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SERVPRO Goes High Tech to Locate Moisture in Flood Damaged Pensacola Homes

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Goes High Tech to Locate Moisture in Flood Damaged Pensacola Homes Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to remove water from your home- day or night.

Flood Damage Technicians in Pensacola Talk About Drying Out Wall Cavities

If a severe thunderstorm strikes the Pensacola region, flooding is likely to occur. Once water gets deep outside your home, it is wise to call in a professional flood damage mitigation company such as SERVPRO. When water starts to build up on the streets of your neighborhood and in your yard, entry into your home is likely. Water can sometimes saturate through your walls or come in from the ground. When it enters from the floor, the moisture can cause extensive flood damage to your flooring materials.  

Once your carpets or other flooring materials get saturated, moisture can start to wick its way up your walls. When dealing with flood damage in Pensacola, our SERVPRO technicians test your drywall and other building materials for moisture content. We determine how wet your building materials are by testing levels in both areas that were affected and regions that were not. By testing materials that did not get affected by moisture, we determine our target levels for drying. We know that if your drywall gets wet, then there is a chance that the studs and exterior walls inside the wall cavity also got affected.  

If there is moisture inside your wall cavity, then it is possible that your structural components can get damaged. When drying out wall cavities, we usually utilize one of two methods or at times a combination of the two. If your walls get saturated then, we can cut the drywall a foot or two up from the floor so that we can push air into your wall cavities. If the moisture content inside your walls is not extremely high, then we can utilize an injection drying system.  

Injection dryers consist of a fan with a series of tubes running from them. We drill holes into your walls and insert the tubes so that the fan pushes air into the cavity. Once moisture levels return to normal, we patch all of the holes in your drywall. If you ever notice wet building materials after a flood, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 24/7.

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SERVPRO Says Leave Now, Plan an Evacuation Route Away from Your West Pensacola Home and Hurricane Michael

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Says Leave Now, Plan an Evacuation Route Away from Your West Pensacola Home and Hurricane Michael SERVPRO Says to West Pensacola, Hurricane Michael is Just Ahead, Evacuate

What Should Your Hurricane Michael Preparation Plan Include for West Pensacola?

It is an easy thing to tell someone to have a plan for when a hurricane occurs and to follow it precisely. However, some people may not know what this plan should include and how it should be executed. Having a plan and following it strictly is the key to avoiding serious injury to yourself and your family during Hurricane Michael. When making a plan, there are some essentials to consider. Then EVACUATE.
 
Where do I want my family to be during this Hurricane?
Think about your home and its structure. If it has a sturdy frame and the hurricane category is low, find the safest place in your home for your family to weather the storm. But not this time. Hurricane Michael can hit your West Pensacola property as a potential Cat 4 with winds as high as 140 MPH. Make a plan for evacuation and leave. Having an exit strategy as a backup plan is essential. You do not want to become frazzled and unsure during an emergency.
 
Create a chain of command. Select a member of your family to be the leader and execute orders. Assign responsibilities and divide essential tasks between your family. Think of emergencies that may occur while the storm occurs and assign a person to carry out a solution to the problem. In this case, how to react and what to do upon returning after the storm has passed.
 
Make sure your emergency supplies are in your safe location before the storm hits. Should the hurricane be a low category and you choose to stay inside your home, ensure that your supplies are already in the preselected safe-place before it hits. Doing this can ensure that all your family has to worry about is moving to the location as a unit. This advice, please keep for another storm, not this Hurricane.
 
When evacuating, plan routes to take. Research the safest route to travel and then stock your car with spare maps and emergency supplies beforehand. It makes the process of moving your family much smoother if all you have to worry about is getting them from point 'A' to 'B.' Do not delay your departure, leave now.
 
Following these basic principals while making a plan for a hurricane can decrease the chances of injury among you and your family during the storm. Remember, it is always important to remain calm during an emergency.

When you have the all-clear to return home, contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola. We will be standing by and ready to help with the storm damage cleanup and restoration. Our National Disaster Recovery Teams are here to help. (850) 469-1160

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What Do You Do After a Hurricane Damages Your West Pensacola Home?

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Do You Do After a Hurricane Damages Your West Pensacola Home? Hurricane Gordan Damage in West Pensacola--No Problem--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Try Calling SERVPRO for Cleaning Up After Hurricane Gordon

While you might have been focusing on the safety of your family and loved ones in the area while Hurricane Gordon passed through the West Pensacola area, now that you can see the damage it left behind, you want to know what you need to do next to take care of the problem. Though tempting to tackle these damages on your own, this is rarely something the average homeowner is equipped to deal with and succeed.

There are ways for you to get the ball rolling on cleaning up and restoring your West Pensacola property, however. First things first, you have to understand the risks involved with a situation like what you are facing. Severe weather systems like this can damage the structural integrity of your home, making it unsafe to enter without appropriate precautions and inspections. On top of this risk, there are effects from the hurricane itself that must get addressed as quickly as possible.

One of the first things that you have to understand about tropical storm damage is that the longer restoration takes to begin and complete, the worse the situation stands to get. From openings in the exterior of your home to allow for more water and flood damages to the threat of mold growth, our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly to help mitigate the effects of the storm until the official restoration process can begin. Consider that floodwaters from these storm systems are contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, vegetation, possible sewage, and perhaps even animal carcasses.

