Recent Storm Damage Posts

Miramar Beach Residents Can Solve a Murder Mystery

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A skyview of two large buildings close to the beach. What a fun and different event to attend, go out and enjoy a 1920's themed dinner event.

Step back into the 1920s with this themed dinner event in nearby Destin. 

Following the substantial successes of the first edition, "Murder Prohibited," many of the same cast of whacky characters return for the sequel murder mystery "Murder at the Museum" on January 22nd, 2021, beginning at 7:00 PM CST. The show follows Calliope Jones and her team of explorers returning with what might be a cursed Egyptian artifact. Can you find the murderer?

Doors open at 6:30 PM to allow you to find your seat. Ticket prices include a full meal provided by the host of the event, The Palms of Destin Resort. For more information about this unique, themed murder mystery dinner, give Nicole Dickson a call at (850) 207-7115. 

Sometimes flood damage in Miramar Beach can be murderous for your home's flooring and exposed contents. Our SERVPRO team can help with efficient extraction and cleaning efforts beginning shortly after your call to our staffed emergency lines. Give our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team a call today at (850) 267-0746. 

Santa Rosa Beach, part of the Florida Emerald Coast

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Pearl the albino gator Don't Count on Pearl, the albino gator, to clean up your storm-soaked Santa Rosa Beach home, call SERVPRO!

Enjoy the Beaches, Dining, and Artistic Pursuits Near Santa Rosa Beach

There are lots of activities available in and around Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, all year round. Beaches, dining, visit the artist colony at Gulf Place or relax in a luxury beach house. There are several entrances to the Point Washington State forest with over 15,000 acres of coastal scrub, swamplands, and pine flat woods. There are three trail systems for hikers to explore the park.

Nearby, at Fudpucker’s Gator Beach, visitors and residents can take in the Gator Experience. Running daily, take a trip into a gator habitat to view over 100 juvenile and adult alligators. There is also “Pearl,” a white albino alligator, one of only 50 in the world. Participants get to do the following activities on this daily tour:

  • Feed the alligators in their habitat – babies, juveniles, and adults
  • See Pearl in her habitat
  • Take a photo while holding an alligator
  • Dine at the venues Beachside Bar and Grill

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides storm damage cleanup services to Santa Rosa Beach residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (850) 267-0746. We are available 24/7 to help with all your storm damage cleanup needs.

Lots of Activities for the Family on Miramar Beach

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

boats on the water  fireworks Clear skies on the water, no stormy weather in sight, SERVPRO says Happy New Year to our Santa Rosa Beach neighbors

Celebrate the New Year in Style at Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach is often confused with Miramar, which is over 450 miles distant in South Florida. The Miramar Beach enclave is located due east of the city of Destin. It is a beach resort town with many condos and apartments for rent. Welcome to the Florida Panhandle.

There are many activities for the family to enjoy. These include:

  • Renting jet skis
  • Going parasailing
  • Enjoy the beach soaking up the sun
  • Lots of shopping, especially at Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Enjoy New Year's Eve on the Water

A favorite activity is celebrating New Year's, and why not on the SunQuest Cruises Solaris Yacht? The cruise is for guests age 21 and over. Enjoy a five-course meal, Champagne at midnight, live entertainment, and party favors. Guests get to watch the fireworks at midnight while cruising along the coast. Reservations are required to enjoy this spectacular New Year's celebration event.

SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides flood water removal services to Miramar Beach residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (850) 267-0746. We are available 24/7 to help with all your flood water removal needs.

Flood Damage Companies Help Keep Santa Rosa Beach Idyllic

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by flood Call the experts at SERVPRO when your home is damaged by a flood!

Flood Damage Companies Like SERVPRO Are Ready To Help Santa Rosa Beach Residents When Floods Strike

Santa Rosa Beach is a cozy settlement in the Walton County area of Florida, with a little under 11,500 residents at the latest census. It is easy to see why people are so keen to settle in this beautiful area. Santa Rosa Beach is one of several beautiful beach communities located in the area, which is situated on Florida’s famous Emerald Coast.

In 1952, the Emerald Coast area was named The Miracle Strip, and it is easy to see why! The site is a popular family drive destination that encompasses a 100-mile stretch of the scenic Highway 98.

Santa Rosa Beach itself is delightfully situated beside a bayou of Choctawhatchee Bay. Some naval charts still give Choctawhatchee Bay the name St. Rose’s Bay. The town was once a prime producer of satsumas. Unfortunately, the citrus blight that began in 2005 affected many citrus trees growing in the Florida panhandle towns, and many growers had to destroy their beloved crops.

