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SERVPRO Says to Evacuate from the Path of Hurricane Michael, Secure Your Fort Walton Beach Property and Leave

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Says to Evacuate from the Path of Hurricane Michael, Secure Your Fort Walton Beach Property and Leave Evacuate Now from Fort Walton Beach Before Hurricane Michael Comes Ashore--SERVPRO Says

What to Expect During Hurricane Michael in the Fort Walton/Destin Area

It is a common fact that hurricanes like Michael bring power outages. The intense winds can do damage to power lines and leave homes in the Fort Walton Beach area without electricity for lengthy periods of time, even more than a week. However, many people do not consider all of the damages and the problems they can create during a storm. Understanding the dangers and how to counter them with solutions is vital for weathering the storm safely.

Always remember that losing power often means losing water pressure and a potable drinking liquid. As Hurricane Michael approaches Fort Walton Beach, a possible Cat 4 storm at 140 MPH, make sure you have plenty of sources of water on hand. Buy bottled water, fill your bathtubs, and fill as many water containers you own at home as possible. Dehydration can be a factor. Make sure your vehicle is stocked as you must evacuate before this tropical storm hits landfall.
 
Similarly, remember that if you do not have power, other places most likely won't have power either. Make sure you are not low on any prescription medications you need to take. Ensure that you purchase all of your emergency supplies well before the storm begins.
 
This storm may bring storm surges as high as 13 feet; this can be devastating to the structure of your home or business. You must evacuate.
 
Make sure that you have all the emergency supplies like food, water, medications, clothing, and flashlights as you leave. Have a plan where you can spend the days needed until you can return to your home. The dangers are great, even during the travel path due to flooding, storms, fallen trees, and traffic jams. Don't wait or delay, leave now.
 
A hurricane is likely to do damage to the roof of your home and the siding. Make sure that the safe-place of your house is not in an attic space. Finding a space away from any glass windows is essential as violent winds can shatter them, and the glass can cause injury. An interior bedroom is often the safest place to wait out a storm inside. Of course, with the impending force of this hurricane, the above advice is for much smaller storms.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is here to serve you after the storm has passed. We take pride in helping our neighbors and have support to assist you from our National Disaster Recovery Teams. Contact us, when you can at (850) 863-2552.

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Here's What Really Matters When It Comes To Our Fire Damage Restoration Services In Fort Walton Beach

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here's What Really Matters When It Comes To Our Fire Damage Restoration Services In Fort Walton Beach Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Fort Walton Beach home.

Professional Restoration Following A Fire In Your Fort Walton Beach Home

Some disasters can catch a family by surprise and cause far-reaching damages to their Fort Walton Beach residence. No matter how the situation occurred, the only thing that matters now is going to be returning your house to the way it used to be. To do this, many insurance providers recommend the use of our professional restoration services for our fast response time and expertise in overcoming the effects of a fire on your residence.

Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Fort Walton Beach home, and the more that you can learn about these, the more you can appreciate the need for a professional’s touch in the situation. Our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and training to overcome all facets of fire damage from the primary effects to secondary conditions that also must get addressed to restore one’s home successfully.

However, many homeowners might be leery of choosing professional restoration when they feel like they could repair the damage on their own. Even with some experience in the industry, fires can vary significantly from one situation to another. The damages that you can see easily are rarely the full extent of what you have to contend with, which requires specific training to inspect and identify. Furthermore, home insurance companies often require the use of professional restoration companies like our SERVPRO team to ensure that the job gets completed quickly and to specific standards.

Our technicians can work quickly to limit the prolonged effects of the fire damages on the contents of your home or specific areas through our mitigation techniques. From the moment that we arrive at your home, our mitigation work can begin to help make the restoration work simpler and reduce the irreparable damage that can continue in your house until the next phase begins.

There is no time to spare when it comes to overcoming fire damages in your home. From the time that the first responders extinguish the blaze, you should be thinking of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach fire damage restoration specialists to help you bring your home back to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime you need us at (850) 863-2552.