Our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and equipment to overcome the obstacles that stand between your currently damaged property and returning it to preloss condition. We have a rapid response team that is available 24/7 to dispatch our technicians to your home or business and begin the process of limiting the damage and assessing the full scope of the harm sustained to begin restoration as quickly as possible.

When a hurricane has affected your home, you need to think quickly about securing the right services to help you overcome the damages you have sustained. Our SERVPRO of West Pensacola team is available anytime by calling (850) 469-1160.

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Living Alongside the Gulf of Mexico Can Leave Your Goulding Home Vulnerable to Flood Damage During a Tropical

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Living Alongside the Gulf of Mexico Can Leave Your Goulding Home Vulnerable to Flood Damage During a Tropical The SERVPRO Green Fleet Hard at Work after a Storm Loss in Goulding

Storm Loss Mitigation Needed? Call SERVPRO for Help in Goulding 

Seaside homes are some of the most luxurious properties one can own, but they do come with their risks, such as higher chances of sustaining flood damage. Because of your city's unique geographic position adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, a severe storm is more of a matter of time rather than just a possibility. However, the week that you are away on a trip to spend a summer holiday with your family is the worst possible timing for your own home.

The storm brought violent winds and waters, both quickly forcing their way inside your Goulding residence, causing flood damage to your property. The floodwaters settled in your living, dining room, and kitchen, the lower floors of your home. The dirty water mixed with chemicals and sewage has ruined your carpets and compromised your furniture and belongings. Upon returning home, and finding all of the damage, the best thing that you can do for is to call for professional help.
 
SERVPRO can travel to your home swiftly after your call and arrive with the necessary equipment to combat the flood damage inside. The very first step is to get the standing water out; the faster it is gone, the sooner that SERVPRO can investigate the damage to your floors. Our IICRC-certified technicians can use submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums to remove the stagnant water from your property promptly.
 
Because the water that invaded your home was classified as black water, SERVPRO must remove your carpets. Even cleaned, there is a chance that they can still contain the harmful pathogens and chemicals they were exposed too. Once the carpets are gone, SERVPRO can begin to thoroughly clean and disinfect the floors and walls, as well as your belongings.
 
While the area is being cleaned, our technicians can set up a drying system to handle the excess moisture that is impacting your floors, walls, cupboards, and furniture. Desiccant dehumidifiers, ventilation fans, and air movers can all be placed in specific locations to promote airflow and evaporation. Once your home has been returned to an acceptable moisture level, documented, and you are satisfied, then our job is done.
 
Do not hesitate if a tropical storm causes flood damage inside your residence. Get in contact with SERVPRO of West Pensacola by calling (850) 469-1160. Whenever the time, we are open and able to take your call.

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Learn To Deal With The Aftermath Of Flood Damage In Goulding

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Learn To Deal With The Aftermath Of Flood Damage In Goulding Flood damage is ordinarily weather-related, and when it happens, it can lead to tremendous losses.

Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Flood

Flood damage is ordinarily weather-related, and when it happens, it can lead to tremendous losses. Despite that, if you take the right actions, you can salvage most of your items and prevent further damage. If you are working with professionals in the restoration industry, you can readily know what is restorable and what you should replace. We are looking at some of the incidents you should expect in Goulding after a flood.

There are cases where flood damage in Goulding can make cracks to appear in the foundation. For instance, clay expands when it absorbs water, and that can lead to an uneven lifting of the slabs. Additionally, cracks can appear on exterior walls, and embedded pipes may rupture. Our SERVPRO technicians can perform a structural assessment and determine whether the house is safe to enter or not. If you notice that windows and doors are not opening after a flood, there is a possibility that foundation damage has already taken place.

The drywall of your building may weaken after exposure to water with the paper facing providing food that facilitates mold growth. During the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians remove the soft, moldy, or crumbly drywall and recommend a replacement. There is also the need to gut down the ceilings and walls to the framing after the water event. We do that to clean the insides and make sure we can quickly dry them to prevent mold damage.

If the insulation in your building is made of foams or fibers, it can hold water and a replacement necessary after it becomes wet. Our SERVPRO team also cleans and dries all framing to prevent mold, which flourishes in moist and warm conditions. Where necessary, we set up space heaters, dehumidifiers, and air movers to enhance the drying process.

At SERVPRO of West Pensacola, we aim at making your property “Like it never even happened” after water, storm, fire, or mold damage disaster. Call us at (850) 469-1160 and learn more about the residential and commercial restoration services we have in place for you.

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Cleanup of Flood Damage to Your Perdido Key Home

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleanup of Flood Damage to Your Perdido Key Home SERVPRO carefully assesses your home after flood damage to determine the correct course of action to restore it "Like it never even happened."

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

If you are experiencing heavy rains this spring in Perdido Key, you might be worried about water leaking into your home. Your only choice, once this happens, is to remove the water as soon as possible. Unfortunately, you have to wait until the storm has passed and the water has stopped rising to begin, but keep in mind that the longer you leave the standing water in your home, the more damage to your property occurs.

