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Mold Damage in Pensacola? We're Here to Help!

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth with SERVPRO logo 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?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Tropical System with SERVPRO logo 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!

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicles In Front of a Large Building 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!

Understanding Smoke and Soot Damages

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Are smoke or soot damages affecting your home or business? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089.

When a fire damage occurs, smoke and soot issues are almost always left behind.  Unpleasant odors, staining and streaking, and structural issues are just a few problems that are created by smoke and soot residues.  To remediate the smoke and soot damage to your home or business, you will need a professionally trained team with the equipment and expertise to handle the situation properly.  Understanding the science of soot and smoke damage is the first step in this process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke: wet and dry.  The type of smoke can greatly affect the remediation process; therefore, it is imperative to understand each before restoration work begins.

  • Wet Smoke – Created by materials such as plastic and rubber burning. These materials burn at a lower heat, creating a smoldering, lingering smoke with pungent odor.
  • Dry Smoke – Created by materials such as wood and paper products. These materials burn at a much higher heat and burn very quickly, and the smoke created tends to rise to the cooler areas of a structure.

The type of smoke created determines the kind of soot residue left behind.  Wet smoke fires leave a concentrated, yet more difficult to remediate, residue with an extreme odor, while dry smoke fires allow smoke and soot to spread through a structure, however easier to remove the staining and odor.

Returning your home or business to its preloss condition after a fire damage occurs is a top priority for the SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia team.  If you have suffered a fire loss, give us a call at 850-466-3089, we will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage in Cantonment, Florida?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

If water has damaged your Cantonment home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is prepared to help!

If your Cantonment, Florida home or business has experienced water damage, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Our locally owned and operated team of professionals offers 24/7/365 emergency response to begin the process of mitigating your property damages.  Although every water damage situation is a bit different, and requires a unique solution, the general process to address the damages is the same.  The steps listed below outline the process used by SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for the “typical” water damage situation:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Getting your home or business back to normal after water damage strikes is our top priority.  With SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, you can expect an expedient response, elevated customer service, and a genuine concern for your property and belongings.   Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Utilizing Storm Shutters

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

If storms have damaged your home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!

Heavy thunderstorms, and hurricanes during hurricane season, are extremely common occurrences in Northwest Florida.  These storms can lead to catastrophic property damage if homes and business are not properly prepared and protected.  A highly suggested preparation to make, especially going into hurricane season, is the utilization of storm shutters.  Storm shutters offer many protective and safety advantages, including reduction of broken windows, reduced risk of personal injury, and peace of mind that both you and your property are protected in the case of wind driven debris. 

Along with providing value during a storm, storm shutters may also increase the resale value of your property.  Potential buyers tend to prefer property upgrades and can take peace of mind in the added security and safety features that storm shutters add to a home or business.

In the event that a storm occurrence has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Give us a call at 850-466-3089, our experienced team is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Water Damage Tips

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is prepared to make your water damage "Like it never even happened!"

Dealing with water damages to your property, whether commercial or residential, can be both very stressful and expensive.  Hiring a trained professional to mitigate the situation can reduce the amount of damage your property sustains, and in cases of commercial damage, reduce the amount of time that business is interrupted.  The more quickly work begins after a damage has occurred, the less likely damages are to spread and become more severe.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers 24 hour a day, 365 day a year emergency water damage response service.  Until our team arrives on scene, implement the following safety tips, do’s, and do not’s for your property:

  • Avoid sagging and/or bubbling ceilings: this is a sign of water contained above which could cause the ceiling to fall.
  • Watch for any "slip, trip or fall" hazards that may be present.
  • Do not step into pooled or standing water.  If electricity is still running through the building, electrical shock may be possible.
  • Do not attempt to lift or moved waterlogged materials as they may be very heavy.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.

If water damages have affected your home or business, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Caring For Your Commercial Property

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with all of your commercial clean up and remediation needs!

Along with providing clean up and remediation services for residential structures, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is also equipped and prepared to respond to your commercial property needs, no matter the size.  As a local team with national resources, we can provide quick emergency response to begin mitigating your damages.  If reconstruction is needed, we can also provide those services as a Licensed General Contractor.  Whether your property has suffered a catastrophic multi story water damage, or a minimal one room electrical fire, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Our team holds multiple certifications and licenses, giving us the knowledge to properly handle whatever property damage situation may arise with your business.

If your commercial property has suffered fire, water, or mold damages, give us a call at 850-466-3089.  Serving Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

Fire Damage Restoration Process

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you have experienced a fire in your Pensacola, Cantonment, or Century home or business, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089.

A structure fire at your home or business can be a devastating occurrence.  Along with damage from the flames, your property may experience odors from smoke, soot staining, or water damage from firefighting efforts.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is equipped and prepared to handle all these various issues and will arrive on scene as quickly as possible to begin the remediation process.  Although every fire damage is a little different, the following are the standard steps followed by SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County to help return your structure to its preloss condition:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The process begins with your phone call. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if needed)

The water removal process, if needed, begins almost immediately.  After extraction of standing water, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment, techniques, and chemicals to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.  As a licensed General Contractor, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can take your property through the processes of mitigation, remediation, and reconstruction all with one company.

If fire has damaged your home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!  Give us a call at 850-466-3089 to begin your fire damage restoration process.

Storms In The Forecast?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

When storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!

Are heavy rains, thunderstorms, or other severe weather in the forecast for your area?  If so, the following suggestions from the National Real Estate Insurance Group about preparing your property may help reduce structural damage for your home or business:

  • Make sure your landscaping is well kempt. Trim small trees and shrubs to make them more wind resistant.  This will limit the amount of potential debris available to affect your home or business.
  • Secure loose rain gutter and downspouts. Clear any leaves, sticks, or other debris from gutters to prevent water backup to your structure.
  • Remove and store loose yard furniture and decorations. In the instance of high winds, these items could damage siding and windows.
  • In the event a major storm, such as a hurricane, is approaching, plan to cover or board up windows and doors, as well as brace your garage door if applicable.

While protecting your property from a storm event is important, it is imperative to also consider both you and your loved one’s safety.  Follow any advisories set forth by local officials, such as evacuation orders, and be sure to have a storm supply kit prepared in case of emergency.

If a storm occurrence has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Our experienced team is Faster to Any Size Disaster!