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What is the Fastest Way to Remove Flood Water from My Santa Rosa Beach Restaurant?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

flooded office Flood damage can cause a small business a lot of money and time if not taken care of. Contact SERVPRO to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

With our local roster, our SERVPRO team can reach your damaged Santa Rosa Beach business quickly after a storm loss or flood. 

When you run a restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach, the smallest of disasters can have magnified effects throughout the entire structure. Without the appropriate response to the emergency, you can find yourself unable to meet the requirements of staying open or working as efficiently as possible to get the doors back open again. Flooding can be one of the disasters that can have widespread hazardous effects, so we strive to provide immediate responses when you need it most.

After a severe weather event, you can battle both structural and flood damage for your Santa Rosa Beach restaurant. Even with clean water incidents that can occur from breaches in the roof or construction of the building, standing water presents enough of a detrimental condition that can keep you from safely serving your loyal customers. Our SERVPRO professionals must first determine how destructive of a situation that your business faces when we first arrive to help.

How Do You Stop Flooding from Getting Worse? 

Mitigation is one of the critical elements of recovering your business, and that begins as soon as our professionals arrive. In most situations where flooding has occurred, we rely on emergency services as well to gain control of a flooded area and begin returning it to its original condition. The blend of mitigation and emergency services encompasses many tasks and experienced professionals of our team, helping us to make the ultimate recovery of your Santa Rosa Beach property less expensive and faster. Some of the areas of focus after flooding include:  

  • Containment – To prevent the spread of damaging effects throughout the entire restaurant, we can establish physical barriers to prevent the migration of water. When flooding has occurred in the kitchen area, containing the damage can prevent costly damages to dining area carpet, furniture, and fixtures.
  • Structural Repairs – Our professionals can begin working to restore your business as soon as we arrive, and that includes controlled demolition and temporary construction solutions provided by our in-house licensed contractors.
  • Mitigation – There are many phases of mitigation, and the ultimate goal of each is to reduce costs, losses, and time for restoration to complete. From extraction and drying to deodorization and microbial remediation, we can help to keep the situation from getting out of control.

What Threats Should I Know About Active Flooding? 

Whether natural flooding occurs or not, there are many threats to flooding in your restaurant. Not only does this situation often force you to close your doors to customers temporarily, but several conditions make it challenging for you to remain in the damaged areas. Appreciating the severity of these conditions can help to encourage the securing of professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team. You should be mindful of:

  • Structural Deterioration – Without full working knowledge of water migration throughout your restaurant, structural elements could begin to deteriorate if they do not get the drying and restoration attention they need. 
  • Standing Water – Standing water alone can present slips and falls hazards, though its ultimate threat lies in how quickly exposed materials and contents can absorb it. From the tables and chairs in your dining area to the carpeting in the manager’s office, standing water can be a challenge to remove.
  • Shock – With so many industrial-grade appliances and tools that get used in the kitchen areas of your restaurant, standing and rising waters present electric shock hazards when the water levels come into contact with active currents.
  • Contamination – Natural flooding is one of the most destructive disasters, primarily because of how all of the surfaces and contents exposed must get treated as though they have become contaminated by bacteria. With many floods introducing contaminants into a workspace, this is an added obstacle in restoring your restaurant.

How Long Do Extraction and Drying Take? 

While we would love to tell each customer the precise amount of time that recovery and restoration should take in their property, this is not always possible. Many restoration tasks must delve much more deeply than superficial concerns, and addressing moisture in structural cavities or dampness of subflooring might take longer than initially anticipated. The length of a restoration project involves:

  • Size of the affected area
  • Saturation of materials and contents
  • Believed levels of contamination

It is always the priority of our restoration team to provide the most efficient and cost-effective service for our customers. We can work around the clock to get your doors back open again after a flood loss. Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team a call anytime that you need us at (850) 267-0746.

Why Should You Insist on Fast Service When Your Santa Rosa Home Experiences Water Damage?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Speedy Santa Rosa Water Damage Remediation Services to Prevent Lasting Damage

When you experience a water damage emergency in your Miramar Beach home from a malfunctioning washing machine, you have a big mess on your hands that needs immediate attention. The longer the water sits, the more damage is possible, including the growth of bacteria and mold.  

When situations require water removal services for your Santa Rosa property, you want to call a professional company who won’t waste time getting to you. At SERVPRO, we not only are available to help you any day, 24 hours a day, but we also have the knowledge and equipment needed to get the job done thoroughly and in a timely fashion. You can easily see why SERVPRO is the right choice for water damage remediation.   

After an event like this,  is vital for you to get professional help inside of your Santa Rosa home to combat the water damage as soon as possible. Leaving excess moisture inside of your home can cause the wooden furniture to swell and blister as it absorbs the water. Furthermore, leaving moisture unchecked can lead to the development of mold damage, which can cause health effects. When you find water damage of any kind inside of your home, acting fast is the best remedy.

If you want to hire a cleanup and remediation company that is quick, effective, and customer-friendly, you need the experts at SERVPRO. We pride ourselves on our excellently trained IICRC-certified techs as well as our quick response time. At SERVPRO, we firmly believe in providing not just a remediation, but a service that leaves you feeling good about leaving your home in our hands.

Our Mitigation Process

The first method to remove moisture from your structure is to extract any standing water. We utilize various tools to remove water from flooring. SERVPRO staff use extractors to remove water from floors. Most have three major components which include a heater, pump, and vacuum system. When carpeting and upholstery are affected, all three components are in use. For water damage mitigation, we use just the vacuum.  

We also have the use of truck-mounted or portable extractors. We can carry the portable device into your home, and it allows us to access area which is restricted. Extractors which are truck mounted have the same components, but are more powerful and have power sources of their own. They are designed to be efficient for water removal and restorative cleaning.  

The industry rates the strength of a pump in terms of volume and lift capacity. If the standing water is over two inches deep, we use a submersible pump with adequate volume and lift capacities. Water is pumped directly into a treated sewer, such as a toilet. We cannot use a pump with water contaminated with solid materials.  

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties can be counted on to clean up your home in Crestview, Inlet Beach, or Alys Beach after a water damage emergency. Just reach out to us by dialing (850) 267-0746, and we can help you get your home back to the way it was.

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What Are Common Post Fire Damage Mistakes That Miramar Beach Homeowners Should Avoid?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage ruins kitchen in miramar beach home Contact SERVPRO right away for fire damage mitigation.

SERVPRO Partners with You to Make Your Home Habitable After Fire Damage

Structural damage caused by fire usually leaves a homeowner with two options. The first option is for relocating those living in the property to temporary housing while restoration takes place. This option is for scenarios where the structure itself is severely impaired, or the structure is no longer safe to inhabit. The second option is to remain in the property while restoration is carried out.

When fire damage in Miramar Beach properties occurs, it is necessary to use emergency restoration services. Everybody feels a strong attachment to their home, so it is only natural to attempt to clean or restore the property yourself. In some cases, self-restoration efforts can cause more harm than good.

SERVPRO is a nationally recognized organization that trained in emergency restoration after the fire. If it is safe for you to remain in the property our technicians can begin work restoring livable areas. Doing so involves cordoning off the areas of severe damage and clearing smoke, soot, and residue that may have traveled into hallways, carpets, and garments.

We can restore to habitable condition using wet and dry cleaning methods. Dry cleaning is suitable for ceilings or walls and may be completed before wet cleaning. Wet cleaning can be carried out on painted, wooden or metal ceilings. SERVPRO has also developed specialized peroxide active cleaning methods for porous or acoustical ceilings.

Contents damaged during the fire can be professionally cleaned and restored by our team. We do this by moving items to unaffected areas of the house where there is no risk of further contamination. Using a combination of sanitizers, foams and dry scrubbing we can salvage your contents as well as areas of your structure.

The goal of our work is to mitigate the loss by removing any elements that could end up causing further damage. At SERVPRO we also look to improve indoor air quality by using foggers or air-scrubbers. Our work is carried out to ensure that your home is habitable during the restoration of more severely damaged areas.

Dealing with the damage left behind after fire is very stressful. Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 for an emergency restoration provider that cares as much about your home as you do.

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How SERVPRO Certified Teams Restore Your Watercolor Home After A Fire

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Home in Watercolor, Florida Our certified experts will restore your home after fire and smoke damage, call SERVPRO first.

Stress–Free Emergency Services to Attend to Fire Damage Incidents

Burning is only one way homes in the Watercolor area become damaged during a fire. Other things happen during a blaze that add to the ruination of a dwelling. SERVPRO can help get everything cleaned up and made “Like it never even happened,” again.

As the fire inside your home burns, smoke travels to all corners of your home, and while the majority of the smoke follows the path of least resistance, smoke also fills every corner and area in your home. As it travels, this smoke adheres to heated walls, especially above windows and doors, as well as around any ventilation holes made by the fire department.

Without quick cleaning away of the soot particles stuck to these areas, staining becomes permanent. Repainting requires scraping away of the paint or heavy application of sealers and primers. We use cleaning agents that remove the soot and leaves the area free of grime and eliminating the stain. The sooner we begin, the easier it is for us to achieve the results you want.

The water used by the fire department acts a lot like the smoke as soon as it turns to steam. Steam can also carry particles from burning items inside your home and once in contact with surfaces, these substances make a stain. These stains permeate deeper than those caused by smoke and may require additional work to get your home looking nice again. We need to dry these areas in addition to cleaning them. An early start can allow us enough time to save these areas from swelling, which requires the installation of new, unmarred materials.

SERVPRO's IICRC-certified employees work together in teams to ensure complete mitigation of fire damage throughout your entire home. After a fire, it is equally vital that we restore dry conditions as it is to remove burned items and remove the soot that clings to surfaces. We also pay close attention to the odors that now plague your home, and discuss with you the different methods we can use to make things smell like they should again.  

Fire Damage Restoration

The goal of fire damage restoration services is to prevent further damage and restore the customer's property using appropriate methods and equipment. The surfaces or items exposed to the soot have varied needs which force us to use several cleaning techniques. Before choosing a cleaning method, we have to determine whether the method can affect the surface or material in any manner. That means we cannot choose an aggressive cleaning method when it is likely to leave unwanted scratches on your Watercolors property.  

We categorize the smoke residues that a fire damage incident leaves on your Watercolors property as light, medium, or heavy. To clean non-oily light/medium residues, our SERVPRO technicians use dry cleaning procedures. Such methods are appropriate for removing surface dust. We do this by vacuuming and slightly wiping or brushing surfaces with the help of feather dusters.  

Wet cleaning procedures can remove moderate and heavy some fire and soot residues. We first pretest the area with the residues and determine the best cleaning agent to use. During the process, we saturate the surface with a cleaning agent and to loosen its bond with the particles and then wipe or wash away the detached residues. Spray and wipe is an example of a cleaning process where our SERVPRO technicians control the quantity of the cleaning product that we apply on surfaces.  

When the bond between the surfaces and the residues is so strong, we may opt to use an abrasive cleaning method. When using this cleaning method, our SERVPRO technicians apply a cleaning product on the surface and then use an abrasive material such as steel wool to scrub the area. The cleaning product should be in sufficient amounts to lubricate the surface and prevent scratching. We can also use this method when it is necessary to repaint surfaces once cleaning is complete.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has professional restoration and cleaning solutions to attend to both residential and commercial needs. We have the equipment, resources, and training to restore your property to its earlier state. Call us at (850) 267-0746 at any time of the day when you need proven emergency solutions.

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Do You Know These Little Known Flood Damage Signs?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Damaged Home in Walton County Knowing you have the right team to help you face them can make flood damage restoration less overwhelming.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Trained to Spot Flood Damage in All Aspects of your Walton County Residence

When people think of flooding in their Walton County home, they often fixate on the pressing high volume of water inside. What often does not get thought of until some of this water starts getting extracted and dried up is the dirt, mud, debris and even contaminants that have now entered your home through the rising floodwaters that penetrated openings in your house.

While flood damages commonly get perceived as the oversaturated building materials and irreparable damage to contents of your Walton County residence, this is far and away from the full extent of the trouble this disaster can leave you facing. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to overcome all of the issues and effects from this intrusive water, and bring your home back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible.

One of the first things that people tend to discover when rivers, creeks and other bodies of water overflow are the amount of mud pulled into their homes. Once much of the water has gotten removed, affected areas of your home not only require extensive drying efforts but thorough cleaning as well to remove this unsightly effect.

Another commonly attributed effect of flood damages to your home is debris. This occurrence is especially true if a more extensive area has gotten flooded simultaneously. Water moves throughout residences and continues whatever path of least resistance exists, depositing all manner of items and belongings from other places into your home along with the high volume of water.

Depending on the source of the flood waters, you could be contending with a slew of potential contaminants and bacteria as well. Blockages in sewer lines on account of the flooding can allow for sewage or gray water to join in with the volume moving into your house. This threat can best get determined by our SERVPRO estimator and project manager assigned to your home.

Rapid Response To Flood Damage

Storm damage is something that Walton County homeowners are all too familiar with, especially now that the weather is starting to turn back towards the rainier season. With an unexpected fierce storm, a variety of damage can occur to the exterior of your home. One of these typical issues is damage to your roof and its shingles. Penetration in this essential component to your house can spell much more significant problems than a repair bill, however.

With a hole or gash in the roof of your home from a fallen tree or just the fierceness of the storm itself, can allow for untold volumes of precipitation to enter into your home unabated. Soon, you are contending with flood damage originating in the attic of your Walton County residence. Once you notice there is a concern like this, it is critical to contact restoration specialists immediately. Doing so can help you to limit the reach of this floodwater and get it removed from your home more quickly.

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to a call that you make any time of the day. Our crew of professionals is always standing by to help you overcome an emergency like this, and we have the advanced equipment and expertise to help you bring your home back to its original conditions.

One of the initial steps in preventing the situation from getting worse by boarding up or tarping over the areas that allow the water into your home right now. Once this step is complete, we can get to work on water extraction and assessing the full reach of the present damage to ensure that everything gets dried thoroughly. Drying your home is critical to prevent further structural weakness and eliminate the possibility of mold growth.

Flood damages can appear in a multitude of ways, but knowing the right team to help you face them can make it less overwhelming. Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team of qualified specialists a call today at (850) 267-0746.

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Why You Shouldn't Overlook Mold in Your Miramar Beach Commercial Property

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in Miramar Beach Business Damp and humid conditions create a breeding ground for mold. Call SERVPRO to eliminate mold at its source.

Commercial Mold Damage Gets Worse Over Time. Call SERVPRO to Avoid Possible Irreversible Damage.

Keeping an eye on your commercial property is an often overlooked aspect of business ownership. With hundreds of things to look out for (revenues, profits, staff, and customers) it is easy for general wear and tears to become problematic. None more so than with mold which tends to appear and rapidly proliferate in a small-time; often unnoticed except for that tell-tale musty odor.

It can be tempting to avoid dealing with commercial mold damage in Miramar, especially in the city's older properties. However, hoping it goes away by itself is wishful thinking. SERVPRO is a fully licensed commercial restorer with IIRC certified technicians in odor control and mold assessment & remediation. We have years of experience dealing in small and large-scale commercial property restoration with the resources to get the job done effectively.

Mold grows when otherwise negligible mold spores come into contact with damp spots. In a moist, humid environment these spores grow into fungi, producing an unpleasant odor and becoming an eye-sore. The first step SERVPRO takes on arrival is to locate the source of moisture and shut it off. Failure to do so makes any remediation meaningless due to the high likelihood of mold returning after work is complete.

An effective removal method for mold is intense agitation using chemical and water-based cleaners. Without proper preparation, agitation can cause mold spores to spread into otherwise unaffected areas of your property. We cordon off areas using physical barriers or negative air pressure to prevent that from happening.

Odor control technicians are trained to deal with commercial properties of all shapes and sizes. Usually, SERVPRO employs water-based foggers to clear your indoor air quality and restore your business. In more severe cases we may bring in chemical foggers that neutralize odor or Ozone generators.

Our technicians are extensively trained to combat mold growth and can get your business back on track sooner than you might think. Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 now.

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What can I do to be sure my Home is safe from Hazards after a Flood Incident?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

"Biohazard" You can depend on our technicians to respond quickly to remove hazards and restore the damage left behind.

Contact a Professional Service Experienced in Water Damage. SERVPRO has Trained and Certified Technicians who can help day or night.

Not only are homeowners devastated when a flood occurs, but many also become overwhelmed and sometimes make decisions emotionally that could place their families at risk. Electrical shorts, slippery conditions, and potential contamination are among the risks that abound after a flood. Many people want to enter their homes and save their belongings. Homeowners are also worried about heirlooms that have been in the family for many years.

SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Santa Rosa Beach and surrounding areas. Our franchise owners have been in the business for over 26 years, and their operations manager has over 30 years of experience. Add the training our team of professionals receives, providing our technicians with certifications across all areas of flood and water damage, mold and fire, and you have the best team in the area. We also hold contractor licenses: Mold Remediation: MRSR309, MRSR377, and use an in-house contractor to repair and provide reconstruction services.

Safety First

Floodwaters carry mud and debris picked up from streets and other homes. Many homeowners find large amounts of materials in their homes after a flood, covering the floors, furniture, and walls. Slippery conditions caused by the mud and water can cause injuries adding to the misery of the flood.

Also, SERVPRO notes that floodwaters contain a variety of biohazards and chemical hazards. These materials are dangerous to the health of anyone coming in contact with any of these hazards. 

We urge homeowners and their families to stay out of their homes until our crew chief evaluates the conditions and the damage. Once the evaluation is completed, SERVPRO deploys all of the equipment and staff needed to begin removing water, debris, and materials that cannot be saved. We also note any individual items that homeowners would like us to save. Our team makes every effort to save an item, clean it, and decontaminate it if possible.

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

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How Can SERVPRO Help Inlet Beach Homeowners When Flood Damage Strikes?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Damage is Fast Approaching SERVPRO Can Remediate Storm Damage Quickly

SERVPRO Specializes in Fast Water Removal and Restoration of Damaged Properties 

Property damage from flooding in Florida is nearly as common as rain during storm season. The rapid arrival of thunderstorms and the massive deposits of rainwater can overwhelm a home or business that is unprepared for it.

Inlet Beach flood damage can happen during or after one of these storms. SERVPRO has the training to help you identify possible threats to your property before it happens and the equipment to deal with any problem swiftly and efficiently. Company technicians are fully qualified under the guidelines established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restorations (IICRC). Extensive courses are completed in the areas of Water Damage Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, Applied Structural Drying, Microbial Remediation and Upholstery, and Fabric Cleaning.

Our inspectors are trained not just to analyze a problem after it happens, but also to examine a home or commercial structure for preventable situations. In many cases, flood damage arises because drainage systems are clogged or otherwise compromised. If a rain gutter system doesn't direct excess water, the results can close the doors of a business. We offer a free inspection to help our customers prepare. The equipment our employees use is at the forefront of the restoration industry. We remove standing water using pumps that can be fully submerged in water and run continuously. If the power has been knocked out, we bring our own generators, which can be difficult to rent after a tropical storm, and keep personnel on-site to ensure constant water removal. Once that is accomplished, we put our commercial-grade drying equipment to work. The industrial-grade humidifiers and air movers (fans) we use quickly pull moisture from the air and out of water-logged carpets and flooring to prevent odor, mold, and warping. With everything dried out, we go to work removing that 'musty odor' from your structure. The air scrubbers we use remove airborne particles to improve air quality while the deodorization chemicals and foggers we deploy clean out the HVAC system.

If you are worried about possible, future flood damage or you see signs on your property that there may already be a problem, now is the time to contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington. Call us today at (850) 267-0746.

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What Do You Call a Person Who Cleans Up Trauma and Crime Scenes?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Crime Scene Cleanup in Santa Rosa Beach Santa Rosa Beach Homeowners Can Get Sympathetic Cleanup after a Crime or Trauma Event from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Empathetically and Professionally Handles Trauma and Crime Scene Biohazard Cleanups

Crimes scenes and traumatic events that impact your Santa Rosa Beach home require professional restoration techniques and sensitive and compassionate technicians to overcome. We understand how important it is to move on from whatever situation has occurred, and the only way to do this is to return the property to its original condition quickly.

The harm to a family member or crime scenes are often the most common trauma scene cleanup situations in Santa Rosa Beach residences. Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in premiere cleaning techniques and safe practices to ensure that our team gets protected from potential biohazards that exist and that the problem does not persist within the property once we have implemented our industry-leading equipment to resolve the effects.

As with any situation that results in the need for trauma cleanup, the safety of the occupants of the house and our SERVPRO professionals is paramount. We have training in the use of personal protective equipment such as full-face respirators and Tyvek suits to prevent contamination as we focus our efforts on cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, and reconstructing your home where needed.

Our premier cleaning services can preserve the contents and materials of your house from unnecessary tear out. Deep penetrating cleaning equipment for carpeting can remove set-in stains and soils at the base of the fibers and even into the padding beneath it. Blood-borne pathogens and the staining from bodily fluids pose a challenge which we can overcome to restore a semblance of cleanliness. Why choosing SERVPRO is illustrated by our true caring for or neighbors. Deodorization is often another critical step in recovering a home following a traumatic event, and our thermal fogging equipment can affect broad open areas with a neutralizing compound, but it is also safe for direct use on clothing, carpets, furniture, and other soft materials.

A trauma within your home or property can be difficult to move on from without a skilled professional restoration to make the situation “Like it never even happened.” You can count on our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties to offer comprehensive care for your property in a sensitive time. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (850) 267-0746.

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Fire Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage For answers, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties (850) 267-0746.

When to get professional fire restoration services in Santa Rosa Beach?

At any fire loss site, you have the opportunity to recover large amounts of possessions or to risk losing them permanently. Contacting SERVPRO can help to ensure that your contents and structure return to a preloss condition.

While the structure of your home is unlikely to become permanently harmed by fire damage, there are numerous ways that a housefire can affect your home. Soots, as well as smokes releasing into indoor spaces, can result in heavy soiling, unpleasant odors as well as harming surfaces or paintwork. An excellent way to test whether you need professional assistance to recover the property is to perform light vacuuming of any soiling spots and surfaces. You can also ventilate the space thoroughly by opening windows.

If, after performing vacuuming and ventilation, there is still persistent soiling and odor, you should consider contacting your insurance provider as well as a professional restorer for fire damage in Santa Rosa Beach. Avoid introducing moisture or cleaning products to affected areas yourself as these can easily cause further harm by driving smoke particles into surfaces or spreading wet smoke further around. SERVPRO technicians undergo years of training to understand when, how, and why to apply products with minimal damage.

What types of damage can I expect after a fire?
There are several types of harm that can befall a property with fire loss. The factors that inform these issues are variable. Heat, temperature, pressure, and time are all influential factors in a fire loss scenario. Equally, the source of the fire can change the type of soot deposits as well as the type of material exposure. Below are familiar sources of fire damage that may befall your home.

Upper Wall and Ceiling Soots
Smoke rises upwards at high velocity and pressure. In a typical fire, the lion's share of soiling is likely to be on the ceiling directly above the source of the fire. Upper walls can also be adversely affected by hot smoke and ashes. The consistency of soiling on your ceiling depends on the types of material that have burned. These may be wet smoke, which is challenging to remove or dry soot deposits, which can often respond well to vacuuming or dry sponging.

Drapery Rods, Chandeliers, Curtains
Thin fabrics like curtains can often suffer such severe damage as to render them irreparable. Fortunately, these items are relatively inexpensive to replace. Drapery rods, light fittings, and chandeliers are typically dense materials but can take on significant amounts of soot. Our technicians can deconstruct any fittings in the property to making the cleaning effort more efficient. Furthermore, our external cleaning facilities can provide immersion cleaning, which is particularly useful on dense items like drapery rods or chandeliers.

