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How Do I Remove Odors After a Fire?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Use Thermal Fogging to Remove Fire Damage Odor in Your Destin Home

Smoke can cause severe damage to areas of your home not directly affected by a fire. In many situations, even trained professionals can take several visits to remove smoke odors from some spots in your home. Regardless of how thorough the restoration in your Destin area home seems, smoke odors can linger.

What you need is a trained professional, one that has access to the right equipment and understands which techniques to use, to get rid of the odors that exist in your Destin home. Fire damage often leads to extensive repairs, so having access to a highly-skilled professional makes sense. You want them to understand how to deal with fire, smoke, and water damage, including any cleaning, deodorization, or disinfection experience necessary to finish the job right.

SERVPRO technicians can put a variety of deodorization techniques to work for you. Our fire damage restoration technicians are well versed in using pressure sprayers, box fans, ozone machines, duct cleaning systems, HEPA filtered air scrubbers, and injection devices to get the job done right. We work out the proper way to approach the area in question, working to eliminate odors rather than just masking them.

SERVPRO can put a method called thermal fogging to use, where deodorizers are heated and sprayed throughout your home in fog form. A fogger allows deodorizer solutions to permeate tough-to-reach areas, absorbing smoke particles and neutralizing any odors that exist. Our advanced services involve removing the debris causing the odor and cleaning any surfaces that might have odor-causing residues on them.

However, SERVPRO restoration teams go even further, finding ways to replicate the nature of smoke, allowing deodorizers to penetrate different areas. Providing you with excellent results regarding odor neutralization and successfully returning your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition for you and your family to enjoy.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has technicians available 24/7, 365, day or night. We provide you with the cleanup and restoration services that make dealing with damage to your home, easier. Our staff even works with your insurance company to help ensure you receive the results you deserve. (850) 863-2552

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How Do I Perform Fire Debris Cleanup in My Home?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew clowning around in a photo shot in warehouse When it comes to fire damage cleanup and restoration in Fort Walton Beach, SERVPRO Is Serious!

You Can Hire SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to Assist You to Remove the Debris in Fort Walton Beach

After a fire, it is not advisable to tackle fire damage restoration in your Fort Walton Beach residence without the assistance of experts. However, you can take a few steps to start cleaning up your home. Make sure you prioritize safety.

What can I do after a fire?

Below is a list of several expert fire damage restoration tips to help you recover from your Fort Walton Beach home’s fire damaging event.

  • Reduce movement in the house to prevent additional damage, the spread of smoke, and soot particles from getting embedded in fabrics.
  • Place towels over high traffic areas like carpets and rugs
  • Wash your hands to avoid transferring soot to the walls, upholstery, and wood
  • If you have shut off the electricity, wait before emptying the refrigerator and freezer

What Should I not do after a fire?

The actions you should avoid doing after a fire damages your house include:

  • Avoid attempting to wash painted surfaces walls, upholstery, and carpet without the assistance of professionals
  • Avoid cleaning appliances or electrical equipment that the fire damages
  • Avoid consuming packaged or canned food that is stored close to the scene of the fire
  • Avoid turning on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is damp because of the water firefighters used to extinguish the flames

What should I do about the debris?

As the property owner, it is your responsibility to clear debris from your home after a fire. Thankfully, most home insurance policies provide coverage for debris removal. It is an essential expense to restore your property to its preloss state. SERVPRO can help you remove the debris quickly because we have advanced tools to make this procedure easier. We can even remove hazardous materials safely.

What is regarded as household hazardous waste?

This is the waste from houses, which poses a threat to human and animal health or the environment. Examples include toxic, ignitable, reactive, or corrosive chemicals, such as pool chemicals, bleach, paint, antifreeze, and used oil filters; removing bio-hazardous waste quickly helps protect public safety and health. It is an emergency protective measure. Since the waste could significantly affect the environment, we do not combine it with the debris from the general clean up that is disposed of in a landfill.

Do you include burned appliances and electronics in the hazardous waste clean-up?

No, we do not include electronic wastes or appliances like computer monitors, televisions, cell phones, and CPUs in hazardous waste clean-up. Instead, we remove them as part of the overall debris removal procedure.

What next after debris removal?

The removal of debris paves the way for thorough cleaning of the property. It is essential to clean the structures of your house, such as flooring and painted walls. The longer you let soot sit on affected surfaces, the more extensive the destruction becomes, and the cost of restoration continues to increase.

How can smoke damage impact my property?

In the majority of fire losses, removing smoke and soot is the toughest part. Besides, even a small fire can cause severe soot damage within minutes and leave unpleasant odors if you do not clean up your property. It is appropriate to handle soot damage within one or two days of a fire to prevent permanent damage.  Our SERVPRO team has the tools and expertise to clean up affected surfaces quickly to mitigate the loss. Fire damages usually present unique cleaning and restoration situations. We consider certain factors in determining how difficult it is to remove smoke residues. They include:

  • The type of surface – In porous surfaces, particles, and odors penetrate further, and cleaning them is more challenging. It is easier to clean non-porous surfaces
  • Age of surface – In general, older surfaces are more challenging to clean, regardless of the materials
  • Amount of moisture – Moisture sets smoke residues, making them harder to clean and more likely to stain the affected surfaces
  • Amount of heat – If the flames of the fire were hot, cleaning the surfaces is harder. Surfaces expand and become more porous because of the heat. Therefore, odors and residues penetrate the surfaces more deeply. Heat may also cause materials to melt or char. In such a case, our SERVPRO team can often refinish the affected materials

There is water from firefighting efforts, what can you do about it?

Water can cause additional destruction, such as mold growth. Our SERVPRO crew can extract the water from the affected areas as part of the fire restoration job. We have different types of pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers that we can use to remove the water and moisture. The time it takes to restore a property varies based on the extent of the destruction.

Cleaning up your house after a fire is a challenging task that calls for SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach the help of professionals. Call at (850) 863-2552 to help you restore your home to its original state. "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO Uses Different Machines to Help with Water Removal in Mary Esther Homes

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fort Walton Beach SERVPRO Team Uses Technology for Water Removal SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is ready to restore your water damaged home.

SERVPRO'S Experts Explain the Need For Technology With Water Removal

When a property owner in Mary Ester calls us for assistance in restoring their property after a disaster affects them, we send out our crews. Along with our IICRC-certified employees, we stock our Green Fleet with the latest types of equipment to get the job done fast and correctly. We always want to do a thorough job and keep current damage from spreading. 

Why SERVPRO does this when Mary Esther residents need our water removal services is simple. We know that not only does standing water respond better to submersible pumps mounted on our trucks and that air drying works best for smaller structures. We need to use both, and others, to dry out your home, so it is once again “Like it never even happened.” 

We invest in the equipment used to mitigate homes and stand by our work. We also train extensively to keep ourselves informed of new developments in the restoration industry. Then we bring these skills when we work on your home, removing water and drying both the walls, floors, and other structures, so permanent damage does not occur. 

Other items we use during a water removal job include our air movers. These machines are much more potent than a typical household fan. Able to change the air in a room several times in an hour, these whisk moisture off of surfaces and into the air. 

Once the air begins to hold water vapor, we need to heat the area so its air can hold more. We use heaters to do this, which protects your HVAC system. As the air becomes more and more saturated, we use desiccant machines that steadily strip the water vapor out of the air. To keep microbes from proliferating and spreading, we also set up several air scrubbers to clean the air on both microorganisms and spores. 

Water Removal and Deodorization for Your Mary Esther Home

Another problem that comes along when you need water removal for your Mary Esther home is the removal of any odors caused by materials in your home being saturated with water. Not only do you need a professional who can remove the water, but you also need a company who can successfully deodorize your home as well. When you look at our staff and training standards, it is easy to see why SERVPRO is a smart choice in these situations.

Our first step in deodorization is to remove the source of the odor. Therefore, in a water damage situation, the removal of the moisture is our priority. Sometimes, effective deodorization requires us to use multiple methods, as one deodorant might not work on all odors. SERVPRO staff have specific guidelines for production for three processes of deodorization which include dry fogging, wet fogging, and activated oxygen.

With our injection method, we inject small amounts of deodorant into spots on upholstery or carpeting with a needle and syringe or a pump and injection needled. It is an especially helpful method when it is not practical to lift the carpet to get to the padding.

Direct spraying includes using a hand pump or powered sprayers to pump products in the area affected. Direct spraying is usually used in water damage situations to apply disinfectants. It wets the surface being treated, so it is used where discoloration does not matter or is unlikely.

Wet fogging disperses solvent and water-based deodorizers with an ultra-low volume fogger. The foggers create tiny deodorant particles, which penetrate most areas where odor particles hide. 

We use high-velocity exhaust fans to ventilate your home both before and after deodorization. These fans ventilate your structure quickly and shorten the time needed before you can return to your home after deodorization is complete. Air scrubbers can also be used to remove airborne particles, plus chemicals and odors from the air. The devices draw dirty air through a series of filters, while capturing odors and particles, and then puts out clean air back to the environment.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is always ready to respond to calls at (850) 863-2552. Here for residents of Shalimar, Holiday Isle, and Niceville, our teams can get your home dry again with our water removal services.

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We’re Asking Residents and the Business Community of Fort Walton Beach, Do You Want Professional Assistance with Preventative Cleaning?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

male spraying a white desk and wiping with a yellow rag in an office Your regular cleaning staff works hard already. We are here if you need a little more help.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Thoroughly Clean Interiors of Homes and Commercial Structures

The virus is rapidly spreading in many parts of the country, including here in our area. By practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and paying extra attention to the cleaning of touchpoint surfaces, we are doing our part. What more can be done to help reduce the risk of the spread of the virus? 

The hardworking and skilled cleaning technicians in Fort Walton Beach have gone through rigorous training that prepares us to perform effective preventative cleaning and application of disinfectants in these difficult times.  Our crews put their learned skills to work every day when performing biohazard remediation such as antimicrobial cleaning, sewage back-ups, crime and unattended death scene cleanups,  and others. In difficult cleaning scenarios, SERVPRO team members are wearing PPE, following guidelines from the EPA, OSHA, and strict industry protocols. Some SERVPRO technicians even have SARS cleanup experience. This intensive work experience prepares our company to be able to offer top-level preventative cleaning at your home or business location.

  • Adjustable work hours to meet your schedule and needs
  • Professional equipment (more powerful cleaning chemical delivery systems)
  • EPA-registered and CDC recommended cleaning agents
  • Ability to understand and follow the appropriate CDC, EPA, and OSHA guidelines
  • Human power to complete any size job
  • Consultation. Let’s talk

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is available to help inhibit the spread of pathogens by way of professional deep cleaning services. Give us a call today at (850) 863-2552.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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Flood Damage In Your Fort Walton Beach Commercial Property

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

flooded home If your business ever suffers from a broken window as a result of a storm, call SERVPRO.

Commercial Flood Damage In Fort Walton Beach Can Get Caused By High-Speed Winds

Anyone from the Fort Walton Beach region or anywhere in Florida for that matter knows that the state can often see heavy hitting winds blowing through town. When the wind blows hard, and the gusts get high in speed, an object can become airborne and strike your glass shop, which could cause your business commercial flood damage.

When the wind picks up during a storm, it can blow branches off of trees, dirt, or landscaping rocks to fly into your company's building's windows. Commercial flood damage in Fort Walton Beach often gets caused by windows breaking due to high-speed winds. Once a hole in your structure occurs, the interior of your glass store can start to retain moisture, and many of your contents and building materials can get wet. The rocks or branches that broke your window could also ruin some of your glass bulk or products.

Once the exterior shell of your structure gets breached, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We can start mitigating your storm-related issues by first securing your structure. If it continues to rain and your building is exposed to the outdoors, rainwater can keep entering your store and cause your business more problems.

For example, if moisture enters your place of business through a broken window, our SERVPRO technicians can board up and seal the opening with plastic so that no more rainwater can keep getting into your glass shop. We can then take other preventative measures to seal your building from the outdoors, like putting sandbags on each of your lower door seals. If the wind blew something into your roof, then we can temporarily seal it until we can get the problem repaired by a certified roofer.

Once our SERVPRO team secures your building and keeps H2O from entering, we then begin assessing the situation. We conduct an initial inspection to see what items inside your store we can save and which items must get removed and replaced. In some cases, many of your affected contents and building materials can be saved through our extraction and applied structural drying procedures.

If your business ever suffers from a broken window as a result of a storm, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24 hours a day.

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As a Destin Hotel Owner, Do You Understand How Quickly Mold Can Spread and What To Do if it Does?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Destin beach hotel mold damage 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 and Has the Tools for Mold Remediation

Destin sits on the Florida panhandle, saltwater 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:

  • 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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When Your Plumbing Leaks Cause Water Damage in Destin

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on kitchen floor A plumbing leak caused water damage in this home. We restored this home completely restored this home using our specialized tools and trained techs.

Water Removal Destin – Leaky Plumbing 

Before the discovery, a leaking plumbing joint inside a wall can leak water for hours. Water may fill the cavity inside the wall before it spreads out onto the floor, soaking carpets and anything left lying around. Homeowners may discover the leak only when the homeowner enters the room and find water all over the floor, under cabinets, and inside the wall. 

SERVPRO provides water removal services in Destin and surrounding areas. We also hold contractor licenses for mold remediation: MRSR309, MRSR377. We respond to many water removal requests every year and have been providing service for over 26 years in the community. Our team can be onsite in less than 4 hours of your call to begin water and moisture removal. It is essential to act before mold has an opportunity to grow and become an infestation.

Moisture Removal 

At SERVPRO, we focus on removing all of the water and moisture to minimize water damage to your home. We are experts at mold mitigation and have seen the damage mold can do to a home if moisture is left to linger. We use weighted water extractors, vacuum wands, and suction devices to remove all excess water and moisture. 

If the original water leak is inside a wall, we may have to open the wall to expose the leaky plumbing joint as well as dry this area. We remove the drywall and vacuum all of the water from the area. The water may have also leaked along the wall into adjacent cavities between studs. We remove drywall to gain access to these spaces as well. 

Water under cabinets is removed by drilling access holes into the kick plate of the cupboards and using suction to remove excess water. SERVPRO uses specialized blowers to push air under the cupboards to absorb moisture and dry these areas. We use portable air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture and lower the humidity levels to normal levels. 

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Mary Ester, Holiday Isle, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Why Should You Let Certified Professionals Handle Water Restoration?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage on Wood Floors SERVPRO Restores Water Damage on Wood Floors and Makes it "Like it Never Happened".

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach Technicians Have Been Certified Through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to Handle Complex Water Damage to Your Home

Water damage restoration professionals are needed to deal with both the immediate threat and the invisible threat left behind.  SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach certified professionals have the tools to combat these threats, eliminating them before they have a chance to cause real problems.

When it comes to water damage, restoration crews that are certified will do the best work and are qualified to deal with even the worst disasters possible. A family’s home is precious, but floods and busted pipes can leave it too dangerous to live in. When the worst does happen, a family may be tempted to clean up the damage themselves. This is the number one mistake of homeowners.  We understand that saving money becomes the primary goal due to all that comes with water damage. However, when homeowners try to DIY water restoration, it often ends up costing much more than any amount saved.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach certified water technicians are the people on the front lines against these disasters and we have the resources to deal with a disaster of any scale. Our water technicians have been certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) they trained for dozens of hours in the latest industry methods, giving them an edge over the competition. And because IICRC-certified water technicians are also informed of any advancements in the field, they will always have the latest equipment and methods at their disposal. 

That’s why more and more homeowners are turning to SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach for our IICRC-certified water technicians when they are faced with the worst.

If you’re experiencing water damage and need water restoration call us at (850) 863-2552.

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Our Technicians Have The Expertise In Fort Walton Beach After A Flood

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Our large industrial desiccant dehumidifier Pictured is an industrial desiccant dehumidifier which is used to restore large flood damage disasters. We are available 24/7, so call right away.

What Category Loss is Your Flooded Fort Walton Beach Home?

There is often a lot of technical jargon and terminology that can get thrown around in the earliest planning stages for water loss recovery in Fort Walton Beach homes. The contamination level of the water is always a point of concern in flooding scenarios, but so is the severity of the loss regarding the materials affected and the extent of saturation. Categories exist based on how much water exists after a flood and how readily moisture can get evaporated.

Knowing what condition your home is in can help you to appreciate the often-extensive efforts required to restore flood damage in Fort Walton Beach properties. Our professionals have thorough training and education in water restoration and applied structural drying, giving them the experience to take information about the class of loss in a residence and choose the right drying practice and extraction device to make restoration as efficient as possible.

Class 1 

This class is one of the lowest severity levels, which only typically involves a portion of a single room. In these circumstances, evaporative drying gets fixated on the immediately affected materials such as particleboard, wood, and flooring.

Class 2 

While evaporative drying practices are a little faster in a class two loss, the affected area grows as well. In these flood losses, invading water has begun to wick up drywall, and carpeted floors can get saturated to the subflooring.

Class 3 

When roofs leak, the result is often a level 3 loss. These encompass multiple areas of a home and require both extraction like submersible pumps and wet vacuums, as well as direct drying practices involving centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers.

Class 4 

These losses present direct obstacles for our SERVPRO team regarding drying. Traditional techniques are less useful because affected materials have low permeance like brick and concrete. Drying mats and other specialty tools can help to draw moisture from these materials.

Understanding the class of loss for your flood damage can help you to appreciate the extent of work required to return the property to preloss condition. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team a call to help however you need at (850) 863-2552.

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Fire Damage In Fort Walton Beach

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property If you ever suffer from a severe fire starting inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7.

Fire Damage In Fort Walton Beach Could Require The Occupants To Vacate The Structure

Structural burns in the Fort Walton Beach area account for more nearly half of the fires that burn each year. In the United States, there are nearly half a million cases of fire damage caused to structures annually. Infernos inside houses account for around $8 billion of property issues each year. During each individual situation, the problems can include those created by the heat and smoke created during the blaze.

When the fire damage inside your Fort Walton Beach residence is severe, your house could be deemed unlivable until restoration procedures get completed. If the incident is covered by your homeowner's insurance, then you will be compensated to stay in a hotel or different location during the mitigation process. If you and your family are forced to vacate your structure, our SERVPRO technicians can take several steps to ensure your home is secure and safe for our workers to begin the restoration procedures.

The first step our SERVPRO team takes after you vacate your property is to secure your structure. Many times when a building burns, the windows break, and doors no longer seal. When this occurs, we board up and secure your house from any intruders and the outdoor elements.

Next, we go through your damaged structure and look for any potential electrical issues. If there are any bare wires, we can call in a certified electrician to restore power to your building to aid with the work processes. Next, we check for any loss of integrity or stability of your house's structural components. If we find any dangerous areas, we can block them off from any foot traffic until the problems get repaired.

If possible, our SERVPRO crew returns heat to your building so that no pipes freeze. If restoring the heat to your home is not possible right away, we can then shut off your water so that your plumbing system does not fail due to cool temperatures. If water was introduced to your structure from the fire department or a sprinkler system, then we can take further steps to prevent moisture-related issues.

If you ever suffer from a severe fire starting inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back In Business In Fort Walton Beach After A Flood

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in water and debris after a flood We are ready 24/7 for any size disaster. We bring our state of the art equipment, expertise and experience to any size disaster. Call us right away.

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration In Fort Walton Beach Can Involve Contaminated Water

During this time of the year, the Fort Walton Beach area can get hit by storms that bring high-speed winds and extreme rains. When the rain pours in large amounts over a short amount of time, your office could become the victim of excessive commercial flood damage. Any time moisture enters your office building from the outdoors; there is always a chance it could be contaminated.

When working on your commercial flood damage project in Fort Walton Beach, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to ensure safety for the occupants of your office and our workers. If rainwater leaks into your office complex from the roof, there is a chance that it could be contaminated, so it is considered a category two situation. However, if muddy moisture comes in from the ground when the rain got deep outside, it can be classified as a category three problem because the dirt in the ground most likely contains harmful microorganisms.

