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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)

Hands covering a chalkboard drawing of a house with a storm overhead Trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola as your preferred cleanup and restoration vendor for storm damage services!

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!

Why Clean My Commercial Ducts?

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Ductwork being cleaned Duct Cleaning? Yes, we do that!

Business leaders throughout Escambia County have trusted SERVPRO of North Pensacola for their water, fire, mold, and storm remediation needs for years, but did you know we also offer a wide array of general cleaning services, including duct cleaning?  You may be thinking, “why do I need to clean my ducts?” or “what purpose does duct cleaning serve?”  Well, there are a variety of benefits that duct cleaning can provide for both your property and your personnel:

  • Extending the life of HVAC equipment. Clean ductwork allows better airflow through your system.
  • Better air quality for those inside of the building. By removing dust, dirt, and debris from the HVAC system, duct cleaning reduces irritants in the air.
  • Reduction of offensive odors. Just as this service helps remove irritants from the air, it can also reduce odors caused by debris within your system.
  • Reduces the potential for microbial growth.

Proudly serving the communities of Ferry Pass, Cottage Hill, and surrounding areas, our professional team, including our NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) Certified Project Manager, are ready to provide the highest level of service for your commercial property.  To learn more about our duct cleaning services, or request an appointment, please give us a call at 850-466-3076.  SERVPRO of North Pensacola, We’re Here to Help!

Let’s Talk Turkey! (Safety)

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Turkey in a pan Stay safe this Thanksgiving by practicing fire safety while cooking!

Thanksgiving is packed with a variety of traditions: Spending time with loved ones, watching football, and having a delicious meal of cranberry sauce, stuffing, and most importantly, turkey!  This joyous time of year provides the opportunity to create many memories, however it also ushers in a rise in property damages from fire.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S fire departments responded to an estimated 1,400 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2019, the peak day for such fires.  So, when preparing your Thanksgiving meal, make sure to keep yourself and your property safe by following the below precautions:

  • Do not leave items unattended while cooking on the stovetop. Watch for pots to bubble over and reduce heat as necessary.
  • Keep children and pets out of the kitchen while cooking your Thanksgiving meal. This reduces the risk of items being knocked off the stovetop, or oven knobs being adjusted unintentionally.
  • If frying your turkey, ensure that the bird is completely thawed before placing into hot grease. Keep your turkey fryer a safe distance from any structures, foliage, or furniture when in use.
  • Make sure all your smoke alarms are in working order. They can be checked by pushing the “test” button.
  • Do not leave towels, oven mitts, or other flammable materials near the stovetop while in use.
  • Make sure to have an in-date fire extinguisher available in your kitchen in case a fire does occur.

In the unfortunate event that your home does suffer fire damages this Thanksgiving, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola to help.  Our team of professional cleanup and restoration technicians has a variety of training and experience to help make your damage “Like it never even happened.”  To learn more or request service, please give us a call at 850-466-3076.  We wish you a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving

Commercial Restoration Services Throughout Escambia County!

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Store Front Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola for Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Services!

When it comes to selecting a professional to provide cleanup and restoration services, it’s no secret that Escambia County business leaders have a variety of choices.  Many companies can provide a base level of service, with minimal training and experience, however, we at SERVPRO of North Pensacola understand that when disaster strikes, our community desires a HIGHER level of service to be provided.  So, what makes SERVPRO of North Pensacola a leading choice for your business?

  • Industry leading training: Our team undergoes extensive training and certification from the IICRC, the industry leading organization for cleanup and restoration standards.
  • Advanced equipment and supplies: SERVPRO of North Pensacola utilizes commercial grade drying, dehumidification, and purification equipment, along with specially formulated proprietary chemicals to provide the highest level of cleaning and sanitation.
  • Excellent customer service: Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when a damage emergency takes place.  We value open, honest communication throughout the work process, and take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service.  We understand the stress and worry that comes along with property damage and will work diligently to have your business back to business as quickly as possible.
  • Network and resources: SERVPRO of North Pensacola is connected to a network of nearly 1,900 SERVPRO franchises, giving us the resources and manpower to handle losses of all sizes.  Through community relationships, we have numerous vendor partners that we can rely on for resources when needed as well.