Flood damage of any magnitude in your home in Perdido Key can be overwhelming. Your home and possessions are now covered in water, where just a bit ago your home was safe and dry. To make the process much easier for you, you need the professional help of our staff at SERVPRO. We are specially trained to handle these situations, salvage everything possible, and return your home to its preloss condition.

When we first arrive, we do an initial inspection to determine the right course of action. Once we check for safety hazards, contents are secured if needed, and we can begin restoration. Extracting the standing water is the first major step, and we do so with truck-mounted pumps. Any wet items on the floors are removed, such as pillows, throw rugs, or toys. We remove as much water as possible so that the drying process goes faster.

Every wet surface is treated, which sometimes mean we remove kick baseboards and any drywall that is not salvageable. We open cabinets and remove toe kicks to accelerate the drying time. We use commercial grade equipment for drying your home back out, including dehumidifiers and air movers to generate dry air and increase circulation and evaporation. We monitor the environment carefully each day, and the progress is documented.

We conduct another inspection once your structure is dry to make sure there are no hidden pockets of moisture which could result in further damage such as mold growth. Any items which were removed from the area to keep safe and for restoration are put back in place.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola understands that flooding in your home in Warrington, Goulding, or Myrtle Grove is a stressful event, and we take special care to get your home dry and safe again. Reach out to us at (850) 469-1160 as soon as you experience an event like this.

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Flood Damage Professionals Based Out of Pensacola

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Professionals Based Out of Pensacola Heavy rainfall can flood your neighborhood resulting in flood damage to your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Dry Out Your Home after Flood Damage

Florida is one state that is prone to get affected by severe storms, including hurricanes. Sometimes rain comes down so quickly in Pensacola that your neighborhood gets flooded. Whenever water starts to get deep outside, it is very likely that it will creep into your home through the lower door seals or other weak spots on the exterior of your house.

If a hurricane blows through your neighborhood sometimes the extreme, high-speed winds cause objects to poke holes into windows or exterior walls. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Pensacola have experience in fixing problems created by wind. When there is a hole in your house during a storm, sometimes vast amounts of rainwater pour into your structure.

The first step we take in any emergency damage call is to repair any hazards that make the work area dangerous. Next, we fix the door seals or board up the holes in the exterior structure so that no more moisture makes its way into your home. Once the area is safe, and water is not pouring into the building we begin to assess the damage caused by the storm.

Our SERVPRO technicians use their knowledge, experience and specialized monitoring equipment when they inspect the area for problems. We search your house and identify all of the areas of the building that got affected by the storm. We then use monitoring equipment to test the building materials and contents within the affected regions for moisture.

If moisture levels are excessive we use our heavy-duty, truck mounted extraction system to vacuum up as much water as we can. In extreme cases where there is two inches or more of standing water, a submersible pump or sump pump gets used for sucking the water out of the house. If there is not an excessive amount of water in the building, sometimes all of the moisture gets dried out using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Dehumidifiers suck water out of the air dispensing liquid into a container and exhausting hot, dry air. The air movers then push the hot, dry air around the room in a circular motion speeding up the natural evaporation process. For assistance with drying after a storm, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 any day of the week.

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Flood Damage and Electricity in Your Pensacola Home

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage and Electricity in Your Pensacola Home SERVPRO technicians turn off all circuit breakers in order to create a safe environment to properly restore your home.

SERVPRO Ensures Your Home is Safe Before Beginning Flood Damage Restoration

Flooding due to heavy rains is a very real concern in Pensacola since residents here have had to experience this in the past. It is, therefore, a good idea to know some ways you can try and protect your home and your family during the rainy seasons. Once such precaution is covering any interior walls with a waterproof sealant. You also want to ensure that your rain gutters are kept clean and free of debris and are positioned so that water flows away from your home.

Sandbags and sump pumps are other great options for keeping the water out of your Pensacola home when you know storms are coming. If the waters still make it inside and you are dealing with flood damage, it is best that you speak with our professional team at SERVPRO for help. We can get to your home quickly to avoid further damage, using our knowledge and industrial tools to do the job correctly and promptly.

Since environmental hazards exist in each flood situation, we use precaution before we begin. These hazards can include structural and electrical hazards or hazardous materials. Water and electricity do not mix, and these types of dangers can potentially be all over the job site. Floods can also cause water to get into the wiring system.

SERVPRO staff first check to make sure all circuit breakers are off at the power distribution panel. It is especially crucial for us to do so if water is inside electrical outlets or wall cavities, or when outlets are located on the floor. We may even need to have an experienced electrician come and inspect your property.

Since we need to use electrical equipment to dry your home out, we need to use ground fault circuit interrupters which cut off the power if too much current is detected. We also always check our tools, cords, and other accessories for damage and ensure ground plugs are not broken, and cords are not frayed. Damaged cords are removed and serviced or replaced.

Once we know that it is safe to work, SERVPRO of West Pensacola wastes no time in getting your home in Sanders Beach, Myrtle Grove, or Perdido Key dry again. Reach out to us as soon as possible by dialing (850) 469-1160, so we can help get your life back on track after a flood.

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Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Pensacola

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Pensacola SERVPRO technicians have the training and knowledge to help you better decide which furniture items should be restored or replaced after a flood.

