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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.”

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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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.

How Can Pensacola Properties Procure Disinfection Services?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has years of experience handling sanitization of biohazard-level cleaning needs

This novel virus has been grabbing the headlines in Pensacola and across the world and with good reason. The virus spreads rapidly and the Center for Disease Control has been able to confirm airborne transmission via droplets from coughing. Researchers also assume a high probability for the spread via high-touch surfaces so it is vital to ensure that surfaces and areas used by more than one person receive regular cleaning to lessen the chance of spreading of the disease.

What can SERVPRO do for Pensacola property owners that need disinfection services? 

Our IICRC-certified technicians have training in handling dangerous pathogens and mitigation  of biohazards with EPA-registered cleaning agents and specialized equipment.

  • The application disinfectants by thermal fogging. This method heats a disinfectant solution to temperatures that cause it to become a vapor, and it is then spread throughout the premises to penetrate and neutralize pathogens within porous materials. 
  • Cleaning of surfaces with antimicrobial agents following CDC best practices
  • The use of air scrubbers during cleaning to capture any potential airborne pathogens

The degree and level of cleaning that is performed can be regulated on the basis of known factors with regard to any exposure your facility may have had to infected persons. Facilities that have not been exposed to anyone known or suspected to have the virus may want to consider proactive cleaning, which can be something as simple as the application of an EPA-registered disinfectant. For facilities that have been exposed to persons known or suspected to have a virus the scope may include varying levels of cleaning and the application of disinfectants.  Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 for assistance or questions about how to improve the safety of your facilities today.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Why is SERVPRO Your Biggest Ally When There is Water Damage to Your Pensacola Home?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Pensacola Home Being Repaired by SERVPRO Our certified team is always ready to take on any damage big or small to your home. We have the right equipment to make your home livable again.

We Take Immediate Action When Dealing With Water Damage Restoration In Pensacola

As the summer months come upon us, homeowners need to be ready to face the elements. We usually focus on trimming any branches that might pose a threat to our roof or powerlines as well as stocking up on hurricane supplies which we hope we will never use. However, we often fail to prepare for smaller emergencies such as water damage caused by a leaky faucet or a broken water heater. These events can also disrupt our home and require the help of a professional team to be resolved.

When there is water damage to your home in Pensacola SERVPRO is the best resource at your disposal. Our team is available 24/7 and ready to arrive at your home for immediate action. Contrary to what is portrayed in media outlets, restoration of water damage should not be a do-it-yourself project. The consequences of not drying your home correctly and leaving water deposits can be long-lasting which is why the process is better left to a professional team.

Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC-certified to handle water damage and know the best practices in the industry to tackle your needs. By using moisture meters and infrared technology, we can detect areas where water deposits exist, even if they are invisible to the naked eye. By thoroughly extracting water with submersible pumps and handheld devices, we set the stage for our air handlers and air movers to expedite the drying process. Aside from returning your home to normal, by being thorough, we prevent the proliferation of bacteria and the possibility of mold in the future. The training and expertise of our Green Fleet are valuable not only for the work we do today but for anticipating complications you could have as a result of the water damage.

In Pensacola SERVPRO of West Pensacola is your best ally when you encounter water damage in your home. Just reach out to us at (850) 469-1160 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Why Should I Trust SERVPRO to Remove Floodwater Quickly?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

West Pensacola Home Flooding  SERVPRO can repair damage to floodwater damaged homes in West Pensacola and surrounding areas.

Delays in Flood Damage Remediation Always Cost You More in Pensacola

Knowing what kind of service you need to remove flood water properly relies on understanding how these damages occur and what the potential harms are. Flash floods can occur in virtually any environment but are usually the result of heavy rainfall or extreme weather conditions. That said, a backed-up sewage system can also be extremely damaging and require professional assistance.

Floodwater Extraction is not Simply a Case of Removing Water from your Pensacola Property

We operate an exceptional service for Floodwater Extraction in Pensacola because we have spent time and money learning about the impact of these types of damage and how best to remove them. When it comes to removal, flood water requires attention to detail as well as awareness of the potential harms it can cause. This assessment is necessary because, unlike other water removals, flood water can become inebriated with harmful pathogens.

