Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Services Prioritized for Tallahassee Residents in Summertime

7/17/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damages common in Leon County summer months Storm crew comes in to help Tallahassee residents affected by hurricane season.

Tallahassee SERVPRO team prepares for storm solutions for residents with storm damage.

It’s obvious why our services are even more crucial during hurricane season, but it’s not just our emergency services in fire, water, mold categories that make our team your best “go to.” With years of serving theTallahassee community after storm damages are suffered, we know the leaders in related services too, and we are committed to being a resource for all storm damage needs.

One of the inevitable steps you will need to take- post- storm is picture documentation of accidental damages. Homeowners insurance generally covers thunderstorms with winds, roof damage, tree collapse, hail and more. Still, some policies have exclusions that can make it very challenging to get the coverage you need to get your life back to good. It is important that you read the fine lines in the policy you decide on and discuss it in detail with your selling agent without worrying about being a hassle- it’s their job after all. In addition, natural disasters are often NOT covered and separate flood insurance is needed. The National Flood Insurance Program is your best bet to finalize coverage for your loved ones and home.

Storm damage restoration is a process- one our teams have mastered. The first priority is for us to ensure your safety by checking for house damage. Looking for any fallen power line, standing ware or electrical issues is what we tackle first. Once we do that, we are able to take care of the services that we specialize in and walk you through the services that our preferred partners can execute.Plumbing is a common example of just that. Checking pipes inside and outside the home, closing the valves to sinks and toilets, and even shutting the water off completely are some of the post storm plumbing priorities that we can assist in getting serviced for you. Additionally, checking for sewage backups is a step that must be handled by our partners as well.

Service from the inside out and the downside UP is standard after heavy storms- making our roofing partnerships crucial in the emergency service process. Checking the roof for missing shingles is a simple job but a dangerous one still. It’s important you don’t add to the tragedy by risking injury or your life in trying to check for damages. Our team has the skills to do so, and our partner has the skill sets to remedy any detected damage as well. You are not alone.

Another major area of common damage and great danger is electrical malfunction. Appliances that are exposed to water, must be disconnected from the power source and cleared by a professional before using again. Keeping the power off is an important precaution that pays off in the safety of your loved ones big time. The exterior breaker boxes are usually sealed tight to keep water out, but a big enough storm can seep through even that. A good rule of thumb is to avoid metal fences all together and to steer clear of any fallen or dangling utility wires. Do not try to remedy these issues alone. A professional must be called in. 

In general, the best plan to handle all post-storm damages is to call in a professional company like ours. It is sad, but cannot be denied, that many companies try to take advantage of vulnerable situations such as the above, but a few tips can help you avoid falling into the trap. 

  • Try to work with local or known contractors for storm damage restoration, as you can verify credibility best. 
  • Make sure you don’t step into the upfront payment scam- pay with a check or a credit card.
  • Be alert and look out for any contractor who tries to pressure you. If an offer is only good “now or never,” find someone else.
  • Demand the delivery of written estimates for all proposed work that include proposed scopes and prices.

These simple tips can make it easier to avoid making a bad situation worse, and calling our team in is the most sure-fire way to make the recovery process as quick and painless as possible. 

Storms Roll in for Florida Residents- What to Expect and Who to Call.

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

House protected while professionals come in after storm damage. Tallahassee residents county of the pros to SERV after storms roll in.

Tis the season for STORMS! 

If you have experienced a Florida storm season, you know turbulent weather can cause serious damage to vegetation, homes and buildings alike. Wind damage is a leading cause and can loose shingles and tiles on the roof structures. When this happens, rain and snow can seep into the protective surfaces of the roof and cause wood swells and lead to mold in the future. The most common elements- wind, hail, rain, lightning can cause catastrophic damages and greatly impact your life. For that very reason, restoration companies, like ours, exist. Here are some of the activities you can expect from the SERVPRO storm restoration service professionals.

For both businesses and residential needs, our team will come to the affected property with the best of the best, trained experts to do a detailed examination of the inside and outside of the building. This discovery process can help determine the level of damage. Most often, we will discuss the service needs with the client and the insurance adjuster.

Once the conversation has reached the agreement phase, the work can begin. With various levels of damages, the plan with map out time needed very clearly to meet all expectations of the customer and insurance company. Often, flooding requires specialized pumps and vacuums to remove the water and moisture.

In addition to those, generators are typically brought in to provide power to the air movers and other machinery so as to avoid mold and future damages. Cleaning supplies patented to SERVPRO are used as well for best results. Any carpet or tangible items that can be salvaged are presented to the client to keep.

If contacted in time, our team will be able to rescue your building from greater structural issues, by inspecting the roof and replacing the dilapidated areas. After sealing and renovating the roof, they will then address the ceiling and restore to its former condition.

As you can see, when you suffer from natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something our experts can handle.

If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact our team today.

Not All Water is Categorized as Equal: Types of Storm Water and the Dangers of Each

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Many Floridians can say they have heard the “cat terms” discussed around them, and most can also say they don’t know what that really means! One thing is certain: These terms aren't going anywhere, so it is best to get educated on them.

One of the first cautions, that is helpful for parents, is that storm water has a high likelihood of being contaminated with raw sewage, dangerous chemicals, or harmful bacteria and viruses capable of transmitting dangerous diseases to your family.

Now that we cleared that up (pun intended,) we will decode storm water characteristics that determine which type of restoration service is needed. All of the services we office are in an attempt to reduce property destruction based on the damage incurred. The 3 levels of water will be covered in more detail below:

Category 1: Clean water

This is made up of water damage from sanitary disasters. Overflowing sinks and bursting pipes and failed supply lines to appliances are the most common in this category..

Category 2: Grey waterThis category has consequences that are painful if ingested. It is generated from washing machines, dishwashers, and urine-tainted toilets. 

Category 3: Black waterThis is deemed the worst of all classifications. Severe illness is probable if ingested. It consists of sewer backups, flooded rivers and any other disasters that cause stagnant liquid to harbor bacterial growth. 

Experts like our technicians can save your structure and their belongings in it when they are called in for service. 