What Special Cleaning Services do we offer?

    •    Ultrasonic/ Immersion Cleaning Services
    •    Suspended Mechanical Cleaning (Esporta) for Fabrics
    •    Wet/ Dry Cleaning for Fabrics
    •    Carpet Pre-cleaning and Conditioning
    •    Leather Cleaning
    •    Rotary Cleaning

Interiors of cabinets or furnishings
Hot smokes seek out cooler surfaces. Often soot deposits can be heavy inside drawers or cabinets. Assessing the impact of a fire on your furnishings requires consistent pre-testing alongside careful inspection of the interior cabinet. Often interiors feature unfinished woods that can absorb soot into the grain of the wood itself. We can make use of cleaning solvents to restore interior cabinets and, in some severe cases, may need to remove surface layers before refinishing the area of harm.

How can you tackle smoke odors in my home?
Chemicals that release from combusting materials can include odor-causing particles. Odor removal is typically tough for homeowners to tackle by themselves because these light particles can infiltrate soft furnishings, small gaps, or cavities as well as ventilation shafts. We use a variety of methods to complete effective odor control. We may also use industrial equipment like ULV fogging to ensure that deodorants can reach cavities as well as soft furnishings effectively.

What about contents with specific cleaning instructions?
We begin fire restoration with pre-testing the affected area thoroughly. Your home is full of different materials, colors, and fabrics. Sometimes contents can respond adversely to cleaning solutions that would otherwise be effective. These issues can manifest as color fade, bleaching, spots, or watermarks. To provide a comprehensive solution, we conduct tests on the type of material as well as the type of soils. By doing so, we can ensure that we do not cause any further damage to your property.

Pre-testing can help to prevent:

    •    Color Bleeding
    •    Shrinking
    •    Material Damages
    •    Color Fade
    •    Watermarks

What about special content?
Pre-testing also allows us to understand which items are possible to salvage and which need disposal. Items that do not respond to cleaning or restoration and are inexpensive to replace can typically be discarded. By working quickly through content, SERVPRO can ensure that the restoration is as efficient as possible. If items require specialist services, like document recovery or hold the specific sentimental value, you can communicate with our restorers to discuss possible restoration options.

Fire restoration presents many challenging questions for a homeowner. For answers, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties (850) 267-0746.

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Should I Create a Plan for Water Damage Emergencies in My Santa Rosa Beach School?

4/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Commercial Businesses and Schools Many schools need to deal with water damage or mold issues as the school year goes on. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation.

SERVPRO Helps Commercial Businesses and Schools Be Proactive with Professional Restoration for Water Damage Issues

One of the most challenging things about running a school in Santa Rosa Beach is the amount of preparation and time that goes into the upkeep and management of the grounds. From the custodial staff to maintenance workers, it seems there is always something requiring repair or attention. This situation gets even more stressful and challenging when the school gets threatened by a water loss incident that requires immediate action to prevent delays in operation or cancellations of school.

While water damage in your Santa Rosa Beach institution might not seem like that pressing of a concern, there are many things that you should keep in mind. The first of these is that water damages and moisture, however seemingly insignificant, are often much worse and widespread than they initially appear. More to this point, they require immediate attention to address the source of the damage and get this area repaired before the situation can get worse.

Our SERVPRO professionals have a rapid response team that can arrive quickly and helps you to identify the source of the water damage that the school faces. Through moisture and leak detection equipment, our technicians can narrow down the problem with accuracy to eliminate the possibility of unnecessary demolition in areas not correlated to the needed repairs.

Extraction and drying often require more than the mop and bucket that your custodial staff becomes accustomed to using to handle messes that arise around the campus. Often water damage spreads beyond what can get easily seen, requiring specialized tools at our SERVPRO technician's disposal like drying mats to penetrate beneath floor surfaces and into the subflooring to remove the lingering dampness.

There are many individuals and families that you have to consider when it comes to making choices like hiring our professional restoration outfit to resolve the water damage situation in your school. Our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties' rapid response team can help you to clean up the mess and get back to the way things should be so that your school can continue to serve the community. Give us a call 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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What Actions Are Necessary After Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Several Steps Towards Remediation Success

When water from clean sources such as plumbing lines or household equipment spills into a home, it is not likely to contaminate the affected areas. However, it still leaves debris and can cause stains thus necessitating thorough cleaning after the incident. With our IICRC certified restoration services, we can help you deal with the damage "Like it never even happened."

The carpet is most likely to be affected during cases of water damage in Santa Rosa Beach because no matter where the leak starts, the water ends up on the ground. Besides, a wider range of problems affects carpets compared to other floor materials such as wood. Some of these problems include soiling, staining, stretching and delaminating. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the issue and take the correct measures. For example, we remove any materials such as area rugs immediately we arrive at your property to prevent staining. In case, stains have already formed, we start the removal process when still wet.

Restorative cleaning is necessary and depends on the kind of surface and the type of soiling. Pressure washing is usually sufficient on hard surfaces. For carpeted areas, a combination of techniques might be necessary considering its porous nature that leads to the absorption of some of the debris that soils it. Mold also develops easily on carpets after extended exposure to high moisture levels. Since the water extractors that we use have heating capabilities, our SERVPRO technicians can perform a thorough cleaning on affected carpets. We also treat the carpet and floor with an EPA-registered disinfectant inhibiting microbial growth and preventing bad odor.

Cleaning is a significant part of any restoration, but the job is not complete if the property is not dried to preloss levels. While most of the property is easy to dry using air movers and dehumidifiers, wall cavities and other hidden areas can be stubborn. You might notice slight wicking of water near the baseboards. However, it is not an automatic sign of water trapped in the walls. Our SERVPRO technicians remove the baseboard, and if there is water inside, we drill 1½-inch holes between each stand then connect a wall venting system to air movers drying off all the excess moisture.

Restoring water-damaged property can be hectic. Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 to assist you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Remove Smoke Odor from Fire Damaged Miramar Beach Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

Animal Infestations That Threaten Santa Rosa Beach Homes

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

When a Leaking Pipe Causes Water Damage in Santa Rosa

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

Repairing Portions of a Damaged Santa Rosa Beach Bathroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

How SERVPRO Technicians Clean Commercial Fire Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Purple building with a face painted on it. We know what works when it comes to your Santa Rosa Beach water damage.

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

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

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

Regular Moisture Measurements 

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Santa Rosa Beach Pet Lovers Get a Water Loss Surprise

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

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)

Don’t let a tree branch be your new outdoor umbrella.

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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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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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Why SERVPRO Recommends A Pack-Out Of Your Possessions In Santa Rosa Beach After A Flood

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Shown here is a row of Triad commercial air movers that can be used to restore your home after a flood.

Contents Need Specialized Care When Flood Damages Sweeps through Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

Storms building on the Gulf hit homes in Santa Rosa Beach hard. When responding to the influx rainwater and storm surge, it can seem as though household goods and possessions need to take a back seat to the recovery needs of your home’s structural components and fixtures. Relegating all your worldly possessions to the rubbish is expensive and risks the loss of irreparable memories and treasures. We have a comprehensive answer to the question of how to manage movable property during a flooding restoration.

When flood damage devastates your Santa Rosa Beach property, we recommend a pack-out of your possessions for many reasons. Clearing the flooded spaces in your home makes sand, silt, mud, and water removal easier. Pumping and extracting the water proceeds rapidly when furnishings and boxes no longer need to be shifted from room to room. Staining from rust or varnished and painted legs of tables, chairs, and other home decor is no longer an issue.

SERVPRO is proficient in creating detailed inventories and tracking documents when we pack up and move out your possessions. We employ a number of methods, together known as our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), to keep tabs on each article moved to our production facility. Lists, digital photographs, and a barcoding system keep things organized.

Our production technicians evaluate the condition of the packed-out items, helping you determine what to keep and restore and what to discard if its condition requires. SERVPRO works with homeowners and insurance carriers to authorize the specialized cleaning and drying techniques our technicians master at IICRC training. These strategies bring back to function and appearance everything from water-soaked documents to your child’s favorite teddy bear.

As the workers in our production facility review, clean, and dry your household’s possessions, our on-site team is completing the tasks needed to complete flood water remediation at your home. SERVPRO’s goal is to complete both parts of the flood recovery equation, equaling your relief as your home and belongings come back together “Like it never even happened.”

Count on the crews of SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties to complete a successful flood damage restoration of both your home and its contents. Call (850) 267-0746 as soon as possible after the waters rise to schedule an assessment and plan.

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How to Keep Your Santa Rosa Beach Carpeting on Solid Footing After Water Damage

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to remove water from your home.

Is Removing my Carpet the Right Answer? Water Removal in Santa Rosa Beach

Arriving at home after a long day at work should be peaceful and prepare us for the evening ahead. However, when you arrive to find your Santa Rosa Beach home flooded because your water heater or washing machine broke the peace, and you need to find help fast. The longer water stands on your floors and furniture, the more you risk for loss increases, so call a professional team as soon as you spot the problem.  

For water removal in Santa Rosa Beach, SERVPRO is here to help you. Because we know emergencies happen at all hours, our team is available 24/7 to respond to your call and travel to your home to take action. Upon arrival, we quickly examine the extent of the damage and seek to preserve those items that are salvageable while installing proper equipment to extract water from the premises. If the water is deep, we may use submersible pumps, or we may use handheld equipment to reach tucked away corners and crevices. Moisture sensors and meters continuously inform us of our progress and help us adjust our efforts accordingly.

One frequent concern our SERVPRO team faces is what to do with water damaged carpets. For the most part, our drying equipment can handle the complete drying of your carpets, and we can mitigate your losses by restoring it to the preloss condition. We utilize dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying process and prevent the proliferation of any bacteria that may be lingering in standing waters. When this is not possible, we work with you to remove and dispose of the carpet and prepare the area for future repairs. Rest assured that our experience and knowledge allow us to make an informed decision when debating the future of your carpets.  

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is here to help with all your water removal needs. Just call us at (850) 267-0746 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Miramar Furniture Store

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping your business open while restoring the water damage is our top priority.

Commercial Water Damage Technicians in Miramar Talk About Final Cleaning Procedures

If a pipe ever breaks inside your Miramar furniture store, your building and your products could both be at risk. Any time excessive moisture gets into the interior of a structure, it is a good idea to call in a professional commercial water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our crews have experience working with both residential and non-residential properties. We know that when a disaster occurs at your place of business, and we try to keep operations functioning as usual. When dealing with your company's building and other assets we take extra measures during the commercial water damage restoration process to make sure you can keep selling furniture.  

Our SERVPRO technicians know that retail locations like your furniture shop need to create a desirable ambiance to attract buyers. Before we finish and leave any commercial water damage project in Miramar, we return to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened." We know that when selling furniture, the store must be welcoming and resemble a cozy home. If any dust or foul odors remain after completing the restoration work, we take extra steps to clean the work area before we finalize the job. The final cleaning process we conduct generally involves cleaning and deodorization procedures.  

After all of the water damage restoration and reconstruction work is finalized we first go through and thoroughly clean dust from the building and your store's products. We then focus on cleaning any flooring including all of the carpet. If any upholstered items got wet, then we can use our carpet cleaning equipment to clean the fabric on the item. If mildew-like aromas still exist after the thorough cleaning, we can take further steps to deodorize your building.

Equipment like ultra-low volume foggers can get utilized to dispense pairing and masking agents that help both neutralize and cover up the foul odors. These foggers break the chemicals down into tiny particles that can penetrate deep into porous materials. Should you ever have a water leak occur inside your furniture store, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 any day of the week.

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Mold Damage Remediation In Miramar

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate, call us right away when you discover mold. The longer mold stays un attended to the more damage it does.

Mold Damage Can Hide in Unexpected Places Inside of Your Miramar Beach Home

Mold damage can grow whenever excessive moisture is present inside of your home for an extended period of time. Mold colonies can grow like this because mold spores are omnipresent. However, it is impossible to rid your home of them altogether so, instead, you must be diligent about making sure that no leaks are causing moisture to linger inside of your house.

However, accidents happen and you may find mold damage inside of your Miramar Beach home despite your best efforts. Mold colonies can grow where you least expect them, such as in cupboards, closets, behind bathtubs, and, in your case, in crawl spaces. Nevertheless, once you find mold damage inside of your home, it is imperative for you to get help as soon as possible. Leaving mold damage for an extended period only gives it more time to aid the decomposition of organic materials, such as the wooden framework of your home.

Finding mold is no reason to panic, as SERVPRO can always swiftly help. We constantly make it our top priority to drive to your residence as quickly as we possibly can, bringing along advanced technologies with us to combat the mold damage inside of your home. Upon arriving and inspecting the damage, our SERVPRO technicians can begin to work.

To begin the remediation process, SERVPRO can section off your crawl space from the rest of your home, so agitated mold spores cannot spread. The last thing we want is for contamination to spread throughout your home via your HVAC system or open doorways. From there, our SERVPRO technicians can suit up and then place an air scrubber in the crawlspace, to remove as many contaminated spores from the air as possible. Afterward, we can begin to disinfect and clean the mold damage.

Invasive techniques, such as cutting away the framework the mold is attached to, are not always necessary. It depends significantly on how advanced the mold colony is and how deep it has dug its roots into the surface it is attached to. Once the mold had been removed, we can spray an antifungal agent to prevent regrowth and then return your home to you, as if the damage never occurred.

Never delay getting help if you find mold damage on your property. Reach out to SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties by dialing (850) 267-0746. Night or day, we can keep the mold away.

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We Can Handle Any Fire Damage To Your Condo In Santa Rosa Beach

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Call our 24-hour service line at (850) 267-0746 for prompt, professional service from specialists who care.

When Overnight Guests Leave Your Condo With Fire Damage In Santa Rosa Beach

Having guests from out of town stay overnight is a great way to socialize and help someone enjoy the beautiful area around Santa Rosa Beach. While you do not expect to discover that your guests mistreated your residence during their stay, it does happen.

When your condo in Santa Rosa Beach contains fire damage in an area you spend little time in, it might seem unimportant at first. We want you to know that fire damage can cause health effects because of the soot, and also possibly place the rest of your residence at higher risk of future fires.

The soot that came from the fire and its smoke permeate everything nearby, and it does travel even after the fire no longer exists. When charred walls mar a room, this can also affect the electrical wiring. SERVPRO's professionals know how to get this taken care of so you do not need to worry about any of it any longer. We do this type of work regularly and can have your condo looking “Like it never even happened.”

When photo frames and other items look dirty from the soot, we can clean these, so they look new again. We also clean surfaces like dressers, windowsills, lamps, and many others. Some textiles need special laundering that we do at our site. However, most of the work we do is right in your home.

Our specialist partners can help make sure that electrical outlets function correctly, saving you the added expense of hiring an electrician separately. We only call our partners after inspecting for electrical damage and then discussing it with you. Our preliminary inspection can save you the trouble of an electrician's unnecessary service call.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties covers Alys Beach, Sandestin, and Seagrove, ensuring that residences in these locations receive fire damage mitigation services when needed. Call our 24-hour service line at (850) 267-0746 for prompt, professional service from specialists who care.

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We Are Here To Help When Your Shut Off Valve Causes Water Damage To Your Miramar Beach Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties rapid response team a call 24/7!

Water Cleanup After Shut Off Valve Damage In Miramar Beach Homes

Shutoff valves are a vital component for the plumbing network running through your Miramar Beach home. Whenever a problem gets recognized within the system, this valve can help to stop water flow throughout the pipes so that the damaged area can get repaired without substantial water loss. As important as these valves are to the operation of your plumbing, they are not impervious to damage themselves, and hitting them or breaking them off of the main supply line to your home is easier to do than you might think.

The risk with damage like this, even if it does not completely separate the pipe, is constant leaking or flow that ultimately requires professional water cleanup for your Miramar Beach residence. Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the severity of this situation and respond quickly to the emergency. The crew is available 24/7 to address emergencies and disasters as they happen, offering effective mitigation tactics even amid the crisis.

With valve damage, there is no way to stop the flow of water into your home, so a fast response is vital to keep your restoration work to little more than repair and water cleanup. Our trained professionals arrive with effective drying equipment that can help to preserve exposed materials. With many of the shut-off valves placed in laundry areas or kitchens throughout the area, the threat of saturated materials from this incident is high.

Drying out the damaged elements can help prevent extensive tear out and reconstruction. Our SERVPRO rapid response team arrives with machines like our air movers and LGR dehumidifiers which can work to dry out exposed materials, structural elements, and contents of the affected areas quickly.

Accidents can damage your shut off valve for the plumbing in your home, but this does not have to be a devastating occurrence. 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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Flood Damage Professionals You Can Count On In Miramar Beach

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified professionals have the right equipment to handle any type of disaster in your home.

Why SERVPRO is the Smart Choice for Flood Damage in Miramar Beach

Flooding can happen during any season in Miramar Beach, but there is a greater risk for flooding during hurricane season. Even so, heavy rainstorms can still create a flooding situation in the area and being aware of how floods occur and react is essential to keeping you and your family safe. 

If your Miramar home has flood damage and has suffered, you want the help of a professional remediation company right away. SERVPRO is always standing by ready to help you with expert training and tools. We efficiently get the water out and dry your home, while not wasting any time doing it, making it easy to see why SERVPRO is the best choice for flood damage restoration.

As rain continues to fall for several days, flooding can slowly happen. With this kind of flooding, it can take up to a week to develop and can cast for months before the waters recede. On the other hand, rapid-onset floods happen much faster, usually developing within days or even hours. These floods generally happen in areas with smaller watersheds that experience heavy rainfall, usually in urban areas and the water recedes after a few days.

As soon as the storms that caused flooding in your home are over, contact SERVPRO technicians so that we can prevent any more damage from occurring. The structure of your home continues to suffer damage, while mold can begin growing within just 48 hours. We use truck-mounted pumps to get the standing water out fast, and industrial size fans and dehumidifiers to finish drying your home.

With floods, you also need to be concerned with debris and contamination in the water from runoff and sewage. Stay out of your home until we can make it safe for you again.

Flash flooding happens very fast with no or little warning, like during periods of very heavy rain or when dams, levees, or water systems fail. Areas which are densely populated are at high risk for flash floods, and in urban areas, these floods can fill viaducts, underpasses, low roads, and parking structures.

Strong winds from a hurricane or tropical cyclone can push huge amounts of seater onto land, creating a storm surge. The surge combines with the ocean’s tide to make a storm-tide surge. These have been registered as high as thirty-five feet above sea level and can cause significant flooding over a large area. It can happen over a short period, usually four to eight hours, but in some cases, it can take a lot longer for the water to recede.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties can come to your rescue of floodwaters enter your home in Sandestin, Alys Beach, or Watercolors. Reach out to us immediately after the storms subside by dialing (850) 267-0746 and we can make your home dry and safe again after flood damage.

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How SERVPRO Uses Heat to Help Dry Water Damage in Santa Rosa

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to dry your water damaged hardwood floors.

Why SERVPRO Uses Heat During Water Removal Jobs in Santa Rosa Beach

Many times when a home in Santa Rosa Beach sustains an incident involving water, different materials become soaked and retain that water. SERVPRO trains their employees so they can quickly get homes wholly dried out and protected from secondary water issues including microbial infestations and the development of unwanted odors.  

The many varied components of a home in Santa Rosa Beach is why SERVPRO uses heat with water removal equipment. Drywall, if our work begins soon enough after the event, can become dry again with little permanent damage. Other materials inside your home have different rates of absorption than drywall.  

Brick, for instance, is porous, and after absorbing water, tends to hold it inside its tiny openings more tightly than drywall. This tendency to hold onto moisture, plus the capillary action that drew the water deep inside the brick's interior, makes drying brick a longer process than many other things in the home.

Heated air directed at the bricks in your home can help get them dry faster than room temperature air that passes over the surface. The water held by most materials does not remain stagnant but continually moves toward drier sections. Seeking equilibrium like this happens in almost all materials. When warm, dry air can substitute for drier brick, the moisture passes more readily into the air, where we can then capture it and remove it with our desiccant machines.  

Removing water trapped below wooden floors requires a more gentle heat and constant supervision with both infrared thermal imaging devices and moisture reading equipment. Drying natural wood too quickly can result in warping, so we document the progress from start to finish. We also might use weights to help boards dry more correctly, as well, but we can often achieve the results we want without doing so. Many times, however, we need to remove a few boards to better reach the moisture underneath the rest of the floor with the dry air that we want to circulate and pull moisture out of the area.  

Water removal that happens quickly can help protect your home from developing problems with microbial infestations, staining of walls and ceilings, warped doors and windows, and unpleasant odors. However, if any of these situations do arise, SERVPRO has specialists who can help make any necessary repairs.  

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has water removal equipment that addresses issues involving standing water, moisture-laden materials, and secondary issues that arise from these situations. Call us at (850) 267-0746, so we can help get your home restored “Like it never even happened.”

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Some Warning Signs of Possible Secondary Damages After Water Damage in Your Miramar Beach Home

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Whether water damage affects your basement or a bedroom, water removal is essential. Contact our SERVPRO team for an assessment.

Mitigating Loss and Guarding Against Future Damages During Water Cleanup in Miramar Beach

When water travels, it absorbs materials and chemicals. These materials and chemicals can quickly become a health problem if they contain pathogens or are potentially toxic. In most cases, the contents of the water are relatively benign, although they still contain microbes and fungi spores that could spread around your home. Professional service can limit the impact of unpleasant odors or microbes after a spill.

Properties that require water cleanup in Miramar Beach rely on a fast response to ensure no unnecessary damage is caused. They also need to be treated with a two-step approach — the first step is to mitigate the loss, the second to guard against future issues. SERVPRO uses IICRC certificate holders who have training in multiple areas of restoration. This ensures we are able to clear away damages correctly and prevent secondary damages occurring months down the line.

Remediating a personal property requires care and attention to detail. Fabrics, for example, can become up to 50% weaker when wet. That means applying a one-size-fits-all approach to restoration can cause further damage to your possessions. Here at SERVPRO, we take every case as it comes. Carpeted properties benefit from the use of portable extractor wands to remove moisture without damaging the fabrics underneath.

We know that fabrics can be expensive. That is why we work toward a restore over replace method. Running an extractor over the affected area several times may be more time-consuming but is also more cost efficient for our customers. We are happy to take the time we need to ensure our work is as beneficial to you as it can be.

SERVPRO water technicians frequently have cross training in mold assessment and remediation meaning they can apply a wealth of restoration expertise to each job. Carpets removal is common in water cleanup, but thoroughly treating both sides of the carpet with anti-microbial chemicals to limit mold growth is rare. At SERVPRO we are always looking to complete a job correctly rather than quickly, which is why we have such a strong reputation in this community.
To thoroughly restore your property, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa / Walton / Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746.

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Use Our Expertise to Finally Get Control of the Mold and Moisture Situation in Your Gym

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

When the locker room still smells musty even after it has been cleaned or you see patches of mold, it is time to contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Finding Commercial Mold Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Gym Requires Professional Remediation

While cleaning your gym's locker and shower facilities in Santa Rosa Beach is a regular occurrence, discovering substantial amounts of microbial growth should raise concerns. Small amounts are quite reasonable and easily removed. A long weekend of closure and an absence of cleaning during a holiday does not mean that microbes also enjoyed a vacation.
Gyms and other locations where showering takes place, including private pools, can experience substantial problems with commercial mold damage in Santa Rosa Beach. SERVPRO technicians know highly effective methods in which to get this situation back under control. Returning the microbial population to a healthy state takes specialized equipment.
Sandblasting is effective at removing rust from corroded metal pieces, and we use a similar technique to remove mold. Dry ice pellets work in two ways to rid an area of mold growth. It is extremely cold and freezes the mold particles and their spores on contact, killing the mold and rendering the spores unable to spread. The impact of the dry ice pellets also removes the mold from the surfaces we work on during the remediation. Once removed, we vacuum them up with HEPA filtered vacuums. These contain the mold and the spores, keeping them safely away from uncontaminated areas of your facility.
Mold can grow almost anywhere, including painted concrete. We treat the same areas that experienced mold damage with select microbial inhibitors, specially chosen for their effectiveness and safety. We can explain to you or your employees about different cleansers that effectively help to prevent mold from reappearing.
Because mold needs moisture to grow, shower rooms often succumb to mold damage. Keeping it under control requires regular cleaning. If needed, we can treat the area on a schedule that works for you. Preventing mold growth is often much less costly than remediation of mold damage. We can discuss options that help prevent its recurrence.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides professional mold damage remediation services to all types of businesses in Sandestin, Watercolors, and Seagrove. We are experienced in working alongside our customers' employees, as well as around their clients. Call us for skilled remediation services at (850) 267-0746, day or night, year round.

