Understanding Water Damage - Categories of Water
When water damage strikes, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help. Give us a call at 850-466-3089, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When water damages affect your home or business, it is important to begin the mitigation process as soon as possible: the shorter the amount of time wet materials are left unattended, the less amount of damage caused. Untreated water damages can lead to a host of other issues, including the potential for microbial growth, structural instability, and the development of unpleasant odors. When SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County responds to you water damage, one of the first things we will determine is what kind of water has affected your property. The category of water greatly affects the clean-up and restoration process followed:
- Category 1, or “Clean Water” is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon factors such as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
- Category 2, or “Gray Water” has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- Category 3, or “Black Water” is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
Each of these categories of water requires a different mitigation approach, equipment, and materials. In order to safely and accurately remediate your property, no matter what category of water, our team undergoes substantial training, and follows guidelines set forth by industry leading organizations, including the IICRC. Serving Cantonment, Century, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with all categories of water damage loss. Give us a call at 850-466-3089, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Safely Enjoying Your Outdoor Fire Pit
If a fire has caused damage to your Pensacola, Cantonment, or Century home, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089!
During the cooler winter months, a favorite activity of many families is to gather around the outdoor fire pit, roast hot dogs or marshmallows, and share quality time together. Fire pits, however, if not operated correctly, can be dangerous and pose a serious risk to both you and your property. Below are a few tips on how to safely place, operate, and enjoy your outdoor fire pit:
- NEVER leave your fire unattended. A simple shift in wind direction could easily cause an unattended fire to spread and get out of control.
- Do not burn near buildings, low hanging tree branches, or containers of flammable liquid. Give at least 10 feet between the placement of the fire pit and any surrounding structures before lighting the fire.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothing near the fire pit.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby and handy when using your fire pit.
- When extinguishing your fire, slowly apply water to the coals, and spread the ashes around to allow them to cool. Additional water may need to be added, and it is important to make sure all coals are out before leaving the area.
In the unfortunate event that your property experiences damages from your fire pit, or other fire source, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is here for you. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to remediate fire damages of all sizes, helping make it “Like it never even happened.” To learn more about our fire service lines, please visit our Fire Restoration webpage, or give us a call at 850-466-3089.
Biohazard Remediation Services in Pensacola, Florida
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with your biohazard remediation needs in Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century Florida.
Along with providing fire, water, and mold clean up and restoration services, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County also performs biohazard remediation for homes and businesses in the Pensacola area. Our team is trained in compliance with OSHA and state health regulations to safely clean, contain, and dispose of hazardous materials, and we possess the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), chemicals, and equipment to remediate biohazardous losses of any size.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments, which is why it is imperative to employ a professional that you can trust when your home or business requires a biohazard cleaning.
We provide clean up and remediation services for a variety of biohazardous situations, including:
- Sewage Back Up
- Crime Scene Clean Up
- Chemical Spills
- Blood Clean Up
- Hoarding Scenes
- Animal Waste
- Meth Lab Clean Up
Remediating your property, as safely as possible, to its preloss condition is our top priority. Our teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are proud to be of service to our community when the need arises. To learn more about our line of biohazard remediation services, please visit our Biohazard Page, or give us a call at 850-466-3089.
Deep Cleaning and Sanitation Services for Your Pensacola Area Business
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a variety of cleaning, sanitation, and disinfectant application services!
As our communities adapt to the many changes associated with Coronavirus concerns, most business owners recognize and understand the need for professional cleaning and sanitation services for their business. A recent study indicates that 64% of people are more likely to enter a business with a decal confirming it has been professionally cleaned.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a full line of commercial cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfectant application services, providing a safer environment for your day-to-day business interactions. With our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program we can bring a higher standard of clean to the shops, restaurants, and businesses in the Pensacola community. When a guest sees the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on the facility they are walking into, they will know that your business is committed to a higher standard of clean. Going beyond standard janitorial cleaning, this program includes:
- Cleaning processes and procedures that adhere to the standards set by the CDC and local authorities.
- EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade Disinfectants that are National Sanitation Foundation certified for direct food contact surface use. Safe for you – not for viral pathogens.
- Cleaning of all touchpoints and surrounding surfaces.
- Disinfecting of non-porous surfaces.
To learn more about our viral pathogen and commercial cleaning options, please visit our Commercial Cleaning webpage, or give us a call at 850-466-3089. SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a higher standard of clean for Pensacola, Cantonment, and surrounding areas.
Rain Gutters 101 – Preparing Your Pensacola Home for Stormy Weather
Serving Cantonment, Century, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help when storm damages strike!
The Gulf Coast of Florida is no stranger to storm situations, ranging from summer showers to severe tropical systems. One of the vital steps in making sure your home is storm ready is taking care of your rain gutters. This simple chore can reduce the potential for structural water damages, saving your both headache and money in future repairs.
Cleaning out your rain gutters can be accomplished in 3 easy steps:
- Step 1: Scoop out large debris from the gutter. Start at the end closest to the downspout and work your way to the opposite end of the gutter. The removal of this debris allows water from rainstorms to flow more freely to the downspout and away from your roof.
- Step 2: Use a water hose to spray water through the gutter toward the downspout or drain outlet. This stream of water will assist in removing stuck on dirt and debris from the gutter that may not have been removed by scooping.
- Step 3: Check your drainpipes and downspout for any blockages. Running water down these pipes and watching the resulting flow from the bottom can assist you in this. If you see a light trickle of water, it most likely means that there is a blockage in the pipe. A stronger spray of water through the downspout can remove stuck debris, resulting in a clear gutter system to remove water from your roof.
Preparation is key to reducing the risk of storm related damages. In the unfortunate event that your property does incur damages from a storm, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help. Our team offers 24/7/365 emergency response, and are prepared to assist you and your property when disaster strikes.
Detecting Water Damages in Your Escambia County Home or Business
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County uses industry leading technologies to measure moisture content in various building materials.
Water damages are not always immediately noticeable, especially if they occur behind appliances, between walls, or in less frequented rooms of your property. Moisture, especially in smaller amounts, may not be visible to the naked eye, which can allow damages to go untreated for a longer period. Untreated water damages, when combined with organic material and humidity, have the potential to develop microbial growth. Because of all this, it is important to regularly check your property for signs of moisture, such as discoloration, odor, or sagging ceilings, and consult a professional as quickly as possible if you suspect water damage has occurred.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County utilizes industry leading equipment to detect hidden water damages, shortening the amount of time the water sits, thus lessening the cost of mitigation and remediation efforts. Our specialized equipment includes:
- Moisture Sensors, which are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
- Moisture Meters, which determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture meter readings allow us to both gauge the extent of damages, as well as monitor the drying process.
- Thermohygrometers, which measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, our trained professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying.
For water damages both large and small, know that SERPVRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help. To learn more about our services, or for emergency water damage assistance, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.
Halloween Fire Safety
Avoid fire damage with these Halloween Safety Tips!
Glowing jack-o-lanterns and spookily illuminated ghosts are some of the most popular Halloween decorations around, however, these decorations can easily become a truly scary fire risk if not handled properly. With Halloween just a few days away, it is important to consider how to safely celebrate the holiday. To prevent the risk of fire when decorating for and celebrating Halloween, the National Fire Protection Association suggests the following tips:
- Use glow sticks or battery-operated candles, instead of flame lit candles, for your decorations.
- Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry, as opposed to flame lit lanterns or candles, while trick-or-treating.
- If using corn stalks, dried flowers, or crepe paper as part of your decorations, be sure to keep these items away from any open flames, as they can catch fire very easily.
- Do not overload electrical outlets or extension cords. Check your plugged-in decorations periodically for overheating, frayed cords, or shorted out bulbs.
