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Residents Participate in Destin Events This Autumn

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Bowling ball and pins SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing our neighbors for Lunch and Bowling in Destin.

Lunch and Bowling in Destin Courtesy of the Destin Chamber

On December 4, 2020, the Destin Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Bowling for Business Tournament and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hurricane Lanes on Emerald Coast Parkway. The venue can accommodate up to 100 guests for this lunchtime networking event.

Entry fees are $30 for non-members of the Destin Chamber and $20 for Chamber of Commerce members. Pre-registration and payments for both members and non-members are due before the event and are not accepted at the door the day of the tournament.

Tournament prizes and awards are designated for the following categories:

  • Top-scoring male and female players
  • Top-scoring team
  • Perfect score earners can receive a free one-year business membership to the Destin Chamber

Events like these are designed with the community in mind to support local business networking and a sense of togetherness. The Destin Chamber encourages guests to observe safety measures such as social distancing, avoiding handshakes, and wearing masks.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach provides Destin businesses with 24/7 commercial fire debris removal when you call (850) 863-2552.

Fort Walton Beach Properties Preserved from Disaster 24/7

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees For a reliable team that you can count on. Contact the experts at SERVPRO for your homes water damage. We're faster to any size disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach for Reliable Mitigation Services

Fort Walton Beach is home to 19,000 people and is packed with history and recreation along Florida’s northwestern coast. Its sister city is Quezon City in the Philippines.

Popular attractions in this Okaloosa County beach town include:

  • Emerald Coast Science Center, an hands-on educational experience packed with family-friendly fun
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, a marine park featuring shows and interactions with dolphins, rays, and sharks since 1955
  • Heritage Park and Cultural Center, which houses several museums and cultural sites, particularly those related to the indigenous Mississippian Fort Walton culture

Whether its business or pleasure you are coming to town for, Fort Walton Beach has plenty of shopping, recreation, and cultural landmarks for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. Along the coast, you can find plenty of shopping and dining opportunities along Mary Esther Boulevard, as well as Miracle Strip Parkway.

Just across Brooks Bridge is Okaloosa Island, which is filled to the brim with recreation and dining facilities and coastal condos and hotels with an unparalleled view of the Gulf of Mexico. Taking US Highway 98 southeast takes you to nearby Florida panhandle towns like Destin and Miramar Beach. Further west, you can find Pensacola and Warrington.

The Fort Walton Culture

Fort Walton’s history is believed to go as far back as between 1100 and 1550 CE, from a culture closely related to the preceding Weedon Island peoples inhabiting the Old Tampa Bay area during the same period. The name “Fort Walton culture” was coined by Gordon Willey, an archaeologist working at the site.

Many of the pottery and artifacts found in the area are reminiscent of Mississippian craftsmanship. Several ceremonial platform mounds exist in the area, indicating villages central to the Fort Walton culture’s chiefdoms.

The mound structure is as follows:

  • The base is constructed from several layers of fill inside of which can be found the remains of even more ancient structures
  • The main ramp to access the mound’s summit is paved with a log staircase
  • Many mounds still had a building at the summit with a wattle and daub construction
  • Many central mounds are surrounded by secondary mounds
  • Some mounds show signs of intrusive burial over the years

The Fort Walton peoples and the Leon-Jefferson era tribespeople who came after are the later Apalachee peoples’ ancestors. Their cultures were influenced by increased contact with European–particularly Spanish-- settlers and a decline in the traditional chiefdom system of rulership as colonial territory expanded.

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park is not just a Florida State Park: it is also one of the most important archaeological sites for understanding the Fort Walton culture’s chiefdom structure and overall culture. The Indian Temple Mound Museum is another hub of Fort Walton culture and history, chronicling an estimated 10,000 years of indigenous societies living in the area with over 1,000 artifacts.

