DIY or Call a Pro?
DIY Projects Can Produce Costly Mistakes, Call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Mandarin, 904-636-0044.
Many home repairs and improvement projects are simple enough to do yourself, but some require the special skills, expertise and the tools of a professional. Attempting a task on your own may save you money, but a botched repair can cost you more in the long run. Below is a list that can help you decide between doing it yourself and hiring a professional:
Painting walls is an easy DIY project that almost anyone with a steady hand can do. Before applying a coat of paint, fill in holes with spackling paste and use masking tape to protect exposed areas.
Repairing and cleaning wood or vinyl floors is a DIY job. Use adhesive to repair vinyl seams and a brown crayon to fill scratches in wood floors. However, consider a professional to install hardwood floors; a job that requires precise line up of planks. For floors that have been damaged by flooding or a house fire, always call a professional.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs and LEDs yourself. Installing outlet covers and switch plates is also a simple task. Unless you have the right expertise, hire a professional to install heavy fixtures, add new power outlets or for rewiring. Ignoring this advice can result in personal injuries or costly mistakes.
Easy projects you can do yourself include replacing faucet washers and toilet flappers, unclogging drains and installing new shower heads. Call a professional for moving or installing plumbing pipes and fixtures, to avoid the risk of extensive (and expensive) water damage.
With the necessary tools, you can install a backsplash and replace cracked tiles on your own. Hire a contractor to install tiles on large floors and walls. Always call a restoration professional if you suspect water damage or mold behind tile.
If you need an expensive tool that you will only use once, don't buy it! Rent it or hire a contractor who already owns that equipment. Remember that planning ahead and knowing your strengths and weaknesses are important elements in the success of a DIY project.
For water, fire, smoke and mold removal services, you can always count on a SERVPRO of Mandarin. We available 24/7/365, (904) 636-0044
Fire Safety Checklist
Fire Safety Tips From the American Red Cross.
SERVPRO of Mandarin would like to advise you to take the responsibility and prepare, long before a fire threatens your home and your family’s safety.
Sit down with your family and review this fire safety checklist:
- Install and maintain a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom, outside of every sleep area and on every level of the home, including the basement, and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
- Know where your fire extinguisher is mounted, and make sure everyone in the family knows how to use it.
- Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
- Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.
- Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
- Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.
While it is crucial to be cautious of fire hazards year-round, taking the time to walk through these steps at least once a year could save you and your family’s life. When a fire happens, there is no more time for planning. Act today, be prepared!
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How to Prevent & Stop Mold Growth
Mold Affects this Garage Ceiling After a Roof Leak.
Indoor Mold has the power to damage building materials and finishes. Like weeds, mold spreads, growing on surfaces like walls, ceilings and tile grout. Fortunately, mold growth can be stopped and SERVPRO of Mandarin can help you determine how to prevent mold growth in the future.
SERVPRO of Mandarin knows how to stop mold growth effectively and how to prevent mold from returning to your home. When you discover mold in your home, don’t hesitate. Contact the mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO of Mandarin; with more than 37 years of experience, we have the expertise to deal with mold safely. You won’t have to worry about the mold spreading to other areas of your home or it affecting your family and pets during the remediation process.
Mold loves moisture and cannot thrive without it. Mold often develops in areas where there has been water damage from a broken pipe, leaking window or roof, or after a basement flood. Many homes develop mold issues in bathrooms without adequate ventilation and closets that share a wall with those bathrooms. Mold causes the deterioration of ceiling tiles, grout, caulking around tubs and showers and it destroys any type of paperboard quickly.
How to Stop Mold
The key to eradicating Mold indoors is to cut off its moisture supply. Mold thrives in moist, humid conditions. Eliminate those conditions and you can stop mold growth and prevent its return. Quick extraction of flood water is the first step. Whether it’s seepage from foundation cracks, a leaky roof or a broken water line, that standing water needs to be removed quickly.
After any standing water is removed, the drying and dehumidification process can begin. Remember, it’s all about removing moisture, including excess moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers and fans can be a great help during this part of the mold removal process.
Area rugs will need to be removed, cleaned and dried and wall-to-wall carpeting may need professional cleaning to remove all traces of mold and its musty smell. Depending on the situation, furniture, draperies and other upholstered items also will need cleaning. Remove any cardboard boxes that have been contaminated with mold and only transfer their contents to totes after everything has been inspected and treated for mold growth.
