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Understanding the Water Damage Timeline

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

Hurricane Season 2022 is Here! Are you Prepared?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Atlantic Map with a sign reading Hurricane Season Ahead Storm Damages? Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola: 850-466-3076

It’s here.  The time of year that many Floridians dread: Hurricane Season.  Running from June 1st to November 30th, the Atlantic hurricane season ushers in a variety of tropical systems, ranging from low grade depressions up to major storms.  Residents and business owners in Northwest Florida know all too well the damage and devastation that these systems can cause, and how important it is to be PREPARED during this time of year.  So, what steps should you take in preparing yourself, your home or business, and your loved ones?

  • Have an emergency supply kit for each member of the family. Essentials for your kit will include a minimum of 3-day supply of nonperishable food and clean drinking water, flashlights, batteries, and a battery or crank powered radio.  Depending on the specific needs of your family, you may also need to include medications, children’s goods, games and activities, and pet supplies.
  • Have an evacuation plan in place. Always follow the guidance of local officials as it pertains to evacuation zones to keep yourself safe.  All members of your family should be aware of the evacuation plan and where you will all meet.  You may also need to consider researching lodging that is pet friendly if you have pets to evacuate with you.
  • Take steps to protect your property. This may include cleaning out rain gutters, removing debris from your yard, storing patio furniture and other loose outdoor items, and installing storm shutters on your windows.  Especially in high wind situations, reducing the amount of material that can become airborne is essential to helping protect your property.
  • Stay Weather Aware! Storms can grow and/or change direction very rapidly:  it is important to have a way to receive weather alerts even with power out and stay cognizant of where the storm is headed.  Rain and winds can extend a great distance from the center of the storm, so be prepared even if you are not directly in the path.

Once the storm has passed, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is equipped and prepared to help in the unfortunate event that your property did receive damage.  Serving the communities of Ferry Pass, Cottage Hill, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is “Faster to any size disaster.”  Call us, 850-466-3076!

Celebrating Memorial Day with Fireworks? Do it Safely!

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks on a night sky with SERVPRO logo in front Enjoy the Fireworks...but do it safely!

Memorial Day Weekend is a time for family gatherings, outdoor barbecues, playing in the pool, and enjoying fireworks as night falls.  When enjoying these festivities, though, it is important to keep safety, especially FIRE SAFETY, in mind.  Protecting yourself, family, friends, and property from danger and disaster when it comes to fireworks can be achieved by practicing the following guidelines:

  • Always follow the manufacturers instructions, guidelines, and recommendations on the firework packaging. Improper use of fireworks can result in explosions, severe burns, and/or property damage.
  • Do not allow children to use fireworks unattended. Firework ignition should be supervised by a responsible adult and children and pets should not be allowed to get too close to lit fireworks.
  • Be sure to light fireworks in an open area, free of buildings, structures, and foliage. Creating a “barrier” of empty space around the firework area can reduce accidental fire spread.
  • Make sure fireworks are completely extinguished before discarding. This may include allowing them to sit for an extended time before putting into the trash or soaking in a bucket of water before throwing out.  It is a good practice to have both a fire extinguisher and water source, such as a hose, readily available while using fireworks.
  • Only ignite one firework at a time. Having multiple fireworks going in a small area can increase the risk of things getting out of control and something in the surrounding area catching fire. 

Even with the best safety practices and measures in place, accidents can still happen.  If fireworks, or any other fire source, causes damage to your home or business this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, call SERVPRO of North Pensacola for help.  Our team is available 24/7 for emergencies and takes great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes.  To learn more about our fire services, or request assistance, give us a call: 850-466-3076.

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Fire and Smoke Damage

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Bath tub covered in soot residue from a fire Fire, Smoke or Soot Damages? Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola: 850-466-3076!

Alarm bells ringing, smoke billowing….

These are the last thing that a property owner wants to experience.  Along with the safety concerns that come along with a structure fire, handling the cleanup, restoration, and reconstruction of the property can be very stressful.  SERVPRO of North Pensacola, a local, trusted leader in fire damage restoration, is available 24/7 for your fire damage emergency.  Until our team arrives, we suggest the following “do’s” and “don’t’s” when it comes to fire and smoke damage:

The Do’s:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet.
  • Keep hands clean to limit soot spread.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances. After wiping down, these surfaces can be protected with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Change HVAC filter but leave system off until a trained professional has inspected.
  • Watch for any slip, trip, or fall hazards created by the fire.

