Post-Flood Contamination Risks, Serious Hazards to Look Out For
Only Professionals Wearing Proper Protective Equipment (PPE) Should be Dealing With Contaminated Materials, Call SERVPRO of Mandarin, 904-636-0044.
While damage to a building after a flood is a given, flood contamination risks often come as a surprise to occupants of a building affected by water inundation. There’s more to worry about than just wet carpets, so keep flood contamination risks in mind when contemplating the clean-up of a flooded building.
First, consult with a qualified water damage remediation expert before re-entering a flood-damaged building to make sure other, more lethal threats such as live electricity and potential structural collapse have been mitigated.
Work under the assumption that any water you contact may be raw sewage or tainted by raw sewage.
- Wear protective clothing including, boots, gloves, eye protection and some sort of approved face mask to protect against respiratory illness.
- Wash your hands frequently while you’re in the home. Don’t eat or drink without thorough washing first.
- Don’t eat any food contacted by water during the flood. If you need water, use bottled water until the safety of the local drinking water has been verified.
- Clean and bandage any minor cuts or scrapes immediately before continuing any clean-up work.
Industrial chemicals that overflow during a flood, pesticides picked up by flood waters and gasoline and oil are all common contaminants that pose a threat after flood waters recede. Local toxic waste disposal sites inundated by a flood may also release dangerous substances into the water.
- Wear protective clothing, gloves, boots, eyewear and respiratory protection.
- Be alert to any symptoms of exposure to toxic chemicals, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and skin rashes. Discontinue clean-up work and seek medical help immediately.
For a professional assessment of flood contamination risks and advice on how to protect yourself, contact the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Mandarin – 904-636-0044.
Keep Your Family Prepared for Disaster on the First Coast
Red Cross Emergency Checklist.
Keep your family prepared in 2016 with this Emergency Checklist from our partners at the American Red Cross.
1. A gallon of water per person, per day.
2. Supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a manual can opener.
3. Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
4. First aid kit and prescription medications.
5. Battery powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
6. Credit cards, cash, and an extra set of home and car keys.
7. List of family physicians.
8. Special items of elderly or infant family members.
Visit the American Red Cross at: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/ for more information, and call SERVPRO of Mandarin at 904-636-0044 if you experience property damage related to storms.
SERVPRO of Mandarin is On-Site Quickly to Minimize Storm Damage
SERVPRO Responds to a Large Loss in Downtown Jacksonville.
The weather in Northeast Florida can be unpredictable. You never know when a severe thunderstorm or other natural disaster is going to blow through town. Storm damage happens fast. Gusting winds knock down structures, hail damages roofs, lightning strikes, debris flies into buildings, and ongoing rain floods offices. When something like this happens, you don’t have to face it alone. Choose locally owned SERVPRO of Mandarin for the service you can trust. For 37 years SERVPRO of Mandarin has been serving Jacksonville communities providing fast, reliable and professional service.
Your Resource for 24/7 Emergency Support
SERVPRO is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means you can call us any time, day or night, when facing weather-related damage. What’s more, we will send an expert crew immediately to help. Our quick response to emergency situations not only gives you help right when you need it, but also it can result in lower storm damage repair costs and/or limited contents damage for your business or home.
How Our Expert Storm Damage Restorations Solutions Work
The production staff at SERVPRO of Mandarin has the expertise and experience required to minimize potential damage and secure your property. Once you contact us about a specific natural disaster or weather damage restoration project, here is how our process works:
- A SERVPRO of Mandarin Production Manager or Crew Chief is on site within one hour of your emergency call.
- Our team assesses the weather-related damages at your site.
- We create a plan for restoring your property to its preloss condition.
- We mobilize the specialized equipment required to mitigate secondary damage and loss.
- SERVPRO of Mandarin production team monitors the situation throughout the entire restoration process.
When you need work done at your property, SERVPRO of Mandarin stands ready to provide you fast and effective storm damage cleanup and relief. Call us anytime, 24/7/365 at 904-636-0044.
