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What is the difference between a hurricane, typhoon or tropical storm?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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If a storm has violent winds, heavy rains, and creates a storm surge, what is it called? Is it a hurricane or a typhoon? Where do tropical storms fit into the picture? Weather terminology can be confusing, but we can help you understand the differences between these kinds of storms.

Hurricane and typhoon are two different terms for the same weather phenomenon. In short, they’re tropical cyclones, rotating, organized systems of clouds and thunderstorms that originate over tropical or subtropical waters and have closed, low-level circulation. For a storm to be considered a hurricane or a typhoon, the tropical cyclone must have 74 mph or higher sustained winds. They can occur at any time of year, but there are seasons during which these storms are most common. If the two storms are the same thing, though, why do they have different names? It has to do primarily with the location.

  • Hurricanes are cyclones located in the North Atlantic Ocean, the central North Pacific Ocean, and the eastern North Pacific Ocean. They’re rated between Category 1 through Category 5 by the national hurricane center. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.
  • Typhoons are cyclones that originate in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. They are generally stronger than hurricanes, but they do less damage because of where they’re located. Typhoons commonly occur from May to October.
  • In the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, they are simply called tropical cyclones. The cyclone season runs from November to April.

These types of storms form when air is heated by warm seawater, causing the air to rise quickly. As it cools down again, more warm air rises below and pushes it aside. This cycle creates strong winds, and when it happens over the sea, the result can be huge waves. Scientists believe that the intensity of hurricanes will increase in the future because the temperature of ocean water is rising.

Of course, there are different stages of storms leading up to the formation of a hurricane or typhoon. The first stage is a tropical depression, sometimes referred to as a tropical wave, disturbance, feature, or system. This is a cyclone with winds of 38 miles per hour. When a cyclone’s wind speeds reach 39 to 73 miles per hour, it becomes a tropical storm. At that point, you’ll see it on the hurricane tracker, classified on the same scale as hurricanes. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) issues advisories based on information collected through reconnaissance aircraft missions, vessels, equipment located on islands, and buoys so that people can keep track of local storms and protect their homes and businesses.

If your Northeast Florida home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Mandarin. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 636-0044 or contact us through our website.

Don't Let Leaking Pipes Cause Damage to Your Home

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

Pipe Bursting with Water Call SERVPRO of Mandarin if a pipe in your home bursts and damages your home. We'll be there to help in a hurry!

No homeowner wants to deal with water damage from a leaking pipe. In addition to possibly flooding your home, a pipe leak can wreak havoc in a number of ways. Warped, stained walls, dangerous mold, and ruined carpet and furnishings are just a few of the consequences of an unattended leak. The best way to avoid all of that chaos is to prevent the leaks in the first place.

To properly avoid water damage from a leaking pipe, you must first understand the factors that come into play with pipe leaks.

  • Pipe corrosion can eat away at metal pipes and cause leaks.
  • Cracks indicate weakness in a pipe and will eventually cause the pipe walls to give way.
  • The seals that keep your plumbing system’s connections from leaking can fail.
  • Blockages in your pipes cause pressure to build up and cause leaks.
  • Damaged joints can be caused by different things, like pipes expanding or contracting or poor workmanship.
  • High water pressure can stress weak points in your plumbing system and cause a pipe burst or leaks.
  • Foundation shifts can cause water lines to disconnect or rupture.
  • Extreme temperature changes can cause pipes to crack and leak.
  • Tree root intrusion happens when root systems put pressure on your pipes.
  • Fixture cracks happen because of physical impact to a fixture or the surrounding pipes.

