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Tornadoes Can Hit North Florida Post Hurricane Season  

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

tornado with graphic saying "Are you prepared?" It is not uncommon for tornadoes to hit Florida during winter and spring months.

So now that Hurricane Season is over, we don’t have to worry about storms, right?

Not so fast. Tornadoes are prone to hit Florida over the fall, winter and spring months.

What You Need To Know About Florida Tornadoes:

  1. Tornadoes can happen anytime of the year.
  2. Most tornadoes are EF-0, waterspouts that move onshore.
  3. Stronger tornadoes are most likely between February – April, usually within a squall line and can strike at night.
  4. Most tornadoes occur in June but are generally weak.
  5. Florida has the greatest frequency of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles than any other state.

It’s always a good idea to sign up for weather alerts and have a plan in place should a tornado or nor’easter occur. Here are some tips from the Department of Homeland security for making your plan.

Remember, if your home of business suffers flooding or water damage as the result of a storm or tornado, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.

Why SERVPRO? Betty White Challenge -- Accepted

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Humane Society reps and SERVPRO personnel with puppy Flash in front of SERVPRO car SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach & Jacksonville Northeast supports the Humane Society and the Betty White Challenge!

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach & Jacksonville Northeast accepted the Betty White Challenge and were happy to be at the Nassau Humane Society where a super friendly and a big puppy at heart Pitty, named Flash, greeted us with a big smile and lots of love. NHS Manager Meaghan Kidney and Adoption Manager Alec Rowe gladly tagged along to receive our food donation from Joe Perry and Shane Adams.  SERVPRO knows that when we are called, your pets are a part of your family and we want every pet to find a loving home.  Flash is up for adoption and you may want to move quickly, before someone beats you to him.  

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast and SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest regularly contribute to local causes, not limited to humane shelters and food drives, but also to Barnabas in Fernandina Beach and Yulee, various boy’s and girl’s sports organizations, as well as the Council for Aging and The Caden Project.

Why SERVPRO? We Were Named #8 On Franchise 500 List!  

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Franchise 500 badge SERVPRO was named #8 overall franchise and #1in the cleaning and restoration industry for the 19th consecutive year!

SERVPRO is proud to announce it has been recognized again as one of the best overall franchise opportunities by Entrepreneur magazine’s 2022 Franchise 500, the industry’s most comprehensive franchise ranking. Evaluated on categories such as growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, SERVPRO was named the #8 overall franchise system, and #1 in the cleaning and restoration industry for the 19th consecutive year.

To best understand and evaluate the ever-changing franchise marketplace, Entrepreneur’s editorial team researches and assesses several factors that go into the evaluation, including costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.  

“The past year has been one of the most challenging for businesses in recent memory, which made putting together our 43rd annual Franchise 500 list more enlightening than ever,” said Entrepreneur Editor in Chief Jason Feifer. “The companies named to this year’s list showed us how being resilient, supportive and nimble can help navigate extraordinary challenges and also underscore the grit and innovation that define entrepreneurship.”

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast is proud to share in this honor. Please call us at 904.729.2401 if you have water, fire or mold damage.

4 Tips to Help Prevent a Fire in Your Business

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen fire in Jacksonville business Did you know that the number one cause of commercial fires is kitchen equipment?

With as much time and effort put into running a business, the last thing anyone wants is to experience fire damage that can detour your direction. Now, we cannot control nature, and accidents happen, but there are some steps we can take to help prevent a fire from happening. Here are four tips to help prevent a fire in your business.

Does your business have a kitchen? 

The number one cause of commercial fires is kitchen equipment. That can be from misuse or old and faulty equipment. A great question to ask would be, when was the last cleaning and inspection of your kitchen and its equipment?

Do you have a fire suppression system?

Did you know that the same person who painted the Mona Lisa also created the first fire suppression system? Although your overhead sprinkler system may not be quite as old as Leonardo DaVinci, it still may be time to inspect or have it replaced. The last thing anyone wants is a faulty fire suppression system if a fire should ever start. Have your system regularly inspected or replaced if necessary.

Do you have an electrical cord hazard? 

Extension cords are often needed to provide power to a desk and other office utilities, but when there are multiple cords plugged together, and too many utilities drawing power from them, it can cause an electrical hazard that may start a fire. Keep your cords orderly and minimal when they are necessary.

Do you have multiple items with heating elements plugged into one outlet? 

Items with heating elements require a substantial amount of electricity. These items can be toasters, coffee makers, or space heaters, to name a few. When there are multiple items like this plugged into one outlet, it can override your electricity and create the potential for an electrical fire. The moral of the story here is, don't make coffee, toast, and heat the room by drawing electricity from the same outlet.

If your business has been affected by a fire, we understand the importance of getting you up and running as quickly as possible. Don’t hesitate, contact us today at 904-729-2401.

