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Highly Active Hurricane Season Forecast for Freeport Area?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A sign reading “hurricane season” is shown. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Okaloosa County.

Our local Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team has been restoring storm damage in the Freeport area for over twenty years. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, 2022, and ends on November 30, 2022. This year’s hurricane season is predicted to be highly active. According to Accuweather forecasters, the 2022 hurricane season is the 7th straight above-average hurricane season. Between sixteen and twenty named tropical storms are predicted. Here are the terms used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to describe changing hurricane conditions:

Tropical Storm or Hurricane Advisory

The NWS issues an Advisory when it expects conditions to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.

Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch

The NWS issues a Watch when a tropical storm or hurricane is possible within forty-eight hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radion All Hazards, local radio, TV, or other news sources for more information. Monitor alerts, check your emergency supplies and gather any items you may need if you lose power.

Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning

The NWS issues a Warning when it expects a tropical storm or hurricane within thirty-six hours. During a Warning, complete your storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed to do so by local officials.

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Extension Cord Fire in Santa Rosa Beach Home?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Electric chord We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

Electrical fires are a leading cause of fire damage in the United States. Our local Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team wants Santa Rosa Beach residents to be safe around extension cords. Here are some safety tips from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI):

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip is rated for the products to be plugged in and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets with only two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Protecting Home from Water Damage in Seaside?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A woman uses her phone to call a repair person to fix her plumbing. We restore water damage in Okaloosa County 24-hours a day!

Water damage can happen at any time and for many reasons. Our local Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team has been restoring water damage in Seaside for over twenty years. Here is some information from the Insurance Information Institute on maintaining and understanding your indoor plumbing systems.

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Every year, make it a practice to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerator ice makers. You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs.Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machineand never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Emergency Kit Tips for Destin Families?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency Supplies sit on a table. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County!

The Gulf Coast is challenged by all kinds of weather each year. Thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, strong winds, and hurricanes are fairly common occurrences. Our local Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team has been restoring storm damage in Destin for over twenty years. Here are some survival kit tips from the American Red Cross on things you should have on hand:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight 
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries 
  • Deluxe family first aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area

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Inclement weather can cause storm damage any time of the year in Destin. When your home or commercial business has storm damage, our Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team will restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

High Wind Alerts in Freeport Area?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A windsock is filled with air. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Okaloosa County!

Our local Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team responds to wind and other storm damage emergencies in Freeport every year. Here is some information on types of winds and wind alerts National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure objects that could blow away and cause damage or injury

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Wind damage can happen any time of the year in Freeport. When your home or commercial business has storm damage, our team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Prevention and Safety Tips for Seaside Pets Owners?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A woman prepares a meal at the stove while her dog watches. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County!

We love our furry friends, but sometimes they can get into mischief and cause fires. Pets can start fires by bumping into, turning on, or knocking over cooking equipment. Our pets are curious creatures, and they can cause fires!

Our local Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team responds to fire damage emergencies in Seaside every year, and we want to make sure your pets are safe around fire. Here are some pet fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Keep pets away from stoves and countertops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place
  • Keep pets away from a chimney's outside vents
  • Have a "pet-free zone" of at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don't chew through electrical cords. Have any problems been checked by a professional.

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You never know when you will have a fire damage emergency in your Seaside home or commercial business, but when you need help, our team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Emergency Escape Plan Helps Family Flee From Fire in Destin?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A family is having a meeting. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Okaloosa County!

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) knows about escape planning. Our local Destin, Seaside, and Freeport team responds to fire damage emergencies in the Destin area every year and see the difference having a good escape plan in place makes. Here are some tips for escape planning from the NFPA:

  • Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or a mailbox) a safe distance away from the home where everyone can meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave as a closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area
  • Install alarms on every level of the home
  • Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of their home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors

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When you need help with fire damage, our team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Problem in Destin Home?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is revealed growing behind wallpaper in a bathroom. We mitigate and remediate mold infestations in Okaloosa County!

Have you recently had water damage or noticed a musty smell in your home that you can't place? If so, you may have a mold problem hiding behind your wallpaper or inside your walls! Our local team of professionals in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport are trained and certified in applied microbial remediation from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Here is a Google review from a customer who used us for a mold problem:

"Can't say enough good things regarding Ray, his crew, and the whole experience. They achieved the job well before the deadline. Also, they went above and beyond to make sure all questions and concerns were met. Highly recommend them for any and all your needs. Thank you for your service." Christian Felix

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Mold is always present in the Earth's atmosphere, waiting for the perfect conditions to colonize. Once the mold becomes visible, it can spread rapidly to other areas of the home, sometimes in as little as 48 to 72 hours.

When you discover mold growing in your Destin home or commercial business, our team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport has the training, equipment, and experience to remediate the mold problem, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

HVAC System Inspection and Cleaning for Destin Businesses?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

The HVAC system of a commercial building is shown on top of a building. We offer many commercial cleaning services in Okaloosa County!

Have you noticed an increase in your energy bill? Those higher rates could be a symptom of a dirty heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A dirty HVAC system can lower the system's efficiency, causing it to work harder. A dirty HVAC system may also shorten the life of your equipment. Our local team of professionals in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport is trained to inspect and clean commercial HVAC systems. Routine inspection and cleaning can save businesses money by keeping your system operating at peak performance.

According to the National HVAC Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Association, the cost savings benefits of having your HVAC system cleaned are significant.

  • The United States Department of Energy reports that twenty-five to forty percent of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted when HVAC systems are dirty
  • Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system
  • Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through regular use
  • When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn't have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness. 

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When you need an HVAC system inspection and cleaning in your Destin commercial business or home, our team in Destin, Seaside, and Freeport has the equipment and training to keep your HVAC system operating at its best. Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

E-Cigarette Battery Fire in Seaside?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Smoking paraphernalia sits on a counter. We restore fire damage and remove smoke odor in Okaloosa County!

Over the years, SERVPRO of Destin, Seaside, Freeport have restored fire damage related to smoking. Here are some smoking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Electronic Cigarettes

Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.

  • Battery failures have led to small explosions
  • Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used
    • While the battery was being charged
    • While the device was being transported

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up and high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

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When your Seaside home or business needs fire or smoke damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Destin, Seaside, Freeport will restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-267-0746.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.