Hidden Holiday Hazards in your Tallahassee Home
Takes less than 20 seconds for your Christmas tree to look like this - photo credit to National Fire Protection Association.
With the Holiday Season among us, SERVPRO of Tallahassee wants to ensure our neighbors are safe. For many of our Tallahassee residents this season brings joy and happiness, but it can also bring danger. This blog will focus primarily on the potential dangers of the holiday season, as fires during the holidays have claimed the lives of many Americans, injured even more, and could potentially destroy your Tallahassee home often times leaving those affected displaced. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that on average 400 lives are lost due to holiday fires every year, and a staggering 1,650 people on average are injured due to holiday fires each year. Protect your Tallahassee home and Business by following these simple holiday safety tips, provided by the U.S. Fire Administration.
- USE ONLY NON-FLAMMABLE DECORATIONS: All decorations should be flame retardant. Placement is key to prevention as you do not want to place decorations next to heat vents or other sources of heat.
- MAINTAIN HOLIDAY LIGHTS: At the beginning of the holiday season take your string of lights out and check them for any damage prior to hanging them up around your Tallahassee home, such as frayed wires or cracked sockets and excessive wire kinking.
- DO NOT OVERLOAD ELECTRICAL OUTLETS: Lighting is a festive part of the holidays so making sure they are used properly is important to fire safety. Read the indicated the number of lights allowed to be connected in one outlet. Normally, you should not place more than three strings of lights together unless it is otherwise indicated safe on packaging. A good habit to practice when lights are strung is to periodically touch them as they should not be warm. Any heat may indicate danger.
- AVOID USING LIT CANDLES: Candles are one of the main sources of December fires so avoid using lit candles in your home. If you do chose to use candles, make sure they are in a stable holder, and not located where they can be knocked down by your pet or children. Most importantly NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOME WITH A CANDLE STILL BURNING!!!!
- DON’T BLOCK EXITS: This tip is pretty self -evident. In the event of a fire you want to make sure you have quick and unobstructed access to an exit.
- CHECK SMOKE DETECTORS: As in all seasons, please check to make sure that all fire detectors are working properly and are in working order.
If you eliminate potential risks this holiday season by following the helpful hints listed above you will enjoy a fire-safe holiday this year. If however you do have an emergency this Holiday season call our experts. SERVPRO of Tallahassee is faster to any size disaster and our Experts have the knowledge to get you back in your home as quickly as possible. Please be safe and take care Tallahassee. Happy Holidays from our family to yours.
Stay safe and be prepared. Hurricane Michael is on its way!!!
(Photo Credit to NPR) Hurricane Michael Approaching Florida.
With Hurricane Michael’s projected path coming toward us, and his arrival only a day way, SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to help prepare our community members. Our area is familiar to Hurricanes, especially these past two years. Hurricanes are basically a massive storm that forms over warm waters in the tropic and sub tropic areas. Hurricanes become a threat when they move toward land bringing with them heavy rain fall, strong winds, storm surges along the coastline, coastal flooding, inland flooding, rip currents, in most cases tornadoes, and sometimes landslides. For our area, hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends November 30th. Even if you are not directly located on the coast, hurricanes can affect more than 100 miles inland.
Since we are in the midst of a hurricane warning for our area, make sure you have a safe place to seek shelter from Hurricane Michael ASAP. You are your own most important first responder. Take initiative and make safety your top priority. Here are some helpful tips.
- If you are ordered to evacuate please do so for your safety.
- Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room with no windows if possible.
- Keep your mobile device charged and available even if cell service is interrupted, emergency communications will be pushed to your device.
- Generators are helpful during power outages, but please make sure to only use them outdoors and away from your windows.
- Most importantly if you are faced with flood waters, TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN. Never walk through, swim through, or drive through flood waters. If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs.
- Plan with your family and friends on ways to keep in touch in the event you lose power. Sometimes sending a text message is more reliable and dependable than making a phone call.
- Check in with your neighbors. Make sure they have a plan and have someone there to help. Some individuals in our area are elderly who live on their own. Be there for your community.
- Check your vehicle, make sure it is a good working condition and that your tank is full of gas. Keep a supply of gasoline for reserves as well. Also stock your vehicle with emergency supplies such as nonperishable foods, batteries, a change of clothes, and most importantly any medicines that you have to have.
- People please don’t forget about your pets. Do not leave them tied, or chained outside. They’re best chance if flood waters are presented is to be free to seek safety and higher grounds.