When working with category two or three flood damage scenarios, our SERVPRO team takes extra caution to sanitize any affected areas inside your office and prevent any spread of the contamination. When working in your office, we know that different rooms can contain various flooring materials. Some of your offices could have carpet whereas areas like your bathrooms and perhaps your break room could be coated with linoleum or tile. Porous materials like your carpets must get removed when affected by contaminated H2O, but we can often save other types of flooring with extraction and drying procedures.

If we do need to remove your carpets, we can establish engineering controls before any demolition work begins. Since we know that contaminants can spread by things such as foot traffic, air movement, debris removal, or equipment movements, we control the affected area so that harmful particles cannot spread to previously unaffected regions of your office building. We can prevent the spread of many of the harmful microorganisms present by establishing a containment chamber within the affected regions of your office. We can then set up an air scrubber to create negative air pressure within the chamber so that the airborne particles get trapped in the scrubber's HEPA filter.

If you ever need help at your company's office after a vicious rainstorm strikes your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7.

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Drying Based on Full Assemblies of Materials in Destin Homes

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers blowing No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Why You Need Help With Water Removal in Destin

Drying out a Destin home after a water loss incident or flooding is not the same from one property to another because the materials and their construction may vary. Assemblies are the complete layers of various construction materials that make up interior and exterior walls, flooring, or ceiling spaces. Understanding the presence of each of these individual layers and the best solution to restore and dry them helps to make restoring full assemblies faster and more thorough.

Knowing all of the potential layers that require water removal in Destin homes can help to save our customers time and money. Our SERVPRO professionals get focused training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to appreciate the complexities of modern construction and the obstacles of structural drying. For example, interior wall drying can often be more than addressing saturation of drywall, but also insulation, wood framing, and the wallboard on the other side of the cavity as well.

Part of successful drying where various construction materials get affected simultaneously is knowing the migration path of water. Thermography and hygrometers can both effectively note the presence of higher levels of moisture and saturation, which can showcase where focused drying and recovery efforts are necessary. In some cases, direct drying with positive pressure systems and centrifugal air movers can remove free and surface moisture concerns.

Addressing the full assembly drying obstacles might also demand-controlled demolition. In several situations, removing surface materials can help SERVPRO professionals to more efficiently manage the work to get done and save money on the total restoration project. Our in-house contractors can perform controlled demolition for portions of a full construction assembly when it is critical to:

  • Help with the drying process
  • Reduce the time drying takes
  • Access areas that require more concentrated drying or recovery efforts

After a water loss incident, there can be many materials throughout your house that require thorough drying to prevent microbial development. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can help with premier drying and recovery solutions. Give us a call anytime at (850) 863-2552.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Destin Home After A Flood

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

A large industrial desiccant dehumidifier We have the state of the art equipment like this large industrial desiccant dehumidifier to restore your property after a flood. Call us right away.

Pack Out and Move Back for Flood Damaged Contents in Destin Homes

After a flood, our SERVPRO team is working to provide our customers with the most efficient and cost-effective path to return their Destin home to preloss conditions. Because of how devastating invading water can be for the structural elements and the contents of your property, the full recovery and restoration of your belongings might not be possible on-site. With advanced tools and technology available at our warehouse, pack-out and move-back services might be the best possible approach.

Knowing what follows flood damage in Destin homes can help to prevent excessive out of pocket expenses for our customers and expedite claims approval when insurance coverage exists for flooding. It is vital to understand when services like pack-out for personal belongings, content, and furniture are necessary because there might be lower-cost alternatives such as cleaning items and storing them somewhere else on-site or limiting the need for packing and unpacking at our facility for the same focused cleaning.

Pack-Out

If it gets determined by our SERVPRO professionals that move-out services are necessary, we work efficiently to get these items out of the damaged areas to prevent any further absorption or contamination. Our team of content management technicians arrives at the house with packing materials and available storage space to safely and quickly package up your damaged belongings or items at risk for flood damages, and transport them to our warehouse.

Move-Back

Staging is a vital element to the move-back process as it goes to establish how items get repacked into transport vehicles and allow our technicians a final opportunity to inspect formerly damaged belongings for any lingering effects or missed damages. We double-check our inventory and carefully move your belongings back to the residence once all flood effects have been removed, cleaned, and restored.

As destructive as floods can be to your home, they do not have to lead to irreparable damage to your personal belongings. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can remove threatened items for focused cleaning and deodorization in our climate-controlled facility as needed. Give us a call anytime at (850) 863-2552.

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Our Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Fort Walton Beach Property After A Fire

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

The tiles in this bath tub complety covered in soot and smoke damage We know that your property needs prompt cleaning of the soot to prevent staining and more damage. Call us right away, we are ready 24/7.

What Elements Affect Fire Damage Cleanup in Fort Walton Beach Properties?

Fire damage is never a one-size-fits-all project when it comes to the cleanup. Each property has unique factors such as the size and type of fire, items burned, and the amount of time that passed between the fire loss and the mitigation.

SERVPRO technicians carefully scope Fort Walton Beach properties with fire damage and look for structure and contents with restoration potential. They create detailed reports as they inspect the property of the condition of items and whether the things were restorable or required disposal as a loss. This assists in expediting insurance claims for items that need replacement.

Why SERVPRO?

When it comes to handling fire loss, the techs undergo extensive training using the tenents of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), a non-profit organization that sets the standard for the restoration services industry. The techs learn the best practices. This knowledge assists property owners in realizing less damage no matter what type of home disaster the techs are dealing with.

Handling Smoke Damage

The longer the smoke and soot remain on-site, the more potential to spread. The techs often set up containment around a fire loss area in the home to limit the spread of odorous soot. Smoke residues can appear on any surface in different forms. The technicians use special dry cleaning tools to lift away dry smoke. Wet smoke frequently requires the use of solvents to release its grip on surfaces. Smoke webs are not standard but look exactly like black cobwebs and get gently cleared away to ensure they do not spread or break apart.

Odor Control is Necessary

Residual reminders of the fire sometimes remain after the initial cleanup efforts. The technicians apply multiple methods as needed to ensure there is not even a hint of the smoke odor.

When fire damage rears its ugly head, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. The technicians are available 24/7 to clean up and restore your property from any size fire loss and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Fort Walton Beach After A Fire

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire disaster Our experts understand this can be a difficult time and our team is ready 24/7 to help you with the restoration process after a fire disaster.

We Help You Distinguish Between The Structure And Contents Of Your Home After A Fire In Fort Walton Beach

After experiencing a fire and making sure everyone within your home is safe, you now need to go about the process of restoring your home and getting back to your routine. The fire may have damaged not only the house itself but also some of your furniture, clothing, and other items.

If you have fire damage in your Fort Walton Beach home, it is important to distinguish between the structure and contents of your home. Typically, insurance companies separate the two things for scoping and estimating the cost of restorations. SERVPRO restorers handle the contents and structure separately. In some situations, restorers move the contents of the home to an offsite, secure location for cleaning before returning them.

After the project manager scopes the structure of the home, makes an estimate, and gets the go-ahead to begin the restoration process, the first step is to begin emergency services to ensure a safe work site. Depending on the severity of the fire, emergency services may include boarding up the home, debris removal, and creating ventilation. At this stage, this is when your contents (personal belongings) may go out for cleaning.

The SERVPRO project manager creates a specified plan for cleaning and restoring your home. Flooring, walls, and appliances all require specialized cleaning with specific products. For example, oxidizing cleaners such as StainZap work well on smoke stains and are useful in bathroom and kitchen cleaning. Strong acid cleaners like Stone and Porcelain clear attack soot and smoke from both stone and brick. Gentle creme cleaners are best for wood and restoring damaged wood surfaces around the home.

Before specialized cleaning, restorers often pre-clean the home to prepare each item for more in-depth cleaning. Pe-cleaning includes vacuuming to remove particulates and light debris. Compressed air uses air pressure to mildly agitate and remove loose particulate residues to allow more thorough cleaning of surfaces. Brushing, another form of pre-cleaning, can mildly or aggressively agitate the surface to remove loose residues. Soft brushes agitate delicate surfaces while wire brushes provide very aggressive agitation for more durable surfaces. Pre-cleaning makes the specialized cleaning more effective for the impacted areas and materials within your home.

For help restoring your home after fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Using High-Pressure Water Removal Equipment To Save Your Mary Ester Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Using High-Pressure Water Removal Equipment for Subterranean Regions of your Mary Ester Residence

A malfunctioning sump pump is hard to spot before it is too late. This equipment moves water from drains or groundwater and pumps it away from the lower levels of your home. During the winter, rainfall increases, which can put more pressure on your sump pump. Failure allows for groundwater levels to rise and can result in flooding. Handling these situations is often a professional task, although the rising water levels are unlikely to contain solid waste, which is common in flash flooding.

A roster of technicians with qualifications in water removal is essential to Mary Ester residents during the winter season. You can make contact with SERVPRO anytime, day or night, to arrange an inspection of floodwaters in the sub-regions of your home. Frequently, visual inspections are crucial to ascertain the level of water contamination as well as what equipment we require. We believe in getting your residence back to its preloss condition and work hard to find an efficient solution to suit your needs.

A broken sump pump can see water levels rise in crawlspaces as well as basements. Usually, the most effective remedy to rising water levels is pumping water out of the home at high volume. Pumping equipment generally grades on lift capacity and volume. Essentially, how much water is transportable and how the speed at which it transports. Many pumping equipment is submersible, allowing SERVPRO to place it below the standing water level.

During the visual inspection, a SERVPRO technician can decide on what type of pumping equipment to use. Subterranean rooms with flooding may not contain any solid waste. In these situations, high-pressure pumps can remove water exceptionally quickly. These specific pumps are useful in basements or crawlspaces because they offer high lift which makes moving water to the upper levels, and out of the home more comfortable.

Homeowners find that tailoring solutions to property emergency are more efficient and less inconvenient. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552.

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Commercial Fire Damage In Your Fort Walton Beach Factory

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to property SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach provides mitigation and restoration services to businesses throughout Destin, Mary Ester, and Niceville.

Commercial Fire Damage caused by Other Disasters in Your Fort Walton Beach Factory

Flooding, torrential storms, and hurricanes can soak the interior of your factory in Fort Walton Beach, including the electrical system. When destruction also includes gas leaks, the situation becomes substantially worse. Explosions can result from such combinations, making normal operations so hazardous they must cease until mitigation resolves the crisis.

Multiple disasters affecting a factory in Fort Walton Beach, including commercial fire damage, makes working conditions extremely unsafe and can ruin valuable merchandise. SERVPRO works in teams and knows how to provide the services needed to clean up a factory and make it safe. Our inventorying system can provide you with accurate accounting, as well. We put our experience and training together, work in teams, and always keep you informed of the entire process and the progress we make.

Fire damage related to flooding or other horrific weather events can affect areas that otherwise might not have burned. Flames spread through areas of least resistance, and wherever fuel like boxes and plastics help keep the fire going. All this can start from a small spark at a soaked electrical panel, or from ruptured gas lines. When gas lines leak, we must wait until the utility company gives us the approval to commence mitigation work. As soon as this is granted, we start returning your facility to its preloss condition.

Restoring electrical power as part of fire damage in your factory is crucial toward recovering, and we can provide the work needed to get power back on and safe again. Until the electrical power does get restored, however, we can provide our own. A swift recovery is especially vital to reducing any additional losses related to existing fire damage.

Clearing damaged inventory out and cleaning up soot layers from surfaces helps immensely, but SERVPRO addresses any other types of damage, as well. Working with you to mitigate all types of damage makes recovery faster and more cost-effective.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach provides mitigation and restoration services to businesses throughout Destin, Mary Ester, and Niceville. When fire damage makes normal operations risky and dangerous for your employees, call (850) 863-2552 for the highly trained restoration experts near you.

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We Are Available 24/7 For You Destin Flood Damage Restoration Services

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

One of our power restoration trucks We can bring in our own power supply when a storm strikes your property. Call us right away we respond day or night.

Recovering From Flood Damage in Destin

As a Florida resident, you are no stranger to intense weather and natural disasters. Between hurricanes and heavy summer rain and thunderstorms, flooding may occur. Flooding can cause damage to your home and should be adequately cleaned to mitigate secondary damage, such as mold infestations and lingering foul odors. 

If you experience flood damage in your Destin home, contact the trained SERVPRO professionals to help you with the cleanup after the floodwaters recede. Often, the cleanup is the most challenging part of a flood. Floodwater is considered black water or category 3 water, potentially contaminated with disease-infected organisms and contaminated chemicals. Blackwater is not necessarily the color black; the category is based on the source of the water. Floodwaters are always considered blackwater. 

Technicians take extreme safety precautions to ensure protection for homeowners as well as themselves using personal protective equipment (PPE) while they extract remaining moisture, remove damaged contents, and disinfect the home. They also treat flood water contaminated environments with biocides two times, once at the beginning of the cleaning process, and once at the end to ensure the most thorough cleaning possible. 

Biocides are cleaning agents that kill any organisms contained in the black water deterring the growth of mold. Specifically, virucides kill viruses, and fungicides kill mold. SERVPRO technicians also use antimicrobial cleaners called phenolics as a defense against bacteria and fungi. Some phenolic products are OSHA compliant for Bloodborne Pathogens and serve as another form of protection against disease and mold infestations. We hold licenses in mold remediation: MRSR309, and MRSR377, keeping us current in mold elimination techniques. 

The trained professionals at SERVPRO treat each flood damage situation differently and come up with a customized plan to ensure the least amount of damage as possible. The goal is to restore as much as possible without having to replace items that could otherwise be salvaged. An essential part of the plan includes extremely precautious cleanup methods to ensure the health and safety of your home and family.  

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for prompt help. We are available 24/7 to assist you with your flood water cleanup. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members standing in front of SERVPRO equipment Does your home have a mold infestation? Our team to the rescue!. We are always standing by to take your call.

Signs You Need Mold Remediation in Fort Walton Beach  

Mold damage is one of those issues that will never, ever get better on its own. When there is an infestation, it continues to spread in the home as long as conditions remain favorable.  

When SERVPRO technicians perform mold remediation in Fort Walton Beach residences, it starts with identifying all the areas where mold infestations are. They use their experience and training as well as state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to locate elevated areas of moisture under flooring as well as behind walls and ceilings.  

Why SERVPRO

The technicians have extensive training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR309. They know the signs and how to safely handle existing mold infestations to inhibit the chances of cross-contamination to other areas of the home.  

Musty Odor 

Many homeowners first discover they have a mold infestation through a damp, stale odor that no amount of cover-up scent masking seems to diminish. This odor is often a calling card of mold colonies located within a wall cavity or a ceiling area. SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to find collections of excessive moisture that pinpoints locations likely to harbor colonies.  

Water Leaks

A small, slow leak has the potential to create a place for mold to set up home if the temperature conditions are right. Regularly checking attic spaces, crawl spaces, and under cabinets for leaks helps keep this issue at bay. Check the sheetrock for softening or warping, which can indicate an on-going water damage issue that may require removal for a complete repair and an application of antimicrobial sealant to inhibit mold growth.  

After Water Damage

When a supply line breaks or a flash flood happens, mold is always a threat. The elevated humidity in the home allows airborne mold spores to germinate as quickly as 24 hours. SERVPRO technicians extract the water and dry properties using equipment to lower the ambient humidity rapidly to deter mold infestations.  

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850) 863-2552 has technicians trained and certified in all types of restoration services, including mold remediation. They are available 24/7 to clean up damage from mold and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Can Handle The Mold Damage In Your Destin Home

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO to Handle the Mold Damage in Your Destin Home

Mold damage is something that no homeowner wants to deal with for a variety of reasons. When mold is left to its own devices, it can cause rot to the structure of your home, since it causes decay to organic materials. Furthermore, it can also cause health effects. For this reason, it is unwise to live in a house that has it inside. So, when you detect mold inside of your home, never wait to get help.

You may wonder what some ways to detect mold damage in your Destin home are. After all, microbial growth can be hard to see when it is underneath the floor or between the walls. The truth is, you might not always see a fungal presence in your home. However, if your home has experienced water damage recently, it is always wise to get help right away, so a mold colony doesn't get the chance to form.

Usually, people either see fungi forming on a surface in their home, like a wall, or they detect the malodor it causes. Mold smells very musty and stale, so if you detect an intense musty odor in your home that is not dissipating, you may want to reach out for help.

When you call SERVPRO, we make it a priority to get to your location as soon as possible. Our skilled technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. When you call us, you can trust our technicians to know how to remediate the damages in your home and to have advanced equipment with them for the job.

Once at your home, our SERVPRO technicians could set up a quarantine around the mold colony swiftly to prevent the spores from spreading once they become disturbed. If the damage was on your laundry room wall, for example, our technicians could begin to scrub away the microbial growth or remove the section of drywall that the colony is rooted in. Once we finish, we can use an antifungal agent to help prevent regrowth.

If your home needs mold damage remediation, get help now. Communicate with SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach by dialing (850) 863-2552. We're always ready to help you.

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How to Succeed With Mary Ester Commercial Fire Damage Disasters

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

restaurant with long table Your customers want to know that they can count on your restaurant being open for get togethers. Contact SERVPRO in case of fire damage.

Addressing Fire Damage At Your Restaurant In Mary Ester

Restorers in Mary Ester provide emergency services designed to protect both the loss site and human health after a fire. A restorer’s immediate objective involves the prevention of secondary damage, removal of possible hazards, and preparation mitigation and restoration.  

When dealing with fire damage at your restaurant in Mary Ester, you want access to a restoration company that operates 24-hours a day. Emergency services are actions performed immediately following an event that helps reduce your losses and the overall costs associated with your claim.

Every fire loss situation is unique; SERVPRO trains in a variety of emergency services developed to adjust to different situations. Our technicians have the following emergency services at their disposal that may or may not come into play during your restoration process.

  • Thorough Building Inspections – Our team evaluates the loss site, checking for safety and health hazards. 
  • Board Up & Roof-Tarp Service – Using a variety of methods to secure the property and prevent intrusions.
  • Structural Drying – We use a variety of extraction and drying equipment to remove excess water used to extinguish flames. 
  • Establish Emergency Electricity – Our team uses equipment to provide temporary power to the site for lighting and heat.
  • Deodorization Services – We use fogging equipment and air scrubbers to make the degree of smoke odors present more habitable during restoration.
  • Initial Cleaning – We pre-clean carpets, and furniture to remove the heaviest soot, acidic residue from porcelain and metals, and dispose of charred materials. 
  • Pest Extermination – The extermination of infestations before packing, inventorying, or cleaning. 

At SERVPRO, we understand that some of you may want to start right away. However, the wrong cleaning action can hinder the effectiveness of restorers' actions often leading to permanent damage. Pay close attention to a few tips to help reduce this possibility:

Don’ts:

  • Wash any walls.
  • Attempt to clean carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Send clothing with smoke residues to your dry cleaners.
  • Operate electrical appliances or equipment.

Do’s:

  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeting and upholstered furniture.
  • Limit your movement in and out of the property.
  • Keep your hands clean.
  • If your electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop the doors open. 
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom fixtures with a light coating lubricant.
  • You can wash plants, both sides of the leaves, with fresh water.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach for access to 24-hour fire damage cleanup and restoration. (850) 863-2552

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How Fort Walton Homes make a Full Recovery after Fire Damage

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

A living room with fire and soot damage. SERVPRO will get your Fort Walton residence back from fire damage.

We will help you get your Fort Walton home fire damage back to normal.

When your home becomes damaged in a fire, the initial flames are only half the story. Thick smoke and soot residues can permeate surfaces as well as buildup in cavities. These deposits are odorous, unpleasant, and can cause further harm if left alone. As a homeowner, you can begin restoration by covering furnishings and opening windows. These tasks can help to prevent falling soot from causing staining on furnishings and fabrics. Some malodors can disperse naturally by opening windows. However, if you want your home to make a full recovery, you need to bring in professional restoration services. 

