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Spring Cleaning Checklist for your office

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Desk with computer and other items on it Does your office get the deep cleaning it needs?

April is the perfect time to designate it as spring cleaning month. During this time of year it’s a great opportunity to vacuum the hard-to-reach corners of the floors, remove the cobwebs off the ceilings, wipe off the blades of the ceiling fan and other areas that are missed throughout the winter. Every office has build-up over time of dust and clutter. Your employees may already be sneezing and coughing from the new blooms of the flowers and the pollen from the trees, so entering their place of business having clean air and free of debris and dust will help with allergies.

If your establishment doesn’t have a full-service commercial cleaning company then it’s important to give your employees a month each year to focus on cleaning up their office space. Employees can take a moment to get organized by filing old paperwork, cleaning up computer space, cleaning out drawers, taking inventory of office supplies and promotional items.  Getting rid of the unnecessary can help people better organize what is necessary and improve productivity.

Clean

  • Windows
  • Tops of cubicles
  • File cabinets, desktops
  • Behind furniture
  • Around equipment
  • Under desk

Disinfect

  • Phones
  • Keypad
  • Handsets
  • Buttons on Equipment
  • Desk-tops
  • Knobs and Handles
  • Light Switches
  • Computer mouse and keypad

If you have realized that your office is needing a thorough office clean to make sure it looks its best for your employees and clients, then call SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties at 386-754-0261 for a free quote.

5 Uncommon Causes of Water Damage

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Cabinets and Fridge with water on a tile floor coming from underneath Water loss can come from many places.... you must investigate to locate the source.

Water damage inside the home or business can happen at any time of the year. For the most part, these tragedies happen without warning and can cause a serious amount of damage — no matter how small or large the issue is.

You need to continually monitor your home or business for things that can be done to eliminate the possibilities of water loss.  It’s essential to keeping your home, family, business, and employees safe. Without preparation, most people are just sitting ducks waiting for tragedy to strike their property.

Most people are aware of the most common causes of water damage. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the more uncommon and surprising causes of water damage.

Lake City, Lake Butler, Jasper, White Springs & Live Oak residents are generally aware of the most common causes. These include severe weather, broken pipes, floods, water spills, sewage backups and HVAC units. A majority of these occurrences require immediate assistance from a professional.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the more uncommon and unexpected causes of water damage:

  1. Plants – plants need water, whether they’re inside or outside. While overwatering can damage the plant, it can also lead to frequent spills. If not cleaned up immediately, that spill can cause water damage.
  2. Gutters – a clogged gutter can wreak havoc on your home in a variety of ways. Water can pool up on the outside and inside of your home, eventually causing water damage and mold growth.
  3. Wind – although rare, wind can lead to opening doors without your permission. If this happens during a rainstorm, water can leak into the home. If it happens when cold outside, it can freeze your pipes if temperatures drop low enough.
  4. Fire – a fire already causes insurmountable damage to your property, but that damage is multiplied if using water to stop the fire. If not dealt with in a timely manner, this water can cause damage and mold growth.
  5. Animals – animals can cause a variety of spills around the home if not supervised. Make sure there’s nothing your pet can spill before leaving them unsupervised.

No matter what the cause of water damage is, you shouldn’t waste any time in finding the source. Once found, time is of the essence. Stop the flow of water, remove it from the property, and contact your local SERVPRO to begin the recovery process. We take the restoration process seriously to ensure each homeowner and business owner can return to a safe property and normal daily routine.

Why is hiring a certified water damage restoration service imperative?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Logo with several men and women holding tools to dry out a house SERVPRO has employees that care!

The procedure of getting rid of moisture and drying the structure of the area affected involves specialized tools and scientific processes. A floor may look dry, but there might be hard to find moisture which has made its way to the sub-floor. Waiting to commence repairs or using a contractor that is not experienced can lead to pricey repairs later on.

Weather happens rapidly here and the results can sometimes be very unpredictable. Whether your property has been devastated by the weather, rising water, water runoff or even the kids’ bath time, SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties is able to help bring your home or business back to its prior condition (or perhaps better than before). Water damage can arise unexpectedly and make damage that seem irreparable. No one wants to go through the headache that water damage can create. Using the correct water damage services will save you time, effort and money. We work effectively to restore any damage present on your property.

