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Conditions in Bay County Might Be Right For Mold

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Bay County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, Call Us Today (850) 785-1077!

What to Do:

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

SERVPRO of Bay County is the Fastest to Help with Water Damaged Property

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service for Panama City, Panama City Beach, and the surrounding area.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bay County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bay County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bay County

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bay County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of BAY COUNTY

Bay County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Panama City and surrounding areas

SERVPRO of Bay County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - (850) 785-1077 - We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bay County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Bay County

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

Have Water Damage? Call Us Today (850) 785-1077

Hurricane Season Begins June 1st and SERVPRO is Ready!

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are prepared for the hurricane season.

SERVPRO of Bay County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Bay County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (850) 785-1077

When the Brand Counts

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Michael Brings Mold

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Rebuilding our SERVPRO home after Hurricane Michael

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

1403 Florida Blvd

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

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

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

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

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

IICRC Certified Firm

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

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

IICRC Certified Firms must

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

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

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

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

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

Restoring Bay County Commercial Properties After Hurricane Michael

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

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

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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

About SERVPRO of Bay County

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

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

Aftermath of Michael

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

What to Do:

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

What Not to Do:

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services:

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

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

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Your Home or Business

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (850) 785-1077

Blankets of Love

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Dehumidifying Your Home

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

When you live in Northwest Florida, humidity is inevitable. The warm weather we enjoy so much is saturated by a significant amount of water, which generates the excessive moisture around you. While many fear what the humidity means for their hair or their skin, have you thought about what it means for your home?

In humid climates, homes run serious risk of damage from collecting all of the moisture the air carries. A common result of high humidity levels in your home is mold. Mold grows quickly in warm, damp conditions and can fester into an entire colony within 24 hours of their spores attaching themselves to surfaces and feeding. As mold grows and spreads throughout your home, allergens and irritants are released into the air which creates a dangerous situation for you and your family. The allergens and irritants can become toxic, causing respiratory problems and other health issues.

That’s why it’s critically important to take steps in preventing mold growth in the first place. We recommend starting with a dehumidifier for your home. Using a dehumidifier will help you maintain optimal humidity levels that are both healthy and comfortable. Running fans, and checking up on your HVAC system will also help keep the humidity down. Make sure everything is running smoothly and functioning properly to help circulate air flow, and if you need help with an inspection you can always call SERVPRO of Bay County. We’ll also help check your vents, filters, and make sure everything is in good working condition.

If you do discover mold growing in your home, it should be dealt with immediately - it can be harmful to your home and your health. Call SERVPRO of Bay County at 850-785-1077 and our quick response team will be there to begin the mold remediation process right away.

Is Your Bay County Home Storm-Ready?

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

As anyone who lives here knows, springtime in Bay County brings beautiful sunshine as well as strong rain and wind storms. With weather that can switch so quickly between the two, it’s important to make sure your home is storm-ready, prepared to handle and withstand unpredictable conditions.

It’s always a good idea to conduct a home and ground inspection before weather conditions take a turn for the worst. Things like leaky roofs or windows can be very problematic in the midst of heavy rainfall and strong winds, so checking them and making sure they are all fitted correctly is a critical step to take.

Checking for loose shutters and trimming back any trees or shrubbery that may be surrounding your home is another good way to get it storm-ready. Shutters, tree limbs, and other loose debris can get picked up by wind and thrown in any direction, including towards your house. Also inspect any drainage areas near or around your home, clearing them of any debris that may be creating blockage. This will help reduce chances of flooding your property during a storm.

Another thing to consider when preparing your home for a storm is what kind of system to have in place that will allow you to communicate with your loved ones and receive weather updates. In some cases, storms can become strong enough to put your cell phone’s service signal at risk, so it’s good to be prepared and have an alternative form of communication in place.

And as always, in the event of storm damage SERVPRO of Bay County is here to help. We’re available 24/7 and ready when you need us. Give us a call at (850) 785-1077.

Keeping Your Home Safe From Storm Damage

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storms are dangerous forces of nature that can be brutal, unpredictable, and strike without warning. Because they wreak such serious havoc, it’s important to take measures in keeping your home safe from potential storm damage.

So what can you do to be prepared? For starters, perform a full inspection of your home and its surrounding premises. You can do this personally or professionally. Check for leaks in your roof or windows, and make sure all exterior doors and windows are fitted correctly. Any cracks or gaps can lead to big problems during storms, so it’s important to fix up any you may find right away.

Next, check the condition of your shutters and rain gutters. Make sure they are sturdy and tight. If any are loose, get them fixed and tightened right away. Loose shutters and gutters can become dangerous in a storm because they are unstable and in some cases they can rip away from your house and blow around as debris. The same goes for any unstable large trees or loose tree limbs. Consider trimming back trees with any unhealthy looking branches that could be torn off in a storm.

If your home is older and has a drainage ditch in front of the property, inspect the area around it. Remove debris, dirt, and anything else that could obstruct that flow of water. This will prevent any blockage and clogging that could cause flooding.

Finally, have an emergency plan in place for your family to help ensure their safety in the event of a storm.

When a storm does hit, SERVPRO of Bay County has your back. We’ll take care of any emergency repairs or restorations your home may need. Give us a call at 850-785-1077

Away on Vacay: Preventing Water Damage

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Lots of things can go wrong in your home while you’re on vacation, most commonly leaks and water damage. Read our steps below to learn how to help prevent and reduce the risk of water damage when you’re away:

Check for Leaks

Before you leave on vacation, be sure to check around your house for any leaks. Pipes under sinks, your water heater, anything resembling rust, cracks, or other damage. It’s important to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home as well. If you find any leakage, be sure to fix it right away so everything can be repaired and in good condition before you leave.

Inspect Appliances

Important appliances such as your dishwasher, washer/dryer, and refrigerator are all connected to your home by hoses. If these hoses are damaged in any way, they can cause major water damage to your home. Inspect your appliances and, if needed, replace their hoses prior to leaving on vacation.

Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning leaves and other debris out from your gutters before taking a vacation is an easy way to prevent potential blockage and build up. To learn more about the advantages of clean gutters, click here.

Turn Off the Water

Whenever you leave your home for an extended period of time, it’s important to turn off the water main and make sure the pipes are completely drained. This will stop any water from continually leaking in your home while you’re away. Simply run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water.

Have Someone Check on Your Home

Coordinate to have someone come over and check on your home while you’re away. Having a friend, neighbor, or family member keep an eye on your property can help keep it in good shape, and they can notify you immediately if something goes wrong.

With these tips, you can truly enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind that your home is safe from any potential water damage that could occur in your absence. If your home does suffer from water damage, call our team at SERVPRO of Bay County. We can help remove, repair, and restore any damage to your home.

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.


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.


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 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.


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 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)

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)

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.  


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)

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.


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 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.


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)

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.

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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