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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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Mold Damage can Affect Homes in Santa Rosa Beach Both Inside and Outside

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage can Affect Homes in Santa Rosa Beach Both Inside and Outside Moldy Ceiling in a Santa Rosa Beach Condo

Rely on SERVPRO for Removal of Mold Growth in Your Santa Rosa Property

Mold can grow in almost any place in a home, especially when current conditions meet the requirements of mold. There are very few items inside the typical home that can withstand the damage mold dishes out during its life cycle.

Residents in this Gulf Coast region have the benefit of a healthy environment due to the proximity to the water and ocean breezes, but this can never eliminate the risk of mold damage in Santa Rosa Beach entirely. Mold can damage a home in so many different ways, and ruin many of your personal belongings, too, as it grows.
 
From the rafters of your roof to the bottom of crawl spaces in exterior and all the nooks and crannies in between, your home can provide not just the nourishment mold needs but also the hiding places that keep mold flourishing. Out-of-sight should never mean out-of-mind when it comes to mold. Most species that plaque homes prefer a lack of sunlight.
 
When mold is located outside your home, this should still be dealt with just as aggressively as if it were located indoors. When the fungi are growing on the exterior parts of your home or inside crawl spaces and storage areas, they can be circulated to the interior, and also, as it grows outdoors, mold can cause damage to those same exterior structures.
 
Mold that is growing on the underside of a porch roof or around windowsills should be removed, and the area inspected. If any damage is found, the materials can easily be replaced. Treating the area with a mold-inhibitor can help to prevent mold from returning.
 
Besides cleaning and treating areas that have mold growth and removing materials that have been harshly damaged by mold and are now in a non-salvageable condition, we also use equipment that significantly reduces the amount of mold in the air. Air scrubbers can remove a significant number of mold spores, and this keeps them from starting new colonies. However, 'mold elimination' is never possible for two reasons. First, some mold particles always escape even the best efforts, and secondly, mold or spores exist outside your home and are very easily transported inside where you live.
 
Knowing that mold can be transported into your home should give you good reason to have outside mold cleaned up and removed. When mold damage exists or has a high potential of developing, you need SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties to help with protecting your home. You can reach us, 24/7, by calling our local number, (850) 267-0746.

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An Answer to Storm Flood Damage in Miramar Beach

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage An Answer to Storm Flood Damage in Miramar Beach Call SERVPRO right after a storm to dry out your property and prevent mold from forming.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Tackle Storm Damage in Your Home

Storms can be a pain; they cause problems both inside and outside of your home. To protect yourselves, you need to store loose items and maybe even board up portions of your home. Shudders and preparation help, but what happens if you simply do not have the time?
 
You have a solution to storm flood damage smack dab in the middle of Miramar Beach. With a simple phone call, a qualified technician can assess your home and make all of the preparations, without you having to worry about taking time out of your busy day to keep your family safe.
 
At SERVPRO we understand that a storm can cause damage in a variety of ways. Even if you see the problem coming, things can get out of hand, taking a severe toll on your home. Significant amounts of rain cause flooding in your home, especially if you have a basement.  
 
SERVPRO technicians experience flooding in homes where torrential rain produces huge deposits of groundwater, making its way into your home, causing damage to your flooring, furniture, and belongings with little to no warning. This kind of flood can last for days, or even weeks, leading to damage that exceeds what anyone might expect.
 
SERVPRO has also witnessed incidents of severe wind ripping entire sections out of a roof, or trees and hail creating flood damage situations that pose a severe risk. By having a qualified technician prepare your home against these types of incidents, you can avoid quite a bit of harm. They can help you install additional drainage, backflow valves, sump pumps, and improve your yard's grading to give your home a better chance of surviving major events.  
 
With the proper help, you can remain rather unscathed, only requiring minimal work to recover correctly, even after weeks of constant bombardment. We can provide you with the expertly trained flood damage specialists, equipment, and experience necessary to get things under control, returning your home to a quality condition that you and your family can enjoy, for a very long time.
 
Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties to obtain the proper protection and recovery solutions, today. Get help before you need it, waiting until the last minute never works. (850) 267-0746

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The Need for Water Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Need for Water Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach Santa Rosa Beach Water Damage? Not on this Beach!

