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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.

Fire Damage to Freeport Food Truck

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage to Freeport Food Truck Don't let a food truck fire keep your regular customers hungry or looking elsewhere. Call SERVPRO quickly and get back to cooking.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage in BOTH Small and Large Spaces


Food trucks are a fun and festive addition to the list of dining options for many adventurous eaters these days. If you have invested in this delicious trend, fire damage to your food truck can mean business ruin unless you count the fire restoration experts from SERVPRO on your team.
 
Commercial fire damage to your food truck can be restored by the trained technicians from our team quickly, getting you back to the business of feeding your fans’ cravings. Our staff will assess the severity of the fire damage, ready to advise you and your insurance company as to the best plan to get you back behind the grill. The small area of the truck will mean that repairs and restoration can happen in a matter of days, or even hours, if the fire damage was well contained. Before your loyal customers even realize your troubles, you can be back on the road again, bringing joy to locals and tourists alike.
 
Professional attention to the problems presented by a fire in your food truck is the wise course. Packed into a very compact area is all the equipment and tools you need to make the dishes that are building your reputation. SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled and able to determine whether specialized ovens, cooktops, or fryers can be cleaned up to be put back in action or must be repaired or replaced after the fire. Once those decisions are made, our cleaning crews will take the interior of the food truck from grimy and sooty back to the bright and functional space you were proud to work within and show off to your customers. The safe drivability of the food truck after the fire damage will also need to be established. If your food truck experienced its fire damage near your garage or home, we will also inspect the areas of that structure to ensure no hidden damage impairs the security of the building.
 
The team at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington look forward to a challenge, including restoring a fire damaged food truck. Call (850) 267-0746 and then relax, knowing our crew is ready to turn a tough situation around.

The Process Of Water Removal In Your Miramar Beach Home

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Process Of Water Removal In Your Miramar Beach Home When you reside in a flood-prone area, you may very well wind up needing water removal and water damage restoration from SERVPRO.

Water Removal

When you reside in a flood-prone area, you may very well wind up needing water removal and water damage restoration from a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. Without this intervention, ongoing and severe damage can happen, which can not only place the structure of your home in danger but also the health of you and your family. It is vital that as a homeowner, you are aware of the services which you can expect from such a remediation company while your home is being restored so you can be prepared for the process.

Water removal and restoration involve more than just returning your structure to normal before the flood or other water damage in Miramar Beach happened. It means getting your family back into your home and salvaging any important documents and valuable heirlooms. It means making sure that the indoor environment is healthy again as well. This all happens as a result of years of experience and training from water damage professionals such as our staff at SERVPRO.

While each case has its own unique points, below are a few of the elements of typical water restoration:
Water Removal – Getting rid of standing water is the first priority. Water in excess will not only damage materials and possessions it comes in contact with, but it is also a significant source of humidity. High-tech and low-tech methods apply, from floor squeegees and mops to commercial water vacuums and pumps.

Evaporation – You can't pick up every drop of water after flooding with a pump or mop. The remaining traces must be evaporated where they stand. This will require moving the air with fans or other equipment that can circulate the air.

Inspection – After the water is gone, a formal inspection will be done by our SERVPRO tech, and they will fully document the scope and extent of the project, including damage to the structure and contents, the material condition of the building and safety and health matters. We can also estimate a time frame for completion.

Dehumidification – Water vapor will make existing damage worse and will trigger secondary concerns, like the growth of mold. Indoor humidity must be removed with dehumidifiers.

Temperature Control – Keeping the optimum indoor temperature to speed up drying while discouraging mold and bacteria growth needs careful attention and adjustments to modify the indoor environment during the restoration process.

Evaluation And Monitoring – Each step must be assessed, and we carefully monitor the processes continually during the process, as well as after the restoration.

The next time you need water removal for any reason, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington. We can come out to your home in a timely fashion to create a plan of remediation when you contact us at (850) 267-0746.

Fire Damage in Your Inlet Beach Home can Start with Even a Single Candle

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Your Inlet Beach Home can Start with Even a Single Candle We are here for you in the event you have a residential fire emergency!

