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Deodorization Destroys Odors

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorization Destroys Odors Using a Dry Clean Sponge to remove excess soot from structural surfaces.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties for deodorization of tough odors.   

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties can provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. We do not cover up lingering odors with fragrance: we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once found, SERVPRO's own proprietary line of professional cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in the affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

Contact SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties, located in Lake City, Fl if you have fire, water, mold or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Carpet Cleaning - Spring Cleaning

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Carpet Cleaning - Spring Cleaning Before and after photo of carpet cleaning in an apartment complex located in Florida

SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties can do so much more than water mitigation and fire restoration. We are here to help with any residential or commercial carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and/or furniture cleaning. Have questions on specialty items you need professionally cleaned, give SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties a call today for a quote over the phone. There is no job too big or small.

We can dry clean onsite, clean oriental area rugs.  Pressure wash carports, homes or businesses.  We clean campers and RV's if your getting ready to do some summer camping.  Drapery, Upholstery, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Area Rugs and just about anything else you can think of...... We CLEAN! 

Located in Lake City, Florida for over 12 years we service Columbia County (Lake City, Fl), Suwannee County (Live Oak, Fl), Baker County (MacClenny, Fl), Hamilton County (Jasper, Fl), Union County (Lake Butler, FL) & Lafayette County (Mayo, Fl), in addition to surrounding North Central Florida areas.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties (386) 754-0261 today! 

Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.

Many restaurants in North Florida rely on dishwashers to keep things running smoothly and ensure a regular supply of clean crockery for their customers. A dishwasher is a handy appliance for any eatery looking to save some time and make things run better. However, just like any appliance, a dishwasher might break down and cause water damage to your premises. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup. SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties recommends all restaurant owners take the following steps to take care of their automatic washers and reduce the risk of water damage from leaks.

Tell Staff Not To Overfill - It is tempting to put lots of crockery and cutlery in the tray to get more clean in each load. However, instruct your staff not to crowd the rack, as an over-filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads than trying to fit everything into one big load.

Do Regular Maintenance On Doors - Loose hinges, misaligned door latches, or broken seals, can all cause leaks. Sometimes the problem can be fixed by simply adjusting and tightening a few screws. You could use an epoxy patch kit to remedy minor seal breaks. However, if it is not possible to right the door or seal, it is better to replace it.

Check The Tub And Hose - The tub and hose can both develop faults over time. Constant use might corrode the tub and make a hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly. Check all the components of the unit regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.

Use The Correct Detergent - Make sure every staff member knows which detergent is best. Always use a dishwashing detergent, and always follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dishwashing detergent or too much of the correct cleaning agent might cause suds or even a blockage.

In the event of a leak, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup. We extract water from your premises and use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surrounding area so you can resume business as soon as possible. For help with water damage remediation in Lake City, White Springs, Live Oak, Starke, Perry, Madison, Macclenny and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties @ (386) 754-0261 today.

Trauma Scene Cleanup

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Trauma Scene Cleanup Cleaning up after a Trauma

Not to mention the emotional trauma of loss, but what do you do in the aftermath when something terrible occurs?  Although everyone’s experience is unique, there are similar but difficult decisions that have to be made every time a loss of this nature takes place.  Generally how one goes about cleaning the affected area is not the first thing that comes to mind.  However at some point this has to be done..….and where do you go?  Here at SERVPRO® of Columbia & Suwannee Counties (386) 754-0261, we are trained and ready to assist when something like this happens.  We have the equipment, cleaning solutions, deodorization techniques and chemicals to combat all of the relevant issues such as blood borne pathogens & odors associated with this type of cleanup.  Our staff has been immunized against Hepatitis and is ready to help you return your home and contents to their preloss condition.  Although one never is the same when confronted with this possibility, rest assured there is someone who understands and will help you through this ordeal.

Should I have my ducts cleaned?

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Knowledge about the potential benefits and possible problems of air duct cleaning is limited. Since conditions in every home are different, it is impossible to generalize about whether or not air duct cleaning in your home would be beneficial.

You should inspect your ducts if your furniture is excessively dusty or if you notice your registers (vents) are dust filled.  After a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. On the other hand, if someone in your household suffers from allergies, unexplained symptoms or illnesses you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned.  It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.

Contact SERVPRO located in Lake City, Florida (386) 754-0261 to have your ducts cleaned today!!

Category 3 Water

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Category 3 water, although referred to as Black Water or Dirty Water is not always visually black or dirty

In the restoration industry there are three categories of water and as industry professionals it is our job to determine which category of water each damage has. The most severe category is Category 3 which is also commonly called CAT 3, Black Water or Dirty Water. Category 3 water (Black Water) is highly contaminated water that is potentially toxic to anyone inside the dwelling.

