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Offering Water Damage Restoration Services Goulding Area Residents Deserve

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Offering Water Damage Restoration Services Goulding Area Residents Deserve Water damage in your home can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO to help deal with the restoration process.

SERVPRO Technicians Stand with You During the Water Damage Restoration Process

Water provides us with an essential element needed for survival; there is no doubt of that. However, somewhere along the line, we became more aware of how devastating water could be to our homes, family, and life in general if we allow it to get out of control.  
Water damage can appear in your Goulding area home at anytime, anywhere, most homes are susceptible to flooding. The source of the problem may not be clear on some occasions, which makes having a plan in place to deal with these types of situations necessary.
SERVPRO can help you protect your home, family, and possessions from impending water damage. All you have to do is place a call to our offices to obtain the help you deserve before, during, or after an emergency occurs on your property. We are available 24-hours a day, every day.  
Flood waters entering your home can get the blood pumping. There is nothing scarier than watching hundreds of gallons of water enter or escape your home. Depending on the situation, water damage like this can occur from natural or artificial sources, making flood insurance essential to obtain.
SERVPRO technicians experience incidents like this all of the time. Dealing with problems that occur that cause damage to furnishings, appliances, electronics, and other household contents. It is important to avoid wasting time during these situations.  
You want access to someone who can locate the source of water causing the problem, repair it, remove existing water as soon as possible, and perform any cleaning or repairs necessary to get things back to normal quickly. SERVPRO can provide these services and more.
When dealing with emergency situations for our customers, we serve as the rock that keeps them grounded. There is nothing more damaging than making an emotional, or irrational decision after an event occurs. You want someone who understands your situation, knows what to do to correct it, and has the resources to accomplish the task at hand.  
Obtain the local help you deserve when an emergency situation occurs on your property by contacting SERVPRO of West Pensacola. We live and work right here with you, understand the issues you face and are prepared to help you recover. (850) 469-1160

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The Effects of Smoke After Your Pensacola Home Has Experienced a Fire

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Effects of Smoke After Your Pensacola Home Has Experienced a Fire One of the most hazardous and sneakiest effects of a house fire is smoke damage.

Things to Know About Your Pensacola Residential Property After a Fire Strikes

After the fire is out, you might thing that you do not have to worry about any more damage occurring to your home. However, you would be wrong, as the smoke and soot left behind can be even more damaging than the flames themselves.

Smoke can spread to each room of your Pensacola home, even with a small fire. Additional fire damage can be caused by smoke particles getting into your air ducts and HVAC system. No matter how localized the fire was, it can impact the entire home, with after-effects lingering around for a long time. Therefore, you need to call in professional restoration technicians, such as those at SERVPRO. Restoring your home after a fire is a multi-step process that is best left to experienced professionals who can find and solve issues that are less obvious.

One of the most hazardous and sneakiest effects of a house fire is smoke damage. After your home has experienced any size fire, smoke billows and spreads through the whole structure. The smoke travels to cooler areas of your home, going through any wiring crevice or pipeline, smothering and staining your home with an unpleasant odor.

Even if you are very handy with home repairs, smoke and soot from a fire are hardly a DIY project, which is why having our staff at SERVPRO come in and help you clean up is important. We can find all the hidden smoke damage in your vents and air ducts, plus help you to restore many of your possessions.

Without our expertise and professional equipment, tiny smoke particles get into your HVAC system and can linger undetected for months. Breathing in these particles is detrimental to the health of you and your family. You can rest assured that our technicians can thoroughly clean your home, including these invisible areas, of all smoke and soot damage, so your home is safe again.

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At SERVPRO of West Pensacola, we understand how devastating a fire can be. We want you to feel safe in your home again, so we are ready to help you anytime when you call us at (850) 469-1160.

