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Flood Damage In Santa Rosa Beach

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Cleanup in Santa Rosa Beach Homes

Flood damage delivers several levels of loss when it hits a house. Even when the scale of water intrusion is small, the costs can be severe due to the possibility of contaminants or sewage.

Scoping Santa Rosa Beach properties with flood damage using professional moisture detection equipment is crucial. It is impossible to see every place in the room water migrates. It seeps under floors, behind walls, and the techs carefully go through the room to determine the exact scale of the water loss.

Safety During Cleanup
Testing the water is another critical element to determine the presence of any toxins or sewage and apply the appropriate treatments to lessen the danger during cleanup and restoration services. When dealing with floodwater, the techs wear full-body protection, including respirators, to avoid aspirating airborne molecules.

Common Loss Items
Contents of the home that absorb floodwater frequently do not have restoration potential. Carpet and padding become extremely heavy when saturated and require extraction before removal. They are then cut into strips and disposed of as a biohazard. While the sheetrock on the walls may wick water and require sections get cut away to halt any further loss, if the baseboards are hardwood, they may be suitable for reuse after drying and disinfection.

Drying and Monitoring
The drying phase gets frequent checking of the air moisture levels to ensure that pre-set drying goals get attained. The techs use centrifugal air movers along with dehumidifiers to capture the embedded water vapor that gets raised by the high-velocity airflow. This assists with not only facilitating expedited drying but also evenly dries the loss area.

Mold Prevention or Remediation
SERVPRO techs undergo training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR309 and #MRSR377. With this knowledge, they know the unmistakable early signs of an infestation and how to halt the spread. The application of antimicrobial cleaners and sealants on the exposed framework assists with inhibiting mold spore germination.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 tackles flood damage of any size in local properties removes the water, and makes the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Inspecting the Condition of Wet Wood in Santa Rosa Beach Homes

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Subflooring pulled up in a room with water under the subflooring. Water damage to your Santa Rosa Beach home will be hard to deal with, let us help you be effective with everything including your flooring.

Let SERVPRO inspect all aspects of your Santa Rosa Beach home after water damage.

There are hundreds of drying decisions that our SERVPRO team must make with every water loss incident they encounter in Santa Rosa Beach homes. As challenging as these circumstances can be when substantial migration has already occurred, swift action can help to reduce further property damage and protect expensive flooring options like oak, maple, and cherry natural planks.

Water removal in Santa Rosa Beach homes might not always refer to excessive standing water where loss incidents have occurred. The cellulose in hardwood planks from these tree species can make absorption happen quickly, which can make a substantial recovery obstacle for our responding technicians. Identifying the condition of wood plank flooring can help to determine what steps are necessary to reduce your cost in restoration and prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction.

Removing Water from Hardwood Planks 

When caught early enough, our SERVPRO technicians can remove trapped moisture from wood planks. Before moisture soaks through to the subflooring material, we can utilize a combination of drying mats and tenting materials like poly sheeting together to help remove present moisture. Monitoring is critical during this process, as it is not tricky to over-dry the wood and cause equally damaging conditions. We use surface moisture meters inside the tent with the drying mats to regularly monitor the moisture removal process.

Physical Deformation and Structural Damage

The presence of water in wood planks of flooring is manageable until the moisture molecules bond with the composition of the wood. Now free moisture becomes bound water molecules, and physical damage ensues. Early damage to the flooring shows at the seams where planks press together, usually swelling or distorting along these seams. In these situations, the only suitable solution is removal by our qualified team of in-house contractors. These same professionals can also install the new flooring planks when restoration nears completion.

Water losses can be a damaging situation for your home, and this can become even worse when saturated wood flooring does not get dried quickly enough. Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties rapid response team a call 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Santa Rosa Beach After A Fire

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

A grease fire burned this stovetop A grease fire on the stovetop got further out of hand and required our state of the art equipment. We are here 24/7 so call us right away.

Fire Damage in Santa Rosa Beach Bedroom

Candles bring a soft light, beautiful scents and offer an aesthetic to the room most people enjoy. However, it is still an open flame, and the potential for fire damage exists if left unattended or misused.

A homeowner in Santa Rosa Beach had fire damage in her bedroom from a candle in a large glass jar breaking. The glass holders the candles get poured into have a design that makes them heat resistant. However, if a wick is too close to the edge of the glass or there is less than half an inch of wax left in the bottom, the container has the potential to break due to the heat.

Determining the Scale of the Fire

SERVPRO technicians immediately assess the bedroom to discover the scale of the fire and determine items with restoration prospects. The techs remove those things to another area for cleaning.

Containment Against Cross-Contamination

The techs are very mindful of the possibilities of cross-contamination to other areas of the home. Turning off the HVAC and covering doorways and vents with heavy-gauge plastic assists in limiting this hazard during fire damage mitigation.

Clean Up of Fire Loss Items

Items with visible evidence of severe charring such as the mattress, side table where the candle ignited the fire, and bedding required removal as a fire loss. Before disposal, the techs get approval from the property owner and document the items with both photos and a detailed description to assist with insurance claims.

