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5 Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Florida home during a heavy rainstorm 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!

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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County 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 904-290-4040 and let us make it "Like it never even happened." 

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 South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County 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 Clay County. Our team will work as quickly as possible to make your living space safe and comfortable after a storm. Call 904-290-4040 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website to learn more. 

SERVPRO can make storm damage "Like it never even happened."

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Thunderstorms and hurricanes are prominent in Florida. Learning to take precautionary measures in the off-season is the best way to minimize the storm damage restoration needed later. Below are some ways you can safeguard your property from serious and costly destruction.

How to Minimize the Damage of a Thunderstorm

1. Prevent Water Leaks

Keep the interior of your home dry and leak-free by inspecting the condition of your roof and siding. Replace any damaged or missing shingles to prevent water from flowing into the attic and the need for storm damage restoration to clear out mold and mildew. Similarly, cracked or missing siding allows moisture to build up in the insulation and leak into the surrounding walls and flooring.  

2. Ensure Water Can Flow Away

When rain falls on your home, it should flow down the roof into the gutters and be safely directed away from the property. If your gutters are dirty, damaged, or installed incorrectly, they can cause water to flow over the edge and pool at the base of the home, weakening the surrounding foundation. Over time, the water will begin to leak into the basement or crawlspace and result in costly storm damage restoration. Clear the gutters of leaves and other debris to allow the rainwater to safely flow through the system. 

3. Stop Objects From Flying Into Your Home

Regularly, trim trees that hang over your home and remove any dead, broken, or diseased branches to prevent them from breaking off and damaging your property. Also, if you have a fence, check the posts a few times a year to ensure they are securely in place. 

As for lawn furniture and decorations, stack them up in a corner or storage closet when not in use. When you know a storm is coming, place small sandbag weights where possible and place heavy outdoor covers over the furniture. You might also install a shrub wall to act as a wind barrier between these objects and your home. 

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to prevent all storm damage, but when it happens, know that you can turn to the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford Countyin NE FL. Their highly trained technicians specialize in water extraction, storm damage restoration, and mold remediation. Call (904 290-4040 for 24-hour emergency service and visit their website for more information about their process.

The best plan is the be prepared!

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Florida is a beautiful state that offers warm year-round temperatures, which is desirable for those who want to escape cold weather. Unfortunately, Florida’s location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean also makes it prone to severe weather like hurricanes and tropical storms, which can lead to massive water damages. Protect your property from natural disasters by using the following preparation guide. 

A Guide to Preparing Your Home for Natural Disasters

Prepare Your Home

Power often goes out during severe storms, but when the electricity comes back on, the power surge can damage your appliances and devices. Before the storm hits, unplug all your electrical devices, including your television and microwave. 

Another way to prepare your home for an impending storm is to stock on up food and store it correctly. Purchase plenty of water bottles and canned goods to hold you over for a few days in case stores don’t open immediately. Pack your freezer with ice to salvage your perishables in case the power goes out. 

Pack a Bag

In some cases, inclement weather may be severe enough for you to leave your home. It’s always wise to keep a bag packed with essentials in case you have to go quickly. Everyone in your house should have their own bag, and they should include a change of clothes, toiletries, a first-aid kit, medications, a cell phone, and chargers. It’s also wise to have enough cash for a week’s worth of food and necessities in case power outages prevent credit or debit transactions.

Know Your Evacuation Plans

Before the storm arrives, pick two locations out of the danger zone where your family can meet after an evacuation. Ideally, one place should be close to home, and another one should be far away. Make sure everyone knows the locations and how to reach them. Each member of your household should have a list of emergency contacts, including an out-of-town contact person who can help relay information about your evacuation and well-being to others.

If your home sustained water damage from severe weather, the professionals at SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford County will bring your home back to its original condition. Their highly trained and certified team provides cleanup and restoration services for clients throughout Clay and Bradford Counties of FL. In addition to water damage restoration, they also offer mold remediation, fire damage repairs, and emergency storm services. Call (904) 290-4040 to schedule an appointment today or visit them online to learn more about their services. 

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist from SERVPRO

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

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With this hurricane season being an extremely active one, at SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford County, we wanted to share these Preparedness Checklist's.

