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Advantages of Hurricane Shutters

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Florida where hurricane season occurs annually, it’s important to be prepared. When these dangerous storms hit, they can cause major damage to everything in their path. One safety precaution we recommend taking is installing Hurricane Shutters for your home because they offer many advantages in times of crisis:

Prevent Glass Breakage - When hurricane shutters are properly placed and installed over your glass doors and windows, they shield the glass from being broken by harmful wind, rain, and debris.

Reduce Risk of Injury - Broken windows welcome flying debris (including broken glass) into your home where your family may be seeking shelter. Without hurricane shutters, the combination of negative pressure, high velocity wind and violently circulating materials can enter into your home can cause serious injuries and even death to those caught in the crossfire.  

Easy Operation - After hurricane shutters are installed, they are designed to be simply maneuvered by one person. This makes them easy to operate, and one less thing to worry about when dangerous storms hit.

Resale Factor - Hurricane shutters on your home can actually help increase its value on the housing market. They’re a feature prospective buyers will appreciate and can take comfort in.


Peace of Mind - Ultimately, installing hurricane shutters will give you peace of mind when a hurricane is imminent. You can take comfort in knowing you’ve taken the proper steps to prepare for the storm, and that the shutters will help keep your home and family protected.

Preventing Mold In Your Bathroom

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fighting mold in your bathroom? That’s because showers, sinks, bathtubs and toilets are each high producers of lingering moisture, creating the perfect environment for mold to grow in.

The good news is, there are preventative measures you can take to help combat mold growth in these areas, and stop it from spreading to the rest of your home:

  1. Make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated. Ventilation is key in regulating the amount of moisture in the air and keeps it from settling on surfaces where mold can grow. If you have a fan, make sure it is on or a window is open while you are showering so the steam can be directed away from the rest of the room.
  2. Once you finish taking a bath or shower, allow your bathroom fan to run for at least 30 minutes longer. This will give the air time to circulate.
  3. Mildew-resistant materials to the rescue! If you have a shower curtain or window curtains in your bathroom, make sure they are mildew resistant so mold can’t grow on them.
  4. Wipe down your shower often. Wiping down your shower after using it removes any lingering moisture that otherwise would have no place to go.
  5. Wash your shower curtain. Many people forget this one, but you should always wash your shower curtain at least once a month! Not only will it keep your bathroom looking fresh and clean, it will help remove any mold spores that could potentially grow and wreak havoc on the material.
  6. NEVER leave damp laundry on the floor. Or any laundry for that matter. When damp laundry is left on the floor, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. It also can ruin your clothes!
  7. Repair any water leaks. If any drains, faucets, or pipes are leaking water, it creates a constant source of moisture for mold to live on and grow from. Fix leaks immediately to reduce the chances of mold.

If you find mold, or suspect you may have mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Bay County a call and we will come inspect it for you. 850-785-1077

Cleaning Your Gutters After A Storm

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

While Bay County, Florida experiences its fair share of sunny days throughout the year, it also brings the occasional rainstorm. By dumping a high volume of water in a relatively short amount of time, it’s important to take precautionary measures to prevent any damage being done to your home from these storms.

One measure you can take is cleaning out your home’s gutters after a storm hits, and you can do it in three easy steps:

First, start by scooping out debris.Find a ladder and securely place it against your home so you are able to reach the gutters comfortably. Start at the end closest to the drain outlet and gradually working your way to the other end, removing loose debris as you go.

Second, use a hose to spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This will help remove and stubborn dirt and debris that may still be holding on from when you were scooping.

Third, be sure to check your drain pipes for any blockage. In some instances, rainstorms can force material into the pipes, causing potentially severe damage. A good way to detect if your drain pipes are blocked is if you see a trickle of water rather than a flow coming from them. If this is the case, try using a hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet to help clear any congestion.

Following these steps will help prevent your gutters from taking on damage from blockage and build up. If you experience any major damage, give SERVPRO of Bay County a call and our experts will be there to help you resolve and repair the issue. 850-785-1077

4th Quarter Business Excellence

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

"Our Fourth Quarter Business Excellence Award winner provides 24 hour emergency fire and water cleanup, mold, and biohazard remediation, as well as complete rebuild services on residential and commercial buildings.

It all started in 2003, when Sean and Kellie Grier turned their dream into a reality. It was their vision to grow a company that would not only provide jobs for citizens of Bay County, but most importantly, provide careers. Careers that not only provided a living, but that would grow families, and better our community.

As many dreams do, this one started small, with just a few vehicles and a handful of employees. It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and a little luck but eventually, it grew into a successful business that currently has a fleet of vehicles, 35 employees, and 3 buildings. This growth has enabled the company to travel to other communities in time of disaster, and help with, as well as achieve “Large Loss Team” status. They were named one of the companies Top 100 franchises out of 1,700 in 2016 and 2017.

Sean Grier will be the first to tell you that he couldn’t have done it on his own. He strongly believes in teamwork and is involved in all aspects of the business. It’s his hands on approach that he is most admired for among his staff.