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What, Water Damage, Not Fire Damage in a Miramar Beach Candle Shop?

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

No One Holds a Candle to SERVPRO for Water Loss Recovery in Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach Commercial Water Damage Services Can Save Your Candle Shop

Excess water from a pipe burst stands in the showroom of your candle shop. You had to close down due to the amount of water. We are trained professionals that can get your business back in full operation quickly. Allowing water to sit for more than 48 hours can cause further damages to your floors, walls, and foundation so contact us right away. Plus, moisture can cause mold growth, which can cause health effects.

SERVPRO in Miramar Beach offers reliable commercial water damage restoration services that can restore your building when possible. Our crew can use portable or truck-mounted extractors, wands or pumps to extract water fast. After they remove the water from the affected areas, they can begin to dry the structure. The team may employ air movers and axial fans to speed up the drying phase. Plus, they set dehumidifiers to reduce moisture by absorbing water vapor.
Our team may need to pack-out contents such as display cases, tables, candles, gift sets, candle holders, diffusers, incense to protect your merchandise from damages. This is done under extreme conditions and typically fast water extraction can reduce the need for more complex tasks. The techs itemize and categorize everything they remove from your store. Plus, they label and wrap all contents and store them safely on or off-site and return them after they finish the job. Also, our techs can use a bar-code system along with tagging to keep an accurate account of every item they pack-out from your shop. The use of bar-codes and tracking can also help with your insurance claim.
Our SERVPRO technicians are highly efficient and understand that your shop needs to be open for you to make money. You can expect them to work fast to get you back in business. We know that you are losing revenue when your store closes, and foot traffic may go elsewhere to purchase goods, so we strive to get the job done as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties commercial water damage services can return your candle shop to its preloss condition when possible. Call us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746. We can make it look "Like it never even happened."

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Miramar Beach Home

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to remove the water and dry your belongings.

Effective Restoration of Water Damage in Miramar Beach

Since water is part of our everyday activities, there is always a chance of spillage into unwanted areas. Most of these cases are easy to resolve, but with some, significant effort is required to restore the property to normal conditions. Many problems including the spread of waste, stains, and bad odors among others, can crop up from water spillage. Working with a professional restoration service eases the workload involved allowing you to continue using your Miramar Beach property within a reasonable period.  

The ease of restoring water damage in Miramar Beach might depend more on the contents present in the affected area, and not the source of the water. Most cases involve clean water with no contaminants. Even if a broken appliance causes the spillage, minimal contaminants are involved. However, once it soaks into the items in the area, it can dissolve dyes in fabrics leading to staining or cause damages to other soluble materials. Another common problem is rust which also leads to stains.  

Any water damage requires proper evaluation before choosing the procedures to use during the restoration. Our SERVPRO team is well versed with different cleaning procedures, and we have a wide variety of equipment to use. After the evaluation, we can choose the best solution for the situation. For example, we work on the carpet stains while they are still wet. Depending on what the spillage dissolves, the use of hot water might be necessary during restorative cleaning. Our extractors have heating capabilities of up to 220°F. This feature makes it easier to switch to hot water wherever it is needed and back to regular water for ordinary use.  

All areas affected by water spillage require proper drying to prevent other problems from developing.  Issues like wood rot and mold development can become progressively worse if they are not dealt with immediately.  After extracting any standing water in the affected area, our SERVPRO technicians check moisture levels to determine how much drying is necessary to restore the area to its preloss conditions. We can use several air movers and dehumidifiers or just a few to meet the set drying goal.

Involving a professional restoration team in clearing the damage after water loss lightens the load. Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Santa Rosa Beach Prepares for Hurricane Michael, and SERVPRO Is Here to Help

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO and Your Insurance Company Await Your Call After Hurricane Michael Strikes Your Santa Rosa Beach Property

What to Do After Hurricane Michael Has Passed Your Santa Rosa Beach Property

The very first thing you can do once Hurricane Michael has passed through your area is to let your friends and family know that you are all right. Make calls to your family, update your social media status, or use websites such as Safe and Well or The Red Cross Emergency app to let others know you and your family are safe. Giving out the information can provide great peace of mind to your loved ones not located in the Panhandle of Florida.
The second thing you should attend to is documenting the damage that the storm caused. The storm surge from Hurricane Michael can do it considerable damage to your Santa Rosa Beach home. The intense and high-speed winds can rip shingles away from your roof and damage the siding of your home. Even things that have been anchored down can sustain damage. The level of flooding can be catastrophic to the foundation and overall structure of your home.
Wind can also rip branches away from trees and send them right for your home. Sometimes, should the wind be intense enough, a hurricane can even rip a tree up from the ground and send it toppling over onto your home, shed, or vehicle that you did not drive during your evacuation. SERVPRO recommends always to evacuate, follow the strong statement of Gov. Scott. When this kind of damage occurs, it is vital that your document it as soon as possible once the storm is over. Insurance adjusters will be inundated (no pun intended) with customers to see.
Use a camera and take many pictures of the various damages you can find on your property. Having these photographs can act as evidence to show your insurance company while you are filing a claim. This can be crucial as building components continue to degrade from the forces of the winds (up to 140 MPH), contaminated flood waters, and lack of power.

Getting your family to a safe and dry place is essential before this potential Cat 4 Hurricane Michael strikes. The aftermath can be dealt with as it progresses. Family and safety first.

Remember, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is ready to help our neighbors after this difficult, natural disaster. Our National Storm Recovery Team is sending down reinforcements. Contact us for help at (850) 267-0746.

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Your Santa Rosa Beach Business Can Run Smoothly After a Commercial Water Damage Experience

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has the Capacity for Water Loss Mitigation in Commercial and Investment Properties in the Santa Rosa Beach rea

Water Removal is Key to Mitigating Damages to Santa Rosa Beach Buildings 

You can lose revenue and customers when your business experiences commercial water damage. If the situation is the result of a broken plumbing system or a leaking roof, you need to act immediately to prevent further loss and damage. The goal is to minimize business interruption and get your customers, employees, and the entire business as a whole to its preloss operations. We advise you to work with professionals who have the expertise, equipment, and labor to handle such incidents in Santa Rosa Beach.

The use of specialized equipment is necessary during commercial water damage restoration in Santa Rosa Beach. Our SERVPRO technicians have the experience and skills to operate such equipment correctly. Not all situations are the same, so we have to conduct an assessment that enables us to select the most suitable tools for the job. Some of the devices we use during the restoration include carpet tools, dehumidification equipment, safety equipment, detection instruments, and water extraction equipment.
Extraction is among the initial steps that our SERVPRO technicians perform when removing water from the structure. To pump water from the floors, clean your upholstery and carpets, industry-leading equipment is utilized. These devices have a vacuum system, a pump, and a heater. During cleaning, all the three components have a role to play, but during mitigation, we only use the vacuum system. Also, the extractors can be portable or truck-mounted.
The aggressiveness or the force we use to extract the moisture counts a lot. For instance, if we use too much power when removing water from a wet carpet, delamination is likely to occur. If your office has glue-down carpeting, our SERVPRO technicians prefer using a wand during the extraction process. On the other hand, we use heavier devices when squeezing moisture out of heavy carpeting. We can use rider-type mobile vacuum systems for compressing and suctioning out residual water from the fibers. It is illegal to dump the wastewater at the front lawn, so we follow the state and local regulations when doing the job.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties can handle your cleaning and restoration needs after a water, storm, mold, or fire damage event. Call us at (850) 267-0746 and allow our experienced team to get your business operating smoothly again.

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Steps For Restoration Following Hurricane Damage In Your N. Okaloosa Area Home

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Gordon and Santa Rosa Beach Storm Damage Get the SERVPRO Cleanup Service

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration for Our Santa Rosa Beach Area Neighbors After Tropical Storms

Now that the tropical storm has passed through the area and dissipated, N. Okaloosa and the surrounding regions are getting their first look at the destructive nature of this storm system. While the primary focus up to this point was the safety of those around you throughout the dangerous situation, many homeowners and business owners are unsure of what to do next. Here are some things that you should consider when it comes to rebuilding your life in the wake of a hurricane.

While you might not know how to recover all of the damages your N. Okaloosa area home sustained from the effects of Hurricane Gordon, there are some steps that you can start taking now to get the process started for restoration work and moving forward. One of the first things that you need to do, even before you contact restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team is to contact your insurance provider for your home.

They are going to be able to talk you through your policy and how it pertains to damages sustained by a hurricane. In many cases, there is a deductible that varies depending on your policy that requires you to pay a portion of the expenses needed to restore your home following severe storm damage like this. You need to speak with the appropriate personnel from your insurance company to determine your role in getting your home back to preloss conditions. SERVPRO always can coordinate the cleanup and restoration after a tropical storm with your insurance adjuster and you for determining the scope of the service.

One way that you can help to expedite this process is to document the damage that you can see. Photographs and accounts of the damage can help to speed up the claims process with your insurance company, and get experienced technicians like our SERVPRO team on site as quickly as possible to begin repairs, restorations and clean up.

Recovering from the damages of a hurricane is not something that any homeowner ever gets prepared to face. Fortunately, with the experience and rapid response of our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties restoration technicians, it is not a situation that you have to face on your own. Call us at (850) 267-0746.

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How Mold Damage Can Spread Throughout Your Miramar Beach Residence

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Spotting in Your Miramar Beach Condo? Contact SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

For Miramar Beach Homes and Condos, SERVPRO Provides Professional and Safe Mold Remediation

Moisture ridden areas of your Miramar Beach home can attract an unpleasant guest into your home in the form of fungal growth. As this organism grows and thrives, it can spread to new areas of your house and seat into new surfaces. Within a brief period of the initial colonization, your home can have widespread mold growth that requires immediate action from professional remediation technicians.

Mold damage is common to Miramar Beach homes, and the severe weather systems and often damp conditions throughout the hurricane season can only exasperate this possibility. While you work to prevent this from occurring in your home, many fail to see the warning signs when they happen, and only notice the mold growth when it is out of control and in desperate need of professional intervention. Understanding how this organism lives and spreads can help you to understand the importance of reaching out to our certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO immediately.

From the moment that mold spores encounter conditions which allow them to develop and thrive in your home, less than 72 hours remain before a colony can form. This process begins with some light spotting on surfaces like drywall, as the spores take footing into this material to begin to grow and spread. As the colony eats through and degrades this material, it has to continue to spread throughout new areas of this surface, and even adjacent walls to continue feeding. The not visible on the surface hyphae spread like roots infesting and consuming more organic material.

Air circulation systems also play a significant role in how mold damage can spread throughout your home. Areas that otherwise might not have met the conditions for growth get exposed to active spores traveling through the ducts and settling in new areas. This fact is part of the reason why air conditioning gets shut off when remediation work from our SERVPRO technicians begins. We can inspect the HVAC system and clean and disinfect against spores, pet dander, bacteria and virus microorganisms and other allergens.

Though you may not notice the conducive conditions for mold proliferation, the right choice is to reach out to our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties remediation technicians.  We can help limit the spread of these organisms and work efficiently to remove the infestations from your home. Give us a call anytime at (850) 267-0746.

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Old Pipes Can Pull Apart, And You Need Water Removal In Your Miramar Beach Home

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

You cannot predict the longevity of the indoor plumbing system in your house.

Water Removal In Your Home

The inside of your Miramar Beach home is an elaborate network of plumbing spanning from the initial service line coming into your home and spanning to every faucet and fixture. While this is something that you are rarely intended to see, many homeowners have the unfortunate task of locating and repairing line breaks when metal materials like lead and copper break down and inevitably separate over time.

A common way that pipes can break and pull apart, often causing a need for water removal to your Miramar Beach home, is in the connections of the pipe joints themselves. With older materials like lead, many of the fittings for angling and turns throughout this network screwed into the longer sections of pipe. Over time, the threading on these connections can wear down and erode, leaving enough space for a persistent dripping leak to form.

The more that building regulations understood about the inevitable separation of these joints or breaks in the pipe, the more regulated additives were to the threading to further seal this potential opening. Now, PVC and plastics are the most effective approach altogether for indoor plumbing, but many homes still have these aging materials. If a break does occur, substantial water damages can occur before you can get the supply line shut off to the house. The best thing that you can do at this point is to contact our SERVPRO rapid response team to begin helping you mitigate the damages and assess the situation.

One of the biggest priorities for our SERVPRO professionals beyond extraction of the present pooled water is getting the moisture levels for the affected materials nearby to acceptable parameters. Overly damp areas are a literal breeding ground for mold and microbial growth, which can pose threats extending far beyond conventional weakening of construction materials associated with water loss incidents.

You cannot predict the longevity of the indoor plumbing system in your house. Even with the plastic plumbing, offering higher pressure tolerances, your home is never entirely safeguarded from water loss incidents. If you have any kind of emergency that affects your residence, you can trust the skilled technicians we have at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties. Our rapid response crew is available 24/7 by calling (850) 267-0746.

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Summer Storms Bring Flood Damage To Walton County

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

One of the disasters that Walton County homes sustain might involve flood damage.

Summer Storms Bring Flood Damage To Your Home

While we need rain to keep our lawn and gardens growing nicely, heavy precipitation during the summer can also cause serious problems. Homeowners in Walton County often find that bad weather is more than a nuisance. The expense of cleaning up after weather-related issues can stay manageable when a professional company like SERVPRO assists homeowners by completing the work.

One of the disasters that Walton County homes sustain might involve flood damage. Our technicians know how to handle such destruction within a home and make everything “Like it never even happened.” Our crew members hold several different IICRC certificates, which means they arrive at your home wholly prepared.

Many stages of restoration require that our team members work together quickly and efficiently to produce the best possible results for our customers. We address each of the issues involved in achieving this goal. Removing any standing water, disposing of damaged materials, cleaning the foreign matter out, and drying the property's interior all must occur before your family can safely return.

Pumping out dirty floodwaters allows us to gather debris from throughout your home's floors safely. Even though we remove carpets and padding, silt can still find its way underneath and into the spaces between the floorboards. Fine sand and other sediments can also contain organic matter that easily creates musty and highly offensive odor as long as they remain present in your home.

We check your home's humidity levels from the very beginning of our work, enabling us to monitor our progress in restoring your home more precisely. We have extraction devices that can remove such sediment. We use other tools to extract the moisture hiding in these same spaces. Dehumidifiers and desiccant machines steadily decrease the amount of water vapor until we reach normal levels. At this point, we can begin bringing in new drywall sections, carpeting, and padding.

The professional restoration experts at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties know you want your home to be a safe place in which your family can live. Contact us at (850) 267-0746 to speak with our staff, who are always available at any hour, every day of the year. We serve Crestview and Seagrove, as well as neighboring areas.

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Miramar Beach's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Restoring Structural Components

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO after your home sustains any type of fire damage. Our quick response to assess and remediate will help produce great results.

SERVPRO's Technicians Help to Effectively Restore Your Home and Contents After a Fire

Whenever a fire burns a building in Miramar Beach, various types of damage take place. The heat and flames that come from a blaze take their toll and burn anything that is in their path. Smoke coming from the burn will travel throughout the house leaving behind soot residues and pungent aromas. Various items inside your home like your possessions could get affected. It is also possible that your carpets, walls, and ceilings will also get damaged.
Insurance policies usually distinguish their coverage of items inside your home placing them in either the structure or contents category. Whenever we mitigate fire damage near Miramar Beach, we separate the scope of work of damage into the two separate categories as well. From the time we complete the initial estimate, we put the damage and work required to mitigate it into its appropriate category. We also clean and restore contents and structural materials separately. In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians even move the contents out of the affected building and into a separate location for cleaning. Other times we move the contents into a clean, unaffected area of the house for cleaning and remediation work.
Our SERVPRO crew groups items into the structure category when they are a permanent part of the structure of the building. Therefore things that are permanently attached to a building's framework including walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, and attached floor coverings are all considered structure. Other items that are considered structural components include cabinets, heating and ventilation systems, and bath fixtures. If you could turn a house upside down and shake it, anything that fell out would be placed in the category of the contents, and anything that remained in the house would be put into the structure group.
Restoring a structure often takes both remodeling and cleaning procedures. Remodeling involves replacing items that got burnt or charred severely and removed. Cleaning involves restoring fire and smoke damaged items back to preloss conditions. If you ever need help restoring structural components after a fire engulfs your home, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 seven days a week.
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Why Mold Growth In Your Miramar Beach Home Is A Serious Problem

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth in your home is nothing that you should leave for another day.

Mold Growth In Your Home

While over the years many Miramar Beach residents have had to contend with mold and fungal growth in their homes, many people are often still very misinformed about this occurrence. The less people understand about it, the less inclined they are to take it seriously and get the issue corrected quickly.

Mold damage in your Miramar Beach residence is nothing that you should allow to persist once it has gotten discovered. Too often these situations can get out of control quickly, allowing the mold colony to spread unabated throughout neighboring areas and surfaces around the original colony location. Mold itself is very detrimental to your home and to your family, despite what you might have previously thought.

One of the main things that you should do when you discover mold damage in your home is to contact our SERVPRO rapid response team. We have trained applied microbial remediation technicians at your disposal that can show up quickly and get to work on mitigating the damages that your home currently experiences.

The misinformation about mold begins with the belief that mold is not a harmful thing to encounter in your house. While varieties of mold can benefit your gardening or have allowed for breakthroughs in medicinal sciences, the kind of spores that seat and colonize in your home are not beneficial in any way.

There are health effects attributed to exposure to home variety molds. You and your family, especially those who already have breathing disorders or difficulties with asthma, could have these symptoms worsened by even brief exposures to a thriving colony. Our SERVPRO technicians even utilize full-body protective equipment and respirators when removing colonies and restoring the damages that microbial growth has caused.

Mold growth in your home is nothing that you should leave for another day. The longer that these problems persist, the more structural and environmental damages that they can do. Trust in our experienced remediation specialists at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties to help you overcome this unwanted presence in your home. Give SERVPRO a call 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Prompt Water Removal Action is what Your Soggy Santa Rosa Beach Home Needs

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Moisture Detecting Devices for Water Removal in Santa Rosa Beach Homes and Condos

Rapid Response and Water Damage Mitigation Go Hand-in-Hand, Call SERVPRO for Assistance

Finding a broken pipe that is steadily spraying water out at an enormous rate in a Santa Rosa Beach home can strike a series of strong emotions into any homeowner's mind. As this unwanted water leaves its confines, it rapidly soaks your home's interior and everything nearby. Your residence can suffer severe damages if you permit it to remain.

We help homeowners in Santa Rosa Beach deal with these kinds of accidents by implementing water removal strategies. Drying out your home and getting everything back to normal does take time but the sooner the technicians from SERVPRO begin, the sooner they can finish. Beginning immediately after such a crisis or simply a very wet incident reduces the amount of damage your family's belongings experience, also, and cuts down on how far the water spreads through the materials making up your house.
We use different tools and types of equipment to extract the water from the surfaces in your home. Floors often absorb a significant amount of water just because of their position. Much of this water ends up lower than the carpet and padding, underneath the underlay and possibly trapped inside the ceiling of lower floors, if present.
We use moisture detection equipment to find all of the water that has wicked into materials. Our devices tell us where water soaked into porous materials and other spaces that retain water. We also measure the amount of moisture in your property's air and then use desiccant machines, dehumidifiers, air movers, and scrubbers to reduce the level back to normal while cleaning the air of any microbes.
SERVPRO tries to preserve and protect the interior of your residence, but at times doing so would leave behind materials that can allow mold and mildew to grow. When materials show damage, we remove them, and once we restore dry conditions, we can introduce new materials safely, without the risk of damaging effects caused by the presence of water or moisture.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is always ready, 24/7, to help protect your home from damage by water with water removal equipment and techniques. Call us at our local number, (850) 267-0746, whenever your family home suffers broken pipes or other causes of unwanted water.

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Proper Mold Damage Remediation Steps In Walton County

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

It's important to know that the presence of moisture leads to mold growth and addressing the water problem should be the first step.

Proper Mold Damage Remediation Steps

Developing a fast action plan is essential when attending to mold damage to prevent the possibility of further damage to your contents and restore your property. The remediation process usually begins by learning about the moisture in the structure. It's important to know that the presence of moisture leads to mold growth and addressing the water problem should be the first step. We are going to look at some of the procedures we follow when attending to such issues in Walton County.

When our SERVPRO technicians are responding to mold damage in Walton County, we may document the situation through writing, taking videos or photos. With the help of such documentation, we are in a position to come up with a remediation plan which clearly outlines when we the work is to begin and end. At this particular point, we can determine whether the occupants of the building need to relocate temporarily.

The mold remediation procedures aim at cleaning up the contamination and making sure that the occupants are not exposed, since it may lead to health effects. When we are removing the mold growth, there are chances of disturbing the mold spores which may end up moving from the areas with the contamination to clean areas. To prevent such, our SERVPRO technicians put in place containment measures. Setting up a negative pressure, installing containment barriers, and sealing HVAC vents is part of containment.

When removing the mold contamination, our SERVPRO team takes typically away all porous materials with extensive mold contamination. We can then use HEPA vacuuming to remove the mold from dry and nonporous materials and surfaces. Damp wiping is also an option, and when using it as an option, we use a detergent that has anti-microbial properties. When cleaning surfaces, we usually start from the top to the bottom and generally towards the direction of airflow.

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SERVPRO Handles Smoke And Ash From Fire Damage In Miramar Beach

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fabrics and textiles can take some of the worst fire damage in a Miramar Beach home after a disaster.

SERVPRO Handles Smoke And Ash After A Fire

Fabrics and textiles can take some of the worst fire damage in a Miramar Beach home after a disaster. All types of fires, from electrical mishaps to kitchen accidents to natural disasters, produce enough smoke, ash, and other materials to mar fabric materials common in local homes severely. These contaminants cannot be removed with cleaning products and techniques available to homeowners. SERVPRO employs specialized cleaning solutions designed to eliminate smoke and ash damage without further damaging the objects.

Industrial Clothes Washing

Most articles of clothing found in the average home in Miramar Beach can be washed free of fire damage through similar albeit specialized techniques. SERVPRO owns and operates industrial washing machines designed to handle every article of clothing in your home in only one or two washes, saving time and expenses on what could otherwise be an arduous washing process. For more delicate or expensive articles, we have special treatments and close contacts with local dry cleaning contractors to make sure they receive the time and precision necessary to avoid further damage.

HVAC Systems

SERVPRO technicians are HVAC specialists that are well-acquainted with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems used in local construction. Smoke and ash can clog up these systems and potentially lead to additional problems such as long-term smoke odors and mold growth. We thoroughly check and clean out HVAC systems around your home to prevent them from becoming another source of headaches after a fire.