Notable Names and Places in Fort Walton Beach

Quite a few individuals of renown come from this gorgeous coastal locale, including the following:

  • Nuremberg trials court reporter and journalist Nancy Kenaston
  • Florida 1st District congressional representative Matt Gaetz
  • Former Department of Homeland Security Director and retired Coast Guard rear admiral John C. Acton
  • Two-time Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam
  • World-renowned guitarist Shane Gibson, who is most known for touring with Korn

Fort Walton Beach is well-known for its tourism industry and is home to two crucial United States Air Force bases: Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) and Hurlburt Field. These bases are by far the largest employers in the area, providing jobs for over 27,000 people combined in 2010.

Eglin AFB is one of the largest in the nation at over 700 square miles. Its size allows for a variety of flight exercises, as well as artillery and explosives testing. One of the most notable weapons tests conducted at Eglin was the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) in 2003. Eglin also contains a Fighter Wing, Air Armament Center, and a Test Wing. Meanwhile, Hurlburt Field houses many essential components of the USAF, including Headquarters, Special Operations Command, and a Special Operations University.

How Does SERVPRO Measure and Detect Water Damage in a Fort Walton Beach Home?

SERVPRO technicians offer water damage cleanup for Fort Walton Beach properties at any time of the day or night, including weekends and holidays, to minimize damage while maximizing homeowners’ savings. One of the most critical aspects of ensuring this endeavor is successful is an accurate measurement of moisture-affected surfaces with the proper tools.

SERVPRO uses moisture sensors, meters, and infrared imaging to attain the following goals per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards:

  • Returning structures and contents to their normal humidity levels
  • Accelerating drying with air movement and dehumidification equipment
  • Calculate drying goals based on air temperature and humidity as well as moisture content of damaged items
  • Detect and eliminate water damage in and behind structures such as walls, ceilings, and floors to prevent long-term structural damage and microbial growth

While sensors and meters are typically calibrated for the measurement of specific materials like wood and drywall, thermal imaging detects potential water damage through changes in temperature. Water damage affecting a structure is usually colder than in dry areas. SERVPRO techs can reach these areas by making small holes in wall or ceiling cavities, for example, or removing saturated sections of drywall or flooring to dry and sanitize materials easily.

Microbial growth can occur in as little as 24 hours after damage occurs so that SERVPRO technicians can remediate with various tools, including HEPA filter air scrubbers, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and agitation tools.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is a locally owned and operated franchise that is Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (850) 863-2552 for emergency response cleanup and restoration services for your home.

What Kind of Damage Can Result from Flooding in Walton Beach?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property Although flood damage can be troublesome to deal with, it is not impossible to remediate.

Flooding Can Impact Fort Walton Beach Homes in a Variety of Ways and Severely Affect Their Livability.

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Walton Beach is prone to suffering the yearly effects of passing hurricanes and tropical storms.  When these powerful weather systems pass, ravaged homes are usually left in their wake.

Flood damage in Fort Walton Beach homes comes in numerous forms. These range from the purely cosmetic to effects that severely undermine a home’s structural integrity. While performing remediations, SERVPRO technicians have encountered the following types of flood-related damage:
    •    Foul odors resulting from floodwater contaminants
    •    Mold and mildew discolorations and stains
    •    Disintegrating drywall and plaster
    •    Warping and buckling of structural elements like floors, walls, and ceilings
    •    Wood destroying dry rot that renders homes unsafe to live in

The sooner these forms of flood impact are identified and treated, the more easily they can be effectively resolved. This is why you must contact a good local cleanup and restoration company, like SERVPRO, as soon as possible after a flood.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Remediate Flood Damage?
SERVPRO’s experts have a clear time-tested process for returning your home to its pre-flood condition. These procedures generally start when we arrive at your residence within four hours of your initial phone call. Of course, our first concern is rapidly extracting standing floodwaters from your house. After this is done with the help of powerful pumps and extractors, we carefully remove hazardous waste and disinfect your home with powerful cleaning agents. Once we finish doing this, our technicians dehumidify your residence with state-of-the-art air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems. Advanced foggers are then used to deodorize everything and inject antimicrobials into impacted structural elements and other materials.

