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Storm Season – What Are the Risks?

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm coming in over a grassy field Are you and your property prepared for severe weather?

With summertime comes school breaks, outdoor barbecues, and…stormy season.  Northwest Florida experiences more than its fair share of rainy weather, thunderstorms, and severe weather threats during this time of year.  Unfortunately, with stormy weather the possibility of property damage rises.  So, what are some of the most common weather-related culprits of property damage, and how can you, as a home or business owner, prepare for the risks?

Rain, Rain, Rain: While the occasional rain shower is both good and necessary, heavy amounts of rain mixed with additional factors can lead to disaster.  Torrential rainfall can cause flash flooding, heavy rains coupled with high wind gusts can push the water into places where it doesn’t belong, and rainy conditions over an extended amount of time can lead to widespread flood conditions.  When rain is in the forecast, make sure your property is prepared.  Check window and door sills for any cracks or leaks.  Clean out rain gutters to prevent water from backing up onto your roof.  Clear debris from drainage areas to reduce the risk of flooding.

Tornadoes: Thunderstorms have the potential to spawn dangerous tornadoes.  While there is little that can be done to prepare your property from tornado threats, it is important to prepare yourself and loved ones.  Have a designated area within the building to shelter in.  This area should be on the lowest level of the property, away from windows and doors, and as centrally located within the building as possible.  Make sure to have a way to receive weather alerts, so that you can be aware of any tornado watches or warnings in your area.

High Winds: Heavy winds can result in extensive damage to your property.  Make sure your roof is up to building code and utilize hurricane clips if possible.  You may want to consider installing storm shutters on windows.  Before a storm with projected high winds moves into the area, clear any loose limbs, outdoor debris, and patio furniture away: all these things can become projectiles in heavy winds.  Stay away from windows during storms with high winds, as broken glass can pose a serious safety hazard.

As many Floridians are all too aware, these are just a few of the risks associated with storms.  With a higher-than-average 2022 Hurricane Season projected, the time to plan and prepare for severe weather is NOW!  For additional information on thunderstorms, hurricanes, and other weather occurrences, there are many great resources available:

The National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/

The Weather Channel: https://weather.com/

Escambia County Emergency Management: https://myescambia.com/our-services/public-safety/beready.

The National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): https://www.noaa.gov/weather

If severe weather does damage your home or business, remember that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is here to help.  We’re proud to be of service to the communities of Pensacola, Century, and Cantonment, and will work diligently to make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is just one call away, 24 hours a day: 850-466-3089.

Preparing for Flooding in Pensacola, Florida

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of a flooded commercial building When the floodwaters rise, know that SERVPRO is Here to Help!

With the frequency of heavy thunderstorms throughout our area, and hurricane season upon us, it is important for Pensacola residents and business owners to prepare for the possibility of floodwaters damaging their property.  Flood water can carry a variety of contaminants; therefore, it is important to be very cautious in flood situations and utilize a trusted professional for mitigation and remediation services.  As with so many other things in life, preparation and planning are key.  There are many steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of floodwaters affecting your property, saving you both stress and financial strain when the floodwaters do rise:

  • Know Your Flood Zone! Knowing the risk of flooding within your area helps you to prepare as storms move through.  A map of flood zones in Escambia County can be accessed here: https://myescambia.com/apps/knowyourzone/
  • Have a basement? Do not store anything valuable in the basement.  Raise any appliances/machinery up from the floor.  Consider installing a sump pump in case water does enter.
  • Clear debris from your yard. This may include removing limbs and/or leaves from drainage lines.  Anything that can allow water to back up to the property instead of flowing toward the street can cause a flood hazard.
  • Seal Doors and Windows. This can include the use of waterproof sealants around window and door frames.  Use sandbags when necessary to block door and window openings to reduce the risk of water entering your property during a flood.

Even with the best preparation, flood damages can still happen.  Keep yourself and loved ones SAFE during a flooding event, and once the waters begin to recede, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for your mitigation and restoration needs.  Serving communities throughout Escambia County, we take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes.  Give us a call at 850-466-3089 to learn more, or for emergency service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Two men in SERVPRO uniforms cleaning a ceiling after fire damage has occurred Fire Damage? SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!

Everyone is aware of the steps that should be taken WHEN a fire occurs- Utilize a fire extinguisher, if possible, follow the steps outlined in your emergency plan, evacuate the building, call the local authorities for help, and gather all evacuated occupants at a pre-designated location.  What is less commonly known, however, are the steps to take AFTER the fire.  Who should you call, how do you start the cleanup process, where do I go from here?  For this phase, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia is Here to Help.  Our team has processes in place to mitigate, remediate, and restore your property, helping reduce the stress that comes along with fire damage.  So, how does the SERVPRO process work?

  1. Emergency Contact – our team of highly trained professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 850-466-3089 when fire disaster strikes.
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment – Once we arrive on site, we will begin our inspection. This will include addressing any safety concerns, providing stabilization for the affected area, scoping the damages, and formulating a “plan of attack” for work.
  3. Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed) – Depending on the extent of the damages, board-up or roof tarping may be necessary to protect the structure from further damage or vandalism.
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present) – If water was used to extinguish the fire, we will follow various extraction and drying procedures to remove/reduce the amount of moisture present.
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from all Surfaces – This could include structural cleaning, contents cleaning and pack-out, and possibly contents relocation for storage.
  6. Cleaning and Repair – A variety of steps may be taken at this stage, including demolition of unsalvageable areas, deodorization, or deep cleaning of structure and contents.
  7. Restoration – As a licensed general contractor, we can build back any materials that were removed during the remediation process. This step may also include the unpacking or return of stored contents.

Although no fire is “typical,” and there are many factors that can affect the remediation process, one thing stays the same:  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County takes great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes.  Serving the communities of Cantonment, Century, and Pensacola, Florida, we are only one call away for your fire damage restoration needs. 

Practicing Fire Preparation in Your Business

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trailer and truck in front of a commercial building SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with disaster strikes your business!

Smoke billowing out of windows, flames shooting into the air, firetrucks surrounding the building and pumping numerous gallons of water in….

These are things that no business owner or manager ever wants to experience.  Property fire can not only be extremely dangerous, but is often very costly, both in terms of damage sustained and the following loss of business incurred.  While, unfortunately, no way of completed eliminating the risk of fire has been invented, there are steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk and safeguard your business from extreme disaster when fire damage does strike.

  1. THINK SAFETY FIRST! Having an evacuation plan in place for building occupants is extremely important to keeping everyone safe and healthy.  This plan should be posted throughout the building, notating the location of emergency exits, and periodic “fire drills” should be conducted to make sure everyone understands the plan.  Have a designated meeting space outside of the building so that all occupants can be accounted for.
  2. Install, use, and test fire alarm systems. Depending on the size of the property, fire alarms may range from single mounted units in each room, to full building alarm systems equipped with flashing lights and sirens.  Make sure batteries are replaced at least twice a year in smoke detectors and have a licensed professional service any commercial grade fire alarm equipment to ensure proper working order.
  3. Install, use, and test fire suppression equipment. Once again, depending on building size and purpose, fire suppression equipment may range from individual fire extinguishers to riser fed sprinklers, or chemical extinguisher systems.  Make sure fire extinguishers are in date and inspected by a licensed professional.  Sprinkler and chemical suppression equipment should be serviced regularly as well.  Make sure building occupants know the location of fire extinguishers in case of emergency.
  4. In case fire damage does occur, have a plan in place for AFTERWARD. This may include selection of a preferred restoration vendor, such as SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, and a defined set of protocol to follow, which can be documented and accessible though the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).  The overwhelming majority of businesses who continue to stay in business after property disaster strikes had a “what if” plan in place.

Available 24/7/365 for emergency response, the SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia team is equipped and prepared to help your business if fire damages are suffered.  To learn more about our services or request assistance, please give us a call” 850-466-3089.

Team Carter Celebrates Major SERVPRO Milestone

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Ribbon being cut in front of the number 2000 with a SERVPRO van in the background Team Carter earns major SERVPRO milestone!

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is proud to be a member of the regional “Team Carter” franchise family.  Through hard work, determination, dedication, and service to our communities, our team continues to grow and expand.  As part of this expansion, Team Carter recently achieved a major SERVPRO franchise milestone:  Owners Courtney and Kyle Carter purchased the 2,000th SERVPRO franchise license!  Serving the water, fire, storm, mold, biohazard, and reconstruction needs of communities throughout North Florida and Southwest Georgia, our team is proud to now be even stronger!  Without any further ado, please let us introduce Team Carter:

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus (Georgia)

SERVPRO of Bay County (Florida)

SERVPRO of North Pensacola (Florida)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County (Florida)

                …and our newest additions…

SERVPRO of Bainbridge, Blakely, Camilla (Georgia)

SERVPRO of Marianna, Quincy, Apalachicola (Florida)

When property damage strikes, our team is equipped and ready to help!  Ready to learn more?  Need to request service?  Looking for the Team Carter location closest to you?  Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Cleaning. Restoration. Construction.

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

A commercial building store front Commercial Cleaning, Restoration, or Construction Needs? Call Us: 850-466-3089!

The SERVPRO brand is recognized throughout North America as a leader in cleaning and restoration, but did you know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County also offers a wide array of construction services, too?  That’s right!  With the ultimate goal in mind to make your property damage “Like it never even happened,” our team can provide all of the necessary services from the beginning of mitigation to the end of reconstruction, helping to bring your commercial building back to its preloss condition.

As a licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida, we have the resources to provide and oversee a variety of construction needs, including:

  • Roof Repair
  • Flooring Replacement
  • Drywall Work
  • Painting
  • Reconstruction of Framing, Trim, and Baseboards
  • …and much more!

When property damage strikes, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Working to minimize business interruption and get your business “back to business” faster, reducing as much stress as possible during the process, our team of highly trained and experience professionals can provide a “one stop shop” for all of you project related needs.  Interested in learning more or in need of our services?  Give us a call: 850-466-3089 today!

