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After the Fire: Cleaning Versus Replacing Items From Your Fort Wall Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO After the Fire:  Cleaning Versus Replacing Items From Your Fort Wall Home SERVPRO has cleaning methods to help salvage your personal property after a fire.

You Need Help Salvaging Items after Fire Damage in Fort Wall

Fires can be very destructive because many aspects, not just the flames, cause the damage on items. A combination of smoke residues, extreme temperatures, and combustion odors leaves many property owners in Fort Wall grappling with severe loss. Intercepting fires before they consume the entire structure is a good thing, but the process of salvaging undamaged items has its challenges too. Involving certified fire restoration technicians from the beginning is vital because they use their training to figure out the best approaches to help save more items.  

Among the steps that help improve salvage rate of items after fire damage in Fort Wall, is proper separation. When you look at the soot and other residues covering items, it is easy to assume that flames damaged them. Our SERVPRO crew makes it easier to separate items by grouping them into questionable, salvageable and unsalvageable items. Our electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, further helps the process because we can create a room-by-room inventory. If the fire has only affected a few areas, it is easy to tell salvageable items such as those damaged by smoke by merely looking at a list.  

Cleaning items affected by the fire is usually better than replacing them. However, some cleaning actions can cause more damage. For example, wet cleaning can cause acoustic tiles to lose their sound-deadening capability. At SERVPRO, we have developed a specialized cleaning process called Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaning, which removes all soot and leaves the acoustic characteristics intact. Our highly trained crews are also conversant with other specialized cleaning techniques that preserve other materials limiting what you have to replace after a blaze.  

Even after cleaning items and spaces affected by the fire, odors might persist. Such stubborn odors require specific deodorization efforts to eliminate them. Our SERVPRO technicians undergo training on how to establish odor sources and the best deodorization techniques. For example, we know that when there is high pressure during a fire, smoke residue is pushed to penetrate deep into insulation materials. In such cases, we remove the affected material. In other situations, we use specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators to neutralize smells.  

You can improve the odds of salvaging items when you involve SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. Call us at (850) 863-2552. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Some Ways to Avoid Extensive Complications When Dealing With a Destin Home Plumbing Break Scenario

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some Ways to Avoid Extensive Complications When Dealing With a Destin Home Plumbing Break Scenario When a plumbing break has caused water damage requiring extensive restoration in your home, contact SERVPRO for efficient services.

Plumbing Breaks Can Flood Your Destin Residence

As vital as indoor plumbing is to your Destin home, many homeowners still know very little about the conditions that could affect and strain this network of piping throughout their property. When this strain or degradation leads to a break or leak from one of the supplied pipes, ongoing and damaging flow of water results. Until this supply to the line can get shut off, the pipe continues to lose water into the affected area or wall cavity.

As traumatic as this might initially seem, it is vital for you to respond quickly to get Destin water removal services promptly to your address. Our SERVPRO professionals have the advanced gear to make extraction work efficient, but our ability to preserve vital structural components and the contents of your home depends on your response time to the incident. Shortly after your call, our response team can have our Green Fleet vehicles loaded up and rolling out to your home.

Once we arrive, we can utilize our leak detection equipment to isolate the location of the damaged pipe. While severe damage to your plumbing system requires a licensed contractor, we can shut off the supply to this portion of a line or the house until the necessary repairs can get made. We work quickly to bring in the appropriate extraction equipment, and also have a truck-mounted pump for substantial volumes capable of pulling out 300 psi.

Having extracted the water from the affected areas, our SERVPRO technicians can then utilize our advanced thermal imagery cameras to determine moisture pockets behind walls and through affected surfaces to determine the height of flood cuts to get made. These controlled cuts to the drywall material give our technicians access to wall cavities for efficient drying techniques and ensure that dry and undamaged material gets installed to replace it.

While you cannot anticipate the strain and aging joints of your indoor plumbing system, you always have a team of highly trained professionals that can help you clean up the mess. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach water restoration technicians a call today at (850) 863-2552.


