Love Where You Live in Camden County

Love Where You Live in Camden County

St. Marys, GA – Taste of Camden returns to Camden County on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Kings Bay Village Shopping Center for its 9th year focusing on why Camden County should Love Where You Live with a day of fun and cuisine.

This year’s theme is Love Where You Live. Awards will be given for Best Overall Booth, Best Themed Booth, “Tastiest” Entrée, “Tastiest” Appetizer, and “Tastiest” Dessert. Voting will be completed by Mystery Judges.

Vendors at this year’s Taste of Camden will receive an 8-foot by 8-foot space, 6-foot table, two chairs and two tickets for admittance to The Taste of Camden. Vendor’s offering wine tasting at their booth will receive 2 additional tickets.

A new addition to the exhibition this year will be our “Taste of Camden” mobile application. This
application will turn your booth and the event into a personal and interactive experience for attendees.

This year’s booth rates are determined by location and type.

Our premium rates for chamber members are $225 for non-food vendors and $125 for food vendors and $375 for non-members.

Our prime rates for chamber members are $175 for non-food vendors and $75 for food
vendors and $325 for non-members.

Our regular rates for chamber members are $150 for non-food vendors and $50 for food vendors and $275 for non-members.

Make a statement! Generate traffic and attention with a premium booth!

Electricity is provided if requested at the time of registration.

Set-up must be conducted on Wednesday between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on the day of the event between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Thank you to our Premiere sponsors, TDS, Tribune & Georgian, and Georgia Power and our Presenting sponsors Southeast Georgia Health Systems and Georgia Pacific.

To see available booth locations, register for your booth and become and event sponsor, visit us
online at or contact the Camden County Chamber of Commerce at (912) 729-5840.

We look forward to celebrating with you at this year’s Taste of Camden.

About Taste of Camden: The Taste of Camden is a local event produced by the Camden County Chamber of Commerce. Taking place each November, Taste of Camden features delectable food from area restaurants, features local businesses, children’s activities and more.

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Bleach and Mold Myth

Bleach and Mold MythA myth exists concerning the use and “effectiveness” of chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) in the remediation of a mold problem. Many contractors and property owners use bleach as a biocide on mold contaminated building materials. In the past, this was an accepted practice. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the EPA once recommended using chlorine bleach for mold abatement, but has since stopped recommending the use of chlorine bleach as a mold clean-up agent.

Does chlorine bleach kill mold? The answer is yes, but with an exception. The Clorox Company states that their product is “effective on hard, non-porous surfaces”. That is the exception. Mold remediation involves the need to disinfecting of non-pourous AND pourous building materials. The object to killing mold is to kill its “roots”. Yet the properties of chlorine bleach prevent it from “soaking into” pourous materials to get to the deeply embedded roots to do so. Per the dwell time, time the bleach must sit to be affective, is 10 minutes. Dirt and detergent residue on a surface can make chlorine bleach inactive. Inactive bleach is over 90% water, which when sitting on mold, can make the issue worse.

Thus, chlorine bleach should not be used in mold remediation as confirmed by OSHA’s and EPA’s updated recommendations and suggested guidelines. The use of bleach as a mold disinfectant is best left to kitchen and bathroom countertops, tubs and shower glass, etc. Beware of any mold inspector, mold remediation contractor or other individual that recommends or uses chlorine bleach for mold clean up on pourous building materials.

If you believe you have a mold problem, Call Paul! Paul Davis Emergency Services of Camden, GA at (912) 342-2220 for a free estimate.

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First Five Calls to Make After a Disaster

First Five Calls to Make After a DisasterHurricane and Tornado Preparedness: The First 5 Calls to Make After These and Other Major Disasters

Who should you call when a disaster strikes your home? In some cases, this depends on the nature of the catastrophe. If a major hurricane has hit Southeast Georgia and North Florida, you may be in the middle of a natural disaster that is affecting hundreds or thousands of families. In this case, landlines and cell towers could be affected, limiting who you can contact immediately. In contrast, if a tornado touched down the damage may be limited to a few homes. It’s still a disaster for you if your house was involved, but you’ll probably have access to more immediate support.