First Aid Kit's

Be sure to have first aid kit's available! Bring as many as you think might be necessary. Also, be sure to bring important medication. (Most recommend at least a seven-day supply)

Important Documentation

Here's a list of important documents you should consider adding to your Preparedness list

  1. Insurance policies 
  2. Driver's license's 
  3. Social Security Card
  4. Medical records
  5. Marriage / Birth Certificates 
  6. Stocks, bonds and other negotiable contracts

Food and Water

  1. 1 Gallon of water per person per day, for up to 7 days
  2. Extra ice for frozen foods
  3. Fill bathtubs with non-drinking water before the storm
  4. 7 day supply of non-perishable foods (packaged or canned)
  5. Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family 

Tools and Supplies

  1. Cooler 
  2. Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  3. Fire extinguisher 
  4. Matches
  5. Manual can opener
  6. Pet care items, including extra food and water
  7. Clothing and bedding 
  8. Batteries
  9. Battery-powered radio 
  10. Flashlight 
  11. Toiletries and hygiene items
  12. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent 
  13. Cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer
  14. Boots / shoes
  15. Books and games
  16. Gas or charcoal grill for outdoor cooking
  17. Full propane tank / charcoal bags
  18. Battery-powered lantern
  19. Generator & Gasoline
  20. Extra fuel for vehicles 
  21. Cash
  22. Cell phone and it's charger
  23. Keys

Last but not least; Have an Evacuation Plan

  1. Have a list of local emergency phone numbers
  2. Map of the area & of evacuation routes
  3. Locations of local shelters 
  4. Call SERVPRO of South Fleming Island and ask for the marketing department to help you create a digital, mobile-friendly contingency plan! We like to call them "Emergency Ready Plan(s)"

SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford County has extensive experience in Storm Damage Restoration. We've traveled to Panama City and to North Carolina to help with SERVPRO's Large Loss Storm Team's, so we have extensive experience in Strom Damage Restoration! Give us a call at (904) 290-4040 and ask for our marketing department so they can help you set up an "Emergency Ready Plan"

September is National Preparedness Month, Prepare Now!

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Michael If you suffer from storm damage and need a professional, compassionate, understanding team; look no further than SERVPRO

This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters happen" and not only do they devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. Learn how to be prepared! 

Make a plan and practice

Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during and after an incident?

Do you have an emergency supply kit? 

Learn Life Saving Skills

Do you or someone in your family know CPR?Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to properly take cover? Knowing these life skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors.

Check your Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster? Evaluate which hazards are relevant to your area and obtain the appropriate insurance for your home, business, or other property and become familiar with your coverage.

Save for an Emergency

Are you financially prepared in case of a disaster? Does your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or a fire? Check out FEMA's Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for an in-depth document to help you identify and compile important documents and account information all in one spot. Just search "EFFAK" on fema.gov for the free PDF.

Whether its flood, fire or a hurricane, we must work together as a team to help ensure our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are prepared. Contact your local SERVPRO at (904) 290-4040 and find out how we can help make it "Like it never even happened," if a disaster strikes in your life. 

Storm Damage Restoration PROs

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm Advertisement When Storm Damage strikes, we strike back!! SERVPRO of Greater St Augustine /St Augustine Beach is here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is here to help our communities during hurricane season! Preparedness is key when it comes to dealing with tropical storms and hurricanes in Florida. When state officials declare a hurricane watch or warning in or around your county, make sure your prepared! 

General

Make sure you have at least two weeks supply of your medications, any medical supplies used regularly and a list of allergies.

Flashlights, do not use candles, and make sure to have a surplus of batteries.

Radio, battery operated

Cash $$$ Banks and ATMs may be unavailable after a storm

 First Aid

First Aid manual, sterile and adhesive bandages of different sizes

Scissors, tweezers, sewing needle, antiseptic, thermometer, petroleum jelly, safety pins, soap, latex gloves, sunscreen, aspirin, cotton balls / q-tips

  Important Documents

 Insurance and medical cards, banking numbers, copy of social, marriage and birth certificates, personal documents, set of keys, service animal ID, vet records, and proof of ownership, medical information

 Phone Numbers

Keep a list of important contacts with their number(s) on it. 

 Food & Supplies

Have enough food for 7 days, nonperishable. Non-electric can opener, paper plates, napkins, cups & utensils 

 Transportation

Keep your vehicles completely filled with gasoline in case you have to evacuate. 

If your property sustains any damage, call your local experts at SERVPRO of Greater St Augustine / St Augustine Beach at (904) 429-4457! 

