Storm Season Tips: How to Weather Damage and Prevent Further Challenges.
Businesses and Residents of Coastal Areas Pick Up the Pieces After the Storms.
Tis the season for STORMS!
If you have experienced a Florida storm season, you know turbulent weather can cause serious damage to vegetation, homes and buildings alike. Wind damage is a leading cause and can loose shingles and tiles on the roof structures. When this happens, rain and snow can seep into the protective surfaces of the roof and cause wood swells and lead to mold in the future. The most common elements- wind, hail, rain, lightning can cause catastrophic damages and greatly impact your life. For that very reason, restoration companies, like ours, exist. Here are some of the activities you can expect from the SERVPRO storm restoration service professionals.
For both businesses and residential needs, our team will come to the affected property with the best of the best, trained experts to do a detailed examination of the inside and outside of the building. This discovery process can help determine the level of damage. Most often, we will discuss the service needs with the client and the insurance adjuster.
Once the conversation has reached the agreement phase, the work can begin. With various levels of damages, the plan with map out time needed very clearly to meet all expectations of the customer and insurance company. Often, flooding requires specialized pumps and vacuums to remove the water and moisture.
In addition to those, generators are typically brought in to provide power to the air movers and other machinery so as to avoid mold and future damages. Cleaning supplies patented to SERVPRO are used as well for best results. Any carpet or tangible items that can be salvaged are presented to the client to keep.
If contacted in time, our team will be able to rescue your building from greater structural issues, by inspecting the roof and replacing the dilapidated areas. After sealing and renovating the roof, they will then address the ceiling and restore to its former condition.
As you can see, when you suffer from natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something our experts can handle. If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact our team today.
Concerned about Coronavirus in Escambia County?
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a variety of cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection services!
With Coronavirus (COVID-19) positivity numbers back on the rise throughout Florida, many business owners and community leaders throughout Escambia County are concerned about the impact this trend could have on their business. As leaders in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help clean, sanitize, and disinfect your commercial properties, providing a safer environment for both your employees and customers.
Due to high traffic in Pensacola this time of year, this is one area within our community with even larger COVID-19 concerns. To help combat these issues, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a variety of different cleaning options to best suit your needs. Along with these options, we will also work with you to schedule a cleaning time that fits into your schedule.
We take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service to our clients, and we will work diligently to help your business keep business flowing during these unprecedented times. To learn more about our different COVID-19 sanitation options, or schedule service, please give us a call at 850-466-3089 today!
Where There's Fire, There's Water...
Fire damage to your business? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help!
You've probably heard the saying, "Where's the smoke, there's fire." In the case of a commercial building fire, you might say, "Where's the fire, there's water." Experiencing a fire can be a very scary event. Even small blazes can cause extensive fire damage, especially in multi-story buildings Thankfully, our dedicated first responders have the skills and equipment to extinguish the flame. However, this can introduce a new set of problems….
How Fires Start
If there is fire damage in your business, there are a few likely culprits for the incident. Commercial building fires commonly start in the following ways:
- Electrical system problems
- Improper disposal of flammable materials
- People smoking cigarettes on the premises
A fire can rage through your property quickly and destroy building materials, furniture, documents, and electronics. The smoke damage can be just as harmful. Smoke leaves soot and ash on the floor, equipment, and other surfaces.
Water: A Help and a Hindrance
Thankfully, firefighting crews in and around Bay County, are well trained, equipped, and prepared to take care of the blaze. However, while the water they use to put out the fire is effective at extinguishing the blaze, it also can cause further damage to your building. The water left behind can destroy computers, printers, carpets, and documents. Furthermore, if the water is not quickly cleaned up, it can lead to additional damages, including microbial growth.
A Professional Touch
When fire, and water, damages strike, the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Bay County have the equipment, experience, and expertise to respond quickly and begin the mitigation process. Following guidelines set forth by the IICRC, we will work diligently to make your damage “Like it never even happened.” To learn more about the services we offer, or request assistance, give our office a call: 850-466-3089. SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County: “We’re Here to Help!”
Fire Extinguisher Use - How and Which Kind?
Know what kind of fire extinguisher to have at your property, and how to properly use it!
It is widely known that having an in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative to fire safety, but did you know that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers, as well as a proper way in which to use one? Keeping yourself, your family, and your property protected in the event of a structure fire is paramount, and the below information can help facilitate that process.
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:
- A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
- B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
- C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
- D – for use with flammable metals.
- 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.
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
To keep yourself safe, it is important to use extreme caution within a fire damaged structure, and always follow the guidance of local fire authorities. If a fire does cause damage to your home or business, you want a trusted, local professional to respond and begin the remediation process as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has teams available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for emergencies, and takes great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes. To learn more, request assistance, or for any other questions, please give us a call: 850-466-3089.
Why Mitigate Water Damages?