The services can be categorized as below:

Aggressive cleaning includes wall cavities and other surfaces. They are identified and pressure washed with SERVPRO products that are of the highest,most effective quality. Materials that can be restored are flushed and disinfected. 

Moisture detection is one that identifies water damage that can’t be seen with a naked eye. This happens when water is trapped in wall cavities, so SERVPRO’s cutting edge equipment can be used to detect and eliminate odors and further structural damage. 

Rapid structural drying is used when mold begins to spread on moisture-ridden surfaces within only 24 to 48 hours. Oftentimes it is used to seep all the way down to the building’s substructure and it’s necessary to restore pre-flood conditions.

It’s important that you contact a specialist immediately without diagnosing the damage on your own. Our experience can see hope in many elements that seem ruined beyond repair.

What to do When a Storm Damage Happens to Your Tallahassee Home.

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to Tallahassee Florida Home Extensive Damage Documented in Tallahassee Florida Structure

When it comes to preparing for a storm, many Tallahassee residents think they have enough knowledge on what to do. Others assume it will never happen to them. If you are a Floridian, however, you can’t afford to be in a position of loss due to lack of consideration of storm damage. Damage can be big or small, but all damage poses real inconvenience.  Remember, knowledge is power, so it’s worth a few minute read to ensure storm preparedness.

The first thing to identify with is the safety of all who occupy the space affected. The storm will likely have brought a high level of fear in, and you may be inclined to rush into space in an attempt to salvage items. There are safety hazards that can be detrimental, so you will need to look for broken glass, chipped wood, or other debris before doing that. The entire property should be thoroughly checked, and cleared, before your guard is dropped. 

The next storm damage steps to take are checking to make sure any structural damage has been identified and documented. Checking to ensure all building properties and roofs are stable is key. Check for holes, leaks, dents or broken shingles on the roof. Walls, doors and windows are all included in the structural assessment as well. Removing debris should be done along the way as well to assist in further safety. 

Taking photos should be done next. Everything that is reported as hazardous should be documented with pictures to support if you plan to get compensation or restoration in place quickly. Try not to assume you will remember details or recount exact locations of damage. Simply, take the time to document each line item. This will be extremely helpful when working with an insurance adjuster.

That brings us to the next step where you call your insurance provider. Hopefully you have flood insurance or a homeowners policy for the property. If you do, the storm damage repairs are more likely to be covered. It’s suggested that you notify your provider within 60 days of the incident to make the claim. Many homeowners policies cover tornado damage and roof and water damage. Most go further to take care of hotel expenses, and even food spoilage. If you do not have any policies in place, you may qualify for federal support through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

You may want to get things back to “normal” quickly, which is completely understandable. Still, it’s encouraged that you start with the essential repairs needed to get the structure in functioning condition fast. Keep all receipts on initial and temporary repairs. Once the insurance inspection takes place, you will be ready to embark on your search for a storm damage repair company like ours.

Tallahassee adjusters are there to help, but it’s your responsibility to have a general understanding of the process, so that you don’t feel swayed or manipulated along the way. The adjuster is just that- not an employee of the insurance company. They may, in fact be, but it’s not always the case. Sometimes independent adjusters are contracted as third parties. These agents still perform services. Public adjusters, however, are not affiliated with the insurance company, so their services come with a fee and they are not at liberty to provide legal advice or help with reconstruction. 

It is your job to be used into the timeline of storm damage recovery laid out by the insurance company you are contracted with. We know you want to begin repairs immediately, but it is crucial to understand the timeline and the importance of it being carried out in the way identified by professionals. Your insurance company has 14 days to respond to a claim, and they may need more info or the proof-of-loss form as well. Once they have all this info they can either accept or reject the claim. The next phase of the process can then take up to 30 days. Once accepted, the company will be afforded 90 days to send the check. There are many local insurance companies that we highly recommend 

Once the logistical items above are complete, it’s time to call in the storm professionals. The more time that goes by, the more susceptible you are to having further challenges. Secondary damage can set in as the structure remains unrepaired. Mold can begin to grow on unfixed roof leaks, and dangerous molds are detrimental to your health. The unforeseen can be avoided by relying on professionals like our team, and should always be brought in for optimal, timely recovery. 

Prevention and Protocol- What to do Before and After a Storm

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage on Home Tallahassee home takes on unexpected storm damage.

Far too many relate to the following scenario:

A storm is on the radar, and you think you have done all you can to prepare for minimal damage, but you still find yourself with unforeseen damages in the wake of it. When this happens, you can feel like your entire world has been turned upside down! It's overwhelming, and it's challenging to get organized and decide what to do first. So many home and business owners feel confident in the prevention plan, and yet they lack the protocol needed to handle the aftermath of a storm and natural disaster. With a task as big as storm recovery, there may be more steps needed in some cases, so get to planning now! Here are our top 3 steps to take so you can be prepared if a storm damages your home or business:


1- Stay alert and proceed with caution.The national storm damage service site offers deeper insight to identifying storms of any kind and the potential dangers involved, such as injury. The first thing to ensure is that all household, or business employees are safe and out of harm's way. This can be done by checking for hazards like broken glass, exposed nails or screw, etc. Piles of debris or unsteady structures should be identified too. Further, you want to ensure that there are no other risks that can be avoided in the immediate future. Once you’re certain you and your household members are safe and unharmed, take the necessary precautions to avoid injuries. The last items are extremely important and at the top of the danger radar. Staying away from power lines in the area and checking any smells associated with gas is crucial. Shut off all valves to prevent continued danger.

2- Assess and document next.                                                                                                                                                        There are many steps ahead, and professionals who can help you carry them out, but the more info you gather, the better! Once the storm has passed, you will have some time for the insurance company to get involved, so go ahead and take as many pictures as you can. The more you have, the more likely you are to get the best compensation for your loss. Be sure to take pictures of any interior and exterior damage to your home- knowing that it could have structural damage that is not seen. In the notes taken, be sure to cover the following: 

  • Roof damage. Try to identify any holes, leaks, dents, gutter damage, or missing shingles. If extensive, call a local roofer for a second opinion.
  • Exterior siding damage. Rain can cause damage to siding and strong winds can tear it right off, so check this even if the storm seemed moderate.
  • All damage to windows and doors. Outside of the damage from the wind itself, the flying debris can affect even larger objects like windows and doors.
  • Moisture damage. Once water makes its way into your home, mold will begin to develop in insulation, wood, furniture, and carpeting. 
  • Fire damage. Downed power lines or water in the outlets of electrical equipment can create shorts and cause fires. 