- Make sure all smoke detectors are in working order and avoid placing decorations in locations that block emergency exits.
- When choosing a costume, avoid long trailing fabrics.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County wishes you a safe and happy Halloween! In the unfortunate event that you need fire damage assistance, know that we are Here to Help! To learn more about our fire damage services, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.
Mold Damage in Pensacola? We're Here to Help!
Mold issues in your home or business? Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089!
Due to the high humidity and moisture conditions in the Panhandle of Florida, mold growth in local homes and businesses is a very common occurrence. Mold can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours and can produce allergens and irritants which can lead to a variety of health effects. To understand the mold mitigation and remediation processes, it is important to first understand the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, and it is impossible to remove 100% of mold.
- Mold spores are microscopic, float in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, HVAC systems, or on your clothing as you enter a structure
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keeping indoor humidity below 45 percent helps reduce growth.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the equipment, experience, and training to safely remediate mold damages to your home or business, creating a healthier environment for your and your loved ones. If you suspect mold has taken hold of your structure, we are Here to Help! To learn more about our mold damage services, give us a call at 850-466-3089.
What is a Tropical System?
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with all of your storm related property damages! Give us a call at 850-466-3089
The Panhandle of Florida is no stranger to tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes. The recent landfall of Hurricane Sally brought a great deal of flooding and wind damage to our area, and the 2020 Hurricane Season is still not quite over yet. Because of the likelihood for tropical systems in our community, it is important to understand the different categories of these storms. The National Hurricane Center defines each type of tropical system as follows:
- Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
- Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
- Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
Hurricanes are further ranked by intensity on what is known as the Sariff-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:
- Category 1: 74-95 MPH sustained winds.
- Category 2: 96-110 MPH sustained winds.
- Category 3: 111-129 MPH sustained winds.
- Category 4: 130-156 MPH sustained winds.
- Category 5: 157 of higher MPH sustained winds.
With the increase in storm intensity, or category, comes the added probability of dangerous conditions and damage to your property. When a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane is forecasted in your area, always follow the direction of local officials to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. In the even that a recent storm has caused damage to you home or business, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help. Our professional team can remediate water, wind, or flood damages, to help make it “Like it never even happened.” For more information, give us a call at 850-466-3089.
Commercial Loss in Century? We're Here to Help!
Has your business suffered damages from water, fire, storms, or mold? Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is proud to offer services for commercial property damages caused by water, fire, mold, or storms in the Pensacola area. Our experienced team, along with a network of nearly 1,700 franchises nationwide, provides 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, emergency response, and can help limit business interruption by quickly addressing your damages and working toward a resolution. To best assist you and your property, we consider a variety of factors, including size of loss, to formulate a specific plan for your business needs. We categorize commercial losses into three size categories, which helps us mobilize labor and resources to begin making your loss “Like it never even happened.”
Level 1 Loss – a level one commercial loss typically involves 15,000 or less affected square feet. This can be the entirety of a small commercial structure, such as a small office building or daycare center, or only a portion of a much larger structure that has sustained damages. A level one loss generally requires less labor and resources to address than level two and three losses.
Level 2 Loss – a level two commercial loss typically involves between 15,000 to 60,000 affected square feet. This can encompass the entirety of a medium sized structure, such as a small shopping center, or once again, be only a portion of a much larger structure that has sustained damages. Depending on the type of loss, and severity of damages, level two losses can vary greatly in the amount of labor and resources necessary to mitigate the structure.
Level 3 Loss – a level three commercial loss typically involves over 60,000 affected square feet. Large churches, schools, hospitals, and multi-unit office buildings are just a few examples of properties that, depending on how much of the building is affected, could possibly fit into the level three loss category. These “large losses” generally require the highest amount of resources and labor and are often managed by a SERVPRO Large Loss Team.
If your commercial property has sustained damages, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help. Give us a call at 850-466-3089 to learn more about the various commercial services available for your and your business!