What is Black Water?

When road overflows occur, water can absorb raw sewage and animal carcasses or herbicides, pesticides and other harmful toxins. We refer to water containing toxins as black water. Black Water is harder to extract because it is dangerous and poses a severe health risk. SERVPRO uses IICRC certificate holders, and guarantees all of our technicians hold the appropriate state and federal licenses for proper BioHazard removal.

These qualifications are essential to ensuring correct water extraction and disposal of substances in line with EPA guidelines. One of the first things we do on arrival is to expertly assess the condition of the water. Doing so allows us to proceed efficiently, whether that be truck-mounted or portable extraction units, submersible gas pumping of floodwaters or deploying rapid air-movers.

In some cases, water can be absorbed by subfloor or reside in wall cavities. Unlike other providers, SERVPRO technicians go through cross-training, meaning we can remove dry-wall or conduct remodeling work without you having to use multiple providers. As a company with access to national resources, we can promise to use the latest techniques and equipment to successfully mitigate losses, extract floodwaters and make the damage "Like it never even happened."

Why Damage from Flooding Should Be Repaired Quickly

When disasters impact your Pensacola home, time is of the essence to get the situation resolved as efficiently as possible. When situations like flooding occur, your entire property sits on a water damage timeline where the conditions get worse and worse until the appropriate mitigation techniques and restoration practices get applied. You need a professional team like ours that offers fast response times and equipment that can protect your home.

Flood damages in Pensacola spread quickly throughout your property from the moment that water enters your house. As this water spreads, every floodwater-exposed material begins to soak up the water and saturate. After only a brief period, this saturation can cause the composition of the materials like drywall to fail, swelling and distorting this construction element to the point of degradation.

Our SERVPRO professionals have built our entire franchise around our ability to respond quickly when our customers get faced with emergencies that threaten their properties. Our 24-hour response team can have boots on the ground to your address shortly after your call, with the full weight of our resources and experience to begin mitigation work on your home to protect its structural elements and contents. Our training in content mitigation can help our professionals through the pack-out process to designate at-risk items that require removal to remain unscathed from the floodwaters.

The advanced equipment available to our SERVPRO technicians is critical for our mitigation and restoration of flooding within your home. From our fast extraction techniques with our gas-powered and truck-mounted pumps to our industrial-strength machines like air movers and dehumidifiers for drying, we can eliminate the immediate threats to your property quickly upon our arrival.

Overcoming the flooding in your home is not something that a homeowner can do on their own. Finding the right professional assistance can feel overwhelming, but when you consider what’s most important from a fast response times to the equipment that can make a difference, our SERVPRO of West Pensacola becomes a wise choice. Give our experienced team a call anytime disaster strikes at (850) 469-1160.

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When a Pack-Out is Necessary Due to Fire Damage in Perdido Key

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire damage in Perdido Key will need SERVPROs assistance.

Many of the fire damage sites that SERVPRO works on only have charring and damage in a portion of the home. The techs use different methods to stop the rest of the house and furnishings from taking on smoke odors.

During a fire damage mitigation in Perdido Key, containment using either plastic barriers or in some cases, negative air chambers to keep soot from spreading throughout the home. This stops the potential for cross-contamination to areas of the house currently unaffected by coot and smoke damage. 

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians at SERVPRO undergo extensive training and come to each job to save the homeowner as much loss as possible through their learned restoration methods. They also have a diverse array of equipment for specialized cleaning and drying processes to give each loss site the best outcome.

When Containment is Not Enough

In some cases, putting up barriers during mitigation of fire loss is not enough. In those situations, a pack-out is often the best course of action to minimize damage. The technicians perform this task in a very organized fashion and photograph and note the location and condition of each item removed. So when the cleanup efforts complete, each piece can return to the exact spot where they removed it.

Smoke Damage and Odor Control

After a fire, the smoke residues and soot require removal from surfaces through careful hand-cleaning. Running an air scrubber fitted with HEPA filtration is another common during fire loss mitigation to keep airborne soot particles to a minimum.