Preventative Maintenance for Pensacola’s Commercial Properties

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Two people standing in front of a fire suppression line in a commercial property Keep your business well maintained to reduce the risk of property damage!

What is one of the best things that can be done by business owners and leaders to the reduce the risk of commercial property damage?  PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE!  Planning for the possibility of an issue, as well as catching small issues before they become much larger disasters, can save time, stress, and expenses for business leaders throughout the community.  Some preventative maintenance steps that can be taken, specifically as they relate to reducing the risk of fire, water, and mold issues include:

  • Maintain Property Landscaping. A buildup of debris can reduce the ability for rainwater to drain off effectively, which could lead to water intrusion into the building.
  • Periodic Plumbing Checks. Following a regular schedule to check the plumbing of the building can allow small leaks to be found and fixed before they become a larger issue.  Especially in buildings with plumbing constructed of older materials, it may be necessary to bring in a licensed plumber to replace outdated equipment.
  • Inspect Your Appliances. Supply lines from water fed equipment account for a large amount of water damages.  Periodically check to make sure lines are securely connected. Check for and replace any lines that show signs of corrosion, cracking, or breakage.
  • Maintain Your Fire Extinguishers and/or Fire Suppression Systems. Having working, in date fire extinguishers, and properly maintained fire suppression systems can dramatically reduce the possibility of a small fire becoming a dangerous, large, extremely damaging fire.  Utilize professional technicians and vendors to service these devices is imperative to making sure they are in proper working order when the need arises.
  • Store Hazardous Chemicals Safely. Do not allow flammable or combustible chemicals to be stored in an area accessible by the public, or near any type of heat/flame source.  Follow all label instructions when using hazardous chemicals.
  • Control Humidity Levels Inside the Building. High humidity, combined with porous materials, can create the perfect environment for microbial growth.  Reduce this possibility by controlling humidity levels using HVAC systems and dehumidifier units.
  • Keep Duct Work & HVAC Units Clean. Soiled ductwork can allow contaminants, including mold spores, to be circulated throughout a building.  Hire a professional to perform duct cleaning services as needed, and make sure to change HVAC filters regularly.

Even with the best preventative maintenance plan, property damage disasters do happen.  If your business suffers a water, fire, mold, or storm damage loss, trust the locally owned and operated team at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County to help.  We offer 24/7/365 emergency response and take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service.  To learn more about our services, or request help, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.

What’s That Smell?!

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Hydroxyl Generator Being Used Lingering Odors? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County!

The smell of something unpleasant, rotten, or off putting can cause a host of issues for property owners and business leaders.  From making your home uncomfortable to be in, to driving potential customers away from your business, odor issues can be quite a problem.   Along with our more well-known service lines, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a solution to your odor issues: ODOR REMEDIATION and DEODORIZATION.  Utilizing industry leading equipment and consumables, our team has the ability to tackle odors caused by a variety of sources, including:

  • Water Damages
  • Microbial Growth
  • Smoke Damages from Structure Fires
  • Cigarette/Cigar Smoke
  • Hoarding Scenes
  • Storm Damages

Along with the use of thermal foggers, deodorization agents, and air scrubbers, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County employs two different machines for deodorization, each with its own unique features and functions:

Hydroxyl Generator

A hydroxyl generator works by dismantling the molecular structure of an odor particle.  Hydroxyl generators are accepted as safe to use in occupied spaces, do not cause damage to any of the contents of the structure, and are highly reactive, breaking down a very broad range of odors.

Ozone Machine

An ozone machine also works on a molecular level, splitting oxygen molecules in the air into single atoms.  Unlike a hydroxy generator, an ozone machine cannot be run in an occupied space, as it reduces the amount of breathable oxygen available.  This process deals with odors more quickly than a hydroxyl, but also runs the risk of damaging sensitive materials within a structure.

When it comes to deodorization, trust the local professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County to help.  We have the training, experience, and expertise to effectively remediate odors, utilizing the proper combination of techniques and equipment, and we will work to make your issue “Like it never even happened.”  Interested in learning more?  Give us a call, 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

Source: https://www.randrmagonline.com/articles/88349-odor-removal-hydroxyl-or-ozone

Some Not-So-Fun Facts about Fire

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Image with candle, space heater, grill, and matches in four separate squares Help keep yourself and your property safe from fire damages!

From a very young age, we were all taught the dangers presented by fire.  We learned not to play with matches and lighters, to “stop, drop, and roll” if we somehow caught fire, and some of the consequences of leaving fire, including cooking equipment, unattended.  Despite these teachings, the National Fire Protection Association reports that a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation every 23 seconds.  So, what are the leading causes? What can we do to reduce fire risk? How can we better protect ourselves and our properties from fire?

The top five causes of residential structure fires are cooking, heating, electrical malfunction, smoking, and candle use.  Let’s address each of these and determine how to reduce our fire risk:

  • Cooking: Never leave your stovetop or grill unattended while in use. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire.  Do not allow children to use cooking appliances without adult supervision.  Make sure appliances are turned off and/or extinguished after use.
  • Heating: It is imperative to use equipment, such as space heaters, in the methods instructed by the manufacturer, and to keep this equipment away from flammable materials, including draperies, furniture, and clothing. Do not use outdoor heating appliances indoors.
  • Electrical: If you smell burning, see smoke coming from outlets, or have consistently tripped breakers, consult a professionally trained electrician ASAP for an inspection.  In homes with older wiring, it may be wise to have the property rewired.  Do not overload circuits by plugging in too many appliances, using splitters, or “daisy chaining” multiple pieces of equipment.
  • Smoking: Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Do not leave a cigarette, cigar, or other tobacco product burning unattended.  Do not leave ashtrays on top of flammable materials, and make sure all ashes are extinguished once finished smoking.
  • Candles: Much like lighters and matches, burning candles should not be left in an area accessible by children or pets. Be sure to extinguish candles when not attended, and store away from flammable materials.  Consider using battery operated candles instead of wick burning as an added safety measure.

Even with the best preparation, monitoring, and safety measures, fire can, and will, still happen.  When fire damage affects your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help.  Our team has extensive fire damage restoration training and will take the upmost care to restore as much of your property as possible.  To learn more about our services, or request help, please give us a call: 850-466-3089.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County: “We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

Hurricane Season is Approaching… Are You Ready?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Satellite image of Hurricane Michael over Florida Panhandle Are you prepared for Hurricane Season?

As Floridians know all too well, when hurricane season approaches, they must pay close attention to weather forecasts and be vigilant to keep themselves and their property safe.  Hurricane season begins on June 1st and runs through the end of September.  So, what can you, a property owner in Escambia County, do to plan for, prepare for, and hopefully prevent, damage from occurring at your home or business?

  • Have an emergency plan in place. For homeowners, this may include determining an evacuation route in case needed, researching hotels that will accommodate your needs (pets, large family, etc.), and making a list of all medications that you and your family members take.  For businesses, one of the best ways to plan for an emergency is to have a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.  This is a complimentary service that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County provides, documenting all the pertinent information about your business, and putting it into one easy to access, electronic app.  To learn more, and begin preparing YOUR profile, reach out to our team at 850-466-3089.
  • Stock a hurricane supply kit. Depending on the specific needs of your family, this kit may include a variety of items.  Essential items include a supply of fresh water (enough for 3 days per person), non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, and a battery or crank powered radio.
  • Storm Prep your property. This may include cleaning out rain gutters, securing patio furniture, trimming trees and bushes, or clearing weeds and debris from your yard.  During this preparation, you may also want to consider installing storm shutters and doors.  From a commercial property standpoint, it will also be important to have a “chain of command” identified in case damages occur so that work may begin more quickly to mitigate damage.
  • Have a way to receive weather alerts. Whether from a local or state organization, or from the National Weather Service, it is important to have a way to receive weather alerts during hurricane season.  Knowledge is power, and this power can help protect both you and your property.

Ready to respond to storm damages 24/7, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is your locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration specialist.  To learn more about our services, inquire about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, or for any other issues, please call our office at 850-466-3089!

Dealing with Contaminated Water – The Do’s and Don’t’s

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Toilet with standing water around it Contaminated Water Damages? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for Help!

When it comes to mitigating and remediating water damages, the top priority is the health and safety of both the occupants of the property, as well as the workers performing service.  In order to prioritize safety, it is important to understand exactly what contaminated water IS, as well as some of the recommended “do’s” and “don’t’s” of dealing with it.

So, what is contaminated water? 

Contaminated water is water than has been changed due to the presence of chemicals, microbes, bacteria, or pollutants.  Examples of contaminated water include sewage and floodwater.  Contaminated water is considered unsafe to consume, and special precautions, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), should be taken when cleaning up damages caused by contaminated water.

Now, lets explore some of the recommended do’s and don’t’s of dealing with contaminated water damages:

Contaminated Water – Do’s:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
  • Keep pets and children away from contaminated areas.
  • Call your local SERVPRO Professional for help with these damages.

Contaminated Water – Don’t’s:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking on or through damages or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminants through the air.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if there have been exposed to the contaminated area.
  • Consume any food or beverages that have been exposed to contaminants.

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by trusting your contaminated water damages to the local leader in cleanup and restoration: SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County.  Serving the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida, our highly experienced team is “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”  To learn more or request service, please give us a call, 850-466-3089!

The FYI on Floodwaters

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Building surrounded by Floodwaters Flooding Issues? Trust SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County to help mitigate the damages!