Walls, Floors, And Ceilings

The piling-up of smoke and ash can leave your home looking like a wreck with discoloration and grimy textures coating every surface in the area. Without the appropriate chemical treatments and cleaning supplies, these effects can become worse as water and household cleaning products press smoke particles into the material and solidify damage. Be sure to ask us before conducting any cleanup on your own; otherwise, you could inadvertently make the problem worse than it was before.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides fire damage cleanup and restoration services to homeowners in the area. Call us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Eliminating Odors after Mold Damage in Miramar Beach

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Miramar Beach Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation and Odor Control

SERVPRO's Methods and Equipment Neutralize Mold Odors

One of the most telling signs of mold damage in Miramar Beach is the smell - some species of mold release strong, musty odors that can permeate walls and spread throughout the entire home. Many unqualified mold removal companies fail to remove odors along with the infestation, leaving behind a prominent tell-tale of damage that is likely to be quickly noticed by guests. SERVPRO technicians always take care to eliminate mold odors quickly and thoroughly to get your home back to the way it was before the damage. "Like it never even happened."

Why The Smell?
Most types of mold damage common in Miramar Beach create odors of some kind. While the exact chemical composition and nature of these smells can vary depending on the species responsible for them, available food sources and a range of other factors, most odors of this variety appear musty and foul. These gases are natural by-products of the fungi's metabolic processes, being released into the atmosphere as waste while they eat away at your home. While typically non-toxic, some types of emissions can also cause health effects for residents. Even after the mold goes away, these odors can linger, as microscopic particles can easily lodge themselves into walls and ceilings.

How Does SERVPRO Help?
We utilize a set of specially-designed tools and techniques to eliminate odors through processes that emulate the natural spread of gases and particles and work their way into even the deepest corners of your home. Our powerful thermal fogging machines can neutralize entire rooms of odors at once, providing a fast and effective remedy for most infestations. For colonies located in more hard-to-reach spots that cannot be accessed with large fogging devices, we bring in ultra-low volume foggers that can target crawlspaces and other compact environments. We pledge to eliminate all odors in the home, no matter where they are located or how hard they are to reach.

During the cleanup and removal phases of the mold remediation service, we often set up HEPA and activated carbon filters to both capture spores and particulates as small as 0.03 microns and to chemically alter the offensive compounds.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties offers professional mold damage remediation and restoration services to homeowners in the area. Call us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Wind and Storms Push Water into Residences, Calling for Water Removal Services in Santa Rosa Beach

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding occurs in your home, it can be very destructive. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and remediation services.

Technicians at SERVPRO Prioritize Drying Out Your Home After a Storm

Storms in our area darken our skies on occasion and bring needed rain into Santa Rosa Beach's lawns and gardens. Sometimes, though, these storms become too strong and cause problems for residents.
Once rain enters a home in Santa Rosa Beach, water removal services can prevent damages from steadily progressing. Increased damages lead to more expensive repairs. We can help you keep costs low and reasonable by removing the water and drying everything out.
Things remain on the simpler end of restorative work when an open window permitted wind to blow rainwater inside. More massive holes ripped into your roof by falling trees and shingles or siding ripped away by high-speed winds means more intensive repairs. No need to worry, though, as our experienced technicians can handle every stage of the work involved. Our IICRC certifications provide a solid basis for the experience we gain, ensuring our teams provide your home's mitigation services with expert skill.
No matter which direction stormy weather tries to take your home's condition, we have the answer. When water causes musty odors to develop and creep into every room of your home, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) is ready to make your home smell pleasant and fresh again. If mold sets in, as it often does, and rapidly so, our mold remediation team can rid your home of excessive microbes. When water begins to deteriorate your home's interior we can remove the damaged materials, repair slightly ruined pieces, and restore marred materials for you.
Water, from any source, including rain, can create many problems for homeowners. At SERVPRO, we stand by, ready to help you tackle each kind of situation that can damage your home's structure and the belongings that make your house a home. Thoroughly removing the water helps protect your home and your family's clothing, books, furniture, and other possessions.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties helps homeowners in Watercolors, Alys Beach, and the surrounding areas in diverse ways, including water removal services. After a storm brings water inside your home, call us at (850) 267-0746 and our friendly experts can get your home dried out and back to normal fast and efficiently.

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Water Removal Services for Santa Rosa Beach

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

When Water Damages Your Santa Rosa Beach Property, Call SERVPRO

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.

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.

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Mold Damage can Affect Your Carpets and Furniture in Miramar Beach

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

For Mold Remediation from Your Miramar Beach Condo's Carpet Call SERVPRO

Professionally Cleaned and Mold Remediated Furnishings Can Be Salvaged Often--Call SERVPRO

Keeping your home in Miramar Beach well-maintained involves many different aspects. Cleaning your home well keeps germs and dirt at bay, but allowing things to air dry after you clean them can slowly change your home's interior environment and create favorable conditions for microbial growth in other locations around your home. Because this increase in humidity happens slowly, you may not notice it, but microbes and their spores become active quickly when this happens.

Miramar Beach homes and their furnishings can develop mold damage when moisture levels in the home rise higher than usual. Porous materials are very often highly absorbent, especially when the water comes in the form of humidity. Moist air that continually bathes your home with water lets microbial populations grow out of control quickly, especially in drywall, paneling, carpeting, and upholstered furniture.
Since mold physically grows into the material, it rests on, and feeds off of, the materials used by mold soon begin to disintegrate. Walls can become stained or fall apart in pieces ranging in size from dust to small palm-sized chunks. Signs of disintegrated backing can indicate carpeting with moldy spots. Fabrics and cushioning materials often exhibit frayed areas and small depressions. Any of these can harbor musty smells that can bother you and your family, and become an embarrassment in front of guests.
SERVPRO technicians can partner with you to solve these problems and help prevent their reoccurrence. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT), highly experienced in the processes involved in restoring your home, can help ensure that microbial activity remains at an acceptable minimal level in the future.
Our team can discuss with you the process of restoring your furniture, as well as your options involving carpets damaged by mold. Restoring carpets may cost less than removal and replacement. We can test for foreign particles to help determine the best course of action, helping you save money while still obtaining excellent results.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties wants homeowners in Sandestin, Freeport, and Crestview to know that we can help them resolve mold damage issues in their homes, no matter how severe the situation seems. Our number, (850) 267-0746, is always available as a 24-hour hotline, every day of the year. Please call to find out more regarding your specific situation and how our services can help make your home feel clean and beautiful again.

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Commercial Water Removal For Santa Rosa Beach Businesses

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial water removal is as important for a beauty salon or a day spa as it is to any other business.

Commercial Water Removal

Santa Rosa Beach businesses have, for the most part, recovered from last year’s storms. The more common, mundane forms of flooding still happen all over our community, however. Pipes rupture, sinks break and toilets overflow just like they always have at places like spas and salons.

A beauty salon or a day spa may not rebuild Santa Rosa Beach, but each one is valuable to its customers and employees. Commercial water removal is as important for them as it is to any other business. SERVPRO understands the need to reopen the doors so people can rest and recuperate as well as get back to work.

Most of the leaks in a commercial flood usually come from an ordinary source that bursts overnight and the owner comes in to find a mess. If it is a minor fix, like a backed-up toilet, we can often repair it. For major repairs, our technicians turn off the water main and leave the fix to a general contractor.

In many of these businesses, the floors are either bare or covered with a thin, tough carpet with no pad underneath. That makes water removal simpler for us. We start with a series of pumps if the water is more than a couple of inches deep. Once we bring the level down to a thin layer just above the surface, we switch to water extraction wands.

The wands quickly draw the layer of water off the floor and out of the carpets; many also have a heating element built into them. This option allows us to carefully begin drying the carpets without damaging the layers or causing air pockets to form underneath the carpet by loosening the glue holding it in place.

SERVPRO technicians then examine the walls for damage. If we removed the water quickly enough, most of the drywall panels making up the walls could be carefully dried using a combination of air movers to force warm, dry air over their surface and fans to circulate the damp air and draw it outside.

If you are dealing with a flood in your business, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 today. We can help you remove the water and reopen your doors to your customers as fast and safely as possible.

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Firefighting Efforts Leave Water Damage Behind in Santa Rosa Beach

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Protect Your Castle in Santa Rosa Beach from Water Intrusion--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Extraction

SERVPRO Can Clean Up Debris and Extract Water and Quickly Dry Your Home

Fire can happen any home, including the ones located in Santa Rosa Beach. Significant damage can occur from even small fires to the interior of a home and cover different types of damage. Because of this, SERVPRO trains their employees so they know how to respond to each type of harm from smoke and fire that might exist within your property.
After a house fire, homeowners often find that their home sustains not only damage from the fire, but also water damage. Firefighters in Santa Rosa Beach may use thousands of gallons of water to extinguish each housefire they respond to, and this water remains until a qualified company extracts it from the home and restores normal moisture levels. Smaller fires that homeowners extinguish themselves can also cause this problem but on a smaller scale.
Because flooding in the traditional sense did not occur, we can skip straight to the use of hand-held extractions units that gently remove the water from your floors. These remove water and leave floors almost dry, but we need to take other measures, too. These steps include increasing the number of times that air changes inside your home and other methods.
We raise the temperature inside your property, so evaporation rates increase. Air movers do exactly that, - move air around, so the air whisks up the extra humidity and prevents it from condensing elsewhere in your home. Along the same lines, floors inundated with water require specialized care.
Other areas of your home, such as walls and even ceilings often absorb large amounts of water. Your personal belongings and household furnishings most likely absorbed quite a bit of the water, as well. The steps that increase the temperature and the airflow currents' speed take care of these issues for the most part, but special situations might exist, such as expensive paintings and other artwork, antiques, and family heirlooms that might sustain damage from excessive moisture. If such situations exist within your home and they concern you, please discuss these with us so we can give them the consideration they deserve. We want to make your home "Like it never even happened" again.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties can help your family after a fire leaves water damage inside your home. Call us at (850) 267-0746 if you live in the area near Freeport, Seagrove, or Sandestin for professionals with expert skills who can provide exactly what your home requires. We are always available to answer your questions by phone and start the process of restoring your property.

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How to Help Prevent Health Effects from Mold Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Don't try to tackle mold damage on your own as you may simply contribute to the spread of the problem. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

SERVPRO Considers Safety as Primary When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold spores can cause a variety of health effects, and protecting yourself against them is important until SERVPRO's work remediating mold damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home is complete. While colonies of most species tend to develop into large, foul-smelling and unsightly patches of growth, individual organisms and their offspring are microscopic and difficult to detect without specialized equipment. Keeping track of these safety precautions can help to keep your family from suffering health effects until the mold is gone.

By far the most important consideration when dealing with mold damage in Santa Rosa Beach is to make sure that proper sanitation is observed in all possible aspects. Hand-washing is essential to prevent spores from accumulating and spreading on your skin and is often more effective than hand sanitizing products. However, in a pinch, using alcohol and chemical-based hand sanitizer can also help to kill mold spores and any bacteria alongside them. We take care to sanitize your home throughout all steps of our work.

Face Masks
Some health effects can be caused by breathing in spores and toxins produced by some species. Black mold, in particular, can create hazardous atmospheric conditions and composition in your home. Paper face masks and filters are inexpensive, easily obtained, and highly effective in keeping spores out of your airways.

Common Sense
The easiest way to avoid harm from an infestation in your home is to use common sense whenever you are dealing with the fungus or its consequences. Let SERVPRO professionals take care of the work and just make sure to keep yourself safe. Never touch mold or attempt to clean surfaces on your own unless our technicians give specific approval of the action. In general, avoiding problem areas entirely is the best way to keep yourself safe, but be wary if you ever need to come closer.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has the experience and certifications necessary to handle mold problems in a safe, professional manner. Call us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Speedy Response Is Essential For Miramar Beach Fire Damage Resolution

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Miramar Beach Condo Fire Place--Be Careful to Prevent Damage from Smoke & Ashes

SERVPRO Suggest to Immediately Request Cleanup and Restoration After a Smoke & Fire Incident

The minutes and hours after a fire are confusing and overwhelming for a homeowner in Miramar Beach. It is tempting to leave and take a few days in temporary housing before deciding what to do. Resist that understandable first reaction because waiting even a few hours to start fire damage restoration accelerates the harm. We respond round the clock to fire damage sites, and are qualified to help you with all aspects of remediation.

Soot and smoke spread rapidly through the spaces of a dwelling, even many rooms away from the fire site. The heat causes the debris created by the combustion to rise in the air. Movement of the debris can be widespread, compounded by the expansion of the super-heated air. Fire damage in your Miramar Beach home immediately begins the process of deterioration of every object, surface, and building material you own everywhere inside the house. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cleaning-trained technicians have the skills and the experience to halt the deterioration cycle and restore your property "Like it never even happened."
The residues left by combustion of the materials in the fire area are acidic, yellowing plastics, nearby appliances, and porous materials including marble countertops within minutes. As hours go by, fiberglass, often used in bathtubs, and grout in tiled areas stain. Uncoated metals tarnish, and furnishing finishes begin to discolor. If the fire damage restoration cleanup begins quickly, SERVPRO crews both on-site and at our production facility use cleaning products and techniques precisely matched to the type of residues encountered to limit the permanent harm. Moreover, our results are outstanding especially if we are called to the site fast.
If days or weeks elapse before cleanup begins in earnest, the corrosive residues turn painted walls yellow. Clothing, carpeting, upholstery, and window coverings may stain and discolor to an extent impossible to reverse. Tarnished metals now begin to pit and rust, damaging the integrity of the objects and risking the need for and cost of replacement. Synthetic flooring can require tear out and replacement. Wooden cabinets and furniture can need refinishing. Even glass and china etch. A speedy intervention by our SERVPRO crews saves you from these progressive fire damage issues. We also work with your insurance throughout the process, saving you out of pocket costs.
Waste no time contacting SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties if you experience the misfortune of a fire in your Miramar Beach home. Our phones at (850) 267-0746 are answered 24 hours a day, awaiting an emergency like yours.

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A Sound Solution to Water Removal in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

When floodwater enters your home the water is most likely contaminated and should be dealt with cautiously.

SERVPRO Offers Expert Water Removal Services for Your Water Damaged Home

When water invades your Santa Rosa Beach property, the results can seem catastrophic. Unfortunately, in many different parts of the world, floods become a nightmarish reality. However, with advances in technology, improvements to the restoration industry, and an increase of knowledgeable homeowners making the right choices, it is not as hard to recover as you might think.

After experiencing water problems in your Santa Rosa Beach property, it can be easy to rush. The waters recede making you want to begin water removal as quickly as possible. Many homeowners head right in, putting themselves in harm's way and causing further damage to various areas of their home. When in reality, it is best to wait and take the time to contact a trained professional before ever stepping foot inside your home again.

You should always remember that situations involving water often accompany contamination from outside sources. What is in or around your home is not the only things water can bring with it and it makes sense to take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself before entering. SERVPRO technicians inspect the entire area for possible hazards and take the necessary steps to protect everyone involved. 

Aside from keeping everyone safe, getting the water out of your home takes priority. The sooner you start removing any remaining water, the more likely you are to prevent damage to the contents of your home, along with any structural components caught up in the event. Our IICRC certified technicians have access to advanced water detectors, extractors, hygrometers, and drying equipment that makes the water removal and drying process faster and more efficient than ever before. 

Removable items, such as furniture, appliances, or electronics have a better chance of survival if moved to a clean, dry location, which also helps make room for starting your home’s restoration process. SERVPRO takes care of all the heavy lifting, making sure to handle each item carefully, reducing the possibility of secondary damages and improving the possibility of recovering personal belongings found in your home.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties offers full-service water removal, cleaning, and restoration solutions throughout the area, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, call today. (850) 267-0746

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Flood Damage Professionals in Santa Rosa Beach

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rainfall can often find its way into your home causing extensive damage. If this happens to you, rely on SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Quickly and Efficiently Restores Your Home after Flood Damage

Spring is on its way and with it comes rain. During a rainstorm, it is possible that your Santa Rosa Beach home gets damaged. Even if the storm is not significant, any time water falls from the sky your home is susceptible to damage.

If rain comes in fast enough, it can find its way into your home. Anytime water enters your house you had better call in SERVPRO's flood damage specialists in Santa Rosa Beach. The IICRC certified team comes out in a timely fashion and assesses your situation.

When rain falls hard, water can come in from a variety of places. Water always seems to find the weak link in a building structure. Any seals around doors or windows that are old may get worn and allow water to enter your home.

Anytime even the smallest amount of water enters your home problems are bound to happen. Water coming from the outside is possibly contaminated. When infected water enters your dwelling, it is a possibility that contents and building materials may get ruined.

In some cases, the water damaging your home is clean, and your building materials get saved if they are dried out. The experts at SERVPRO are able to test the water and figure out if drying fixes the problem or not. If the contamination level is low, then it is possible that all of the building materials inside your home do not get removed.

If our crew feels that drying is all that is needed, then they come in and extract any standing water before they begin the drying process. To start the drying process, our team of specialists comes in and tests the moisture levels of the air and the building materials inside the area that got wet. Depending on how much moisture is still present in the region, our crew can set up air movers, dehumidifiers, drying systems, heaters, and drying mats to bring the levels back to normal.

Even if just a small amount of rainwater leaks into your home, it is smart to seek out professional help. When an area is wet, that is not supposed be, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 for 24/7 assistance.

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Donated inventory must stay dry to reach the hands of people who need the items. Should your charity shop suffer water damage, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Respond Quickly to Help Restore Your Water Damaged Items

After so much damage from the weather, Santa Rosa Beach business owners forget that the majority of property loss from water comes from much more common sources. Broken pipes are year-round and result in more repair and restoration costs than a hurricane.
Santa Rosa Beach commercial water damage does not only affect area businesses looking to make a profit. Charity shops and donation centers need to be open to raise needed funds and provide services. SERVPRO knows every disaster needs a quick response, especially for those agencies helping residents still rebuilding from last year.
Our response teams can turn off the water and stop the source of the leak if the owner has not already done it. Several team members determine if we can fix the problem. We do not have licensed plumbers, but minor breakdowns we can try to repair. The rest of the team begins the process of removing water from the structure, drying floors and walls, and drying out the donated property.
SERVPRO team members use pumps and extraction wands to draw water off the floors. After we remove it, specialists open the doors and push out any remaining moisture out of the structure with long-handled squeegees.
Now, we can set up dehumidifiers. These devices draw moisture from the air, soaked building material like drywall, and donated inventory items. Each one can remove up to 25 gallons of water each day. To augment the effectiveness of the dehumidifiers, we can set up axial fans to create negative pressure and force the damp, inside air out of the structure.
We maintain drying racks at our offices for large items like curtains, but we can also use them to hang inventory, so the items have more space between them and dry faster. To speed up this process, we can bring in air movers to circulate warm, dry air across the donated inventory.
Our goal is to help every business reopen quickly to support our local communities rebuild and grow. If you need our services, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties today at (850) 267-0746. We are here for you.

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Restoring Flood Damaged Homes in Point Washington

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Cleanup After Floods in Point Washington, Don't Go It Alone!

SERVPRO Works Hard to Salvage Properties in Port Washington  After Flooding

When Point Washington homes suffer a disaster like what we have dealt with recently, it can be overwhelming. Time is critical though, and homeowners need to take advantage of every second by contacting a professional restoration company.
By quickly removing water, SERVPRO helps stop further flood damage in Point Washington homes and alleviate current damage. We start with commercial grade pumps to remove standing water when large amount are in rooms of the house. If local power is unavailable, we maintain an extensive number of portable generators in our equipment inventory to ensure uninterrupted electrical support. In the case of large disasters, we can trailer in large diesel-powered generators. Pumping is only the first task though.
Next, we remove items of personal and structural property when necessary from inside the home. We do this to prevent staining the carpet with wood varnish or color dyes that run when the fabric absorbs too much water. Removal also reduces the chance of wood swelling or splitting from too much water. Our remediation specialists set up dehumidifiers to begin drawing water out of the affected property. This method removes it quickly but causes no harm to the items. Lowering the humidity also reduces the chance of mold growth in the home.
As SERVPRO team members attempt to restore the furniture, others bring in extraction wands to remove water from carpets and wood floors. By doing this quickly, we can prevent warping on the floors and stop the process of delamination in carpets. Warping can be a minor twist in the wood that does not affect the other floorboards. If it is very severe, warping forces the floorboards on either side to twist and separate from the floor frame. That can force SERVPRO specialists to remove the non-salvageable planks.
Delamination occurs when the carpet is soaked long enough that the upper and lower layers begin to separate. It happens because the excess water softens the glue and the pieces begin to pull away from each other. If we notice that delamination has started, our technicians use a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and space heaters to dry the carpet without pulling the upper layer, like an extraction wand. This process takes longer, but it does save the homeowner from replacing the carpet, with some luck. We can only try.
These tasks are only the first in the process developed by SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties. We take every precaution to dry your home and property quickly, but with mitigation and restoration in mind, not a replacement. If you need our services, call us today at (850) 267-0746.

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Leaky Dental Equipment Requires Commercial Water Removal Services in Santa Rosa Beach

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO acts fast and works around our customers' needs and schedules, allowing you to stay on schedule.

Fast and Efficient Water Removal Services Equals Less Interruption

Caring for your dental patients in Santa Rosa Beach requires a clean and comfortable environment. It is much easier to help patients relax when your equipment functions correctly. A leak in a water line used for oral irrigation or a drain from a basin can pose severe problems to both the state of mind and to the cleanliness of your clinic.

When clinics of any kind in Santa Rosa Beach have problems with broken lines or drains, commercial water removal services help keep the current patient scheduling in place. Keeping your patients' services and care uninterrupted reduces the amount of frustration experienced by your staff and the patients involved.

Opening up in the morning, ready for a new day with patients, only to find that a water line that burst in the middle of the night can stress out even the most experienced dentist staff. However, SERVPRO can help with such matters and bring everything back under control, “Like it never even happened.”

As we extract the pooled water, or small flood, from your floors, we also engage small meters that detect the presence of water. Increased humidity in your clinic can allow microbial populations to explode dramatically, creating increased risk to your patients. We must remove this humidity, also, so we ensure that walls and floors hold no water or excess moisture.

Drying out the area affected by the faulty water line or drain calls for the use of dehumidifiers, air movers, and heating units. We try to keep from disturbing your current patients as much as possible. We always work around our customers' needs and schedules, meaning a strong possibility of keeping current appointments as scheduled for your patients.

Because we always clean up after ourselves, when we leave your premises at the end of a water removal job, your clinic's operations can continue without any further interruption or need to pick up after our crew. SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties hires people who live in our area, meaning we are your neighbors. Each local business is crucial to our economy, and we treat them accordingly. Call us at (850) 267-0746 for the latest in restoration technology. We provide services every hour of every day, year-round.

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Fire Damage from the Christmas Tree in Your Miramar Beach Home

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Enjoy your tree and stay safe by taking preventative steps when caring for it. Should your home suffer a fire, contact SERVPRO right away.