The water is considered category 3 (Black Water) if it meets any of the following criteria. Sources could include sewage backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces or stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. If Category 1 or Category 2 are left untreated for more than three days, it is likely that it will develop into Category 3 (Black Water). If your damage is deemed as Category 3 (Black Water), it is likely that many pieces of your property will need to be replaced. Anything porous, such as furniture, carpeting and drywall is grossly contaminated. Category 3 water, although referred to as Black Water or Dirty Water is not always visually black or dirty. In fact, most times it is completely translucent.

If you are ever faced with damage to your home act fast, find your source and call (386) 754-0261, and the professionals at SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties. Our team is available 24/7. We will assess the damage and ensure that it is properly mitigated to ensure your safety.

Spring Cleaning Services Offered By your Local SERVPRO

3/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Services Offered By your Local SERVPRO Cleaning ceiling with dry clean sponges

One thing we recognize is that in the world today we all have busy schedules.  NO ONE has proper time in their life where they easily manage time set aside to clean.  Whether at your office or at home there just isn't enough time.  

Whether is taking your children to dance or baseball practice, work, fixing dinner or everyday tasks at hand.... cleaning is not a priority sometimes.  We understand that here at SERVPRO. 

That's where we come in..... here at SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties we can do it for you!  Whether it is cleaning baseboards and your bathrooms to pressure washing your home or business!   We do it all.  Residential and Commercial we can assist you in your Spring Cleaning or whenever cleaning. 

As we said above, no matter if your in Lake City, Mayo, McClenney, Fort White, Lake Butler or anywhere surrounding this area (we cover several counties)... we can do it.    Our staff has background checks and have experience in cleaning like no others.  SERVPRO offers excellent and reliable cleaning services all-year round to your homes or businesses.

We use only the best products available to us through our professional lab at our corporate office.  They spend hours mixing and providing us with the most efficient cleaners to make our work easier on us.  We also have environmentally "green" products available upon request for carpet cleaning, windows and more.  That is how much we care about our customers.  We have Scotchguard as well as other products to help maintain the "fresh & clean" appearance also!

We provide all sorts of cleaning services - some listed above, but if you have a question you can call our office located in Lake City, Florida at 386-754-0261 and we will be glad to answer any additional you may have.  This is the perfect time to get upholstery, drapery, ceramic tile, carpet, ductwork (HVAC) and anything else you might need done taken care of.  

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in North Central Florida

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in North Central Florida Call Today For A Free Estimate

It’s important to keep your heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) units working correctly to prevent the spread of unwanted dust and contaminants at your business. When the ductwork of your HVAC unit becomes clogged or backed up, you might start to notice foul odors coming you can’t get rid of, or find the source of in your home. When it comes to commercial cleaning, our professional technicians can inspect, repair, restore, and replace your HVAC unit so that you can breathe clean, fresh air in your home or office all day long.

Why Should You Have Your HVAC Serviced?

Depending on the age of your HVAC unit, and the quality of the installation related to the ductwork, you might not have to have your air ducts cleaned when we inspect your ductwork. Sometimes, a filter change or tune-up of the unit is all that is necessary. Regardless of the required work, regular inspections should be carried out. In addition to reducing the risk of odors and increasing air quality, having your HVAC unit serviced means that it is likely to last longer, and function appropriately for many years to come. Also, some insurance policies require regular inspection of HVAC units to reduce the risk of fire, damage, or other emergency situations related to the HVAC system itself. We can save you time, money, and help you avoid disaster when it comes to the air quality in your home or office.

Benefits of HVAC

HVAC units are very beneficial for homes and office space. Because they are 3-in-1 systems consisting of heating elements, ventilation systems, and air conditioning units, there is no need to have more than one piece of equipment on your property. While some units are separate, the majority of them are combined. Combined units mean easy cleaning and maintenance as well. HVAC units improve air quality in your home or office and provide a high return on your investment because they provide you with cleaner air to breathe. They'll keep you warm during the colder months, and cool during the heat of summer. Ventilation systems will ensure moisture leaves your home, and that humidity is controlled as well. With equipment that does so much, it's important to make sure it's functioning correctly.

Contact SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties Today

If you are a business owner in Lake City, Live Oak, Jasper, Macclenny, Lake Butler, Starke, Fort White, Madison, Perry or other North Central Florida areas and you are having trouble with your HVAC unit, contact our offices today to schedule you no-cost consultation; 386-754-0261. We’ll send a qualified and knowledgeable air duct technician to inspect your HVAC unit, and to determine the source of any problems you might be having related to air quality, air exchange, ventilation, heating or cooling. Our commercial cleaning services can help restore function to your HVAC unit, help eliminate foul odors in the air and throughout your home or office, and help reduce the risk of contaminants, such as mold or bacteria in your home or office. Avoid unsightly mold and smells by calling us today to schedule a thorough inspection of your HVAC unit

Emergency Document Drying and Recovery

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

When tragedy strikes, you can lose not only your most valuable assets, but also your most important documents. Sometimes this means irreplaceable assets such as artwork and letters from loved ones becoming ruined resulting in devastating loss. Luckily, the methods for restoring documents have become more and more advanced in recent times. While no piece of paper can ever be returned completely to the original condition, the drying and recovery methods we use can greatly improve the condition of documents formerly destined for the garbage can.

