A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Fire Damage with SERVPRO
The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming and heart-wrenching, leaving homeowners grappling with emotions and uncertainty. As the experts in fire damage restoration, SERVPRO is here to guide you through the daunting process of rebuilding and restoring your home. In this blog, we'll walk you through the crucial steps to take if you find yourself facing the aftermath of a fire.
The immediate aftermath of a fire can be dangerous due to lingering smoke, structural damage, and potential hazards. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones should be the top priority. Ensure everyone is out of harm's way and refrain from re-entering your home until authorities deem it safe to do so.
Assess the Damage:
Once the fire is extinguished and you're allowed back into your home, assess the extent of the damage. Be cautious when inspecting the premises, as the structural integrity might have been compromised. Document the damage thoroughly for insurance purposes, taking photographs and notes.
Fire damage restoration is a complex process that requires specialized equipment, knowledge, and experience. Reach out to a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO as soon as possible. Their expertise ensures that damage is properly assessed and addressed, minimizing further complications.
Secure the Property:
If your home is structurally sound enough to enter, it's crucial to secure the property to prevent further damage or unauthorized access. Board up windows and doors and cover any openings in the roof to protect against weather elements and potential intruders.
Removal and Cleanup:
Fire not only damages through flames but leaves behind soot, ash, and water from firefighting efforts. Professionals will meticulously clean and remove debris, ensuring that no remnants of the fire are left behind. This step is crucial to preventing further damage and preparing for the restoration process.
Restoration and Rebuilding:
After the cleanup, the restoration process begins. This involves repairing or replacing damaged structural elements, flooring, walls, and ceilings. Professionals work diligently to restore your home to its pre-fire condition, often using advanced techniques and materials.
Addressing Smoke and Odor:
The pervasive smell of smoke can linger long after the flames are gone. Fire damage restoration experts use specialized equipment to eliminate smoke odor, ensuring that your home not only looks but also smells fresh once again.
The emotional toll of a fire can be significant. It's important to seek emotional support for you and your family during this challenging time. Counseling and support groups can offer solace as you work through the process of rebuilding your life and home.
Fire Prevention Measures:
As you rebuild, it's crucial to take steps to prevent future fires. Check smoke detectors, update your fire escape plan, and ensure all appliances and wiring are up to code. Fire prevention can spare you from the trauma of another devastating event.
While the aftermath of a fire can feel insurmountable, remember that you're not alone on this journey. With the help of professionals like SERVPRO, you can rebuild your home and your life. By following these steps and prioritizing safety and expertise, you'll be well on your way to restoring your sanctuary and turning the page on this difficult chapter. SERVPRO of Flagler County specializes in water and fire damage clean-up and restoration services for both residential and commercial customers. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call our office at (386) 447-2202.
Back to School: Strengthening Communities Through Education
Dropping off some donations to a school in Flagler
The beginning of a new school year is a time of excitement, anticipation, and preparation. Students return to classrooms, teachers gear up for a fresh semester, and the halls of the school are once again filled with the bustling energy of learning. As part of our commitment to the community, SERVPRO had the privilege of participating in this year's back-to-school week, bringing not only supplies but also a sense of support and unity to the educational environment.
Being part of the back-to-school week and contributing to the school's efforts was a rewarding experience for the entire SERVPRO team. We witnessed firsthand the impact that a united community can have on education and the well-being of its members. As we reflect on this experience, we're reminded that even small gestures can have a profound effect on the lives of others.
For SERVPRO, community engagement is not just a responsibility; it's a cherished opportunity to connect with the people who make our neighborhoods vibrant and dynamic. Back-to-school week presented the perfect occasion to rekindle our relationship with the local school and contribute in a meaningful way.
As the back-to-school season approached, our team eagerly collaborated to create a plan that would both benefit the school and align with SERVPRO's core values. We recognized that while the school year is a time of excitement, it can also bring financial challenges for some families. With this in mind, we decided to provide donations that would alleviate some of the burden for both students and educators.
As the school year progresses, we plan to continue our engagement with the school community. Our commitment to support education and foster a strong sense of togetherness remains unwavering. After all, the success of a community depends on the collaborative efforts of its members.