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damaging Effects

Many properties will sustain water damage at some point. Not all of us can prevent that no matter how many precautions we take. However, we can control how we respond to the damage that does occur on our properties. Homeowners who try to avoid addressing the problem in severe situations only compound the harm. Even in the case of seemingly minor issues, it is important to start working on a solution right away.
 
Addressing the Damage Quickly
Water damage in a Santa Rosa Beach property can quickly cause additional harm. Moist areas create the perfect habitat for mold growth. Mold populations will have all of the nutrient sources they need in most people's homes, so the mold growth will tend to be rapid. With extensive flood damage, this sort of situation is inevitable. However, you might also run into problems like this just as a result of minor flood damage. SERVPRO services can make all the difference to homeowners in this situation.
 
Water damage that is left untreated will tend to cause even more structural damage to a house. By waiting to address the problem, you are potentially threatening the entire property. This damage is truly a problem that you need to address immediately and adequately.
 
The Right Assistance
You should not try to complete the water restoration process on your own. This might be a temptation for you if you are someone who does a lot of DIY projects and who tries to be self-sufficient. While it is admirable to want to fix all household problems independently, it is just not a good idea in this case. SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians could help.
 
It takes specialized training to be able to handle mold problems in a way that will work. People are also putting themselves in harm's way when they try to handle water damage problems independently. You are also putting yourself at risk for a broad range of other accidents by trying to handle something like this yourself. Homes that have been severely damaged by water might have structural integrity problems. Standing water can create a slippery environment.
 
You need to contact your insurance company right away in these situations. Some or all the damage may be covered by your insurance policy. SERVPRO can assist you with your claim paperwork and coordinate the cleanup and drying process with your insurance adjuster.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties offers rapid response and help by calling us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Air Conditioning And the Complicated Relationship With Mold in a Santa Rosa Beach Property

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Conditioning And the Complicated Relationship With Mold in a Santa Rosa Beach Property SERVPRO Says Less Humidity Can Mean Less Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Tips to Reduce Mold Infestations in Your Home


In humid areas like the Gulfside panhandle of Florida, homeowners know air conditioning helps limit mold damage. Sometimes even reliable operation of A/C fails to reduce humidity enough to avoid all mold growth. SERVPRO mold remediation technicians safely contain and remove the outbreak, and then share strategies to achieve optimum relative humidity.
 
Air conditioning is a fact of life in Florida, but often so is mold damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home. Even when you are unaware of any leaks or another water incursion you smell the musty odor that signals mold spore proliferation. Give our mold remediation team an invitation to consult with you about both removal and prevention of new outbreaks in the future. The key may be more efficient air conditioner operation with regard to dehumidification.
 
SERVPRO locates the mold colony inside your home and then contains the area with barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers if the infestation warrants it. The mold and any porous material it infiltrates must be removed and properly discarded. After disinfection of the affected area is complete, our technicians look for the source of moisture that activated the spores.
 
In extremely humid areas the relative humidity (RH) inside your home causes mold damage without help from leaks or flooding. An RH reading of over 70 percent supports mold growth. We recommend you diminish the level to somewhere between 30 and 50 percent. Although air conditioning systems contribute to reducing RH in theory, we measure moisture levels with a hygrometer to ensure the AC is lowering the air moisture in your home.
 
A balance between the compressor operation and the fan speed and duration must exist. If the fan runs for several minutes after the compressor shuts down the condensed water may be blown back into your home, raising the moisture level. Using the “automatic” cycle rather than the “on” cycle helps achieve the balance, and is a solution to reduce interior humidity recommended by experts. Keeping interior doors open, including closets, helps normalize the cooling and dehumidification balance. Check to see if your AC has an enhanced moisture removal cycle and use it.
 
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is your first defense against persistent mold growth within your home. Call (850) 267-0746 if you suspect a mold infestation and schedule an inspection and consultation. Visit the area: http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/beaches/santa-rosa-beach

Prevent Water Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Business

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent Water Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Business Don't let a broken hose on your restaurant's dishwasher close your business. Call SERVPRO for a thorough inspection to prevent disasters.

SERVPRO Can BOTH Inspect Your Property For Water Damage Prevention as Well as Remediate Damage After a Disaster

You want to avoid water damage in your restaurant, simply because cleanup can slow or even shut down operations. However, there are a variety of steps you can take to limit exposure and prevent water damage from causing your restaurant to take a rather significant hit.
 
