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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)

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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.


Ready, Willing, & Able to Assist

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can depend on SERVPRO, whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or your upholstery cleaned. We have the training, experience, and equipment to make your house feel like home again.

  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Highly trained restoration technicians
  • Faster to Any Sized Disaster
  • A trusted leader in the restoration industry with more than 1,900 franchises
  • Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment

Residential Restoration Services

Fire, water, and mold restoration are the cornerstones of our business. SERVPRO is dedicated to responding to your emergency fast. Our focus on training ensures we have the expertise and skills needed to promptly restore your property right the first time. Our restoration services include the following:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm and Major Events

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents, and homes get dirty. SERVPRO offers cleaning services ranging from air duct cleaning to removing biohazard contaminants. Their residential cleaning services will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for your family. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Overview of Residential Cleaning
  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceiling, Floors & Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage and Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism and Graffiti


Business Interruption Insurance-Do I Need That

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

A recent survey showed that 40% of small businesses have no insurance, and 75% of businesses are underinsured. Many small/medium businesses do not have insurance to cover expenses caused by a natural disaster or lawsuit. If the unwanted occurs, the restoration time that follows can hurt business owners even more.

Restoration is defined as the length of time or duration needed to repair, rebuild, and replace damaged building properties. Business interruption insurance will help provide your company with compensation to avoid loss of income in the event you experience damage to your building or equipment during a disastrous event. This support can buy your business precious time needed to get back up and running, without having to close your doors forever. It will even pay you profits (or, for nonprofits, net earnings) that you would have earned if there had been no loss.

As a business owner, it is ideal for you to understand the importance of each insurance policy format including the terminologies and practicality of the corresponding norms.

This piece of content provides a snapshot of incidents and insurance claims that business owners across the United States experienced from 2016 to 2019.

Natural disasters

In 2019, natural disasters inflicted losses up to $25.5 billion in the United States. While severe thunderstorms accounted for 80% of these losses, cyclones and winter storms accounted for 8 % of total insured losses.


SERVPRO OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY                  850-939-4700


3/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a company with more than 50 years of experience in the world of cleaning, restoration, and remediation. It operates throughout the United States and Canada under a franchise model. The corporate wing is headquartered in Gallatin, TN, although the franchises operate in every part of the country.

SERVPRO was founded in 1967 by Ted and Doris Isaacson in Sacramento, California. Although the Isaacsons had backgrounds in cleaning and remediation, their company was initially a painting business. However, they soon returned to their area of expertise, converting SERVPRO into a company specializing in cleaning. The business model proved to be successful, and SERVPRO expanded at a rapid rate throughout the country.

Because of the size and scope of SERVPRO’s operations, it is well-placed to offer support in the case of major emergencies. After Hurricanes Katrina and Ike and Superstorm Sandy, SERVPRO provided widespread cleanup in the aftermath. SERVPRO operates a tight leash when it comes to its operations – the franchisees operate within a very narrow framework, meaning there is a high consistency of quality throughout the country. To put it another way, you know what you will get with SERVPRO, whether you are in California, Maine, Florida, or Washington. Their cleanup procedures are market-leading, and their expertise is plain to see.

Faster to any size disaster SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County call today.                                                  850-939-4700