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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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Why Santa Rosa Beach's Coastal Community Benefit from the Experience of SERVPRO Restoration Services

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged bedroom If your home experiences flooding or other emergencies like fire, water or mold damage, your best decision is to immediately contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Offers Many Helpful Services to the Local Santa Rosa Community

Enlisting professional restoration services means giving your Santa Rosa beach home the best chance of a full-recovery after water, fire, mold or storm damages. To achieve those goals, a restorer needs qualifications, training, and experience in commercial and residential restoration. Florida is one of the many states in the US that issues state licenses for mold remediation, BioHazard removal, and other restoration services. SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties holds the required licenses as well as essential expertise for quality home restoration here in Florida. Our operations manager, Greg Cartwright, alone holds thirty years worth of experience in assessing, operating, and restoring property damages. Contact us today by dialing our emergency number for expert assistance


Florida homeowners experience extreme weather conditions during specific periods of the year. These dangerous weather events can cause flash flooding, property, and vehicle damages as well as bringing contaminated materials into your home. Commonly, these events occur out-of-hours, which is why SERVPRO large loss teams are available on call throughout the night in emergencies.

The combination of high winds with flash flooding is capable of causing permanent structural storm damage to your Santa Rosa Beach home. Often, major surgery is required from general contractors and remodelers to repair some, or all, of your property. Immediately after flooding, the property may be unsafe, or unsanitary, preventing vital work from being carried out and prolonging your temporary relocation from the property. SERVPRO technicians can create a safe working space allowing third-party contractors to get straight to work.

SERVPRO restoration services are capable of scoping the property before third-party contractors and establishing a safe workspace. We can restore the power to your Santa Rosa Beach property, remove electrical safety hazards, and check floors for waterlogging or structural weakening. Where contaminated flood water has entered the home, our technicians can enter the property wearing personal protective equipment, disinfect and dispose of contaminated items before thoroughly deodorizing the property which allows contractors to begin work, and you, to get your home back quicker.


Coastal towns create humid environments for residents, which can make water damage in your Santa Rosa Beach property, especially harmful. Modern water restoration services require not only appropriate drying equipment but also a strong knowledge of how microbial growth can ramp up the severity of property damages in a short space of time. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) are trained to control relative humidity levels in the home to prevent microbial growth while your Santa Rosa Beach property is dried.

Restorers working with water incidents rely on the principle of moisture seeking out dry areas. By using equipment to encourage this process, a SERVPRO water technician can speed up drying times in your home, mitigating losses and reducing the likelihood of microbial growth. Raising the temperature of floors and walls can encourage embedded moisture to rise to the surface where increased airflow causes it to evaporate into the air.

SERVPRO create these conditions using equipment with heating elements like rapid air-movers and portable extraction units. This process helps to remove moisture that is absorbed into porous materials like drywall, fabrics, or furnishings. However, it does create a secondary issue of increasing relative humidity in the affected area of your Santa Rosa home. Our restoration services mitigate against microbial growth by maintaining a relative humidity of 60% or less using dehumidification equipment or an open system drying method. This method ensures that the increased moisture content of the surrounding air is continuously exchanged with drier air preventing, secondary issues like mold growth.


In Santa Rosa Beach, mold remediation services require a special license ordained by the state of Florida. SERVPRO owns the requisite licenses to carry out restoration services for mold damage in Santa Rosa Beach legally and professionally. Our technicians are adept at finding the sources of damage as well as cleaning away visible signs of microbial growth. At the end of a service, we can thoroughly deodorize the affected area, or the entire house, to re-establish a sanitary living environment.

The spread of microbial growth in a property begins with microscopic mold spores. These spores are exceptionally lightweight and travel through your Santa Rosa home on indoor air currents. Usually, microbes are harmless. However, when they come into contact with moisture, they can propagate quickly and affect indoor air quality. SERVPRO mold restoration technicians can temporarily remove structural barriers to make accurate assessments about the extent of damage in your property.

One of the primary methods of cleaning away microbial growth is through chemical agents. By agitating soiling with disinfectant cleaning solution, a SERVPRO technician can effectively remove molds from walls, ceilings, and flooring. During this process, we use negative air pressure to prevent the spread of mold spores into unaffected areas of the home. Porous materials tend to be affected more severely than non-porous ones, but our Esporta washing machines can remove up to 99% of soiling from valuable fabrics and materials. 


Coastal properties, like those in Santa Rosa Beach, are often built using finished natural materials like wood. These construction materials are likely to be more heavily affected by fires than those made from brick and mortar. When you experience fire damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home, there may be a large amount of charring to structural components like decking, door, and window frames, as well more common areas of damage like walls and ceilings. 

