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SERVPRO Handles Large Scale Fire Damages - Cleanup and Rebuilds

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Handles Large Scale Fire Damages - Cleanup and Rebuilds Kitchen Fire

One of the most severe losses a homeowner can experience is seeing a fire consume their home and possessions. After such a devastating loss, support and clear direction in salvaging whatever you can from fire and smoke damage are what brings reassurance.

At SERVPRO, our staff is more than trained and experienced professionals – they care about people and are their goal is to get you back in your home as fast as possible, while ensuring you are informed each step of the way to ease any concerns you may have.   

It is good to understand the fire types that are most common which can affect your home in Florida knowing ahead of time can help you prevent such fires from occurring that negatively affect you and your family.  

Protein Fire  Food on the stove or in the oven has burned and has left a strong, burnt food odor and smoke residue on surfaces and contents. This is usually associated with meat.  

Complex Fire  Multiple synthetic and natural items in your home have burned, which creates a black smoke and sooty residue on surfaces and contents, with synthetic smoke odors. Emergency corrosion mitigation is needed in this case to protect hard surfaces that are at risk for additional damage from pitting and staining.  

Natural Fire  Shrubs, bushes, and trees have burned, and smoke has come through the structure from outdoors, leaving smoke residues and odors.   

Furnace Malfunction  Heating appliances like furnaces that run on oil have malfunctioned and created smoke that spreads throughout your home. A classic case of "puff-back" can be difficult to cleanup.  

Not Just Burnt Items - Smoke and ash can keep causing corrosion and damage to materials if they go unattended.

Smoke odors remain in a home long afterward and keep causing problems if they are not removed, which is why SERVPRO comes to your home quickly after being called. In only a few minutes after a fire, discoloring occurs on walls and other surfaces. After a few hours, finishes on appliances turn yellow, and smoke etches glass after a short time, while smoke tarnishes metals fast.   

Since not all fire damage is the same, we take the time to identify the source and figure out the kind of fire that happened. We evaluate the areas that are wet from firefighting efforts that could need treatment and remediate any water damage. We also evaluate any sensitive material which could be damaged by smoke and soot particles.

For the aftermath of severe fire incidents, we recommend that you remove belongings, medications, laptops, school books, toys, and other items when you temporarily relocate during the fire damage restoration and rebuild. Then we "pack-out" the remaining contents for cleaning and storage purposes. The use of ultrasonic cleaning & washing systems can salvage much thought to be lost possessions.   We also perform structural restoration which includes removing any charred contents that might seal in smoke like burned wood and insulation, plus evaluate floor coverings and carpets that could need removing. We inspect your home’s framing and subfloors for safety and treat surfaces affected for smoke odors, sealing them to keep any odors leftover from leaking back into your home. We thoroughly clean, eliminate the bulk of odors and deodorize surfaces to bring your home to its preloss condition, whenever possible. 

At SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties, we are ready to restore your home after a fire disaster. With you as our priority, we move quickly to perform expert and thorough remediation once you call us at (386) 754-0261. We also service Union (Lake Butler), Lafayette (Perry) & Hamilton (Jasper) Counties as well as surrounding counties to include Baker, Madison & Branford Counties.

Finally, Land we can call our OWN!

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

So excited to announce we have purchased property located on Highway 90 between Lake City & Live Oak.  SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties is beginning its phase to expand.  This means so much to us that we are able to begin this process. 

Next step is to build a warehouse & office space that will encompass about 5000 - 6000 square feet so it will enable us to expand our staff in the office as well as handle storage needs for our customers going through a fire or water loss that their needs include the packing of their personal property to enable their rebuild.

It also means our office will expand from 264 square feet to approximately 1200!  New job opportunities as well as breathing room for those of us here! 

Water Damage floods Dixie County home

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage floods Dixie County home What our technicians arrived on scene to. More than this homeowner's dirty laundry ended up getting washed.