This company has been a supportive member of the Beach Chamber for 8 years. Members of their team are very active in our Ambassador program, as well as our IdeaCamp and Women’s Symposium committees.

This organization is a valued member and we are proud to present them with this award this morning. The 2017 fourth quarter Business Excellence Award goes to SERVPRO of Bay County"

-PCB Chamber of Commerce

3 Early Signs of Mold Growth

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that mold is one of the most hazardous forms of damage that can happen to your home. It infiltrates homes easily, grows rapidly, and can be harmful to your house and your health. If you’re worried about finding mold in your home, be on alert and look for these three signs that could indicate early stages of mold growth:

1. The first indicator of the presence of mold are water spots. Any surfaces dampened by water create the perfect environment for mold to flourish. Water spots that begin appearing on your walls, ceiling, or floors should be a major red flag. Wherever you see water spots, try finding the source of the moisture causing them and get it taken care of as soon as possible.

We recommend hiring remediation professionals like our team here at SERVPRO of Bay County to help fix the problem as well as take preventive measures to keep it from happening again.

2. The second sign to look for is discoloration. If you find spots of discoloration on surfaces of your home, it could mean fungus is growing. If there is a green or black tint to it, mold is even more likely

3. Third, mold can cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of mold and how fast it is growing, the aroma could be strong or faint, can smell pungent, musty, or earthy. If you experience any of those smells coming from your home, it needs to be inspected.

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When mold is ignored, it becomes harmful and dangerous. It’s important to take action immediately in removing it in order stop the infestation and prevent future spreading. If you have mold in you home, call us today for our remediation services.

Tips For Keeping Your Water Bill Low

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

We’ve talked a lot about how to prevent and reduce the risk of water damage in your home, but what about reducing the cost of water in your home?

Here are a few tips from our team of experts here at SERVPRO of Bay County that will help you keep your water bill lower while helping your home and the environment in the process:

1. First and foremost, it’s important to identify and then fix any water leaks you may have. Not only can leaks potentially drain thousands of gallons worth of water, they can lead to major water damage problems for your home. Check faucets, drains, and plumbing around the house to look and listen for any signs that could indicate a leak. If you find one, get it fixed right away!

2. Use your dishwasher! That’s right – running a full load of dishes in the dishwasher is actually a much more efficient use of water than washing dishes individually by hand. The key here though is running a full load, that’s how you’ll get the most out of your water usage.

3. Take shorter showers, or switch to a low-flow shower head. Reducing your shower time by even a couple of minutes makes big cuts in the amount of water you use from month to month. As an alternative, low-flow shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute, which according to the US Department of Energy could end up reducing you water bill by 25-60 %, saving you a significant amount of money in utility bills.

4. Insulate your water pipes. One trip to the hardware store for some foam insulation cut in the shape of a pipe and your half-way there! Taping insulation to your water pipes will help them heat up water faster, which in turn means less time running water from your sink or shower waiting for it to warm up.

5. Limit your use of the garbage disposal in your kitchen sink. Instead, scrape whatever excess food that’s on your dishes into the trash, then place them in the dishwasher – remember? We want a full load! Disposals use a lot of water to flush things down the drain, so reducing its use will reduce the amount of water you’re using in your kitchen.

With these tips to get you started, you should start seeing a drop in your water utility bill in no time. By being mindful of your water usage and aware of the condition your pipes, faucets, and appliances are in, you can help prevent any costly water leaks or damaging water spills.

National Mentoring Month

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

January is National Mentoring Month! Our very own SERVPRO of Bay County office manager Crystal Arnold is taking big strides for our Bay County community by participating with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida to help provide mentorship to youth.

Currently, roughly one in three children are growing up without a positive role model to look up to. By taking some time each week, Crystal is changing that statistic by spending quality time with Torrina, whom she has been matched with for over two years. Crystal and Torrina spend their time together taking trips to the local library, reading, cooking, and doing other fun activities.

We are so proud of Crystal and her efforts to help better the Bay County community and make a difference. If you are interested in becoming a mentor with Big Brothers and Sisters of Northwest Florida, call 763-KIDS.

To learn more about Crystal and Torrina’s journey, click here.

How To Safely Put Out a Grease Fire

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking is one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. Often times, cooking fires are ignited by grease, which can be dangerous for both your home and the individuals inside your home. In an effort to keep everyone safe, here are our tips for safely containing and putting out grease fires in your kitchen:

1. DO NOT USE WATER! Trying to extinguish a grease fire with water can be catastrophic. Also stay away from flourbaking powder, or any other cooking powders that resemble baking soda or salt. While baking soda and salt can help (we’ll touch on this later), powders that merely look like them can have very different chemical makeup and will not react well to the grease. They can actually making the fire worse.

2. Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet. Do not remove cover until it has cooled. This will help contain the fire and suffocate the flames.

