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How to Succeed With Mary Ester Commercial Fire Damage Disasters

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

restaurant with long table Your customers want to know that they can count on your restaurant being open for get togethers. Contact SERVPRO in case of fire damage.

Addressing Fire Damage At Your Restaurant In Mary Ester

Restorers in Mary Ester provide emergency services designed to protect both the loss site and human health after a fire. A restorer’s immediate objective involves the prevention of secondary damage, removal of possible hazards, and preparation mitigation and restoration.  

When dealing with fire damage at your restaurant in Mary Ester, you want access to a restoration company that operates 24-hours a day. Emergency services are actions performed immediately following an event that helps reduce your losses and the overall costs associated with your claim.

Every fire loss situation is unique; SERVPRO trains in a variety of emergency services developed to adjust to different situations. Our technicians have the following emergency services at their disposal that may or may not come into play during your restoration process.

  • Thorough Building Inspections – Our team evaluates the loss site, checking for safety and health hazards. 
  • Board Up & Roof-Tarp Service – Using a variety of methods to secure the property and prevent intrusions.
  • Structural Drying – We use a variety of extraction and drying equipment to remove excess water used to extinguish flames. 
  • Establish Emergency Electricity – Our team uses equipment to provide temporary power to the site for lighting and heat.
  • Deodorization Services – We use fogging equipment and air scrubbers to make the degree of smoke odors present more habitable during restoration.
  • Initial Cleaning – We pre-clean carpets, and furniture to remove the heaviest soot, acidic residue from porcelain and metals, and dispose of charred materials. 
  • Pest Extermination – The extermination of infestations before packing, inventorying, or cleaning. 

At SERVPRO, we understand that some of you may want to start right away. However, the wrong cleaning action can hinder the effectiveness of restorers' actions often leading to permanent damage. Pay close attention to a few tips to help reduce this possibility:

Don’ts:

  • Wash any walls.
  • Attempt to clean carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Send clothing with smoke residues to your dry cleaners.
  • Operate electrical appliances or equipment.

Do’s:

  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeting and upholstered furniture.
  • Limit your movement in and out of the property.
  • Keep your hands clean.
  • If your electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop the doors open. 
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom fixtures with a light coating lubricant.
  • You can wash plants, both sides of the leaves, with fresh water.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach for access to 24-hour fire damage cleanup and restoration. (850) 863-2552

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How Fort Walton Homes make a Full Recovery after Fire Damage

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

A living room with fire and soot damage. SERVPRO will get your Fort Walton residence back from fire damage.

We will help you get your Fort Walton home fire damage back to normal.

When your home becomes damaged in a fire, the initial flames are only half the story. Thick smoke and soot residues can permeate surfaces as well as buildup in cavities. These deposits are odorous, unpleasant, and can cause further harm if left alone. As a homeowner, you can begin restoration by covering furnishings and opening windows. These tasks can help to prevent falling soot from causing staining on furnishings and fabrics. Some malodors can disperse naturally by opening windows. However, if you want your home to make a full recovery, you need to bring in professional restoration services. 

When your home is overwhelmed by fire damage, local Fort Walton restoration services are available to return it to its preloss condition. SERVPRO uses technicians nearby to reduce call-out times and mitigate against any further harm. Our technicians are trained to recognize the common patterns of smoke dispersal and can conduct a thorough inspection of your home. This inspection includes challenging to reach areas like your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit as well as electric fitting sockets.

Hot smokes are attracted to colder surfaces, which means that the most substantial damages are likely to be found inside drawers, cavities, or ventilation shafts. Here, thick smoke deposits can buildup releasing odors as well as occasional soot into the rooms of your house. SERVPRO technicians conduct a thorough review of HVAC systems, ventilation shafts, interiors as well as crawlspaces to locate and negate smoke damages. We achieve this by applying industrial chemical solvent cleaners as well as using mechanical cleaning equipment. 

There are broadly two types of smoke damage of concern to a homeowner. The first is loose particles, which can be spread around under wet-cleaning methods. We use air whips, negative air pressure machines as well as wet/ dry vacuums to remove loose particles. What usually remains is thicker, greasier wet smoke deposits. These need to be dissolved and suspended in a cleaning solution before removal. Each SERVPRO truck is fully-stocked with chemical agents and mechanical cleaning equipment. 

A large amount of odor is usually removed during the cleaning process. However, the odor can come from multiple sources, making it challenging to locate and identify a single source. Using a combination of thermal fogging equipment, pressure-spray deodorants as well as powerful anti-odor pellets, we can be confident of tackling odor in your home. Once the service is complete, all paperwork can be passed onto your insurer for a stress-free claim. 

If your property is worse for wear after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552.