Your Inlet Beach Residential House Can Start a Fire with A Single Candle 

Candles are often used in the wintertime to signify many different things in our lives. Many times, these are placed in a window. As windows are typically framed with curtains, this can pose a fire hazard. Young children or pets left unsupervised in a room, even for a short period, can accidentally start a fire by causing the curtain to come into contact with the candle's flame. As fire travels upward, the entire curtain can be lit ablaze very quickly.

Relatives visiting in may never expect to be the cause of your Inlet Beach home's fire damage, but it happens all too often. While children are often a joy, they are also a great responsibility and while visiting relatives that are rarely seen in person, the excitement of the occasion can cause even the most dedicated adults to lapse in their usual supervisory skills. This can lead to disasters that can damage the interior of your home.

Because of this, SERVPRO is ready, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and prepared with the skills, technical knowledge, and the right equipment for every job, so we can restore your home to the state it should be in. Scorched areas of the wall around the window affected by the fire can be repaired and repainted so that the fire soon becomes a distant memory. Curtains, of course, will need to be replaced, but the window frame can be cleaned of smoke, soot, and anything that has melted onto it. Windows can be scrubbed clean of wax and melted curtain fabric. While we may not be able to restore your visit with your friends and relatives, we can help ensure that future visits aren't affected by the current situation.

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If your home has had a small fire that has caused localized damage, remember that no job is too small for SERVPRO. Call us, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington at (850) 267-0746 for all of your fire damage restoration needs anytime.

SERVPRO's ERP In Commercial Water Damage Scenarios for Bonifay

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO's ERP In Commercial Water Damage Scenarios for Bonifay The ERP Mobile App from SERVPRO Mitigates Commercial Water Damage Your Bonifay Enterprise

Be Ready in Case of a Water Damaging Event to Your Business

As America has increasingly become reliant on digital resources for everything from clothes-shopping to restaurant evaluation, so to has SERVPRO modernized since its humble beginnings in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Our latest innovation comes in the form of the ERP or Emergency Ready Profile. This system is designed to aggregate relevant information for future use, and when disaster strikes, quickly transfer it to our technicians. The program keeps assigned profiles for separate locations, allowing you to manage multiple buildings or businesses easily. One of its most common uses is for water damage, where floor plans, contact information, shutoff valves, and many other factors come into play that can easily be imputed within a profile.
 
Shutoff and Control Valves
In Bonifay commercial water damage where the water originates from a pipe or main, knowing the locations of and quickly accessing water shutoff and control valves is a vital step in preventing further damage from occurring and reducing the time taken for extraction. Normally, our technicians must search for these valves on-site or find a building plan. With the ERP, they can have access to these schemes and locations before they even arrive, saving time and cutting off damage at its source. In addition to valves, water pipes, fire sprinkler systems, and mains may present problems, and having plans uploaded to the ERP helps our technicians to identify their locations quickly.
 
Contact Information
The ERP also helps to aggregate contact numbers and information, whether for emergency services, insurance representatives, tenants, or any other relevant individuals or companies. When you need it most, this vital information will be quickly available to both you and SERVPRO, accessible from any device at any time.
 
Floor Plans
Heavily damaged buildings can prove difficult to navigate, especially in floods where furniture and objects have been knocked into pathways. By uploading blueprints or floor plans, you allow our technicians to see full technical drawings and details of the building, facilitating easy navigation and better planning.
 
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington helps local businesses to overcome severe damage with quality service and fast response times. For more information about the ERP or our help, call us at (850) 267-0746.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Crestview

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Crestview Call the experts at SERVPRO for any commercial or residential fire damage.

When a fire happens, the first thing homeowners want to do is return their home to normal. The last thing they want to do is deal with the paperwork. That's understandable when one of the worst things that can happen to your home actually does, it's a nightmare came true.

As a Crestview homeowner, fire damage isn't just a job to you, and we at SERVPRO feel the same way. This is perhaps the most stressful thing to happen to you as a homeowner, and we will be with you from the first examination to when we put the keys back in your hand. We have six key steps to make sure it happens.

1) We make sure YOU are satisfied - Our inspectors and technicians will explain the restoration process to you and answer every question.

2) Minimize and further loss - Our teams are highly skilled and trained to prevent secondary property loss from smoke or soot damage and as we move your property out of the damaged areas and then back in once the work is completed.

3) Identify what can be restored - We will test every item that may have been exposed to determine if it can be cleaned, does not require cleaning or could be questionable and depends on your decision. We will also be honest with you about what is no longer useful and needs to be replaced.