3. TURN OFF the heat source! When a grease fire starts, heat fuels it and can make the flames spread and grow stronger. Turning off the heat will cut that main source of fuel.

4. Here’s where the salt and baking soda come in. If possible, pour some salt or baking soda onto the fire – the substances will help smother the flame and significantly reduce its strength.

5. If none of the previous steps are successful in putting out the grease fire, spray the fire with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher.

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An important note - IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE GREASE FIRE, GET OUT. Please keep in mind that your safety and the safety of those around you is most important. A grease fire can become very dangerous very quickly. Evacuate, and once everyone is safely out of harms way, call 911. Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters.

If your home is damaged by grease fire or any other type of disaster, SERVPRO of Bay County is ready to help with the restoration process. Give us a call at 850-785-1077.

Fun in the Sun Mud Run

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County is proud to present along with partner Panama City Toyota the Inaugural Fun in the Sun Mud Run!

The heart and mission of Fun in the Sun Mud Run is to bring a new event to our community and its guests, giving us the ability to raise funds for Charity. 100% of the proceeds will “Help Charities overcome obstacles one at a time”.

We believe in and encourage by example the spirit of team work, and as a team we envision everyone pitching in to do the dirty work. We have a dedicated committee, a swarm of volunteers, eager sponsors and the support of Bay County Inc. Together we will provide a family friendly environment with entertainment for spectators and a challenging muddy course for participants

Find out more about our event by visiting Funinthesunmudrun.com or visit our Facebook page.

5 Common Causes of House Fires

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire is one of the most hazardous types of damage that can wreak havoc on your home. While safety measures can be put in place to combat fire (like having a fire extinguisher handy or a fire alarm system installed), knowing what the common causes are can be a good first step in preventing fire.

Cooking Equipment

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are ranked as the number one cause of house fires in the United States. It’s important to always be alert and aware when cooking in your kitchen, and to not leave items unattended. Pots and pans can easily overheat, food can burn, and any time large quantities of grease or oil are involved they can spray and splatter, taking only seconds to ignite into flame. Be sure to keep an eye on your cooking area at all times, and remove any combustible items like dish towels, paper towels and oven mitts so there are no flammable objects within range.

Electrical Equipment

Electrical fires are one of the most common threats homeowners face. From overloaded electrical outlets to malfunctioning appliances, fires can start quickly and grow strong. Be careful not to overload your circuits or leave lights on overnight, and if you can, start conducting an annual inspection of your home’s electrical systems. This will help you identify and locate any faulty wiring, damaged outlets or other issues your system may have.

Smoking

Smoking is a major contributor to house fires that occur in the United States each year. Lit cigarettes accidentally dropped somewhere in the home can quickly ignite its surroundings and build to dangerous levels of fire and smoke. The best way to significantly reduce the risk of this happening is to stop smoking altogether or by smoking outdoors. However, if you choose to smoke inside your home, take proper precautionary measures: don’t smoke in your bedroom or forget to extinguish your cigarette if you become drowsy. Use large, deep ashtrays, and keep them away from anything that will burn. And finally, check around for any fallen embers and properly dispose of them as soon as possible.

Dryers

This one may surprise some people, but your dryer could pose as a major hazard for your home if not properly maintained. When lint and dust build up over time, the dryer vent becomes clogged with highly flammable materials. When you run your dryer, it exposes the vent to high temperatures that can cause the build up to combust. Regularly cleaning your dryer’s lint trap and routinely inspecting the vent for blockage is the best way to avoid this potential danger.

Candles

Candles provide wonderful aromas and stunning ambiance to any room, but can be hazardous the moment you neglect them. Always blow out a candle before you leave a room – an unattended open flame is asking for trouble, and can quickly lead to a house fire. In addition to blowing it out, be sure to clear away any flammable materials from the vicinity of the candle prior to lighting it. Trimming the wick can also help reduce the size of the flame, better containing it.

If you are worried about any of these hazards that may exist in your home or have any questions, feel free to call our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Bay County. We’ll be happy to assist you!

Red Flags to Look for When Buying a Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Whether the house is ten years old, fifty years old, or brand new, it’s always important to look for red flags indicating signs of possible home damage that needs restoration before making your final decision. Nobody wants to make the mistake of buying a home, only to discover hidden problems later on that require expensive restoration services and maintenance.

Here’s what we recommend keeping an eye out for when considering a home to buy:

Potential Foundation & Structural Problems

A poor foundation can cost homeowners thousands of dollars to correct, making it one of the most expensive fixes you could potentially have. Be sure the walls, doorframes, and the house itself aren’t leaning in any way or cracked. Also, be sure to check if the yard and other land around the home slopes toward it. If it does slope, that could be a big indicator of damage – water can easily run and collect at the foundation of the house causing severe water damage and compromising its structural integrity.

Poor Drainage

Speaking of water damage, another big red flag when buying a home is how well its drainage system is working. Signs of a bad drainage system could include overflowing gutters, water stains on walls, cracking in the foundation, and pooling water around the yard. If any of these sigs are present, you’ll want to be cautious about that property and how prone it is to water damage if it’s not already experiencing the affects.

