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Is Buying In to SERVPRO Right for Me?

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jacksonville Westside / Orange Park is here to help

If you’ve ever dreamed of being your own boss, then chances are you’ve done a little research and know how challenging starting your own business can be. Fortunately, there’s another way to get in on the ground floor of entrepreneurship - franchise ownership. Owning a SERVPRO franchise can be the perfect choice. Learn how blending your entrepreneurial spirit with your interests in Flemming Land, FL, disaster recovery can prove a winning combination with SERVPRO.

Why Try a Franchise?

There’s no shortage of expenses when it comes to starting a business. The franchise model helps would-be business owners sidestep many of those by creating a turnkey, locally owned business operation. Benefits include:

  • Established structure to kick off and grow a business
  • Brand recognition
  • Lower risk of failure

While buying into a franchise is good, what makes buying into a SERVPRO franchise great?

Locally Owned

Working under SERVPRO, franchisees get the benefit of being able to have their own, locally identified business. That means no big-box names - a big benefit as consumers look to connect more with businesses in their backyard rather than overseas.

Expert Ownership

SERVPRO consistently ranks well in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500, which measures the quality of franchise operations based in part on how well they are run. This prestigious ranking is based on factors such as size and growth, costs and support to individual franchisees. SERVPRO ranks in the top 30 of this list due to its continued support for its certified local branches.


A franchisee can’t do it all on his or her own. That’s why SERVPRO is committed to supporting its team. That means providing training opportunities and corporate expertise. Leadership has continuously made a goal of providing franchising with the tools to pursue their business goals and make their dreams reality.

While owning a franchise can be a great way to start in business, owning a SERVPRO franchise can be a good way to stay in business. Learn more about the company franchise model and see if it could be a fit for you.

How Pretesting Speeds Up the Claims Process After a Home Disaster

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s commitment to pretesting makes the restoration and insurance process more efficient.

How Pretesting Speeds Up The Claims Process After A Home Disaster

Following a disaster in your home, you have many concerns. One of the most important elements of getting back to your normal activities is starting the insurance process and making sure your coverage takes effect and that you aren’t stuck with massive costs. When you hire the right disaster cleanup team, you can count on your claim going through in a timely manner. The best restoration teams use pretesting and other practices to give you the peace of mind you need.

What Is Pretesting?

There is no shortage of disaster relief companies you could hire to help get you back on your feet after a fire, flood or mold infestation. You want to work with someone that does pretesting. This involves the following steps:

  • Evaluating the full extent of the disaster.
  • Making a plan of how to move forward in the best manner possible.
  • Determining what parts of the home professionals can repair and salvage and what parts they must replace altogether.

Why Pretesting Matters to Insurance Company

You should make an insurance claim as quickly after the incident as possible. Cleanup and repair can be costly, but your coverage should take care of most of these costs. However, slow response from your disaster relief company can also bog thing down on the insurance company’s end. SERVPRO’s pretesting methods gets things in motion with the claims process and helps the insurance agent to his or her part to initiate coverage and payment.

Cost Benefit for You

With pretesting, the insurance company has confidence that it has an accurate picture of the full extent of the damage at your Orange Park, FL home. This will ensure that the team does the work it should—not handling more or less than is necessary.

As if suffering damage and loss from a fire or flood isn’t difficult enough, you don’t want to get stuck with a slow and costly claims process. SERVPRO’s commitment to pretesting makes the restoration and insurance process more efficient.

Emergency Water Restoration Tips

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Lobby Area Downtown Jacksonville

What To Do After Flooding

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
Don't use television or other household appliances.
Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

3 Easy Tips for Mold Prevention in Your Commercial Building

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in Flemming Land, FL

Mold growth in a commercial facility can introduce a slew of problems, from unpleasant odors, to costly damage and even may force a business to shut down in the event of toxic mold. Mold prevention is a lot easier to deal with than mold remediation. But how hard is it for Flemming Land,FL, business owners to stop mold in its tracks? It can be surprisingly easy to start preventing mold. Here are a few simple things you can do today.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungi that spreads and reproduces via spores. Some types are helpful, but other types can wreak havoc via:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Destruction of property
  • Unpleasant odors

Fortunately, there are simple mold prevention steps you can take today.

