What Can You Do Before SERVPRO Arrives to Provide Water Damage Restoration
SERVPRO techs are called in to begin water damage restoration on Downtown Pensacola property.
You’ve just come home from a long day at work and are looking forward to kicking your shoes off and relaxing. You reach the front door, step inside, and SQUISH! The unmistakable sound of stepping on soggy carpet reaches your ears. In an instant, your mind goes from thoughts of relaxation to an urgent sense of determining what has happened. Now what do you do??
Safety First! Before proceeding further, check for issues such as sagging ceilings or slippery floors that could be hazardous to your safety. If you determine that is safe to proceed, try to determine the source of the water intrusion. If you find that a broken refrigerator supply line is the culprit, you will want to prevent water from reaching that source, and consequently further damaging your home. Be cognizant of the source of the water: it can be unsafe to handle contaminated water, such as a sewage back up, without proper protective equipment. Call SERVPRO of Downtown and North Pensacola for help! Our team of highly trained professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for water damage emergencies. Once we arrive on site, we will evaluate the damages sustained, perform emergency water extraction as needed, formulate a plan for the mitigation process, and keep you updated about your property every step of the way.
It can be a very stressful situation to deal with water damages in your home, including the damage itself, working with your insurance company, and taking care of any belongings that may have also be affected. SERVPRO of Downtown and North Pensacola can help with all steps of this process, helping to make your damage “Like it never even happened.”
Staying Healthy around Standing Water Ferry Pass
SERVPRO is brought in to remove standing water in Ferry Pass residence after serious water damage is endured.
Floods can cause standing water in Ferry Pass creating the possibility of different types of disease. Even small puddles can pose a risk.
Some types of debris found in flood waters include dead animals, sewage, and rotted plants. Inside the home, you should watch for debris involving rotted food and electrical problems.
Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of East Naples suggests:
- Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected.
- Wash children’s hands before meals
- Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
- Keep your hands washed
- Do not allow children to play in the flood water
- Using bleach if possible, wash clothing and towels in hot water
- Disinfect children’s toys before allowing them to play with them
Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Ferry Pass:
- Avoid flood waters if you have an open rash or a cut
- Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
- Clean cuts with soap and clean water
- If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention
Commercial Water Damage Restoration for Your Pensacola Restaurant
Water restoration experts at SERVPRO service water damage at Downtown Pensacola cafe.
Your restaurant in Pensacola has an assortment of essential plumbing needs which need attention. If you fail to meet these needs, it can have catastrophic consequences because the plumbing can experience significant clogs or other disruptive and damaging problems. Even though these issues can be severe, it is not uncommon for the senior members of management and the owners to be ill-informed about the necessary steps which can be taken to avoid potentially significant problems with plumbing.
Commercial water damage issues in your Pensacola restaurant are a huge hassle. It can stop your normal daily operations depending on the severity of the problem, and that means lost profits for you as the owner. At SERVPRO we understand this, we won’t hesitate to get to your business as soon as you contact us. As professional remediation specialists, we have the training and tools needed to get your business back up and running quickly.
If there is any standing water when we arrive, we use truck-mounted pumps to extract as much as possible, then use industrial fans and dehumidifiers to get the affected area dry again. If the damage is confined to a smaller area and you were able to keep your doors open to the public, we always work respectfully around you and your customers so we cause as little disruption as we can.
The sewer line is a part of your plumbing system which can be most prone to problems. It is wise to clean it out every few years. When it becomes clogged, it can contribute to the whole plumbing system of your restaurant getting backed up and causing flooding. The best way to avoid this potential issue is having the sewer line cleaned professionally. It can be done in a few hours during times your restaurant is closed, so you do not disrupt your operations.
Your restaurant’s plumbing is especially prone to clogs and other problems from large amounts of grease which can enter the plumbing from cooking utilities or washing dishes. Therefore, minimizing how much grease enters the plumbing is essential. Installing grease traps is a wise investment to make, as they help intercept any grease which accidentally enters the drain. The traps should be cleaned and emptied regularly to keep them functional.
