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Fast Action Is a Priority

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

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In the 21st century, there may be nothing we as a society have less patience for than waiting. With all-knowing satellites with high-speed internet access in the palms of so many hands, it’s no wonder we’ve grown a little impatient.

Waiting can be a necessary thing, even an important one in some cases. But when you have sudden, acute damage in your home due to a water issue, a fire or a weather event, one thing you certainly do not want to do is wait—not only because it’s inconvenient, but because being made to wait for service can add more damage to what’s already happening.

That’s why at SERVPRO we make sure you can always get the help you need—by providing all-hours emergency service, 365 days a year. We know your emergencies don’t keep office hours, and they don’t wait for a convenient Monday start date. So we make ourselves available at all times.

Having to wait can cost you, and here’s how.

After a fire. The flames come in and do their thing, but that’s not the end of the issue. Once the flames are cleared out, your home takes extended damage from soot and smoke, which instantly go to work staining and ruining carpets, walls, ceilings and possessions.

Left to sit for only a few hours, the work of soot and smoke becomes irreversible, and the only option for getting rid of them is total replacement of the affected surfaces.

After water damage. Waiting to clean up water damage will result in further damage to soaked surfaces, drywall and furniture, but that’s not its most potent threat. Only 48 hours after water invades, mold starts growing in moistened areas, unless the water is removed and the resulting humidity and moisture properly dealt with.

Furthermore, the damage from natural disasters, storms and freak weather events can be both sudden and catastrophic, and having access to quick service can prevent things from worsening or having damaging effects become permanent.

When disaster strikes, you can’t wait. SERVPRO’s 24-hour service makes fast action a reality.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

The Numbers Don’t Lie About Water Damage

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking Sink Leaking Sink creates damage to vanity

Remember that movie from a couple of years ago where there was a big purple guy with a massive chin, and he was going to destroy half of everything? Then there was a team of heroes who fought to stop him and his destructive, “inevitable” plan? Well, you may not have realized it at the time, but that movie was less a story about good and evil and more a story about the struggle going on even now in your home against the prospect of water damage.

Just ask the directors and they’ll tell you. No way we would make something like that up.

The heroes are the plumbing system in your home, and the “inevitable” foe? You guessed it; that’s water, looking for any and every opportunity to break the bonds of your pipes and wreak havoc on your floors and foundation.

All jokes aside, the most seemingly unstoppable disaster you face as a homeowner is water damage. It’s one of the most likely insurance claims you’re likely to make.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your heroic team of pipes and sewer lines well-equipped and maintained—so that they can fight the good fight against this destructive foe.

Let’s examine your predicament.

24. This is the percentage of all home insurance claims that are based around water damage—almost a fourth of all claims. Out of every 50 homeowners in the country, one of them will file a water claim each year.

48. You have this many hours, if that, to stop mold growth after a water event.

98. This is the percentage of homes with basements that will experience water damage in them at some point. There’s almost no avoiding this one, short of lucking out and moving repeatedly at just the right time.

10,234. The average water damage claim costs this many dollars. Water damage can happen quickly, and on a massive scale.

14,000. This is the number of U.S. citizens who are hit by a water damage event each day. That means something is happening every six seconds around the country.

13,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeroes, and it represents the gigantic costs of water damage repair each year in the United States alone.

So is there hope, or is water damage indeed inevitable? The good news is that your attention to regular maintenance and fixing leaks is directly proportional to your ability to prevent many types of water damage. So stay the course.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

What sets a company apart from the rest?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Tom Horner Owner Tom Horner

Longevity of ownership SERVPRO of Tallahassee has been owned by two brothers for almost 40 years. Mark and Tommy Horner have long ties to the community and make a point to promote the integrity of how they conduct business in the Big Bend region.   Work Ethic The SERVPRO of Tallahassee franchise was built on being the most responsive emergency restoration firm in the market. We understand the urgency and we know how to mitigate your loss . We understand the stress and are compassionate to the situation that the customer is enduring. When you call SERVPRO of Tallahassee, we respond and we respond with action.   Experience and Knowledge SERVPRO of Tallahassee has a core leadership team with over a 140 years of experience . Ownership, the operations and production manager are still hands on in making sure that your losses are handled as expected.   Every Customer is important. SERVPRO of Tallahassee has handled some of the largest and most complex losses in the Downtown business and government metroplex and we have helped folks in every neighborhood making up our part of the state.

