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Now Gone, but Hurricane Irma Continues to Damage Santa Rosa Beach Homes

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Now Gone, but Hurricane Irma Continues to Damage Santa Rosa Beach Homes Hurricane Irma, Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach, and Why to Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

Water Damage from Tropical Storms Adversely Affect Santa Rosa Beach Condos

Hurricane Irma caused damage of such extent that estimates continue to rise. Winter residents who return often encounter damage inside their homes because the winds involved forced water into areas that otherwise seemed impenetrable.

This water damage in Santa Rosa Beach ranges from water left behind on floors to extensive and widespread microbial infestations. Woodwork such as moldings and floors sustain costly damage, as well, when exposed to moisture for lengthy periods. Even when they seem dry and safe for use, electronics and other appliances may require specialized care to avoid electrical shocks or harm. SERVPRO assists both full-time and seasonal residents with all of these situations.

When water remains undisturbed inside a home, a number of things begin to happen. Wood fixtures and millwork may require replacements instead of restorative work. Our specialists can help determine the best course of action for your home's contents and interior architecture. Flooring types such as linoleum can trap water underneath, leading to the rotting out of flooring structures, rendering them unable to sustain any significant weight. Highly unsafe, our flooring specialist works to ensure that your floors become safe again.

One way that the water spreads is through evaporation which takes place in different areas. By condensing in relatively colder areas of the home, moisture can reach locations that remained dry after Hurricane Irma left the area. Following the same route the moister air travels before condensation takes place, mold spores often land precisely where the highest concentrations of salt-free moisture lie. Mold infestations damage your home's interior by causing materials such as drywall to disintegrate. Health effects in more sensitive individuals can also cause concerns. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can perform the required work, leaving your home as it should be before your return.

 Because electronics play such a dominant role in the lives of most Americans, it might tempt you or others in your family to turn on TV sets or radios. However, playing it safe by having our partnered electronics specialist perform an inspection to rule out any possible problems can be a wise choice if you suspect internal water damage to your devices.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is always available to serve you, 24 hours every day. Our local number is (850) 267-0746. No matter when you call, we are ready with the additional information you need and the services your home requires to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Getting the Right Insurance for Flood Damage in Point Washington

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Getting the Right Insurance for Flood Damage in Point Washington It is important to have flood insurance before a storm causes flood damage to your home.

Having Flood Insurance Can Help Protect Your Home

Unfortunately, when storms and major flood damage hit the Point Washington area, many residents find themselves financially ill-prepared to deal with the costs. Homeowner's insurance policies rarely cover the damage from floods, and very few Americans have any form of dedicated flood insurance. According to data from the Insurance Information Institute, only twelve percent of Americans have flood insurance across the nation, with the Southeast and Florida only scoring a bit better. Flood insurance can help to protect your home from high volumes of water, be they from storms, hurricanes, or within the home.

Flood insurance can vary significantly in price but should be far less than the costs to repair and recover from flood damage in your Point Washington home. Homes on the same street may have vastly different flood insurance rates due to building materials, relative elevation, soil composition, and a host of other factors. In general, however, flood insurance in Florida is somewhat more expensive than in other parts of the nation due to the risk presented by hurricanes and tropical storms. Talk to a local insurer to find out how much you would pay for flood insurance on your home.

Insurance companies can also make the restorations process easier. SERVPRO maintains contacts and relations with most insurance providers in the area and often deals with these businesses directly. Our representatives are trained to handle paperwork, legal functions, and professional dealings with the insurance company, and their involvement can help to expedite some of our administrative tasks, getting your home fixed faster.

We strongly recommend arming yourself with a robust flood insurance policy before it is too late. The next hurricane could be just around the corner, and there is no telling whether or not such a storm could cause your home to flood. The best option is to be prepared and recover quickly.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has helped local homeowners to rebuild and restore their homes in the aftermath of flood damage for years. If your home has been impacted by a flood, call us at (850) 267-0746.