Take a Walk

Taking a mindful walk around your facility is one of the simplest but most overlooked means of preventing out of control mold. Periodically inspect the nooks and crannies of your building as well as the more obvious places where moisture gathers. Look for obvious mold but also evidence of water damage that can prompt mold.

Don’t Procrastinate

If you see an issue, get on it. It can be easy to put other business concerns ahead of minor repairs, but you may pay in the long run. So, fix dripping pipes, leaky windows and the like as soon as possible so they don’t trigger a mold problem later.

Clean Up

Cleaning is one of the easiest fungus prevention tips. Start today by cleaning your HVAC system coils and drip pans, drying up any wet or damp areas and eliminating standing water. These are breeding grounds for mold.

These simple, fast mold prevention steps can be done today to prevent a bigger problem tomorrow. If it’s too late and you already have a mold problem, find a reputable mold remediation company and get on top of your problem today.

Fire Remediation: Why Hiring a Professional Is Worth It

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage clean up in Orange Park, FL

Fire Remediation

No property owner wants to experience a fire, but if the worst happens, some may be tempted to try and DIY the restoration process. If you are skilled enough to do so, and your commercial insurer is on board then by all means. However, if you’re like most business owners, the advantages of hiring a professional fire remediation service in the Orange Park,FL, area to mitigate fire damage far outweighs any pittance of DIY savings.

1. 24/7 Representation

Most emergency remediation services will provide 24/7 representation, meaning that whenever the damage or disaster occurs, they can respond. This is especially useful after a fire as there will likely be structural damage that requires immediate attention.

2. Assessment and Inspection

To be better able to service your specific needs, reputable companies will assess and inspect the entirety of your property. These extended walkabouts ensure that you receive an accurate idea of the extent of work necessary to restore your facility.

3. Mitigation and Security

Fire damage will typically affect the structural integrity of your facility, meaning that roofs, windows, doors, and other crucial elements are likely compromised. An insurance adjuster will usually expect some form of fire mitigation to prevent further damage to the property. Most remediation specialists will offer immediate tarping and board-up services.

4. Water Removal and Air Circulation

In the process of extinguishing the fire, hoses, sprinkler systems and extinguishers will leave excess water in the property. Restoration companies will offer to remove excess water and moisture with pumps, dehumidifiers and air movers, allowing the facility to completely dry.

5. Debris Removal and Cleaning

Another inevitable remnant of fire is a mess of debris, dirt, soot and grime. Removing garbage, cleaning what needs cleaning, and using specialized chemicals and equipment, emergency remediation specialists will scrub your entire business from top to bottom.

6. Restoration

After all of the assessments, mitigation and cleaning, it is finally time to restore your business. With the assistance of engineers, restoration companies will help to rebuild your company and restore your operations.

Fire damage is terrible. However, thinking that you can handle it on your own is a mistake. Take advantage, hire professionals.

How Soon Does Mold Damage Start After Flooding?

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew damage in Jacksonville,FL

Mold growth can become a serious risk whenever standing water is present in a home. Flood water may contain bacteria, debris, chemicals, and other dangerous substances. This water is considered contaminated black water, or Category Three water, and is particularly prone to causing mold. Signs of mold may become evident within 24 to 48 hours after flooding and intensify within 72 to 96 hours, or three to four days.

Within 24 to 48 Hours

In just one to two days, several indications of mold may already be detectable. Sign to watch for include:

  • Musty odors
  • Elevated presence of microbiological volatile organic compounds
  • Spore development

It is important to make progress toward mitigation as soon as possible. If a professional service pumps out standing water during this stage and starts the cleaning, disinfection, and drying process, it may be possible to prevent problematic mold growth.

Within Several Days

Mold may start to grow and spread as time goes by. Within just 72 to 96 hours

  • Fast-growing colonies may emerge
  • Visible growth may become apparent
  • Odors will intensify
  • Microbiological volatile organic compounds may reach risky levels

It is best to have the pumping, cleaning, and disinfecting stages of mitigation completed within this time frame. Professionals can also tear out porous contents and building materials that support mold. Ideally, a flooded home will already be drying with professional equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers. If water is still standing, mold may become a serious issue that will require testing and specialized mitigation methods.

Take action as soon as possible, ideally within the first 24 hours following a flood, to eliminate the presence of water and residual moisture in a Jacksonville, FL, residence. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that mold growth will develop. Residential mitigation and restoration experts can clean up and repair flood damage and determine whether mold is present.