Our Trained Professionals Can Quickly Remediate Damage Regardless of the Cause

Christmas trees can start a fire in your Miramar Beach home if you do not take the proper precautions. You can keep you and your family safe during the holidays by avoiding unnecessary fires. If you love real trees, they dry up very fast, so keep your tree watered. You also want to avoid overcrowding any electrical outlets and do not use any cheap or faulty extension cords. Check the lights you put on your trees as well.
Fires and fire damage are always stressful, but even more so during the holidays. If your Miramar Beach home has suffered fire damage, contact our professionals at SERVPRO right away. We can help you clean up and repair your home after a fire so that you and your family can get back to your regular lives.
When cleaning up after a fire, four elements affect how residues and soils are suspended in our cleaning products – temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time.
Heat causes molecules to move faster. The faster they move, the faster the speed of the chemical reaction between cleaning solutions and soils is. Every cleaning product has its temperature that is appropriate. Heat also reduces the tension of water-based solutions, which lets the products to penetrate surfaces and dissolve soils better.
Agitation is when the surface being cleaned is moved, or the cleaning solution is moved, or both. SERVPRO techs use agitation to free or dislodge soils. Once we break this bond, we can wash the soils away.
Cleaning solutions help us bridge the gap between the water and soil, making the process of cleaning easier. Several chemical reactions are used to get results when removing smoke residues. We use these various chemical actions to break the bond between smoke residues and the surfaces they are clinging to.
When it comes to restoration, time refers to dwell time. It is the time we need for soils to dissolve and the chemical action to work. Dwell time varies for different cleaning processes and professional products. Time requirements are based on various factors like the kind of soil, the kind of material, the method of agitation, and the temperature of the cleaning solution.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties understands the various factors that affect cleaning up fire damage so we can thoroughly clean your home the right way. When your home in Bonifay, Freeport, and Seagrove Beach has experienced a fire, contact us right away at (850) 267-0746.

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Flooding Often Requires Water Removal Services for a Santa Rosa Beach Warehouse

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is prepared to remove water and restore your warehouse from flood damage 24/7, 365 days a year.

Call SERVPRO Immediately after Flood Damage to Minimize the Effects on Your Commercial Space

Floods can occur almost anywhere given the right conditions. When excessive rainfall in the area causes creeks and rivers to rise, or that rainfall is falling on the thoroughly saturated ground, your business could be at risk for flooding damages. When your Santa Rosa Beach warehouse falls victim to flooding conditions, it can be challenging to get a grasp on the full scope of the damages.

The trouble with keeping your warehouse free from this threat is that there are so many points of entry for rising waters to access the facility. With bay doors and man doors throughout the structure, keeping the water out can be an impossible feat. When the water has reached the inside of the building, it does not take long to reach areas to cause costly damage. This circumstance requires professional water removal services for your Santa Rosa Beach building.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals can act quickly when you call to begin fighting the rising waters of your building and removing it entirely. While it might not be feasible to restore the damage that the flooding might have caused to some of the equipment or inventory stored within the warehouse, our team can assure that with the appropriate measures that we take through our water removal and restoration process, we can mitigate further losses for your company.

Our efforts start with preventing further water from getting into the building and removing the source of the problem. From this point, our SERVPRO technicians bring in truck-mounted pumps from our fleet to quickly remove the present pooling water in the facility. This process will very efficiently eliminate most of the water, which gives our team a better look at the restoration efforts that are required to correct the damages fully.

Thoroughly drying the area prevents moisture from lingering in the air, which significantly reduces the possibility of mold from growing. The threat of mold is a common problem that results from just removing the visible pooled water instead of entirely drying out the affected area.

Our team is prepared to handle any water removal emergency that requires our assistance. If you ever find yourself in need of professional restoration services for your warehouse, give SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes and Washington Counties a call. We are available anytime at (850) 267-0746.

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Washing Machine Malfunctions: A Common Culprit for Water Removal in Mirimar Beach

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

If you notice flooding from your washing machine, call SERVPRO immediately to lessen the damages.

Rely on SERVPRO for Quick and Efficient Water Removal Services

Washing machines are no doubt an everyday staple in the average Miramar Beach home. While this modern convenience has gone great lengths to make your life a little bit easier, it is also a machine that is inevitably going to break down. Through no fault of any homeowner, appliances are not built to last forever and can malfunction or fail. Since these appliances, in particular, are directly connected to a water supply line in your house, this can sometimes result in a need for water removal services.

Preventative maintenance can only carry the average homeowner so far in keeping up with the needs of their aging machines. Something as simple as a damaged bushing or bearing can keep a filling command going indefinitely with your washing machine, forcing a great deal of water onto the floor in your laundry area until you notice what is happening. If you discover a disaster like this, our SERVPRO technicians offer emergency water removal to your Miramar Beach home.

The first thing that you need to do in a water damage situation like this is to get the water turned off to the appliance. The feed lines are on the backside of the machine, and there are shutoff valves you need to turn closed to stop flow into the appliance. Once you have the water flow throttled, for the time being, you can give our emergency SERVPRO team a call.

Quickly reacting is a way to minimize the damage. With high volumes of water, it does not take long for significant issues to show themselves. These issues continue to worsen the longer you wait to seek out professional restoration services, so do not waste any time in contacting us at SERVPRO. We can show up shortly after your call and begin assessing the incurred damages and put together a restoration plan to bring your laundry room (and all other affected areas) back to their pre-incident conditions.

Water removal has to begin immediately to lessen your losses and reduce the money involved in repairs. If you are in the middle of a water emergency, call our fast response team at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties. We can be reached 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Commercial Water Removal Can Prevent Closure Of Freeport Restaurants

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

Freeport Restaurants often find that one of the essential steps to reopening includes commercial water removal.

Commercial Water Removal

Freeport businesses often worry about their financial health after a severe hurricane season. How quickly restaurants recover in an area can indicate how well an area does overall after such a disastrous event. Also, those restaurants that can return to serving the public quickly can also benefit from restoration of their profits at an earlier date than what other restaurants might experience.

Freeport Restaurants often find that one of the essential steps to reopening includes commercial water removal. Without this crucial step, restaurants might experience only partial success in their overall restoration efforts. The materials remain saturated and allow mold and other problematic situations to develop. Repairs based on damp materials become more likely to fail than those carried out in a dry environment.

SERVPRO keeps the equipment needed for all sizes of disaster ready for immediate action. We are Faster To Any Sized Disaster, so your building's state does not become worse. Our technicians use hand-held monitoring devices, portable suction equipment, massive pumps, and many other items, as well, to remove water and moisture from restaurants.

Water seeps into the tiniest cracks and then spreads as far as possible. When areas become warmer, this water can evaporate and move to other unaffected areas. Because heat works so well in evaporating water, we use it to help us remove water and moisture from buildings such as your restaurant.

Heat on floors and near walls can lift moisture hiding in those surfaces up and away from them, into the air. Air directed with the use of air movers moves that increased humidity where we want it – either outside or into dehumidifiers or desiccant machines. We remove this water and keep it from reintroducing itself to your building.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties wants to restore your building's dry state so complete restoration work has a high success rate. Call us at (850) 267-0746 for our 24-hour services, every day of the year.

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Reliable Fire Damage Options for Residents of Miramar Beach

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians use ozone and thermal fogging to rid your home of the unwanted odors and chemicals left behind by fire damage.

SERVPRO Offers Professional Deodorization after Fire Damage in Your Home

There are many challenges which result from a fire damage incident that many homeowners in Miramar Beach find disturbing. For instance, during such a time the air is filled with many irritants. One of the surest ways of restoring the situation is by deodorizing. But how are you going to conduct such a technique when you do not have the right tools and the knowledge?

Residents of Miramar Beach should not worry past that point since companies like SERVPRO have trained and certified professionals in fire damage restoration. Let us begin by understanding the two kinds of deodorization - ozone and thermal fogging.

Deodorizing using ozone needs much care since it is a poisonous gas. According to OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the PEL (permissible exposure level) of ozone stands at 0.1 ppm (parts per million). Despite that, we cannot underestimate its effectiveness as a deodorant. That is why the trained personnel use protective gear such as NIOSH-approved respirators, organic vapor cartridges, chemical resistant gloves and goggles when dealing with the gas.

On the other hand, solvent-based deodorants are emitted by a fogging device when carrying out thermal fogging. With the help of heat and combustion, the deodorants are broken down into small particles. Since the deodorizing products used by this technique are highly flammable, all pilot lights in the working area are extinguished. To prevent irritation, we ensure pets and people do not get into contact with the fog.

When either of the two deodorizing techniques is performed, ventilating the treated areas is encouraged. When windows and doors are not sufficient, you will service providers such as SERVPRO setting up high-velocity fans and air movers to thoroughly turn over the air in the area. For cases where ozone was used, air should be left to circulate for about 15 – 45 minutes.

At SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties we understand that fire damage issues are emergencies which need much seriousness. Call us at (850) 267-0746 for unrivaled services.

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SERVPRO Gets Flood Damaged Hotel Doors in Point Washington Open Faster

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO works hard to get your hotel doors open as soon as possible after flood damage.

Three Ways SERVPRO Gets You Back in Business Faster

Flood damage to hotels in Point Washington and other parts of the state can cause as many as 50% of locations to never open their doors again, due to lost revenues and extra costs associated with mitigation and restoration services. SERVPRO understands the challenges many hotel owners and managers face in the aftermath of a major storm, so our response strategy has been designed from the ground up to minimize costs and get doors back open as quickly as possible. Here are a few ways we can get you back in business faster.

Insurance Negotiations and Contacts

We maintain healthy relationships with all insurance providers in the area, allowing us to maximize payouts and reduce paperwork for all victims of hotel flood damage in Point Washington. We are careful to make sure insurance adjusters and representatives know exactly what is going on at the job site at all times to confer the most benefits possible to you. We can also act as a medium between you and the insurance company as well, giving a stable and friendly platform for both parties to discuss and negotiate.

The ERP System

One of SERVPRO's unique aspects is our entirely original ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) system, which allows us to store and access a wealth of information online about your locations when time becomes critical. Creating a profile in the ERP system ensures our fastest responses should you ever need our help and services.

Our Mitigation and Restoration Approach

Our overall approach to any flood damage job is one of mitigation and restoration, concepts that are both designed to reduce costs to a minimum and reduce time spent on recovery tasks. We use mitigation tactics to arrive quickly to the site of the disaster, preventing as much damage as possible from happening. Restoration is a blanket term for many tasks in which we work to save and recover your building and furniture without spending big money replacing them.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is committed to helping local businesses to recover from the effects of flood damage as much as possible. Call us at (850) 267-0746.  

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Cleaning Up Mold Damage in Your Miramar Beach Home

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

In order to fix a mold issue, SERVPRO technicians find and correct the source of moisture.

Trust SERVPRO to Thoroughly Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold is a fungus which can be odorous and visible but can also grow between your walls, under ceilings and floors, or less accessible areas such as attics and basements. Mold does best in materials which have become soaked with water such as carpeting, paneling, wallboard, ceiling tiles, paint, and more. It can, however, survive in any damp location in your Miramar Beach home.

If you have mold or mold damage in your home in Miramar Beach, it is in your best interest to contact our professional staff at SERVPRO right away. We are trained and certified in handling mold, and follow standards published by the IICRC for mold remediation.

Since buildings with mold in them can be associated with health problems, we work to protect the health of our workers and you and your family. Some of the safety work practices we follow prevent staff from exposure as we disturb the mold during cleanup. Other methods prevent mold from spreading throughout your home into clean areas.

One way in which SERVPRO technicians achieve this is by placing negative air machines near where possible drywall demolition is occurring. Doing so reduces how much airborne mold the staff are exposed to and making the process of removing the mold more efficient.

After the mold has grown past normal levels, the best solution is to remove the excess mold contamination. We can accomplish this by getting rid of materials damaged by mold growth, by vacuuming mold spores into HEPA filters, and by using a damp cloth to wipe soiled surfaces with detergent cleaning products.

Fixing the problem of moisture that created the mold growth in the first place is the key to dealing with the mold in your home. We find and correct the source of the moisture, as even the best cleanup efforts do not keep the mold from returning if your house still has the moisture problems.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, & Washington Counties can be trusted with the mold growth in your home. We have the experience and training needed for mold remediation for anyone in the areas of Freeport, Seagrove Beach, or Santa Rosa Beach, so please don’t hesitate to contact us at (850) 267-0746.

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Now Gone, but Hurricane Irma Continues to Damage Santa Rosa Beach Homes

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma, Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach, and Why to Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

Water Damage from Tropical Storms Adversely Affect Santa Rosa Beach Condos

Hurricane Irma caused damage of such extent that estimates continue to rise. Winter residents who return often encounter damage inside their homes because the winds involved forced water into areas that otherwise seemed impenetrable.

This water damage in Santa Rosa Beach ranges from water left behind on floors to extensive and widespread microbial infestations. Woodwork such as moldings and floors sustain costly damage, as well, when exposed to moisture for lengthy periods. Even when they seem dry and safe for use, electronics and other appliances may require specialized care to avoid electrical shocks or harm. SERVPRO assists both full-time and seasonal residents with all of these situations.

When water remains undisturbed inside a home, a number of things begin to happen. Wood fixtures and millwork may require replacements instead of restorative work. Our specialists can help determine the best course of action for your home's contents and interior architecture. Flooring types such as linoleum can trap water underneath, leading to the rotting out of flooring structures, rendering them unable to sustain any significant weight. Highly unsafe, our flooring specialist works to ensure that your floors become safe again.

One way that the water spreads is through evaporation which takes place in different areas. By condensing in relatively colder areas of the home, moisture can reach locations that remained dry after Hurricane Irma left the area. Following the same route the moister air travels before condensation takes place, mold spores often land precisely where the highest concentrations of salt-free moisture lie. Mold infestations damage your home's interior by causing materials such as drywall to disintegrate. Health effects in more sensitive individuals can also cause concerns. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can perform the required work, leaving your home as it should be before your return.

 Because electronics play such a dominant role in the lives of most Americans, it might tempt you or others in your family to turn on TV sets or radios. However, playing it safe by having our partnered electronics specialist perform an inspection to rule out any possible problems can be a wise choice if you suspect internal water damage to your devices.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is always available to serve you, 24 hours every day. Our local number is (850) 267-0746. No matter when you call, we are ready with the additional information you need and the services your home requires to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Getting the Right Insurance for Flood Damage in Point Washington

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to have flood insurance before a storm causes flood damage to your home.

Having Flood Insurance Can Help Protect Your Home

Unfortunately, when storms and major flood damage hit the Point Washington area, many residents find themselves financially ill-prepared to deal with the costs. Homeowner's insurance policies rarely cover the damage from floods, and very few Americans have any form of dedicated flood insurance. According to data from the Insurance Information Institute, only twelve percent of Americans have flood insurance across the nation, with the Southeast and Florida only scoring a bit better. Flood insurance can help to protect your home from high volumes of water, be they from storms, hurricanes, or within the home.

Flood insurance can vary significantly in price but should be far less than the costs to repair and recover from flood damage in your Point Washington home. Homes on the same street may have vastly different flood insurance rates due to building materials, relative elevation, soil composition, and a host of other factors. In general, however, flood insurance in Florida is somewhat more expensive than in other parts of the nation due to the risk presented by hurricanes and tropical storms. Talk to a local insurer to find out how much you would pay for flood insurance on your home.

Insurance companies can also make the restorations process easier. SERVPRO maintains contacts and relations with most insurance providers in the area and often deals with these businesses directly. Our representatives are trained to handle paperwork, legal functions, and professional dealings with the insurance company, and their involvement can help to expedite some of our administrative tasks, getting your home fixed faster.

We strongly recommend arming yourself with a robust flood insurance policy before it is too late. The next hurricane could be just around the corner, and there is no telling whether or not such a storm could cause your home to flood. The best option is to be prepared and recover quickly.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has helped local homeowners to rebuild and restore their homes in the aftermath of flood damage for years. If your home has been impacted by a flood, call us at (850) 267-0746.

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Mark Your October Calendar As Fire Prevention Week in the Santa Rosa Beach Area

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017

Prevent Fire Related Tragedies with a Plan of Action

Make an annual practice of reviewing your fire preparedness during October, Fire Prevention Week. Home and business owners can do much to ready themselves, their families, and their employees to respond to fire threats. Creating a fire escape plan and maintaining fire alert and fighting equipment are practical steps everyone can take both to lower the risk of fire and to increase the success of fire mitigation efforts.

Every family and business must invest in an emergency exit blueprint, and then perform drills to ensure all who may face a blaze know what to do to vacate their Santa Rosa Beach dwelling or commercial building safely. Keep the practices lighthearted but detailed in a home setting so as not to frighten children or vulnerable family member. Teach competence in this life-saving technique, so all feel confident in their duties.

Scrutinize escape routes to determine whether you need to perform repairs or maintenance to make them safe and simple to access. Doors and windows that double as fire exits must open easily with no paint or caulk redistricting movement. Remove any screws or nails that impede movement. Install or make available nearby safety escape ladders if escaping from an upper story of a building is necessary. Practice their use.

Make a list of equipment installed or available in your home or business that helps avoid fires or extinguishes flames. Smoke alarms or detectors need new batteries yearly, so make that an October ritual. Be sure to test them monthly, as well. Hang charged fire extinguishers in high fire risk areas like kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages. Evaluate areas of your commercial buildings to determine the best locations for extinguishers and then supply and maintain them.

Schedule an annual meeting with your insurance agent to familiarize yourself with your fire damage coverage, making adaptations as necessary to increase your comfort level. Maintain a running inventory of your personal belongings, important papers, pictures, and heirlooms to enable clear and supported claims in the event of a fire. Businesses should also document their intellectual and physical property to streamline the fire coverage claims process. October is the perfect time to make sure you are on track with this routine.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is your community partner should fire damage your home or commercial properties. Call for reliable and professional restoration services at (850) 267-0746 day or night.

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SERVPRO Can Repair Water Damage Done to Ceilings in Your Miramar Beach Home After Heavy Rain Storms

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

You can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO when storms cause damage to your home.

SERVPRO’s Storm Damage Restoration Process

When heavy summer rainstorms have been passing through the area of Miramar Beach, several problems can arise. Water damage from these storms comes in various forms, including wet ceilings, which are quite difficult to dry out. Most of them are due to storm damage and subsequent roof damage from storms.

When you have spotted water damage to your ceiling after storms have passed through your area, you need to take immediate action to prevent further damage being done to your Miramar Beach home. Calling SERVPRO is the right thing to do. Our highly trained technicians inspect the damage to find the underlying problem. Once we have found the specific water source, we create a plan for drying out your home that targets the water problem, and then we start the mitigation process.

Some problems encountered during this process include saturation to the insulation in the ceiling and mold growth. It is crucial to dry your ceiling out as soon as possible since the weight of the wet insulation is quite heavy if it is entirely saturated. The wet insulation must be removed. Our staff designs a temporary ceiling once the wet material such as sheetrock and insulation is taken out.

SERVPRO then draws up a drying plan which includes a temporary ceiling and walls, plus a drying chamber to save any salvageable materials in the areas affected. We place air movers and dehumidifiers in the drying chamber to enhance the drying process. Once the equipment is placed, we monitor the moisture using hydrometers and meters to find hidden moisture and record these results with moisture logs so the equipment can be adjusted for optimal drying. After the goals for drying are met, we then pull the equipment out so construction can be done to return your home to its preloss condition.

During the mitigation and cleanup process, cabinets which are attached and built-in can be affected. We see this most commonly in bathrooms and kitchens. Other areas include bookcases, hutches, and window seats. They can all be salvaged if we dry them completely and quickly.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties are the ones to trust when heavy storms have caused water damage to your ceiling. We work fast with industrial tools to dry your home back out in the areas of Seagrove Beach, Miramar Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach, so give us a call whenever you need us at (850) 267-0746.

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Mold Damage Control in Santa Rosa Beach When Trying to Sell Your Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate mold damage to increase your chances of selling your home.

Remediate Mold Damage Before Placing Your Home on the Market

Like most areas near a body of water, Santa Rosa Beach is uniquely susceptible to mold problems. In addition to compromising the perception of your property, the presence of mold could incite fear of harmful health effects on a potential buyer. It could scare away interested buyers and eventually incline you to settle for a significantly lower value. Unbeknown to many, most mold growth issues are not nearly as difficult to correct as originally perceived.

If you are unsure of the extent of mold damage in your Santa Rosa Beach property, SERVPRO can deploy highly experienced technicians to test and advise on the best way forward. We have advanced tools and equipment for measuring and removing mold growth completely, leaving your house safe to inhabit. All our efforts are in line with IICRC recommendations to ensure a clean remediation process.

Mold typically thrives in damp spaces such as basements and under sinks, but it is also often overlooked in crawlspaces and attics. Before the home inspector arrives, SERVPRO can inspect these areas for mold damage and apply a thorough mold remediation procedure. If there is mold growth in the attic, chances are there are other issues as well - ranging from improper ventilation to a leaky roof. Our technicians can help check and eliminate any issues in dark, damp areas before you put your property on the market. The time and effort you put towards restoring your home can influence a higher asking price.

It is important to address and correct the water problem contributing to mold growth and mold damage in the house. Simply removing or painting over the mold is inadequate because the fungi are bound to return. We can replace structural materials (such as drywall) that have signs of water damage to make the home more habitable. We may also have to replace carpet that has been wet for more than 24 hours, as prolonged contact with water often damages it beyond repair.

Ignoring mold damage can reduce the property value of your home by a staggering 10 percent. This figure can increase in the presence of other conditions. If you are looking to sell your house, SERVPRO can come in and check every inch for water problems, repairing them one by one.

Mold in your home does not have to kill your sale. SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is just a call away, offering quick and thorough mold damage remediation services. For any assistance, call us today at (850) 267-0746.

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Full-Service Water Removal For Homeowners in Santa Rosa Beach

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Our technicians are quick to respond to your emergency after your call. This can prevent any secondary damages.

Our Trained Technicians Thoroughly Remove Water After a Water Damage Incident at Your Home

A majority of all water leaks that might occur in your Santa Rosa Beach home are unexpected. You hardly ever get a head start to determine the extent of your home’s exposure. However, these water issues often lead to electrical hazards, cause expensive damages to your home’s structure, furnishings, and potential health problems.  

With one call you can have a team of qualified professionals on the doorstep of your home, ready to perform water removal services that help you avoid possible water damage in Santa Rosa Beach. Finding the right company means that you gain access to quick, efficient services and also obtain the guidance you need to determine what to do next.

Regardless of your situation, by making fast decisions, you can help prevent additional damages from forming, reducing the costs of water emergencies that occur in your home. SERVPRO’s water mitigation process helps reduce the amount of water damage that occurs after a flood, leaky roof, broken pipe, or malfunctioning appliance. Our technicians give you the information necessary to make a sound, informed decision and move forward with your restoration, quickly.

Salt water is a problem for many coastal residents, which makes it imperative for all of SERVPRO’s technicians to have extensive training involving the removal and restoration of contents exposed to salt water chemicals. We offer many services that make recovering easier, providing unique solutions to even the toughest problems. No job is too big, or too small; we make every attempt to produce the quality results you deserve.

At SERVPRO, we have a full fleet of IICRC-industry certified water removal experts and high-quality water extraction equipment that are ready whenever you need us, 24/7; we are here for you. Our technicians are trained to remove excessive moisture from carpet, furniture, and personal belongings that also reduce the possibility of microbial growth.  

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides full-service solutions for homeowners throughout the Walton area, as well as both Holmes and Washington Counties. Give us an opportunity to deliver quality water removal services to you, call today. (850) 267-0746

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Suicide Prevention And Support in North Okaloosa

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Proudly Supports Our Local Communities in the N. Okaloosa Area

SERVPRO is Proud to Participate in the Suicide Prevention Program

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Now is the time for all members of the North Okaloosa community to come together to share information and offer resources to those affected by suicide. Connecting potential victims with treatment options and supporting survivors with the personal and practical services needed to begin the healing process are crucial components of a caring and effective response to these painful and traumatic events.

Victims and families deal with a broad array of issues in a suicide. Extending a hand to neighbors, friends, family, business partners, and others is the least our community can do to help. When the community comes together in an effort to conquer this challenging set of circumstances it gives cause for hope to those who are directly affected. We are honored to be part of a multifaceted team extending a hand to our neighbors experiencing this type of loss.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties offers compassionate and professional services if you are in need of assistance after a suicide-related tragedy. Our office staff, managers, and technicians are prompt, discreet, and sensitive as we help at this difficult time. Crew members assigned to your home or business train thoroughly in all aspects of trauma scene abatement, providing thorough cleanup always with the utmost respect for you, your family, and others impacted by the crisis.

