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Our Specialists Explain How We Remove Smoke Odors From Your Mary Ester Home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Specialists Explain How We Remove Smoke Odors From Your Mary Ester Home If you ever need assistance after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately.

Fire Damage Experts In Mary Ester Talk About The Removal Of Minor Smoke Odors

Whenever something burns on your Mary Ester property, the smoke coming from the blaze can create serious issues. Even if the initial burn is small, the smoke and heat coming from it can still cause fire damage. Most problems created inside a home after a fire are minor and do not require removing a lot of your structural materials. However, even the smallest blazes put out partially combusted substances into the air in the form of smoke. These airborne partially combusted particles can cause different types of fire damage to occur.

When smoke fills the interior of a building, it can float all through the building's air system. During many fire damage situations in Mary Ester, problems caused by smoke and soot are a majority of the issues our SERVPRO technicians work to mitigate. The smoke coming from a fire first rises with the heat to your ceiling before it spreads to other rooms. When the smoke hits cooler surfaces like your ceiling and the upper part of your drywall, it often leaves soils and soot residues behind. Soot residues can be easy or hard to remove depending on the composition and other characteristics of the soils present in the house.

When mitigating minor smoke-related problems, our SERVPRO technicians start by removing all of the soot residues. Our experts have at our disposal various types of chemicals and methods to use on the different surfaces inside your home. For porous surfaces, we utilize dry cleaning methods so that moisture does not soak the soot deep into the materials. When cleaning non-porous surfaces, we often apply wet chemicals and wipe off the soils with a rag.

In some cases, burnt aromas can exist inside the home even after all soot residues and soils have been removed. When this occurs, we utilize other deodorization methods such as ultra-low volume fogging, thermal fogging, or ozone generation. The fogging methods pump deodorants into the air so that the chemicals act the same way the smoke did. Ozone generators chemically neutralize malodor particles. If you ever need assistance after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately.

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Call Us Right Away So We Can Get To Work On Restoring Your Destin Home

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call Us Right Away So We Can Get To Work On Restoring Your Destin Home We have the right equipment to handle the drying process in your home after water damage. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Turns Around Water Damage to a Hardwood Floor in Destin

The saying, "Time is of the essence" was never more applicable than when you're dealing with water damage. Once even clean water spills inside the home, the clock starts ticking on contamination and secondary damage from spreading to other areas, mold and damage to building materials.

We were called to a home in Destin in the early hours due to a water damage from a dishwasher leak. The homeowner had the habit of loading up the dishwasher and going to bed. The family dog awakened its owner barking at the water which had pooled in the kitchen and was heading towards the living room. The homeowner used towels to stop the water and cleaned up what they could before calling us, but their hardwood flooring had begun to warp, and water remained.

Since we got the call so quickly after the event, our technicians used a penetrating moisture meter to monitor if water compromised the subflooring, it was only moderately damp thanks to the quick action by the homeowner. We decided to try to mitigate the damage done by the water to the flooring since hardwood is denser and tolerates water better than softwoods. We extracted the remaining water and set up air movers and dehumidifiers to quickly dry the hardwood flooring. To ensure focused drying of both the flooring and subfloor, the SERVPRO techs erected a polyethylene tent over the wet area.

SERVPRO knows mold may be an issue, and we wiped down the affected areas with our antifungal solution to inhibit mold growth. Once the area was dry, very mild cupping and warp remained in the wood and the homeowner was advised because of the density of the hardwood, to wait for one to two months to ensure the moisture levels in the wood were completely stabilized, ideally around 12% moisture content, before having the floors sanded and refinished.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our highly trained SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team possesses the knowledge and equipment to mitigate water damage to your home. Call us at (850) 863-2552 any time 24/7 and we can be on-site in four hours or less.

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When You Are Faced With Flood Damage In Destin Call Our Trusted Professionals

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When You Are Faced With Flood Damage In Destin Call Our Trusted Professionals Tropical storms are the norm in Destin and you need professionals that can come to your aid. Our team is available 24/7 so call today.

What to Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Destin Hair Salon

What to Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Destin Hair Salon

Like all businesses, hair salons rely on foot traffic; therefore, it is never a good thing when a disaster, such as flood damage, interrupts the flow of customers into your shop. The flood damage that hit your hair salon came during the night, riding on the winds of an intense storm. A window that was left cracked open in the office space got caught by the wind and was forced to open completely, allowing the rainwaters to flow freely inside.

Upon finding the flood damage inside of your Destin hair salon the next morning, it was imperative for you to call for help as soon as possible. Leaving the flood damage any longer than necessary can compromise your office space. Microbial growth only takes seventy-two hours to begin after the initial exposure to excessive moisture. Furthermore, the filing cabinet, desk, and any other furniture in your office can absorb water and become damaged, as well as the tile flooring. To avoid further damages from developing, it is essential for you to reach out for help as soon as you discover the damage.