Not only can severe storms bring heavy rains, gusty winds, and the potential for tornadoes, but they also provide the perfect conditions for flooding.  Floodwaters can be very dangerous both while they are occurring, as well as after they have begun to recede.  How though, you might wonder?  Understanding the characteristics of floodwaters can help answer this question:

  1. Floodwaters are considered Category 3, or “blackwater,” which is the descriptor given to waters considered to be grossly contaminated. Because floodwaters carry dirt, debris, and other pollutants, they can be very hazardous. 
  2. Because of the potential for contamination carried by floodwaters, materials that are affected must be handled carefully, and those that cannot be sanitized effectively should be discarded. Porous materials, including carpet and drywall, often cannot be safely restored after being affected by floodwaters.
  3. Not only can floodwater leave behind contaminants, but they can cause safety concerns to navigate. Often, waters may be much deeper than realized; because of this, you should NEVER walk, wade, or drive through floodwaters.

When it comes to restoring your home or business after floodwater have caused damage, you want a local, trusted professional that you can call on.  With multiple years’ experience and extensive training, the team at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is equipped and Here to Help when flood disasters strike.  Serving communities throughout the Panhandle of Florida, our team takes great pride in working to make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”  To learn more or request services, please give us a call at 850-466-3089!

A Trusted, Local Leader in Clean Up and Restoration

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Logo for the IICRC Our team is certified in a variety of services from the IICRC!

When disaster strikes your home or business, and you need clean up and restoration services, you want an industry leader that you can trust to provide a high level of service for your property.  One of the many ways that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County trains our team to provide our services is through the IICRC.  The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, creates training and standards for the restoration industry, certifying team members in a variety of service lines.  Some of the services that our team holds certification in include:

  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • FSRT – Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT – Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • TCST – Trauma & Crime Scene Technician

Along with years of experience in the industry, travel to numerous locations for large loss storm response, and continuing education courses, our team is prepared to handle damage of all sizes, and from all sources of loss.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies, and take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service to our community members in their time of need.  To learn more about SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, request service, or for any other questions, please give us a call, 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

Water Damage Do’s and Do Not’s – Clean Water

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

Man extracting water from carpeting in an office building Water Damage? We're Here to Help!

There’s Water Everywhere…YIKES! This can be a very stressful situation for home and business owners alike, however, understanding what you should (and should not) do following a water damage emergency can help reduce the amount of damage sustained, reduce costs, and help protect your property from the risk of secondary damages.  When the damages are caused by clean water, you have a better opportunity to repair vs replace, and can take more action until help arrives.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County suggests the following emergency tips for dealing with clean water damages:

DO:

  1. CALL SERVPRO for help! Our team of highly trained and experienced professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to you water damage emergency.
  2. Shut off the source of water if possible.
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  4. Wipe excess water from wood furniture and cabinetry.
  5. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  6. Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  7. Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, artwork, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

DO NOT:

  1. Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  2. Leave books, newspapers, or other colored items on wet carpeting or floors.
  3. Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  4. Enter rooms where ceiling is sagging from retained water.
  5. Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
  6. Leave rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpeting as this may cause staining.

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County strives to provide the highest possible level of customer service when disaster strikes.  Serving the communities of Cantonment, Century, and surrounding areas, our team is “Faster to any size disaster.”  To learn more about our services, or request assistance, please give us a call at 850-466-3089!

The 411 on Smoke and Soot

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Room with soot damages on the ceiling Fire, smoke, or soot damages? SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!

Smoke and soot are very invasive, penetrating throughout your home and causing damages you often cannot see. Having a trusted, trained professional evaluate your property after a fire damage has occurred ensures that an accurate plan of action is formulated to clean and restore all the damages present.  To understand this process, it is important to first understand the characteristics of smoke and soot:

Believe it or not, there are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before the restoration process begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County will evaluate the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The chosen cleaning procedures will be based on the information identified during this process.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions at your home or commercial business.  Our professional team has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  Serving the communities of Cantonment, Century, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is available 24/7/365 for emergency damage response.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (850) 466-3089

Contents Cleaning? Yes, We Do That Too!

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Pink Vase that has been cleaned and restored We clean and restore contents too!

Many Escambia County residents are aware that we offer a wide array of water, fire, mold, and storm damage remediation services for structures throughout the community, but did you know we ALSO offer contents restoration service?  That’s right!  Not only are we equipped, trained, and prepared to clean and restore your building, but we can also restore a variety of personal property items, including electronics and documents!

Depending on the type of loss your contents have suffered, we offer a variety of solutions to salvage and restore your property.  From smoke deodorization after a fire, to detailed drying for documents after a water damage, your SERVPRO professional can help you to understand the damages sustained, options available to you, and will work with both you and your insurance company to cover the cost of the loss.

When property, and contents, damage strikes, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for your damage emergencies, and take great pride in providing the best possible level of service to members of our community.  If you are interested in learning more, or have questions that we can help with, please feel free to give us a call.  850-466-3089, we look forward to speaking with you!

Is Your Property Prepared for an Emergency?

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

House on fire with ERP app opened on a phone screen Prepare your property with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile! Give us a call to learn more.

“As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster.”  This is an extremely frightening statistic for business owners, managers, and investors.  Business leaders often put extensive amounts of time, effort, and money into starting, maintaining, and growing their businesses, and to know that it could be taken away in the blink of an eye is a very scary thing.  Now consider this: of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  It is only logical, then, to prepare your property for an emergency.  But many may ask, how?

A great tool to help you and your business prepare for the possibility of a disaster is SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).  This complementary service provides you with a comprehensive, easy to access (via secured app) document that notes all the pertinent information necessary in the event of a property damage emergency.  Features of the SERVPRO ERP Include:

  • Basic property information (location, square footage)
  • Photo and location description for all main utility shut offs (electrical, water, natural gas)
  • Vendor and key property contact information
  • The ability to upload important documents, such as insurance declarations or property floor plans.

Are you ready to get started on your property’s Emergency Ready Profile?  One of our representatives is ready to help you plan and prepare!  Give us a call at 850-466-3089 for additional information or to schedule your ERP today!

When Severe Storms Strike…. We’re Here to Help!

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Buildings with storm clouds in the background and a SERVPRO logo in the foreground When Severe Storms Strike...Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for Help!

The “BEEP…, BEEP…, BEEP….” of a severe weather warning coming across the airwaves is a sound that community members across Northwest Florida are all too familiar with.  Whether a thunderstorm warning, tornado watch, or a combination of weather events, having a way to receive these alerts is extremely important. 

Once you have determined HOW you will receive your alerts, having a plan in place of WHAT to do when severe storms strike is next:

  • If evacuation is required, where will I go?
  • Where is the safest area inside of the home for my family to gather?
  • What supplies do I need to have prepared in case of severe weather?
  • Where are all my important documents located? Will they be safe during a weather event?

Now the storms have passed, and your family is safe, but uh oh…. Property Damage!  Maybe its roof damage from a fallen tree, wind driven rain brought in through an improperly sealed window, or flood waters that creeped throughout the home.  You ask yourself: What do I do?

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for Help!  Our team of highly trained cleanup and restoration professionals is Here to Help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We have helped our Northwest Florida community through numerous storms in years past and are dedicated to being of service when it matters most.  Serving the communities of Cantonment, Century, and Pensacola, Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is “Faster to any size disaster.”  To learn more or request service, please give us a call at 850-466-3089 today!

Water Damage. Solution: SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a commercial office building For water damages of all shapes and sizes, trust SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help!

Water: It runs through every home and business in our community and is essential for day-to-day life.  Water Damage: An unfortunate, but often common, side effect of water not taking the proper route through a property.  So, when water turns into water damage, what do you do?  Trust a local professional leader for help of course!

With so many ways for water to enter and exit our structures, there are numerous different possible causes for water damage.  Some of the most common include:

  • Supply line failure, leading to clean water intrusion
  • Appliance failure, such as an overflowing washing machine or dishwasher
  • Ruptured or burst pipe, often common in extreme temperatures
  • Flooding or stormwater intrusion
  • Human error and accidents, such as accidentally triggering a fire suppression system

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is committed to providing solutions to members of our community when they are faced with water damage issues.  Our team follows IICRC guidelines, standards, and procedures, utilizes industry leading equipment and supplies, and works diligently to provide the highest possible level of customer service.  We are available for emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and respond throughout the communities of Cantonment, Pensacola, and Century, Florida.  When water damage strikes, strike back by calling SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Practicing Fire Safety with Children

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Family looking at a fire evacuation plan Practice Fire Prevention and Preparedness with Children!

Practicing fire safety is essential for homeowners throughout Escambia County, especially those with small children in the home.  When children are present, extra precautions must be taken not only to PREVENT fires from occurring, but also to PREPARE in case of fire.  So, what are some of the additional steps that can be taken to specifically address fire safety when it comes to children?

Fire Prevention

  • Do not allow children to play with matches, lighters, or candles.
  • While indoor space heaters or fireplaces are in use, be sure to supervise children around these areas, and prevent flammable materials, such as blankets, from getting too close to the heat source.
  • Do not allow children to operate the stove, microwave, or clothing dryer unattended.

Fire Preparation

  • Teach your children the different sounds that a smoke alarm can make and what each sound means. If your fire alarm is chirping, this signifies that the batteries need to be changed.  If the alarm is beeping, this signifies that smoke has been detected and that the structure should be evacuated.
  • Have an escape plan and PRACTICE it with your children. Make sure children know where at least two exits from the structure are.  Designate a meeting area outside of the home where the family will meet in case of a fire.
  • Develop a plan for young children who cannot exit the home on their own. Who will be responsible for assisting infants and toddlers?

Taking care of the safety of your family in the case of a structure fire is the top priority.  In the unfortunate event that a fire does cause structural damage to your home, know that the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County are Here to Help with your cleanup, restoration, and reconstruction needs.  Our phone line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 850-466-3089. 

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/children.html

Did you know that we do duct cleaning?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Man performing duct cleaning services with a SERVPRO logo Is your property in need of Duct Cleaning services? Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call!