The Don’t’s:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Consume and food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat, or water.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in spoke odor.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or sagging.

Serving Gaberonne, Goulding, and surrounding communities, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help when fire damage strikes.  To learn more or request assistance, please give our team a call at 850-466-3076!

Pensacola Storm Preparation – Power Outages

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lantern lighting a dark room with storm supplies Prepare for Power Outages Before They Happen!

When heavy storms strike, especially those that bring with them strong winds, one of the most common occurrences is loss of power.  Depending on the intensity of the storm, amount of geographical area affected, and population density of the area hit, the restoration of power can happen in as little as a few minutes or can take as long as several days.  With Northwest Florida being quite prone to heavy storms, hurricanes, and other weather phenomena that can result in power outages, it is important to take into consideration these power outage preparation tips:

  • If using a generator, be sure to run outdoors, and follow all the manufacturer’s safety and operational instructions.
  • Have plenty of flashlights and/or lanterns with batteries in your Emergency Preparedness Kit. Matches or a lighter are also valuable tools that can be useful in the case of a power outage.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that have a battery back-up system in place.
  • Keep a thermometer inside of your refrigerator; if temperatures within the refrigerator rise above 40 degrees, you will need to discard the affected food.
  • Never touch downed power lines. Contact local officials if you see downed power lines in your area.

Serving Ferry Pass, Molino, and surrounding communities, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is here and ready to help when storm damages strike.  To learn more about our services or request assistance, please give us a call at 850-466-3076.  We’re “faster to any size disaster”!

Planning and Preparation for Your Commercial Property

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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The last thing that any business owner, leader, or investor wants to have happen is their building sustain damage, whether from fire, water, mold, or a storm.  This, unfortunately, is something that can happen all too frequently.  Industry research shows that as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a major disaster, and of those that do survive, the overwhelming majority of them have a preparedness plan in place.  So, preparedness is key, right?  The question, then, is how to prepare?

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

An extremely helpful tool in preparing and planning for a property damage emergency is SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).  This complementary service compiles many important details about your property into one easy to use document, which is accessible through our proprietary mobile app.  Details that can be compiled into your ERP include:

  • Standard property information (address, phone number, directions to the property)
  • Photo and location Information for all major utility shut offs (electrical, water, gas)
  • Preferred vendor information (company name, direct contact person)
  • Business key contacts (building owner, managers, maintenance members)
  • Important building documents (insurance declarations, blueprints, floorplans)

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By Failing to Prepare, you are Preparing to Fail.”  Are you ready to prepare your commercial property for a disaster? Want to learn more about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile?  Give us a call at 850-466-3076, we’re here to help!

Types of Storm Damage

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Community members throughout Northwest Florida are all too accustomed to hearing Thunderstorm Watches, Tornado Warnings, and High Surf Advisories come across the airwaves, and understand the need to prepare for such incidences.  What, though, are some of the most common “storm damages” in our area?

Wind Damage

Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, Thunderstorms, and Tornadoes almost always bring along with them high winds.  Sustained high winds can lead to serious damages, including downed trees, destroyed roofs, and flying debris that can damage windows.  High gusty winds can topple large objects, blow open doors, and destroy the exterior of many structures.  These winds can drive water into normally dry areas, leading to flood risks, as well.

Flood Damage

Especially along the coastal areas, flooding is an ever-present issue during storms.  High surf can push into structures, debris can limit storm runoff, and heavy rains can quickly accumulate causing localized flash flooding.  Flood waters often carry debris and contaminants in them, making traveling through them extremely dangerous.

For storms of all shapes, sizes, and severity, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is prepared and equipped to help with any property damages you sustain.  Serving the communities of Pensacola, Ferry Pass, Gonzalez, and surround areas, our team is “Faster to Any Size Disaster,” offering 24/7/365 emergency response.  To learn more about our services, please give us a call at 850-466-3076!

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Water Damage

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing a water damage at your home or business can be a very stressful situation, causing safety, structural, and contents concerns simultaneously.  All too often, damages may occur with little or no warning, and as the saying goes “at the worst possible time” including holidays, odd hours, and weekends.  To help alleviate some of the stress that goes along with water damage, SERVPRO of North Pensacola offers 24/7/365 emergency response, allowing us to mitigate the loss and reduce the overall amount of damage sustained more quickly.  After notifying us of your loss, we suggest the follow “do’s” and “do not’s” to follow until our team arrives:

DO:

  • Remove excess water with mops or towels
  • Wipe water from wooden furniture
  • Hang rugs to dry
  • Move artwork and valuables to a dry, safe location

DO NOT:

  • Plug in or use any electrical devices in rooms with standing water
  • Enter any rooms that have sagging ceilings
  • Attempt to lift any large waterlogged materials, as they may be too heavy to handle
  • Leave any colored items (such as magazines or dyed linens) on wet floors

Serving the communities of Ferry Pass, Bohemia, Goulding, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”  To learn more about our services, request emergency assistance, or schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 850-466-3076!

