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A Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Man on the back of a disaster recovery SERVPRO truck SERVPRO of Bay County has the resources to handle storm damages of all sizes, both residential and commercial!

SERVPRO of Bay County is proud to be an active member of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team.  The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team provides help to communities throughout the United States after instances of tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, or floods. Our Disaster Recovery Teams are strategically placed throughout our operating territories to provide quick emergency response after disasters occur, lessening the amount of damage sustained by property owners.  With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big for our teams.

SERVPRO of Bay County has responded to multiple storm situations as a member of this elite team, including Hurricane Michael, which occurred in our home territory.  With our diverse storm experience, we have learned how to mitigate and remediate storm damages of all sizes, both commercial and residential.  Through continued industry training, we continue to grow our knowledge and expertise, and are Here to Help you and your property in the case of a storm emergency.

To learn more about our storm service, please give us a call at 850-785-1077.  We are proud to be of service to our local community, and with the backing of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team network, can handle disasters of all shapes and sizes.

SERVPRO of Bay County Offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for Local Businesses

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's emergency ready profile logo Interested in learning more or creating an ERP for your business? Give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077!

Benjamin Franklin said it best: “By Failing to Prepare, you are Preparing to Fail.”  This is especially true when it comes to preparing for a water, fire, or storm occurrence at your commercial property.   At SERVPRO of Bay County, we offer a no-cost tool, known as an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), to help you with this task.

SERVPRO’s ERP provides a digital “one stop shop” for business owners and managers to retain key contacts and pertinent information about their property.  Your SERVPRO of Bay County Marketing Representative can assist you in locating and marking various important areas in and around your property, such as electrical and water shut off valves, 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 a secure app and can provide critical information about your commercial property when it is needed most.

Interested in learning more about our Emergency Ready Profile?  Ready to get started?  Give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077.  Serving Panama City Beach, Callaway, and surrounding areas, our team is prepared to help you prepare; together we can make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Receives Prestigious Top 10 Ranking in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Magazine Article featuring SERVPRO on Wooden table When fire, water, mold, or storm damages affect your Panama City area home or business, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help!

SERVPRO has recently been honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #10 ranked franchise in their franchise 500.  Along with this distinction, SERVPRO has also been named Entrepreneur’s #1 franchise in the Clean Up and Restoration category.  SERVPRO of Bay County is proud to be a part of this thriving business system, which has over 1,700 franchises nationwide, offering multiple service lines including water mitigation, fire restoration, COVID-19 cleaning, and mold remediation.

When you choose SERVPRO of Bay County to provide property damage remediation, you can expect a quick response from a professionally trained team, who will treat your property as we would our own, honest communication, and excellent customer service from the beginning of your mitigation process through the end of reconstruction services.  We have been serving the Florida Panhandle since 1989, and as a locally owned and operated franchise, are proud to both live and work in our community.

When disaster strikes, know that SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help.  To learn more about our various residential and commercial service lines, please give us a call at 850-785-1077.

Fire, Smoke, AND Water Damages? Now What?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke and Water with SERVPRO Logo Fire, Smoke or Water Damages? Servicing Panama City, Panama City Beach, and Surrounding Areas, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help!

The progression of damages after a structure fire can happen very quickly and be very overwhelming for a property owner.  During the fire, the flames spread across flammable materials, damaging nearly everything in their path.  Along with the flames come soot residues and smoke odor, which spread even further than the flames, and linger long after the fire is extinguished.   With extinguishing the fire often comes water, and large amounts of it, which saturates your structure and contents.  Now you have fire, smoke, and water damage!  Where do you go from here?

Call SERVPRO of Bay County for Help!

Our team has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle both fire/smoke and water losses of all sizes.  We offer 24/7/365 emergency response to begin the remediation process as soon as possible, reducing the total amount of damage sustained by your property.  We also work with your insurance company, to help alleviate the stress of the claims process.  SERVPRO of Bay County is your “one stop shop” for property damage restoration, offering multiple services lines for both structure and contents, removing the need to deal with multiple companies for your loss.  Finally, SERVPRO of Bay County also has a reconstruction division, so after the remediation process has been completed, we can help you to rebuild “Like it never even happened.”   

Serving Panama City, Panama City Beach, Southport, and surrounding communities, SERVPRO of Bay County is your locally owned and operated Clean Up & Restoration company with the backing of over 1,700 nationwide franchises.  To learn more about our service lines, schedule service, or for any questions, please give us a call at 850-785-1077.

What Causes a Thunderstorm?

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Clouds over a field with SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Bay County provides storm damage restoration in Panama City, Lynn Haven, and surrounding areas.

Panama City, Panama City Beach, and the surrounding communities in Bay County, Florida are no strangers to thunderstorms.  Our area is prone to quick changes in weather conditions, sometimes severe, and with little warning.  Since thunderstorms are such a frequent occurrence on the Gulf Coast, and can cause damages to your home or business, it is important to understand what causes thunderstorms, and how to be better prepared for them.

Thunderstorms- What Causes Them?

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, three basic ingredients are required for a thunderstorm to form:

  1. Moisture
  2. Rising, Unstable Air
  3. A Lifting Mechanism

The process of thunderstorm formation begins with the sun heating the surface of the Earth.  This, in turn, heats the air just above the Earth’s surface.  Because warm air is less dense than cool air, warm air will begin to rise.  As this rising warm air interacts with various elements of the Earth’s surface terrain (hills, mountains, or pockets of cooler air) it continues to be pushed higher into the atmosphere.  As this air reaches the cooler areas of the atmosphere, it also begins to cool, allowing the moisture contained within to condense, beginning cloud formation.  As more particles of continuously cooling moisture gather, they begin to “bounce off of” one another within the cloud.  These collisions eventually build up large reactions of electric charge, resulting in lightning, which creates the soundwave we know as thunder.