SERVPRO of Flagler Storm Response Team: Rising Above The Storm
When a storm strikes, it can leave behind a trail of destruction that tests the resilience of homeowners. Whether it's a powerful hurricane, a relentless tornado, or a torrential downpour causing flooding, the aftermath can be overwhelming. Amidst the chaos, SERVPRO comes armed with a specialized Storm Response Team that stands ready to face the elements and aid communities in their time of need.
When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. That's where SERVPRO's Storm Response Team shines brightly. With our rapid mobilization and 24/7 availability, we ensure that homeowners don't have to face the aftermath alone. Our highly trained technicians and cutting-edge equipment are always on standby, ready to deploy to affected areas at a moment's notice.
Expertise in Water Extraction and Drying:
One of the most common issues after a storm is water damage. Flooding can wreak havoc on interiors, leading to soaked carpets, warped wood, and mold growth. SERVPRO's Storm Response Team has expertise in water extraction and drying techniques. We swiftly remove excess water, implement advanced drying methods, and apply antimicrobial treatments to prevent mold growth, safeguarding both the structure and the health of homeowners.
A Comprehensive Approach to Restoration:
Storm damage can be multifaceted, ranging from structural issues to water damage and everything in between. The SERVPRO Storm Response Team takes a comprehensive approach to restoration, leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to bring homes back to their pre-storm condition. We conduct meticulous assessments, identify hidden damages, and devise a detailed plan to mitigate and repair all aspects of storm-related destruction.
Mold Remediation and Prevention:
Prolonged exposure to moisture can create the perfect breeding ground for mold. Understanding the health hazards associated with mold infestations, SERVPRO's specialists take mold remediation seriously. Our team is equipped to remove mold, restore indoor air quality, and prevent further contamination safely and effectively.
Empathy and Support in Difficult Times:
In the aftermath of a storm, homeowners often face emotional distress, unsure of where to turn for help. SERVPRO's Storm Response Team not only brings technical expertise but also offers compassionate support. We understand the challenges homeowners face and provide reassurance and guidance throughout the restoration journey, ensuring they never feel alone in the process.
Rebuilding and Restoration:
Storms can cause severe structural damage, leaving homes in shambles. The SERVPRO Storm Response Team doesn't stop at mitigation; we go the extra mile to rebuild and restore properties. From repairing roofs and walls to replacing flooring and damaged belongings, our skilled craftsmen work diligently to return homes to their former glory.
When the unexpected occurs, let SERVPRO come to the rescue and help you reclaim your home, one step at a time. Call SERVPRO of Flagler today for a free estimate at 386-447-2202.
How High Heat Waves Effect Your Floridian Homes
High temps can have severe effects on your home or business property. Here are parts of your property that can be affected, according to experts.
Each summer, millions of residents, and tourists alike, flock to the Floridian outdoors to get their fix of warm days and sunny beaches. Most are unaware of just how hot it can get in Florida. In fact, experts are now saying that the globe had the hottest June on record, and is on track for the hottest July, with the first few weeks recorded as being the warmest on record.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Florida is always influenced by tropical moisture, especially in the summer. This is why we Floridians must not only keep in mind the actual climate temperatures, but also the overall heat index created by extreme humidity.
Excessive heat can be a danger to you, your pets, and your property. But what, exactly, can happen to your property in the event of extreme heat? Here are areas of your home or business likely to be impacted by high temperatures.
It can have severe effects on your home or business property. Here are parts of your property that can be affected, according to experts.
It goes without saying that water usage increases during heat waves. With more usage, comes more of a likelihood of them leaking or bursting.
Extreme heat has the capacity to warp and expand floorboards. And, unfortunately, hardwood flooring is the most susceptible to high temperatures.
Attic and Roofs
As the highest part of the home or property, the attic generally lacks sufficient airflow. And, with the excessive moisture heat brings, it can even cause your roof and/or shingles to deteriorate. That’s because roofs can expand and warp in high heat, causing shingles to crack. And, with a crack in your roof comes the high possibility of leaks into your property.
Even the “below deck” is not safe from extreme temperatures. That’s because when the ground heats up, it causes soil to shrink and evaporate moisture. This excess can cause soil to separate from the footing of your structure, which in the end leads to damage to your foundation.
Lastly, excessive heat can cause paint to flake and peel. Believe it or not, cracks or openings left by paint can serve as doorways to moisture aka mold.
