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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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Minimizing Miami Mold Damage as the Weather Warms

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Minimizing Miami Mold Damage as the Weather Warms Uncaulked windows and doors can allow moist, warm air into your home causing condensation that can result in mold growth.

SERVPRO Can Help To Remediate Mold Damage and Help to Prevent Future Mold Growth

Homeowners in Miami do well to prepare for the warmer spring and summer months. Adjustments that work to prevent or minimize the risk of mold growth as the temperature and humidity soar should be part of your seasonal routine. We definitely can help with remediation if microbes win a battle, and have recommendations to reduce the chance of mold issues returning afterward.

Miami homeowners can unwittingly encourage mold damage as they ready homes for hot and humid conditions. Mold thrives only when exposed to a source of moisture, encompassing not only the lingering effects of water damage but also including interior humidities of higher than 60 percent. Closing windows helps keep the heat outside but limits the ventilation needed to promote the good air circulation that maintains lower ambient humidity. We suggest improving air flow through the consistent use of exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Checking the lint traps and ensuring a clear duct to the outside for your clothes dryer also reduces mold-friendly humidity levels.

When called to a mold damage scenario in South Florida, SERVPRO workers always check for condensation problems. Uncaulked windows and doors allow moist and warmer air to enter your home, resulting in moisture condensing on cooler window sills and door frames. Mold spores already in the home or hitching a ride inside absorb even those few drops or filming of water in those areas, growing to a rapidly multiplying colony in just days. Upgrading weatherproofing can help, including evaluating how well your insulation is protecting your interior walls from heating up enough to condense moisture from the cooler interior air.

SERVPRO technicians train extensively in moisture monitoring and use hygrometers to determine the moisture content of the air and building materials. We work with you to reduce air moisture levels inside to between 30 and 50 percent. To accomplish this, we urge the consistent use of dehumidifiers and properly cleaned, well-maintained, and appropriately sized air conditioners. Air conditioning, whether employing central or window units, reduces humidity through the use of condenser coils. Humid air feels hotter and stickier; pulling moisture out through AC applications makes the air quality more comfortable and eliminates a fuel source for mold growth.

Although SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is always ready to perform effective mold remediation for members of our community, our mission is to assist you in avoiding the conditions that cause fungal outbreaks during the summer months. Call for an inspection at (305) 278-8484, and we look forward to devising a summer mold damage mitigation plan for you.

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Protecting Your Lanes from Commercial Water Damage in Miami

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Protecting Your Lanes from Commercial Water Damage in Miami If your bowling alley suffers from water damage, contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and restoration services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Your Property and Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

Managing a large establishment that serves the needs of a diverse client base in Miami includes everyday maintenance plus seasonal tasks that help keep things running smoothly. Because bowling often makes people hungry, keeping your kitchen facilities in tip-top shape can ensure this portion of your profits remains viable. However, accidents in the kitchen can lead to problems in other areas of your establishment.
 
When a bowling alley sustains commercial water damage in Miami, it can affect any area of your business, including the main attraction - your lanes. While your tavern area, other gaming facilities, and lounge might suffer some damage, the wood covering your lanes can become ruined relatively quickly when exposed to water. This can also happen when a small fire initiates sprinklers over the lanes to activate. Regardless of the source of the water, SERVPRO acts quickly to make everything "Like it never even happened."
 
Mopping up water when you find it on top of wood surfaces may suffice if without delay. However, if any length of time passed, penetration through both the pores of the wood and the seams between the wooden strips can mean water exists in each strips' interior, as well as below it and to its sides. This condition, surrounded by water and moisture often spells trouble in the way of curling, splitting, cracking, and warping - attributes not even novice bowlers tolerate.
 
Our Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) knows how to provide the services your bowling alley requires in such situations and can help your business recover quickly. When your offices suffer, we can help preserve documents and other items, including furniture, from intensive damage. The same goes for furniture in your tavern and lounge. When damage occurs in an isolated area, this needs attention, as well, to prevent secondary water damages from occurring. Water damage happens quickly and then spreads in an outward manner wherever the water goes. It never goes away on its own.
 
When we must remove materials from your bowling alley, business owners can rest assured that SERVPRO always provides training to our technicians on carrying out complex tasks in occupied buildings. Your employees still must fulfill their duties, and we work diligently to ensure our presence does not become a hindrance to them. Our crews understand it is also crucial that we minimize your business' downtime, if any, as much as possible.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay hires qualified technicians from our local areas who are proud to serve the communities around Cutler Bay, Franjo, and Perrine. Water damage happens quickly, so when your business suffers such damage, contact our 24-hour service line at (305) 278-8484. We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Fire Damage Incidents in Cutler Ridge Need Professional Attention

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage Incidents in Cutler Ridge Need Professional Attention Fire restoration is not only removing smoke and soot damage but also cleaning water damage left behind by the efforts to put the fire out.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Proccess

The occurrence of fire damage incidents causes a lot of disruption and losses. There is also the emotional toll that any property owner in Cutler Ridge is likely to experience when the unfortunate incident occurs. Fire restoration is not all about removing the smoke and soot particles that settle on items after the fire. There are certain steps to follow when dealing with such issues for a successful restoration.