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We Can Dry Your Water Damaged Home In Mary Ester

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

water covering floor after a leak Call us today at (850) 863-2552. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Get Professional Drying After Water Damage In Your Mary Ester Residence

As homes age, it is likely to find cracked tiles or leaking pipes in the bathroom or kitchen. Under extreme temperatures, water pipes can burst and flood the interior of a property, causing damage. These and other water loss problems can devastate your home. A primary priority after any water loss incident in your home is drying the affected areas quickly.

Water damage in your Mary Ester home can cause wood rot, mold, and other issues. It is difficult to dry out a home because water can get to hard-to-reach areas. Our SERVPRO team can help you restore the affected structures and contents of your house by providing sufficient water removal and drying services.

Even though the water intrusion in your home may appear to be limited to specific areas, the water continues to migrate toward other dry materials, causing more destruction to floors, walls, cabinets, and other items. Excess moisture in the air can damage other surfaces and promote microbial growth. Your insurance company may also decline your claim for failing to take steps to mitigate a water intrusion problem immediately. Professional drying is essential to avoid issues like:

    •    Ruined flooring
    •    Permanent discoloration of floors and walls
    •    Corrosion of pipes
    •    A compromised electrical system
    •    Mold growth
    •    Foul odors

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove water using portable exactors, which we can take into almost any area of your house. We can dry the affected areas exhaustively by using advanced processes. Our team can expedite the drying process by using axial air movers, which can move large volumes of air. These air movers deliver low pressure at high volumes and can, therefore, cover large areas of affected materials. Removing water from low evaporation materials such as hardwood floors, concrete, and plaster is intricate. We can use desiccant dehumidifiers to dry such materials.

Desiccant dehumidifiers create an extremely dry environment that helps eliminate moisture. They lower the humidity in the air by exposing the humid air to desiccant materials that absorb moisture. Afterward, the moisture is exhausted from the desiccant and expelled as water vapor through the reactivation outlet. Once our drying process is complete, our team can repair the affected structures.

When your home in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or Niceville has water damage, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach can help you restore it to the preloss condition. Call us today at (850) 863-2552. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Hidden Areas Where Water Damage Occurs in Fort Walton Beach Homes

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood Water can damage hardwood quickly. Call SERVPRO to dry and restore your home.

Why SERVPRO Opens Up Cavities During Flood Damage Incidents in Fort Walton Beach

Flooding might damage your Fort Walton Beach property in a matter of minutes. Such damage usually extends even to areas of which you are not aware. Opening up cavities in your home can help establish which materials require replacement, reveal hidden soiling and moisture pockets. The process of opening up hidden areas can damage materials still in good condition, so there is a need to follow the right procedures. The advanced training our SERVPRO crews receive helps them make the right decisions when opening cavities in your property.

Walls hold many essential utilities, so there is a need to open them up after flood damage affects your Walton Beach property. Power cables, air vents, and insulation are some of the standard utilities found in walls that a flooding incident can affect. The cavities in the walls also create a perfect refuge for moisture. Flood cuts help open up walls releasing water and creating room to scope other forms of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the area and cut approximately 12 inches above the waterline. We also check for the location of utility lines to ensure we do not cut them in the process.

Floodwater settles on the floor where it can cause severe water damage, especially if left to sit over an extended period. After absorbing water, floor materials such as wood swell or develop other physical deformities. Other materials such as tiles might remain unaffected, but the water might pass through groove lines reaching subfloor materials. Our SERVPRO technicians might remove wooden floorboards for drying to reverse any physical changes that occur when they are wet. We also remove tiles if necessary, to reach subfloors.

Floors covered with carpets present significant contamination challenges, so removal is necessary. Some of the materials making up the floors, such as pad or glue, deteriorate fast. Our SERVPRO technicians handle carpet removal and reinstallation. The damaged carpet is considered a hazardous material, so we cut it into small pieces and use heavy-duty plastic bags for proper disposal.

Floodwaters spread widely in the affected property. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 to help open up all nooks and crannies where such water finds a way, restoring the damage, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have Cutting Edge Equipment To Handle Water Removal In Destin

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water on a wooden floor in a commercial building We have state of the art equipment to dry and remove water in your business. We can handle any job big or small so call us right away.

The Challenges of Water Removal for Destin Hotels

Many obstacles exist for Destin hotels when plumbing breaches or sprinkler malfunctions occur that can leave areas of your facility contending with several inches of standing water. Addressing these hurdles is often more challenging and overwhelming than you might expect, exceeding the abilities and expertise of your maintenance or custodial team. Even with the experience of our SERVPRO team, we can still expect challenges in restoring massive structures with hundreds of connected units like your hotel.

With standing water, the priority for even our experienced restoration specialists is water removal for the Destin business. We have premier extraction equipment designed to remove standing water at a continual rate, ensuring that we are removing this threat as efficiently as possible. We have obstacles to overcome in the complete restoration of your hotel, however.