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Avoid Fire in Your Destin Home by Taking Certain Preventative Precautions

10/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Fire in Your Destin Home by Taking Certain Preventative Precautions Portable heaters are helpful in the winter time but they have the potential to start a fire. Stay vigilant and call SERVPRO if you have fire damage.

Destin's Fire Damage Professionals Talk About Common Causes of Structural Burns

Nobody ever plans on starting a dangerous fire inside their Destin home, but sometimes accidents do happen. One moment you can be cooking dinner, the next minute putting out a fire, then next noticing the fire damage caused by the blaze. Some fires just happen due to electrical shorts, clogged chimneys, or broken furnaces and they are not necessarily easy to prevent. However, other structural fires ignite due to dangerous situations people create inside their own homes. By knowing the common causes, it is easier to prevent causing fire damage to your property.
 
First off, it is always important to have an emergency exit plan seen by all of the members of the household so that everyone knows the best way to get out of the house safely. Next, getting the flames extinguished quickly can save your Destin home from fire damage. Once the fire is out and no longer smoldering or burning, it is now safe to call in restoration experts such as SERVPRO. Problems associated with heat and smoke can be treated more efficiently if the process starts right away.
 
The most common cause of house fires is cooking equipment. It is important to never leave the kitchen while cooking to make sure nothing gets too hot. Heaters also cause many structural burns including portable space heaters and furnaces. Make sure not to put space heaters near flammable materials such as clothes or paper.
 
Indoor smoking also causes many blazes to start inside residences. Cigarettes can appear to be out but ignite things as soon as they come into contact with flammable materials. Electrical equipment is another common source for indoor burns. Anything that uses electricity can short out and cause a spark.
 
However, disasters are never planned, and some fires ignite due to no fault of the homeowner. If this occurs at your home, our SERVPRO technicians are available to help you mitigate your problems all hours of the day. If you are ever the victim of a structural fire, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately after the blaze gets extinguished.

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Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment That Can Save Your Destin Home From Water Damage

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment That Can Save Your Destin Home From Water Damage It takes some advanced gadgets to complete the water removal process.

The Infrared Camera Technology For Water Removal In The Destin Location

If you have just suffered water damage from a leaky roof, broken laundry, or bad plumbing, then you must be searching for information regarding water removal. Water removal is a tricky process because there are times that you may think that everything is dry, but when in fact, excess water can be lurking in places that you might not even think to look.

It takes some advanced gadgets to complete the water removal process in the Destin location. For example, the infrared camera can help detect excess water in the walls, doors, floor, or anywhere that we did not notice. With the infrared camera, it can save us from long-term and expensive repairs and replacements from hidden water damage. If water is left untreated, it can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, and other microorganisms. It could also lead to an unpleasant odor that can linger around your residential area. Unfortunately, the infrared camera is quite expensive and requires a lot of skills and expertise to use it properly.

Fortunately, the SERVPRO technicians have all the experience and tools to remove water from your establishment. They can utilize the infrared camera with temperature sensing range to detect hidden water. They can scan the room with the camera to focus on a specific area like walls, ceilings, windows, toilets, and other closed areas. If they find a circular image that is a different color from the area surrounding it, then that is an indication of potential water invasion. The evaporation process can show the different temperature to allow the SERVPRO technician to identify hidden water. As soon as they notice the evidence of a leak, they can use a moisture meter to confirm the extra water in a particular location. This technology can help identify water damage in its earliest stage before it becomes a bigger problem. The tech can repair this damage by placing an insulated cover over the wet area. With all the right tools and expertise, you know that you are in good hands with these experts.

If you're interested in the state of the art technology for the water removal process, then give SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach a call at (850) 863-2552 for a consultation with our reliable technicians.