In general, here are the most important calls to make:

1. First Responders – Emergency services are likely to be overwhelmed in the event of a hurricane or tornado. Call 911 only if there is an immediate danger to your life and health or that of your family. Otherwise, contact neighbors or friends to help you out (or so you can help each other).

2. Utilities – A broken gas line or a downed overhead power line can be a serious hazard after a hurricane or tornado. Call the utility company right away to address the issue. Move to a safer area until a crew arrives and corrects the problem.

3. Loved Ones – You’ll want to contact family and friends to let them know you are OK and to check on their well-being. In the event of a major disaster, use text messaging when possible to minimize the overload on the voice network. Get in touch with at least one person who lives outside your local area. This individual may serve as an important contact point in getting you the help and information you need (such as the distribution locations for the American Red Cross or local relief agencies).

4. Shelter – If your home is unsafe or completely destroyed in a major disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be able to provide temporary housing. The number is (800) 621-3362 to register for assistance. FEMA may also have vital information about where to find necessities like food and clothing after a disaster.

5. Restoration – Once you’ve ensured your family is safe, it’s time to start the process of rescuing your home. This involves contacting your insurance company, submitting a claim and working with a company that specializes in property damage clean up and repair. Most policies require you as the homeowner to make immediate reasonable repairs to your home following a disaster to prevent additional damage and will reimburse you for these repairs. Don’t wait for a contractor to knock on your door (there will be all kinds of fly-by-night repair companies coming through your town after hurricanes and tornadoes). Be proactive in calling a licensed restoration company that specializes in repairing the specific type of damage your home sustained in the disaster (we suggest Paul Davis Restoration/Emergency Services of Camden.).

Additional Tips:

The amount of warning you have before an event can also affect your communication strategy. Tornadoes come with a different warning time than a hurricane heading to us. You might be able to make some of your calls ahead of time rather than after the fact. For example, notify your employer that you probably won’t show up for work tomorrow because a major weather event headed your way is likely to cause damage.

And if you know someone who is experiencing a disaster in their own city, be in contact with them and let them know you’re there to help. You may be able to serve as a resource to them even from thousands of miles away.

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Hurricane Preparedness Safety Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Safety TipsWhile experiencing a direct hit from a hurricane is unlikely, many areas of the country are affected by significant tropical weather during hurricane season. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June until November. During this time, it is important that your policyholders’ families and homes are prepared.

Paul Davis publicizes to homeowners in their local area the following tips on how they can keep their family and property safe during hurricane season.

• Have an evacuation plan in place for your family. Know where the nearest emergency shelter is located.
• Assemble a hurricane survival kit to include water, nonperishable food, can opener, flashlight, weather radio, batteries, first aid kit, sunscreen, prescription medications and toiletries
• Be prepared to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8″ plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
• Install hurricane straps or clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure of your home
• Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed
• Clear debris from rain gutters and downspouts
• If evacuating, secure or put away lawn furniture, grills, garbage cans, etc.
• For additional tips and information, visit

Damage from hurricanes can run into the billions of dollars every year. Paul Davis understands the importance of hurricane preparedness and takes the lead in educating consumers both as a public service and to help reduce insurance claims.

Locally owned and operated, we have a highly experienced staff to help you with every aspect of your Water Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation and Structural Drying needs.

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Camden
300 Osborne St.
St. Marys, GA 31558

Wipe Out is Now Paul Davis Emergency Services

Wipe Out is Now Paul Davis Emergency ServicesImportant news! You’re about to get the same great delivery service you’re accustomed to under a new name!

As our new logo above indicates, effective May 23, 2011, we will no longer be identified as Wipe Out, but as Paul Davis Emergency Services of Camden County. The email and website will be live May 22, 2011.

Our office will be closed through May 22, 2011 while we perform our reorganization, but they will be available after hours and on Sundays for any emergency situations that may occur.

For over 40 years, Paul Davis has brought a full range of mitigation and reconstruction expertise to all types of losses. Paul Davis Emergency Services of Camden County is proud to be a part of an organization that invented the category of “insurance restoration contractor.”