The water damage repair after a leak can be extensive. It’s important to know how to shut off the water in your house, so that if a problem occurs you can minimize the extent of the damage and reduce your water damage cleanup. To prevent leaks in the first place:

  • Keep an eye on your pipes for signs of visible corrosion. Green spots on copper, for instance, indicates cold water pitting.
  • Listen to your pipes. Rattling, shock, or vibration when you turn the water on or off can indicate an issue.
  • Replace old piping. Start watching it at 20 years and replace it by about 40.
  • Look for staining on sinks or taps. Blue or green stains can indicate high concentrations of carbon dioxide or a low pH, which can corrode pipes and fittings.
  • Soften your water. Hard water can cause pitting, so treat it before it creates a problem.
  • Watch the water pressure. If the pressure goes above 80psi/552kPa or a velocity of more than 4FPS a pipe burst can occur.
  • Monitor your water usage. Watch the water meter and look to your water company for historical usage data. Unexplained water usage could mean a hidden leak.
  • Consider smart systems. New smart technology allows you to monitor humidity in order to detect leaks.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your home will sustain water damage from a leaky pipe. If that happens to your Jacksonville area home, call SERVPRO of Mandarin for help with water damage restoration. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Northeast Florida home or business and get everything back to normal. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we have served our community for more than 40 years. Call

For people who live in hurricane-prone areas, news of a hurricane can seem mundane. Especially if you’ve never personally experienced hurricane damage, you may think they are overhyped. In truth, though, hurricanes do a great deal of damage each year.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were 28 weather disasters between 2019 and 2020 that each caused more than $1 billion of damage. In fact, a 2019 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the annual economic losses from hurricane winds and flooding to be about $54 billion, with $34 billion of that damage happening to homes. Hurricane damage in Florida is not something to ignore, because Florida is hit by more hurricanes than any other state: 121 hurricanes, 37 of them major, since 1851.

Why is hurricane damage so serious? Hurricanes are extremely intense storms, bringing high-velocity winds, waves, tornadoes, and floodwaters. They are ranked in terms of severity on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most destructive. A Category 1 Hurricane has winds that range from 74 to 95 miles per hour and may cause only minor damage. By contrast, a Category 5 Hurricane can bring winds of up to 157 miles per hour, which can destroy the roof and walls of a house. A Category 5 Hurricane can also cause power outages and knock down trees. A hurricane does not have to be a Category 5 to cause major damage though, because damage from Categories 3 and 4 can be almost as extreme.

Flood damage is perhaps the most devastating aspect of a hurricane. Hurricanes cause flooding in different ways, as storm surge pushes seawater onto the shore and heavy rains drench even inland areas. Entire regions can end up flooded for days. When that region includes your home, water damage can be extensive. Because water weighs about 1,700 pounds per cubic yard, it can be brutal on structures not meant to take that kind of force.

Water can damage your home in several different ways. It can cause floor dampness. If you have lived in Florida for any length of time you know that dampness inside your home is not going to dry out on its own. In fact, if your floor is soaked in a hurricane, you may end up having to tear up flooring, baseboards, and even your drywall. If you sustain a roof leak, you could end up needing mold remediation. What’s more, water damage from rising floodwaters is often polluted and can be dangerous. You will need professional help removing that water from your house.

If your Northeast Florida home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Mandarin. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Northeast Florida home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we have served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 636-0044 or contact us through our website.

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How Much Water Damage Do Hurricanes Cause?

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

Plam Trees Blowing in Bad Storm If your Northeast Florida home experiences damage from a storm, call us to help right away!

For people who live in hurricane-prone areas, news of a hurricane can seem mundane. Especially if you’ve never personally experienced hurricane damage, you may think they are overhyped. In truth, though, hurricanes do a great deal of damage each year.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were 28 weather disasters between 2019 and 2020 that each caused more than $1 billion of damage. In fact, a 2019 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the annual economic losses from hurricane winds and flooding to be about $54 billion, with $34 billion of that damage happening to homes. Hurricane damage in Florida is not something to ignore, because Florida is hit by more hurricanes than any other state: 121 hurricanes, 37 of them major, since 1851.