Tax time is here and you were one that got a refund, but you’re one of those adults and bought a new washing machine. The appliance guys deliver and install it, you immediately get to work on the mound of laundry that never ends. What you didn’t know is that while you were off watching Netflix or cleaning the house, the delivery guy didn’t install something quite right and you return to water flooding from your laundry room.


So now you are standing there in your very own lake of water that SHOULD have been in your washing machine. What do you do?

You SHOULD call SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties and let our technicians come out to not only extract the water immediately but to assess the damage done to your walls, baseboards, flooring, and sub-flooring (if applicable). Remember the faster you get the water removed and drying process started the more that can be saved. Not only money but repair wise as well.


Our technicians are trained on how to properly use the professional specialized drying equipment such as wet vacuums, air movers, and dehumidifiers to make sure any water is removed and dried as fast as possible. We use a variety of proven and reliable methods as well as equipment to help keep track of the entire process. We always work to restore as much of the area as possible before removing and replacing any damaged areas or items.


Don’t think your insurance will cover it? Don’t have insurance? We also work with self-pay. We can come extract the water for you. If you have all the water up already and have torn out any ruined materials, we can come set our drying equipment and monitor it for you.


No disaster is planned, Let us help make it “Like it never even happened.” Calls us 24/7 at 386-754-0261.

Spring into cutting cooling costs.

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Spring in Florida means the days are getting warmer, nights are getting longer, more outside memories are being made. But Spring can also mean a rise starting in your energy bill. Here are some helpful tips to beat the Florida Heat and keep your costs down.


  • Buy an air conditioner with a high

energy efficiency rating (EER). It’s printed

on the Energy Guide label attached to the

unit. A unit with an EER of 10 will cost half as

much to operate as one with an EER of 5.


  • Install your air conditioner in the shade. When it’s in direct

sunlight, it uses more energy.


  • Clean the air filter regularly. Dusty filters make your air

conditioner work harder.


  • Don’t cool unused areas. Close doors to cut

energy costs.


  • Operate your stove, oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer in the

morning or evening when it’s cooler outside. They add extra

heat to your home and make your air conditioner work harder.


  • Set the air conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees during the

day when you’re home and higher when you’re away.


  • A ceiling fan cools fast and costs less than air conditioning.



While your having fun in the summer sun, Let SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties help with the cleaning. We offer upholstery, carpet, and HVAC cleaning services along with our Fire, Water, Mold, and Biohazard Remediation and Restoration Services. Call us to schedule a cleaning now! (386) 754-0261

Mold overtakes a Lake Butler Home

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold overtakes a Lake Butler Home The situation our technicians found when they arrived on scene! Wow! Good thing the homeowner knew who to call, SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee.

A common phone call we get around here is “I think I have Mold”

Most Florida natives know that Florida wouldn’t be Florida without the infamous humidity. It’s not uncommon for people to think “high humidity - I must have mold”.

While mold spores are actually already present everywhere, it doesn’t actually start to grow unless conditions are right. Mold and fungal spores are a natural occurrence outdoors. Once it gets inside however it needs moisture in order to actually start growing. It only starts becoming a problem when there is elevated and prolonged humidity, dampness, or there has been a water damage.


Some of the most frequent ways that mold actually becomes a problem in a house or business is:

  • Flooding from severe storms or overflowing rivers and oceans.
  • Roof leaks caused by aged/missing roof materials or a storm.
  • Leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflowing appliances.
  • Condensation on cold surfaces.
  • Air Conditioner units blowing too much humidity.
  • Damp basements or crawl spaces due to poorly managed rainwater draining or high water tables.


Recently SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties received a call from a Union County homeowner who had just taken possession of a home that had a massive mold growth going on. Our Technicians were able to go in and find the source of moisture causing the problem. They quickly got the humidity issue fixed and were able to remove and treat the affected areas. In no time at all SERVPRO had this new homeowner in a safe environment that passed an air quality test. Should you think you have a mold problem or have a water damage of any sort, it needs to be checked out immediately by professionals. Our highly trained technicians are on call 24/7 and 365 days a year for all those mishaps that seem to happen after 5pm or on a holiday. Give us a call at (386) 754-0261 and we’ll be right out to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard Situation in Columbia County

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Situation in Columbia County Our Production Technicians Ronnie Wilson & Keith Gwin work together to remediate a Biohazard Situation in Suwannee County, Florida.

If you are faced with a biohazard cleanup, such as a sewage backup, trauma scene, or hoarding environment, there are plenty of important things you need to consider.


You should first avoid exposure to any contaminants present. Serious health risks can be associated with exposure to blood, bodily fluids, chemical spills, sewage, and other biohazardous materials. Always treat any potentially hazardous materials as if they are contaminated.


Before you attempt to clean up a trauma scene yourself, especially if it involves a loved one, consider any long-term mental and emotional consequences of doing so. The cleaning process can be an emotional and traumatic one. Our Service technicians are highly trained to not only remediate, but handle trauma situations with compassion and discretion.


Should you need assistance in cleaning up any kind of Biohazard situation, our trained professionals can clean any affected areas and dispose of the waste in accordance with federal and state regulations.


Need Biohazard Cleanup Services in Columbia or Suwannee County?
Call Us Today – (386) 754-0261


24 Hour Emergency Service
Our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect during a stressful time. 

Why should you call SERVPRO for Water Damages?

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why should you call SERVPRO for Water Damages? One of our technicians using the "Rover" to assist with top-down drying on a water damage in a Columbia County home.

Many homeowners are not prepared for emergency situations let alone when something breaks or leaks. Sure, you may have some money set aside for those situations. Let’s face it though, how many of us would cut those costs if we could? I Thought so!

Did you know that even something as small as a mop bucket being turned over can cause significant damage if the surfaces it reaches are not fully dried properly? Say for instance your washing machine leaks. You think “I’ll just grab some towels.” But what if it has been a very slow drip until it full on sprung a leak? So you think you have saved money by using towels to dry up the floor. However, the drywall, insulation, baseboards, bottom wall plate, sub floor, etc. are still wet. This could lead to bigger more expensive out of pocket costs or insurance claim.

Let me give you a few reasons why SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties can help you save money, and keep your home your safe haven. Our technicians are trained to safely clean and restore your home or business using the following procedures.

1.)    Identify the source and type of Water.

2.)    Measure the temperature and humidity to assist with Drying Analysis.

3.)    Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the areas for hidden moisture.

4.)    Perform any necessary Emergency Water Extraction.

5.)    Move and Block all furniture and contents.

6.)    Inspect carpet and carpet padding.

7.)    Apply any necessary treatments such as disinfectants or deodorization.

8.)    Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment.

9.)    Properly dispose of any hazardous or affected materials.

After all, your home or business is a huge part of your life. Don’t let the possibility of harmful mold, rot, and unseen damages add stress to your life. Give SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties a call at (386)754-0261 and let us make sure everything is “Like it never even happened.”

Do you believe you have a mold problem?

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do you believe you have a mold problem? Mold growing in a room located in Suwannee County, Fl.

It should be noted that mold is actually everywhere. Each individual will react differently to the allergens associated to mold spores. Mold spores begin to thrive and colonize when moisture or humidity is added to the environment. Mold spores are actually for breaking down cellulose materials alongside mother nature. With that said, mold will actually not disappear on its own unless it has been properly removed and the environment surrounding it is no longer conductive to its growth.

Something we get asked a lot is how to prevent mold from growing in your home or business. The answer is actually quite simple. Keep it dry! IF it does not have water or moisture it cannot grow.

How can you keep your house dry?