SERVPRO always makes an effort to respond to your call for aid as fast as possible, and we can work around your schedule. Coming first thing in the morning, or any other time, is no problem for our technicians. SERVPRO makes sure to remain open at all hours of the day so we can help you whenever disaster strikes.

Our IICRC-certified techs can come to your business equipped with advanced technologies explicitly designed to address flood damaged. The first step for SERVPRO is to remove the stagnant water in the office space of your hair salon. Our technicians can use wet/dry vacuums, portable pumps, or extractors to remove the floodwaters. Afterward, we can focus on cleaning your office space thoroughly, disinfecting all surfaces that the waters came in contact with. Finally, SERVPRO can use drying equipment, such as dehumidifiers and flood mats, to take care of any lingering moisture in the flooring.

Flood damage never waits to strike, so you should not either. When damage hits your business, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach by calling (850) 863-2552. Day or night, we're always here for you.

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How Storm Water Damages the Structure of Destin Condos

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Storm Water Damages the Structure of Destin Condos SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is ready 24/7 to restore your flood damaged condo.

SERVPRO Outlines Steps to Reversing Flood Damage to Condo Units in Destin

Storms are a fact of life in this area of Florida, and unfortunately, flood damage to condo communities is not an uncommon occurrence, especially during hurricane season from June to November every year. Any heavy rainstorm has the potential to cause water damage; the key is to begin remediation as quickly as possible to minimize secondary damage elements such as mold or warping of wood or building materials in the home. 

When SERVPRO Franchise professionals respond to a call to a condo unit, we arrive at your home in hours and begin the cleanup process. Flood water in Destin has the potential to carry contaminants and toxins in and the longer it remains in the home, the more likely both primary and secondary water damage happens. If the flood water has remained in the home for longer than 48 hours, the standing water is considered hazardous black water and requires a higher level of cleanup. 

Our technicians survey the damage and determine the best process for removing ruined materials that cannot be restored, including furnishings and carpeting. Personal items that were affected by water such as photos or documents should be set aside or tell our team so they can locate them quickly to avoid further water damage to the belongings. We can employ our special vacuum freeze-drying techniques on these items. This same process used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historical documents and books. 

After we pump the standing water out of the condo, the technicians dry the air using both air movers and dehumidifiers to draw the moisture out of the building structure and move it up and out. Once the affected area is dry, we clean surfaces thoroughly with antifungals so mold growth should not become an issue after that fact.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to reverse flood damage to condo units as soon as it happens. We are local and available to assist you 24/7, call (850) 863-2552 and one of our certified technicians can begin the process to restore your home to preloss condition.

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It's Important To Know The Signs Of Mold Damage In Your Destin Home

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation It's Important To Know The Signs Of Mold Damage In Your Destin Home We are available 24/7 to help you!

Signs Of Mold Damage In Destin

Mold damage can be one of the most frustrating problems for a homeowner. With average temperatures in this area of Florida ranging year round from the low 50s to the mid-80s, it sets up a perfect environment for mold to flourish if there is adequate moisture.

SERVPRO can thoroughly inspect your Destin home for mold. Some of the signs of mold growth behind the scenes are discolored walls, musty smell, black spots, and some people have health issues associated with exposure to mold. Our technicians are both Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist and certified in Structural Drying Techniques to deal with and eradicate mold from your home.

Our first step is to cut off the moisture that is feeding the mold, whether it is residual from previous water damage, a leaking pipe or appliance. Once that is done, we can thoroughly dry the affected areas and begin the remediation process to negate the mold damage in your home. Remember, when the walls and areas are dried, it does not mean the mold is gone. Mold can simply go dormant when conditions are not right and spring back to life when they are and start spreading in your home again when moisture and temperature levels are favorable.

To inhibit the return of mold, SERVPRO uses antifungal and antibacterial cleaners to clean both your home structure and possessions affected by mold. During the remediation process, we can utilize HEPA filtration systems with negative air chambers to stop the spread of spores and contain the mold. Our technicians always attempt to restore rather than have you replace building materials and possessions affected by mold.

At the first indication of mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. Our certified technician will start the remediation process over the phone to determine the equipment and resources necessary to handle the mold in your home. We are available 24/7 to help you, call (850) 863-2552 to get started now.

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SERVPRO'S Experts Explain the Need For Technology With Water Removal

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO'S Experts Explain the Need For Technology With Water Removal SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is ready to restore your water damaged home.