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Mold Damage Is A Real Danger When A Perdido Key Condo Is Empty Over Summer

6/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Is A Real Danger When A Perdido Key Condo Is Empty Over Summer Perdido Key Condo and Mold Remediation Prevention, Tips from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips on Preventing Mold Issues to Your Property

Owning a condo is wonderful – it is so nice to have a place to get away to especially in the winter months. A condo makes a great home away from home, especially during the colder part of the year because Florida is certainly not as chilly as some other states.
However, there is one problem that condo owners need to be aware of: Mold damage to your Perdido Key property due to it being left empty over the summer. A vacant home is, unfortunately, a perfect breeding ground for mold. An unoccupied condo may not have adequate ventilation, and it is easier for humidity to build up. A friend or a year-round neighbor should keep an eye on your winter home.
Poor ventilation, lots of humidity, and the presence of moisture is the ideal recipe for a mold breeding ground. That is why SERVPRO suggests you take steps to protect your condo from fungus while you are not using it.
One simple way to prevent spores from propagating is to run an air conditioning unit. Some homeowners also choose to have a low background level of heating on at all times, though this is seldom a need on the West coast of Florida. Of course, these options do cost money, but in some cases, the money you spend is less than the cost of mold remediation.
It is also a good idea to deal with any problem areas such as damp or humid spots or leaks before you close up your condo for the summer. If you have friends you trust in the local area, ask them to check on your property and air it out from time to time.
Of course, sometimes mold grows no matter how careful you are. For cases of mold damage in your condo, SERVPRO is on hand to help. Our IICRC-certified teams come armed with both the equipment and knowledge necessary to remediate mold problems.
We set up containment around affected areas and use air scrubbers and negative air machines to vent contaminated air. Our team scrubs, vacuums, rubs and applies cleaning products to remove visible mold from surfaces. We also use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity and discourage further fungal growth. We check, and if needed, clear your HVAC system of mold growth and spores.
Do not let mold harm your property. Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 for assistance.

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SERVPRO - Warrington Mold Damage

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Warrington Mold Damage Mold can spread very quickly on your property. Your best bet is to call a remediation company like SERVPRO quickly in order to get it under control.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Follow Accepted Mold Remediation Guidelines When Dealing with Mold Damage

Mold growth and infestations are silent and can go unnoticed for weeks and even months. By this time, the spores have multiplied into a threat to both the physical structure of a home and the health of its residents.

Dealing with mold damage in Warrington requires a strict adherence to remediation guidelines. SERVPRO trains its personnel to the suggestions and requirements set forth by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) S520 Mold Remediation Standard and the EPA Mold Remediation Guidelines.

The EPA recommends three remediation procedures which we use as a framework for restoration work crews: Clean and dry mold covered or infested materials, dry all items without mold within 48 hours, and dispose of items not salvageable.
The IICRC standards build on those procedures. We have adapted them to inspect, clean and restore your home and property to its original condition.

First, we establish worksite health and safety practices. These rules not only keep our technicians safe but also isolate the affected areas and prevent the spread of mold to unaffected parts of your home and protect your family from further exposure to mold spores.

Next, our crews document the condition of your home and the processes we need to remediate the damage. We test for mold spores in the air as well as moisture levels in the air, surrounding building materials, and personal property.

Third, we control the contamination at its source. Technicians set up negative air machines at the site of demolition (usually drywall and ceiling tiles) to reduce the amount of spores released into the air during removal and disposal. We also install plastic sheeting over air ducts to prevent accidental spread of mold spores through the air ducts.

The next step is to remove the contaminated material and property. First, we wipe down all surfaces with dry or wet sponges, using water or chemical cleaners as needed. For heavier layers of mold, we vacuum the areas using special HEPA filters to catch even a single spore. If the mold has grown into material such as drywall, we remove it from home and dispose of it.

Finally, we correct any moisture levels that are too high. If the air humidity and property levels remain too high, the mold begins to grow again within days after cleaning. Technicians set up heaters, dehumidifiers, and air movers to draw moisture from the air while raising the temperature to speed evaporation.

Mold remediation can be a lengthy procedure, but SERVPRO of West Pensacola is here to walk homeowners through every step and task. If you need our help for an infestation or wish to schedule an inspection, call us at (850) 469-1160 today.

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Preparing for Fires at Different Times of the Year in Warrington

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preparing for Fires at Different Times of the Year in Warrington A house fire can be devastating. Call SERVPRO as soon as the fire fighters leave to help with remediation and restoration.