The Leading Causes of Home Fires | SERVPRO® of Tallahassee

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fires begin due to a number of causes, ranging from the careless to the intentional. And anytime heat sources are used or misused, there’s a risk of an errant flame taking off.

Despite all the advertising and education that’s gone into home fire safety and prevention, fires in the home still account for a quarter of all reported fires in the United States each year.

So let’s do some digging. What’s behind all these home fires, and how many of them could be prevented? Maybe this article will finally be the one that turns the tide.

Cooking. The overwhelming leader in home fires is cooking. Some cooking fires are avoidable, though—in fact, most are. The top cause of cooking fires? Unattended cooking. Taken into actionable steps, that means that the No. 1 thing you can do to make your house safer from fire is to be more careful when you cook, and never leave your stovetop or grill alone.

Heating equipment. Heating equipment causes the second highest number of home fires. While some of it is caused by equipment failure, much of this cause comes in the form of portable space heaters, which are prone to tipping over, overheating or overloading circuits. And of course, any heater is capable of setting fire to objects or materials that sit closer than three feet away.

Electrical fires. Some electrical fires hide behind your walls and are difficult to catch. But routine maintenance and inspection can reveal problems present and forthcoming—so can responsible use of extension cords, lighting and wattage limitations.

Intentional fires. It’s unnerving to think about it, but a surprising 28,000 intentional home fires are started each year. This doesn’t include fires started for a regular purpose that get out of hand, only fires started with the intent of burning a piece of property.

Smoking materials. Fires caused by smoking materials make up only 5% of home fires, but they make up more than a quarter of all home fire deaths. Smoking fires often happen because cigarettes are dropped or remain lit as individuals lie in bed, creating both fire and carbon monoxide hazards.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Here to Help

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Tallahassee homeowners know that when gulf storms result in water damage and mold growth, they can call SERVPRO for quick, thorough removal, recovery and restoration. And area business owners know they can benefit from the same services, from fire to flood and beyond.

But there’s an additional service of which smart business owners can avail themselves, and that’s top-of-the-line cleaning for buildings, surfaces and machinery.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Size

We’re living in the age of contagion-consciousness, and it behooves any business owner to let the experts at SERVPRO go the extra mile to ensure a safe commercial environment for employees and patrons. We can step up the sanitation at any business, including:

Retailers and shops. From local boutiques to malls and department chains, we can provide next-level cleaning to promote safe business.

Educational facilities and college campuses. Even daily cleaning in K-12 schools is only getting rid of half the bacteria living on desks and oft-used surfaces, but we’ve got the tools and technique for blasting those germs and keeping kids and educators safe.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities. Whether outpatient care or long-term situations like nursing homes, we can provide the extra care needed for spaces where patient health is the No. 1 priority.

Convention centers, hotels and hospitality centers. We can provide thorough cleaning for areas like these that see a steady, heavy influx of people.

Foodservice facilities. Sanitization at food facilities is never to be taken lightly, and you’ll know your process is being safeguarded properly when you call SERVPRO.

Apartments and managed properties. Whether you oversee a few rentals or a massive business park, we can provide the cleaning that will keep your tenants happy, knowing their health is at the forefront of your mind.

Slowed productivity from sick days and employees working through illness costs businesses $260 billion per year. Letting SERVPRO handle your commercial cleaning helps you maintain productivity and profitability, while simultaneously taking better care of your teams and customers.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Make Sure You're Choosing the Right Service Company - SERVPRO of Tallahassee

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Sometimes the most difficult decisions to make are ones that require both speed and a lot of trust. This is the case when a natural disaster or accident does damage to your home that requires restoration.

When a situation arises, you will need to execute some quick but critical thinking as you consider the needs of your home and decide what restoration company to reach out to.

If it’s something you’ve never considered before, it may be helpful to have some idea what to look out for. Here are three questions that any respectable service company should be able to answer to your satisfaction.

Are They Legit?

It’s an unfortunate truth, but it happens— scammers and con artists come out of the woodwork to take advantage of home and business owners whose property has been damaged. These are typified by unlicensed individuals who come in from out of town with no local reputation or client base, making claims of incredibly cheap work that requires a deposit, which they can then retain while your work goes undone or done very poorly.

