The Water Damage Timeline is a Perfect Guide to Action Steps You Need to Take.
Escambia County home shows water damage in several rooms that appears to have been building up for over a week period.
When water damages occur at your home or business, a quick response is key to limiting the amount of damage sustained. SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers 24 hour a day, 365 day a year emergency response to begin the water damage remediation process. What begins as a minimal water damage can easily become a catastrophe if left unattended. Following is a timeline of how water damages can progress:
- Water spreads throughout your property, beginning to saturate everything in its path
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
- Photographs & Paper Goods become damaged
- Drywall Swells
- Metal Surfaces Tarnish
- Furniture and Flooring begin to warp/mold
- Odors begin to form
48 Hours-1 Week
- Mold Grows
- Metal begins to rust
- Doors & Windows begin to swell and warp
- Biohazard contamination becomes possible
Over 1 Week
- Structural safety becomes compromised
- Mold Growth spreads
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically
- Biohazard contamination poses a serious risk
If you home or business has suffered a water damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for help. We have the expertise, experience, and equipment to take care of you and your property as quickly as possible.
Why SERVPRO Uses Water Removal Techniques in Escambia County After Any Size Water Emergency
SERVPRO water damage technicians are called in to extract water from affected home in Escambia County.
Why SERVPRO Uses Water Removal Techniques in Escambia County After Any Size Water Emergency
Broken pipes leading to an upstairs bathroom can drench a home's walls and floors in Northwest Escambia from the area where the pipe broke down to the ground floor. The interiors of walls often hold water, and if the exterior walls become saturated, any insulation inside them can also become affected. Smaller drips on loosened connections create damage in localized areas that grow slowly but steadily.
The multitude of ways and varying amounts of water that can affect a residence in the Pensacola Area is why SERVPRO professionals always use industry standard water removal methods and equipment. We can mitigate the damage caused by substantial water losses that threaten an entire home as well as those with isolated areas. We recommend calling for mitigation services, including water removal, as soon as possible.
Water continues to spread to dry areas, regardless of the amount involved, and as it flows into dry sections of your house, it also damages these newly dampened areas. We know that to stop this from happening to currently dry regions, we have to remove all the water as quickly as possible. We use highly accurate devices that locate the presence of moisture and determine the percentage of moisture content in affected materials.
Without the knowledge these instruments provide us, we might leave some areas untreated and able to continue becoming worse. Unmitigated regions can suffer from extensive deterioration, weakening of structural framework elements, and microbial infestation. Our water removal equipment stops these from happening, but only when we know where to use them inside your dwelling.
When we extract water from a home, we use the air as a way to transport moisture from different elements of the house and its contents into our desiccant machines. Once near our equipment, these powerful dehumidifiers pull the moisture out of the air. As this continues, your home's interior steadily becomes drier.
We monitor how rapidly things become dry to keep materials that generally contain higher amounts of moisture from becoming too dry. Items made of or containing wood around your house, from tables to grandfather clocks must hold some moisture to keep them from cracking or splitting along the grain.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County wants to restore your home “Like it never even happened” by using effective water removal methods that protect your home and its contents from damage.
5 Signs You Could Have Hidden Water Damage in Wood
Water damage in Pensacola home gets restored by SERVPRO water damage restoration experts.
5 Signs You Could Have Hidden Water Damage in Wood
Do you know how to check for hidden water damage in wood? Protect your home today and use our easy guide to assess your need for restoration.
As a homeowner, it's important that you know how to identify problems and hazards within your home before they cause a catastrophe. One of these potential problems is water damage in wood. When you have water damage, mold and mildew can build up. It could cause potential health effects and worsen your air quality, as well as ruin the structural integrity and longevity of your home.
How do you identify and repair water-damaged wood? We're here to tell you 5 signs so you can protect wood from water damage and catch the problem early. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Bubbling or Cracked Walls
Have you noticed small "bubbles" on your wall? Do you see cracks that you can't identify? These might be signs that your home has water damage.
When a wall gets wet, it causes the paint or wallpaper to lift from the surface. This presents the "bubble" look. A wet wall can also cause small amounts of expansion beneath the surface, causing a crack.
While there are many reasons that a wall might have small cracks, consider checking for underlying water damage first.
2. A "Musty" Smell
There's a telltale "musty" or damp smell associated with water getting deep into the wood. It may start off smelling like the outdoors after a rainstorm, but over time, it gets less pleasant.
This smell means that somewhere in your home, dampness is causing mildew or mold.
3. Visible Mold
This is a more obvious sign that you have water damage. Where there's mold, there's water.
You might have to do a thorough inspection to find mold. Sometimes mold spores are too small to see, but other times, mold presents as dark green, brown, or black patches with lighter edges around the sides where the mold isn't as dense.
Mold can be dangerous, so don't hesitate to call in professionals if you see it.
4. Dark Spots
Dark spots in your ceiling or walls are a clear sign that there's a leak somewhere. These spots can spread quickly, but they're obvious enough that it's easy to catch the problem early.
Look for spots that seem almost like coffee stains. Check the area above the spot (if it's accessible to you) to find the source of the water.
5. A "Spongy" Texture
By the time this has occurred, you know that you need professional restoration or damage control. When wood has enough water damage, it softens and becomes spongy.
If the wood is part of the structure of your home, this can cause serious problems. Don't hesitate to contact someone to inspect and repair your wood damage before it's too late.
When your home has water damage in wood, it can lead to structural issues in the future. In the short term, it can lead to mold in the air and ruined paint or wallpaper.
If you identify water damage in your home, it's best to hire professionals to fix it. That's where we come in. When you need an experienced professional to assess and restore your home in Pensacola, we're here for you. Contact us at any hour of the day and we'll be there to help.
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!