Ductwork Inspection

Because soot travels through the air so readily, if the HVAC was running post-fire, there is an excellent chance the ductwork may require inspection and cleaning to render it smoke-odor free. SERVPRO technicians complete any needed ductwork cleaning before returning the packed-out items into the residence. 

SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 turns around fire damage in homes quickly with their experience and equipment to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Could You Be Making a Mistake When Dealing With Flood Damage in Pensacola?

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

flooded residential area with high water sign Homes in our Florida area get flooded sometimes. Contact SERVPRO for your water removal needs.

Removing Flood Damage from a Pensacola Beachfront Rental Home

Florida has three times the number of homes vulnerable to flooding compared to most other states in the continental US, and homeowners know to be prepared for the risks. However, even with extensive preparation, flooding happens and can cost as much as $20,000 to repair the damage caused by one inch of standing water. However, homeowners do not have to handle the cleaning process alone. 

If you need fast-acting cleanup services after flood damage to your Pensacola beachfront residence, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to restore your home. These professionals also possess contractor licenses for biohazards (#17-64-1560497) and mold remediation (#MRSR 2768), so you get more than just a deep clean. SERVPRO focuses on maximizing safety for homeowners and renters while ensuring that their restoration is done per building codes and insurance policies. 

SERVPRO Education Saves Homes

Both SERVPRO technicians and franchise owners are required to receive extensive education on disaster cleanup as well as the theory behind water and fire-related disasters. Technicians also have access to continual online education to hone their ability to serve homeowners. Credit and noncredit courses are also available for staff, insurance agents and adjusters, and real estate professionals. You can find courses such as: 

  • Water & Fire Damage Restoration
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

This team cares about educating professionals so that they can aid homeowners in getting the services they need while preserving their possessions and structures as much as possible. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

If flood water has accumulated in your kitchen, SERVPRO can use sump pumps and back-mounted extraction equipment to remove any remaining standing water. Cabinetry and fixtures are examined thoroughly for moisture, and extraction is just as comprehensive. Before air movers and dehumidifiers are implemented, technicians can use a variety of disinfection methods to clean your space. Tile flooring may be sprayed down with industrial-grade, EPA-registered antimicrobials. Sheetrock or drywall may need flood cuts to facilitate drying of the interior layers of the walls, which can quickly absorb water if the composition includes materials like gypsum and cardboard.  

SERVPRO of West Pensacola can ensure your property looks, "Like it never even happened." If you need reliable disaster cleanup, call (850) 469-1160 today.

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Don't get Scalded by a Perdido Key Fire. Call SERVPRO!

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Three Essential Steps to Restoring Your Perdido Key Home After a Fire 

You only need to watch the news to realize that an aromatic candle or a personal heater can bring you great comfort while posing great danger. It only takes an accidental oversight for either item to cause a fire in your home, leaving you with extensive fire damage and the need to relocate at least temporarily. The restoration task may overwhelm you, especially when you see all the dust and debris resulting from the fire and extinguishing efforts. Rest assured that there are professionals ready to help you navigate such a difficult time. 

When fire damage happens in Perdido Key, you can count on SERVPRO to hold your hand until your home is back to normal. Our team trains specifically for these jobs and holds certifications in water removal and fire restoration services. Even with well-meaning friends volunteering to help clean up the mess left by the fire, it is best to let the experts handle the situation. 

The restoration process is not a simple one, nor is it a one-size-fits-all approach. There are three critical aspects to it, and our SERVPRO crew is prepared to handle them all. First, our team ensures that the structure is safe for us to enter.

With this reassurance in place, we begin the water extraction process to remove excess moisture left by firefighters in their effort to extinguish the fire. During this stage, you may see us bring our truck-mounted pumps as well as install submersible ones. Using advanced tools, such as infrared moisture meters, we monitor the air until we achieve optimal levels of humidity. As we move along, we begin to clean and disinfect your home. When we remove soot and dust from your belongings and walls, we take into consideration the composition of each surface and apply cleaning solutions that are safe for their specifications. 

