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Fire Damage in Fort Walton Beach, FL

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Fort Walton Beach, FL Fire Damage SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach cleaned-up

When a fire happens, the first thing homeowners want to do is return their home to normal. The last thing they want to do is deal with the paperwork. That's understandable when one of the worst things that can happen to your home actually does, it's a nightmare came true. 

As a Fort Walton Beach homeowner, fire damage isn't just a job to you, and we at SERVPRO feel the same way. This is perhaps the most stressful thing to happen to you as a homeowner, and we will be with you from the first examination to when we put the keys back in your hand. We have six key steps to make sure it happens. 

1) We make sure YOU are satisfied - Our inspectors and technicians will explain the restoration process to you and answer every question. 

2) Minimize and further loss - Our teams are highly skilled and trained to prevent secondary property loss from smoke or soot damage and as we move your property out of the damaged areas and then back in once the work is completed. 

3) Identify what can be restored - We will test every item that may have been exposed to determine if it can be cleaned, does not require cleaning or could be questionable and depends on your decision. We will also be honest with you about what is no longer useful and needs to be replaced. 

4) Save you and your insurance adjuster time - We will help you work with your adjuster to process everything as quickly as possible. Our initial testing and inspections provide the adjuster with the information they need to get your fire insurance case started. 

5) Report the scope of loss - Our work reports to the both of you keep the paperwork moving as we restore your home and property. They also help the adjuster review our services and prioritize the work schedule to reduce costs. Once we're done, we will provide a final report that will help the adjuster process all final paperwork. 

6) Produce quality restoration - In the end, even if the insurance adjuster is happy with our work, we've failed if you aren't happy. This last step is what customer service is all about for us.

We don't just come in, drag out your possessions, throw on a coat of paint and then hand you a bill. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is here to help our neighbors through every step of the fire restoration process. If you need us, call us today at (850)863-2552 to get started.

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year!  There is so much to look forward to, so you don’t want any accident to ruin your plans, home, or business. 

There are a couple things SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach wants you to check before you get into that holiday spirit:

  1. Check your home or business furnace before starting. Change the air filter, clear the vents of any debris, and make sure your thermostat is working properly. 
  2. Remember to turn off those lovely scented candles before you leave your house or office. Candles are one of the top fire starters when left unattended.
  3. Before placing your beautiful Christmas tree in the perfect spot, check the surrounding area. Make sure there is nothing that could catch the tree on fire, and that includes ornaments.
  4. Along with the Christmas tree placement, check the lights before you put them up outside or inside. Look for frayed wires or any hazards that could create an electrical fire.  Do not overload your outlets, too.
  5. Take it easy on the cookie baking. Make sure your oven is working properly and if you smell gas and hear a hissing noise, leave your house and call the emergency utility line immediately.  Do not reenter your house until it is checked for a gas leak.
  6. If you have a fireplace, have it inspected to see if it needs cleaning. Soot is flammable and can build up, so ensure your fireplace is good to go before you start using it!

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is available 24 hours a day, even on holidays, if an emergency occurs.  Make sure to call 850-863-2552 if there is any emergency we can help with!

 

*Remember, we are available for carpet, tile, drape, and upholstery cleanings too! We want to ease the craziness and take care of all that for you! Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach!

 

October - Fire Prevention Month

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October - Fire Prevention Month Fire in Destin, FL

   October in Florida – the perfect time of the year to get together with family and friends and prepare for the upcoming holidays ahead!  There is so much to look forward to like bonfires, dinners, parties, and etc.  SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach wants to remind you that October is also Fire Prevention Month!  Your safety is so important to us that we want to share how to prevent fires from happening in your home or business.

   Since 2013, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has partnered up with the American Red Cross and established the Disaster Responder Program to reduce fire injuries and deaths.  We want to provide you with some tips to prevent fires:

  • Install smoke detectors and test them every month to ensure they are working properly.
  • Have a conversation with your family or coworkers about a fire escape plan and establish a meeting spot outside.
  • Keep all items that could catch fire away from the stove and oven.
  • Make sure all candles are blown out before you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher – you can contact your local fire department for training.
  • Ensure you have flashlights that are easily accessible if the power goes out.
  • Check your heating sources to make sure they are clean and working properly.
  • Do not overload extension cords.

