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Storm Safety Tips for Destin Residents?

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Lighting is striking in the night sky. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team is on standby and ready to respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. Here are some helpful facts and tips about thunder and lightning from the National Weather Service:

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Nowhere outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. Run to a safe building or vehicle when you first hear thunder, see lightning or observe dark threatening clouds developing overhead. Stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

  • Stop all activities
  • Seek shelter in a substantial building or a hard-topped vehicle
  • Wait thirty minutes after the storm to resume activities
  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don’t touch electrical equipment or cords
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls

Lightning Quick Facts

  • Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly if it is a tall, isolated object
  • Most lightning victims are in open areas or near a tree
  • Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times each year
  • Lightning can heat its path through the air to five times hotter than the surface of the sun

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When your home or business has storm damage, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Grilling Safety Tips for Destin Residents?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

People enjoy a barbeque outdoors. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Walton County.

Destin Grillers Need to Know

Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team is trained and certified to restore fire damage by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Grilling fires happen every year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 16,000 fires are started each year by outdoor grills.

Here are some grilling safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying the summer barbeque season:

Propane and Charcoal Grills

  • Only use propane and charcoal barbecue grills outdoors
  • Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended

Propane Grills

·      Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year

·      Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose

·      A propane leak will release bubbles

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Our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help ® when you have a fire damage emergency. Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What is the Process For Efficiently Restoring Water Damage in Freeport?

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

A person is standing in muddy water. We restore water damage in Walton County “Like it never even happened.”

Every day, 14,000 people in the United States experience a water damage emergency at home or work. Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team responds to more water damage emergencies than any other form of property damage in Freeport. Here is the restoration process we follow for every loss:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, remove odors, and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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When you discover water damage in your Freeport home or commercial business, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Remediation Services for Destin Businesses?

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is visible on a wall with water damage. We mitigate mold problems for Okaloosa County businesses.

Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team remediates commercial mold damage using this comprehensive process:

  1. Emergency Contact

We’ll ask you questions to determine the necessary equipment and resources.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We follow local and state laws regarding inspection and documentation based on your unique situation.

  1. Mold Containment

We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to prevent mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air Filtration

We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing mold-infested porous materials may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed during the remediation process. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may require the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Call Us Today!

When your Destin commercial business or home has mold damage, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flying Ember Fire in Santa Rosa Beach?

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

An attic floor in a house is on fire. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Walton County.

Every year homes in Santa Rosa Beach are damaged by fire. Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team offers these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for making your home less vulnerable to fire:

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8 inch wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8 inch wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. REPLACE missing shingles or tiles
  • COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire

Home Landscaping

  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first 5 feet of the home
  • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained
  • PRUNE tree limbs, so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for a fire

Call Us Today!

When your Santa Rosa Beach home or business has fire damage, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Failed Supply Line Causes Flooding in Seaside Home?

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

New supply line hoses and pipe fittings are shown. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Walton County.

Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team technicians have the training, experience, and equipment to restore water damage quickly and efficiently. Routine inspection of your appliance water supply lines may prevent severe water damage. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety offers these helpful tips for maintaining your appliance supply lines:

  • Look for signs the supply hose may be ready to fail—blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks, or a loose connection
  • Replace the supply hose with a reinforced steel braided hose if it shows any sign of wear
  • Tighten the connection if it feels loose. The most common site of failure is near the connection where the hose bends.
  • Replace supply hoses every five years, even if there is no obvious deterioration or wear. Some signs of deterioration may occur from the inside out and may not be visible until it is too late. When replacing washing machine supply hoses, always choose a reinforced steel braided hose over the traditional un-reinforced rubber hose. These hoses will last longer and are far less likely to result in a catastrophic water loss.

Call Us Today!

When your Seaside home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If I Discover a Mold Problem in My Destin Home?

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Discovery of mold on drywall shown. We are trusted leaders in mold damage restoration services in Okaloosa County.

Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team has the training, equipment, and experience to restore mold damage quickly and efficiently. Mold spores are always present in the Earth’s atmosphere, waiting for the perfect warm and moist conditions to colonize. Water leaks and excess moisture can encourage mold growth, so we will address any water damage issues while correcting the mold problem. Here is some information about mold from our website:

Important Facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport office for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

When your Destin home or business has a mold problem, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Stormwater Intrusion Prevention Tips for Seaside Residents?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

A person is caulking around a door. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration in Walton County.

When there is a storm, water can seep into cracks or openings around windows, doors, or the home’s foundation. Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team restores storm-damaged properties every year in Seaside. Here are some helpful tips from the Insurance Information Institute to keep your home protected from unwanted stormwater:

Inspect and Repair Your Home’s Exterior

You can prevent stormwater from entering your home by inspecting your home’s exterior for any place where water can enter the house and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check your rain gutters and remove any debris that may be clogging them
  • Check your downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the house
  • Gutter guards are an excellent way to prevent clogs and water intrusion into the house
  • Check your sprinkler systems and make sure they are not spraying water into the house and that water is not pooling around the home’s foundation
    • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will quickly find its way into a structure when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter the foundation wall through cracks.

Call Us Today!

When your Seaside home or commercial business has storm water damage, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flooded Property in Freeport?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

A damaged subfloor is removed with a crowbar and a hammer. We are trusted leaders in commercial water damage in Walton County.

When you have a water damage emergency, fast action is required to minimize the potential for secondary damage. Water is invasive, and the longer the water is left unmitigated, the greater the chance for more expensive and time-consuming repairs. Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team uses powerful, industrial-grade equipment to restore water damage quickly and efficiently. Here is a Google review from a recent commercial customer:

“I had water damage at a property in NW Florida and used SERVPRO to help with immediate mitigation as well as some restoration/removal. I left a prior 5-star review regarding the immediate mitigation efforts they performed, which was excellent! Days later, SERVPRO is back out assisting with the removal of damaged flooring. Richard and Marcelino worked tirelessly and quickly to remove the flooring. Jessica was very communicative regarding arrival times and scheduling. They make a great team. And while I hope I NEVER have an emergency situation like this again, if I do, SERVPRO will be my first call!” Brian Walding

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When your Freeport commercial business or home has a water damage emergency, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport will clean and restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Should My Water-Damaged Belongings Be Professionally Cleaned in Seaside?

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

Clean clothes and bedding are shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

Do you know that many forms of water damage contain contaminated water? Water damage can happen at any time and seep into and damage everything in its path. Our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team provides many specialty cleaning services to clean and restore water-damaged household belongings. We pretest every item to ensure we are using the most effective cleaning method. Depending on what we are cleaning, we may use any of the following methods to restore your belongings to pre-water damage conditions:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned 
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product 

Call Us!

When your Seaside home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our local team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help ® Our technicians typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. We’ll clean and restore your water-damaged belongings “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.