The third phase of the fire damage restoration process involves removing any foul odors left by the fire. At this time, we may use a range of products from odor pellets to thermal foggers, so when you walk back into your house, the smell of smoke is imperceptible. Odor removal is another area in which our SERVPRO crew excels, as we have available products superior to those found in the average home improvement center. 

Do not let a fire derail your life. Trust SERVPRO of West Pensacola to be your ally in restoring your home. Call us at (850) 469-1160 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Pensacola Flood Damage

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Resolves Flood Damage Situations in Pensacola Easily

A flooding incident is not something you expect to deal with every other day in Pensacola. When it happens, you need to respond appropriately to deal with all the challenges that arise. In other words, the response should not just be fast, but also well structured to deal with every challenge. Calling SERVPRO helps since we can manage such incidents better by following established response plans.

Single Point of Accountability

When our crews handle flood damage situations in Pensacola, we usually assign a production manager to oversee everything. With such an arrangement, there is a clear flow of information between you and the restoration crew easing the restoration process. Decisions such as what to save or what to throw away are simpler to communicate with such an arrangement. The SERVPRO production manager is also aware of the progress made and can, therefore, give you realistic completion timelines.

Breaking down work into phases

Restoring a flood-damaged property involves several tasks ranging from cleaning, demolition to the extraction of water. Carrying out these tasks, haphazardly can extend the time it takes to complete the job or even lead to poor outcomes. Our SERVPRO team breaks down the process into phases, steps, tasks, and activities. Such an approach allows related tasks to happen simultaneously while complimentary ones follow each other, saving time and effort. For example, we tear down affected areas before starting the cleaning process to avoid re-soiling clean areas. 

Dedicated customer contact

When you realize help is necessary to clean and restore your flood-damaged home, it is vital to reach out to someone knowledgeable and ready to make the necessary arrangements to save your property. Our SERVPRO customer service representatives are reachable 24 hours a day, providing support to the restoration crews. The customer support representatives ask crucial questions about the loss to determine what resources might be necessary and then pass that information to the restoration crews. 

Properly managing flooding situations helps in many ways, including reducing losses or fast-tracking restoration. Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 to help. Our combined resources deal with any situation "Like it never even happened."

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How SERVPRO Sanitizes Flood Damaged Pensacola Homes

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked in storage facility This is a peek at just some of our equipment that we use to dry your home. Call us today for all of your storm damage restoration needs.

Why Hire SERVPRO to Cleanup and Sanitize Your Flood Damaged Pensacola Home

Natural disasters like heavy rains and hurricanes can cause flooding in your Pensacola home. Apart from causing loss of property, flooding can also leave other harmful effects in its wake, including contamination of drinking water and mold growth. Human health is at stake whenever floods occur.

After a flood damages your Pensacola home, inform your insurer about the loss. If it was necessary to leave your house temporarily because of the flooding, look out for structural damage before entering it. To prevent health hazards, throw out any food or medication that may have come into contact with floodwater.

You should also protect yourself from the floodwater contaminants. Wear rubber-soled closed-toe shoes, full-length jeans, latex or rubber gloves, and long-sleeved clothes as you clean up your home. Mosquito-based ailments can also occur following a flood. Therefore, apply effective insect repellents. Some tools and supplies you need to clean up your home include:

  • Shovels
  • Squeegees
  • Buckets
  • Mops
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Brooms

Floodwater can penetrate many surfaces can cause hidden destruction. The water forces itself into cavities and insulated areas of your house. This moisture cannot return to the environment quickly. If you do not address it, it could migrate to other areas and cause further damage. Therefore, it is crucial to hire professionals from SERVPRO to assist you with cleaning up, disinfecting, and drying your home.

We can remove standing, muddy water using self-priming trash pumps. We classify these pumps as trash, semi-trash, full trash, or slurry pumps based on the size of solids they can pass. Full trash pumps can pass solids over 3”. Semi-trash pumps can pass solids less than 5/8″ while trash pumps can pass solids up to 1¼″. Slurry pumps can carry fluid containing mud and sand.

Our technicians can also use antibacterial agents to disinfect affected surfaces and nonporous items. If some of your porous possessions are unsalvageable, we can dispose of them. Our SERVPRO crew can then dry your home using desiccant dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers use chemicals known as desiccants that readily absorb moisture in the air the equipment processes.

