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Expert Strategies To Prevent Water/Mold

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Roof Deck After Untreated Water Damage Roof Deck After Untreated Water Damage

Both water damage (and resulting mold damage) can cost individual homeowners thousands of dollars per occurrence. While accidents certainly can (and do) happen, many instances of water and mold damage are completely preventable.

Taking a proactive approach to home care is one of the best ways to ensure that you do not have to shell out hundreds or even thousands of dollars in emergency expenses.

Learn how to effortlessly prevent mold and water damage in your home from the expert team at SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County 850-939-4700.

Shop for the best home insurance

Having good home insurance is a necessity to protect yourself from the financial damage that can accompany major home repairs. There are many different methods of finding good home insurance in Florida, but the best way to do it is to shop around and compare rates. There are lots of companies that offer home insurance in Florida, so it is important to find one that offers the coverage that you need at a price that you can afford. It is also wise to talk to your friends and family members who live in Florida to see if they have any recommendations for you.

Perform routine checks of select appliances and fixtures

Contrary to what some believe, mold more frequently develops because of a slow, unnoticed leak (rather than from a massive water incident). You could easily go months (or even years) without seeing a small, yet persistent water leak in any area of your home. The more time that goes by, the worse the damage will be.

Avoid a hefty mold remediation bill by making it a point to routinely check appliances and fixtures that can leak. Regularly examine items such as your water heater (be on the lookout for any corrosion), all sinks and toilets, water supply valves, your dishwasher, and your refrigerator. If you notice a minor leak, contact someone to repair it as soon as possible.

Do not forget to maintain your home’s exterior.  When thinking about avoiding water and mold damage inside of your home, you may forget to consider preventative methods that should be taken outdoors. Your home’s exterior is extremely important when it comes to being proactive about preventing mold and water damage. The smallest opening can cause moisture to build up rapidly (from both humidity and rain).

First and foremost, have your roof inspected regularly for leaks. If your roof is missing shingles or has any size opening, you are at risk for serious water and mold damage. In the event you do find damage, have your attic inspected for mold.

Be sure to routinely clean your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool and spill into unwanted places. Search “residential gutter cleaning near me” to find trustworthy providers in your area. You can read reviews and testimonials before deciding on the best provider for you.

Turn on your bathroom’s fan when taking a bath or shower

Among all the suggestions provided, one of the easiest is to turn on your bathroom fan when taking a shower or a bath. With the flip of a switch, you can save yourself thousands. While this prevention method is incredibly easy, some individuals are not in the habit of using their fan since no mirror fogging occurs. Just because your mirrors do not fog up does not mean that you should not utilize your fan. The heat and moisture rising from any bath or shower can cause mold to grow, especially on hard-to-reach ceilings.

Do not have a fan in one (or more) of the bathrooms in your home? Over time, the installation of a bathroom fan can be less costly than mold remediation.

Prevent toilet overflows

No one likes dealing with an overflowing toilet. But, if your toilet regularly overflows, now is the time to take steps to prevent future problems. Water from an overflow can get underneath your flooring, which can result in expensive damage.

While these tips are certainly effective in preventing mold and water damage, accidents happen. Do not wait to fix water and mold issues until the problem has gotten out of control. Instead, hire our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County 850-939-4700 to handle the job. We make it a priority to take care of the existing damages with the utmost care and attention to detail.

 Written by:  Emily Graham

Seeking Sunshine: What to Consider When Moving to Santa Rosa County, FL

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Santa Rosa County Beach Family walking on Santa Rosa County Beach

With long summers, outdoor activities, and more white-sand beaches than you can dig a spade into, it’s no surprise that Santa Rosa County has seen such an uptake in new residents lately. If you’re considering a move out to northwest Florida, here’s what to consider first.


Housing may be one of your main priorities when considering a move to Santa Rosa. Fortunately, with a burgeoning real estate market, the forecast looks bright for buyers.

  • Santa Rosa Beach boasts a huge number of high-spec beach homes built within the recent couple of decades
  • The region is popular amongst homeowners looking for close communities as Santa Rosa is comprised of 34 smaller towns and neighborhoods
  • Make sure you plan ahead and check online reviews before using a local realtor to help you find listings for homes in your price range


Residents of Santa Rosa County enjoy a quiet, spacious way of life. Here’s what to expect from the lifestyle.

  • There are plenty of outdoor activities, with three state parks, two preserves, bike trails, blue sky fishing opportunities, and abundant wildlife (including dolphins)
  • Santa Rosa is home to some of the state’s most vibrant and respected art communities
  • If you have kids, look into Santa Rosa’s education opportunities, including a charter school ranked amongst the top 10 middle schools in Florida


If you’re moving your business across state lines, it’s important to understand the implications and new requirements.

