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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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Is That Musty Odor a Sign of Mold Damage in Fort Walton Beach?

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members standing in front of SERVPRO equipment Does your home have a mold infestation? Our team to the rescue!. We are always standing by to take your call.

Signs You Need Mold Remediation in Fort Walton Beach  

Mold damage is one of those issues that will never, ever get better on its own. When there is an infestation, it continues to spread in the home as long as conditions remain favorable.  

When SERVPRO technicians perform mold remediation in Fort Walton Beach residences, it starts with identifying all the areas where mold infestations are. They use their experience and training as well as state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to locate elevated areas of moisture under flooring as well as behind walls and ceilings.  

Why SERVPRO

The technicians have extensive training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR309. They know the signs and how to safely handle existing mold infestations to inhibit the chances of cross-contamination to other areas of the home.  

Musty Odor 

Many homeowners first discover they have a mold infestation through a damp, stale odor that no amount of cover-up scent masking seems to diminish. This odor is often a calling card of mold colonies located within a wall cavity or a ceiling area. SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to find collections of excessive moisture that pinpoints locations likely to harbor colonies.  

Water Leaks

A small, slow leak has the potential to create a place for mold to set up home if the temperature conditions are right. Regularly checking attic spaces, crawl spaces, and under cabinets for leaks helps keep this issue at bay. Check the sheetrock for softening or warping, which can indicate an on-going water damage issue that may require removal for a complete repair and an application of antimicrobial sealant to inhibit mold growth.  

After Water Damage

When a supply line breaks or a flash flood happens, mold is always a threat. The elevated humidity in the home allows airborne mold spores to germinate as quickly as 24 hours. SERVPRO technicians extract the water and dry properties using equipment to lower the ambient humidity rapidly to deter mold infestations.  

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850) 863-2552 has technicians trained and certified in all types of restoration services, including mold remediation. They are available 24/7 to clean up damage from mold and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Can Handle The Mold Damage In Your Destin Home

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO to Handle the Mold Damage in Your Destin Home

Mold damage is something that no homeowner wants to deal with for a variety of reasons. When mold is left to its own devices, it can cause rot to the structure of your home, since it causes decay to organic materials. Furthermore, it can also cause health effects. For this reason, it is unwise to live in a house that has it inside. So, when you detect mold inside of your home, never wait to get help.

You may wonder what some ways to detect mold damage in your Destin home are. After all, microbial growth can be hard to see when it is underneath the floor or between the walls. The truth is, you might not always see a fungal presence in your home. However, if your home has experienced water damage recently, it is always wise to get help right away, so a mold colony doesn't get the chance to form.

Usually, people either see fungi forming on a surface in their home, like a wall, or they detect the malodor it causes. Mold smells very musty and stale, so if you detect an intense musty odor in your home that is not dissipating, you may want to reach out for help.

When you call SERVPRO, we make it a priority to get to your location as soon as possible. Our skilled technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. When you call us, you can trust our technicians to know how to remediate the damages in your home and to have advanced equipment with them for the job.

Once at your home, our SERVPRO technicians could set up a quarantine around the mold colony swiftly to prevent the spores from spreading once they become disturbed. If the damage was on your laundry room wall, for example, our technicians could begin to scrub away the microbial growth or remove the section of drywall that the colony is rooted in. Once we finish, we can use an antifungal agent to help prevent regrowth.

If your home needs mold damage remediation, get help now. Communicate with SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach by dialing (850) 863-2552. We're always ready to help you.

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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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