Drying Structural Cavities

Addressing this problem can be one of the first hurdles that our professionals endure, as structural cavities can become equally affected by the water loss. With plumbing hidden between the many rooms available throughout your hotel, large areas of these structural cavities can contend with standing water before the effects bleed out into the rooms and trafficked areas of the building. Flood cuts are often a valid route to take as they provide access to the standing water for extraction and drying, and allow reconstruction to happen much more quickly.

Migration 

As much as we might want standing water to stay in one place for the most effortless extraction and recovery process, this is never the case. We must expect water to spread out as far as it can, affecting multiple rooms and areas before we can successfully utilize our premier extraction tools like sump pumps and light wands to remove it.

Elevation

Because many area hotels go beyond two stories, addressing water removal at higher elevations can be a challenge for our SERVPRO team. In most situations, we utilize our portable options like wet-vacs and submersible pumps, as our truck-mount extractors in the Green Fleet would require long-reaching hoses and discharges to remove water from upper floors successfully.

We can expect there to be obstacles that we must overcome for extraction of your hotel, but our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can utilize our cutting-edge equipment and extensive experience to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our rapid response team 24/7 by calling (850) 863-2552.

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SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Emergency Services To Prevent Water Damage In Your Mary Ester Home

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Male and Female SERVPRO employees standing in front of shelves of equipment. SERVPRO has what it takes to get water removed out of you Ester home today.

Water damage in Ester is no joking matter, call us today.

Water damage is something that can happen for a variety of different reasons inside the house. When this happens, you are facing immediate structural damage, and you need to figure out where the water is coming from as quickly as possible. SERVPRO’s services and technicians have designed a 24/7 emergency water damage service to be at your beck and call from the moment you notice water damage happening inside your home.

The first step is to determine what is causing the water damage in your Mary Ester home. Water can pool into the house for a variety of reasons, whether due to a faulty household appliance, a busted pipe, or a broken HVAC unit. Mold can develop from excess moisture after water damage. After the source of the damage has been found, we work to minimize the cost of your property damage, and determine the quickest way to get rid of this water as soon as possible. Specialized equipment might be needed to effectively rid your home of water, and dry the areas that have been damaged. 

Depending on the severity of the water damage, SERVPRO uses water detection and drying equipment to restore your home back to its structural soundness. Professional-grade equipment can help improve and expedite your treatment, and thankfully we can offer all of that to you and more right here in Mary Ester. Some of the equipment you may see us using to effectively get rid of water damage includes: 

  • Extractors - Machines that get rid of floor water while cleaning your carpets
  • Dehumidifiers - Heavy duty drying machines
  • Moisture Sensors - These help us find the source of the damage

When water damage occurs in your home, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for 24/7 emergency service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Mary Ester Professionals Give Tips on Cleaning Fire Damaged Homes

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Foyer Including Furniture and Carpet A small fire started in the kitchen, but smoke and soot spread throughout the home. SERVPRO has the tools to restore your home completely.

Cleaning That Takes Place After Fire Damage Affects A Mary Ester Property

After small fires such as a stove flaring in the kitchen or an appliance malfunctioning elsewhere, smoke deposits are likely to be the main problem that needs addressing. Depending on the materials affected, there might be clouds of smoke which spread to other parts of the house quickly, thus widening the scope of fire damage from the start point.

Apart from replacing the ruined appliance or other materials at the ignition point, restoring such fire damage in your Mary Ester property requires cleaning principally. It might sound simple, but on considering the variety of materials affected, from fabrics such as upholstery to building materials, you realize it is not an easy task. Also, apart from surface deposits, some might bond with materials creating stains. Our SERVPRO technicians can address the problem with ease because we first scope the property identifying the type of residues and their spread patterns. Scoping helps establish different categories of soils, including:

  • Hydrophilic – they dissolve in water
  • Hydrophobic – do not dissolve in water
  • Lipophilic – they dissolve in oil-based cleaning agents
  • Lipophobic - do not dissolve in oil-based cleaning agents

The wide variety of soils means that one approach only cannot clean your fire damaged property thoroughly. Some cleaning processes might also cause problems if used indiscriminately. For example, power washing is very useful in removing soils from surfaces. However, if used to clean materials such as drywall, excessive pressure and wetness can ruin the material. Our SERVPRO technicians use methods such as vacuuming to lift loose soils from surfaces. Agitation and use of cleaning agents also help break the bond soils have with materials.

In some cases, using conventional cleaning methods might not work on the soils, especially when involving wet smoke or protein residues. Advanced methods to breakdown such soils might be necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians can use enzymes or bleaching agents depending on the type of soiling. Enzymes work through changing the soil from insoluble to soluble state. Bleaches, on the other hand, work by adding or reducing oxygen molecules.