SERVPRO Helps to Remediate Flood Damage and Get the Most of Your Homeowners Policy

2017 was one of the worst flood years for Pensacola residents, but every year, many of us have to deal with the loss of personal property. Furniture is especially vulnerable to flood effects, and unfortunately, that is what families pass down to the next generation.

In deciding to try and save property after flood damage, Pensacola residents need professional help. SERVPRO knows what is feasible to save or throw away and has extensive experience with insurance here in Florida. We can assist with not just restoration, but helping residents get every benefit possible out of their homeowner or renters policy.

Our guide when it comes to recommendations is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The agency provides information and suggestions based on cleaning cost and the latest data released by insurance companies. For example, a dining room set that sat in water several inches deep has damage to the finish and usually some minor wood warping.

If the table and chairs were in deeper water, then the chair upholstery is at risk. If we get to it quickly, SERVPRO technicians can carefully dry the fabric before it begins to bleed color or start to shrink. We remove the chairs to a dry area in the home or back to our facility. We place a dehumidifier in the middle of the chairs to remove moisture and set up an air mover to carefully blow warm, dry air over the fabric.

If either type of damage has already started, many insurance companies do not pay for restoration but go directly to replacement. If the owner still decides to pay for restoration, we make certain he or she understands the potential problems before we begin.

The tools and methods we use for upholstery fabric also work for drying the wood. We remove the finish completely if it the water already ruined it. Removal allows us to watch the wood carefully while drying it to avoid any secondary damage from over-drying the wood like splintering. After completing the drying process, we refinish the chairs, so they look like they did before the flood.

At SERVPRO of West Pensacola, it is more than a job to help you restore your property after a flood. As a locally owned business, every customer is also a neighbor. If you need our help, call us today at (850) 469-1160.

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What to Expect During Flood Damage Restoration of Your Pensacola Home

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Expect During Flood Damage Restoration of Your Pensacola Home SERVPRO technicians begin the restoration of your home after a flood with an assessment of the damage.

SERVPRO Offers Efficient and Thorough Flood Damage Restoration Services

Whether it is a flood, a storm or a tree falling through your roof, flooding can be a catastrophic event for your home. However, the good news is that if you act promptly, there is a lot the can be done to restore your home, here in Pensacola. Seeking the help of professionals can save you a lot of money and headache during the restoration process.

The first step is to hire professionals who know what they are doing while restoring the flood damage in your Pensacola home. If the moisture is not removed correctly, it can cause some serious secondary damage. Here is what you can expect during the flood damage restoration process.

Assessment of the Damage

The first step toward the restoration of your home after a flood is an assessment of the damage. The team of SERVPRO professionals conducts a thorough inspection of both the interior and exterior of your house to determine the extent of the damage.

Our experts also discuss restoration plans with you during this step. While some restoration such as roof repair must be started immediately, you have some more time to decide on some other issues that are not of immediate importance.

The Process of Flood Damage Restoration

Once all the terms are agreed upon, the restoration work begins with removal of any standing water on the property. Once the standing water is removed, the SERVPRO experts use some sensors to detect hidden moisture in the carpet and other areas of your home.

Our experts use equipment such as moisture meters and Thermohygrometers to determine the best conditions necessary for the complete moisture removal.

Extractors are used to remove water from carpets and upholstery while industrial dehumidification equipment help to create the best conditions for water extraction.

The cleaning process usually starts within eight hours of our team’s arrival on the site. Although the time needed to complete the task can vary depending on the extent of damage, SERVPRO experts work hard to keep it to a minimum.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of West Pensacola today at (850) 469-1160 to schedule an appointment for an on-site inspection. Our experts make sure that your property is dry and safe in no time!  

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New Builds in Pensacola Still Take Flood Damage in Hurricanes

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage New Builds in Pensacola Still Take Flood Damage in Hurricanes When facing storm damage and flooding, SERVPRO can be a great ally in both insurance claims and getting the remediation process started quickly.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Flooding in BOTH Newer and Older Homes

Most modern homes in Florida are now built with hurricane protection. Whereas homes built decades ago were and still are vulnerable even to lighter hurricanes, newer builds are resistant to the effects of extreme weather. However, of course, there are limits to these protective abilities. While they are resistant to high winds and rain, large-scale flood damage hurts Pensacola homes nearly every time a major storm rolls through. There are some ways that new anti-hurricane measures can protect against flooding, but overall, you should still expect your home to incur some amount of damage.
 
New homes protect against flood damage in Pensacola through some simple yet effective measures. Doors and windows are now equipped with stronger seals, exterior walls are made and finished to resist severe and lasting damage from floodwaters, and foundations are explicitly built to take as little damage as possible from standing water. This means that newer homes tend to be a better investment than older ones, as they are more likely to resist weather extremes in the long term.
 
Unfortunately, however, modern homes can still be severely damaged by a flood. If water finds its way into the home, little can protect interior construction and belongings from the effects of damage. While foundations can effectively resist some effects of standing water, they are by no means immune to it. Without fast extraction, standing water can cause expensive and severe damage to your home's foundation. Furthermore, many storm floods pick up materials and debris from the surrounding area, creating stains, dents, and chips in the exterior walls and surfaces of many homes. SERVPRO technicians have seen it all, so do not fear no matter how severe the damage may seem. We know how to fix it with as little time and money invested as possible.
 