When it comes to commercial property damage, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola to help.  Our team is Faster to Any Size Disaster, and is proud to be of service in Ferry Pass, Cottage Hill, and surrounding communities!

Where Did the Water Come From?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water leaking from a washing machine When water damage strikes, call 850-466-3076 for help!

When water damage strikes, the first thing you will want to do is stop the water intrusion, reducing the amount of damage sustained.  Determining the source of the water may not always be immediately apparent, so it is important to be aware of some of the most “common culprits” for water intrusion and damage:

  • Appliance Failure – a leaking dishwasher, refrigerator, or washing machine can go unnoticed until the damage becomes heavy. Periodically check your appliances for any breaks in supply or drain lines, disconnected or loose lines, or any other malfunctions that could lead to a leak.
  • Plumbing Issues – piping issues, especially in older structures, can cause severe damages in a short amount of time. Watch for any signs of plumbing issues, including discoloration of water, odd changes in water pressure, or leaks underneath sinks that may signify a larger issue with your plumbing.
  • Rainwater Intrusion – clogged gutters, roof damages, or improperly sealed windows and doors can all allow rainwater to enter the interior of a structure. Water staining on ceiling or walls can signify a leak from the exterior, and should be addressed immediately to prevent further, larger damages.

Once the “where” of you water damage has been identified, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help with the “what now.”  Our team provides emergency water damage response, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, striving to make your damage “Like it never even happened.”  To learn more, request assistance, or speak with a member of our team, please give us a call at 850-466-3076!

Refreshed Look, Same SERVPRO

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Orange House with SERVPRO written out SERVPRO's new Logo! Cleaning. Restoration. Construction.

As fall sets into the panhandle of Florida we find ourselves pulling out warmer clothing as the warmer weather leaves us for a short time. Colors start to change, and even Garden Street already has Christmas Lights hung (but not turned on yet). 

Here at SERVPRO we are refreshing our look as well. On November 1st we are gladly introducing our new logo, with a fresh brand descriptor as well. Best part is we are still the same SERVPRO just updating our look! We did not adopt a new name, no new logo design, just a refreshed look to streamline the ever growing #1 Brand in Cleanup & Restoration. 

With this new look we are focusing on being the Full Service Provider you expect from SERVPRO! Cleaning. Restoration. Construction. 

Now Construction is not a new focus for us but one most clients and customers did not know we offered. The new bolder logo clearly allows us to really make it "Like it never even happened."

This is our promise to you to be "Ready for whatever happens" and "Faster to any size disaster." 

All of us along the beautiful Gulf Coast knows in a moments notice this weather can turn from a beautiful day to a severe weather threat. But weather is not the only factor we deal with. Pipe's bursting in homes or businesses causing water damage, and fire's causing more more than expected damages, you can trust the same green trucks to help make "Like it never even happened," happen. 

Pensacola and our surrounding area's are forever growing and changing. Having a trusted partner for both commercial and residential property damages is paramount. 

To learn more about our services and what we have to offer please visit our website SERVPROnorthpensacola.com

If a disaster strikes your home or office call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 850-466-3076 to speak with one of our team members. Not an answering service one of our office staff, during business hours, and one of our Project Managers, after  hours. We are "Here to Help" our community and surrounding area's.

How Familiar with Flooding Are You?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic of Cars and Homes in Flood Waters Flood Damages? SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help!

One of the most damaging side effects of heavy storms is flooding.  Flooding is defined as “an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry,” and in the Panhandle of Florida can happen quite frequently in many communities.  Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters, making it extremely important not only to understand the different kinds of flooding possible, but also your local flood zone definition.

Common Kinds of Flooding in Pensacola, Florida

River Flood – a river flood occurs when water rises over the top of a riverbank.  River flooding can almost immediately cause issues for structures located on the river, and if water levels continue to rise, have damaging results for properties downstream as well.