Tragedies can strike at any time, and when these disasters damage our documents who do we turn to? At times like these we need a professional who can come in and assure us that our documents can be restored. We offer our document recovery services for home owners, business, government organizations, schools and healthcare professionals. Even items considered to be a total loss can sometimes be fully recovered using our advanced techniques.

We are a full service restoration and document recovery firm. Our mission is to save your damaged documents from the destruction of fire, smoke, water, and moisture. Recovering your damaged documents is our specialty.

We currently are able to restore documents of nearly all types which includes but isn't limited to:

  • Artwork
  • Blueprints
  • Books and Manuscripts
  • Business Records and Documents
  • Coated Papers
  • Drafting Linens
  • Electronic Media - Of All Forms
  • Film
  • Legal Files
  • Manuals
  • Maps
  • Paintings
  • Paper Money
  • Parchment
  • Patient and Medical Papers
  • Pulp Paper
  • Reference Books
  • Text Books
  • Textiles
  • Vellum
  • X-Rays

Our team of document restoration professionals are both certified as well as capable of getting the job done with years of experience and the best, most advanced training available. We combine experience, training, and state-of-the-art technology to restore and preserve your documents as close to their original state as possible given the damage of the content and available technology.

For water damaged documents there are several methods available to remove the water and any moisture from your documents ensuring that they are fully restored to their maximum potential. The process involves freeze drying, vacuum thermal drying, air drying, desiccant air-drying and other advanced techniques. If your document is capable of being saved, we're capable of doing it, and we have some of the most competitive prices in the market when it comes to the document restoration business. We can offer you direct billing or work with your insurance agency at your discretion.

Our team of highly trained professionals can handle documents damaged by smoke, fire, and water. Each type of damage presents it's own unique set of challenges and problems based on the type of damage and the form of media that has been damaged. Water damage can be especially bad as it often packs an onset of problems by not only causing all of the problems associated with typical water damage but also setting up the perfect habitat for mold. Thankfully, we are well versed at stopping and preventing mold damage to documents as long as you act quickly and contact us to begin the restoration procedures ASAP.

Our document restoration service for fire and smoke damaged documents is the most thorough you will find in the industry, anywhere. We know that with this type of damage it's not only the damage you can see on the surface but also what is trapped on the inside that you can't see with the naked eye. Soot and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your media but our team of experts are able to remove even the most extensive damage.

We use the most state-of-the-art technology in the field and we keep upgrading our restoration methods as new and more improved ones become available. So you can easily rest assured any document restoration performed by us will be done while making use of the latest and the best technology available. If you have any document damage we invite you to contact us and join our family of customers. If the need arises we hope to hear from you!

Liquids That Can Cause Fire Damage

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Liquids That Can Cause Fire Damage If you are using lighter fluid on your grill, it is important to soak the coals before lighting them and not after.

You Can Help Prevent Fire Damage by Staying Aware of Flammable Liquids in Your Home

Many homeowners in Florida are already familiar with the many safety hazards within their homes, including burst pipes, weak electrical systems, burning candles, and more. However, there are some that are often ignored but present a severe risk for fire damage when they come into contact with a flame. These include flammable liquids that may be lying around your house.

In the event of an accidental spill, leading to severe fire damage in North Central Florida, SERVPRO has got you covered. Our IICRC-certified technicians can come in quickly to mitigate the damage and restore your property to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." We use industry-standard tools and techniques in every restoration job, ensuring that you retain the value of your home after the event.

Nail polish remover is one of the most ignored causes of fire damage with which SERVPRO has dealt. The liquid contains acetone, which is very flammable. When a nearby flame (e.g. from a burning candle or gas stove) comes in contact with the polish remover, it can cause a fire that may in turn spread to your upholstery and other materials.

The rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet is also flammable and tends to vaporize quickly. At SERVPRO, we receive numerous cases of fire damage resulting from people pouring the liquid over fabrics to eliminate bedbugs. Gasoline, turpentine, and paint thinner are also possible causes of house fires. One reason for this is improper storage in the garage. Filling glass jars with gasoline, for instance, risks them falling and breaking, creating a spark that may lead to a huge fire.

Many backyard grill masters use charcoal lighter fluid to light up the coals quickly. However, it is easy to create an uncontrollable flame on the grill, causing extensive fire damage in the process. It is advisable to douse the coals before lighting them (not after) - when the briquettes are cold. Additionally, avoid spraying anything on the grill that is not recognized charcoal lighter fluid.

Home fires are not something most homeowners would like to think about. When it happens, SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties is there to help. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and provide 24/7 emergency services for local residents and neighboring towns. For any assistance, call us today at (386) 754-0261.

For more information on fire prevention in Lake City, Florida click here.  Live Oak, Fl click here