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The Importance of a Fast Response to Fort Walton Beach Flood Damage

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

flooded driveways at houses Contact SERVPRO fast to mitigate storm and flooding damage in Fort Walton Beach

Hours make a difference for Fort Walton Beach flood damage recover

Disasters do not tend to strike at times that are convenient for us, but the longer you wait after they happen, the worse the situation is likely to get. We stay ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to any events that might occur.

When you call SERVPRO for help with flood damage in Fort Walton Beach, you can expect a professional damage mitigation team to arrive at your home within hours, ready to take control of the situation. Without this critical intervention, terrible consequences can happen to the structure of your home. By the time we arrive, water may have seeped into flooring materials, structural components, and furniture. Without intervention, furnishings can become irreparably damaged within a day, water can destroy carpets and rugs, and foul odors can set in. A few days longer, and you may also face a mold infestation. These consequences can happen for:

  • Flood Restoration from extraction to disinfecting and reconstructing
  • Burst Pipes from added pressure
  • Sewage Cleanup after backing up into the structure

The best way to stop further damages from happening and decrease restoration costs is to call SERVPRO as soon as possible after a disaster. Check with your insurance carrier and we can assist you with the claims process. With our help, a dangerous and expensive situation can become much more manageable, thanks to our rapid water extraction and furniture protection strategies. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach can assist with flood damage disasters of any size or severity. Call us at (850) 863-2552.

Restoring Dreams after Fire Damage in Destin

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fifty dollar bill being burned at both ends You are losing money each day your fire damaged business is closed. SERVPRO can perform fast restoration and get you back in business.

Call SERVPRO for Highly Trained and Experienced Fire Damage Remediation Experts

Owning and operating a business in Destin is the culmination of many residents' dreams. Providing locals and our many visitors with the goods, services, and experiences only this beautiful area offers is deeply satisfying. A fire can turn that dream into a nightmare. Still, we have the trained technicians, equipment, and restoration industry familiarity with restoring not only the damage but also the faith you have in your business.

Many of our seasonal guests in the Destin area fear fire damage to their reserved lodgings, dining establishments, or local attractions means their dreams of a restful or exciting -- or both -- vacation are dashed. Our mission for over two decades remains constant. Transform a disaster, so it feels to the property owner and his or her customers "Like it never even happened." Our mission and your passion for the business you claim and nurture means that the fire your company endured need not end in permanent tragedy. We strive to clean up and return your property to its function fast, just in time to exceed the expectations of those who traveled here to enjoy what you provide.

Our SERVPRO team delivers on these promises with highly qualified work crews, efficient and state-of-the-art equipment and products, and proven protocols that get you back to business fast. Expect an experienced crew chief or production manager to evaluate your site within hours of your call. A hierarchy of tasks swiftly develops, and our employees get to work. Water and sometimes chemicals used to douse the fire are removed first, and then the cleanup begins.

The soot generated by a fire takes several forms -- ashy and loose, thick and sticky, and even lacquer-like -- depending on what types of materials burned and the heat of the blaze. Our IICRC-schooled technicians combine coursework mastered with years of experience to appropriately manage each kind of residue and debris produced by your fire scenario. SERVPRO stocks each service vehicle with the tools and cleaning products needed for the entire spectrum of fire damage we see, from dry sponges and HEPA vacuums for light coatings of soot to abrasive cleansers and solvents for tenacious residues.

We pay particular attention to any spread of fire damage to your HVAC system. Businesses in our location take climate control seriously for customers' comfort, but the AC or ventilation systems can move debris far from the site of the fire. If needed, SERVPRO cleans out the ductwork, and at a minimum, makes sure the filters are changed and the system shut down until the floating soot is contained and removed.

As soon as the firefighter's exit, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to begin the process of restoring your fire damaged business. Call (850) 863-2552 round the clock for fast and efficient fire damage remediation from an experienced and talented team.

Mold Damage Specialists in Destin

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damaged drywall; hand pulling back wallpaper to expose mold It doesn’t take long for mold to grow. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Remediating a Mold Infestation Requires Understanding How Mold Spreads

Sometimes a slow water leak occurs inside your Destin home, and it goes unnoticed for a long time. Anytime moistures sit indoors, mold growth may occur. Having fungus inside your home can ruin contents or building materials and cause foul odors to live inside your house.