The Presence of Mold

Mold spells bad news for the home and your health. While not always easily detected, it’s important for any home to be inspected for mold prior to buying and moving in. Check areas like basements and attics, as well as drains around the house like showers and sinks.

Issues with Electrical Systems

This is where the age of the house comes into play. Electrical system issues can be some of the hardest red flags to detect, so we recommend testing light switches throughout the house while doing a walk through. See how well the lights are working and test the electrical yesterdays. You may even consider hiring a professional inspector to run diagnostics to make sure everything is up to code and avoid potentially hazardous and damaging problems to your home.

New Years Resolutions: Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial New Years Resolutions: Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan Emergency preparedness is key to keeping your family safe during a disaster

With the new year almost here, many find themselves at a time of reflection, renewal and resolution. As we prepare for the start of 2018, one resolution we recommend is creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your family and/or business. Having an Emergency Evacuation Plan in place both at home and at work can make the difference in keeping everyone safe when an unexpected emergency situation arises.

Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Bay County to help you prepare:

Have a Designated Meeting Place

In the event of a fire or other disaster, it’s important to have a Designated Meeting Place that’s close enough to your location to be easily accessible, but far enough away to be out of range of any danger. Make sure all individuals are aware of this meeting place, and are physically able to access it.

Design an Evacuation Route

Depending on the size and layout of your home or office, an Evacuation Route could have many variations. Make sure you plan safe routes for individuals to take based on their locations during a given moment when disaster could strike. Each route should lead to your predetermined Designated Meeting Place.

Consider Individual Needs

As you solidify your plan, take into account any individual needs that may require special attention. This could include care of children, pets, medical needs, and having necessary supply items. Discuss these needs with your family or employees, create emergency kits with required supplies, and assign responsibilities to members accordingly.

Learn Basic CPR Skills

It is not uncommon for individuals to get hurt during a disaster – they can become injured, faint, or worse. That’s why it’s important to know basic CPR skills in case lifesaving measures must be taken before paramedics are able to arrive. If possible, make sure each family or team member attends a CPR class.

Disaster can strike at any time, and the safety of your family and employees should be top priority when it does. Having an Emergency Evacuation Plan in place will help you be more prepared to handle any emergency situation that may occur.

If you are creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your home, ready.gov offers helpful resources to help you and your family prepare, including a downloadable Emergency Checklist.

If you are a business designing an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your company, follow the OSHA Emergency Action Plan guidelines here.

Mold: The Nitty-Gritty Facts

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

It’s safe to say the no one wants mold growing in their home. It’s a form of fungus that can run rampant and not only cause damage to your home but to your health. We’re laying out the facts about mold so you can keep your home and family safe this year.

Mold loves moist, warm, and humid environments.

So, basically all of Bay County, Florida. When mold spores land on spots that are damp, they start to grow by digesting materials around them.

There are four common indoor molds.

The first is called Alternaria, often found in damp indoor spaces likes showers and faucets. The second, Aspergillus, thrives on dust – think powdery food items and drywall. Cladosporium, the third common mold type, is a double threat growing in both warm and cool areas. This is the type of mold you would typically find on fabric and wood surfaces. The fourth mold is Penicillium, known for its blue and green appearance and often appearing on water damaged materials.

Mold grows FAST. 

The moment spores attach to an item they begin feeding, allowing mold to grow within a 24 to 48-hour period. It only takes 1 to 12 days for mold to colonize, which is why it’s important to remove it as soon as possible upon discovering it.

There are many ways for mold to get into your home. 

Although invisible to the naked eye, mold spores can be found everywhere indoor and outdoor. They can travel through the air or attach themselves to objects, pets, and even people. Mold only begins to grow and become a problem when the spores land somewhere with ideal environmental conditions. This usually means anywhere with warmth and moisture, such as windows where condensation builds up, areas where leakage and flooding has occurred, damp paper products and cardboard, insulation materials, and more.

Mold should be dealt with immediately.

With its rapid growth and harmful effects on both health and home, mold should be dealt with immediately and professionally to ensure its complete removal.

Merry Marvin the Elf!

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Community Merry Marvin the Elf! Our Winning Entry!

It’s the time of year to spread some cheer!

Here at SERVPRO Bay County we did just that, asking several of our clients to help us out by being creative with our elf, Merry Marvin.

The challenge was simple: be as creative as possible by decking out Marvin in any way they wanted. Once they had done this and submitted their entries, we then turned to our loyal social media followers and asked them to vote for their favorite. After a week of voting, close polls, and fan favorites pulling away, a big congratulations was given to the Bay County School’s Maintenance Office, who were crowned the winners for their amazing creation.


We would like to thank everyone who participated with us, and wish you a happy holiday season!

Protecting Your Home From Rain Damage

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes when it rains, it pours.