3- Stay detailed, organized and keep receipts. Your homeowner's insurance can be a lifesaver in "getting back to normal," but the agents need your help along the way. Documentation is HUGE! save all receipts for materials, labor and even miscellaneous items in the aftermath to ensure fair reimbursement. Knowing your policy is your responsibility too. Make sure you fully understand your coverage- from tree damage to flood damage, because not all standard policies cover such things. If flood damage is not covered in your policy, it is wise to get it on an additional one. Most homeowners insurance policies cover: 

  • Weather damage: This typically includes damage due to hail, wind, fire, snow, and more.
  • Non-weather events: Common non-weather events are actions like theft and vandalism.
  • Sudden/accidental events: This includes situations like a water pipe breaking or a water leak.

If you are living in an area labeled "high storm risk," you will want to be thorough with an agent that has experience in that field. There are many options outside of standard policies, so shop around before making the decision.

There is a lot to do, and "off-season" is a time to not rest on your prevention laurels, so get ahead of the disaster today!

Managing Flood Loss in Your Tallahassee Home Until Help Arrives

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

flood damage in street of Killearn Killearn Lakes road in Tallahassee Florida after heavy rain is flooded.

Managing Flood Loss in Your Tallahassee Home Until Help Arrives

While flood disasters can be overwhelming and stressful for Tallahassee homeowners, especially coming on the heels of severe weather events that destroyed portions of the property, securing professional assistance quickly is a wise choice. With one of the most regarded storm relief teams in the state of Florida, we can mobilize quickly when homes and businesses are at risk. We have ready trailers stocked with industry-leading equipment to aid in extraction, drying, cleaning, and reducing mold growth potential.

Even with our fast response to these emergencies, even amid the storm, there are ways that a homeowner can help manage flood damage in their Tallahassee residence as well. It is important to note that while there are helpful objectives that property owners can manage until our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, it is only beneficial to do these tasks if it poses no risk or danger to you or your family. Understand your limitations, vulnerabilities in exposed areas of your home, and the progress of the rising water before you commit to any of these actions.

  • Gather Sentimental Items – One of the most critical tasks that any homeowner can embark on is gathering the sentimental and irreplaceable items from their residence before you vacate the premises. While our SERVPRO professionals have a skilled approach with content management, it is often impossible for us to manage the recovery of flood damaged photographs and other keepsakes.
  • Shut Off Other Utilities – Other utilities, especially your electric service, can become damaged with high flooding. The best solution to prevent a fatal situation where water can become electrically charged is to shut off the power to your residence if you know that substantial flooding is inevitable.
  • Take Photos of the Current Damage – Your insurance company is going to want documentation and proof of the damage that your home has sustained. Even additional aid groups often require documentation and cataloging of how your property was affected by the severe weather incident, so having photographic evidence can help.

 Often flooding is challenging to avoid, even with barriers and damming that many homeowners attempt. Knowing how to overcome these damaging effects as they occur begins with securing the experience and skill of our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team. Our fast response team stays prepared to help with all storm loss incidents 24/7 at (850) 765-5706.

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How to Prevent Home Flooding During the Storm Season

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

palm tree in storm tree in windy storm in Tallahassee

How to Prevent Home Flooding During the Storm Season

Home flooding isn't just annoying; it can cost you thousands of dollars. Here's how to prevent your home from flooding this storm season.

Storm season is just around the corner, and the question on many people's minds is how can I prepare for them and prevent flooding from happening. According to the Congressional Budget Office, hurricane winds and the flooding that comes with storms cause on average $54 billion in damages. 

When flooding happens, it can be extremely costly to the homeowner, not only in terms of the monetary value but also the personal belongings left behind. 

If you are looking to prevent home flooding from happening in your house, keep reading this guide to learn tips and tricks to keep you safe during the storm season. 

1. Put Away Loose Outdoor Items

If it isn't staked deep into the ground, it should be stored away to prevent the items from being picked up by the wind and causing damage to your home. This means putting away things like:

  • Gardening tools (shovels, wheelbarrow, mower)
  • Sports equipment (basketball hoop, goalpost)
  • Patio furniture
  • Plants and Flowers

Cleaning these items up will mean less potential debris flying around your home during the storm. 

2. Create a Sandbag Barrier

It's not uncommon to use sandbags to prevent excess floodwater from entering your home. Strategically placing sandbags around the house can act as flood barriers for homes that are prone to flooding. 

If your home is in a flood zone, sandbags can be especially helpful to create a barrier from rising floodwater. Try to cover areas that have an opening, like any doors or windows. 

3. Inspect for Leaks & Cracks

Before the storm hits, take a look around the perimeter of the house and look for any cracks or holes that may have occurred in the foundation or siding. Patching these holes beforehand is a smart idea to help reduce the chances of flooding from happening. 

New research is predicting homeowners will pay $20 billion in flood-related damages this year. The more you can prepare and protect your home, the less you will end up paying in damages. 

4. Cover the Windows

Windows are the most susceptible part of your home to damage. Covering them before can help protect them from things that are picked up by the wind, such as:

  • Tree branches
  • Roofing materials
  • Signs
  • And other debris

If you want peace of mind from flying debris, you can consider installing storm shutters to protect your windows from damage.

5. Have a Plan

Although you may have prepared for the storm, damage can still happen. And if it does, it's crucial to have a plan in place if things get bad. Plan on going to a friend's or family's house in the event you must evacuate. 

And if damage does occur to your home, make sure to use a storm flooding restoration service to clean up the mess and prevent further damage like mold from happening.

