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Palmetto Bay Preschool Continues Operations After Water Removal

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Palmetto Bay Preschool Continues Operations After Water Removal Preschools cannot close without causing a hardship on working parents. Contact SERVPRO if you have a water damage situation in your preschool.

SERVPRO's Quick Response Can Keep Your Preschool's Doors Open After Damage

Water intrusion at educational sites challenges Palmetto Bay restoration professionals to bring their very best strategies, skills, and equipment to ensure youngsters experience no disruption to their studies. No business likes the fallout of downtime, but a school with significant water loss issues inconveniences parents and robs the young scholars of quality learning time. Working with an experienced restoration company gives all involved the best chance of a minimal shutdown yet showing favorable results.
 
The large water heater in your preschool cracked overnight, necessitating commercial water removal in several of the rooms in Palmetto Bay. Not only did the 50 gallon capacity of the tank leak, but the fresh water intake continued running, substantially increasing the amount of water flowing through the space. Our plan is straightforward. Find and remove the water, and then use commercial strength drying equipment to restore the teaching and play areas fast.
 
Job one is turning off the water continuing to flow into the ruined heater. Then the pumps and extractors mounted on each SERVPRO response vehicle swiftly evacuate the standing water. The multitude of storage areas and bins in the learning spaces can hide water, so it is crucial that our workers measure moisture levels in a range of places and use scanning technology to locate pockets of water trapped between walls and in various recesses.
 
Hidden water found is pulled out into the extractor tanks using flexible houses and wands designed to get into small or narrow slots. Any residual water may be drained with carefully drilled holes in the removal of sections of drywall. Targets set by SERVPRO employees, trained in psychrometry, the science of drying, inform the temperature, fan speed, and use of desiccant processes as the drying continues. Fast action by our technicians removes moisture before it damages the school’s structure and content, and permits the school to resume operations with a very short interruption.
 
Powerful air movers and dehumidifiers reduce the moisture levels in structures and the air. Rugs, linens, and toys are removed from the space, and SERVPRO cleaning and drying experts launder and dry the items for continued use in the school. Throughout the process, technicians are on high alert for signs of any mildew or mold, which our company can remediate efficiently if found.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the skill and equipment to restore a local preschool after quantities of water soak the area. Waste no time in calling (305) 278-8484 to schedule an inspection and develop a recovery plan.

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What Water Damage Does To Personal Belongings In Previously Flooded Palmetto Bay Homes

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Water Damage Does To Personal Belongings In Previously Flooded Palmetto Bay Homes Palmetto Bay homes with visible water damage received the care necessary to restore them.

Water Damage Restoration

Some of the homes in Palmetto Bay which became waterlogged during the last hurricane season could begin showing residual effects of those horrific weather conditions. Especially true of homes that seemed only to have slight amounts of cosmetic damage, signs of damage can slip under the radar of visual inspections, and then show up later.

Palmetto Bay homes with visible water damage received the care necessary to restore them. However, some homeowners and residents might find that increased humidity and higher moisture levels eventually damaged their personal belongings. This can happen when the ground remains saturated in depressions near the home or because hidden pockets of moisture became trapped slowly and then evaporated into the home.

Water damage can easily cause your belongings to rot and crumble, develop stains and odors from microbial activity or dyes, stick together, and many other things you probably would like to avoid. SERVPRO can help with all of these issues and more. We know how to mitigate the problem from the source of the water to the cleaning and restoration of your valuable personal possessions.

Many people collect items as hobbies, and sometimes the items that make up these collections come at a high price. The loss of one can entail a great deal of difficulty in locating a replacement. Because of their age or the limited number the company produced, some items are irreplaceable.

While water easily damages homes and belongings alike, we also use water, along with specialized cleaning agents, to undo much of the damage condensation and increased moisture levels produce. Cleaning and laundering with unique techniques and agents may take time, but the effects leave belongings in preloss condition. Water damage does not need to mean that you lose your prized collectibles when we perform the detailed work required.

Cleaning one at a time, rinsing well until no residue remains, then ensuring each is dried carefully by blotting with a soft cloth, followed by air drying, can save collectibles made from metal, wood, ceramic, glass, and other substances.

