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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.

Speedy Water Damage Solutions Just In Time For Spring Break

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Speedy Water Damage Solutions Just In Time For Spring Break Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration in Destin, and Fort Walton Beach

SERVPRO Rescues Your Spring Break Holiday with Rapid Water Removal


When you are nervous about the condition of your vacation home due to possible water infiltration during Florida’s storms, know that we have your back. Our SERVPRO franchise location on the Panhandle right next to the Gulf means you have a well trained and experienced team of water damage restoration specialist just a quick call away.


If your townhouse in Sandestin suffered from a leaky roof during heavy rains, look no further for skilled technicians to assess the condition of ceiling, walls, and floors. After a thorough inspection, expect a detailed plan from our project manager guiding you through all the steps necessary to transform your vacation home back to preloss condition. Our goal is to restore rather than tear out and replace so that you do not miss a moment of your long-awaited vacation. Water damage abatement services include standing water removal and the determination of drying goals for various structures, fixtures, and contents that were water-soaked. We keep you informed as we reduce the moisture and work with you to contract for repairs to the leaky roof that caused the problem in the first place.

Your family townhouse rental for the college students over the spring holiday break in Destin is an important income flow. If water invades your property, something you did not anticipate, SERVPRO helps with water removal in your beachside vacation home. Resolving the unfortunate surprise of finding your floors and carpeting damaged by storm surge flooding is not a mystery to our talented IICRC certified crews of water removal technicians. We arrive fast, within hours of your first call, and hit the ground running because we know the importance of providing a safe and dry haven for your incoming college students. Have confidence that we assess for secondary damage as well, inspecting for any microbial growth or warping of the floors so that when we finish all issues are resolved, and the party can begin.

The last thing you need when arriving for your spring break in Fort Walton Beach is standing water inside your holiday cottage because your gutters failed during torrential rains. Even if you have a management company looking out for your property while you are away, heavy rains and winds do not wait for their scheduled visits. SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We arrive as soon as possible with trained staff and proper equipment matched to any water issue you encountered when you turned the key. Put your water damage in our hands, and we pledge to restore and repair as swiftly as possible. Industrial strength pumps, water extractors and the top trained technicians in the business make short work of your water problems.
Get your spring break back on track by contacting SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington when water damage greets you before you even unpack. Compassionate staff awaits your call at (850) 267-0746.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Miramar Beach

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage In Miramar Beach Deodorizing a restaurant is just as important as removing standing water to combat commercial flood damage.

Commercial Flood Damage


Damp odor instantly puts people off of whatever they are eating or drinking. Foul, non-food odors rapidly drive away customers from restaurants and bars. A recurring odor means the death of that business if not dealt with quickly.

Deodorizing a restaurant is just as important as removing standing water to combat commercial flood damage in Miramar Beach. SERVPRO maintains a highly trained, 24-hour response team to remediate the effects of damaging water; physical and odorous. Among the most common sources of odor in flood waters are dirt, garbage, mildew, and sewage.

The first thing our technicians do is identify and remove the origin of the odor. It is important to identify it before cleaning anything in the structure because our chemical cleaners can mask the odors. In most cases, the odor source is building material or a property item that has not dried completely. Technicians use the pumps, extractors, space heaters, and dehumidifiers in our equipment inventory to professionally dry everything. With drying completed, the next step is deodorization. Since there are usually multiple odors from some sources, we use multiple methods to stop, block, cover up, and remove them.

Disinfectants and sanitizers are some of the most common we use. They inhibit fungus, and mold spore growth and our technicians use them after lowering the moisture levels to the point that forces spores to return to a dormant state. Filtration and absorption agents reduce humidity and some types of oil residues. These are activated charcoals and work well in cleaning out odors as part of air filtration units.

Pairing chemicals attach themselves to odor particles. These particles then fall out of the atmosphere and onto surfaces where technicians more easily remove and dispose of them. We use pairing chemicals with ULV (ultra low volume) wet foggers to disperse them. Electrically generated deodorizers mix ozone gas with odor particles to change the chemical structure. These generators remove odors that have penetrated deeply into a structure and are otherwise not removable.

Finally, when we have eliminated every odor possible, technicians use masking agents to cover up remaining, foul odors with a pleasing one. These products come in various smells and are in the form of time release beads. Masking agents are also useful to cover up the smell of other cleaning agents before they eventually fade away.

Removing and cleaning odors left from flooding is a difficult process that requires a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington keeps you informed at every step while working to reopen your doors to customers. Call us today at (850) 267-0746.