Home Flooding: Cleaning up the Mess

Now that the storm season is arriving, it's critical to prepare in the event a storm does occur in your area. Looking up things like "is my home in a flood zone?" and "where to go if an evacuation occurs" can help you prepare for the worst. Predicting storms is impossible, but preparing can help you if it does occur.

If you are in need of cleanup or restoration due to flooding or other storm damage, contact us today, and we can help!

The Complete Guide on What to Do After a Flood

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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The Complete Guide on What to Do After a Flood

Floods are everywhere; 99% of American counties have experienced at least one flooding event since 1996. 

They can occur at any moment and damage any part of your home. It is absolutely important that you know what to do after a flood. But the steps to take after a flood involve a lot more than evacuating and wiping down puddles. 

What can you do to stop water inside your home? What should your first steps be after you return? How can you help clean up your property? 

Answer these questions and you can make your flood cleanup a lot easier. Here is your quick guide. 

Stop the Water When You Can 

When people think about flood damage, they think about natural disasters bringing water in. It is true that a hurricane can bring floods into your home. 

But burst pipes or appliances can also fill your home with water. When that's the case, turn the main water valve off. Lock doors leading into the room and fill the gaps in them with towels to keep leaks from coming through. 

If you are expecting a natural disaster, you should shut your valve off. Seal your faucets and wrap your pipes with rags to protect them from breaking. 

You should also turn off the electrical systems in your house. Unplug all appliances and remove the batteries in clocks. 

Never endanger yourself. If turning off the valve will put you at risk for poisoning or electrocution, do not do it. 

Get Out and Stay Out 

Floodwaters are a significant danger. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, and one foot can drag your vehicle away. 

If your local or state government tells you to evacuate, you should do so. Gather your essential belongings, including medications and photo IDs. Get out as soon as possible. 

If you cannot leave your home, move to the upper levels. Avoid touching the water unless you must evacuate. 

When you can return to your home, you may be tempted to enter right away. You should avoid doing so since toxins can be inside. Wait until you get an all-clear from a trained professional.

Get in Touch With Others

If you sustained any sort of injury, you should get medical attention. A cut that had water inside can develop into an infection. If you're safe, call a family member to tell them you are alright. 

If you live in a rental property, call your landlord. Tell them how the water got into your property and what the exterior seems like. You should also tell them how other residents are doing. 

If you own your home, call your insurer. Tell them what happened and where you think the damage might be. 

Your insurer may want to send an inspector before they give you compensation. Wait for them before heading inside if your insurer decides on this. 

Document the Damage 

Take photographs of absolutely everything. The more proof you have of damage, the more insurance compensation you can receive. 

Photograph the exterior of your property, including doors and windows. If you have a garden or shed that got damaged, take photos of that as well. 

Move through your house room by room. Take a look at the far corners and the bottoms of your walls. 

Proceed into your basement with caution. Wear personal protective equipment, including a respirator that filters out airborne substances. If you see mold or animals, stay away. 

In addition to photographs, create written lists of everything that is damaged. Provide detailed descriptions of each item to increase your chances of getting a replacement. 

Photos of damaged rooms are especially effective if you have photos from before the flood. Take photographs of anything you've bought that is valuable, like television sets. Keep receipts in a waterproof container that you store in your attic. 

Cleaning up After a Flood

You should call a service when you encounter any flood damage. Flood damage has several hidden dangers that are hard to detect. Water strains foundations, which you may not notice until you put weight on them. 

Once your insurer is done looking at your home, contact professionals near you. After a major emergency, there will be a lot of people calling them. Be patient and try to assess the damage on your own. 

You can help in a few ways. Remove possessions that you think you can salvage. Keep them dry in waterproof containers. 

Air-dry your clothes and linens on clotheslines and tables. Spray them with antibacterial substances before wearing them again. 

Open doors and windows to allow air to circulate. Make sure that this does not allow bacteria or mold to spread. If the doors or windows are broken, place boards over them to keep animals from entering. 

Use a sump pump to remove standing water. If you have small pools, you can use buckets, but be careful. Wear gloves and boots and make sure you can carry the water out by hand. 

Know What to Do After a Flood 

Now you should understand what to do after a flood. If you're able to, turn off the water valve. Shut off electricity to prevent electrocutions. 

Evacuate before any major natural disaster. Stay out of your home until you get clearance from someone. Also, call your family, then contact your landlord and insurer. 

Take photographs of damaged objects and call a service that will clean up mold and repair your foundations. Keep things dry until you can go back inside. 

Don't wait around to get help. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee has more than 50 years of experience in managing flood damage. Contact us today.

Trust SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee After a Storm

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee services are critical after a big storm has occurred in the area. Torrential rains and high winds are a combination that can lead to severe damage to homes. Strong winds often blow off shingles or throw debris around a residence until a window breaks, and rain can flood a home through roof or window damage, leading to serious concerns if Tallahassee residential water damage cleanup services are not performed immediately. Extremely heavy rains or water that has built up over time can also seep into a home under doorways. There are many ways that flood damage can occur in just a short amount of time.

Rely on Professional Tallahassee Residential Water Damage Cleanup Services

Fast water extraction methods are necessary to make sure that your home sustains the least amount of damage as possible. To begin with, it is important to find out what type of water you are dealing with. Specialists can get rid of clean, gray, or black water with ease. They use reliable, high-powered equipment that can extract standing water rapidly. After water is removed, carpet pads should be checked out to make sure that they do not need to be removed to save the flooring underneath them. Walls should also be inspected for damage. Moisture meters and sensors can detect moisture levels all over your home whether it is visible or not.

Along with removing water, cleaning and sanitizing your property are also essential. If there are bad scents, deodorizing your property may be a necessity too. You want to return to your home knowing that there are no lurking bacteria left over from the flooding.

When a severe storm attacks your property, getting it repaired right away can help to stop water damage from getting worse. It is important to salvage as much as possible from your home. Be careful walking around the property that has standing water in it because it could be holding many dangerous surprises that only specialists are equipped to handle.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is standing by to assist you with all sorts of residential water damage cleanup services. As we're a local company, you can trust us to arrive promptly to clean up your water damage as quickly as possible. 