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Mark Your October Calendar As Fire Prevention Week in the Santa Rosa Beach Area

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mark Your October Calendar As Fire Prevention Week in the Santa Rosa Beach Area Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017

Prevent Fire Related Tragedies with a Plan of Action

Make an annual practice of reviewing your fire preparedness during October, Fire Prevention Week. Home and business owners can do much to ready themselves, their families, and their employees to respond to fire threats. Creating a fire escape plan and maintaining fire alert and fighting equipment are practical steps everyone can take both to lower the risk of fire and to increase the success of fire mitigation efforts.

Every family and business must invest in an emergency exit blueprint, and then perform drills to ensure all who may face a blaze know what to do to vacate their Santa Rosa Beach dwelling or commercial building safely. Keep the practices lighthearted but detailed in a home setting so as not to frighten children or vulnerable family member. Teach competence in this life-saving technique, so all feel confident in their duties.

Scrutinize escape routes to determine whether you need to perform repairs or maintenance to make them safe and simple to access. Doors and windows that double as fire exits must open easily with no paint or caulk redistricting movement. Remove any screws or nails that impede movement. Install or make available nearby safety escape ladders if escaping from an upper story of a building is necessary. Practice their use.

Make a list of equipment installed or available in your home or business that helps avoid fires or extinguishes flames. Smoke alarms or detectors need new batteries yearly, so make that an October ritual. Be sure to test them monthly, as well. Hang charged fire extinguishers in high fire risk areas like kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages. Evaluate areas of your commercial buildings to determine the best locations for extinguishers and then supply and maintain them.

Schedule an annual meeting with your insurance agent to familiarize yourself with your fire damage coverage, making adaptations as necessary to increase your comfort level. Maintain a running inventory of your personal belongings, important papers, pictures, and heirlooms to enable clear and supported claims in the event of a fire. Businesses should also document their intellectual and physical property to streamline the fire coverage claims process. October is the perfect time to make sure you are on track with this routine.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is your community partner should fire damage your home or commercial properties. Call for reliable and professional restoration services at (850) 267-0746 day or night.

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SERVPRO Can Repair Water Damage Done to Ceilings in Your Miramar Beach Home After Heavy Rain Storms

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Can Repair Water Damage Done to Ceilings in Your Miramar Beach Home After Heavy Rain Storms You can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO when storms cause damage to your home.

SERVPRO’s Storm Damage Restoration Process

When heavy summer rainstorms have been passing through the area of Miramar Beach, several problems can arise. Water damage from these storms comes in various forms, including wet ceilings, which are quite difficult to dry out. Most of them are due to storm damage and subsequent roof damage from storms.

When you have spotted water damage to your ceiling after storms have passed through your area, you need to take immediate action to prevent further damage being done to your Miramar Beach home. Calling SERVPRO is the right thing to do. Our highly trained technicians inspect the damage to find the underlying problem. Once we have found the specific water source, we create a plan for drying out your home that targets the water problem, and then we start the mitigation process.

Some problems encountered during this process include saturation to the insulation in the ceiling and mold growth. It is crucial to dry your ceiling out as soon as possible since the weight of the wet insulation is quite heavy if it is entirely saturated. The wet insulation must be removed. Our staff designs a temporary ceiling once the wet material such as sheetrock and insulation is taken out.

SERVPRO then draws up a drying plan which includes a temporary ceiling and walls, plus a drying chamber to save any salvageable materials in the areas affected. We place air movers and dehumidifiers in the drying chamber to enhance the drying process. Once the equipment is placed, we monitor the moisture using hydrometers and meters to find hidden moisture and record these results with moisture logs so the equipment can be adjusted for optimal drying. After the goals for drying are met, we then pull the equipment out so construction can be done to return your home to its preloss condition.