Thunderstorms – How to Prepare?

Thunderstorms are most likely to occur in spring and summer months, when the surface of the Earth reaches higher temperatures, but can take place at any time of the year.  In the Gulf Coast region, these storms occur most frequently in the afternoon.  Knowing this, here are a few tips for thunderstorm preparation:

  1. Keep you roof gutters cleared, especially in the spring and summer months. Debris in gutters can cause rainwater to back up onto your roof, which can result in property damage.
  2. Follow your local weather forecast. Although many thunderstorms can occur quickly, it is important to be weather aware when living in a region prone to thunderstorms.
  3. Since lighting is one of the most dangerous components of a thunderstorm, be sure to practice lightning safety: during a thunderstorm, stay away from windows and doors, avoid using electronic devices that are connected to the wall, and avoid using plumbing, as metal pipes can conduct electricity.

SERVPRO of Bay County values the safety of our community members as well as their properties. In the unfortunate event a thunderstorm or other natural disaster has affected your home our business, give us a call at 850-785-1077, We’re Here to Help!

source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/thunderstorms/

Why SERVPRO?

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on top of water, fire, mold, and biohazard symboks When property damage strikes, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help! Give us a call at 850-785-1077.

When it comes to companies offering clean up and restoration services in the Bay County area, consumers have a variety of options to choose from, so why SERVPRO?  As a locally owned and operated organization, with the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO of Bay County has the ability to respond to your property damage emergency quickly, no matter the size of the loss:

  • We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Our technicians are highly trained restoration specialists, with multiple certifications from the IICRC.
  • We work with a variety of insurance companies
  • We offer a wide array of clean up and restoration services for both commercial and residential properties, including water, fire, mold, storm, and biohazard related damages.
  • Our technicians utilize industry leading technology and equipment to provide the most efficient solution for your damages.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help.  Proudly serving Lynn Haven, Mexico Beach, Carillon Beach, and surrounding communities, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.  To learn more about the services we offer, please give us a call at 850-785-1077, or visit our home page for more information. 

Commercial Property Cleaning & Restoration Services

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Strip Mall with SERVPRO Logo SERVPRO of Bay County provides commercial cleaning and restoration services for Springfield, Callaway, and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Bay County offers a variety of cleaning and restoration services for businesses both large and small in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, and nearby communities.  Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to your emergency business damages, including sewage backups, water damages, and flooding occurrences.

When disaster strikes, our team responds as quickly as possible, working to mitigate the severity of damages, lessen the amount of time your business flow is interrupted, and begin getting your building back to its preloss condition.  Our top priority is to deliver the highest caliber of service, not only providing a full line of water, fire and mold damage remediation options, but also working with your insurance company to help alleviate the stress of the damage situation.

SERVPRO of Bay County’s Large Loss Response Team, along with the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle any size commercial loss.  We have worked with a variety of local business owners, from small restaurants to multi-unit condominiums, and are Here to Help you and your business in your time of need.  To learn more about our services, please give us a call at 850-785-1077, or visit our commercial restoration webpage at https://www.SERVPRObaycounty.com/commercial-restoration-services.

Fire Extinguisher FAQs

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple Fire Extinguishers with SERVPRO logo If your home or business is in need of fire clean up and restoration services, give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077.

It is widely known that having an in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative to fire safety, but did you know that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers, as well as a proper way in which to use one?  Keeping yourself, your family, and your property protected in the event of a structure fire is paramount, and the below information can help facilitate that process.

Q:  What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers, and what is each used for?

A:  The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  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, or oil.
  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.

Q:  What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?

A: The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:

     P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

     A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

     S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

     S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

To keep yourself safe, it is important to use extreme caution within a fire damaged structure, and always follow the guidance of local fire authorities.  SERVPRO of Bay County offers a full line of fire clean up and restoration services, and we are Here to Help when you need.  Give us a call at 850-785-1077 to learn more.

Continuing Education in Bay County, FL

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Chalkboard with the words continuing education To learn more about our Continuing Education Course Offerings, give us a call at 850-785-1077.

Along with providing water, fire, mold, and biohazard clean up and remediation services to the homes and businesses in our community, SERVPRO of Bay County is also proud to offer a variety of Free-To-Attend Continuing Education options for local insurance agents and adjusters.  These courses not only help agents and adjusters fulfill credit requirements for their licenses but provide a wealth of knowledge about restoration industry practices and standards.

Recently, SERVPRO of Bay County has transitioned to offering these courses as an online, virtual learning experience.  This transition has allowed us to reach more community members, offer a wider variety of course subjects, and provide classes more frequently.  Multiple class options have been approved by the State of Florida for virtual learning, including:

  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restoring Contaminated Buildings
  • Mitigation Awareness and Response Seminar (MARS)
  • Cleaning and Restoring Damaged Contents
  • Deodorization of Malodors

Currently, SERVPRO of Bay County has one course offering scheduled for the insurance industry: Cleaning and Restoring Damaged Contents, which will take place on October 20th, 2020.  To learn more about our Continuing Education opportunities, or inquire about class registration, please give us a call at 850-785-1077.

Flooding 101

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Waters over a neighborhood If flood waters have damaged your home or business, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here 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 Florida Panhandle 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 your area.

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 common in your area, 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 property damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help.  For more information about our services, give us a call at 850-785-1077.

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