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Why Are People so Worried About Water Damage in Pensacola?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in Your Pensacola Home can Cause Significant Damage if not Treated Correctly

In Pensacola, we know that storms and water can cause a lot of damage, and we protect ourselves accordingly. We sometimes fail to realize that impact windows and reinforced construction do not protect us from a broken pipe or a leaky faucet, both of which can invite water to spread throughout our home. When you detect excessive moisture, it is best to contact a professional water restoration company to understand the scope of the damage.

Luckily, water cleanup services in Pensacola are just a phone call away when you call our specialized team at SERVPRO. Our crew trains to detect potential damage and remediate any areas of your home already suffering from excess humidity. Whether you are ankle-deep in water or your sense of smell detects moisture in the air, our staff uses state-of-the-art equipment to inspect your home and advice you on the next steps. We are available to act around the clock for your convenience, thus reducing the time your home is susceptible to damage.

What equipment is used in water restoration?

Water restoration is complex, and our SERVPRO crew is ready to handle it. Most people assume that pumps of varying sizes are equivalent to a complete restoration. Whereas this is true, it does not address the whole process. Our team uses submersible and truck-mounted pumps and wand extractors to remove water, but we also rely on additional equipment to protect your home. The following are examples of some of the tools we use:

    •    Thermohygrometers help us determine temperature and humidity levels in the environment, which informs our action steps.
    •    Moisture sensors allow us to be precise in our humidity readings within surfaces such as walls, carpets, and baseboards.
    •    Foggers- beyond extraction, foggers help us spray cleaning and disinfecting solutions to protect your home from bacteria that grow in humid environments.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola is at your service when water reaches your home. Call us at (850) 469-1160 and let us work hard to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Where to Find Local Fire Damage Remediation Services?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pensacola Can Provide Your Home With Fire Damage Remediation Services!

Many people imagine that if fire damage ever occurred inside their Pensacola homes, it would be a grand disaster. However, many fire-losses are quite small in comparison. Statistically, there are many potential causes of fire inside of your home; however, not every fire may rage out of control.

Imagine a scenario where your Pensacola home suffers a small degree of fire damage. Picture plugging in an electric kettle with the intention of brewing tea. When you turn your back to look for which type of blend you would like, the electrical socket sparks a small fire. You hear the popping and smell the burning of plastic and act quickly, extinguishing the small blaze before it gets out of control.  

If the Fire is Small, Do I Need to Call For Remediation Services? 

Even small fires can leave behind an impressive amount of damage that could be hard for a non-professional to clean. For example, a small fire in your kitchen could leave behind: 

  • Smoke residue 
  • A foul smell
  • Scorch marks 

Even if fire damage is concentrated in a small section of your home, it can still cause tough stains and rancid malodors. The best thing you can do for your home is to contact professional remediation services. 

How Can SERVPRO Remove the Soot Stains and Bad Scent? 

Here at SERVPRO, our technicians are highly trained and have access to advanced technological equipment. To remediate the evidence of fire damage, we can: 

  • Use hydroxyl generators or thermal foggers to reduce the malodor in your kitchen
  • Use specially formulated cleaning agents to remove tough smoke-residue and stains
  • Remove anything that is beyond repair so that it can be replaced

At SERVPRO, our goal is always to leave your home feeling as if the damage inside did not happen. Trust our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration-certified (IICRC) technicians to help return your home to its preloss state. 

If your home needs fire damage restoration, get help now! Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola by dialing (850) 469-1160. We're always open and ready to help you. 

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What Should I Do First When Water Comes Into My Pensacola Home?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO technicians can clean up and restore your Pensacola home from flood damage using their advanced equipment and restoration methods

When strong storms deliver damage to local Florida properties, no matter what the damage is, they all have a common need: for the cleanup to begin as soon as possible. This is particularly important when flood damage is within the structure. One of the first thoughts a Pensacola homeowner might be that everything within the loss area got ruined beyond repair. Still, through the professional restoration methods, SERVPRO technicians use, recovery of both structure and contents may be possible. Only if it safe to do should you do the following actions:
    •    Turn off the electricity to the home if there is a danger of water coming into contact with plugs or outlets
    •    Remove valuables and essential documents
    •    Pick up small items off the floor
    •    Put furniture in loss area on blocks or otherwise block the wood from coming into contact with wet carpet to avoid staining

Can SERVPRO Clean Insulation with Flood Damage?