If your home in Perdido Key, Goulding, or Sanders Beach has flood damage, you need experts to handle the water intrusion problem effectively. Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola for help. Our emergency helpline is (850) 469-1160.

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Our Fire Damage Technicians Will Restore Your Pensacola Property

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Local Pensacola Fire Damage Remediation Services

It was a typical Saturday morning that quickly spun out of control and left your Pensacola home in need of fire damage remediation services. You cooked breakfast and then left the bacon grease on the stove. However, you accidentally left the stove in and allowed the bacon grease to continue to fry on high heat. As you were eating, the grease ignited and then began to sputter, catching some boxes of cereal on fire nearby and a bag of bread.

Reacting quickly, you used an extinguisher on the fire and were relieved to see that it left behind only minor fire damages in your Pensacola kitchen. The soot from the blaze left greasy stains on the wall behind your stove and your countertop. Additionally, the fire left a foul smell in the air.

The fire damage truly is minor, but it is entirely acceptable for you to feel as if you are not exactly qualified to clean it up. Everyone wants the best for their homes, and to keep them in good condition. For this reason, you should contact SERVPRO.

Our skilled technicians are trained and certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. (IICRC.) We believe in getting to your home as fast as possible because we understand that fire damage is time-sensitive. No matter what day or hour you call, our technicians can rush to your home with advanced technology packed in our signature green SERVPRO vans.

Once we get to your home, we can get to work right away. Our IICRC-certified techs can use a unique house-made cleaning solution to break down the grime that the grease-fire left behind. Furthermore, our technicians can set up an air scrubber equipped with a carbon filter to absorb the scent-causing particles from the air. Our goal is always to erase every trace of the damage that we can, so we can leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

When your home is in need of fire damage remediation, never hesitate. Get in touch with SERVPRO of West Pensacola by dialing (850) 469-1160. Night or day, 24/7, we're open and ready to help you.

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SERVPRO Restoration Services that Help Pensacola in a Crisis

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

For water, fire, mold, or storm damages, SERVPRO has the training and equipment to restore your property to preloss condition.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with All Your Restoration Needs

We have become a respected name in the Greater Pensacola area, and this shows with our active involvement with the Pensacola and Perdido Chambers of Commerce and property management firms in the region. We are also on a shortlist of teams with access to restricted areas with clearance from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Naval Air Station (NAS.) Our award-winning service has been a constant for our team, and we continue to improve on our sales and customer satisfaction ratings with each job that we complete. In being a coastal community, storms and other emergencies could threaten homes and businesses without warning, but our SERVPRO team is ready and able to help.

Mold Remediation

While you may think that storms hold the record for being the most destructive disasters that affect Pensacola homes, there are many instances in which these emergencies, along with water loss incidents, do not get dried and cleaned as they should. Our professionals specialize in cleaning mold damage from structures and surfaces and can work quickly to identify the full scope of the damage and the appropriate steps to mitigate the situation. 

Along with education and training to become Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), our professionals also seek to improve their knowledge of microbial threats and remediation practices through secondary education with the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI). Both of these avenues have helped our team to address mold damage in Pensacola homes and businesses quickly and confidently. 

While we have the most cutting-edge tools and products in the remediation industry, we also rely heavily on the ability of our team to perform multiple tasks for damaged Pensacola properties. To successfully restore the damage that mold has caused, air duct cleaning and biohazard cleanup might be necessary. In extreme cases, we can remove affected materials altogether with the experience of our licensed (MRSR 2768) contractors we have on the team. 

Water Damage Restoration

With water recovery being such a vital element in the services we offer the entire Pensacola region, we appreciate the value of a fast response as much as even our customers do. We know that your home and business are more than just construction materials and a place to sleep. We are there within hours of your first call to get mitigation work started and to help reduce the possibility of more compromising secondary effects like mold and microbial growth. These conditions are already challenging enough to combat with the humid conditions in the area throughout the year. 

We are committed to having the best possible equipment and products to manage water damage in Pensacola properties. We have hundreds of high-velocity air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialized tools to help gain control of widespread saturation and standing water shortly after arriving at a damaged structure. 