During the mitigation and cleanup process, cabinets which are attached and built-in can be affected. We see this most commonly in bathrooms and kitchens. Other areas include bookcases, hutches, and window seats. They can all be salvaged if we dry them completely and quickly.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties are the ones to trust when heavy storms have caused water damage to your ceiling. We work fast with industrial tools to dry your home back out in the areas of Seagrove Beach, Miramar Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach, so give us a call whenever you need us at (850) 267-0746.

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Mold Damage Control in Santa Rosa Beach When Trying to Sell Your Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Control in Santa Rosa Beach When Trying to Sell Your Home Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate mold damage to increase your chances of selling your home.

Remediate Mold Damage Before Placing Your Home on the Market

Like most areas near a body of water, Santa Rosa Beach is uniquely susceptible to mold problems. In addition to compromising the perception of your property, the presence of mold could incite fear of harmful health effects on a potential buyer. It could scare away interested buyers and eventually incline you to settle for a significantly lower value. Unbeknown to many, most mold growth issues are not nearly as difficult to correct as originally perceived.

If you are unsure of the extent of mold damage in your Santa Rosa Beach property, SERVPRO can deploy highly experienced technicians to test and advise on the best way forward. We have advanced tools and equipment for measuring and removing mold growth completely, leaving your house safe to inhabit. All our efforts are in line with IICRC recommendations to ensure a clean remediation process.

Mold typically thrives in damp spaces such as basements and under sinks, but it is also often overlooked in crawlspaces and attics. Before the home inspector arrives, SERVPRO can inspect these areas for mold damage and apply a thorough mold remediation procedure. If there is mold growth in the attic, chances are there are other issues as well - ranging from improper ventilation to a leaky roof. Our technicians can help check and eliminate any issues in dark, damp areas before you put your property on the market. The time and effort you put towards restoring your home can influence a higher asking price.

It is important to address and correct the water problem contributing to mold growth and mold damage in the house. Simply removing or painting over the mold is inadequate because the fungi are bound to return. We can replace structural materials (such as drywall) that have signs of water damage to make the home more habitable. We may also have to replace carpet that has been wet for more than 24 hours, as prolonged contact with water often damages it beyond repair.

Ignoring mold damage can reduce the property value of your home by a staggering 10 percent. This figure can increase in the presence of other conditions. If you are looking to sell your house, SERVPRO can come in and check every inch for water problems, repairing them one by one.

Mold in your home does not have to kill your sale. SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is just a call away, offering quick and thorough mold damage remediation services. For any assistance, call us today at (850) 267-0746.

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Full-Service Water Removal For Homeowners in Santa Rosa Beach

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Full-Service Water Removal For Homeowners in Santa Rosa Beach Our technicians are quick to respond to your emergency after your call. This can prevent any secondary damages.

Our Trained Technicians Thoroughly Remove Water After a Water Damage Incident at Your Home

A majority of all water leaks that might occur in your Santa Rosa Beach home are unexpected. You hardly ever get a head start to determine the extent of your home’s exposure. However, these water issues often lead to electrical hazards, cause expensive damages to your home’s structure, furnishings, and potential health problems.  

With one call you can have a team of qualified professionals on the doorstep of your home, ready to perform water removal services that help you avoid possible water damage in Santa Rosa Beach. Finding the right company means that you gain access to quick, efficient services and also obtain the guidance you need to determine what to do next.

Regardless of your situation, by making fast decisions, you can help prevent additional damages from forming, reducing the costs of water emergencies that occur in your home. SERVPRO’s water mitigation process helps reduce the amount of water damage that occurs after a flood, leaky roof, broken pipe, or malfunctioning appliance. Our technicians give you the information necessary to make a sound, informed decision and move forward with your restoration, quickly.

Salt water is a problem for many coastal residents, which makes it imperative for all of SERVPRO’s technicians to have extensive training involving the removal and restoration of contents exposed to salt water chemicals. We offer many services that make recovering easier, providing unique solutions to even the toughest problems. No job is too big, or too small; we make every attempt to produce the quality results you deserve.