SERVPRO Technicians Educate About and Remediate Fires in Your Area

Fires happen at all times of the year, but some seasons are safer than others. While it is important to prepare for fires year-round, it might be worth some extra safety checks as you enter into the riskier months. The most influential factors lie in weather patterns: relatively minute changes in temperature, rainfall, and events can have a severe impact on the commonality and proclivity for fires across the Southeast. Here's when you should be most and least concerned about fires in your area.
Hurricane Season
Hurricanes have the potential to cause massive fire damage in Warrington, even if the property is untouched by flooding or other storm damage. Power lines can blow over, winds can cause other explosions or fires, and flooding can lead to a multitude of fires starting at once. If weather forecasts indicate an impending hurricane, don't just prepare for the water - fire may be an equal or greater opponent in the storm. If worst comes to worst, don't worry: we specialize in integrating different restoration processes to make everything as easy and efficient for you as possible.
Late Spring
As temperatures warm up, rainfall goes down in late Florida springtimes. This combination inherently leads to greater fire risk, and each year SERVPRO locations across the region see an uptick in reported fire damage cases during these months. Watch out for periods of drought or lower rainfall to know when a fire is most likely to break out in these months.
Autumn and Winter
These seasons are wetter and colder, thus producing fewer fires. However, that does not mean you should let your guard down! Make sure to keep your household fire safety edifices maintained and up-to-date, and always watch common interior sources of fire damage such as kitchen fires, electrical shorts, and candle fires.
SERVPRO of West Pensacola is ready around the clock, all times of year to provide fire restoration services to those that need them most. Call us at (850) 469-1160.

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The Science Of Permeance – How Flood Damage In Warrington Might Affect Your Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Science Of Permeance – How Flood Damage In Warrington Might Affect Your Home When flooding hits your home, the best place to turn for help is SERVPRO.

Flood Damage And Your Home

Often, when people talk about flood damage, it is in quite vague terms. After all, a homeowner only needs to know that their property is at risk and must get dried out as quickly as possible. Most aren’t aware, for example, of just how many different types of flood damage can occur within a building. Or, how many different ways just one type of flooding can affect homes.

There are many variables and influencing factors. When it comes to severe flood damage in Warrington properties, one of the most important is the permeance of the structure. Depending on the construction style of your home, the drying process will either be simple or extensive.

Understanding Permeability
In almost all cases, the SERVPRO team carries out an inspection of the water damaged property before starting work. It is the best way to gain a clear picture of the water intrusion and determine how the permeability of the house is likely to affect drying strategies.

Permeability is a measure of how easily water can pass through a material. It shares a direct correlation with the volume of water retained by that material. In other words, the higher the degree of permeability, the longer it takes to dry.

How Permeability Affects Structural Drying

The 1950s (Post War) Houses
Many of the homes built in the fifties are made up of lots of different building materials, each with their own ranges of permeability. Such variation can make restoration difficult, but SERVPRO has the expertise to set up multiple drying operations within one home, depending on how fast the materials are taking in water.

In this scenario, we are dealing with concrete slabs, concrete internal walls, and external brick walls. The potential permeance readings for each are 2.4, 0.8, and 3.2 respectively. So, you can see how and why the building is going to dry out at differing rates.

Timber and plaster are prone to absorbing water quickly and in large amounts. While this is a negative outcome, the positive side of the equation is that, if the water enters easily, it usually comes out easily too. We often refer to them as materials which ‘wet out’ fast.

Modern Timber Frame Homes
Typically, this type of construction sits on a concrete slab (or flat). On top of this is a thermal barrier. Sometimes, the barrier is above the concrete, and there is plywood or screed flooring on top of that. The potential permeance readings for the barrier and flooring are 1.6 and 0.7, respectively.

The internal walls are timber, and this material has a much higher rate of permeability (around 50). The way we approach modern homes is to assume then that the external shell requires little drying, but the internal structure is especially vulnerable to flooding. The power of our drying techniques depends on the impact of extreme differential drying speeds.

When flooding hits your home, the best place to turn for help is SERVPRO of West Pensacola. You can find us in your local area, and our team can start repairs within hours. Call us 24/7 at (850) 469-1160. You can count on our flood damage repairs.

What Accelerates Mold Growth In Perdido Key

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Accelerates Mold Growth In Perdido Key A large mold colony can ruin any homeowner's day.