We can restore other items in your home that might seem beyond repair. We at SERVPRO take restoring your belongings seriously. Even when water contains pathogens, we have the training and experience to ensure that your property comes back to you free of microbes.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the tools needed to perform the above, plus the equipment to restore your home to a dry condition again to prevent future water damage. Our 24-hour services are available to you by calling our local number, (305) 278-8484, any day of the year.

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Smoke and Soot from Fire Damage in Your Cutler Ridge Home from Space Heaters

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot from Fire Damage in Your Cutler Ridge Home from Space Heaters Heaters Can Result in Fire and Smoke Damage in Cutler Bay, Need Help? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mitigates Fire and Smoke Harm with Rapid Service

The second leading cause of fires in the U.S. is heating equipment. Over 65,000 home fires begin from improper use or malfunctioning of these units. Careful use of space heaters goes a long way in preventing home fires in Cutler Ridge, and it is essential to educate your whole family on proper usage. Keeping these heaters away from flammable objects, out of high traffic areas where they can pose a tripping hazard, and checking the cords to ensure they are not frayed are essential steps in keeping your family safe.
 
In your Cutler Ridge home, fires and fire damage from space heaters are not as uncommon as you might think and are scary events that can uproot your day to day life. To get your home back in order, reach out to SERVPRO as soon as possible. As an experienced fire damage remediation company, we have all the tools and expertise needed to help you and your family recover.
 
When dealing with cleanup after a fire, a significant component we deal with is smoke. As materials burn and decompose, they give off solid particles, aerosols, and gases which become suspended in the air. These suspended materials are smoke.
 
The invisible components of smoke are gases. Burning organic compounds make oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. Besides fire gases, smoke consists of fine particles of matter and aerosols as well. The particles are what makes smoke visible, and they also absorb odors, making the soot smell.
 
Once smoke settles on surfaces, it is many times referred to as soot. These residues can have various kinds of acids since sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with the humidity in the air or with moisture to create acids. The acidic soot residues create discoloration and corrosion if they stay on materials for too long.
 
At SERVPRO, we understand that time is of the essence with smoke and soot damage, which is why we waste no time in getting to your home once you contact us.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can be trusted to thoroughly and quickly clean your home after a fire to prevent further damages from occurring. Anyone residing in the areas of Cutler Ridge, Three Lakes, or Franjo should reach out to us at (305) 278-8484 as soon as the fire is out.

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Protect Against Winter Mold Damage in Cutler Bay

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Protect Against Winter Mold Damage in Cutler Bay Once mold starts growing, it is hard to get it under control without professional help. Keep your moisture levels in check and contact SERVPRO.

Prevention is Key When Mold Damage is the Issue

People do not associate Florida with cold winters or deep snow drifts, so it is easy to assume that Cutler Bay residents need not concern themselves with winter preparation. However, it is still essential to protect against fungal growth in winter as that is a problem that might arise at any time of year. The winter months in Florida still have high humidity compared to other places in the United States, and humid conditions are unfortunately the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. SERVPRO recommends homeowners take steps to protect against winter mold damage.
 
The fungus has the potential to cause mold damage in Cutler Bay homes. The microscopic spores spread through the air and can even enter the home through HVAC units, on clothes or shoes, or on the fur of household pets. Spores can grow wherever they find a source of moisture, and organic material to use as food, such as paper or drywall. Humidity is a problem in our state all year round, which is why we recommend precautionary measures.
 
It is a good idea to invest in one or more dehumidifiers for the home. A dehumidifier draws extra moisture from the air and condenses it so you can empty the water down the drain.
 
Always make sure your HVAC system is working efficiently, as HVAC systems provide a prime breeding ground for mold to grow. Do not allow water to pool within the system; remove it immediately and carry out any necessary repairs.
 
It is also a good idea to keep your home well ventilated. Open doors and windows from time to time to let air circulate.
 
Always be mindful of places in your home where water pools or where you notice condensation dripping on walls or other surfaces. Bathrooms and kitchens both tend to be damp, and basements and laundry rooms are often damp, too. Take steps to wipe away excess water, and deal with any faults such as broken pipes, dripping taps, or leaking windows immediately.
 
Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to wipe, scrub, and HEPA vacuum spores away, and we equip our staff with dehumidifiers to dry affected areas.
 
For help with mold remediation in Franjo, Palmetto Bay, Perrine, Goulds and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 today.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Cutler Bay Home

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Cutler Bay Home A fire can start quickly in a kitchen, call SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out to remediate the damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home After a Fire

A fire in your Cutler Bay home can be devastating. Your kitchen is a place where a fire can quickly start with a bit of grease and an unattended stove. Even after a small fire, your home can be affected by extensive smoke and water damage. Prompt, professional repair and restoration are needed so additional damage and issues like mold and wood rot can be prevented.

Fires are scary events, no matter the size, and leave behind fire damage plus water and smoke damage. Your Cutler Bay home needs the professionals from SERVPRO to help restore it back to its original condition, and it needs to be done in a timely fashion. At SERVPRO, we understand this and do not hesitate in getting to your home once you contact us.

There are various steps we take to complete restoration services in your home after a fire. With mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop any more damage. Your home is likely wet from fire-fighting efforts, too, so it needs emergency drying to stop any secondary water damage.

Cleaning your home after it has been damaged by fire focuses on removing smoke residues from the structure and deodorizing odors that are given off by these residues. The SERVPRO technician talks with you during the process so you understand which structural components can be cleaned and which cannot be. Replacement or repair is necessary for such items.

Your personal property also must be cleaned of smoke residues. In some situations, we can clean them right at your home. Other times, we need to pack and move some items out to a different location for cleaning and storage.

If the fire and smoke spread into a living room or adjacent room where electronics have been damaged, we often subcontract specialty cleaning of these contents. It can also include furniture refinishing, dry cleaning of clothes, and cleaning of expensive artwork.

Sometimes, fires are severe enough that we cannot restore the structural components of your home. Reconstructing and repairing these components might require different skills, so we work with licensed general contractors to get your home repaired and safe again.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay works efficiently and quickly to restore your home after a kitchen fire. Residents of Three Lakes, Franjo, or Cutler Ridge should contact us right away at (305) 278-8484 once the fire is out.

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Some Of The Sources Of Commercial Water Damage In Palmetto Bay

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Some Of The Sources Of Commercial Water Damage In Palmetto Bay Commercial water damage is fast becoming a serious threat for business owners.

Sources Of Commercial Water Damage

Commercial water damage is fast becoming a serious threat for business owners in Palmetto Bay. If you aren't careful, it can cause thousands of dollars of losses in stock and bring your business to its knees. To ensure that your hard work is not frustrated, you need to take a few measures to protect your shop, store, or warehouse. This includes identifying some of the possible sources of water damage in your premises to be able to control them effectively.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience commercial water damage in your Palmetto Bay business, you can count on SERVPRO to restore everything to its original state. After calculating inventory loss, our technicians can come in and begin the restoration process. The idea is to return your property to pre-damage conditions using IICRC guidelines, ensuring that you get back to work quickly, "Like it never even happened."

Plumbing failures are some of the most common causes of commercial water damage reported to SERVPRO. They can easily cause a flood by releasing hundreds of gallons of water into the building. The usual suspects include malfunctioning sprinkler systems, loose hoses, frozen or broken pipes, and other plumbing sources.

Unexpected flooding can also occur as a result of sudden, intense rainfalls. Heavy downpours can rapidly flood drains, gutters, and downspouts, with the overflow causing extensive commercial water damage to your building. If this happens unexpectedly, SERVPRO can assess the extent of the damage and detect any sources causing water leaks into the structure. Minor leaks are easily overlooked but often lead to water damage issues needing repair. Bathrooms, attics, ceilings, hallways, and wall cavities are especially prone to mold growth from prolonged exposure.

Warehouse vehicles are vital to the efficient running of your day-to-day operations and, therefore, you need to take steps to protect them from commercial water damage. This can be as simple as moving them to higher ground in the event of a weather warning. Parking them on an inclined loading bay, for instance, can keep them from soaking in pools of water that might damage the hydraulics system, engine, or other parts of the truck.

If your business sustains commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is there to help. We have an extensive stock of resources that can counter any type of water damage on your property. Call us today at (305) 278-8484.