4) Save you and your insurance adjuster time - We will help you work with your adjuster to process everything as quickly as possible. Our initial testing and inspections provide the adjuster with the information they need to get your fire insurance case started.

5) Report the scope of loss - Our work reports to the both of you keep the paperwork moving as we restore your home and property. They also help the adjuster review our services and prioritize the work schedule to reduce costs. Once we're done, we will provide a final report that will help the adjuster process all final paperwork.

6) Produce quality restoration - In the end, even if the insurance adjuster is happy with our work, we've failed if you aren't happy. This last step is what customer service is all about for us.

We don't just come in, drag out your possessions, throw on a coat of paint and then hand you a bill. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is here to help our neighbors through every step of the fire restoration process. If you need us, call us today at (850) 267-0746 to get started.

Structural Damages that can Affect Almost Any Office in Bonifay

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Structural Damages that can Affect Almost Any Office in Bonifay Insure Your Bonifay Office Against Water Damage

SERVPRO Gets Your Water Damaged Business Going Again

Office buildings and environments vary wildly in style, layout, materials, and structural specifications, making some blanket assumptions about water damage difficult to justify in every scenario. Most office buildings luckily fit into a few key profiles, but we can only really know what treatments will be necessary once our technicians are on-site and able to examine the damage. However, here are some of the most common structural issues we remedy in an office setting.

Carpeting
Most offices have at least some carpeting in them, which is, unfortunately, one of the most vulnerable targets in Bonifay commercial water damage cases. Carpeting easily absorbs water and warps once dried out, often tearing apart and off of tack strips that hold it down. Although most types of flooring are vulnerable to flood damage and water damage in general, carpeting is salvaged less often than other types. However, in many cases, rugs and carpets not fixed to the floor may be more readily restored.
 
Wood Supports
In some flooding cases, wooden supports and columns can present a serious safety hazard. If not dealt with carefully, these may fail, triggering a partial or full collapse. This is especially prevalent in older buildings, where waterproof materials and resistant laminates are less common. Wood is also highly susceptible to mold damage and must be treated accordingly to stop growth. Our SERVPRO technicians can deal with mold remediation.
 
Foundational Damage
Perhaps the most consistent feature among office buildings is the presence of a solid foundation. During water damage, a foundation may end up taking on accidental damage, especially if prior issues had existed. If not properly dealt with, these problems could potentially lead to a total collapse. Fast water extraction and damage assessment is key in making sure these issues don't blow up into larger ones.
 
Quick to respond to any disaster, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is ready when you need us most. If your office has taken on water damage, please contact us as soon as possible at (850) 267-0746.

Additional Types of Damage that can be Caused by a Flood

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Additional Types of Damage that can be Caused by a Flood Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to remediate!

Secondary Damage Types in Freeport

Floods can cause immense damage in their own right, creating stains, destroying fabrics, inundating fragile materials, and physically destroying many objects in their path. However, many floods also cause secondary problems for a home as well, creating a dynamic damage situation requiring multiple approaches and areas of expertise to handle. This is where SERVPRO shines, as our technicians are able to scan for, respond to, and treat additional problems as they arise. These are some of the most common types of secondary damage we face in a flood.
 
Mold
 
Flood damage in Freeport will inevitably lead to massive mold growth if action is not taken quickly. Floods dampen an entire structure, creating ideal conditions for mold to grow uninhibited. Furthermore, floodwaters are often highly contaminated, containing high and concentrated amounts of mold spores everywhere they go. Mold is tough to treat and remove, but if action is taken early enough, most or all of its damages can be averted.
 
Fire
 
Even gentle floods can cause fires, by disrupting and destroying electronics, knocking over lights, causing chemical reactions, or a myriad of other potentialities. It is far from uncommon when a case of flood damage also comes with burns and fire damage to restore, as well. Typically, we deal with the water and drying first and foremost, and work on fire restorations later.
 
Odor
 
Many inexperienced and uncertified restoration companies inadequately deodorize a home following a flood or even forget it entirely. Floods contain contaminants that can leave behind long-lasting foul odors which can only be removed through the use of specialty deodorizing fogging machines. Our teams use multiple types of these depending on the scenario and gravity of the situation, removing all odors from your home rather than simply masking them.
 
