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How Do We Handle Water Damages?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is known nationwide as a leader in the cleanup and restoration industry, including water damage remediation, but people often ask: HOW do we handle water damages?

The first step in our water damage remediation process is Emergency Contact.  With crews available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is ready and equipped to respond to your water damaged property no matter the time of day, or day of the week.  During this initial phase, information about the loss, such as approximate square footage affected, cause of the water damage, and type of flooring will be collected, to ensure that we arrive with the appropriate equipment, labor, and resources to get to work quickly.

Once on site, our team will begin inspecting and assessing the damages.  This initial inspection, or scoping, allows us to formulate the most efficient “plan of attack” to help restore your property.

After completing the initial inspection, SERVPRO of North Pensacola will, if necessary, begin the process of extracting any standing water.  Removing excess water quickly limits the amount of secondary damage potential, while reducing the amount of water available to soak into surrounding drywall and flooring.

Following the extraction process, SERVPRO of North Pensacola will place drying and dehumidification equipment, in accordance with IICRC training and standards.  We use industry leading drying equipment, in conjunction with moisture detection technology, to provide the best possible drying scenario in the shortest amount of time.

Once drying has been complete, our team will clean and sanitize the affected area.  We offer cleaning services for both the structure and the contents affected, reducing the likelihood of both microbial growth and odor formation.

At this point the mitigation process is complete, but SERVPRO of North Pensacola has an additional service available as well: Reconstruction.  Water damages often result in the need to remove drywall, ceiling, or cabinetry, and in these instances, as a Licensed General Contraction, we can also provide reconstruction services.

When water damage strikes, call SERVPRO of North Pensacola at 850-466-3076 for help.  Serving Cottage Hill, Gonzalez, Ferry Pass, and surrounding communities, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Did You Know? – The Fire Extinguisher Edition

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Multiple Fire Extinguishers with Brick Wall in Background Fire Damages? Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola - 850-466-3076!

It is well known that having a working, in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative for fire safety preparation.  Many commercial properties require annual fire extinguisher inspections, and that team members receive training on the location of the extinguishers.  Did you know, though, that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers AND that there is a proper way to use this device?  Learn more about these fire extinguisher details below:

Q:  What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers, and what is each used for?

A:  The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  1. A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
  2. B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
  3. C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
  4. D – for use with flammable metals.
  5. K – for use with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.

Many fire extinguishers may also be multipurpose, in that they carry multiple letter definitions and can put out a variety of material fires.  Having the right fire extinguisher for the materials within your structure is very important in limiting the amount of damage sustained, as well as ensuring safety for occupants.

Q:  What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?

A: The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:

P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

ALWAYS use extreme caution when inside of a fire damaged structure and follow the guidance of local fire authorities.  If your property has suffered fire damages, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help.  We offer 24/7 emergency response, and have the training, equipment, and expertise to safely clean and remediate the damages.  To learn more or schedule service, give us a call at 850-466-3076.

Fire Damage Prevention

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged stove and microwave in a residential kitchen. SERVPRO of North Pensacola offers a variety of fire damage restoration services!

When it comes to protecting yourself and your property from fire damages, there are many steps that can be taken.  Some of the more commonly practiced steps include ensuring you have working smoke detectors, checking smoke detector batteries at least twice a year, and keeping functioning fire extinguishers in the home in case of a fire emergency.  Did you know, however, that there are additional steps that can be taken to help PREVENT fires from occurring in the first place?

  • Clean and Maintain Your Clothes Dryer/Dryer Vents: The leading cause of dryer fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents. It is a best practice to regularly clean out dryer vents, and to clean the dryer lint filter after each load of laundry is dried, as an abundance of lint in the filter restricts the flow of air to the machine.  You will also want to occasionally check for and, if needed, repair damages to the vent pipes behind the machine.  Finally, make sure your machine is installed using the correct type of electrical plug and outlet per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check Wiring and Electrical Equipment Regularly: Flickering lights, a scorched smell, or frequently blown breakers may all be signs of a wiring issue in your home or business. Contact an electrical professional to address these types of issues.  Along with structural wiring, you should regularly check appliances and electrical equipment for breaks or frays in cords, which provide a fire hazard.
  • Keep Items Away from Hot Surfaces/Open Flames: If burning candles, smoking, or cooking in the home, be sure to keep flammable items, such as draperies, towels, clothing, and cleaning chemicals away from hot surfaces and flames. Fire can spread rapidly once these kinds of items are ignited, making containment and suppression much more difficult.