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SERVPRO Says to Evacuate from the Path of Hurricane Michael, Secure Your Fort Walton Beach Property and Leave

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Says to Evacuate from the Path of Hurricane Michael, Secure Your Fort Walton Beach Property and Leave Evacuate Now from Fort Walton Beach Before Hurricane Michael Comes Ashore--SERVPRO Says

What to Expect During Hurricane Michael in the Fort Walton/Destin Area

It is a common fact that hurricanes like Michael bring power outages. The intense winds can do damage to power lines and leave homes in the Fort Walton Beach area without electricity for lengthy periods of time, even more than a week. However, many people do not consider all of the damages and the problems they can create during a storm. Understanding the dangers and how to counter them with solutions is vital for weathering the storm safely.

Always remember that losing power often means losing water pressure and a potable drinking liquid. As Hurricane Michael approaches Fort Walton Beach, a possible Cat 4 storm at 140 MPH, make sure you have plenty of sources of water on hand. Buy bottled water, fill your bathtubs, and fill as many water containers you own at home as possible. Dehydration can be a factor. Make sure your vehicle is stocked as you must evacuate before this tropical storm hits landfall.
 
Similarly, remember that if you do not have power, other places most likely won't have power either. Make sure you are not low on any prescription medications you need to take. Ensure that you purchase all of your emergency supplies well before the storm begins.
 
This storm may bring storm surges as high as 13 feet; this can be devastating to the structure of your home or business. You must evacuate.
 
Make sure that you have all the emergency supplies like food, water, medications, clothing, and flashlights as you leave. Have a plan where you can spend the days needed until you can return to your home. The dangers are great, even during the travel path due to flooding, storms, fallen trees, and traffic jams. Don't wait or delay, leave now.
 
A hurricane is likely to do damage to the roof of your home and the siding. Make sure that the safe-place of your house is not in an attic space. Finding a space away from any glass windows is essential as violent winds can shatter them, and the glass can cause injury. An interior bedroom is often the safest place to wait out a storm inside. Of course, with the impending force of this hurricane, the above advice is for much smaller storms.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is here to serve you after the storm has passed. We take pride in helping our neighbors and have support to assist you from our National Disaster Recovery Teams. Contact us, when you can at (850) 863-2552.

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Here's What Really Matters When It Comes To Our Fire Damage Restoration Services In Fort Walton Beach

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here's What Really Matters When It Comes To Our Fire Damage Restoration Services In Fort Walton Beach Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Fort Walton Beach home.

Professional Restoration Following A Fire In Your Fort Walton Beach Home

Some disasters can catch a family by surprise and cause far-reaching damages to their Fort Walton Beach residence. No matter how the situation occurred, the only thing that matters now is going to be returning your house to the way it used to be. To do this, many insurance providers recommend the use of our professional restoration services for our fast response time and expertise in overcoming the effects of a fire on your residence.

Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Fort Walton Beach home, and the more that you can learn about these, the more you can appreciate the need for a professional’s touch in the situation. Our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and training to overcome all facets of fire damage from the primary effects to secondary conditions that also must get addressed to restore one’s home successfully.

However, many homeowners might be leery of choosing professional restoration when they feel like they could repair the damage on their own. Even with some experience in the industry, fires can vary significantly from one situation to another. The damages that you can see easily are rarely the full extent of what you have to contend with, which requires specific training to inspect and identify. Furthermore, home insurance companies often require the use of professional restoration companies like our SERVPRO team to ensure that the job gets completed quickly and to specific standards.

Our technicians can work quickly to limit the prolonged effects of the fire damages on the contents of your home or specific areas through our mitigation techniques. From the moment that we arrive at your home, our mitigation work can begin to help make the restoration work simpler and reduce the irreparable damage that can continue in your house until the next phase begins.

There is no time to spare when it comes to overcoming fire damages in your home. From the time that the first responders extinguish the blaze, you should be thinking of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach fire damage restoration specialists to help you bring your home back to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime you need us at (850) 863-2552.