This means you get the same fast, responsive service, and the same dedication to excellence that you’ve come to rely on from Wipe Out. But you also get enhanced capabilities for meeting all of your emergency needs: fire and smoke damage cleanup, water damage cleanup and structural drying, mold removal, content cleaning and restoration, odor removal, and emergency board up and tarping.

It’s still the same great company, just with a new name. Remember: Wipe Out is now Paul Davis Emergency Services of Camden County.

Local Woman Licensed as Florida Mold Remediator

Local Woman Licensed as Florida Mold RemediatorWipe Out, water damage and mold services of Nassau County, is proud to announce that Rana Killough has become one of the few licensed Florida Mold Remediators, License # MRSR656.

“With the new Florida Mold Licensing Law going into effect as of July 1, 2010, local homeowners can feel more secure about the companies performing mold services in the home.” said Rana Killough, “I am so proud to be one of those individuals to be counted among the handful of mold remediators that has been proven to earn that trust.” Mrs. Killough has been performing mold related services since 2004.

If you think you may have a microbial issue, contact Wipe Out at (904) 567-3885 or We will take a look at your issue using infrared photography, digital borescope and penetrating/non-penetrating moisture detection equipment free of charge.

Recycle Your Carpet

Recycle Your Carpet

Recycle Your Carpet

Planning to have new carpet installed or change the look with wood/tile flooring? Now what to do with the old carpet… hmm… I know. Recycle it! Nearly 5 billion pounds of used carpet ends up in our landfills every year. That is a lot of nasty chemicals like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polypropylene, possibly contaminating our groundwater. Here are a couple of ideas to help you be environmentally friendly:

1. If the carpet is in decent shape, why not donate it to a non-profit such as Habitat for Humanity Restore, (904) 722-0727, 8159 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL 32211. You can also donate other used construction materials that appear to be in good shape.

2. Drop your carpet and/or pad off to a carpet reclamation site. Here are a couple in the Jacksonville area. Foam Recycle Center, Jacksonville, FL (904) 448-0444 and RCRD, Inc, (904) 356-7750, 610 East 10th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206. If you live elsewhere, you can go to or Carpet America Recovery Effort to find a list of reclamation sites near you.

4. If you have company installing your carpet, ask them if they recycle the old carpet before they take off with it. If they don’t, get a discount for debris removal and recycle it yourself. Do the responsible thing!

5. You can have an installer put your carpet in, versus their carpet. Consider buying carpet made out of renewable and recycled materials from companies such as Flor.

Have a flood or mold project that has carpet which has been damaged? Wipe Out will not only remove the contaminated items, but we are committed to recycling them! Call us for your free quote today! (904) 567-3885.

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Preparation for the Storm

Preparation for the Storm

Preparation for the Storm

This is part two of a four part series, Preparation for the Storm 2010.

Step 1: Learn the New Wind Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale was updated earlier this year. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane’s intensity at the indicated time. Earlier versions of this scale – known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale – incorporated central pressure and storm surge as components of the categories. Only peak winds are employed in this revised version. Below is the current scale.

Category One Hurricane
Sustained winds of 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr)
Dangerous winds will produce minimal damage.

Category Two Hurricane
Sustained winds of 96-110 mph, (83-95 kt, or 154-177 km/hr)
Very dangerous winds will cause moderate damage.

Category Three Hurricane
Sustained winds 111-130 mph, (96-113 kt, or 178-209 km/hr)
Major damage will occur from extremely dangerous winds.

Category Four Hurricane
Sustained winds 131-155 mph, (114-135 kt, or 210-249 km/hr)
Extensive damage will occur.

Category Five Hurricane
Sustained winds greater than 155 mph, (greater than 135 kt, or greater than 249 km/hr)
Catastrophic damage will occur.

Step 2: Safe Evacuation Planning

When you are asked to evacuate, there may not be much time for gathering even the most basic necessities before hand. Part 1 of this series gave you a Hurricane Survival Kit, which can help. Below is a further list to assist you with evacuation preparations.

-Keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle. In emergencies, gas stations may be closed or unable to pump gas. Plan to take only one vehicle per family to reduce congestion on highways.
-If you do not have a vehicle, make arrangements with a friend for transportation or contact your local government for options.
-Listen to the radio (battery-powered recommended) and follow all local evacuation instructions.
-Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
-Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
-Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
-Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
-Stay away from downed power lines.

-Gather your disaster supplies kit.
-Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
-Close and lock all doors and windows in your home. Turn off the breakers in your electrical panel box. Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions.
-Let others know where you are going.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:
-If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
-If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure. These are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
-If you live in a high-rise building, hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
-If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
-If you feel you are in danger.

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
-Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
-Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
-Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
-Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
-Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

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Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire Damage Cleanup

I have performed them, but had the great pleasure of watching my competition perform a fire damage cleanup project in a duplex of a friend. The lack of detail and following of standards was absolutely amazing to me.

I watched a professional fire restoration company use a water based cleaner to clean the walls. Water based stain removers will only encourage the stain to sink in farther. Instead, they should have used chemical sponge to remove as much of the stain as possible. There were so many processes done incorrectly, that I was baffled that the homeowner hired them to do the job.

After seeing their estimate, I now understand why. Remember that old adage, you get what you pay for? It was estimated as if they were performing a regular house cleaning job, which is what the homeowner got.

Keep in mind that this was a two bedroom, 1 bathroom duplex with a living room and kitchen. The source of the fire was in the kitchen and the entire kitchen had to be gutted and the carpet was trashed. The estimate was for cleaning (not fire soot removal) of all of the interior walls, ceilings (which was a popcorn ceiling) and flooring. They cleaned the 3 week damaged carpet (which still looked trashed) in the bedrooms.

They then ran an ozone generator for odor removal, which is accepted in this industry. However, this is a duplex with exposed cavities where materials were removed leading to my friends unit. Um, where were the safety precautions? Many companies will offer ozone treatments as a way of knocking out the odor. Be wary! While ozone is useful for removing some smoke odor, if not used VERY carefully it can cause rapid deterioration and oxidation of fabrics. This damage is real and irreversible! Ozone treatments can also be harmful to the indoor air quality. Here is a link from the EPA about Ozone use. The potential health affects to occupants, pets and plants and the damage to property are something to keep in mind before having an ozone generator run in your home.

The homeowner chose to do the restoration end themselves. I get that because I am a big DIY girl. The homeowner proceeded to paint one layer of primer over the paint and then painted the walls. Guess what happened? You guessed it… the stain is showing through the paint. For some projects, knowledge is key. If you are going to do a project yourself, research!

Per the IICRC there are certain standards set in place for performing this type of cleanup. These standards were developed to ensure the homeowner has their home back to its pre-loss condition without stains and odor.

The first thing a fire damage professional will do is remove the source of odor, salvageable and unsalvageable items. The salvageable items will be cleaned to remove odor-causing residue. Using a deodorizing fogger (also known as a thermal fogger), they will counteract any remaining odor. These items would then be sealed and stored to prevent recontamination.

The second thing a fire damage professional will do is remove unsalvageable materials and as much soot as possible from all flat and horizontal surfaces in ALL affected areas. When dealing with popcorn ceilings that have soot, rule of thumb is to scrape this off. Also, depending on the materials affected, i.e. tile, vinyl, drywall, brick, the solutions used to clean the soot will be different. Not using the proper solution can and usually does cause extra damage.

They will then use a thermal fogging process. Just how fire can open the pores of materials, this fogger will open the pores and release the trapped odor causing molecules. It effectively neutralizes odor without damaging property.

Have a project you would like us to look at? Wipe Out will provide you with an estimate, free of charge! Call (904) 567-3885 today for your free quote.

Did you know?
Within minutes, acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion will discolor; highly porous materials discolor permanently.

Within hours, this residue stains floor grout, yellows fixtures; uncoated metals will tarnish, counter tops may yellow, finishes to appliances may yellow and furniture finishes may discolor.

Within days, this residue causes yellowing of painted walls permanently; metal will corrode, pit and/or rust; wood furniture will require refinishing, vinyl flooring will require replacement, clothing becomes stained, upholstery stains permanently.