Three Steps to Successful Water Removal in Santa Rosa Beach Holiday Homes

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Three Steps to Successful Water Removal in Santa Rosa Beach Holiday Homes Water at Santa Rosa Beach

SERVPRO Protocol for Santa Rosa Beach Removal of Standing Water

The Santa Rosa Beach region of Florida is a beautiful place to own a holiday home. However, it comes with certain risks, because it is so close to the coast. The town is vulnerable to flooding, and properties do get damaged when it occurs.

Fortunately, SERVPRO is a local restoration company with years of experience. Our extraction, drying, and repair processes are designed to deal directly with damaged materials. Carpets, structural components, furniture, and even artwork and electronics are all restorable with professional water removal in Santa Rosa Beach. Keep reading to learn more about the restoration process and why you should call SERVPRO when flooding strikes.

Immediate Actions
The first step is to identify which bits of the property have become damaged and which are at risk of harm. The distinction is important because our technicians can isolate wet areas and stop them from spreading. They use plastic sheeting to ensure that flood damp materials do not come into contact with dry ones.

Fast Draining
Motorized extractors are brought onto the site to remove significant amounts of standing water. Heavy extraction is only required if the flooding is severe enough to have left the ground floor or basement submerged. We remove as much water as possible this way because it accelerates dehumidification later.

Remediation and Repair
Hard, non-porous surfaces get cleaned with disinfectants and detergents after the removal of standing water. Carpeting, loose tiles, and buckled flooring need lifting or removing entirely so that the support surface can be aired and dried. Down carpets are moistened with low-level disinfectant or sanitizer to minimize dust upon removal. In less severe cases, wetted carpeting can be "floated." This loosens the fabric at the perimeters, peels back a portion, and then uses air movers to increase evaporation and remove the moisture.

Wood is either left to air dry and placed in a temperature controlled room with dehumidification equipment. Dehumidifiers require careful monitoring because the material is very sensitive to changes in humidity. If the air gets too dry, it could crack and splinter, though this is highly unusual.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa/Walton/Holmes and Washington is the restoration company that you need for fast, effective water removal. You can find us in your area and repairs are started within hours. Call us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

The Hidden Dangers of an Overflowing Sink in Miramar Beach

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Hidden Dangers of an Overflowing Sink in Miramar Beach Don't let a sink overflow cause mold damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO immediately so that the area can be properly dried out.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Find the Hidden Damage After a Flooding Event in Your Home


Sometimes, you have a sink overflow in your home, which can be from a clog in the drain, or your child may have left the water running. Whatever the cause, it can create a big mess with much flooding.
 
Hidden Dangers
 
A severe hidden danger in your Miramar Beach home, a sink overflow is a race to get some towels to clean it up. There are plenty of other things from flood damage, however, which are going on under the surface of the floor which towels cannot fix. Therefore, you need a professional water remediation company like SERVPRO to come and find the hidden damage.
 
Weakening Joists
 
One hidden danger is that water weakens floor joists. Once the water gets under your floor covering, it sits on the subfloor and joists. It does not evaporate since there isn’t anywhere for the water vapor to go. Therefore, it continually rots the wood.
 
Mildew and Mold Growth
 
Probably the biggest danger of an overflowing sink is the potential for mildew and mold growth. It can happen very fast if the conditions are right. Mold is a dangerous fungus that can cause severe health problems. Once mold starts to grow, it can quickly spread through the area if not stopped.
 
Leaking to Rooms Below
 
Another danger is the damage to rooms under the overflow. If you have a bathroom over the kitchen, your problem doubles. It will not only be the ceiling to the kitchen that starts leaking, but it gives a lot of bacteria and germs access to your kitchen. For this reason, SERVPRO needs to be called right away when you have flooding from a sink overflow. They can use their professional dryers and dehumidifiers to dry your home out quickly to avoid further damage.
 
Potential Safety Hazard
 
Since there are various types of floor coverings in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, another danger is a slippery floor. Some homes use tiles, vinyl and other floor coverings which can be slippery when wet. Anyone who steps on the ground as the sink overflows could fall, especially if they are unaware of the overflow.
 
Repairing the Hidden Damages
 
Of course, if your sink has overflowed, you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO to fix the hidden damages. They can use special tools to check for mold growth, test the strength of the joists and look for any signs of stains on the ceilings below your sink. Once the damage is found, they can also repair it for you and get things looking like they used to.
 
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holes & Washington is standing by, ready to help you at any time of day or night, any day of the year. All it takes is a simple phone call to (850) 267-0746, and they will have a technician out to your home quickly, so you do not have to worry about the damages done.