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When it Comes to Solutions, The Right Crew and Company is Key!

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO North Pensacola team gathers to map out service strategies for storm affected community members. 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.

Extraction 

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 

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.

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team Members Gather Together to Come up With Tips for Local Residents 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?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Water heater inside of a garage 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

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Man wearing PPE holding a sign that says "biohazard" 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!

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Containment set up with an air scrubber 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!

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Dryer that has caught on fire with SERVPRO logo 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

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of a commercial building 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.

Types of Thunderstorms

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm coming in over a grassy field If storms lead to storm DAMAGE, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola to help!

Thunderstorms are common occurrences in Northwest Florida, especially during the spring and summer months.  While residents of Escambia County and surrounding areas are accustomed to thunderstorms rolling through, many may not be aware that there are different kinds of thunderstorms, and each carries a varying level of severity.  To best prepare for the effects that these storms can have, AND keep yourself and your loved ones safe, it is important to understand the various thunderstorm types:

Ordinary Cell

Also known as a “pulse” thunderstorm, this is a single-cell storm.  These types of thunderstorms are generally short lived, and while gusty winds or hail can develop, they are typically not severe.  Thunderstorms of this type do have the potential to develop additional cells under the right atmospheric conditions but are generally less severe and dangerous that other types.

Multi-Cell Cluster

These types of thunderstorms form when multiple ordinary cell storms, which are in various stages of development, merge together.  Depending on atmospheric conditions, these storms can vary greatly in the amount of rainfall dropped over any one area.  Multi-cell clusters can produce flash flooding conditions and should be closely monitored.

Multi-Cell Line (Squall Line)

When thunderstorms form in a line, they can sometimes stretch for hundreds of miles.  These multi-cell lines can produce damaging winds, hail, occasional tornadoes, and heavy rainfall.  Long lived, strong squall lines can produce considerable, widespread damage.

Supercell Thunderstorms

Supercell thunderstorms are highly organized, special single cell thunderstorms that can persist for many hours.  These storms are known to produce extreme winds, flash flooding, large hail, and account for nearly all the significant tornadoes in the United States.  The shape of the storm helps to determine the amount of precipitation generally associated with the supercell.  Storms like these can be extremely unpredictable and dangerous; oftentimes these will be associated with severe thunderstorm warnings from your local weather authority.

In the unfortunate event that a thunderstorm, or other weather phenomena, causes damage to your home or business, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola to help.  Serving the communities of Ferry Pass, Cottage Hill, and surrounding areas, our team takes great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes.  To learn more about our storm damage response, request assistance, or for any other questions, please give us a call: 850-466-3076.

source: https://www.weather.gov/jetstream/tstrmtypes

Traveling This Summer? Reduce the Risk of Residential Water Damage!

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Hand cleaning leaves out of a rain gutter Cleaning out your gutters is just one way to protect your property while away on vacay!

With school out of session, many families plan and take vacation during the summertime months.  Whether taking a cross-country road trip to visit friends, going on a weekend getaway to a destination theme park, or any of the other wonderful activities you enjoy, you will want to make sure your home is safe and secure.  Locking doors, setting the alarm, and having a neighbor grab the mail are all common preparations you may make before a trip, but have you considered how to reduce the risk of water damages while you are away?  We have some great tips to help you do just that!

Turn off your water before you leave:  By turning off your main water valve to your home, you greatly reduce the risk of a water damage caused by a pipe failure or supply line leak.

Clean out your gutters: In case heavy rains take place while you are away, having your gutters cleared will allow the water to freely flow from your roof and away from your property.  Conversely, clogged gutters can cause water to back up onto the roof.

Do a “pre-trip” property check: This should include checking the plumbing below all sinks for any leaks, removing any debris from the yard that could cause standing water to not drain away properly, checking for any damage to window or door sills, and making sure all appliance supply lines are secure.

Have someone you trust check on your property: Perhaps that neighbor that is collecting your mail could also pop inside and make sure nothing has happened while you are away.  If damage has occurred, the faster it is discovered, the less likely additional issues will arise.

Serving the communities of Pensacola, Ferry Pass, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when water damages strike.  Our team of highly trained professionals takes great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service during difficult times and will work to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”  To learn more or request assistance, give us a call: 850-466-3076.

Understanding the Water Damage Timeline

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Man extracting water from a carpeted hallway Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola!

Water damages can strike any time of day, and on any day of the week.  Whether from a natural source, such as a heavy thunderstorm, or from manmade means, including leaking pipes, water damages are not only inconvenient, but can be both costly and stressful for the property owner.  Because water damages progress rapidly, often causing additional and secondary damages, our team is ready to respond and begin the mitigation process 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is important to understand HOW water damages work, and the timeline they generally follow when left untreated, in order to successfully mitigate, remediate, and salvage as much as possible.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water spreads throughout the property, both in visible and non-visible cavities.
  • Water is absorbed into drywall, flooring, and furniture.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing staining on surrounding carpets.
  • Paper documents, photographs, and books absorb water and begin to swell.

Within 24 Hours:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Odor begins to develop.
  • Furniture may begin to swell and warp.

48 Hours to One Week:

  • Microbial growth begins and may start spreading.
  • Doors, windows, and studs begin to swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust.
  • Paint will begin to blister.
  • Conditions can become hazardous for occupancy.

Greater than One Week:

  • Structural safety is compromised.
  • Microbial growth intensifies.
  • Occupancy can be extremely unsafe.
  • Cleanup and Restoration costs increase dramatically.

The faster the mitigation process is started, the more potential there is to save and restore the property, versus costly demolition and replacement.  That’s why it’s important to choose the team that is “Faster to any size disaster”: SERVPRO of North Pensacola.  We take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes, at all times of day and on all days of the week.  For service, or to learn more about our organization, please give us a call: 850-466-3076.