Storm Damage: 5 Reasons to Call a 24-Hour Emergency Service

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Tallahassee saw 5-7 inches of rain when Hurricane Sally struck in September 2020 and was fortunate to escape major damage. Flooding damaged roads, homes, and businesses further west. Tallahassee residents were urged to be prepared for hurricane season.

You've had a water damage emergency, but when's the best time to call an emergency cleaning and restoration service? Do it immediately! Read on to learn 5 reasons to call a 24-hour emergency service right away.

1. Prevent Mold and Mildew Growth

A frequent and damaging result of a flood in your home is mold and mildew growth. Mold thrives in damp and dark conditions. After your home has had a soaking with floodwater, the mold and mildew begin to grow in all the secret, hidden areas of your home until it eventually shows itself on surfaces.

Mold growth is unsightly. It spoils your home decoration, and it is very difficult to remove using conventional household cleaning products and methods. As well as damaging the appearance of your home, mold can cause health issues.

It's important to start treating your home as soon as possible to prevent mold from taking hold.

2. Fire Prevention

The last thing you are thinking about after a flood in your home is fire prevention. Water and damp materials seem to be causing you plenty of trouble, but how could water be a fire risk too?

Water gets into the electrical system of your home. It can cause short-circuiting, and that's where the fire risk is. Electrical appliances such as circuit breakers are damaged by water and can then malfunction, including igniting.

You must have your home checked for electrical damage as soon as possible after a flood.

3. Limit Structural Damage

Your home's strength comes from the main structure of the building. It can withstand the normal stresses and strains of weather and age. Serious flooding can have a fundamental impact on your home's structure.

It undermines foundations, weakens walls, and compromises beams. If untreated, rot sets in the building can become unstable. It then becomes an unsafe place to live.

4. Pest Prevention

A damp environment with decaying construction materials and rotting organic waste is an unattractive place for you to live. Despite this, many creatures love this environment and thrive in it. After a flood, these creatures will be attracted to your home, and you may have an infestation of undesirable pests such as insects and vermin.

5. Clean Up Contamination

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Water Damage Emergency Service

In the event of a water damage emergency, you should recognize that prompt action is essential. Act immediately to reduce the hazard. After water damage, get professional help as soon as possible.

Call your 24-hour emergency service right now, right here.

Fundamental Steps in Storm Preparation

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Where in your home should you pay close attention to prepare for a storm

1. Garage Door –The average garage door is not supported and heavy winds can get into the garage. When this happens, you get a positive push in the garage, and as the winds are swirling above your structure, this causes a negative pull. A push-pull combination is created, and this can put a lot of stress on your roof and ultimately it could rip it off your garage. To prevent this from taking place, the best resolution is to buy a kit that supports your garage door. 

2. Windows  - Busted windows will allow wind and rain to move through your house, and this can lead to water damage problems. When a storm is on the way, make sure you lock and secure your windows. If you have storm shutters, ensure they are functioning and locked, but if you don’t have storm shutters, you can board up your windows to keep possible storm damage out of your residence. 

3. Roof – Your roof is your main protector to your property. Search for any loose shingles and ensure you have suitable irrigation. Also check whether it’s crucial to secure your roof with hurricane straps before a storm

4.surrounding land – The land outside of your property can be a primary risk when a hurricane hits your town. Any loose items could be picked from the extreme wind and be heaved into your residence and your neighbor’s too. Make sure to move any patio furniture, BBQs, garden accessories and children’s toys to a place safe from the storm. Another thing you’ll want to do is remove any dangling or dead branches from your shrubs and trees.

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After the Storm: 5 Things You Never Knew About Storm Damage Restoration

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Things You Never Knew About Storm Damage Restoration

If your home or business has recently weathered (or not-so-weathered) a bad storm, here's what you need to know about storm damage restoration.

2019 saw 18 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes in the US alone.

Storms are becoming a regular occurrence and if you're unlucky enough to be affected by one, there can be serious damage to your home.

If the worst happens, the good news is that storm damage restoration can help to return your home to its former glory.

Read on for five things you never knew about storm damage restoration.

1. It's a Multi-Step Process

Storm damage restoration involves a number of different steps.

First off there will be an inspection and water damage assessment to learn the extent of the damage. The next phase is to remove any water from the property.

Once all the water is out, the drying and dehumidification processes can take place. When everything is dry, it's time to clean, sanitize, and deodorize.

The final step is to restore your property to how it once was which may involve repairs, new carpets, reconstruction, and more.

2. Move Out and Move In

Storm damage restoration is much easier without your belongings in the home.

Good storm damage restoration companies will offer a move out and move in service to take care of removing your belongings from the home for the duration of the damage restoration.

It's one less thing for you to worry about.

3. Restoration of Contents

It's possible to restore much more than just the structure and fittings of your home.

Some of the contents of your home that have been damaged by the storm can also be restored. The methods involved include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and more.

It some cases, where it is not possible to restore the items, they will need to be replaced.

4. Electronics

You might think that any electronic items would be beyond repair.

However, you can restore items such as TVs, computers, and DVD players providing the water damage is not too severe. Electronics will be fully inspected by a qualified electrician to ensure they are safe to use.

5. Documents and Photographs

It's even possible to restore documents and photographs that suffer storm damage.

It may not be possible to restore some items to their original condition, but you should still be able to save many of the important documents or treasured photographs that would otherwise be lost.

Techniques used to restore documents and photographs include air-drying, dehumidification, freeze-drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and a vacuum thermal drying. 

Are You Looking for Storm Damage Restoration Services?

If your home is in desperate need of storm damage restoration then we're to help.

We consider it our job not only to fix the damage but also to help put the pieces back together in every way our customer needs. As well as storm damage services, we also offer fire and water, mold, and cleaning services too. 

Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

Can Homeowners Count on Professional Flood Removal to Return Floors to Pre-Loss Condition?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Selects from a Variety of Research-Based Solutions to Remove Flood Residues in Tallahassee, Bringing Residential Floors and Floor Covers Back to Function and Appearance.