Protecting your Property Against Heat
Luckily, there are a few ways that you can protect your property against these elements, starting with sealing off the places for heat to enter—your doors and windows. By weather stripping or caulking, you can seal off the unwanted heat from entering your property.
As mentioned earlier your attic can be a prime target for heat-related intrusions. Make sure to insulate your attic and consider adding an attic door cover. Heat from the attic throughout the rest of your property can be reduced by installing a door cover in the hatch or stairway that provides access to the attic.
From an electrical standpoint, consider installing a multi-stage air conditioner. These devices actually adjust their cooling output and can even do so at lower speeds. All while reducing overall air conditioning costs. You could also install a programmable thermostat. These can be lower used when cooling isn’t needed (like at night or early mornings) when you aren’t actually present in your home or on your property.
Where Can You Go For Up-To-Date Info?
In the meantime, make sure to stay up to date with the current Florida temperatures—especially the overall heat index. See below for the top three sites to visit to stay in the know this “hotter than Hades” summer season.
SERVPRO is Ready 24/7
Excessive heat isn’t just a health hazard; it can also wreak havoc on your home or business. If you experience damage to your home or business because of heat-related issues, we are here to help!
At SERVPRO of Flagler County we are highly trained professionals that will help you recover from devastating fire & water damage if you do suffer a structure fire, but we believe that prevention is better than a cure. However, we know that accidents happen. That is why our team is ready to respond to your emergency 24/7/365.
Firework Safety for Floridians: Local Laws, Prevention, and How SERVPRO can Help Hinder Hazards this Holiday Season
July 4 accounts for double reported fires compared to any other day, with nearly half of these incidents caused by fireworks.
In about 24 hours, Floridians will celebrate our nation’s birthday with a time-honored tradition— fireworks. And while these are fun to look at, according to officials, they come at a catastrophic price.
In fact, it is estimated that July 4 accounts for twice the number of reported fires compared to any other day, with nearly half of these incidents directly attributed to fireworks. And, specifically, officials from Florida Fire Rescue division are urging residents to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. However, if you do decide to partake in the festivities, there are some steps that should be taken to avoid catastrophic events.
Here are ways to keep you, your family, home, and/or commercial property safe from the hazards of using consumer fireworks, according to officials.
Know Your Local Laws
Remember as a kid lighting tiny sticks on fire and then spinning them in circles until sparks almost landed on your wrist? Well those are still all you can have, according to Florida Fireworks Laws. And, a lot of local municipalities have their own approved list of sparklers you are allowed to purchase.
These are not just limited to humans. Volusia County's beaches, for example, strictly prohibit consumer-grade fireworks. That’s because they not only leave a mess but can frighten nesting sea turtles and cause birds to abandon their nests.
Instead, check out your community calendar for commercial firework viewings. You won’t be disappointed, as Florida ranks as one of the top spots for commercial firework shows in the nation, many of them in Orlando.
Prepare Before the Celebration
Along with studying up on laws and regulations, another key practice is to always prepare your own surroundings for potential incidents.
If your local officials allow for personal use, make sure you are purchasing your fireworks from a professional provider. Never try to create your own fireworks or purchase them from an illegal source.
Prior to setting off, whether on your own property or at an outside location, always clear any dry vegetation and debris from the area. Even if you have already followed the appropriate steps so far, it is imperative to always keep a water source, whether it is a full-bucket and/or fire-extinguisher, close at hand.
Remember, keeping you and your loved ones safe is not limited to children, family, and close friends. Your furry friends have ears that are much more sensitive than ours. Make sure your pets are indoors before you begin, to reduce the risk they will run loose or get injured.
Use Caution During the Celebration
Be sure when picking your viewing spot that it is at a safe distance from where the fireworks are being ignited.
If you are the one who is providing the show, use safety eyewear, glasses or goggles, to protect your eyes while igniting fireworks. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
Back to sparklers again, children should never be allowed to play with or light anything other than these. Even then, sparklers should only be used under close adult supervision. While often considered a “safe” firework for the young, the tip of a sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees or higher, which can cause third degree burns.
If you happen to get one of those dreaded duds that does not ignite (or does so, pathetically), release the urge to immediately pick it up and relight it. Instead let it sit for a minimum of 20 minutes and then carefully place it in a bucket of water.