   These are just some of the many ways to assist in preventing fires.  You can find more information online at www.redcross.org/homefires.  If a fire does occur, make sure to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach, we offer FREE board ups and can provide you with everything you need to make your home or office look “like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach customer experience

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach customer experience  Customers experience with SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach after suffering a water loss in her Destin home

Having a water loss in you in your home is never an easy process to deal with, here at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach we work hard to make that process as seamless as possible. We stand by our motto and work to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

We often hear positive feedback about our services and crew members. Our owners recently received a typed letter from a more-than-satisfied customer. We are proud to have employees who go above and beyond their responsibilities to make sure customers are taken care of. Keep up the good work, John. You make us proud. 

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552

SERVPRO is here to help tips if your Fort Walton Beach home is affected by Fire & Smoke

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO is here to help tips if your Fort Walton Beach home is affected by Fire & Smoke Fire Damage in a Fort Walton Beach Home.

Do:

·         Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particle from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

·         Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

·         Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

·         If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

·         Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.

·         Change HVAC filters, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.

·         Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

Don’t:

·         Attempt to wash any walls or painted surface

·         Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstery furniture

·         Attempt to clean any electrical appliances ( TVsets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water

·         Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water( They may be contaminated)

·         Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

·         Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, so SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach tailors a unique solution. Whether in Okaloosa, Walton, Washington or Holmes County we restore your property. Call us 24/7 for prompt service. (850) 863-2552

SERVPRO Can Quickly Start the Fire Damage Restoration for Your Okaloosa County Property

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Can Quickly Start the Fire Damage Restoration for Your Okaloosa County Property Fire Damage in kitchen at an Okaloosa County home

When Okaloosa fire damage strike your home, it is essential to hire a professional team to help restore any damages. Get an Estimate Right Away. Call your homeowner's insurance agent, ask for a suggestion for a fire damage restoration company, so that this group can meet with your insurance adjuster. SERVPRO has a working relationship with over 315 insurance and property management companies. This company will work with you to complete your paperwork and assist with your claim process. If an insurance company covers only a certain percent of the total cost, it is imperative to get an accurate assessment of the fire damage, and a scope of service for restoration and repair.

Repairs are needed Quickly 
Remember that repairs are required quickly to avoid permanent or further water damage caused by extinguishing the fire. Rapid cleaning and correctly wiping down soot will also salvage more fire damaged items and lessen your final expenses.

Free Estimates from a Professional Company 
Most quality restoration companies will provide detailed free estimates. The company will provide you with a list of needed repairs and a timeline for completing the repairs. The estimates must include all fire damage, but also the large tasks of safely removing charred furniture, walls, or other items, as well as clearing smoke odor and water damage from the home. Smoke and soot, in a large blaze, can cause significant destruction. After the water has been removed using industrial grade pumps, the drying process can start using air movers to increase the evaporation rate of the interior and dehumidifiers to reduce the relative humidity (RH) of the ambient air, porous materials, and fabrics.

Restoring your Home 
After you have a detailed plan, hopefully provided by SERVPRO, with your insurance company's agreement, our highly skilled IICRC certified technicians can commence with the repair and fire damage restoring of your home in Okaloosa County. Prompt fire damage restoration action helps a professional full-service restoration team like SERVPRO restore the structure to its previous condition as efficiently as possible. Restoring your home starts with good estimates from a good fire damage restoration team. The plan of action will carry through to its conclusion "Like it never even happened."

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, so SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach tailors a unique solution. Whether in Okaloosa, Walton, Washington or Holmes County we restore your property. Call us 24/7 for prompt service. (850) 863-2552

When Storms or Floods hit Fort Walton Beach, SERVPRO is ready!

