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Halloween Fire Safety Tips

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on a table SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour fire damage restoration service in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Southport and surrounding areas.

Without taking the proper precautions, your spooky Halloween decorations in your home and yard can pose a potential fire risk to your family and to trick-or-treaters who visit your door. Keep these things in mind for a safe and fire free Halloween display.

  • Avoid open flames.

Jack-o'-lanterns with burning candles require constant supervision and can pose a risk to trailing parts of flammable costumes. Choose battery-operated candles or LED lights instead.

  • Don’t overload extension cords.

If you have a lot of interior decorations that require power, make sure that you're not putting too much strain on your extension cords. Your cord should be the correct amps for what you're plugging into it. Check the cord periodically: If any part of the cord, the plug or the socket is hot, unplug it to prevent overheating.

  • Watch the flammable decor.

Halloween decor like moss, spooky gauze,  or fake spider webs are extremely flammable. Also, by placing them around doorways, you may accidentally block their exits in the case of a fire. Just in case, keep exits clear and keep flammable materials away from fire hazards.

SERVPRO of Bay County wishes everyone a very Happy and Spooky Halloween! Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 if you need Fire Damage assistance!

Levels of Commercial Loss in Bay County, FL

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Tall glass commercial building behind a SERVPRO truck SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour commercial damage restoration in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Southport and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Bay County handles not only residential damage and restoration but commercial as well.

There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and an appropriate sized team of professionals are dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 to learn more about our commercial property restoration services!

No Job is Too Large for SERVPRO

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members talking and working SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour damage restoration in Panama City, Panama City Beach, 30a, and more surrounding areas.

If you’re a business owner in Bay County, Florida, major disastrous events such as hurricanes, strong winds, flooding and more are issues you never want to have to worry about. Regardless, these unfortunate events still happen. Fortunately, no job is too large for the SERVPRO of Bay County team.

The SERVPRO of Bay County Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, fire or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 to learn more about our commercial property restoration services!

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees wearing white hazmat suits and yellow vests in training. SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour storm damage restoration service from Hurricanes in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Southport and s

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, SERVPRO of Bay County has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Panama City property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bay County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Panama City community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077!

Hurricane Preparedness - Supply List

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Table with hurricane ready supplies, flashlight, gas can, jugs of water, canned food, batteries, radio. SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour storm damage restoration service from Hurricanes in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, and more.

Living in Bay County, our area is well aware of Hurricanes and the strong storms that cause life- and property- threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surges, and high winds. Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. At SERVPRO of Bay County, our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Panama City property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

However, preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Below we’ve compiled a supply checklist for essentials and necessities to be ready when a hurricane hits:

  • Water - at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food - non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Battery-powered/hand-crank radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries - make sure you have an assortment for multiple devices
  • Candles
  • Lighters or matches
  • A well stocked first aid kit
  • Medications - at least a 7-day supply
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene products
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Copies of important documents (medical info, proof of address, deeds, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Maps of the area (just in case google maps is down)
  • Baby supplies (diapers, formula, etc.)
  • Pet supplies
  • Extra set of keys - house and car
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera for photos of home (before & after)
  • Tools and supplies for securing your home
  • Gas 

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077!

Fire Safety Tips

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke detector with smoke around it. SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour fire damage assistance and restoration services in Bay County.

Make sure you and your family are safe from a fire by following these Fire Safety tips:

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home or business. Be sure they are inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  1. Be sure to test your smoke alarms every month. If they are not working, make sure to change the batteries and test them again.
  2. Put together a fire escape plan and practice with your family members twice each year so you are all prepared in the event of a fire.
  3. If a fire occurs in your home or business, get out of your home, stay out of the building, and call for help.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077!

Hidden Water Damage

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Moldy ceiling from water damage SERVPRO of Bay County makes it “Like it never even happened.”- serving areas such as Callaway, Laguna Beach, and Bayou George.

It’s the water you don’t see…

Even the smallest  water damaged areas have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly restoration in the future  is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your residential home or commercial property. SERVPRO® of Bay County has the professional equipment, highly-trained staff and proven experience to detect and dry hidden water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Bay County will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO® of Bay County to detect and find hidden moisture:

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing us to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Bay County can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Bay County has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077!

