Recent Storm Damage Posts
How Storm Water Damages the Structure of Destin Condos
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 This same process used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historical documents and books.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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SERVPRO Says to Evacuate from the Path of Hurricane Michael, Secure Your Fort Walton Beach Property and Leave
Evacuate Now from Fort Walton Beach Before Hurricane Michael Comes Ashore--SERVPRO Says
What to Expect During Hurricane Michael in the Fort Walton/Destin Area
It is a common fact that hurricanes like Michael bring power outages. The intense winds can do damage to power lines and leave homes in the Fort Walton Beach area without electricity for lengthy periods of time, even more than a week. However, many people do not consider all of the damages and the problems they can create during a storm. Understanding the dangers and how to counter them with solutions is vital for weathering the storm safely.
Always remember that losing power often means losing water pressure and a potable drinking liquid. As Hurricane Michael approaches Fort Walton Beach, a possible Cat 4 storm at 140 MPH, make sure you have plenty of sources of water on hand. Buy bottled water, fill your bathtubs, and fill as many water containers you own at home as possible. Dehydration can be a factor. Make sure your vehicle is stocked as you must evacuate before this tropical storm hits landfall.
Similarly, remember that if you do not have power, other places most likely won't have power either. Make sure you are not low on any prescription medications you need to take. Ensure that you purchase all of your emergency supplies well before the storm begins.
This storm may bring storm surges as high as 13 feet; this can be devastating to the structure of your home or business. You must evacuate.
Make sure that you have all the emergency supplies like food, water, medications, clothing, and flashlights as you leave. Have a plan where you can spend the days needed until you can return to your home. The dangers are great, even during the travel path due to flooding, storms, fallen trees, and traffic jams. Don't wait or delay, leave now.
A hurricane is likely to do damage to the roof of your home and the siding. Make sure that the safe-place of your house is not in an attic space. Finding a space away from any glass windows is essential as violent winds can shatter them, and the glass can cause injury. An interior bedroom is often the safest place to wait out a storm inside. Of course, with the impending force of this hurricane, the above advice is for much smaller storms.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is here to serve you after the storm has passed. We take pride in helping our neighbors and have support to assist you from our National Disaster Recovery Teams. Contact us, when you can at (850) 863-2552.
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Steps to Recovery After Devastating Hurricane Damage in Fort Walton Beach
SERVPRO Says Be Prepared for Storms and Hurricanes in the Fort Walton Beach Area of the Panhandle
Hurricanes Gordon and Distant Florence Are Reminders to Be Prepared for Tropical Storms and Seek SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration
While you might not have been prepared for the devastating damage that Hurricane Gordon could do to your Fort Walton Beach home or business, now that the storm has subsided, it is one of the only things on your mind. As you work towards what comes next, many homeowners and business owners struggle with the steps towards restoring their properties and getting things back to the way they were before.
There is an extensive list of steps that you should take towards getting your Fort Walton Beach property professionally restored and repaired to preloss conditions whenever possible. However, even before you sought out the services of our dedicated and experienced SERVPRO team, there are some considerations that you should make to both keep your family safe and to help speed up the restoration process.
The first of these considerations is what your home insurance provider expects of you at this time. While there were many homes and properties affected by this severe weather system, your insurance provider can give you direction and answers to your responsibilities as well as what they need to get the claims process started. In many cases, professional restoration work relies on insurance claims as opposed to demanding payment out of the owner’s pockets. SERVPRO works with you and your insurance adjuster always in your best interest.
Your insurance company might require you to provide some documentation of the damages that your home has sustained from the storm, and often you can do some of this on your own. Unless you are sure about the structural integrity and stability of your property, evidence and damage cataloging is often best left to trained professionals like our SERVPRO estimators. We get uniquely trained in safety precautions and equipment, helping to minimize conditions getting worse as well as knowing what insurance companies need regarding damage documentation.
To help preserve your possessions, even as we pump out the water and dry your home, we can perform a pack-out of some possessions to clean, dry, and preserve off-site. We have a meticulous system for safely packaging, documenting the contents with tags and barcodes, and then return them when your home is ready.