Clean-Up after the Celebration
After the show, it is tempting to call it a night and clean up in the morning. It is important instead to wait for the fireworks to cool off and then safely place them in a bucket of water. This will prevent any faulty fireworks from reigniting and creating catastrophic fire damage.
Also, be sure to pick up all matches, lighters, and any unused fireworks. These should always be out of sight and reach of children before, during and after your celebration.
Of course, if you do not want to deal with the hassle of cleaning up or the stress of closely monitoring your children, you can always get in the patriotic spirit other ways. Use glow sticks as a safe alternative to sparklers. Or pick up some noise makers or patriotic silly string from your local party supply store. Better yet, throw a birthday party, cake, and all, for the USA.
Better yet, leave the celebratory fireworks to the trained professionals.
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SERVPRO of Flagler County specializes in water and fire damage clean-up and restoration services for both residential and commercial customers. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call our office at (386) 447-2202.
Weathering the Storm with SERVPRO
Storm season brings with it the awe-inspiring power of nature. While it's essential to appreciate the beauty of storms, it's equally important to prioritize safety. By understanding and implementing precautionary measures, you can ensure the well-being of yourself, your loved ones, and your home. Here are some valuable tips and guidelines to stay safe during storm season.
- Avoid Electrical Hazards:
During storms, power outages and electrical hazards are common. Unplug electronic devices and appliances to protect them from power surges when lightning is nearby. Never use electrical equipment or touch outlets if you are standing in water or if they are wet. It's also advisable to avoid using corded phones during storms and opt for cell phones instead.
- Stay Away from Water:
When heavy rain accompanies a storm, flash floods become a significant concern. Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas, as even shallow water can be deceivingly powerful. Swiftly moving water can sweep away vehicles and pose a serious risk to pedestrians. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
- Practice Lightning Safety:
Lightning poses a significant threat during storms. If you're outdoors and hear thunder, seek shelter immediately in a sturdy building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle. Avoid open spaces, high ground, tall objects, and bodies of water. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap before resuming outdoor activities.
By following these essential safety guidelines, you can minimize the risks associated with storm season and protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. Remember to stay informed, create an emergency plan, secure your home, seek shelter during storms, and exercise caution around electrical hazards and floodwaters. Storm season may be awe-inspiring, but prioritizing safety ensures that you can fully appreciate the wonder and power of nature while keeping yourself out of harm's way. Stay safe, be prepared, and weather storms with SERVPRO. SERVPRO of Flagler County is here to help with your water damage and prevent any further damage from occurring. Call us at 386-447-2202 for 24/7 emergency services and a free estimate.
Pet Preparedness for the Hurricane Season
A dog and cat sitting outside while a storm is brewing behind them.
As pet parents, we understand the importance of keeping our furry friends safe and protected, especially during unexpected emergencies or disasters. Whether it's a natural calamity like a hurricane or a personal crisis such as a medical emergency, being prepared can make all the difference for our beloved pets. That's why dedicating a whole month to pet preparedness is crucial, as it reminds us to take proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our four-legged family members.
Pet preparedness goes beyond the physical necessities; it also involves planning for temporary accommodations. Research pet-friendly hotels, shelters, or boarding facilities in your area that would welcome your furry friend in case you need to evacuate. Contact these places in advance to understand their policies, requirements, and availability. Additionally, reach out to friends or family members who may be able to offer a safe place for your pet if the need arises. Establishing these connections and options ahead of time can bring you peace of mind during stressful situations.
Preparing an emergency kit for your pet is another vital aspect of pet preparedness. This kit should include at least a week's supply of food and water, medications, a pet first-aid kit, and any necessary medical supplies. Don't forget to pack familiar items like toys, blankets, and comfort objects to help reduce stress during a crisis. It's also wise to have an extra leash, collar, and sturdy carrier or crate readily available. Remember, during an emergency, your pet may need to be transported quickly and safely, so having these items on hand is crucial.
Review and Update:
During Pet Preparedness Month, it's a great time to review and update your pet's emergency plan. Start by ensuring your pet's identification is up to date, including tags with your current contact information and a microchip registration. In case your pet gets lost during a chaotic situation, these measures greatly increase the chances of your pet being identified and returned to you if they are lost. Additionally, gather your pet's essential documents, such as vaccination records, medical history, and proof of ownership, and keep them in a waterproof and easily accessible place.
