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What Can a Homeowner do After a Fire in Miramar Beach?

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Can a Homeowner do After a Fire in Miramar Beach? Not all items are unsalvageable. SERVPRO has specially designed cleaners to cut through the smoke and soot.

Can You Clean Soot Damage in Your Miramar Beach Home? 

Universally, Miramar Beach homeowners can attest that they would much rather save the money and time by restoring damages to their property themselves if possible. Even addressing specific symptoms and leaving the rest for professional restorers can reduce overall work times and the size of the final bill. After fire damage, multiple symptoms exist in areas far beyond the ignition point and can continue to get worse the longer the property waits for cleaning and restorative work to begin. 

Surprisingly, there are many steps that homeowners can take to reduce or eliminate fire damage in Miramar Beach properties by starting fire debris removal.  Homeowners can also work on getting the photographic evidence and documentation that your insurance company needs to process a damage claim. Other effects are more challenging to overcome without specific equipment and knowledge common to our SERVPRO team. However, there are things the homeowner can do to begin the process of cleaning soot and smoke residues from surfaces. 

Our SERVPRO professionals have tools and approved cleaning agents are used to clean thick smoke and soot residues left on specific surfaces throughout your property. Vacuums are often the first step that even our professional crews use to reduce the presence of soot buildup on hard surfaces. It is vital at this stage not to vacuum directly on the damaged materials, as smearing and ultimately staining are significant possibilities. 

We can use chemical sponges wet or dry, depending on the type of damage that exists.  These sponges have the embedded cleaning product to address an average of 50 square feet of the sooty surface before a new sponge must get used. 

While multiple steps are necessary to overcome damaging circumstances like soot and smoke residues, you are never alone in fire loss recovery. You can trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (850) 267-0746.

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How to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Salon

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Salon Did you know that faulty outlets are a cause of fires? Inspect your outlets often and call SERVPRO to remediate any fire damage.

What You Can Do When Your Beauty Boutique Suffers Fire Damage   

Having an electrical socket cause fire damage in your beauty boutique can be a nightmare for any business owner. In the case of your store, a faulty outlet sparked a fire and spread an unsightly charring up the side of your wall, as well as released a foul scent into the air. Furthermore, the fire was able to destroy several hundred units of product located against the wall left of the outlet.  

The quicker that you get local Santa Rosa Beach fire remediation experts to your cosmetics boutique, the better it is for your store. Customers won't want to shop inside of a store with the foul odor of burnt cosmetic products clinging to the air. Additionally, the sight of the scorched wall may also turn customers away. To remedy the interruption of foot traffic for your business, call for help as soon as you can.  

SERVPRO can quickly assemble a crew of Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)-certified fire damage remediation technicians upon receiving your call. We understand that the loss of product and the damage to your property weighs heavily in your mind, so SERVPRO can help you work with your insurance adjusters to claim the loss. We can do this while our technicians work on remediating your boutique.  

Our technicians can use a variety of advanced technological devices to remediate the fire damage on your property, for both the odor and the physical presence left behind after the blaze. Some of this equipment includes:  

-Air Scrubbers with Carbon Filters  

-Ice-Pellet CO2 Blasters  

-House Made Cleaning Solutions  

-Sodium Bicarbonate Blasters  

With the help of equipment designed to tackle fire damage, our technicians can effectively clean up the damages on your property swiftly. Once finished, we here at SERVPRO hope to leave your shop feeling as it did before the fire happened.  

When fire damage strikes your boutique, never hesitate. Quickly call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties by phoning the number (850) 267-0746. Remember, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Santa Rosa Beach Flooding Woes? SERVPRO Can Bring Back Your Smile!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Santa Rosa Beach Flooding Woes? SERVPRO Can Bring Back Your Smile! SERVPRO Is on Call to Removal Floodwaters from Santa Rosa Beach Properties

Equipment Used for Flood Extraction in Santa Rosa Beach

Extracting flood water from your Santa Rosa Beach home is no small task, and usually something you are hardly equipped to handle yourself. Hiring a flood extraction professional gives you access to a variety of equipment, trained personnel, and specific resources that make the process quicker and easier to perform.

Water damage restoration technicians (WRT) understand the methods for flood extraction in Santa Rosa Beach homes. Professional techniques give you the best chance at a full recovery. In most instances, homeowners attempt extraction on their own. Often leaving standing water behind that wreaks havoc on various areas of their home. Stagnant water is never a homeowner's friend.

SERVPRO technicians have access to hand-held portable water extractors that can reach smaller areas quickly and efficiently. We also use larger, truck-mounted units that are capable of extracting thousands of gallons of water fast. Portable extraction units remove water from carpet, upholstery, and a wide range of flooring options.