Why is hurricane damage so serious? Hurricanes are extremely intense storms, bringing high-velocity winds, waves, tornadoes, and floodwaters. They are ranked in terms of severity on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most destructive. A Category 1 Hurricane has winds that range from 74 to 95 miles per hour and may cause only minor damage. By contrast, a Category 5 Hurricane can bring winds of up to 157 miles per hour, which can destroy the roof and walls of a house. A Category 5 Hurricane can also cause power outages and knock down trees. A hurricane does not have to be a Category 5 to cause major damage though, because damage from Categories 3 and 4 can be almost as extreme.

Flood damage is perhaps the most devastating aspect of a hurricane. Hurricanes cause flooding in different ways, as storm surge pushes seawater onto the shore and heavy rains drench even inland areas. Entire regions can end up flooded for days. When that region includes your home, water damage can be extensive. Because water weighs about 1,700 pounds per cubic yard, it can be brutal on structures not meant to take that kind of force.

Water can damage your home in several different ways. It can cause floor dampness. If you have lived in Florida for any length of time you know that dampness inside your home is not going to dry out on its own. In fact, if your floor is soaked in a hurricane, you may end up having to tear up flooring, baseboards, and even your drywall. If you sustain a roof leak, you could end up needing mold remediation. What’s more, water damage from rising floodwaters is often polluted and can be dangerous. You will need professional help removing that water from your house.

If your Northeast Florida home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Mandarin. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Northeast Florida home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we have served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 636-0044 or contact us through our website.

Preventing Drainpipe Overflow

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

Laundry Room with Washer and Dryer SERVPRO of Mandarin is here to help when you experience damage from a leaky appliance!

Water damage to your home can quickly become a major and expensive issue. Unfortunately, our appliances can be the source of extensive water damage. Sometimes, washing machine overflow or a leaking dishwasher are unavoidable. In many cases though, being proactive can prevent these disasters.

  • If the problem is dishwasher overflow, it may be a detergent problem. You may have added too much soap or the wrong kind of detergent, in which case it’s a simple fix. Purchase soap that is recommended by your dishwasher manufacturer and you will solve the problem.
  • Your leaking dishwasher could be caused by a worn-out door gasket. If you are handy you can replace or clean the gasket yourself to stop the leak. If not, a plumber or appliance repair person can help.
  • If it is a faulty inlet valve or defective float assembly or switch, you may need to call a plumber. The inlet valve delivers water to the dishwasher. If it is malfunctioning, you might notice water in the bottom of the dishwasher even if the appliance has not been used. The float in a dishwasher rises with the water level, signaling the float switch to turn off the water. If the float is stuck, the float switch will not be activated. If it is not stuck but the dishwasher is overflowing, the switch may need to be replaced.
  • You may also need to call a plumber if your washing machine is leaking. Especially if you live in an older home, your drainpipe may not be equipped to handle the amount of water used by your modern washing machine. A plumber can clean out the drain, which will help for a few months. Your plumber may also suggest another solution, like installing a larger pipe, installing a pump, or installing a laundry sink so that the drain flow can be carefully monitored.
  • A lint catcher or enzymes might help prevent drainpipe overflow. A wire mesh lint catcher keeps lint from clogging the drain, and enzymes will help clear soap scum out of your drain. For enzymes to be effective, you need to use them regularly, preferably every month. Pour the enzymes into your drain at night and rinse with hot water in the morning.
  • You can use a drain snake as a preventive measure. Any time your drain starts running slowly, snake it out to remove any clogs. This is not difficult to do: you just push a drain snake into the drain and pull it back out.
  • A front-loading washer may solve your washing machine problem. Because these washers use less water, they are less likely to overwhelm your drainpipe.

Regardless of why it happened, if your Northeast Florida home is damaged by a leaky appliance or overflowing drain, call SERVPRO of Mandarin. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your Jacksonville area home back to it’s original condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we have served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 636-0044 or contact us through our website.