Water Damage Readiness Tips for the New Year  

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

We are closing in on a new year and knowing water damage warning signs in and around your home can help you avoid big repair bills as well as more time and trouble later. Here are some tips to prevent water backups.

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them free of debris and leaves and repairing them if they are sagging
  • Inspect your gutters' capacity - after fifteen minutes of heavy rain, if water overflows the gutters, install additional downspouts
  • Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house
  • Adjust landscaping and irrigation so that water flows away from the foundation
  • Drain subsurface groundwater and storm water with a sump pump system that has battery backup and replacement warnings
  • Run your sump pump every few months and clean it annually before the rainy season
  • Prevent backflow of sanitary sewer water by installing backflow valves and standpipes at all basement drain locations, including sinks and toilets
  • Lastly, call us at the first sign of damage; we can save you from a potential larger scale problem.

Keep your home safe and dry with a few simple tips from SERVPRO, whether you are in Fernandina Beach, Yulee or North Jacksonville, these tips will help keep your home and your family safe.

Why SERVPRO? We Appreciate Our Customers!!

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

graphic with words "Happy Holidays" Happy Holidays and Thank You to all of our customers!

At this time of year, we reflect back and appreciate our customers. We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast pride ourselves on making our customers happy. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Here’s what some of our customers say about us. Check out these recent Google reviews.

“Your crew chief was great and professional when he came to our property. He was very knowledgeable and informative of our situation and handled everything in a professional manner. Would recommend to anyone!”  T. Graham

“I am highly impressed with SERVPRO! They are very professional and they did a wonderful job in our plant. I would recommend them to absolutely anybody! If you want a fast response with quality work, give them a call.” S. Roland 

“Your staff was excellent, very efficient and extremely neat. I would recommend your company to anyone. Thanks for a great job.” P LePorin

Our team is highly trained for water, fire, and mold restoration jobs. We have been in the business since 2007 and are a Florida-licensed mold remediation firm. We also offer a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program which is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial of carpet cleaning. Individuals or business use it as a higher standard of cleaning for COVID-19 protection. Learn more.

Our team cares about our customers and would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Enjoying Candles Safely in Jacksonville Over the Holidays!  

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

holiday candles aglow with SERVPRO logo graphic We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

The National Candle Association and the National Association of State Fire Marshals are urging consumers to take special care when using candles this holiday season, and to follow these important fire-safety rules:

  • Always keep a burning candle within your sight. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Keep burning candles away from combustible items. Be especially careful not to place candles near flammable decorations or Christmas greenery.
  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be sturdy, heat resistant and big enough to collect dripping wax.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Trim candlewicks to 1⁄4 inch before lighting or re-lighting. Keep the wax-pool free of wick trimmings, dust, matches and debris at all times.
  • Never move a candle when it is burning.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas!

FAQ's about Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms  

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hand reaching to smoke alarm Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can.

What’s the difference between smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Why do I need both?

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of fire, you may have as little as two minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement). Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you even realize something is happening to you. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1, and let the professionals check your home.

How do I know which smoke and CO alarm to choose for my home?

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection. Whether you select a unit that requires yearly changing of batteries, or a 10-year unit that you change out at the end of the 10 years, either will provide protection.

CO alarms also have a battery backup. Choose one that is listed with a testing laboratory. For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

In the event you suffer fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.

Safe Cooking for Your Holiday Get-Togethers

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Stuffed Thanksgiving turkey with graphic reading "Cooking Safety" We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville NE hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Following these tips will help make sure you stay safe from fires on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

If you do have an issue with fire or smoke over the holiday, call the fire restoration experts at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.

Why SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast? We Proudly Hire Veterans

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast employees, who are veterans, standing in front of SERVPRO van. We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast salute our own veterans on this Veterans Day!

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast is proud to thank and to honor our veteran employees—and all Veterans throughout the country—on this Veterans Day. We have a special place in our hearts and our workplace for these individuals! 

Shown in the photo, from left, is Justen Gourley, Navy, and Robert Stilwell, Army. Not pictured: Paula Reilly-Sanford, Army.

Having Veterans on your job is just on reason to choose SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast when it comes to your restoration needs. Here’s more:

Operating in the Northeast Florida since 2007, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast has grown over the years into a Clean Up & Restoration leader for Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and surrounding areas.  As a locally owned and operated business with the backing of over 1,800 franchises, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast is prepared and equipped to respond to your property damage, no matter the size.  We have the specialized chemicals & equipment to properly address your fire, water, and mold damage, and we offer 24-hour emergency response and reconstruction services.  SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast Professionals hold multiple IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certifications, including:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Fire & Smoke Restoration
  • Applied Microbial Remediation
  • Odor Control

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast is Here to Help.  Proudly serving Jacksonville and the surrounding Northeast Florida area, our team is Faster to Any Size Disaster.  To find out more about the services we offer, give us a call at 904.729.2401.