SERVPRO of West Pensacola provides flood damage mitigation and restoration services to the local area after all major storms. Call us when disaster strikes at (850) 469-1160.
 
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Flood Damage Inside a Pensacola Home can be Mitigated, Making Restoration Complete

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Inside a Pensacola Home can be Mitigated, Making Restoration Complete SERVPRO can help homeowners coping with the aftermath of flood damage brought on by storms in the area.

Trust The SERVPRO Professionals To Help You During Your Time of Need

Flooding can happen because of super-heavy rains, especially when changes in the terrain exist because of recent construction in the area. Rushing over the surface, rain water absorbs whatever is small enough to be picked up and whisked along with it as it travels. When this type of water overtakes your home, it brings with it a multitude of hazards that must be eliminated to restore safe living conditions.

Pensacola homeowners whose homes sustain flood damage soon realize that cleaning up after a disaster like this entails much more than the typical do-it-yourself project requires. Not only does flooding affect a home's structure and contents, but the changes brought on by a flood include those affecting the quality of the air inside the home.

Flood damage can include the following problems for homeowners:

- deposits remaining afterward can contain deadly pathogens,

- dampness can allow microbes to grow prolifically in all areas of a home,

- structural weaknesses can develop or become more pronounced,

- peeling paint and disintegrating materials can pose choking hazards to toddlers,

- carpeting and other flooring can become so damaged they require replacement,

- moisture levels in the air can affect unflooded areas in the home similarly to flooded ones, and

- all food items that came in contact with floodwaters must be disposed of because the risk to health is extremely high.

SERVPRO can help homeowners coping with the aftermath of flood damage brought on by storms in the area. Being a locally owned and operated company provides us with the insight into the weather our normally sunny state experiences. Coupled with our certifications from the IICRC, we know how to effectively mitigate the weather-related damage homes and businesses experience. We want to make it “Like it never even happened” by restoring your home's appearance and structural soundness while we ensure elimination of any pathogens or other hazards to health.

Part of our job is to make sure that humidity levels are completely re-established as they should be and that preventative methods are carried out to keep future issues regarding mold and mildew minimized as much as possible. Helping with listing all damaged items that require disposal on an inventory sheet can assist you with your insurance claim, increasing the likelihood of a faster claims process. These are only two of the many ways SERVPRO employees help homeowners recover faster from any disaster.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of West Pensacola is nearby and ready to assist you at any time, with flood damage or any other kind of catastrophe. Call us, any hour, day or night, at (850) 469-1160.

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When Broken Water Lines Cause Flood Damage in a Pensacola Home

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Broken Water Lines Cause Flood Damage in a Pensacola Home Flooding from Storms or Burst Water Mains Damage Many Homes in Pensacola

SERVPRO Answers the Call to Restore Your Flood Damaged Residence

If you think that all flooding happens because of rising waters from nearby lakes or streams, you might be surprised to find out how fast a broken water line inside your home can cause similar problems. Water lines are located in areas of your home that might not seem likely because of the way the house was built, which is particularly the case in additions and remodeled areas.
 
In Pensacola, homes that have a water line break can suffer extreme flood damage in a very short amount of time. This is because homes often have water lines that are either one-half inch or three-quarters of an inch in diameter, and while these may seem small, they can release water at a very fast rate.
 
The smaller of the two can spew 50 gallons of water into your home every minute. The larger one, instead of only releasing 50% more than its smaller counterpart, can let in more than double the amount, at 110 gallons of water in a minute. A larger pipe can cause even greater damage. Water pressure plays a key role in the actual flow rate of the intruding liquid.
 
Sometimes, the pipe that comes loose isn't just to a sink or shower, but to the washing machine. Flood damage from an internal source does not always mean something is broken – hoses that should be tightly attached to your washer can cause the same type of catastrophe when they become too loose over time.
 
When a home has this type of flood damage, SERVPRO has the technicians with the skills and expertise required to get things back to normal throughout your home. Depending on where the water pipes have broken, your flood damage might cover both upstairs and downstairs. This amount and scope of flood damage can necessitate the drying out of ceilings, walls, stairways, floors, and everything in between, including your personal belongings. SERVPRO categorizes this type of water damage as 3, affecting many levels and building materials within the structure. Because we have experience in every size catastrophe, we are ready for anything that your particular situation might entail.
 
When your home has flood damage of any degree, call us. We are local and can arrive whenever you need us. Contact us, SERVPRO of West Pensacola, at (850) 469-1160, regardless of the hour or day. Accidents happen 'round the clock,' and because of this, we are always available to take your call.

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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.

How To Help The Mitigation Process After A Flood In Pensacola

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Help The Mitigation Process After A Flood In Pensacola Carpeting is one of the most easily damaged parts of the home in flood damage.

The Flood Mitigation Process


SERVPRO stresses a strategy of mitigation, committing our technicians and our resources to flexible schedules and round-the-clock response times to reduce costs and lessen the impact of floods and other disasters wherever possible. However, SERVPRO is not the only ones who can help with mitigation: there are some actions that you as a homeowner should perform to get your home drying quicker and protect your belongings. Doing these simple tasks after a flood could save you thousands in restoration costs and days or weeks of time on repairs.

