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What’s Really Happening With Water Damage Remediation in Santa Rosa Beach

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Santa Rosa Beach Residents should be Aware of Microbial Growth in Water Damage Situations

It can be easy for a water incident in your home to get out of hand. Unfortunately, once water enters the house, it has the potential to cause massive amounts of damage. One of the reasons for that is the microbes present in all types of water. In modern restoration, it is almost impossible to talk about water issues without talking about microbial topics. Microbes are invisible to the naked eye but can reside within the water or in areas of the home. 

Microbes are the reason that you notice unpleasant odors or yellowing in association with water damage in your Santa Rosa Beach. These microscopic organisms include bacterias, viruses, and fungi, which can cause a health concern or the presence of mold. While homeowners may seek to rectify water incidents themselves to save on expenses, doing so can have the opposite effect. Many mold remediation and long-term water exposure restoration jobs are the results of a previous water incident in the home. 

So how do we tackle an organism that is invisible to the naked eye? SERVPRO responds as quickly as possible to prevent the spread of water. In some cases, in place, drying techniques are useful, but it is generally more time-efficient to detach carpets and float them using air movers to dry underneath. While extraction wands may be primarily thought of as water removal equipment, we can also adapt this equipment to distribute anti-microbial treatments directly onto floors and carpets. 

Microscopic particles can become airborne quickly, especially when we are using air circulation to increase evaporation. Hydroxyl generators can be used to disperse both deodorants and anti-microbial chemicals. SERVPRO technicians favor these generators in residential homes because they are water-based and therefore need less ventilation than traditional, ultra-low volume fogging equipment.

Managing microbes is a tough task without expert training and equipment. To bring your water emergency under control, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746.

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Santa Rosa Beach Home Affected by Biohazardous Buildup? Rely Upon SERVPRO for a Safe and Secure Cleanup and Restoration

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

white plastic container for biohazard cleaning agent plus red rubber gloves Santa Rosa Beach and a Hazardous Waste Cleanup Effort Needed? SERVPRO Restores a Sanitary Environment

SERVPRO Has Sufficient Resources to Handle Biohazard Cleanup in Santa Rosa Beach

Removal of biohazards encompasses many aspects apart from the cleanup of materials from the site. There is a need to neutralize any health risks posed by such materials, deal with any odor or stain, and answer any question you might have about the loss. SERVPRO sends a team with the skills and equipment to handle all these aspects during the cleanup of biohazards in Santa Rosa Beach.

Limiting the Spread of Biohazards

For easing the biohazard cleanup process in Santa Rosa Beach, there is a need to ensure minimal disturbance to the affected area. Agitation from foot traffic or even air movements can spread the material further, exposing the occupants to unnecessary dangers. Our SERVPRO technicians can use engineering controls such as plastic sheets to isolate the affected areas before starting the cleanup.

Safe Removal of Hazardous Materials

If there are solid residues of the biohazard left in place, there is a need to remove it safely. Our SERVPRO technicians use shovels and other appropriate tools to scoop the material and store it in leak-proof plastic bags. We also bag any fabric or paper towels we use to clean the area for safe disposal.

Proper Decontamination Procedures

There is a need to clean the affected areas or the property in general to disinfection levels. Different biohazard materials have unique properties, so there is a need to choose the right cleaning solution. It is also crucial to dilute the cleaning agents to the correct ratios. For example, a ratio of 1:100 is for bleaches when diluted with water. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to specially formulated cleaning agents for dealing with different biohazards. Advanced training also helps in following the right cleaning procedures. Therefore, we can remove all types of biohazards, including:

  • Human body fluids such as blood
  • Pathological wastes such as human tissue
  • Animal wastes
  • Dangerous chemicals such as meth lab residues
  • Materials at a crime scene such as gunpowder residue

Cleaning biohazards can be complicated. SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, & Washington Counties has the resources to handle such incidents. Call us at (850) 267-0746. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Miramar Beach Property Owners Trust SERVPRO for Fire and Smoke Odor Removal

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Remove Smoke Odor from Fire Damaged Miramar Beach Homes

The biggest problem following a house fire is the residual odor left behind throughout your home. Even the smallest kitchen fires have a way of penetrating smoke and its strong odor throughout the entire building. It is almost always impossible to remove the scent from the air without professional assistance.