We are proud of our attention to detail and efficiency. There isn’t a job that is too big or too small and we can provide advice for most situations. We also offer storm damage cleanup in other states.

Do you need assistance right now? Give us a call anytime at 386-754-0261 as we are a 24 hour service company. We will get back to you quickly and are able to be at homes in our service areas inside four hours.

Upholstery Cleaning and Why SERVPRO is the best

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Sofa with little girl laying on it and then cleaning with a tool Don't you want to keep your upholstery safe?

As Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians, we are first class when it comes to cleaning upholstery. SERVPRO provides the essential care that your upholstered sofas, love seats and chairs need. Not all fibers are alike. There is a difference between furniture that has been upholstered with silk and furniture that is covered with microfiber materials. Each fiber reacts differently under different conditions and it is imperative that the technicians examine each item prior to cleaning. The first step is in pinpointing what type of fiber was used to upholster the furniture and the seams, piping, zippers and cushions have been identified and checked for integrity. The technician will then need to make sure the upholstery has been properly cleared of loose soil. This includes removing debris from crevices and corners, then the cleaning can begin. The cleaning plan will be determined by fiber type and how your upholstery was manufactured or entwined. We utilize low or no moisture techniques as well as traditional methods to ensure proper chemistry. Proper tools are used to clean upholstery without any risk of damage to the fabric. We are the upholstery cleaning expert and we take our time with every item we service. We always follow industry standards and take steps to protect your investment. You will have the assurance that our technicians are accustomed to working with quality and will provide superior upholstery cleaning services that are sure to keep our customers happy.

Did you know there are six different types of fire extinguishers?

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Different fire extinguishers with labels Which one works for you?

As most people would think you would just buy a fire extinguisher and if a fire occurs you’re fine right? Well, what you may not know is there are actually six different types of fire extinguishers and they all don’t work on every fire.

  1. ABC POWDER FIRE EXTINGUISHER

An ABC powder fire extinguisher has many advantages as it is a multi-purpose extinguisher and is therefore one of the most common extinguishers to have. A powder extinguisher sprays chemical powder comprised mostly of monoammonium phosphate. This acts to cover the fire and suffocate it.  A Powder extinguisher works effectively since it is not an electrical conductor and since it can effectively break the chain reaction in a liquid or gas fire, something a water extinguisher cannot do.

  1. CARBON DIOXIDE FIRE EXTINGUISHER

A carbon dioxide fire extinguisher is one of the most sanitary types of extinguishers to use as it leaves no remnants and requires no cleanup. The CO2 extinguisher extinguishes CO2. Meaning it eliminates oxygen out of the fire, effectively suffocating it of oxygen. It is used on fires that involve flammable liquids and on electrical fires.

  1. WET CHEMICAL FIRE EXTINGUISHER

The wet chemical extinguisher is a specialized type of extinguisher that the primary use is on fires involving cooking animal and vegetable fats or oils. These extinguishers contain a solution composed of potassium. The liquid mist it sprays cools the fire. Second, due to the chemical reaction of the solution with the cooking fat or oil, a thick soap-like substance forms, sealing the surface of the liquid to prevent it from reigniting. The wet chemical extinguisher is for a kitchen setting. It can also be effective for fires where a material such as wood or paper has caught fire.

  1. WATER MIST FIRE EXTINGUISHER

This type of extinguisher releases minuscule water molecules that fight the fire on a variety of levels. First, because so much water is dispersed in such a minuscule fog-like form, the level of oxygen in the air is decreased, which in return suffocates the fire. Second, the water molecules are drawn to the fire and, as water always does, acts to cool it. The most unique thing about the water mist extinguishers, is that the water has been demineralized, meaning the minerals have been removed. As a result, it can be used on electrical fires, as the demineralized water does not conduct electricity, as well as on burning liquids/gases that a standard water extinguisher could not be applied to.

  1. FOAM FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Foam fire extinguishers are suitable for flammable liquids but not effective for gaseous fires. They spray a foam that expands when it hits the air and covers the fire. This prevents the vapors from rising off the liquid to feed the fire, therefore starving it of fuel. Also, because the foam is mixed with water, it has a cooling effect. Foam extinguishers are some of the best for liquid fires, such as gasoline fires, but can also be used on fires involving solid combustibles like wood.