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a wide variety of specialized cleaning services, including both residential and commercial duct cleaning.  Soiled or dirty ventilation systems are often a large culprit in contributing to poor indoor air quality, which can lead to allergy-like symptoms and respiratory issues for those who are exposed.  A professional, thorough cleaning of the ductwork can help eliminate allergens, odors, and other contaminants from the air, which not only makes for cleaner air to breathe, but can also help extend the life of your HVAC system.

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County not only has extensive experience in cleaning HVAC and Duct Systems of all different sizes, but it also a NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) certified organization, giving us the training and expertise to take proper care of your system.  We use industry leading equipment, cleaning chemicals, and techniques to provide the best possible results for your duct cleaning service.

If your Cantonment, Century, or Pensacola property is in need of duct cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089.  We take great pride in providing a quality cleaning service, coupled with the highest level of customer service, and are always Here to Help!

Hurricane Season 2021 – Stay Weather Aware!

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a hurricane over Florida Have a way to receive weather alerts throughout hurricane season!

As previously projected, the 2021 Hurricane Season has, so far, produced an above average number of storms, including a few major named systems.  Residents and property owners throughout the Florida Panhandle understand the importance of preparing for hurricane season, but along with that preparation, it is also imperative to stay vigilant and weather aware!  Following are some great resources for weather alerts, storm tracking, and local emergency information:

The National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/This site provides information on all currently active tropical activity, data and tools, and educational resources concerning storms.

Escambia County Emergency Management: https://myescambia.com/our-services/public-safety/beready. Here you can find severe weather tips, important local phone numbers, evacuation shelters in the area, and sign up for local weather alerts.

The Weather Channel: https://weather.com/. The weather channel offers live coverage during storm events, as well as a “hurricane central” section of their website for the latest information.

Many local and state authorities also offer Social Media pages, including Facebook and Twitter, where they will post current, up-to-date information on tropical systems, tropical storms, or hurricanes that may impact the area.  Following local news stations and governmental departments can also provide a wealth of information to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

As we continue through the peak of Hurricane Season 2021, remember that if your home or business does unfortunately incur damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Our team of highly trained professionals is available at 850-466-3089 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.  Keep an eye on the tropics!

Commercial Mold in Cantonment?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Man wearing PPE spraying a room for mold SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the equipment, training, and qualifications to handle mold losses of all sizes!

One of the last issues that a property manager or business owner wants to contend with during their busy workday is mold.  Although mold occurs naturally and is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, and the concept of “mold removal” is a fallacy, there are steps that can be taken to restrict mold growth within your business, creating a safer environment for employees and clients, as well as reducing the risk of a situation which will require professional remediation.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the following information about mold in general, mold prevention, and mold cleanup:

  • The primary way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. Issues such as a damaged roof, leaking pipe in the wall, or improperly dried flood water create the perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive.
  • Reducing indoor humidity to between 30%-60% can help decrease mold growth. This can be done by venting bathrooms, kitchens, and other moisture generating sources to the outside, using air conditioners and dehumidifiers within the building, and using exhaust fans while cooking or cleaning.
  • If excessive water intrusion or flooding occurs, clean and dry any wet building materials within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Porous materials, such as wood or drywall, if not properly dried, can hold in moisture and accelerate mold generation.
  • In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (such as by drinking fountains, on concrete floors with frequent condensation, or near building exit doors).
  • If you suspect mold contamination within your building, do not run the HVAC system. This could circulate the mold spores throughout the structure.
  • Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces without first cleaning, sanitizing, and drying. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.

When it comes to mold issues, especially on a larger scale, employing a professional mold remediation specialist may often be your best bet.  With certifications from the IICRC and Licensed as a Mold Remediator in the State of Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the training, equipment, and qualifications to help make your damage “Like it never even happened.”  For more information on mold remediation please visit us at https://www.SERVPROnorthwestescambiacounty.com/mold-remediation, visit the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/mold, or call our team at 850-466-3089.

Do’s and Don’t’s of Fire and Smoke Damage

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Man using ice blasting to clean soot residue in an attic SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the training, equipment, and experience to handle fire damages of all shapes and sizes!

Having a fire damage occur at your home or business can be extremely stressful.  Once the flames have been extinguished, and safety of all people present has been taken care of, it is time to begin the cleanup and restoration process.  As you are preparing for this phase, there are quite a few “do’s” and “don’t’s” to consider:

DO

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet or upholstery.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil surrounding structure and contents.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs and carpeted traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DO NOT

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local professional remediation company, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been contaminated by fire, water, or soot.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to a dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your emergency water and fire damage remediation needs.  Our team of highly trained professionals has the equipment and experience to handle losses of all sizes and takes great pride in being of service to the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida.  Please give us a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

Summer Travel Plans? Reduce Your Water Damage Risk Before Leaving!

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Water leak from a window with SERVPRO logo Don't let water damages intrude on your vacation! Safeguard your home before you leave!

The perfect time of year for family vacations and weekend getaways is upon us.  As you make your travel preparations, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County advises taking one extra step:  reduce the risk of residential water damages while you are away!  Here are a few ways to protect your property before you leave:

  1. Check For Leaks – A small leak can become a large issue if left unattended for an extended period of time. Checking for leaks before leaving for vacation helps to reduce the risk of returning to a flooded, or even worse, moldy home.
  2. Turn Off Your Water – Turning off the water main before leaving eliminates a primary source of water intrusion in the instance of a leak, pipe burst, or appliance malfunction. To do this, after turning off the water, run your faucets and flush your toilet to remove any remaining water in the pipes.
  3. Check Door and Window Seals – Especially in the Panhandle of Florida, thunderstorms can pop up with little or no notice. Loose, cracked, or missing seals can allow wind driven rain to access your home, which can lead to a host of water damage issues.  Checking your seals before leaving for vacation helps to ensure the elements stay where they belong: outdoors!
  4. Clean Out Rain Gutters – Just as window and door seals can allow rainwater in, a clogged gutter can cause backup onto your roof. This produces optimal conditions for roof leaks.  Cleared gutters allow water to flow away from the home, reducing water intrusion risk.
  5. Plan For Someone to Check on Your Home – The best way to reduce water damages while you are away is to have someone you trust check in on your property. If a water damage were to occur, a quick response is paramount to reducing the effects, and a trusted set of eyes may be able to prevent an issue before it even occurs.

If you home does suffer water damages as your away-on-vacay, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help.  Our team offers 24 hour a day, 7 day a week emergency response, and has the equipment, training, and expertise to handle losses of all sizes.  Serving the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is “Faster to any size disaster.”

Reducing the Risk of Residential Water Losses

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water on Windowsill Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County Today!

No one ever plans ON having a water damage affect their home; however, it is extremely important to prepare FOR such an emergency.  Practicing property maintenance can help reduce the likelihood of a water damage event, saving you, the homeowner, from both the emotional stress and financial burden that often come along with these events:

  • Keep Rain Gutters Clear. Clogged rain gutters allow water to back up onto the roof of your home, increasing the probability of an intrusion.  Maintained gutters direct the flow of rainwater away from the home and discourage water pooling.
  • Consider Installing Storm Shutters. Storm shutters can be an invaluable investment in the Panhandle of Florida.  Along with providing protection for your windows, storm shutters help prevent the intrusion of wind driven rain through windowsills.  During periods of high weather activity, such as Hurricane Season, storm shutters provide an “added layer” of security for protecting your home from the elements.
  • Check Plumbing and Appliance Supply Lines Regularly. Cracked, broken, or disconnected supply lines, such as those for your clothes washing machine, are a very common source for residential water damage.  Periodically checking these lines for any issues, and replacing as necessary, helps to reduce the chance of water getting to where it should not be.

Even with the best preparation, water damages may sometimes still happen.  If you home has suffered water damages, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for help.  Our team of industry leading professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!    

Prepare Your PETS for Storm Season, too!

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Cat and Dog on a white background It's Hurricane Season! Pet Preparation is Important Too!

With Northwest Florida being such an active area for tropical storm and hurricane activity, most residents know the importance of preparing themselves for storm season.  While preparing yourself, your family, and your property, it is also imperative to prepare your PETS as well:

  1. Make sure your pets are microchipped. If you and your pet get separated, this will provide the best chance of a reunion.  The microchip contains much more information than a standard ID tag and does not run the risk of falling off the pet.  Along with having your pet microchipped, be sure to update the information as it changes!
  2. Determine which shelters or hotels are pet friendly ahead of time. If you wait until it is time to evacuate, it may be too late.  While more and more hotels and storm shelters are becoming pet friendly, the last thing you want to have happen is you arrive at another, safe location, and they will not allow your pet inside.
  3. Utilize leashes, collars, and/or pet carriers. Use of these items reduces the likelihood that you and your pet will get separated.  You will also want to tag these items with you contact information in case your pet is separated from you while wearing a collar or within a pet carrier.
  4. Be sure to pack plenty of pet supplies. As you are creating your Emergency Preparedness Kit for your family, be sure to include a week’s supply of your pet’s food, medication, and water as well.  You may also want to include pet toys and bedding in the emergency kit.
  5. Identify the location of local animal shelters. If you and your pet are separated during a storm event, an animal shelter is a good place to begin looking.  Knowing ahead of time where shelters are located could help reduce the amount of time you and your pet are separated.

Preparation is KEY during storm season to ensure the safety of your loved ones, your property, and your PETS!  For more pet preparedness information, visit The American Red Cross’ Pet Disaster Preparedness site, and if you do find that your property sustains storm damage, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!

Safe and Secure Restoration Practices

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on green background For professional commercial restoration, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County today!

When a business leader incurs property damage at their business, one of our top priorities is providing the best possible customer service.  Often, a top concern for commercial properties is maintaining their flow of business in a safe and secure manner while the remediation process is taking place.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can help with this in multiple ways:

  • We follow guidelines set forth by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and our production team holds multiple trainings and certifications from this organization as well.
  • We are a HIPAA Masters certified firm, compliant with security protocols set forth by this program.
  • We use industry leading equipment and chemicals and provide daily monitoring of all equipment to ensure proper functionality.