Toilets can be another source of problems for any business that is open to the public. Installing high-capacity toilets can reduce the potential of them becoming clogged because these toilets use more water to flush.
SERVPRO of Downtown and North Pensacola knows that when your business is experiencing a water damage emergency that time is of the essence. Call us right away so we can come and assist you in fixing the issue and cleaning up your restaurant and getting you back in business.
When it Comes to Solutions, The Right Crew and Company is Key!
SERVPRO team leaders in North Pensacola utilize extensive experience to serve the storm victims of the panhandle.
Calling the right crew can be a game changer both financially and for your productivity. If you need solutions NOW, you need to be SERVed by a team ready and able to meet your needs ASAP. We know the importance of performing water cleanup to crawl spaces for North Pensacola residents.
Flooding is always a persistent threat to homes and businesses in coastal areas, as the city often falls in line with storms making landfall from the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy storms and strong winds can be damaging enough, but substantial rainfall over days can cause groundwater flooding in various ways. Oversaturated earth cannot absorb rain, and it can sit on the surface and pool until it becomes a hazardous situation.
Flood from groundwater under affected homes can threaten areas like the crawlspace of residences. This open area beneath a structure can be the ideal installation point for utility connections like the water and gas. Because this is a hub for your in-house services, addressing North Pensacola area flood damage is critical to protect these fixtures and exposed structural elements supporting the house. When standing water exists underneath the house, there are several strategies to dry up the area.
Groundwater extraction is more complicated and problematic than removing standing water inside the house. Instead of electric submersible pumps that can continually remove volumes of water quickly and quietly, our SERVPRO professionals must utilize more powerful equipment like gas-powered trash pumps and engine-driven truck-mount pumps.
Drying up the lingering moisture in the area is the only way to address potential threats like mold and microbial growth. Lingering dampness can feel active spores in this environment to use organic materials like wood framing and supports to colonize. With centrifugal air movers carefully positioned, we can begin universal evaporative drying for the entire damaged space. We can also assess at this time if any reconstruction or other build back needs exist for your residence before we conclude restoration.
Flooding can often be one of the most damaging situations for homes and businesses in the area. Even if the standing water is underneath your home in the crawlspace, you might still be at risk for the effects that this elevated moisture and humidity can cause. No matter how we can help.
Reach out to our team today and find out why our technicians are your solution.
SERVPRO Cares: DIY Tactics for Damage Prevention.
SERVPRO Crew Pulls Together to Educate the Community on Prevention Tactics that Can SAVE.
When it comes to experts, we are it! Still, there are times where you may be able to remedy restoration issues, and you deserve to know how to do just that when you can.
Storm damages, sewer line bursts, pipes leakage and other water damaging scenarios can cause really serious, long-term consequences. This damage can be toxic and cause mold growth. To avoid this, and other long-lasting complications, you can try the steps below on your own.
Timing is a huge factor in the success of DIY tactics. The sooner you can act, the better. This helps prevent a worsening issue and even more health challenges to you, your family and co-workers. From the moment you notice signs, get moving ASAP for best results.
The first thing you should do is disconnect the outlets in the area.
Water and electricity can be a fatal combination, so make sure to disconnect all outlets the moment you discover water damage in your home. Even if it is not apparent that high impact damages are in store, the first step MUST always be this one. If this step is not prioritized, and you go into the home without disconnecting the outlets, electrical shock explosions can take place.
The next thing to do is to check for mold in the area. As most know, mold thrives in moist spaces, so taking the time to inspect the entire home or building immediately is key. Here are a few common signs to look for:
- The prevalence of a musty, earthy smell
- Darkening of the grout in your shower tiles
- Wallpaper peeling
- Dark or colored spots on your walls
Most obviously, it’s important to dry the water out!
Also was dry asap to prevent the damage from worsening. Leaving still water in any spaces, for any period of time, is a haven for germs and bacteria- weakening the structure of your home. A few ways that you can do this are using fans, dehumidifiers to dry out walls and carpets as well.
Another thing you can do on your own is remove any damaged items. All too often, water damage will wreak havoc on the items inside the home as well. It’s important to inspect furniture, carpet, flooring, drywall and other items that are of no use and are holding moisture ongoing.