As a large loss provider, we have overseen substantial loss incidents that have occurred in commercial structures like Dillard’s department store, the Pensacola Naval Air Station – home to the Blue Angels, and even the Pensacola International Airport. There is no job too big or too small for our dedicated professionals to handle. 

Fire Damage Repair

Fire damage in Pensacola homes can prove threatening enough, but that is very rarely the extent of the damages that your home or business faces after a loss incident like this. With the common practice of fire extinguishment happening with water, and how readily moisture and dampness can develop into secondary effects like mold, you need a team with multiple layers of experience and knowledge in the industry to help. Our SERVPRO professionals have accreditations in every niche of the recovery and restoration business and can help you to overcome whatever obstacles remain after a fire loss incident. 

We seek to provide our customers with a full-service approach to their needs, so no client has to seek out subcontractors on their own and battle scheduling conflicts. We can address all of the issues present in a fire damaged Pensacola home, including: 

  • Cleaning
  • Soot and Smoke Residue Removal
  • Air Filtering
  • Odor Removal
  • Controlled Demolition / Debris Removal 
  • Content Management 
  • Full Reconstruction

We rely on sophisticated equipment that can help to reduce airborne threats and make the environment safer for our technicians and your family. Hydroxyl generators can neutralize odor particles and filter air through a sophisticated HEPA filter. We believe in this technology so much that we sell and install hydroxyl machines to homes and businesses in Pensacola to improve air quality. 

Storm Damage Cleanup

As a community positioned on the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola is often in one of the worst possible positions to avoid the destructive and devastating storms making landfall. Because of this constant threat, our SERVPRO team has determined that the best defense for these situations is education and preparedness. Each of our technicians has at least one certification from the IICRC and can work to set up quickly after a storm to provide vital reconstruction, mitigation, and recovery efforts. Our storm response team has gotten comprised of our water restoration, mold remediation, reconstruction, and cleaning professionals. 

Structural breaches can quickly allow for flooding and other disastrous conditions, so we employ experienced reconstruction specialists with decades of experience in the building trades. We can help in temporary construction efforts, controlled demolition of exposed materials, and helping to re-establish utility connections like electricity after the storm has passed. Another subset of our disaster relief large loss recovery team works to begin extraction and drying efforts for exposed Pensacola houses to reduce the severity of mold growth, structural degradation, and other conditions.

Storm damage in Pensacola is traumatic and overwhelming for our friends and neighbors here, and that is why we work closely with institutions like the Red Cross and Waterfront Rescue Mission to help our local businesses and residents through this stressful experience. 

You might have many options for restoration services in the area, but it is challenging to compete with the comprehensive approach of our SERVPRO of West Pensacola outfit. We can address all loss incidents quickly, and have the skills and equipment to make these situations “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (850) 469-1160.

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Pensacola Home Under Water from Flooding? Get Fast Help from SERVPRO

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Pensacola Homes and Commercial Buildings Benefit from SERVPRO's Extensive Industry-Leading Equipment Manned by Skilled Technicians

Why SERVPRO Chooses Certain Equipment for Flood Damage Mitigation in Pensacola

During a flood, Pensacola neighborhoods become murky places where sidewalks disappear, and safe areas become dangerous. Gas lines become weak and can cause explosions. Water lines also become stressed wherever they have exposed sections because of the force of the water flowing around them. Entire neighborhoods often lose power and protecting people in the area from electrocution is a crucial consideration.
 
We want the residents of Pensacola to know why SERVPRO uses different types of equipment when mitigating flood damage in their homes. We use industry-leading devices that allow our work to flow more smoothly and concludes as soon as possible. We also work in teams to make our labor as efficient as possible as well as your insurance adjuster.
 
When a home has crawlspaces, these also suffer during a flood. We use submersible pumps that quickly extract the water and a large amount of debris from these hidden spaces. We do this after we drain the water from the living areas above if any is present. While this sublevel might seem unimportant compared to the rest of your home, its condition can affect the rest of your home.
 
