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Our Technicians Have The Expertise In Fort Walton Beach After A Flood

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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What Category Loss is Your Flooded Fort Walton Beach Home?

There is often a lot of technical jargon and terminology that can get thrown around in the earliest planning stages for water loss recovery in Fort Walton Beach homes. The contamination level of the water is always a point of concern in flooding scenarios, but so is the severity of the loss regarding the materials affected and the extent of saturation. Categories exist based on how much water exists after a flood and how readily moisture can get evaporated.

Knowing what condition your home is in can help you to appreciate the often-extensive efforts required to restore flood damage in Fort Walton Beach properties. Our professionals have thorough training and education in water restoration and applied structural drying, giving them the experience to take information about the class of loss in a residence and choose the right drying practice and extraction device to make restoration as efficient as possible.

Class 1 

This class is one of the lowest severity levels, which only typically involves a portion of a single room. In these circumstances, evaporative drying gets fixated on the immediately affected materials such as particleboard, wood, and flooring.

Class 2 

While evaporative drying practices are a little faster in a class two loss, the affected area grows as well. In these flood losses, invading water has begun to wick up drywall, and carpeted floors can get saturated to the subflooring.

Class 3 

When roofs leak, the result is often a level 3 loss. These encompass multiple areas of a home and require both extraction like submersible pumps and wet vacuums, as well as direct drying practices involving centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers.

Class 4 

These losses present direct obstacles for our SERVPRO team regarding drying. Traditional techniques are less useful because affected materials have low permeance like brick and concrete. Drying mats and other specialty tools can help to draw moisture from these materials.

Understanding the class of loss for your flood damage can help you to appreciate the extent of work required to return the property to preloss condition. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team a call to help however you need at (850) 863-2552.

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Fire Damage In Fort Walton Beach

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property If you ever suffer from a severe fire starting inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7.

Fire Damage In Fort Walton Beach Could Require The Occupants To Vacate The Structure

Structural burns in the Fort Walton Beach area account for more nearly half of the fires that burn each year. In the United States, there are nearly half a million cases of fire damage caused to structures annually. Infernos inside houses account for around $8 billion of property issues each year. During each individual situation, the problems can include those created by the heat and smoke created during the blaze.

When the fire damage inside your Fort Walton Beach residence is severe, your house could be deemed unlivable until restoration procedures get completed. If the incident is covered by your homeowner's insurance, then you will be compensated to stay in a hotel or different location during the mitigation process. If you and your family are forced to vacate your structure, our SERVPRO technicians can take several steps to ensure your home is secure and safe for our workers to begin the restoration procedures.

The first step our SERVPRO team takes after you vacate your property is to secure your structure. Many times when a building burns, the windows break, and doors no longer seal. When this occurs, we board up and secure your house from any intruders and the outdoor elements.

Next, we go through your damaged structure and look for any potential electrical issues. If there are any bare wires, we can call in a certified electrician to restore power to your building to aid with the work processes. Next, we check for any loss of integrity or stability of your house's structural components. If we find any dangerous areas, we can block them off from any foot traffic until the problems get repaired.

If possible, our SERVPRO crew returns heat to your building so that no pipes freeze. If restoring the heat to your home is not possible right away, we can then shut off your water so that your plumbing system does not fail due to cool temperatures. If water was introduced to your structure from the fire department or a sprinkler system, then we can take further steps to prevent moisture-related issues.

If you ever suffer from a severe fire starting inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back In Business In Fort Walton Beach After A Flood

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration In Fort Walton Beach Can Involve Contaminated Water

During this time of the year, the Fort Walton Beach area can get hit by storms that bring high-speed winds and extreme rains. When the rain pours in large amounts over a short amount of time, your office could become the victim of excessive commercial flood damage. Any time moisture enters your office building from the outdoors; there is always a chance it could be contaminated.

When working on your commercial flood damage project in Fort Walton Beach, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to ensure safety for the occupants of your office and our workers. If rainwater leaks into your office complex from the roof, there is a chance that it could be contaminated, so it is considered a category two situation. However, if muddy moisture comes in from the ground when the rain got deep outside, it can be classified as a category three problem because the dirt in the ground most likely contains harmful microorganisms.

When working with category two or three flood damage scenarios, our SERVPRO team takes extra caution to sanitize any affected areas inside your office and prevent any spread of the contamination. When working in your office, we know that different rooms can contain various flooring materials. Some of your offices could have carpet whereas areas like your bathrooms and perhaps your break room could be coated with linoleum or tile. Porous materials like your carpets must get removed when affected by contaminated H2O, but we can often save other types of flooring with extraction and drying procedures.