In the bathroom: For mold issues in bathrooms, make sure the room has a working exhaust fan (which usually installed in the ceiling near the light fixture). Run the exhaust fan whenever anyone takes a shower or a bath to reduce as much humidity (moisture) from the air. Wipe down bath and shower tiles after use to keep moisture to a minimum and inhibit the growth of mold.
SERVPRO of Mandarin is ready to serve the Jacksonville area 24/7/365. Contact us at 904-636-0044 for all your Microbial, Water, Fire, Smoke damage or other cleaning needs.
Mold, Did You Know?
Photo Credit: CDC.gov
Fungi and Mold occur naturally in the environment. Yeast is an example of once such fungi.An edible mushroom is simply a type of Fungi, and lifesaving antibiotics are a product of mold - Penicillin chrysanthemum. The unique flavor of blue, sharp and smelly cheeses is the result of Mold.
Even though some forms of Mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of Mold, and/or simple exposure to Molds and Spores may present health problems for some people.
Intrusion of Water into your home or business can cause Mold growth, but don't worry. SERVPRO of Mandarin is here to help. Call us today if suspect you may have Mold growth in your home or business, 904-636-0044. If you hire us to do the Mold remediation, we will subtract the estimate from your bill!
Water: One of the Most Common Sources of Property Damage
SERVPRO Air Movers Dry this Residential Bathroom. Call SERVPRO of Mandarin Today for a Free Quote.
Broken water pipe, busted hot water heater, leaking dishwasher, broken ice maker line, washing machine over flowing, torrential rain, flooding, or sewage backup, they all likely lead to the same result: Water Damage. Water Damage can wreak havoc on your home if proper water removal and drying doesn't become a priority after it's discovered. While you likely already know the importance of proper water mitigation following a water loss, there’s still a lot that may surprise you about water damage situations. With that in mind, here are some essentials you should know about water damage remediation:
- The more polluted the water, the worse your situation. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classifies water into three categories in its S500 Standard: Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3. Category 1 is generally sanitary water, Category 2 is significantly contaminated water, and Category 3 is grossly contaminated water. The category of water on any loss will dictate how it's restored as well as how much can be salvaged.
- Mold can begin to grow within 48 to 72 hours. All it needs to thrive is spores, a food source (i.e. wood, drywall, etc.), the right temperature (i.e. high humidity) and moisture.
- Fast action is crucial.Whether you're experiencing residential water damage or commercial water damage, to begin processing an insurance claim, your agent needs to know about a water damage situation immediately. The agent needs to know what happened, how it happened, the source of the water, etc. The longer you wait, the worse the situation gets.
Emergency Water Damage Restoration Services
It’s also worth emphasizing how important quick response time is, and that's where SERVPRO of Mandarin can help you in your time of need. SERVPRO of Mandarin will arrive on scene within 1 hour of receiving your call and get to work. Our IICRC certified technicians first inspect the property for safety concerns, develop a structural drying plan, extract all water, set up the appropriate equipment to dry the affected area, etc. Our highly-trained technicians use industry proven water mitigation and drying techniques to efficiently remove moisture from deep within the floor, walls and even the hardest-to-reach areas of the home. It's this fast response time, proven water damage mitigation techniques and cutting edge equipment that help result in lower repair costs and/or limited contents damage.
For more information about water damage restoration contact us at 904-636-0044 or visit our Facebook page for more tips and information.
When Floods and Storms Hit Jacksonville, SERVPRO of Mandarin is Ready!
SERVPRO of Mandarin Has the Equipment to Handle Floods and Storms, no Matter the Size of the Loss, 904-636-0044.
SERVPRO of Mandarin specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated (since 1981), we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Jacksonville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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Flood Damage Restoration in Jacksonville
Flood Damage from Hurricane Harvey Affects Entire Neighborhoods.
With knowledge and compassion, SERVPRO of Mandarin understands that a Flood Emergency needs urgency and sensitivity. Our SERVPRO in Jacksonville answers your call 24/7 with an accurate assessment and easy to understand explanations of the restoration process. We identify the damage and explain the process. Thorough treatment and respect, SERVPRO of Mandarin uses state-of-the-science equipment for drying, dehumidifying, deodorizing, disinfecting water and flood damage.
Our IICRC Certified Technicians use state of the art technology and equipment which offers superior drying based on the science of Psychometrics. This proven, scientific process measures the dryness of the walls, carpet, and other materials. These measurements are recorded in a log and help our technicians monitor the drying process of your property.
SERVPRO of Mandarin will monitor and mitigate Flood Damage to your property. Don’t be flooded with worry and water! Don't wait, call SERVPRO of Mandarin immediately. When water is on the move, timing is most critical. We have served the communities of Jacksonville for 37 years. Call 904-636-0044 for water emergency service you can trust and depend on.