SERVPRO uses moisture sensors that emit a visual and audible alarm to signal water permeation and migration. With an aluminum body, retractable probes, sensor lights, and a buzzer, these devices make locating water in your home a simple task. A trained WRT can locate hidden pockets of moisture, removing the possibility of secondary damage down the road.

SERVPRO crew members also use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air in the affected area. A strategically placed dehumidifier removes large amounts of humid air and discharges warm, dry air providing a continual source that enhances the drying process. The warm air acts like a sponge, pulling moisture from materials found in the surrounding area.

Air movers enhance evaporation at the surface level, effectively reducing drying time. Although the equipment does not remove moisture from the air, used in combination with dehumidifiers, they are a useful tool that makes drying larger areas much faster than before.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has emergency response teams available 24/7. We provide cleaning and restoration services throughout the surrounding area, happily supplying our local community with quality services they can trust. Call our local restoration office for more information or to schedule your properties initial inspection today. (850) 267-0746

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Santa Rosa Beach Pet Lovers Get a Water Loss Surprise

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Santa Rosa Beach Pet Lovers Get a Water Loss Surprise When Fido Flood Your Santa Rosa Beach with Water, Give Him a Dog Bone, Then Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Dog Causes Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach Home

When you think of water damage, it might conjure up images of a broken pipe, an overflowing bathtub or maybe a dishwasher pouring copious amounts of water in the floor.  Sometimes water loss events occur in unusual ways.

SERVPRO handled mitigation of water damage from a Santa Rosa Beach homeowner that came home from to find the sprinkler they left running to water their garden had been dragged into their home by the family dog through the doggy door.

Our technicians arrived quickly after the initial phone call and immediately scoped the room to identify areas that held excess moisture. The sprinkler ran for a few hours within the home after the dog brought in and soaked the area rug, window treatments, floor, upholstered chair, and love seat. We removed the area rug and window treatments for drying at another location and used extraction wands on the floor, loveseat, and chair.

SERVPRO employees carry certifications in many restoration sciences, including water removal technician (WRT) and we know how to identify areas water is most likely to have migrated to and the best practices for extraction. After thoroughly removing the remaining water, we began setting the room up for drying.

We placed the cushions from the chair and loveseat in a tented position, meaning they were standing facing each other with the tops touching at an angle. This action allows for better airflow around them for faster drying. Wood furniture has the potential to swell and break framing joints when saturated.

Due to fast action by the homeowner for bringing our emergency response team out so quickly after the event, made us able to save his loveseat and chair but any swelling of the wood occurred. Once the area confirmed dry thought our moisture readings, we cleaned and disinfected all surfaces to ensure they were sanitary and healthy.

When water damage threatens your home and contents with loss, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746. We are available 24/7 to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Flood Damage Experts Of Santa Rosa Beach Talk About Problems With Fallen Tree Branches

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Experts Of Santa Rosa Beach Talk About Problems With Fallen Tree Branches Don’t let a tree branch be your new outdoor umbrella.

Let SERVPRO help you all the way.

During a severe thunderstorm that ravages its way through the Santa Rosa Beach area, many problems can arise. Thunderstorms produce a unique combination of clouds, wind, and excessive rain swirling in all directions, all of which can cause extreme flood damage to your property. Wind and water combined during a severe storm can become a destructive combination quickly. Once the exterior of your home gets breached, rainwater can make its way into the interior of your home and cause extensive flood damage to your building materials and contents.

Recently, much of the country has been the victim of heavy flooding and high-speed wind activity, including tornadoes. Therefore, flood damage in Santa Rosa Beach is more likely to occur this summer. Once water enters your home, there can be several problems that are not as obvious as the destructive physical issues. Moisture can ruin items as well as increase the relative humidity level inside your house, which can cause secondary problems like mold growth.

For example, if a tree branch hits your home, it is vital to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our team of water restoration technicians or WRTs are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC and we work towards preventing secondary problems. We have vast amounts of experience in dealing with problems that are both minor and severe.

Once we arrive at your residence, we inspect the property and figure out the extent of the damage. To do this, we use specialized instruments such as moisture sensors. We have meters that can detect the presence of moisture in your carpets, drywall, and wooden objects. In some situations, we can utilize a thermal imaging camera for scanning the structure of your house for moisture.

If rainwater ever gets into your building as a result of high-speed winds, our WRTs at SERVPRO first stop the water from entering the interior of your home. We accomplish this by boarding up the hole from which the moisture entered. Once the water has stopped coming into your structure, we can then begin mitigating problems the moisture caused.

