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When an Overloaded Power Strip Causes a Fire in Walton County

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

an electrical wire melting and on fire on a table Electrical fires can be quite difficult to deal with. Contact our certified SERVPRO technicians to remediate the fire damage in your home.

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 stains 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. 

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

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.

Water Removal Services for Santa Rosa Beach

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with floating furniture Regardless of the room affected, water damage and flooding needs to be dealt with right away. Contact our certified team for effective water removal.

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

When a home has become flooded, it is crucial to call an expert company to protect your Santa Rosa Beach property right away. These professionals can help reduce the damage that is done from the water and can even help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

When there is an emergency any time of the day or the night, a professional water damage service for Santa Rosa Beach is ready--SERVPRO. We can obtain some necessary information with your initial call and send out an inspector, and if necessary, a crew within four hours.

Initial Water Damage Inspection

When our team arrives at your property, we can begin an inspection to assess the amount of damage the water has done to the property. We search for the source of the water and turn off the supply if it is from a burst pipe. Typically, water damage caused by leaks from plumbing is not contaminated water but clean. Then time to initiate an action plan for water removal, cleanup, and restoration. We strive to dry out and restore building materials rather than tearing out and replacing them.

Our highly trained and IICRC certified technicians can begin the water extraction. We have a number of industry-grade submersible pumps as well as wet/dry vacuums to remove the water. Rapid removal reduces the chances of continued degradation. During the extraction process, the SERVPRO techs bring in air movers to increase the rate of evaporation and dehumidification equipment to capture the water vapor. This removal of moisture lessens the chance of secondary water damage to dry rooms and belongings. Depending on the degree of water intrusion, scoping and deploying equipment is expedited to mitigate damages.

The professionals at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties are ready 24/7 to restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." For help in Miramar Beach, Walton County, and the surrounding areas, call us at (850) 267-0746.

How Can Santa Rosa Beach Flood Damage Affect Floors and Subfloors?

9/12/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with water up to the windows When a central room like your living room faces flooding, the situation becomes critical. Contact our certified team for flood damage remediation.

SERVPRO Mitigates Flood Damage That Impacts Santa Rosa Beach Homes

Living room ground flooding can be catastrophic for various flooring surfaces, not to mention the drywall. Floodwaters can quickly crawl up sheetrock and render it a warped, crumbling mess, all while saturating carpet, delaminating floor adhesives, or damaging wood floorboards.

SERVPRO flood damage technicians clean Santa Rosa Beach homes with EPA-registered biocides to help return the property to a pre-disaster state. SERVPRO flood mitigation covers everything from a thorough initial inspection to structural repairs after cleanup per a homeowner’s insurance policy and restoration needs.

Flood Damage Cleanup Considerations for Residential Flooring

Flooding in a Santa Rosa Beach living room requires extra care, especially in homes with carpeting. The carpet and pad must be removed from the property by SERVPRO techs to ensure safety. Floodwaters bring in copious amounts of contamination and potential for microbial growth in porous surfaces.

  • A living room with carpet, on top of needing the carpet replaced, can have the subfloor treated with SERVPRO cleaning systems, such as cleaning syringes, pump or trigger sprayers, or fogging equipment
  • In homes with ceramic tile, the tiles themselves may be perfectly fine, but grout often swells and gets permeated by floodwater, which can seep into the subfloor
  • Restorable wood floorboards can be thoroughly cleaned with a rubber suction mat designed for wood flooring
  • Vinyl, whether in sheets or tiles, typically loses adhesion after a flood and is often more cost-effective to replace than repair

Residents looking for “Like it never even happened,” mitigation services can call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746.

Three Steps to Successful Water Removal in Santa Rosa Beach Homes

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Water extraction tools Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage to avoid further damages of you property.

SERVPRO Protocol for Santa Rosa Beach Removal of Standing Water

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

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

Immediate Actions

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

Fast Draining Water Removal Tools

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

Water Damage Remediation and Repair

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

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

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

Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire A fire can happen anywhere at any time. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for help if your home has been affected by a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal with Many Different Kinds of Fire Damage Scenarios

Thousands of electrical fires are reported each year in the United States. Electrical fires in homes result in a larger dollar cost per fire than fires that are not electrical. Most of these fires could have been prevented by taking some preventative steps that everyone can do.

For older homes in Santa Rosa Beach, the key to avoiding fire damage from electrical sources is to have an experienced electrician inspect your wiring. It is not meant to last forever, so if your home is over a century old, it is overdue for rewiring. If your older home has experienced an electrical fire, you want to contact us at SERVPRO right away once the fire is out. We work fast so that additional damages from soot and smoke are minimized.

