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Hollywood Fire Loss from Electrical Overloads Can Be Avoided--SERVPRO Tip

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hollywood Fire Loss from Electrical Overloads Can Be Avoided--SERVPRO Tip SERVPRO Says Protect Your Hollywood Home From Electrical Fires

The Dangers of Stressed Electrical Systems in Your Hollywood Home

There are many working systems throughout your Hollywood residence that most homeowners know very little about, much less know enough to determine a potential problem. From the plumbing network hidden in the walls of the house to the electrical systems running to every fixture and outlet throughout the property, there is much to learn about the misuse of these systems that could lead to severe situations.

Your electrical system is one of the frequent causes of fire damage throughout the Hollywood area. Our SERVPRO technicians have the training and the industry-leading equipment to overcome these fire damages as you experience them, but it might be wise to inform yourself about potential problems that you could cause your home that lead to combustion and fire effects.

One thing that every homeowner should educate themselves about is the limitations of their electrical systems, namely the outlets spread out throughout the residence. It is becoming more and more commonplace to overload these outlets with the higher number of electronics and equipment used in the house these days. While many outlets are designed to trip rather than overheat and catch fire, this is not always the case.

Even those intended to prevent power surges or overheating fail, which can lead to a fire originating at the outlet and spreading quickly through the wall cavity, wall materials, and into whatever spaces share that area. Materials like drywall and insulation can ignite rapidly. Fire can spread fast, affecting many areas and causing widespread damages before it gets extinguished.

Even after the primary concerns of the spreading fire get resolved, lingering effects like smoke and soot damage add to a long list of symptoms that must get addressed before your home can feel the same again.

While it is wise to educate yourself as best you can about the limitations of your outlets and the system running through your home, it is impossible for every homeowner to prevent the possibility of fires entirely. Whenever disaster strikes, our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay restoration technicians can help. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (305) 278-8484.

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Is Mold Lurking in Your Miami Home?

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Lurking in Your Miami Home? Water damage can lead to mold. SERVPRO has the technology and expertise to eliminate mold.

The Detection and Containment Process of Mold Damage in Miami

After you have experienced a flood or water damage and had to clean up the mess, there is still another problem waiting for you. When excess water is on your establishment, it can result in the growth of mold and other microorganisms. Mold damage can cause health issues, so it is crucial to detect it immediately and get rid of them. It can be a little tricky because the spores can flow in the air and it is hard to see these tiny particles.  

Detecting mold damage in Miami starts by assessing the environment. The initial step in mold remediation is to determine if you have mold or not. Mold is usually dark specs that can be in various surfaces of your establishment. They often have a strong musty odor that is very pungent and unpleasant. If you suspect the presence of mold, it’s best to contact the professional. This situation is not the type of project that you can wear a glove and get rid of the contaminated material in the trashcan. This situation needs someone with skills and expertise to solve the problem.

SERVPRO technicians can come in to inspect the area to see the extent of the damage. They can help establish a containment to ensure that the mold does not spread. The SERVPRO techs can install plastic sheets that act as a containment barrier. They can even create negative air pressure in contaminated areas. Afterward, they can seal the HVAC vent to prevent the duck system from getting contaminated. Another crucial matter that we cannot ignore is to ensure that your establishment is completely dry. After all, mold often grows from the wet area, so it only makes sense to dry your environment to prevent the situation from escalating any further. The tech can utilize advanced technologies such as air mover and following other drying procedures to prevent the spread of mold spores throughout the structure. Another tool that these techs often use is a dehumidifier to help them through the drying process. Once you have detected the mold and completed the proper containment procedure, your technician can provide you with more strategic assistance through the mitigation process.  

If you are interested in the detection and containment process of mold damage, then give SERVPRO of Cutler Bay a call at (305) 278-8484, and we can send our expert technicians to assess the area.

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Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Team Travels to North Carolina After Hurricane Florence

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Team Travels to North Carolina After Hurricane Florence In the Hurricane Florence aftermath, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Responds to the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Welcome Center Recovery.