  • If you haven’t already, you may need to apply for an LLC Florida business license
  • When forming a new business, you may find there are certain advantages to structuring as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), such as less paperwork, tax benefits, and reduced personal liability
  • Once you have a business name, address, and corporate purpose, you can apply to register with the Department of State (DOS)

If you’re seeking sun, serenity, and a warm, communal social scene then Santa Rosa County may be for you. Just make sure you research ahead before making your move.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage situation. Learn more about our services, at: or give us a call at 850-939-4700

Credit for article goes to Emily Graham at Mighty Moms


5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Katrina Satellite imagery of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico before it makes landfall in Louisiana.

With spring storm season here and hurricane season approaching, the question becomes, are you (Emergency Managers), your staff, and your community prepared to respond and recover from whatever mother nature throws your way? Spring storm season 2022 is upon us, with forecasts revealing the jet stream pattern over the North Pacific and the Atlantic to be influenced by the weakening La Nina while a high-pressure system in the Pacific will define the dynamic weather over North America.Hurricane season starts June 1st and continues through November 30th. That is 182 days or roughly one-half of the year that a hurricane could impact your community. Early predictions indicate a  65% chance of an above-average hurricane season for 2022 with 13-18 named storms (winds of 39 MPH or higher), 6-11 of those grow to be hurricanes (winds of 74 MPH or higher), and 2-5 develop to be major hurricanes (winds of 111 MPH or higher). 

With this in mind, now is the time for Emergency Managers and communities in tornado-prone areas and areas along the coastline and inland communities to prepare to respond and recover.

Hurricane Names for the 2022 Hurricane Season

Here is a possible top 10 list of preparedness items you should have already discussed and made specific plans for your community.

1-      Redundant communication systems. Ensure that your Emergency Responders have more than one means of communication. Depending on the size and severity of the storm, typical means of communication may not be available. It is paramount that you, as an Emergency Manager, can communicate with your field staff, local elected officials, first responders, and any possible mutual aid that may be assisting in the response phase of any operation. Additional options are satellite phones, two-way radio, citizens band radio, amateur radio operators, and social media if internet access is available.

2-      Identify major routes for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire, and Police Department use. It is essential for emergency personnel and first responders to get to local medical facilities and other emergency services without delay in a storm. By having pre-identified these routes, you can plan to clean and open the critical roads as quickly as possible and as soon as it is safe for emergency personnel after the storm passes. Ensure that your stand-by contract has a cut-and-push plan established and that you have communicated with your debris removal contractor before landfall. 

3-     Estimate your community's worst-case scenario for a minor and major hurricane.  How much debris could impact your community in each situation? By being prepared with estimates, you can communicate these estimates to your debris contractor, who can secure enough equipment and personnel to respond to your community. It is vital to make your debris removal contractor and monitoring firm part of your Debris Management Plan and your planning process.

4-     Have a stand-by contract for both your debris removal contractor and your removal monitoring firm. We have mentioned stand-by contracts previously; however, [I can't emphasize enough the importance of this step in your debris management process]. Proper contracting can be a long process. Preparing a Request for Proposal (RFP), publishing the RFP and soliciting bids, scoring incoming submissions, and ensuring that you have complied with federal procurement procedures, laws, and regulations found in 2 CFR §200 can be an overwhelming task, especially for small jurisdictions. It is less stressful to get this step done in peacetime before any post-event efforts.

5-     Personnel Identified, trained, and in place to promote a rapid response. This should be part of your Debris Management Plan. Personnel may be inaccessible post-landfall, and communications may be spotty at best.  It is imperative to have these folks identified, trained, and in place to respond to any event quickly. Ensure their phone numbers are available for the information sharing and reporting necessary for any response operation.

6-     Identify Temporary Debris Storage and Reduction Sites (TDSRS). You can save a significant amount of time by having these sites pre-identified. Additionally, pre-identify the permanent landfill or final disposition sites. This information will be needed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if the event becomes a declared Emergency or Major Disaster. Note from 2021; different states have different Environmental and Historic considerations for temporary debris sites. Ensure you know the latest guidance for your state's Department of Environmental Quality and State Historic Preservation Officer.

7-     Request approval from your State Department of Environmental Quality for your TDSRS. As soon as it is safe for emergency personnel post-event, ensure that you make the call to your State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to get approval for your TDSRS. Typically this is necessary regardless if the event becomes declared or not. The DEQ contact and phone number handy will make this step a breeze in the hectic post-event environment. 