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is in the business of taking care of your business.  When water, fire, storm, mold, or biohazard damages threaten your property, know that we are Here to Help!  Serving the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Faster to Any Size Disaster!  To learn more, or schedule services, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.

Practicing Summer Fire Safety in Pensacola, Florida!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a grill with food and a SERVPRO logo Don't let fire damages get you down! Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for help!

Summertime in Northern Florida often brings with it outdoor barbeques, family gatherings around the campfire roasting marshmallows, and fireworks displays to light up the night sky.  While enjoying these activities, however, it is imperative to practice fire safety, to prevent your joyous occasion from becoming a negative experience.

Practicing Outdoor Grilling Safety: Leave plenty of space between your grill and any structures, furniture, or foliage, as all these items can quickly catch fire. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends keeping a “3 Foot Safe Zone” around your grill.   Do not leave your grill unattended and keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an out-of-control flare up.  Supervise children and pets around the grill, and once cooking is completed, be sure that all embers and coals are fully extinguished.

Open Flame & Campfire Safety: Build your campfire in a location that is free of debris on the ground, and not closely surrounded by trees, bushes, or structures.  Contain your fire in a fire pit, or with non-flammable materials (such as rocks), to keep the fire from spreading out of control.  Never leave your campfire unattended, and as with an outdoor grill, always supervise children and pets around the fire.  Be sure to fully extinguish all remaining coals and embers with water once finished with the fire.

Firework Safety: When using fireworks, it is important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines.  Do not set fireworks off in heavily populated areas, around dense vegetation, or near homes and businesses.  Keep a bucket of water readily available to extinguish fireworks, and do not allow children to handle unsupervised.

Outdoor activities are just one of the many joys of summertime in Florida.  Practicing fire safety will keep your activities fun for the whole family!  In the unfortunate event that your summertime fun leads to fire damage to your property, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089.  We have the equipment, experience, and expertise to remediate fire damages of all sizes, making it “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Preparedness in Pensacola, Florida

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season sign on a stormy background Hurricane Season is Here! Are you Prepared?

Residents of the Florida Panhandle know all too well the importance of being prepared for Hurricane Season, which officially began on June 1st.  The past couple of years have produced a higher-than-average number of named and major tropical systems, and 2021 is projected to follow that same trend. So, what are some steps that you can take to prepare your property, whether residential or commercial, for the possibility of another active storm season?

  1. Clear all loose debris from your property. Debris can quickly become dangerous during a storm, with high winds turning materials into projectiles.  Trimming trees, removing fallen limbs, and storing lawn furniture in a safe location are all some ways to help reduce this risk.
  2. Clean out your rain gutters. Clogged rain gutters will allow water to pool on top of your roof, increasing the possibility of a leak or intrusion.  Many tropical systems bring with them a heavy amount of rain, so avoiding this pooling is extremely important for helping protect your property.
  3. Consider installing storm shutters. Storm shutters are designed specifically to protect your windows from intense weather conditions.  This, in turn, reduces the likelihood of water and debris intrusion, limiting the chance for interior property damage.
  4. Check your insurance policy. If you home or business does suffer damages, it is important to know what is, or is not, covered by your insurance.  For example, flood insurance is often a separate policy, so flood damages may not be covered by a standard policy.

Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe during a Hurricane or Tropical Storm is the number one priority.  Always follow the direction of local and state officials concerning evacuations and precautions.  If your home or business does incur storm damages, know that the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County have the training, equipment, and experience to cleanup and restore damages of all sizes.  To learn more, or schedule service, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.

We’re Your “One Stop Shop” For Property Damage Needs!

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Description of Services with photos on a green background SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a wide variety of residential and commercial property services!

Dealing with property damages, whether a personal residence or commercial business location, can be very stressful for the decision makers involved.  One of the many ways that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can help relieve that stress is by serving as a “one stop shop” for your property damage needs!

SERVPRO is nationally known as a leader in water, fire, storm, and mold damage remediation, but did you know we offer additional services for your commercial and residential properties as well?  We have a full line of professional cleaning options, including COVID-19 disinfection, Biohazard Remediation, and Upholstery Cleaning.  We are ALSO a Licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida, so once the remediation is complete, we can provide reconstruction services too!

Trusting one locally owned and operated company helps reduce the stress of the property damage remediation process by streamlining resources and labor.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County will also work with your insurance carrier, easing the logistics burden property damage claims can cause.

If your home or business has suffered damages, whether related to water, fire, storm, or biohazard, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for help!  With the support of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, we have the capacity to handle jobs of all sizes, and are always ready to be of service to our community.

How Do We Handle Your Pensacola Water Damage?

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Man extracting water with a portable extraction unit We can handle water damages of all sizes! Call us at 850-466-3089!

Every water damage is different, and to properly address your specific water damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County provides a unique solution.  This process begins with Emergency Contact, letting us know what has happened and where the damage is, so that we can provide an appropriate response.  From this point on, our team of highly trained and experienced Water Restoration Technicians formulate a tailored “plan of attack,” working toward mitigating the loss to prevent further damages and help restore your home or business “Like it never even happened.”

“My condo unit is flooding!  I’m on the 8th floor at there is water everywhere.  The water is turned off now, but I need someone out here ASAP!” – Water damages can be very stressful for a property owner, and we strive to alleviate that stress.  From this initial emergency contact, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County knows that they will need equipment capable of reaching a higher level of a condominium unit, and that we should expect standing water.  With this information, we provide an immediate response, starting our process with water extraction, utilizing a portable extraction unit that can be transported to the 8th floor.  Once the immediate issue (of standing water) has been addressed, our team will proceed with inspecting the affected areas, placing drying and/or dehumidification equipment as needed, and providing information to the property owner about the scope of the damage sustained.  We work with property owners, property managers, and insurance carriers simultaneously to help make this process as smooth as possible for those affected.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help our community members mitigate, clean, and restore water damage emergencies.  Providing service throughout Escambia County, Florida, our team of trained and certified technicians strive to provide the highest level of customer service and treat your property as they would their own.  For additional information about our services, or to request assistance, please give us a call at 850-466-3089!

Cantonment and Century Residential Fire Safety Tips

6/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Background with SERVPRO logo Residential Fire Damages? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for Help: 850-466-3089!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top five causes of structure fires are cooking, heating, electrical, smoking, and candle usage.  These potential fire causes are all extremely common occurrences in a residential structure; therefore, it is important to have a fire safety plan in place:

  • Install and Use Smoke Alarms – Be sure to check the batteries at least once a month in every smoke alarm. Depending on the size of the structure, multiple alarms may be necessary, and should be placed strategically to cover all areas.  Many smoke alarms come with “test buttons” which can be utilized to ensure your smoke alarms are in proper working order.
  • Have a Fire Extinguisher Available – Different fire extinguishers are made for different materials. Depending on the type of structure and contents, a different type of fire extinguisher may be necessary.  Visit the US Fire Administration website for more information on fire extinguisher selection.
  • Make an Evacuation Plan – In the event of a fire at your home, it is imperative to have an evacuation plan already in place. Be sure to share this plan with all who reside in the home, and practice evacuation with both children and pets.  Have a designated meeting area outside of the structure for everyone to gather if evacuation occurs.
  • Check Wiring and Electrical Equipment Regularly – Flickering lights, a scorched smell, or frequently blow breakers may all be signs of a wiring issue in your home. Contact an electrical professional to address these types of issues.  Along with structural wiring, you should regularly check appliances and electrical equipment for breaks or frays in cords, which provide a fire hazard.
  • Keep Items Away from Open Flames – If burning candles, smoking, or cooking in the home, be sure to keep flammable items, such as curtains, towels, clothing, and cleaning chemicals away from hot surfaces and flames. Fire can spread rapidly once these kinds of items are ignited, making containment and suppression much more difficult.

In the unfortunate event that a fire causes damages to your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Serving Pensacola, Cantonment, Century, and surrounding areas, our professional team responds quickly to your disaster to begin the remediation process.  For more information or to schedule service, give us a call at 850-466-3089 today!

Limiting Business Interruption with SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County’s Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Services

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicles in Front of a Commercial Building in Pensacola, Florida For commercial losses of all sizes, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help! Call Today: 850-466-3089!

When water, fire, mold, or storm damages affect your commercial property, one of the top priorities of many business owners is to limit the amount of business interruption sustained and keep their “business in business.”  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County strives to help business owners and managers achieve this goal by providing timely service from a locally owned and operated team, open lines of communication about work progress, and a “one stop shop” for both mitigation and reconstruction needs.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a variety of commercial services, including:

Our team is available for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is proud to be a cleanup and restoration leader within our community.  Serving the communities of Cantonment, Century, and Pensacola, Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle losses of all sizes, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!  To learn more, or schedule service, please give us a call at 850-466-3089 today!

How Do We Help With Mold?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Moldy Doorway in a Pensacola Home We have the solution for your mold situation! Call us today - 850-466-3089

Along with providing Water, Fire, and Storm Damage Restoration Services, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is also a Licensed in the state of Florida to provide Mold Remediation Services.   Per Florida law, we cannot provide both testing and remediation, however, through local relationships, can provide you with contact information for reputable and reliable mold testing companies.  If mold growth has been detected in your Escambia County home or business, our team of highly trained and experienced professionals can provide unique solutions to remediate both your structure and contents.

When moving forward with mold remediation, it is important to understand some basic facts about mold in general:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere: indoors and outdoors.  There is no such thing as completely eliminating mold: mold remediation simply reduces the amount of mold spores present within a structure to a safe level.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Understanding the basic principles of mold and mold remediation will allow you to make a well-informed decision for your property.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County’s mold remediation specialists are available to help you assess your property and plan for a solution.  To learn more about our services, or schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.

A Unique Solution for Every Situation!