When your home is overwhelmed by fire damage, local Fort Walton restoration services are available to return it to its preloss condition. SERVPRO uses technicians nearby to reduce call-out times and mitigate against any further harm. Our technicians are trained to recognize the common patterns of smoke dispersal and can conduct a thorough inspection of your home. This inspection includes challenging to reach areas like your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit as well as electric fitting sockets.

Hot smokes are attracted to colder surfaces, which means that the most substantial damages are likely to be found inside drawers, cavities, or ventilation shafts. Here, thick smoke deposits can buildup releasing odors as well as occasional soot into the rooms of your house. SERVPRO technicians conduct a thorough review of HVAC systems, ventilation shafts, interiors as well as crawlspaces to locate and negate smoke damages. We achieve this by applying industrial chemical solvent cleaners as well as using mechanical cleaning equipment. 

There are broadly two types of smoke damage of concern to a homeowner. The first is loose particles, which can be spread around under wet-cleaning methods. We use air whips, negative air pressure machines as well as wet/ dry vacuums to remove loose particles. What usually remains is thicker, greasier wet smoke deposits. These need to be dissolved and suspended in a cleaning solution before removal. Each SERVPRO truck is fully-stocked with chemical agents and mechanical cleaning equipment. 

A large amount of odor is usually removed during the cleaning process. However, the odor can come from multiple sources, making it challenging to locate and identify a single source. Using a combination of thermal fogging equipment, pressure-spray deodorants as well as powerful anti-odor pellets, we can be confident of tackling odor in your home. Once the service is complete, all paperwork can be passed onto your insurer for a stress-free claim. 

If your property is worse for wear after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552.

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We Can Dry Your Water Damaged Home In Mary Ester

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

water covering floor after a leak Call us today at (850) 863-2552. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Get Professional Drying After Water Damage In Your Mary Ester Residence

As homes age, it is likely to find cracked tiles or leaking pipes in the bathroom or kitchen. Under extreme temperatures, water pipes can burst and flood the interior of a property, causing damage. These and other water loss problems can devastate your home. A primary priority after any water loss incident in your home is drying the affected areas quickly.

Water damage in your Mary Ester home can cause wood rot, mold, and other issues. It is difficult to dry out a home because water can get to hard-to-reach areas. Our SERVPRO team can help you restore the affected structures and contents of your house by providing sufficient water removal and drying services.

Even though the water intrusion in your home may appear to be limited to specific areas, the water continues to migrate toward other dry materials, causing more destruction to floors, walls, cabinets, and other items. Excess moisture in the air can damage other surfaces and promote microbial growth. Your insurance company may also decline your claim for failing to take steps to mitigate a water intrusion problem immediately. Professional drying is essential to avoid issues like:

    •    Ruined flooring
    •    Permanent discoloration of floors and walls
    •    Corrosion of pipes
    •    A compromised electrical system
    •    Mold growth
    •    Foul odors

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove water using portable exactors, which we can take into almost any area of your house. We can dry the affected areas exhaustively by using advanced processes. Our team can expedite the drying process by using axial air movers, which can move large volumes of air. These air movers deliver low pressure at high volumes and can, therefore, cover large areas of affected materials. Removing water from low evaporation materials such as hardwood floors, concrete, and plaster is intricate. We can use desiccant dehumidifiers to dry such materials.

Desiccant dehumidifiers create an extremely dry environment that helps eliminate moisture. They lower the humidity in the air by exposing the humid air to desiccant materials that absorb moisture. Afterward, the moisture is exhausted from the desiccant and expelled as water vapor through the reactivation outlet. Once our drying process is complete, our team can repair the affected structures.

When your home in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or Niceville has water damage, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach can help you restore it to the preloss condition. Call us today at (850) 863-2552. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Hidden Areas Where Water Damage Occurs in Fort Walton Beach Homes

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood Water can damage hardwood quickly. Call SERVPRO to dry and restore your home.

Why SERVPRO Opens Up Cavities During Flood Damage Incidents in Fort Walton Beach

Flooding might damage your Fort Walton Beach property in a matter of minutes. Such damage usually extends even to areas of which you are not aware. Opening up cavities in your home can help establish which materials require replacement, reveal hidden soiling and moisture pockets. The process of opening up hidden areas can damage materials still in good condition, so there is a need to follow the right procedures. The advanced training our SERVPRO crews receive helps them make the right decisions when opening cavities in your property.

Walls hold many essential utilities, so there is a need to open them up after flood damage affects your Walton Beach property. Power cables, air vents, and insulation are some of the standard utilities found in walls that a flooding incident can affect. The cavities in the walls also create a perfect refuge for moisture. Flood cuts help open up walls releasing water and creating room to scope other forms of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the area and cut approximately 12 inches above the waterline. We also check for the location of utility lines to ensure we do not cut them in the process.

Floodwater settles on the floor where it can cause severe water damage, especially if left to sit over an extended period. After absorbing water, floor materials such as wood swell or develop other physical deformities. Other materials such as tiles might remain unaffected, but the water might pass through groove lines reaching subfloor materials. Our SERVPRO technicians might remove wooden floorboards for drying to reverse any physical changes that occur when they are wet. We also remove tiles if necessary, to reach subfloors.

Floors covered with carpets present significant contamination challenges, so removal is necessary. Some of the materials making up the floors, such as pad or glue, deteriorate fast. Our SERVPRO technicians handle carpet removal and reinstallation. The damaged carpet is considered a hazardous material, so we cut it into small pieces and use heavy-duty plastic bags for proper disposal.

Floodwaters spread widely in the affected property. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 to help open up all nooks and crannies where such water finds a way, restoring the damage, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have Cutting Edge Equipment To Handle Water Removal In Destin

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water on a wooden floor in a commercial building We have state of the art equipment to dry and remove water in your business. We can handle any job big or small so call us right away.

The Challenges of Water Removal for Destin Hotels

Many obstacles exist for Destin hotels when plumbing breaches or sprinkler malfunctions occur that can leave areas of your facility contending with several inches of standing water. Addressing these hurdles is often more challenging and overwhelming than you might expect, exceeding the abilities and expertise of your maintenance or custodial team. Even with the experience of our SERVPRO team, we can still expect challenges in restoring massive structures with hundreds of connected units like your hotel.

With standing water, the priority for even our experienced restoration specialists is water removal for the Destin business. We have premier extraction equipment designed to remove standing water at a continual rate, ensuring that we are removing this threat as efficiently as possible. We have obstacles to overcome in the complete restoration of your hotel, however.

Drying Structural Cavities

Addressing this problem can be one of the first hurdles that our professionals endure, as structural cavities can become equally affected by the water loss. With plumbing hidden between the many rooms available throughout your hotel, large areas of these structural cavities can contend with standing water before the effects bleed out into the rooms and trafficked areas of the building. Flood cuts are often a valid route to take as they provide access to the standing water for extraction and drying, and allow reconstruction to happen much more quickly.

Migration 

As much as we might want standing water to stay in one place for the most effortless extraction and recovery process, this is never the case. We must expect water to spread out as far as it can, affecting multiple rooms and areas before we can successfully utilize our premier extraction tools like sump pumps and light wands to remove it.

Elevation

Because many area hotels go beyond two stories, addressing water removal at higher elevations can be a challenge for our SERVPRO team. In most situations, we utilize our portable options like wet-vacs and submersible pumps, as our truck-mount extractors in the Green Fleet would require long-reaching hoses and discharges to remove water from upper floors successfully.

We can expect there to be obstacles that we must overcome for extraction of your hotel, but our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can utilize our cutting-edge equipment and extensive experience to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our rapid response team 24/7 by calling (850) 863-2552.

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SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Emergency Services To Prevent Water Damage In Your Mary Ester Home

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Male and Female SERVPRO employees standing in front of shelves of equipment. SERVPRO has what it takes to get water removed out of you Ester home today.

Water damage in Ester is no joking matter, call us today.

Water damage is something that can happen for a variety of different reasons inside the house. When this happens, you are facing immediate structural damage, and you need to figure out where the water is coming from as quickly as possible. SERVPRO’s services and technicians have designed a 24/7 emergency water damage service to be at your beck and call from the moment you notice water damage happening inside your home.

The first step is to determine what is causing the water damage in your Mary Ester home. Water can pool into the house for a variety of reasons, whether due to a faulty household appliance, a busted pipe, or a broken HVAC unit. Mold can develop from excess moisture after water damage. After the source of the damage has been found, we work to minimize the cost of your property damage, and determine the quickest way to get rid of this water as soon as possible. Specialized equipment might be needed to effectively rid your home of water, and dry the areas that have been damaged. 

Depending on the severity of the water damage, SERVPRO uses water detection and drying equipment to restore your home back to its structural soundness. Professional-grade equipment can help improve and expedite your treatment, and thankfully we can offer all of that to you and more right here in Mary Ester. Some of the equipment you may see us using to effectively get rid of water damage includes: 

  • Extractors - Machines that get rid of floor water while cleaning your carpets
  • Dehumidifiers - Heavy duty drying machines
  • Moisture Sensors - These help us find the source of the damage

When water damage occurs in your home, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for 24/7 emergency service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Mary Ester Professionals Give Tips on Cleaning Fire Damaged Homes

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Foyer Including Furniture and Carpet A small fire started in the kitchen, but smoke and soot spread throughout the home. SERVPRO has the tools to restore your home completely.

Cleaning That Takes Place After Fire Damage Affects A Mary Ester Property

After small fires such as a stove flaring in the kitchen or an appliance malfunctioning elsewhere, smoke deposits are likely to be the main problem that needs addressing. Depending on the materials affected, there might be clouds of smoke which spread to other parts of the house quickly, thus widening the scope of fire damage from the start point.

Apart from replacing the ruined appliance or other materials at the ignition point, restoring such fire damage in your Mary Ester property requires cleaning principally. It might sound simple, but on considering the variety of materials affected, from fabrics such as upholstery to building materials, you realize it is not an easy task. Also, apart from surface deposits, some might bond with materials creating stains. Our SERVPRO technicians can address the problem with ease because we first scope the property identifying the type of residues and their spread patterns. Scoping helps establish different categories of soils, including:

  • Hydrophilic – they dissolve in water
  • Hydrophobic – do not dissolve in water
  • Lipophilic – they dissolve in oil-based cleaning agents
  • Lipophobic - do not dissolve in oil-based cleaning agents

The wide variety of soils means that one approach only cannot clean your fire damaged property thoroughly. Some cleaning processes might also cause problems if used indiscriminately. For example, power washing is very useful in removing soils from surfaces. However, if used to clean materials such as drywall, excessive pressure and wetness can ruin the material. Our SERVPRO technicians use methods such as vacuuming to lift loose soils from surfaces. Agitation and use of cleaning agents also help break the bond soils have with materials.

In some cases, using conventional cleaning methods might not work on the soils, especially when involving wet smoke or protein residues. Advanced methods to breakdown such soils might be necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians can use enzymes or bleaching agents depending on the type of soiling. Enzymes work through changing the soil from insoluble to soluble state. Bleaches, on the other hand, work by adding or reducing oxygen molecules.

If you want a team that has what it takes to clean your home to its preloss state, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. You can reach us any time at (850) 863-2552.

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Water Removal Mary Ester – Why It is Important to Act Quickly

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking Hot water heater. Call SERVPRO today when it comes to your water damage in Mary Ester.

We care when your Mary Ester home floods, let us help you. 

Anytime a leak in your home occurs the damage it causes can be immediate as well as long term if you do not act quickly. One of the major concerns is mold growth. However, long term moisture issues can also cause wood structures to deteriorate. Act quickly and avoid thousands of dollars in extra restoration costs.

SERVPRO specializes in water removal in the Mary Ester area. Our experienced technicians have been supporting the community for over two and a half decades providing water, fire, and storm damage restoration services. We have experienced in all types of disasters as well as relatively small leaks that require water removal and drying.

Take Action Fast to Remove Water

When you call SERVPRO about water removal in your home, our operators can immediately arrange to dispatch a team to your home. There are several steps homeowners can take to mitigate the effects of the water, including the growth of mold:

  • Make sure it is safe to enter the area
  • Stop the water leak, turn off the main water valve to your home
  • Mop up as much water as possible using mops, towels or even sheets
  • Remove small items from the area, dry these items as much as possible
  • Meet our SERVPRO crew chief and provide as much information as  
  • possible about the situation.

Assessment by Crew Chief 

Using your information provided over the phone and the onsite assessment, SERVPRO can arrange for the appropriate equipment to be brought on site. We aim to remove all of the water and moisture to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

The steps we follow include:

  • Removing excess water using pumps and water vacuums
  • Inspection of carpeting and underpads, arrange for removal if needed
  • Use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area including floors and walls
  • Use moisture sensors to find hidden areas of moisture
  • Restore and clean contents
  • Remove odors and sanitize as needed
  • Dispose of damaged materials
  • Restore your home – repairs, minor building services as well as reconstruction

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for 24/7 services. We serve the towns of Destin, Niceville, Shalimar, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Hurricane Dorian - Forecasted Track (Saturday Morning Aug. 31)

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Map showing the forecasted path of Hurricane Dorian along the Florida Coast as of Saturday morning Aug 31 Forecasted Path of Hurricane Dorian as of Saturday Morning, August 31

Most models at this time are predicting Hurricane Dorian will skirt along Florida's East Coast and then move northeast along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.  It is currently considered an extreme hurricane at Category 4, with wind speeds exceeding 130 m.p.h.  It is presently predicted to strike the South Florida Coast at Category 4 strength, and then lose some of its energy as it moves north by northeast, dropping to Category 3 as it moves further north.  

We will update this website as the storm progresses and as new information becomes available.

Call Us If Your Destin Home Has Experienced A Flood

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team a call whenever you need us at (850) 863-2552.

Drying Out A Flooded Crawlspace In Destin Homes

Crawlspaces are often designed as part of Destin home construction to combat the likelihood of flooding that exists continually throughout the year. While hurricane seasons often bring a much higher probability of these damaging conditions, the crawlspace of your property can help to reduce the floodwaters reaching into the primary levels of your house. When these areas become flooded, however, there is still a cause for an immediate response from competent professional restorers.

Drying out flood damage in Destin crawlspaces is a priority of our mitigation team that arrives shortly after your initial call to our SERVPRO 24/7 emergency line. Not only can our response to these situations prevent that same floodwater from reaching the main floor of the house, but it can also help our team to better protect your home and its occupants from secondary effects and structural deterioration that often accompanies excessive saturation and overexposure.

Many crawlspaces have not gotten designed to withstand high volumes of water of a prolonged period, and even excessive moisture can present issues too challenging for homeowners to overcome on their own. Reducing the moisture content begins with a thorough assessment of this portion of your property, including the use of discovery devices to determine the saturation levels of exposed structural elements, supports, and joists. This knowledge can help to formulate the ideal strategies for returning the property to preloss condition.

With a limited working area available in a crawlspace, our SERVPRO team must be selective about the equipment used to extract standing water and to begin drying out exposed elements. In most cases, portable sump pumps and wet-vacs can address the majority of floodwater, leaving the rest to get addressed with a combination of desiccant dehumidifiers and high-velocity air movers.

During this recovery process, it is also vital for our team to utilize our antimicrobial solutions to spray materials, elements, and areas susceptible to mold growth. These products can eliminate mold spores seating in the materials and prevent colonization during other phases of both mitigation and restoration of the crawlspace.

Our professionals have permanent solutions for crawlspaces as well through our licensed mold remediation contracting division. We can regrade flooring, install diversion tools and drainage systems, and even encapsulate the crawlspace for even more protection. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team a call whenever you need us at (850) 863-2552.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Mary Ester Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency service to our customers and we have the specialized training, advanced equipment, and experience.

SERVPRO Inspectors Find These Extra Consequences of Fire Damage in Mary Ester

Fire damage can impact your home in unpredictable ways. While it may be immediately apparent that ash, smoke, and burn damage need extensive restoration work to reverse, it might be harder to identify future problems such as water leaks that may be caused by flames on the building exterior. Part of the reason why SERVPRO has become such a trusted name for home damage restoration work across the nation is thanks to our inspectors that carry out thorough analyses of the situation and identify additional problems that may have escaped your attention. Here are some of the things they look for with fire damage situations.

Holes in Roofs and Exteriors

Dealing with fire damage in your Mary Ester home is bad enough – you probably do not want to handle damages from water on top of what has already happened. Water can even start to mix with ash and smoke materials to create a sludge that poses greater challenges even for well-equipped cleanup crews like those at SERVPRO. Our inspectors examine the fire-damaged part of your home thoroughly to check for potential leaks or holes in the building exterior. If they identify any potential problems of this nature, we work fast to set up tarps to cover the area before any ill weather effects can worsen the situation.

Electrical Damage

The heat of a flame can, even without direct contact, start to melt down metal cables and the materials that shield them. Sometimes, these damages may not be immediately apparent while still posing a significant safety hazard in your home. We know how to check for signs of fire damage on all types of household wiring and work to correct any safety hazards that may be present as a result.

Fabric Erosion

Many fire residues are acidic or can otherwise harm the types of fabric in carpets, furniture, and clothing typically found in local homes. We conduct tests to determine if there is any risk of material destruction to your belongings and, if there may be a significant problem, take care to clean each object in ways that do not cause harm.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has years of experience helping local homes and businesses recover from the effects of fires large and small. Call us at (850) 863-2552 for our 24/7 services.

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Our Technicians Have The Protective Equipment Ready To Handle Your Fort Walton Beach Flood Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to storm and flood damage timing is essential. We offer our clientele 24-hour emergency service to prevent further damage.

Infectious Waste Removal after Flood Damage in your Fort Walton Beach Property

Floodwaters can bring infectious waste into your home, creating a Biohazardous situation. Microscopic pathogens are invisible to the naked eye but can make you sick after even small amounts of exposure. Typically, infectious waste comes from raw sewage as well as sewer gases that may carry viruses like typhoid, polio, hepatitis, or tetanus. The importance of steering clear of floodwaters that have entered the home is essential.  

Contacting a professional restorer for flood damage in your Fort Walton Beach home is crucial to returning your property to a sanitary living environment. Our technicians are provided with personal protective equipment that allows them to enter a flooded property without risking their health or safety. An initial inspection, known as a scoping procedure, allows a SERVPRO technician to ascertain the type of equipment that can be brought into the affected area to reduce standing water levels and prepare for restoration services.  

Contaminated flood damage waters require storage and cannot be disposed of in the same way that clean water can. After pumping out the standing water from your property, SERVPRO can store it safely until it can be safely disposed of in a specialized biohazardous waste facility. In most situations, solid wastes need to be sealed in protective bags to avoid the chances of cross-contamination. Due to the highly infectious nature of blackwater emergencies, the initial steps involve preparing the site for further restoration. 

Disinfecting the affected area thoroughly, including the planned demolition of sections of drywall is necessary to re-establish a clean zone. Box fans may be placed overnight to remove pungent odors from floodwater or disinfectants while the drying process is underway. A SERVPRO technician can inspect the site again to ensure conditions have been returned to the sanitary state, before beginning work on reconstruction and replacement of removed contents and materials. 

Infectious waste poses a serious health risk. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 if you suspect contaminated floodwaters in your property. 

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Problems in Fort Walton with Storms, Mold, Fire or Water Damage? The Smart Choice for Restoration Is SERVPRO

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach--They Really Are Serious About Restoration Services!!

Premier Restoration Services of Our SERVPRO Team in Fort Walton Beach

For more than two and a half decades, our SERVPRO team has been offering effective and efficient restoration services for Fort Walton Beach and its surrounding areas. With a roster of technicians comprised of local talent from Fort Walton and Okaloosa, we are your friends and neighbors helping homes and businesses through their times of crisis with a swift and confident response. We have certifications and endorsements in nearly every facet of the restoration industry, extending far beyond the core recovery niches for water, fire, storm, and mold loss.