Cause of Fire Damage

One of the main causes of these kinds of fires is faulty wiring. If you see any wiring which is tattered, worn out, or frayed, replace it. Cords that are in poor condition can cause sparks or overheat and start a fire.

Another common cause is overloading, which occurs when you have too many appliances plugged into the same outlet, power strip, or extension cord. It is recommended to purchase power strips that have internal overload protection.

Keep flammable materials away from any electric appliances. Portable space heaters are quite dangerous but don’t forget about hairdryers, irons, or even lamps. Any appliance can trigger a fire if it encounters flammable material, including towels, blankets, and rugs. Do not hide cables under carpets and rugs.

Unless it is a matter of simply replacing a cord, fixing faulty wiring and shorts needs the expertise of an electrician. Flickering lamps, breakers that always trip, plugs that spark when you plug something in, and buzzing outlets can all cause sparks and fires.

When the worst does happen, SERVPRO is standing by to help you clean up the mess and make repairs to your home and possessions. We treat every customer as an individual as well and walk you through the remediation process so you are comfortable with what is going on.

When you trust in SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties, you can rest easy knowing we take care of your home for you. We can even speak with the insurance company to take that stress off you so you can focus on yourself and your family when you call us at (850) 267-0746.

How Can Santa Rosa Beach Homeowners Safely Remove Flood Damage and Soils?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians When flooding damages your home, SERVPRO will be there. We will restore your home to its previous condition.

Santa Rosa Beach SERVPRO Techs Remove Flood Damage Debris and Restore Flooded Structures

Home floods can happen at any time of the day or night. While stocking up on sandbags and supplies can mitigate some of the damage, Santa Rosa Beach homeowners often still require flood remediation to address the debris, sewage, and potential microbial growth left behind by moisture.

Santa Rosa Beach SERVPRO flood damage cleanup is available for property owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified firm deploys technicians in personal protective equipment (PPE) with EPA-registered biocides to mitigate disaster.

How SERVPRO Sanitation Preserves Flood-Damaged Santa Rosa Beach Properties

SERVPRO has access to over 100 proprietary, OSHA-approved sanitation solutions that can be implemented with a variety of tools, such as:

  • Pump or trigger sprayers
  • Commercial-grade foggers
  • Manual cleaning and agitation tools
  • Injection systems for spot cleaning carpet and upholstery

Santa Rosa Beach SERVPRO technicians can preserve structural materials and contents alike with fungicides and other antimicrobial solutions to combat mold growth. In tandem with careful disposal of contaminated materials and floodwaters, these cleaners can prepare a residential space for structural restoration that is free of mold, debris, and malodors.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is ready to show homeowners that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (850) 267-0746 for emergency-response mitigation services.

Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire line If you need professional assistance with fire damage, Call in the experts at (850) 267-0746. We are always available to help you!

Santa Rosa Beach Residents Rely Upon SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration

We are available for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to repair the fire damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home. The first forty-eight hours after a fire are vital. Soot or water that lingers can cause secondary damage if it is not addressed right away by professionals. Whether your emergency happens on a Sunday afternoon or a Tuesday at midnight, SERVPRO is ready to answer your call.

The process of fire damage restoration in Santa Rosa Beach starts with an inspection of your property to figure out the extent of the damage. We then make sure we go over things with you to understand the work that we are going to do. We show you the items which need to be restored and go over things that may be unsalvageable.

When necessary, we pack up your belongings like shoes, clothing, linens, and rugs and send them to the dry cleaners or to our facilities for cleaning. Your valuable items are secured, and we remove any decorative items plus other loose contents from your home. The items removed are carefully documented, then packed, and taken to our facility for cleaning by our specialists if needed. If the damage is minimal, the items can be cleaned on-site.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

Pre-cleaning with a vacuum and dry brush is done for fire damaged articles to pick up any surface dirt or ash. Then, wet cleaning of floors, carpets, and walls can start. We also perform smoke damage clean up and cleaning of the structure.

SERVPRO technicians use equipment to get rid of biological and chemical pollutants and neutralize smoke odors. Industrial grade equipment like ozone generators, thermal foggers, and hydroxyl generators are used to do this. Air scrubbers can be used to remove grease, particles, and gasses from the surrounding air.

Many times, you are dealing with water damage as well from the fire department’s efforts. Our technicians also extract the excess water, measure how much moisture is in the air, and apply the right dehumidification procedures, so you do not have secondary damage from water. If your crawl space or attic has been affected, we can clean those as well.

