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Strategies to Remove Standing Water and Begin the Drying Process

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Removing water from surface materials in your Fort Walton Beach home requires several tools and technologies in our growing inventory of recovery equipment. After a thorough inspection of your property following a disaster, we can identify the most appropriate mitigation and restoration plan for your specific structure. Ultimately, we make these decisions based on the most efficient path to returning your home or business to its original condition. 

The tools and technologies that promote water restoration for Fort Walton Beach homes and businesses can vary significantly from one property to the next. As a leading restoration company for the Gulf Coast Area, we have a broad assortment of extractors and water removal tools to address both standing water and trapped moisture in porous materials like wood flooring and carpets. 

What Are the Best Tools to Remove Surface Water?  

Standing water can be one of the most destructive effects left behind after a water damage incident. Without quick action, absorption can occur to exposed materials. The removal of standing water is an essential effort to prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction of areas that could otherwise be preserved. Some of the best types of tools for this action include:

  • Pumps – Electric submersible pumps and other units like high-pressure extractors and self-priming trash pumps are vital in different conditions to remove surface water. The effectiveness of these extractors hinges on the depth of the water involved. Under two inches of standing water causes the pumps to lose prime and become less effective.
  • Vacuums – Vacuums are a versatile water removal tool in our arsenal because of their portability. In addition to these units' mobility, wet vacuums are even more useful when combined with various wands and attachments for specific extraction scenarios. 
  • Wands – Special attachments for vacuums in submersible pumps can help resolve specific issues encountered in removing water. Wands are exceptionally beneficial for areas where accessibility is an issue.

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

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

mold If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

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 and state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to locate elevated areas of moisture under flooring and 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 ongoing 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."

Is Water Damage Lingering in Your Destin Business Warehouse?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in warehouse Our skilled technicians have the expertise and state of the art equipment to get your business back in order after a water catastrophe.

SERVPRO's Fast Water Damage Restoration Services Can Keep Your Warehouse and Potential Profits 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 the 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."  

What Does SERVPRO Use For Water Extraction in Destin

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 Mary Ester, Destin, and Niceville. Call us at (850) 863-2552 when your factory, warehouse, or other setting needs water removal services to stay up and running.

Need Water Mitigation at Your Fort Walton Beach Property? Think SERVPRO

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment You want a trusted team of experts with the equipment your property needs after a water incident occurs. Call SERVPRO right away.

How Can Hiring SERVPRO for Water Mitigation Help You Prevent Long-Term Damage to Your Fort Walton Beach Home?

A water damage incident can have a lasting impact on your property both in terms of affecting its cosmetic appeal as well as structural integrity. Hiring SERVPRO professionals for water mitigation of your Fort Walton Beach home can help you prevent such long-term damages. 

Before SERVPRO professionals can begin the water mitigation of your Fort Walton home, they determine the extent and severity of the damage using moisture sensing equipment. The water remediation plan is tailored toward the type of material involved and the amount of water present. It is crucial to use the right equipment and drying conditions to speed up the process. 

What are the Different Classes of Damage That SERVPRO Techs Encounter During Water Cleanup of Fort Walton Beach Homes?   

Depending on the type of the size of the loss, material involved, and the amount of water present, water damage in your Fort Walton Beach home can be classified into the following four categories-

  • Class 1: Affects only a small area of the building, and the materials absorb minimum moisture. SERVPRO technicians usually use an open system dehumidification to dry class 1 water damage. 
  • Class 2: More extensive damage and water usually is wicked up the drywall up to 24 inches. Moisture also seeps into structural components. SERVPRO techs use strategically placed dehumidification systems and air movers to speed up the drying process. 
  • Class 3: Water loss affects a large part of the building, with ceilings, subfloor, walls, insulation, and carpets are all saturated with water. Mitigation requires efficient use of water-moving equipment in a combination of dehumidification.
  • Class 4: Involves materials that have very low porosity and permeability. Some examples include hardwood, plaster, stone, and crawlspaces. It involves a lot of bound water, and it takes a long time to dry class 4 water damage completely. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for any questions regarding water damage.  

We Can Help You Take Quick Action To Get Back To Business After A Fire Disaster

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in business with logo When your business property experiences a fire incident, call the experts at SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Can Help After Fire Damage in Fort Walton Beach

Part of living the American Dream is being successful at owning your business. Imagine that you work hard, put in your time getting licensed, and have managed to raise the capital needed to open your beauty salon. You have insurance coverage in case of an accident but never think that you will use it. One day you face fire damage as the result of flammable beauty products catching on fire. Even if your insurance policy is in place to protect you, it is essential to move quickly and enlist professional help to restore your salon as soon as possible.

All business owners in Fort Walton Beach are vulnerable to fire damage to their establishments. Even small fires can break out in the blink of an eye and leave your shop compromised and unproductive, making life quite challenging. SERVPRO can help you take quick action to return your salon to normal; all you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline and allow us to partner with you in the restoration process.