An Area Of Beautiful Beaches and Wild Nature
Thankfully there are still many wonderful things to enjoy in this quaint coastal community, including, of course, access to droves of stunning beaches nearby, including:

    •    Santa Rosa Beach itself, which offers miles of powdery white sands and turquoise waters to enjoy.
    •    Seascape – this popular destination offers 2,000 feet of beautiful beach flanked by a swanky resort where visitors can enjoy everything from tennis courts and swimming pools to a world-class golf course.
    •    Miramar Beach, where visitors can enjoy the laid-back vibe, old-fashioned surf shops, and range of quaint seaside homes.
    •    Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, which includes the area’s highest dune, and an ecosystem that includes longleaf pines, wetlands, and rare dune lakes.
    •    Dune Allen Beach, which is so wild and untouched that visitors might think they have taken a step back in time.

Local Flood Help For Residents
Unfortunately, being situated near so many beaches, lakes, and wetlands does put the Santa Rosa Beach area at a higher risk of flooding than some places, but SERVPRO is on hand to help when the weather gets wild. Because our employees and Franchise owners are local, we know and love the area just as much as other residents. We know that living in such a beautiful place is worth it, but we also understand how distressing flood damage is.
Flood damage companies that know the local area have several advantages:

    •    We are used to the conditions here, which means our technicians know how to handle them.
    •    We are available all day and night, year-round, and we will arrive within four hours of your first call.
    •    We have access to national training resources, and we can apply our knowledge to local flood situations.
    •    We can work with other local services such as plumbers and electricians to restore your home to its pre-flood condition.

Spotlight On Santa Rosa
The Emerald Coast area is not only popular with residents and visitors alike; it is also popular with the silver screen. There is a long history of film-making in the area, partly because of the gorgeous beaches and quaint communities and partly because of the strong military presence here makes a good backdrop for movies. Some of the productions filmed in the area include:
    •    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo in 1944.
    •    Twelve O’Clock High in 1949.
    •    Most of Jaws 2 was filmed in Santa Rosa county!
    •    Frogs, a 1972 eco-horror, was filmed around Choctawhatchee Bay.

And most famously, both external and internal shots for The Truman Show were filmed at Seaside, which is only an eighteen-minute drive from Santa Rosa Beach. With views like that, residents could be forgiven for thinking that they, like Truman, were living in their very own paradise.

Why Might Santa Rosa Beach Residents Need Flood Damage Companies?
As any resident of Florida knows, the state is prone to hurricanes. Its coastal location, nearness to the tropics, and the fact that it is the path of tropical winds blowing from the West African coast leave the area vulnerable to hurricanes. A hurricane is a powerful tropical storm that forms over warm water and then heads for land with a wind speed of at least 74 mph. They strengthen until they hit ground.

Some well-known Florida hurricanes include:
    •    The Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 that made landfall near Palm Beach and caused massive loss of life.
    •    The Florida Keys Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, which was at the time the strongest storm to ever hit the United States, with a storm surge powerful enough to carry away a train.
    •    Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which was one of the most costly natural disasters of modern times, causing $30 billion in damage.

Hurricanes are a real and present threat. In 2020, Walton County was hit by Hurricane Sally, causing extensive damage.

How Can SERVPRO Help Santa Rosa Beach Residents After A Flood?
We train our skilled  technicians to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. That means you can trust us to handle the situation in a professional manner. Our technicians have the know-how and the equipment on hand to help with every aspect of flood remediation, including:
    •    Pumping flood water out of your Santa Rosa Beach home.
    •    Using sanitizing and anti-microbial products to sanitize your home and belongings.
    •    Advising you on which items you should keep and which items you must dispose of.
    •    Helping you talk to your insurance company.
    •    Drying your home and dealing with hidden patches of moisture.
    •    Deodorizing your home to leave it smelling fresh, “Like it never even happened.”

Fast action helps protect your home from further damage, including fungal growth, and means you can return to everyday life more quickly. We act fast to remove water and dry the area, helping you enjoy your Emerald Coast home.

If you're concerned about the effects of flood damage, do not delay. Get in touch with your local remediation experts. Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746.

How Can You Protect Your Home from the Worst Effects of Flooding?

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

visual of tablet and mobile with ERP SERVPRO Says to Walton County Property Owners--Be Prepared for Storms, Hurricanes, and Flooding with our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan

You Can Mitigate the Effects of Flooding on Your Walton County Home by Doing a Few Simple Things Before and After a Flood.

Due to its location on the Gulf Coast, Walton County is especially prone to hurricanes and the flooding they generally bring.  These massive storms routinely pass over the county between June and the end of November, rapidly dropping several inches of rain, knocking over trees, and whipping up the surf in their path.  In their wake, they often leave extensive damage that requires the assistance of trained remediation professionals.  Moreover, if proper precautions are not taken before a severe weather event and there are no mitigation efforts after such an occurrence, cleanup and restoration could become quite costly.  Fortunately, modern weather forecasting has made it possible to effectively prepare for approaching storms and plan post-storm efforts up to a week before they arrive.

How Can I Lessen the Potential Impact of a Future Flooding Event Today?