8-     Identify methods of debris reduction. With landfill capacity becoming an issue throughout the United States and worldwide, we must plan to reduce storm debris by any means possible. Having this step decided will make your debris operations more efficient and shorten the time to completion. Vegetative debris methods include chipping (65%-75% reduction in volume) or burning (90% reduction in volume). Wood chips are valuable as most landfills will accept them for cover at no charge to your community. Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris can be compressed and then transported to its final disposition in a landfill that accepts C&D debris. 

9-     Plan for the transition from response to recovery. Debris operations typically consist of two phases. The response phase includes the initial cut and push to open emergency routes and the recovery phase, where debris moves from the right-of-way to the TDSRS or final disposition. These are two different and distinct steps, and you must plan accordingly. The response phase is much shorter, while the recovery phase could take up to a year, depending on the event's severity. Having this plan in place will lessen the stress while in emergencies.

10-  Estimate your completion date.  What does your completion look like for your community? How many passes will you allow? What will be the last date you will allow storm debris to come to the curb? How will you communicate this to your citizens? By understanding these questions, you can move forward to completion much quicker than planning under emergency conditions. 

With these ten tips, you will be better prepared to handle any event that might come your way this year and years to come. If your jurisdiction had a well-prepared Debris Management Plan, your work would be 99% complete. A comprehensive Debris Management Plan will be a valuable part of your Emergency Management toolbox with yearly updates. And to round out your planning, stand-by contracts will relieve the stress that is always part of any disaster response.

Tony M. Furr, retired FEMA Emergency Management Specialist and Region 6 Debris Subject Matter Expert (SME), wrote this article. Mr. Furr has taken a position with DRC Emergency Services and serves as Director of Technology Assistance and Training at 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 401, Metairie, LA 70005.


5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Storm

Weeks before the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts, the National Hurricane Center in Miami is tracking its first tropical wave of 2022 off the coast of Africa — are you ready?

An eastern Atlantic tropical wave was moving westward about 15 mph, according to a Monday morning NHC report: "The Hovmoller diagram satellite imagery sequence for the past 5 days reveals that this wave has a good track history. The latest satellite imagery shows an area of numerous moderate to isolated strong convection east of the wave. Tropical wave guidance has it moving westward over the next 24-48 hours, passing well to the south of the Cabo Verde Islands."

Name game: Will the trend of hurricane season unofficially starting in May continue?

As hurricane season approaches, experts say to beware of more rapidly intensifying storms

Bookmark this: Here's a free database to track the storms during hurricane season

Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30. If a tropical storm forms this month, the first name on the list is Alex.

A storm forming before the season starts isn't uncommon. Since 2015, there has been a named storm in May every year, beginning with Tropical Storm Ana. Because of this trend, there has been increasing discussions among weather experts about moving the official start of hurricane season up to May 15.

Here's a recap of past seasons that started before June 1, in some cases, to the extreme:

  • On May 8, 2015, Tropical Storm Ana formed, followed by Tropical Storm Bill on June 16th.
  • On Jan. 12, 2016, Subtropical Storm Alex formed and eventually strengthened to become Hurricane Alex. Months passed before Tropical Storm Bonnie formed May 27, again days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Tropical Storm Colin formed June 5 of that year.

Did you know? 2021 hurricane season used up its name list for only the 3rd time in history

Real-time radar loop: See a satellite loop for Eastern Atlantic tropical storm activity

  • On April 19, 2017, Tropical Storm Arlene formed. Storm activity was "quiet" until Tropical Storm Bret formed June 19, followed by Tropical Storm Cindy a day later.
  • On May 25, 2018, Tropical Storm Alberto formed the weekend of Memorial Day, which was May 28 that year. That summer, hurricane season didn't see another storm until Hurricane Beryl formed July 4 and Hurricane Chris on July 6.
  • On May 20, 2019, Subtropical Storm Andrea formed. Hurricane Barry formed months later on July 11. 
  • On May 16, 2020, during the height of the COVID pandemic, Tropical Storm Arthur formed. Tropical Storm Bertha also formed before the season started, on May 27, two days after Memorial Day that year. Tropical Storm Cristobal formed June 1.
  • Like in 2015, Tropical Storm Ana formed May 22, 2021, followed by Tropical Storm Bill on June 14. It is not uncommon for the National Hurricane Center to reuse storm names. If a storm has devastating impacts, names will be retired from future use. That happened with Katrina, Matthew and Floyd, to name a few.