- If you have insurance keep your paperwork with you. Keep track of your time and money spent for your adjuster.
- While the storm is over us stay put. Do not go out and venture into the weather. Stay inside.
- If your home is affected do not touch electrical equipment. If it is safe to do so turn off electricity at the main breaker and/or fuse box to prevent electrical injury.
- Document any damages to your home. Take photos.
Please be your own first responder and keep your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your animals safe. We are a community that cares. We are Florida Strong!! SERVPRO of Tallahassee cares about our community and is faster to any size disaster so leave the clean up to our experts. Call us if you have water damages, we are close by and ready to respond.
Hurricane Michael threatens Tallahassee; SERVPRO of Tallahassee is here to help!!
Photo: GRAPHIC CONTRIBUTED BY NOAA
SERVPRO of Tallahassee wants to let our local area know we are getting ready for Hurricane Michael who is rapidly approaching our area. We have a stock pile of equipment ready to help in the event your Leon County home suffers damages from the storm. Our biggest concern is your safety. Please be safe during this time, as we are looking toward receiving high winds and lots of rain.
Our guys our trained and certified to handle water mitigation from storm damage, and are ready to help save your home from water intrusion. SERVPRO of Tallahassee has been helping our neighbors since 1983 and will continue to do so throughout this storm event. Our area should be expecting bare minimum power outages and downed trees. Some of our neighbors are being evacuated both mandatory at this time and voluntarily. If you are in a weak structure, or located by the coast, please think about your safety and seek shelter. We will be on standby for those who need us after the storm. So do not worry about your home, worry about your families and staying safe during Hurricane Michael. Our trained experts are here for you when you need us 24/7 so give us a call.
Water damage event while homeowner was out of town!!
In the featured photo you can see extensive water damage that left the floor damaged beyond repair, and visible mold present.
SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to take the time to give our residents and community members some advice since it is summer and lots of you folks may be traveling out of town.
One of our Tallahassee residents was away from their home for a long time. During their vacancy, a water damage event occurred and went unnoticed. When the homeowner returned to their home, they found it in ruins. Ceilings had collapsed on the first floor, as water flowed from an upstairs toilet for what looks like days. The home had so much water damage inside that you could see signs of water flowing down the brick of the home on the outside. What is even worse is that the water caused damage to the HVAC system and the system shut down. At that point the home became a breading grounds for microbial growth to start forming and it did, as you can see in the picture. Of course once SERVPRO of Tallahassee received notice of the water loss and mold damage our production technicians were on site immediately and went to work to restore this Tallahassee home.
Our advice to our customers, if you go out of town, please have a trusted friend or family member or even a property manager go check on your property as frequently as possible. It is very important to catch water damages when they happen so your home suffers less damage.
Don't drive through Flood waters, turn around!!!!
Torrential rain washed away this vehicle in Escambia County
SERVPRO of Tallahassee wants our residents to stay safe, especially with the latest weather conditions. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch that remains in effect until Thursday evening across North Florida and into Georgia. Additionally, a flash flood warning has been issued by for portions of coastal Wakulla County. Just this Wednesday morning in Wakulla there was a short-lived tornado warning issued.
With an increase in rainfall in our area, you may come across dangerous roadways. If the water on the road looks deep, or you have any doubts and there is a concern for crossing, please find an alternative route to drive. Please do not drive through flood waters, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.
You can read an article by Tallahassee Democrat if you hold the Contrl Key and click on the link provided.
If you would like to read the flash flood watch and flash flood warning issued by NWS, please follow the link below the same way.
Photo was obtained from an article by Palmbeachpost.com Click the link to read the article.
Our employee of the month for July!!!!
Every month our team at SERVPRO of Tallahassee takes a vote for employee of the month. Our vote is comprised of a blind ballot where each of our team members are given a ballot and they vote for the individual who they feel should be recognized as employee of month. Additionally, we count customer compliments as a vote too. So each month we keep a record of compliments our team receives either as a whole or individually for that month. We tally each compliment as a vote. So, at the end of month, we not only count our own votes but essentially the votes of the community members we service as well.
With that said, SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to take a minute to give praise to one of our highly trained production technicians, Cory Williams, for receiving employee of the month for the month of July. Thank you Cory for your long hours and dedication. Cory is helping bring the brand to life with his hard work and compassion shown in the field. Thank you Cory for being part of our team!!!
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we!!!
Fallen debris from collapsed ceiling on first floor after extensive water damage caused by supply line leak on second floor.