Within weeks, carpet will yellow or discolor permanently; etching and pitting can occur on glass, crystal and china.

Landlords Beware of Mold

Landlords Beware of Mold

Landlords Beware of Mold

In this economy, EVERYONE is trying to tighten their purse strings.

But sometimes a penny saved is not a penny earned. If you don’t get the job done right the first time, you’ll probably have to do the job again, and you could find yourself in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

So here’s the skinny on how to save money AND protect yourself.

Let’s start with the basics. If a property is not dried correctly, you could end up with a microbial situation with the dreaded brown/grey fuzzies called mold. Although it may seem thorough, removing carpet and pad when there’s been a flood or water damage is usually not enough to prevent mold. You can’t see any water, the walls look dry, your carpet cleaning company who extracted the water tells you everything is fine. We’ve all been there.

Be careful. You could be sitting on a bomb just waiting to explode.

Why? Because every 30 minutes water sits in a property, water wicks up the drywall at least 1 inch. Water also moves into the wall cavities and penetrates insulation and studs. This is the nature of water and it’s what makes it so dangerous, especially since you can’t see it.

This water that has crept into the wall cavity is what causes mold. Mold likes dark, wet places. So the water is sitting in the wall cavity and the mold is starting to grow. But it all looks dry and you’re glad you got that job handled so quickly and economically.

A few months later you get a call from the same tenant. “My house smells funny. I think it’s mold!”

Now it’s time for part 2 – Mold remediation. Think of mold like an iceberg. The part you can see is only a small part of it. By the time you can see mold on a wall, your tenants may already be complaining about health issues because they’ve been breathing mold spores everyday for a while. And we all know what comes next. The ugly words “sue” and “my lawyers” get thrown around.

By not ensuring the property is dried properly, you have opened yourself up to a law suit. If you had recommendations of procedures from a professional water damage company and neglected to do so, it’s not going to look good in court. That means the buck you saved on the water damage job will cost you three fold in mold remediation and additional restoration that would not have been needed if it was dried properly the first time. In addition to these expenses, you may be looking at potential legal fees and the liability of paying out for health issues.

Another issue I have seen lately includes all of the issues above, but with the additional liability of being a category 3 (black water) flood. This means it is contaminated water (normally sewage) with the possibility of viruses and bacteria, which can and usually does, make a person sick.

Category 3 floods need to be treated seriously. Materials that black water has touched must be removed, baseboards, drywall, carpet and pad. When these materials are being removed, protective equipment should be worn to ensure inhalation of these contaminates does not occur. Remaining materials must then be decontaminated. It is further recommended that testing be performed prior to any materials being put back. Why? To ensure no contaminates are left in the indoor environment. This protects landlords from future suits.

Many landlords would like to think this couldn’t happen to them, but let’s face it, if you choose not to dry your property correctly, you are responsible. Ask yourself if it is worth the dollar saved now to pay more later? Ask yourself if you want to be the person responsible for the degradation of the health of your renter? When it comes to indoor air quality and the health of your renters, our recommendation is to treat water damage or mold as if it occurred in your home.

How to Test for a Shower Pan Leak

How to Test for a Shower Pan Leak

How to Test for a Shower Pan Leak

One day you notice mold or mildew on base trim and maybe on your drywall in your bedroom. On the other side of this wall is your tiled shower. Uh oh, you may have a shower pan leak.

A shower pan leak is probably the most costly fix in the bathroom. Keeping this in mind, you may want to make sure it actually is a shower pan leak before going through the expense of having yours removed and replaced. You can call a plumber or you can perform the below.