Cleaning Methods for the Restorable Items

When smoke damage or soot is the issue, and the item does not have charring, the technicians can often lift away the stains and restore the piece. A wood table in the room looked like a loss due to heavy smoke residues, however, through the mixing of specific cleaning agents with solvents to release the grip of the smoke without harming the wood, SERVPRO techs cleaned the table like new for reuse in the home.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 brings the knowledge, experience, and advanced equipment to make the fire damage in local properties, "Like it never even happened."

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Facing Tough Problems from Flood Damage in Your Miramar Beach Home

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Rain causing flooding Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

You Should Always Have a Plan For The Possibility of a Flood in Your Miramar Beach Home

Intense weather conditions often bring on unexpected wind and rain, both of which become devastating to any property. Depending on the storm that passes through, you may also face heavy rains, flooding, and the loss of power. In these situations, SERVPRO is there to help you face the tough obstacles ahead with professional services and prompt response.

You need to know that you never have to handle flood damage in Miramar Beach alone when you have SERVPRO on your side. We possess the skills and expertise necessary to address all storm and flood issues, making the cleanup manageable and more efficient than a DIY project. All you have to do is get in touch with us, and we can send out a storm and flood recovery team to start an assessment.

Setting Priorities Post Flood Damage

Once you have gone through a major storm, you want trained technicians like those we employ at SERVPRO to assess your needs. Once we take a look at the damage, we deploy the right resources to help protect your possessions and your building from suffering further damage. 

If a structural hit took place, such as broken windows or damage to the roof, the potential for further damage becomes a threat. SERVPRO offers boarding services for your windows and measures to tarp your damaged roof, thus helping to prevent any further moisture from getting inside.

Should the power be out after a significant storm, we arrive with generators to provide assistance with medical equipment, refrigeration, as well as pumps that help to remove water from your interior. After SERVPRO stabilizes the situation, we start the next steps for flood damage and water cleanup. Full-scale cleaning and proper drying commence, including the use of pumps and vacuums for water extraction and the placement of industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to address lingering moisture. The ultimate goal is to ensure your home is left “Like it never even happened.”

Would you like to learn more about the ways that we can address flood damage? Get in touch with us at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties by calling (850) 267-0746. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Restoring Your Water Damaged Santa Rosa Beach Home

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team a call anytime that you need us at (850) 267-0746.

Reducing Soils and Tracking When Restoring Santa Rosa Beach Homes

As restoration technicians helping your Santa Rosa Beach home to look and feel like it did before a disaster, we must not undo the work that we have started with bad practices and careless actions. Cross-contamination between a workspace and clean areas of a residence can be bad enough during restoration, but soiling and tracking of dirt and debris in the house could get much worse when technicians are continually entering and exiting the structure. Proper planning techniques can help.

Much of the successes that our SERVPRO team has experienced in recovery and water cleanup for Santa Rosa Beach homes stems from our preparedness for each given situation. One of the ways that we can reduce our damaging footprint in your home during restoration processes is to establish a staging area near to the damaged zones. This room can fit the full measure of our recovery tools, products, and machines until the right phase gets reached to use them.

One of the primary advantages of establishing this staging area is a noticeable reduction in foot traffic from the damaged zone in your house to the service vehicles and production trucks outside. When our team first arrives at your residence, we can bring in all of the extraction, drying, and recovery tools that we need into this safe and clean area for temporary storage during mitigation and later recovery steps. Even with booties covering our shoes walking through non-damaged regions of your residence, dirt transference is still possible with enough trips in and out of the house getting equipment and products on an as-needed basis.

There are many ways that our professionals are working to make the restoration process as efficient as possible for our customers. By establishing a staging area when we begin our water recovery efforts, you get the maximum efficiency of drying and water extraction, but also reduce the need for carpet cleaning and further restoration in otherwise undamaged rooms of the house. Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team a call anytime that you need us at (850) 267-0746.

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Swift Water Removal for a Santa Rosa Beach Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water on floor Call the experts at SERVPRO for all of your water damage restoration needs. Contact us at (850) 267-0746.

Why SERVPRO Handles Water Removal in Santa Rosa With Ease

Water damage often results from pipe leaks and appliance mishaps, but another common cause is accidents or lapses in memory. A busy parent might accidentally leave the bath on and saturate the bathroom floor with water while taking care of household tasks or spending time with children. When these accidents happen, it can be frustrating for homeowners to deal with alone, especially considering that consumer products do not always address the full extent of moisture exposure.

If your Santa Rosa Beach residence requires water removal after an accident with your bathroom fixtures, IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to assist you. No matter what time you need to call, technicians can come to your home quickly and restore your home to a preloss condition. Your local SERVPRO also has mold remediation licenses (#MRSR309 and #MRSR377) if you need professional microbe cleanup after water damage.