It has been a robust hurricane season already this year, outstripping the names reserved, and the predictions in Tallahassee as elsewhere have changed more than once at the last minute. If your home has been in the path of an expected or last-minute storm, you can be knee deep in rainwater and overland flooding, along with mud, debris, and silt in a matter of minutes to hours. 

How Does the Flooding Including Contaminants Affect Residential Flooring?

Each type of flooring in your Tallahassee residence needs flood removal of the standing water. Some of the materials used can sustain the onslaught of dirty water and grit fairly well. Other kinds of floods and floor coverings might need partial or total replacement. Working with a reputable flood damage mitigation and remediation company increases the odds of successful outcomes after the removal of the fluids and solids. Even if the news for some of the less durable or more vulnerable to irremediable damage structures of fixtures is not promising, knowing you are dealing with an honest and well-prepared company that helps with insurance claims softens the blow.

Where Do Professional Flood Removal Technicians Obtain Their Training?

SERVPRO enrolls managers and technicians in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses prior to hands-on flood removal work. The comprehensive catalog of training ground our workers in the fundamentals of water removal and recovery theory. Our crews learn about the best practices and standards that apply to potential floor damage after a flood. 

Can Carpeting Hold Up to a Flooding Scenario?

Flood waters are defined as Category 3, or extremely contaminated fluids. The liquids that overland flooding push into your home are also called “black water,” extremely unsanitary and potentially carrying disease-causing organisms and chemical contaminants. Industry standards for carpets and their pads require that both layers must be removed and replaced. In rare cases, expensive area rugs damaged by Category 3 water can be:

  • Cleaned
  • Treated with a biocide
  • Recleaned
  • Dried
  • Tested by an indoor environmental professional for confirmation that the rug reached a sanitary condition

How Durable Are Laminate Floors When Flooded?

New construction and rehabbing and remodeling projects often use engineered flooring, commonly known as laminates, to quickly and relatively inexpensively cover a subfloor. They are made of sandwiched layers of resin, foam, and heavy paper topped with a picture of the material the flooring mimics -- wood, stone, or tile -- protected with a transparent sheet. The multi-level material quickly absorbs water and warps. Water trapped below cannot evaporate because the layers act as a vapor barrier. Rapid delamination occurs, and the strips or sections cannot be restored and need replacement.

Do Hardwood Floors Win the Battle with Flood Waters?

Hardwood floors are highly prized and achieve a burnished patina over the years, evidencing their general durability. Fortunately, hardwood composition is dense, and it possesses natural water resistance. As long as the SERVPRO team arrives promptly, we can:

  • Contain the affected area to prevent the spreading of airborne contaminants, including wrapping the room with 1.6 mil polyethylene and setting up air scrubbing technology
  • Remove silt and debris with care to avoid scratching the wood surface
  • Remove remaining standing water with wanded extractors
  • Test for residual water percolating through the hardwood planks/strips 
  • Use floor mats and negative air pressure (suction) system to pull water from several layers of flooring 
  • Clean the floor with EPA-registered proprietary products
  • Disinfect with EPA-registered antimicrobials
  • Dry with a balanced system of air movement, warmer temperatures, and dehumidifiers 

Note: If the hardwood warps because the fluids were absorbed into the unfinished bottom and sides of the planks/strips causing cupping, the distortion often can be sanded out once the wood returns to normal moisture levels.  

Are Tile Floors Survivors After Flood Damage Removal?

Resilient Tiles

Vinyl and asphalt tiles are the two primary types, normally glued down to a concrete subfloor. Asphalt tiles usually make it through flooding, debris, and water removal intact. If a few come loose, they are simple to reattach or replace. Vinyl tiles are more likely to disengage due to glue failure. As the tiles can deteriorate, SERVPRO might discuss replacing them with new materials during claim discussions with your insurance. 

Ceramic Tiles

Properly set, grouted, and sealed ceramic tiles can be nearly waterproof. If the force of the flooding dislodges them, the flood water can penetrate into the subfloor. On occasion, the grout between the tiles can develop cracks before the flood, providing egress for the floodwaters into the substrate. Similarly, if the floor edges have dried out or cracked caulking, the flood water can seep through. If the tiles are sound, or you have extras, the SERVPRO can:

  • Use portable extractors or floor mats to pull water out of the subfloor
  • Use air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to evaporate the residual moisture
  • Arrange to reset and regrout the floor, sealing the porous grout lines to establish its waterproof character

The professionals at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee are adept at flood removal protocols that ensure you and your loved ones have clean, dry, and beautiful floors to support daily tasks and fun. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and invite calls for flooding recovery 24/7 at (850) 765-5706.

What Do I Need for Flood Water Removal in My Tallahassee Home?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Experience to Clean Up Your Tallahassee Home from Any Amount of Water

Any homeowner that has had the experience of dealing with flood water in their house can tell you how frustrating it is to get rid of and the amount of damage it can cause. Unless you have access to professional-grade extraction and drying equipment, it is best to outsource the task to a restoration services company to ensure that the cleanup gets done right the first time. If you choose to do it on your own, signs of inadequate water cleanup include:

  • Musty odors that do not diminish
  • Buckling or warping sheetrock from wicking moisture
  • Mold 
  • Water stains

How Does SERVPRO Locate Water for Flooding Removal?

When the techs arrive onsite at a Tallahassee home for flooding removal, they do not rely on visuals to get the job done. The techs bring in an array of various devices such as moisture sensors and meters, thermohygrometers, and infrared cameras to track moisture within the property and a myriad of surfaces. The use of this advanced equipment lessens the amount of building materials that need removal during the extraction and drying phase. When water gets wicked into a wall, the techs can use their equipment to determine how far up the sheetrock the water traveled and remove only the damaged portion.

After the extraction, the techs use a large number of air movers and dehumidifiers deployed at once to bring down the moisture levels as rapidly as possible. This enables the entire area affected by the floodwater to get dried at the same time.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 performs flooding removal for local properties. The technicians are available 24/7 and have access to professional equipment to handle any size water damage to your house or contents, "Like it never even happened."

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How Does Flooding Affect My Garage?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Flood Damage in Tallahassee Residences 

Garage flood damage can create a deceptively large amount of repair and cleanup concerns for Tallahassee homeowners. Without professional mitigation, flooding can create a thriving environment for mold, pests, and potential structural damage. 