Water
With water loss incidents in Fort Walton Beach properties being such an ever-present threat, we have encouraged much of our staff to pursue the education and training required to obtain accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) With the majority of our team having this base certification and additional training like Applied Structural Drying (ASD), no customer ever has to wait for effective mitigation and recovery services they need – regardless of the time that it happens.

We understand how typical water damage in Fort Walton Beach is, so we have established business relationships with many organizations to help us provide residential and commercial customers the most efficient service possible in this time of crisis. We have dealings through the Fort Walton Chamber of Commerce, Community Association Institute, and the Gulf Coast Association of Insurance Professionals (GCAIP), all of which have allowed us to handle claims with or without insurance adjustors at times.

Our SERVPRO team continually strives to be the premier option for water damage restoration in Fort Walton Beach homes and businesses. We know how quickly these situations can get out of control, so we invest in the inventory and qualified professionals that can complete jobs on time and within the budgetary confinements of our clients.

Fire
Fire loss situations present a unique risk for many of our Fort Walton Beach area properties, as not all of these are easy to access. With many homes and commercial structures built on outer lying areas of the coastline, we must have a clear plan of action to address any after-hours threats like fire damage that could exist. With a full team of qualified IICRC-Certified professionals, we can address all of the compromising effects of these disasters in a way that protects as much of your property as possible.

Fire damage to Fort Walton Beach homes requires a swift and deliberate response from our SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) These same professionals also often seek additional endorsements to further improve our efficiency and effectiveness in the field, pursuing training in areas like Odor Control (OCT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), and Carpet Cleaning (CCT.) The more universally prepared our restoration technicians can become, the faster projects complete and the less they ultimately cost.

We know that our success in the region is also directly linked to the effectiveness and skills of the Fort Walton Beach firefighters and first responders. Along with our investments to continually improve our inventory of recovery and mitigation equipment, we also invest in these local departments to improve their response times, the equipment they use, and their training to better protect your property when every minute counts.

Mold
Mold is a complicated threat to Fort Walton Beach homes, mainly because of how quickly conditions can get met to promote the growth and spread of these damaging colonies. Northwest Florida is humid through the better part of the year, and homeowners and commercial property owners alike must contend with these threats with proper ventilation, cool temperatures, and active dehumidification where necessary.

The beachside communities, which makes up a large portion of the Fort Walton Beach area we service, are particularly susceptible to this increased humidity. With thick moisture in the environment, spores can more easily seat into organic materials and quickly spread throughout an affected area. Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians have advanced tools and equipment, but also the latest antimicrobial products to help overcome these colonies wherever they get found. We are certified and licensed through the State of Florida to address these damaging conditions in your house.

We strive to help our customers overcome mold damage in Fort Walton Beach homes as quickly as possible. This commitment can also get seen in the information we willingly provide all of our clients to help them manage mold situations, prevent it from occurring and stop the spread of this organism until our remediation specialists can arrive.

Storm
The NW coast of Florida is profoundly affected by natural disasters and is one of the most active areas for this destruction in the entire country. As such, we have a team prepared at all times to address the detrimental effects of storm damage in Fort Walton Beach homes. We understand how one breach in your home or businesses’ exterior can lead to a snowballing effect of destruction like flooding, so our fast response in these situations is critical to protect your property as much as possible.

In recent years, we have employed construction specialists to aid in rebuilds and temporary construction solutions necessary during and after storm damage affects Fort Walton Beach properties. After the incredible volume of reconstruction, renovation, and repair that had to occur after Hurricane Michael, we knew how valuable it would be to increase our ability to serve our customers with a comprehensive solution after debilitating storm effects.

We have a ready team prepared to address all concerns that exist throughout our region from storm damage. Information travels directly to a staffed emergency telephone line that Fort Walton Beach residents and other customers can call 24/7 to get our disaster relief team mobilized and dispatched to your damaged address.

We do more than offer restoration services when disaster strikes. We want to be the professionals that can help you through every phase of recovery, including helping our customers through this traumatic experience. You can count on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach professionals to make all loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.

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Our Technicians Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Contents In Your Destin Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 today to arrange service.

Restoring Destin Resident's Valuable Contents After Fire Damage Using Immersion Cleaning

A fire may start and finish in just one area of the home. However, as materials combust, they release carbon in the form of gas alongside a range of other chemicals that are present in the material burning. Despite containment of the actual fire, smoke can spread throughout your home, leaving behind thick oily residues on both structure and content. The addition of water used in firefighting procedure can often cause these deposits to become embedded on surfaces creating a challenge for restorers to remove.

Many homeowners with fire damage in Destin become more concerned with contents than structure- walls can be repainted, doors and windows refitted, structure replaced. However, contents are collected over many months or years and hold both sentimental and literal value. High-density items like drapery rods, chandeliers or precious metal ornaments are prime candidates for immersion cleaning by SERVPRO because they are non-porous and generally made from non-reactive materials.

Immersion cleaning units can be brought on-site by SERVPRO. Where damage has spread throughout the structure, it may be necessary to inventory and pack items out to a unique facility. If items are damaged by oily residues, an immersion cleaning unit may be ineffective in restoring with dissolving the residue in an oil-based solvent a viable alternative. A SERVPRO technician can conduct pre-testing on the different types of soiling before any items entering an immersion cleaning tank.

Items that can benefit from immersion cleaning are placed in a tank of water with chemical cleaning agents. When the machine is switched on, high-frequency soundwaves create vibrations and with them, bubbles. As the bubbles burst, temperature and pressure are produced against the item agitating and scrubbing off the pre-existing soiling. Ultrasonic cleaning methods are exceptionally effective at restoring contents to a preloss condition- as they were before the fire.

Specialized equipment is how we restore rather than replace valuable contents. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 today to arrange service.

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

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

We pride ourselves on our fast response time, and are available 24/7. We have the experience, equipment, and training to handle any fire damage job.

Your Hair Salon is on Fire!

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

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

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

-Dry/wet cleaning
-Air purification
-HEPA vacuums

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

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

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Everything You Need To Address Flood Damage In Fort Walton Beach

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can fill you in on taking care of your damage.

Let us hook you up.

After experiencing flood damage on your property, you want to know that the company you call for help does everything it can to make it “Like it never even happened.” In our community, we do precisely that and pride ourselves on providing quality restoration services you can trust. 

If you live in or near the Fort Walton Beach area and have flood damage, give us a call. We have all of the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to provide you with excellent results. Want to know how much we put into performing your restoration? Take a look at our content management process (CMP) and let us know what you think.

SERVPRO technicians begin phase one of the CMP by preparing the initial scope of your restoration and providing you with an estimate. We conduct a pre-move-out review to ensure that we bring everything needed to get the job done right. After arriving on your property, we sort and inventory the contents of your home, with you present. 

SERVPRO packs the contents of your home, keeping every item safe and secure. Our team transports all contents to the warehouse or storage facility and verify that everything stays together. Once your contents arrive, we provide updates to your insurance adjuster and keep you informed as we move into phase 2.

At the start of phase 2, all of your items get placed into a staging area. Your belongings are unpacked and processed for cleaning and deodorization. We assess each item carefully and identify unsalvageable items. Salvaged items are repacked and inventoried before being placed in the clean items staging area. We inform you and your insurance company of any changes, losses, or cleaning issues and allow you to perform a walkthrough.  

In phase 3, your SERVPRO team performs an inventory and catalogs your items one final time before returning everything to your home. If authorized to do so, we can reset the contents of your home and inform your insurance company when the service is complete. We also perform a quality control walkthrough to ensure your satisfaction.

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to arrange your home’s initial inspection today. We are available 24-hrs a day, 7-days a week, year-round to provide you with flood damage restoration services you can trust. (850) 863-2552.

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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Fort Walton Beach Home After A Fire Disaster

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

We have the experience, equipment, and training to restore your home to pre-damage condition. “Like it never even happened.”

Enjoy Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Your Home In Fort Walton Beach

Learning the basics of fire restoration can help any homeowner make crucial decisions concerning what to do or not do, should this type of event occur. It is easier than some of you might think to get your Fort Walton Beach home ready to face the worst possible situations. The actions you take both before and after can drastically impact the quality of the home restoration you receive.

You can start by locating a local, licensed company that specializes in fire damage restoration in the Fort Walton Beach area. An IICRC industry certified professional can give you a huge leg-up when it comes to restoring your home after a fire. Between preparing your home before an event occurs, and the support you receive immediately following a fire, the services we provide can be invaluable.

SERVPRO goes beyond basic cleaning; we utilize a variety of cleaning actions, making every effort to control the application of products that help produce the best results. Our technicians put the elements of cleaning to work quickly, often dislodging soils, oils, soot, and ash from various surfaces found in the home. It is our goal to restore as many items as quickly and efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO uses strict principles of cleaning to ensure quality results. Every item gets inspected fully, allowing us an opportunity to capture, dissolve, and remove any residues left behind. It is part of our job to prevent problems caused by the fire from turning into more significant issues down the road. With that said, we have access to all of the latest cleaning and restoration equipment, supplies, and techniques to help us get your restoration done right the first time.

SERVPRO has an entire staff of trained professionals standing by, ready to assist with any problems you might face. We are proud to serve homeowners in our local community and work hard to provide you with the home restoration services you deserve.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is a locally owned and operated franchise, available 24/7, year-round to provide you with the quality restoration services you can trust. We help our neighbors throughout the surrounding area get things back on track after events such as fire, mold, or even storm damage occurs in your home, call today. (850) 863-2552

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SERVPRO Is Your Best Option To Return Your Water Damaged Home In Destin To Pre-Damage Condition

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified technicians serve the local area, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Professional Water Removal Should Always Be The First Choice For Destin Homeowners

Water damage is one of the most insidious things that can happen to a property. Water follows the route of least resistance and winds up in subflooring, wicked into sheetrock and other places where it is not visible. Once there, it can be the catalyst for both mold and foul odors. Fortunately, avoiding all those problems is simple: get it professionally cleaned.

When SERVPRO performs water removal in Destin properties, one of the first actions we do is to scope the areas of water loss and track down all areas of migration. The equipment we use for this task includes hard and soft probes, hygrometers, and thermal imaging, which is excellent for finding moisture wicked into sheetrock.

Thorough extraction of water is crucial, and our technicians use different types of water extraction equipment depending on the seriousness of the water intrusion. Submersible pumps are invaluable tools for removing large amounts of water continuously, often used for removal of flood water.

When carpet and padding are affected by category one clean water, it is not automatically a loss because of our extraction methods and restoration techniques. SERVPRO has extraction equipment such as weighted extractors specifically designed to push the water out up and out of the padding. This assists the carpeting in drying and helps prevent both odors and mold from developing.

Professional water extraction can make the difference between restoring or replacing genuine hardwood flooring after a water loss incident happens on a case by case basis. Conventional wet/dry vacuums used in the home cannot sufficiently remove water at the same level of efficiency as our industrial equipment.

The reason we pay meticulous attention to the extraction phase is that the more water we remove, the faster the drying phase goes so you can get your everyday routine in your home back faster.

We know fast, efficient water removal is crucial to limiting loss. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 when you need assistance with water damage to your property. Our certified technicians serve the local area, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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You Can Count On Our Flood Damage Experts To Save Your Fort Walton Beach Property

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Call us any time at (850) 863-2552 and let us leave your shop “Like it never even happened.”

Is Insurance Enough For Flood Damage In Fort Walton Beach?

If you have a business in Fort Walton Beach, you are probably well acquainted with your insurance broker and have reviewed your flood policy often over the past few years. Hurricanes and heavy rains have left us extra cautious when it comes to flood damage, and we try to protect against it as much as possible. However, an excellent policy does not necessarily entail fast and timely restoration services. It is still up to the business owner to act quickly and avoid unnecessary loss.

SERVPRO is a leader in commercial flood damage in our Fort Walton Beach community. We specialize in water cleanup and restoration we strive to protect your business. As our team arrives at your store, we assess the extent of the damage and move your belongings, including pertinent inventory, to an area designated as safe, where we can protect it from the consequences of it being exposed to flood waters. At the same time, we remove materials such as carpets and upholstery and dispose of them according to environmental regulations. Floodwaters can be loaded with microorganisms that permeate porous surfaces, which is why we remove them from your store as soon as we can.

Our SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to the surfaces we clean, disinfect, and deodorize. Although striving to eliminate all moisture from the air as soon as possible seems like a good idea, it actually can cause more damage to some surfaces, such as wood. This is why we use our hygrometers and infrared technology to test moisture levels specific to each surface and adjust the water extraction and drying process as needed. Knowing each surface well also guides us when we clean and disinfect them, since some cleaners can cause additional damage if not used correctly.

Restoring your business after it floods involves many moving parts. You can trust SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to be a guiding hand through this difficult time. Call us any time at (850) 863-2552 and let us leave your shop “Like it never even happened.”

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Fort Walton Beach, Unwanted Groundwater Flooding, and SERVPRO Ready to Help--and Fast!

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

When Your Fort Walton Beach Home Needs Saving from a Flood--Call SERVPRO

Effective Extraction Options for Flooded Fort Walton Beach Homes

When flooding occurs in any Fort Walton Beach home, it is our utmost priority to respond to the situation quickly to help prevent the situation from getting worse than it already is. We understand how vital it is to offer effective mitigation solutions, as the more useful these approaches are, the more we can save our customers time and money. Mitigation for our technicians hinges on the advanced technology and equipment that we bring to every emergency, helping us to quickly get a handle on the situation and limit the exposure of damaging effects.

We understand that flood damages can often be stressful and traumatic for Fort Walton Beach homeowners. Higher volumes of floodwater in your house can quickly begin to saturate drywall, flooring, and other exposed materials. The initial and most crucial step in restoring order is extracting this standing water before it can continually spread throughout the property and affect new areas yet to get reached. Floodwater is a Category 3 type of water, contaminated requiring special methods, equipment, and gear for safe and fast extraction.

Extraction is a vital component to the mitigation work of our SERVPRO technicians, which begins from the time that our qualified professionals first arrive at your home. For severe situations, we have high-powered extraction equipment such as our truck-mounted pumps that are capable of removing water at 300 psi. This strength is not always necessary, however, so we have many levels of capable water removal tools.
 
Gas-powered trash pumps can remove several inches of standing water in a short period, yet most flooding situations still require more portable solutions like wet-vacs with extraction wands or submersible pumps. All of these units can play a role in preparing your property for the rapid drying solutions our SERVPRO team begins shortly after that.

Extraction is one of the essential steps to overcoming flood damage in your house. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team can offer efficient mitigation solutions amid a disaster to protect as much of your property as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (850) 863-2552.

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Contact Our Experts After A Fire Has Caused Significant Damage To Your Destin Property

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Expert contents restoration is just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 now.

Ultrasonic Contents Restoration For Fire Damage In Destin Properties

When we talk about contents damages, we are mainly talking about items of significant value that are difficult to replace. Cheaper fabrics, polyesters or paintwork may be non-salvageable if the cost of restoration is higher than the cost of replacement. In the event of a fire, soots or smoke residues can enter porous items causing permanent damages. Equally, water used during fire fighting procedures can cause soots to set making them more challenging to clean.

We operate an expert contents restoration service for homeowners suffering from fire damage in Destin. SERVPRO technicians are equipped with some of the finest technology in the industry that helps us to work to a restore rather than replace method. We have found this approach to be useful to homeowners who have spent years accumulating valuable or sentimental possessions that would be difficult or impossible to replace.

When materials burn they release carbon among other chemicals into the surrounding atmosphere in the form of smoke. Smoke can travel rapidly throughout a home and, as it cools, soots deposits appear on surfaces or possessions. In high-pressure fires, smoke is forced inside furnishings or upholstery which can create unpleasant odors. We tackle this issue onsite, primarily by using foam cleaning methods in conjunction with spray deodorants.

Denser items can also become soiled by smoke but, with the right equipment, respond well to restoration efforts. Precious metals, for example, can be sent to a SERVPRO external cleaning facility for immersion treatment. This type of cleaning is only suitable for items that can withstand complete submersion in a liquid, ruling out certain fabrics or electronics.

Your SERVPRO technician inventories items that can be treated using immersion cleaning before being sent to a cleaning facility. They are then fully-submerged in a water and solvent solution. High-frequency sound waves are emitted creating bubbles that burst at high temperatures which act as mini scrubbers. Ultrasonic cleaning methods like this have proven extremely effective in restoring golds, jewelry, ornaments and more.

Expert contents restoration is just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 now.

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Mary Ester Small Business Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Loss Rapid Recovery

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Need an RX for Water Removal in Mary Ester? The Prescription Calls for SERVPRO!

Essential Steps When Restoring Commercial Water  Damage in a Mary Ester Pharmacy

Running a pharmacy store can be a challenging exercise since you have to find customers, stock a wide range of medicines and keep up with changes In the industry. Your customers also expect high-quality products when they visit your store, so a water loss incident only adds to the list of challenges. For example, most types of medication require storage. In a dry environment, and if the incident increases humidity levels, it can shorten their shelf life. We offer professional restoration to pharmacies and other retail shops in Mary Ester after water loss incidents.
 
Removing any visible water on the floor is the top priority during an incident of commercial water damage In Mary Ester. Letting such water sit for long provides a chance for it to soak into floor materials especially if they are porous. Our SERVPRO crews use equipment such as wet vacuums or truck-mounted water extractors to remove water faster. We can also use ride-on high volume extractors, which simplify removal over large carpeted areas because the technician rides on the machine during the extraction.
 
In a pharmacy store where you have fixtures such as cabinets and shelves made from wood and its derivatives, the rate of water retention is higher. Such water can compromise the structural integrity of the fixtures by causing swelling, warping or even rot. Our SERVPRO teams check the moisture level In your fixtures using various detection tools. We have moisture sensors that help us establish whether there is wetness while moisture meters determine the actual level of moisture. We then use air movers to increase the evaporation rate and LGR dehumidifiers to extract humidity from the air, drying your fixtures faster. This rapid evaporation helps for storage areas with metal or vinyl covered shelving to prevent rusting or contamination of the drugs.
 
Water spills can drive the relative humidity In your pharmacy store above the optimal 50 percent. Such spikes can cause a wide range of problems to the products on your shelves including reducing their shelf life or making them toxic. Our SERVPRO crewmembers use thermo-hygrometers to establish the level of humidity In the affected areas. We also take readings In unaffected areas and outside the building to establish a response plan that can fix the problem "Like it never even happened."
 
When there is a water loss In your pharmacy In Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or Niceville areas, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. You can reach us at (850) 863-2552 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Equipment And Training To Handle Your Destin Home Restoration

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage at this Fort Walton Beach home was due to the roof leaking. We arrived right away and restored it back to normal.

Water Removal Needs to be Fast and Complete to Protect the Floors in Your Destin Property

When a water loss seems minor in your Destin home, you might just reach for a bucket and mop rather than the phone. This choice often comes back to haunt you as moisture can migrate in the blink of an eye and be very challenging to eradicate without professional equipment and expertise. Contacting us for an evaluation by one of our experienced project managers is a wise decision, covering all the twists and turns a water damage scenario can pose.

Proper equipment and well-trained operators are the keys to successful water removal in Destin. No matter how the water found a pathway into your property, we have a set of strategies to get it out fast, including dealing with residual moisture trapped in hidden or difficult to reach spaces or absorbed by porous building materials. Failing to remove all the water and reduce the moisture levels in structural components exposes your home to the risk of progressive build material deterioration and potential mold growth and damage.

Upon arrival at your home, the SERVPRO team assesses the damage, including determining whether water migrated from the original incursion to other areas of the property. If standing water is more than 2 inches deep gas powered pumps begin removing the liquid. Follow up with wanded extractors then reduces the visible water in the affected space to zero. We scan with thermal devices to locate any hidden water caches between walls or in other recesses.

Water that pools up on hardwood floors tends to wick into the wood and seep into the cracks between planks. The subfloor can be saturated when the top layer looks dry. The water absorbed by the underlying plywood or other substrate causes the decorative hardwood layer to absorb water from the bottom up, causing swelling and distortion of the material. SERVPRO goes beyond the mop and bucket, using floor mats attached to negative air pressure equipment to suction up the unseen yet extremely destructive water.