When water enters and causes flood damage in a Pensacola home, the areas that generally need the most restoration attention are the walls, floors, and contents. Once sheetrock wicks the water, it cannot get returned to a state for reuse and requires removal. The techs do this using flood cuts. They measure carefully with their detection equipment above the waterline by several inches and cut off the water-laden portion. This exposes the insulation. In a clean water event in a home, if the insulation got used within the walls, it has potential for reuse after drying, and the techs collect it with a vacuum specifically for insulation. However, with floodwater, generally, anything that absorbs it is a loss, including insulation.

How Do I Know If Flood Water Has Contaminants?

Part of the comprehensive training that SERVPRO technicians undergo is the handling of biohazard materials, which they have certification in Biohazard #17-64-1560497. With this training, you can rely on the techs to:
    •    Test the water for the presence of bacteria or pathogens
    •    Choose the appropriate cleaning method  
    •    Safely extract and dispose of the water

Collective Actions During Mitigation of Flood Loss

If there was any delay beyond 48 hours or the water tested positive for harmful elements, it increases the loss to the property. The sheetrock, flooring, and furnishings that absorbed the water require safe removal and disposal. Some homes with damage from just an inch of floodwater in the home require removal of the sheetrock and flooring to the point the subfloor and framework are all that is left.

Wet carpet can cause injury due to its weight, and the techs extract the water and then cut it into strips for disposal according to local regulations for hazardous waste.

During the initial cleanout of loss items, nothing gets discarded without the knowledge and approval of the adjuster and/or homeowner. The techs do many actions to make the process organized:
    •    Creating a document that includes photos and descriptions of each loss item
    •    Providing a copy to both the homeowner and adjuster to expedite insurance claims
    •    Ensuring each part of the restoration process has coverage under the homeowners' policy to avoid out of pocket expenses

How Does SERVPRO Dry Properties So Quickly?

When setting up the equipment to dry a home, SERVPRO techs use their moisture detection equipment to determine the accurate scale of the damage in the house. Visually, the water loss may appear to stop at a certain point when, in fact, it migrated under the flooring to a broader area. Once the true scope of the area that requires drying gets determined, the techs set up a large number of air movers and dehumidifiers to bring down the interior air moisture levels all at once.

Mold Prevention is a Standard Part of Mitigation

Another integral part of the ongoing education process for the techs is learning about mold mitigation. They hold certification for mold remediation #MRSR2768, and workers know the safety protocols for removal of dried colonies to inhibit the potential for the spread of airborne spores through the use of their manual abatement techniques and equipment for air quality, such as air scrubbers. After drying the property, the surfaces get a thorough wipe down with professional-grade antimicrobials. In areas where colonies got removed, it is common for those places to get treated with an antimicrobial sealant to halt any return of the issue before reconstruction.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola (850) 469-1160 for assistance with flood damage in your home. The technicians are available 24/7, arrive quickly, and restore your home to its preloss condition.

Do Wet Vacuums Remove Standing Water in My Pensacola Home?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

wet vacuum SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage.

Our professionals have many extraction tools, including wet vacuums, to prepare the property for thorough drying efforts. 

Regarding extraction for your Pensacola home or condo after a water loss incident, there are many tools and pieces of equipment that could be beneficial to this effort. Standing water can be a common threat after substantial disasters impact your property, so fast response by competent restoration professionals makes a difference in how quickly the house gets dried and even the ability of our team to protect structural elements and contents.

Wet vacuums are among the most standard choices for water removal in your Pensacola residence.These units are versatile and lightweight, making them easy to move from one portion of the house to another during the extraction phase. When water depths do not exceed two inches, wet vacuums remain the top choice to remove surface water and even trapped moisture in materials like carpeting and hardwood floors.

What Other Extraction Tools Can Professionals Use? 

As much of a place as wet vacuums have in the water removal needs of your damaged home or condo, other tools in our inventory also have a role in this vital mitigation effort. The choice in which extraction tools get used in specific situations falls to the inspection conducted by our project manager and crew chief before restoration begins. Often, the factors and play and choosing from the versatile array of options are the severity of the damage, the location of the surface water, and the specific materials affected. Some of the top machines for water removal include:

Between water removal and the drying of your damaged property, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of West Pensacola professionals. We have many tools and technologies that we can deploy quickly to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (850) 469-1160.

