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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 This same process used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historical documents and books.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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Odors Can Be Problematic after a Destin House Fire--Call SERVPRO for Professional Results

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Odors Can Be Problematic after a Destin House Fire--Call SERVPRO for Professional Results Don't Be a Destin ButtHead!! Call SERVPRO for Smoke-Related Odor Removal

Using Thermal Fogging to Remove Fire Damage Odor from Your Destin Area Home

Smoke can cause severe damage to areas of your home not directly affected by a fire. In many situations, even trained professionals can take several visits to remove smoke odors from some spots in your home. Regardless of how thorough the restoration in your Destin area home seems, smoke odors can linger.

What you need is a trained professional, one that has access to the right equipment and understands which techniques to use, to get rid of the odors that exist in your Destin home. Fire damage often leads to extensive repairs, so having access to a highly-skilled professional makes sense. You want them to understand how to deal with fire, smoke, and water damage, including any cleaning, deodorization, or disinfection experience necessary to finish the job right.

SERVPRO technicians can put a variety of deodorization techniques to work for you. Our fire damage restoration technicians are well versed in using pressure sprayers, box fans, ozone machines, duct cleaning systems, HEPA filtered air scrubbers, and injection devices to get the job done right. We work out the proper way to approach the area in question, working to eliminate odors rather than just masking them.

SERVPRO can put a method called thermal fogging to use, where deodorizers are heated and sprayed throughout your home in fog form. A fogger allows deodorizer solutions to permeate tough-to-reach areas, absorbing smoke particles and neutralizing any odors that exist. Our advanced services involve removing the debris causing the odor and cleaning any surfaces that might have odor-causing residues on them.

However, SERVPRO restoration teams go even further, finding ways to replicate the nature of smoke, allowing deodorizers to penetrate different areas. Providing you with excellent results regarding odor neutralization and successfully returning your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition for you and your family to enjoy.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has technicians available 24/7, 365, day or night. We provide you with the cleanup and restoration services that make dealing with damage to your home, easier. Our staff even works with your insurance company to help ensure you receive the results you deserve. (850) 863-2552

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Having A Flood Damage Disaster Plan In Place Can Save Your Destin Commercial Property

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Having A Flood Damage Disaster Plan In Place Can Save Your Destin Commercial Property It doesn’t take much to recognize the advantages of how having a disaster recovery plan can help your Destin grocery store avoid losses.

Flood Damage Disaster Plans That Your Destin Area Business Should Adopt

Many natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding incidents can drastically interrupt the food service industry. Whether you manage a fast-food outlet, a grocery store, or a restaurant having a plan can make a difference in how quickly your property can recover. Especially for those of you located near coastal waters in Destin, everyone can benefit from putting a disaster plan in place.

It doesn’t take much to recognize the advantages of how having a disaster recovery plan can help your Destin grocery store avoid flood damage losses. A well-developed plan can address aspects of your company that help keep your business going after a natural disaster occurs. You need something like this in effect to prevent permanent closures and to hasten any restoration efforts. There are qualified professionals right here in our local community, who are ready to assist with protecting your companies investment.

You need to discuss any available options and recognize the advantages of having a disaster plan in place. Your local SERVPRO can help you come up with a disaster plan and provide you with the support you need to implement the plan, should disaster strike. Our goals are to help reduce the impact natural disasters have on your business and speed up any restoration services that hinder normal operations. We can help you evaluate potential losses and help your company recover quickly. We have several years of experience with helping food industry businesses throughout the area and want you to know that we have the personnel, training, and resources available to be there whenever needed.

SERVPRO can help you identify problems early, address existing threats, note critical areas to focus efforts on, and help you develop a strategy to resume and maintain operations that support your local community. It helps to test any plan you develop, update the plan as needed to achieve the best results, and offer training to your employees so that everyone knows what their role is should you need to implement the plan fast.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is available 24/7, 365-days a year to provide you with the cleanup and restoration services you deserve. Our emergency response teams make us, Faster To Any Size Disaster and it shows in everything we do. Call us today at (850) 863-2552.

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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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