Water Damage Timeline

  • Within minutes of damage occurring, water can saturate everything in its path, and absorb into walls, upholstery, floors, and other items. Upon exposure to moisture, carpeting becomes 50% weaker and can separate from the padding underneath.
  • Within 24 hours of exposure, drywall can swell and break down, and odors start to develop. Furniture may swell and crack, and metal surfaces may tarnish from moisture.
  • Between 48 hours to one week after exposure to water, your home can become host to mold and mildew. Essential structural materials like doors, windows, and studs can swell and warp. Metal surfaces may start to corrode or grow rusty, and furniture may grow mold. 
  • After more than a week of exposure, the time and effort needed to restore your home increases significantly, and the risk posed to occupants increases along with it.

How SERVPRO Can Help

In the event of a clean water overflow in your bathroom, technicians have extraction equipment available to remove the mess and prepare your bathroom for drying. Portable, back-mounted extractors can take care of the remaining loose water. If moisture has saturated tile flooring, technicians can evaluate the extent of damage underneath floors with infrared cameras. 

Once extraction is completed, professionals can set up centrifugal air movers every 10 to 16 linear feet along the affected area, as well as low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers for drying. These pros also use EPA-registered antimicrobials to rid water damaged areas of bacteria and mold, which can also help with removing odors.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties wants to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (850) 267-0746 for cleanup that can begin within hours of your first contact.


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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Fire Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Don't let the debris from fire damage overwhelm your home. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective remediation services.

Fire Damage Santa Rosa Beach – Can I Stay in My Home

Many people are devastated after a fire in their home. Consumers are worried about where to move to and what is going to happen to their homes. Some want to remain in their homes, even while being restored. Can you stay in your home after a fire?

SERVPRO has managed many fire damage situations in the Santa Rosa Beach area. There are situations where a family can remain in their home. For example, a kitchen destroyed by a grease fire while the rest of the house is untouched by fire. However, there can be smoke and residue damage in other areas of the home.

Why Do Clients Want to Stay in Their Homes after a Fire?

Many consumers are concerned about the theft of their personal belongings if someone is not home. Often, the family routine is severely disrupted if the family has to move to a hotel for several weeks or months. The insurance adjuster also saves money by avoiding the cost of temporary housing costs and temporary living expenses.

Immediate Restoration Procedures May Include

If possible, SERVPRO can accommodate client requests like these. We may have to arrange for rapid deodorization to counter strong odors from the fire. We may clean specific areas of the home before work on the main damage area begins. Clients can assist by prioritizing clothing that needs to be cleaned immediately

SERVPRO can also seal off damaged areas of the home from the rooms where the family continues to live. Clients would also be encouraged to avoid entering these sealed off areas to prevent further odor contamination. We try to be as flexible as possible in meeting the needs of our customers.

We also have a Florida state licensed building contractor on site to put your home back together after a significant event. Our mold remediation contractor license #: MRSR309, MRSR377.

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

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We Get You Back In Business In Santa Rosa Beach After A Water Damage Disaster

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Four of our dehumidifiers and air movers in a carpeted hallway Our certified team of technicians used our dehumidifiers and commercial air movers to suction up the water on this carpet.

Commercial Water Cleanup for Keg Room Emergencies in Santa Rosa Beach

Commercial Water Cleanup Santa Rosa Beach
At the busy times of the year, the keg room in your bar is going to be under significant stress. Regular restocking and changing around of pressure, barrels, and refilling stock can increase the likelihood of human error or malfunction. These malfunctions typically result in large quantities of liquid in the storerooms beneath the main bar. The liquid likely contains beer, chemicals as well as just water and may become a severe cause for concern.

In some situations, a flooded stock room can happen in the middle of the night, leading to the urgent requirement of commercial water cleanup in Santa Rosa Beach. Staff on-hand can help to remove items of stock and clear the affected area. But it is unlikely that your team has the requisite skillset to effectively restore the damage or prevent it from causing further harm. Your drainage system may become blocked, or sump pumps used to transport liquid from lower levels to upper sewer points may malfunction.

Our commercial services help clients of all sizes and requirements. Using trained local technicians, we can perform both the assessment and restoration procedures needed to get your business back on track in time for service. By contacting SERVPRO, you gain access to a significant amount of restoration experience as well as the option to mobilize advanced equipment at a moment's notice. Your keg room likely requires both mechanical restoration as well as industrial cleaning duties.

The contents of liquid may vary depending on the level of water cleanup from contamination. However, it is unlikely that SERVPRO technicians encounter solid waste in a conventional small business water emergency. We can mobilize high-pressure pumping equipment, which is effective at transporting liquids from subterranean levels out of the building at ground level. Once the removal of fluids is complete, SERVPRO technicians can use pressure washers to clean out the inner areas of the keg room and apply disinfectants to restore the affected area.

A well-equipped and knowledgeable restorer can help your business to get back on track with a minimum loss of revenue. Contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746.

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

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

lifebuoy floating in kitchen floodwaters Don’t let the water damage event in your home get out of hand.  Contact SERVPRO for emergency services right away.

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.