  1. CLEAN AGENT FIRE EXTINGUISHER

This type of fire extinguisher is stored in its liquid form, when sprayed and hits the air, it converts to its gas form which is nonconducting, safe for use while people are present, leaves no remnants, and has a very short atmospheric lifetime, making it eco-friendly. The gas, is usually made of Halon, extinguishes fire by reducing the oxygen levels and delaying the chain reaction. Because it is nonconducting and so clean, it is ideal for rooms or businesses filled with electrical and computer equipment.

Helping in Texas! ONE TEAM

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Green Van with Trailer Attached at Gas Station Heading to Texas! SERVPRO = ONE TEAM

So many residential and commercial customers are in need right now over many states.  We received the call from our Storm Team headquartered from Alabama to disperse towards Texas so we did!  We always want to assist other SERPVRO franchises in helping as many customers as we are able too! 

Thankful for volunteers to drive additional equipment all the way from Florida to Texas, thankful for SERVPRO of Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra letting us use their trailer loaded down with equipment and so very thankful to our staff that is already there and working since last Saturday around the clock!   

Thankful for our staff here at SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties for working hard to keep our customers here at home taken care!  

WE ARE ONE TEAM!!  

How many layers of floors do you have??

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Sheet vinyl flooring with VCT over it Got layers??

Sometimes when you purchase a home or business you believe the floor your looking at is the original floor or I should say the "only" floor.  Surprise!   It is amazing what we find when we go to a water loss sometimes....  layers and layers and layers of flooring!  

In this case it was vct on top of sheet vinyl on top of the subfloor.  Sometimes it is carpet over sheet vinyl and sometimes it is multiple layers of subflooring that we cannot dry through.   This is just an example of every loss being unique and different just like every customer is unique! 

We try and treat every customer as we would like to be taken care of and create a quality experience for you.   Customer service is lost art in today's world.   Remember, you are our 1st priority and your home or business is going to be treated as such!  

Cracking a water damage case

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Cracked toilet bowl Cracked toilet bowl that was the culprit in this water damage

When SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties receives a call about a water damage one of the first things we do is attempt to find the source of the damage if the home owner is unsure where it is coming from.

This particular case was a very easy find. Our office received a call about a water damage in Perry, Fla and we sent a team out to assess the damage and begin to work on fixing the issue.

When we arrived we noticed that the toilet bowl in the second bathroom had a huge crack and water had gone into most of the house.

Over the course of a few days, our crew was able to remove the flooring in the effected area along with some of the kitchen cabinets and began the drying process.

If you have a similar situation, feel free to give us a call at 386-754-0261.

Weather Updates

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

sign that says Hurricane with lightning bolts on black sky ARE YOU READY FOR THE STORM?

As Floridians we have learned to always be knowledgeable of ongoing weather.  From lightning to hurricanes it is always advisable to be informed at all times and know what precautions to take.   

We learn at an early age how dangerous weather can be and how to smartly respond to any ongoing or upcoming weather factors to keep ourselves safe and out of harms way. 

May of us use the local news, radio or social media to keep up.   We here at SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties recommend to use the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) website.  

This website/link will keep you up to date and informed of any upcoming storm possibilities that might require advanced planning to keep everyone safe.  

No one is every "ready" for a Hurricane to damage their home or business, however, you should be ready to evacuate if necessary and know how to prepare your home or business to the best of your ability.  

Community during Covid

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle with local law enforcement SERVPRO vehicle with local law enforcement

SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties has been busy with helping our local community attempt to navigate this pandemic as best we can. We have different plans available for disinfecting a location that may or may not have had a case of coronavirus present.

Along with offering the services SERVPRO has been known for since 1967, we have attempted to assist some local businesses as well as first responders through these trying times.

SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties has done numerous outreach activities to include taking lunch to some of the various fire stations in our area, fogging of First Responder vehicles for the County and City as well as giving out a teacher appreciation packet to our local High School's faculty and staff.

We would like to thank anyone who was able to take part in these events for helping us spread the word of the little bit of normal that we as SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties are attempting to bring during this period of "New Normal".