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SERVPRO of Tallahassee provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Our trained technicians are on standby to help restore your home.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
No worries - Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
To provide peace of mind we invite you to Meet our staff – just hold Ctrl key and click on the link.
Are You Prepared for This Hurricane Season??
Hurricane Hermine making Landfall in North Florida.
With Hurricane season upon us, SERVPRO of Tallahassee wants to make sure our neighbors and our community is prepared for this Hurricane season. Hurricanes can cause lots of issues for our community as we have seen these past two seasons. We want to make sure we are ready to help, and our community members are readily prepared if disaster strikes.
In 2016 Hurricane Hermine left our residents without power, for some, up to seven days, and other extreme cases, even longer. We witnessed lots of branches and even whole trees fall on to roof tops. One member of our community suffered severe damage to their home when a huge tree fell on their roof. It caused severe structural damage to the trusses and tore through the electrical wiring of the house. The storm rain flooded into the home. Unfortunately, the rain didn’t do the most damage to the home. Shortly after Hurricane Hermine dissipated, tragically the home caught on fire. Hurricane Irma brought similar situations to some of our residents in 2017. So please be careful and call in experts to help.
Although we can’t prevent hurricanes from coming we do want to provide to you the information you will need to help stay safe this season. When it comes to safety we look to The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for guidance. FEMA agrees that being prepared makes sense in any emergency situation stating “Preparing Makes Sense. The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well - trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack or other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense.” So please, SERVPRO of Tallahassee urges everyone to please plan for this hurricane season and make sure you are ready!! FollowFEMA’S four steps for emergency preparednesswhich can be found by clicking the link provided. Just hold the control key and click on the link provided, you will find helpful tips from FEMA to get by in an emergency situation, as well as step by step instructions.
SERVPRO of Tallahassee will be on standby this season to help our fellow community members and our neighbors; just like we have been for the past 35 years. We are equipped with generators to keep our business going during a power outage, so we can keep helping our community. Our team is willing to work through the storms to make sure your home survives this season, and are geared with sump pumps, extractors, air movers, and other specialty equipment to insure that your home can survive this hurricane season. If you find yourself in the midst of troubling water damage this hurricane season, or if you are in need of our comprehensive services for any reason, remember you are not alone. Call our experienced staff at SERVPRO of Tallahassee @850-878-8885, we are faster to any size disaster and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened." Just take a look at our testimonials from the years past helping our community members in need. So no worries, you are in good hands. Please stay safe everyone, and be prepared!
Picture featured was obtained from NaturalNorthFlorida.com
This mold was caused by a water damage that went unnoticed for too long!!!
SERVPRO of Tallahassee warns our residents - if you see visible mold in your home, please do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. If you are in the middle of renovating your home and you discover mold, stop. Cover the suspect microbial growth discovered with plastic if possible, and then call us immediately. DO not disturb the growth any further. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. Let our experts come out and advise on a proper plan of action to prevent any further contamination of unaffected areas in your home. If you suspect mold in your home please follow our tips below:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Cover the affected area if possible.
- Contact SERVPRO of Tallahassee for further mold remediation services.
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
SERVPRO of Tallahassee specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of Tallahassee is a licensed mold remediation company here local in the Tallahassee area. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We pride ourselves in our remediation services, and frequently handle these types of situations in homes throughout North Florida and South Georgia. From St. George Island to Newton Georgia, our experts have helped clean and clear homes of microbial growth. No job is too big, or too small. If you see or suspect mold in your home, call our experts today @850-878-8885
When you're DIY becomes OMG!!
Microbial growth discovered during "DIY" project.
During a recent "DIY" renovation of a master bathroom, the homeowner discovered microbial growth behind their shower wall. The homeowner immediately turned to the mold experts at SERVPRO of Tallahassee to help remove the unhealthy microbial growth they found. Our Production Manager Robert Philbrick was first onsite to assess the damage. He took detailed report, grabbed measurements, and obtained photos for our office staff to produce a line item estimate. Steve Irving Operations Manager of SERVPRO of Tallahassee quickly went to work to produce the estimate for the homeowner. Communication was made by our Office Manager Reba McKenzie, who sent estimate and hiring documents to homeowner. The homeowner quickly responded back with a commitment to hire, and within a couple days time, destructive remediation commenced. With the help of our Knowledgeable Production Technicians, and our proven remediation process, this bathroom is cleared of Mold, and the homeowner received Post Remediation Verification by a local Mold Inspector. Now this homeowner's DIY project is back on track.