Water Damage Mitigation can Reduce the Amount of Damage Sustained!
Water damages can happen at any time of day, and on any day of the year. The key to reducing the amount of damage sustained is to mitigate, or lessen the severity of, the water intrusion into your home or business. There are many benefits to trusting a professional water damage mitigation and restoration team, such as SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, to perform this service:
- Employing a well-trained, equipped, and experienced professional for you water damage needs ensures that you receive the highest possible level of service for your property.
- Proper mitigation reduces the amount of damage sustained, resulting in a lower cost of repair for the home or business owner.
- Timely mitigation causes less interruption to the day-to-day activities performed within the building. Reducing business interruption is a key focus for SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County’s team when performing commercial services, and we also pride ourselves on being as non-intrusive as possible while working in your home.
- Drying out a water damaged property quickly reduces the occurrence of secondary damages, such as microbial growth or warping of wood. The longer that porous materials are wet, the more damage they are likely to sustain.
No one ever plans ON having a water damage, but it is imperative to always plan FOR the possibility. Offering 24 hour a day, 7 day a week emergency response, and providing service throughout Northwest Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is your locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration specialist, capable of handling damages of all sizes. To learn more about the services we offer or request assistance, please give us a call at 850-466-3089. We look forward to being of service when the need arises!
SERVPRO’s Storm Damage Restoration Services
Have stormy conditions damaged your home or business? SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!
Residents and business owners in Northwest Florida are all too familiar with the property damage risks associated with stormy weather. Whether from a named hurricane, a severe afternoon thunderstorm, or multiple days of rainy conditions, Mother Nature can cause a wide array of issues to homes and businesses. While many people are aware of WHAT services SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers, including storm damage restoration, many may not be aware of the specific things we can do to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.” Utilizing industry leading equipment, IICRC operating standards, and numerous years of in the field experience, our team provides a variety of different service lines to meet all your restoration needs:
- Emergency Roof Tarping & Board-Up Service
- Standing Water Extraction
- Moisture Mapping
- Structural Drying
- Contents Pack-Out, Cleaning, Storage, and Move-Back
- Document Drying
- Reconstruction Services
No loss is too large for our cleanup and restoration professionals to handle. Along with providing restoration service throughout the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida, our team also travels during major storm events to assist our neighbors in need throughout the United States. This network of over 2,000 SERVPRO franchises gives us a multitude of resources at our disposal when disaster strikes.
Here to Help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is proud to be of service to our friends throughout the area. To learn more about the various services we provide, request assistance, or for any other questions, please give us a call: 850-466-3089.
The 5 W’s of Water Damage
Water Damage? We're Here to Help 24/7/365!
Stressful, unexpected, confusing… these are just some of the terms that can describe how having a water damage at your home or business can feel. One of the best ways that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can help to alleviate your worry and concern when a water damage does strike is to provide the highest possible level of customer service, coupled with open, honest communication. By answering some of the most common “W” questions about our services, we hope to make mitigating and remediating your water damage less of a difficult experience.
Who? SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County of course! Our team has the support of a network of over 2,000 nationwide franchises, giving us the manpower and resources to tackle water damages of all sizes.
What? Any kind of water damage you can imagine. Clean water intrusion, floodwater damages, contaminated water issues: we can handle them all! Following industry standards set forth by the IICRC, we will take the appropriate approach to your specific water damage to quickly and efficiently address the issues present and formulate a game plan for remediation.
When? Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to begin the process of mitigating your water damage emergency. The faster we can respond and begin the work process, the more likely we will be able to restore vs. replace damaged materials, and the sooner your property can be back to its preloss condition.
Where? SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County operates throughout the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida. Along with our sister franchises, we have teams throughout the Panhandle of Florida as well as Southwest Georgia that are happy to assist with your property damage needs.
Why? The most important question of all… we are dedicated to serving our community in their time of need. Along with providing a variety of property damage restoration services, we are also proud to volunteer with many local organizations, sponsor local events, and live and work as members of our community. SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County truly is “Here to Help.”
Looking to learn more about our water damage services? We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Please visit us at https://www.SERVPROnorthwestescambiacounty.com/water-damage-restoration or give us a call at 850-466-3089 today!
Commercial Jobsite Safety
Safety is a top priority for our SERVPRO team!
When it comes to getting your business back to business after a disaster, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is dedicated to working quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, SAFELY! From a fire damage in a commercial warehouse, to extensive storm damage from a hurricane, our team has the resources, training, and expertise to safely tackle your commercial disaster, working to make it “Like it never even happened.” So, what are some of our main safety concerns, and how do we work to reduce the risk of injury on the jobsite?
Slip, Trip & Fall: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips, and falls cause nearly 700 fatalities per year and many more injurious accidents in the workplace. One of the primary ways that we reduce injury related to slip, trip, and fall hazards is by effectively utilizing safety equipment. Our team members follow all OSHA guidelines as they pertain to proper footwear and headwear for the work site. We also work to minimize the number of hazards present by removing debris as it is created, taping down electrical cords while in use, and posting signage about potential hazards around the workplace.