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Can One Flood Damage Recovery Resource Help Me with Both Primary and Secondary Damage in Pensacola?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Specialized Trained and Licenses Allow SERVPRO to Help Pensacola Businesses Deal with Flood Damage Recovery Surprises

Flooding in your Pensacola business is already enough of a crisis. Unfortunately, as professionals mitigate and remediate the harm, it is not uncommon for owners to confront snags in the process. If the flood waters unleash compounding factors during the onslaught and the recovery, you need a restoration partner who can adapt their response to any unexpected twists and turns when secondary damage occurs.

What Are Examples of Secondary Damage or Discovered Hazards?

Your commercial building might harbor hidden materials brought to light during flood damage after a Pensacola area storm. When structural components break, erode, or strip away protective coverings during the rush of water or attempts to restore the chaos, the process might need to come to a halt. If the following materials are discovered a change in the recovery plan is necessary:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead painted surfaces
  • A wide range of chemicals, stored or swept inside, now contaminating the flood water
  • Mold growth

How Can I Handle the Presence of Biohazards and Mold Discovered During the Flood Recovery Process?

When SERVPRO is your commercial flood damage recovery contractor in Pensacola, the unveiling of biohazards and mold triggers the inclusion of remediation phases for each challenge. Our team includes trained, licensed, and experienced managers and technicians who can jump in whenever needed to secure the scene and take care of the interruption. We commit to:

  • Containing the affected spaces and the hazardous substances
  • Collecting the harmful materials, residues, and contaminated fluids
  • Disposing of the mold and biohazards as required under local regulations

Rely on SERVPRO of West Pensacola to recognize new issues mid-project and integrate their resolution into the overarching restoration plan. Call on us at (850) 469-1160 for a full-spectrum of services to get you back in business fast after flood damage.

Contractor Licenses:

Mold Remediation: MRSR 2768

Biohazard: 17-64-1560497

Whom Do Businesses Turn to For Flood Repair in Pensacola?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Operates Commercial Flood Damage Restoration for Local Businesses in Need of Assistance

How do Businesses Survive Temporary Flood Closure?

Most Pensacola business owners can protect their bottom line by enacting their business insurance policy. Floods can cause excessive harm to your business property due to structural damage as well as impacting revenues through closure. If flooding is beyond your control, you may be able to secure insurance to cover losses. It is equally vital to obtain a reputable commercial restorer to mitigate further losses while repairing both structure and contents. SERVPRO has substantial business experience working with this community, and we can provide both technicians and a crew chief for you to communicate with throughout service. Our technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) body that allow us to perform responsible water mitigation.

What services do I need for Flood restoration?

Performing commercial flood damage restoration in your Pensacola business premises may present several unique challenges. These could include repairing the structure, performing emergency mitigation, securing the property, and putting in place a drying strategy. You may also need personnel with the ability to mitigate against mold or other secondary harms. Our roster of technicians includes experts in water restoration (WRT), applied structural drying (ASD), and working with harmful materials like lead-based paint abatement (RRRP). Given that many business premises may date back to the twentieth century, the likelihood of finding toxic elements in your building's construction is high. Our in-house RRRP technicians can safely work around potentially harmful substances meaning you only have to deal with one point of contact throughout service. 

How do I know if lead-based paint is in my business premises?

- Find out when your building was built to discover whether lead-based paints could be used

- Inspect the paintwork in some areas. It is typically quite quick

- Do not disturb any walls where you expect there to be the presence of lead-based paint

- Contact a professional restorer if you suspect lead paint

How do you abate lead-based paint?

Lead-based paints are not harmful in the day to day environment of your premises. However, there may be significant harm to walls in a flood situation, or you may need to remove drywall to deal with water contamination. Lead becomes dangerous when it is disturbed. Disturbing lead releases fine grains into the air, which can be health hazards. Proper lead abatement requires first and foremost the correct safety equipment. This equipment includes filtered respiratory equipment to avoid the spread. We may also need to apply negative air pressure to the affected area to prevent lead dust from spreading throughout the home. If you have lead paint in your business premises, you need a qualified lead abatement specialist to solve the situation.

What are the dangers of flooding in my business premises?

- Water contamination which could include raw sewage, sewer gases, pathogens and silt

- A weakening of the structure of the building following massive amounts of water intrusion

- Electrical malfunctions both in the wiring of your building as well as any electrical equipment

- Slip and trip hazards which may be less noticeable with large amounts of water or grime in the premises

- Insecurity due to broken windows, doors or roofing

What are the essential steps in commercial flood restoration?

