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Lightning Strikes in Fort Walton Beach?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes light up a stormy sky. We mitigate and restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

Do you know that Florida gets more lightning strikes each year than anywhere else in the country? Our team in Fort Walton Beach responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in the Fort Walton Beach area. Here are some lightning facts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

  • Lightning's unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property
  • Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as ten miles away from any rainfall
  • "Heat lightning" is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away from thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction
  • Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening
  • Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately. Most people struck by lightning are not killed but are injured significantly.
  • Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions 

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When your Fort Walton Beach home or business has a storm damage emergency, our local team in Fort Walton Beach will clean and restore the damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Escape Planning for Fort Walton Beach Pets?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Two dogs ride in a car, leaving the scene of a fire. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in Okaloosa County.

Our team in Fort Walton Beach provides this helpful fire escape planning information from the National Fire Protection Association for situations when you need to evacuate your pets due to a fire:

  • Make sure your pets are included in your family’s evacuation plan
  • Build an evacuation kit for each pet in your household
  • Ensure each kit is a size and weight that can be quickly loaded into a vehicle when packing to evacuate.

Include supplies for your pet in your emergency kit or assemble an emergency kit for your pet. Here are some pet emergency kit tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Sturdy leashes and harnesses
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a manual can opener
  • Medications and copies of medical records
  • A first aid kit
  • Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency in your Fort Walton Beach home or commercial business, our local team in Fort Walton Beach will clean and restore the fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water-Damaged Belongings in Fort Walton Beach?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Belongings exposed to contaminated water are being cleaned in an immersion bath. We clean and restore water-damaged clothing and household items in Okaloosa County.

Do you know that we pretest every item to ensure we use the most effective cleaning method when restoring water-damaged clothing, furniture, and household items? Our team in Fort Walton Beach provides a full range of water damage restoration services, including contents restoration for your belongings. Depending on the type of exposure, we may use one or a combination of the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned 
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product 

SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us!

When you have a water damage emergency in your Fort Walton Beach home or commercial business, our local team in Fort Walton Beach will clean and restore the water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tips for Preparing For a Power Outage in Niceville?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A person holds up a candle to read an electric meter at home. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration in Okaloosa County.

Our team in Fort Walton Beach restores storm damage throughout the year in the Niceville area. Gulf Coast weather can be unpredictable, and power outages happen every year. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for preparing in advance for a power outage:

  • Create a support network. Identify people who can help you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy of your contact list.
  • Stay connected and alert. Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone, chargers/batteries for your cell phones and your computers.
  • Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.
  • Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider backup and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices, refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your doctors for your medical needs.

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When you have storm damage in your Niceville home or commercial business, our local team in Fort Walton Beach will clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tornado Warning for Fort Walton Beach Area?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado warning sign is shown. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

Do you know what to do when there is a tornado warning? Fort Walton Beach is known to have tornadoes. In 2021, a tornado caused damage in the area when strong winds caused a power line to fall across Lang Road. Our team in Fort Walton Beach restores storm damage throughout the year in Fort Walton Beach. Here are some tornado safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if you are under a tornado warning:

  • Go to NOAA Weather Radio and your local news or official social media accounts for updated emergency information. Follow the instructions of state, local and tribal officials. 
  • Go to a safe shelter immediately, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or a small interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls
  • Do not go under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck

Call Us Today!

When you have storm damage in your Fort Walton Beach home or commercial business, our local team in Fort Walton Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Safety Tips for Children in Fort Walton Beach?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A family roasts marshmallows over a fire pit in the backyard. No matter how big the job is, we restore fire damage in Okaloosa County.

Our team in Fort Walton Beach restores fire damage throughout the year in Fort Walton Beach. Here are some tips for preventing children from playing with fire from the  National Fire Protection Association:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Closely supervise children, making sure that they are kept away from other fire sources, including lit candles, cigarettes, bonfires, and stoves
  • Explain that fire moves very fast and can hurt as soon as it touches them. Tell them that this is why matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
  • Teach young children never to touch matches or lighters. They must tell a grown-up when matches or lighters are found.
  • Establish clear rules and consequences about unsupervised and unauthorized uses of fire
  • Be a good example! Always use fire sources — matches, lighters, candles, fireplaces, and campfires — in a safe manner. Never treat them as toys, or children may imitate you.
  • Talk with children about what their friends or other children are doing with fire. What do they see online in video games, TV, movies, and social media? Teach them specific ways to resist the peer pressure to misuse fire.
  • Give praise for showing respect and age-appropriate responsible behavior toward fire

Call Us!

When you have fire damage in your Fort Walton Beach home or business, our local team in Fort Walton Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hoarding Fire in Niceville Home?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighters are extinguishing a fire at a residence. We are trained to restore hoarding conditions in Okaloosa County.

Our team in Fort Walton Beach helps Niceville residents clean and restore hoarding scenes. Here is some information about hoarding from the National Fire Protection Association:

Hoarding Increases Fire Risks

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles. Pests could chew on wires, and damaged wires can start fires.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire

Hoarding Impacts First Responders

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter
  • Responders can be trapped in a house when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the house to provide medical care, and the clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

Call Us Today!

When you have a hoarding situation or fire damage in your Niceville home or business, our local team in Fort Walton Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Happy Customers in Fort Walton Beach?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Five gold stars are shown. High customer satisfaction is the key to our success in Okaloosa County.

Our team in Fort Walton Beach always aims for five-star reviews. We are known for our fast emergency response time and highly trained technicians, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Here is a recent Google review from a happy customer:

"After a water pipe broke, causing my house to flood, USAA directed me to [the Fort Walton Beach office]. Their demo team was at my house the next day and went to work. They explained everything while having the office personnel work directly with my insurance. The rebuild team then immediately got started, and they were even better. I'll be using them for future home projects. Everything was professional and quick. Outstanding!" Brian Mrr, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us!

We understand the importance of getting your home functional again after a water damage emergency. When you have a water damage emergency, our local team in Fort Walton Beach can arrive quickly and will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We can also help with the insurance process and paperwork. Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flooded Building in Fort Walton Beach?

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

The bottom floor of a building is flooded. We respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

It is a surreal experience walking into a flooded commercial building. The water flooded our facility in Fort Walton Beach for two days before the damage was detected, and the water was shut off. Our insurance adjuster told us to call the local team in Fort Walton Beach. The technicians arrived quickly and immediately went to work!

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

They brought in powerful, industrial-grade extraction equipment to quickly get the water out of the damaged areas. The team removed all of the saturated drywall and insulation and installed air movers and blowers to remove the excess moisture from the air. They monitored and documented the drying process to ensure the area was restored to normal humidity levels.

Once the area was completely dry, they replaced the insulation and drywall and cleaned the entire floor. Now you would never know there had been a small lake in our building!

Call Us Today!

We understand the importance of getting your business operational again after a flooding event. When you have a water damage emergency, our local team in Fort Walton Beach can arrive quickly and will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We can also help with the insurance process and paperwork. Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Safety Tips for Okaloosa Island?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

A person is replacing a battery in a smoke alarm. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

SERVPRO® of Fort Walton Beach is a trusted full-service restoration and construction provider. We have been restoring fire damage on Okaloosa Island for over thirty years and offer these fire safety tips from the  National Fire Protection Association:

  • Watch your cooking
    Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food
  • Give space heaters space
    Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach
  • Inspect electrical cords
    Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections
  • Be careful when using candles
    Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Have a home fire escape plan
    Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  • Install smoke alarms
    Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test smoke alarms
    Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than ten years old.

Call Us!

When you have fire damage in your Okaloosa Island home or business, SERVPRO® of Fort Walton Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.