If we do need to remove your carpets, we can establish engineering controls before any demolition work begins. Since we know that contaminants can spread by things such as foot traffic, air movement, debris removal, or equipment movements, we control the affected area so that harmful particles cannot spread to previously unaffected regions of your office building. We can prevent the spread of many of the harmful microorganisms present by establishing a containment chamber within the affected regions of your office. We can then set up an air scrubber to create negative air pressure within the chamber so that the airborne particles get trapped in the scrubber's HEPA filter.

If you ever need help at your company's office after a vicious rainstorm strikes your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7.

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Drying Based on Full Assemblies of Materials in Destin Homes

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Need Help With Water Removal in Destin

Drying out a Destin home after a water loss incident or flooding is not the same from one property to another because the materials and their construction may vary. Assemblies are the complete layers of various construction materials that make up interior and exterior walls, flooring, or ceiling spaces. Understanding the presence of each of these individual layers and the best solution to restore and dry them helps to make restoring full assemblies faster and more thorough.

Knowing all of the potential layers that require water removal in Destin homes can help to save our customers time and money. Our SERVPRO professionals get focused training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to appreciate the complexities of modern construction and the obstacles of structural drying. For example, interior wall drying can often be more than addressing saturation of drywall, but also insulation, wood framing, and the wallboard on the other side of the cavity as well.

Part of successful drying where various construction materials get affected simultaneously is knowing the migration path of water. Thermography and hygrometers can both effectively note the presence of higher levels of moisture and saturation, which can showcase where focused drying and recovery efforts are necessary. In some cases, direct drying with positive pressure systems and centrifugal air movers can remove free and surface moisture concerns.

Addressing the full assembly drying obstacles might also demand-controlled demolition. In several situations, removing surface materials can help SERVPRO professionals to more efficiently manage the work to get done and save money on the total restoration project. Our in-house contractors can perform controlled demolition for portions of a full construction assembly when it is critical to:

  • Help with the drying process
  • Reduce the time drying takes
  • Access areas that require more concentrated drying or recovery efforts

After a water loss incident, there can be many materials throughout your house that require thorough drying to prevent microbial development. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can help with premier drying and recovery solutions. Give us a call anytime at (850) 863-2552.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Destin Home After A Flood

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Pack Out and Move Back for Flood Damaged Contents in Destin Homes

After a flood, our SERVPRO team is working to provide our customers with the most efficient and cost-effective path to return their Destin home to preloss conditions. Because of how devastating invading water can be for the structural elements and the contents of your property, the full recovery and restoration of your belongings might not be possible on-site. With advanced tools and technology available at our warehouse, pack-out and move-back services might be the best possible approach.

Knowing what follows flood damage in Destin homes can help to prevent excessive out of pocket expenses for our customers and expedite claims approval when insurance coverage exists for flooding. It is vital to understand when services like pack-out for personal belongings, content, and furniture are necessary because there might be lower-cost alternatives such as cleaning items and storing them somewhere else on-site or limiting the need for packing and unpacking at our facility for the same focused cleaning.


If it gets determined by our SERVPRO professionals that move-out services are necessary, we work efficiently to get these items out of the damaged areas to prevent any further absorption or contamination. Our team of content management technicians arrives at the house with packing materials and available storage space to safely and quickly package up your damaged belongings or items at risk for flood damages, and transport them to our warehouse.


Staging is a vital element to the move-back process as it goes to establish how items get repacked into transport vehicles and allow our technicians a final opportunity to inspect formerly damaged belongings for any lingering effects or missed damages. We double-check our inventory and carefully move your belongings back to the residence once all flood effects have been removed, cleaned, and restored.

As destructive as floods can be to your home, they do not have to lead to irreparable damage to your personal belongings. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can remove threatened items for focused cleaning and deodorization in our climate-controlled facility as needed. Give us a call anytime at (850) 863-2552.

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Our Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Fort Walton Beach Property After A Fire

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

The tiles in this bath tub complety covered in soot and smoke damage We know that your property needs prompt cleaning of the soot to prevent staining and more damage. Call us right away, we are ready 24/7.

What Elements Affect Fire Damage Cleanup in Fort Walton Beach Properties?

Fire damage is never a one-size-fits-all project when it comes to the cleanup. Each property has unique factors such as the size and type of fire, items burned, and the amount of time that passed between the fire loss and the mitigation.