Depend on SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to have practical and proven solutions to your water removal worries. Call us at (850) 863-2552 to evaluate your water removal needs.

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Is it Safe for DIY Floodwater Clean Up in Mary Esther?

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rains are a common occurrence in Florida. Call SERVPRO to restore your home.

Why Professional Help is Crucial after Flood Damage in Mary Ester

Flooding incidents overwhelm homeowners with a wide range of damages ranging from soiling, damage to structural components, to contamination. Flooding also leaves copious amounts of water in the house requiring extra effort to extract. We offer professional restoration services after flooding incidents. Our technicians are IICRC certified in Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying among other skills.  

In most cases, the water and other wastes deposited in a house after flood damage in Mary Ester contain traces of raw sewage, pesticides, and industrial chemicals. Wading into such water can cause health issues. Our SERVPRO technicians use various PPE, Personal Protection Equipment, which helps them work without facing safety and health risks. We have heavy-duty gloves, splash goggles, rubber boots, and full body suits. Safety equipment also helps when mixing professional cleaning products.  

Removing water left by the floods can take a long time especially when done without proper equipment. Water also migrates to concealed locations such as wall cavities and crawl spaces complicating the removal process further. Our SERVPRO technicians use pumps and truck-mounted water extractors which can handle tons of gallons within a short while. We also rely on advanced skills to perform flood cuts and drill vent holes simplifying the removal process further.  

After a flooding incident, other problems such as mold development and bad odors can develop causing long-term problems. Mold is likely to develop if some moisture traces remain in items and materials proper drying is necessary. Odor can be caused by mold or poor cleaning that leaves some soils or debris. Our SERVPRO crews clean properties affected by floods to sanitary levels. We use power washers, surface scrubbers, and professional cleaning agents to achieve the desired results. We also take steps such as using foggers and Hydroxyl generators among other steps to deodorize affected areas.  

For proper handling of flood damage in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Niceville areas, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to assist. You can reach us at (850) 863-2552 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Will Arrive Right Away To Restore Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause roof leaking. We have the equipment and training to restore your home 24/7. Call us right away.

Fast Restoration for Your Water-Damaged Santa Rosa Beach Home

With the severe weather systems that can pose a persistent threat to Santa Rosa Beach properties, many homeowners tend to overlook the potential damages that could occur inside of their homes with greater severity and widespread effects. Water loss incidents can occur from many sources including appliance malfunctions, human error, HVAC concerns, or more substantial situations like burst plumbing. Regardless of what causes the water loss incident, you need fast and effective restoration for your home to protect it from costly repairs and recovery.

As with any water damage situation in your Santa Rosa Beach home, you have a finite amount of time to address spreading effects before they compromise structural elements entirely. Additionally, prolonged moisture from an inadequate cleanup of the damage can lead to secondary effects like mold and microbial growth, presenting further structural concerns and potential health effects for those exposed. Our SERVPRO professionals appreciate your need for effective drying of the damage and protection against these harmful fungal growths.

Our technicians have a 24/7 response to all water loss incident emergencies that threaten your property. We arrive with the full measure of extraction, drying, and indoor air quality improvement equipment. We can set up physical containment surrounding the damaged areas of your property to prevent the spread of both the water and any hazards that could result from the heightened moisture.

With effective equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers, we can reduce the moisture content throughout the exposed areas of your property quickly. For inaccessible or intricate drying needs, we have specialized equipment to manage timely moisture removal.

Protecting your home from microbial threats requires our SERVPRO professionals to utilize biocides and antimicrobial sprays on exposed materials and contents to make the uninhabitable to mold colonies. We also trap active spores in the environment using hydroxyl generators, machines that can also help to regulate odor concerns as well.

Fast response to water damage incidents can save our customers time and money. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team knows We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Let us show you by calling (850) 863-2552.

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Our Specialists Explain How We Remove Smoke Odors From Your Mary Ester Home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever need assistance after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately.

Fire Damage Experts In Mary Ester Talk About The Removal Of Minor Smoke Odors

Whenever something burns on your Mary Ester property, the smoke coming from the blaze can create serious issues. Even if the initial burn is small, the smoke and heat coming from it can still cause fire damage. Most problems created inside a home after a fire are minor and do not require removing a lot of your structural materials. However, even the smallest blazes put out partially combusted substances into the air in the form of smoke. These airborne partially combusted particles can cause different types of fire damage to occur.

When smoke fills the interior of a building, it can float all through the building's air system. During many fire damage situations in Mary Ester, problems caused by smoke and soot are a majority of the issues our SERVPRO technicians work to mitigate. The smoke coming from a fire first rises with the heat to your ceiling before it spreads to other rooms. When the smoke hits cooler surfaces like your ceiling and the upper part of your drywall, it often leaves soils and soot residues behind. Soot residues can be easy or hard to remove depending on the composition and other characteristics of the soils present in the house.

When mitigating minor smoke-related problems, our SERVPRO technicians start by removing all of the soot residues. Our experts have at our disposal various types of chemicals and methods to use on the different surfaces inside your home. For porous surfaces, we utilize dry cleaning methods so that moisture does not soak the soot deep into the materials. When cleaning non-porous surfaces, we often apply wet chemicals and wipe off the soils with a rag.

In some cases, burnt aromas can exist inside the home even after all soot residues and soils have been removed. When this occurs, we utilize other deodorization methods such as ultra-low volume fogging, thermal fogging, or ozone generation. The fogging methods pump deodorants into the air so that the chemicals act the same way the smoke did. Ozone generators chemically neutralize malodor particles. If you ever need assistance after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately.

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Call Us Right Away So We Can Get To Work On Restoring Your Destin Home

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

We have the right equipment to handle the drying process in your home after water damage. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Turns Around Water Damage to a Hardwood Floor in Destin

The saying, "Time is of the essence" was never more applicable than when you're dealing with water damage. Once even clean water spills inside the home, the clock starts ticking on contamination and secondary damage from spreading to other areas, mold and damage to building materials.

We were called to a home in Destin in the early hours due to a water damage from a dishwasher leak. The homeowner had the habit of loading up the dishwasher and going to bed. The family dog awakened its owner barking at the water which had pooled in the kitchen and was heading towards the living room. The homeowner used towels to stop the water and cleaned up what they could before calling us, but their hardwood flooring had begun to warp, and water remained.

Since we got the call so quickly after the event, our technicians used a penetrating moisture meter to monitor if water compromised the subflooring, it was only moderately damp thanks to the quick action by the homeowner. We decided to try to mitigate the damage done by the water to the flooring since hardwood is denser and tolerates water better than softwoods. We extracted the remaining water and set up air movers and dehumidifiers to quickly dry the hardwood flooring. To ensure focused drying of both the flooring and subfloor, the SERVPRO techs erected a polyethylene tent over the wet area.

SERVPRO knows mold may be an issue, and we wiped down the affected areas with our antifungal solution to inhibit mold growth. Once the area was dry, very mild cupping and warp remained in the wood and the homeowner was advised because of the density of the hardwood, to wait for one to two months to ensure the moisture levels in the wood were completely stabilized, ideally around 12% moisture content, before having the floors sanded and refinished.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our highly trained SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team possesses the knowledge and equipment to mitigate water damage to your home. Call us at (850) 863-2552 any time 24/7 and we can be on-site in four hours or less.

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When You Are Faced With Flood Damage In Destin Call Our Trusted Professionals

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Tropical storms are the norm in Destin and you need professionals that can come to your aid. Our team is available 24/7 so call today.

What to Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Destin Hair Salon

What to Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Destin Hair Salon

Like all businesses, hair salons rely on foot traffic; therefore, it is never a good thing when a disaster, such as flood damage, interrupts the flow of customers into your shop. The flood damage that hit your hair salon came during the night, riding on the winds of an intense storm. A window that was left cracked open in the office space got caught by the wind and was forced to open completely, allowing the rainwaters to flow freely inside.

Upon finding the flood damage inside of your Destin hair salon the next morning, it was imperative for you to call for help as soon as possible. Leaving the flood damage any longer than necessary can compromise your office space. Microbial growth only takes seventy-two hours to begin after the initial exposure to excessive moisture. Furthermore, the filing cabinet, desk, and any other furniture in your office can absorb water and become damaged, as well as the tile flooring. To avoid further damages from developing, it is essential for you to reach out for help as soon as you discover the damage.

SERVPRO always makes an effort to respond to your call for aid as fast as possible, and we can work around your schedule. Coming first thing in the morning, or any other time, is no problem for our technicians. SERVPRO makes sure to remain open at all hours of the day so we can help you whenever disaster strikes.

Our IICRC-certified techs can come to your business equipped with advanced technologies explicitly designed to address flood damaged. The first step for SERVPRO is to remove the stagnant water in the office space of your hair salon. Our technicians can use wet/dry vacuums, portable pumps, or extractors to remove the floodwaters. Afterward, we can focus on cleaning your office space thoroughly, disinfecting all surfaces that the waters came in contact with. Finally, SERVPRO can use drying equipment, such as dehumidifiers and flood mats, to take care of any lingering moisture in the flooring.

Flood damage never waits to strike, so you should not either. When damage hits your business, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach by calling (850) 863-2552. Day or night, we're always here for you.

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How Storm Water Damages the Structure of Destin Condos

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is ready 24/7 to restore your flood damaged condo.

SERVPRO Outlines Steps to Reversing Flood Damage to Condo Units in Destin

Storms are a fact of life in this area of Florida, and unfortunately, flood damage to condo communities is not an uncommon occurrence, especially during hurricane season from June to November every year. Any heavy rainstorm has the potential to cause water damage; the key is to begin remediation as quickly as possible to minimize secondary damage elements such as mold or warping of wood or building materials in the home. 

When SERVPRO Franchise professionals respond to a call to a condo unit, we arrive at your home in hours and begin the cleanup process. Flood water in Destin has the potential to carry contaminants and toxins in and the longer it remains in the home, the more likely both primary and secondary water damage happens. If the flood water has remained in the home for longer than 48 hours, the standing water is considered hazardous black water and requires a higher level of cleanup. 

Our technicians survey the damage and determine the best process for removing ruined materials that cannot be restored, including furnishings and carpeting. Personal items that were affected by water such as photos or documents should be set aside or tell our team so they can locate them quickly to avoid further water damage to the belongings. We can employ our special vacuum freeze-drying techniques on these items. This same process used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historical documents and books. 

After we pump the standing water out of the condo, the technicians dry the air using both air movers and dehumidifiers to draw the moisture out of the building structure and move it up and out. Once the affected area is dry, we clean surfaces thoroughly with antifungals so mold growth should not become an issue after that fact.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to reverse flood damage to condo units as soon as it happens. We are local and available to assist you 24/7, call (850) 863-2552 and one of our certified technicians can begin the process to restore your home to preloss condition.

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It's Important To Know The Signs Of Mold Damage In Your Destin Home

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Signs Of Mold Damage In Destin

Mold damage can be one of the most frustrating problems for a homeowner. With average temperatures in this area of Florida ranging year round from the low 50s to the mid-80s, it sets up a perfect environment for mold to flourish if there is adequate moisture.

SERVPRO can thoroughly inspect your Destin home for mold. Some of the signs of mold growth behind the scenes are discolored walls, musty smell, black spots, and some people have health issues associated with exposure to mold. Our technicians are both Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist and certified in Structural Drying Techniques to deal with and eradicate mold from your home.

Our first step is to cut off the moisture that is feeding the mold, whether it is residual from previous water damage, a leaking pipe or appliance. Once that is done, we can thoroughly dry the affected areas and begin the remediation process to negate the mold damage in your home. Remember, when the walls and areas are dried, it does not mean the mold is gone. Mold can simply go dormant when conditions are not right and spring back to life when they are and start spreading in your home again when moisture and temperature levels are favorable.

To inhibit the return of mold, SERVPRO uses antifungal and antibacterial cleaners to clean both your home structure and possessions affected by mold. During the remediation process, we can utilize HEPA filtration systems with negative air chambers to stop the spread of spores and contain the mold. Our technicians always attempt to restore rather than have you replace building materials and possessions affected by mold.

At the first indication of mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. Our certified technician will start the remediation process over the phone to determine the equipment and resources necessary to handle the mold in your home. We are available 24/7 to help you, call (850) 863-2552 to get started now.

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If Mold Is Growing In Your Destin Crawlspace, We Are The Team To Call!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Whenever you recognize a problem, contact our technicians to acquire the full measure of our resources to resolve the situation quickly.

Remediating Mold Growing In Destin Home’s Crawlspaces

Crawlspaces in Destin homes are notorious for being susceptible to moisture, groundwater, and other threats that could cause persistent dampness to the underside of your property. The trouble with excessive moisture throughout this area of your house is the threats that it can cause to the structural integrity of the flooring above, beams, supports, and framing materials. This saturation can also provide the appropriate conditions for mold and fungal growth.

Many homeowners are misinformed that mold damage in their Destin crawlspace or elsewhere in their home is not a serious situation and that ultimately it resolves itself after a time. In truth, the organism continues to spread quickly to affect more and more areas of your property and can travel through networks like your HVAC system to become widespread throughout your entire home. Without regularly inspecting your crawlspace for potential damages, many homeowners do not recognize a problem until it spreads to the main floor above the crawlspace and affects the occupants of the house and other readily seen materials directly.

From the time that you recognize mold growth, you should contact our SERVPRO professionals immediately. We have the tools to contain the spread of the mold and effective tactics for removing the organism and its colonies from your home to protect as much of the construction materials as possible.

We also have effective strategies that can protect your crawlspace from future damages once mold growth has gotten removed and the area gets thoroughly dried. From new diversion equipment that directs water flow to a sump pump to complete encapsulation solutions to protect all exposed elements of your property from moisture and mold, our SERVPRO technicians can help you to keep these conditions from reoccurring.

Many homeowners do not regularly inspect the crawlspace of their home for signs of water damage and mold growth but doing so can help you to prevent a widespread concern that invades the living space of the property. Whenever you recognize a problem, contact our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach remediation technicians to acquire the full measure of our resources to resolve the situation quickly. Give us a call today at (850) 863-2552.

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Your Guide to Destin Home Water Damage Remediation

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Excess water and drywall are not a good mix. Be sure to contact SERVPRO should your family home face water damage.

Water Damage to Drywall in Your Destin Home

Certain materials used in the construction of your Destin home are more susceptible to damages than others. Drywall, in particular, is among the commonly used structural components that can quickly saturate water damage and prove difficult to salvage. Our professionals have a fast response in water loss emergencies, and part of this fast response is getting the appropriate equipment set up to salvage saturated materials when possible.

Water damage in Destin can spread quickly throughout your home, so it is critical to react quickly to these situations to get experienced professionals headed out to your property with the tools and expertise to help. Drywall can begin absorbing water almost instantaneously, which allows the material to get oversaturated after only a brief period. Understanding what water damage can do to the drywall in your home can help you understand the importance of reaching out to our SERVPRO professionals right away.

As soon as saturation begins in the drywall of your home, the composition of this material begins to change. Over as little as 24 hours, this material can begin to swell and bloat, causing it to lose its form and erode. While immediate response to the situation can often protect much of the drywall affected in your home, our professionals must assess the full scope of the damage when we arrive to determine how far the water damage has spread throughout these materials and how badly they have gotten affected.

Wicking is a problem for drywall, and typically this phenomenon happens from the baseboard up the wall. This situation causes the exposed portion of drywall to allow moisture to move up towards the ceiling. The designation of how far this moisture spreads gets determined by thermal imagery, and our SERVPRO professionals can make flood cuts to remove affected drywall and later replace it once drying has completed.

It is not uncommon for water damages within your home to affect the drywall. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach rapid response team can work quickly to preserve these materials when possible, clean up the mess, and dry out other damaged elements. Give us a call anytime at (850) 863-2552.

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Having A Flood Damage Disaster Plan In Place Can Save Your Destin Commercial Property

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

It doesn’t take much to recognize the advantages of how having a disaster recovery plan can help your Destin grocery store avoid losses.

Flood Damage Disaster Plans That Your Destin Area Business Should Adopt

Many natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding incidents can drastically interrupt the food service industry. Whether you manage a fast-food outlet, a grocery store, or a restaurant having a plan can make a difference in how quickly your property can recover. Especially for those of you located near coastal waters in Destin, everyone can benefit from putting a disaster plan in place.

It doesn’t take much to recognize the advantages of how having a disaster recovery plan can help your Destin grocery store avoid flood damage losses. A well-developed plan can address aspects of your company that help keep your business going after a natural disaster occurs. You need something like this in effect to prevent permanent closures and to hasten any restoration efforts. There are qualified professionals right here in our local community, who are ready to assist with protecting your companies investment.

You need to discuss any available options and recognize the advantages of having a disaster plan in place. Your local SERVPRO can help you come up with a disaster plan and provide you with the support you need to implement the plan, should disaster strike. Our goals are to help reduce the impact natural disasters have on your business and speed up any restoration services that hinder normal operations. We can help you evaluate potential losses and help your company recover quickly. We have several years of experience with helping food industry businesses throughout the area and want you to know that we have the personnel, training, and resources available to be there whenever needed.

SERVPRO can help you identify problems early, address existing threats, note critical areas to focus efforts on, and help you develop a strategy to resume and maintain operations that support your local community. It helps to test any plan you develop, update the plan as needed to achieve the best results, and offer training to your employees so that everyone knows what their role is should you need to implement the plan fast.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is available 24/7, 365-days a year to provide you with the cleanup and restoration services you deserve. Our emergency response teams make us, Faster To Any Size Disaster and it shows in everything we do. Call us today at (850) 863-2552.

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After the Fire: Cleaning Versus Replacing Items From Your Fort Wall Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has cleaning methods to help salvage your personal property after a fire.

You Need Help Salvaging Items after Fire Damage in Fort Wall

Fires can be very destructive because many aspects, not just the flames, cause the damage on items. A combination of smoke residues, extreme temperatures, and combustion odors leaves many property owners in Fort Wall grappling with severe loss. Intercepting fires before they consume the entire structure is a good thing, but the process of salvaging undamaged items has its challenges too. Involving certified fire restoration technicians from the beginning is vital because they use their training to figure out the best approaches to help save more items.  

Among the steps that help improve salvage rate of items after fire damage in Fort Wall, is proper separation. When you look at the soot and other residues covering items, it is easy to assume that flames damaged them. Our SERVPRO crew makes it easier to separate items by grouping them into questionable, salvageable and unsalvageable items. Our electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, further helps the process because we can create a room-by-room inventory. If the fire has only affected a few areas, it is easy to tell salvageable items such as those damaged by smoke by merely looking at a list.  

Cleaning items affected by the fire is usually better than replacing them. However, some cleaning actions can cause more damage. For example, wet cleaning can cause acoustic tiles to lose their sound-deadening capability. At SERVPRO, we have developed a specialized cleaning process called Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaning, which removes all soot and leaves the acoustic characteristics intact. Our highly trained crews are also conversant with other specialized cleaning techniques that preserve other materials limiting what you have to replace after a blaze.  

Even after cleaning items and spaces affected by the fire, odors might persist. Such stubborn odors require specific deodorization efforts to eliminate them. Our SERVPRO technicians undergo training on how to establish odor sources and the best deodorization techniques. For example, we know that when there is high pressure during a fire, smoke residue is pushed to penetrate deep into insulation materials. In such cases, we remove the affected material. In other situations, we use specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators to neutralize smells.  

You can improve the odds of salvaging items when you involve SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. Call us at (850) 863-2552. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Some Ways to Avoid Extensive Complications When Dealing With a Destin Home Plumbing Break Scenario

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

When a plumbing break has caused water damage requiring extensive restoration in your home, contact SERVPRO for efficient services.