Fire damage events in Cutler Ridge require you to remain calm as you work with restoration service providers like SERVPRO. When our technicians are working for you, they first determine the degree of the damage before they can start to clean the soot and smoke particles on the walls. It is a detailed inspection that uses specialized tools together with IICRC recommended procedures.

When putting off the fire, water and fire suppressants are normally used. Our technicians understand that the stagnant water may create conducive conditions for mold growth and as a result drain it immediately. After draining the water, we perform deodorization that neutralizes any existent odors. Where necessary, our SERVPRO team ventilates the area to address the odor situation.

Sometimes when our SERVPRO technicians are performing restoration procedures, they come across preloss conditions that were existing before the fire. For instance, the areas that might be having pre-existing soiling will need cleaning. We readily clean such areas and remove any visible mold growth during the restoration. We only require you to remove your jewelry, ammunition, guns and any other personal items before we can start our work. Where necessary, we perform move-outs in an attempt to prevent your contents from further damage.

Our technicians always observe safety measures when working for you. For instance, when performing thermal fogging, we ensure that pets and everyone leave the site. We also put on protective gear to prevent any possible irritation when spraying some of the deodorants.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay works around the clock to control any mold, fire, water and storm disasters. Call us at (305) 278-8484 when you need to work with a trusted leader to restore your property.  

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Cutler Ridge

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Cutler Ridge When your sprinkler system fails, water can flood your business. If you do experience water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business Property

Despite the extreme weather which can strike our community, Cutler Ridge businesses usually have more problems with water from common sources like a split water line or faulty sprinklers. These problems invariably occur overnight and leave owners a mess when they come in to open their doors the next morning.

How quickly we can remove the commercial water damage from a Cutler Ridge business depends on the amount of water and the contents inside. For example, if the sprinklers fail in a fabric store, SERVPRO technicians spend more time drying inventory than the actual building.

Regardless of the source of the water, our first task is to stop or block it. If the store owner has not already done so, we can start with turning off the water main. After that, we attempt to find the failure. Our restoration specialists can repair or replace minor issues like a rusted out connection, but if there is a major system failure, we recommend calling a licensed plumber.

Our next step is to remove any standing water inside the business. We can do this with a combination of pumps and water extraction wands. The pumps remove most of the excess water, and then we use the wands to draw remaining amounts off of surfaces and out of carpets.

Usually, we try to complete this action to have a dry, safe environment to walk across before moving on to the next task. In a fabric store, however, some types of cloth can begin to rot after it absorbs too much water. There is also the risk of mold spores expanding and growing on damp inventory.

SERVPRO technicians can stop this with dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers. We first set up the dehumidifiers to begin drawing moisture from not just the nearby bolts of cloth, but surrounding air as well. Each of these devices can remove up to 25 gallons of water per day.

To assist with the dehumidifiers, we set up fans to draw out the damp, cool air from the structure and force it outside. This action also helps to circulate the air which further dries the inventory. Next, we set up air movers to force warm, dry air across the fabrics to speed up drying them.

If there is a large amount of cloth which was soaked, we can bring in tall racks used to dry curtains and drapes. We can then spread out the bolts which make the operation of the air movers and other devices more efficient.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our goal is to help you reopen your doors as quickly as possible. If you need our help, call today at (305) 278-8484 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Palmetto Bay's Expert Mold Damage Team

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Palmetto Bay's Expert Mold Damage Team It is important to rely on professional mitigation experts to restore your home after water damage to prevent mold damage from being a future issue.

Water Damage Often Leaves Behind Hidden Mold Damage

Having problems with your home happens to all of us every once in awhile. The worst scenario is when problems occur in your Palmetto Bay house due to an issue that did not get repaired in the first place. Sometimes when fixing a problem, it is easy to overlook issues in some areas.

Whenever your home suffers water damage, it is possible to overlook places water seeps into. This is one reason why calling SERVPRO's mold damage specialists in Palmetto Bay for every water damage scenario is essential. If a water damage problem is not taken care of correctly or at all, the possibility of a mold problem existing in your house becomes more likely.

Sometimes a fungus grows inside a home from water getting into an area and the homeowner not noticing the wet area. Other times a slow leak can exist inside an appliance or water pipe, and you may not notice the water is leaking until fungi have already developed in the region. Mold needs water, an organic food source and the right temperature to develop.

Once mold growth takes place, your house's building materials are at risk. Moreover, once a fungus is present, it can spread to other areas of your house quickly. Fungi reproduce by creating microscopic pores that float in the air and look for another place to grow. The existence of fungi can rot building materials and ruin the structural integrity of your residence. Many types of mold can also cause health effects.

Most of the time mold is detected by the homeowner seeing or smelling it. When fungi are present, they produce a musty odor that at times is noticed throughout the dwelling. It is also possible to see that a fungus exists. Often mold looks like black dots and other times green colors and white fuzz are noticeable.

Whenever anyone thinks there may be any chance at all that their home is mold infested, they should call SERVPRO immediately. Our team of IICRC certified specialists can use top of the line procedures and equipment to mitigate your fungi issue. Even if mold appears invisible, it may still exist and any area that stayed wet for a significant period must get thoroughly and professionally inspected.

Don't take the chance and wonder if you have mold in your house or not. Any suspicion you have that a fungus exists warrants your attention. Don't let a small problem turn big, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for assistance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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