In the unfortunate event that fire damages do affect your home, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help.  Our team has specialized training to handle fire damages, restore contents affected by smoke and soot, and help make your property “Like it never even happened.”  To learn more about our fire remediation services, give us a call at 850-466-3076.

SERVPRO: Local, Prepared, Trusted

3/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Many cannot believe it is already March. On March 14th we "Spring Forward" and the nights get shorter and the days get longer. Warmer weather is in the air!

But with warmer weather comes seasons we hope to forget about each year, Spring Tornado Season and Summer Hurricane Season.

Many of us are still recovering from Hurricane Sally that hit Escambia County quite hard. Pensacola News Journal's initial estimate was $309 Million Dollars worth of damage. That number has since probably doubled including the 3 Mile Bridge Closure and countless business interruptions between COVID-19 and Hurricane related damages.

So how do we prepare for the 2021 Hurricane Season?

SERVPRO, a trusted leader, for Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration has multiple ways to help business owners and home owners prepare for the Hurricane Season. 

Federal and Local Resources

Ready.gov is a great resource for checklists and to learn more about multiple area's of concern including severe weather, what to include in preparedness kits, and what documents to make sure never to leave home without. 

MyEscambia Emergency Management is a great local resource to sign up for emergency alerts and to stay connected with what is going on including storm alerts etc. 

City of Pensacola has another subscription service for those who live, work, or own properties in the City of Pensacola. 

Click the links to subscribe TODAY!

Now how can you partner with SERVPRO?

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile is how SERVPRO is "Here to Help." We know businesses have their business continuity plan but where are all of those important documents, phone numbers, or shut off valves. Our robust Emergency Ready Profile complies all of that data into One Secure Location, a mobile app on your phone! SERVPRO comes and surveys your building tagging important shut off valves, documents locations of electrical panels, and creates a plan to get you back into your business faster to minimize business interruption. 

Best part of all of this is, ITS FREE! That is right it does not cost you anything!

It also provides you a white glove service from our Disaster Recovery Team's that come to assist, like during Hurricane Sally. Qualified Large Loss Response Teams, like SERVPRO of North Pensacola, come to assist and having an Emergency Ready Profile is the first list our trusted SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams will provide service to first. 

Interested in being Ready? Sign up here

You can also reach out to the following SERVPRO Reps:

Colby Mapoles - Disaster Recovery Manager - colby@SERVPROnorthpensacola.com 

Joe Lovell - General Manager - joe@SERVPROnorthpensacola.com 

SERVPRO Receives Prestigious Top 10 Ranking in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Entrepreneur Magazine Banner Ranking SERVPRO #1 In Category SERVPRO of North Pensacola is your trusted local leader in Clean Up and Restoration!

SERVPRO has recently been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #10 ranked franchise in their franchise 500.  Along with our top ten distinction, our organization also received the honor of being Entrepreneur’s #1 franchise in the Clean Up and Restoration category.  The team at SERVPRO of North Pensacola is proud to be a part of such a highly respected and recognizable brand. Our network of franchises has over 1,700 locations nationwide, offering multiple service lines including water mitigation, fire restoration, COVID-19 cleaning, storm response, and mold remediation.  SERVPRO of North Pensacola is not only a leading local choice for these services, but is also a large loss response team, providing service to areas all over the county after large or catastrophic storm events.

When you choose SERVPRO of North Pensacola to provide property damage remediation for your Northwest Florida home or business, you can expect a quick response from a professionally trained and certified team, honest communication about your property, and excellent customer service for the entirety of your project.  As a locally owned and operated franchise, many of our franchise employees may be your neighbors, have children the same age as yours, or attend the same events that you do.  We are proud to serve those that we interact with every day in our community and are always Faster to Any Size Disaster.

If you home or business needs clean up or restoration services, give SERVPRO of North Pensacola a call at 850-466-3076.  Serving the communities of Ferry Pass, Pensacola, Molino, and surrounding areas, our team is available 24/7/365, and look forward to helping you make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

When The Waters Rise...

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Before and After photos of water damaged commercial property We are here to help with your commercial project needs. As always, it is our pleasure to serve you!

During storm surge, do you know what happens to your office?  Maybe the grass gets soggy, or maybe your computer mouse is squealing for a life raft while singing “Ride, Sally, Ride!”

SERVPRO of North Pensacola recently assisted local businesses affected by rising water from Hurricane Sally.  We were called in after the water receded to evaluate the contents and structures of several bayside occupants.

As you can see, this office received “the works” from our dedicated crews.  Even though the floor was well above normal water levels, water infiltrated the building creating havoc on the lower walls, contents, and floors.  We initialized environmental stabilization while we evaluated and processed salvageable contents.  Once the building was empty, the fun began!  The crews did a 2-foot flood cut to expose the inner wall cavities, removed the flooring, bio-washed the remaining affected materials, applied an EPA registered antimicrobial, and dried to EMC. 