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SERVPRO's Better And Faster Two Step Process For Removing Mold In Your Destin Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO's Better And Faster Two Step Process For Removing Mold In Your Destin Home Getting rid of mold is a two-step process involving remediation and restoration.

Remediation And Restoration Of Mold Damage In Destin

Getting rid of mold is a two-step process involving remediation and restoration. Remediation is what we do to remove the visible signs of damage and carry out preventative measures. It can be a complicated procedure which involves finding the source of mold, cleaning indoor air quality, removing non-salvageable materials and disinfecting the affected area. Once remediation is complete, we can begin restoration which focuses on returning your home to its preloss condition.

Signs of mold damage in Destin properties could include a strong, musty odor or visible colonies. Mold spores can only grow in areas where there is moisture, so it can be essential to check for structural or plumbing issues and fix them before remediation begins. When you call our emergency line, we ask a few questions to determine the type of equipment we need, the extent of damage and the type of personnel.

We have dealt with many properties with mold infestations, and few of them have been the same. However, despite the variety in size, type and extent of mold damage, SERVPRO has developed a general set of guidelines that is a proven success. On arrival, your technician conducts an inspection. Sometimes we may need to remove floorboards or sections of drywall to check for infections or hidden water sources.

Once a SERVPRO technician has completed an inspection, we can set up containment zones. Containment zones can be cordoned off using physical barriers like sealed plastic sheeting or negative air pressure. We do this to ensure mold spores cannot spread into unaffected areas of your home during the cleanup effort.

SERVPRO uses air filtration units with HEPA filters that are capable of removing microscopic spores from surrounding air. These can be placed in the affected area as cleaning work is carried out to reduce the likelihood of mold returning after the service or being spread around your home as work is carried out.

We can use an anti-fungal or anti-microbial cleaning treatment to remove mold colonies and prevent them returning. In cases where porous materials are deemed unsalvageable, we may have to remove insulation, drywall, carpets or curtains permanently. These are disposed of correctly in designated clean-rooms or taken with us after service.

We always work toward a restore over replace method. We can take special care of your contents using different cleaning techniques including mechanical cleaning for fabrics at a SERVPRO facility. Thoroughly deodorizing the affected areas after service is a priority for home-owners and we can carry out restoration of any carpets, drywall or re-painting to bring your home back to a preloss condition.

If your residential property is showing signs of mold, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for professional remediation and restoration.

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Options for Destin Residents after a Mold Damage Experience

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Options for Destin Residents after a Mold Damage Experience Finding mold in your home is cause for alarm. Call SERVPRO right away to investigate, contain and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Standards and Guidelines When Remediating a Mold Infestation in Your Home 

Homes and commercial buildings with excess moisture and standing water are likely to experience mold damage. Indoor mold can cause health effects and cause damage to your property if you do not act quickly and ensure the right remediation procedures are in place. It is possible to smell or visually identify the mold once it has developed in your Destin home.
 
We use several methods to address mold damage problems in Destin, and we choose the techniques by looking at the extent of contamination and the type of items that need cleaning. The primary goal that our SERVPRO technicians have during this time is to fix the moisture problem, clean restorable materials and discard items which are contaminated beyond use. When we are cleaning the mold off hard surfaces, we can use detergents and water, and at the same time scrub using a stiff brush. After rinsing and drying the surface, we can finally use a disinfectant to sterilize any present bacteria and fungi to prevent chances of the problem recurring.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians observe safety precaution during the remediation process. For instance, we wear a disposable overall when entering a building with visible mold growth. We also use N-95 rated respirators or full-face respirators, rubber gloves, and safety boots. Usually, we follow the OSHA standards when choosing the PPE.
 
After removing the mold and cleaning the contaminated surfaces, it is vital to dry wet surfaces and items properly. Air conditioners, auxiliary electric heaters, dehumidifiers, and fans are some of the drying equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use. After drying, we can use penetrative/intrusive moisture meters to check whether we have achieved our drying goal since relying on sight or touch can be misleading. We presume wet materials are dry when their moisture content is less than 15%.
 