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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When it comes to commercial property damage, the TYPE of property affected, along with the conditions of the damage, play a large role in determining HOW the clean-up and restoration should be handled.  For example, a large fire loss in an industrial factory will require an entirely different approach and equipment than a microwave fire in a small business office.

Because each loss is unique, the way in which SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia handles the damage is unique as well.  Our team of professionals is certified through the IICRC to clean and remediate according to nationally recognized standards, while at the same time considering the individual circumstances of your specific loss.  Along with this training, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County employs team members who focus specifically on commercial loss and have a greater understanding of the issues businesses face after property damages, including business interruption, environmental and legal concerns, and additional safety measures and precautions.

From water to fire, and mold to storm, we have the resources, experience, and knowledge to handle commercial property damages of all sizes.  To learn more about our service lines, request service for your commercial property, or plan ahead for how SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County could help you in the future, give us a call at 850-466-3089, We are Always Here to Help!

Cantonment’s Commercial Water Damage Specialists

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damages Don’t Wait.  Whether in the middle of the night, on a holiday weekend, or during normal business hours, the team at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is ready to respond when commercial water damages strike.  While residential and commercial water damages do share many similarities, there are also some notable differences that our team of professionals is trained to handle:

Limiting Business Interruption

One of the biggest concerns for business owners and leaders after a water damage occurs at their property is how the situation will affect their flow of business.  Upon arrival, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County’s team will inspect the entire property and determine if any of the structure is still suitable to continue business activity.  This process limits the amount of business interruption incurred, resulting in less lost sales potential for the business owner

Legal and Environmental Concerns

Depending on the type of business housed within your commercial property, there may be legal or environmental concerns that arise when mitigating your water damage.  Our team follows guidelines and procedures set forth by the IICRC, Local, State, and Federal authorities, and are always mindful of concerns from your stakeholders.

If your commercial property has suffered a water loss, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!  Serving Cantonment, Century, and Surrounding Communities, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and ready to respond.  To learn more about our services, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.

What Do Our Customers Have To Say?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on four panel background SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Proud to serve the communities of Cantonment, Century, and Pensacola Florida

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is proud to be of service to our local community members, providing fire, water, mold, and storm clean up and restoration services for both residential and commercial properties.  One of our top priorities is to provide the highest possible level of customer service to our clients and make the process of property damage restoration as smooth as possible.

See what one of our recent commercial customers have to say about their experience with SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County:

“We've recently used SERVPRO on three yacht repairs, two water damage / mold removal repairs from Hurricane Sally and an extensive fire damage repair. The quality of their work exceeded our expectations, restoring and recovering more property than we thought possible. The local management team were easy to work with. Professional and proactive in their communication. There was little effort on our part to understand the scope of work, schedule and progress- it was all clearly laid out and executed. The on-site technicians were also very professional. They briefed us on a daily basis and coordinated around other activities going on to help avoid conflicts and delays. They demonstrated a healthy respect for our customer's property and left each day with the job site secure and clean. Invoicing came in on budget. This team will be our "to go" for future needs.” – Troendle Marine, Pensacola FL

When it comes to restoring your home or business after disaster strikes, you want a trusted community partner to help.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies, and we will work to make your damage “Like it never even happened.”  To learn more or schedule service, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.

Understanding Flooding in Northwest Florida

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Cartoon of flood waters affecting cars and buildings When flood damages occur, trust SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County to Help!

Flooding is defined as “an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry.”  Flooding can be caused by a multitude of different occurrences; the two experienced most frequently in the Northwest Florida being tropical systems and heavy thunderstorms.  Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters, therefore it is important to understand the different types of flooding possible in our area, and to prepare ahead of time in case of such an event.

River Flood – a river flood occurs when water rises over the top of a riverbank.  This can immediately affect structures located near the river, and if water levels continue to rise, affect homes and businesses downstream.

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 issues. 

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, 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.  Flash floods can occur with very little warning and be extremely dangerous.  Clogged draining systems and standing debris can contribute to the likelihood of flash flooding occurrences.

Understanding different types of flooding, those that are most likely to affect your home or business, and how to prepare, can help to protect both your and your property in the event of a flooding disaster.  In the unfortunate event that flood waters have caused you to experience property damage, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the training, experience, and equipment to help.  For more information about our services, give us a call at 850-466-3089.

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

Cantonment’s Locally Owned and Operated Fire Restoration Specialists

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Man cleaning fire damage in an attic We use industry leading equipment and techniques to restore your home or business after a fire damage has occurred!

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a wide array of fire related restoration services for both residential and commercial properties.  Along with cleaning up and restoring the damages from the fire itself, our versatile team of experts can also provide water damage mitigation in the instance that water was used to extinguish the fire, smoke odor removal, contents cleaning, and reconstruction services after the mitigation has been completed.

When it comes to choosing a fire restoration company, there are many factors to consider.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County helps facilitate the process in a variety of way:

  • We offer 24/7 emergency service to help get the clean up and restoration process started faster
  • We have the support of over 1,700 nationwide franchises, lending us the ability to handle losses of any size
  • Our skilled technicians hold multiple IICRC Certifications, providing us with the knowledge to handle your property safely and properly
  • We work with your insurance company to help make the process as smooth as possible during your time of need
  • We are committed to open and honest communication, keeping you updated about the progress of your property every step of the way
  • As a licensed General Contractor, we can provide a “one stop shop” for both your mitigation and reconstruction needs, helping make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

To learn more about our fire damage restoration services, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.  Serving the communities of Cantonment, Century, and Pensacola, Florida, our team is “Faster to any size disaster!”

Water, Water Everywhere! Now What?

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Doorway with wet carpet and SERVPRO Logo When water damage strikes, call the Clean Up & Restoration Professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County!

You’ve just come home from a long day at work and are looking forward to kicking your shoes off and relaxing.  You reach the front door, step inside, and SQUISH!  The unmistakable sound of stepping on soggy carpet reaches your ears.  In an instant, your mind goes from thoughts of relaxation to an urgent sense of determining what has happened.  Now what do you do??

Safety First!  Before proceeding further, check for issues such as sagging ceilings or slippery floors that could be hazardous to your safety.  If you determine that is safe to proceed, try to determine the source of the water intrusion.  If you find that a broken refrigerator supply line is the culprit, you will want to prevent water from reaching that source, and consequently further damaging your home.  Be cognizant of the source of the water: it can be unsafe to handle contaminated water, such as a sewage back up, without proper protective equipment.  Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help!  Our team of highly trained professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for water damage emergencies.  Once we arrive on site, we will evaluate the damages sustained, perform emergency water extraction as needed, formulate a plan for the mitigation process, and keep you updated about your property every step of the way.

It can be a very stressful situation to deal with water damages in your home, including the damage itself, working with your insurance company, and taking care of any belongings that may have also be affected.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can help with all steps of this process, helping to make your damage “Like it never even happened.”  When water damage strikes, give us a call at 850-466-3076.   

Escambia County Recovery & Restoration: Hurricane Sally

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Dessicant in front of a commercial property in Escambia County, FL We offer storm damage remediation and restoration for properties of all sizes!

Many local residents and business owners are still in the process of recovering and restoring their properties from Hurricane Sally, which caused extensive damage to the greater Escambia County area in September 2020.  The team members at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, a locally owned and operated franchise, have had the same experiences as our neighbors, and truly understand the difficulties that are being faced. 

With numerous years of training and experience, our dedicated technicians are prepared and Here to Help with your remediation and restoration efforts.  Along with widespread flood damages, many are now experiencing another issue from Hurricane Sally: MOLD!  We are a Licensed Mold Remediation Firm, possess the proper equipment needed to remediate mold damages safely and effectively, and take great pride in being of service to our community.

Our franchise provides a full array of mitigation and remediation services, and we are ALSO a licensed General Contractor, capable of providing rebuild services for your property.  Many homes and businesses sustained damages that exceed the need of mitigation alone, and by employing SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, your property can be taken care of, start to finish, by one centralized organization.

When it comes to property recovery, remediation, and restoration, trust SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help.  With the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, our team is Faster to Any Size Disaster.  To learn more, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.

Cleaning and Remediation for All Types of Property!

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Background of fire, water, mold and biohazard with SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County provides remediation services for all types of property throughout Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century Florida!

SERVPRO is known for providing Clean-Up and Restoration services for residential and commercial buildings throughout the United States and Canada, but did you know that we service other types of property as well?  Our team of restoration experts has the ability to remediate water, fire, mold and biohazard damages to a multitude of properties, including:

  • Cars, Trucks, SUV’s, Vans, and Commercial Vehicles
  • Boats and Yachts
  • RV’s and Campers
  • Furniture
  • Paper Documents, utilizing our specialized Document Restoration division.
  • Artwork
  • Electronics

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County’s goal is to make your damage “Like it never even happened.”  To do this, we go well beyond just the structure of your building to clean and restore other valuables as well.  Our team offers 24/7/365 emergency response, limiting the amount of damage sustained after a loss, and helping you get your property back to normal faster.

To learn more about our various service lines, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.  We look forward to being of service!

Understanding Water Damage - Categories of Water

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Home floor and door with water damage in Century, Florida 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

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Pit on a Backyard Patio 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

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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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

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Man in PPE Cleaning a building in Cantonment, Florida 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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning out a debris filled rain gutter 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

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Man using a moisture meter on a wall 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

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Glowing jack-o-lanterns with SERVPRO logo 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!

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

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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!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers with ongoing safety assurance.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County today at  850-466-3089 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

When Water Damage Strikes

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

When Water Damage Strikes, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

When water infiltrates your home or business, it can often cause additional damages aside from the saturation of the structure and contents.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is equipped and prepared to handle not only the original water damage, but any additional issues that may arise, such as:

  • Mold Growth: We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, with advance training in restoration techniques and the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property.
  • Residual Water Odor: Odors after a water damage can result from a wide range of issues, including sewage waste within the water or mold caused by the water damage. SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia carries a wide range of deodorizing equipment and chemicals to help return your home or business to a fresh scent.
  • Structural Deterioration: When water damages are not handled quickly, they can cause extensive structural damage to drywall, ceilings, and flooring.  If materials are unable to be dried and salvaged, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can not only remove the materials, but also provide Reconstruction Services as a Licensed General Contractor.

