Fire Safety Tip: Change the Dryer Lint Filter Before Each Use
It is important to clean the lint filter before and after each load.
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death.
To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast can help clean vents and ducts that may have lint build-up.
Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by obstacles. Do not use a dryer that does not have a lint filter.
Your first hint that you need to check your vents is when your clothing doesn’t dry after a normal drying cycle.
Other hints include a musty odor in the clothing following the drying cycle, clothes that seem unusually hot to the touch, or excessive heat in the laundry room.
If you would like your dryer vent cleaned to minimize risk of fires--or you have sustained smoke or file damage from a dryer fire--call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.
Eta strengthens to hurricane again; Northeast Florida preps for impact
Source: National Weather Service & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Just when we thought hurricane season was over, the Jacksonville area is now looking for a November impact from Hurricane Eta. Our area will begin to feel the effects overnight into Thursday morning.
The Following is a Weather Impact Overview for the Jacksonville Area From the National Weather Service:
- Tropical Storm Eta Forecast to move into North Central and Northeast FL Thursday-Thursday evening
- Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches Issued for Portions of Northeast FL
- Additional Watches and Warnings May Need to be Issued Today
- Slight Risk of Excessive Rainfall Thursday-Thursday evening.
- High Rip Current Risk Today
- Rough surf and life –threatening rip currents. It is highly recommended to remain out of the water
- Small Craft Advisory In Effect For Most of the Coastal Waters
Hopefully this storm will not cause major damages, but if you suffer water damage or flooding, please call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.
Mold Strikes From Bath Tub Leak in Jacksonville Townhome
Here, the mold we found was not visible and was the result of a water leak from the bath tub above.
Mold can often be the result of water leaks and is not always visible. In this photo, the mold problem was the result of a bathtub leak from above in this two story Jacksonville townhome. We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville NE have been responding to a lot of mold calls lately. Whether from water leaks or the humidity present in our North Florida climate, mold can become an issue.
Here are some tips you should know. If you do see visible mold in your home, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores that become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, We are a Florida-licensed mold remediation company. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
Call us at 904.729.2401 to schedule a mold inspection.
Amelia Island Townhouse Floods Due to Fire Sprinkler Leak
Water damage can come from a variety of sources. Here, a fire sprinkler leak was the cause of flooding.
In this residential job located in an Amelia Island townhouse complex, a contractor doing inspections for termites stepped on the water line for the sprinkler system in the attic. This photo shows the elevator on the first floor. The brown material is blown-in insulation from three stories up. The water flooded the whole floor under the elevator shaft.
Water loss in your Amelia Island home requires a rapid response to avoid further structural destruction and secondary damage. “Rapid” with our well-trained and experienced water restoration crews means we arrive and initiate emergency services within a few hours of your first call. Commitment to swift extraction and drying is critical, permitting us to deliver on our pledge to save time and expense by restoring existing structures.
If you have flooding or water damage at your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Cooking Fire in Jacksonville Home
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast restored the smoke and fire damage in this kitchen, making it look like new!
The accompanying before and after photos show smoke and fire damage from a cooking fire in a Jacksonville home and the subsequent restoration. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast was called in to restore the damage, which was caused when the homeowner, an elderly woman, left the kitchen to check on her spouse.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
What you should know about home cooking safety
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
- If you have a cooking fire, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Practice these tips to avoid cooking fires in your home. If you do, however, have smoke or fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.
October is Fire Prevention Month
If you suffer fire-related damage, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.
Fire Prevention month an ideal time to talk with your whole family about fire safety – including testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarms, how to use a fire extinguisher and escape route planning.
Did You Know?
- 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms
- Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan
- Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death
- 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly*
- Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home
- Just 43% of homeowners have an escape plan*
- Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires
Are You Ready at Home?
Take time this month to address these topics with your family and make the needed safety plans.
If you do suffer fire-related damage, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401. We’ll get there fast and restore your home back to normal.