SERVPRO assisting with the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Welcome Center recovery after Hurricane Florence

Even with all of the precautionary measures and warnings for North Carolina residents as Hurricane Florence approached, many people could not adequately prepare for the devastation that this storm brought to the coastline. Record-breaking flooding and widespread destruction followed winds more than 100 MPH and torrential rainfall that quickly brought rivers, streams and other bodies of water well beyond their capacities.

One of the North Carolina commercial properties that experienced its fair share of this destructive force moving in from the Atlantic was the welcome center for the docked U.S.S. North Carolina battleship. When the roof became severely damaged by the high winds, high volumes of water could penetrate into the building and flooded the large center entirely. Fortunately for this commercial property, our National Recovery team was already gearing up to make the trip North to the Carolinas to offer disaster relief and recovery efforts to this ravaged region.

Our SERVPRO franchise is one of only a handful in the country that has the means and capacity to dispatch a large team of our trained professionals to help those in need throughout the country when massive natural disasters like Hurricane Florence hit. Our team arrived amid the chaos, moving the necessary equipment and technicians to the welcome center for the battleship via a boat.

While our crews are still working to restore this building to its original conditions, our loyalties always lie with the community that we serve here in Florida. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Cutler Bay emergency response team a call anytime that your home or business falls victim to an unexpected disaster. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (305) 278-8484.

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SERVPRO's Rules For Neutralizing Odors During Our Fire Damage Restoration In Hollywood

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Rules For Neutralizing Odors During Our Fire Damage Restoration In Hollywood Where fire has occurred so too does the odor of smoke and soot residues.

Neutralizing Odors After Fire Damage In Hollywood

Where fire has occurred so too does the odor of smoke and soot residues. These unpleasant smells are intensified by the type of materials that burnt in the initial fire. Synthetic materials, for example, tend to release toxins and have a much more prominent odor than natural materials like wood. It's not always possible to identify every source of the odor, which is why having a variety of methods and techniques is essential to combating it effectively.

When properties burn at higher temperatures, the residues can become thicker and release a stronger odor. When we deal with the odors left behind after fire damage in Hollywood homes, our first port of call is in finding the source of the odor. Since smoke travels through any air pockets and into the smallest gaps, it is not always possible to locate the source.

Locating the source of an odor makes our job easier. Using our training in tracing smoke back to its source, SERVPRO technicians can treat the affected areas with wet cleaning methods as well as containment methods. Containing an odor involves applying a chemical deodorizer directly onto the affected surface, thereby preventing the odor being released into the surrounding air. We may even spray charred remains to control smells at the source.

As previously stated, it is not always possible to find the perfect technique for removing an odor. Instead, controlling odors is about applying techniques and testing outcomes until the right one is found. Once a SERVPRO technician has contained odor releasing areas, we can focus on removing odor from the air. We achieve this by using pellets or beads to counteract air-borne particles.

If odor persists after applying these two phases, SERVPRO can bring industrial strength foggers in to finish the job. These foggers vaporize deodorants which breaks them down to microscopic size. At this size, deodorant chemicals are the same size or smaller than odor particles and can access all areas odor can. On contact with deodorant chemicals, smoke odors are neutralized leaving your property fresh and clean-smelling.

There is no one size fits all approach to getting rid of odors, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay uses a precise triple lock method for restoration. Call us at (305) 278-8484 now.

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Avoid Mold When Floodwaters Enter Your Hollywood Home by Being Prepared

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoid Mold When Floodwaters Enter Your Hollywood Home by Being Prepared Floodwaters can quickly invade your home. Contact SERVPRO immediately if your home is affected by a storm.

Preparedness Could Help Limit Flood Damage in your Hollywood Home

When they happen, floods can engulf your property with water fast causing significant damages to the structure and the contents within. If you can remove the water quickly enough, you can reduce the damage extent. Apart from the restoration steps you take once your Hollywood property floods, you can also take precautionary steps to protect it before such an event happens. Preparedness can improve the chances of saving your property significantly.
 