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Assessing Every Aspect of Storm Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for a thorough assessment of water damage after a storm hits your home.

Water Damage restoration after a storm

Storms have the capability of causing extensive damage to homes in Santa Rosa Beach. In fact, residents of Florida are no strangers to the disruption storms can cause, as they often batter the state. Storm water damage to your home can be devastating, and you may be left feeling like life cannot be normal again. SERVPRO is here to reassure you that it is possible to get your home back “Like it never even happened,” and the first step is placing a call to our restoration professionals.

The key to water damage restoration after a storm in Santa Rosa Beach is a thorough assessment of the situation. There is usually some undeniable water damage such as standing water on the floor, water-logged carpets, or wet furniture. An initial visual inspection reveals these problems easily.

However, there are many places storm water penetrates that are not visible to the naked eye. For example: Underneath carpets or wooden floors, in crawl spaces, basements or attics, behind baseboards or cabinetry, or inside HVAC ducts. Water damage might also reach insulation inside walls.

In addition to structural damage, there is also water damage to specific items such as furniture, drapes, rugs, clothes, electronics or other household items.

SERVPRO’s skilled technicians check and take note of every single water damaged item or area. A thorough inventory allows us to devise a drying goal and drying process that takes every element into account and ensures no damp patches are left behind. Complete drying is necessary not only to prevent further structural damage and make your home feel like your own again – it is also a crucial step in the prevention of mold growth.

We train our IICRC-certified technicians to use a range of instruments for assessment, including moisture probes, penetrating moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, and infrared imaging. We also ensure our people follow a strict procedure for examining walls, floors, subfloors, carpets, cabinetry, baseboards, and other hidden areas where moisture lurks.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is on hand to help with storm cleanup throughout Santa Rosa Beach, Bonifay, Crestview and beyond. We have the equipment to carry out a thorough assessment and devise the best drying plan. Call us at (850) 267-0746 today for help.

For more information about Santa Rosa Beach, visit http://www.santarosa.fl.gov/.

Summertime Mold Damage Prevention Tips for Residents of Santa Rosa Beach

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread quickly. Contact the knowledgeable technicians at SERVPRO to investigate the damage on your property and quickly remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage as Well as Offer Personalized Tips for Mold Prevention

Summer is full of fun at the beach and by the pool at home. This often means transporting wet bathing suits and damp towels in beach bags. Once out of the water and back at home, it is too easy to forget even the best-intentioned desires to launder these items by either machine or hand.
In Santa Rosa Beach, wet and damp clothing items are not the only cause of mold damage, so here are a few tips that can help you prevent this fungus from invading your home. Microbial growth becomes less intimidating after you know new facts about it that you might not have known before.
Kitchen and bathroom areas are where splashed water leaks into cracks and crevices. This water does not disappear, but builds up over time, and can provide an ongoing source of moisture for mold to survive. Sealing these areas with clear silicone caulking or another suitable sealant can prevent this from occurring in the future, but the elimination of current dampness is essential. The use of a hygrometer or a moisture detector can locate any remnant moisture.
Pet feeding areas can harbor microbial infestations. Make sure that those scuff marks around your pet's food and water bowls are scuff marks and not patches of mold. If mold is present on floors, it is easy for pets to track any present microbes into other areas of your home. If you discover that it is mold, and then it returns after you have thoroughly cleaned it away, the problem may exist underneath the uppermost part of your flooring, also.
Incorrectly vented kitchen and bathroom exhausts can vent into indoor areas instead of the outdoors. Many problems with ducts exist that can create moisture in enclosed places, allowing mold to survive. Other duct work can experience problems if these ducts suction off microbial particles, only to deposit them elsewhere in your home. Inspecting ducts and ascertaining that everything is correct can ensure that the high moisture content from showers and cooking is released outside and not into your home.
If all else fails and you still locate mold or mildew in your home that covers an area larger than a typical drywall sheet, or about ten square feet, you should call the professional mold remediators at SERVPRO. With comprehensive training according to IICRC standards, our technicians' skills include the use of the latest technology combined with time-tested techniques.
You can reach us, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746, any day of the week, year-round. Call us for more information on mold damage, and how it can affect one of your largest financial investments.

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Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Overloaded outlets and power strips can potentially start a fire. Keep an eye out for bad wiring or overloading. If you have a fire, call SERVPRO.

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 loss 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.
In older homes, the key to avoiding fire damage from electrical fires is to have an experienced electrician inspect your wiring. It is not meant to last forever, so if your Santa Rosa Beach 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.
One of the main causes for these kinds of fires is faulty wiring. If you see any wiring which is tattered, worn out, or frayed, replace it. Cords which 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 which have internal overload protection.
Keep flammable materials away from any electric appliances. Portable space heaters are quite dangerous but don’t forget about hair dryers, 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 which 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 you and your family when you call us at (850) 267-0746.

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Mold Damage can Affect Homes in Santa Rosa Beach Both Inside and Outside

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Moldy Ceiling in a Santa Rosa Beach Condo

Rely on SERVPRO for Removal of Mold Growth in Your Santa Rosa Property

Mold can grow in almost any place in a home, especially when current conditions meet the requirements of mold. There are very few items inside the typical home that can withstand the damage mold dishes out during its life cycle.

Residents in this Gulf Coast region have the benefit of a healthy environment due to the proximity to the water and ocean breezes, but this can never eliminate the risk of mold damage in Santa Rosa Beach entirely. Mold can damage a home in so many different ways, and ruin many of your personal belongings, too, as it grows.
From the rafters of your roof to the bottom of crawl spaces in exterior and all the nooks and crannies in between, your home can provide not just the nourishment mold needs but also the hiding places that keep mold flourishing. Out-of-sight should never mean out-of-mind when it comes to mold. Most species that plaque homes prefer a lack of sunlight.
When mold is located outside your home, this should still be dealt with just as aggressively as if it were located indoors. When the fungi are growing on the exterior parts of your home or inside crawl spaces and storage areas, they can be circulated to the interior, and also, as it grows outdoors, mold can cause damage to those same exterior structures.
Mold that is growing on the underside of a porch roof or around windowsills should be removed, and the area inspected. If any damage is found, the materials can easily be replaced. Treating the area with a mold-inhibitor can help to prevent mold from returning.
Besides cleaning and treating areas that have mold growth and removing materials that have been harshly damaged by mold and are now in a non-salvageable condition, we also use equipment that significantly reduces the amount of mold in the air. Air scrubbers can remove a significant number of mold spores, and this keeps them from starting new colonies. However, 'mold elimination' is never possible for two reasons. First, some mold particles always escape even the best efforts, and secondly, mold or spores exist outside your home and are very easily transported inside where you live.
Knowing that mold can be transported into your home should give you good reason to have outside mold cleaned up and removed. When mold damage exists or has a high potential of developing, you need SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties to help with protecting your home. You can reach us, 24/7, by calling our local number, (850) 267-0746.

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An Answer to Storm Flood Damage in Miramar Beach

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO right after a storm to dry out your property and prevent mold from forming.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Tackle Storm Damage in Your Home

Storms can be a pain; they cause problems both inside and outside of your home. To protect yourselves, you need to store loose items and maybe even board up portions of your home. Shudders and preparation help, but what happens if you simply do not have the time?
You have a solution to storm flood damage smack dab in the middle of Miramar Beach. With a simple phone call, a qualified technician can assess your home and make all of the preparations, without you having to worry about taking time out of your busy day to keep your family safe.
At SERVPRO we understand that a storm can cause damage in a variety of ways. Even if you see the problem coming, things can get out of hand, taking a severe toll on your home. Significant amounts of rain cause flooding in your home, especially if you have a basement.  
SERVPRO technicians experience flooding in homes where torrential rain produces huge deposits of groundwater, making its way into your home, causing damage to your flooring, furniture, and belongings with little to no warning. This kind of flood can last for days, or even weeks, leading to damage that exceeds what anyone might expect.
SERVPRO has also witnessed incidents of severe wind ripping entire sections out of a roof, or trees and hail creating flood damage situations that pose a severe risk. By having a qualified technician prepare your home against these types of incidents, you can avoid quite a bit of harm. They can help you install additional drainage, backflow valves, sump pumps, and improve your yard's grading to give your home a better chance of surviving major events.  
With the proper help, you can remain rather unscathed, only requiring minimal work to recover correctly, even after weeks of constant bombardment. We can provide you with the expertly trained flood damage specialists, equipment, and experience necessary to get things under control, returning your home to a quality condition that you and your family can enjoy, for a very long time.
Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties to obtain the proper protection and recovery solutions, today. Get help before you need it, waiting until the last minute never works. (850) 267-0746

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The Need for Water Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Santa Rosa Beach Water Damage? Not on this Beach!

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damaging Effects

Many properties will sustain water damage at some point. Not all of us can prevent that no matter how many precautions we take. However, we can control how we respond to the damage that does occur on our properties. Homeowners who try to avoid addressing the problem in severe situations only compound the harm. Even in the case of seemingly minor issues, it is important to start working on a solution right away.
Addressing the Damage Quickly
Water damage in a Santa Rosa Beach property can quickly cause additional harm. Moist areas create the perfect habitat for mold growth. Mold populations will have all of the nutrient sources they need in most people's homes, so the mold growth will tend to be rapid. With extensive flood damage, this sort of situation is inevitable. However, you might also run into problems like this just as a result of minor flood damage. SERVPRO services can make all the difference to homeowners in this situation.
Water damage that is left untreated will tend to cause even more structural damage to a house. By waiting to address the problem, you are potentially threatening the entire property. This damage is truly a problem that you need to address immediately and adequately.
The Right Assistance
You should not try to complete the water restoration process on your own. This might be a temptation for you if you are someone who does a lot of DIY projects and who tries to be self-sufficient. While it is admirable to want to fix all household problems independently, it is just not a good idea in this case. SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians could help.
It takes specialized training to be able to handle mold problems in a way that will work. People are also putting themselves in harm's way when they try to handle water damage problems independently. You are also putting yourself at risk for a broad range of other accidents by trying to handle something like this yourself. Homes that have been severely damaged by water might have structural integrity problems. Standing water can create a slippery environment.
You need to contact your insurance company right away in these situations. Some or all the damage may be covered by your insurance policy. SERVPRO can assist you with your claim paperwork and coordinate the cleanup and drying process with your insurance adjuster.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties offers rapid response and help by calling us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

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Air Conditioning And the Complicated Relationship With Mold in a Santa Rosa Beach Property

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Less Humidity Can Mean Less Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Tips to Reduce Mold Infestations in Your Home

In humid areas like the Gulfside panhandle of Florida, homeowners know air conditioning helps limit mold damage. Sometimes even reliable operation of A/C fails to reduce humidity enough to avoid all mold growth. SERVPRO mold remediation technicians safely contain and remove the outbreak, and then share strategies to achieve optimum relative humidity.
Air conditioning is a fact of life in Florida, but often so is mold damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home. Even when you are unaware of any leaks or another water incursion you smell the musty odor that signals mold spore proliferation. Give our mold remediation team an invitation to consult with you about both removal and prevention of new outbreaks in the future. The key may be more efficient air conditioner operation with regard to dehumidification.
SERVPRO locates the mold colony inside your home and then contains the area with barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers if the infestation warrants it. The mold and any porous material it infiltrates must be removed and properly discarded. After disinfection of the affected area is complete, our technicians look for the source of moisture that activated the spores.
In extremely humid areas the relative humidity (RH) inside your home causes mold damage without help from leaks or flooding. An RH reading of over 70 percent supports mold growth. We recommend you diminish the level to somewhere between 30 and 50 percent. Although air conditioning systems contribute to reducing RH in theory, we measure moisture levels with a hygrometer to ensure the AC is lowering the air moisture in your home.
A balance between the compressor operation and the fan speed and duration must exist. If the fan runs for several minutes after the compressor shuts down the condensed water may be blown back into your home, raising the moisture level. Using the “automatic” cycle rather than the “on” cycle helps achieve the balance, and is a solution to reduce interior humidity recommended by experts. Keeping interior doors open, including closets, helps normalize the cooling and dehumidification balance. Check to see if your AC has an enhanced moisture removal cycle and use it.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is your first defense against persistent mold growth within your home. Call (850) 267-0746 if you suspect a mold infestation and schedule an inspection and consultation. Visit the area: http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/beaches/santa-rosa-beach

Prevent Water Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Business

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a broken hose on your restaurant's dishwasher close your business. Call SERVPRO for a thorough inspection to prevent disasters.

SERVPRO Can BOTH Inspect Your Property For Water Damage Prevention as Well as Remediate Damage After a Disaster

You want to avoid water damage in your restaurant, simply because cleanup can slow or even shut down operations. However, there are a variety of steps you can take to limit exposure and prevent water damage from causing your restaurant to take a rather significant hit.
Throughout the Santa Rosa Beach area, commercial water damage has some usual suspects. Discovering where water might come from, helps prevent damage in the workplace and helps you maintain a quality working environment for your employees.
At SERVPRO we answer calls all of the time concerning broken appliances, pipes and drains, or roofing issues causing damage to many restaurants just like yours. Make an effort to inspect and maintain these areas properly, and you have a better chance of limiting the damages you suffer during an event.
Dishwashers work overtime during prime hours and expose you to water hazards when leaks or malfunctions become a problem. It is easy for hundreds of gallons of water to escape during incidents if no one performs proper maintenance.
SERVPRO technicians can inspect your equipment and search for water leaks throughout your property. We have infrared water detectors to help locate hidden pockets of moisture and get to broken pipes or drains under control before they cause major issues.  
SERVPRO can help you learn which areas you should be concerned about, giving you the knowledge needed to perform visual checks on your own. Any machine or appliance with a water supply line such as ice makers, dishwashers, or other appliances usually produces problems over time.
However, we also respond to a variety of roofing issues after particularly harsh weather. Damage to your roof allows water to enter unprotected areas of your building, producing damage and often leading to mold issues forming in areas that you cannot see.  
Scheduling a full inspection of your property gives you a place to start. Even if you do not have any current problems, having a relationship formed with a local restoration company can mean the difference between getting the help you need or permanently closing your restaurant's doors.  
Contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washinton Counties today for additional information about available services and to take advantage of our expertly trained technicians with years of experience. (850) 267-0746

Understanding Mold Prevention in Your Miramar Beach Home

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Moldy Wall in Miramar Beach Calls Upon SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Can Remediate and Advise Concerning Mold Problems in Your Home or Business

Mildews, molds, and yeasts are classified as fungi, a kingdom of organisms which are distinct from animals and plants. Unlike animals, fungi have cell walls, and unlike plants, the fungal cell walls are composed of mainly glucan and chitin. They cannot make nutrients like plants and must secrete enzymes on the organic matter upon which the fungi are embedded, to absorb the nutrients released.
There is no practical way to get rid of all mold spores and molds in your indoor Miramar Beach environment. There are, however, several ways to control moisture and mold damage in your home. If you do suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO right away, as they can find the source of the moisture and clean up the mold, which can have adverse health effects for you and your family.
Stopping the Water
Any leaks in pipes and damp areas around sinks and tubs should be fixed right away, so biological pollutants do not have environments to grow in. You can install water-resistant materials like stone, tiles, galvanized or stainless steel hardware, deep-sealed concrete, water a wallboard, indoor/outdoor carpeting, water-resistant glues and more to protect your home from mold growth.
Prevent the seepage of water from outside your home as well. Rainwater from your roof or gutters must drain away from your home, and the ground around your house must slope away to keep crawlspaces and basements dry. Ask SERVPRO to cover the dirt in crawl spaces with sheeting to stop moisture from saturating the air and also to ventilate the area. Encapsulation can be an excellent deterrent to water damage and can also increase the indoor air quality of your home.
Keeping it Clean
Fabrics in your home should be cleaned often and kept dry. Soil promotes the growth of mold. Clean fabrics should be stored in well-ventilated areas. Think about having a professional cleaning of your air ducts if you think you have existing mold inside of the duct’s surface, or if the insulation for the duct has been wet. SERVPRO can help you to clean your air ducts and fix your moisture problem in this case, besides sweeping up the mold to stop it from spreading further.
Keeping it Dry
When you have a moisture problem, SERVPRO’s technicians come in to dry your home using industrial axial fans, dehumidifiers, and also negative pressure systems. Maintaining the humidity in your home below forty percent can help you to prevent mold proliferation. In areas that are prone to moisture, pick carpets which contain man-made fibers. Also, you can reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces by using insulation.
Keep areas of your home clean and disinfected, especially high-moisture zones such as the bathroom, basement, and kitchen. Make sure to ventilate the areas as well, especially after a shower.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is specially trained to take care of mold and moisture problems. Do not attempt to clean it up yourself with only bleach, as this does not correct the problem. We can be reached whenever you need us at (850) 267-0746.

Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Save Money by Calling SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Cleanup in Santa Rosa Beach

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, so you 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 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.
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.

Fire Damage To Your Santa Rosa Beach Property

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Residues cover personal property and structural components which destroy both just like flames and heat if not quickly cleaned from the surfaces.

Fire Damage

The effects of a home fire are not usually charred wood and roofless houses. Most of it comes from the smoke and soot that result from the slow-burning materials. These residues cover personal property and structural components which destroy both just like flames and heat if not quickly cleaned from the surfaces.

Structural components are those items attached to a home. Cleaning them requires knowing about the type of surfaces on the cabinets, drapery rods and hardware, and lighting fixtures for example. SERVPRO has decades of experience in Santa Rosa Beach when it comes to restoring components and other property affected by fire damage.

Cabinets need a thorough inspection before cleaning. Our technicians identify pre-existing damage and determine the material both inside and out. Exteriors have paint or some veneer that require either a particular cleaning solution or just water for removing smoke and soot residues. Before the first chemical is applied, technicians remove all hardware (i.e. knobs and hinges) to reach every inch of surface possible.

Interiors in most cabinets are usually unfinished wood and therefore easier to clean. There is less damage from soot if the cabinets were closed, so to protect them from smoke residues, our personnel use denatured alcohol to block smoke from setting into the wood pores. The alcohol help prevents not just visible damage but eliminates odors as well.

Before we start cleaning drapery rods and brackets, we make certain they are still firmly mounted to the wall. If we do have to take them down, (due to damaged drywall for example) technicians take pictures to make certain they can be returned to their original positions. Most rods, brackets and other hardware can be easily wet cleaned with a simple detergent. Once they have finished cleaning, technicians lubricate moving pieces with a silicone spray where needed.

Lighting fixtures can be cleaned as part of the ceiling restoration. Technicians attempt to leave them in place but remove some styles such as chandeliers to prevent physical damage while cleaning. If residues remain on the surfaces for only a short time, most fixtures can be cleaned with spray bottles, mild detergents, and soft cloths.
Personal property damaged by smoke and soot is removed and cleaned using an extensive inventory of tools and cleaners. Structural components usually have to be cleaned in place with fewer options available. To ensure this is accomplished in a professional manner, contact us here at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington for a free inspection. Call today at (850) 267-0746. We are here to help.

Speedy Water Damage Solutions Just In Time For Spring Break

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration in Destin, and Fort Walton Beach

SERVPRO Rescues Your Spring Break Holiday with Rapid Water Removal

When you are nervous about the condition of your vacation home due to possible water infiltration during Florida’s storms, know that we have your back. Our SERVPRO franchise location on the Panhandle right next to the Gulf means you have a well trained and experienced team of water damage restoration specialist just a quick call away.

If your townhouse in Sandestin suffered from a leaky roof during heavy rains, look no further for skilled technicians to assess the condition of ceiling, walls, and floors. After a thorough inspection, expect a detailed plan from our project manager guiding you through all the steps necessary to transform your vacation home back to preloss condition. Our goal is to restore rather than tear out and replace so that you do not miss a moment of your long-awaited vacation. Water damage abatement services include standing water removal and the determination of drying goals for various structures, fixtures, and contents that were water-soaked. We keep you informed as we reduce the moisture and work with you to contract for repairs to the leaky roof that caused the problem in the first place.

Your family townhouse rental for the college students over the spring holiday break in Destin is an important income flow. If water invades your property, something you did not anticipate, SERVPRO helps with water removal in your beachside vacation home. Resolving the unfortunate surprise of finding your floors and carpeting damaged by storm surge flooding is not a mystery to our talented IICRC certified crews of water removal technicians. We arrive fast, within hours of your first call, and hit the ground running because we know the importance of providing a safe and dry haven for your incoming college students. Have confidence that we assess for secondary damage as well, inspecting for any microbial growth or warping of the floors so that when we finish all issues are resolved, and the party can begin.

The last thing you need when arriving for your spring break in Fort Walton Beach is standing water inside your holiday cottage because your gutters failed during torrential rains. Even if you have a management company looking out for your property while you are away, heavy rains and winds do not wait for their scheduled visits. SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We arrive as soon as possible with trained staff and proper equipment matched to any water issue you encountered when you turned the key. Put your water damage in our hands, and we pledge to restore and repair as swiftly as possible. Industrial strength pumps, water extractors and the top trained technicians in the business make short work of your water problems.
Get your spring break back on track by contacting SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington when water damage greets you before you even unpack. Compassionate staff awaits your call at (850) 267-0746.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Miramar Beach

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Deodorizing a restaurant is just as important as removing standing water to combat commercial flood damage.

Commercial Flood Damage

Damp odor instantly puts people off of whatever they are eating or drinking. Foul, non-food odors rapidly drive away customers from restaurants and bars. A recurring odor means the death of that business if not dealt with quickly.

Deodorizing a restaurant is just as important as removing standing water to combat commercial flood damage in Miramar Beach. SERVPRO maintains a highly trained, 24-hour response team to remediate the effects of damaging water; physical and odorous. Among the most common sources of odor in flood waters are dirt, garbage, mildew, and sewage.

The first thing our technicians do is identify and remove the origin of the odor. It is important to identify it before cleaning anything in the structure because our chemical cleaners can mask the odors. In most cases, the odor source is building material or a property item that has not dried completely. Technicians use the pumps, extractors, space heaters, and dehumidifiers in our equipment inventory to professionally dry everything. With drying completed, the next step is deodorization. Since there are usually multiple odors from some sources, we use multiple methods to stop, block, cover up, and remove them.

Disinfectants and sanitizers are some of the most common we use. They inhibit fungus, and mold spore growth and our technicians use them after lowering the moisture levels to the point that forces spores to return to a dormant state. Filtration and absorption agents reduce humidity and some types of oil residues. These are activated charcoals and work well in cleaning out odors as part of air filtration units.

Pairing chemicals attach themselves to odor particles. These particles then fall out of the atmosphere and onto surfaces where technicians more easily remove and dispose of them. We use pairing chemicals with ULV (ultra low volume) wet foggers to disperse them. Electrically generated deodorizers mix ozone gas with odor particles to change the chemical structure. These generators remove odors that have penetrated deeply into a structure and are otherwise not removable.

Finally, when we have eliminated every odor possible, technicians use masking agents to cover up remaining, foul odors with a pleasing one. These products come in various smells and are in the form of time release beads. Masking agents are also useful to cover up the smell of other cleaning agents before they eventually fade away.

Removing and cleaning odors left from flooding is a difficult process that requires a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington keeps you informed at every step while working to reopen your doors to customers. Call us today at (850) 267-0746.

Three Steps to Successful Water Removal in Santa Rosa Beach Holiday Homes

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water at Santa Rosa Beach

SERVPRO Protocol for Santa Rosa Beach Removal of Standing Water

The Santa Rosa Beach region of Florida is a beautiful place to own a holiday 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 flood damp materials do not come into contact with dry ones.

Fast Draining
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.

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 and Washington 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.

