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Business Documents Damaged by Fire Restored in DeFuniak Springs?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

A stack of documents sits on a desk. We restore fire-damaged documents in Okaloosa County.

When fire damages your business, everything exposed to the fire that is salvageable will require cleaning and restoration. Every fire leaves a unique residue signature based on what fueled the fire. Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley provides a full range of contents restoration services, including document drying and restoration services. We pretest every item to ensure we use the most effective cleaning and restoration method.

Valuable documents and photographs can get damaged by the fire, soot, smoke, and the water used to extinguish the flames. We use extreme caution when handling these items to ensure the fire damage does not destroy them. Although some documents may not be able to be restored, we can save a great deal and help minimize further damage. We use various restoration options depending on the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, including:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

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For over twenty years, commercial businesses have relied on us to restore fire damage. Fire damage can happen at any time, and DeFuniak Springs local businesses and residents can rely on our team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to provide many contents restoration services. Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Evacuation Safety Tips for Crestview?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A hurricane is seen from a satellite image. We restore storm damage no matter how big the job is in Okaloosa County.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, 2022. It is expected to be a highly active season, so our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley wants everyone in Crestview to be prepared. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for evacuating and returning home after evacuation:

Evacuating

  • If local authorities advise you to evacuate, go right away
  • Bring your Go Kit
  • Follow evacuation routes and do not try to take shortcuts because they may be blocked
  • Check with local officials for shelter locations. Download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App to find shelters near you.

Returning Home After Evacuating

  • Wait for officials to say it is safe before going back home
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles, and downed wires. They can electrocute you.
  • Do not touch floodwaters because they may contain sewage, bacteria, and chemicals that can make you ill
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, tent, or camper – or even outside near an open window. Carbon monoxide can't be seen or smelled, but it can kill you fast. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak, get to fresh air right away – do not delay.

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Crestview residents and businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore storm damage 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoking Materials Fire in Crestview Home?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Cigar lite on fire We have the training and equipment to restore fire damage in Okaloosa County.

Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley restores fire damage each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoking materials, including pipes and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires in 2014, resulting in $426 million in direct property damage.

Here is some information from the NFPA on smoking safety:

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that start in living rooms, family rooms, dens, or bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

Electronic Cigarettes

Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.

  • Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used
  • While the battery was being charged
  • While the device was being transported
  • Battery failures have led to small explosions

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Crestview residents and businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration Services in DeFuniak Springs Home?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A toilet is shown. We have the training and equipment to restore sewage contamination in Okaloosa County.

Do you know that water from sewer system backups contain grossly unsanitary water that may contain bacteria and viruses that can cause serious illness? Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley has the protective gear, training, and equipment to clean and restore these environments “Like it never even happened.”

Here is some information about the different classifications of water contamination from our website:

Category 3: “Black Water”

Category 3 “Black Water” is highly unsanitary and can cause severe illness or death if ingested, and all contact should be avoided. Sources for black water include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • Black water may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Black water may come from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Category 2: “Gray Water”

  • It may contain dangerous bacteria and viruses
  • It can quickly degrade into a category three if left untreated

Category 1: “Clean Water”

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • If left untreated, it can degrade into category two or three

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De Funiak Springs residents and businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore dangerous sewer system backups quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Soot and Smoke-Damaged Commercial Business in DeFuniak Springs?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Blue smoke is filling the air. We restore commercial fire damage in Okaloosa County 24-hours a day.

Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley uses a variety of methods to remove smoke odor and residue from commercial buildings.

Air Scrubber or Filter

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

  • An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

  • Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

  • A hydroxyl generator is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification

  • Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor

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DeFuniak Springs businesses and residents can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Water Damage in Chipley Home?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A skylight is shown in a modern home. We restore storm damage, “Like it never even happened,” in Okaloosa County.

Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley responds to storm damage emergencies each year in Chipley. You can prevent water from entering your home by inspecting your home’s exterior for any place where water can enter the house and making repairs as needed.

Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute to keep your home protected from water intrusion from storms:

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check your rain gutters and remove any debris that may be clogging them
  • Check your downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the house
  • Gutter guards are an excellent way to prevent clogs and water intrusion into the house
  • Check your sprinkler systems and make sure they are not spraying water into the dwelling and that water is not pooling around the home’s foundation
  • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will quickly find its way into a structure when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter into the foundation wall through any cracks.

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Chipley residents and commercial businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore storm damage quickly and efficiently. Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to serve you. Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Caused by Kids Playing With Fire in DeFuniak Springs Home?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A mischievous boy is playing with fire on an outdoor grill. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley has been restoring fire damage in DeFuniak Springs for over twenty years. We have seen fire damage caused by many different reasons. It is never too early to teach children about fire safety, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers some great resources to help kids learn about fire safety. For more information, please visit Sparky the Fire Dog’s® website at www.Sparky.org.

NFPA statistics on “playing with fire” incidents

  • Fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 8,100 structure fires caused by playing with fire in 2014-1018.  These fires resulted in an estimated 50 civilian deaths, 450 civilian injuries, and $143 million in direct property damage each year.
  • In 2014-2018, playing with fire is estimated to have caused 4,960 home structure fires each year, with associated losses of 50 civilian deaths, 398 civilian injuries, and $112 in direct property damage each year. The bedroom was the most common area of origin for home fires involving playing with fire, accounting for one-third (34%) of the total.
  • More than four of five home structure fires caused by playing with fire were started by children ten years of age or younger

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DeFuniak Springs residents and commercial businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

High Water Bill in Crestview Home?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A water bill is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Okaloosa County.

Do you know that if your winter water usage exceeds 12,000 gallons a month (for a family of four), you probably have a hidden water leak? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted in United States homes each year. Many water leaks are not visible, and even minor water leaks can cause significant damage to a home over time. Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley uses advanced technology and techniques to locate and identify hidden water leaks in homes and businesses.

The EPA offers this helpful leak detection information:

  • An excellent method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
  • To check for a toilet bowl leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. You have a leak if the color shows up in the bowl within ten minutes without flushing. 

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Crestview residents and commercial businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore water damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hole in the Roof in Crestview Home?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Clouds and blue sky are visible through a hole in a roof. We clean and repair storm damage in Okaloosa County.

Our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley has the advanced training, equipment, and experience to restore storm damage in Crestview quickly. When we arrive, we will immediately tarp and board up any areas that are exposed to the elements to discourage secondary damage. We use powerful, industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment to speed up the mitigation process, saving our customers time and money in many cases. Here is a testimonial from our website from a customer who had a storm damage emergency:


"Getting everything ready for the new baby didn't get us ready for her first big storm. She slept through it, but we were literally swimming from the hole in the roof. Glad nothing fell on us! Thanks for pumping out the water and getting us dry again. We tell all our neighbors about how you showed up so fast and how quickly you got to work, too. Thank you so much from a couple of new parents." John B.

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Crestview residents and commercial businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore storm damage, "Like it never even happened." We typically arrive within four hours of your call. Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Business Robbed and Damaged in Chipley?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A robber is breaking into a business. We clean and restore trauma and crime scenes in Okaloosa County.

It was scary coming to work and finding the lock broken and the back door of my business flapping in the wind. I called the Chipley Police Department, and they came out right away to investigate. Someone broke in the night before and destroyed the store. Shelves were overturned, and my merchandise was damaged and trampled. The police investigated and made a report. After the police left, I was left with a huge mess to clean up.

Chipley businesses can rely on our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to clean and restore trauma and crime scenes quickly and efficiently. Trauma and crime scenes require specialized training, equipment, and protective gear to safely clean and repair the damage.

Often these scenes contain blood and other biohazard contaminants that can cause serious illness. Crime scene investigations leave behind fingerprint and evidence-gathering chemicals that are difficult to remove without the right cleaning agents. Our technicians follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and protocols.

 Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

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Chipley businesses and residents can trust our local team in Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, and Chipley to restore commercial crime scenes, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-772-0686.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.