Whenever water gets inside a structure, the chance of mold growth is possible. If you ever notice water from a slow leak that has been sitting in a place inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO's mold damage experts in Destin. As soon as mold gets noticed, it is essential to get the situation remediated by professionals so that spores do not spread and cause fungi to grow in other parts of the residence.

All types of mold start as spores. Spores are tiny, microscopic seeds that easily become airborne. Spores travel through the air until they find a place to settle. Once the spores settle, they sit idle, waiting for the perfect conditions to grow into a fungus.

Often, spores do not grow right away, and they sit dormant until the conditions are ideal for them to develop. When moisture enters a location, spores swell up as they absorb water. Eventually, spores grow a network of structures called hyphae. Some hyphae grow under the surface where the spores sit, others spread out onto the surfaces, and some hyphae grow straight up and produce more spores.

For mold to develop, it typically needs three things: a food source, water, and the correct temperature. Fungi usually form when the temperature of the area is between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. A fungus also needs a source of moisture and an organic type of food such as wood or paper.

Once mold forms inside a dwelling, it can cause health effects. Molds produce two types of chemical compounds. Microbial volatile organic compounds or VOCs are what give fungi an unpleasant odor. Myotoxins are substances created by mold that possibly affect the health of some people.

Mold damage is always a situation that everyone should take seriously. Whenever you think there is the slightest chance of mold damage affecting your home, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for assistance at any time of day, every day of the week.

How Expensive Is Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Fort Walton Beach?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged ceiling removed showing structural elements. When a storm caused water to enter this property, SERVPRO was there! We dried and restored this home.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Fort Walton Beach Is Less Expensive Compared to Self-Restoration 

When your property suffers flood damage, it is vital to involve professional restorers. Restoring your property yourself can lead to severe structural damage and can undermine the foundation of your property. Reputable restorers like SERVPRO can help get your property to its former glory at an affordable cost.

Flood damage in your Fort Walton Beach property requires professional attention no matter the magnitude of the damage. SERVPRO technicians have access to necessary equipment and tools that help us restore our customer’s property effectively and within a brief period.

Our restoration involves: 

  • Emergency floodwater removal using advanced equipment: We can use a self-priming trash pump to extract floodwater in your property above two feet. 
  • Flood clean-up and waste removal using unique but approved products 
  • Building drying: Our team of highly skilled restorers can use portable desiccant units that produce negative air pressure in the affected area. 

Different factors determine the cost of flood damage restoration in your property. How much you would pay for repair services is determined by the damage extent and its location.

SERVPRO restorers can restore a flood-damaged property in as little as a few days. We use a team of highly trained professionals and cutting-edge technology to expedite the process and ensure that your family is safe.

Restoration for your wet carpet and other house items can occur if you act right away. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 to help mitigate flood damage in your property. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO provides water restoration to restore Destin residences to preloss condition

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

water damage stair case Destin homes with water damage count on SERVPRO with their IICRC certified technicians. For the service needed for their home.

Leaks Cause Large Water Losses in Destin Homes

Leaks cause approximately 14% of wasted water in homes. That adds up quickly when it comes to water bills. Drips and leaks can also cause hidden damage. This can slowly destroy walls, ceilings, and structural components. To prevent these problems, early mitigation is needed. 

How is the Plumbing Between the Floors Handled?

When IICRC technicians arrive, they do a scope of the situation. This allows them to determine what water restoration steps in Destin are necessary. Whenever there is plumbing between the upper level and the ceiling, water leaks can cause serious damage. We respond to emergencies fast and provide emergency water mitigation to protect non-affected areas and prevent further loss. The scope does several things:

•    Water Migration – The techs examine the moisture content, and water migration is tracked. It also tells them which structural components are impacted, even if no sign of water damage is present.

•    Material Affected – They locate the affected material and then test for moisture content with moisture sensors. Moisture probes can determine where the leak began. 

•    Replacement Needed – The team also looks for irreparable damage. These are portions of the ceiling and wall that may need to be replaced. Ceiling tiles often fall into this category. It is most often more cost-effective to replace, rather than repair, them.

Working with plumbing that is in between floors is not always easy, but with our advanced technology and experience, we can provide water damage remediation that can restore your home. Ceiling repairs from water damage are one of the things we do best. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for ceiling leaks and more.

Fort Walton Beach Businesses Can Be Ready When Flood Damage Hits

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling pipe leak in commercial building Water damage done to your business will cause harm to profits. SERVPRO will have you up and running in no time at all.

SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program (ERP) helps Fort Walton Beach business owners prepare ahead of disasters

Coastal flooding is on the rise, and it can impact businesses without warning. Over 50% of all commercial enterprises that are impacted by a catastrophe never reopen. Most of those that do survive had a response plan ready. 

How Can ERP Help Local Business Owners?

Commercial flood damage in Fort Walton means closed doors, revenue loss, and a potential loss of clients or customers. SERVPRO’s ERP system can help by:

  • Allowing you to compile a comprehensive information resource center
  • Assisting you in building trust. Your employees and clients know you are prepared.
  • Reducing secondary damage to your business.
  • Reducing business interruption by providing timely mitigation
  • Minimizing loss of revenue by reducing downtime.

The ERP system is designed to decrease response time to emergency calls from companies. The web-based interface is easy to set up and user-friendly. With your information already on hand, our response is faster. That means you get back to business as quickly as possible. It all begins with the business owner creating a company profile. 

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration

When our team arrives at your business, we begin with emergency services water damage mitigation. This may include containment, tarping, and dealing with safety issues. Next follows:

  • Water clean up and extraction
  • Water damage repairs to fixtures and content
  • Sanitizing areas impacted by contaminated water
  • Flood restoration 
  • Disposal of contaminated content

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for more information on our ERP program and flood damage restoration.

SERVPRO provides water removal services when appliances in Fort Walton Beach flood the home

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher leaking water Appliance malfunctions may cause extreme water damage. SERVPRO has the services and manpower for any size disaster.

Dishwasher Overflows Can Cause Water Damage in Fort Walton Beach

If you like the beach and like to fish, Fort Walton Beach is the place for you. It is a resort town that sees a major increase in people and revenue during the summer months. Because it is a resort town, there is a lot to see and do in the area. 

Modern City with Ancient Roots

Today it is a city where people come to relax and play, but its roots go deep in history. The Fort Walton Culture, a prehistoric settlement, thrived from roughly 100 – 1550 AD. The first Europeans arrived on the scene with the explorer Alva Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. John Anderson was one of the first to settle in the area in the 1830s. 

Famous People of Fort Walton Beach

The city is, or was, home to quite a few notable people, including Lonnie R. Moore, a Korean War Double Ace. Other famous people who hail from Fort Walton Beach include:

• Richard Covey – Astronaut

• Matt Gaetz – current U.S. Representative

• Aric Almirola – NASCAR winner

• Jason Elam – Super Bowl Champion – Denver Broncos

• Edward L. Hubbard – Airforce, Vietnam Vet, author, artist

• Carolyn Murphy – International model

• Danny Wuerfful – Heisman Trophy winner

Okaloosa Island

Dolphin watching is one of the fun activities on this beautiful island. The water is stunning emerald green, and the beaches are pristine. There is plenty to do here, including jet skiing, kayaking, and deep-sea fishing. The kids will have a great time at Wild Willie’s Adventure Zone. It’s the biggest family entertainment zone in Northwest Florida and is a favorite of dinosaur lovers. The whole family is going to enjoy the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Here you can learn all about water creatures, and even swim with the dolphins. The boardwalk has all the fun shops you would expect in a beach resort, and summer evenings end with fireworks.

Indian Temple Mound & Museum

Learn all about the history of Fort Walton Beach, dating clear back to prehistoric times. This museum is one of four that make up the Heritage Park and Cultural Center. You pay one price, and you can visit four museums:

• Temple Mound Museum

• Garnier Post Office Museum

• Fort Walton Temple Mound

• Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum

The museum is full of fascinating exhibits. The early people who dwelled there were known for their pottery-making skills. Here you can see an amazing display of prehistoric ceramics. There are over 1,000 Native American artifacts plus displays for early explorers, settlers, and pirates. Don’t skip the other museums as they are very interesting as well.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services in Fort Walton Beach

When the dishwasher overflows, it can be a disaster. Gallons of water can come pouring out rapidly. You may be able to mop up some of it, but much of it will seep under the flooring and into the corners of the kitchen. SERVPRO provides emergency services, water damage restoration, and water cleanup that finds even the smallest amount of hidden moisture. Our water damage remediation experts will:

• Use moisture meters and probes to find hidden water

• Employ powerful water extraction tools 

• Strategically place commercial air movers and dehumidifiers

• Use specialty tools to help with drying the flooring

• Apply controlled demolition techniques if needed

• Repair and restore your kitchen

All our water removal services are designed to get you back to normal as soon as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2522 for professional water restoration services.