Fire damage in your Miramar Beach home leads to extensive cleanup, especially when it comes to smoke. Often the most challenging piece of the cleanup is the smell remaining after you have cleaned everything else. Certified SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) use specialized techniques, cleaning and deodorizing chemicals, and equipment to remove the unwanted scent from your residence.

Every residence impacted by lingering smoke requires a customized plan to pull the odor from the home effectively. The severity and circumstances of each house are different.

The best way to attack the offensive smoke order is to recreate how the smoke first impacted the home. Thermal foggers vaporize deodorizers, creating aerosols consisting of microscopic particles. These droplets replicate the smoke molecules, which allow them to attack the smoke at a molecular level and by penetrating even the smallest cracks and crevices. Thermal fogs are pairing agents, eliminating odors rather than just masking them with deodorizers. People, plants, and pets are unable to remain in the home until the SERVPRO technicians finish fogging and until you feel comfortable re-entering the house. The preparation often takes more time than this actual service. But, the result of eliminating the source of the odors makes this a wise choice.

In addition to fogging, technicians use Air Scrubbers to pull particles as small as .3 micron from the air, run them through filters that contain activated carbon and potassium permanganate and then push them back into the air. Technicians work with resident owners to determine which, if any, deodorizers are used as a masking agent for the offensive smell of smoke. Masking is a stop-gap measure to improve the indoor air quality during the cleanup and restoration service.

Contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties for help removing smoke odor from your home at (850) 267-0746. We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

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Santa Rosa Beach Property Biohazardous Cleanup Needed after the Vermin Are Gone? SERVPRO Has the Solutions!

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

raccoon on edge of shingled roof Biohazardous Attics from Unwanted Guests in Santa Rosa Beach Causing Problems for You? Contact SERVPRO to Disinfect and Secure

Animal Infestations That Threaten Santa Rosa Beach Homes

 As a Santa Rosa Beach homeowner, it is not challenging to see all of the wildlife that exists even in the neighborhood where you live. From the persistent raccoons knocking over your trashcan to get to your scraps to snake nests that can often appear in the crawlspaces of homes throughout the region, addressing the effect any of these infestations can have on your house should happen as quickly as possible.
Our SERVPRO team can help with biohazard cleanup for Santa Rosa Beach homes once pest control and wildlife services have worked to ensure that the living creatures that could nest in your property are gone. You might not realize how bad an animal intrusion has become until these professionals get involved and trap, relocate or eradicate these threats. Animals can live in a high degree of filth, including their waste and other biohazardous conditions. To protect your home from any adverse effects, our dedicated team of bio-threat recovery specialists can help.
While many animals could infiltrate your attic, chimney, crawlspace, and walls, few are as destructive as raccoons, squirrels, rats, and snakes. While each of these creatures can nest differently, lingering fecal matter and droppings can cause health hazards for exposed humans and pets. Raccoon latrines can be especially troublesome in attic crawlspaces forcing the discarding of insulation, disinfecting, and then re-insulating with new material. Even after the process of cleaning these areas after pests have been eliminated or relocated, aerosolization of viral and bacterial threats is a continued concern without stringent disinfecting efforts.
Our SERVPRO professionals can wear personal protective equipment such as full-coverage suits, respirators, and gloves. During the disinfection and cleaning process to restore these damaged areas of your household, it is vital to prevent the transference of bacteria.
The discovery of an animal infestation in your home can be alarming and overwhelming, even after the immediate presence of rodents or reptiles has gotten addressed. Our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team can help with the precise and focused cleaning that your home needs after these damaging situations. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (850) 267-0746.

When a Leaking Pipe Causes Water Damage in Santa Rosa

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

water gushing through broken copper pipe When pipes burst, water damage happens quickly. Inspect your plumbing often for signs of leaks.