Flooding at Commercial Facility at Wildlight in Yulee
A water cooler leak caused flooding at this commercial facility. Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jax NE at 904.729.2401 if you have water damage.
You never know where water damage and flooding may originate. A water cooler leak was the cause of flooding at this commercial facility located at Wildlight in Yulee. Health and fitness facilities are housed in this space, and the SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast team arrived on the scene quickly to extract water and dry the facility. Five thousand square feet of the facility were impacted by the flooding. Our customer was very pleased with our quick response and fast turnaround time.
Water coolers are not a common cause of water damage in commercial facilities but such leaking has been known to happen. Pipe breaks are one of the most common causes of water damage at commercial facilities. Broken pipes can result from many reasons, such as changes in pressure or aging, deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains. Damaged windows, foundation issues, roof leaks, HVAC problems, sewer clogs, and sprinkler system leaks are some of the other common causes of commercial water damage.
Since water damage can originate from a variety of sources, you should have the building inspected regularly to prevent leaks and related issues. Taking the necessary measures to prevent water damage prevent costly repairs and business interruption in the future.
If your business is impacted by water damage or flooding, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.
Mold Grows In Jacksonville Bar Shut Down Due to Coronavirus
Buildings unoccupied due to coronavirus shutdowns present a great opportunity for mold growth.
A recent article in Apple News points out that unoccupied buildings that were abandoned during the coronavirus shutdowns give mold a great opportunity to move in.
We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast ran into a situation like this recently when a bar that had been closed due to coronavirus had mold growth because the building had been shut-down with the air conditioning turned off in our high humidity climate.
The pandemic has forced all sorts of buildings to sit empty for long periods of time. Homes and businesses that have been unoccupied for months have a high likelihood of having water-intrusion issues and subsequent mold issues. Water intrusion can come from something like a roof or plumbing leak or, as in this case, high humidity as a result of leaving the air conditioning off.
This is not a new phenomenon. We have learned over the years that vacation homes and foreclosed properties often harbor mold. New construction techniques may be somewhat to blame: Because homes are now tightly sealed for energy conservation, they may be poorly ventilated and susceptible to issues like mold.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast is a Florida-licensed mold remediation firm. If you are re-opening your vacation home or business only to discover that you have mold issues, call us at 904.729.2401.
Broken Water Main Results in Flooding at Jacksonville Commercial Warehouse
The flooding in this warehouse was the result of a water main break.
This large one-story commercial warehouse just outside of Jacksonville flooded 15,000-16,000 sq. ft. Some 6000 gallons of water were released from the broken water main to the air conditioner chiller unit. Cleanup required extraction of water and oil. Water was then pumped to 500 gallon waste containers to be hauled off by a hazardous waste company.
Notice in the accompanying photo the extent of the water damage. Flooding in commercial buildings can happen very quickly, especially if there is no one on site to identify the problem. What starts out as a small water leak can turn into something larger, and cause significantly more damage than expected. If your commercial property has old pipes, there is a higher chance of water damage occurring. Broken pipes are a common cause of water damage in commercial facilities.It is very common for broken or cracked pipes to occur in commercial buildings, especially when they age. When a pipe bursts, water rushes out of them, spraying throughout the whole building. A busted pipe can cause damage to the walls, ceilings, flooring, and any other contents you have filling that space.
Our customer was very pleased with our quick response and fast turnaround time. No job is too big or too small for this SERVPRO team!
If you have water damage or flooding at your commercial facility, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.
Afternoon Thunderstorm Wreaks Havoc on Warehouse Near Jacksonville Airport
If you or your business have flood damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401
The afternoon thunderstorms we have been experiencing in the Jacksonville area can cause major water damages. The flooding shown in this photo occurred at a accessories warehouse in Oceanway near the airport.
Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.
Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:
Flood Preparation Tips:
- Determine if your property is in a flood plain.
- In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
- Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
- Plan for payroll continuity.
- Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.
- Visit https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/emergency for a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans.
If you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401