For more information about the service lines SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has to offer, give us a call at 850-466-3089.  When water damage strikes, We’re Here to Help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Fire Safety for Your Pets!

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help in the event of fire damage in Pensacola, Century, or Cantonment!

Pets are very important members of the family for many households, and as such, it is important to include them in your fire emergency evacuation plan.  Following are a few suggestions on how to prepare your furry family members in case of a fire in your home:

Practice Evacuation:  Train your pets to come when you call.  As you perform evacuation drills with your family, be sure to include your pets in the exercise.  Repetition is key with animals: the more frequently they have experienced the evacuation drill, the more likely they are to respond appropriately in the case of a true emergency.

Create a “Pet Emergency Plan”: Just as you compile an emergency supply kit for yourself, you will also want to keep supplies on hand for your pets.  In a centralized location, put together pet food, feeding containers, medications, and a leash, that can be quickly accessed.  Also plan for shelter for your pet if you home is not accessible. Whether a friend, family member, or pet friendly hotel, be sure to include your pet in you interim living arrangements.

Have Identification for Your Pet: Have your pet in a collar with identification.  If you are not home, and fire rescue has responded, this will help the firefighters identify your pet, help calm the pet by using his/her name, and make contacting you easier.  The collar also allows for faster connection of the leash in an emergency evacuation situation.

If a fire has damaged your home, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089.  We have the equipment and experience to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Specialty Cleaning Services

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is here for all of your specialty deep cleaning needs!

Along with providing water, fire, and mold damage mitigation and restoration, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County also offers a full line of specialty cleaning, sanitation, and disinfectant application services.  From single family residential structures, to multi-unit commercial buildings, we have the equipment, expertise, and experience to help make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”  Our cleaning services include:

  • Biohazard Remediation
  • Odor Removal
  • Soot and Smoke Remediation
  • Sewage Clean-Up
  • Hoarding Clean-Up
  • Ceiling, Wall, Flooring, and Carpet Cleaning
  • Vandalism & Graffiti Removal
  • Duct Cleaning
  • Trauma & Crime Scene Clean Up, including illegal drug manufacturing or “meth” labs
  • Document Restoration
  • Fire Extinguisher Residue Removal

If you home or business needs cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfection services, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089.  We’re Here to Help!

Preparing Your Escambia County Business For An Emergency

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can help you prepare your business for an emergency situation!

Hurricane Season began June 1st, and as many in Northwest Escambia County and surrounding areas know, not being prepared can come with devastating consequences.  At SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, we offer a FREE tool, known as an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for commercial properties to be more prepared in case of damaging events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, property fires, or large water damages. 

SERVPRO’s ERP provides a digital “one stop shop” for business owners and managers to retain key contacts and pertinent information about their company.  Your local SERVPRO Marketing Representative can assist you in locating and marking various important areas in and around your property, compiling vendor lists and emergency contacts, and uploading important property documents to the ERP.  This service is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection via an app and can provide critical information in the event of an emergency.

Interested in learning more about SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile?  Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089.  Our team is prepared to help protect your important information and your property in the event of a major storm or other disaster.

Understanding Tornado Alerts

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with storm damages occur in Pensacola, Century and Cantonment, Florida!

Tornadoes can form with very little warning during storm situations, making them highly dangerous to both property and people.  To best prepare for the threat of tornadoes, there are two standard alerts that are issued: Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning.  According to the National Weather Service, each alert is defined in the following way:

Tornado Watch: Be Prepared!

Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Tornado Warning: Take Action!

A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter who is watching the storm.

If your home or business has sustained damages from a tornado, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia a call at 850-466-3089.  Our professional team is Here to Help® with industry leading equipment, advanced technology, and extensive experience with storm damages.

Source: https://www.weather.gov/safety/tornado-ww

We're Prepared for Any Size Job!

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Faster to Any Size Disaster! Give us a call at 850-466-3089, We're Here to Help!

With the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the experience, expertise, and equipment to take care of your commercial water, fire, or mold damage, no matter the size.  As an IICRC Certified Firm, we have the training and knowledge to property analyze the damage situation, scope the work to be completed, and execute the work plan, keeping you informed and up to date every step of the way.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County uses industry leading equipment and technology to expedite the job process and can even help with the insurance paperwork and process.  We understand the stress that can come arise from damage to your business, and we strive to provide the highest quality restoration service to alleviate those worries.  When disaster strikes your commercial property, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

What is Water Mitigation?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help! Give us a call at 850-466-3089.

Mitigation is defined as “the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something.”  At SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, proving mitigation services after a water damage has occurred at your home or business is our top priority.  We offer 24 hour a day, 365 day a year emergency response for water damages, allowing us to respond quickly, assess the damages, and formulate a plan to restore your property.  Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for mitigating water damage emergencies:

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

When water damage strikes, give us a call at 850-466-3089.  Serving Pensacola, Cantonment, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

Your Local Restoration Specialists

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Your Locally Owned and Operated Clean Up and Restoration Company!

When you call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for a fire, water, biohazard, or mold damage, you are not only utilizing the services of nationally respected brand, you are also supporting a locally owned and operated business.  The SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County team lives and works in your community; our employees may be your neighbors, our families may attend the same church, or our kids may go to school together.  As members of the community, we pride ourselves on giving back to our local organizations.  Whether writing letters for Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, volunteering to cook a meal at Ronald McDonald House, or participating in Hurricane Preparedness, we are always looking for an opportunity to give back to those who have supported us through the years.  Our goal is to be the “hometown heroes” you can trust for your property damage needs.  When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

We Offer Commercial Duct Cleaning

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Does you Commercial Property need Duct Cleaning Services? Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia a call at 850-466-3089!

Along with providing fire, water, biohazard, and mold clean up and restoration, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is proud to offer Commercial Duct Cleaning services for your business.  Unclean duct work and HVAC units can result in poor air quality, increased chance of mold growth, and unpleasant odors in the air.  If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

As a NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) certified franchise, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can inspect your HVAC system and ducting, helping you decide if duct cleaning is an appropriate step for your commercial building.  Along with routine filter changes, duct cleaning can improve the quality of the air you breathe, as well as increase the longevity of your HVAC system.  For more information on Commercial Duct Cleaning services, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

Reducing the Risk of Dryer Fires

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

If your Pensacola, Century or Cantonment home has been damaged by a fire, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia a call at 850-466-3089.

Dryer fires are a leading cause of residential fire damage in the United States.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 16,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These dryer fires cause around 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property loss. Following are a few ways to help prevent the risk of a dryer fire in your home:

  • Clean your dryer vent out regularly: The leading cause of dryer fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.
  • Clean the dryer lint filter after each load of laundry is dried. An abundance of lint in the filter restricts the flow of air to the machine.
  • Occasionally check for and, if needed, repair damages to the vent pipes behind the machine.
  • Make sure you machine is installed using the correct type of electrical plug and outlet per the manufacturer’s instructions.

In the unfortunate event that you experience a fire at your home, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County Here to Help.  Give us a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Hurricane Preparedness Kit

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with all of your storm damage needs. Give us a call at 850-466-3089.

Hurricane season begins on June 1st.  Living in the Panhandle of Florida, being prepared for a hurricane is of the upmost importance for the safety of you and your loved ones.  According to ready.gov, the following list of supplies is recommended for your hurricane preparedness kit:

  • Water- one gallon per person, per day, for at least 3 days
  • Food- at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Be sure to determine beforehand the size batteries needed for your radio and flashlight(s) and have plenty available.
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Local Maps
  • Prescription Medications
  • Cash or Traveler’s Checks
  • Pencil and Paper
  • Copies of Important Documents

Depending on the specific needs of your family, a more extensive kit may be necessary, including children’s games and activities, baby food, or pet supplies.  It is recommended to keep your preparedness kit in an easily accessible location, free of moisture and humidity, and to regularly check your supplies to make sure none have been damaged or expired.

If a storm situation has damaged your home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!  Our experienced team has the knowledge and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are Cleaning Experts

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

The experts at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County are Here to Help clean and sanitize your property in Pensacola, Cantonment, or Century, Florida!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and sanitize your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, 850-466-3089

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Common Sources of Residential Water Damage

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has been damaged by water, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia a call at 850-466-3089!

Water damages to your home can be caused by a variety of sources.  Proper home maintenance and appliance care can help prevent many of these damages.  Following are some of the most common sources of residential water damage:

  • Water Heater – Water heater malfunction can release hundreds of gallons of water into your home in a very short time span. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines concerning the proper upkeep and maintenance of you water heater to help avoid this issue.
  • Kitchen Appliances – Refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers all have water lines that connect to them. Be sure to periodically check water lines for weak points, corrosion, or tears, to reduce the likelihood of a broken water line damaging your home.
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing – Plumbing lines, over time, can begin to deteriorate. It is important to regularly inspect the integrity of your exposed plumbing components (such as toilet supply line and kitchen sink piping).  A small leak can quickly become a large damage if not addressed properly.
  • Rain Gutters – Clogged rain gutters block the flow of water from your roof to the street, resulting in the water pooling at the top of your house. The resulting pooling can affect roof integrity, cause leaking into the ceiling and walls, and saturate the framing of your home.  Especially after a large storm, it is imperative to clean out gutters to allow water to properly flow away from your structure.

In the unfortunate event that your home receives water damages, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can provide quick, emergency response to begin the remediation process.  Give us a call at 850-466-3089 when water damage strikes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Grilling Safety Tips

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia is Here to Help when Fire Damages Occur! Call us at 850-466-3089!

