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Packing/Moving & Storage Services

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Packing/Moving & Storage Services When the need arises our staff is knowledgeable in packing contents and storing them until your home or business is back in action!

When this military family received new orders they had lots to do in very little time. They put their trust in SERVPRO to get their house and contents ready for the big move. Proud to assist our service members in their not so easy jobs, proud to be able to offer discounted pricing. Our Lake City office - SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties are always ready to help make the move much easier on you. SERVPRO technicians come prepared with trucks kitted out with pads, straps and furniture blankets to move your furniture and belongings safely. A full inventory is executed, so nothing is lost or misplaced. We co-ordinate your pack-out with the contractors, typically we can do all the rebuild, who are restoring your home so that the restoration and reconstruction remain on schedule. We train our experts to handle your possessions with the same care they show for their own belongings. Our aim is to make pack-outs stress-free and short as possible so you can resume normal life after a fire. "Like it never even happened." Give us a call (386) 754-0261.

Understanding Content Coverage

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding Content Coverage The best way to determine if you have enough content coverage is to conduct a home inventory.

Everyone has homeowners insurance right? It’s one of those things you have and hope you never have to use right? So, what happens if you do have to utilize coverage because of a damage?

Unfortunately, because homeowners insurance is necessary many homeowners rely solely on their agents to choose a policy that is right for them. This is totally fine, and works in many cases, but being educated on what your policy includes and doesn’t include is important.

Most policies are written and cover to repair or rebuild your home after damage. But what about ALL of the personal belongings inside of your home? Generally, your content coverage is 50 to 70 percent of the coverage that you carry on the structure of your home. In most cases this is a sufficient amount to cover personal items that are damaged, but in some cases it isn’t.

The best way to determine if you have enough content coverage is to conduct a home inventory. This is a much easier task thanks to modern technology. Walk through your home room by room and photograph all personal belongings. (TIP-If you picked your home up and turned it upside down, all items that would fall out are considered contents.) Open drawers and closets to photograph all items inside. You can catalog these items and keep them at an offsite location or you can download an app such as DreamVault and access it from any mobile device. This particular app is designed to house photos and information pertaining to each individual item, such as price, model and serial number. There is also a speech to text feature to help with documentation.

If you have jewelry, collector’s items, art or firearms, sometimes your coverage can fall short. Keep that in mind when documenting all items and reviewing your policy. If you find that your coverage is lacking you can generally purchase additional coverage or a rider for certain items.

When you have had damage to your home and personal belongings, you don’t want to worry with the added stress of insufficient coverage. Ensure that you are covered.

If you have damage to your home and/or personal items we are here to help.  Call our office and we will walk you through the process and make your damage “Like it never even happened”. SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties (386) 754-0261

Contaminated Flood Waters

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Contaminated Flood Waters Contaminated Flood Waters Contain Pathogens and Dangerous Debris

When we respond to a case of flood damage, one of the most frequent questions our technicians is, "what is black water?" Black water is heavily contaminated water which is not only unsafe to drink but also is hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within. Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water.   Dirt and Soil Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage and surrounding areas result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters more often than not pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it, in reality, makes the water much heavier and more difficult to navigate if you get caught in it.   Microorganisms in Black Water although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they may be able to cause health effects if ingested or absorbed through the skin. This is why it is never advised to drink flood waters and to seek medical attention immediately if you have.   Sharp Metal and Glass It can be very difficult to see sharp objects in a mass of floodwater, but even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If they open up a small cut or wound, this spot may go unnoticed by you but later on develop a bad infection. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed.   SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties deals with black water flood damage so that you don't have to. If your home has been caught in a flood, call us at (386) 754-0261 for mitigation and restoration services.

Summertime Fun - Boats & RV's

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summertime Fun - Boats & RV's RV's & Boats can be affected by mildew and mold when put away for the winter. Be sure yours is summer ready!!!

Getting ready for summer fun out on the boat or camping in your camper or RV? Cleaning mildew & remediating mold isn’t the fun part. We can take care of it for you in no time and get you ready for your vacation or weekend get away without any hassle at all! Boat Mold meets Lake City’s SERVPRO experts!!! RV’s can accumulate moisture and mildew during the off months so when it comes time to clean it up, just call us. We remediate mold where we find it! We are located in Lake City and can come to you or you can bring it to us, just call us (386) 754-0261. We can give you a free estimate over the phone or come inspect and give you an estimate.  It's time to get you out on the water or camping with your family and friends.

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.