Although flood damage can be troublesome to deal with, it is not impossible to remediate. Whenever you need assistance, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552.

What Can SERVPRO do to Retain the Character of a Dining Room after Fire Damage?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Dining room SERVPRO will bring new life back to your dining room after a fire incident. Call us today at (850) 863-2552 for assistance.

Mary Esther Homeowners Need an Understanding Restoration Team.

Dining rooms are great for formal occasions, such as throwing a dinner party or entertaining guests. A dining room can be a valuable addition to a Mary Esther home, providing class, elegance, and a place to show off your skills as a host. They also often have sentimentally significant items such as beautiful dishware and carefully chosen décor.

If you suffer fire damage to your Mary Esther home's dining room, it can feel devastating. Of course, you do not want to replace all your belongings unless it is unavoidable. Not only does replacing items cost money, but many of them have memories attached that you do not want to lose. That is why you need a cleanup crew like SERVPRO – we always try to restore items rather than replace them if we can. We train our team to be aware of fire damage's emotional impact and the stress of seeing your belongings damaged. Our teams understand how difficult the aftermath of a blaze can be, and we are here to make it easier for you.

Can you protect your dining room from fire damage?

Prevention is always better than remediation. There are several steps you can take to protect your dining room:

  • If you must use candles on the table, keep them away from anything flammable, and never leave them unattended
  • If possible, switch to LED candles and lanterns, which look as good but are much safer
  • Keep warming trays away from flammable material, and make sure cords and plugs are in good condition
  • Do not let drapes or table cloths cover heaters

Pay attention to the kitchen too – many home fires start there. Do not leave hot pans of food unattended, and be mindful of fire hazards such as frayed or trailing wires. Keep pets and small children away from stoves, appliances, hot food, and trailing tablecloths. 

What happens when SERVPRO arrives?

The first step is a thorough assessment of your dining room and the fire damage. We create a cleaning plan and discuss it with you before we begin. We also take inventory of your belongings and note down what we can save, what we cannot keep, and what needs further consideration before we make a decision. 

We make the area safe before cleaning commences. This might include:

  • Pumping away excess water from firefighting
  • Boarding up the windows
  • Putting a tarp on the roof
  • Setting up a safe electricity supply for our equipment

When the area is secure, we commence cleanup.

Is it possible to save drapes and blinds?

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach offers a range of cleaning options for drapes and blinds:

  • Hot water extraction and dry cleaning are both effective on soot-damaged drapes
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is ideal for Venetian blinds
  • Individual blind slats can be taken down and wet-cleaned, followed by dry vacuuming

We can combine cleaning methods to find the best one for the situation. Our technicians thoroughly test each material before cleaning to ensure the chosen cleaning method is safe for the item at hand.

What about carpets and rugs?

We use a range of cleaning chemicals and extractors to tackle smoke-damaged floor coverings. We start by testing the fibers to determine which cleaning method is safest for each kind and to ensure the color will not run. We can also clean sooty residues from wooden or marble floors.

In the event of needing to replace the carpets, we can arrange for the new ones to be fitted.

Should you toss out dishware and crystal?

Dishware is sensitive to heat and often fares poorly during a fire. However, do not despair. Our technicians know how to examine dishware for tiny signs of stress fractures, many of which only become visible during the cleaning process. We can use powerful detergents and even ultrasonic cleaning to restore dishware.

Crystal items such as vases, decanters, and candelabras, are incredibly fragile. Smoke residue can cause surface etching, while detergents and cleaning machines can damage the metallic trims and decorative accents. We clean all crystalware by hand and examine it thoroughly for signs of damage.

How about table decorations?

As well as crystal items, you might be concerned about tablecloths, napkins, and even dried flower arrangements. We can brush, vacuum, and launder linens and apply spot cleaners to stubborn stains. We can even clean dried flower arrangements with gentle brushing, compressed air, and by gently shaking them in a bag with some salt.