Fire Effects Local Medical Laboratory on Jacksonville's Southside

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Image shows a hallway black with soot with SERVPRO equipment along the floor. Call SERVPRO of Mandarin at 904-636-0044 if your business experiences Fire Damage.

SERVPRO of Mandarin's emergency services team received a call in the middle of the night, earlier this month from a business owner who was suffering from Fire Damage. 

The business was a medical lab responsible for testing cancer biopsies, blood work, COVID-19, and many other sensitive and important samples. The lab processed veterinary samples as well. With many patients and Doctors' offices depending on them, this business' priorities were many and varied. 

We worked closely with the laboratory owner, the different insurance companies involved, the lab's equipment rental companies, subcontractors, the building owner, and engineers to get the fire damage remediated as quickly as possible. 

Our team of technicians arrived onsite as the Fire Marshall was clearing the property. We extracted and took initial pre-mitigation photos, cataloging as much of the damaged equipment as possible. The following morning we were able to complete extraction, add drying equipment stabilizing the environment, install our generator, and start building the job file.

By the second day, we had flown in a specialty engineer from Texas, to help our team process the lab equipment. From there we worked with all parties to process and clean the equipment that could be salvaged. 

When disaster strikes your business are you equipped to handle all the different components of the remediation process? Let our SERVPRO team handle getting your business back together, while you handle your employees and clients.  

Ensuring Your Home's Prepared for a Hurricane

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

Hurricane season begins June 1st and lasts until November, and if you live in a coastal town, hurricane preparedness is vital for keeping your home and family safe. Will you be ready if there is a hurricane? Here are some steps for preparing your home.

  • Make a storm kit. This kit should have supplies to get your family through 48 hours of bad conditions, with no electricity, water, or other basic services. It should have three days’ worth of water and a two day supply of food, as well other important provisions. Ready.gov offers a list of supplies here.
  • Gas up your generator. If you have a 5,500 watt generator, it will require about five gallons of gasoline to run for eight hours. Fill up some gas cans so that you’ll be prepared if emergency conditions last for several days.
  • Bring things inside from outside. Lawn furniture, toys, garden tools, and anything else that could be blown away in the storm should come inside. Anything you can’t bring inside should be anchored.
  • Know the location of your water, gas, and electricity shut offs. After a disaster, it’s recommended that you shut off your water until you know it’s safe to drink. If your home experiences flooding or severe water damage, we recommend shutting off your electricity as well. Don’t turn off your gas until local officials tell you to do so.
  • Get your windows, doors, and garage doors ready for the storm. Ideally, you’ve installed storm shutters on your windows, in which case you’ll just need to brace your doors and secure your garage door. If your windows don’t have storm shutters, plywood or other hard materials can be temporarily affixed to the exterior for protection from wind and flying objects.
  • Turn down your refrigerator and freezer. Lowering your refrigerator and freezer to their lowest setting cools the food so that it will stay cold for a while if the power goes out.
  • If the power goes out, unplug your electrical appliances. This will keep them from being damaged if there’s a power surge when the electricity comes back on.
  • Get your insurance documents together. Your home insurance documents and other important papers should go into a waterproof bag to be kept inside your storm kit. You will need them readily available should your experience damage because they’ll make things easier in the aftermath of the storm.
  • Have a plan for your pets. Your pets should be microchipped, and you should have a picture of each pet handy in case they get lost in the storm. Because emergency shelters do not always accept pets, make a plan for where they will go in an emergency if you are unable to bring them with you.

Sometimes homes sustain damage, even if you’re as prepared as possible for the storm. If your Jacksonville area home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Mandarin. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your home to like new, "Like it never even happened." A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Do You Have a Hurricane Evacuation Plan?

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Clipboard with an Evacuation Plan In case it's required, it's important to have an evacuation plan! If your home is damaged by a storm, SERVPRO of Mandarin is here to help.