Jacksonville Families Prepare
Do You Have a Plan for When Disaster Strikes?
Keep your family prepared in 2017 with this Emergency Checklist from our partners at the American Red Cross.
-Have a gallon of water, per person, per day on hand.
-Supply non-parishable packaged, or canned food, and include a manual can opener.
-Include blankets or sleeping bags. If your power goes out, it could get cold.
-Include first aid kits and prescription medications.
-Include a battery powered or crank radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries. If piecing a kit together from last year, make sure your batteries are not corroded or expired.
-Credit cards, cash, and car keys are important items to keep close by. Also fill up all vehicles with gas ahead of time.
-List of family physicians and their contact information.
-Special items for infants, the elderly, and disabled family members.
September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Mandarin Can Help You Get Prepared.
September is National Preparedness Month!!
SERVPRO of Mandarin wants to encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action! September is an ideal time for individuals and families to update their emergency supply kits and family emergency plans and to become better informed about different threats and local emergency plans. Many things can change over the course of a year, and it is imperative that the entire family have the most up-to-date emergency contact information and a family emergency plan as they head back to school and work. It’s about talking to your families and figuring out what you should do if an emergency happens in your community. Where will we meet? What emergency supplies will we need and where should we keep them?
One of our missions at SERVPRO® of Mandarin has always been to contribute to the communities where we live and work. This month we have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference by joining forces with companies and communities throughout Northeast Florida to help prepare our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors and communities for emergencies, whether naturally occurring or man-made.
One simple thing that individuals and families can do to be prepared is to have a family emergency plan. To develop one we should ask ourselves some important questions such as, “In the event of an emergency, is there a safe place for my family to meet?” This is especially important if you aren’t allowed back into your home or neighborhood. “What is the evacuation location and plan of my child’s school?” “Does everyone in the family have one another’s contact information and the contact for an out-of-town relative to take roll-call?”
Getting Back to Work, Commercial Water Damage Restoration
SERVPRO of Mandarin Professionals Work Around the Clock to get the Convention Center Back to Normal After a Fire and Subsequent Water Damage.
Commercial water damage restoration not only restores a building. It restores jobs and income to the people employed there, products or services to customers, and a healthy environment for everyone who utilizes the structure. If it’s not done right, or on time, the ultimate result can be the closing of a facility, relocation elsewhere, and severe impact to a private business or public organization’s bottom line. Because the scope of water damage in commercial settings is frequently wider and more extreme than in a residential scenario, water damage remediation specialists with experience specific to commercial buildings are positioned to provide effective emergency service when the need arises.
Here’s a typical protocol utilized in commercial water damage restoration:
- All areas contacted with water are inventoried, including affected building materials and furniture. Any wet carpet must be located and identified.
- Wet ceiling tiles may be removed and discarded after the event. Ceiling tiles usually are not salvageable.
- A moisture meter should be utilized to check for water-damaged drywall. Disinfection and mold control techniques may need to be initiated.
- Wet electrical components are assumed to be hazardous. A qualified maintenance technician or electrician should cut off power to affected areas. Inspection by a building inspector or electrician is required to determine the need to replace wet wiring, circuit breakers, outlets and light fixtures.
- Upholstered furniture wet by flood water, roof leaks, or sewage should be discarded. Furniture contacted by drinking water can be air-dried if done within 24 hours. Laminate or hardwood furniture can be cleaned with a disinfectant solution and reused; particle board furniture may be discarded.
- Carpet contaminated by sewage must be disposed. Carpet wet by drinking water or rain water through roof leaks may have water extracted and then be sterilized.
For experienced commercial water damage restoration, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Mandarin at 904-636-0044.
Facts About Tornadoes
Tornadoes cause widespread damage throughout the United States, especially in theSouthEast and Southern Plains. But how much do know about their destructive forces that tear through our homes and businesses?
Here are a couple of quick facts about tornadoes:
- The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but have been known to move in any direction.
- T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm but can occur at any time.
- In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).
- The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.
- A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.
- In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.