Is it possible to restore wallpaper and paint?

It is possible to use dry and wet cleaning to remove soot residue from the walls in some cases. If the paper is too fire-damaged or the paint is stained beyond repair, we will supervise re-hanging and re-painting.

For help rescuing your dining room after fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552.

Does Mold Make a Workplace Unsafe?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees standing in front of vehicles. SERVPRO is here and ready to assist you from beginning to end. We know how important your Fort Walton Beach business is to you.

Discovering Mold in the Workplace Can Be Unsettling. SERVPRO Commercial Mold Removal is Available for Fort Walton Beach Businesses.

Does mold indicate an unsanitary business?

The appearance of mold is not necessarily indicative of low building upkeep. Fort Walton Beach businesses can often suffer due to their proximity to oceanside and higher humidity levels in this area. Sometimes, mold colonies can form as a direct consequence of weather changes. Whatever the reason for mold growth, the most important thing is to get your business back to a sanitary state for your staff and customers. SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT) have experience working with companies in the area and can quickly identify, assess, and repair mold issues in the workplace. 

What are the steps of mold remediation for businesses?

-    Clean materials with signs of infestation and dry them thoroughly.

-    Dispose of materials that do not respond to cleaning

-    Dry the area thoroughly within forty-eight hours

Can mold spread throughout a business premise?

One of the difficulties in dealing with mold damage in your Fort Walton Beach business is controlling spreading. Molds reproduce for spores, which can become airborne, especially when applying aggressive cleaning techniques to mold colonies. SERVPRO technicians are capable of confining a microbial growth issue to one part of your business. You may even be able to continue working on the premises while the mold remediation is underway. Containing the source of the issue is usually done using negative air-pressure, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, and physical barriers in plastic sheeting.

What is the commercial mold remediation work process?

-    Confine the mold issue at its source and put in place controls to prevent spreading

-    Use aggressive, chemical, and mechanical cleaning to get rid of contamination.

-    Supply dehumidification equipment to correct the long-term moisture problem

Uncontrolled microbial growth could lead to temporary business closure and loss of revenue. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552.

How Can Homeowners Prevent HVAC Water Intrusions?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

HVAC unit SERVPRO helps Mary Esther Homeowners keep their HVAC systems maintained for Improved Indoor Air Quality.

HVAC Maintenance for Fall and Winter Can Help Prevent Damage in Mary Esther.

Keeping your HVAC system well maintained not only means it runs more efficiently but can prevent leaking and overflowing from condensation. The last thing you need is for your heating system to go out in the middle of winter due to a malfunction. A leak can cause that to happen and bring with it moisture problems to your Mary Esther residence, requiring the need for SERVPRO to intervene. 

What Should Homeowners Do to Maintain Their HVAC System?

You can prepare for fall and winter weather with some basic maintenance tips. While you may not be able to totally avoid the need for water damage repair in your Mary Esther home, you can do your part. 

  • Air Filters – these should be changed every three months, even if you think they do not need replacing.
  • Vents – clean them when you replace the air filters.
  • Inspections – schedule regular inspections with a professional contractor. Spring and fall will be the perfect time to do this.
  • Upgrade – if your HVAC system is more than ten years old, consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient model.
  • Programmable Thermostat – This enables you to control the temperatures throughout the day and night. 
  • Insulation – Lighten your HVAC’s load by insulating your attic. 

Keeping your air ducts clean and making sure drainage pans and hoses are working correctly can prevent water damage. SERVPRO can inspect your HVAC system for problems in these areas. We also offer routine cleaning for air ducts that can improve air quality.

If you do experience water spills due to a problem with your HVAC system, SERVPRO can mitigate the damage. We provide water damage repair services to residences throughout the area. Our technicians are well-trained and use advanced technology to mitigate all kinds of water intrusions.

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for expedient water damage repair service. Contractor Licenses: Mold Remediation: MRSR309, MRSR377.