The Hidden Dangers of an Overflowing Sink in Miramar Beach

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a sink overflow cause mold damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO immediately so that the area can be properly dried out.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Find the Hidden Damage After a Flooding Event in Your Home

Sometimes, you have a sink overflow in your home, which can be from a clog in the drain, or your child may have left the water running. Whatever the cause, it can create a big mess with much flooding.
Hidden Dangers
A severe hidden danger in your Miramar Beach home, a sink overflow is a race to get some towels to clean it up. There are plenty of other things from flood damage, however, which are going on under the surface of the floor which towels cannot fix. Therefore, you need a professional water remediation company like SERVPRO to come and find the hidden damage.
Weakening Joists
One hidden danger is that water weakens floor joists. Once the water gets under your floor covering, it sits on the subfloor and joists. It does not evaporate since there isn’t anywhere for the water vapor to go. Therefore, it continually rots the wood.
Mildew and Mold Growth
Probably the biggest danger of an overflowing sink is the potential for mildew and mold growth. It can happen very fast if the conditions are right. Mold is a dangerous fungus that can cause severe health problems. Once mold starts to grow, it can quickly spread through the area if not stopped.
Leaking to Rooms Below
Another danger is the damage to rooms under the overflow. If you have a bathroom over the kitchen, your problem doubles. It will not only be the ceiling to the kitchen that starts leaking, but it gives a lot of bacteria and germs access to your kitchen. For this reason, SERVPRO needs to be called right away when you have flooding from a sink overflow. They can use their professional dryers and dehumidifiers to dry your home out quickly to avoid further damage.
Potential Safety Hazard
Since there are various types of floor coverings in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, another danger is a slippery floor. Some homes use tiles, vinyl and other floor coverings which can be slippery when wet. Anyone who steps on the ground as the sink overflows could fall, especially if they are unaware of the overflow.
Repairing the Hidden Damages
Of course, if your sink has overflowed, you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO to fix the hidden damages. They can use special tools to check for mold growth, test the strength of the joists and look for any signs of stains on the ceilings below your sink. Once the damage is found, they can also repair it for you and get things looking like they used to.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holes & Washington is standing by, ready to help you at any time of day or night, any day of the year. All it takes is a simple phone call to (850) 267-0746, and they will have a technician out to your home quickly, so you do not have to worry about the damages done.

Fire Damage to Freeport Food Truck

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a food truck fire keep your regular customers hungry or looking elsewhere. Call SERVPRO quickly and get back to cooking.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage in BOTH Small and Large Spaces

Food trucks are a fun and festive addition to the list of dining options for many adventurous eaters these days. If you have invested in this delicious trend, fire damage to your food truck can mean business ruin unless you count the fire restoration experts from SERVPRO on your team.
Commercial fire damage to your food truck can be restored by the trained technicians from our team quickly, getting you back to the business of feeding your fans’ cravings. Our staff will assess the severity of the fire damage, ready to advise you and your insurance company as to the best plan to get you back behind the grill. The small area of the truck will mean that repairs and restoration can happen in a matter of days, or even hours, if the fire damage was well contained. Before your loyal customers even realize your troubles, you can be back on the road again, bringing joy to locals and tourists alike.
Professional attention to the problems presented by a fire in your food truck is the wise course. Packed into a very compact area is all the equipment and tools you need to make the dishes that are building your reputation. SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled and able to determine whether specialized ovens, cooktops, or fryers can be cleaned up to be put back in action or must be repaired or replaced after the fire. Once those decisions are made, our cleaning crews will take the interior of the food truck from grimy and sooty back to the bright and functional space you were proud to work within and show off to your customers. The safe drivability of the food truck after the fire damage will also need to be established. If your food truck experienced its fire damage near your garage or home, we will also inspect the areas of that structure to ensure no hidden damage impairs the security of the building.
The team at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington look forward to a challenge, including restoring a fire damaged food truck. Call (850) 267-0746 and then relax, knowing our crew is ready to turn a tough situation around.

The Process Of Water Removal In Your Miramar Beach Home

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

When you reside in a flood-prone area, you may very well wind up needing water removal and water damage restoration from SERVPRO.

Water Removal

When you reside in a flood-prone area, you may very well wind up needing water removal and water damage restoration from a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. Without this intervention, ongoing and severe damage can happen, which can not only place the structure of your home in danger but also the health of you and your family. It is vital that as a homeowner, you are aware of the services which you can expect from such a remediation company while your home is being restored so you can be prepared for the process.

Water removal and restoration involve more than just returning your structure to normal before the flood or other water damage in Miramar Beach happened. It means getting your family back into your home and salvaging any important documents and valuable heirlooms. It means making sure that the indoor environment is healthy again as well. This all happens as a result of years of experience and training from water damage professionals such as our staff at SERVPRO.

While each case has its own unique points, below are a few of the elements of typical water restoration:
Water Removal – Getting rid of standing water is the first priority. Water in excess will not only damage materials and possessions it comes in contact with, but it is also a significant source of humidity. High-tech and low-tech methods apply, from floor squeegees and mops to commercial water vacuums and pumps.

Evaporation – You can't pick up every drop of water after flooding with a pump or mop. The remaining traces must be evaporated where they stand. This will require moving the air with fans or other equipment that can circulate the air.

Inspection – After the water is gone, a formal inspection will be done by our SERVPRO tech, and they will fully document the scope and extent of the project, including damage to the structure and contents, the material condition of the building and safety and health matters. We can also estimate a time frame for completion.

Dehumidification – Water vapor will make existing damage worse and will trigger secondary concerns, like the growth of mold. Indoor humidity must be removed with dehumidifiers.

Temperature Control – Keeping the optimum indoor temperature to speed up drying while discouraging mold and bacteria growth needs careful attention and adjustments to modify the indoor environment during the restoration process.

Evaluation And Monitoring – Each step must be assessed, and we carefully monitor the processes continually during the process, as well as after the restoration.

The next time you need water removal for any reason, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington. We can come out to your home in a timely fashion to create a plan of remediation when you contact us at (850) 267-0746.

Fire Damage in Your Inlet Beach Home can Start with Even a Single Candle

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

We are here for you in the event you have a residential fire emergency!

Your Inlet Beach Residential House Can Start a Fire with A Single Candle 

Candles are often used in the wintertime to signify many different things in our lives. Many times, these are placed in a window. As windows are typically framed with curtains, this can pose a fire hazard. Young children or pets left unsupervised in a room, even for a short period, can accidentally start a fire by causing the curtain to come into contact with the candle's flame. As fire travels upward, the entire curtain can be lit ablaze very quickly.

Relatives visiting in may never expect to be the cause of your Inlet Beach home's fire damage, but it happens all too often. While children are often a joy, they are also a great responsibility and while visiting relatives that are rarely seen in person, the excitement of the occasion can cause even the most dedicated adults to lapse in their usual supervisory skills. This can lead to disasters that can damage the interior of your home.

Because of this, SERVPRO is ready, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and prepared with the skills, technical knowledge, and the right equipment for every job, so we can restore your home to the state it should be in. Scorched areas of the wall around the window affected by the fire can be repaired and repainted so that the fire soon becomes a distant memory. Curtains, of course, will need to be replaced, but the window frame can be cleaned of smoke, soot, and anything that has melted onto it. Windows can be scrubbed clean of wax and melted curtain fabric. While we may not be able to restore your visit with your friends and relatives, we can help ensure that future visits aren't affected by the current situation.


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If your home has had a small fire that has caused localized damage, remember that no job is too small for SERVPRO. Call us, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington at (850) 267-0746 for all of your fire damage restoration needs anytime.

SERVPRO's ERP In Commercial Water Damage Scenarios for Bonifay

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

The ERP Mobile App from SERVPRO Mitigates Commercial Water Damage Your Bonifay Enterprise

Be Ready in Case of a Water Damaging Event to Your Business

As America has increasingly become reliant on digital resources for everything from clothes-shopping to restaurant evaluation, so to has SERVPRO modernized since its humble beginnings in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Our latest innovation comes in the form of the ERP or Emergency Ready Profile. This system is designed to aggregate relevant information for future use, and when disaster strikes, quickly transfer it to our technicians. The program keeps assigned profiles for separate locations, allowing you to manage multiple buildings or businesses easily. One of its most common uses is for water damage, where floor plans, contact information, shutoff valves, and many other factors come into play that can easily be imputed within a profile.
Shutoff and Control Valves
In Bonifay commercial water damage where the water originates from a pipe or main, knowing the locations of and quickly accessing water shutoff and control valves is a vital step in preventing further damage from occurring and reducing the time taken for extraction. Normally, our technicians must search for these valves on-site or find a building plan. With the ERP, they can have access to these schemes and locations before they even arrive, saving time and cutting off damage at its source. In addition to valves, water pipes, fire sprinkler systems, and mains may present problems, and having plans uploaded to the ERP helps our technicians to identify their locations quickly.
Contact Information
The ERP also helps to aggregate contact numbers and information, whether for emergency services, insurance representatives, tenants, or any other relevant individuals or companies. When you need it most, this vital information will be quickly available to both you and SERVPRO, accessible from any device at any time.
Floor Plans
Heavily damaged buildings can prove difficult to navigate, especially in floods where furniture and objects have been knocked into pathways. By uploading blueprints or floor plans, you allow our technicians to see full technical drawings and details of the building, facilitating easy navigation and better planning.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington helps local businesses to overcome severe damage with quality service and fast response times. For more information about the ERP or our help, call us at (850) 267-0746.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Crestview

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

Call the experts at SERVPRO for any commercial or residential fire damage.

When a fire happens, the first thing homeowners want to do is return their home to normal. The last thing they want to do is deal with the paperwork. That's understandable when one of the worst things that can happen to your home actually does, it's a nightmare came true.

As a Crestview homeowner, fire damage isn't just a job to you, and we at SERVPRO feel the same way. This is perhaps the most stressful thing to happen to you as a homeowner, and we will be with you from the first examination to when we put the keys back in your hand. We have six key steps to make sure it happens.

1) We make sure YOU are satisfied - Our inspectors and technicians will explain the restoration process to you and answer every question.

2) Minimize and further loss - Our teams are highly skilled and trained to prevent secondary property loss from smoke or soot damage and as we move your property out of the damaged areas and then back in once the work is completed.

3) Identify what can be restored - We will test every item that may have been exposed to determine if it can be cleaned, does not require cleaning or could be questionable and depends on your decision. We will also be honest with you about what is no longer useful and needs to be replaced.

4) Save you and your insurance adjuster time - We will help you work with your adjuster to process everything as quickly as possible. Our initial testing and inspections provide the adjuster with the information they need to get your fire insurance case started.

5) Report the scope of loss - Our work reports to the both of you keep the paperwork moving as we restore your home and property. They also help the adjuster review our services and prioritize the work schedule to reduce costs. Once we're done, we will provide a final report that will help the adjuster process all final paperwork.

6) Produce quality restoration - In the end, even if the insurance adjuster is happy with our work, we've failed if you aren't happy. This last step is what customer service is all about for us.

We don't just come in, drag out your possessions, throw on a coat of paint and then hand you a bill. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is here to help our neighbors through every step of the fire restoration process. If you need us, call us today at (850) 267-0746 to get started.

Structural Damages that can Affect Almost Any Office in Bonifay

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Insure Your Bonifay Office Against Water Damage

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

Most offices have at least some carpeting in them, which is, unfortunately, one of the most vulnerable targets in Bonifay commercial water damage cases. Carpeting easily absorbs water and warps once dried out, often tearing apart and off of 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 more readily restored.
Wood Supports
In some flooding cases, wooden supports and columns can present a serious 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 Damage
Perhaps the most consistent feature among office buildings is the presence of a solid foundation. During water damage, a foundation may end up taking on accidental damage, especially if prior issues had existed. If not properly dealt with, these problems could potentially lead to a total collapse. Fast water extraction and damage assessment is key in making sure these issues don't blow up into larger ones.
Quick to respond to any disaster, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington 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.

Additional Types of Damage that can be Caused by a Flood

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to remediate!

Secondary Damage Types in Freeport

Floods can cause immense damage in their own right, creating stains, destroying fabrics, inundating fragile materials, and physically destroying many objects in their path. However, many floods also cause secondary problems for a home as well, creating a dynamic damage situation requiring multiple approaches and areas of expertise to handle. This is where SERVPRO shines, as our technicians are able to scan for, respond to, and treat additional problems as they arise. These are some of the most common types of secondary damage we face in a flood.
Flood damage in Freeport will inevitably lead to massive mold growth if action is not taken quickly. Floods dampen an entire structure, creating ideal conditions for mold to grow uninhibited. Furthermore, floodwaters are often highly contaminated, containing high and concentrated amounts of mold spores everywhere they go. Mold is tough to treat and remove, but if action is taken early enough, most or all of its damages can be averted.
Even gentle floods can cause fires, by disrupting and destroying electronics, knocking over lights, causing chemical reactions, or a myriad of other potentialities. It is far from uncommon when a case of flood damage also comes with burns and fire damage to restore, as well. Typically, we deal with the water and drying first and foremost, and work on fire restorations later.
Many inexperienced and uncertified restoration companies inadequately deodorize a home following a flood or even forget it entirely. Floods contain contaminants that can leave behind long-lasting foul odors which can only be removed through the use of specialty deodorizing fogging machines. Our teams use multiple types of these depending on the scenario and gravity of the situation, removing all odors from your home rather than simply masking them.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington carries the equipment and training to respond to complex calls from local home and business owners. If your home has suffered damage from a flood, call us at (850) 267-0746.

Mold Damage Needs Professional Attention

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Bonifay Can Special Treatment from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Carefully Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home

Mold damage is something no homeowner wants to deal with, but unfortunately many times is a reality. No matter if it’s due to a massive storm rolling through your area and water seeping in, or a broken appliance, mold growth needs to be taken care of as soon as possible; it can grow and spread rapidly to other parts of your home, posing health effects to your family.

If you discover any mold damage in Bonifay to your home, you will want to have professionals, like our technicians at SERVPRO, come to your home and take care of it. The process of mold remediation can be a complicated one, and it has to be handled in just the right way so that everyone in the home stays safe. Since during mold remediation the mold spores are most likely to be disturbed and released into the air, anyone performing the cleanup needs to wear protective clothing and equipment (PPE.) This protection will include gloves, goggles, a (HEPA) respirator or dust filter mask, and protective clothing which covers the whole body and can either be easily cleaned or discarded.

If there is a lot of mold spores which need to be removed, then the room or rooms might need to be sealed off to stop any of the mold spores from spreading throughout the rest of the house. This containment can be done with clean plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover doorways, vents or other openings. The amount of dust may also need to be minimized. Mold spores, will often stick to dust and then be transported to your home by these particles.

Our SERVPRO technicians may also use negative pressure while cleaning your mold problem. This is done by running an exhaust fan out a window or a door that is partially opened to blow air outside of your home. In this way, mold spores which are stirred up in the process of removal will mostly end up outside. Any air conditioning will also be turned off before the cleaning begins.

You’ll be able to use materials which are non-porous such as hard plastic, metal, and glass after the mold has been erased from them. For porous materials like carpeting, drywall and books, however, the professionals will help you decide on a case by case basis whether or not they are salvageable. Once the mold has been removed and disinfect applied, and the surfaces have been allowed to dry completely, a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner will be used to remove most residual mold and spores.

No matter the reason for your mold damage, you will need our professionals at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington to help you clean it up. We will write up a plan of remediation for you and clean your mold as soon as possible when you contact us at (850) 267-0746.

Crucial Water Removal Services

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to remediate your home or business damage!

Water Damage can be Quickly Remediated by SERVPRO Professionals

Not all water damage is caused by natural disasters. Sometimes human error, years of wear or appliance malfunction creates a critical need for water removal for homeowners or landlords. All it takes is for a crying child or a ring of the doorbell to distract a person long enough for a filling sink to overflow. Deep within the walls of your home or rental property, aging pipes can burst, or when you turn on the washer before you leave for work, a clog in your laundry tub can turn wastewater into a flood that compromises your building’s floors and ceilings. SERVPRO’s mission is to turn a water catastrophe into a smoothly operating restoration plan that gets your property back to comfortable, livable, safe condition fast.
Fortunately for the homeowner or landlord, water removal in Point Washington can be speedily and effectively accomplished by our professional team of water mitigation specialists. We provide IICRC training to our staff, so they are up to date with or exceed industry standards when it comes to removing water and restoring structures and personal property. Our equipment is top notch whether a simple mop up is required or rooms full of water need to be removed. Specialized know-how possessed by our staff in contents' restoration means you will be able to have items you thought ruined returned to use or enjoyment rather than replaced, saving money and preserving your family or your tenants' equipment, heirlooms and other precious and valuable belongings.
With SERVPRO as a partner, a landlord or management company can have apartments or commercial property back online for tenants quickly, allowing the water challenges to be short term problems with immediate and efficient solutions. We can help pack up if temporary relocation of your tenants is necessary, a service that is invaluable if the water damage also affects your own living or business areas. Our technicians specialize in restoring possessions from electronics to treasured family pictures, all while also providing professional water removal and structural integrity services. Let us assist in assembling a comprehensive contents claim inventory as well as a thorough building damage report to support your insurance claims.
Think first of SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington when unexpected flooding or other water damage requires immediate attention in your home or rental property. With phone lines open 24/7 every day of the year a call to (850) 267-0746 will get you on the way to water removal and damage restoration today.

Mold Damage Remediation Company

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Santa Rosa Beach

Call 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 little 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 actually encourage its growth. Only a well-trained mold remediation professional 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.
If mold is found in your home or business, SERVPRO has the certified training, expertise, and equipment, to remediate any type of mold infestation. There is no such thing as a minor mold infestation. It's 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.
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 lead to a final restoration process.

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 fully.
As a locally owned and operated business, we at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington, 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.

What Is Water Damage, And What Areas Are Most Susceptible to Damage? SERVPRO Tips and Answers

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Has your Santa Rosa Beach home sustained water damaged? Our pros at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, and Washington can help!

SERVPRO Tips and Answers for Water Damage and The Areas That Are Most Susceptible Water Damage. 

There are a huge variety of problems that homes face, both new and old. More often than not, water damage and water related issues can stem from anywhere, from failures in the plumbing, to flood waters, structural defects, or due to faulty city mains (which are the homeowner's responsibility to maintain and fix). Luckily, there are solutions for virtually any water damage, no matter where you live. The problem is that water damage leads to a loss of personal property, contaminants, and even refuse, sewer, and other foul materials that combine with the water. 

Why Water Damage is Such A Big Deal 

Water damage in Santa Rosa Beach is all but inevitable. Many homes are near the beach, lay in coastal areas, or have old piping and plumbing. In these situations, there are many different aspects of your home and property that suffer from these kinds of losses. Water damage restoration is a very time sensitive issue, and the most important thing is determining the extent of the damage to your home. That's where SERVPRO comes in; we deliver timely and efficient services to ensure that your property is restored in the most efficient manner possible. 

There are several areas of the home that are more susceptible to water damage than others: 

Wood and Sheet Rock Wall Boards and Ceilings 

Wood and wallboards rot quickly. Sometimes, especially in humidity, wood and gypsum wall boards can warp, rot, weaken and swell within just hours of exposure. Sheetrock further deteriorates with water exposure as it dissolves, stains, weakens, and falls away from the joists and frames of your wall until it's moldy and ruined. 

Carpets, Furniture, Clothes, or Appliances 

Your carpets, furniture, clothing, and appliances are often the most expensive damages associated with water damage because they're difficult to restore. Often, the original quality of the material determines the ability to restore it; and your fabrics will still probably be damaged due to being completely saturated. 

Cabinets, Framing, Doors, and Joists 

Often, restoration includes many different elements of a home's structure. Many repairs are localized, but immense and costly. When the damages are associated with flooding, the results are often more severe (and can cause health issues if the warning signs of water damage are ignored). These types of damages can be a serious disaster, costing homeowners thousands in essential repairs. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, and Washington is centrally located to take care of any problems in the area. We're also locally owned and operated, helping customers just like you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need help dealing with water damage, just give us a call at (850) 267-0746. 

Fire damage and Getting things Back together as Quickly as Possible

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Got fire damage? No worries, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington can take care of it!

Getting things Back together as Quickly as Possible After Fire Damage

It’s not uncommon for people to leave their home in a hurry to get to work, school, and other activities when they are running late. In fact, some families do it all the time. While there is nothing wrong with this practice, it may eventually leave the family open to an unwanted surprise. Specifically, in the cases where a family member leaves the iron on and it begins to burn their clothing, or they may leave food on the stove cooking for extended periods of time. Regardless of the situation or the circumstances, these are easy recipes for the family coming back to a fire-damaged home.

Even though no one would like for this scenario to happen to them, there are many reasons for being the victim of a Miramar Beach fire. So, for those of you who are interested in what to do when the ultimate tragedy does occur, here’s some valuable recommendations that can be used to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Contact Your Home Insurance Provider to Report the Incident Immediately 

Most people invest in a home insurance policy that covers the home in case there is a fire. In many cases, mortgage companies require this kind of insurance and it mandatory for home ownership so there is a good chance that the owner has a good policy that they can depend on during these times. So, SERVPRO suggests contacting the insurance company right away to get the ball rolling in some different areas. For instance, if the fire damage is extensive, the home may not be livable for quite some time. Meaning the family will need a place to stay until the damage is repaired. The insurance company’s representative can assist with getting the appropriate alternative housing as soon as they receive the call. 

Check out our Comprehensive fire damage in Miramar Beach Services 

In addition to contacting the insurance provider for assistance with filing a claim, the owner of the home will also be tasked with getting help with cleaning up the fire damage so that the family can occupy the home again. Because we provide a wide variety of different fire damage recovery services, we can help you and your family with the essential things that you will need on the day of the fire as well as after. For example, once the firefighter extinguishes the fire and leaves the scene, the real work will begin, and we can assist you with this part of the process. One of the essential duties and responsibilities is securing the home before the family leaves the property. This is typically done by boarding up windows and doors so that intruders cannot enter in and vandalize the property. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 Getting things together after a fire can be a devastating experience for everyone involved. So, it is important to solicit the right help as quickly as possible to begin the restoration process. To get the help you need, call our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington representatives at 1-850-267-0746, so that we can customize recovery plans to fit your immediate needs. 

Already Four Named Storms This Season

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Danielle and Santa Rosa Beach

Hurricane and Storm Advice from SERVPRO

The hurricane season officially started about three weeks ago and already we have our fourth named storm. This is the earliest to date that a fourth storm has formed. With Alex developing back in January, we saw that the first storm came long before the “season” even started. Since then we have also seen the effects of Bonnie and Collin.  It has been 11 years since a hurricane hit the Florida panhandle.

If you don’t have a storm plan prepared for your Santa Rosa Beach home or if you have one that hasn’t been updated in quite a while then now is a good time to revisit your plan and make adjustments accordingly. It is also a good idea to put together a basic storm kit to have ready. This should include water, bleach for water purification, non-perishable food items, battery-powered weather radio along with extra batteries, flashlight, first aid kit, whistle, maps, and solar-powered chargers. Have at least a five-day supply of food and water.  These are just some of our suggestions that can help you in a disaster. As far as your business goes, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington can help you devise a plan to prepare your business for disaster and help get you back up and running quicker if a disaster strikes.

Danielle is moving towards the southwestern part of the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rainfalls and strong rip currents in that area can be expected. Batten down the hatches and contact us if you need help after a tropical storm or hurricane. (850) 267-0746

Mold and Mildew

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Significant mold growth in a Miramar Beach condo

SERVPRO Can Remedy Your Home or Business Mold & Mildew Problems

Mold and Mildew are two kinds of fungi that can infest your home under the right conducive conditions.  Like all living organisms, these fungi require water or moisture, a food source, preferably a cellulose material, and a place away from sunlight. The darker, the better. Not only can these fungi cause structural damage to your home or business, but they may also induce adverse health effects in people and pets. Let's take a look at some of the differences between mold and mildew.