We also use air scrubbers after we have removed drywall that came into contact with the floodwaters. These machines act like air vacuums that entrap any microbes that exist in the air. Keeping the microbe population low means your home's risk of infestations significantly decreases.
 
We use infrared thermal imaging to detect hidden water in smaller incidents, but during flooding, we may save this step. Mapping out moisture areas helps establish drying goals as we compare them to unaffected areas of the structure.

We know that cabinets and built-in countertops can trap water underneath them from when the floodwaters flowed above their bases, so we drain these areas. Small drill bits make holes small enough so that it is easy to cover them later. We use our Injectidry system to air the space out with warm air and treat it with an antimicrobial spray.
 
SERVPRO of West Pensacola wants to help you recover after a flooding event with the latest equipment and technology used in the mitigation of flood damage. Call (850) 469-1160 to contact us as early as possible after such a disaster to protect your Goulding or Sanders Beach home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water From Ceilings in Your Pensacola Home

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our vans are fully stocked with state-of-the-art equipment to dry your home.

Why SERVPRO Drills Small Holes to Prevent or Mitigate Water Damage in Pensacola

Your home can sustain invasion from lost water in many places. Overhead, rain falling across Pensacola can find its way inside after shingles get blown loose by strong winds. Gutters can also suffer damage from winds or impact from trees that fall onto your home, and then flood your home with accumulated rain near your foundation. Broken pipes can happen anywhere in between.  

Why SERVPRO technicians perform specific tasks and how they prevent or mitigate water damage in a Pensacola area home comes from their training and experience. We always want to provide our customers with the most cost-effective services possible while also performing work that we know has the best chances of remaining effective for the longest period.  

Some of these methods might seem destructive, when in fact they really go a long way toward protecting your property. Water can become trapped inside dead space cavities all around your home. To get this water out, either by extraction, draining, or drying methods, we drill small holes that lets the trapped water out. These same holes can allow us to force warm air inside the space so it can dry out.  

Whenever we do this, we first look for ways to hide the hole after we finish. For walls, the most common place we use is behind the baseboards. In ceilings, we might find it possible to use the space where an overhead light comes through the ceiling. While we cannot drain a ceiling this way, we can use it to send air through the entire ceiling space.  

When a ceiling shows a curvature and sagging, we know that the most likely reason is trapped water weighing it down. A bucket underneath catches the water draining from tiny weep holes. As the water drains and the 'circle' becomes smaller, we drill a series of holes that follow a line across a part of your ceiling.  

Patching these holes with some compound can often hide them enough that repainting the entire ceiling does not become necessary. Even with noticeable holes, this method restores the ceiling back to a safe condition and carries a lower cost than replacing the ceiling. We can reattach the ceiling to the support beams and draw it back up, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of West Pensacola performs all types of mitigation, including minor repairs caused by water damage. Residents in Goulding, Warrington, and surrounding areas, including Sanders Beach, have come to know they can rely on us when they need to protect their home. You can depend on us, also, so call our 24-hour emergency services number, (850) 469-1160.

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Soot Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team Of Experts In Pensacola

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

It is wise to call in the experts at SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 to make sure all of the damage gets found and mitigated immediately.

Pensacola's Fire Cleanup Experts Talk About Soot Removal

Whenever a fire burns on your West Pensacola property, the smoke and flames coming from the burn can negatively affect both your contents and building materials. If anything burns inside a building, even the smallest blaze can require you to call in a professional smoke and fire cleanup company such as SERVPRO. When something burns not all items fully combust leaving behind partially burnt particles and smoke. Smoke can travel all throughout your house and leave behind foul odors, soot residues, and soils. Smoke first rises with heat; then it will adhere to cooler surfaces in the form of residues that add to the overall fire cleanup project.

When items inside your home get burnt, they can create a combination of different types of smoke which have various effects to your contents and building materials. Our SERVPRO team is experienced with fire cleanup in West Pensacola, and we know the best methods for removing soot and other soils. We provide fast 24/7 service and show up to your residence quickly after we receive your call. As soon as we arrive, our technicians and estimators determine the extent and severity of the damage. Our estimators bring with them testing kits that get used on soot damaged surfaces so that we can figure out what we think we can save with restoration and what we think must be replaced.

