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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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Water Damage In Your Hollywood Home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Your Hollywood Home If the tank somehow cracks or breaks, you could end up with excessive water damage.

Water Damage In Your Home

Many homeowners in Hollywood enjoy the look of a fish tank in their home. It is calming to watch the fish swim around, and some people like the waterfall noise of the filter. However, if the tank somehow cracks or breaks, you could end up with excessive water damage. The water can affect flooring, ceilings if the tank is upstairs, plus furniture and other belongings near the tank.

An incident where your fish tank breaks can be overwhelming, especially when your pets are going everywhere besides the water. Your Hollywood home that was fine a few seconds ago is now under several gallons of water which needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent even further water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can assist you anytime you need us, so don’t hesitate to give us a call right away.

Most of the time when carpeting is involved, we need to disengage carpet and remove the pad. Because the pad is inexpensive, a new pad can be installed when the carpet is put back. When doing so, the carpet is already cut to fit the room, so reinstallation is a matter of positioning the carpet correctly and stretching it back onto the tackless strip. Seams might have to cut seams at doorways when the carpet was taken out, so re-seaming is usually required.

When reinstalling the carpet, SERVPRO techs first ensure the subfloor is thoroughly dry and level. We vacuum and sweep to remove any debris and remove furniture and doors as necessary. We also check the carpet for weak seams, delamination, mold damage, or tears. We also reinstall the tackles strip when needed.

A new pad the same thickness, type, and density as the old one is installed. The pad is laid out using tackles for a straight edge and is installed at right angles to the carpet seams. We cut the pad to fit the biggest areas first, using a sharp blade. The paid is laid down slick side facing up so the carpet can slide over it. We tape the seams of the pad and anchor it with double-sided, non-paper tape, glue, or staples.

When SERVPRO of Cutler Bay cleans up water damage in your home in Three Lakes, Franjo, or Perrine, we want to not only dry everything out but restore your home to the way it was. Call us at (305) 278-8484 so we can come and take care of the damage for you.

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The Likelihood of Flood Damage To Your Kendall Home

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Likelihood of Flood Damage To Your Kendall Home While these raging storms can create all manner of lasting damages to your home, flood damage to your Kendall home might get discussed the least.

Flood Damage To Your Home

Coastal communities always have a mindset of protecting themselves and neighbors from the threats of natural disasters. The unfortunate side of the mindset is that it often is an overwhelmingly impossible task. With the fast changing weather systems out from the coast, Kendall homes can go from mild and pleasant weather to raging storms in a short span of time, leaving homeowners with little time to brace themselves for what might occur.

While these raging storms can create all manner of lasting damages to your home, flood damage to your Kendall home might get discussed the least. Often this is considered a cause and effect situation following significant structural damage or a weakening of the exterior of your home which allowed water to pour through unabated during the severe weather event. Flooding in your home is nothing to get brushed off, as the damage it has already caused only ends up getting worse.

After gale force winds and a raging storm that passed through, your entire neighborhood is likely ought walking their property and assessing the potential damage. After this initial assessment of their home’s condition is when people think about our experienced SERVPRO team. We get thoroughly trained in flood damage restoration techniques so that the process gets done promptly and professionally.

Since damage to the structure of your home was a likely culprit to the excessive water damage that you experienced, sealing off these holes with tarps and boards can help to limit the further elemental damage. While significant damages to the structural integrity of your home require a residential construction contractor to repair, part of our restoration process involves controlled demolition to prepare your home for its reconstruction needs adequately.

Extraction and drying are processes that are the backbone of flood damage restoration, but also two steps that have to get done correctly. Failure to remove all the water could allow for mold growth and fungal organisms to sprout up in the affected area. Out SERVPRO professionals utilize thermal technology to ensure that all of the water has gotten removed and dried successfully.

Severe weather can strike the community without much warning. When you find yourself ill-prepared and in need of restoration services from storm and flood damage, trust SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Our certified restoration specialists are available 24/7 by calling (305) 278-8484.

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Fire Damage Specialists In Kendall Can Help

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Specialists In Kendall Can Help Smoke and Soot Residue Get Cleanup by SERVPRO in Kendall

SERVPRO Tries to Restore Not Replace Items Affected by Smoke and Fire

When a fire starts inside your Kendall home, there are many ways to restore a house back to its original condition. Depending on the extent of damage, cleaning may solve the problem. The more objects and building materials inside a structure that get cleaned, the cheaper the mitigation process becomes.

To reduce the total cost of restoring your house in the event of a major fire, it is necessary to repair as many items with cleaning as possible. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Kendall have specific chemicals that make it possible to clean many types of smoke residues and save contents and materials. If an object cannot get cleaned, then it either gets replaced or resurfaced so that the problem gets solved
 
If building materials or contents get severely charred or burnt in a fire, they usually get replaced. Sometimes soot residue coats an item so thickly that replacement is necessary. Replacement is the most costly method to use during restoration, so it gets avoided at all costs.
 
If objects get charred but are salvageable many times, they get resurfaced. Structural surfaces often get repainted with a sealant. Items made out of fabric get re-upholstered when smoke damage is severe. Wooden contents sometimes get sanded down and refinished.
 
Cleaning during fire restoration means removing smoke residues and deodorizing smoke odors. When cleaning there are multiple principles and elements of cleaning that get followed. Fire damages present a variety of challenges due to the many ways that heat, oxygen, moisture, and gases interact to form smoke residues. The type of smoke damage varies depending on factors including the variety of materials inside the building, and the effects smoke has on the elements.
 
Due to a large number of variables, it is difficult to establish fixed, defined procedures for cleaning fire damages. To be successful, our experts always use a variety of different methods to clean soot residues.
 
Different combinations of the principles and elements of cleaning usually get used to mitigate a fire damage issue properly. For professional help dealing with smoke and soot, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for help 24/7.

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Kendall’s Water Damage Professionals

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Kendall’s Water Damage Professionals SERVPRO responds quickly to dry out your home after water damage.

SERVPRO’s Professional Technicians Thoroughly Dry Out Your Home after Water Damage

All houses wear and tear as they age and things tend to break. Sometimes water pipes or appliances break inside your Kendall home, causing water to escape. Unwanted moisture causes many problems inside your building.

It is never a good idea to leave moisture in your house without addressing the problem. SERVPRO's water damage experts in Kendall are IICRC certified and experienced in preventing future problems. Not only does water ruin contents and building materials, if left unattended, mold growth possibly occurs.

When our SERVPRO specialists first arrive at your residence, we start by securing the work area. Then, we extract any standing water that is present. Depending on moisture levels, often specialized equipment gets used to pull moisture out of carpet and upholstery.

During the drying step, there are two different ways we proceed to mitigate your moisture issue. We always use either an open or closed drying system.

Anytime you are attempting to dry out a building; moisture must get removed from the air. An open drying system uses air from the outside to create air circulation that dries out building materials. This system is only efficient when the air outside of the building has significantly less moisture than the air inside.

In many cases, a closed drying system is more efficient. This type of system creates airflow only in the area that is affected and seals off any air coming from the outside or unaffected areas inside the building. In this scenario, we typically use air movers and dehumidifiers to create the best environment for drying.

Air movers increase the rate of evaporation in the building. High-velocity airflows that come from them remove moist air next to wet surfaces and replaces it with dry air. The specialized equipment makes it possible to clamp carpet onto the exhaust and "float" it. We also have shrouds that get attached to the snout, allowing the movers to push air into wall cavities or under cabinets.

There is much science involved when it comes to drying out moisture issues inside your home. The best idea is to call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for help 24/7.  

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