What Fire Restoration Services Happen Immediately in Destin?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Fire and smoke damage to your home are hard to deal with. Let SERVPRO and their team of techs use their fire removal techniques.

Emergency services play a substantial role in overcoming fire and smoke damage. 

Fire restoration for Destin homes involves multiple steps and stages. We are leading experts in this niche, providing efficient service for fire-damaged homes. From repairs to surface cleaning, we can help with:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire damaged homes

Can Emergency Services Improve Smoke Remediation Efficiency?

The initial steps that are professionals take upon arrival can dramatically impact the efficiency of later efforts like smoke remediation and cleaning fire and smoke damage in your Destin home. The necessary mitigation actions required in residence can change between one side and another, making job scoping efforts vital in determining which repairs and demolition need your home might have. Fire debris removal can improve fire restoration efficacy. 

Fire restoration is a complicated procedure for many homes. We are a one-stop-shop for fire and smoke damage cleaning and recovery for properties, and our experienced SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can help when you call (850) 863-2552.

How Does Flood Restoration Begin in Destin Homes?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line Water removal from your property deserves a professional outfit. SERVPRO is ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Flooding from burst pipes or leaking roofs from storms requires fast extraction solutions.

Flood damage in Destin homes can sweep quickly through a structure, requiring practical surface water removal tools to prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction.

What Tools Are Ideal for Water Clean Up After Flooding?

Flood damage in Destin can often be one of the most troublesome situations for area homes and businesses, yet continues to be a common threat to these structures. Cleaning up after these water damages requires multiple extraction tools on the same site. Often, a combination of both stationary pumps and mobile extractors works to eliminate surface moisture concerns to promote a more efficient and thorough drying to come. Some of these water removal tools include: 

  • Electric Submersible Pumps
  • Trash Pumps
  • Carpet Wands
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Weighted Extractors

Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can help with multiple aspects of flood restoration, including water removal and repairs. Give us a call today at (850) 863-2552.

Does Black Mold Pose a Threat to Fort Walton Beach Homes?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

black mold in bathroom Mold remediation is a job for a professional team. SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified for any size mold remediation service needed for your home.

Mold can be damaging to building materials and the occupants of the house. 

You might not always need to see mold in your Fort Walton Beach home to know that it is there. Evidence exists of active colonization even before the organism finds its way into areas of your home with better ventilation and fewer moisture concerns. From your attic to bathroom mold removal, a thorough mold inspection can identify mold damage beyond surface materials. We have highly skilled professionals to manage mold damage remediation and help with all aspects of:

  • Attic Mold
  • Black mold
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Mold remediation
  • Mold specialists

What Makes Black Mold a Threat? 

A mold inspection can often determine where mold damage likely exists if you have not yet seen it invade high-traffic areas of the property. Black mold can look menacing and should be taken seriously when uncovered in your residence. Exposure to mold damage can cause health effects, so having a team that can respond fast 24/7 from our Fort Walton Beach warehouse is beneficial. We can help homes and businesses overcome these conditions before they get out of control and become more costly to resolve.

Are SERVPRO Mold Specialists Experienced? 

Many hours and continued training have gone into the development and knowledge of our mold damage remediation team. Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are only the beginning of what a property often needs to recover from black mold fully. Mold remediation is a centerpiece of this project, but it must also include the efforts of IICRC-Certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), Odor Control Technicians (OCT), and those trained in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

What Mold Remediation Strategies Exist? 

Choosing the best remediation approach begins with mold inspections. Mold damage can move quickly throughout a property, and there are often several techniques and products vital to removing active colonies and repairing the mold damage that occurred. From attic mold to bathroom mold removal, our professionals must choose the most efficient option to make the house safe again. Some of these options include:

  • Surface sanding
  • Antimicrobial cleaning
  • Abrasive dry ice blasting
  • Controlled demolition

Can SERVPRO Help with Black Mold Damage Repairs?

One of the advantages to the one-stop-shop experience that SERVPRO provides for mold damage removal and remediation is the black mold damage repairs we can also conduct. With a general contractor license for mold reconstruction, we can offer your property multiple services vital to returning to its original state. Our license allows:

  • Plumbing repair
  • Roof repair
  • Controlled demolition
  • Reconstruction

As threatening as mold damage can be in your home, our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can be a comprehensive solution to this situation. We have experienced mold remediators and a general contractor license to take care of nearly all aspects of mold damage recovery in your residence. Give us a call anytime you need us at (850) 863-2552.