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We Have Cutting Edge Equipment To Handle Water Removal In Destin

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

The Challenges of Water Removal for Destin Hotels

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

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

Drying Structural Cavities

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

Migration 

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

Elevation

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

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

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

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mary Ester Professionals Give Tips on Cleaning Fire Damaged Homes

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Take Action Fast to Remove Water

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

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

Assessment by Crew Chief 

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

The steps we follow include:

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

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

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

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Call Us If Your Destin Home Has Experienced A Flood

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

Drying Out A Flooded Crawlspace In Destin Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Mary Ester Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency service to our customers and we have the specialized training, advanced equipment, and experience.

SERVPRO Inspectors Find These Extra Consequences of Fire Damage in Mary Ester

Fire damage can impact your home in unpredictable ways. While it may be immediately apparent that ash, smoke, and burn damage need extensive restoration work to reverse, it might be harder to identify future problems such as water leaks that may be caused by flames on the building exterior. Part of the reason why SERVPRO has become such a trusted name for home damage restoration work across the nation is thanks to our inspectors that carry out thorough analyses of the situation and identify additional problems that may have escaped your attention. Here are some of the things they look for with fire damage situations.

Holes in Roofs and Exteriors

Dealing with fire damage in your Mary Ester home is bad enough – you probably do not want to handle damages from water on top of what has already happened. Water can even start to mix with ash and smoke materials to create a sludge that poses greater challenges even for well-equipped cleanup crews like those at SERVPRO. Our inspectors examine the fire-damaged part of your home thoroughly to check for potential leaks or holes in the building exterior. If they identify any potential problems of this nature, we work fast to set up tarps to cover the area before any ill weather effects can worsen the situation.

Electrical Damage

The heat of a flame can, even without direct contact, start to melt down metal cables and the materials that shield them. Sometimes, these damages may not be immediately apparent while still posing a significant safety hazard in your home. We know how to check for signs of fire damage on all types of household wiring and work to correct any safety hazards that may be present as a result.

Fabric Erosion

Many fire residues are acidic or can otherwise harm the types of fabric in carpets, furniture, and clothing typically found in local homes. We conduct tests to determine if there is any risk of material destruction to your belongings and, if there may be a significant problem, take care to clean each object in ways that do not cause harm.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has years of experience helping local homes and businesses recover from the effects of fires large and small. Call us at (850) 863-2552 for our 24/7 services.

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Our Technicians Have The Protective Equipment Ready To Handle Your Fort Walton Beach Flood Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to storm and flood damage timing is essential. We offer our clientele 24-hour emergency service to prevent further damage.

Infectious Waste Removal after Flood Damage in your Fort Walton Beach Property

Floodwaters can bring infectious waste into your home, creating a Biohazardous situation. Microscopic pathogens are invisible to the naked eye but can make you sick after even small amounts of exposure. Typically, infectious waste comes from raw sewage as well as sewer gases that may carry viruses like typhoid, polio, hepatitis, or tetanus. The importance of steering clear of floodwaters that have entered the home is essential.  

Contacting a professional restorer for flood damage in your Fort Walton Beach home is crucial to returning your property to a sanitary living environment. Our technicians are provided with personal protective equipment that allows them to enter a flooded property without risking their health or safety. An initial inspection, known as a scoping procedure, allows a SERVPRO technician to ascertain the type of equipment that can be brought into the affected area to reduce standing water levels and prepare for restoration services.  

Contaminated flood damage waters require storage and cannot be disposed of in the same way that clean water can. After pumping out the standing water from your property, SERVPRO can store it safely until it can be safely disposed of in a specialized biohazardous waste facility. In most situations, solid wastes need to be sealed in protective bags to avoid the chances of cross-contamination. Due to the highly infectious nature of blackwater emergencies, the initial steps involve preparing the site for further restoration. 

Disinfecting the affected area thoroughly, including the planned demolition of sections of drywall is necessary to re-establish a clean zone. Box fans may be placed overnight to remove pungent odors from floodwater or disinfectants while the drying process is underway. A SERVPRO technician can inspect the site again to ensure conditions have been returned to the sanitary state, before beginning work on reconstruction and replacement of removed contents and materials. 

Infectious waste poses a serious health risk. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 if you suspect contaminated floodwaters in your property. 

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Problems in Fort Walton with Storms, Mold, Fire or Water Damage? The Smart Choice for Restoration Is SERVPRO

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach--They Really Are Serious About Restoration Services!!

Premier Restoration Services of Our SERVPRO Team in Fort Walton Beach

For more than two and a half decades, our SERVPRO team has been offering effective and efficient restoration services for Fort Walton Beach and its surrounding areas. With a roster of technicians comprised of local talent from Fort Walton and Okaloosa, we are your friends and neighbors helping homes and businesses through their times of crisis with a swift and confident response. We have certifications and endorsements in nearly every facet of the restoration industry, extending far beyond the core recovery niches for water, fire, storm, and mold loss.

Water
With water loss incidents in Fort Walton Beach properties being such an ever-present threat, we have encouraged much of our staff to pursue the education and training required to obtain accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) With the majority of our team having this base certification and additional training like Applied Structural Drying (ASD), no customer ever has to wait for effective mitigation and recovery services they need – regardless of the time that it happens.