Plumbing Breaks Can Flood Your Destin Residence

As vital as indoor plumbing is to your Destin home, many homeowners still know very little about the conditions that could affect and strain this network of piping throughout their property. When this strain or degradation leads to a break or leak from one of the supplied pipes, ongoing and damaging flow of water results. Until this supply to the line can get shut off, the pipe continues to lose water into the affected area or wall cavity.

As traumatic as this might initially seem, it is vital for you to respond quickly to get Destin water removal services promptly to your address. Our SERVPRO professionals have the advanced gear to make extraction work efficient, but our ability to preserve vital structural components and the contents of your home depends on your response time to the incident. Shortly after your call, our response team can have our Green Fleet vehicles loaded up and rolling out to your home.

Once we arrive, we can utilize our leak detection equipment to isolate the location of the damaged pipe. While severe damage to your plumbing system requires a licensed contractor, we can shut off the supply to this portion of a line or the house until the necessary repairs can get made. We work quickly to bring in the appropriate extraction equipment, and also have a truck-mounted pump for substantial volumes capable of pulling out 300 psi.

Having extracted the water from the affected areas, our SERVPRO technicians can then utilize our advanced thermal imagery cameras to determine moisture pockets behind walls and through affected surfaces to determine the height of flood cuts to get made. These controlled cuts to the drywall material give our technicians access to wall cavities for efficient drying techniques and ensure that dry and undamaged material gets installed to replace it.

While you cannot anticipate the strain and aging joints of your indoor plumbing system, you always have a team of highly trained professionals that can help you clean up the mess. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach water restoration technicians a call today at (850) 863-2552.


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Avoid Fire in Your Destin Home by Taking Certain Preventative Precautions

10/27/2018 (Permalink)

Portable heaters are helpful in the winter time but they have the potential to start a fire. Stay vigilant and call SERVPRO if you have fire damage.

Destin's Fire Damage Professionals Talk About Common Causes of Structural Burns

Nobody ever plans on starting a dangerous fire inside their Destin home, but sometimes accidents do happen. One moment you can be cooking dinner, the next minute putting out a fire, then next noticing the fire damage caused by the blaze. Some fires just happen due to electrical shorts, clogged chimneys, or broken furnaces and they are not necessarily easy to prevent. However, other structural fires ignite due to dangerous situations people create inside their own homes. By knowing the common causes, it is easier to prevent causing fire damage to your property.
 
First off, it is always important to have an emergency exit plan seen by all of the members of the household so that everyone knows the best way to get out of the house safely. Next, getting the flames extinguished quickly can save your Destin home from fire damage. Once the fire is out and no longer smoldering or burning, it is now safe to call in restoration experts such as SERVPRO. Problems associated with heat and smoke can be treated more efficiently if the process starts right away.
 
The most common cause of house fires is cooking equipment. It is important to never leave the kitchen while cooking to make sure nothing gets too hot. Heaters also cause many structural burns including portable space heaters and furnaces. Make sure not to put space heaters near flammable materials such as clothes or paper.
 
Indoor smoking also causes many blazes to start inside residences. Cigarettes can appear to be out but ignite things as soon as they come into contact with flammable materials. Electrical equipment is another common source for indoor burns. Anything that uses electricity can short out and cause a spark.
 
However, disasters are never planned, and some fires ignite due to no fault of the homeowner. If this occurs at your home, our SERVPRO technicians are available to help you mitigate your problems all hours of the day. If you are ever the victim of a structural fire, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately after the blaze gets extinguished.

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Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment That Can Save Your Destin Home From Water Damage

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

It takes some advanced gadgets to complete the water removal process.

The Infrared Camera Technology For Water Removal In The Destin Location

If you have just suffered water damage from a leaky roof, broken laundry, or bad plumbing, then you must be searching for information regarding water removal. Water removal is a tricky process because there are times that you may think that everything is dry, but when in fact, excess water can be lurking in places that you might not even think to look.

It takes some advanced gadgets to complete the water removal process in the Destin location. For example, the infrared camera can help detect excess water in the walls, doors, floor, or anywhere that we did not notice. With the infrared camera, it can save us from long-term and expensive repairs and replacements from hidden water damage. If water is left untreated, it can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, and other microorganisms. It could also lead to an unpleasant odor that can linger around your residential area. Unfortunately, the infrared camera is quite expensive and requires a lot of skills and expertise to use it properly.

Fortunately, the SERVPRO technicians have all the experience and tools to remove water from your establishment. They can utilize the infrared camera with temperature sensing range to detect hidden water. They can scan the room with the camera to focus on a specific area like walls, ceilings, windows, toilets, and other closed areas. If they find a circular image that is a different color from the area surrounding it, then that is an indication of potential water invasion. The evaporation process can show the different temperature to allow the SERVPRO technician to identify hidden water. As soon as they notice the evidence of a leak, they can use a moisture meter to confirm the extra water in a particular location. This technology can help identify water damage in its earliest stage before it becomes a bigger problem. The tech can repair this damage by placing an insulated cover over the wet area. With all the right tools and expertise, you know that you are in good hands with these experts.

If you're interested in the state of the art technology for the water removal process, then give SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach a call at (850) 863-2552 for a consultation with our reliable technicians.

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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)

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 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)

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)

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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Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration In Destin Homes

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.

Our Fast Water Removal Can Save Your Mary Ester Home

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water from a broken dishwasher can ruin your home.

Water Removal Can Save Your Home

Water from a broken dishwasher can ruin your home. It is true that appliances are built to make life easier and to give us more free time. Unfortunately, they do malfunction on occasion like yours did today. There is water all over your beautiful kitchen floor. Luckily, there are trained and skilled professionals nearby that can safely and effectively extract the excess water from your home.

Our SERVPRO water removal team in Mary Ester may use mops, extractors and wet vacuums during the migration process. You can depend on our crew to arrive at your residence within hours after you first contact us. They are highly efficient and work fast to reduce the amount of damage to your property. Standing water can ruin flooring and can cause further damage, which is why it is essential to reach us right away. Our IICRC certified technicians work quickly to solve the problem. They can handle a wide variety of water emergencies and have the proper equipment and expertise to do the job right.

After the migration period, the crew starts the drying phase. Drying the structure may involve the use of air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers. The team may also use large drying mats to remove moisture from the floor and to dry the area beneath the flooring. Mold can cause health effects, which is why drying subflooring can be vital to the drying process. The team may strategically place air movers and fans in the area to expedite the drying time. If needed, the crew may use dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of moisture in the area and to increase evaporation.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contacting us can help prevent mold growth and can save your property. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach crew is fast and reliable and can restore your home when possible. Call us at (850) 863-2552 any time during the day or night. You can trust our skilled techs to respond quickly 24/7.

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Remediating Commercial Fire Damage In Destin

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke & Fire Removal and Cleanup in Destin Retail Shops Is Crucial--Call SERVPRO

Smoke Odors Can Be Detrimental to Retail Shops After a Fire

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

Some types of commercial fire damage are common to Destin businesses. Certain specialty businesses like wine shops have very specific needs when it comes to their customer sales and what is important for restoration. SERVPRO restoration crews work with every business owner to meet those needs. For example, while every business demands a clean, safe environment, a wine bar or wine shop with a tasting room needs complete odor elimination. Any lingering malodors can ruin the experience for individuals and special events.
 
The immediate action our technicians take is to remove debris and property too damaged for restoration. That eliminates the source for most malodors, and usually the strongest ones. As team members remove the damaged items, others set up fans within the facility to increase air circulation. They also use axial fans to draw air inside the building and force it outside. Air scrubbers with small 0.3 micron HEPA filtering systems can capture airborne particulates contributing to the odors.
 
Next, a SERVPRO inspector examines property not physically damaged by the fire such as ceiling tiles, paneling, and carpets. While not scorched, each type of item can absorb a massive amount of odor residues. The inspection determines what methods are needed to clean the structural property and which cleaning agents and tools to use.
 
For most property, spraying or wiping down the surfaces with a deodorizing agent cleans off the residues and removes the malodors. For mild odors that resist removal, our team can cover walls and ceilings with a paint that contains a very effective sealing agent.
 
If an inspection cannot identify the source of them, technicians use a cloud of deodorizing particles. This method uses the cloud or fog of deodorizing agents and one or more fans to recreate how the smoke moved throughout the facility. The agent attaches itself to the same surfaces the smoke contaminated and neutralizes the malodors.
 
If you have lingering odors after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We are here to help you reopen your doors to customers as soon as possible.

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SERVPRO Supplies Destin Customers with a Stress-Free Post Storm Water Extraction and Cleanup

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Winds and Rain Causing Problems to Your Destin Property? Call SERVPRO for Help

Storm-Induced Damage in Destin? Call SERVPRO for Fast Cleanup and Restoration

While residents of Destin might not be a stranger to weather systems significant enough to cause substantial flooding through the area, many homes find themselves ill-prepared for this possibility when it happens. Storms passing through can create the kind of damage to allow water into your home through the siding and the roof.

Most Destin homeowners regarding storm damage do not even realize that their houses are susceptible to these disastrous conditions until the water begins flowing into the lower levels of their home unabated. While this situation is challenging enough for just block and concrete construction, when a large limb falls through the roof in a severe tropical storm, the damages and problems are exacerbated.

Our team of SERVPRO technicians is always available to handle emergency calls and works quickly to limit the damage that your home experiences from this natural disaster. From the moment that we arrive at your house, we locate the source of the flooding through the roof, and if possible, we can cover the exposed area with a tarp. Keeping out addition stormwater reduces further water damage and cuts down the service time to dry out your structure. A general contractor can repair the roof when the time is appropriate.

Our technicians can focus on removing any sagging ceilings caused by water intrusion through the attic for safety as well as drying reasons, and discard any soaked insulation as we set up dehumidification equipment.

Flood cuts are often a necessary approach to reach wall cavities and to remove overly saturated portions of drywall used in the finishing process for your lower level. By eliminating several inches to several feet of the material from the floors, our SERVPRO professionals can better extract and dry the areas affected by the pooled water. A thorough drying ensures that no lingering moisture gets left to cause secondary water damages unseen in the walls or underneath the flooring. Persistent moisture combined with the average warmth of a residence is a breeding ground for mold growth.

Flooding in your home is often something that you do not have the time to plan for and prevent. With all of the contents and construction materials in your living space, contacting professional restoration services can help you to keep the damage as minimal as possible. You can trust in our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and quickly return your home to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.

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Why Conventional Cleaning Does Not Remove Your Niceville Mold Problem

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

The discovery of mold growing in your Niceville home is never an easy thing to see.

Conventional Cleaning Does Not Remove Your Mold Problem

The discovery of mold growing in your Niceville home is never an easy thing to see. From the moment that you recognize what is happening, you might not even know what the next step to take is. Many owners mistakenly believe that they can handle a fungal growth like this on their own. There are several reasons to attest as to why this is not the case.

While you certainly want to handle mold damage in your Niceville residence as quickly as possible, handling this situation on your own is rarely an option. Most conventional cleaning methods only ever affect the top layer of the surface you are scrubbing, leaving any more deeply seated organism free to continue growing once the cleaning has stopped.

Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians undergo extensive training on mold and microbial growth. We can identify the type of mold that is growing in your home and the best ways to remove it and restore the damage it has caused. Our technicians get certified in their ability to contend with the harmful and sometimes hazardous conditions mold presents in a standard set in place by the IICRC.

With the potential health effects that can get attributed now to exposure to mold colonies in your home or business, you want to make sure that the removal of this intruder happens quickly and thoroughly. As stated above, conventional cleaning methods are often ineffective against a thriving mold colony, and a more concentrated effort is necessary.

Our SERVPRO technicians have the equipment and expertise to learn the farthest and deepest reaches of the colony and to work to remove the entire organism with our efforts. From sanding to soda blasting, penetrative approaches ensure that the entire hyphae feel the effects of our remediation efforts.

You might not be ready for finding mold in your house, but you can know whom to call when it happens. Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach mold remediation specialists can help you to remove the thriving colony and work to prevent future recurrences. Call SERVPRO anytime at (850) 863-2552.

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The Common Effects After a Fire in Your Destin Home

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke is almost always a part of fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away should your property suffer from a fire.

Team SERVPRO Tackles the Fire Damage Remediation Process From an Inspection to Restoration

The effects of a fire in your Destin home can be an overwhelming sight to see. When it comes to picking up the pieces and restoring the damage, most often it is a process best left to professionals with the right equipment and expertise to get the job finished correctly and have that job completed as efficiently as possible.

Fire damages in your Destin home appear in a variety of ways. From soot and smoke damage to the need for reconstruction, the right professionals can make all the difference. Our SERVPRO technicians get trained to handle all manner of fire damage, including the most efficient approaches to cleaning up the mess and the best methods for restoring a home to preloss conditions.

The process begins with a full inspection of all of the damages that your home faces. This assessment is in part to provide your insurance adjuster with the appropriate information to expedite a claim and also to give you and our SERVPRO professionals a better idea of the work that is necessary to restore the home.

For highly structurally damaged properties, there is little that we can do until the rebuilding and remodeling have occurred in the areas that need it. Once this reconstruction gets completed, our professionals can work to start removing the lingering harmful effects of the fire such as the soot and smoke damages.

Smoke damage is one of the most difficult to remove from your home because it often takes the form of a noxious odor that spreads throughout the affected areas of your residence. This effect often requires the use of thermal foggers and other such equipment to break apart the harsh smell on a molecular level. The process leaves no discernable scent behind and can be used to treat carpets, furniture, draperies, and more.

Overcoming a fire in your home does not have to leave you on an island. You can always count on the expertise and rapid response of SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. Our dedicated team of fire restoration specialists can help you to bring your home back to its original condition quickly. Give us a call today at (850) 863-2552.
 
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SERVPRO Helps Make Sure Doors Get Back Open After Water Removal from Destin Bars

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Getting your bar open quickly after a water damage event is our goal. Contact our team for an assessment and remediation services.

Drying Out Your Commercial Property is Our Top Priority After a Water Damage Event

Whether it is the weather, a mechanical mishap, or a rowdy patron that creates the problem, fast water removal from bars in Destin is essential to ensure that they reopen doors and avoid going out of business permanently. Nationwide, roughly half of all service businesses that encounter significant water damage never reopen, but with the help of a fast and cost-effective mitigation company like SERVPRO, you can get the place open sooner and open up the flow of customers anew.

Speed of Operations.
Establishments like bars take priority in commercial water removal cases in Destin handled by SERVPRO, as we know that waiting too long for appropriate treatment can put a small business out of commission for good. As local residents, we take pride in the area's strong service sector and enjoy frequenting many nearby places: our technicians may be some of your customers. We respond quickly and set up industrial-strength water removal and restoration technology to dry out the area and prevent additional damage from occurring. We follow this stage up with a series of fast and efficient damage restoration processes that get your business back to the way it was before the accident.

Quality of Service
Customers do not take kindly to poor restoration jobs. With a less-experienced company handling water removal and restoration work, customers may in time find many small issues that dissuade them from return trips and from providing favorable reviews both online and in-person. SERVPRO makes sure to nail down every detail possible and provide a reliable, thorough job done for every client business. Part of the reason why many insurance providers recommend our services is because the quality of our work helps to avoid future calamities and expenses of a similar variety. If you would like to see examples of work we have done for local companies like yours, check out some of the before and after photographs posted on the website.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach provides water removal and damage restoration services to help your business get back in action sooner rather than later. Call us 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.
 
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When Mold Grows in Your Destin Home, Trust Professional Remediators to Safely Remove it

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread quickly and is very unsightly. Contact SERVPRO right away after you see or smell mold in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Science Behind the Prevention of Mold

Severe weather systems rolling in from the coast and a constant humidity are two ever-present battles that Destin homeowners are asked to endure for their little slice of paradise. Of course, the trouble with these specific issues is the damage that they can cause to a house when they have a chance. Severe weather has a nasty habit of causing flooding for residents in the area, and if improperly cleaned up and not thoroughly dried, your home could be at risk for fungal growth.
 
Unfortunately, the high levels of humidity (if not maintained adequately within your home) could also result in mold damages in Destin. When moisture is present in the environment, naturally occurring mold spores only require warmer temperatures and an organic surface to seat and form colonies. With this ease that mold can grow in your home, it is not a surprise that so many in the area struggle with the presence of varieties of mold growing in their residence.
 
When our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we get to work quickly on sectioning off the area of your house where the mold actively grows and thrives. This isolation gets best accomplished with the use of negative air chambers or air scrubbers with HEPA filters. This level of protection can help to limit the spread of active mold spores through the efforts to remove the colonies are underway.
 
Sanding and spraying the surfaces with a chemical intended to penetrate through the porous materials (like the wood framing of your home) often is the most effective means of removing the mold colonies. This process is not always successful, as the mold can be too deep in the material for remediation efforts for our SERVPRO technicians to reach them entirely. In these unfortunate circumstances, construction materials and structural components need to get removed and replaced with new materials for the remediation process to complete.
 
While this is only a small piece of the overall mold remediation process, it can show the level of dedication and expertise that you can expect from SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. Our mold remediation specialists are available 24/7 to help you through any circumstance you might face just by calling (850) 863-2552.

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Crucial Water Removal Services Help Restore Your Destin Home After a Fire

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water removal services are needed after fire damage

How water can affect your home after a fire

Restoring your home after a fire happens in your Destin residence involves a variety of crucial steps and procedures. Without the implementation of these steps, your home can suffer additional and unexpected damage months after the completion of restoration efforts.

One step that might seem counter-intuitive in restoring a Destin area home after a fire includes water removal services. However, removing the thousands of gallons the fire department used to extinguish the fire that attempted to destroy your home must happen or your home's future includes water damage as well as the destruction caused by the fire's heat, smoke, and flames. Removing it prevents both water and mold from creating more problems. It also helps keep restoration work from becoming an expensive but futile exercise.

At SERVPRO, we use a diverse array of equipment that can remove standing water, moisture hidden in absorbent materials, and humidity from the air. Because of the heat involved in a house fire, much of the water sprayed into your home by firefighters often does not remain a liquid but evaporates into steam. A significant portion of this steam remains in the air, with a considerable amount condensing on surfaces. When those surfaces can absorb the moisture, they do so quite readily, and then retain it, leading to mold problems, rusting of nearby metal pieces, and water stains and damage.

We understand that you want your home restored to preloss condition after a catastrophe such as a house fire, as quickly as possible. Even though the firefighters' water often remains invisible instead of making itself known as the charred materials, smokey smells, and soot-covered belongings do, we aggressively remove it from your home.

Without water removal services, homes that sustained fire damage and then allowed to 'dry out naturally' often harbor mold colonies only a few weeks afterward. Water damage also accrues steadily over time, and left-behind water can quickly damage freshly painted areas with both stains and bubbling, warp wood components, and disintegrate fresh glue in flooring. Restoring your home's natural levels of humidity prevents these problems.

Hand-held units efficiently extract water from floors while the overall humidity in your home quickly decreases once we begin running our desiccant machines. Air movers also help when walls and ceilings, undamaged by the fire, hold water that may have entered via vents in the walls or through charred areas that created holes. Dehumidifiers help in areas experiencing lower amounts of humidity in the air, such as attached garages and sunrooms or other areas of the home that did not sustain damage during the fire.

After a fire affects your home, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We ensure that every step of the restoration process, including water removal, brings your home closer to its preloss state.

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Faulty Appliances Can Offer Water Damage to Your Destin House

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Often when an appliance causes your home to flood, extraction is a necessary step to the water damage restoration process.

SERVPRO is Here to Help When Failing Appliances Cause Water Damage to Your Home

Your Destin home might have most of the luxuries that many feel that a home needs for comfortable living. The trouble with these implements designed to make your life easier is that you cannot always account for when things start to go wrong with them. Appliances are essential for this comfortable living, but they do not get designed or built to last forever.