Testing your shower pan for leaks:

    1. Make sure you are not planning to go anywhere for a while. This test will take you all day long. The last thing you want to do is test your shower pan, leave in the middle of the test and create a huge water damage problem.
    2. Gather your supplies! A large bucket, towel, measuring tape and duct tape.
    3. Dry your shower floor around the drain with your handy, dandy towel.
    4. Cover the drain with duct tape about the size of a paper plate. Make sure it is securely pressed down.
    5. This test will require water from another source. The last thing you want to do is use water from the shower and have an actual problem with your shower faucet or cracks in your shower walls. We want to be able isolate the shower pan. Take your bucket and fill it up about 2/3rds full.
    6. Gently pour the water into the shower floor until the floor has about a 1 inch depth of water. No more than that! This will ensure you do not have water above the curb of your shower pan under the tile. Measure to ensure you are at this depth.
    7. Let’s look for water:
    a. For a slab foundation: Look in all of the areas surrounding your shower, including adjacent rooms. You may have to pull your carpet back to see these areas. If you find water, stop the test. Remove the duct tape. You have a shower pan leak. If not, move to step 8.
    b. For a crawl space: Add a flashlight to your supply list. Now the worst part. Crawl under your house below your shower and look for water leaking in this area. If you find water, stop the test. Remove the duct tape. You have a shower pan leak. If not, move to step 8.
    8. This test will take at least 8 hours. Some leaks take a long time to show themselves. You now have the luxury of checking your water level about every hour. If it lowers, add water to get it back to 1 inch.
    9. About every hour, check for leaks again as in step 7. If you see water, stop the test. Remove the duct tape. You have a water leak. If you don’t see a leak from this test, CONGRATULATIONS the problem is NOT your shower pan.

At the end of this test, you may be happy it’s not your shower pan, but wondering what else it could be. Well, it could be your could be your shower seat if you have one (a lot cheaper to replace). Or it could be where the curb meets the walls. Your shower could have been constructed without pan corners at each end (again, a lot cheaper). How about that not-so-water-proof shower door? Your shower faucet could be leaking behind your wall or behind the faucet handles. Once you have eliminated these as possible causes, you are left with one of the most common leaks, cracks in the corners of your walls. Recaulk these and all shower corners, allow to dry and you will probably not see anymore leaks.

If you suspect a shower leak, we suggest not waiting to run these tests. Water damage leads to mold, wood rot and termites. The sooner you fix the problem, the cheaper it will cost you to fix.

We hope you find your issue and get it fixed soon! If you suspect you have mold already, contact us today or call (904) 567-3885 to get a free quote!

When to Seek Advice About Mold

When to Seek Advice About Mold

When to Seek Advice About Mold

Do I need a mold professional? To call or not to call… that is the question!

When do you need a professional mold remediator? This is one of the questions we get proposed to us on a daily basis. As a mold remediation company, we have walked into situations where the client does not need a professional and we have walked into situations where it is obvious a professional is needed. But what about the in betweens? The situations where it is not so obvious?

We have put together three easy questions to help you determine if you need to call a professional. Answer a few questions and find out for yourself. This will help you avoid spending money on costly testing and remediation if it’s not needed.

Think Health First!

1. Are the occupants in the building exposed to a potential health risk? At risk occupants include elderly, infants, immune compromised, asthmatic, a history of respiratory illnesses or other medical complaints.

If you answered yes to this question and you believe you have a mold situation, call a testing company immediately. The right testing company understands how buildings are constructed and where typical leaks can be found. Further they understand how to find hidden mold problems and can detail how a mold professional should clean the area. The testing company should never be the company performing the cleanup, as that poses a conflict of interest. See our previous article to ensure you do not get scammed.

If no, move to the next question.

2. Is the property occupied by renters? Lawsuits dealing with mold have become prevalent today due to multiple reasons, such as the way buildings are being constructed and education of mold. If you have a renter, you should never try to handle the situation yourself. By doing so, you have opened yourself to a lawsuit. Mold professionals carry the liability for ensuring the job is done right and protects your interests as the owner of the investment property.

If no, move to the next question.

3. How big is the contaminated area? Is it less than 10 square feet, 10-30 square feet, 30-100 square feet, or more than 100 square feet?