How to Ensure Proper Water Damage Remediation in Your Santa Rosa Beach Residence

Water loss incidents caused by burst or leaking pipes can leave excess water in many areas of your home. Water can ruin appliances, carpets, walls, wood flooring, and other items. It can also degrade sheathing, weaken drywall, and soak insulation. Most articles and surfaces that water touches are prone to damage and may require restoration.

Proper remediation of water damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home is essential. If done unprofessionally, it can lead to serious structural issues and an unhealthy living environment because of mold growth. Homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for water loss incidents, so there is no need to panic after seeing the destruction. If you know water restoration basics, then you can do part of the work. Some of the steps you can perform are:

  • Finding the source of the leak and stopping it
  • Using equipment like a shop vac to extract the water
  • Removing all waterlogged materials from the area
  • Placing fans in the affected rooms to increase air circulation
  • Throwing away severely damaged items

Your knowledge determines how much water damage restoration you can handle without professional support. Moisture can seep into concealed areas and continue destroying the contents and structures of your home. It is necessary to use moisture detection tools, like thermal imaging cameras, to find out how water traveled in a structure. That’s where a professional restoration company like SERVPRO comes in. With our moisture detection tools, we can detect moisture otherwise not discovered, enabling our technicians to address hard to spot issues.

Moisture affects materials differently. Our technicians understand how buildings are put together and can, therefore, dry your home effectively. Using well-documented procedures and the most appropriate equipment, we can help you save cherished belongings and prevent further damage to the building materials of your home. Our experts can use axial air movers to expedite the drying process. These devices move large volumes of air across large spaces. We then use dehumidification equipment to eliminate water vapor from the air. After the drying process is complete, our SERVPRO technicians perform a final inspection to ensure that no moisture is left.

For same-day water removal services, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746. We can deal with the water loss to make it “Like it never even happened.”     

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Destin Stormy Weather and Flooding in Your Home? Mitigation of Damages Are a Priority--Call SERVPRO for Professional Help

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding Sign, Boats at a Dock SERVPRO Recommends to Call Us for Flood Damage Cleanup in the Destin Area--Done Right the First Time!

Are You Considering a DIY Flood Damage Restoration in Your Desmond Home?

If something disastrous, like flood damage in the Florida Panhandle, happened to your home, you might consider trying to remediate the damage yourself to lessen the overall expenses. While it is true that DIY jobs generally cost less than hiring professional services, it may not always be worth risking further damage to your home due to inexperience. Having first-hand knowledge about the Cleanup and Restoration Industry can help ensure that the remediation goes right the first time.

Let's say that the flood damage in your Destin home came from a flash flood. While you were at work, a severe storm rolled in and caused a flash flood. The water level rose until it managed to flood the entry room of your home before it retreated again when the storm subsided.

There are some key reasons to contact professional Cleanup and Restoration services, such as SERVPRO, instead of handling a job like this yourself. Firstly, floodwaters are not always safe to handle without protective equipment. Floodwaters can pick up harmful materials and carry them in their currents, such as biohazardous materials, chemicals, and human waste. Black Water should only be removed and remediated by professionals who understand how to interact with it safely.

Secondly, SERVPRO can help ensure that the growth of mold damage is less likely to occur. Our highly trained technicians use advanced equipment when they remediate flood damage, including infrared cameras, which can point out hidden pockets of water. If you call us, we could assemble a team of water damage restoration technicians (WRT) to travel to your home swiftly. We strive to be Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

If you trust SERVPRO to handle the flood damage in your home, our technicians can begin with removing any lingering puddles of water using wet/dry vacuums. To properly remediate your entryway, we may need to remove drywall or the flooring to ensure that the structure of your home can be dried. However, we always attempt to return your home to you, "Like it never even happened."

Sometimes, DIY yourself jobs are an excellent way to gain some experience and save some money. However, if severe damages happen to your home, always reach out for professional help.