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Issues Secondary To Hurricane Damage In Cutler Bay

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Issues Secondary To Hurricane Damage In Cutler Bay Cutler Bay and Hurricane Irma Get Help from the EPA and SERVPRO

Cutler Bay Can Experience Hurricane Irma Unforeseen Damages

Residents of Cutler Bay may have escaped significant structural damage during this year’s hurricane season, but problems affecting your home still arise when the area’s infrastructure takes a hit. Extended periods with no power cause damage you may not foresee. Our restoration crews help with all types of secondary harm.
 
Hurricane damage in Cutler Bay takes time to manifest when due to electrical outages. You risk structural and contents damage if you try to ride out the days to a week or more without a plan for adequate alternative power. A generator that does not provide enough wattage to keep your food storage appliances and climate control systems running may leave you in a difficult situation. We have strategies to ease your burden.
 
Food stored in a freezer or refrigerator that cannot keep it consistently cold enough threatens the health and safety of your family. You planned to have a generous cache of nourishment to get you through the post-hurricane time, but instead, find you must deal with hundreds of pounds of spoiled food. SERVPRO has experience with this type of cleanup on both commercial and residential scales.
 
Exacerbating the circumstances may be the failure of your AC and dehumidifier components to keep ambient moisture at or below recommended levels, 30 to 50 percent, in the wet, humid aftermath of the hurricane. Mold needs less than 48 hours to absorb moisture and begin growing on any available surface. Humidity levels of over 60 percent offer enough moisture to support mold growth without any water incursions. The food rotting in your refrigerator or freezer provides more than ample nourishment for significant growth of mold colonies. Indeed, spoiled food by definition is contaminated with microbial growth.
 
SERVPRO trains technicians in the cleaning industry’s best practices when responding to large quantities of moldy food, personal belongings, and building materials. We follow the lead of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols and local health codes to contain and remove mold and the items infested by the quickly multiplying microbial colonies. Our crews protect non-affected areas of your home through the use of negative pressure air scrubbers during the cleaning and removal. Antimicrobial products sanitize the surfaces where spoiled food and mold overgrowth were found. Disposal of the contaminated items is completed as prescribed by law.
 
If relief is replaced by panic when your home survives the hurricane only to suffer from the aftermath, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. Our experienced teams of mold remediators and biohazard cleanup technicians have the answer.

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Mold Damage In Palmetto Bay? Why Bleach Is Not The Answer

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Palmetto Bay? Why Bleach Is Not The Answer Put Down the Bleach and Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Palmetto Bay

Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Palmetto Bay

Most householders face mold at some point. The fungus proliferates in an area where there is a food source plus moisture, which means that most Palmetto Bay homes have a bathroom, laundry room or kitchen that provides ideal growing conditions. It is quite likely that you have seen articles or posts telling you to handle a mold outbreak by spraying or wiping with bleach. However, mitigating mold damage is not as simple as using bleach.
 
SERVPRO understands that Palmetto Bay homeowners are eager to remove signs of mold damage as soon as they spot them. That is why it is our remit to provide a professional service that leaves your home “Like it never even happened.” However, we encourage householders in the local are to call us at the first sign of mold, rather than wipe with bleach and hope for the best.
 
There are two main reasons that bleach is not always the best option.
 
One is that bleach might not kill every single hypha, the thread-like cells that make up the vegetative part of the fungus. Even a few surviving hyphae can release more spores, which can settle throughout your home and grow new colonies.
 
The second reason is that in some cases applying bleach might even make the problem worse. You see, if mold grows on a porous material such as wood, wiping with bleach does not remove the fungus because it has grown into the material. Unfortunately, the water part of most household bleach solutions can provide moisture for the fungus to grow, which is why we do not recommend it.
 
The best way to deal with mold damage in your home is to call SERVPRO. We train our technicians in multiple cleaning techniques. Our staff knows when to scrape or use wire wool, and when detergent is the best option. We also know that removing visible signs of mold is only one part of remediation – to be truly useful we must dry out the affected area and cut the fungus off from its source of moisture.
 
For help with fungal growth in Three Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Princeton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 today.