Mold Damage

Mold Damage

Small Mold Less than 30 Square Feet
Less than 10 square feet up to 30 square feet is considered a small mold problem. If you believe the area has no significant risk of hidden growth and is no larger than 30 square feet, then you do not need to hire a professional! The homeowner, a handyman or a general cleaning professional should be able to take care of this. There are precautions that need to be taken to protect your health and cross contamination of the rest of the building. When performing mold cleanup, if the area ends up being bigger than expected, tape off the area and call a professional. Remember that mold occurs due to water intruding from a source. This source must be identified and eliminated to make your efforts successful.

Large Mold Over 30 Square Feet
More than 30 square feet is considered a large mold problem. If you have a large mold problem, you need to seek the advice of a mold professional. Removal of mold can pose serious health risks and if not done correctly, you could contaminate other areas of your property. The goal of a mold professional is to contain the mold to the affected area and remove the contaminated materials properly. If you are planning to call a professional to assess your situation, please do not attempt to clean up the area before that professional arrives. This could end up costing you more due to cross contamination and not give the professional a clear picture of what is occurring.

These three simple questions should get you on the right track. If you still are not sure whether you need a mold professional, give us a call at (904) 567-3885 and we will let you know. There is no charge to look at your situation. If you do not need a professional, we will let you know and make suggestions.

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Prepare Now for Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Includes Maintenance

Spring Cleaning Includes Maintenance

Are you prepared for the upcoming spring showers? With the season of rain and spring cleaning rapidly approaching, February is the recommended month for inspecting your home for areas where water is mostly likely to slip its way into your property. So grab your paper and pencil to make a note of areas in your home that need attention.

Below is a suggested list for inspection. You are looking for visible moisture (condensation) or water staining.


    1. Scrutinize your ceilings, along windows and door frames. Caulk as necessary!
    2. Check inside your attic space and the ventilation seals for water staining on the interior. Seal or replace as necessary.
    3. Looking at supply lines behind toilets, under sinks, behind washers, from water softening systems or hot water heaters. Keeping these lines inspected and replaced if worn looking, will ensure you do not have to experience a supply line break!
    4. Investigate drywall and tile areas around tubs, showers, toilets and sinks. This could indicate leaks from plumbing located in the wall cavity. If any are found, you may have to contact a plumber to fix your leaks.
    5. Check the base of all toilets in your home. If leaking, you will need to replace the wax rings. If left unchecked, you could be looking at possible water intrusion and extensive damage to flooring materials and subfloor.
    6. Have your HVAC condensation line cleaned. A backed up condensation line can lead to an overflow in the drip pan and also adds moisture back into your home.


    1. Look under the eaves and around ventilation seals. Water intrusion at the eaves and rakes is the movement of water into the sheathing, fascia boards, and other vulnerable materials along the roof’s edge. Drip edging and gutter systems help prevent damage to these areas.
    2. Check exterior of siding for areas that may require sealing, painting or replacement. Fixing exterior issues early, prevents damaged interiors.
    3. Check around windows and doors to see if caulking needs to be replaced. It is recommended that fresh caulk be applied annually to prevent water intrusion.
    4. Clean gutters and debris from roof area and check for storm damage, ie., missing shingles or damaged shingles. Repair as necessary.

Following the above simple steps could help you prevent future water intrusion. Remember, regular inspections and maintenance can prevent problems before they begin. Make every February YOUR inspection month.

If you would like Wipe Out to perform a Water Preventative Consultation visit, call (904) 567-3885 or visit the Wipe Out website today for a free quote!

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How to Deal with Water Damage in Your Home

Water Damage in Your Home

Water Damage in Your Home

You just found water damage in your Northeast Florida home. So a pipe burst, your roof leaked, a supply line just broke or you found mold in a closet or somewhere else in your home. For most people, the first time this happens is very unsettling. We’ve been fixing these sort of problems for years, so we know what you are going through.

There are many reputable water damage restoration and mold remediation companies in our industry. But how do you protect yourself from the unscrupulous contractors?

Wipe Out is now offering homeowners and contractors non-biased, third party Environmental Consulting Services for your water damage and mold remediation projects. By utilizing our third party consulting services, you can ensure your property is completely dry or your mold remediation project was completed as per IICRC standards. No more frustration, no more overcharging, no more never ending projects!