Fire Cleanup and Restoration

Friends and family will offer their time and talent to help you clean up after the fire. Although muscle and elbow grease are welcome, it is crucial that a fire restoration technician (FRT) such as ours guides the process. Depending on the severity of the fire damage, our SERVPRO crew may implement different approaches to remediate the damage. For example:

  • Dry/wet cleaning
  • Air purification
  • HEPA vacuums

These are but a few of the techniques available to our staff as they clean and restore your salon. Aside from isolating damaged areas and inventory from those unaffected by the fire, we focus on mitigating your losses in terms of time and money.

Fire damage should not put an end to your American dream. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 and let us leave your shop “Like it never even happened.”

Improper Gutter Maintenance of Your Fort Walton Beach Residence Can Result In Flood Damage

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Improper Gutter Maintenance Can Cause Flood Damage

Your Fort Walton Beach home requires a lot of your attention and maintenance to perform the primary job of keeping outside elements from entering inside. While this doesn't seem like a challenging task for a structurally sound home to achieve, when all of its preventative measures to divert storm damage do not get appropriately maintained, their failure to perform can result in a water emergency for your Fort Walton Beach home.

Such is the case with your gutter system, which outlines the edges of your roof. When this diversion equipment gets jammed full of debris, leaves, and grime, its ability to move water away from your house gets dramatically compromised. Instead of moving water away from your siding and the ground around the foundation of your home, water pools up in the gutter and pours over the sides, overly saturating this area potentially to the point of flood damage to your Fort Walton Beach home.

When a severe weather event rolls through the area and leaves several inches of rain that cannot get diverted away from your home’s foundation, the overly saturated ground around your house can become highly pressurized and force its way through weakening points in the blockwork of your lowest level or basement. Once the water has a point of access, this vulnerable point gets worse and worse the more water allowed to pass through.

Storm Damage Restoration

Our SERVPRO team can not only help to resolve and restore the flood damage that resulted from an event like this but also aids in pinpointing the penetration areas and vulnerable regions of the foundation of your house. Our experienced technicians can seal up these points to keep similar traumatic incidents from happening again in the future. With our tools and expertise, the professional restoration specialists we employ can restore your current flood damage to preloss conditions and offer peace of mind against what the future might have held without foundation repairs.

We do not just claim to be “Faster to Any Size Disaster.” It is an assurance that we can respond quickly to help you set things right when you need us the most. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team of restoration specialists is available 24/7 by calling (850) 863-2552.

Is Successful Fire Damage Restoration of Fort Walton Beach Kitchen Appliances Realistic?

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen SERVPRO has the tools and skill to bring your kitchen back from fire damages "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Crews Exceed Expectations, Emerging Victorious  After Kitchen Appliance Smoke Remediation Challenges in Fort Walton Beach 

Nearly 50 percent of Fort Walton Beach residential fires link to cooking accidents. The following kitchen appliances all can suffer fire and smoke damage:

  • Ovens
  • Range tops
  • Microwaves
  • Exhaust hoods and fans
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators
  • Trash compactors, and more

How Is Kitchen Fire and Smoke Damage Unique?

The fuel in a Fort Walton Beach kitchen fire is nearly always protein-based -- meats, oils, greases, dairy, and sauteed or fried vegetables. Lingering residues result not only from charred items but also from entirely dehydrated foodstuffs. Organic compounds become rancid and incredibly malodorous during the kitchen fire, vaporizing then depositing on all available surfaces, including appliances. The coating is often transparent and thus hard to see but attaches tenaciously similar to varnish. Normal fire and smoke damage removal “first steps” like dusting or brushing are ineffective, and only rarely does a simple spray and wipe remove the residue altogether.

How Does SERVPRO Approach House Fire Clean Up of Protein-Based Residues on Appliances?

SERVPRO managers pretest cleaning strategies, ensuring our proprietary cleaning product and tools cause minimal damage to surfaces while also removing the smelly, oily film. As most appliances feature non-porous and resilient finishes, water-based cleaners and non-abrasive techniques would be perfect. Unfortunately, the protein-based soot can require solvents and more aggressive tools, necessitating trained and experienced technicians to strike a balance between proper cleaning and appliance durability:

  • Cleaning solutions need an increase in alkalinity.
  • Precise spraying of cleaning solutions limits damage to porous materials such as wood cabinets.
  • Aluminum or chrome might pit with longer dwell times using high alkaline cleaners -- prompt rinsing is vital.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is mandatory for technicians.
  • Abrasive products or tools need an expert touch to prevent appliance finish damage --maintaining lubrication during the cleaning and employing soft cloths or towels to remove residues and excess cleaner are best practices.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has the skills and appropriate tools and products to restore your fire-damaged kitchen appliances. Schedule an assessment by calling (850) 863-2552.

Remediating Commercial Fire Damage In Destin

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Flame Big or Small Fire, SERVPRO's Green Fleet Arrives as the Fire Trucks Leave! Call us right away for effective fire damage remediation efforts.

Smoke Odors Can Be Detrimental to Retail Shops After a Fire

Destin homes and businesses both deal with the aftereffects of a fire. For a business, however, it can result in the decline of income for every employee. Unless their insurance is robust, companies lose the money needed to make repairs as well.