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SERVPRO's Better And Faster Two Step Process For Removing Mold In Your Destin Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO's Better And Faster Two Step Process For Removing Mold In Your Destin Home Getting rid of mold is a two-step process involving remediation and restoration.

Remediation And Restoration Of Mold Damage In Destin

Getting rid of mold is a two-step process involving remediation and restoration. Remediation is what we do to remove the visible signs of damage and carry out preventative measures. It can be a complicated procedure which involves finding the source of mold, cleaning indoor air quality, removing non-salvageable materials and disinfecting the affected area. Once remediation is complete, we can begin restoration which focuses on returning your home to its preloss condition.

Signs of mold damage in Destin properties could include a strong, musty odor or visible colonies. Mold spores can only grow in areas where there is moisture, so it can be essential to check for structural or plumbing issues and fix them before remediation begins. When you call our emergency line, we ask a few questions to determine the type of equipment we need, the extent of damage and the type of personnel.

We have dealt with many properties with mold infestations, and few of them have been the same. However, despite the variety in size, type and extent of mold damage, SERVPRO has developed a general set of guidelines that is a proven success. On arrival, your technician conducts an inspection. Sometimes we may need to remove floorboards or sections of drywall to check for infections or hidden water sources.

Once a SERVPRO technician has completed an inspection, we can set up containment zones. Containment zones can be cordoned off using physical barriers like sealed plastic sheeting or negative air pressure. We do this to ensure mold spores cannot spread into unaffected areas of your home during the cleanup effort.

SERVPRO uses air filtration units with HEPA filters that are capable of removing microscopic spores from surrounding air. These can be placed in the affected area as cleaning work is carried out to reduce the likelihood of mold returning after the service or being spread around your home as work is carried out.

We can use an anti-fungal or anti-microbial cleaning treatment to remove mold colonies and prevent them returning. In cases where porous materials are deemed unsalvageable, we may have to remove insulation, drywall, carpets or curtains permanently. These are disposed of correctly in designated clean-rooms or taken with us after service.

We always work toward a restore over replace method. We can take special care of your contents using different cleaning techniques including mechanical cleaning for fabrics at a SERVPRO facility. Thoroughly deodorizing the affected areas after service is a priority for home-owners and we can carry out restoration of any carpets, drywall or re-painting to bring your home back to a preloss condition.

If your residential property is showing signs of mold, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for professional remediation and restoration.

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Options for Destin Residents after a Mold Damage Experience

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Options for Destin Residents after a Mold Damage Experience Finding mold in your home is cause for alarm. Call SERVPRO right away to investigate, contain and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Standards and Guidelines When Remediating a Mold Infestation in Your Home 

Homes and commercial buildings with excess moisture and standing water are likely to experience mold damage. Indoor mold can cause health effects and cause damage to your property if you do not act quickly and ensure the right remediation procedures are in place. It is possible to smell or visually identify the mold once it has developed in your Destin home.
 
We use several methods to address mold damage problems in Destin, and we choose the techniques by looking at the extent of contamination and the type of items that need cleaning. The primary goal that our SERVPRO technicians have during this time is to fix the moisture problem, clean restorable materials and discard items which are contaminated beyond use. When we are cleaning the mold off hard surfaces, we can use detergents and water, and at the same time scrub using a stiff brush. After rinsing and drying the surface, we can finally use a disinfectant to sterilize any present bacteria and fungi to prevent chances of the problem recurring.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians observe safety precaution during the remediation process. For instance, we wear a disposable overall when entering a building with visible mold growth. We also use N-95 rated respirators or full-face respirators, rubber gloves, and safety boots. Usually, we follow the OSHA standards when choosing the PPE.
 
After removing the mold and cleaning the contaminated surfaces, it is vital to dry wet surfaces and items properly. Air conditioners, auxiliary electric heaters, dehumidifiers, and fans are some of the drying equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use. After drying, we can use penetrative/intrusive moisture meters to check whether we have achieved our drying goal since relying on sight or touch can be misleading. We presume wet materials are dry when their moisture content is less than 15%.
 