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Fort Walton Beach, SERVPRO is ready! Servpro of Fort Walton Beach assisting in storm work

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville or any of Okaloosa County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 850-863-2552

Mold Vs. Mildew

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Vs. Mildew Mold in home Fort Walton Beach

Mold vs. Mildew

While there are many differences between the two fungi, mold and mildew both develop and thrive in moist conditions. A leaking roof, a window that doesn’t seal properly, and a basement with water damage caused by a broken pipe can all lead to the growth of mildew and mold. In order to reduce the risk of health effects and damage to building materials, mildew and mold in the home or a business need immediate mold remediation. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between mold and mildew, and the danger both may present to your home or business.

Mildew vs Mold

Plain and simple, mildew and mold are fungi. Fungi can live in many different types of habitats such as in soil, on vegetation, and on surfaces exposed to moist conditions like a wall or ceiling after flood damage. Fungi reproduce by spores and quickly can spread.

What is mildew? Mildew is mold in its early stage and often the term is used interchangeably with the word mold. That whitish-gray, powdery substance sometimes seen on the leaves of a plant is mildew. Mildew is a surface fungi that grows on organic material like plants and food as well as wood or fibrous items like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard/paperboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabric
  • How is it different from Mold? Mold ranges in color from green to gray, brownish and black. It may appear fuzzy, flat or even slimy. Green slimy mold may develop in the damp, shady areas of decks and even vinyl siding, while indoors, mold can develop on grout, tile and other surfaces found in and around bathrooms and other areas with high humidity and inadequate ventilation.

    Pro Tip: Slimy mold on decks, fences and siding often can be removed using a pressure washer. Always wear proper safety protection when dealing with mold and working with tools.

    Dangers of Mildew and Mold

    In a battle between mildew vs mold, which presents more problems and danger? It depends on several factors.

    The powdery mildew often found on the leaves of a houseplant, typically poses little danger to you, but it can harm the plant. However, anyone that suffers from mold allergies should avoid touching that mildew. If contact occurs, wash hands thoroughly and never touch your face/eyes/nose after coming in contact with mildew.

    The Need for Mold Remediation

    Mold and mildew, if ignored, can cause long-term health issues and physical damage to a home or business. Mold found anywhere in a building, such as behind drywall, on insulation, around windows and along basement walls has developed because there is a moisture problem. To avoid further damage, it’s essential to locate and correct the source of the moisture and then remove all traces of mold.

    Any home or business that’s suffered any type of water damage (from firefighting efforts, roof leak, burst pipe or flood) needs professional assessment quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach immediately after any water disaster; mold can begin developing within 24 to 48 hours. Trust our professional technicians for a comprehensive mold remediation plan. Call (850)863-2552.

    Does your Destin Home have a Mold Problem

    4/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Does your Destin Home have a Mold Problem In Destin, FL Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

    Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

    ·         Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

    ·         Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

    ·         Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

    ·         Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

    ·         Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

    ·         Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552

    7 Upgrades for April

    4/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Community 7 Upgrades for April Plant a Tree!

    The beginning of Spring is always a good time for deep cleans and reorganization.  It makes us feel refreshed for the new season.  Here is a list of 7 easy upgrades you can do in your home this month.

    1.       Inspect porches

    You’ll want to check your porches for rotting, so that you can replace any old boards that might be damaged.

    2.       Organize attic

    This is a great way to de-clutter your home.  Throw away those items that have been stored up there for so long or maybe even sell them in a yard sale!

    3.       Head off spring allergies

    You can prevent allergens from spreading deep into your home by placing a door mat at each entrance of your home.  An even better way to be sure you aren’t bringing in allergens and pollens from the ground is to remove your shoes before entering your home.  This will also keep your carpets cleaner!

    4.       Check for termites

    And if you have a problem, call an exterminator!

    5.       Re-caulk around the tubs

    Ensure that no water is seeping behind the bathroom tiles by replacing your old caulk with new.  This can prevent extensive water damages.

    6.       Refresh old potting soil

    If your plants last year were healthy, then you can reuse the soil.

    7.       Plant a tree

    Happy Arbor Day!  April 29 is the date this year that is dedicated to planting and caring for trees.  A crap myrtle would be perfect for our area!