If you ever suffer from a tree branch crashing into your dwelling or another disaster after a storm, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Did You Know that Every Santa Rosa Beach Fire is Unique and Requires a Customer Restoration Plan

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did You Know that Every Santa Rosa Beach Fire is Unique and Requires a Customer Restoration Plan SERVPRO can determine the type of smoke and clean your home. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

How we Tailor our Fire Damage Restoration to your Santa Rosa Beach Property

One of the biggest hurdles in overcoming a fire is to get your property back to preloss conditions without wholesale replacement of possessions and fittings. To work with a restore over replace mentality, we need to be well-versed in the theory of fire, how damages spread, and the best methods of cleaning away soot or smoke residues.

Moisture, heat, Oxygen, and gas interact in many different ways. Our technicians are trained in a variety of cleaning methods and are available to restore fire damage in Santa Rosa Beach. At SERVPRO, we believe that every property situation is different, which is why we conduct a thorough pre-test of your home before any work begins. During this time, your technician can trace the journey of smoke throughout the home as well as assess what type of smoke residues are left behind.

Different types of smoke deposits such as wet smoke, dry smoke, protein, or fuel have a strong influence on our procedure. However, we do not solely test the type of smoke, but also the type of surface. Some materials may shrink under heat or wet cleaning; others may be more robust and capable of sustaining corrosive chemical agents. Soot bonds with the surfaces they come into contact with, our job is to apply the right cleaning method to release deposits and get surfaces back to preloss conditions.

Depending on the variables of surface and smoke content, we use a combined temperature, agitation, chemical agents, and dwell time. Wet smokes are particularly stubborn and may require soaking in a cleaning solution before effectively removed. Robust surfaces like light fittings can benefit from soda blasting or corrosive chemical agents to help loosen and clear away damages.

Understanding the different elements of smoke and fire can help SERVPRO to apply methods that are both efficient and effective. We invest significant amounts into our technicians so they can apply their knowledge to each situation individually. As a locally owned and operated company SERVPRO provide a personal, tailored solution to your property making damages "Like it never even happened."

For a professional, individual approach, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes and Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 today.

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Our Technicians Explain How These Simple Measures Can Expedite The Flood Damage Restoration Process In Santa Rosa Beach

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Technicians Explain How These Simple Measures Can Expedite The Flood Damage Restoration Process In Santa Rosa Beach SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties makes it easy and inexpensive to recover from flood damage in your home.

Accelerate Your Flood Damage Recovery In Santa Rosa Beach With These Simple Measures

Flood damage can cost your household thousands of dollars and weeks of time to recover from, but with the right initial steps, you can help keep these costs low and improve our efficiency. Your first steps after a flood hits your home should be to call SERVPRO and your insurance company, but after that, you can start the drying process early with some of these methods. Be careful only to do these things when your home is safe: you should never attempt to walk through standing water or touch unsafe surfaces (such as damp appliances and electronics) without our oversight.

Mop Up Water
Most cases of flood damage in Santa Rosa Beach see most of the water drain away quickly after the disaster runs its course. However, the floors of your home may still be covered in droplets of moisture and puddles of water. Using mops and rags to remove as much of this water as possible before SERVPRO arrives with heavy-duty drying equipment can accelerate the process and prevent some potential damages to your home. Do not worry about using clean rags and mops, but take care not to use materials that could scratch and damage the floors of your home.

Separate Couch Cushions
Separating couches, chairs, and other pieces of furniture into their parts can help your furniture sets dry out quickly and avoid as much damage as possible. Keeping one fabric item separate from another promotes faster drying and, most importantly, also stops color bleed from happening. You should also separate other dampened, porous objects close to one another, such as books in a bookshelf.

Turn Up the A/C
Setting your air conditioning system on its highest possible setting can help to dry out your home faster during the warmer months of the year. SERVPRO technicians set up powerful air currents with the help of industrial strength air movers when they dry out your home - an activated A/C unit can do the same job but on a smaller scale.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties makes it easy and inexpensive to recover from flood damage in your home. Give us a call 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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What You Can Do About Water Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home Right Now

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Can Do About Water Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home Right Now Water damage can create a messy and long clean up. Don't think you need to do this alone. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today.

The Use of Desiccant Dehumidifiers in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

We have many pieces of equipment that are vital to the recovery of water loss incidents in your Santa Rosa Beach property. From pipe bursts to faulty appliances, water effects can spread quickly from the source to affect many rooms and areas of your property until the right steps get taken to begin removing these harmful effects and drying out saturated elements and areas.

