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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/

Prepare Now For Wet Weather Ahead!

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on rain background Has wet weather affected your home or business? Give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077!

Over the next several days, the Florida Panhandle is forecasted to have quite a bit of wet weather moving through.  With this weather comes the potential for flash flooding, structural leaks, and wind driven rains.  To help reduce the likelihood of your home or business receiving water damages, take precautionary measures now:

  • Clean out roof gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters allow water to back up onto your roof, increasing the chance of water intrusion into your home or business.
  • Remove loose debris from your yard. Debris, such as fallen tree limbs or unsecured lawn furniture can become dangerous during heavier winds.  These items can cause structural damage, such as broken windows, which can lead to water intrusion in your home.
  • Know Your Zone. Determine your flood zoning and prepare appropriately.  If you live in a flood prone zone, preparing sandbags may be necessary to help protect your structure.  Learn more about Bay County’s Flood Zones at https://www.baycountyfl.gov/508/FEMA-Flood-Zones.
  • Follow guidance of local officials. Just as in a hurricane situation, flash flooding and heavy thunderstorms can cause the potential need for evacuation.  Follow the instruction given by local officials to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

If your home or business experiences a water damage loss, know that SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help.  Our experienced team offers emergency water damage response, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing us to arrive quickly to begin mitigating the damages.  For more information about our services, call 850-785-1077, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Carillon Beach Fire Safety Tips

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Person Replacing Batteries In a Smoke Alarm Smoke Alarms are Essential in Staying Fire Safe! Check and Change Batteries Out Monthly, and Replace Faulty Devices as Needed.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top five causes of structure fires are cooking, heating, electrical, smoking, and candle usage.  As most of these are common occurrences and activities, it is important to utilize fire safety equipment and strategies effectively to reduce the risk of a fire in your home or business, as well as keep yourself, loved ones, and coworkers safe.  Fire safety suggestions from leading industry authorities include:

  • 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.
  • Have a Fire Extinguisher Available – Different fire extinguishers are made for different materials. Depending on the type of structure (residence, office building, restaurant, etc.) 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 or business, it is imperative to have an evacuation plan already in place. Be sure to share this plan with all involved parties, and practice evaluation with children.  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 or business. 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 draperies, 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 Bay County is Here to Help.  Serving Panama City Beach, Carillon Beach, and surrounding areas, our professional team responds quickly to your disaster to begin the remediation process.  For more information about our services, give us a call at 850-785-1077.

September is National Preparedness Month

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is recognized every September to promote community disaster planning, with the theme for 2020 being “Disasters Don’t Wait.  Make Your Plan Today.”  With the end of August growing near, an extremely active hurricane season taking place, and extra preparations and precautions made necessary by COVID-19, preparing yourself, your loved ones, and your property for a disaster situation is of the upmost importance.  Ready.gov offers weekly National Preparedness Month themes to help organize your preparations:

Week 1 (September 1st-5th): Make a Plan

Determine lines of communication, designated meeting places in case of separation, and responsibilities for each member of your household.  Depending on the needs of your family, you may require additional planning steps.

Week 2 (September 6th-12th): Build a Kit

Gather supplies for each member of your family.  You kit may include food, clean water, medications, pet foods, communication devices, and batteries.  Keep your kit as compact as possible, and in an easily accessible location, in case evacuation becomes necessary.

Week 3 (September 13th-19th): Prepare for Disaster

In the Panhandle of Florida, one of the most common disasters you may face is a hurricane.  To prepare for such an event, be sure to follow local and national news as it pertains to hurricane tracking, check your insurance coverage, and make sure your disaster preparedness kit is built. If a storm is forecasted to hit in your area, follow the direction of local officials concerning shelter and evacuation orders.

Week 4 (September 20th-26th): Teach Youth About Preparedness

Make sure children’s needs are included in your preparations.  Include their items in your disaster kit, talk with them about protocols and procedures in the event of a disaster situation, and answer any questions they may have.

As a leader in clean up and restoration, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help in the event your property is damaged by a hurricane or other disaster situation.   Serving the Panhandle of Florida, including Panama City, Panama City Beach, and Lynn Haven, our team is “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”  To learn more about our services, call 850-785-1077.

For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit https://www.ready.gov/september

Restoring Your Panama City Beach Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

When Commercial Damages Strike, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help!

Flooding and water damage events at Panama City Beach commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are 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 while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost productivity, so when an emergency arises at your business, give us a call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for quick response.

About SERVPRO of Bay County

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 and ability to restore your commercial property.

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To learn more about the commercial water damage services SERVPRO of Bay County offers, give us a call at 850-785-1077, We’re Here to Help!

Commercial Services in Bay County, Florida

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Offering a full line of commercial clean up and restoration services, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help!

There is never a convenient time for your business to experience and be interrupted by fire, water, storm, or mold damage. We know that every hour your business is out of commission is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. From small, standalone boutiques, to large multi-unit office buildings, when you need professional cleaning or restoration services, SERVPRO of Bay County has the training, expertise, certifications, and resources to handle your disaster. Our commercial service lines include:

As a locally owned and operated franchise ourselves, we understand the stress and worry that comes with damages to your business.  To help alleviate that stress, our customers can expect a quick response from a professionally trained team, who will treat their property as they would their own, fair and honest communication, and excellent customer service throughout the entire course of their project.

If your business needs professional fire, water, storm, mold or cleaning services, give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077, our team is Here to Help! 

Water Mitigation Process - Structural Drying

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damages to your Home or Business? Serving Panama City, Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Surround Areas, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help!

When responding to a water damage emergency, SERVPRO of Bay County uses high quality equipment and industry leading techniques to begin the process of restoring your home or business.  After water removal and extraction have taken place, the primary focus is to dry and dehumidify your structure.  Depending on the materials that are affected, the atmospheric conditions in the home or business, and level of saturation that has occurred, our IICRC Certified team uses a combination of proven processes and strategically placed drying equipment to expedite structural drying.  Some of the instruments and techniques used by SERVPRO of Bay County include:

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
  • High-speed air movers to create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.
  • Use of drying mats or floor tinting to concentrate drying equipment to specific areas of higher moisture
  • Continuous monitoring of equipment and moisture levels to ensure optimal drying is taking place in a proper time frame.

If you home or business has suffered a water damage loss, give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077 for help.  Serving Lynn Haven, Southport, Callaway, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Bay County is “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”