The last DIY tactic we recommend is to disinfect!
Even if it seems a small area has the damage, you can’t be certain that bacteria has not reached other areas. We use the “better safe than sorry” method here and always suggest sanitizing the property with bleach as quickly as possible.
If you attempt some or all of the above, and you are still not reaching a remedy stage, calling our crew in is a sure bet to getting a solution in place and restoring the routines you need to carry on life as usual. We pride ourselves on being both educational with tips and hands on when the help is needed. That is how we SERV!
When Was The Last Time You Flushed Your Water Heater?
Maintain you water heater to extend its life, and help protect yourself from water damage!
Common answers include "I don't know," "Never," or "Wait What? You're supposed to flush you water heater?"
Because many home projects compete for your attention, water heater maintenance can be easily forgotten. Routine activities like running the dishwasher, showering or washing laundry depend on a properly functioning unit. Unseen problems may slowly develop into a catastrophe; so making sure to maintain your water heater is paramount.
How Should a Heater Be Flushed?
Performing a flush can help you identify problem areas. Before you start, establish a safety zone in the heater room. Then perform the following steps:
- To avoid electric shock, make sure floors and all other room surfaces are dry, and turn off your main water valve.
- Next, turn off the electric power circuit breaker or turn off the gas, depending on your heater's energy source.
- Wait several hours for the tank water to cool off.
- Attach a garden hose to your water heater drain, place the other end on your driveway, and open the tank drain so water can flow outside.
- Repeat until the unit is empty, then detach the hose, close the drain valve, turn on the main water supply, and safely restore the power.
When Are Flushes Recommended?
Although your heater may be working, these appliances lose effectiveness over time as water sediment builds up, so yearly flushing helps maintain the units in optimal condition. Certain signs may indicate that you need to schedule a water heater flush sooner.
What Are Some Early Warning Signs?
One of the first signs can be strange noises coming from the tank. Water may take longer to heat or leaks may begin to appear under the heater. Water discoloration or unpleasant odors can also signal problems.
What if There Is a Problem?
If you experience problems or feel you cannot safely perform a flush, you may want to call for professional assistance. Some issues may need to be identified and resolved by an expert technician or plumber. You can receive the help you need and best solutions can also be evaluated.
Preventative yearly maintenance can maximize the life of your water heater and help identify problems while they are small enough to be fixed. That's always a good idea!
More than Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration
For your biohazard, mold, and deep cleaning needs, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola!
The SERVPRO brand is known as a nationwide leader in water and fire damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. Along with these services, did you know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is certified in, and offers, a variety of additional cleanup and restoration lines to help both you and your property after disaster strikes? That’s right! So, what else can you rely on our highly trained and professional team to do for you?
- Biohazard Remediation – in the unfortunate event that an instance occurs at your property than leaves behind contamination that is considered biohazardous, our team can help! We provide biohazard remediation services for crime scenes, suicides, hoarding scenes, chemical spills, and a host of other contamination issues.
- Mold Remediation – as a licensed mold remediator in the State of Florida, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is trained and equipped to address and treat microbial growth. We work closely with a variety of vendors and suppliers throughout the area to provide the highest possible level of customer service and care for mold damaged properties.
- General & Deep Cleaning Services – our cleaning services can tackle even the toughest of messes. We provide duct, contents, upholstery, and even wall and ceiling cleaning!
- Reconstruction – After the mitigation has taken place, whether from fire, water, or any other disaster, we are also a licensed general contractor who can handle your reconstruction as well! Including drywall, painting, and framing, our team will work from beginning to end to make your damage “Like it never even happened.”
To learn more about the services we offer, request assistance, or for any other way we can be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out: 850-466-3076. Serving the communities of Pensacola, Ferry Pass, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is available 24/7/365 for emergencies, and we look forward to providing you with stellar customer service in your time of need!
Don't Let Mold Take Hold in Your Pensacola Commercial Property!
If mold DOES take hold, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola to help!