The most crucial step that we take in flood restoration is to limit potential losses. There is a window of opportunity during the first seventy-two-hours to contain damages efficiently. In these early three days, our technicians can rapidly reduce standing water levels. We may also perform extensive decontamination of the affected area and isolate contents that have exposure to contaminated floodwater. Following the remediation of the affected area, we can then put in place the necessary drying protocols to prevent mold growth. While drying occurs, our technicians can deploy dehumidifiers to maintain control over the psychrometry of your structure and inhibit further damage. 

What is the difference between commercial and residential flood restoration?

Many of the tools we use in restoration are the same regardless of working in a commercial or residential structure. However, one key difference is the size of the equipment we use as well as the number of human resources needed to restore a more massive structure. We may use external dehumidifiers and air movers to control the psychrometry of enormous spaces. At SERVPRO, we recognize the importance of re-opening for commercial premises and can work efficiently with the premises manager to ensure our projections are accurate and your business returns to a preloss condition.

If your business is facing temporary closure as the result of a flooding emergency, you can enlist professional assistance in as little as four hours of notification of loss. Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 now.

Who Offers Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning for Pensacola Restaurants?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Provide Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Services and More For Pensacola Restaurants

Restaurants need community support now more than ever. As eateries prepare to reopen their doors to patrons, kitchen maintenance is a must to prevent disasters and mechanical failures that can disrupt the flow of business. Fortunately, there is a licensed team that can help.

If your Pensacola restaurant needs if/then, commercial kitchen cleanup for your Pensacola eatery, SERVPRO technicians are now licensed to provide the following services:

  • Exhaust hood cleaning and filter changes
  • Restaurant equipment disinfectant application
  • Electrostatic spraying at no additional cost every time you change your filters

SERVPRO also provides odor control services, mold remediation, fire, and water-related disaster cleanup, and much more to keep commercial facilities cleaned to code. Technicians and franchise owners alike receive training in disaster cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding to benefit local businesses.

Adhering to NFPA Requirements for Kitchen Hood and Exhaust Systems

Your inspection frequency may vary based on the type of food service that you offer:

  • Annual service is required for low-volume cooking operations. This can include day camps, churches, and seasonal businesses.
  • Semi-annual service is necessitated for moderate-volume cooking operations.
  • Quarterly servicing is required for high-volume eateries, such as charbroiling, wok cooking, or 24-hour eateries
  • Monthly service is needed for eateries that cook with solid fuel like charcoal.

How NFPA 96 Applies to Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hoods

Cleaning for Escambia County commercial kitchen exhaust systems is a complex process that must be performed by licensed professionals. SERVPRO can ensure that cleanup is done per National Fire Protection Association requirements per NFPA 96.

What is NFPA 96?

This code sets the minimum standards necessary for the cleaning of commercial kitchen exhaust systems. Its full title is NFPA 96: Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations. This collection of best practices reduces fire risks for building occupants, cleaning operators, and assets in both private and public commercial kitchen spaces.

What provisions are in NFPA 96 for exhaust system filters?

Pensacola eateries should be aware of the following guidelines for their exhaust hood filters:

  • Grease filters should be easy to access and remove for cleaning and replacement and must be installed at an angle no less than 45 degrees from the horizontal.
  • All exhaust air should pass through these filters, and the material should not distort or crush during day-to-day operations, handling, or cleaning.
  • Filters should be made of steel or an equivalent material.
  • Avoid the use of mesh filters unless they are an integral part of the exhaust hood or work in conjunction with a primary hood per UL 1046. These filters should be a minimum of 1.2 meters—or 4 feet—above the cooking surface that uses solid fuel.
  • Spark arrestor filters are required for cooking facilities that use solid fuel like wood or charcoal.

NFPA 96 also covers fire codes for grease containment systems, duct access, access panels, and fan hinges, as well as hood inspection and cleaning.

How SERVPRO Cleans Your Commercial Kitchen Space

Exhaust cleaning is performed in accordance with NFPA 96 with commercial-grade equipment. Cleanup can include grease removal, filter changes, and inspecting and repositioning equipment to fit current NFPA guidelines. SERVPRO technicians also offer a multi-pronged cleaning service that is aimed at more than just cleaning Pensacola exhaust systems. This team can also apply disinfectant to all surfaces in your eatery with a commercial-grade electrostatic sprayer.

This sprayer works by dispensing a fine mist that carries a positive electrical charge. The charge draws it to all kinds of surfaces, even hard-to-reach areas behind equipment, cabinetry, and every other nook and cranny in your facility. The layer of cleaner created by this mist goes on dry so that staff can get back to business within minutes of application. This service comes for free with your exhaust hood servicing and filter changes to ensure that your restaurant is thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom.