Why SERVPRO Uses Different Machines to Help with Water Removal in Drenched Homes in Mary Ester

When a property owner in Mary Ester calls us for assistance in restoring their property after a disaster affects them, we send out our crews. Along with our IICRC-certified employees, we stock our Green Fleet with the latest types of equipment to get the job done fast and correctly. We always want to do a thorough job and keep current damage from spreading. 

Why SERVPRO does this when Mary Ester residents need our water removal services is simple. We know that not only does standing water respond better to submersible pumps mounted on our trucks and that air drying works best for smaller structures. We need to use both, and others, to dry out your home, so it is once again “Like it never even happened.” 

We invest in the equipment used to mitigate homes and stand by our work. We also train extensively to keep ourselves informed of new developments in the restoration industry. Then we bring these skills when we work on your home, removing water and drying both the walls, floors, and other structures, so permanent damage does not occur. 

Other items we use during a water removal job include our air movers. These machines are much more potent than a typical household fan. Able to change the air in a room several times in an hour, these whisk moisture off of surfaces and into the air. 

Once the air begins to hold water vapor, we need to heat the area so its air can hold more. We use heaters to do this, which protects your HVAC system. As the air becomes more and more saturated, we use desiccant machines that steadily strip the water vapor out of the air. To keep microbes from proliferating and spreading, we also set up several air scrubbers to clean the air of both microorganisms and spores. 

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is always ready to respond to calls at (850) 863-2552. Here for residents of Shalimar, Holiday Isle, and Niceville, our teams can get your home dry again with our water removal services.

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Are You Storing Water Damage in Your Destin Warehouse?

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Are You Storing Water Damage in Your Destin Warehouse? Water damage to your warehouse can be devastating.

Fast Commercial Water Removal Services Keep a Destin Warehouse's Interior from Corroding

The amount of metal making up the surfaces and structures in a warehouse in the Destin area seems unimportant most of the time. Once an incident involving water flooding the facility happens, all of that metal can begin corroding. Corrosion can cause paint to peel, surfaces to become hazardous due to its roughness, and even lose strength in platforms and stairways.  

SERVPRO can help keep your warehouse safe by providing commercial water removal services in Destin that do more than merely dry the floors. Our services require the use of heavy-duty equipment and machines to pull moisture out of hidden areas and get your business completely dry, which includes your inventory, equipment, and products. We understand that each component of your operations plays a crucial part every day, so we strive to get things back to normal for you, “Like it never even happened.”  

Our specialists choose between different water extraction devices, including our large and powerful submersible pumps that come mounted on one of our Green Fleet's trucks. They can also opt for smaller devices that pull water left on floors in hallways, closets, and other small areas up through the handheld unit and flexible, non-binding tubing and into an easy-to-empty canister. No matter the amount of water on your floors, SERVPRO has the equipment to get the job done.  

Our desiccant machines continue the process by extracting water vapor from the air. As we dry out any dampness held in walls or other locations with your air movers, previously trapped moisture ends up in the air. As the water vapor gets drawn through the desiccant machines, it removes the water and releases only dry air back into your factory.  

When metal structures sit in a damp environment, corrosion can begin breaking down the surface's smoothness as it oxidizes. Removing this extra moisture can prevent this from happening, but it often requires that we wipe everything down with absorbent cloths designed to extract moisture quickly. Our ability and skill in efficient teamwork help us accomplish this quickly. The application of protective sprays that arrest corrosion work well, and only require another team member or two to add substantial protection where needed.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach helps different business types in the areas around Valpariso, Eglin, and Niceville. Call us at (850) 863-2552 when your factory, warehouse, or other setting needs water removal services to stay up and running.

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The First Step to Water Removal is A Call to SERVPRO!

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The First Step to Water Removal is A Call to SERVPRO! Our professionals will work day and night to get your beach property feeling like a home again.

Water Removal and Deodorization for Your Destin Home


When a water disaster happens in your Destin home, it can be devastating. Whether it is a leaking dishwasher or an overflowed bathtub, you have much damage to deal with now to get your home back to the way it was.

Another problem that comes along when you need water removal for your Destin home is the removal of any odors caused by materials in your home being saturated with water. Not only do you need a professional who can remove the water, but you also need a company who can successfully deodorize your home as well. When you look at our staff and training standards, it is easy to see why SERVPRO is a smart choice in these situations.

Our first step in deodorization is to remove the source of the odor. Therefore, in a water damage situation, the removal of the moisture is our priority. Sometimes, effective deodorization requires us to use multiple methods, as one deodorant might not work on all odors. SERVPRO staff have specific guidelines for production for three processes of deodorization which include dry fogging, wet fogging, and activated oxygen.

With our injection method, we inject small amounts of deodorant into spots on upholstery or carpeting with a needle and syringe or a pump and injection needled. It is an especially helpful method when it is not practical to lift the carpet to get to the padding.