At SERVPRO, we have a full fleet of IICRC-industry certified water removal experts and high-quality water extraction equipment that are ready whenever you need us, 24/7; we are here for you. Our technicians are trained to remove excessive moisture from carpet, furniture, and personal belongings that also reduce the possibility of microbial growth.  

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides full-service solutions for homeowners throughout the Walton area, as well as both Holmes and Washington Counties. Give us an opportunity to deliver quality water removal services to you, call today. (850) 267-0746

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Suicide Prevention And Support in North Okaloosa

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Community Suicide Prevention And Support in North Okaloosa SERVPRO Proudly Supports Our Local Communities in the N. Okaloosa Area

SERVPRO is Proud to Participate in the Suicide Prevention Program

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Now is the time for all members of the North Okaloosa community to come together to share information and offer resources to those affected by suicide. Connecting potential victims with treatment options and supporting survivors with the personal and practical services needed to begin the healing process are crucial components of a caring and effective response to these painful and traumatic events.

Victims and families deal with a broad array of issues in a suicide. Extending a hand to neighbors, friends, family, business partners, and others is the least our community can do to help. When the community comes together in an effort to conquer this challenging set of circumstances it gives cause for hope to those who are directly affected. We are honored to be part of a multifaceted team extending a hand to our neighbors experiencing this type of loss.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties offers compassionate and professional services if you are in need of assistance after a suicide-related tragedy. Our office staff, managers, and technicians are prompt, discreet, and sensitive as we help at this difficult time. Crew members assigned to your home or business train thoroughly in all aspects of trauma scene abatement, providing thorough cleanup always with the utmost respect for you, your family, and others impacted by the crisis.

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Assessing Every Aspect of Storm Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Assessing Every Aspect of Storm Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach Call SERVPRO for a thorough assessment of water damage after a storm hits your home.

Water Damage restoration after a storm

Storms have the capability of causing extensive damage to homes in Santa Rosa Beach. In fact, residents of Florida are no strangers to the disruption storms can cause, as they often batter the state. Storm water damage to your home can be devastating, and you may be left feeling like life cannot be normal again. SERVPRO is here to reassure you that it is possible to get your home back “Like it never even happened,” and the first step is placing a call to our restoration professionals.

The key to water damage restoration after a storm in Santa Rosa Beach is a thorough assessment of the situation. There is usually some undeniable water damage such as standing water on the floor, water-logged carpets, or wet furniture. An initial visual inspection reveals these problems easily.

However, there are many places storm water penetrates that are not visible to the naked eye. For example: Underneath carpets or wooden floors, in crawl spaces, basements or attics, behind baseboards or cabinetry, or inside HVAC ducts. Water damage might also reach insulation inside walls.

In addition to structural damage, there is also water damage to specific items such as furniture, drapes, rugs, clothes, electronics or other household items.

SERVPRO’s skilled technicians check and take note of every single water damaged item or area. A thorough inventory allows us to devise a drying goal and drying process that takes every element into account and ensures no damp patches are left behind. Complete drying is necessary not only to prevent further structural damage and make your home feel like your own again – it is also a crucial step in the prevention of mold growth.

We train our IICRC-certified technicians to use a range of instruments for assessment, including moisture probes, penetrating moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, and infrared imaging. We also ensure our people follow a strict procedure for examining walls, floors, subfloors, carpets, cabinetry, baseboards, and other hidden areas where moisture lurks.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is on hand to help with storm cleanup throughout Santa Rosa Beach, Bonifay, Crestview and beyond. We have the equipment to carry out a thorough assessment and devise the best drying plan. Call us at (850) 267-0746 today for help.