Wood Fireplace Safety

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

wood fireplace with roaring fire SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Bay County! Stay safe with these wood fireplace tips!

Even in Florida, during the late Fall and Winter months, homes begin to light up their fireplaces to keep warm. Use these wood fireplace safety tips to ensure your fireplace is burning brightly, but more importantly, safely.

1. Only Burn Dry, Cured Wood

That means logs that have been split, stacked, and dried for eight to 12 months. You may cover your log pile on top, but leave the sides open for air flow.

Hardwoods such as hickory, white oak, beech, sugar maple, and white ash burn longest, though dry firewood is more important than the species. Less dense woods like spruce or white pine burn well if sufficiently dry, but you’ll need to add more wood to your fire more often, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

2. Burn Firewood and Only Firewood

Construction scraps, painted wood, or other treated wood releases chemicals into your home, compromising air quality. Log starters are fine for getting your wood fireplace going, but they burn very hot; generally only use one at a time.

3. Close the Damper When Not Using Your Wood Fireplace

This will prevent warm indoor air -- and the dollars you’re spending to heat it -- from rushing up the chimney.

4. Keep Bifold Glass Doors Open When Burning a Fire

This will allow heat to get into the room. On a factory-built, prefab wood fireplace with a circulating fan, keep doors closed to prevent unnecessary heat loss.

5. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Detectors

Place them near your wood fireplace as well as in bedroom areas.

6. Get Your Chimney Cleaned Twice a Year

If you burn more than three cords of wood annually, this is a must-do. A cord is 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long, or the amount that would fill two full-size pickup trucks.

7. To Burn a Fire Safely, Build It Slowly, Adding More Wood as It Heats.

Keep the damper of your wood fireplace completely open to increase draw in the early stages. Burn the fire hot, at least occasionally—with the damper all the way open to help prevent smoke from lingering in the fireplace and creosote from developing.

These tips provided by houselogic.com

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077!

Giving Back to a Tim McGraw Superfan

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Nikki when she found out she won tickets to Pepsi's Gulf Coast Jam to see Tim McGraw! Nikki when she found out she won tickets to Pepsi's Gulf Coast Jam to see Tim McGraw!

SERVPRO of Bay County is always trying to give back to our community in different ways! So, we wanted to share this story with you that absolutely touched our hearts.

We are a proud sponsor of the Veterans and First Responders luncheon. During the luncheon our Marketing Manager, Talena, gave away Gulf Coast Jam tickets as door prizes. The first winner was in tears when she was given the envelope. Talena asked, “Are you excited?” and she replied, “You have no idea, we have an adult daughter that is paraplegic and wants to see Tim McGraw, and we just can’t afford tickets this year.”

After the luncheon, the Mom called Talena to claim her prize. Talena and the Mom went on to talk about her daughter, Nikki who is 27 years old, born with Cerebral Palsy, and has been in a wheelchair her entire life. Nikki is a major Tim McGraw fan and her obsession started at age seven when she first heard the song, “Don’t Take the Girl”.


At the time, Nikki was away at camp so Nikki was not going to learn about the Gulf Coast Jam tickets until the next Friday. “Make sure you are listening as we are sure we will hear her scream all the way from Altha!”,said Mom. She then asked if we were selling tickets and Talena explained our sponsorship opportunity and asked if she needed more tickets. She replied, “Yes, one, because it takes two people to handle her and her wheelchair.”

Without hesitation, Talena told her SERVPRO of Bay County has her third ticket covered.

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour storm, fire, and water damage restoration service in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Southport and more.

5 Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Commercial Business

8/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour storm, fire, and water damage restoration service in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven and more!

Mold in your building may be the last of your worries while operating your commercial business in Bay County, Florida. It’s important to keep in mind that some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. It 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: Clean Out the Fridge

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

#2: Look For and Repair Any Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more 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 unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

#3: Run a Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

#4: Clean Out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

#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 condenses inside air 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.

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 if you need assistance with mold, water, fire, or storm damage to your residential home or commercial business.