Mold Growth

A large mold colony can ruin any homeowner's day. However, with every mold infestation comes a crucial question: "how long has this gone on for?" It is hard for most people to determine how long mold needs to grow and spread uninterruptedly to become a serious problem, and even the most well-educated experts know it is not an easy feat even with all relevant information provided. Ultimately, mold growth can be accelerated by everything from water to temperature to what direction the breeze is blowing. SERVPRO technicians take care to note even the most minute details in their mold evaluations, as these may be key factors behind how broad and far mold has spread.

Perhaps the most influential factor in how fast Perdido Key mold damage develops is the fungus's ability to find its base needs. Mold with access to relatively high volumes of water, ample food sources, and perfect temperatures may mature to a problematic colony within weeks of its first expansion. Restricting access to one or more of these factors may slow or entirely halt mold growth in your home.

However, a host of other factors can also influence growth rates in unpredictable and immeasurable ways. Mold growing in high-traffic locations where conditions are regularly interrupted by people or animals usually spreads much slower than colonies tucked away in corners. Some species of mold grow at an inherently faster rate than others, as well. SERVPRO inspectors take note of the primary characteristics of the mold to determine species, and we make sure to adjust our timetables and treatment plans appropriately. Ultimately, mold is sensitive to many factors in your home, but full removal is nearly impossible with conventional means. While trampling, burning, or even chemically soaking mold may kill a great deal of it, these practices are highly unsafe and inevitably leave some spores behind to restart the colony later.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola is a local provider of professional mold remediation and prevention services. Call us anytime at (850) 469-1160.

What to Do When Water Damage in Your Pensacola Bar Uncovers Asbestos

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Do When Water Damage in Your Pensacola Bar Uncovers Asbestos Call SERVPRO to remediate after a water damage event at your bar or restaurant. Our quick response can save you downtime.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Water Damage and Its Associated Issues

There is lots of misinformation around about asbestos. While it can be dangerous, the amount of risk is dependent on a range of different factors. For example, it is entirely possible to live in a house or work in a building which contains asbestos for many years and never be affected. Ultimately, if the condition of the material is stable and undisturbed, the risk is negligible.

The problem is that things like commercial water damage in Pensacola buildings have a tendency to dislodge hazardous materials and send toxic substances into the air. Older buildings, like bars and restaurants, are commonly affected because many have been operating in the same location for decades. So, if you own a bar in a very old building, there is a chance that leaks and floods could uncover previously concealed patches of asbestos.

Knowing How to Respond

The good news is that SERVPRO knows how to deal with the problem. The presence of asbestos does make water damage repairs more complicated, but our technicians are still able to complete a restoration. However, you may be asked to close the business while we carry out the work.

It can be a frustrating request for a business as busy as a bar, so we promise not to ask unless it is a necessity. The course of repairs largely depends on the condition of the material. If it is exposed, but the block or outer surface is undisturbed, the risk is minimal. You may be able to continue serving customers if the damage is in an area which we can privately contain.

The Impact of Water Damage

The presence of asbestos in a water damaged bar means that SERVPRO must use delicate clean up methods. The severity of the damage might be fairly light, but it may still be necessary to install polyurethane sheets for substance suppression.

The use of abrasive cleaning techniques is not suitable, so pressure washing water stained walls is inappropriate in this case. Instead, the technicians employ a combination of wet sponge techniques, detergents, and paint sealers (to cover stubborn marks).

Similarly, until the asbestos is safely extracted or resealed, the introduction of air movers and box fans is discouraged. HEPA vacuuming is an effective way to capture asbestos dust and powder, as long as the movement of air in the room is under control. Every individual who enters the affected space must wear PPE safety garments.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola provides fast, effective water damage repairs to business owners in the Pensacola area. We are in a perfect position to assist you if your bar or restaurant requires expert attention after a leak or flood. Call us 24/7 at (850) 469-1160.

Levels of Fire Damage in Pensacola

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Levels of Fire Damage in Pensacola SERVPRO technicians are trained to remediate any level of damage after a fire disaster. Call today to discuss.

Our Technicians Thoroughly Investigate the Extent of the Fire Damage Before Determining the Plan of Action

Say the words ‘house fire’, and the first image for many people is a burned-out structure with total property loss. The reality is that most damage is due to the residue left behind by smoke and soot. If the fire was slow-burning and quickly extinguished, the home and its contents are restorable to their pre-fire state.

