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When the Brand Counts

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

When the brand counts reach out to the local company with the large brand name. Call SERVPRO of Bay County so you can count on a local family owned and operated business that has 50 years of branding behind it. SERVPRO of Bay County is proud to be a member of a large family of franchises that believes in helping each customer experience what it means to have their home or business be "Like it never even happened."

The team at SERVPRO of Bay County takes pride in being a part of something larger than themselves as they strive to achieve larger goals each day. At SERVPRO of Bay County the brand is where it all started, and a rich tradition keeps the brand and the company strong.

Call us today for all your restoration needs: 850-785-1077

Michael Brings Mold

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

General Michael Brings Mold SERVPRO of Bay County to the resuce! Mold located at a local financial institute in Bay County Florida

Bay County along with several surrounding counties still recovering from Hurricane Michael are now dealing with yet another hit, Mold! 

Leave water and organic matter alone together in the right environment and you get an unwelcomed guest.  Mold growth causes many challenges and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your home.  If you suspect mold in your home, it is recommended to call for an air quality test that will let you know if you indeed have mold.  This inspection is required by most insurance companies before any mold remediation can take place.  This test along with a post-test will give you the assurance that the mold has been reduced to normal levels.

SERVPRO of Bay County comes in after the pre-test is done to contain, clean and tear out if necessary, using industries standards.  Once cleaning is done, and the post-test preformed you are then ready to build back if any tear out was required. 

Even though these last four months have been filled with challenges we face them together and a little mold won’t slow us down.

Rebuilding our SERVPRO home after Hurricane Michael

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Rebuilding our SERVPRO home after Hurricane Michael 1403 Florida Blvd

October 10th was just 2 days before SERVPRO of Bay County was to paint the walls of their brand-new building. This new building was something the Bay County team had worked hard to achieve. The warehouse would be triple the size, the parking lot was larger and fully paved, the offices were newly remodeled, and a brand-new conference room was built. New paint meant we were very close to moving in. However, October 10th2018 the residents of Bay County Florida woke up to the weather Channel forecasting Hurricane Michael to not only be a direct hit but also a Category 4 storm.

Like so many others in our community when the storm passed, we found our new building destroyed. The winds had ripped through 1403 Florida Avenue leaving bent and broken steel beams and metal flapping in the wind. The walls that were ready for paint were now wet and ruined. The SERVPRO of Bay County team was clearly disappointed but we didn't have time to focus on our loss, our community needed us to help them with the water and destruction in their homes and commercial properties.

As our SERVPRO of Bay County teams worked hard, long, demanding hours to help rebuild our Bay County community it became apparent our office building would have to wait. In the mean time we worked out of a 20x20 tent a mobile office and for some it was out of our homes and cars.

We are happy to say that 6 months after the devastation we have moved into our new building. It is beautiful and we are so grateful to have a business home.

We invite you to visit us at 1403 Florida Ave, Panama City Fl 32401, we’d love to give you a tour.

Does Your Bay County Home Have a Mold Problem?

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Bay County Home Have a Mold Problem? In Bay County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • 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.
  • 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. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (850) 785-1077

IICRC Certified Firm

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified Firm We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Bay County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! (850) 785-1077

Restoring Bay County Commercial Properties After Hurricane Michael

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Bay County Commercial Properties After Hurricane Michael Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Water damage at Bay County commercial properties, due to Hurricane Michael, have been complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.  

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bay County

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO of Bay County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! (850) 785-1077

Aftermath of Michael

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Looking around Bay County three months after the storm of a lifetime still looks like a war zone.  Although to those of us that live here, it is far less brutal than three months ago. However, it is still a reminder of just how lucky we are to have survived. 

As a franchise, we are still in high gear helping our neighbors overcome the challenges that come with a storm this size, but it has put our own needs on hold.  Before the storm SERVPRO of Bay County was in the process of moving to a new building that would house community educational programs as well as our growing staff.  Like many others, we found ourselves with a completely demolished building that had to be completely rebuilt.  We are still conducting business in tents, trailers and out of our cars.  You would think that this would wreak havoc on our morale but just the contrary,  the troops pulled together and are stronger than ever. 

We look today at an almost complete, shiny, new building ready for the eagerly awaiting people that are proud to call themselves SERVPRO Soldiers.  They are still fighting the good fight to get our community back to “Like it never even happened."

Bay County Residents: Follow these Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.  

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Bay County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services:

SERVPRO of Bay County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (850) 785-1077

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Your Home or Business

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Your Home or Business Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Bay County Home or Business.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home or business, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bay County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

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.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (850) 785-1077

Blankets of Love

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Community Blankets of Love SERVPRO of Bay County giving out blankets of love to Hurricane Michael survivors.

On a cold day in December the SERVPRO family is found handing out green love with some warm blankets and some delicious hot chocolate.    What is all this about you ask? On October 10th, 2018 Hurricane Michael paid a visit to the Florida Panhandle and forever changed the landscape and lives of this coastal community.  That is when the employees of SERVPRO of Bay County jumped into action doing their jobs and working round the clock to accommodate the enormous amount of homes and businesses that desperately needed our help. Our SERVPRO family did not stop there, they were constantly trying to find new ways to help.  A suggestion was made that our group become involved with Hope and Healing.  This event sponsored by City of Panama City and other volunteers was to provide hope through food, clothing and toys for Bay County families. We jumped at the chance to help, and hence the green blankets of love.  Over 1000 families were assisted during this event. Providing love and a little hope to the community we call home. SERVPRO of Bay County employees left feeling they received more than they gave.  Now that's a warm feeling!