Do you have a hurricane evacuation plan? Hurricane season began June 1st and lasts until November, and if you live near a coastal town, hurricane preparedness is vital for keeping your family safe. Even if you do not think you’ll want to evacuate, there may come a time when officials make it mandatory. A Florida hurricane can quickly become dangerous and may not leave you much time. Planning will help make the experience much easier and more comfortable.

  • Keep track of the local weather. Sign up for alerts from the National Weather Service so that you will know if a hurricane watch or warning is in effect for your area.
  • Decide on a destination. Where will you wait out the storm? You can choose to stay with out-of-town friends or family, rent a hotel room, or stay at a local shelter, but it’s important to know where you’re going and map it out in advance. If you have pets, make sure to include them in your plans. If it’s not safe for you to be home it’s not safe for your pets. Choose a place to stay that accepts pets or make other arrangements for your furry family members.
  • Pick your route and plan for detours. Your local government will offer suggested routes to make it easier to get to safety, but it’s smart to know at least three ways to get to your destination. You never know if a road is going to be blocked by flooding, a washed-out bridge, or downed trees. Throughout hurricane season, keep your gas tank full. That way you’ll be sure you have enough gas to get you where you’re going even if you run into trouble. Additionally, it will keep you out of the long lines that inevitably form at gas stations during natural disasters.
  • Be thorough with emergency supplies. Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car with fresh water, non-perishable snacks, blankets, a phone charger, road maps, garbage bags, toilet paper, paper towels, a gas can, jumper cables, and a towline. Each family member should have a bag with changes of clothes and a copy of the evacuation plan. Additionally, have a hurricane preparedness kit that’s easy to grab, like a backpack, containing:
  • Copies of important documents
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Medications
  • Cash
  • Extra keys for your house and car
  • Know who to call. Make plans with your family members in case you are separated. Decide upon a meeting spot or two where you will reconnect, and pick an out-of-state friend or family member to call with updates.

If your Mandarin area home is damaged in a hurricane or tropical storm, call SERVPRO of Mandarin. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore Mandarin area home to its pre-storm condition. A trusted leader in the water restoration industry, we have served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 246-6118 or contact us through our website.

Why Remediate After a Water Damage

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Image shows wood paneled hallway with green fans, carpet has been removed. Let SERVPRO of Mandarin help take care of your water damage. Call us today at 904-636-0044.

Water Damage Remediation is an extremely important step to take following a Flood, House Fire, Plumbing Leak, or other events that cause Water Damage to your home. Standing puddles of water can prove extremely hazardous and can promote the formation of Mold, Mildew, and spores as well as other substances that can cause health effects to 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 uses 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.

Flood Damage Restoration in Jacksonville

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Image shows drywall cut out after flood in home with green dehumidifier. SERVPRO of Mandarin knows how to remove damaged materials, dry, and repair your home properly after a flood.

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 use 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 a water emergency service you can trust and depend on.

No More Dust!

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Vacuuming Carpet. SERVPRO of Mandarin is here to make sure your deep clean gets you the results you need and want!

Spring has sprung and with it a whole host of dust, dirt, soiling, and mayhem. Many home supply stores offer carpet and upholstery cleaners for rental. However, these machines are not  frequently cleaned or sanitized, could harbor harmful bacteria, and typically don’t work well.

Conventional methods of cleaning only scratch the service. It’s time to experience the difference that a SERVPRO clean can make in your life. Our highly trained professionals are well versed in all levels when it comes to soiling on carpets, drapes, and upholstery.

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet. 79% of the soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming – as well as checking and changing the filter on your vacuum
  • Spot removal – this can include dropped food or drinks, or pet stains
  • Using rugs to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet from the outside

“But it doesn’t look that bad.”

The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, the amount of traffic you experience, and the type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

Offerings

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

In need of a good deep cleaning? Contact SERVPRO of Mandarin today to get started, as nobody should live with dust, mold, and soil buildup.