Some types of fire damage are common to Destin businesses. Certain specialty businesses like wine shops have particular needs regarding their customer sales and what is essential for restoration. SERVPRO restoration crews work with every business owner to meet those needs. For example, while every business demands a clean, safe environment, a wine bar or wine shop with a tasting room needs complete odor elimination. Any lingering malodors can ruin the experience for individuals and special events. 

House Fire Clean Up

The immediate action our technicians take is to remove debris and property too damaged for restoration. That eliminates the source for most malodors, and usually the strongest ones. As team members remove the damaged items, others set up fans within the facility to increase air circulation. They also use axial fans to draw air inside the building and force it outside. Air scrubbers with small 0.3 micron HEPA filtering systems can capture airborne particulates contributing to the odors.

Next, a SERVPRO inspector examines property not physically damaged by the fire, such as ceiling tiles, paneling, and carpets. While not scorched, each type of item can absorb a massive amount of odor residues. The inspection determines what methods are needed to clean the structural property and which cleaning agents and tools to use. 

For most properties, spraying or wiping down the surfaces with a deodorizing agent cleans off the residues and removes the malodors. For mild odors that resist removal, our team can cover walls and ceilings with paint that contains a very effective sealing agent. 

If an inspection cannot identify the source of them, technicians use a cloud of deodorizing particles. This method uses the cloud or fog of deodorizing agents and one or more fans to recreate how the smoke moved throughout the facility. The agent attaches itself to the same surfaces the smoke contaminated and neutralizes the malodors.

If you have lingering odors after fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We are here to help you reopen your doors to customers as soon as possible.

Water Removal for Your Destin Home After Washing Machine Malfunction

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water on floor Water damage in your home? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Remove Water and Restore Your Home Quickly 

With many newer homes in Destin having a laundry room on an upper level, this poses a risk of severe water damage if the washing machine ever malfunctions. Water can easily seep through the flooring into the ceiling and rooms below. A situation like this needs to be handled as quickly as possible to avoid further damages, but cleaning up a large mess requires professional knowledge and tools.

Your home is a significant investment, so when water damage in Destin has threatened any part of it, the faster you act, the better. Hesitating to get water removal services allows more damage to occur, resulting in a more massive repair bill. SERVPRO is standing by at any hour, ready to help you when a water disaster strikes. We know these things never happen at a convenient time, so we are here whenever you need us with the experience necessary to restore your home to the way it was.

Since water can spread and get into and through a majority of surfaces, floors, walls, and obstructions, we first determine the scope of the damage so we can adequately mitigate it. Doing so protects your home from future mold and other residual problems. Since we cannot always see with the naked eye where all the moisture and water are, we use thermal cameras and moisture meters to find all the areas affected.

Then, if needed, SERVPRO techs remove materials like drywall, subflooring, and flooring that have been affected to salvage the substructure and framing of your home. We also separate and store your personal property during the restoration process. Finally, we recover anything possible, cleaning and sanitizing all that can be restored.

Water Removal Services

We can then begin water extraction and drying. First, the standing water is removed with industrial-sized pumps, and then dehumidifiers and air-movers are brought in to finish the drying process. Times can vary depending on how much moisture is present, but this step can take a few days at least, during which we monitor all of the equipment.

The affected areas are then treated to prevent mold and bacteria. Any rebuilding can now be done. When needed, we bring in other professionals to help with this step.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach realizes your home in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or Mary Esther is a significant investment, so we treat it as such. Therefore, when you contact us at (850) 863-2552 for any water damage emergency, we take care of your home as if it was our own.

What Options are Available in Fort Walton Beach for Fire Restoration?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Illustration When you experience a fire in your home, you need expert assistance. Call our team at SERVPRO at (850) 863-2552.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach Has Licensed Fire Restoration Technicians 

A property fire can affect both structure and contents. The most frequent restoration service provided by professionals is the removal of soot and smoke residues. Smoke can be most damaging when coming into contact with solid wood furniture such as cupboards or fittings. There may also be charring of wooden fittings, fixtures, furniture, and surfaces in a larger fire. SERVPRO can help with:

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • House fire cleanup

The process of fire restoration in your Fort Walton Beach home is manifold. Some smoke residues are possible to remove from wood surfaces using a mineral spirit and wiping cloth. Other areas may require a more robust cleaning method that relies either on aggressive agitation or chemical action. Our team is equipped with the necessary resources and know-how to perform efficient and effective restoration in your home. 

  • Burnt or charred areas of a wood surface can sometimes be sanding out without causing significant harm. We begin with 180 grit sandpaper to reduce the potential for over-sanding. 
  • A wood creme paste can help to get rid of burnt sections. These powerful chemicals are rubbed into the wood surface, working along with the grain of the wood to address burnt areas. 
  • In cases of severe damage, refinishing and varnishing can be conducted to return furniture to a preloss condition. 

Wood furniture has a strong chance of restoration following fire or smoke impact. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach for fire restoration (850) 863-2552.