Take Care Of Carpeting
Carpeting is one of the most easily damaged parts of the home in Pensacola flood damage, but fast reactions and proper care can help to save some carpets and rugs where they may be unsalvageable after only a few hours' exposure. Remove contrasting colors from one another to prevent bleeding. Try to remove and prop up wet carpets, rugs, and upholstery to keep them from soaking any longer. Finally, remove any small items from the carpeting to keep extra damages to a minimum. Remember to wear close-toed shoes and pants when working with carpets, as broken material or tack strips may still be present and waiting to inflict harm if you are not careful.

Start The Drying Process
Starting the drying process early is one of the most critical factors in controlling severe damage to floors, walls, and structural components. Getting your air conditioning up and running should be an initial priority. After that has taken care of, try removing some lighter spots of water damage by mopping and blotting. SERVPRO can handle heavier damages like standing water and soaked materials, but removing small puddles on your own could make the difference for your floor.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola is ready around the clock to respond quickly to your flood damage call. Just drop us a line at (850) 469-1160 for our assistance.

Flood Damage Affecting the Pensacola Area

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Affecting the Pensacola Area Flooding can affect any room in your home. Call SERVPRO today to evaluate.

Prevention is Key in Areas Where Flooding is Possible

The weather in our area was pretty wild towards the end of 2016. With flooding rains, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods developing everywhere around us, it is not hard to imagine that your home experienced some damage. While we are in the clear, you should consider having your home inspected.
 
Even if your home in Pensacola was not involved in a major flood damage incident, it could still be at risk. There are various ways for rain water and the wind to cause damages to your home. They can gain access to unprotected areas that develop secondary damage, which you cannot visibly see yet. Having a professional service take a look, is not a bad thing.
 
At SERVPRO, we use a variety of detection and monitoring devices to locate any areas in the structure of your home that are wet, defining exactly how much moisture is present and allowing us to remove it before it becomes a problem for you.
 
SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors to detect moisture in soft materials. Using sharp probes to penetrate carpet and padding to show how far the water has spread. A moisture sensor only tells us that moisture exists, it cannot measure the amount of moisture that exists in certain materials or contents.
 
Moisture meters assist SERVPRO technicians with returning materials to their original content levels, this device can detect how much moisture exists in different types of materials, while providing our expertly trained technicians a method for testing wall cavities and the spaces found underneath hardwood flooring for moisture. The meters also provide us with the ability to locate areas with the most moisture.
 
Thermo-hygrometers measure the temperature and relative humidity levels within a zone, we use both temperature and relative humidity readings to determine specific humidity; this helps us determine how much moisture is in the air and tells use which drying methods to use. Giving us the correct reading for deploying air movers, dehumidifiers, and other drying equipment, depending on the moisture levels detected.
 
Using all of these methods, we can assist you with locating pockets of moisture in various locations throughout your home, help you avoid the possibility of developing additional damage and mediate any mold conditions that begin to develop due to moisture exposure that you cannot see yet.
 
Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola today, (850) 469-1160

What to Do After a Storm in Pensacola Before We Arrive

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do After a Storm in Pensacola Before We Arrive Safety is first after a flood. Then call SERVPRO to remediate!

Some Helpful Hints to Minimize Damage After a Storm

When flooding happens, there is a desire in every homeowner to jump in and start bailing out their living room or kitchen. It is perfectly normal and usually the worst possible thing to do.

If you do have flood damage in your Pensacola home, the first thing you should do is call us here at SERVPRO to get one of our response teams moving. Once you have done that, there are a few things you can accomplish before we arrive that will help speed the process:

1) Make sure the water source is turned off if it is a leak.

2) Turn off the power.

3) Remove paper products (damaged and undamaged) from the source of the flood.

4) Move artwork to a dry area.

5) Remove rugs if they can be easily carried.

6) Remove furniture from the flooded area.

7) Wipe down furniture of surface moisture.

8) Open closet doors and drawers to help speed along evaporation.

Before you do any of this, make sure it is safe. Do not try to wade through water that is past your ankles and never step in water if your home's electrical system has been compromised or if the water may be contaminated from damaged plumbing or a backed-up septic tank.

When it comes to vacuuming standing water or trying to extract water from carpets, leave that to our professional technicians. Our teams are trained to IICRC standards and have the latest restoration equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Technicians also meet each job in the required safety gear to make sure there are no accidents, both physical and bacteriological.

Once the work is completed, we use specialized testing equipment to make sure it is safe to return to your home. This is our goal from the moment you call us to when our team packs up the last piece of cleaning equipment.

If you need our services, please call us today at (850) 469-1160. SERVPRO of West Pensacola is ready to help you return your home and your life to normal.

Flood Damage Can Cause Significant Problems For Your Goulding Business

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Can Cause Significant Problems For Your Goulding Business An office building can become uninhabitable in just a few hours due to activated sprinklers or broken pipes.

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Process

An office building can become uninhabitable in just a few hours due to activated sprinklers or broken pipes. Here in Florida, the threat of flooding due to weather is a constant source of concern.