Our restoration services for fire-related incidents cover cleaning, removal, and replacement of smoke residues and charred surfaces in all but major incidents. We can use pressure washing as well as sandblasting to help remove charring from materials along with the unpleasant appearance and odor. Any materials that need disposal can be bagged up by a SERVPRO technician and taken with us at the end of service.

After the initial phase of fire restoration services is complete, SERVPRO can begin procedures that bring your home back to its preloss condition. These may include refinishing wooden surfaces or replacing flooring and decking. Our odor control technicians (OCT) can set to work removing any residual odors that remain after soot and smoke residues are cleaned away using thermal ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to restore indoor air quality and bring your home back to its pre-incident condition.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has a combined 56 years experience in restoration services of Florida's residential and commercial communities. Contact us today at (850) 267-0746.

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Predicted Path of the Hurricane - Saturday August 31

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Image is a map showing the forecasted path of Hurricane Dorian along the southeast coast of the U.S. Predicted Path of Hurricane Dorian as of Saturday August 31

Hurricane Dorian is currently at Category 4 strength as it makes its way slowly toward the South Florida Coastline.  The models at this point have the storm tracking northwest at 10-15 m.p.h. and should reach the Florida Coast late Monday.  It looks as though the Panhandle will be relatively unaffected, but we could receive some heavy rain from the storm late next week.

We Help You Get Back To Business In Miramar Beach After A Flood

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment being used to dry the wood floor of a home The transitional photo shows how our technicians use "flood cuts" to minimize storm damage to drywall and framing.

Prepare for Commercial Flood Damage in Miramar Beach

Although the Miramar Beach area was spared the devastation some nearby communities suffered during Hurricane Michael in 2018, the quickly approaching anniversary reminds local business owners to take precautions. If you operate or manage a shop, restaurant, condo complex, or hotel in the area consider partnering with our team to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) in anticipation of another hurricane or any disaster leading to flooding damage.

Exposure to Business Ending Conditions Is Possible

Nearly half of the businesses without a disaster plan risk permanent closure when they experience a crisis like flood damage in Miramar Beach.  It is a glorious location, but it lies exposed to the Gulf and any storm activity. Flooding from torrential rains and storm surge is never out of the question. 

No-Obligation Assessment of Your Commercial Property 

Rather than hoping storms continue to miss our neighborhood be proactive and schedule a walkthrough of your premises by a seasoned SERVPRO manager. We create a digital file, concise and directive, that helps our crews respond fast and effectively if your commercial property experience flood damage. The layout of your space, including crucial information like utility shutoffs and document and equipment storage, is recorded. Our manager also spends time talking with you or key employees to gain a good understanding of how your business operates. 

Commonsense Recommendations that Minimize Your Flood Loss Exposure

After the visit, SERVPRO shares suggestions designed to help you avoid irreparable harm during a flooding event. Examples might be adjusting storage locations, elevating equipment, and creating alternative ways to reach out to customers and the public if your building sustains damage. 

Follow the Prompts on ERP App

Complete your Emergency Ready Profile. You help SERVPRO assist you by clarifying we are your preferred restoration contractor. Add details like contact information for the vendors and contractors who developed your systems or installed hardware or equipment. In case you are unavailable during a flooding event, designate one or more individuals to act on your behalf.

Partner with SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties, creating an individualized ERP in case of flood damage or another disaster. Call us at (850) 267-0746 to set up the initial assessment.

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Miramar Beach, Water Loss, SERVPRO's Great Restoration Services

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Your Miramar Beach Condo? SERVPRO on the Way--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

How SERVPRO Keeps Personal and Rental Properties Profitable in Miramar Beach through Water Removal

Whether the water came from a storm, leak, or appliance mishap on your Miramar Beach rental property, you should prioritize removing it as quickly as possible. Professional damage mitigation companies like SERVPRO can arrive 24/7 as an emergency response to developing situations on your property, and we focus our efforts on both controlling costs and expediting our work processes to return the property to optimal conditions before the next renters arrive or you use it for your own planned vacation. Here are a few examples of how a call to us could save you thousands after a disaster happens on your rental property.

No Missed Nights
The faster that your rental property in Miramar Beach can receive water removal services, the less time should be needed to return the building to its normal operating condition. As water sets in and causes damages, it can create other problems that require additional time to rectify, even with powerful equipment and many technicians working on the project. We stay ready around the clock to respond to rapidly developing situations and bring industrial-strength water extraction pumps and dehumidifiers to both remove water and prevent additional problems from happening before the next renters arrive for their stay.