Wipe Out’s Environmental Consulting Services include structural drying verification, project monitoring, project management, project cost analysis, and mold engineering verification. Using all of the latest technology, including infrared photography for hidden moisture pockets, and following the standards and guidelines set forth in our industry, you will know your project was completed correctly and your home is healthy.

For more information about our Environmental Consulting, go to Environmental Consulting on our website or call us at (904) 567-3885 for a free quote!

About Wipe Out:
Wipe Out is full-service eco-friendly water damage and mold remediation company, which provides free estimates and free infrared photography on their projects. With the owners having many years experience and certifications, they provide 24/7 unbeatable service at the lowest prices available, backed by a “Price Match Guarantee”.

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Fungi Education for Property Owners

Fungi Education for Property Owners

Fungi Education for Property Owners

Property owners are paying thousands of dollars to corrupt contractors seeking to make a profit by performing mold services that do not exist or not performing properly. This article was created to help you understand when you are being taken for a ride!
Before we begin, you should know that there currently are no mandated regulations or standards that apply to the remediation of fungi in indoor environments. There have been established guidelines by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification (IICRC). There is also no official state or federal certification programs for this industry. Wipe Out has gained its certifications through IICRC due to the highly regarded reputation in over 22 countries and that the State of Florida has sought their input in creating regulation for Florida.
When a mold remediation project is completed, the contractor should recommend clearance testing. Clearance testing is designed to determine the effectiveness of remediation efforts and to document the absence of microbial problems before renovations begin. This testing should be conducted as follows:

It should include visual inspection of both the remediated areas and non-remediated areas to check for cleanliness and all affected materials have been removed. This prevents the homeowner from paying for tests when they would obviously fail.

Air sampling should be performed in all major areas where remediation was performed, an outdoor control sample should be taken for comparison to the indoor samples and a sample should be taken in a non remediated area to insure no cross contamination occurred during the project.

At least one settled dust sample from a representative cleaned surface in each remediated area should be performed, as well as, a surface sample in major areas, such as HVAC system, which are at particular risk of having been cross-contaminated by inadequate dust containment measures during the cleanup.

An inspection should be performed for any ongoing issues that may continue to put the building at risk and should include recommendations.

Your testing company should provide you with a written report which contains a pass/fail, any areas that are at risk with recommendations, and a copy of the test results for all samples taken. If not, then you have just been taken for a ride!

Another way property owners are spending money is on unethical contractors who perform both the mold testing and mold remediation. You should never use the same company for both. Why? It’s a major conflict of interest! The potential for abuse for a company performing both services is huge. With the cost associated with mold remediation, you want to ensure that your mold tester has no reason to find problems that don’t exist.

Furthermore, your mold remediator should not perform his own clearance testing. Most mold companies strive to get the project done right the first time, especially when they are on the hook for the test if they fail, like our company offers. If the contractor is offering free clearance testing, it is a great way to control their profit margin by ensuring their work passes and they get paid. It is always in the property owners best interest to have the original testing company perform the clearance testing. If it was not originally tested, a non-biased third party Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) should be consulted for clearance testing.

Some common scams to look out for are:

Sample Loading: Lower priced samples, but convincing the homeowner that your personal belongings need to each be tested for contamination. You can avoid this by knowing that you do not usually need surface samples at the beginning of a project. Air samples will suffice.

Swapping Samples: This is when an inspector changes your samples with another project they know has high mold levels. To protect yourself from this scam, make sure you higher an IEP that has no interest in the results of your sample. This falls under the category of never use the same company for both testing and remediation.

House Cooking: If you see a tester turning on the ceiling fan or furnace, this is a scam. This will elevate the mold spore count in the air before taking samples. If you see a tester patting down your furniture to get the air dirty, this is a scam. To protect yourself, ask the tester to leave your property immediately.

Wipe Out is full-service eco-friendly, water damage and mold remediation company, which provides free estimates and free infrared photography. With the owners having many years experience and certifications, they provide 24/7 unbeatable service at the lowest prices available, backed by a “Price Match Guarantee”.

For additional information on Eco-Friendly Water Damage and Mold Remediation from Wipe Out, please call 904-567-3885.

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