No matter the source, flood damage can quickly ruin a Goulding business. The keys to preventing this or at least reduce the effects are a rapid response and removing the water. SERVPRO has the equipment and personnel to assist you in restoring your business. We maintain a 24-hour response team to identify the threats and schedule which tasks need to be accomplished first. As our cleanup crews move in to remove standing water and relocate furniture that can be moved, our inspectors will examine your facility to determine the work schedule and decide which tasks need to be accomplished first.

If we arrive and remove water quickly enough, then the damage to carpets, office furniture, walls, and trim will be minimal. If the amount of water is excessive or if removal takes too long, then the extent of damage grows quickly. Carpets and pads can become soaked and ruined overnight. Extended exposure (due to closed roads or if flood waters are slow to retreat) can cause drywall to crumble and rot. Mold can begin to grow and spread at this time. If it continues, even the foundation can become compromised. This is why we maintain an extensive inventory of commercial pumps and generators to ensure uninterrupted service. We even have generator trucks that can provide our own power to continue the restoration process.

With the excess water removed, our technicians set up fans and dehumidifiers. These machines are designed to draw moisture from your facility and its contents to include carpets. As this happens, our inspectors monitor the process with state of the art air moisture meters. Once the levels are back to normal, we'll return any furniture that isn't damaged.

Our final action is to walk through your offices with you to make certain you are satisfied. As a locally owned franchise, this isn't just a job for us; it's helping a fellow businessperson reopen their doors. Call us today at (850) 469-1160 to get started. SERVPRO of West Pensacola stands ready to go.

Protect Your Belongings From Flood Damage During Hurricane Season

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Belongings From Flood Damage During Hurricane Season Flooding after a storm can cause damage, call SERVPRO to remediate!

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready and Able to Remediate Your Damage Regardless of the Cause

Hurricane season in Florida typically means an onslaught of floods. Flood damage is a leading cause of home repairs in the state, and it also causes millions of dollars worth of property damage every year. Not only can the structures of houses be affected, but the things inside of them as well.
 
Many homeowners are familiar with the dangers of flood damage in Pensacola, especially during hurricane season. Even though it may not be easy to protect your home's structure and landscaping from flood waters, there are many ways to secure your possessions. While you prepare for coming storms, here are some things you can do to safeguard the contents of your home.
 
1. Take an inventory of your possessions to make insurance claims easier to process in the event of a water emergency. Having a list that's accurate will eliminate some of the stress if you find yourself affected by flood damage.
 
2. Place your important documents and records in a water safe locked box or a high area of your home. Doing so means you won't have to deal with securing new birth certificates, insurance policies, and other papers after a storm should water flood your home.
 
3. Get any clothing racks, books, toy bins, and food containers off the floor. If flood waters come into your house, having items already elevated could be key to preventing them from being destroyed.
 
4. Have the number of a flood damage repair contractor ready. Many think they'll be able to simply go online or call around to find a service when and if the time comes, but they neglect to think about the power being out or internet service being down during a storm. The quicker you can call the team at SERVPRO after flood damage has occurred, the more likely it is that we can restore and preserve your home's contents.
 
SERVPRO of West Pensacola quickly and efficiently handles flood damage and other water emergencies during hurricane season and year round. For a quote or to get more information about our storm damage services, call us 24/7 at (850) 469-1160.

Flood Damage Professionals Fix the Problems

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Professionals Fix the Problems Flooded Pensacola Property Gets Restored By SERVPRO

The SERVPRO Team Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Home or Business

Flood damages in Florida are the state's leading cause in calling for help to restore properties. SERVPRO is a professional water and storm damage restoration company, whose experts are IICRC certified. We respond immediately to property disasters around Florida and the Gulf region. The westernmost part of Florida is vulnerable to hurricanes. Home and business flood damage can also cause mold and fires. We are available with 24/7 residential and commercial services.

If you experience any type of flood damage in Pensacola, we are here to help you immediately. With years of experience, we know that if water and flood damage are not addressed quickly, it can cause secondary damages. As a locally owned and operated business, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. When we show up, we are equipped with the training, equipment and OSHA approved cleaning agents. Our Storm Team and Large Loss Teams can help in a dire emergency to save lives and property.
 
SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. For our residential families in Florida, we work diligently to get you back to a healthy, clean home again. For our Floridian commercial family, we provide professional emergency restoration and cleaning to get your business up and operational again. We also work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process. We can help to manage the insurance paperwork and process, though we are not an insurance company.
 
Flooding is a devastating event, but your repair and restoration process should not be. We take the stress and anxiety out of getting you back to a normal condition after water, fire, mold or storm damages. Your satisfaction is our top priority. Our professional technicians are trained in the innovative techniques set by the IICRC standards to ensure that you receive the highest quality in all our restoration processes.
 
SERVPRO of West Pensacola believes in going the extra mile to make sure that your home or business is restored to its original state. "Like it never even happened." Our many years of experience in the Florida water and flood restoration business has given us a reputation as knowledgeable and dependable restoration company. Please feel free to contact at (850) 469-1160 and we are happy to address any concerns and questions that you may have. We want to help you with all your flood damage requirements – we are waiting for your call!

Tropical Storm Damages

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tropical Storm Damages High wind from tropical storms can cause debris to be picked up and damage your property.

