mind when it comes to water damage, one being the category of water damage. Since this was a sewage loss, this job was categorized as a category 3 loss. Keep reading below to uncover what the different categories of water are, and what you need to know about them.
The IICRC defines the 3 categories of water as:
Category 1: Sanitary "clean water"
Category 2: Significantly contaminated "grey water"
Category 3: Grossly contaminated "black water"
The different categories of water are classified by the course of the water damage and what potential contaminates it may have come into contact with. Understanding the types of water damage and the unique water removal or water cleanup solutions that are needed to successfully clean up the job is critical in preventing secondary damages in the future.
Category 1: Sanitary "Clean Water"
The IICRC defines a category 1 water loss as water that originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk. Examples of category 1 water losses are rainwater, water supply lines, toilet tanks, and toilet bowls without contaminates. Since this water is considered "clean", we can typically restore and salvage affected materials like drywall, carpet and carpet pads, and hardwood flooring.
Category 2: Significantly Contaminated "Grey Water"
Category 2 water is defined as water that contains significant contamination that has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed. Examples of a category 2 loss could be, water from a broken fish tank/ aquarium, flooding from a dishwasher or washing machine. When a category 2 loss occurs we make sure to remove wet carpet padding and use anti-microbial to disinfect affected materials.
Category 3: Grossly Contaminated "Black Water"
A category 3 water loss comes from water that is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, and other harmful agents that could cause significant reactions from consumption or contact. Examples of a category 3 loss could be sewage backups, flooding from rivers/streams, wind-driven water from heavy storms like hurricanes and tropical storms. When a category 3 loss occurs, affected materials like drywall, carpet and carpet padding, insulation, and hardwood flooring should be removed as well as using an anti-microbial spray to disinfect.
At SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County, we know that the quick response time lessens the chances for secondary damages. That is why our emergency crews are ready to act fast and start the restoration process. We have been serving Clay County and surrounding North Bradford County since 2019 for water and fire damage restoration, mold mitigation as well as reconstruction. As your one-stop shop for restoration and reconstruction needs after a loss, SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today to schedule a free estimate or 24/7 for emergency situations at 904-290-4040!
Here to Help with Back to School!
It's that time of year already, back-to-school season! With classes resuming in just a few weeks now is the time to start preparing your kids with the tools needed to return back to school, whether that's school supplies, a backpack, or even a new back-to-school wardrobe. But with COVID-19 spiking in the area, we know that keeping kids safe and healthy when returning back to school is top of mind.
That is why SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help keep our communities safe and we are actively performing deep cleanings, disinfection services, and sanitization services for Clay County and surrounding North Bradford County. With over 40 years of experience treating and working in hazardous environments, you can trust the PROs at SERVPRO to disinfect and sanitize schools, cafeterias, office spaces, classrooms, and dormitories.
We currently have 5 solutions the CDC recommends using to disinfect and sanitize. Our main solution is EPA-approved and environmentally friendly. You can feel confident that your local SERVPRO professionals are here to help make it "Like it never even happened," for back to school!
To schedule a free estimate / walk-thru, call us today at 904-290-4040!
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?
Clay County 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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County, 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 Clay County and North Bradford County since 2019. To schedule, a free estimate call us at 904-290-4040!
Water Damage Timeline: Why You Must Act ASAP
The longer the damage sits, the worse it gets! Don't hesitate, SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help!
At SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County, we can not stress enough how important it is to address any water damage loss in your Clay and North Bradford County 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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County 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 904-290-4040!
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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help and ready to respond to your storm damage restoration needs. If your Clay County or surrounding Bradford 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 904-290-4040, or for more information, check out our website.
4th of July Firework Safety
SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County 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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County, 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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help. Call our office at 904-290-4040 for emergency services or to schedule a free estimate.
Preparing Your Pets For a Hurricane
We love our furry friends like family, so when you're creating your emergency plan this hurricane season, be sure to include a plan for your pets!
While you may need storm damage restoration services for your home after a major storm hits, you should also make a plan for the safety of your family during the storm, which includes our furry friends. June is National Pet Preparedness Month, which makes it the perfect time to develop an emergency plan for your beloved pet, especially now that we are in hurricane season. Below are a few steps that you can take to ensure that your pets are prepared.
How to Protect Pets From Inclement Weather
1. Secure Identification
There is a chance that a cat or dog could become lost in the mayhem of a hurricane, so having proper identification to ensure that they are returned home safely and as quickly as possible is critical. All pets must be microchipped so that vets and shelters have the ability to scan the animal and quickly uncover ownership information. Along with the microchip, your pets should also be wearing a collar that has your dog's name, your name, and cell phone number. Having your contact information is useful to whoever finds your pet, they can return them without having to go to a vet clinic or animal shelter to have the chip scanned.
2. Establish an Evacuation Plan
When a major storm is set to hit, all animals should be removed from the home prior. Not all emergency shelters allow pets so it is best to call hotels or other types of lodging to ask about their pet policies. Sometimes in a storm situation, establishments may waive the ban on pets due to the emergency, or accept them for an additional fee. If you can not find a suitable solution, contact friends or family away from the storm zone and ask if they would allow the pets to stay with them. It is best to have multiple options in case your initial plans fall through. Remember if you are in an evacuation zone and leaving, your pet should be as well.
