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Researchers Predicting Active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane winds blowing surf on shore and blowing palm tree On top of the other challenges we are currently facing, CSU hurricane researchers are predicting a busy season. Hurricane season starts June 1.

Source: Colorado State University Hurricane Research Team

Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor. Tropical and subtropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are currently warmer than their long-term average values and are consequently also considered a factor favoring an active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

The tropical Pacific currently has warm neutral ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) conditions; that is, the waters are slightly warmer than normal in the eastern and central tropical Pacific. CSU currently anticipates that these waters are likely to cool relative to their long-term averages over the next several months. Consequently, they do not anticipate El Niño for the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. El Niño tends to increase upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they try to form.

The tropical Atlantic is somewhat warmer than normal right now. Warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic provide more fuel for tropical cyclone formation and intensification. They are also associated with a more unstable atmosphere as well as moister air, both of which favor organized thunderstorm activity that is necessary for hurricane development.

16 named storms

The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team is predicting 16 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Of those, researchers expect eight to become hurricanes and four to reach major hurricane strength (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast: Commercial Cleaning Services

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

workers sitting at computers in an office environment SERVPRO goes beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

SERVPRO® professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

We are Here to Help® Get Your Business Back to Normal

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company. SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well. The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items:

-Kitchen/Food Areas

-Bathrooms  

-Water Fountains

-Shelving/Racks

-Sales Counters

-Carpets and Rugs

-Stair Handrails

-Elevators and Escalators

-Fitness Equipment

SERVPRO professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast:  Ready for whatever happens.®

Call us at 904.729.2401 so we can help you get your business back to normal.

Why SERVPRO? We are Disinfection Professionals

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Worker disinfecting items on office desk It's important to disinfect everything your workers come into contact with.

Here at SERVPRO your family's health and safety are our utmost concern.

As COVID-19 or more commonly referred to as the CoronaVirus is spreading across the world and over 60 confirmed cases in Northeast Florida, this pandemic is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Keeping your employees and family safe and healthy is most important to our team and we at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach / Jacksonville Northeast are here to help in any way that we can.

Ensuring your home and business is clean and sanitized can be a highly effective way to reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you frequently clean regularly touched surfaces such as countertops, doorknobs, light switches, computers, and especially bathrooms and kitchen surfaces.

SERVPRO is available to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of specialized experience dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that your regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

Targeted Products

The CDC recommends everyone use labeled hospital-grade disinfectants with claims against pathogens similar to the coronavirus. Many products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular variant of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

If you or your business is in need of help, we specialize and adhere to the highest sanitation standards the CDC puts forth, including the use of hospital-grade disinfectants. 

Additional information from the CDC is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-home.html

Feel free to give SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach / Jacksonville Northeast a call with any questions or to schedule an appointment. (904) 729-2401 

Coronavirus Task Force Guidelines: 15 Days to Slow the Spread

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Earlier this week, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.

The new recommendations are simple to follow but are expected to have a resounding impact on public health. Entitled "15 Days to Slow the Spread," they include:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.

These guidelines build on the CDC’s general recommendations to help prevent spread of the virus. Americans should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time and wiping down surfaces in the home often.

Who Are You Going to Call? SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast Of Course!  

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Tallis Rawls looking for an opossum under boards that have been pulled up from a Jacksonville homeowner's deck It's all part of the job: Here's Tallis Rawls trying to locate and remove a foul-smelling dead mammal from under a Jacksonville deck.

Why SERVPRO? Out in the field and back in the office, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast has an exceptional employee staff.  Case in point: really who ARE you going to call when you’ve got a dead possum under your deck? SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast to the rescue. No job is too large, too small, or too gross to deter our team. Odor removal is one of our services, so shown in this photo is Tallis Rawls trying to locate and remove the foul-smelling dead mammal. You can imagine how grateful the Jacksonville homeowner must be.

Back at the office, here’s one customer testimonial regarding Pamela Corbitt of our office staff…

Thank you. I appreciate your quick response and follow up. I cannot remember the last time I did not have to call and email a company several times in order to obtain what you provided with just one simple request. It is a real pleasure working with a true professional for a change, thank you again.

C. Croston
-Advantage Home Builders

These are just a couple of examples, but all of our staff gets rave reviews.  As our business partner and customer also recently commented, both our field and office staff are great at what they do…

We use SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast on all of our emergency issues and scheduled repairs. They are prompt and get the job done. Between the office personal and the field techs they understand what is needed. We cannot ask for a better company to help us out.

B. Halveland
-Sunshine State Plumbing

If you have water, fire or mold issues, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401. We’ll come to the rescue faster for your disaster!

Preventing Workplace Fires in Nassau County/North Jacksonville

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

graphic with the words "Fire Safety in the Workplace" superimposed over image of fire Follow these tips to promote a fire-safe workplace.

During the five-year period of 2007-2011, National Fire Protection Association estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. These fires caused an annual average of four civilian deaths, 44 civilian fire injuries, and $112 million in direct property damage. The vast majority of the fires in this category were in business offices.

Fewer fires occur on the weekends since they are less likely to be fully populated. The peak times of day for these fires were between noon and 2:00 PM. Less than one-third of the fires (31%) occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., but these fires accounted for 67% of the direct property damage.