If a flood impacts your home, never hesitate to reach out for help. Speak with SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties by calling (850) 267-0746.

Our Team Has The Experience And Skills To Restore Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Two dehumidifiers and two air movers drying up water damage in a hallway We use our dehumidifiers and air movers as part of our drying process after water damage strikes a property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Repairing Portions of a Damaged Santa Rosa Beach Bathroom

Once you have experienced a substantial water loss incident in one of the bathrooms of your Santa Rosa Beach home, you can quickly notice how easily nearby construction materials suffer the damage. Baseboards can be a fine line of defense to reduce the exposure of your drywall, but they can quickly become compromised as well with higher porosity. You might have to replace these materials once you’ve addressed any lingering water loss effects.

A primary focus should be water removal in Santa Rosa Beach homes if that process has not already started. While you might have water-resistant elements like the flooring in your bathroom, exposure to fixtures like the vanity, shelving, baseboards, and drywall all remain susceptible to the damaging effects of absorption. Our SERVPRO professionals have many extraction tools to choose from to find the ideal machine for the situation, and because of the confined space, likely opt for similar removal approaches to what homeowners might already use with wet-vacs and extraction wands.

Drying the area is another area where professional restoration approaches can excel and better protect exposed materials and fixtures. With our rapid drying solutions like our air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, our drying zone established with 6mil plastic sheeting and our advanced equipment can drop moisture content levels below acceptable parameters quickly. Homeowners still must address the effect that standing water had on fixtures like the vanity and baseboards, however.

If the drywall shows no signs of water damage, you only want to remove the baseboard and replace this trim. This removal can get done without much construction and building trades expertise, and all you need initially to remove these damaged trim pieces is a putty knife. Jam the flat blade behind the baseboard and pry outwards to remove the finishing nails from the drywall. Continue down the line until you have removed the entire piece. You are now ready for reinstallation if you determine that no water damage or moisture exists in the drywall behind the trim.

Our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team has experience and skills with nearly every aspect of restoration and recovery of your home following water losses. If you want to make it “Like it never even happened.” fast and efficiently, you should trust our crew. Give us a call today at (850) 267-0746.

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Attention Santa Rosa Beach Business Owners--SERVPRO Provides Advanced Cleaning Equipment after a Fire

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Small ultrasonic, stainless steel immersion cleaning tank SERVPRO Saves Expensive Smoke and Soot Damaged Merchandise with Advanced Equipment for Our Commercial Clients in Santa Rosa Beach

How SERVPRO Technicians Clean Commercial Fire Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

Commercial industries with lots of equipment and sensitive goods can be affected by damage from an accidental fire. SERVPRO technicians use many different cleaning techniques and employ advanced equipment to respond quickly to the ruined areas, getting to your items before they are entirely unsalvageable. One of the most efficient methods of deep cleaning your commercial goods is with the use of ultrasound technology.

Contaminants from a commercial fire can include smoke, soot, and other chemicals that may originate from your industrial equipment, cleaning agents, dyes, and more. For example, a print production shop may see sudden flames from a faulty printer, or a grease fire can break out in a restaurant kitchen. This kind of fire damage in Santa Rosa businesses can be purged of contaminants through the use of ultrasound immersion tanks. Items that have been heavily affected by smoke become caked with stubborn particles that can become difficult to get rid of without the use of industry-grade technology.

Items made from hard, non-porous surfaces such as metal, ceramic, or plastic are immersed in the water, and a series of strong ultrasonic waves release bubbles to break apart residues down to the microscopic level. These bubbles burst near the source of the damage, and the gas that comes from them uses pressure to erode the soil and soot that has caked the surface. Cleaning your items using this method is a process that can last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on how much buildup is present.

Our SERVPRO technicians utilize several advanced technologies to ensure that your commercial items and equipment are restored from fire damage. Soft-grade items that can handle water are put into our Esporta industry-grade washers, equipped with phosphate-free detergent. They use only half the water of traditional washers to really clean and purify the contents. Our Esporta systems contain powerful hydraulic pumps and multiple tanks, so all of your valuable items can be immersed at once.

