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Rebuilding our SERVPRO home after Hurricane Michael
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.
Restoring Bay County Commercial Properties After Hurricane Michael
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
4th Quarter Business Excellence
"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
Red Flags to Look for When Buying a Home
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.
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
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.