There are few things more unsettling than seeing your home or business after a hurricane has passed through the area. The effects of this storm can seem overwhelming to overcome, but with the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach technicians, it can return to preloss condition, if at all possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (850) 863-2552.
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We Offer Flood Damage Restoration In Destin
Identifying, the source of water in your house is the first thing our team does in emergency situations.
Flood Damage Restoration
Storms are frequent in Destin and having a professional restoration team close by that can handle this type of water emergency can be comforting to homeowners in the region. Calling us right away is the best way to prevent significant damage to your property and can save you money. We work fast and can restore your home to its preloss condition when possible.
Our team believes in giving homeowners peace of mind, SERVPRO flood damage services can provide Destin residents with references upon request. Our team can be at your residence within hours after you contact us and can start assessing the job as soon as they arrive. Identifying, the source of water in your house is the first thing our team does in emergency situations. Before the crew can proceed, they must stop the source of water flowing into the home. Next, the team can exact the excess water and thoroughly dry the structure.
After the drying phase, the team can inspect your home for the level of damage and checks how far the moisture has traveled inside the structure. The restoration phase may include the use of deodorizers to remove odors. When cleaning carpeting, the team may need to treat both sides of the carpet as well as the floor with an appropriate EPA-registered disinfectant. The crew may also use fogging equipment to eliminate odors in carpeting before and after cleaning the carpet. To clean hard surface flooring, we can deodorize your floors by mopping them with an appropriate disinfectant or by using a ULV fogger if there is severe damage to the floors. Before the job is complete, we check the walls, ceilings, and flooring for damage. If necessary, our trained crew can remove and dispose of any unsalvageable materials with your approval. Plus, we work with your adjuster.
Our skilled SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach flood damage team is nearby and has the experience and expertise to restore your home when possible. Contact us at (850) 863-2552 for our professional restoration services 24/7.
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SERVPRO Supplies Destin Customers with a Stress-Free Post Storm Water Extraction and Cleanup
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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Storms are a Common Cause of Flood Damage in Destin
Finding that your home was flooded can cause some panic. Call SERVPRO right away for drying out services.
SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Dry Out Your Flooded Property
One of the general causes of flood damage in Florida homes is seasonal tropical storms. Due to the unique geographical location of the state on the Atlantic ocean, storms can sweep in from the waters and bring intense rain, strong winds, and flooding. The rainwater from the storms can get inside of your home in a variety of ways. Debris can break a window, intense wind can force open an entrance, or an open window can allow gallons and gallons of water into your property. When it comes to flooding inside of your home, it is wise to seek professional help immediately.
As soon as we get your call, we can dispatch an estimator to your home to inspect the flood damage in Destin. The estimator can get a general idea of what our techs need to handle while they make their way to your home. We strive to keep you well informed and involved in every step of the remediation process. The estimator can listen to your concerns about your belongings and what is a high priority for you.
When our SERVPRO techs arrive on the scene, they can begin to extract the flood water as quickly as possible. We use industrial-grade wet/dry vacuums and pumps to remove the water from your home. Using these devices allow our techs to remove the water fast, which is essential because stagnant water can cause damage to the structure of your home and open the doorway to further problems such as mold.
Some floods can bring chemicals and bacteria into the house with the water, but not always. In many cases, the flood can merely carry in dirt, sand, and debris. Our SERVPRO technicians can send your valuable belongings to our cleaning headquarters to rid them of dirty stains caused by the floods. Afterward, SERVPRO can check the moisture levels of your home and then dry out areas in need of service.
If seasonal storms leave your home flooded with water, do not delay. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We strive to arrive and return your home to its pre-flood condition quickly.
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When Severe Storms Cause Flooding In Your Destin Residence
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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Improper Gutter Maintenance Of Your Destin Residence Can Result In Flood Damage
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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Do Not Let a Flood in Your Destin Home Ruin Your Priceless Items
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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When Storms or Floods hit Fort Walton Beach, SERVPRO is ready!
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.
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.
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