More than one in every four office property fires (29%) was caused by cooking equipment, but these fires accounted for just 6% of the direct property damage experienced by office properties. Fires that were intentionally set caused the largest share of direct property damage (20%), while causing 10% of office property fires. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment was the second leading cause of office property fires (12%) of fires, while causing 15% of direct property damage.

The following tips promote a fire-safe workplace.

  1. Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by impeding access to exits and emergency equipment.
  2. Place oily rags in a covered metal container. This waste must be properly disposed of on a regular basis.
  3. Never leave cooking equipment unattended while in use.
  4. Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
  5. Report electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized.
  6. Maintain free access to all electrical control panels. Material or equipment stored in front of the panels would slow down the shutting down of power in an emergency situation.
  7. Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.
  8. Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.
  9. Help maintain building security to prevent arson fires. Lock up as instructed; report suspicious persons; and don’t leave combustible rubbish where it can be set on fire outside the building.
  10. Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
  11. Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials.
  12. Post emergency telephone numbers as well as the company address by the telephone for quick access if a fire were to start in your work area.
  13. Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach / Jacksonville Northeast has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. Call us at 904.729.2401.

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SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast to the Rescue for Jacksonville Homeowner  

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

graphic showing SERVPRO logo superimposed over water drops and fire Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401 if you have water, fire or mold damage.

“Recently I had a hot water heater burst sending water from upper floor into the downstairs master bedroom area. SERVPRO responded quickly and did a great job ensuring no moisture was left for mold to form. The group was courteous and professional; they were understanding of our situation. Kudos to Jamie and his crew.”

B Nielson, Jacksonville

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Since 2007, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast has provided 24/7 emergency services for the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. We are also a Florida-licensed mold remediation firm (MRSR-450). We not only handle mitigation and clean-up but also any needed reconstruction services.

As our customer relayed above, we have an excellent staff who are not only well trained in water, fire and mold damage mitigation/restoration, but are also professional and sensitive to the situations our customers are going through.

Our service area includes Nassau County as well as North Jacksonville, including River City, Oceanway, Heckscher Drive, and the Lem Turner/Dunn Avenue areas. Call us at 904.729.2401 if you have water, fire or mold damage.

It’s the Water That You Don’t See

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

diagram showing areas of a house that can be affected by a small water leak When you have a leak, many areas of your home that you can't see can be affected.

When your home or business experiences a major flood, there’s no chance you won’t see it.

A few inches of water in your basement, an overflowing toilet or a broken sprinkler are tough to overlook and so is the damage they cause.

However, there is a culprit that might not make a big splash, but can cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues: the water you don’t see.

Sometimes you might have hidden leaks or humidity issues that can start small and grow large in their destruction over time. The little leaks might turn into large deluges or wear away at structures, the humidity could make conditions right for mold growth and bad odors.

As a home or business owner, you want to be on the lookout for these sneaky sources of water loss. You also want to make sure that, if you do experience a large flood, to get it cleaned up properly. Improper water cleanup can leave those hidden problems behind.

As the diagram shows, when you have a leak, many areas can be affected. Water can make its way into sheathing, studs, insulation, drywall, baseboards, carpet and padding, wall plate, sub-floor, sill plate, and you basement and foundation.

This is where SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast comes in. We have the knowledge and experience clean up water damage of any size and get it done right the first time. We also have the proper equipment to find any moisture lurking out of sight and do away with it.

For example, we have moisture sensors, which are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. We have moisture meters that we use to test the actual moisture content of materials. The meters allow our technicians to accurately monitor the drying process.

And if hidden water leads to bad odors in your business, we have the tools necessary to take care of those as well. Some examples are ultra low-volume foggers and thermal foggers.

The lesson here is to be aware that water losses can be hiding in your home or business and if you find them, you can count on us to fix them.

Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold shown on ceiling of a church that originated from a roof leak Mold on a church ceiling that originated from a roof leak. Have water or mold damage? Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jax NE.  

When business owners envision water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stem from storms. In fact, the mold shown in the accompanying photograph originated from a roof leak that was never dried correctly in a church after a hurricane that had hit North Florida.

However, many business owners and tenants overlook the fact that storms and severe weather aren't the only cause of water damage. Here are some of the common causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

  1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

It is not uncommon for older office and retail buildings to have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers are crucial during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets. 

   2.  Damaged appliances and equipment

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.

   3.  Broken pipes and plumbing

Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 

  1.  Backed up sewer lines

This is another cause of commercial water damage. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated black water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

 If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/ Jacksonville Northeast will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (904) 729-2401 for fast help.

Jacksonville Area Expecting Strong Storms Tonight

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

weatherman showing weather forecast for this evening in the Jacksonville area The storm's main threats are brief heavy rain, gusty winds of 50-60 mph+, and an isolated tornado.

Source: Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TODAY:

We are starting off Thursday mild with temperatures in the 60s. We will see partly cloudy skies this morning. More clouds will build in throughout the day. Highs will soar to the lower 80s this afternoon.

We will be near record highs (85 – 2008). A Wind Advisory will go into effect today at noon to 3 a.m. for all Jacksonville-area counties.

In addition to a windy day, a few showers are possible this afternoon for some local neighborhoods.

WHAT TO EXPECT TONIGHT:

First Alert Weather Day will go into effect tonight. A line of potentially strong to severe storms will move into the area this evening from west to east. Some schools will close early today ahead of the severe weather.

Friday’s morning commute will be mainly dry and breezy with some leftover wet roadways.

Stay safe as these strong storms move through our area. If you suffer any water damage, call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.