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach offers both mold remediation and cleaning services that meet residential and commercial needs. Call us at (850) 863-2552 at any time of the day and give us a chance to make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
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Steps to Recovery After Devastating Hurricane Damage in Fort Walton Beach

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Steps to Recovery After Devastating Hurricane Damage in Fort Walton Beach SERVPRO Says Be Prepared for Storms and Hurricanes in the Fort Walton Beach Area of the Panhandle

Hurricanes Gordon and Distant Florence Are Reminders to Be Prepared for Tropical Storms and Seek SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

While you might not have been prepared for the devastating damage that Hurricane Gordon could do to your Fort Walton Beach home or business, now that the storm has subsided, it is one of the only things on your mind. As you work towards what comes next, many homeowners and business owners struggle with the steps towards restoring their properties and getting things back to the way they were before.

There is an extensive list of steps that you should take towards getting your Fort Walton Beach property professionally restored and repaired to preloss conditions whenever possible. However, even before you sought out the services of our dedicated and experienced SERVPRO team, there are some considerations that you should make to both keep your family safe and to help speed up the restoration process.

The first of these considerations is what your home insurance provider expects of you at this time. While there were many homes and properties affected by this severe weather system, your insurance provider can give you direction and answers to your responsibilities as well as what they need to get the claims process started. In many cases, professional restoration work relies on insurance claims as opposed to demanding payment out of the owner’s pockets. SERVPRO works with you and your insurance adjuster always in your best interest.

Your insurance company might require you to provide some documentation of the damages that your home has sustained from the storm, and often you can do some of this on your own. Unless you are sure about the structural integrity and stability of your property, evidence and damage cataloging is often best left to trained professionals like our SERVPRO estimators. We get uniquely trained in safety precautions and equipment, helping to minimize conditions getting worse as well as knowing what insurance companies need regarding damage documentation.

To help preserve your possessions, even as we pump out the water and dry your home, we can perform a pack-out of some possessions to clean, dry, and preserve off-site. We have a meticulous system for safely packaging, documenting the contents with tags and barcodes, and then return them when your home is ready.

There are few things more unsettling than seeing your home or business after a hurricane has passed through the area. The effects of this storm can seem overwhelming to overcome, but with the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach technicians, it can return to preloss condition, if at all possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.

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Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration In Destin Homes

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration In Destin Homes Once a fire disaster strikes your Destin home, you want to know that there is a restoration company that can assist you day or night.

Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration

Once disaster strikes your Destin home, you want to know that there is a restoration company that can assist you day or night. Insurance companies usually have emergency contact information to help begin the claims process and get a grasp of the situation that has impacted your home, and work to reach the appropriate parties on your behalf to begin the restoration process.

Fire damages in your Destin home need to get addressed as quickly as possible, meaning that you have to seek out the help that you need as soon as you can. When you reach out to your insurance provider about the incident, many of them choose or encourage you to call our SERVPRO team. We have a rapid response procedure that can get the situation professionally assessed and get an estimate to your insurance provider as quickly as possible. This service ensures that the claims process is as efficient as it can be.

Your insurance provider is going to need proof that the incident has taken place and that the severity is as bad as you tell them it is. You should avoid attempting to take pictures and assess the situation on your own, as there could be structural concerns or dangers present in your house that professional outfits like our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise and protective equipment to navigate safely.

Our estimator works to thoroughly assess not only the extent of the damage that your home has sustained from the incident but also a record of unsalvageable items and materials encountered that your insurance company must include in their claims process. We work directly with the adjuster to cut out the legwork on your end, making the claims and restoration process as seamless as possible.

Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team of fire restoration technicians works to maintain our goal of efficient service that meets or exceeds your expectations. It is this commitment that has made us a company to call for insurance outfits serving their clients. Let our crew know how we can help you today by calling (850) 863-2552.