While you might not consider that appliances are all that likely to cause water damage to your Destin residence, you could get surprised to learn just how typical it is for these machines to ultimately malfunction and allow significant volumes of water to pour out onto your floor. Washing machines and dishwashers get connected to a direct line of water, and when these machines fail to function correctly, they can continue to fill indefinitely until you manually shut down the supply line valve.

Water damage itself can cause various effects to your home, so taking care of the problem correctly and quickly is essential for less out of pocket expenses and lengthy repairs. Our SERVPRO professionals get specially trained to handle all manner of water emergencies and have the tools and expertise to handle whatever damages you face to help prevent compounding conditions or the need for large-scale reconstruction.

From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we assess the damage that you face and begin putting together a unique approach to resolving the present issues and restoring the area. In many cases involving failing appliances, some water extraction is necessary, and this gets accomplished through the use of wet vacs. Drying the area involves air movers and dehumidification equipment, but it might also involve our large drying mats to penetrate underneath flooring material to ensure the area gets thoroughly dried.

You should never sit around and wait for water damage to resolve itself, as waiting around opens the door for other types of disasters like mold growth. Instead, choose the trusted SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team to help you clean up the mess and restore the damage that you are facing quickly and efficiently. Give us a call 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.

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Restoring Dreams after Commercial Fire Damage in Destin

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sends a team of IICRC certified technicians to remediate your commercial fire damage and leave your space "Like it never even happened."

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, but we have the trained technicians, equipment, and restoration industry familiarity to restore 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 a number of 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 manage each kind of residue and debris produced by your fire scenario appropriately. 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 the fire damage due to your HVAC system. Businesses in our location take climate control seriously for the comfort of customers, 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 firefighters exit, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to begin the process of restoring your business to normal. Call (850) 863-2552 round the clock for fast and efficient fire damage remediation from an experienced and talented team.

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When Severe Storms Cause Flooding In Your Destin Residence

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Swiftly Extracts Flooded Water from Destin Properties

Call SERVPRO Fast to Keep Storm Damages to a Minimum

A raging storm might seem potentially problematic enough as it is, considering elements like hail and high winds that can significantly impact the structural integrity of the exterior of your Destin home. The truth is, it is often the least expected culprits that tend to do the most substantial damage. A good example is falling tree limbs (or uprooted trees in general) that gash holes into the siding and through interior walls, or collapse portions of a roof, presenting large holes which allow rainwater from the severe storm to quickly access the interior of your house.
 
From the moment that a disaster like this strikes your Destin home, it is now susceptible to flood damage. If the severe storm that impacted the tree to fall into your house continues for some time, it can allow untold amounts of rainwater to access the affected area of your home through the newly formed wound. While you might not have the experience to handle a situation like this and to restore the current damages to preloss conditions, our experienced SERVPRO technicians do.
 
When we get dispatched to your home (either amid the storm or after) our immediate priority is the same: we have to seal up the exterior damage to your home that became the source of the floodwater. Often this is simple enough to do in a fundamental sense, as we can board up or tarp over holes to keep elemental damages from getting worse while the restoration process is underway. However, this is a stop-gap measure if it is not too extensively damaged. A construction company should be called in for permanent fixing of breaches to the structure.
 
Once this process has gotten completed, our SERVPRO restoration specialists can implement our extraction equipment to pull the high volumes of water from the floors and surfaces of this area of your home. Wet-vacs with extraction wands typically get used in these situations as they are small enough to reach into smaller crevices and have the power to pull up the liquid quickly.
 
It is nice to think of SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach as neighborhood professionals that can help you to restore your home in the event of storm damage and flooding. Our team has the training and experience to repair and restore the damage to your home quickly and professionally. Give us a call today at (850) 863-2552.

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Mold Damage Specialists in Destin

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you find mold in your home, call SERVPRO to identify the source of the infestation and then effectively remediate.

Remediating a Mold Infestation Requires Understanding How Mold Spreads

Sometimes a slow water leak occurs inside your Destin townhome, and it goes unnoticed for a long time. Anytime moistures sit indoors it is possible that mold growth occurs. Having a fungus exist inside your home can ruin contents or building materials and cause foul odors to exist inside your townhouse.
 
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 townhome, it is smart 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 building.
 
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.
 
Many times 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 typically 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 a mold forms inside a dwelling, it can cause health effects. Molds produce two types of chemical compounds that affect humans. Microbial volatile organic compounds or mVOCs are what gives fungi an unpleasant odor. Myotoxins are the 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 smallest chance of fungi infesting your building, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for assistance any time of day, every day of the week.
 
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Commercial Water Removal can Save Your Destin Bakery

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Bakeries and other places where food is made need to be dry and clean at all times. Should your business have a water damage incident, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business

Destin locals love baked goods, especially when they come fresh out of the bakery that made them. A broken water line to your facility's ice maker can lead to standing water in your kitchen, though, causing not only an immediate slip and fall hazard for your employees and customers but also an unexpected risk of damage caused by water and microbial activity.
 
Bakeries and other food-producing businesses can rely on SERVPRO's commercial water removal experts in Destin to help remove any remaining after the initial cleanup efforts and prevent a multitude of expensive problems from developing. When we arrive, our initial assessment helps determine which methods we should use.
 
For vast amounts of water, such as experienced when a water line breaks and goes undetected for several hours, we use pumps mounted on large trucks. These units come equipped with submersible pumps that can remove any amount of water quite rapidly. After we remove standing water or for smaller emergencies, we use portable pumps, operated by hand, to extract water from small nooks and crannies. Removing the water can still leave your bakery damp. Heat and increased air circulation increase the rate of evaporation.
 
However, to capture the moisture in the air before it can lead to high humidity, which we know can affect the quality of your baked goodies, we set up dehumidifiers. For sizable jobs, a desiccant machine might work more efficiently and serve your needs better. Wherever foodstuffs come into contact with the water, we clean and remove the damaged inventory. We can help with insurance claims by providing third-party inventory lists to you. These can also aid you in replacing the correct amounts, so your bakery's downtime remains even more manageable.
 
The professional team members at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach earn their various certifications from the IICRC, ensuring our communities' businesses of quality work when emergencies calling for water removal arise. If your bakery in Mary Ester, Okaloosa Island, or nearby location needs our services for this or other emergencies, call us at (850) 863-2552.

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Improper Gutter Maintenance Of Your Destin Residence Can Result In Flood Damage

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

When your gutters get jammed full of debris, leaves, and grime, its ability to move water away from your house gets dramatically compromised.

Improper Gutter Maintenance Can Cause Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Removal for Your Destin Home after Washing Machine Malfunction

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

If your washing machine malfunctions on the second floor it can cause significant damage requiring professional remediation specialists.

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Quickly Remove Water and Restore Your Home after Water Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach realizes your home in Cinco Bayo, Mary Ester, or Longwood is the likely the most significant investment you own, so we treat it as such. When you contact us at (850) 863-2552 for any water damage emergency, we take care of your home as if it was our own.

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Quality Water Removal Services in Destin Make for a Healthy Business and Happy Holiday Customers

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can quickly restore your restaurant in the case of commercial water damage, allowing you to welcome incoming tourists and snow birds.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Commercial Water Removal Services

A vacation destination community like Destin is the dream of people living in chilly, snowy climes. Planning and saving for some ocean time should result in fun and frolic, not a disappointment. Businesses relying on seasonal residents and the tourist trade cannot afford to renege on promises made due to water incursion problems. We have a proven track record of remediating water issues, so business and memory making continues.

Retail shops, entertainment venues, lodgings, and restaurants in Destin suffer when water removal becomes necessary. Regardless of the reason for the crisis -- broken pipes, appliance malfunction, operator error -- pools and puddles of water in your commercial spaces brings your business to a halt. Modern water removal techniques and equipment like those we employ can transform wet and dangerous to dry and back on course for your anxious customers fast.

Water removal and structural drying are two of our core services at SERVPRO. When we send work crews to your location, you can be confident that our employees are thoroughly trained through Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses in all aspects of your water removal requirements. The IICRC sets industry standards internationally for the best practices in the water damage restoration industry.

We arrive with vehicles fully equipped and ready for fast water removal. Water more than two inches deep is attacked with submersible pumps, and then powerful water extractors move in to pull water out of cracks, crevices, and hidden areas behind walls. SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters to help set drying baselines and scanners to locate pockets of water that we work to release by removing sections of walls or drilling holes.

Once the water is removed, drying commences. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers bring moisture levels down quickly, and the SERVPRO team monitors this process constantly to determine when the drying targets are achieved. Different materials have various optimum moisture levels, and this is noted and taken into consideration so we do not overshoot a mark nor leave unwanted moisture that could cause secondary damage.

Water removal must be accomplished quickly to get your business up and running again. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is on task 24 hours a day. Call us at (850) 863-2552 to set up an assessment and plan to get the water out of your commercial building.

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Do Not Let a Flood in Your Destin Home Ruin Your Priceless Items

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

The stored items in your basement can be severely damaged by a flood, call SERVPRO to restore your basement and its contents.

SERVPRO Restores Your Damaged Furniture, Materials and Valuable Contents

Severe weather affects almost every area of the country and those in Destin are all too familiar with some of these instances. While every year is not going to bring about destruction and devastation quite like what Irma brought to the doorstep, it is evident that the threat of flooding is more on the minds of the residents here than perhaps it ever was before. When disasters like this occur, you have to know whom you can trust to set things right and restore the damages quickly so you can go back to living comfortably in your own home again.

Flood damages to your Destin home can be catastrophic, primarily if you use your lower level or basement for storage purposes. Sometimes valuable heirlooms or irreplaceable items from your past are stowed away for safekeeping only to get placed in harm’s way when flooding occurs. While you might be aware of our SERVPRO rapid response emergency teams available for water extraction and damage restoration, you might not be aware of the extent of this restoration process.

While a lot of the focus for our SERVPRO restoration specialists is repairing the source of the problem and removing the water damage from your home, another branch of our restoration process involves working with damaged furniture, materials and other contents to restore them as well. Some of this work can get done on site with delicate cleaning processes and disinfection.

For more damaged items, our team can take them from the affected area to a workshop where we have a full range of tools and equipment at our disposal. This restoration ultimately is a very involved process, utilizing every resource we have available to bring the item (deemed important to you) back to the condition it was before it became damaged by the flood waters.

Flood damages do not have to be a death sentence to the contents of your basement that you hold dear. Call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach as soon as a disaster strikes. Our rapid response emergency team can be reached 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.

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Speed, Training, and the Right Equipment Critical to Restoring Water Damage in Fort Walton Beach

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

If water damage is not remediated quickly, mold colonies can begin to form.

SERVPRO Focuses on Restoration over Replacement

Unlike some other cleanup tasks, responding to water incursion damage in Fort Walton Beach cannot wait. The harm done to structural materials, fixtures, and contents begins immediately after water intrudes and is progressive, worsening with the passage of time. Partnering with a reputable water damage restoration company is the key to returning your home to preloss condition.

Professional water damage restoration for your Fort Walton Beach home aids the property owner in several meaningful ways. Extraction of large amounts of water needs heavy duty equipment and technicians experiences with its use. Issues of water contamination when the source is flooding or sewage backup requires expert assessment and proper disposal if indicated. Our crews have Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, ensuring water damage management over many kinds of situations meets industry standards.

Water left to soak the wooden framing and flooring of most homes deteriorates these essential supporting building components. Swelling and warping occur if water is not removed fast. Drywall and ceiling tiles crumble when saturated, necessitating swift drying. Mold damage is a risk if the moisture is not removed within 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians use their coursework and experience to measure moisture levels, find hidden pockets of water, and remediate both quickly. Drying targets are calculated, and our crews position air movers and dehumidifiers to pull water vapor out of structures and fixtures. Monitoring of moisture reduction is continued throughout the process.

A layperson may believe that soaked materials must be torn out and replaced. SERVPRO focuses on restoration, using strategies learned in IICRC classes to dry out a broad range of items efficiently for use again. Hiring our crews can save money over the long run by placing structures and contents back in service for you. Expensive carpeting and irreplaceable hardwood floors respond well when skilled workers employ the proper techniques. Walls and ceilings dry and look “Like it never even happened.” when the response is speedy and the tools used are well-matched to the problem.

Even water damaged documents and pictures are restorable through resources available to SERVPRO. Advanced methods such as lyophilization, or freeze drying, remove water vapor without further damage to the paper. Your most treasured heirlooms and important papers have new life after our treatments.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 to discuss your water damage restoration options. We are eager to assist our neighbors at this challenging time and pledge to be honest and trustworthy throughout the process.

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Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree how lovely are thy branches. Christmas trees bring lights, joy and happiness into our homes during the holiday season, however they also bring risk of fires that could damage your home!

According to the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) Christmas trees alone result in $13 million in property damage each year.  We at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach want to give you some tips on keeping your holiday safe and to be fire free.  

  1. CHOOSE FRESH OVER A CHEAP DRY TREE.The fresher the tree, the less likely it will pose a fire hard.  Look for flexible needles that don't break, and a trunk that has sap.
  2. KEEP THE WATER COMING. The tree stand should contain a continuous source of water and be sturdy enough to resist toppling over by children or pets.
  3. DON'T  OVERLOAD THE CORD.  Attach only 3 maximum strings of lights to anyone extension cord, then place cords along wall to prevent a tripping hazard.  Never run them under rugs or carpet.
  4. TREES DON'T NEED WARMTH.  Keep trees away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles and even TV's.
  5. NOT ANY LIGHTS WILL DO.  Use low energy, safe lighting that's been certified by a safety testing lab.  Don't use damaged or frayed cords.
  6. UNPLUG LIGHTS.  Never leave the lights on over night or while you are not at home.
  7. DON'T KEEP A DRY TREE AROUND.  Dispose of it at this point properly.
  8. ARTIFICIAL TREE SAFETY AWARENESS.  Artificial trees should be flame resistant and have a seal of approval from a safety testing lab if the tree contains a built in lighting.
  9. DEATH BY ARTIFICIAL TREE. If the tree is metal, never use electric lights, as they can charge the tree and lead to electrocution.
  10. KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER NEARBY.  Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher and everyone knows where it is located and how to use it.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  BE SAFE!  Remember we are here for you 24/7/365. 

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!  This is the time of the year FOOD is one of the main focus’s -  The delicious turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, carnberries and the list goes on!  And what does that mean?? Lots of things going on in the kitchen and lots of people all helping out.  You may not realize that everyone’s favorite eating holiday Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires!  That is according to the US Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)

 SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has some fire safety tips for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

KEEP THE CHAOS OUR OF THE KITCHEN

Holiday meal preparation can be hectic, especially once guests begin to arrive.  For everyone’s safety, insist that all non-food-related activity happens outside of the kitchen.  Fewer people in the kitchen means fewer chances for a kitchen fire during holiday cooking.

NEVER LEAVE THE STOVE UNATTENDED

Stand by your pan! If you have to leave, turn the burner off. Make sure that all the handles are facing towards the middle of the stove, where no one can bump into them. 

DRESS FOR SAFETY

When you’re in the kitchen, how you dress can be critical.  Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves, and tie back long hair.  Loose clothing and long hair can catch fire when you least expect it, causing severe burns and spreading the fire to the rest of the kitchen.

BE READY TO PUT OUT A COOKING FIRE

The most effective way to put out a cooking fire is to smother it.  Keep a tight-fitting lid and potholder within reach anytime you use the stove so you can smother any flames that ignite inside a frying pan or saucepan.  Keep a working fire extinguisher handy for fires that start outside a cooking pot or pan.  Remember to aim the extinguisher at the base of the flame, not at the flames themselves.

IF YOU CANNOT GET A COOKIING FIRE UNDER CONTROL QUICKLY, EVACUATE THE HOUSE AND CALL 911.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552 wants to wish you and your family a very Happy and SAFE holiday season!!

"I Think I Have Mold"

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

“I THINK I HAVE MOLD.” IS A COMMON PHONE CALL THAT WE GET HERE IN THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA. 

FLORIDA WOULDN’T BE FLORIDA WITH OUT HIGH HUMIDITY AND THAT IS WHY WE SEEM TO HAVE MORE PROBLEMS WITH MOLD THAN THE OTHER HOMEOWNER IN OTHER STATES.

UNDERSTANDING MOLD

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.  Mold spores are microscopic, floating along in the air and may enter your home through a window, door or AC/heating systems.  They can even catch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.  Mold spores thrive on moisture and can start growing within 72 hours.   Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water or high humidity. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to mold problem areas.  These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.   Try to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.   

 HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST FREQUENT WAYS THAT MOLD ACTUALLY BECOMES A PROBLEM IN A HOUSE OR YOUR PLACE OF BUSINESS:

  • Roof damage from aged roofing materials or a strong storm
  • Leaking pipes or sewer back-ups
  • Household equipment overflowing such as a dishwasher, washing machine or water heater
  • AC units blowing too much humidity
  • Condensation on cold surfaces
  • Heavy rain or flooding from severe storms or cresting of rivers and/or a storm surge
  • Damp crawl spaces or basements

If you have any reason to think you have a mold problem or have water damage of any kind please  give us a call at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552.  Our highly trained technicians are here for you 24/7/365. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Some Myths about Mold

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

A FEW MYTHS ABOUT MOLD THAT EVERYONE THINKS ARE TRUE!

When it comes to mold there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there.  The mention of the word “MOLD” people will start to panic.  In reality, mold can be a serious problem, but with a little common sense and the right information, you can learn what is truth and what is myth when dealing with mold.

HERE ARE A FEW MYTHS ABOUT MOLD

  • ALL MOLD IS BAD – NOPE!! Do you like blue cheese? Or have you ever given taken penicillin?  Mold is used in making cheese and medicine.
  • BLEACH KILLS MOLD – This is half truth. Bleach may kill certain kinds of mold on non-porous surfaces however, it is not clear that bleach can kill all kinds of mold nor kill mold on porous surfaces such as mold.  Research is continuing to be done on the effectiveness of bleach as a mold cleanup agent. 
  • KILLING MOLD IS ENOUGH, I DON’T NEED TO REMOVE IT – Killing mold is not enough. Putting aside the conflicting reports on what kills mold, simply killing mold does not remove the health effects as the allergens are still present even in dead mold.  To properly protect against health effects, removal of the affected areas is often necessary.  Care must be taken when removing the affected areas so that the allergens and mold is not spread throughout the home or place of business.  That is why you call the professionals SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552 to properly fix the problem.
  • MOLD IS NATURAL, YOU SHOULD NOT WORRY ABOUT IT – While mold may be natural, constant exposure to mold can have a negative effect on someone’s health. If mold is growing in your home or place of business it needs to be addressed because it will not only deteriorate your home/building but cause health issues with you family or coworkers
  • IF YOU ONLY SEE A LITTLE BIT OF MOLD IT IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT – If mold is to the point that you visibly see it growing on surfaces in your home or work place then you have a problem! Mold is like an iceberg, you generally see only the tip of it while the majority is below the surface.  If you see a little bit of mold you mostly likely have more growing that your cannot see!!
  • CLEANING UP MOLD ISNT HARD! YOU SHOULD  DIY! – This is another half truth.  While you may be able to clean up certain kinds of mold in small quantities most people are not equipped to do proper mold remediation.  Simply wiping down the evidence is not good enough.   If it is more than 10 square feet then you first need to have a hygienist come in and do testing and a protocol the call your professional SERVPRO of FORT WALTON BEACH 850-863-2552 to come in and do the proper containment of the area and follow the protocol to make sure that your home or office is properly cleaned.

 https://www.cdc.gov/mold/cleanup.htm

  https://www.epa.gov/mold

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

The Ribbon Signifies a Vital Endeavor

SERVPRO Proudly Supports National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 

Suicide is a tragedy that can affect any individual, whether as a person struggling with suicidal ideation and thoughts or as one of a circle of family, friends, and community members who want to help. Many resources are available year-round for both victims and their circles, but September is the month we refocus on the supports in our community. Suicide prevention is only effective if the information is made available and shared throughout the Fort Walton Beach area, and we are reminded each September to do our part to make this happen.