Who Can I Call About Fire Damage in My Mary Esther Home?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Bubbled and smoked up ceiling after a kitchen fire If you believe your home requires fire damage remediation services, never wait.

SERVPRO Can Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Mary Esther Home!

No one wants to have fire damage happen inside of their Mary Esther home. When a fire breaks out, the repercussions are not just ashes and soot. Smoke damage is incredibly invasive and has a way of impacting everything in your home, from furniture to electronics. Furthermore, the malodor of fire damage can prevent you from living your life free of the reminder of what happened in your home.

Picture enduring fire damage in your Mary Esther living room. The evidence of the candle-gone-wrong had been removed weeks before, but the smell of burnt-fabrics and wood remained. You may feel like this is just the reality of your home now, but that is untrue. Here at SERVPRO, our fire damage experts can help you return your home to its preloss state.

What Can SERVPRO Do About the Smell?
Our technicians have thousands of hours of combined experience dealing with all of the ramifications of fire damage. When a malodor lingers in your home, we can:
    •    Check for any remaining soot and char on the walls or behind your furniture
    •    Use a priming paint on your walls to lock in odors
    •    Set up advanced technological devices to help reduce and remove stubborn odors

Our technicians are trained to understand the makeup of soot and how to remove it. Furthermore, SERVPRO uses industry-grade advanced technology to remediate lingering smells.

What Advanced Technology Could Be Used in My Home?
To remediate malodor from fire damages, we could use:
    •    Hydroxyl generators, which reduce airborne odors by chemically combining to form odor-free compounds
    •    Air scrubbers with carbon filters, to pull odorous particles from the atmosphere
    •    Thermal foggers, which dispense an odor-reducing vapor around your home

Here at SERVPRO, we have many devices to help us remove odors. In worst-case situations, where a fire has impacted a significant portion of your home, we can use Ozone Machines before reconstruction occurs.

If you believe your home requires fire damage remediation services, never wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach by dialing (850) 863-2552. We're ready to help you.

How Does a Natural Scientific Principle Like Equilibrium Impact Drying in Destin?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior Flooding is an unnatural occurrence that can be highly destructive to area residences.

Flood damage can be devastating to Destin homes, especially with the continual shift in airflow, humidity, and temperature.

After a water or flood disaster, professional restoration services hinge on experienced technicians providing more efficient solutions to harsh effects impacting Destin homes. Because flooding can quickly get out of control in susceptible properties constructed in known flood zones, elements like extraction often precede more direct drying and cleaning efforts. This process usually gets completed using multiple tools in the arsenal ranging from wet vacuums to submersible pumps.

Flood damage in Destin homes must get addressed as promptly as possible, as there are many materials and contents at stake when allowing standing water to persist. Even without direct contamination threats and overwhelming standing water situations, drying principles govern the efficiency and effectiveness of chosen equipment and practices. Experienced technicians like our SERVPRO team have a working knowledge of these essential drying principles to anticipate how varying conditions cause the environment to behave. A balance of three drying principles ensures efficient moisture removal and restoration:

    •    Airflow – Considering both the natural air movement through open space and the generated airflow from machines like air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, regulating where air flows and what materials/spaces become impacted is vital to increasing the efficiency of drying.
    •    Temperature – Warmer temperatures are often ideal for evaporation and even most cleaning processes, as heat increases chemical reactions. Over-drying is a possibility, so temperatures should be continually monitored to ensure that they do not rise to undesirable levels that could damage materials and contents we attempt to restore.
    •    Humidity – The presence of moisture in every environment is unavoidable, but at specific percentages, relative humidity can become damaging to exposed materials and substantially slow the drying process.

How Does the Movement of Air Impact Drying Functions?
Our SERVPRO technicians must take heed of the environmental conditions in each workspace that we intend to dry. The equilibrium principles impact multiple vital factors in drying processes, including temperature, airflow, and relative humidity. With each of these factors' importance to efficient moisture removal, our technicians must remain continually aware of changing conditions caused both by the drying process and through vapor pressures and migration to even out the property.