Controlling Costs
When dealing with a water catastrophe, rapid restorations also help to mitigate overall costs related to the incident. Problems such as mold growth and foundation damage can cost thousands of dollars to reverse if they are allowed to happen. Calling in a professional company to mitigate damages and remove water can help your property avoid these additional expenses. Plus, if additional problems do arise, we hold a wide range of applicable certifications and can keep most restoration work under one company and bill. Consider the implications and effects to neighboring condos in the building.

Maintaining Property Values
Over time, damages accrued on a property can cause the overall value to drop and rental demand to waver. Ensuring that any water damage that might occur receives professional care can help to maintain both your property values and your regular income from rental clients. Even if you manage to remove all visual signs of damage on your own, an estimator may still look unfavorably on a property that sustained past damage but did not employ certified technicians to conduct repairs.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties can provide emergency water removal services for your rental property and keep costs as low as possible. Call us at (850) 267-0746 for our services or a quote.

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Santa Rosa Beach and SERVPRO Storm Restoration Services Make Homeowners Happy Again!

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in Santa Rosa Beach Got You Down? SERVPRO Can Lift Your Spirits!!

Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach

With the Choctawhatchee Bay to the North and the Gulf to the South, Santa Rosa Beach residents spend a big portion of their life on or near the water. It is a great way to live life in our state, with the only exception being if the latest storm blows that water inside the home. Living in floodwater isn’t quite as enjoyable.

Flood damage to Santa Rosa Beach homes can vary from an inch of water in the garage to having the interior completely soaked. That means everything from interior walls and carpets, to every item inside the structure. SERVPRO restoration technicians train extensively to deal with all of it.

Take an ordinary, three-bedroom home as an example. Depending on the layout and how high the water rises, the flooding can move under the front door and soak the living carpets with maybe a little water getting into the kitchen. Very high levels mean the water went completely through the residence, affecting every room and hallway, destroying paper goods within minutes, softening furniture varnishes, and more.

Floodwater contains dirt and other contaminants, so to alleviate the health and structural effects, SERVPRO teams spray the surface of the water and every affected item with a biocide agent to sanitize them. It is effective on mold spores that expand and begin to grow thanks to the excessive water and humidity in the home. Until technicians complete this first task, it is simply not safe to enter the home.

Now they draw out the floodwater, which stops most further damage to the home. With the water gone, natural evaporation begins, which starts drying out the home. That helps to counteract the damage to furniture and structural property like cabinets, walls, and baseboards.

To enhance evaporation, and since they cannot guarantee thorough cleaning, team members remove all carpeting from the home. Removal also helps to dry the floors underneath. To further increase evaporation and speed up restoration, technicians install dehumidifiers in the rooms with the high humidity level. If they can perform these tasks quickly enough, it greatly reduces the need for demolition and replacement.

For SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties, the goal is to return every home to its condition before the flood. If you have a water intrusion of any level in your home here, or Miramar Beach, Sandestin, and Walton County, call us at (850) 267-0746 immediately to start the restoration process. We are here for you.

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The Commercial Water Damage Remediation Mystery Can Solved in Santa Rosa Beach

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage take over your Santa Rosa home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation assistance.

Commercial Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach Bagel Shop Gets Fast Help

When you have a commercial property, there are many expenditures made to protect it. Insurance, security cameras, and in some cases, sensors all help protect the golden egg: your business. 

The owner of a bagel shop contacted SERVPRO to clean up commercial water damage to her Santa Rosa Beach property. A pipe broke in the prep area for making bagels, and the motion detectors picked up the moving water.  

The owner turned off the water before our technicians arrived on site and she tried to get rid of as much of the water as she could. However, because the pipe leaked for at least a couple of hours before the discovery, copious amounts of water affected the work area. 

While a group of SERVPRO technicians scoped the area with our moisture detection equipment, another group moved out the tables and items in the prep area that had restoration potential. Heavy bags of flour were saturated and required disposal. However, the shop owner moved numerous things that were stored in sealed, food-grade plastic containers to a dry area to limit the loss to her supplies. 

The seal on the floor was intact, and no delamination of the tile occurred. The subflooring showed no excessive moisture when we scoped it, and we checked behind the baseboards and found they needed removal, so thorough drying happened within the wall cavity. Because of the solid hardwood construction of the baseboards, we were able to clean and sanitize them for reuse. 

After complete extraction and drying, a water loss area must return to hygienic standards for food preparation. Our technicians sanitized the outside of the containers before they were brought back into the prep area and SERVPRO team members wiped down all surfaces with our antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaners to ensure we leave the room at the highest sanitary standards. Our location has certification for mold remediation, and we know the signs and the conditions that make mold growth favorable after a water loss incident and how to avoid that scenario. 

Contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes and Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 to get help with the cleanup and mitigation of commercial water damage to make it "Like it never even happened."

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

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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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