Outdoor grilling can be a favorite family activity during the warmer months in Florida.  It is very important when operating an outdoor grill, whether charcoal or gas, to be aware of the following grilling safety tips to keep yourself and your home safe:

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. You do not want walls, overhangs, or carports catching fire from flames created by the grill.
  • Clean your grill regularly. Grease buildup can serve as a fuel source for flame ups that can easily get out of hand.
  • Check for gas leaks. Gases can easily go undetected when leaking in small amounts, which can lead to the potential for an explosion when lighting.
  • Keep a spray water bottle and fire extinguisher handy while grilling. A spray water bottle can be used to quickly extinguish small flare ups, while a fire extinguisher may be necessary if flames become too large or out of control.

In the unfortunate event that outdoor grilling leads to structure damage, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for help.  We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to take care of fire damages, both large and small.  

Commercial Cleaning Services

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with your deep cleaning needs in Century, Cantonment, and Pensacola, FL!

Keeping your commercial property clean and well maintained is a top priority for many business owners and managers.  Business cleanliness provides a safer working environment for employees, as well as extends the longevity of your property.  Along with providing fire, water, and mold restoration services, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County also offers a full line of specialty cleaning services that go beyond everyday janitorial duties:

Whether caused by a disaster event or everyday wear and tear, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the specialized cleaning services needed to keep your Pensacola, Cantonment or Century, FL property business ready.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and Here to Help.  Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for all your commercial deep cleaning needs!

We're a Licensed General Contractor, Too!

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers Reconstruction Services in Century, Cantonment, and Pensacola, Florida!

Along with providing water, fire, mold, and biohazard restoration services, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia county is also a Licensed General Contractor that can help with reconstruction needs!  Our reconstruction manager has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and leads a team of hardworking employees that are dedicated to restoring your home or business as if it were their own.   Services offered by our reconstruction department include:

  • Board-Up
  • Drywalling
  • Flooring Repair
  • Roofing Services
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Painting
  • Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC Services

By utilizing SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for both your damage mitigation and reconstruction needs, you provide yourself with a much easier path to completion of your project.  To learn more about our Reconstruction division, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

Preventing Residential Water Damage

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

When Water Damages Occur, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!

Even the smallest water damaged areas have the potential to cause serious, and costly, structural damage.  Because of this, taking every possible precaution to prevent water damage to your home is imperative.  Follow these steps to better guard yourself, and your home, against the headaches of avoidable water damage:

  • Clean out roof gutters regularly. A clogged roof gutter does not allow rainwater to flow to the street; instead it can cause water to back up into your roof and walls.  This, over time, can not only damage the structural components of the residence, but also create the perfect conditions for mold growth.
  • Check appliances for leaks. Refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines all have hoses that if damaged or punctured can produce a large amount of water in a short amount of time.  Often these leaks will go undetected, as they are hidden by the appliance itself, but can cause serious damage to surrounding flooring and walls.
  • Maintain your landscaping. Many trees have root systems that can spread underneath home foundations and affect plumbing systems.  A leak below your home’s foundation can cause serious structural damages.
  • Take care of your plumbing. Regularly check for any leaks or pipe corrosion.  Consult with a professional plumber if you suspect your plumbing is out of date or damaged.

In the unfortunate event that you do experience a residential water damage, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help.  Our team is available for emergency response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Give us a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! 

Flood Safety in Northwest Escambia County

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help in the event that a flood damages your property in Pensacola, Cantonment, or Century, Florida!

Flooding, which is defined as the “temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry” by The Ready Campaign, can occur at nearly any time and is an especially prevalent concern for the Panhandle of Florida.  Whether caused by a hurricane, severe thunderstorm, or man-made occurrence, flood waters can be both dangerous for you and your loved ones, as well as damaging to homes and businesses.  Following are a few guidelines for staying safe during a flood event:

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive into flood waters, as the water may be much deeper than expected.
  • Do not drink, cook with, or bathe in flood waters, as harm bacteria and microorganisms may be present.
  • Always follow the guidance of local authorities, including water advisory notices and evacuation orders.

When flood waters cause damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for professional water extraction, mitigation, and drying.  Our highly trained team is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Business

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Is your Pensacola, Cantonment, or Century business in need of mold remediation? Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089!

Mold, in general, is a very common occurrence in Florida. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Commercial mold growth could also take a toll on your staff's health if not taken care of properly.

Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business:

#1: Keep the Kitchen Clean

Refrigerators are a prime breeding ground for mold due to the high humidity.  When left sitting for long periods of time, containers of leftover food inside the refrigerator may sprout mold which can them spread to shelving, seals, and even outside of the refrigerator.  Kitchen trash cans also offer a prime location for mold growth to begin, as food particulates and liquids often seep through the liner into the container.  Institute a kitchen cleaning schedule to help combat mold generation.

#2: Watch for Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, and roofs can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unnoticed until they create a larger, more costly problem. Common signs of leaks to watch for include decreased water pressure, discoloration or staining of ceilings and walls, and unexplained puddling of water on the floor.

#3: Run a Dehumidifier

High humidity levels can lead to moisture retention and mold growth.  Humidity is an extremely common cause of mold for businesses in Florida. To combat this issue, run a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in the building.  Dehumidifiers work much like air conditioners—warm, moist air is drawn into the dehumidifier by a fan. The moist air then crosses over the dehumidifier's refrigerant cooled coils, causing the moisture in the air to condense on the coils within the machine.

#5: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture can condense inside HVAC ducts which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. And, don’t forget to replace your filters as needed.

If you suspect mold has infiltrated your property, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help.

Fire Extinguisher 101

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

If your Pensacola, Century or Cantonment home experiences fire damages, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089!

An in-date fire extinguisher is a crucial piece of safety equipment that can save lives and spare both residential and commercial properties from extensive damage.  Furthermore, it is important to have the right kind of fire extinguisher in place for any materials that may catch fire, depending on the function of the property.  The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  1. A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth or paper.
  2. B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil, and oil-based paints.
  3. C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
  4. D – for use with flammable metals.
  5. 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.

Along with having the proper fire extinguishers readily available, it is important for personnel to know how to effectively use the fire extinguisher.  The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of teaching fire extinguisher use:

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 level slowly and evenly

S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

When a fire damage occurs at your home or business, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089.  We have the equipment and experience to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

The Right Equipment for the Job!

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is available for your emergency damage needs 24/7/365 in Pensacola, Century, and surrounding areas!

When it comes to restoring damages to your home or business, you want a professionally equipped team that you can trust.  At SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County, we use industry leading technology and equipment to address your damages, whether caused by water, fire, mold, or a biohazard situation, and quickly begin the remediation process.

Moisture Detection Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.  Along with cameras, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County uses moisture saturation detection equipment, such as hygrometers.  Using these types of equipment allows us to more quickly identify the extent of the water damage and formulate a plan for remediation.

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business. We utilize items such as submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water along with portable and/or truck mounted extraction units for efficiency.

Drying Equipment

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County utilizes industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture from your home or business after extraction has taken place. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of both the structure and furniture, as well as reduces the likelihood of mold growth.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Water and fire damages often cause powerful odors. We use powerful air scrubbers and thermal foggers with deodorization agents to remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

Sometimes, the use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.  SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County uses industry leading deodorization products to control odors from excessive moisture as well as disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

If you home or business is affected by a water, fire, or mold damage, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!

Staying Safe During a Thunderstorm

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help with Storm Damages in Pensacola, Cantonment, and surrounding areas!

Thunderstorms, and the weather conditions that often come along with them, can be very dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.  According to cdc.gov, the following are some best practices to adhere to during a thunderstorm event:

  • Do not go outdoors during a thunderstorm. Thunderstorms can produce lightning strikes, hail, high winds, and even tornadoes.  All these conditions have the potential to cause injury, and that potential is greatly reduced by being indoors.
  • Avoid using corded electronic equipment. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, such as televisions and radios.
  • Avoid water during a thunderstorm. Just as lightning can travel through electrical systems, it can also be transmitted by plumbing.
  • Keep away from windows. In the event of hail or high winds, windows can easily be damaged, leaving the hazard of broken glass.

If you find that no indoor shelter is available during a thunderstorm, redcross.org suggest the following guidelines to optimize safety while outdoors:

  • Avoid high ground, water, tall trees and metal objects. All of these have a higher likelihood of transmitting electricity from a lightning strike.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

If a storm has caused property damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089.  We have the experience and expertise to help restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Common Causes of Residential Fires

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help when Fire Damage Strikes!

Fire damages to your home can be both extensive and expensive when they occur.  Following are some of the most common causes of residential fire damage, and actions to take to lessen the likelihood of having a fire take place at your residence:

  • Cooking Equipment – When left unattended, pots and pans may boil over, or grease may get too hot, resulting in a kitchen fire. While cooking, keep an eye on all active stove burners.
  • Candles – If placed too close to textiles, paper, or other flammable materials, hot wax or flame from a candle may start a fire. When burning a candle, always give plenty of space between the candle and other materials, use a drip plate to catch hot wax, and never leave a candle burning in an unattended room.
  • Faulty Wiring – Before moving into a new home, be sure to have the wiring check by a licensed electrician. Faulty or old wiring can spark a fire nearly anywhere in your home.  If you experience flickering or dimming lights or frequent breaker trips, these may be signs of faulty wiring, and will need attention from an electrical expert.
  • Space Heaters – Be very cautious when using a space heater. As is the case with candles, space heaters can also easily ignite items placed in too close of proximity.  Make sure no wires are frayed on electrical space heaters, and that no dust or debris has built up on the heating elements. 

If you do experience a house fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help.  We have the knowledge, equipment, and expertise to help you through the process and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Timeline

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County provides emergency water damage services in Pensacola, Century, Cantonement, and surrounding areas!

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:

Within Minutes

  • 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

1-2 Hours

  • 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.

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