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Miami Fire Damage Professionals Talk about Issues with Kitchen Cabinets

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Miami Fire Damage Professionals Talk about Issues with Kitchen Cabinets Fires in Miami Condos Are Cleaned and Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Strives to Salvage and Mitigate Fire Effects on Miami Condo Fixtures

If a fire starts in your Miami condo, the chances are that it first ignited in your kitchen. Out of all of the fire damage cases that riddle our nation every year, a good percentage of them start due to faulty appliances or mistakes while cooking. Many appliances that create heat are located in your kitchen. Cooking with grease can be dangerous and is the source of hundreds of fire damage situations annually.
 
Your kitchen inside your home is made to handle some heat and smoke created by cooking so sometimes the issues are not as severe as other parts of the condominium. During all fire damage scenarios in Miami, our SERVPRO restoration team starts inspecting and diagnosing structural components and your contents from the source. We follow the burn-related problems starting from the kitchen out to figure out everything that the burn destroyed. We then trace signs of smoke following the route it traveled throughout the building, if necessary and okayed.
 
Once the blaze ignites in your kitchen, it can quickly damage contents and building materials nearby. If not put out promptly, things can continue to burn as the flames engulf anything that is in its destructive path.
 
When things get burnt inside your kitchen, a major problem can be repairing affected cabinets. These storage units are typically made of wood and can get consumed by a greasy blaze quite easily. Since they are often located above the heat source in the kitchen, your cabinets are sometimes the first things that get ruined.
 
If your cabinets ever get negatively affected by heat or smoke, there are several solutions our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians can use to remediate the issues. In severe cases, the cabinets must be removed, and brand new cabinets get installed in their place. In other cases, the cabinets can get sanded down to the unaffected wood beneath the surface and refinished. If your cabinets get damaged by excessive smoke, there is a good chance that we can clean off the soot residues from the cabinet surfaces. Insurance adjusters appreciate the effort we make to salvage cabinet and wall units doors when possible to use with new box installations.
 
During some situations, our SERVPRO crew removes kitchen cabinets so the structural walls behind them can get treated for smoke or burn damage. When this takes place, the cabinets often get moved to an unaffected area of the condo or taken to a clean and disinfected separate location to get cleaned or refinished. If you ever have problems with some type of fire in your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 24/7.

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Keep Insurance in Mind for Flood Damage in Miami

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keep Insurance in Mind for Flood Damage in Miami Flooding and storms can cause a great deal of damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO right after the event for drying out and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO can Work with Your Insurance Company to Remediate Your Home After Flooding

One of the most important considerations to keep in mind after flood damage in Miami is your insurance information and policies. Depending on your provider, plan, and specific types of coverage, you could have full coverage and more for any damages sustained in the storm, or could also receive next to nothing. SERVPRO representatives can help to negotiate favorable terms with insurance adjusters and drive costs down, but some of your actions can also prove critical to keeping flood-related expenses to a minimum.

Call Your Provider Immediately
If you have not already done so, you should call your insurance provider as soon as possible after sustaining flood damage to your Miami home. Some providers have specific plans and policies in place that can both help you if they are notified promptly and prove harmful if you delay a call to them. Many companies also have preferences and recommendations as to what mitigation and restoration services you should employ. While SERVPRO tops most reputable providers' lists, you should never assume anything about what your insurance provider may tell you.

Make Sure Your Plan Covers the Damages
While some homeowners' insurance policies cover the effects of flood damage in part or in full, others may offer flood damage coverage exclusively in separate or bundled packages. If you are unsure of whether or not your home is covered by flood insurance, you need to find this critical information out without delay. Furthermore, if you do know that your home is covered, you should also inquire whether the coverage is partial or full.

Provide Us with Inventory Information
If you have a current item inventory available, or even an outdated list, be sure to provide SERVPRO with this document early on in our mitigation and restoration process. With a full item inventory on hand, we can compare your belongings before and after the disaster to more closely estimate how much you have lost. We relay this information directly to your insurance provider to keep paperwork and legal issues for you to a minimum.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is a local authority on flood damage mitigation and restoration procedures. If you have any additional inquiries or require our services for any reason, contact us at (305) 278-8484.

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Leaky Kitchen Plumbing Can Cause Mold in Your Hollywood House

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Leaky Kitchen Plumbing Can Cause Mold in Your Hollywood House Finding mold under your sink gives you the clear indication that there was a leak. Contact SERVPRO to get a handle on the situation.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Infestation to Locate the Cause and Then Remediate the Damage 

Sometimes a leak in your home can go unnoticed for quite some time, and you might not realize it is occurring until it causes a further problem in your home, such as mold damage. When the plumbing under your sink is leaking, it is even easier to miss that it is happening. Most often, that water does not leak out onto your kitchen floor where you can visibly see it. However, the entire time that the leak is happening, the base of the cupboard can absorb the water. Slowly, but steadily, it can damage your home.
 
Eventually, the leak can cause an environment that is consistently moist, which is a perfect setting for the development of mold damage in your Hollywood home. It is essential for you to call for help as soon as you begin to detect mold damage. One of the first signs of mold damage is usually a very particular and musty scent.
 
In some cases, if you look for signs of mold damage while detecting this odor, you may not find any that you can see. However, if the odor is strong enough to catch regularly, it is enough of a reason to reach out to a local restoration company, like SERVPRO.
 
After you phone us, SERVPRO can send a team of technicians to arrive at your home as soon as possible. Upon investigating, we can remove any materials under your sink that the mold has compromised, such as spare cleaning sponges and paper towels.
 
Meanwhile, other SERVPRO technicians can section off your kitchen, taping over any vents and sealing any doorways with plastic sheeting. When dealing with mold damage, it is essential for us not to allow any spores to spread from the room. To make sure that we thoroughly rid your home of the mold damage, we must make sure it stays in one place.
 
Our technicians can remove the bottom section of your cupboard that the mold colony is attached to. Because it is made out of plywood, which is a porous material, it is easier to remove it than trying to remediate it. Mold colonies root themselves into porous materials, making it harder to disinfect.
 
After we remove the plywood base, SERVPRO can thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. Additionally, we can use an antifungal agent to help ensure that mold does not regrow. Finally, we can use an air scrubber to filter our any airborne spores and tackle the foul odor that mold leaves in your home.
 
If you find mold damage in your kitchen, do not delay. Dial (305) 278-8484 to speak with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. No matter the time, we always can take your call.

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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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