Types of storm damage from tropical storms

A very powerful storm system, tropical storms are a lot like a hurricane. Even though they are a bit less powerful than a hurricane, tropical storms can still cause plenty of damage. In just the Southeastern United States, there have been over six billion dollars in damages from storms which have hit since 1979. 

What are Tropical Storms? 

A type of storm system which forms in tropical environments is a tropical storm. These storms, characterized by very low-pressure systems and swirling high-speed winds, are classified as tropical storms when a particular set of circumstances exist. For it to be called a tropical storm, wind speeds need to be between 39 and 73 miles per hour. Higher and lower wind speeds make it another kind of storm, with lower known as a tropical depression, and higher winds referred to as a hurricane. 

Some of the more common areas in which tropical storms are known to form are in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, near Australia, the South Pacific, and the Arabian Sea. 

Common Kinds of Storm Damage from Tropical Storms 

The two leading causes of damage from a tropical storm are water and wind.  

  • ??Water damage includes storm surges, torrential rains, swells and large waves, plus mud slides.
  • ??Wind damage includes flying debris, high winds, and the like.

Flying Debris and Wind Damage 

High winds are one of the main characteristics of tropical storms. Here are the main kinds of damage you’d expect if a tropical storm hits your area. 

Roof Damage 

High winds can dislodge shingles and other roofing materials without impact from forces outside. Wind storms also can knock down limbs and trees, while sending flying, dangerous debris over far distances. If debris impacts a property, it can cause damage to the roof and other areas of the structure which are extensive. Commonly seen is damage to the gutters of a structure from both the buildup of the debris in the gutters or from an impact. 

Siding and Window Damage 

Flying debris can cause considerable damage to the sides of structures. Tree branches which strike a window at 30 miles per hour will most likely shatter the window. Also susceptible to this kind of damage is siding. 

HVAC/AC Damage

External cooling and heating units are at risk from falling branches or trees and flying debris. 

Property Damage 

You should expect to have plenty of debris to clean up after severe windstorms. 

Automobile Damage 

Damage to your vehicle very common during a wind storm. Dents, broken windows, paint damage and scratches are frequent. Park automobiles in a garage if possible, or cover them with a car cover to provide some protection from the elements. 

The other primary causes include storm surges, torrential rains, and mudslides, which can cause flood damage, mold damage and damage to the interior of your structure. 

SERVPRO of West Pensacola can handle any of your damages from tropical storms, so make sure to get in touch with us right away if you experience a tropical storm in your area. (850) 469-1160

Pensacola Beach Flood Damage - Stages of Flood Damage in Pensacola Beach

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pensacola Beach Flood Damage - Stages of Flood Damage in Pensacola Beach If your Pensacola Beach home has sustained flood damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Pensacola right away!

Stages of Pensacola Beach Flood Damage 

Flood water, leaks, and other issues with water can cause all kinds of damage to your home or business, plus ruin personal belongings and furniture. Some of this Pensacola Beach flood damage happens fast, in just a few minutes after water has gone into a room while other kinds of flood damage won’t develop until days after the first problems happen. 

Since serious flood damage develops and worsens within the first twenty-four hours, it’s important to have a professional water damage restoration company take a look at the damage and start the extraction of the water and the restoration process. 

Flood Damage Within the First Hour 

The kinds of damages from Pensacola Beach flood water that happen in the first hour usually can’t be stopped since they happen very quickly as the problem develops. Since most of these issues are less serious, however, than other flood problems that happen later, they are not as concerning as some of the other problems which can come from prolonged exposure to water if water damage remediation isn’t performed right away. 

The initial damages include:  

Carpets being stained from drapes, furniture, and other items that are not colorfast

Moving water spreading fast to other areas

Permanent damage and discoloration to furniture that is sensitive to moisture

Permanent damage to documents, books, and other paper goods

Flood Damage in the First Day 

Once the initial water damage from the flooding happens, there are many kinds of water damage which can happen on the first day. These kinds of damage aren’t totally irreversible. However, they can lead to problems which are more serious, and damage can become lasting if the water extraction process has not begun in this time period. 

Kinds of Pensacola Beach flood water damage in this stage include:  

Bacterial odor development

Delimitation and swelling of furniture legs

Disintegration and swelling of decorative, pressed wood furnishings, and structural items

Uncoated metal surfaces becoming tarnished

Normal household odors strengthened

Flood Damage in the First Week 

If the water isn’t removed and dried within the first day, a lot more serious kinds of problems can start to occur in the week that follows. This kind of flood damage in Pensacola Beach can permanently start to destroy personal belongings and furnishings. Plus, the structural damage to walls and flooring can happen from this stage of flood damage, also. 

The kinds of flood damage which can occur in the first week include the following:  

Uncoated metal surfaces rusting

Disintegration and swelling of drywall

Growing of mildew and mold plus a musty odor developing

Distorting, swelling and delaminating of window and wood door casings

Warping, swelling and splitting of studs and wood decking

Electronic components malfunctioning

An unsafe and harsh environment developing for anyone with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems

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After the first week, the damages and dangers only increase. Be sure to call SERVPRO of West Pensacola right away if you experience water damage from flooding, as we can use our special equipment to clean up your property quickly. We can be reached at any time by calling (850) 469-1160.