Our highly trained team develops an initial estimate that gets sent to you and your insurance adjuster that gives you a good idea of what will need to be removed and replaced and what can get cleaned and restored. Our technicians are IICRC certified and have experience in various situations that make the initial estimating process very important and efficient. Once our specialists figure out what needs to be done, we then utilize the industry's most advanced technology to bring your house back to the way it was before the fire burned.

If you ever notice even the smallest fire on your property, it is wise to call in the experts at SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 to make sure all of the damage gets found and mitigated immediately.

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How Washing Machines Can Create Water Damage in Your Pensacola Home

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Inspect your washing machine often for signs of leaks.

Water Damage from Washing Machine Failures in a Pensacola Home

There is no mistaking that washing machines have helped to simplify the life of Pensacola residents over the last many decades, but as many homeowners choose to work their appliances to the point of failure before replacing them or servicing them, your washing machine can also be anything but convenient. Aging components within the machine such as fill sensors and or bearings could result in your washing machine overflowing or spilling its full barrel contents onto the flooring. Whenever a disaster like this strikes, you have a small window of time to get to the problem before the situation causes significant damage to construction materials and the contents of the affected area.

As the water damage in your Pensacola home might be among the most pressing of concerns, you also want to quickly resolve the situation so that you do not have to spend weeks getting behind on laundry or taking loads of clothes to laundromats until the restoration completes. The longer that you wait to get a resolution in place, the more damage that can occur to vital construction elements of your home. This degradation can lead to structural failure or mold growth when left unresolved, so immediately calling professionals like our SERVPRO team is critical.

From concrete floors to tile and wood plank, our SERVPRO professionals have the tools to eliminate moisture from flooring materials to preserve them whenever possible. With the combined use of air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers, the technicians on site can force moisture out of materials and into the air as a vapor for collection by the dehumidification equipment. Set in moisture and dampness into flooring material can often benefit from the use of our large drying mats which offer penetrative power to dry out lingering moisture below the surface level.

While the washing machine has made life more convenient and efficient for homeowners, it can also become the source of substantial water damage when the appliance is mismanaged or aging. Whenever a disaster like this threatens your property, give our SERVPRO of West Pensacola rapid response team a call at (850) 469-1160.

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Our Experts Explain The Important Steps In Our Drying Process For Commercial Properties In Pensacola

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

If the leak happens overnight when nobody is at the school, extensive commercial water damage could take place.

Pensacola's Commercial Water Damage Team Discusses Different Drying Methods

If a toilet backs up or a pipe breaks inside your Pensacola charter school, the damage that results could be catastrophic. If the leak happens overnight when nobody is at the school, extensive commercial water damage could take place. Pipes that break can pump hundreds of gallons of water into your facility in a matter of hours. The longer building materials and your contents stay wet, the more likely things inside your Pensacola private academy will get ruined.

As soon as you notice an indoor flood at your school, it is important to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our team is experienced in dealing with commercial water damage in the Pensacola area. We know that large organizations like schools have a chain of command that must be followed before any work can commence. Whether it is a contracted maintenance company or it is handled in-house, we will work directly with whoever is in charge.

We also take measures to make sure that the affected area we are working in is safe. If there are any hazards, present we either immediately mitigate the issue or block off the region. Our SERVPRO team knows that safety is the number one priority when working around your teachers and children.

After we deem the area safe to work in, we begin the extraction phase. Once we are confident that we have pulled up as much moisture as possible, we begin the rapid structural drying process. When attempting to dry out your contents and building materials quickly, we test moisture levels to determine the best method.

In some cases, we use large box fans and create air circulation with air from the outside. However, in most scenarios, we utilize a closed drying system so we can better regulate the environment. In these cases, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to create an environment that helps Mother Nature speed up her natural evaporation process.

In other situations, we utilize specialized equipment like injection driers or drying mats. Injection systems get used to pump air into wall cavities, whereas drying mats help with wet hardwood floors. If you ever go to your school in the morning and notice that a disaster occurred overnight, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 right after you notice a problem.

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