Be Ready for Hurricane Season!

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van SERVPRO of South Fleming Island and North Bradford County is determined to help our community this hurricane season.

Hurricane season is right around the corner. Don't wait until the last minute to have a plan ready.

Will you stay in your home or will you evacuate?

If you stay, do you have enough nonperishable foods and water to last at least 3-5 days?

If you evacuate, do you know where you are going and how long you will be gone?

Do all of your plans also ensure the safety of your children and pets?

These are some questions you should ask yourself before a hurricane is on its way. Hurricanes are very unpredictable and can cause severe damage to any property. Whether its fallen trees, water damage, or mold mitigation, SERVPRO of South Fleming Island and North Bradford County is here to help!

We specialize in restoring storm damage and all that comes with it. This hurricane season, have a plan ready that keeps you as safe as possible. Bring all important documents, valuable possessions, and pets with you if you evacuate. If you come back to damage, SERVPRO is here to help! "Like it never even happened."

3 Tips for this summer!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Summer is almost here and that means storms are just around the corner. While all that rain may help cool things off, it can put your home at risk for water damage. While an experienced storm damage restoration team will be able to fix most problems caused by harsh weather, it’s best if you can avoid the damage in the first place. Here are a few simple ways to prevent storm damage and subsequent issues from doing long-term harm to your house.

3 Ways to Prevent Storm-Related Water Damage

1. Prune Your Trees

Whether it’s a hurricane or tropical storm that batters the coast, you can always count on high winds causing a lot of problems. One of the most common causes of leaks and roof damage is due to falling limbs, but there’s a simple way to prevent this problem. Before the first storm hits, have your trees professionally pruned and remove any dead or low-hanging limbs. This will reduce the risk of a falling limb damaging the roof or siding.

2. Clean Out Your Gutters

If your gutters are clogged, runoff from the roof collects between the gutters and the home’s siding. Over time, this can lead to mold and mildew growth in the walls as well as weaken the integrity of your roof, making leaks more frequent. Have the gutters cleaned and inspected for damage at least once in the spring and again before winter. This way, you’ll never have to worry about backed up gutters and all excess water can flow off the roof and away from the home easily.

3. Fix Existing Roof Damage

Anytime the materials of the roof are compromised or damaged, they can allow water to seep inside the attic. Walk around the exterior of the home and give the roof a quick visual inspection. If you see any shingles or roofing material that is peeling up, missing, or cracked, have a roofing contractor come make the necessary repairs. This will help protect the home during periods of heavy rainfall and will reduce the number and frequency of leaks you see in the house.

At SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North bradford County, 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 services online and call (904) 290-4040 to schedule an estimate today.

We're here to help this storm season! And we do content storage!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO does content storage SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford County does content storage!! (904) 290-4040, we got plenty of room!

Our warehouse is fully equipped to handle contents from multiple projects simultaneously. In the photo you see an example of what boxed contents may look like while stored at our warehouse.

Our team at SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford County is the area’s reliable water damage restorers and specialty cleaners. If you need help after a hurricane or a storm, call us ASAP at (904) 290-4040!!

We offer a wide variety of services – from cleanup, to restoration and on to reconstruction – SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford County is the vendor of choice for many local residents and businesses alike.

If you have any questions about mold removal, mold remediation, or mold detection, please contact us at 904-290-4040.

Call us to schedule a free estimate today! (904) 290-4040!

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Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

 

5/05/2020

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 3-9 this month! Although we are all dealing with the effects and safety measures related to COVID-19, storm season is fast approaching.

It is imperative that everyone in the community has a fully comprehensive evacuation plan in place. 

Things to consider...

  • Do you have any/all materials to board up your home and/or business?
  • Where will you go when you evacuate?
  • When will you leave?
  • How long will you stay in your evacuation destination after the storm ends?
  • Do you know how to turn off gas lines and water supply to your house or business?
  • Do you have a back stock of nonperishable foods, just in case you come home to a house with no power?
  • Do you have batteries for flashlights?
  • Do you have a place to properly store your precious items; such as photos and documents? 

These are just a few things to consider to prepare for the storm. Another excellent resource to consider to help you get ready can be found on the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

You can also get a head start today by calling SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/North Bradford County for information on free Emergency Ready Programs for all commercial facilities.  Call us at 904-290-4040.  We're here to help!