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Fire Damage Replacement In Cutler Bay

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Replacement In Cutler Bay It is still storm season, and a house fire is a year-round risk for everybody.

Fire Damage Replacement

Cutler Bay missed the worst of Irma’s damage, but that does not mean our city is free from other risks. It is still storm season, and a house fire is a year-round risk for everybody.

Compared to flooding, Cutler Bay fire damage is rare, but that makes no difference to someone who watched smoke billowing out of their doors, windows, and perhaps even the roof. Although direct flame and heat damage is usually minor compared to smoke and soot residue removal, SERVPRO knows the cost to replace structural damage can be extensive.

If there is major damage to the home, our response team follows a prescribed task list that allows us to remove and replace walls and support structure in a safe, yet rapid manner to reduce costs and quickly return residents to their homes. Once we have the all-clear from the local fire marshal, we remove all damaged property from the house and perform our inspection, starting with the foundation.

A fast-burning fire often blisters and cracks the concrete surface. Our response team uses hand tools and powered grinders to remove the damaged areas and prepare them for new concrete. The surface we pour blends seamlessly with any undamaged surfaces.

Now that we have a solid floor, team members begin work on the support structure. Every SERVPRO technician is trained to install temporary support columns and jacks while others start replacing wall framing, window, and door frames, and even load-bearing walls if we determine the wood suffered too much damage or absorbed too many odors to remain in place.

Putting a home back together does not stop with installing new supports and hanging sheetrock though. Heat and smoke also destroy kitchen appliances, water heaters, and HVAC systems. Our personnel is certified with most major manufacturers to install their machines and hook them up to local utilities. As this is part of our service, it is cheaper to engage us than to set-up a separate appointment with either the manufacturer or the retailing store.

Restoring and rebuilding your home is not just a job to SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Every house is one of our neighbors, and we work hard to maintain that attitude with every customer. If you require our services or have a question, call us today at (305) 278-8484.

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Why Flood Damage from Flood Waters in Palmetto Bay is Dangerous

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Flood Damage from Flood Waters in Palmetto Bay is Dangerous Rely on SERVPRO if you experience a flood damage emergency.

SERVPRO’s First Priority During a Flash Flood is Safety

Storms, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes have one thing in common: they can cause significant flood damage to your home. Flood waters are ruthless and can come without warning. In some cases, you may not be able to protect yourself from the resultant losses, even after foreseeing the calamity. The best way to protect yourself is taking precautionary measures beforehand, like insuring your home and having a reputable restoration company in your phone book.

Over the last few decades, SERVPRO has been providing flood damage restoration services to different places in the country, including Palmetto Bay. Our technicians are highly skilled and highly experienced, certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have a wide range of equipment for dealing with all sorts of emergencies, and we are strategically located to respond quickly to your situation.

The worst part of flood damage occurs primarily from the mere force of flowing water. Six inches of flood water can knock you off your feet, while two feet of water is forceful enough to sweep a car away. This impact can seem surprising, considering that you can easily swim in the ocean without much trouble, and that is a lot of moving water. Even a flowing river is not strong enough to knock someone over.

Flood waters are dangerous because they tend to apply a lot more pressure than a calm sea or an ordinary river. SERVPRO technicians often have to relocate most of the items in the house to avoid further damage. The main reason behind the massive pressure is the large differences in water volume during many floods. During a flood, much water may accumulate in one area while another area is almost dry. Since water is relatively heavy, it moves quickly to acquire its own level. The force of movement is directly proportional to the difference between water volumes across a region. At a certain point, the water may not look so deep or even dangerous -- until it is too late.

Flash floods cause the most devastating flood damage, as they occur from a sudden, intense buildup of water. They hit an area immediately after the water starts to accumulate, so you may not see them coming most of the time. In this case, the first priority for SERVPRO emergency responders is safety. Since flash floods involve a significant amount of water accumulating in one area, they can move with a great deal of force, knocking over anything in their path. The damage is more intense when a strong thunderstorm causes a heavy downpour on a mountain, which then cascades down at a tremendous speed.

If you have a flood damage emergency in your area, you can count on SERVPRO of Cutler Bay to restore your property. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and have the expertise to handle all your restoration needs. Call us anytime on (305) 278-8484.

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