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Professional Mold Damage Remediation for Your Destin Hotel

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Mold Damage Remediation for Your Destin Hotel Guests expect a great smelling, clean room which is free of mold. Should your hotel suffer from a mold infestation, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand How Quickly a Hotel Mold Infestation can Spread

Destin sits on the Florida panhandle, salt water and beaches in all directions. Our climate is hot and humidity is high, but the views are glorious, creating the perfect environment for visitors from around the country and world. Unfortunately, other wayfarers invade guest rooms and common areas -- mold spores that grow into full-blown colonies with a little moisture. Our skilled technicians and specialized equipment are on your side as you evict these unwanted stowaways.

Your goal is to offer comfortable lodgings for your guests to enjoy the local ambiance. Destin commercial mold damage makes your hotel feel, look, and smell uninviting, and the presence of mold growth can be a violation of health regulations. Mold abatement is necessary to bring your facility into compliance. Your housekeeping staff does not have the specific skills, tools, and products our mold remediation crews have available.

Liquid diluted bleach mixtures are often the choice of cleaning staff to rid surfaces of mold. SERVPRO technicians avoid this approach as it frequently does no more than fade the mold staining. The bleach often does not reach far enough into a contaminated material to get at all the fungi while the water mixed into the bleach fuels additional mold growth.

SERVPRO uses a multi-step protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remediate a mold damage scenario:

Locate the mold.

Contain the moldy area for safety and to prevent the spread of spores and debris with physical barriers and often a negative pressure air scrubbing system.

Remove the mold by mechanical means -- scraping, brushing, wiping, and advanced technology like soda blasting.

Clean up all debris with HEPA filtered vacuums.

Treat the affected areas with EPA registered antimicrobials.

To avoid mold damage after remediation,  managing moisture is essential. When water or even high humidity persists on or near organic surfaces (wood, fabric, drywall, insulation, and more) for 24 to 48 hours, mold damage is possible. Stress to your employees that immediate cleanup and drying of all water events, large or small, is essential to limit the chance of mold damage.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has the products, equipment, and highly-qualified technicians to remediate mold damage in your seaside hotel. Call us at (850) 863-2552 to schedule an evaluation.

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We Offer Flood Damage Restoration In Destin

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Offer Flood Damage Restoration In Destin Identifying, the source of water in your house is the first thing our team does in emergency situations.

Flood Damage Restoration

Storms are frequent in Destin and having a professional restoration team close by that can handle this type of water emergency can be comforting to homeowners in the region. Calling us right away is the best way to prevent significant damage to your property and can save you money. We work fast and can restore your home to its preloss condition when possible.

Our team believes in giving homeowners peace of mind, SERVPRO flood damage services can provide Destin residents with references upon request. Our team can be at your residence within hours after you contact us and can start assessing the job as soon as they arrive. Identifying, the source of water in your house is the first thing our team does in emergency situations. Before the crew can proceed, they must stop the source of water flowing into the home. Next, the team can exact the excess water and thoroughly dry the structure.

After the drying phase, the team can inspect your home for the level of damage and checks how far the moisture has traveled inside the structure. The restoration phase may include the use of deodorizers to remove odors. When cleaning carpeting, the team may need to treat both sides of the carpet as well as the floor with an appropriate EPA-registered disinfectant. The crew may also use fogging equipment to eliminate odors in carpeting before and after cleaning the carpet. To clean hard surface flooring, we can deodorize your floors by mopping them with an appropriate disinfectant or by using a ULV fogger if there is severe damage to the floors. Before the job is complete, we check the walls, ceilings, and flooring for damage. If necessary, our trained crew can remove and dispose of any unsalvageable materials with your approval. Plus, we work with your adjuster.

Our skilled SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach flood damage team is nearby and has the experience and expertise to restore your home when possible. Contact us at (850) 863-2552 for our professional restoration services 24/7.

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Stains To Deterioration - Mold Damage In Destin Homes Affect Walls And Ceilings

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stains To Deterioration - Mold Damage In Destin Homes Affect Walls And Ceilings When homeowners discover their Destin property contains mold damage, a quick call to SERVPRO can make things right again.