Fortunately, when you contact SERVPRO, you’re getting in contact with one of the most reputable teams in the industry, with a long history of satisfying the needs of homeowners. And when you partner with the same company the PGA Tour trusts for its cleanup and recovery efforts, you know you’re getting the highest quality work and service.

Will They Be There When I Need Help?

There are 365 days in a year, and we’re ready on every single one of them. When an emergency hits your home, you don’t have time to wait.

That’s why when you click a link on our website or pick up the phone, we’re geared up and ready on the other side—because we can’t wait to help you, and you don’t have time to wait at all.

Where’s a Fleet When You Need One?

SERVPRO of Tallahassee is a local, neighborhood franchise, led and operated by experts in the local community—this means you get fast, knowledgeable service from folks who know the specific needs of Tallahassee homeowners.

But when hurricanes and major events call for additional help and technicians, we call on the backup—the nationwide network of tools, technicians and resources that make up the full SERVPRO fleet. Big jobs don’t intimidate us, and your needs never get pushed aside.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Water damage event while homeowner was out of town!!

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

In the featured photo you can see extensive water damage that left the floor damaged beyond repair, and visible mold present.

SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to take the time to give our residents and community members some advice since it is summer and lots of you folks may be traveling out of town. 

One of our Tallahassee residents was away from their home for a long time. During their vacancy, a water damage event occurred and went unnoticed. When the homeowner returned to their home, they found it in ruins. Ceilings had collapsed on the first floor, as water flowed from an upstairs toilet for what looks like days. The home had so much water damage inside that you could see signs of water flowing down the brick of the home on the outside. What is even worse is that the water  caused damage to the HVAC system and the system shut down. At that point the home became a breading grounds for microbial growth to start forming and it did, as you can see in the picture. Of course once SERVPRO of Tallahassee received notice of the water loss and mold damage our production technicians were on site immediately and went to work to restore this Tallahassee home. 

Our advice to our customers, if you go out of town, please have a trusted friend or family member or even a property manager go check on your property as frequently as possible. It is very important to catch water damages when they happen so your home suffers less damage. 

Don't drive through Flood waters, turn around!!!!

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Torrential rain washed away this vehicle in Escambia County

SERVPRO of Tallahassee wants our residents to stay safe, especially with the latest weather conditions. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch that remains in effect until Thursday evening across North Florida and into Georgia. Additionally, a flash flood warning has been issued by for portions of coastal Wakulla County. Just this Wednesday morning in Wakulla there was a short-lived tornado warning issued.

With an increase in rainfall in our area, you may come across dangerous roadways. If the water on the road looks deep, or you have any doubts and there is a concern for crossing, please find an alternative route to drive. Please do not drive through flood waters, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. 

You can read an article by Tallahassee Democrat if you hold the Contrl Key and click on the link provided.

 https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2018/08/01/tallahassee-several-days-rain/877980002/

If you would like to read the flash flood watch and flash flood warning issued by NWS, please follow the link below the same way. 

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Tallahassee&state=FL&site=TAE&lat=30.457&lon=-84.2814#.W2IHVtVKiUl

Photo was obtained from an article by Palmbeachpost.com Click the link to read the article. 

Our Employee of the Month for July 2019!!!!

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Every month our team at SERVPRO of Tallahassee takes a vote for employee of the month. Our vote is comprised of a blind ballot where each of our team members are given a ballot and they vote for the individual who they feel should be recognized as employee of month. Additionally, we count customer compliments as a vote too. So each month we keep a record of compliments our team receives either as a whole or individually for that month. We tally each compliment as a vote. So, at the end of month, we not only count our own votes but essentially the votes of the community members we service as well. 

With that said, SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to take a minute to give praise to one of our highly trained production technicians, Robert Philbrick, for receiving employee of the month for the month of July. Thank you Robert for your long hours and dedication. Robert is helping bring the brand to life with his hard work and compassion shown in the field. Thank you Robert for being part of our team!!!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we!!!

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fallen debris from collapsed ceiling on first floor after extensive water damage caused by supply line leak on second floor.

Need Emergency Service?

Call SERVPRO OF TALLAHASSEE 24/7 @850-878-8885

SERVPRO of Tallahassee provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Our trained technicians are on standby to help restore your home.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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.

No worries - 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.

To provide peace of mind we invite you to Meet our staff – just hold Ctrl key and click on the link.