We understand how typical water damage in Fort Walton Beach is, so we have established business relationships with many organizations to help us provide residential and commercial customers the most efficient service possible in this time of crisis. We have dealings through the Fort Walton Chamber of Commerce, Community Association Institute, and the Gulf Coast Association of Insurance Professionals (GCAIP), all of which have allowed us to handle claims with or without insurance adjustors at times.

Our SERVPRO team continually strives to be the premier option for water damage restoration in Fort Walton Beach homes and businesses. We know how quickly these situations can get out of control, so we invest in the inventory and qualified professionals that can complete jobs on time and within the budgetary confinements of our clients.

Fire
Fire loss situations present a unique risk for many of our Fort Walton Beach area properties, as not all of these are easy to access. With many homes and commercial structures built on outer lying areas of the coastline, we must have a clear plan of action to address any after-hours threats like fire damage that could exist. With a full team of qualified IICRC-Certified professionals, we can address all of the compromising effects of these disasters in a way that protects as much of your property as possible.

Fire damage to Fort Walton Beach homes requires a swift and deliberate response from our SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) These same professionals also often seek additional endorsements to further improve our efficiency and effectiveness in the field, pursuing training in areas like Odor Control (OCT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), and Carpet Cleaning (CCT.) The more universally prepared our restoration technicians can become, the faster projects complete and the less they ultimately cost.

We know that our success in the region is also directly linked to the effectiveness and skills of the Fort Walton Beach firefighters and first responders. Along with our investments to continually improve our inventory of recovery and mitigation equipment, we also invest in these local departments to improve their response times, the equipment they use, and their training to better protect your property when every minute counts.

Mold
Mold is a complicated threat to Fort Walton Beach homes, mainly because of how quickly conditions can get met to promote the growth and spread of these damaging colonies. Northwest Florida is humid through the better part of the year, and homeowners and commercial property owners alike must contend with these threats with proper ventilation, cool temperatures, and active dehumidification where necessary.

The beachside communities, which makes up a large portion of the Fort Walton Beach area we service, are particularly susceptible to this increased humidity. With thick moisture in the environment, spores can more easily seat into organic materials and quickly spread throughout an affected area. Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians have advanced tools and equipment, but also the latest antimicrobial products to help overcome these colonies wherever they get found. We are certified and licensed through the State of Florida to address these damaging conditions in your house.

We strive to help our customers overcome mold damage in Fort Walton Beach homes as quickly as possible. This commitment can also get seen in the information we willingly provide all of our clients to help them manage mold situations, prevent it from occurring and stop the spread of this organism until our remediation specialists can arrive.

Storm
The NW coast of Florida is profoundly affected by natural disasters and is one of the most active areas for this destruction in the entire country. As such, we have a team prepared at all times to address the detrimental effects of storm damage in Fort Walton Beach homes. We understand how one breach in your home or businesses’ exterior can lead to a snowballing effect of destruction like flooding, so our fast response in these situations is critical to protect your property as much as possible.

In recent years, we have employed construction specialists to aid in rebuilds and temporary construction solutions necessary during and after storm damage affects Fort Walton Beach properties. After the incredible volume of reconstruction, renovation, and repair that had to occur after Hurricane Michael, we knew how valuable it would be to increase our ability to serve our customers with a comprehensive solution after debilitating storm effects.

We have a ready team prepared to address all concerns that exist throughout our region from storm damage. Information travels directly to a staffed emergency telephone line that Fort Walton Beach residents and other customers can call 24/7 to get our disaster relief team mobilized and dispatched to your damaged address.

We do more than offer restoration services when disaster strikes. We want to be the professionals that can help you through every phase of recovery, including helping our customers through this traumatic experience. You can count on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach professionals to make all loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.

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Our Technicians Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Contents In Your Destin Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 today to arrange service.

Restoring Destin Resident's Valuable Contents After Fire Damage Using Immersion Cleaning

A fire may start and finish in just one area of the home. However, as materials combust, they release carbon in the form of gas alongside a range of other chemicals that are present in the material burning. Despite containment of the actual fire, smoke can spread throughout your home, leaving behind thick oily residues on both structure and content. The addition of water used in firefighting procedure can often cause these deposits to become embedded on surfaces creating a challenge for restorers to remove.

Many homeowners with fire damage in Destin become more concerned with contents than structure- walls can be repainted, doors and windows refitted, structure replaced. However, contents are collected over many months or years and hold both sentimental and literal value. High-density items like drapery rods, chandeliers or precious metal ornaments are prime candidates for immersion cleaning by SERVPRO because they are non-porous and generally made from non-reactive materials.

Immersion cleaning units can be brought on-site by SERVPRO. Where damage has spread throughout the structure, it may be necessary to inventory and pack items out to a unique facility. If items are damaged by oily residues, an immersion cleaning unit may be ineffective in restoring with dissolving the residue in an oil-based solvent a viable alternative. A SERVPRO technician can conduct pre-testing on the different types of soiling before any items entering an immersion cleaning tank.

Items that can benefit from immersion cleaning are placed in a tank of water with chemical cleaning agents. When the machine is switched on, high-frequency soundwaves create vibrations and with them, bubbles. As the bubbles burst, temperature and pressure are produced against the item agitating and scrubbing off the pre-existing soiling. Ultrasonic cleaning methods are exceptionally effective at restoring contents to a preloss condition- as they were before the fire.

Specialized equipment is how we restore rather than replace valuable contents. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 today to arrange service.

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