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Water Damage In Your Hollywood Apartment Includes Stained Walls And Peeling Wallpapers

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Your Hollywood Apartment Includes Stained Walls And Peeling Wallpapers Paint can begin peeling and flaking because the bond between the surface and the paint weakens.

Water Damage In Your Apartment

When your apartment's bathroom exhaust fails, steam no longer has a non-damaging means of escaping your home. Other situations in Hollywood residences that can create problems include misaligned dryer vents and slow leaks in pipes and drains.

These minor sources of moisture inside a Hollywood apartment can slowly lead to water damage. When moisture sits on surfaces, slow absorption of the moisture causes porous materials to disintegrate slowly. Paint can begin peeling and flaking because the bond between the surface and the paint weakens, allowing the paint to pull away whenever fluctuations in temperature cause contractions and expansions in either material.

Wallpaper coverings react similarly and begin bubbling wherever moisture can penetrate underneath. This can occur along seams and within corners. Before your wallpaper coverings or borders become permanently damaged by children or pets pulling it off in shreds, the act of reattaching it remains possible. However, SERVPRO technicians need to resolve the problem by making sure water no longer can make its way throughout your home. We also need to dry everything out, including the air.

We check for locations that produce moisture within your home, and then we steadily work with you to get things corrected. Keeping things dry inside your dwelling requires that we stop new water from coming in and remove any water currently present. Our moisture meters can detect even the slightest elevations of moisture. Our infrared thermal imaging devices easily locate areas within walls and other structures that retain moisture. We compare initial readings with those taken during and after we carry out our work.

Restoring your apartment's walls with new paint and wall coverings can make everything look new again, just like when you moved into your home. Even when water damage occurs through no fault of your own, its presence can create problems regaining your security deposit when you move to another location. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can help you make things look “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO at (305) 278-8484 so we can get things looking their best again.

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Electrical Fire Damage In Your Miami Condo During Remodeling

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire Damage In Your Miami Condo During Remodeling Miami Condo and Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO for Fast Cleanup and Restoration Service

SERVPRO Is the Choice to Get Your Miami Property Back on Track after a Remodeling Fire

The stress and mess of a major remodeling project keep you focused on the completion of your Miami condominium’s renaissance. When the anxiety level raises because of an electrical fire during construction, that completed vision can feel impossible to obtain. Engaging the assistance of our skilled fire damage experts give you the confidence to reclaim anticipation of a happy and comfortable end result.
 
When construction takes over your Miami condo fire damage is least of your worries. The dust, noise, and overages on both the timeline and the budget capture your attention until the unthinkable happens. A worker slices through an electrical line or a power tool malfunctions and the dust is overwhelmed by inky, sticky smoke and a horrible stench from the fire ignited. Although the construction company employees extinguish the fire quickly, the damage seems complete. Reaching out to our experts can transform ruin to a clean, sanitized, and odor-free baseline from which the remodel can continue.
 
SERVPRO technicians possess expertise on a broad range of fire types and a firm grasp of the appropriate strategies for cleaning and restoring after each. An electrical fire should not be put out with water, and if the construction crew was well-trained and OSHA prepared, a chemical extinguisher was probably used instead. The positive here is that the correct procedure avoided further electrical damage and limited water damage and charring to the affected area. Many of our restorations must begin with water mitigation, but we can move directly to smoke and soot cleanup in your scenario.
 
Your HVAC system should be shut down temporarily to prevent the spread of smoke and soot. Any loose, ashy debris responds well to dry sponging and vacuuming with HEPA filtering, but SERVPRO crews know the soot is more likely to be tacky and thick. We use a spray and wipe technique, employing cleaning products formulated with wetting agents and surfactants that loosen the hold the fire damage residue has on surfaces. Our crew works methodically, following fire damage restoration best practices to prevent the smearing and disruption that untrained individuals risk creating.
 
After any fire, the final challenge is odor elimination. SERVPRO deodorization specialists pursue a protocol that starts with discarding burned objects, moving through cleaning and disinfection strategies, and finishing with innovative odor neutralizing methods that take advantage of cutting-edge technology if the first steps do not deliver the desired effect. Thermal fogging, where special chemicals combust in heated chambers, or oxygenation or radical production, such as hydroxyl generators, produce particles that bond with the odiferous fragments in the air and on surfaces and crevices. The act of bonding creates a chemical reaction that effectively neutralizes the smells.
 
Move on beyond the construction accident and fire that brought your remodeling project to a halt with the help of SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. One call to (305) 278-8484 starts the fire damage restoration process that gets everyone back on track.

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What To Do When A Fire leaves Damage Behind In Your Hollywood Auto Repair Shop

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Do When A Fire leaves Damage Behind In Your Hollywood Auto Repair Shop We understand how important it's for the fire damage in your auto shop to be repaired as soon as possible.

What To Do When A Fire Leaves Damage Behind

Running an auto repair shop is pretty dependant on your ability to get cars in and out of your shop promptly, but fire damage can interrupt the traffic of your business. That can be a significant issue for you as the owner. Having one half of the garage closed off can make your business unattractive to potential clients. Customers are impatient and waiting in an even longer line than usual to get their oil changed is not how they want to spend their day. Naturally, the damaged needs to be addressed and remediated as soon as possible. Fortunately, there is help located close to you that can step in to do just that.

We understand how important it's for the fire damage in your Hollywood auto shop to be repaired as soon as possible. From the moment you call SERVPRO, we make it our priority to get to your property as soon as possible. If the fire happens in the evening, we can work through the night to remediate the damage and clean the greasy soot left behind.

Soot and ash can adhere itself to various surfaces that they come across in your shop. Depending on the severity of the damage, SERVPRO can use special cleaning techniques that are meant to leave your equipment looking, feeling, and smelling like they did before the fire happened. Our main goal is to return your property to its preloss state, so you feel “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO can use lubricating cleaners to lift the soot away from any surface. If the soot is being particularly difficult, we can apply chemical cleaning methods or abrasive ones. To handle the odorous smell, that fire leaves behind our IICRC-certified technicians can use ozone machines overnight to neutralize the particles in the air that cause the odor. Finally, SERVPRO can take inventory of any items you may have lost in the fire to make an insurance claim easier for you.

When your auto repair shop sustains fire damage, do not linger. Dial (305) 278-8484 to phone SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damage Technicians in Hollywood Discuss the Key Factors for Structural Drying

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Technicians in Hollywood Discuss the Key Factors for Structural Drying Contact SERVPRO right away when facing water damage. Our team is prompt and does a thorough assessment before beginning the remediation process.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Remediating Your Home After Water Damage

If water ever leaks into your Hollywood home, getting it removed promptly is essential. If items inside your house stay saturated for an extended period, materials can lose their structural integrity. If moisture levels inside organic materials such as wood and drywall stay elevated, then microbial growth can occur.
 
The first step in saving wet materials from getting ruined is the extraction phase. During every water damage remediation project in Hollywood, vacuuming up as much moisture as possible is vital. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized extraction equipment on carpet and upholstery before the drying stage begins.
 
Once the extractor stops pulling out water, we begin the structural drying process. When reducing moisture levels within building materials and contents, there are many factors that affect how quickly materials will dry. Our SERVPRO experts take humidity and moisture level readings to devise a plan to dry out the structure as quickly as possible.
 
The main factors that affect how quickly a building will dry include the amount of water to be evaporated, the indoor and outdoor temperatures, humidity, and air movement. During evaporation water always seeks dry air to move to so it can create an equilibrium. Moisture from building materials and contents moves first to the dry air on the surface. Then, wet air moves to areas where the air is drier.
 
Evaporation takes place at a faster rate when the indoor temperatures in the building are between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on how wet materials got, dehumidifiers work well to remove moisture from the air after it evaporates off of the wet substances. Materials dry best when the relative humidity in the affected room is between 30% and 50%. Air movement that gets created with industrial air movers causes circulation that pushes the wet air away from damp items.
 
Structural drying is most efficient when equipment is used to manipulate the factors of drying so that it gets completed at a quicker rate. Depending on what gets affected and how bad the damage is, various combinations and types of drying equipment and dehumidifiers can be utilized. For help creating an environment conducive to rapid structural drying, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Reacting Quickly When Your Miami Home Faces Flooding

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reacting Quickly When Your Miami Home Faces Flooding Water and Moisture Removal Are Key to Miami Storm Damage Mitigation--Ask SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Moves Fast After You Call Us for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

As most Miami homeowners know, the weather is anything but predictable and accommodating all throughout the year. With certain severe weather systems always threatening to hit the coastline, the area is nearly in an ever-present risk of situations like flooding and flash flooding. Fortunately, many of the homes here have gotten constructed to reduce the damage that these disasters can cause by working to prevent the water from getting inside your house. The trouble with this is that you might not realize that these lines of defense have degraded or failed until the damage has already happened.

When it comes to discovering flood damages in your Miami residence, your fast reaction time can save you much trouble in the long run. Instead of working to try and remove these damages and present water on your own, you should be reaching out to the professionals at SERVPRO. Our rapid response team can arrive quickly and get to work on both removing the water pouring into your house and preserving the contents of your home that could be at risk for irreparable damages.

When our team arrives at your home, one of the first priorities we have is to quell the source of the water flow to keep the situation from getting any worse. Often something as simple as applying some hydraulic cement to compromised blockwork can reduce (or even remove) the threat of more water damage from steady flow.

In many cases where flooding occurs in areas where drywall has gotten installed, flood cuts are necessary. This process involves removing several inches of the bottom of the drywall up to several feet where it has gotten too damaged to save, but it also provides benefits to the restoration process as well. With these portions removed, our SERVPRO professionals can gain access to wall cavities to ensure that the area is sufficiently dry before we deem the job complete.

While this is just a small look at restoration work in light of a flood in your home, it can help to show you the level of dedication you can expect from the specialists here at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Give us a call 24/7 at (305) 278-8484. 

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An Appropriate Drying System Counts During Water Damage Restoration In Hollywood

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage An Appropriate Drying System Counts During Water Damage Restoration In Hollywood The selection of a drying system during water damage restoration is essential, and there are some factors that experts in this area consider.

Water Damage Restoration

The selection of a drying system during water damage restoration is essential, and there are some factors that experts in this area consider. The key lies in understanding the drying theory. When water evaporates, there is an introduction of additional moisture to the air. For continuous drying to occur, removing the moisture from the air is necessary. A Balanced drying system tries to establish an equilibrium between the addition and removal of the water vapor. Failure to achieve a balance between the two can cause further damage to your Hollywood home.

Our SERVPRO technicians can opt for an open system or a closed system when drying your Hollywood property after a water damage event. The open system works by exchanging the humid air within the structure with the drier air from outside. For this to happen, we ventilate the building by running air movers or fans and opening the windows. This process is appropriate when the outside air has a lower humidity and possesses few grains per pound when compared to the air within the structure. We use a hygrometer to measure the humidity for regions before settling on this technique.

Under a closed system, the outside air and the unaffected sections of the structure remain closed off from the affected area. Under this system, our SERVPRO technicians control the indoor surroundings using dehumidifiers and air movers. This process is appropriate when we need to dry smaller areas, and for porous materials to dry correctly, the relative humidity should not go beyond 40%. If necessary, we can also run air conditioners to help with dehumidification.

It's also vital to remember that no matter how capable a drying system is, it cannot be efficient if we do not identify and stop the source of the water. Our SERVPRO technicians know how to stop water origination from broken water pipes, structural failures, natural disaster and broken appliances. We can also identify any hidden moisture intrusion by using moisture meters and sensors.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our highly trained restoration technicians use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to address any size disaster. Call us at (305) 278-8484 for industry proven services you can trust.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Hollywood, Florida

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Hollywood, Florida There are many flooding preventative measures that can be taken. Contact SERVPRO to discuss how we can put our skills to work for you.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Tackle Drying Out Your Property After Flooding

Spring rains have begun, but temperatures around Hollywood are still comfortable enough that families can get away to the beach or a certain, well-known amusement park for a long weekend. Homeowners still need to pay attention though. It does not take a major storm or hurricane to flood their homes.
 
Flood damage to Hollywood homes, regardless of the power of the storm, can destroy structural and personal property in less than a day. Our SERVPRO restoration teams train to go into each home to stop the flooding, remove any standing water, and then begin drying both structural and personal property as rapidly as possible without causing any secondary damage.
 
Technicians begin by securing the home against further water intrusion. Since this is storm-related, team members may need to sandbag low points to stop water in the neighborhood from seeping in through doorways and low windows. Once the team leader believes the home is secure, they bring in commercial pumps and water extraction wands.
 
The commercial-grade pumps in our inventory can clear most homes in a day. Once the water is down to the surface of the floors and carpets, Technicians switch to the wands. These devices have a heating element in addition to the vacuum action, so our specialists can carefully begin drying carpets and wood floors as they remove the last of the water trapped in the nap of the carpet or underneath the floorboards.
 
As they remove the water, other SERVPRO specialists begin removing furniture and other items to a different part of the home and place it on pallets or blocks. It prevents leeching of the finish and color of wood and fabrics into the floodwater, which can stain and otherwise damage the carpets and floors.
 
If the water was standing for more than a few hours, some of it might have soaked into the walls. Although drywall is an excellent building material, it is also fragile and disintegrates after absorbing too much moisture. Our technicians can often remediate the effects by placing air movers to blow warm, dry air across and even up the walls to dry them. To accelerate the process, they also set-up exhaust fans to improve air circulation and dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is to help you return to a safe, dry home after a flood. If you have water in your home after our recent storm, call us at (305) 278-8484 today to set-up an inspection.
 
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Commercial Fire Damage Technicians In Hollywood

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Technicians In Hollywood If a fire ever takes place inside your Hollywood restaurant, it could inhibit business operations.

Commercial Fire Damage Technicians

Kitchens in Hollywood are a common place for fires to start. If a fire ever takes place inside your Hollywood restaurant, it could inhibit business operations. Not only can fires burn materials and contents but smoke can travel from the kitchen and affect your dining room.

Smoke coming from a fire can cause many problems that if not mitigated can disrupt business in the future. Whenever mitigating commercial fire damage in Hollywood, soot cleaning and deodorization are vital. Smoke can travel far from the source of the blaze and leave behind soot residues, soils, and malodor particles.

If not treated appropriately smoke can leave behind unpleasant aromas that can affect your restaurant business in the future. There are many steps needed to properly restore a building so that no burnt smells exist. The first step is to remove any burnt or charred material that puts off malodor particles into the air. Any severely burnt contents or building materials that are near the kitchen where the fire started get removed.

After everything that cannot be saved gets removed, the cleaning of soot residues begins. Soot left behind from smoke also creates pungent odors. Some surfaces are easier to clean soot off of than others. Soot that adheres to different surfaces is composed of various chemicals based on the type of fuels burned during the blaze.

Our SERVPRO technicians use various chemicals based on the type of soot and the kind of surface affected. Porous surfaces do not clean thoroughly with wet cleaning methods because the moisture can soak the soot into the material. Wallpapers and drywall get cleaned best using dry cleaning methods. Whereas, non-porous materials such as the stainless steel inside your restaurant's kitchen can get cleaned by spraying and wiping with wet cleaning agents.

Whenever soot cleaning takes place, measures get taken so that the cleaning process does not cause secondary damage or inhibit your restaurant's business. With wet cleaning, we put down plastic on the floors and make sure that streaking does not cause more damage. Any areas where food gets served get masked off with plastic.

In some cases, we change the way we conduct work processes so that your business stays operating as usual and your loss of revenue is kept to a minimum. For professional help when a fire affects your business, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

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SERVPRO - Removing Flood Damage In Hollywood, Florida

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO - Removing Flood Damage In Hollywood, Florida The team at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is here to help when flood damage strikes.

Restoring Your Hollywood Home From Water Damage is SERVPRO's Number One Priority 

Our Hollywood, Florida homes are not exactly in the hills, but we prefer North Ocean Drive to the Pacific Coast Highway any day. The drawback, of course, is all that water that tries its best to get inside several times a year. 


Flood damage in Hollywood needs a quick response to keep it from having long-term effects. That is why SERVPRO offices maintain a rapid response team seven days a week, including all holidays.

Once the team arrives on-site, their first task is ensuring a safe environment. If the floodwater shorted out the power, they make certain it remains off and post warnings for residents, contractors or other visitors. As they do this, other team members bring in a portable generator to provide uninterrupted electrical power.

The team handles the next two tasks simultaneously. As several team members remove furniture, appliances, and other items that can leave stains on carpets or floors, equipment technicians begin removing any standing water using commercial grade pumps and extraction wands. The pumps can remove the majority of the water, while the wands draw water out of carpets and from between the individual sections of the wood flooring.

The wands are very good for drawing out water, but they do not completely dry the carpets. Once technicians remove the heavy weight of the water, they lift the carpet and roll it out of the way. If there is a pad underneath it, the team disposes of it. Pads fall apart after absorbing a large amount of water, and they are far cheaper to replace than restore. Team members then use long-handled squeegees to push out any remaining moisture.

Now, we examine the carpet. To dry out the last trace of moisture and prevent the carpet layers from separating, SERVPRO technicians use air movers to force warm, dry air over the carpet surface while exhaust fans draw out the trapped, damp air. Once they finish, team members stretch the carpet back in place. If the floodwater was contaminated, the team removes and disposes of the carpet as attempting to clean it is usually more expensive than replacing it.

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Returning any home to its original condition requires training, experience, and the right equipment. If you are dealing with floodwater, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. We are here to help you bring your family back to a safe, dry home.

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Understanding Mold And Mold Damage In Your Kendall Home

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold And Mold Damage In Your Kendall Home Molds are micro-organisms that decompose organic, dead material like plants, wood, and leaves.

Understanding Mold And Mold Damage

If you have ever found mold in your Kendall home, you may wonder what exactly it is. Mold is a kind of fungus and is different than animals, plants, and bacteria. Molds are micro-organisms that decompose organic, dead material like plants, wood, and leaves. The spores of each mold colony are not visible to the human eye without the use of a microscope.

When you find a lot of mold and mold damage growing in your Kendall home, it often looks blue, black, or green. The color is determined by the kind of mold and is influenced by the nutrient source, the age of the colony, and the surface substrate. Among other types of damage, mold damage is something that our staff at SERVPRO are well trained and experienced to handle.

In order to grow, mold needs water or moisture. It also needs a food source, such as oxygen and a temperature between forty and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Because it decomposes organic materials, it can grow on paper (like gypsum board drywall, wood, and other materials constructed of wood. SERVPRO understands this, so the first thing we do is find the source of the moisture if you have not found it yet so that it can be fixed before we attempt to clean the mold.

Molds like damp or wet material, but when it is quite damp some can attain moisture from the air. It can happen when the relative humidity is more than sixty percent. With the high humidity, enough moisture is available to create surfaces damp enough for the mold to grow.

Mold grows by extension of hyphae which are like tiny root hairs. A small colony of mold can in this way expand to cover several square feet of material quickly. Mold spores are like small seeds and can survive in conditions which are too hot, sunny, dry, cold, or wet for the mold to grow in. Mold continues to spread until it is thoroughly cleaned from the surface it is growing on. Since it can create health effects for you and your family, it is something that you want to get taken care of immediately.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay wastes no time getting to you and cleaning your home in Three Lakes, Perrine, or Palmetto Bay of mold damage. Get in touch with us at (305) 278-8484 as soon as you find mold growth in your home.

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