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What Should I Know about Clearing My House after A Flood Damage Incident in Destin?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Damaged and Undamaged Materials from Your Property Is Not Easy, but Your Local SERVPRO Can Help Ease the Process 

Dealing with flooding incidents at your Destin home is not a pleasant experience. Apart from the financial losses such incidents cause, the cleanup, and restoration that follows involve backbreaking work. Removal of contents and even some parts of the structure is standard procedure to allow thorough cleaning. Flooding also damages some materials irreparably, which also necessitates removal. Most people focus on restoring the house, so they overlook the removal of items. 

What typical issues lead to irreparable damage to materials? 

Although different incidents of flood damage in Destin have unique outcomes, the factors that cause permanent damage to materials are common in most cases.    

  • Exposure to contaminants
  • Heavy soiling
  • Overexposure to moisture 

In most cases, the physical properties of the material exposed to floodwater determine the level of damage. For example, porous and semi-porous materials including fabrics, and wooden furniture, are heavily damaged when there is a flooding incident at your property, unlike non-porous ones such as plastic. The water damage can be physical degradation or deep penetration of undesirable substances, which eliminates the chances of effective cleaning. 

How do you distinguish unsalvageable and salvageable materials? 

Since all materials or contents have some value or use, you are inclined to save them whenever possible. However, it would be unwise to retain items with residue damage or overestimate the level of flooding damages in Destin, thus throw away something useful. Our SERVPRO technicians consider several factors to distinguish what is salvageable and what is not. Some of the common factors we consider include: 

  • Changes in physical traits
  • Deterioration of finishes
  • Exposure or release of hazardous materials from within a material

Most organic materials, including wood and its derivatives such as drywall, exhibit signs of physical deterioration such as warping, swelling, or even crumbling when exposed to significant moisture in a flooding incident. In case of swelling, we can reverse the damage through highly controlled drying procedures such as the use of drying chambers. Other types of wood damage such as warping or buckling, are permanent, so removal is the only option. 

Some of the materials around the house have harmful substances within their structure, and exposure to water or high levels of moisture can lead to the discharge of such substances. Alternatively, the process of removing materials to facilitate cleaning or other restoration processes release hazardous substances. For example, the glue holding a glued-down carpet in an area such as a basement might contain asbestos. Our technicians evaluate all materials affected during flooding to establish whether they might contain harmful substances for safe disposal. 

What would complicate the removal of materials? 

Whether you want to remove items to pave the way for restoration processes or because they need replacing, several factors can complicate the exercise. Typical factors that complicate the process include: 

  • Finding a place to hold items after the removal
  • Finding a way to dispose of the unsalvageable items
  • The process of moving materials to the disposal point
  • The likelihood of destroying good materials when removing the damaged ones 

In most cases, our SERVPRO technicians find a safe storage place within the structure for salvageable items. We can clear out a room on a higher floor or other elevated section of the property to serve as the storage point. In severe flooding incidents, we arrange for move-outs to a storage facility away from the damaged home. We find ways to hold them around the loss site for unsalvageable materials until we finish the cleanup process without littering. Apart from bringing resources such as large trashcans and heavy-duty plastic bags to hold waste, we also prepare some of the waste for storage during removal. For instance, we cut the pad into small square pieces making it easier to fit in the trash receptacles for disposal. 

Damaging contents or building materials during removal or movement happens for many reasons. However, improper handling or using the wrong tools are the most likely reasons. Our technicians receive training on proper handling, especially when lifting heavy or bulky items. Simple techniques such as bending at the knees first, then at the hip, and pushing with the legs when lifting heavy items make a huge difference in facilitating the safe transfer. We also have a wide array of tools, including pry bars, awls, and rubber hammers. Such tools help with safe disassembly of fixtures like countertops and parts of the structure such as wall panels as well as door and window trims. 

Clearing out your Fort Walton Beach, Mary Ester, or Niceville house to facilitate the restoration of flood damage can be challenging. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What is the Most Common Cause of Flood Damage in Destin?

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Dry Out Your Flooded Property After Common Tropical Storms

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.

Flood Damage Restoration

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 extract 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.

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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What are the Steps to Recovery After Devastating Hurricane Damage in Fort Walton Beach

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Here is a Reminder from SERVPRO to Be Prepared for Tropical Storms 

While you may not be prepared for the devastating damage that hurricanes can do to your Fort Walton Beach home or business, now that the hurricane season will be here before you know it, it is one of the only things on your mind besides the current crisis. As you work towards what comes next, many homeowners and business owners struggle with the steps towards protecting and possibly 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 seek 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 will expect of you if storm damage occurs. While there were many homes and properties that will be affected by severe weather systems, 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 storms 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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Our Technicians Have The Expertise In Fort Walton Beach After A Flood

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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Everything You Need To Address Flood Damage In Fort Walton Beach

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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