SERVPRO technicians carefully scope Fort Walton Beach properties with fire damage and look for structure and contents with restoration potential. They create detailed reports as they inspect the property of the condition of items and whether the things were restorable or required disposal as a loss. This assists in expediting insurance claims for items that need replacement.


When it comes to handling fire loss, the techs undergo extensive training using the tenents of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), a non-profit organization that sets the standard for the restoration services industry. The techs learn the best practices. This knowledge assists property owners in realizing less damage no matter what type of home disaster the techs are dealing with.

Handling Smoke Damage

The longer the smoke and soot remain on-site, the more potential to spread. The techs often set up containment around a fire loss area in the home to limit the spread of odorous soot. Smoke residues can appear on any surface in different forms. The technicians use special dry cleaning tools to lift away dry smoke. Wet smoke frequently requires the use of solvents to release its grip on surfaces. Smoke webs are not standard but look exactly like black cobwebs and get gently cleared away to ensure they do not spread or break apart.

Odor Control is Necessary

Residual reminders of the fire sometimes remain after the initial cleanup efforts. The technicians apply multiple methods as needed to ensure there is not even a hint of the smoke odor.

When fire damage rears its ugly head, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. The technicians are available 24/7 to clean up and restore your property from any size fire loss and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Fort Walton Beach After A Fire

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire disaster Our experts understand this can be a difficult time and our team is ready 24/7 to help you with the restoration process after a fire disaster.

We Help You Distinguish Between The Structure And Contents Of Your Home After A Fire In Fort Walton Beach

After experiencing a fire and making sure everyone within your home is safe, you now need to go about the process of restoring your home and getting back to your routine. The fire may have damaged not only the house itself but also some of your furniture, clothing, and other items.

If you have fire damage in your Fort Walton Beach home, it is important to distinguish between the structure and contents of your home. Typically, insurance companies separate the two things for scoping and estimating the cost of restorations. SERVPRO restorers handle the contents and structure separately. In some situations, restorers move the contents of the home to an offsite, secure location for cleaning before returning them.

After the project manager scopes the structure of the home, makes an estimate, and gets the go-ahead to begin the restoration process, the first step is to begin emergency services to ensure a safe work site. Depending on the severity of the fire, emergency services may include boarding up the home, debris removal, and creating ventilation. At this stage, this is when your contents (personal belongings) may go out for cleaning.

The SERVPRO project manager creates a specified plan for cleaning and restoring your home. Flooring, walls, and appliances all require specialized cleaning with specific products. For example, oxidizing cleaners such as StainZap work well on smoke stains and are useful in bathroom and kitchen cleaning. Strong acid cleaners like Stone and Porcelain clear attack soot and smoke from both stone and brick. Gentle creme cleaners are best for wood and restoring damaged wood surfaces around the home.

Before specialized cleaning, restorers often pre-clean the home to prepare each item for more in-depth cleaning. Pe-cleaning includes vacuuming to remove particulates and light debris. Compressed air uses air pressure to mildly agitate and remove loose particulate residues to allow more thorough cleaning of surfaces. Brushing, another form of pre-cleaning, can mildly or aggressively agitate the surface to remove loose residues. Soft brushes agitate delicate surfaces while wire brushes provide very aggressive agitation for more durable surfaces. Pre-cleaning makes the specialized cleaning more effective for the impacted areas and materials within your home.

For help restoring your home after fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Using High-Pressure Water Removal Equipment To Save Your Mary Ester Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Homeowners find that tailoring solutions to property emergency are more efficient and less inconvenient.

Using High-Pressure Water Removal Equipment for Subterranean Regions of your Mary Ester Residence

A malfunctioning sump pump is hard to spot before it is too late. This equipment moves water from drains or groundwater and pumps it away from the lower levels of your home. During the winter, rainfall increases, which can put more pressure on your sump pump. Failure allows for groundwater levels to rise and can result in flooding. Handling these situations is often a professional task, although the rising water levels are unlikely to contain solid waste, which is common in flash flooding.

A roster of technicians with qualifications in water removal is essential to Mary Ester residents during the winter season. You can make contact with SERVPRO anytime, day or night, to arrange an inspection of floodwaters in the sub-regions of your home. Frequently, visual inspections are crucial to ascertain the level of water contamination as well as what equipment we require. We believe in getting your residence back to its preloss condition and work hard to find an efficient solution to suit your needs.

A broken sump pump can see water levels rise in crawlspaces as well as basements. Usually, the most effective remedy to rising water levels is pumping water out of the home at high volume. Pumping equipment generally grades on lift capacity and volume. Essentially, how much water is transportable and how the speed at which it transports. Many pumping equipment is submersible, allowing SERVPRO to place it below the standing water level.