Prevent excessive moisture levels in the air in the home by using the exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture is often generated. Make sure the air from your clothes dryer exhausts from the house. Also avoid using a humidifier. Look for areas of dampness or wet spots. This can include roofs, windows, basement walls and plumbing pipes. If a leak happens, dry the wet materials as quickly as possible. Mold spores begin to grow 24-48 hours after a water leak. Small recurring or continuous leaks that are hidden in walls, ceilings or floors present a different challenge since mold growth could be extensive before it is detected. Watch out for dampness under sinks, in bathrooms and below bathrooms or other areas where plumbing is located.

If you suspect you have a mold issue, the first step you should do is contact a mold or air quality inspector. Once it has been confirmed that you do have a mold issue, SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties can come in and completely clean and rid your home or business of the mold. “Like it never even happened” is only one call away at (386)754-0261.

Tips for Fire Damage in a Home or Business

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Fire Damage in a Home or Business This is what was left of a time clock and bookshelf in a business that experienced a fire. Thankfully nobody was hurt and SERVPRO was able to help!

At any time, no matter how new or old your home is, a fire can happen. A number of reasons could be the cause of it. Most homeowners are not prepared for a disaster caused by fire. Fire can take lives, precious memories and valuable possessions.  So if you are the victim of a fire, what should you do? Aside from calling SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties, here are some things to consider. 

Do not enter your home until permission is given by the fire department.  It is dangerous to enter your house after a fire even if minimal damage was done.  Structures may be compromised. Sometime fires can re-ignite due to wind, movement, or missed embers.

If you are the homeowner, call your insurance company as soon as possible. You need to know what your insurance policy covers. If you are NOT the homeowner, contact them immediately so that they may contact their insurance company.

Replace all important documents you may have lost in the fire.  This may include your driver’s license, social security card, passport, birth certificates, or any other document that is vital to you. 

Depending on how bad the fire affected your home, you may need some cleaning or you may need reconstruction and restoration.  Our highly trained technicians will be able assist you through the entire process of helping you, alongside your insurance agent to get everything taken care of.  Fire damage is one of the most unpredictable disasters that require an experienced team of professional to restore structures affected by the fire, systems running during the fire, and the smell of the structure and contents after the fire. SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties can efficiently and effectively restore your home or business from fire, smoke and soot damages. (386)754-0261 “Like it never even happened”

What is Fire Restoration?

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Fire Restoration? Along with Fire Damage is Water Damage from putting out the fire. We specialize in doing it all to fully restore your Columbia or Suwannee home.

Fire Restoration is a process that begins as soon as the officials deem the property safe. Smoke is an acidic byproduct of fire capable staining surfaces such as walls and counters. In some cases, the steps taken to put out the fire itself can actually cause more damage than the actual fire.

What You Should Leave to the Professionals

There are some things that you don’t want to attempt on your own due to the toxic gases or risk of smoldering ash. We as professionals have the proper safety equipment to get the work done without the risks.

  • Don’t wipe down the walls, furniture or any other absorbent surface.
  • Don’t sit on or move furniture inside affected area.
  • Don’t consume any food product, including canned items, that were exposed present at the time of the fire.
  • Don’t turn on home systems like an air conditioner.
  • Stay away from electrical devices like appliances or TVs, until a fire restoration professional deems them safe.
  • What You Can Do on Your Own

  • Make that call first – you will need professional help, so before you try to do stuff on your own, Call SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties
  • Open all the windows. This will get air moving to push the smoke out of the rooms.
  • Move pets and kids to a smoke-free environment. Smoke contains carcinogenic gases that can affect their health. Start with a neighbor you trust for immediate aid then move them to a temporary home with friends or family until the fire restoration is complete.
  • IF there is no power, empty your refrigerator and freezer. Once empty, prop the door open to prevent odors from building up inside.
  • Make not of any items you wish to have restored or replaced. This can be anything from
  • Should you become the victim of a Columbia or Suwannee County Fire Give us a call at (386) 754-0261. We can make any disaster "Like it never even happened”.