If you want a team that has what it takes to clean your home to its preloss state, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. You can reach us any time at (850) 863-2552.

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Water Removal Mary Ester – Why It is Important to Act Quickly

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking Hot water heater. Call SERVPRO today when it comes to your water damage in Mary Ester.

We care when your Mary Ester home floods, let us help you. 

Anytime a leak in your home occurs the damage it causes can be immediate as well as long term if you do not act quickly. One of the major concerns is mold growth. However, long term moisture issues can also cause wood structures to deteriorate. Act quickly and avoid thousands of dollars in extra restoration costs.

SERVPRO specializes in water removal in the Mary Ester area. Our experienced technicians have been supporting the community for over two and a half decades providing water, fire, and storm damage restoration services. We have experienced in all types of disasters as well as relatively small leaks that require water removal and drying.

Take Action Fast to Remove Water

When you call SERVPRO about water removal in your home, our operators can immediately arrange to dispatch a team to your home. There are several steps homeowners can take to mitigate the effects of the water, including the growth of mold:

  • Make sure it is safe to enter the area
  • Stop the water leak, turn off the main water valve to your home
  • Mop up as much water as possible using mops, towels or even sheets
  • Remove small items from the area, dry these items as much as possible
  • Meet our SERVPRO crew chief and provide as much information as  
  • possible about the situation.

Assessment by Crew Chief 

Using your information provided over the phone and the onsite assessment, SERVPRO can arrange for the appropriate equipment to be brought on site. We aim to remove all of the water and moisture to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

The steps we follow include:

  • Removing excess water using pumps and water vacuums
  • Inspection of carpeting and underpads, arrange for removal if needed
  • Use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area including floors and walls
  • Use moisture sensors to find hidden areas of moisture
  • Restore and clean contents
  • Remove odors and sanitize as needed
  • Dispose of damaged materials
  • Restore your home – repairs, minor building services as well as reconstruction

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for 24/7 services. We serve the towns of Destin, Niceville, Shalimar, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Hurricane Dorian - Forecasted Track (Saturday Morning Aug. 31)

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Map showing the forecasted path of Hurricane Dorian along the Florida Coast as of Saturday morning Aug 31 Forecasted Path of Hurricane Dorian as of Saturday Morning, August 31

Most models at this time are predicting Hurricane Dorian will skirt along Florida's East Coast and then move northeast along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.  It is currently considered an extreme hurricane at Category 4, with wind speeds exceeding 130 m.p.h.  It is presently predicted to strike the South Florida Coast at Category 4 strength, and then lose some of its energy as it moves north by northeast, dropping to Category 3 as it moves further north.  

We will update this website as the storm progresses and as new information becomes available.

Call Us If Your Destin Home Has Experienced A Flood

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team a call whenever you need us at (850) 863-2552.

Drying Out A Flooded Crawlspace In Destin Homes

Crawlspaces are often designed as part of Destin home construction to combat the likelihood of flooding that exists continually throughout the year. While hurricane seasons often bring a much higher probability of these damaging conditions, the crawlspace of your property can help to reduce the floodwaters reaching into the primary levels of your house. When these areas become flooded, however, there is still a cause for an immediate response from competent professional restorers.

Drying out flood damage in Destin crawlspaces is a priority of our mitigation team that arrives shortly after your initial call to our SERVPRO 24/7 emergency line. Not only can our response to these situations prevent that same floodwater from reaching the main floor of the house, but it can also help our team to better protect your home and its occupants from secondary effects and structural deterioration that often accompanies excessive saturation and overexposure.

Many crawlspaces have not gotten designed to withstand high volumes of water of a prolonged period, and even excessive moisture can present issues too challenging for homeowners to overcome on their own. Reducing the moisture content begins with a thorough assessment of this portion of your property, including the use of discovery devices to determine the saturation levels of exposed structural elements, supports, and joists. This knowledge can help to formulate the ideal strategies for returning the property to preloss condition.

With a limited working area available in a crawlspace, our SERVPRO team must be selective about the equipment used to extract standing water and to begin drying out exposed elements. In most cases, portable sump pumps and wet-vacs can address the majority of floodwater, leaving the rest to get addressed with a combination of desiccant dehumidifiers and high-velocity air movers.

During this recovery process, it is also vital for our team to utilize our antimicrobial solutions to spray materials, elements, and areas susceptible to mold growth. These products can eliminate mold spores seating in the materials and prevent colonization during other phases of both mitigation and restoration of the crawlspace.

Our professionals have permanent solutions for crawlspaces as well through our licensed mold remediation contracting division. We can regrade flooring, install diversion tools and drainage systems, and even encapsulate the crawlspace for even more protection. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team a call whenever you need us at (850) 863-2552.

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