Throughout the Santa Rosa Beach area, commercial water damage has some usual suspects. Discovering where water might come from, helps prevent damage in the workplace and helps you maintain a quality working environment for your employees.
 
At SERVPRO we answer calls all of the time concerning broken appliances, pipes and drains, or roofing issues causing damage to many restaurants just like yours. Make an effort to inspect and maintain these areas properly, and you have a better chance of limiting the damages you suffer during an event.
 
Dishwashers work overtime during prime hours and expose you to water hazards when leaks or malfunctions become a problem. It is easy for hundreds of gallons of water to escape during incidents if no one performs proper maintenance.
 
SERVPRO technicians can inspect your equipment and search for water leaks throughout your property. We have infrared water detectors to help locate hidden pockets of moisture and get to broken pipes or drains under control before they cause major issues.  
 
SERVPRO can help you learn which areas you should be concerned about, giving you the knowledge needed to perform visual checks on your own. Any machine or appliance with a water supply line such as ice makers, dishwashers, or other appliances usually produces problems over time.
 
However, we also respond to a variety of roofing issues after particularly harsh weather. Damage to your roof allows water to enter unprotected areas of your building, producing damage and often leading to mold issues forming in areas that you cannot see.  
 
Scheduling a full inspection of your property gives you a place to start. Even if you do not have any current problems, having a relationship formed with a local restoration company can mean the difference between getting the help you need or permanently closing your restaurant's doors.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washinton Counties today for additional information about available services and to take advantage of our expertly trained technicians with years of experience. (850) 267-0746

Understanding Mold Prevention in Your Miramar Beach Home

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Prevention in Your Miramar Beach Home Moldy Wall in Miramar Beach Calls Upon SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Can Remediate and Advise Concerning Mold Problems in Your Home or Business

Mildews, molds, and yeasts are classified as fungi, a kingdom of organisms which are distinct from animals and plants. Unlike animals, fungi have cell walls, and unlike plants, the fungal cell walls are composed of mainly glucan and chitin. They cannot make nutrients like plants and must secrete enzymes on the organic matter upon which the fungi are embedded, to absorb the nutrients released.
 
There is no practical way to get rid of all mold spores and molds in your indoor Miramar Beach environment. There are, however, several ways to control moisture and mold damage in your home. If you do suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO right away, as they can find the source of the moisture and clean up the mold, which can have adverse health effects for you and your family.
     
Stopping the Water
Any leaks in pipes and damp areas around sinks and tubs should be fixed right away, so biological pollutants do not have environments to grow in. You can install water-resistant materials like stone, tiles, galvanized or stainless steel hardware, deep-sealed concrete, water a wallboard, indoor/outdoor carpeting, water-resistant glues and more to protect your home from mold growth.
 
Prevent the seepage of water from outside your home as well. Rainwater from your roof or gutters must drain away from your home, and the ground around your house must slope away to keep crawlspaces and basements dry. Ask SERVPRO to cover the dirt in crawl spaces with sheeting to stop moisture from saturating the air and also to ventilate the area. Encapsulation can be an excellent deterrent to water damage and can also increase the indoor air quality of your home.
 
Keeping it Clean
Fabrics in your home should be cleaned often and kept dry. Soil promotes the growth of mold. Clean fabrics should be stored in well-ventilated areas. Think about having a professional cleaning of your air ducts if you think you have existing mold inside of the duct’s surface, or if the insulation for the duct has been wet. SERVPRO can help you to clean your air ducts and fix your moisture problem in this case, besides sweeping up the mold to stop it from spreading further.
 
Keeping it Dry
When you have a moisture problem, SERVPRO’s technicians come in to dry your home using industrial axial fans, dehumidifiers, and also negative pressure systems. Maintaining the humidity in your home below forty percent can help you to prevent mold proliferation. In areas that are prone to moisture, pick carpets which contain man-made fibers. Also, you can reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces by using insulation.
 
Keep areas of your home clean and disinfected, especially high-moisture zones such as the bathroom, basement, and kitchen. Make sure to ventilate the areas as well, especially after a shower.
 
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is specially trained to take care of mold and moisture problems. Do not attempt to clean it up yourself with only bleach, as this does not correct the problem. We can be reached whenever you need us at (850) 267-0746.

Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach Save Money by Calling SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Cleanup in Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach Residents Rely Upon SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration

We are available for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to repair the fire damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home. The first forty-eight hours after a fire are vital. Soot or water that lingers can cause secondary damage if it is not addressed right away by professionals. Whether your emergency happens on a Sunday afternoon or a Tuesday at midnight, SERVPRO is ready to answer your call.
 
The process of fire damage restoration in Santa Rosa Beach starts with an inspection of your property to figure out the extent of the damage. We then make sure we go over things with you, so you understand the work that we are going to do. We show you the items which need to be restored and go over things that may be unsalvageable.
 
When necessary, we pack up your belongings like shoes, clothing, linens, and rugs and send them to the dry cleaners or to our facilities for cleaning. Your valuable items secured, and we remove any decorative items plus other loose contents from your home. The items removed are carefully documented, then packed and taken to our facility for cleaning by our specialists if needed. If the damage is minimal, the items can be cleaned on-site.
 
Pre-cleaning with a vacuum and dry brush is done for fire damaged articles to pick up any surface dirt or ash. Then, wet cleaning of floors, carpets, and walls can start. We also perform smoke damage clean up and cleaning of the structure.
 
SERVPRO technicians use equipment to get rid of biological and chemical pollutants and neutralize smoke odors. Industrial grade equipment like ozone generators, thermal foggers, and hydroxyl generators are used to do this. Air scrubbers can be used to remove grease, particles, and gasses from the surrounding air.
 
Many times, you are dealing with water damage as well from the fire department’s efforts. Our technicians also extract the excess water, measure how much moisture is in the air, and apply the right dehumidification procedures, so you do not have secondary damage from water. If your crawl space or attic has been affected, we can clean those as well.
 
Fires and fire damage put your life on hold, but SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is always ready to help you and guide you through the restoration process. We can be reached at (850) 267-0746 any time you need, so do not hesitate to call us when an emergency comes up.

Fire Damage To Your Santa Rosa Beach Property

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage To Your Santa Rosa Beach Property Residues cover personal property and structural components which destroy both just like flames and heat if not quickly cleaned from the surfaces.

Fire Damage


The effects of a home fire are not usually charred wood and roofless houses. Most of it comes from the smoke and soot that result from the slow-burning materials. These residues cover personal property and structural components which destroy both just like flames and heat if not quickly cleaned from the surfaces.

Structural components are those items attached to a home. Cleaning them requires knowing about the type of surfaces on the cabinets, drapery rods and hardware, and lighting fixtures for example. SERVPRO has decades of experience in Santa Rosa Beach when it comes to restoring components and other property affected by fire damage.

Cabinets need a thorough inspection before cleaning. Our technicians identify pre-existing damage and determine the material both inside and out. Exteriors have paint or some veneer that require either a particular cleaning solution or just water for removing smoke and soot residues. Before the first chemical is applied, technicians remove all hardware (i.e. knobs and hinges) to reach every inch of surface possible.

Interiors in most cabinets are usually unfinished wood and therefore easier to clean. There is less damage from soot if the cabinets were closed, so to protect them from smoke residues, our personnel use denatured alcohol to block smoke from setting into the wood pores. The alcohol help prevents not just visible damage but eliminates odors as well.

Before we start cleaning drapery rods and brackets, we make certain they are still firmly mounted to the wall. If we do have to take them down, (due to damaged drywall for example) technicians take pictures to make certain they can be returned to their original positions. Most rods, brackets and other hardware can be easily wet cleaned with a simple detergent. Once they have finished cleaning, technicians lubricate moving pieces with a silicone spray where needed.

Lighting fixtures can be cleaned as part of the ceiling restoration. Technicians attempt to leave them in place but remove some styles such as chandeliers to prevent physical damage while cleaning. If residues remain on the surfaces for only a short time, most fixtures can be cleaned with spray bottles, mild detergents, and soft cloths.
Personal property damaged by smoke and soot is removed and cleaned using an extensive inventory of tools and cleaners. Structural components usually have to be cleaned in place with fewer options available. To ensure this is accomplished in a professional manner, contact us here at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington for a free inspection. Call today at (850) 267-0746. We are here to help.