If you flood damage in your Tallahassee property's garage, SERVPRO technicians will remove debris and return your home to a preloss state. SERVPRO's 24/7 emergency response team strives to minimize losses and maximize homeowners' savings affected by a disaster. 

What is Most Likely to Become Damaged in a Garage Flood? 

  • Flooring and sheetrock.Concrete flooring is semi-porous, and while it can withstand water, cracks in your floor can eventually lead to foundation damage. Sheetrock wicks up moisture because of the layers of gypsum and cardboard inside and typically requires removal and replacement after a flood.
  • Tools and appliances.Whether your laundry hookups are in the garage or your tools are placed on low shelving, floodwaters can compromise electronic and metal components.
  • If you store holiday decorations, cardboard boxes, or paper goods in your garage, flood damage can render these items irreparably damaged by microbes, sewage, chemical runoff, and pests. 

How Does SERVPRO Remove Floodwaters from My Property? 

SERVPRO uses both portable and truck-mounted extraction tools during the mitigation process to suck up any standing water before performing smaller-scale moisture extraction. Sanitation with EPA-registered antimicrobials and debris removal is a must for ensuring the safety of technicians and occupants. If home flooding has necessitated shutting off your electricity, SERVPRO teams can bring power sources for tools and equipment. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers homeowners commercial-grade cleanup service that keeps their properties looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (850) 765-5706 to have a team at your home any time. 

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How Do I Remove Flood Damage from My Tallahassee Condo?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Get to Work Eliminating Flood Damage from Your Tallahassee Property 

Floridians are no strangers to flooding, but this type of disaster means high premiums and millions in damages each year. The average flood claim year-to-year can vary. In 2017, it was over $91,735, while in 2018, it was $42,580. 

If you need pros who can quickly mitigate flood damage in your Tallahassee condo, SERVPRO professionals are ready to restore your living space to a preloss condition. Certified technicians use EPA-registered cleaners while adhering to Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for residential structural and contents restoration.

What Can I Do to Minimize Flood Damage to My Condo? 

  • Shut off the power. If floodwaters have come into your condo, they have also made contact with your electrical system. Use your breakers, if it is safe to do so, or contact maintenance to assist you in turning off the power.
  • Document damage. Use your phone or camera to take clear pictures of the damage to have on hand. While SERVPRO technicians can also document damages, having multiple sources of photographic or video evidence is beneficial for your proof of loss claim.
  • File a claim as soon as possible. The more quickly you contact your insurer, the more quickly you can remove damage from your condo. 

How Can SERVPRO Dry Condo Flood Damage? 

After extracting water and sanitizing a flooded property, SERVPRO techs use centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidification equipment to pull moisture out of surfaces and isolate it. 

A low-grain refrigerant dehumidifier, for example, passes moist air over refrigerated coils to trap condensation for removal. After removing the moisture, it emits warm, dry air to gradually dry structures and reduces the relative humidity in your condo. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (850) 765-5706 for service that can start any time of the day or night. 

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Crawl Space Flooding Threats in Tallahassee Properties

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Knows The Importance of Performing Water Cleanup in Your Tallahassee Crawl space Speedily

Flooding is always a persistent threat to Tallahassee homes and businesses, as the city often falls in line with storms making landfall from the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy storms and gale-force winds can be damaging enough, but substantial rainfall over days can cause groundwater flooding in various ways. Oversaturated earth cannot absorb rain, and it can sit on the surface and pool until it becomes a hazardous situation.

Flood from groundwater under Tallahassee homes can threaten areas like the crawlspace of residences. This open area beneath a structure can be the ideal installation point for utility connections like the water and gas. Because this is a hub for your in-house services, addressing Tallahassee flood damage in the area is critical to protect these fixtures and exposed structural elements supporting the house. When standing water exists underneath the house, there are several strategies to dry up the area.

Extraction 

Groundwater extraction is more complicated and problematic than removing standing water inside the house. Instead of electric submersible pumps that can continually remove volumes of water quickly and quietly, our SERVPRO professionals must utilize more powerful equipment like gas-powered trash pumps and engine-driven truck-mount pumps.

Drying 

Drying up the lingering moisture in the area is the only way to address potential threats like mold and microbial growth. Lingering dampness can feel active spores in this environment to use organic materials like wood framing and supports to colonize. With centrifugal air movers carefully positioned, we can begin universal evaporative drying for the entire damaged space. We can also assess at this time if any reconstruction or other build back needs exist for your residence before we conclude restoration.

Flooding can often be one of the most damaging situations for homes and businesses in the area. Even if the standing water is underneath your home in the crawlspace, you might still be at risk for the effects that this elevated moisture and humidity can cause. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team a call at (850) 765-5706.

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Home Attic Flooding Amid a Tropical Storm in Tallahassee

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Storm Water Can Wreak Havoc In Your Tallahassee home

Tallahassee homeowners are all too familiar with the likelihood of tropical storms and violent weather events throughout the year. During hurricane season, residences and commercial structures in the area are particularly susceptible to these destructive storms. Flooding on account of rain can happen in several ways during these compromising weather events, and how our restoration specialists respond to each of them can make a substantial difference to the cost and time it takes to ultimately restore your property.

With high winds, the eaves and shingles of your home’s roof can get heavy damages, leaving you vulnerable to storm rain flooding in your Tallahassee attic. Because many homes in the area have finished attics as more livable space, water penetration can do more than affect the materials used in the construction of your roof and attic flooring. Now, you have to contend with the exposure of drywall, carpeting, insulation, and more.

You might not know how bad the roof damage is until our SERVPRO team arrives after the storm to assess the situation and begin efforts like roof tarping and board-up. Because we have a team of licensed general contractors, we can offer a seamless transition between these emergency construction solutions, the mitigation that your property needs, and any more permanent build back efforts after that.