Technicians can also apply EPA-registered disinfectant solutions to surfaces in your commercial facilities. These cleaners are hospital-grade and also suitable for sanitizing food preparation spaces. Steam cleaning equipment is also used for sanitizing commercial kitchens and ridding them of grease and other debris.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola wants to support local restaurants with a thorough cleanup that keeps their eateries up to code and compliant with NFPA regulations. Find out more about our range hood, exhaust cleaning, and electrostatic spraying services when you call (850) 469-1160.

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How Do I Handle Damaged Walls After a Flood in My Home?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Repair Your Home After a Flood 

Florida residents are no strangers to natural disasters, including flooding caused by intense summer storms or a hurricane. Even when you take all the proper precautions, floodwaters still have a tendency to make it into the home, sometimes causing structural damage. 

Why are Professional Services Necessary? 

Having to fix flood-damaged walls in your Pensacola home is not as simple as removing and replacing drywall. SERVPRO’s IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians need to take the high-humidity content due to the Florida environment plus the additional moisture from the flood into consideration. Technicians also need to rid the home of potential contaminants brought in by the floodwater by using disinfectants and professional equipment. 

What Type of Secondary Damage Could Occur if Left Unattended? 

  • Potential spread of bacterial or viral contamination if contained in the floodwater
  • Further structural damage if moisture spreads from the impacted area
  • Dangerous mold infestations that thrive in moist, humid conditions

How Does SERVPRO Stop Further Damage to My Walls?

  • We use moisture sensors to detect moisture that may not be visible
  • Controlled demolition may be required, depending on the level of damage
  • Technicians perform flood cuts six inches above the damage to keep moisture from spreading
  • We dry the impacted area including wall cavities using air movers and dehumidifying equipment

How Do You Fix the Walls?

  • After the area is thoroughly dried and moisture content restored, technicians replace the drywall
  • Repaint the wall to make sure it looks like it did before the flood

Our restoration specialists remove flood water through extraction measures, cleaning surfaces, and carpets with antimicrobials to eliminate any potential contamination from the floodwater. Even after replacing the walls, they may continue the use of air movers and dehumidifiers to keep humidity levels down and assist in ventilating the home. We put to good use our Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRSR 2768 and Biohazard Contractor License #: 17-64-1560497 to restore your property, “Like it never even happened.”

For 24/7 Emergency Assistance, Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Pensacola, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola today at (850) 469-1160 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What is the Key to Understanding Fire Damage to Home?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Pensacola Homes SERVPRO technicians are trained to remediate any level of damage after a fire disaster. Call (850) 469-1160 today to discuss.

Being Knowledgeable and Experienced in All Aspects of Fire Damage to Your Pensacola Home is Where SERVPRO Can Help

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.

Levels of Fire Damage

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, including 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.

Possible Delays in Restoring Fire Damaged Property

When a fire razes your property, the urgency to restore it is usually apparent. However, various obstacles can crop up delaying or prolonging the process. Hurdles can range from regulatory obstacles, limited resources, to a lack of necessary skills. We offer professional restoration services, and from experiences, we can help you overcome most hurdles with ease.

At times of an emergency like fire damage in Pensacola, you might expect help from everyone including the authorities, and not legal obstacles. However, due to overlaps in federal, state and local regulations, it might feel like the authorities are out to sabotage your efforts. Working with a professional restoration team like SERVPRO helps eliminate these hurdles because we know which permit is necessary, which waste disposal method is allowed, and generally how to comply with all regulations.

The Process of Saving Your Valuables

After a fire, there are items to throw away and others to save through restorative cleaning or resurfacing. A hurdle many people face is deciding whether to throw items away especially if they hold sentimental value. It is also possible to throw away salvageable items assuming that the damage is beyond repair. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their extensive FSRT training when evaluating remnants of a fire incident. We separate the remains into salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable categories. We take the questionable items away for specialized offsite cleaning which can help you save sentimental items that you would otherwise throw away.

Water Damage is Possible

Fires cause severe damage, but in many cases, additional damages still happen long after the embers die down. Typical causes of such additional damage include the water used in the efforts to put out the blaze or the methods used during restoration. Our SERVPRO crews are equipped to extract any water pooling around after a blaze. This helps prevent mold and other related moisture problems. We also use unique cleaning methods such as soda blasting to clean ruined surfaces without causing additional damages.

The period after a fire incident presents various challenges. Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 to help you overcome any hurdles. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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