There are numerous things you can do now to substantially better your odds of avoiding or more easily remedying the worst flood damage Walton County weather is capable of causing.  The following is a list of measures SERVPRO, a local cleanup, and restoration service, suggests that you take to protect your home before storms are even forecasted:

  • Go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website and, using its search tool, enter your home’s address to determine its zone designation and risk of flooding
  • Make sure your homeowner's insurance policy covers flood damage if you are located in a higher risk area and if it does not, buy flood insurance (note: flood insurance is required as a condition of many Florida mortgages)
  • If you ever notice standing water issues around your community following rains, contact your county government about possibly improving the drainage in your area
  • Find out the base flood elevation (BFE), or the level floodwaters are predicted to rise to in your home during periods of severe flooding and try to locate all electrical sockets, electronics, appliances, backup generators, and any other sensitive equipment at least a foot above that imagined high water line
  • Hire a plumber to install a gate valve or backflow on every sewer pipe connected to your home so that floodwaters do not force sewage back up into your residence
  • Create a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your residence to establish SERVPRO as your remediator, record all contact information and critical details about your property, and facilitate the rapid development of a plan of action for when a flooding event occurs

All of these preventative actions should protect you from suffering the most costly and time-consuming to repair flood-related issues.

What Steps Can I Take Immediately Before a Potential Storm to Lower My Risks of Suffering Catastrophic Flood Damage?

Modern forecasting technologies, like advanced satellite imaging and radar, have made it much easier for local residents to reduce their overall weather-associated risks.  This they have been able to do by vigilantly monitoring weather conditions and properly preparing for all approaching severe storms.  Some of these preparations involve:

  • Repairing any roof damage and ensuring that your gutters are clean and in good working order
  • Making sure your drainage system is functional and draining water away from your home
  • Fixing any cracks or other foundation damage that might allow floodwaters into your basement or lower levels
  • Repairing driveways, sidewalks, and landscaping elements that might allow water to pool or to more easily flow toward your house
  • Sandbagging the perimeter of your property to divert stormwaters away from your residence
  • Shutting off utilities like electric, gas, and water before leaving your home

Simply by preparing in this way, SERVPRO asserts, you can sometimes avoid flooding and the headaches that come with it altogether.  Even if you are not that fortunate, these measures should markedly reduce the amount of floodwater that ultimately enters your home.

What Can I Do to Mitigate Damages After Flooding Occurs?

Once flooding occurs there are still a few things you can do to reduce overall damages.  In order to do this, SERVPRO suggests taking the following actions after a flood:

  • Contact a reputable flood damage remediation service as soon as possible
  • Refrain from using household appliances to avoid potential electrical issues
  • If it has been determined to be safe, open windows and use fans to ventilate your house; in the more humid summer months, close your windows and turn the air conditioner on to reduce interior humidity levels
  • Avoid walking on or touching impacted surfaces to prevent collapses or other additional damage
  • Quickly remove all remaining artworks and other valuable property to a safe location

In these simple ways, homeowners can help SERVPRO technicians get their work done more quickly once they arrive onsite. 

Remember, though, your neighbors at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties are always here to help.  Call us at (850) 267-0746 whenever you need us.

Is Professional Drying Different Than DIY Restoration for Santa Rosa Beach Homes?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A room overlooking the ocean with plants. Let us help you with your Santa Rosa Beach water damage.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Specialty Tools and Approaches to Recover Your Damaged Home Efficiently.

You might be among the many homeowners that strive to do whatever they can for their properties to save money and get the job done more quickly. In situations like flooding, however, DIY restoration might not always be the right decision to make for multiple reasons.

When drying and cleaning up flood damage in Santa Rosa Beach homes and condos, many property owners are at a loss without moisture detection tools and discovery devices. Understanding the migration of penetrating water can focus professional drying tools and specialty equipment where it is needed the most.

How Can the House Get Dried as Efficiently as Possible? 

With clean water flooding situations, extraction and drying play critical roles in getting you back in the house as soon as possible. With efficient water removal tools, we can address surface water concerns before deploying air movers and dehumidifiers to begin evaporative drying of the damaged areas of the residence. We can utilize our moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery to gauge the success and progression of drying processes.

What Specialty Tools Do SERVPRO Technicians Use? 

While much of the drying that takes place in your flood-damaged home consists of our axial and centrifugal air movers or the low-grain refrigerant (LGR) and desiccant dehumidifiers, there are many situations where specialty equipment can also be a benefit. By reaching otherwise inaccessible areas or focusing exclusively on specific saturated materials and contents, our tools can help to maximize the drying efforts in the house. Some of these specialty approaches include:

  • Freeze Drying Equipment
  • Positive Pressure Systems
  • Floor Mat Drying Systems

After a flood, getting your home dried quickly is a priority. Our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team can help with premier equipment and effective practices. Give us a call anytime at (850) 267-0746.

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

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

"Biohazard" logo on orange background 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 Watercolor, 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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Flood Damage In Santa Rosa Beach

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

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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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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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.

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

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

2 people standing on a water covered floor win green rain boots 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 Watercolor, 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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.
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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.

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.

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