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington carries the equipment and training to respond to complex calls from local home and business owners. If your home has suffered damage from a flood, call us at (850) 267-0746.

Mold Damage Needs Professional Attention

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Needs Professional Attention Mold Remediation in Bonifay Can Special Treatment from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Carefully Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home

Mold damage is something no homeowner wants to deal with, but unfortunately many times is a reality. No matter if it’s due to a massive storm rolling through your area and water seeping in, or a broken appliance, mold growth needs to be taken care of as soon as possible; it can grow and spread rapidly to other parts of your home, posing health effects to your family.

If you discover any mold damage in Bonifay to your home, you will want to have professionals, like our technicians at SERVPRO, come to your home and take care of it. The process of mold remediation can be a complicated one, and it has to be handled in just the right way so that everyone in the home stays safe. Since during mold remediation the mold spores are most likely to be disturbed and released into the air, anyone performing the cleanup needs to wear protective clothing and equipment (PPE.) This protection will include gloves, goggles, a (HEPA) respirator or dust filter mask, and protective clothing which covers the whole body and can either be easily cleaned or discarded.

If there is a lot of mold spores which need to be removed, then the room or rooms might need to be sealed off to stop any of the mold spores from spreading throughout the rest of the house. This containment can be done with clean plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover doorways, vents or other openings. The amount of dust may also need to be minimized. Mold spores, will often stick to dust and then be transported to your home by these particles.

Our SERVPRO technicians may also use negative pressure while cleaning your mold problem. This is done by running an exhaust fan out a window or a door that is partially opened to blow air outside of your home. In this way, mold spores which are stirred up in the process of removal will mostly end up outside. Any air conditioning will also be turned off before the cleaning begins.

You’ll be able to use materials which are non-porous such as hard plastic, metal, and glass after the mold has been erased from them. For porous materials like carpeting, drywall and books, however, the professionals will help you decide on a case by case basis whether or not they are salvageable. Once the mold has been removed and disinfect applied, and the surfaces have been allowed to dry completely, a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner will be used to remove most residual mold and spores.

No matter the reason for your mold damage, you will need our professionals at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington to help you clean it up. We will write up a plan of remediation for you and clean your mold as soon as possible when you contact us at (850) 267-0746.

Crucial Water Removal Services

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Crucial Water Removal Services Call SERVPRO to remediate your home or business damage!

Water Damage can be Quickly Remediated by SERVPRO Professionals

Not all water damage is caused by natural disasters. Sometimes human error, years of wear or appliance malfunction creates a critical need for water removal for homeowners or landlords. All it takes is for a crying child or a ring of the doorbell to distract a person long enough for a filling sink to overflow. Deep within the walls of your home or rental property, aging pipes can burst, or when you turn on the washer before you leave for work, a clog in your laundry tub can turn wastewater into a flood that compromises your building’s floors and ceilings. SERVPRO’s mission is to turn a water catastrophe into a smoothly operating restoration plan that gets your property back to comfortable, livable, safe condition fast.
 
Fortunately for the homeowner or landlord, water removal in Point Washington can be speedily and effectively accomplished by our professional team of water mitigation specialists. We provide IICRC training to our staff, so they are up to date with or exceed industry standards when it comes to removing water and restoring structures and personal property. Our equipment is top notch whether a simple mop up is required or rooms full of water need to be removed. Specialized know-how possessed by our staff in contents' restoration means you will be able to have items you thought ruined returned to use or enjoyment rather than replaced, saving money and preserving your family or your tenants' equipment, heirlooms and other precious and valuable belongings.
 
With SERVPRO as a partner, a landlord or management company can have apartments or commercial property back online for tenants quickly, allowing the water challenges to be short term problems with immediate and efficient solutions. We can help pack up if temporary relocation of your tenants is necessary, a service that is invaluable if the water damage also affects your own living or business areas. Our technicians specialize in restoring possessions from electronics to treasured family pictures, all while also providing professional water removal and structural integrity services. Let us assist in assembling a comprehensive contents claim inventory as well as a thorough building damage report to support your insurance claims.
 
Think first of SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington when unexpected flooding or other water damage requires immediate attention in your home or rental property. With phone lines open 24/7 every day of the year a call to (850) 267-0746 will get you on the way to water removal and damage restoration today.