Fires and fire damage put your life on hold, but SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is always ready to help you and guide you through the restoration process. We can be reached at (850) 267-0746 any time you need, so do not hesitate to call us when an emergency comes up.

Structural Damages that can Affect Almost Any Office in Santa Rosa Beach

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

water Don't let water take over your office, call SERVPRO for assistance right away.

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. Still, we can only really know what treatments will be necessary once our technicians are on-site and examine the damage. However, here are some of the most common structural issues we remedy in an office setting.

Water Removal from Carpeting

Most offices have at least some carpeting in them, which is, unfortunately, one of the most vulnerable targets in Santa Rosa Beach commercial water damage cases. Carpeting quickly absorbs water and warps once dried out, often tearing apart and off 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 easier to restore.

Wood Supports with Water Damage

In some flooding cases, wooden supports and columns can present a severe 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 Water Damage

Perhaps the most consistent feature among office buildings is the presence of a solid foundation. During a water incident, a foundation may end up taking on accidental water damage, especially if previous issues had existed. If not correctly dealt with, these problems could potentially lead to a total collapse. Fast water extraction and damage assessment are key in ensuring these issues don't blow up into larger ones.

Quick to respond to any disaster, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties 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.

Can Violent Weather in Santa Rosa Beach Cause Permanent Storm Damage to Properties?

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

Storm over homes Contact SERVPRO today for assistance with storm flood damage in your home. We have the tools and skilled technicians you need.

SERVPRO Has a Qualified Storm Damage Team to Help Residents of Santa Rosa Beach

Residential properties are not designed to withstand the intensity of storm conditions. Gale force winds can apply pressure to the roofing and building envelope, causing exterior damage. Once the property's structural integrity is compromised, it becomes open to rainwater, debris damage, and microbial infestation. SERVPRO can assist with:

  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Leaking roof from storms 
  • Emergency services water damage

One core area of concern when dealing with storm damage in Santa Rosa Beach is the potential for lasting or permanent harm. Once a roof, window, or entranceway becomes exposed, the chances for excessive wear to occur are very high. Our technicians have experience dealing with short time spans and mitigating losses in an emergency. One of the crucial factors in mitigation is to cover up exposed areas while repairs or reconstruction are planned.

  • Technicians use sturdy yet inexpensive plywood boards to cover damaged windows, entrances, or roofing. 
  • Board-ups protect the home from exposure to the elements and secure the house against unlawful entry or looting. 
  • Our technicians are trained in ceramic, tile, and masonry (UFT) specific restoration, which allows us to restore any exterior damages resulting from storms confidently. 

Professional boarding up of a home can protect it against further damage. Contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties for storm damage at (850) 267-0746.

Looking for a Mold Damage Remediation Company in Santa Rosa Beach?

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians in ppe If your home or business is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Your Home or Business

There are two common mold myths: One mold myth is that you don't have to worry about one tiny fungi spot. Small mold areas can grow exponentially if the moisture problem is still present. The second myth is that you can clean large mold colonies by yourself. Whether you use vinegar or bleach, your effort in removing mold can encourage its growth. Only well-trained mold remediation professionals can get rid of mold more efficiently. 

Mold damage in Santa Rosa Beach is not an uncommon event. This Gulf area provides a prime environment for moisture, dampness, and flooding from storms. Also, a local fire can create a condition for mold to grow due to the water used to put it out. The truth is that mold is nearly everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 

Certified Mold Damage Restoration Technicians

SERVPRO has the certified training, expertise, and equipment to remediate any mold infestation if mold is found in your home or business. There is no such thing as a minor mold infestation. Its spores germinate quickly – within 48 to 72 hours. We are dedicated to a fast response, which lessens the damage, limits additional damages, and reduces costs. 

Mold Damage Assessment and Inspection

Our mold remediation is thorough. It involves a mold damage assessment and inspection. We apply a mold containment system, often using negative air pressure, followed by a specific air filtration treatment. We then remove the mold and any mold-infested materials. Lastly, we clean your contents and belongings, which leads to a final restoration process. 

Deodorizing After Mold Damage

We are also experts in deodorization because with mold comes musty odors. Our technicians have the training and removal solutions to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. Our removal products are created to penetrate surfaces to neutralize unpleasant smells thoroughly. 

As a locally owned and operated business, we at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties live and work in this community. We are very nearby and are ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We believe in making this community the best that it can be. Call us today at (850) 267-0746 so that we can help restore your home or business and give you peace of mind.