Water Damage Timeline

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Pipes Froze Texas freeze image of pipes in wall that froze.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

About SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County

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

What Should I do If I have A Water Damage

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause big problems for your home.  They can occur from something as simple as a leaky pipe to a natural disaster, like a flood. It can cause damage to your walls, floors, ceilings and more. The best way to protect your home from water damage is to act quickly. Here are some things you should do if you experience water damage. In the summer, it’s very common to have a lot of rain. Similarly, it’s also common to have a lot of water damage problems in your home, such as water leaking through the roof or a pipe bursting. When water damage happens, it can lead to a whole lot of problems: ruined furniture, an unhealthy home, mold, and more. Water damage is a serious issue that needs to be addressed as soon as it happens. If you have water damage, you should call a restoration company right away. Water damage can be very dangerous for homes and businesses. It can cause mold growth, electrical issues and structural problems. Water damage is also very costly in loss of property and business interruption. It is important to know about the dangers of water damage to your home and business. If you are experiencing water damage, it is important to act quickly to mitigate your losses. Water damage can occur from plumbing problems, fire, flooding and weather damage. Each of these causes of water damage requires a different type of cleanup. The first step in dealing with water damage is to stop the source of the water. Water damage cleanup should always be handled by a professional. When a home or office is affected by water damage, it can be scary. It's especially scary if you don't know what to do or if you're not aware of the damage that could be happening to your property. Water damage can be a huge problem, and it's not something to take lightly. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do after water damage happens to help minimize the damage. Thankfully, water damage is a problem that is easier to prevent than to repair. So make sure you're taking the necessary steps to protect your property. Water damage is a serious problem that can lead to mold, mildew, and other nasty stuff. But did you know that water damage is also responsible for more than 5,000 deaths each year in the United States? While most people know that water can damage their electronics, they don’t realize these other facts. Water damage is the second most common insurance claim after fire and it’s the most common claim in the U.S. It’s estimated that more than 5,000 people die each year due to water damage.

Water Damage Are You Covered

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Things You Must Know About Water Damage

Water damages can happen day or night, for a variety of different reasons. Every water damage is different and not ever water damage is remediated the same way. Most important thing we as homeowners need to know is all water damage issues are covered by under your standard homeowner’s insurance policy.

Water remediation can be costly especially if it is not covered by your insurance company. It is imperative that you understand your policies coverages. Here are a few things that homeowners need to know about water damage and your insurance policy:

  • Water damage and flood damage are NOT covered by the same insurance policies- Homeowner’s policies only cover water damages NOT damage caused by rising water. If you live in a flood-prone areas and/or a flood zone having flood insurance is imperative. People who do not carry flood coverage are rolling the dice with one of there greatest assets, there home.
  • Your policy may not cover all types of water damage – There are many kinds of water damage, and some are not covered by your policy. Check your insurance policy for exclusions so that you know what kinds of water damage is and is not covered. Usually, insurance policies cover water damage brought about by emergencies, such as a burst pipe of an appliance leak. If the damage is caused by overflowing gutters that direct water into your home because you neglected to clean them, the repair cost must come out of your pocket. This would be considered a repair and maintenance issue. Most homeowner’s policy will not pay for repairs on things that should have been maintained. Also worth noting is that there is a statute of limitations in making a water damage claim under terms of your policy.
  • Calling your insurance company as soon as water damage happens is a must – To be reimbursed for your water-damage issues, calling your insurance company immediately after your incident occurs is essential. The longer you let a water damage sit and the longer you delay calling your insurance company, the greater the chance that you will not get as much financial help as you need. Most policies read that you as the homeowner are responsible to prevent secondary damages to your home in the event of a loss.

Just know you are never in this alone. SERVPRO OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY is just a phone call away. We have crews ready, willing, and able to assist you 24/7/365.

Call 850-939-4700

How Do They Form

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Everyone that lives in coastal areas of the United States know the destruction and fury a Hurricanes can possess. They begin fueling this fury by sucking up heat from warm tropical waters often beginning as a tropical wave. A tropical wave is an area of low pressure that moves again through moisture-rich warm waters, usually enhancing shower activity and thunderstorms.

As this wave moves across the tropics, warm air rises into the storm, forming areas of low-pressure underneath. These areas of low-pressure underneath cause even more air to rush in. Once inside the air rises and cools, this cooling causes clouds and thunderstorms to form. In these clouds the water condenses to form droplets which in turn releases more heat to power a building storm.

Categories are given to storm based on a storms wind speed. To get the classification as a hurricane, wind speeds must reach 74 mph, up until this point it is still just considered a tropical storm. 74 mph winds are nothing to laugh at winds this speed can very easily damage a roof and it shingles, vinyl siding, and gutters. Large branches from trees at this wind speed could very easily snap and shallowly rooted trees could topple. As we all know even winds of just 74 mph at a Category 1 can cause extensive damage to power lines and poles resulting in power outages that could last several hours or several days.