While rain water in and of itself doesn’t pose a huge threat, rainstorms that are heavy and occur over several days can expose your home to long-term damage. Here are a few steps you can take to reduce water damage risks:

Have A Healthy Roof

The best protection for your home in stormy weather conditions is your roof – think of it as your first line of defense. Make sure your roof is in good condition by looking for things like loose shingles, surface divots, soft spots, and cracks. Roofs that exhibit any of these can cause leaks, leading to potentially serious internal damage on your walls on ceiling. If you don’t see any problems with your roof but are still wondering if it’s up to standards, it never hurts to call a professional to come out and give it an inspection.  

Inspect Your Gutters

Having well running gutters in place can be critical when experiencing heavy rainfall. Gutters help keep water off your home’s walls, so it’s important to keep them clean and clear of debris.

Direct Water Away from Your Home

This may seem like an obvious one, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Directing rainwater runoff away from the foundation of your home prevents the formation of puddles around it. As water seeps into the ground, it can crack your foundation, creating an opening for more water to get in and attract mold and mildew. Downspouts that direct water five to ten feet away from your house play a big role in preventing that kind of damage.  

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Following these steps will help you keep your home safe and protected from water damage during the rainy season. As always, if you do experience any type of water or storm damage, give us a call and our response team will be there to fix it in no time.

Tips For Avoiding Holiday Hazards

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays are a time for celebration! However, between delicious meals together, reindeer games, and bright decorations, the holiday season can also be a time for hazards in your home. Here are a few tips to reduce your risk of property damage this winter:

  • If you bring home a tree to decorate, make sure its placed far away from any heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, heat vent, lights or candles. Also, be sure to keep the base filled with water so the tree doesn’t dry out – this will significantly decrease the chances of it catching on fire from any of the sources previously mentioned.
  • Stringing up lights? Check both your indoor and outdoor lights for any damage. Additionally, if you are using lights outdoors, be sure they are labeled suitable for exterior placement and that they are plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.

  • When it’s time to turn in for the night, remember to switch OFF all lights and decorations around the house. Not only will this help you save on your utility bills, it will reduce the risk of any electrical malfunctions that could occur while you’re asleep.

We hope you find these tips useful, and wish you a wonderful, safe holiday season! 

Honoring Our Heroes!

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Do you remember where you were when the United States stood still?  A moment in time that changed the way we as Americans viewed our lives.  September 11, 2001 was forever burned into our minds as a day when thousands lost their lives, but in the horrible tragedy heroes emerged.

On September 10th, 2016 SERVPRO of Bay County and others gathered to pay tribute and honor those that lost their lives and those that showed great heroism.  The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb brings together thousands of Bay County citizens as well as Fire Fighters and their families from all over the country to remember our fallen.   Participants, fire fighters, police officers and other public officers in full gear took each step remembering those that lost their lives in the Twin Towers. 

SERVPRO of Bay County was pleased to be a sponsor again this year for such a heartwarming event and we are honored to work every day with some of the heroes that keep our community safe.

We as a nation will never forget what happened on that fateful day, but out of such loss comes a nation stronger and more determined than ever to protect our freedom.

Honoring Our Heroes!

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Do you remember where you were when the United States stood still?  A moment in time that changed the way we as Americans viewed our lives.  September 11, 2001 was forever burned into our minds as a day when thousands lost their lives, but in the horrible tragedy heroes emerged.

On September 10th, 2016 SERVPRO of Bay County and others gathered to pay tribute and honor those that lost their lives and those that showed great heroism.  The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb brings together thousands of Bay County citizens as well as Fire Fighters and their families from all over the country to remember our fallen.   Participants, fire fighters, police officers and other public officers in full gear took each step remembering those that lost their lives in the Twin Towers. 

SERVPRO of Bay County was pleased to be a sponsor again this year for such a heartwarming event and we are honored to work every day with some of the heroes that keep our community safe.

We as a nation will never forget what happened on that fateful day, but out of such loss comes a nation stronger and more determined than ever to protect our freedom.

Honoring Our Heroes!

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Do you remember where you were when the United States stood still?  A moment in time that changed the way we as Americans viewed our lives.  September 11, 2001 was forever burned into our minds as a day when thousands lost their lives, but in the horrible tragedy heroes emerged.

On September 10th, 2016 SERVPRO of Bay County and others gathered to pay tribute and honor those that lost their lives and those that showed great heroism.  The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb brings together thousands of Bay County citizens as well as Fire Fighters and their families from all over the country to remember our fallen.   Participants, fire fighters, police officers and other public officers in full gear took each step remembering those that lost their lives in the Twin Towers. 

SERVPRO of Bay County was pleased to be a sponsor again this year for such a heartwarming event and we are honored to work every day with some of the heroes that keep our community safe.

We as a nation will never forget what happened on that fateful day, but out of such loss comes a nation stronger and more determined than ever to protect our freedom.

Honoring Our Heroes!