While we hope to never face an emergency or disaster, being prepared is the best way to safeguard our pets. Pet Preparedness Month serves as a reminder to prioritize their safety and well-being. By taking the time to update identification, create an emergency kit, and plan for temporary accommodations, we can ensure that our furry companions will have the best chance of staying protected and cared for, no matter the circumstances. In the case of an emergency while you are protecting your animals, family, and yourself, let SERVPRO help protect your home. SERVPRO of Flagler County is here to help with your water damage and prevent any further damage from occurring. Call us at 386-447-2202 for 24/7 emergency services and a free estimate.
SERVPRO of Flagler County Gives Back to the New Smyrna Beach Community
On Saturday SERVPRO of Flagler County participated in the city of New Smyrna Beach’s Community Outreach Giveaway at Pettis Park.
On Saturday, April 29, SERVPRO of Flagler County participated in the city of New Smyrna Beach’s Community Outreach Giveaway at Pettis Park for those who are still displaced from last year’s catastrophic hurricanes Ian and Nicole.
The event which began at noon and lasted until around 4 p.m., was in the city’s historic west side. Sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach, as well as numerous local religious affiliates and commercial businesses, the event gave away free food, clothing, and door prizes, as well as providing plenty of activities for all ages.
Volunteers from SERVPRO of Flagler County contributed to the event by raffling off four major door prizes, one specifically for the overall event, and the other three as part of their hurricane preparedness/continuing education initiative. These prizes included a solar-powered radio with an additional phone charger, and two emergency preparation backpacks (one for an adult, the other for a child) filled to the brim with items necessary for the health and safety of individuals during catastrophic storms.
These items were also carefully selected in conjunction with the city to provide continuing education for community members in anticipation of the upcoming hurricane season. Other continuing education materials provided to the public included SERVPRO’s Home Emergency Kits, which contain individually filled booklets stored together in a waterproof, plastic zipped folder to be stored in an easily accessible spot in case of emergencies. Volunteers also gave away plenty of other SERVPRO pens, notebooks, and other swag to community members who visited their tent.
The overall participation in the event was part of SERVPRO’s continuing education efforts. By playing a role in the community by providing the tools necessary to get through catastrophic events, SERVPRO is there every step of the way, helping people take back control of their lives.
SERVPRO of Flagler County Named Official Cleanup and Restoration Company for the Florida Gators
SERVPRO of Flagler County is proud to announce its continued partnership with Florida Gators athletics through the 2023-24 athletic season. The new agreement, which includes the teamwork of multiple SERVPRO franchises across the state, is with Florida Gators Sports Properties, LEARFIELD's dedicated team representing the University Athletic Association (UAA).
A leader in the fire, water and bioremediation industry for more than 50 years, SERVPRO becomes the “Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the Florida Gators.” In addition to use of official Gators’ marks, the SERVPRO brand will be represented at numerous official university athletic platforms, including radio game broadcasts, social media content and in-venue signage.
“SERVPRO and Florida Gators both continuously strive to be the best—whether that is on the court, the field of play or in the community,” said Bryce Clark, owner of SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. “SERVPRO’s teammates across Florida are dedicated to serving our customers and look forward to cheering on the Gators.”
“We’re pleased to call SERVPRO a member of our corporate partner family,” said Scott Stricklin, Athletics Director at the University of Florida. “We appreciate their ongoing support of the Gators and our athletics programming, and we welcome them back in this exclusive sponsorship category.”
In complete collaboration with UF, LEARFIELD’s Florida Gators Sports Properties team extends the affinity of the Gators’ brand to businesses and corporations of all sizes looking to align with the undeniably loyal and passionate collegiate sports fan base.
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SERVPRO of Flagler County is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to restore your commercial property. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. SERVPRO works efficiently to ensure your business reopens quickly after water or fire damage.
When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of Flagler County has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7/365 to get your business up and running again, and we also provide Emergency Ready Profiles that can save your property from secondary damage. Emergency Ready Profiles is a free service that documents key information in case of an emergency. This plan gives SERVPRO the information of how many technicians, trucks, and equipment will be needed at the property. Call us today at (386) 447-2202 for a free Emergency Ready Profile!
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