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach offers both mold remediation and cleaning services that meet residential and commercial needs. Call us at (850) 863-2552 at any time of the day and give us a chance to make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
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Steps to Recovery After Devastating Hurricane Damage in Fort Walton Beach

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Steps to Recovery After Devastating Hurricane Damage in Fort Walton Beach SERVPRO Says Be Prepared for Storms and Hurricanes in the Fort Walton Beach Area of the Panhandle

Hurricanes Gordon and Distant Florence Are Reminders to Be Prepared for Tropical Storms and Seek SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

While you might not have been prepared for the devastating damage that Hurricane Gordon could do to your Fort Walton Beach home or business, now that the storm has subsided, it is one of the only things on your mind. As you work towards what comes next, many homeowners and business owners struggle with the steps towards restoring their properties and getting things back to the way they were before.

There is an extensive list of steps that you should take towards getting your Fort Walton Beach property professionally restored and repaired to preloss conditions whenever possible. However, even before you sought out the services of our dedicated and experienced SERVPRO team, there are some considerations that you should make to both keep your family safe and to help speed up the restoration process.

The first of these considerations is what your home insurance provider expects of you at this time. While there were many homes and properties affected by this severe weather system, your insurance provider can give you direction and answers to your responsibilities as well as what they need to get the claims process started. In many cases, professional restoration work relies on insurance claims as opposed to demanding payment out of the owner’s pockets. SERVPRO works with you and your insurance adjuster always in your best interest.

Your insurance company might require you to provide some documentation of the damages that your home has sustained from the storm, and often you can do some of this on your own. Unless you are sure about the structural integrity and stability of your property, evidence and damage cataloging is often best left to trained professionals like our SERVPRO estimators. We get uniquely trained in safety precautions and equipment, helping to minimize conditions getting worse as well as knowing what insurance companies need regarding damage documentation.

To help preserve your possessions, even as we pump out the water and dry your home, we can perform a pack-out of some possessions to clean, dry, and preserve off-site. We have a meticulous system for safely packaging, documenting the contents with tags and barcodes, and then return them when your home is ready.

There are few things more unsettling than seeing your home or business after a hurricane has passed through the area. The effects of this storm can seem overwhelming to overcome, but with the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach technicians, it can return to preloss condition, if at all possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.

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Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration In Destin Homes

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration In Destin Homes Once a fire disaster strikes your Destin home, you want to know that there is a restoration company that can assist you day or night.

Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration

Once disaster strikes your Destin home, you want to know that there is a restoration company that can assist you day or night. Insurance companies usually have emergency contact information to help begin the claims process and get a grasp of the situation that has impacted your home, and work to reach the appropriate parties on your behalf to begin the restoration process.

Fire damages in your Destin home need to get addressed as quickly as possible, meaning that you have to seek out the help that you need as soon as you can. When you reach out to your insurance provider about the incident, many of them choose or encourage you to call our SERVPRO team. We have a rapid response procedure that can get the situation professionally assessed and get an estimate to your insurance provider as quickly as possible. This service ensures that the claims process is as efficient as it can be.

Your insurance provider is going to need proof that the incident has taken place and that the severity is as bad as you tell them it is. You should avoid attempting to take pictures and assess the situation on your own, as there could be structural concerns or dangers present in your house that professional outfits like our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise and protective equipment to navigate safely.

Our estimator works to thoroughly assess not only the extent of the damage that your home has sustained from the incident but also a record of unsalvageable items and materials encountered that your insurance company must include in their claims process. We work directly with the adjuster to cut out the legwork on your end, making the claims and restoration process as seamless as possible.

Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team of fire restoration technicians works to maintain our goal of efficient service that meets or exceeds your expectations. It is this commitment that has made us a company to call for insurance outfits serving their clients. Let our crew know how we can help you today by calling (850) 863-2552.

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