Before we start to repair fire damage to a Pensacola home, it is important to understand which levels of fire damage our response team encounters. The severity of the fire determines the number of personnel, type of equipment, cleaning solutions, and how long we need to be on the job. SERVPRO has determined three levels that define our tasks after a fire has struck your home.

Minor Damage – Smoke residues do not affect the entire house or apartment. The amount of residue is light to moderate. Restoration services include dry and wet cleaning of the structure, furniture and personal property. Only minor items (small lamps or paperback books) require replacing, and only a few walls and ceilings need repainting.

Medium Damage – The smoke residues affect more areas of the home. The residue is more pronounced, meaning that wet cleaning is necessary for more property and dry cleaning may not be possible at all. Our technicians can still clean most of the damaged property on the site though. The amount that requires replacement is higher and includes larger items such as furniture. There is heat damage to cabinets, and drywall, wood floors may need refinishing. Smoke odors are much stronger with medium damage and may still linger after cleaning. If so, technicians require additional time and equipment to deodorize your home.

Major Damage – Structure and property damage is severe near the source of the fire. Repair or replacement of interior walls and support beams is needed. Smoke residues are throughout the home and smoke odors are exceptionally powerful and pungent. The structure requires extensive cleaning and deodorization; furniture and other personal property require cleaning using machines and chemicals available only at a SERVPRO facility. Emergency services, to include boarding up the home and quick removal of debris, are needed to prevent further loss due to weather, continued residue exposure and possibly trespassers. Our technicians must also establish a source of electricity to support restoration efforts.

Recovery after a fire is not a simple process and may take an extended period. SERVPRO of West Pensacola understands this, and with decades of experience in restoring Florida homes, stands ready to walk you through every process and help get you through recovery as fast as we can. Call us today at (850) 469-1160 to begin.

Gift Shop Needs Mold Remediation in Warrington

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Gift Shop Needs Mold Remediation in Warrington Warrington Businesses Benefit from SERVPRO Mold Remediation to Stay Open

SERVPRO Cleans Up Your Warrington Gift Shop from Mold

In the Pensacola area, many entrepreneurs rely upon vacationers to visit and purchase gifts and keepsakes. The semi-tropical climate attracts the travelers but also contributes to retailers’ struggles with mold and mildew growth in their shops. Working with SERVPRO to manage the mold is a profitable plan, removing the visible growth today and helping you reduce its return in the future.
Handcrafted soaps are a luxury many seek out when they visit new areas. The perfect gift for those taking in the mail and shoveling the snow back home, a bar or two of these lushly fragranced and skin pampering soaps is on the vacationer’s checklist. Making the soap is a steamy business, and when combined with the dampness of seasonal storms and the natural humidity of the area, mold damage in your Warrington factory and storefront is unfortunate but not unexpected.
The lovely, local scents need not do battle with the musky smell of mold once SERVPRO technicians inspect your premises. Our staff takes advanced courses in mold remediation to help businesses just like yours. The approach we take is holistic. Simply removing the mold is not our goal We instead strive to determine why the mold grew in the first place to come up with a solution that reduces the chances of it recurring.
We find and contain all existing mold colonies in your shop. Depending on the magnitude of the infestation we erect barriers shielding the rest of your premises from contamination as we deal with the problem. We determine whether to set up air scrubbers that improve air quality in the affected area and create a negative pressure that protects other areas of your location. The mold is removed, along with any porous material to which it adheres, and disinfection with proper professional products proceeds.
As we do our work, we precisely measure the moisture content of your enclosed spaces. Indoor humidity levels of more than 60 percent encourage mold growth. To reduce this level to 30 to 50 percent, our technicians assess the contributing factors, boiling vats of soap mixtures in this case, and design a way to reduce the humidity permanently. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners work by lowering the moisture content of the air, and we also recommend proper venting and the installation of exhaust fans to minimize mold recurrence.
Rid your business of sequential mold outbreaks by consulting with the remediation experts at SERVPRO of West Pensacola. Call our dispatchers at (850) 469-1160 to set up a visit from an experienced inspector to start the process.