    •    Moisture Differences – Properties are consistently seeking a balance of conditions, especially those vital to the drying process. Humid and dry spaces in the same house force air movement through materials to even out the moisture content across the open areas.
    •    Temperature Changes – When colder temperatures and warm temperatures share adjacent spaces, equilibrium is sought. Air moves through materials to regulate and balance the varying conditions.
    •    Vapor Barriers – Cooler temperatures and damp materials can prevent airflow through structural elements by creating a vapor barrier.

What Conditions Cause the Temperature to Change?
Temperature has an equal impact on the overall drying process, meaning that this is a condition that SERVPRO professionals must consistently monitor. Understanding ideal drying temperatures ensure that overdrying does not occur and that cooler conditions do not slow the evaporative process.

    •    Balance of the Environment – Often, the work zone is kept at a warmer temperature to promote faster evaporation, but this can also cause cooler rooms and areas adjacent to the drying zone to continually infiltrate this space in an attempt to equalize the overall temperature of the house.
    •    Drying Process – The evaporation of moisture trapped within the wall and flooring materials cools the immediate area. A cool air barrier can form over the affected surfaces making it more challenging to penetrate the surface for continued drying.
    •    External Factors – Open windows and doorways to cooler outside temperatures can directly impact the house's overall temperature - and thereby, the speed of drying.

Does a Present Moisture Influx Impact Drying Efficiency?
Higher humidity levels undoubtedly impact the pace and efficacy of drying methods. The greater the moisture content in the environment, the less efficient air movers and other drying equipment become. As much as air movers play a direct role in drying surface materials like drywall, flooring, and other exposed elements, moisture removal from materials often increases humidity in the room. The elevated moisture can make equipment like the low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers work harder without more beneficial results.

Flooding is an unnatural occurrence that can be highly destructive to area residences. As overwhelming as the initial circumstances might appear, our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can provide an efficient response complete with all of the necessary tools and products. To make flood losses, “Like it never even happened,” give our rapid response team a call today at (850) 863-2552.

Can Demolition Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs installing drying mats on hardwood floor We have the expertise and equipment to restore your water damage, no matter where it occurs.

Water Exposure can Deteriorate Fort Walton Beach Homes' Structural Elements, but our SERVPRO Team can Help Prevent Worsening Conditions 

Understanding the needs of yourFort Walton Beachhome after a water disaster is not always as simple as it might seem. Surface damage is rarely the extent of the concern but is the only depth that conventional cleaning and drying approaches can reach in DIY restoration. As a leading water restoration company complete with a division of licensed general contractors, we have a comprehensive approach to meet nearly all the damaged property needs after a disaster. 

Demolition and water damage repair for Fort Walton Beach homes can be a concerning necessity for property owners. These decisions do not get made lightly and can be instrumental in reducing the severity of the structural deterioration, water migration, and absorption into porous materials. 

What Materials Require Demolition and Discarding After Water Damage?  

Certain materials are more susceptible and sensitive to water absorption and deterioration, and these include: 

  • Drywall – Sheetrock makes up the surface layer of most wall systems, and because of its high porosity, it can become overly damaged in as little as 24 hours of direct exposure. 
  • Carpeting – Carpeting and wood flooring are often the most heavily damaged, as pooling water rests on these materials.  
  • Insulation – Wet insulation should get sucked out with an insulation vacuum and reinstalled when other wall system elements get replaced.  
  • Wood Framing – As vital as wood framing can be for the structure, saturation, or even microbial growth, requires controlled demolition and repairs. 
  • Furniture – Between wood and fabric, both of these materials can deteriorate and promote microbial growth after prolonged exposure. Instead of demolition, our contractors can move these items to a safe space. 

Water losses can be a hazard to your home, but our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can help. We are available 24/7 to dry and repair your home. Call us at (850) 863-2552. 