Fungi spores are endemic in the outdoors and also exist inside buildings. They are part of nature, and if no large growth patches develop, you will probably not even be aware of their presence. If you begin to smell a musty odor or see mold in your Miramar Beach condo, there is a good chance you have a mold infestation. IAQ, indoor air quality, can be severely compromised by large proliferations of these fungi. By calling a company like SERVPRO to inspect your HVAC system for moisture issues and spores and mildew, you can prevent serious mold or mildew blooms.

Mildew usually takes on the appearance of a white powdery substance on leaves and plants. Since it is a surface growth, not like many species of mold, it is easier to contain and less of an economic problem for structures and personal possessions. It can still grow on the cardboard of drywall, on insulation backing, wallpaper, and furniture fabrics and clothing. Mold species come in all colors, ranging from white to black, with yellow, green, brown, and red also seen. Their texture can be slimy, rough, flat, or very mushy. Mold can anchor to non-cellulose surfaces and begin to flourish. The grout on tiles, caulk in bathrooms, carpets, artwork, and the list goes on.

The key to stopping mold and mildew proliferation is to prevent excess moisture buildup in the home. The attic, basement, or bathrooms are hot spots for high humidity. All leaks, from pipes, drain hoses, faulty equipment, or water intrusion via groundwater or rainwater should be removed and dried as rapidly as possible. There is no point in compounding a water damaging event by delaying repair and allowing these fungi a foothold.

When that musty odor or visible signs of mold or mildew are on your property, contact the IICRC certified mold remediation specialists from SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington at (850) 267-0746 for 24/7 response. We can safely remediate any mold or mildew problem "Like it never even happened."

Nine Easy to Follow Tips for Spring Cleaning

4/25/2016 (Permalink)

Freeport Home or Commercial Building Always Needs a Good Cleaning

SERVPRO Advice for Cleaning and Protecting

Spring cleaning can be done any time of the year, not just when the flowers start to bloom. By maintaining a clean and structurally sound home, you can mitigate water and fire damage and mold remediation.

1. Work from the top down. That means start cleaning in your Freeport home at the top of your house, for example, your second level, down to the bottom of your house. That way you are not dragging dirt and clutter throughout the clean parts of the home!

2. Keep it simple. Do one room at a time. This will give you feelings of satisfaction once you can see a completed space done.  These little boosts will keep you energized and incentivize you to keep cleaning!!

3. To save you time and energy designate a spot for junk and clutter on each floor of your home.  By doing so, you aren’t spending the time to go all the way out to dispose of your rubbish little by little. This will help to prevent the spread of fires if clutter and flammable materials are not present.

4. Multitasking is essential!  So if you’re washing machine takes one hour utilize that time to do something else rather than just waiting for the cycle to finish.

5. Use rubber gloves during those big cleaning days.  Harsh chemicals can damage your skin. Even SERVPRO technicians use protective clothing and gear for water removal and mold remediation. Work safe.

6. Know you limits.  If you are capable of doing repairs, then we suggest DIY!  But if not, don’t hesitate to call a professional.  Overdoing it can cause more problems than you had. If you find a water leak or a hint of mold growth, call us to inspect the damage and restore your property before things get out of hand.

 7.  Think about the order you are going to clean things. For example, dust and clean surfaces before using the vacuum cleaner.  If not, you’ll end up having to vacuum more than once. Make sure to have your HVAC system, especially the duct work, inspected at least every two years. SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington can provide professional cleaning using HEPA filtration systems to mitigate mold spores, allergens, dust, and other debris from your system. This will improve your indoor air quality, IAQ.

8. Go at own your pace.  Set aside the time so that you don’t feel rushed.  Take breaks when you feel tired, hungry, or thirsty.  Cleaning exposes you to harsh chemicals, dust, and allergens (not if we clean your ducts) causing you to feel dehydrated.

9. Make a list!  Work out the logistics so that you are cleaning most efficiently. Keep an eye out for any abnormal structural damage and don't hesitate to call our SERVPRO professionals for an inspection at (850) 267-0746.

Springtime Cleaning and Maintenance

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleaning Tips for Bonifay Homes

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Get Your Home Clean and Ready for a New Spring

Springtime, even though we do not have significant seasonal changes, is the time to renew your house just as our Mother Earth refreshes herself. Step back, look around, and try the following:

1. Inspect porches for damaged steps, rotting planks, broken lattices, cracked concrete, weak railings, and general overall appearance. Inspect for water leaks or drainage problems. Front porches in Bonifay when cleaned and spruced up add to curb appeal, as any real estate agent will tell you.

2. Organize your attic. This is the time to have a yard sale. Stored and forgotten possessions that have not been used for six months are probably just taking up space.

3. Pollen and other allergens are in the Springtime air. If you or family members have hayfever or sensitivities to these airborne particulates, call SERVPRO to inspect your HVAC system. We can check, clean, and filter your ducts, replace filters, and sanitize and deodorize the network of circulated air delivery. This will improve your indoor air quality.

4. Check for termite mud tubes around the perimeter of your structure. If you see small particles of frass or pellets, you may have a drywood termite infestation. Call in a professional company to inspect your home.

5. Re-caulk and seal around the tubs, sinks, and shower stalls to prevent the seepage of water into the walls or flooring. Unnoticed moisture can lead to a mold infestation. If you suspect a problem call SERVPRO for a free inspection. Our IICRC certified technicians can remedy any mold issues that may be present. This can help prevent health effects while protecting your home's structure and your possessions.

6. Enjoy your landscaping and check for bugs, poorly growing vegetation, and vermin. Use fertilizer to replenish your shrubs and trees. Monitor the foundation of your house for any signs of water accumulation or dampness. If you suspect a possible water leak or negative drainage leading into your basement or crawlspace, call us to mitigate and restore your water damaged home.

7. Plant a tree or two. Remember they can grow large, so not too close to the house. Try planting native trees like a Myrtle or Sabal Palm. Florida offers us a variety of options because of our mild to hot climate. Take advantage and improve the appearance and health of your home.

We hope these tips from SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington help you to appreciate your home and keep in well maintained. If you incur any fire, water, or mold related problems don't hesitate to call us for immediate service. (850) 267-0746

Save Money By Improving Your Attic Water Damaged Insulation

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Suggests to Install Upgraded Insulation After Water Damage in Your Santa Rosa Beach Attic.

Water Damage and New Insulation Can Be Serviced by SERVPRO

As we become more environmentally conscience, we look for ways to help our wallets along with protecting our State of Florida. Reducing energy bills mean we are making better use of our natural resources and are helping to preserve our planet for future generations.

Here in the Panhandle of Florida we get tempered weather conditions from our geographical location. Ocean breezes can be refreshing, but they can also become tropical storms or hurricanes. If you sustain water damage in your Santa Rosa Beach attic, you may have several different problems needing remediation. The saturated blown-in or the bat type insulation will have to be replaced. This process should be completed only after SERVPRO has safely removed the damaged materials, and dried out and applied antifungal and disinfecting products in the attic crawl. This will preserve the trusses and sheathing from developing mold growth which can compromise the structural integrity of the roof and attic. Water intrusion can result in many secondary water damaging problems to building materials and personal possessions.

Replaced insulation in this area of Florida should have an R-39 rating or better. This will ensure adequate containment and transferal of heat to and from the attic crawl space. There are still Federal credits and state incentives available for specific insulation upgrades to attics and ground level crawl spaces. Improved insulation can also mitigate the buildup of moisture which will deter mold proliferation and damage to drywall, studs, and beams, and your HVAC system.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is always available for home inspections and assessments if you suspect a leak that may be causing water damage. Our services included restoration of fire damaged homes and businesses, mold remediation, and a professional culture to put our customers first. For any problem or emergency remember that We Are First To Any Size Disaster. (850) 267-0746

Dirty Ducts Can Produce Poor Indoor Air Quality

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

Defuniak Springs Duct Cleaning Improves Indoor Air Quality

SERVPRO Can Clean and Sanitize Your Home's Ductwork

You may ask, why is duct cleaning important?  There are several factors that lead to dirty air ducts and the results of restrictive air circulation. We all require water, food, and air to sustain our way of living. It makes sense to control these factors to protect your property along with the health and well-being of your family.

Homeowners in Florida usually do not pay much attention, or may not be aware, of the contaminants that accumulate in their HVAC systems. Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning systems can make life more comfortable for occasional heating, and most definitely for cooling our homes in the summer months. The main collection space for these contaminants is your air ducts. A typical home may produce from 20 to 40 pounds of airborne dust and dirt per year. The interior air of your home goes through a complete recirculation cycle 5 to 7 times per day. Duct cleaning in Defuniak Springs offers several advantageous results because of these factors. The indoor air quality, IAQ, will be enhanced by limiting the recirculation of dust, dirt, dander, dust mites and other bugs, pollen, mold spores, odors, and other potential allergens. Yes, a lot of stuff lurks in air ducts, registers, and the mechanical housings of these systems. Since your unit now flows more freely because the restrictive foreign matter has been cleaned out, your system works more efficiently and will last longer. Your energy bills will be reduced as the result of less work time and effort of your HVAC system.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association, NADCA, and our SERVPRO certified IICRC technicians follow safe and responsible procedures for cleaning duct work and the related components. Our SERVPRO technicians will wear the proper safety equipment, including an N-95 NIOSH, approved respirator, in cases of significant contamination from flooding or fires.

Typical duct cleaning entails agitating debris within the ductwork. The right tools, depending on the material of the conduits, flexible, duct board, or sheet metal, will be used to maximize the cleaning. HEPA filtered vacuums, using negative air pressure, will suction out most of the unwanted debris, and directed for capture to prevent recirculation into to the ambient air of the home. By using this roto-scraping and filtration system, the conduits are ready for a deodorizing spray and a disinfectant fogging if necessary. This will restore a safe and sanitary environment to the interior of the ducts, providing better indoor air quality throughout your home or business. We will also wipe down and clean any dirt or grime on the registers, and provide you with a checklist for maintaining your system. Our initial step is to inspect and assess if this work is beneficial. We always focus on the needs of our customers.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is always available for an inspection and cleaning. Keep us in mind for any fire or water damage restoration and cleanup. Call us 24/7 at 850) 267-0746.

Commercial Preparedness for Disasters

12/30/2015 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program Helps Mitigate Losses in Miramar Beach

SERVPRO's Unique Emergency Ready Profile Can Mitigate Commercial Fire and Water Damage Losses

When a disaster like a fire, flood, broken water pipe or sewage backup strikes a business, the downtime affects more than the loss of revenue. Customers are inconvenienced, employees may be jobless, inventory can be destroyed or contaminated, the building and its capital assets may be in jeopardy of becoming non-salvageable. What to do? Be Prepared for Emergencies.

SERVPRO  offers the latest in technology when it comes to responding to a commercial disaster in Miramar Beach and the surrounding areas. You can virtually have help at your fingertips, available day or night. This valuable resource can offer a means of mitigating business losses to our business and management clients, thus lessening their burden with dealing with their customers and clients. The ERP, Emergency Ready Profile, is a detailed document that takes planning with our clients to gather the pertinent information to be prepared for emergency situations. SERVPRO Marketing Reps (SMR) willingly make multiple visits to collect the data, photos, and all contact information. Upon arrival with the checklist from this Corporate Based Software program, on-site inspections and assessments are made to incorporate all factors and conditions which may occur after any given disaster.

When SERVPRO has downloaded all the information from the company that is necessary to secure fast responses to any given structural emergency, we will provide hard copies to the business owners, and decision-makers. Copies may also be kept on file with maintenance departments, depending on the type of business. We can offer semi-annual updates for new or changing circumstances and thus provide our clients with the knowledge that we can respond immediately. The right crews and equipment will be dispatched. No delays to mitigating water or fire damage control and monetary losses.

To help protect your strip-center, apartment or condo complex, or a big box retail enterprise, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington. We can schedule an appointment and construct an Emergency Ready Profile for you. (850) 267-0746

Fire Damage & Space Heaters

11/17/2015 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Blue Mountain Beach Space Heater Cause Fire Damage

SERVPRO Provides Tips to Help Prevent Fire Damage Caused by Temporary Heating

When the weather is starting to cool off, you may get the urge to pull out your space heater. These heaters are useful for the amount of warmth they can put off without driving up your electric bill too much.  However, if not used following manufacturers' directions, they can be very dangerous. Please educate your family or employees on how to use space heaters correctly because, in recent years, space heaters have been involved in an estimated 57,100 home structure fires.

 Here are some tips for preventing Blue Mountain Beach fire damage to your home or condo using space heaters:

1. Place the heater on a hard, level surface, never place on a carpet or mattress.
2. Turn it off when you leave the house.
3. Keep it at least three ft from nearest object, more for drapes, curtains, or fabrics.
4. Avoid using extension cords; overloading may cause an electrical fire in the wall or the wire.
5. Place the space heater where small children or pets will not topple it.
6. Limit the use of these heaters if a brown-out occurs in your home.

Always handle with care and only when a space heater is cold. Never transport or move while it is still hot. If a fire occurs, remain calm and be careful of an electrical shock. Remember that SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is only a phone call away if you have a problem with water, mold, or fire damage to your property. Our goal is always to restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." (850) 267-0746

Mold Remediation Improves Your Home's Appearance and Condition

10/6/2015 (Permalink)

This Ozone Machine Destroys Unpleasant Odors in Your Seaside Home.

Call on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation for Your Home or Business

Many factors can add or detract from the overall appeal of the interior of a home. One of which is indoor air quality. Sometimes odors can simply be the result of inadequate housekeeping, or poor air circulation, or a moisture problem leading to hidden mold growth.

The musty odor in your Seaside home may be mold. The need for a food source and moisture for mold spores to germinate into patches of a mold is well known. What is not readily known is that even high levels of humidity can produce sufficient moisture for this growth to start and flourish. SERVPRO is a leader in the mold remediation industry. Our years of service, excellent company training combined with IICRC certifications and equipment allow us to serve you in the best way possible.

Once the moisture or water leak has been eliminated, then the mold remediation process can move forward. We carefully assess the affected environment and suggest the best course of action for you. Usually, insurance policies do not cover mold remediation unless a specific rider is added to your contract. However, the cause of the moisture may open a door to coverage. Talk with your agent concerning coverage. We are always willing to cooperate with you and your insurance company to remedy the mold problem in the most economical and convenient way.

Before we have removed all visible signs of a mold infestation, we may utilize various instruments for detecting hidden pockets of moisture that may be harboring mold colonies. These may include thermal hygrometers, infrared cameras, and moisture sensors. Our SERVPRO technicians will apply antifungal agents when appropriate to help prevent future infestations that may lead to adverse health effects. Pictured is an ozone machine that destroys mold spores, bacteria, and other particulates within the ambient, interior air of your home. This ozone machine is like an odor eater that will dramatically improve the interior air quality.

For your own comfort and health, a nearly mold free home, it is not possible to have a mold-free home, is a plus. From a realtor's point of view if you are planning on selling your property IAQ is a huge advantage to compliment a clean interior and an exterior with curb appeal. Consider SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington counties for assistance with fire, water, or mold damaging events to your home or business. Contact us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.

Tips for Fire Prevention

8/28/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Prevention to Fire Damage in Santa Rosa Beach Can Be a Life Saver

SERVPRO Offers Suggestions to Prevent Fire Damage to Your Home

United States fire departments responded to about 1,240,000 fires in the year 2013, causing an estimated $11.5 billion in property damage. In 2014, there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. There are preventative measures you can implement in your home or business to keep from being one of these statistics.

Prevent fire damage in Santa Rosa Beach by following the following advice:
1. Install smoke alarms in hallways,  on every level of your building and inside all bedrooms
 2. Test smoke alarms once a month, if the batteries don’t work change them.
3. Replace your lithium-powered, or “life-long”, batteries every ten years or less.
4. Plan and Practice Family Fire Drills
5. Keep a UL 711A fire extinguisher in your kitchen--the number one culprit for fires. Never     leave open flames unattended.
6. Do not overload electrical circuits or wiring.
7. Store flammable products and chemicals in a safe, well-ventilated area. Preferably in a shed, not in the main house.

Sometimes, though, accidents happen.  Even when you do everything right and following common sense procedures. Damage caused by the fire is devastating for your family and your home or office. The loss of personal possessions, photos, and heirlooms may be irreplaceable. It is a stressful and confusing time if it was a significant fire damaging event, so you’ll need caring experts to guide you through the crisis. The American Red Cross is an excellent source for providing food, shelter, and comfort. Immediately get in contact with your insurance company to send out an adjuster to evaluate the damage and the fire damage restoration process. Call SERVPRO to meet with, and work with, your insurance representative, to help you with the claims process and coordinate the work.

When in need of water, mold, or fire damaging restoration, you can trust your local SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington to promptly set your mind at ease. Call us at (850) 267-0746.

Vandalism and Graffiti

8/24/2015 (Permalink)

Did you know that we offer cleanup services for vandalism and graffit?  It’s not your average drape or carpet cleaning need, but we know how to help.  In fact, we can make it like it never even happened.  What may seem like an unharmful prank to a teenager can turn into a real issue for a business or home owner.  If a window is broken, significant water damage and mold growth can start to occur within a few hours.  The more time goes by without it being treated the worse it will get.  Maybe there aren’t any broken windows, and you just have a crude image spray painted on the side of your walls that will surely drive away business from you; call SERVPRO of Walton County so that we can get out there in a timely manner and make sure that you don’t lose any business!

SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Washington, Walton and Holmes County specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification,  carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Homes counties for 23 years. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified.

Drape Cleaning

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

Before and After photo of a drape cleaning

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes and Washington County excels at cleaning fine fabrics.  We carefully inspect and test the fabrics to determine which of the five cleaning methods we offer would work best for your material!  We combine that with our state-of-the-art equipment that is designed specifically for fine fabrics.  A good rule-of-thumb is to have your drapes cleaned every two years, don’t just wait until your guests can see them for themselves.  The dirt can cause materials to deteriorate faster, so give us a call to professionally clean them in a manner that won’t damage or shrink them.

SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Washington, Walton and Holmes County specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification,  carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Homes counties for 23 years. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified.

HVAC/Air Duct Cleaning

8/10/2015 (Permalink)

Before and After photo of an air duct cleaning

HVAC/Air Duct Cleaning

With the summer months being so hot, many people are spending as much as 80% of their time indoors.  Did you know if your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit hasn’t received attention in some time it could be circulating things such as dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris throughout your home or office… One of the best things you can do for your indoor air quality is having your air ducts cleaned.  SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Washington, Walton, and Holmes County uses a high efficiency HEPA filtered system that will clean air ducts ensuring you higher quality air with a reduced amount of indoor air pollutants.  Having your HVAC unit routinely inspected by SERVPRO professionals can extend the life of your equipment, so not only is the air you breathe safer but it can also save you money!! 

SERVPRO of N.Oakloosa, Washington, Walton and Holmes County specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification,  carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified.

Back to School Mold Remediation

8/6/2015 (Permalink)

Mold growth in a bathroom

Mold can grow on any surface as long as there is moisture and oxygen present.  Living in Florida we have an excessive amount of humidity, so it is common to see mold growth in our homes.  Mold spores are microscopic and can enter our homes through windows, doors, vents, and even on our clothes and pets!  With children running in and out mold could very easily transfer inside your house and onto any surface.  Once these spores our inside they can begin to grow within 48 hours.  Besides the musty smell, mold can also be an allergen and irritant.   Let our mold removal professionals come in and effectively and efficiently remove the mold from your home so that it can be restored to a safe living environment!!

SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Washington, Walton and Holmes County specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification,  carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Homes counties for 23 years. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified.

Commercial Water Loss

5/19/2015 (Permalink)

Water Loss Walton County

No job too large or too small. SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Homes County is here to help. Residental or Commerical building Servpo is ready. 

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Homes County specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes County has been serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. We are licensed and insured  SERVPRO of   N. Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Homes County (850) 267-0746

Limiting Fire Damage

3/19/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Destin, FL- Fire Cleanup Restoration

Although kitchen fires generally begin on the stove, the damages can affect the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appilances. The following steps can help prevent further damage:

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage.
  • Place clean towels or old lines on carpet traffic areas to prevent additional soiling. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and frigerator and prop doors open. 
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly. 

SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes Couty professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of our customers' homes and personal belongings following a fire incident. Before trying to attempt cleaning up the fire damage yourselves contact SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes Couty 850-863-2552 

Air Duct HVAC Cleaning Walton County

11/24/2014 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning Walton County, FL

Clean sweep for Ducts

When addressing air quality inspecting the ductwork is  SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors, contaminates like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach use a proven Portable Ventilation and Air Duct CLeaning System to examine duct and grime.

Call us today to schedule your duct cleaning 850-863-2552.

Faster To Any Disaster

11/19/2014 (Permalink)

Fire and Water- Cleanup & Restoration Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes County The Green Team

Fire or Water Damages are never scheduled. Are you prepared for them?

From a burst pipe in an office building to a faulty wiring in an apartment complex fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes County know that there's no such thing as a small emergency when it threaten the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property's owner.

Call us today to get you Emergency Ready Profile (850)863-2552

Holiday Carpet Cleaning Walton, Washington and Holmes County

11/19/2014 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning Santa Rosa Beach

As the holidays are quickly approaching with lots of gathering of friends and family SERVPRO of N.okaloosa, Walton, Washington adn Holmes County is ready to help get your home guest-ready. SERVPRO of N.okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes County provides a professional carpet cleaning services. SERVPRO of N.okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes County has 23 years of carpet cleaning experience.

Call and schedule your appointment today! (850)863-2552

SERVPRO of N.okaloosa, Walton, Washington adn Holmes County specializes in Water Removal and Dehumidification,  carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold mitigation and remediation, fire damage, air duct cleaning and storm response. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has been serving Okaloosa, Walton, Washing ton and Homes counties for 23 years. We are licensed and insured IICRC certified.

Mold in your home

1/13/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Santa Rosa Beach

10 Most common areas for mold growth in your home.

Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family (like mushrooms, yeast, and even some  cheeses like blue cheese).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Because mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.

10 Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:

  • Basements or cellars that have been flooded
  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Bathroom shower or under sink
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces

Dryer Duct Cleaning in Destin, FL

12/20/2013 (Permalink)

Dryer Vent Cleaning Destin, FL

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is now offering Dryer Duct/ Vent Cleaning! Here are a few of the benefits: Reduce your risk of a dryer fire.  Lower your power bill. Your dryer will last longer with fewer repairs. Your clothes will dry faster with less lint left on them. Clogged vents cause dryers to overheat. This process pays for itself. 

Tis the season for Dryer Duct Cleaning! Call for your free estimate (850) 863-2552. 

Carpets to Catastrophes

12/13/2013 (Permalink)

From Carpets to Catastrophes...
Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call your local SERVPRO franchise for all your emergency restoration needs. When you experience a fire or water damage in your home or office, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring you are back to normal as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. Give us a call for all your restoration needs.

Restoration Professionals

12/12/2013 (Permalink)

Why Servpro Is A Better Restoration System.

  • Exceed Customer Expectations

  • National Claims Center Support

  • Timely Completion of Projects

  • Limiting Mold Growth

  • IICRC Certified

  • Fire Restoration

  • The Right Equipment

  • Helping to make it, "Like It Never Even Happened."

Carpet Cleaning

12/12/2013 (Permalink)

It's a GREAT DAY @ SERVPRO! Need your carpets cleaned? Have a water damage? Never fear SERVPRO is HERE. Call (850) 863-2552

Clean Up

12/9/2013 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage situation.


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