3. Create an Emergency Kit
If you and your family do need to evacuate, it is crucial to have an emergency kit prepared. Emergency kits guarantee that you have the necessary items you need to survive until you can return home. Pet kits must include food, freshwater, any medications, leashes, and carriers. If there's space, include toys and bedding to make your animal more comfortable. Have emergency supplies assembled and ready to go well before the hurricane is due to arrive.
If when it is safe to return home, you find that your home had experienced the effects of a storm, SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help. Serving Clay County and surrounding areas, our 24/7/365 emergency crews are ready to respond if you suffer from water, fire, or storm damage and need restoration and reconstruction services. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened." 904-290-4040!
3 Types of Severe Weather That Affect Florida
SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County wants to help keep you, your family and your property safe during the 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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help. As local remediation experts, we have been providing Clay County and surrounding areas with fire, mold, and water remediation services since 2019. To schedule a free estimate, call us at 904-290-4040. But we know that emergencies don't stick to normal business hours, that is why our team is available 24/7/365 for emergencies.
Summer Grill Safety
SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to provide you with grill safety tips so you can grill safely all summer!
As the summer season approaches, it is important to note that the number of grill-related fires will begin to increase, peaking in July. Charcoal and gas grill barbeques are involved in more than 5,000 fires each year. To go along with that, grilling accidents resulted in almost 20,000 trips to the hospital annually.
SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to provide some steps and tips that families can use to protect their homes from fire damage and family from injuries. All while still enjoying a cookout and the home grilling that we all love!
- Clean the grill racks and grease trays. When using a gas grill, check the gas tank hose for leaks.
- When setting up your grill, choose a firm, level spot that is safe and far enough away from your home, coolers, children, pets, and guests.
- Always grill outside, never in your garage or near low-hanging trees and branches.
- Be sure to prepare the grill carefully. When using a charcoal grill, use a charcoal chimney with newspaper, charcoal starter fluid, or an electric charcoal starter.
- For gas grills- open the lid before turning the grill on. If you smell gas after the grill is lit, do not try to move it, get away from the grill and call the fire department.
- Establish a safe zone. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill while you are cooking, as well as after you serve the food due to the fact that grill surfaces may remain hot for an hour or more.
- Use clean, long-handled grill utensils that are in good condition. Avoid wearing loose-fitting, hanging clothing, and always wear flame-retardant mitts.
- Be sure to keep the flame under control, manage flareups by adjusting the grill height, spreading out the coals, or using the grill controls.
- Keep baking soda within reach in case of grease fires. Also, have a fire extinguisher nearby and watch for blowing embers.
- When you are done grilling, never attempt to move a hot grill.
Homefires can be devastating both finically and emotionally, especially due to the fact that smoke and water damage from putting out the fire, often amplify the destruction to both the structure and the contents.
At SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County, we are trained professionals that will help you recover from devastating fire & water damage if you do suffer a structure fire, but we believe that prevention is better than a cure. However, we know that accidents happen. That is why our team of highly trained professionals are ready to respond to your emergency 24/7/365!
SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County specializes in water and fire damage clean-up and restoration services for both residential and commercial customers. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call our office at 904-290-4040!
5 Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season
SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help you and your family this 2021 hurricane season!
With hurricane season around the corner, it is best to be prepared. Although you can not prevent all storm and water damage to your home, you can organize emergency plans in advance. The following guide explains how you can reduce damage to your property and protect your family.
How to Get Ready for Hurricane Season
1. Create an Emergency Kit
If you do not already have an emergency kit, now is the time to put one together. This kit should include extra batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, and a weather radio. Include a supply of non-perishable food, water, and prescription medication just in case. If you already have a kit, inspect and replace any expired items.
2. Review Evacuation Plans
If you have to leave your home during a storm, set up a travel plan. Review your local authority's evacuation routes and take note of any updates. Have a plan for evacuating your pets, and store important documents in an easily accessible location so that you can leave quickly. Do a practice run with the family to identify any issues and correct them before an actual emergency occurs.
3. Protect Windows
Installing storm shutters will protect your windows during a fierce hurricane. However, covering the glass with plywood can also offer a layer of protection against broken glass and water damage. If you do not have this material on hand, consider purchasing some in advance.
4. Clean Your Yard
Remove anything from your yard that could fall or knock into your home due to high winds. For example, you can remove dead tree branches or limbs that hang over your roof. Store any loose items like patio furniture or lawn equipment in a safe place. As a result, you will protect your family and property from harm.
5. Review Insurance Policies
Before hurricane season, review your homeowner's insurance policy to confirm you have adequate coverage for storm and water damage. If a storm is in the forecast, take videos or pictures of your belongings. This precaution will help you file an insurance claim so that you can prove the weather harmed your items.
If a hurricane does strike, SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help. We have been providing restoration services to homeowners and businesses throughout Clay County since 2019. Our IICRC certified team can restore damage from fire, water, and mold.
Call us today at 904-290-4040 for more information or to schedule a free estimate!