Will Your Home Owner's Insurance Cover Water Damage?
Fortunately for Our Homeowner's We Deal With Insurance Claims Everyday. Call SERVPRO of Mandarin to Help Guide You Through, 904-636-0044.
Most people learn a great deal about their homeowner’s insurance policy after there’s been an event— which is not the ideal time to have a crash course in coverage. At SERVPRO of Mandarin, we are familiar with many policies and situations, since we deal with losses and Insurance Companies daily. Although the details vary from one state to another and from one policy to another, we can share some general guidelines.
If you live in a flood-prone area— not just near a waterway or the ocean, but in an area that’s frequently hit by major storms— you should get flood insurance (it's usually not much more expensive to add to your general home owners policy). Regular Home-Owner Insurance Policies don’t cover floods, which is the most common natural disaster in the Nation. Between 2008 and 2012, the average flood claim was $42,000-plus. Not something you want to pay out of pocket!
Water Damage vs. Flood: What’s the Difference?
Water Damage as covered in the homeowner’s policy includes ‘instances of water hitting your home before touching the outside ground’. (No, we’re not making this up.) Damage from a leaky roof or broken pipe are insured. So too is mold that results from those accidents. But Mold resulting from a flood won’t be covered unless you have separate flood insurance.
It’s important to note that it is the damage to your home that’s insured, not the actual item that failed. So if a busted pipe was the source of the problem, the ruined carpet will be covered but not the broken pipe.
FEMA estimates that just six inches of water can cause $20,000 in damage.
After the hurricanes of the past decade, the government started tracking storm damage. This website not only shows you scary videos of hurricane damage and houses surrounded by water, but offers assistance in finding low-cost policies.
Here are some things flood insurance generally does cover:
· Building & foundation
· Electrical & plumbing
· Permanently installed carpet, paneling & furniture
· Removal of debris
· Built-in appliances
Homeowners do have some protection, though. Our team can usually help you decipher the language in your policy. And remember, you are not required to accept the lowest bid on restoration work. Repair rates should reflect the prevailing charges in your area for quality work. It’s easy enough to find a fully licensed and insured firm to take charge of the clean-up work. Just call us!
While the first day or so after a catastrophic flood may seem like Armageddon, make sure you take the necessary steps to prevent further damage. We can help you identify what needs to be done. Also ask about time requirements. Most policies stipulate that preventive measures and restoration work be done within a certain time frame.
Questions? Call 904-636-0044. Fortunately for you, we deal with these issues every day.
Tips for Home Fire Prevention
5 Tips for Fire Prevention; from Cooking, Heating, Smoking, Electrical, and Candles. SERVPRO of Mandarin, 904-636-0044.
According to U.S. News, “Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home”.
Here are five tips that can help to prevent home fires.
Fire Threat: Cooking
· Stand by your pan! Don’t walk away while the stove or cooktop is on. This can lead to a fire very quickly.
Fire Threat: Heating
· A space heater needs 3 feet of clear space all around it in all directions, keeping it away from draperies, furniture, bedspreads, people, and pets .
· Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned before each heating season begins.
Fire Threat: Smoking
· Take it outside. There are usually less combustible items outside than there are inside.
Fire Threat: Electrical
· Check all of your electrical cords to ensure that they are in good shape, and replace any that are worn out. In addition, make sure you are not overloading circuits and that one receptacle has one plug.
Fire Threat: Candles
· Consider going to battery-operated candles. They are fake but they are so much safer! It’s easy to forget to put out a candle when leaving a room.
Reference: Mullins (U.S. News) Top 5 Tips to Prevent House Fires. Fire Prevention Article
Managing Mold in Your Mandarin Home
Call SERVPRO of Mandarin at 904-636-004 if You Suspect Mold Damage in Your Jacksonville Home.
When there's water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health problems and can significantly damage your property.
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Mandarin at 904-636-0044. Lisa, Lorie, or Robin will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, personnel, and resources needed.
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure. This helps keep mold spores from spreading and causing secondary damage.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic, mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Mandarin utilizes powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of harmful mold spores while mold remediation is in progress.
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces it is growing on. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments are used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of porous mold contaminated materials like drywall and flooring may be necessary when mold growth is heavy.
SERVPRO of Mandarin professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning products and techniques to sanitize your belongings.
Depending on the level of mold damage drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve repairs such a reconstruction, replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet.