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Common Flood Incidents Causing Damage Throughout Cutler Bay

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Common Flood Incidents Causing Damage Throughout Cutler Bay Rapid-onset floods or flash floods occur very quickly, with little or no warning.

Common Flood Incidents

Believe it or not, flooding caused by leaky pipes, damaged fixtures, or broken appliances happen far more often than any natural disaster. With an increase of these types of disasters throughout the area, it is imperative for homeowners to prepare for floods, even in areas that commonly avoid this kind of event.

After checking with your insurance company to ensure you have the proper coverage, make sure that you contact a qualified restoration company that specializes in flood damage for help with preparing your Cutler Bay home. Even if you have never had water issues in the past, it is best to get the protection you deserve, before you need it. SERVPRO technicians understand how flood waters behave and help you protect areas of your property where flooding is most likely to occur. The speed and duration of a flood can vary significantly, making it necessary to protect yourself in a variety of ways.

Slow, constant rainwater, pipes with a small leak, and damaged plumbing fixtures all have the ability to turn into what we call a slow-onset flood. Sometimes taking over a week to develop and lasting for months before the water ever goes away on its own.

Rapid-onset floods or flash floods occur very quickly, with little or no warning. Broken appliances, drain pipes, or plumbing lines with large holes fall into this category. Improper drainage, settling, ice jams, and broken water systems often lead to flooded basements and other issues that you may have already experienced.

SERVPRO has services available to get flood damage under control fast. We use expertly trained technicians, specialized equipment and years of experience to address issues found on your property. Remember, even a few inches of floodwater can cause extreme damage to your home if not handled in an efficient, timely manner.

When accidents such as these happen on your property, get to safety, call for help, and wait for SERVPRO’s expertly trained technicians to arrive, before re-entering your home. You never know if hazards are lurking just around the next corner, never take the chance. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for professional assistance when dealing with flood damage found on your property (305) 278-8484.

For more information about the city of Cutler Bay visit http://cutlerbay-fl.gov/

Recovery Efforts For Many Disasters Begins With Commercial Water Removal For Cutler Bay Food Stores

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Recovery Efforts For Many Disasters Begins With Commercial Water Removal For Cutler Bay Food Stores When your Cutler Bay health food store sustains any commercial water damage, water removal is most often the primary step in recovery efforts.

Commercial Water Removal

Florida is surrounded by ocean on the majority of its border, and the many lakes found in our beautiful state make time on or near the water an even more substantial part of most people's lives. Water can become a serious problem, when it is in the wrong place, which can happen in various circumstances and for just as many different reasons.

When your Cutler Bay health food store sustains any commercial water damage, water removal is most often the primary step in recovery efforts. Firefighters often use thousands of gallons of water to squelch a fire, bathroom water line breaks and malfunctioning sprinklers can flood an area with hundreds of gallons in a short period, and our own climate can backfire on us and send hurricanes and storms our way. Each of these disasters needs water removal before any other restorative or recovery efforts start.

When standing water has collected, one of the first things that must be done is ensuring the safety of those in the area. Not only are electrical shocks possible, but slipping, tripping, or even becoming entangled in hidden debris are all potential hazards. SERVPRO has extensive experience in these highly dangerous situations and can guide you every step of the way. Because removing the majority of the water is done with a truck, danger to our technicians is greatly reduced. As the water's level drops, hazards can be seen much more easily. Our hand-held extraction units further minimize the amount of standing water to the point where we can start the work of restoring your business.

Drying completely does take time, and during the process, we can help you assess the damage to your inventory. Health regulations require that all foodstuffs contaminated by water be disposed of, so detailed inventory sheets can help you not only restock correctly but also provide sufficient documentation to your insurance agent. Recovery from such horrible disasters are much more than the building itself – it is also the look and feel of your store.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, we can help you get things back to how they were before so that it is “Like it never even happened.” Doing so can help you continue serving your customers what they have come to depend on you for the most, a vital and important part of our community's economy and culture. Contact us, any time that you need us for any size disaster, by calling (305) 278-8484.

For more information about Cutler Bay visit http://cutlerbay-fl.gov/

Beware Of The Dangers Caused By Flood Damage In Cutler Bay Properties

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Beware Of The Dangers Caused By Flood Damage In Cutler Bay Properties When a home gets hit by serious flooding, whether it is a natural or domestic source, the priority is the safety of the occupants.

Dangers Caused By Flood Damage

When a home gets hit by serious flooding, whether it is a natural or domestic source, the priority is the safety of the occupants. If the situation is risky or poses any danger to yourself or others, you must leave the building. Anytime that there is excess water around, the biggest hazard is electrical systems.

The first thing that SERVPRO does is locate the breakers or switches and shut off the power. If there is no standing water, this might not be necessary. However, extensive flooding may reach the height of power sockets and other components. Unfortunately, it is not the only hazard when repairing flood damage in Cutler Bay properties. If you are dealing with serious flooding and you need emergency assistance, you can use the SERVPRO mobile app to get in touch with the team. We arrive on site within the hour.

Fireplaces
Fireplaces can be a tricky thing to restore after flooding. They either contain a lot of electrical components, or they depend upon the health of a chimney, which is hard to access. Sometimes, extreme weather leads to blocks in the chimney, and they allow carbon monoxide to build up inside the room.

It is very dangerous so you should always have a detector in your home. If your chimney becomes clogged, we can arrange for a contractor to come out and clean it. When mixed with water, some types of soot become oily and leave stains. We use polycyclic aromatic compounds to dissolve stubborn blemishes on walls and hard floors.

HVAC System
The HVAC system is always inspected for damage after a flood because it is susceptible to humidity. If moisture builds up on the inside surfaces, it may generate mold growth. You do not want this to happen, as your HVAC ducts are circulating air around the house. If that air contains mold spores, they move around the home too.

The exact method of cleaning depends on the style, arrangement, and size of the HVAC system. We use a combination of axial fans, compact dehumidifiers, and HEPA vacuums to remove dirt, draw out excess moisture, and drive impurities and potential mold spores out of the ducts. If parts of the insulation get wet, we remove and replace them.

With our mobile app, you are never far away from a qualified flood damage repair team. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is always available to homeowners in the region, and we provide a broad range of repair and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (305) 278-8484 today.

If you want to discover more about Cutler Bay visit: http://cutlerbay-fl.gov/

Air Conditioner Fail Generates Mold in Three Lakes

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Conditioner Fail Generates Mold in Three Lakes Don't let mold hide in your air conditioning vents. Call SERVPRO when you smell a musky odor to start the remediation process.

SERVPRO Technicians Determine the Prime Cause of Mold Damage in Your Home


Air conditioners cool by removing moisture from the air. In humid areas of the world, the cool feeling is desirable, but there are secondary benefits that also improve your standard of living. When your air conditioning system fails, your home fills with much more moisture, creating the perfect circumstances for mold. Nip that growth in the bud with help from SERVPRO.
 
Mold damage afflicts your Three Lakes home if water or dampness activates the spores floating or lying around your living, storage, and even buffer areas in attics or behind walls. Spores are everywhere, waiting for the optimum balance of moisture and temperature to trigger growth. The proportions of wetness and heat rely on the particular strains of fungus your home harbors. Our trained mold remediation specialists measure the humidity in the air, on surfaces, and within the structures of your house. Achieving a lower ambient humidity within your living spaces also reduces the chance mold proliferates.
 
If you smell a musky odor when you run your air conditioner, be wary and give us a call. The chances are good that mold colonies have a grip within the hoses and drains of smaller and window units. Central air conditioning adds hiding areas in vents and ducts, places where mold grows unobserved. Water that collects spills, saturates walls, windowsills, or other structural elements, and feeds mold.
 
SERVPRO technicians learn about all the ways mold stays under the radar. The extensive training our staff receives includes EPA developed protocols to contain and remove mold safely no matter where it conceals itself.
 
More importantly, the knowledge and experience of our mold remediation team help you make smart decisions to avoid mold damage in the future. Air conditioners that operate poorly because of clogged or damaged drains need immediate maintenance, so they limit your risk of microbial growth by removing moisture from the air quickly and thoroughly. Aging units deserve retirement in some cases, replaced with energy efficient models that cool and dehumidify.
 
SERVPRO recommends air moisture levels of less than 60 percent to inhibit mold growth. Operating your refurbished or new air conditioner regularly in the Florida heat and humidity lowers household humidity, preventing the easy growth of mold.
 
Educate yourself about how air conditioners keep your home cool and free of microbial issues by consulting with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. One quick phone call to (305) 278-8484 is all it takes to receive helpful air conditioning tips.

Water Damage Can Create Many Problems In Cutler Bay

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Create Many Problems In Cutler Bay Homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome.

Water Damage Problems

Many things exist that can damage your home. Fire, storms, even tiny organisms, when in sufficient number, can create problematic situations in your home.

Cutler Bay homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome. Water flows in almost every direction, and can even seep uphill when there is an absorbent material that facilitates this movement. Where water can flow to, damage can be found.

When water makes contact with metal, rusting can start taking place. Outlets, being near the floor, are often impacted this way by flooding. If the metal is part of an electrical system, this can lead to problems with electrical shock or even fire. Both can be deadly and need to be prevented by replacing anything affected. Other metal items in your home might be door hinges, screen doors, drawer tracks, cabinetry knobs and handles, and much more.

In situations where water has seeped into a home from a leaky roof or misaligned gutters, water can discolor walls and ceilings, and cause plaster to crumble and pose choking hazards to younger children and toddlers. Pests that may have been present but largely unnoticed within the walls or attic can find their way into your living space. While their presence means they are no longer hidden and can now be dealt with, having them around your family is not healthy.

Carpeting, upholstery and longer drapes can become damaged by water. This can cause these textiles to become weak and brittle, rotting, in essence, right in front of you. High levels of humidity can bring this on, and often the culprit is an absence of a dehumidifier. Other ways that increased humidity might happen are poor or incorrect venting of the clothes dryer or the bathroom fan.

The first step to mitigating any amount of damage is discovering the source of the excess water. Flooding does not need to be present for a home to have water damage. For experts who know what needs to be done and when, every step of the way, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. We are always here, 24/7, at (305) 278-8484, to take your call.

How SERVPRO Helps Around The Home During A Flood In Cutler Bay

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Helps Around The Home During A Flood In Cutler Bay Floods are catastrophic and costly events that can give a home permanent scars if damages are not dealt with properly.

Flood Damage


Floods are catastrophic and costly events that can give a home permanent scars if damages are not dealt with properly. Whether it is a storm-caused flood or one that originates from inside the home, floods are expensive because they reach and damage a wide variety of surfaces and objects in an affected home. Floods can soak floors, stain walls, destroy objects and materials, and destroy anything in their path. SERVPRO carries a broad array of certifications and treatment techniques to tackle all the issues of a flood at once, with as few additional contractors as possible.

Floors
Flooring of all kinds is often among the most heavily damaged parts of a flood damaged home in Cutler Bay. Floodwaters soak into carpeting, wood, tile, laminate, and even concrete with the assistance of gravity, causing heavy damage even if SERVPRO extractors are used within hours of the flood. We use specialized drying equipment to minimize damage to floors, and a diverse set of complex treatments to help avoid replacement wherever possible.

Walls
Walls can stain, soak, and be physically damaged during a flood. Although damage here may seem lighter than on the floor, similar amounts of work and time are often required to fully reverse any damages that occur. Surfaces with wallpaper, inexpensive paints, or delicate finishes are at the most risk of harm beyond simple staining. We provide cleaning and drying services, along with minor construction and replacement work if need be.

Furniture
Furniture is tricky to deal with in a flood, as many furniture pieces and sets have unique requirements for proper cleanup and drying. For drying, we usually apply air drying techniques similar to those used elsewhere in the home. For cleaning, we have a much more careful set of treatments, often employing specialty foam brushes and cleaning tools to make sure the furniture incurs no additional damage.

Basements
Basements are among the most at-risk places in a home for damage during a flood. It is very rare for a flood not to reach the basement somehow. When it does, the damage is often similar to that seen in the rest of the home, but on a bigger scale. Our heavy-duty equipment helps deal with these severe scenarios and keep basements as dry as possible in the wake of damage.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is a local home damage restoration and remediation company with a diverse set of certifications and equipment to handle any disaster thrown your way by a flood. Call us at (305) 278-8484 to find out how we can help.

Learn How to Take Care of a Fire in Your Cutler Ridge Kitchen

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Learn How to Take Care of a Fire in Your Cutler Ridge Kitchen SERVPRO Says Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy for Kitchen Fires in Cutler Ridge

Kitchen Fires Are Dangerous, Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration

Considering kitchen fires can happen fast, would you know what to do if one started in your kitchen? Learning ahead of time when to smother a fire, when to use a fire extinguisher, and when to call the fire department is valuable information everyone should have. Mishaps while cooking makes up to ninety percent of kitchen fires, and a majority of these are grease fires. When a fire does happen, you want the expertise of a professional fire remediation company such as SERVPRO.
 
Grease Fires
Grease fires are in their own class, and should not be handled like any other type of fire in your Cutler Ridge kitchen. The number one warning to remember is to never pour water on a grease fire, which can splash spread the fire and increase the fire damage. You should store a powder type extinguisher under the sink base cabinet for just such emergencies. Safety first. If necessary stay clear and let the fire hopefully burn out.
 
When you cook, have a potholder, oven mitt, and a lid which fits your pan on hand and ready in case sparks occur. If a fire from grease begins in your pan, place the oven mitt over your hand, then put the lid atop the pan to smother the fire. Try sliding the lid over the flames instead of dropping the lid down. Turn the burner off and leave the pan right there so it can cool. Do not ever move the pan, put it in the sink, or carry it outside, and do not lift the lid before the pan has had a chance to cool.
 
Microwave, Oven and Electrical Fires
Fires can occur anywhere in your kitchen – in the microwave, by an electrical outlet, or in the stove. When a fire takes place in your microwave, shut the door of the oven and keep it shut. Turn off the microwave and unplug it if you can do so safely. Do not use the appliance again until a technician checks it. Close the oven door if a fire happens here, and turn it off. When the fire does not go out immediately, call the fire department, and have the oven inspected and repaired before using it again.
 
You can prevent electrical fires by not overloading your electrical outlets. If a fire begins, use a fire extinguisher. Do not douse it with water under any circumstance. Always call the fire department for this type of fire, even if you have put it out already with the fire extinguisher. Contact SERVPRO as well to repair any damages and eliminate the smoky odors, as we have all the equipment and experience needed in this situation.
 
You should also learn how to use a fire extinguisher, so you are not trying to read the directions in a time of need. Baking soda is also necessary to keep handy in your kitchen, as it can help extinguish the flames of a grease fire. Never use flour instead, as it can make the flames worse. Do not ever hesitate to call the fire department, but the above tips can help you extinguish small, contained fires while you wait for their help. With larger fires, be sure to get yourself and family members out of the house right away.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is standing by at all times to help you after a kitchen fire has damaged your home. You can reach us at (305) 278-8484 whenever you need our help in fire damage cleanup.

How To Prevent Water Damage In Cutler Bay

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Prevent Water Damage In Cutler Bay Water damage in your home is relatively inexpensive to prevent through regular maintenance but is often extremely expensive to repair.

Preventing Water Damage


Homeowners have many different responsibilities when it comes to taking care of their homes. One of these responsibilities includes regular maintenance. We know that this can sometimes seem to be an ongoing task, and this is because it is one. The importance of doing so can be seen rather quickly when neglected areas of a home start having problems.

Water damage in your Cutler Bay home is relatively inexpensive to prevent through regular maintenance but is often extremely expensive to repair. Making it a habit to check water lines for wetness, puddles on the floor in bathrooms, and moisture under cabinets is a great start. In addition to that, you should include inspecting your washing machine hoses and your ice maker's water lines.

Your home's exterior can also be a source of problems leading to water damage. SERVPRO recommends that your gutters be kept clean and free of debris. Blockages can cause water to spill over the gutter's edges and up against your home's exterior, allowing water to seep into your home. Repairing gutters can often prevent this from happening.

Windows that have gaps around the frames can also permit water to enter into your home. If window frames block the water only partway, this can channel water into the interior of your wall. Windows do not always require replacements, but can often be repaired by weatherization methods.

The roof can also be a location that collects water, even in the winter. Gaps in between shingles, loose vents, and other situations can give water from rain and melting snow access into your home. This water will travel down, into your living areas and can result in stained ceilings and walls.

SERVPRO technicians can help you in locating trouble spots and areas of your home that you might otherwise overlook. For areas such as basements and crawlspaces where humidity is an ongoing concern but has no particular source that can be controlled, we recommend the installation of low-maintenance dehumidifiers. To help you prevent water damage from affecting your home, contact us, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, at (305) 278-8484. We are always available to go over areas that you may have thought were safe from damage. We are here to help you with both prevention of water damage and also remediating any damage which you have found in your home.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Three Lakes

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Mold Damage Three Lakes Our SERVPRO team has decades of experience when it comes to stopping and removing mold damage from homes.

Dealing with Mold Damage at Three Lakes? Let SERVPRO Assist! 


When it comes to stopping mold from growing or even getting started, a good inspection makes the difference between ineffectual work and a thorough servicing of your home. The restoration crew you hire has to know exactly what they are walking into and what they need to bring with them.


SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to stopping and removing mold damage in Three Lakes homes and across Florida. Our technicians and inspectors are fully trained to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) industry standards. They will arrive quickly and begin the inspection once their boots hit the ground. To keep you part of the process and to stay informed, our inspector starts with these questions:


First - Is there any visible mold? In which rooms can you see it?
Second - Have you smelled a strong, musty odor? If you have, where is it the strongest?
Third - Have you had a previous mold problem, regardless of the size or if you cleaned it yourself?
Fourth - Have you had recent water damage?
Fifth - Is there any mold around your heating and air vents?


If you answered yes to even one of these questions, the inspector will begin. In addition to a visual check, he will also use air quality meters to determine the mold content in each room, hallway, and other parts of your home. Even if we cannot see the mold, we can still determine where it is located and how far it has spread.


With the contaminated area identified, our SERVPRO technicians isolate it in order to prevent mold from spreading further. Containment is established using plastic sheeting to prevent air movement, and the response team also seals the vents of the HVAC system to prevent spreading through the ductwork.


Now, a system of air movers and exhaust fans are set up to blow loose spores out of your home as we begin cleaning procedures. This is negative air pressure, and it is very successful in keeping the unaffected areas of your home clean as we work.


With that established, technicians begin using anti-bacterial cleaners and anti-fungal chemicals to destroy the mold spores. Anti-fungal foggers are very useful in getting into crawl spaces and behind walls where other methods of cleaning are either ineffective or require demolition of a wall, floor, or ceiling.


If it is necessary to remove drywall or other building material, team members will demolish every piece that cannot be restored and dispose of it according to local and state regulations. In some cases, we may recommend demolition to make certain we clean every surface possible of mold spores.


 


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A mold infestation can turn the dream of living in Miami-Dade County into a nightmare. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is determined to help our neighbors and community put their dream back together and make it all "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (305) 278-8484 to get started.

When Undisclosed Commercial Water Damage Affects Your Newly Purchased Cutler Bay Real Estate Office

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When Undisclosed Commercial Water Damage Affects Your Newly Purchased Cutler Bay Real Estate Office Don't let a damaged office compromise your sales. Call SERVPRO to investigate the damage ASAP.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts in Their Field of Remediating Water Damage on Your Property


Starting your own business after an extended period of working for someone else can be a dream come true for many people, and owning not only the business itself but also the building you are going to conduct your business in is even more pleasant. Finding out that there are substantial problems with your new building can put a real ding in your happiness. Defects that are not superficial or aesthetic but that are caused by water can signal problems that are much more severe in nature. Water damage can lead to structural deficiencies and increased microbial activity. A smelly, tattered looking office is not a setting conducive to selling other real estate to potential buyers and can seriously hurt your profit margins.
 
Cutler Bay office buildings are often remodeled before being listed, and this can hide any existing commercial water damage. Remodeling does not remove the damage, however. This often leaves new owners in the dark about such issues, posing risks that aren't apparent until after the purchase has been finalized and the new owner has moved in. Other real estate agents whom you work with on a regular basis can only disclose facts about the building's condition that the seller has told them about, and this can leave you with only legal options to pursue after repair work has been completed.
 
SERVPRO can help you repair the building to prevent secondary water damage from becoming an issue, and also help document the extent of the damage. Repair costs that are related to existing damage that was never disclosed are often recoverable if proper documentation is presented. Because we know you want to open your agency as soon as possible, we can work around your day-to-day operations if you wish.
 
If you prefer to have new carpeting installed, our Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) can provide this service and then follow up by shampooing the carpet to remove the high level of chemicals left behind by the manufacturing process. While the scent from new carpets has not shown to be a health risk, it can still be unpleasant. Removing it, or decreasing its strength, is often more desirable than allowing it to remain.
 
Water damage that affects commercial settings should be taken as seriously as it would if that damage was found in your home. Working in any building, office, or home can be detrimental to your health and safety if there are unattended issues from water damage. This is true even if you do not see standing water in your business. Our technicians have certifications in Commercial Drying (CDS) and also in Water Damage Restoration (WRT). They are always available to make sure that you can open for business as planned and then remain open so you can serve your clients without interruption.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 is always ready to take your call and we can arrive as early as one hour afterward. Let us help you keep your business healthy from the start by ridding the structure of problems that can become huge detrimental issues later.