Coastal Flood – a coastal flood occurs when land areas along the coast are inundated with rising waters.  A combination of factors, including tidal patterns, rainfall, and land elevation can all play a role in coastal flooding.  Coastal flooding is of an even greater concern in our area, since much of the Panhandle of Florida is along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. 

Storm Surge – Storm surge is a variation of coastal flooding in which the wind, atmospheric pressure, and waves of a severe storm greatly increase the water level in coastal areas.  Highly common during hurricanes and tropical disturbances, storm surge can occur very quickly, and pose serious property and safety concerns.

Flash Flood – a flash flood is usually caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time in a localized area.  Flash floods can occur with very little warning and be extremely dangerous.  Clogged drainage systems and standing debris can contribute to the likelihood of flash flooding occurrences, restricting water run-off.

Is My Property In a Flood Zone?

It is important to understand that with the right combination of conditions, any property can be subject to flooding.  Areas are defined by their flood risk: either high, moderate, or low risk.  If you are interested in learning about the flood risk for your property, visit:

https://www.floodsmart.gov/flood-map-zone/find-yours

In the unfortunate event that flood waters do cause property damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is just one call away.  Our team provides 24/7 emergency response to help restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition.  To learn more about our services or request help, please give us a call at 850-466-3076.

Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/types/

Can SERVPRO of North Pensacola Help My Business?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Complex with SERVPRO logo Commercial Property Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola!

The SERVPRO Brand is recognized nationally as a leader in water, fire, mold, storm, and biohazard cleanup and restoration in the residential sector, but did you know that we also offer ALL these services for commercial properties as well?  That’s right, SERVPRO of North Pensacola has the training, equipment, and experience to handle commercial losses of all shapes and sizes!  Serving the communities of Gaberonne, Goulding, Ferry Pass, and surrounding areas, We’re Here to Help when disaster strikes, no matter what kind of business your business is in:

  • Office Buildings
  • Multi-Unit Apartment and Condominium Complexes
  • Hospitals
  • Military Bases
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Government Buildings
  • …and so many more!

For the highest level of customer service, quick response, and 24 hour a day emergency service, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola for your property damage cleanup and restoration needs.  Following guidelines set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), our team strives to provide the best possible remediation experience for business leaders and owners throughout our community.  To learn more, or schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 850-466-3076.

Residential Structure Fires: What are the Leading Causes?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Paper House on Fire on Black Background Fire Damages? Give us a call at 850-466-3076!

The smell of smoke, the flickering of flames, or the sounds of sirens…

These are some of the last things a homeowner wants to experience.  Structure fires can be extremely dangerous, costly, and stressful: because of this, knowing the most common causes of these fires, and being able to perform routine maintenance to reduce their likelihood is imperative for members of the community.

So, what are the most common causes of residential structure fires?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the five most common causes of residential structure fires are Cooking, Heating, Electrical, Smoking, and Candles. 

  • Cooking: Help prevent cooking fires by never leaving foods in the oven or on the stove unattended. Always be sure to keep cloth and paper goods (such as paper towels) a safe distance away from cooking surfaces.  Supervise children in the kitchen, never allowing them to cook alone.
  • Heating: When using a space heater for warmth, make sure to keep all flammable materials at least three feet away from the unit. If using a wood burning fireplace, have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional at least once a year.
  • Electrical: Regularly check your electrical equipment cords for frays or breaks. If you have breakers pop frequently, have your system inspected by a professional.  Follow manufacturer’s directions on installation of all appliances.
  • Smoking: If you smoke, consider smoking outside of your home rather than inside. Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children, and make sure cigarettes or pipes are fully extinguished after use.
  • Candles: Make sure candles are fully extinguished after use. Do not place in an area where they can be easily knocked over.  Keep all paper and cloth materials away from burning candles.

Sometimes, even with the best practices and maintenance in place, fires still happen.  Know that when fire damages occur, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help.  Serving the communities of Molino, Ferry Pass, Cottage Hill, and surrounding areas, our team of highly trained professionals is “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”