All Team Safety Meeting: Each morning we hold an all-team safety meeting before work commences. Depending on the specific circumstances of the job we are performing, all employees are briefed on potential hazards and how to reduce the risk of injury. Additionally, our project management team oversees the work processes taking place, ensuring that equipment is being used properly, personal protective equipment is being worn (as applicable), and that industry guidelines are being followed.
Operating a safe jobsite ensures that work can be performed as quickly as possible. Along with providing the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is dedicated to reducing the amount of business interruption our customers experience. With the support of 2,000 nationwide franchises, our team is “Faster to any size disaster.” To learn more about the various commercial restoration services we provide, please give us a call: 850-466-3089.
Leading Causes of Summertime Fires
Enjoy your summertime activities SAFELY!
Enjoying the outdoors during the summertime months is one of the top perks of living in Florida. Warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and beautiful beaches are just a few of the draws that our area has to offer. Due to our average climate, many top fire hazards, such as space heaters and fireplaces, that plague colder states are not as much of an issue for us. We must, however, consider other sources of fire damage that are common in warmer climates, and take fire safety seriously.
Cooking Fires: these can be inclusive of indoor cooking on a stovetop or range, as well as the highly popular summertime activity of outdoor grilling. Cooking equipment should never be left unattended while in use. You should have a method of extinguishing a fire (whether water hose, fire extinguisher, etc.) available nearby at all times in case of emergency. Do not allow children or pets to play around cooking equipment, as this can be both a burn safety issues and a hazardous fire risk. Finally, make sure no flammable materials are near cooking equipment when in use. Do not leave towels or oven mitts on stove top, and make sure outdoor grills have a safety zone around them free of foliage and structures.
Campfires: No family camping trip is complete without a campfire, roasted hot dogs, and delicious melty s’mores! Properly igniting, maintaining, and extinguishing your campfire is imperative to keeping the fun going and avoiding disaster. Make sure the campfire is built in a contained area, such as a fire pit, and is not built on top of materials that can allow the fire to spread. Do not build a fire underneath hanging branches, or near buildings. When you are finished using your fire, make sure it is completely extinguished with water. You may also want to bury your embers as an added precaution.
Fireworks: Many summertime celebrations and holidays include the use of fireworks. If used improperly, fireworks can be extremely dangerous both to personal safety and property. Always follow the manufacturer instructions when using fireworks. Fireworks should only be handled by responsible adults and used in an environment that is free of surrounding buildings. Make sure fireworks are fully extinguished after use by soaking in a bucket of water.
We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and fun filled summer! In the unfortunate event that your summertime activities do result in fire damages to your property, remember that the SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia team is here to help. With extensive fire, soot, and smoke damage remediation training, our team offers 24/7 emergency response to start the mitigation process. To learn more about the services we offer, or request assistance, please give our office a call at 850-466-3089!
We’re a Licensed Mold Remediator!
Has mold taken hold? Trust SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County to help!
The SERVPRO brand is recognized as a leader in fire and water damage cleanup and restoration throughout the United States, but did you know that your local franchise, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, is also a Licensed Mold Remediator in the State of Florida? That’s right! We have the training, experience, and equipment to tackle even the toughest microbial growth, working diligently to make your damage “Like it never even happened.” So, what does it take to remediate mold safely and effectively you ask?
While every situation is unique and different, including the types of microbial growth present and kind of materials affected, the SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County general process remains the same:
- Initial Contact. The process begins with the initial phone call about the issues present. Our team will gather a variety of information about the structure type, visible clues, and preceding circumstances to begin determining the “plan of attack.”
- Inspection and Assessment. One of our trained estimators will come out and look at the property. The estimator will assess the materials that are affected, analyze humidity and moisture conditions, and document, or “sketch” the damages. From this analysis a scope of work to be completed, in line with industry standards, will be generated.
- The process of containment shields the affected work area from non-affected, reducing the risk of spores spreading.
- Air Filtration. Utilizing industry leading air scrubbing equipment, our team will filter the air to reduce spore count.
- Removal of Infested Materials. Often, highly affected porous materials, such as drywall, cannot be salvaged. Within the containment, removal of these materials will take place alongside air filtration.
- This includes the cleaning and sanitization of property contents and salvaged structural elements. An anti-microbial serum may also be applied at this stage.
- Once the affected area has been cleaned and the air filtered, the containment will be removed, and belongings brought back in. If demolition has occurred, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can provide reconstruction services for your property.
When mold takes hold, call the local experts with the credentialing, experience, and equipment to clean and restore your property right! Serving the communities of Cantonment, Century, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help! For additional information on our mold remediation services, please give us a call: 850-466-3089.