Speed is the key to salvaging your important commercial goods that have been damaged by fire and smoke. That is why our content removal equipment is built to do any job, no matter how big or small. SERVPRO - We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we know that your commercial-grade damages can only be handled by commercial-grade equipment.

Emergency fires can start for a variety of reasons in your commercial building, whether due to a faulty appliance, a sparking outlet, or extreme heat. Contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 for fast fire damage services that can save your valuable items and equipment before they are ruined.

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Commercial Water Damage Santa Rosa Beach – Adjusting Equipment Based on Results

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO knows best for your water damage in Santa Rosa Beach.

Hurricanes and tropical storms routinely cause water damage to commercial buildings in the area. Owners must deal with service outages, make temporary arrangements to store products and equipment while their buildings are being restored. Many owners have emergency plans that are ready to kick in if their property experiences water damage. Commercial owners and tenants also depend on restoration companies to restore their building space as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO has lots of experience with commercial water damage events in Santa Rosa Beach. Our team is well aware of the damage that can be caused and also how important it is to help owners re-establish their business. Our technicians are trained to utilize water sensors and meters to calculate the most effective amount of equipment needed to remove moisture from your building.

Regular Moisture Measurements 

Our crew chief arranges for air movers and dehumidifiers based on initial moisture measurements, the square footage of building space with water damage and the natural airflow between rooms. With the right number of air movers and dehumidifiers in place, moisture levels in carpets and walls should fall quickly. Humidity levels within the commercial space should also begin dropping.

Adjustments to the initial installation may be required. Pockets of water inside walls, more water in structures than initially estimated, poor air circulation between rooms, are assessed. In some situations, one large dehumidifier may be sufficient working in tandem with the buildings air conditioning system.

Commercial spaces with multiple rooms or partitions separating areas may benefit from strategically placing several dehumidifiers. These are coupled with air movers in the space and dry the room and structure more effectively. SERVPRO team members use their extensive knowledge and experience to make adjustments as needed to restore your commercial space as quickly as possible.

We also are licensed (Contractor License #: Mold Remediation: MRSR309, MRSR377). We have a Florida licensed building contractor as part of our team to provide restoration services for full structural damage repair and rebuild. "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Okaloosa and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Steps Homeowners can Take to Assist With Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen cabinets with untouched contents inside Not everything was lost in this fire. We were able to restore the home to its preloss condition.

Can You Do Part of Fire Recovery in Santa Rosa Beach Alone? 

There is no room for error when Santa Rosa Beach homes fall victim to fire loss incidents. With the likelihood of spreading effects reaching new areas within hours of extinguishment, many residents rely on the prompt response of our SERVPRO professionals to reach the property and immediately begin mitigation and restoration efforts. As much as we can handle nearly every aspect of this recovery, there are some areas that you can handle on your own when necessary.

As much as fire damage in Santa Rosa Beach homes feels overwhelming and highly stressful, your involvement in the restoration of your house can ultimately save you money. Also, participating in the early stages of recovery can ensure that certain damaged contents in your property do not become ruined as they contact spreading soot particulates, smoke residues, or odors moving through your home.

We work to provide a seamless transition between the early mitigation stages, such as fire debris removal, and reconstruction that your home might need. Here are some of the ways that you can help, even before our SERVPRO team arrives:

  • Carefully remove at-risk contents and belongings from affected areas when it is safe to do so. Moving these items to a secure area of your property can ensure that further damage does not occur while our professionals are in route. 
  • Get your family out of the house, especially when contending with a higher concentration of soot and airborne particulates. These carcinogens can cause health effects. 
  • If safe to do so, remove standing water from extinguished areas with the use of a wet/dry vac. If the damage is too significant, our team has more efficient, high-capacity extractors to use instead.

While it is always a good idea to trust in the experience and prompt response of our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team after a fire, there are ways that you can help your property as well. Give our team a call to help whenever you need us at (850) 267-0746.

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