Fa, La, La, La, La… FIRE!

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree decorated in SERVPRO colors with SERVPRO logo Stay safe as your decorate for the holidays!

The joy of the Christmas Season can quickly diminish into stress and worry with the addition of a structure fire.  Especially while decorating for the holidays, it is important to always consider fire safety first and foremost.  The National Fire Protection Association offers many tips to follow while decorating and celebrating the season, helping to prevent yourself, loved ones, or property from experiencing a holiday fire disaster.

Christmas Trees:

  • If decorating with a live tree, be sure to select one that is fresh, with green needles that do not easily fall off when touched.
  • Place the Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat or flame source, such as fireplaces, space heaters, or candles.
  • Water your tree daily; the dryer your tree becomes the more likely it is to catch fire.
  • Do not use light strands that are broken, frayed, or otherwise damaged. Only use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Always turn off your Christmas tree lights before leaving your home or going to bed.

Outdoor Decorations:

  • When hanging lights, be sure to only use strands that are rated for outdoor use. Use clips, not nails, or staples, to hang you lights to so that cords do not get damaged.
  • Do not block any emergency exits, doors, or windows with decorations.
  • Do not overload power supplies with decorations, and always turn off or unplug decorations when you leave your home.
  • Bring outdoor lights inside after the holidays to remove hazards, as well as make your lights last longer.

Holiday Entertaining:

  • Test your smoke alarms before hosting a holiday party.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles. Keep lit candles away from draperies, furniture, or other flammable materials.
  • While cooking on the stovetop, stay in the kitchen; keep children and pets out of the kitchen while the stovetop is in use.
  • Do not leave fireplaces, space heaters, or other heat sources running unattended.

We wish you a happy and fire-safe holiday season!  In the unfortunate event that fire damage does intrude on your Christmas celebration, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help.  Serving the communities of Ferry Pass, Gonzalez, and surrounding areas, our team is available for property damage emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more or request service, give us a call at 850-466-3076.

How Can I Help Protect My Property from Storm Damages?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

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As we all know, bad weather is an inevitable occurrence Pensacola, Ferry Pass, and surrounding communities of the North Florida Panhandle.  Depending on the time of year, residents and business leaders are forced to deal with a variety of weather phenomena, including heavy rainstorms, tropical systems, and gusty winds.  These conditions take a toll on the properties exposed to them, leading to a need for cleanup, mitigation, and restoration services.  So, what can property owners do to help protect their structures and reduce the damages sustained from storms?

Inspection & Maintenance

Regularly inspecting your property for signs of damage, such as missing shingles, cracked siding, or window and door seal issues, and fixing as soon as possible will reduce the likelihood that these small issues become much more catastrophic during a heavy storm.  During your building inspection, be sure to check both the interior and exterior, including the roof, plumbing, and electrical components.  During the maintenance phase, focus both on repairing issues found during your inspection AND performing general duties, such as cleaning out rain gutters, trimming trees on the property, and removing any debris that could potentially damage your home or business during a storm.  Depending on the size, function, and age of your property, more frequent inspection and maintenance may be required, but it is recommended to perform these tasks a minimum of two times a year.

Planning & Preparedness

Those who live, work, and own property in Escambia County are no strangers to planning and preparing for severe weather, particularly hurricane season.  These same tasks, such as creating an emergency kit that includes food, water, and medications, knowing your evacuation route, and having a way to receive weather alerts can also apply throughout the rest of the year. Along with preparing for a storm, it is important to plan for after the storm, too.  In the case of property damage, you want to have a vendor that you can trust to arrive quickly, begin the mitigation process, and reduce the overall amount of damage sustained.  Choosing a professionally operated organization, with industry leading equipment, experience, and training will help make your damage “Like it never even happened,” faster.  SERVPRO of North Pensacola is your locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration vendor; ready to respond when storm damages strike.  Check us out online, read our reviews, and give us a call with any questions.  Make selecting SERVPRO of North Pensacola as your preferred damage restoration specialist a part of your storm preparation today!