Mold Damage In Your Home

Homes and apartments in the Destin area range from full-time residences to seasonal getaways. During unoccupied periods, microbes can create a lot of damage inside a home or other dwelling.

When homeowners discover their Destin property contains mold damage and other microbial activity, a quick call to SERVPRO can make things right again. Our trained technicians know how to save our customers money wherever possible by only replacing irreparable materials and always restoring anything else. We can do this because mold damage happens in different degrees of severity.

The walls and ceilings inside your home contain significant amounts of cellulose. Other organic matter from the daily activities in your home can also provide a large number of consumable materials for microbes. While mold grows on the flat surfaces of your interior architecture, these microorganisms eat away at the surfaces underneath them.

Caught early, your walls and ceilings might only suffer stains. At SERVPRO, we can get these stains removed or covered up with a primer coat of microbial-repellent paint. Left alone, mold damage can escalate so severely that these same walls can become much worse. With time, they can begin falling apart, crumbling in spots or collapsing from their own weight.

Falling in, as in the case with ceilings, can happen when water leaks in across the top of the ceiling and gradually softens the drywall, as well as allowing mold to grow out of control. When water evaporates steadily, this situation often involves only sections of the ceiling instead of a more extensive section. However, either can prove dangerous and cause a significant amount of injuries to anyone in the area when the ceiling collapses.

Living in a home with these problems can cause health effects, as well, due to the high content of mold spores often found in the air. Because of this risk, SERVPRO technicians always clean the air with HEPA-filter air scrubbers as we remediate the damage. When we finish, not only do the homes we work on look “Like it never even happened.” but the home is once again a healthy place to live in once more.

We want the families around Mary Ester, Eglin, and Hulbert to live in beautiful homes that also pose no health risks to the occupants. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach's 24-hour service line at (850) 863-2552, and we can start the necessary mold damage remediation your home deserves.

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Grilling too Close to Exterior Walls can Lead to Fire Damage to Your Mary Ester Home

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grilling too Close to Exterior Walls can Lead to Fire Damage to Your Mary Ester Home Fires can start in many places which seem controlled, such as your grill. Should your house be facing damage after a fire, contact SERVPRO right away.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Fire Damage and Work Towards the Goal of Restoration

Summer means many families cook outdoors at home, preparing meals on the grill, and spend time enjoying fresh air and sunshine. Sometimes, the way a Mary Ester home's exterior is laid out can make grilling and barbecuing difficult. Lack of space is often a culprit.
 
Getting your grill too close to your residence can cause fire damage in Mary Ester to both the exterior and the interior of your house. While requirements regarding insulation often dictate a non-flammable state, this can change over time. A grill placed too close is only one way a fire can occur in your home, also.
 
Regardless of how a fire starts inside your home, SRPRO can help mitigate the damage caused. We know how to re-establish livable conditions in your home again, just “Like it never even happened.” Fire damage can create many changes inside your home's undamaged areas, as well, but we always make sure we resolve these issues, also. Odor, water left behind from fighting the fire, bubbled paint from over-heated areas that did not catch on fire are some examples.
 
Because our team members work so well together, we resolve all of these problems quickly. We want to help get your family back home, or if you did not need to leave and reside elsewhere, to have the entirety of your home back to normal.
 
When families can stay in a home after a fire, the damaged area must remain unoccupied for both safety reasons and to allow our employees the space needed to complete the job. When a family must vacate their home, stress and significant inconveniences become an aspect of life that we know can create severe hardships.
 
Once our work ends, we walk through each area we worked in and explain the results to you. We are always available to answer questions, but we understand each stage, including the completion of our work, is unique to our customers. Questions are still welcome because we want to make sure you know what we need to do to restore everything wholly and safely.
 
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is always here at (850) 863-2552 to take your call. We serve Fort Walton Beach and Destin and many more area residents for the restoration of their homes after fire damage and other crises.