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How Can I Stop Severe Water Damage at My Mary Esther House?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Model home in hands SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a water catastrophe. Give us a call right away.

With Help from SERVPRO, You Can Reduce Damages from Moisture Exposure and Learn How to Prevent Water Intrusions.

When there is water in unintended areas in your property, various kinds of damages can develop. The intruding water can originate from malfunctioning appliances, broken pipes, or roof leaks. Damages are mostly influenced by the amount of water involved and the time that passes before you take to complete removal. SERVPRO helps avail the necessary capacity to Mary Esther homeowners in terms of skills and equipment to manage water loss incidents.

What should I expect when water damages my home?

A case of water damage in your Mary Esther home can affect almost any systems and materials in your home, but some problems are more common after such incidents including:

  • Rotting of wood
  • Swelling or delaminating of composites
  • Bacteria and mold growth
  • Soiling of surfaces and materials

As you have probably figured, some of the problems are readily resolved, while others require replacement or expensive repair of the affected materials. Our SERVPRO technicians provide solutions that can improve the outcome for any type of damage that develops. For instance, our commitment is to reach affected properties within 4 hours. Therefore, when notified of a loss in time, we can perform timely water extraction and moisture control, preventing severe physical damage such as rotting or warping of wooden materials.

Since water intrusion discovery is not always immediate in every incident that affects properties, severe problems may already have developed by the time restoration starts. Our technicians help by using non-invasive methods to probe the loss site and pinpoint the exact areas where materials have deteriorated. For instance, a thermal camera identifies a wet section of the wall or floor cavity without requiring removal of the covering materials. We then use superior techniques for controlled demolition, limiting the destruction done to the property as part of the restoration.

What typically delays the discovery of water damage?

Spilled water is easy to notice on an open surface, such as the floor. However, if the water originates from an enclosed area such as a wall or ceiling space, it might take time to identify. If you are not conversant with the early signs of water intrusion, the damage can develop unabated over an extended period. Some typical signs that can help you identify hidden water intrusions early enough include:

  • Walls and ceilings having a spongy feel
  • Finishes such as paint or wallpaper bubble or start peeling
  • Musty odors
  • Stains or patches on surfaces

Delayed detection of water intrusion can also happen if the property is unoccupied during the water spill. Vacationing is one of the main reasons people leave properties unoccupied, and from experience, we have noticed that many water spills tend to happen at such times. Our SERVPRO technicians can give you useful tips that can help limit the chances of water intrusion during your future vacations. Some of the general ideas include:

  • Turning off the valve in the main supply line
  • Turning up the thermostat but leaving the AC on
  • Lowering the temperature of the water or activating vacation mode
  • Adding antifreeze to the toilets

Such steps help prevent damage in many ways. For instance, turning off the main supply line eliminates cuts down the amount of water that can be released into the house in case of a leak from thousands of gallons to a minimal amount. Sometimes water damage can originate from indirect water sources such as condensation. Regulating the heat levels in the house by changing thermostat settings ensures that condensation does not happen on the days you are away from your property.

Is it possible to stop damages after the water is released?

Once the water breaches your property, some damages are instant. What you can hope for is to prevent advanced issues. Some advanced problems can develop because of the extended exposure of materials to moisture or improper restoration procedures. For instance, in a couple of days or weeks, wet wood rots or develops physical changes such as warping. On the other hand, rough water extraction procedures can contribute to carpets delaminating

Our SERVPRO technicians help expedite water removal processes by using superior water extraction equipment such as wet vacs and water extractors. Removing all standing water within the first 24 hours halts most of the deterioration that leads to secondary damages. We also take precautions to avoid damaging materials during restoration. For instance, we use separate types of wands when extracting water from hard surfaces and carpeted areas. For the hard surfaces, we use squeegee wands, which cannot scratch the surface. 

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has extensive experience dealing with damages caused by water intrusion. Call us (850) 863-2552 to help you restore your home to its preloss state. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.