Signs of Danger
- Large hail
- Dark, green tinted sky
- Low-lying rotating cloud
- Loud roar similar to a freight train
We are in the peak of storm season here in Florida and encourage everyone to be weather aware. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are.
Have Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of Mandarin – 904-636-0044
Why Remediate After a Water Damage
Water Damage Stains the Ceiling of this Jacksonville Home's Bathroom. Call SERVPRO of Mandarin at 904-636-0044.
Water Damage Remediation is an extremely important step to take following a Flood, House Fire, Plumbing Leak, or other event that causes Water Damage to your home. Standing puddles of water can prove extremely hazardous and can promote the formation of Mold, Mildew and their spores as well as other substances that threaten the health of you and your family. It's imperative that you begin thoroughly drying your home immediately after water damage has occurred, and hiring a water damage remediation service to do it for you is the best choice you can make.
Water Damage Restoration
Pipes leaking or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:
- Flooding caused by severe weather
- Plumbing leaks
- Sink, bathtub or toilet overflow
- Sewage backup
When you are dealing with your Jacksonville water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Mandarin responds immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove water quickly. The drying process is closely monitored and documented to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
What is Water Damage Remediation?
SERVPRO of Mandarin Responds to Water Damage at a Home in Julington Creek.
Water Damage Remediation is the term used to refer to the process of repairing and restoring a home or business after an event that resulted in water damage, such as a leak, flood, or fire. Numerous aspects of your home or business can be impacted by water damage, and it's critical that you act fast if you want to prevent further structural damage. Secondary water damage can be extensive, and may even present a threat to the health of you and your family. In order to prevent this, it's recommended to hire a water damage remediation service so these professionals can get to work on restoring you home as soon as possible.
Water Damage Remediation Dries Your Home or Business
Following a flood or fire, thoroughly drying out your home or business is the most critical part of the water damage remediation process. Additional damage can occur as a result of secondary water damage. This can include the growth of mold and mildew, and the development of spores, which can be a serious threat to your health. It can also cause wood to warp and rot, creating a safety hazard, and moist or wet wood also encourages termites. The most effective way to protect against this is to ensure that your home or business is dried as thoroughly and quickly as possible. This can be done using dehumidifiers, water extraction and air movers. Air movers support evaporation through constant airflow, dehumidifiers pull moisture from the air and extraction can be used to get rid of puddles and excess water.
Hire a Water Damage Remediation Professional
Getting your home or business dry is just one small element of the total water damage remediation process. By hiring a water damage remediation service, you will have several contractors working on various aspects of your home or business at once to help speed up the restoration process and get you back into your home or business sooner. If you neglect this essential step, mold, mildew and other hazardous substances can develop in the areas that you never see, such as inside walls and ceilings, beneath carpet, behind baseboards and inside of crawlspaces.
Be Sure Your Insurance Policy Covers Water Damage Remediation
In many cases, Insurance Companies will pay for any water damage remediation or other repair work you need. However, this can depend strongly on where you live, which Insurance carrier you purchased your policy from, and the exact terms and conditions of your policy. To find out whether your Insurance policy covers all or part of the cost of cleanup after water damage, you should contact your provider.
We are standing by 24/7 to help remediate any Water Damage Emergency. Call 904-636-0044.
How to Conserve Water
Water Conservation is Important on the First Coast!
Water conservation is something that we can all participate in, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your water bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.
Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. For example, 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, and 25% of this is for the toilet. The average toilet uses 4 gallons per flush. You can invest in a ULF (ultra-low flush) toilet which will use only 2 gallons per flush. But you can also install a simple tank bank, costing about $2, which will save .8 gallons per flush. This saves 40% of what you would save with the ULF toilet. Using simple methods like tank banks, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators you can retrofit your home for under $100.
Using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. The average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,00 gallons of water per year. On a daily basis, the average household, using 350 gallons per day, could save 125 gallons of water per day. The average individual, currently using 70 gallons per day, could save 25 gallons of water per day.
For more tips on saving water go to: https://www.watercalculator.org/save-water/.