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Do you remember where you were when the United States stood still?  A moment in time that changed the way we as Americans viewed our lives.  September 11, 2001 was forever burned into our minds as a day when thousands lost their lives, but in the horrible tragedy heroes emerged.

On September 10th, 2016 SERVPRO of Bay County and others gathered to pay tribute and honor those that lost their lives and those that showed great heroism.  The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb brings together thousands of Bay County citizens as well as Fire Fighters and their families from all over the country to remember our fallen.   Participants, fire fighters, police officers and other public officers in full gear took each step remembering those that lost their lives in the Twin Towers. 

SERVPRO of Bay County was pleased to be a sponsor again this year for such a heartwarming event and we are honored to work every day with some of the heroes that keep our community safe.

We as a nation will never forget what happened on that fateful day, but out of such loss comes a nation stronger and more determined than ever to protect our freedom.

Helping Our Neighbors in Louisiana.

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping Our Neighbors in Louisiana. Flooding in Louisiana.

Florida is accustomed to hurricanes wreaking havoc on our beautiful beaches and cities and so is our neighbor Louisiana.  But, when a recent rain event caused almost as much damage as Hurricane Katrina did in 2015 we were caught by surprise.  SERVPRO of Bay County dispatched several teams to assist our Louisiana counterparts  in the aftermath of this unusual rain event the likes not seen in over 40 years.  “We saw the need and we made the call to go assist, that’s just what we do” said Sean Grier, owner of SERVPRO of Bay County.  “Our employees were all on board from the start.  We currently have a crew helping on the residential level to get people back in their homes as fast as possible.  It’s times like these that make being a part of the SERVPRO family a source of honor and pride. Helping people in need makes coming to work every day meaningful” said Grier. 

Louisiana has a long cleanup ahead, but they are a strong state and with the support of many organizations and businesses I have no doubt they will be back as strong as ever!  SERVPRO was just happy to help in some small way.

For help with your disaster no matter the size, call SERVPRO of Bay County at 850-785-1077.

SERVPRO TO THE RESCUE!

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water, is a source of life and refreshment, but can also be devastating!  We all need water to survive and in fact our bodies are made of mostly water, but when water is present in the wrong circumstances it can mean loss of life or property.  SERVPRO of Bay County deals with the later on a daily basis.

During a recent excessive rain event in our area our team was called into action.  Now, our normal M.O. is to kick into action, but this rain event put us into high gear!  Everyone on the SERVPRO team was on high alert and ready to help our community with this soaking.  I might add that at the start of this weather alert we were also called out to a very large sewage loss,  which only added to the stress of the situation.

Calls were pouring in and the team was at capacity, and that is when something wonderful happened!  The team, with the direction of our fearless leader, dug deep and made it happen.  Everyone was filled with the true spirit of teamwork!!  Office staff were now field staff, field staff were happily working over-time and what we like to call the “Green Dream Team” was taking it all in stride. We even received a little help from one of our fellow SERVPRO families in Macon GA.  We were taking care of our customers and in the end, that’s what is important to our team!

Today, it's still wet outside, but rest assured that our team is out there helping our community get dry and keeping water in the best place possible, their glass!

What is Mold?

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Mold? mold due to extensive moisture

Mold is a fungus that reproduces by spreading tiny spores everywhere. Each and every day, there are millions upon millions of mold spores just drifting through the air, both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, molds plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matters, such as leaves and dead trees, but indoors mold growth should be avoided. Mold may begin to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Although there are many different types of mold, none of them can grow without water or moisture.

 Remember mold is everywhere and has been around a long time, so living with mold is a nature process, it's only when mold levels grow beyond the normal levels that they can cause problems.  So, knowing the basics about mold can help you and your family.

Mold Basic:

  • The key to mold control is moisture control

  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should have the mold cleaned promptly and properly and have the water problem repaired.

  • It is important to dry water damaged areas and items with 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

If you have visible mold in your home, contact us at SERVPRO of Bay County today 850-785-1077. Our technicians are friendly, well-trained, and knowledgeable to determine the problem and course of action remediate the problem.

Children and Disasters...Is your Family Prepared?

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

Developing a Family Emergency Plan prior to an event is an important step in making sure your family is safe.

We at SERVPRO of Bay County realize this and want to help!The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides a wealth of information on preparing your family.   We at SERVPRO of Bay County partners with FDEM along with our local chapter of the Red Cross to keep our community safe.   We are happy to help bring this information to you, for you and your family to prepare for this hurricane and storm season. 

 Is my family prepared?

That is the first question you need to ask to keep your family safe. If the answer is yes, you are a step ahead.  If the answer is no, then follow the steps below to ensure the safety of your family!

  • Sit down as a family and decide how each person will be contacted, where you will meet, and where you will evacuate if instructed by officials. The information below will help you fill out your Family Emergency Plan. 
  •  Record your out-of-town contact if your family is separated. 
  •  Choose a family meeting place right outside your home in case of sudden emergency, like a fire.  Choose a regional location in case family members are not together. 
  •  Put together your Disaster Supply Kit. This will include the basics like, food, water, and first aid to last your family for 3 days, and include some activities for children such as books or deck of playing cards. 