While extraction can play an important role in the recovery and mitigation of water damage in your Santa Rosa Beach property, this is only part of the bigger problem that exists. As water continues to spread throughout the home, structural elements and construction materials can become saturated to the point of degradation without the appropriate drying techniques starting quickly. Within a matter of days, elements like wood and drywall can become irreparably damaged.

Our SERVPRO professionals work to introduce our state-of-the-art recovery equipment into these scenarios right away. With our high-velocity air movers, we can quickly vaporize much of the moisture saturating materials and contents throughout the affected areas of the property. With our air movers at work, removal of this moisture falls to the powerful array of dehumidifiers that our response team arrives with to begin pulling this moisture from the environment.

Among the most powerful and effective of these machines in our inventory is the desiccant dehumidifier. This machine not only draws out the moisture of the area where it gets placed, but it can also work for a broad area of your home, allowing a small amount of these machines to dry out the entire property effectively. In addition to pulling moisture from the air, this machine discharges heated air to make drying and recovery even more efficient.

We strive to provide the most effective and efficient service when restoring your property after a water loss incident. With the combination of air movers and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team can help you to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (850) 267-0746.

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Introducing the Simple Way to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Santa Rosa Beach

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Introducing the Simple Way to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Santa Rosa Beach Flood damage can happen to any home. If you have flood damage in your home contact SERVPRO for help.

Air Movers Help Us Take Care of Flood Damage in Santa Rosa Beach Quickly

One of the most critical tools in our arsenal of flood damage mitigation and restoration equipment is the air mover. Air movers are more than just fans - they use powerful motors and specialized form factors to create directional air currents in your home. These machines prove vital for our day-to-day operations in removing water from local properties and allowing us to get started on necessary restorations before excess moisture has a chance to cause further problems. Every SERVPRO technician is trained to properly set up and use air movers, which may sound like an easier task than it really is.

Combating flood damage in Santa Rosa Beach and other local communities is a time-intensive and challenging process that requires both a rapid response and drying service and capable hands to conduct restorations once moisture has been removed. Air movers allow us to target only those parts of your home that have sustained significant damages in the storm. The directional air currents they create pick up microscopic water droplets even in the deepest reaches of fabric, wood, and other porous materials. Once the moisture has been lifted off the ground and into the air, we use industrial-strength dehumidifiers to collect water in buckets and containers.

Thanks to the introduction of air movers, we no longer have to rely on small fans and favorable weather conditions to dry out your home quickly. Long-term issues such as the risk of mold growth become less likely problems thanks to our ability to remove moisture before microbes can establish a foothold. Our extensive inventory of air movers and dehumidifiers is designed to allow for fast drying even in sizable industrial warehouse spaces, allowing us to handle a disaster of any size without stretching our resources thin. Once we confirm that no excess moisture remains in an area, we follow the drying work up with restorative processes that make the disaster look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides a beginning-to-end service to help you mitigate and recover from flood damages with as little time and money spent as possible. Call us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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When an Overloaded Power Strip Causes a Fire in Walton County

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When an Overloaded Power Strip Causes a Fire in Walton County Overloaded and faulty power strips cause thousands of fires each year. Make sure that your power strip has a surge protector.

Mitigating Power Strip Fire Damage in a Walton County Home

Many homeowners may think that their power strips have surge protection, but that is often not the case. A power strip without surge protection only increases the number of devices that can be plugged into an outlet but cannot protect from fire damage or electrical surges. All it takes is plugging in one too many devices to suddenly have a fire in your living room entertainment center that leaves soot on the walls, your appliances, and even stain your carpet and furniture.  

When an unprotected power strip causes fire damage in your Walton County home, the certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to help. Our team strives to restore your home to its preloss condition so you can enjoy a movie night with the family as usual.  

With any fire, it is vital to remove soot before deodorizing, as these burnt particles are the primary carriers of odor. Our SERVPRO technicians can be thorough in cleaning surfaces in your home, even those not close to the source of the fire. Soot from fires that involve plastics or rubbers can leave a smeary residue that is more difficult to remove from porous surfaces such as wood, carpet, wallpaper, and fabric. This residue can eventually become acidic if chlorides or sulfides in these particles make contact with moisture or humid air, and this can discolor or even corrode surfaces over time.  

Once the soot is cleaned off of surfaces and out of vents, industrial-grade deodorizers may be used, such as the water-based Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogger. If odors prove particularly strong, multiple methods may be used to eliminate odor. After deodorizing with a ULV fogger, ventilation box fans that blow 3,000 to 5,000 cubic feet of air per second can be used to clear the air. It takes 40 exchanges of air in a structure to remove lingering residues and vapors.  

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is ready to clean up after any size disaster that affects your home. If you need our services, give us a call today at (850) 267-0746.

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