In the humid Northwest Florida climate, a minimal amount of moisture mixed with the right material, such as drywall, creates the PERFECT environment for an unwanted invader – MOLD! In order to protect the health of your employees, clients, and yourself, the last thing you want to encounter in your commercial property is mold. Following are a couple of tips for preventing microbial growth from "taking hold" at your business:
#1 – Monitor for, and repair, any leaks:
With intricate plumbing systems, and multiple points of entry and exit, commercial buildings are much more likely to incur leaks, whether from internal sources, such as sink fixtures, or external, like severe weather. Create a plan for monitoring for water leaks, and if found, repair as soon as possible to limit the amount of moisture absorbed into the building. Common signs of leaks to watch for include pooling of water in one specific location, staining on ceiling tiles or drywall, and a musty odor in a particular area.
#2 – Take care of your HVAC system:
Circulating unclean air in conjunction with humidity and moisture can lead to mold growth. Change out AC filters regularly and keep duct work maintained to limit the possibility of microbial growth. Condensation can often form at air duct vents and returns, so be cognizant of this moisture and keep it from seeping into surrounding materials.
In the unfortunate event that your commercial building does incur mold issues, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help! We have the equipment, experience, and training to provide mold remediation services while limiting business interruption as much as possible. To learn more about our process, or request an appointment, please give us a call at 850-466-3076.
Reduce the Risk of DRYER FIRES!
Dryer Fire? SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help!
Preventative maintenance and cleaning are two of the best ways to reduce the risk of a residential structure fire, and this is especially true in the case of clothing dryers. The US Fire Administration reports than an average of 2,900 dryer fires occur each year, amounting in nearly $35 million worth of property damage loss, and that failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of these fires. Keep yourself, loved ones, and your property safe by following these tips on clothing dryer maintenance:
- Make sure that you dryer is installed according to manufacturer specifications. Improper wiring can cause an electrical fire. Along with proper installation, it is imperative to make sure your dryer is properly powered.
- Clean out the lint filter after each cycle. This allows the proper air flow through the machine, and the removal of the lint limits the amount of material available to burn if a fire did start.
- Periodically check the vent system leading out of the dryer. Make sure this venting is not cracked, restricted, or blocked.
- Do not put materials into the clothing dryer that are not rated for this type of drying.
- Clean out lint buildup behind, around, and underneath the dryer.
- Do not leave your dryer running unattended.
In the unfortunate event that a dryer, other appliance, or other malfunction causes a fire at your home, know that the professionally trained team at SERVPRO of North Pensacola is equipped and prepared to help. Serving communities throughout Northwest Florida, we have the training, experience, and expertise to handle fire damages of all shapes and sizes. To learn more about our services, request assistance, or for any other property damage issues, don’t hesitate to call: 850-466-3076. SERVPRO of North Pensacola – “We’re faster to any size disaster!”
SERVPRO’s Commercial Restoration Response
Ready to respond 24/7/365, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is faster to any size disaster!
SERVPRO has been recognized as a leader in residential cleanup and restoration throughout the United States for many years, however, did you know that we also provide the same high level of workmanship and customer service in the commercial sector? That’s right! Utilizing highly trained and skilled technicians, industry leading commercial grade equipment, and an extensive network of resources, we are prepared and able to respond to damages of all shapes and sizes. So, what services can you count on SERVPRO of North Pensacola to provide for your commercial property?
- Water Damage Restoration: 24 hour a day emergency response, standing water extraction, drying, dehumidification.
- Fire Damage Remediation: board up service, soot clean up, smoke deodorization, contents cleaning.
- Storm Damage Response: roof tarping, window board up, drying & dehumidification, sanitization.
- Mold Remediation: Florida Licensed Mold Remediator providing cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection.
…and a host of other services, including reconstruction!
With the support of over 2,000 franchises nationwide, the network of the SERVPRO system is strategically positioned to respond, in force, to disasters across the country. The team members at SERVPRO of North Pensacola are proud to live and work in our local community, responding to assist residents and business owners in their time of need. We diligently work with a variety of vendors, subcontractors, insurance carriers, and other interested parties to get your business, back to business, as soon as possible when disaster strikes. To learn more about our commercial offerings, or request assistance, please give us a call: 850-466-3076.