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Summertime Mold Damage Prevention Tips for Residents of Santa Rosa Beach

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summertime Mold Damage Prevention Tips for Residents of Santa Rosa Beach Mold can spread quickly. Contact the knowledgeable technicians at SERVPRO to investigate the damage on your property and quickly remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage as Well as Offer Personalized Tips for Mold Prevention

Summer is full of fun at the beach and by the pool at home. This often means transporting wet bathing suits and damp towels in beach bags. Once out of the water and back at home, it is too easy to forget even the best-intentioned desires to launder these items by either machine or hand.
In Santa Rosa Beach, wet and damp clothing items are not the only cause of mold damage, so here are a few tips that can help you prevent this fungus from invading your home. Microbial growth becomes less intimidating after you know new facts about it that you might not have known before.
Kitchen and bathroom areas are where splashed water leaks into cracks and crevices. This water does not disappear, but builds up over time, and can provide an ongoing source of moisture for mold to survive. Sealing these areas with clear silicone caulking or another suitable sealant can prevent this from occurring in the future, but the elimination of current dampness is essential. The use of a hygrometer or a moisture detector can locate any remnant moisture.
Pet feeding areas can harbor microbial infestations. Make sure that those scuff marks around your pet's food and water bowls are scuff marks and not patches of mold. If mold is present on floors, it is easy for pets to track any present microbes into other areas of your home. If you discover that it is mold, and then it returns after you have thoroughly cleaned it away, the problem may exist underneath the uppermost part of your flooring, also.
Incorrectly vented kitchen and bathroom exhausts can vent into indoor areas instead of the outdoors. Many problems with ducts exist that can create moisture in enclosed places, allowing mold to survive. Other duct work can experience problems if these ducts suction off microbial particles, only to deposit them elsewhere in your home. Inspecting ducts and ascertaining that everything is correct can ensure that the high moisture content from showers and cooking is released outside and not into your home.
If all else fails and you still locate mold or mildew in your home that covers an area larger than a typical drywall sheet, or about ten square feet, you should call the professional mold remediators at SERVPRO. With comprehensive training according to IICRC standards, our technicians' skills include the use of the latest technology combined with time-tested techniques.
You can reach us, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746, any day of the week, year-round. Call us for more information on mold damage, and how it can affect one of your largest financial investments.

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Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home Overloaded outlets and power strips can potentially start a fire. Keep an eye out for bad wiring or overloading. If you have a fire, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal with Many Different Kinds of Fire Damage Scenarios

Thousands of electrical fires are reported each year in the United States. Electrical fires in homes result in a larger dollar loss per fire than fires that are not electrical. Most of these fires could have been prevented by taking some preventative steps that everyone can do.
In older homes, the key to avoiding fire damage from electrical fires is to have an experienced electrician inspect your wiring. It is not meant to last forever, so if your Santa Rosa Beach home is over a century old, it is overdue for rewiring. If your older home has experienced an electrical fire, you want to contact us at SERVPRO right away once the fire is out. We work fast so that additional damages from soot and smoke are minimized.
One of the main causes for these kinds of fires is faulty wiring. If you see any wiring which is tattered, worn out, or frayed, replace it. Cords which are in poor condition can cause sparks or overheat and start a fire.
Another common cause is overloading, which occurs when you have too many appliances plugged into the same outlet, power strip, or extension cord. It is recommended to purchase power strips which have internal overload protection.
Keep flammable materials away from any electric appliances. Portable space heaters are quite dangerous but don’t forget about hair dryers, irons, or even lamps. Any appliance can trigger a fire if it encounters flammable material including towels, blankets, and rugs. Do not hide cables under carpets and rugs.
Unless it is a matter of simply replacing a cord, fixing faulty wiring and shorts needs the expertise of an electrician. Flickering lamps, breakers that always trip, plugs which spark when you plug something in, and buzzing outlets can all cause sparks and fires.
When the worst does happen, SERVPRO is standing by to help you clean up the mess and make repairs to your home and possessions. We treat every customer as an individual as well and walk you through the remediation process, so you are comfortable with what is going on.
When you trust in SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties, you can rest easy knowing we take care of your home for you. We can even speak with the insurance company to take that stress off you so you can focus on you and your family when you call us at (850) 267-0746.

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