During the visual inspection, a SERVPRO technician can decide on what type of pumping equipment to use. Subterranean rooms with flooding may not contain any solid waste. In these situations, high-pressure pumps can remove water exceptionally quickly. These specific pumps are useful in basements or crawlspaces because they offer high lift which makes moving water to the upper levels, and out of the home more comfortable.

Homeowners find that tailoring solutions to property emergency are more efficient and less inconvenient. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552.

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Commercial Fire Damage In Your Fort Walton Beach Factory

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to property SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach provides mitigation and restoration services to businesses throughout Destin, Mary Ester, and Niceville.

Commercial Fire Damage caused by Other Disasters in Your Fort Walton Beach Factory

Flooding, torrential storms, and hurricanes can soak the interior of your factory in Fort Walton Beach, including the electrical system. When destruction also includes gas leaks, the situation becomes substantially worse. Explosions can result from such combinations, making normal operations so hazardous they must cease until mitigation resolves the crisis.

Multiple disasters affecting a factory in Fort Walton Beach, including commercial fire damage, makes working conditions extremely unsafe and can ruin valuable merchandise. SERVPRO works in teams and knows how to provide the services needed to clean up a factory and make it safe. Our inventorying system can provide you with accurate accounting, as well. We put our experience and training together, work in teams, and always keep you informed of the entire process and the progress we make.

Fire damage related to flooding or other horrific weather events can affect areas that otherwise might not have burned. Flames spread through areas of least resistance, and wherever fuel like boxes and plastics help keep the fire going. All this can start from a small spark at a soaked electrical panel, or from ruptured gas lines. When gas lines leak, we must wait until the utility company gives us the approval to commence mitigation work. As soon as this is granted, we start returning your facility to its preloss condition.

Restoring electrical power as part of fire damage in your factory is crucial toward recovering, and we can provide the work needed to get power back on and safe again. Until the electrical power does get restored, however, we can provide our own. A swift recovery is especially vital to reducing any additional losses related to existing fire damage.

Clearing damaged inventory out and cleaning up soot layers from surfaces helps immensely, but SERVPRO addresses any other types of damage, as well. Working with you to mitigate all types of damage makes recovery faster and more cost-effective.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach provides mitigation and restoration services to businesses throughout Destin, Mary Ester, and Niceville. When fire damage makes normal operations risky and dangerous for your employees, call (850) 863-2552 for the highly trained restoration experts near you.

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We Are Available 24/7 For You Destin Flood Damage Restoration Services

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

One of our power restoration trucks We can bring in our own power supply when a storm strikes your property. Call us right away we respond day or night.

Recovering From Flood Damage in Destin

As a Florida resident, you are no stranger to intense weather and natural disasters. Between hurricanes and heavy summer rain and thunderstorms, flooding may occur. Flooding can cause damage to your home and should be adequately cleaned to mitigate secondary damage, such as mold infestations and lingering foul odors. 

If you experience flood damage in your Destin home, contact the trained SERVPRO professionals to help you with the cleanup after the floodwaters recede. Often, the cleanup is the most challenging part of a flood. Floodwater is considered black water or category 3 water, potentially contaminated with disease-infected organisms and contaminated chemicals. Blackwater is not necessarily the color black; the category is based on the source of the water. Floodwaters are always considered blackwater. 

Technicians take extreme safety precautions to ensure protection for homeowners as well as themselves using personal protective equipment (PPE) while they extract remaining moisture, remove damaged contents, and disinfect the home. They also treat flood water contaminated environments with biocides two times, once at the beginning of the cleaning process, and once at the end to ensure the most thorough cleaning possible. 

Biocides are cleaning agents that kill any organisms contained in the black water deterring the growth of mold. Specifically, virucides kill viruses, and fungicides kill mold. SERVPRO technicians also use antimicrobial cleaners called phenolics as a defense against bacteria and fungi. Some phenolic products are OSHA compliant for Bloodborne Pathogens and serve as another form of protection against disease and mold infestations. We hold licenses in mold remediation: MRSR309, and MRSR377, keeping us current in mold elimination techniques. 

The trained professionals at SERVPRO treat each flood damage situation differently and come up with a customized plan to ensure the least amount of damage as possible. The goal is to restore as much as possible without having to replace items that could otherwise be salvaged. An essential part of the plan includes extremely precautious cleanup methods to ensure the health and safety of your home and family.  

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for prompt help. We are available 24/7 to assist you with your flood water cleanup. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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