For more information, call SERVPRO of Bay County at 850-785-1077 or visit kidsgetaplan.com 

Summer grilling means more than tasty food

7/3/2016 (Permalink)

Recently SERVPRO of BAY County responded to a fire at a high rise condominium, caused by a guest who disposed of charcoal in the trash chute.  Fortunately, the maintenance crew caught this in time and minimal smoke damage was done to several units. It could have been so much worse.

 According to the National Fire Protection Association Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.

Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires followed by May, June and August.

The following fact sheet gives stunning information on structural fires caused from grilling.

http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/research/fact-sheets/grillfactsheet.pdf?la=en

In this case the team at SERVPRO Bay County professionally cleaned soot and deodorized the units from smoke.

SERVPRO of Bay County urges our friends and neighbors to practice safety while grilling this summer.

SERVPRO of Bay County is available 24/7  850-785-1077

Vacation Rental Tips

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Having less mold means having a happier vacation property.

Bay County is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and warm weather vacationing. Thousands of homeowners rent out their beach houses and condos to families from all over the world every year. 

One of the biggest threats to those vacation properties is mold. If you own such a property it is very important when you leave or it is vacant you do not shut off the air conditioning to save money, you could be risking much more than a few extra bucks on your power bill.

Mold thrives in humid areas. So if your property is not managed by a professional agency you might want to think about investing in an outdoor inverter unit or something like the NEST system in order to keep the excess moisture out of your unit while you are away.

No one likes dealing with mold or the inconvenience of remediation. Paying close attention to these tips can save you both money and frustration.

SERVPRO of Bay County is always here to help (850)785-1077

Fire Restoration Urgency

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Urgency Smoke and Soot Damage

Fire Restoration

Often times after a fire people assume everything is a loss. When hiring professionals like SERVPRO of Bay County the process of restoration can save a lot of the presumed loss.  

Professionals can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but they must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. The first thing that ash does to the home is discolor most surfaces. Anything that is made of plastic or was close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes, and within several hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow. Metals may also tarnish. After a few days’ pass, the ash will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery. Wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding.

The fire, smoke and soot are the expected result of the fire and most people do not think of the damage the water used to extinguish the fire can cause. It is equally important to extract the water and dry the structure properly. If not dried properly even more damage can result in the future.

Quick action to hire professionals such as SERVPRO of Bay County helps keep costs down as prevention of further damage is key. Without quick action metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor and glass may be severely etched. It will also become apparent that the odors caused by the disaster may still be present and intense enough to not only be distracting, but in some cases harmful.  Because ash is acidic, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.
This entire process is very detailed, and hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Bay County that can be trusted to do the job right is imperative.

Each disaster needs its own special attention to detail and that is why SERVPRO of Bay County has a team that will come and assess the damage and create a scope of work needed to take you through the entire process of remediation through reconstruction to make it “Like it never even happened”.  You may visit http://www.SERVPRObaycounty.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to learn more.

SERVPRO of Bay County professionals stand ready to help you 24/7  365 days a year  850-785-1077

SERVPRO is a leader in Storm Disaster Response

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Area wide disasters happen all the time across the United States. SERVPRO knows how important it is to our customers that we are available to respond immediately to meet their needs. That is why we create relationships with other franchises in multiple regions. A storm’s devastation may be too large for an individual franchise but not for our storm teams, disaster response teams or Extreme teams.  Often I am asked what does it mean when we say, “We’ve mobilized?” Our mobilization process starts way before the storm begins it is a lot of preparing right up until the first call to actually start trucks rolling. At SERVPRO of Bay County when it is apparent a named storm is headed our way, our team of professionals will begin contacting Commercial customers who have completed and Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) and confirming their desire for SERVPRO of Bay County to respond to their property after the storm passes. We then begin to reach out to our storm, disaster and extreme teams asking for help. We always plan to have enough help to service our commercial properties as well as the residential calls as well.  Those teams will dispatch big rig trucks loaded with equipment and supplies to the affected areas, to include highly trained professionals.

The first 72 hours after the storm hits is the high-pressure part of hurricane damage restoration. Assessment is being done, equipment is being mobilized, scopes are being written, equipment is being setup, and everyone wants their structure mitigated and returned to working order immediately. This is when the experience and professionalism of our organization is unrivaled. We are able to simultaneously asses, communicate, and mitigate on the largest of scales while also gaining approvals from the parties we are servicing.

It is always our priority to “Roll in when the storm rolls out” and make each property look “Like it never even happened” ©

If you have not prepared for a hurricane or other disaster and you would like SERVPRO of Bay County to help create a plan specific for you, please call today 850-785-1077

Emergency Readiness

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Emergency Preparedness is usually discussed a few times a year, particularly at the beginning of storm season and then left to collect dust on the corner of a desk. Everyone knows it’s an important subject however it’s one of those items that keeps getting pushed to the proverbial tomorrow. Most people have a “plan” to get out however very few people have a true plan to get back in.