The terms cyclone and hurricane refer to the same tropical storms. They are named differently, depending on the region they occur in. In the North Atlantic Ocean and the Northeast Pacific Ocean, these storms are called Hurricanes, whereas they are called tropical cyclones in the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Hurricanes generate a phenomenal amount of energy. The winds can churn out about half as much energy as the electrical generating capacity of the entire world. Cloud and rain formation from the same storm might release a staggering four hundred times that amount of energy. The energy produced is measured by the amount of water produced by the hurricane and its subsequent condensation — the measurement is called the latent heat of condensation.

With the current technology available, we have no way of harnessing the type of heat energy that a hurricane produces. One day this will be possible.

Hurricane Statistics

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

The five deadliest hurricanes in US history

  • The Great Galveston Storm (1990) – the estimated death toll is from 8,000 to 12,000.
  • Hurricane Maria (2017) – the estimated death toll is around 5,000. Initial estimates were only 64 in Puerto Rico; new reports showed incredibly more.
  • The Okeechobee Hurricane (1928) – the estimated death toll is around 3,000.
  • Hurricane Katrina (2005) – the death toll is 1,833. Tens and thousands of people were displaced.
  • The Chenière Caminada Hurricane (1893) – The Great October Storm killed nearly 1,400 people, almost the population of a town.

And, two of the deadliest hurricanes in American History are also the top two when it comes to the costliest.

The costliest hurricanes in US history 

  • Katrina (2005) with 1,833 deaths – $125 billion ($170 billion when normalized for 2020)
  • Harvey (2017) with 89 deaths – $125 billion ($131.5 billion)
  • Maria (2017) with 2,981- $90 billion ($94.5 billion)
  • Sandy (2012) with 159 deaths – $65 billion ($74.1 billion)
  • Irma (2017) with 97 deaths – $50 billion ($52.5 billion)
  • Ike (2008) with 112 deaths – $30 billion ($36.9 billion)
  • Andrew (1992) with 61 deaths – $27 billion ($50.5 billion)
  • Michael (2018) with 49 deaths – $25 billion
  • Ivan (2004) with 57 deaths – $20.5 billion ($28.7 billion)
  • Wilma (2005) with 35 deaths – $19 billion ($25.8 billlion)

The Five Deadliest Hurricanes in US History

(by estimated deaths)


The Great Galveston Storm (1990)


Hurricane Maria (2017)


The Okeechobee Hurricane (1928)


Hurricane Katrina (2005)


The Chenière Caminada Hurricane (1893)

Source: USA Today

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3/1/2022 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes in your home or property, you are faced with a choice between many restoration companies in your area. There are many important factors you should consider before making a final decision. Most instances of water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation are stressful from the beginning and your choice of a company to remedy the issues can determine how stressful your situation will be moving forward. Here are some key factors that should be considered.

1. How Long Has the Company Been in Business?

New restoration companies come along quite often. There is a benefit to using a company that has been around for years and established an extensive amount of experience performing jobs in your specific area. For 25 plus years, our locally owned and independently operated franchise has been servicing and building amazing relationships in all of Santa Rosa County.  Going with a company with years of experience usually means that there is a greater chance of reviews being available as well.

2. How Are the Company’s Reviews Online?

Reading reviews before deciding on a company is a great way to get foresight on how well services will be provided for you. Aside from looking for good reviews, also check to see how many reviews the company is getting. It is easy, even for a bad company, to get a few good reviews. However, having a high overall review rating with a large number of reviews usually shows that customers tend to have a positive experience with that company’s reviews. Even the best company can have a few bad reviews. In these cases, see if the company has responded to the review and offered any reasonable solutions. If bad reviews are common for the company, it may be best to find an alternative. Some good places to search for reviews include Google, Facebook, and Yelp

3. Does the Company Have Certifications?

Make sure the company you choose is certified and trained to handle the task at hand. For example, at SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County, our technicians are IICRC certified and trained to handle mold situations correctly, keeping the client’s and their own safety a priority. Part of this training is knowing how to keep an area contaminated with mold completely sealed off and contained so that non-affected areas remain so.

4. How Fast Can They Mobilize?

Hiring a restoration company that can quickly arrive when needed should be a huge factor in your decision. The extent of water damage to your property can increase dramatically the longer you have standing water present. SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County can be at your home fully equipped to extract and begin drying in an hour or less.