We at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach have the honor to be part of the network victims and their support circles turn to after suicide affects their lives. Compassionate and professional restoration services are our contribution, and we deliver them quickly, discretely, and with respect for all those impacted by the traumatic event. Our entire company commits to deliver what is needed at your home or business to help the healing begin.

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Fire Damage in Fort Walton Beach, FL

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach cleaned-up

When a fire happens, the first thing homeowners want to do is return their home to normal. The last thing they want to do is deal with the paperwork. That's understandable when one of the worst things that can happen to your home actually does, it's a nightmare came true. 

As a Fort Walton Beach homeowner, fire damage isn't just a job to you, and we at SERVPRO feel the same way. This is perhaps the most stressful thing to happen to you as a homeowner, and we will be with you from the first examination to when we put the keys back in your hand. We have six key steps to make sure it happens. 

1) We make sure YOU are satisfied - Our inspectors and technicians will explain the restoration process to you and answer every question. 

2) Minimize and further loss - Our teams are highly skilled and trained to prevent secondary property loss from smoke or soot damage and as we move your property out of the damaged areas and then back in once the work is completed. 

3) Identify what can be restored - We will test every item that may have been exposed to determine if it can be cleaned, does not require cleaning or could be questionable and depends on your decision. We will also be honest with you about what is no longer useful and needs to be replaced. 

4) Save you and your insurance adjuster time - We will help you work with your adjuster to process everything as quickly as possible. Our initial testing and inspections provide the adjuster with the information they need to get your fire insurance case started. 

5) Report the scope of loss - Our work reports to the both of you keep the paperwork moving as we restore your home and property. They also help the adjuster review our services and prioritize the work schedule to reduce costs. Once we're done, we will provide a final report that will help the adjuster process all final paperwork. 

6) Produce quality restoration - In the end, even if the insurance adjuster is happy with our work, we've failed if you aren't happy. This last step is what customer service is all about for us.

We don't just come in, drag out your possessions, throw on a coat of paint and then hand you a bill. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is here to help our neighbors through every step of the fire restoration process. If you need us, call us today at (850)863-2552 to get started.

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year!  There is so much to look forward to, so you don’t want any accident to ruin your plans, home, or business. 

There are a couple things SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach wants you to check before you get into that holiday spirit:

  1. Check your home or business furnace before starting. Change the air filter, clear the vents of any debris, and make sure your thermostat is working properly. 
  2. Remember to turn off those lovely scented candles before you leave your house or office. Candles are one of the top fire starters when left unattended.
  3. Before placing your beautiful Christmas tree in the perfect spot, check the surrounding area. Make sure there is nothing that could catch the tree on fire, and that includes ornaments.
  4. Along with the Christmas tree placement, check the lights before you put them up outside or inside. Look for frayed wires or any hazards that could create an electrical fire.  Do not overload your outlets, too.
  5. Take it easy on the cookie baking. Make sure your oven is working properly and if you smell gas and hear a hissing noise, leave your house and call the emergency utility line immediately.  Do not reenter your house until it is checked for a gas leak.
  6. If you have a fireplace, have it inspected to see if it needs cleaning. Soot is flammable and can build up, so ensure your fireplace is good to go before you start using it!

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is available 24 hours a day, even on holidays, if an emergency occurs.  Make sure to call 850-863-2552 if there is any emergency we can help with!

 

*Remember, we are available for carpet, tile, drape, and upholstery cleanings too! We want to ease the craziness and take care of all that for you! Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach!

 

October - Fire Prevention Month

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire in Destin, FL

   October in Florida – the perfect time of the year to get together with family and friends and prepare for the upcoming holidays ahead!  There is so much to look forward to like bonfires, dinners, parties, and etc.  SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach wants to remind you that October is also Fire Prevention Month!  Your safety is so important to us that we want to share how to prevent fires from happening in your home or business.

   Since 2013, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has partnered up with the American Red Cross and established the Disaster Responder Program to reduce fire injuries and deaths.  We want to provide you with some tips to prevent fires:

  • Install smoke detectors and test them every month to ensure they are working properly.
  • Have a conversation with your family or coworkers about a fire escape plan and establish a meeting spot outside.
  • Keep all items that could catch fire away from the stove and oven.
  • Make sure all candles are blown out before you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher – you can contact your local fire department for training.
  • Ensure you have flashlights that are easily accessible if the power goes out.
  • Check your heating sources to make sure they are clean and working properly.
  • Do not overload extension cords.

   These are just some of the many ways to assist in preventing fires.  You can find more information online at www.redcross.org/homefires.  If a fire does occur, make sure to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach, we offer FREE board ups and can provide you with everything you need to make your home or office look “like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach customer experience

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

Customers experience with SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach after suffering a water loss in her Destin home

Having a water loss in you in your home is never an easy process to deal with, here at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach we work hard to make that process as seamless as possible. We stand by our motto and work to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

We often hear positive feedback about our services and crew members. Our owners recently received a typed letter from a more-than-satisfied customer. We are proud to have employees who go above and beyond their responsibilities to make sure customers are taken care of. Keep up the good work, John. You make us proud. 

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552

SERVPRO is here to help tips if your Fort Walton Beach home is affected by Fire & Smoke

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in a Fort Walton Beach Home.

Do:

·         Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particle from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

·         Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

·         Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

·         If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

·         Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.

·         Change HVAC filters, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.

·         Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

Don’t:

·         Attempt to wash any walls or painted surface

·         Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstery furniture

·         Attempt to clean any electrical appliances ( TVsets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water

·         Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water( They may be contaminated)

·         Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

·         Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, so SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach tailors a unique solution. Whether in Okaloosa, Walton, Washington or Holmes County we restore your property. Call us 24/7 for prompt service. (850) 863-2552

SERVPRO Can Quickly Start the Fire Damage Restoration for Your Okaloosa County Property

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in kitchen at an Okaloosa County home

When Okaloosa fire damage strike your home, it is essential to hire a professional team to help restore any damages. Get an Estimate Right Away. Call your homeowner's insurance agent, ask for a suggestion for a fire damage restoration company, so that this group can meet with your insurance adjuster. SERVPRO has a working relationship with over 315 insurance and property management companies. This company will work with you to complete your paperwork and assist with your claim process. If an insurance company covers only a certain percent of the total cost, it is imperative to get an accurate assessment of the fire damage, and a scope of service for restoration and repair.

Repairs are needed Quickly 
Remember that repairs are required quickly to avoid permanent or further water damage caused by extinguishing the fire. Rapid cleaning and correctly wiping down soot will also salvage more fire damaged items and lessen your final expenses.

Free Estimates from a Professional Company 
Most quality restoration companies will provide detailed free estimates. The company will provide you with a list of needed repairs and a timeline for completing the repairs. The estimates must include all fire damage, but also the large tasks of safely removing charred furniture, walls, or other items, as well as clearing smoke odor and water damage from the home. Smoke and soot, in a large blaze, can cause significant destruction. After the water has been removed using industrial grade pumps, the drying process can start using air movers to increase the evaporation rate of the interior and dehumidifiers to reduce the relative humidity (RH) of the ambient air, porous materials, and fabrics.

Restoring your Home 
After you have a detailed plan, hopefully provided by SERVPRO, with your insurance company's agreement, our highly skilled IICRC certified technicians can commence with the repair and fire damage restoring of your home in Okaloosa County. Prompt fire damage restoration action helps a professional full-service restoration team like SERVPRO restore the structure to its previous condition as efficiently as possible. Restoring your home starts with good estimates from a good fire damage restoration team. The plan of action will carry through to its conclusion "Like it never even happened."

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, so SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach tailors a unique solution. Whether in Okaloosa, Walton, Washington or Holmes County we restore your property. Call us 24/7 for prompt service. (850) 863-2552

When Storms or Floods hit Fort Walton Beach, SERVPRO is ready!

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of Fort Walton Beach assisting in storm work

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville or any of Okaloosa County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 850-863-2552

Mold Vs. Mildew

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold in home Fort Walton Beach

Mold vs. Mildew

While there are many differences between the two fungi, mold and mildew both develop and thrive in moist conditions. A leaking roof, a window that doesn’t seal properly, and a basement with water damage caused by a broken pipe can all lead to the growth of mildew and mold. In order to reduce the risk of health effects and damage to building materials, mildew and mold in the home or a business need immediate mold remediation. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between mold and mildew, and the danger both may present to your home or business.

Mildew vs Mold

Plain and simple, mildew and mold are fungi. Fungi can live in many different types of habitats such as in soil, on vegetation, and on surfaces exposed to moist conditions like a wall or ceiling after flood damage. Fungi reproduce by spores and quickly can spread.

What is mildew? Mildew is mold in its early stage and often the term is used interchangeably with the word mold. That whitish-gray, powdery substance sometimes seen on the leaves of a plant is mildew. Mildew is a surface fungi that grows on organic material like plants and food as well as wood or fibrous items like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard/paperboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabric
  • How is it different from Mold? Mold ranges in color from green to gray, brownish and black. It may appear fuzzy, flat or even slimy. Green slimy mold may develop in the damp, shady areas of decks and even vinyl siding, while indoors, mold can develop on grout, tile and other surfaces found in and around bathrooms and other areas with high humidity and inadequate ventilation.

    Pro Tip: Slimy mold on decks, fences and siding often can be removed using a pressure washer. Always wear proper safety protection when dealing with mold and working with tools.

    Dangers of Mildew and Mold

    In a battle between mildew vs mold, which presents more problems and danger? It depends on several factors.

    The powdery mildew often found on the leaves of a houseplant, typically poses little danger to you, but it can harm the plant. However, anyone that suffers from mold allergies should avoid touching that mildew. If contact occurs, wash hands thoroughly and never touch your face/eyes/nose after coming in contact with mildew.

    The Need for Mold Remediation

    Mold and mildew, if ignored, can cause long-term health issues and physical damage to a home or business. Mold found anywhere in a building, such as behind drywall, on insulation, around windows and along basement walls has developed because there is a moisture problem. To avoid further damage, it’s essential to locate and correct the source of the moisture and then remove all traces of mold.

    Any home or business that’s suffered any type of water damage (from firefighting efforts, roof leak, burst pipe or flood) needs professional assessment quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach immediately after any water disaster; mold can begin developing within 24 to 48 hours. Trust our professional technicians for a comprehensive mold remediation plan. Call (850)863-2552.

    Does your Destin Home have a Mold Problem

    4/21/2016 (Permalink)

    In Destin, FL Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

    Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

    ·         Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

    ·         Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

    ·         Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

    ·         Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

    ·         Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

    ·         Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552

    7 Upgrades for April

    4/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Plant a Tree!

    The beginning of Spring is always a good time for deep cleans and reorganization.  It makes us feel refreshed for the new season.  Here is a list of 7 easy upgrades you can do in your home this month.

    1.       Inspect porches

    You’ll want to check your porches for rotting, so that you can replace any old boards that might be damaged.

    2.       Organize attic

    This is a great way to de-clutter your home.  Throw away those items that have been stored up there for so long or maybe even sell them in a yard sale!

    3.       Head off spring allergies

    You can prevent allergens from spreading deep into your home by placing a door mat at each entrance of your home.  An even better way to be sure you aren’t bringing in allergens and pollens from the ground is to remove your shoes before entering your home.  This will also keep your carpets cleaner!

    4.       Check for termites

    And if you have a problem, call an exterminator!

    5.       Re-caulk around the tubs

    Ensure that no water is seeping behind the bathroom tiles by replacing your old caulk with new.  This can prevent extensive water damages.

    6.       Refresh old potting soil

    If your plants last year were healthy, then you can reuse the soil.

    7.       Plant a tree

    Happy Arbor Day!  April 29 is the date this year that is dedicated to planting and caring for trees.  A crap myrtle would be perfect for our area!

    SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App

    1/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Servpro Fort Walton Beach Emergency Ready Plan Mobile App. Help is at your fingertips.

    SERVPRO has come out with the latest in technology when it comes to responding to a disaster. There is an app for fast disaster responses  . When fire and water cleanup is needed getting help as quickly as possible can get your business back up and running in less time!  The SERVPRO Ready Plan App makes it quicker and easier for help to arrive.  The app is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers, and facility management.  Your Emergency Ready Profile contains all the critical information needed in a disaster.  Having the info handy, cuts down on response time-saving you money and damages!!

    Call us today to schedule an appointment for us to build your Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business! 850-863-2552

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552

    Thanksgiving Prep

    11/24/2015 (Permalink)

    Thanksgiving can be the one of the greatest days of the year- joining with family to reflect on the year and all that it has brought, to be thankful for your blessings, and of course indulging in the feast of foods.  But for some it can end abruptly...   Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. To prevent such a tragedy, please keep an eye on your cooking and also keep your cooking area neat.  With excess clutter lying around it can be a true fire hazard.  It is always nice to have little hands around to help with cooking, but those little hands can easily be injured, so keep children away from knives and all heating elements. 

    We hope your Thanksgiving dinner goes well!  SERVPRO of Walton County is a 24/7/365 company so if a disaster does happen know that you can call us to remediate the issue.  We specialize in eliminating smoke odors and cleaning soot from your home (or business).  

    Until Help arrives- Emergency tips for your home

    11/18/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    The Fort Walton Beach area for the next 6 hours is expecting rain and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Emergency tips if you experience water intrusion in your home from rain contaminated water until help arrives.

    DO: Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items

    DON'T: Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas. Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

    Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552 to handle your water mitigations needs.

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured.  

    Flooding due to heavy rain fall in Fort Walton Beach and Destin area.

    10/6/2015 (Permalink)

    Fort Walton Beach Business Flooded.

    Flooding occurred throughout Fort Walton Beach and Destin Area last Tueday, affecting several Fort Walton Beach and Destin homes and businesses. It was reported around 11 inches of rain fell last Tuesday causing damage to areas throughout Fort Walton Beach and Destin, FL. If your house or business experienced any moisture intrusion, there are some things you should keep in mind while trying to mitigate the damage and keeping your families and employees safe:

    1) Flood water is treated as Category 3 water by restoration specialists and insurance companies. This means that it is referred to as grossly contaminated. It could contain harmful bacteria and has the potential to cause health issues to patrons if not mitigated properly. 

    2) Highly porous materials such as carpeting and drywall should be removed in most of these situations. Often times these materials cannot be treated with traditional drying techniques. Once those materials are removed, all remaining areas such as concrete and wood framing should be treated with antimicrobials and then dried out properly. 

    3) Not everyone has flood insurance. Flood insurance is often contained in a separate policy. Not all insurance companies offer flood insurance and you should check your policy to see what is covered. 

    4) Water damage causes more issues the longer you wait. Materials continue to soak up moisture and microbial growth occurs within a couple days. Without quick action, the indoor environment of your home could be at jeopardy.  

    If you experience any water damage issues in Fort Walton Beach Destin area please contact your professional, local cleanup team for assistance and stay safe!

    National Preparedness Month

    9/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Fort Walton and Destin Businesses Call Professionals at Servpro of Fort Walton Beach to put together your Emergency Ready Plan.

    September is National Preparedness Month. Make sure you have a plan in place on how to stay safe with your family, pets and business during a disaster event. As many as 50% of business do not reopen after a natural disaster. Having a plan in place to quickly respond after a disaster strik can help mitigate damages. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach today to have a professional help you with putting together Emergency Ready Plan!

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552.

    HVAC/Air Duct Cleaning

    8/10/2015 (Permalink)

    Before and after photo of an air duct cleaning

    HVAC/Air Duct Cleaning

    With the summer months being so hot, many people are spending as much as 80% of their time indoors.  Did you know if your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit hasn’t received attention in some time it could be circulating things such as dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris throughout your home or office… One of the best things you can do for your indoor air quality is having your air ducts cleaned.  SERVPRO of Ft. Walton Beach uses a high efficiency HEPA filtered system that will clean air ducts ensuring you higher quality air with a reduced amount of indoor air pollutants.  Having your HVAC unit routinely inspected by SERVPRO professionals can extend the life of your equipment, so not only is the air you breathe safer but it can also save you money!! 

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified. 

    Back to School Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

    8/6/2015 (Permalink)

    Call today to schedule your carpet cleaning after the kids go back to school. Okaloosa County Schools Start back Aug.17,2015.

    Okaloosa County Schools start date is just around the corner. When school starts back and the kids are gone, there is no better time to have your carpets professional cleaned. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to restore your home to its pre-summer state of order. 

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552

    Commercial Water Loss

    5/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Loss at a local church in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach recently assistated a local church with a water loss. A sprinkler went off on the second floor causing a large loss. SERVPRO can handle any size job residental or commerical. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach was called in on a Monday and had the church ready for Sunday service the following Sunday. 

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552

    Limiting Fire Damage

    3/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Destin, FL - Fire Cleanup Restoration

    Although kitchen fires generally begin on the stove, the damages can affect the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. The following steps can help prevent further damage:

    • Limit movement to prevent further damage.
    • Place clean towels or old lines on carpet traffic areas to prevent additional soiling. 
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and frigerator and prop doors open. 
    • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appilances with a light coating of petroleum jelly. 

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of our customers' homes and personal belongings following a fire incident. Before trying to attempt cleaning up the fire damage yourselves contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552 

    Air Duct HVAC Cleaning Fort Walton Beach

    11/24/2014 (Permalink)

    HVAC Air Duct Cleaning in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Clean sweep for HVAC Air Ducts

    When addressing air quality inspecting the ductwork is  SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach first order of business. Dirty HVAC air ducts can work to circulate odors, contaminates like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach use a proven Portable Ventilation and Air Duct Cleaning System to examine duct and grime. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to help improve your home air quality. 

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552. 

    New Location for SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach

    11/19/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach moving day

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has a new home! More room more equipemt to better service our community with any fire or water cleanup restoration needs. Come by and check out the new office located at 646-1 Lovejoy Road Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. 

    Call and schedule your appointment today! (850)863-2552

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification,  carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving Okaloosa, Walton, Washing ton and Homes counties for 23 years. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified

    Holiday Carpet Cleaning Fort Walton Beach, FL

    11/19/2014 (Permalink)

    Carpet Cleaning to prepare for the holidays at a home in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    As the holidays are quickly approaching with lots of gathering of friends and family SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is ready to help get your home guest-ready. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach provides a professional carpet cleaning services. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has 23 years of carpet cleaning experience.

    Call and schedule your appointment today! (850)863-2552

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification,  carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving Okaloosa, Walton, Washing ton and Homes counties for 23 years. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified.

    The Reality of Hoarding

    11/11/2014 (Permalink)

    "Up to 5% of the world populations display signs of clinical hoarding, " according to psychologydegree.net. If you have a hoarding issue, a restoration professional can help, especially when you are dealing with bio hazard odor. This type of cleanup should be handle by a professional. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is here to help.  

    Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at 850-863-2552 if you need a hoarding cleanup service. 

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552. 

    Black mold growth in your home

    1/13/2014 (Permalink)

    Mold growth in condo in Destin, FL after air conditioning was turned off for several weeks.

    10 Most common areas for mold growth in your home.

    Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family (like mushrooms, yeast, and even some  cheeses like blue cheese).

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Because mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.

    10 Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:Basements or cellars that have been flooded

    • Underneath kitchen sinks
    • Underneath or behind refrigerators
    • Bathroom shower or under sink
    • Behind walls that also house plumbing
    • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
    • Around air-conditioning units
    • Wallboard or around windows that leak
    • Under carpeting that may have become wet
    • Attics & Crawl Spaces

    Now offering Dryer Duct/Vent Cleaning in Fort Walton Beach

    11/22/2013 (Permalink)

    Dryer Vent Cleaning Destin, FL

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is now offering Dryer Duct/ Vent Cleaning! Here are a few of the benefits: Reduce your risk of a dryer fire.  Lower your power bill. Your dryer will last longer with fewer repairs. Your clothes will dry faster with less lint left on them. Clogged vents cause dryers to overheat. This process pays for itself.

    Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach to reserve your appointment today. 

    SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach (850)863-2552. 

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