Controlled demolition in the attic space can help our SERVPRO technicians to better dry out structural cavities between the roof plywood and joists and ceiling drywall. Because drywall is a porous building material, it can become irreparably damaged in as little as 24 hours with direct exposure of penetrating floodwater. Saturated insulation can get removed with our unique, high-powered vacuum intended for this purpose. To reduce the need to remove structural supports, we can deploy air movers for direct evaporative drying on exposed supports before permanent reconstruction and repairs occur.

With finished attic spaces, the faster that restoration can occur after flooding, the better. Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee water restorers have cutting-edge equipment and extensive training to provide your home with a confident response for quality results. To make flood losses, “Like it never even happened,” give us a call today at (850) 765-5706.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage in Tallahassee

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Preparation Helps with Flood Water Removal from Affected Tallahassee Homes

Finding your Tallahassee property covered in inches of floodwater is distressing. You should take immediate remedial action instead of wallowing in grief, wondering how or why it happened because every minute that passes increases the secondary damages such water causes. Calling professional restorers to handle the problem can help because they are prepared to handle such incidents.

Scoping the Loss

Although flood water removal from affected Tallahassee properties requires a speedy response, taking time to scope the extent of the loss helps. Scoping helps one get a better overview of the problem, thus determining the best steps to take. Our SERVPRO technicians confirm the areas and contents affected by the floodwaters in your property. We also note whether there is either structural deterioration or soiling as the main effect of the intrusion. Apart from gathering information, scoping also gives our technicians the chance to educate the homeowner on the effects of the loss, steps needed for mitigation, and likely outcomes, thus helping manage expectations.

Having the Right Equipment

Removing floodwater requires the right equipment. More than one type of extraction equipment might be necessary, depending on the situation. Variation might depend on the volume of the standing water, the type of floor surface, and accessibility issues. We prepare our SERVPRO teams to handle any outcome involving floodwaters, so we have a variety of pumps, including:

  • Self-priming trash pumps
  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted water-extractors
  • High-pressure pumps

Dealing with hazardous materials

Flooding readily contaminates the areas it affects with biohazards, chemicals, and other contaminants. Porous materials such as carpets, pad, insulation, and drywall affected by the water are unsalvageable. Therefore, water removal also includes removing and disposing of such materials. Our SERVPRO technicians handle such removal with ease.

Floodwater removal may seem like an easy task but can turn to a herculean task due to inadequate preparation. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to send a prepared restoration crew. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fast-Track Your Flood Damage Remediation in Your Tallahassee Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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How Quick Action Helps Save Property Affected by Flooding Damage in Tallahassee

A flooded property is like a time bomb, and every minute that passes without action increases the chances of a catastrophic outcome. Taking action can help save valuables and restore the property to its preloss state. Such actions must also be timely because problems like mold growth develop within periods as short as 24 hours after the initial incident that causes flood damage.

Preventing Material Deterioration

An incident of flooding, damage in your Tallahassee home is most likely to involve physical deterioration of building materials in the walls, floors, and even ceilings, in case of water intrusion through the roof. Removal of certain materials is inevitable no matter what action you take because they are unsalvageable. For example, direct contact with floodwaters heavily contaminates carpets and other porous materials, making them unsalvageable. Fast action can save drywall from damage through wicking water or absorption of excess moisture from the air because of the hygroscopic nature of such materials. Using powerful pumps, we can extract any standing water from your home, reducing the exposure period.

Preventing Mold

Sufficient moisture in a building kick starts microbial growth, with mold being dominant. Luckily, it takes time for mold colonies to develop fully, so removing wet materials and starting drying procedures within a day can help keep the problem from developing. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts removing wet drywall and insulation. Opening up wall cavities also creates access to structural supports such as frames allowing us to dry them, thus eliminating any moisture source that might fuel mold growth.

Saving Appliances

While water mostly affects building materials, it can also affect appliances and other gadgets. Items directly affected by the floodwaters require quick action such as water extraction and drying to reduce the chances of permanent damage. Our SERVPRO technicians take actions such as moving the items to dry areas within the property. We also keep them in areas with constant temperature, ensuring they do not cool down to the dew point before assessment and repair by a professional.

Although it is impossible to prevent flooding, it is possible to reduce the impact of such incidents. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to help because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Skilled Technicians Have The Experience To Restore Your Tallahassee Home After A Flood

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

We have the state of the art equipment to restore your home after a flood 24/7 so call us right away.

Managing Flood Loss in Your Tallahassee Home Until Help Arrives

While flood disasters can be overwhelming and stressful for Tallahassee homeowners, especially coming on the heels of severe weather events that destroyed portions of the property, securing professional assistance quickly is a wise choice. With one of the most regarded storm relief teams in the state of Florida, we can mobilize quickly when homes and businesses are at risk. We have ready trailers stocked with industry-leading equipment to aid in extraction, drying, cleaning, and reducing mold growth potential.

Even with our fast response to these emergencies, even amid the storm, there are ways that a homeowner can help manage flood damage in their Tallahassee residence as well. It is important to note that while there are helpful objectives that property owners can manage until our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, it is only beneficial to do these tasks if it poses no risk or danger to you or your family. Understand your limitations, vulnerabilities in exposed areas of your home, and the progress of the rising water before you commit to any of these actions.

  • Gather Sentimental Items – One of the most critical tasks that any homeowner can embark on is gathering the sentimental and irreplaceable items from their residence before you vacate the premises. While our SERVPRO professionals have a skilled approach with content management, it is often impossible for us to manage the recovery of flood damaged photographs and other keepsakes.
  • Shut Off Other Utilities – Other utilities, especially your electric service, can become damaged with high flooding. The best solution to prevent a fatal situation where water can become electrically charged is to shut off the power to your residence if you know that substantial flooding is inevitable.
  • Take Photos of the Current Damage – Your insurance company is going to want documentation and proof of the damage that your home has sustained. Even additional aid groups often require documentation and cataloging of how your property was affected by the severe weather incident, so having photographic evidence can help.

 Often flooding is challenging to avoid, even with barriers and damming that many homeowners attempt. Knowing how to overcome these damaging effects as they occur begins with securing the experience and skill of our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team. Our fast response team stays prepared to help with all storm loss incidents 24/7 at (850) 765-5706.

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