 No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens” and SERVPRO of Bay County wants to help you. SERVPRO has a tool designed to not only help you before the storm but also prepare you to get back to business after the storm. The Emergency Ready Profile is a no cost assessment of your property containing pertinent information about utilities, account #’s, priority contacts including your insurance. The profile is compiled on an App compatible with your smart device, therefore this information is always at your fingertips.

If you’re tired of looking at the unfinished plan on the corner of your desk and want to quickly and effectively make a plan to reduce business interruption as well as protect your property and investments

CALL SERVPRO of Bay County today 850-785-1077 or email info@SERVPRObaycounty.com

“Like it never even happened."

Make your own Green cleaning supplies

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies

While there are several great green cleaning supply brands that are safe, healthy, and effective, some people like the option of going “full green” and making their cleaning supplies using simple ingredients. By making your own cleaning supplies, you know exactly what’s in the solution and can reduce waste. Not only will you help the environment, but you can also save money.

You might be surprised to learn what ingredients you can use to clean and which ones might already be sitting in your pantry.

The following are common ingredients that can be used to clean, either alone or with other ingredients:

– Lemon
– Baking soda
– White vinegar
– Cornstarch
– Eucalyptus oil
– Isopropyl alcohol
– Borax
– Citrus extracts
– Hydrogen peroxide
– Castille soap

Here are a few essential cleaning products you can make yourself:

Carpet Cleaner
If your carpet is a little smelly or just needs to be freshened up, simply sprinkle baking soda or corn starch onto the carpet and let it sink in for up to an hour. Then vacuum.

Air Freshener
You can easily make your own air freshener by boiling lavender or citrus extracts in water.

Window Cleaner
Forget common cleaning products that use ammonia. Make your own window cleaner by combining four cups of water to every one cup of vinegar. Add a couple of drops of essential oils for a pleasant smell.

Disinfectant
Behold the wonder of citrus! To disinfect, just use lemon juice. Lemon can even remove oil stains on laundry.

All Purpose Cleaner
Mix a quart of water with four tablespoons of baking soda for a quick and easy all purpose cleaner.

Furniture Polish
For every one cup of vegetable oil, mix in one teaspoon of lemon oil. Mix together and use a dry rag to make your furniture shine like new.

Grout Cleaner
Using a 50-50 mixture of water and white vinegar, clean your grout with a toothbrush. For more hard-to-budge dirt, mix baking soda with water to create a paste and scrub with a toothbrush.

Increase the Shine of Stainless Steel
Simply use olive oil on a dry cloth and buff to make your stainless steel appliances shine bright.

Rust Remover
Have a buildup of rust on a metal pan? Use salt and lime. Sprinkle salt onto the rust and add limejuice over the salt. Let sit for three hours and then use the lime rind to remove the mixture.

 You can also give us a call 24/7 if you are in need of damage restoration services! 850-785-1007.

Fires can result in multiple types of clean up

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

This homeowner called SERVPRO of Bay County after a fire in his bedroom. Restoring his home took many steps. The amount of water needed to extinguish the fire created water clean up and dry out in areas of the home not directly affected by the fire. The water must first be extracted and sometimes drying equipment such as dehumidifiers are necessary before addressing the actual fire damage. In this case the charred items in the room had to be removed to get to the wet carpet. Only after the drying process is started can SERVPRO of Bay County professionals begin cleaning soot and smoke damage, and in some cases removal of walls and ceilings  which results in reconstruction.

If you have the misfortune of ANY SIZE DISASTER you can trust SERVPRO of Bay County to take every step to put home or business back together and make it "Like it never even happened" 850-785-1077 

Call for professional help!

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

During kitchen remodeling homeowners found mold damage when replacing their cabinets. They immediately called SERVPRO of Bay County.  Our professionals at SERVPRO of Bay County followed IICRC guidelines removing all of the affected drywall and completed mold remediation. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause health effects. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Bay County professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. SERVPRO follows IICRC standards on all jobs.

Call us 24/7

Supply lines can cause major disasters

1/18/2016 (Permalink)

Supply lines can cause disasters for not only you but also your neighbors.  SERVPRO of Bay County recently cleaned up a water damage caused from a leaking supply line. The home is a multi unit vacation condominium. Often such properties are left vacant for long periods of time such as in this case. Property management suspects the water leak went undetected for one week. In that amount of time 5 units total were damaged.

We are often asked what causes supply lines to leak. Multiple causes have been suspect. A hairline crack in the plastic tubing, fittings are tightened to tight just to name a few.

An easy method of prevention is to simply turn off the supply when leaving for long periods of time.

SERVPRO of Bay County stands ready 24/7 to respond to your disaster whether it be caused by water, fire, mold or vandalism. Call us today 850-785-1077

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