What is EMC?.... Call us and let’s discuss!  We are here to help with your commercial project needs.  As always, it is our pleasure to serve you!

Recovering from Hurricane Sally

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling Boards affected by mold in Pensacola, Florida Has mold taken hold in your home or business? Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola for help!

Our community all too recently experienced what a severe tropical system can do with Hurricane Sally.  Many properties were damaged by recording breaking flood waters and elevated winds.  SERVPRO of North Pensacola has taken great pride in helping our community to recover from this storm event and continues to work tirelessly every day to remediate the damages throughout Pensacola, Cantonment, and surrounding areas.

As many properties are currently being restored to their pre-storm condition, another source of damage from Hurricane Sally may still linger: MOLD! The combination of organic matter and moisture creates the perfect environment for mold formation, and in humid climates, this mold growth can spread rapidly throughout a structure.    Proper drying of materials after a water damage has occurred is imperative to lessen the probability of mold growth, however, after a flood inducing storm like Hurricane Sally, this is often a tough feat to accomplish.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help if mold has taken hold in your home or business.  Our team has the credentials, experience, and equipment to remediate mold losses throughout the state of Florida.  We also have a reconstruction division, providing a one-stop-shop for your mitigation, remediation, and reconstruction needs.  To learn more about our services, please give us a call at 850-466-3076, “We’re faster to any size disaster!”

Window Leak Causing Water Damage in Bohemia?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

A mullioned window is shown with rainwater drops covering the glass. SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here To Help.

When it rains, you know where the leaks are!

The hurricane season comes and goes, and then nicer weather arrives in December in Bohemia. I always make a mental note to fix the leaking window seals and door frames, but sometimes I don’t remember to do my inspection until it rains again, and then I remember! The last time it rained, I went downstairs and saw that the back door was leaking, and water was seeping underneath the door frame. When I looked closer, I saw that the wooden door frame was rotting and sagging, and the water damages extended underneath the carpeting and had saturated the subfloor.

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola sees the damage even small water leaks can do to homes and businesses around Pensacola and the costs can add up the longer the water leaks go unmitigated. Our water restoration technicians have the advanced training, experience, and equipment to quickly resolve any water damage situation quickly and efficiently.

Call Us Today!

When your Bohemia home or business experiences a water leak, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on call  24 hours a day day to serve you. Call us today at 850-466-3076. We’ll restore your water damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fireworks fire in Gonzalez?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

An ignited roman candle firework is shown sending up sparks onto a beach. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Pensacola.

Holiday Disaster

Fireworks are a big part of winter holiday celebrations, and many cities around the country have firework displays each year. It’s fun to watch the night sky light up with explosions of light. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ten percent of fires that occur between December 30 to January 3 are caused by fireworks, with the highest number of fires occurring on New Year’s Day.

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola’s highly trained fire restoration technicians respond to fire damage emergencies in the Gonzalez and surrounding areas often during the winter holiday season. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day and typically arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Here are some fireworks facts from the NFPA:

  • More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.
  • Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
  • Children ages 10–14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.
  • Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Call Us!

Gonzalez residents rely on SERVPRO® of North Pensacola to restore property damaged by fire.  Call us today at 850-466-3076.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage Restoration Efforts Continue in Pensacola

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

A storm-damaged fence is shown with parts of it blown down. We are the storm damage restoration specialists in Quintette.

Hurricane Damage Repairs Continue in Pensacola

Ongoing restoration efforts continue in the aftermath of the damage caused by Hurricane Sally in September. Three Mile Bridge, the new bridge under construction in Pensacola connecting to Gulf Breeze is being repaired after the hurricane took out part of the bridge. The City of Pensacola website has updates on the recovery efforts and information about alternative transportation options while the bridge repairs are being made.

Although this year’s hurricane season is officially over there will still be some rain days in Pensacola in December. Homeowners and business owners continue repairing the storm damage inflicted on their homes and businesses from Hurricane Sally and SERVPRO® of North Pensacola has been there to assist the community from the beginning.

Our technicians have the advanced training and equipment to clean and restore homes and businesses back to pre-storm condition and are on call 24 hours a day to assist you. We mitigate storm damage caused by flooding, tidal surges, high winds, and major storm events. We understand the importance of responding quickly to storm damage emergencies, and we work to prevent additional damage from happening that could increase the repair costs.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is the company Pensacola residents trust to restore storm damage.  Call us today at 850-466-3076.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.