Direct spraying includes using a hand pump or powered sprayers to pump products in the area affected. Direct spraying is usually used in water damage situations to apply disinfectants. It wets the surface being treated, so it is used where discoloration does not matter or is unlikely.

Wet fogging disperses solvent and water-based deodorizers with an ultra-low volume fogger. The foggers create tiny deodorant particles, which penetrate most areas where odor particles hide.

We use high-velocity exhaust fans to ventilate your home both before and after deodorization. These fans ventilate your structure quickly and shorten the time needed before you can return to your home after deodorization is complete. Air scrubbers can also be used to remove airborne particles, plus chemicals and odors from the air. The devices draw dirty air through a series of filters, while capturing odors and particles, and then puts out clean air back to the environment.

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When you trust SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to clean your home in Niceville, Hulburt, or Destin after a water damage emergency, you won’t be sorry. Not only are we thorough and careful, but we are also quick to get to your home after you reach out to us at (850) 863-2552.

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If Mold Is Growing In Your Destin Crawlspace, We Are The Team To Call!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO If Mold Is Growing In Your Destin Crawlspace, We Are The Team To Call! Whenever you recognize a problem, contact our technicians to acquire the full measure of our resources to resolve the situation quickly.

Remediating Mold Growing In Destin Home’s Crawlspaces

Crawlspaces in Destin homes are notorious for being susceptible to moisture, groundwater, and other threats that could cause persistent dampness to the underside of your property. The trouble with excessive moisture throughout this area of your house is the threats that it can cause to the structural integrity of the flooring above, beams, supports, and framing materials. This saturation can also provide the appropriate conditions for mold and fungal growth.

Many homeowners are misinformed that mold damage in their Destin crawlspace or elsewhere in their home is not a serious situation and that ultimately it resolves itself after a time. In truth, the organism continues to spread quickly to affect more and more areas of your property and can travel through networks like your HVAC system to become widespread throughout your entire home. Without regularly inspecting your crawlspace for potential damages, many homeowners do not recognize a problem until it spreads to the main floor above the crawlspace and affects the occupants of the house and other readily seen materials directly.

From the time that you recognize mold growth, you should contact our SERVPRO professionals immediately. We have the tools to contain the spread of the mold and effective tactics for removing the organism and its colonies from your home to protect as much of the construction materials as possible.

We also have effective strategies that can protect your crawlspace from future damages once mold growth has gotten removed and the area gets thoroughly dried. From new diversion equipment that directs water flow to a sump pump to complete encapsulation solutions to protect all exposed elements of your property from moisture and mold, our SERVPRO technicians can help you to keep these conditions from reoccurring.

Many homeowners do not regularly inspect the crawlspace of their home for signs of water damage and mold growth but doing so can help you to prevent a widespread concern that invades the living space of the property. Whenever you recognize a problem, contact our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach remediation technicians to acquire the full measure of our resources to resolve the situation quickly. Give us a call today at (850) 863-2552.

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Your Guide to Destin Home Water Damage Remediation

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Guide to Destin Home Water Damage Remediation Excess water and drywall are not a good mix. Be sure to contact SERVPRO should your family home face water damage.

Water Damage to Drywall in Your Destin Home

Certain materials used in the construction of your Destin home are more susceptible to damages than others. Drywall, in particular, is among the commonly used structural components that can quickly saturate water damage and prove difficult to salvage. Our professionals have a fast response in water loss emergencies, and part of this fast response is getting the appropriate equipment set up to salvage saturated materials when possible.

Water damage in Destin can spread quickly throughout your home, so it is critical to react quickly to these situations to get experienced professionals headed out to your property with the tools and expertise to help. Drywall can begin absorbing water almost instantaneously, which allows the material to get oversaturated after only a brief period. Understanding what water damage can do to the drywall in your home can help you understand the importance of reaching out to our SERVPRO professionals right away.

As soon as saturation begins in the drywall of your home, the composition of this material begins to change. Over as little as 24 hours, this material can begin to swell and bloat, causing it to lose its form and erode. While immediate response to the situation can often protect much of the drywall affected in your home, our professionals must assess the full scope of the damage when we arrive to determine how far the water damage has spread throughout these materials and how badly they have gotten affected.

Wicking is a problem for drywall, and typically this phenomenon happens from the baseboard up the wall. This situation causes the exposed portion of drywall to allow moisture to move up towards the ceiling. The designation of how far this moisture spreads gets determined by thermal imagery, and our SERVPRO professionals can make flood cuts to remove affected drywall and later replace it once drying has completed.

It is not uncommon for water damages within your home to affect the drywall. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach rapid response team can work quickly to preserve these materials when possible, clean up the mess, and dry out other damaged elements. Give us a call anytime at (850) 863-2552.

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