To prevent flood damage in your Hollywood home, you should take measures that prevent entry of water into your property. Even a water intrusion one inch deep can cause significant harm, so your efforts should focus on elevating the structure, or the contents that are likely to be damaged by floodwaters. When our SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, we can give you advice on the steps that you can take to achieve this.
 
Electrical and climate systems are usually damaged severely when a property floods. Things like switches, circuit breakers, sockets should be above the expected flood level. You should also modify anchored indoor equipment such as water heaters and furnaces so that they sit above the flood level. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you establish the correct level to raise these items based on FEMA flood maps and our prior experiences.
 
Sewer backup is one of the aspects that cause the most destruction when there is a flood because of the extra contamination risks it poses. You can prevent such backup by installing backflow valves. For the best protection, you should install an interior and exterior valve.
 
Proper maintenance of gutters, downspouts, and drains is also necessary because they might cause rainwater to pool around your house and eventually flood it. Sometimes it is necessary to wet- proof your home. This procedure involves installing foundation vents that allow water to pass through the building instead of rising and pooling inside.
 
Call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for more tips to help protect your home from floods.

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SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid Having to Close Your Doors After Water Damage in Your Hollywood Diner

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid Having to Close Your Doors After Water Damage in Your Hollywood Diner If your diner faces water damage after an event, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

When Commercial Water Damage Threatens Your Hollywood Diner with Closure

The convenience that small diners provide to locals and tourists in Hollywood helps everyone eat healthy meals while still engaging in running errands or sightseeing in our beautiful area. A tiny leak in a kitchen drain can cause both decay of materials and an offensive odor in your establishment.
 
Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment for the preparation of meals for your patrons becomes difficult when commercial water damage in Hollywood creates undesired conditions of filth and unsightliness. Diners want to smell pleasant food odors, but heavy scents from water damage make this almost impossible. Getting the damaged sections cleaned out and replaced once a plumbing professional makes the needed repairs on your kitchen drain helps eliminate both offensive odors and the microbial activity that helped create them.
 
SERVPRO wants to help our local businesses thrive. We know that effective prevention of water damage keeps buildings and facilities free of potentially harmful bacterial growths, especially in kitchens and lavatories. During National Preparedness Month, even small disasters should gain attention. Eliminating these from your building keeps them from spreading and possibly contaminating other areas, including food preparation counters. Doing so can help you more easily prevent small disasters that might affect only a few individuals.
 
The understanding professionals at SERVPRO understand that cross-contamination can affect almost any area of your diner. While we clean and restore the damaged area, we take care to sanitize everything. We use mats and protective sheeting to keep things neat. When dust might pose a problem, we have methods that contain this in a small area and prevent fine particles from filtering out into the rest of your kitchen. We do everything possible to help you stay open, even as we work. When odors linger, we can provide you with highly effective odor control measures that do not detract from the delicious aromas produced by your kitchen staff's cooking.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay restores diners and small restaurants in Perrine and Franjo stay open by mitigating water damage that might otherwise force them to close. Call us at (305) 278-8484 so we can assist your business by ridding it of the damage.

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Remediating Mold Damage In Hollywood

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage In Hollywood Without water, mold spores remain inert and as harmless as house dust.

Remediating Mold Damage

Of the many things people think about when they hear the name Hollywood, the mold is rarely ever one of them. Just like in every other community, spores are everywhere but do not present as a threat unless they come into contact with enough moisture to become a contamination problem with the building material of the home and serve as a possible health risk to some homeowners and residents.

Eliminating Hollywood mold damage means finding the source of the moisture, stopping it, and removing any standing water, regardless if it is a leak in the roof or a broken toilet in a guest room. SERVPRO restoration teams can perform these tasks, and then clean mold spores from the home, removing material and property when needed.

Without water, mold spores remain inert and as harmless as house dust. Our inspectors trace the appearance of mold back to its source using a visual check and an air content meter to determine the largest concentration of spores. That usually provides the origin point and the source of moisture.

For minor cracks on the roofline or a weak spot in an outer wall, team members can block and repair them. If there is major construction required, the homeowner needs to bring in a general contractor. Our technicians can replace toilets and perform other, minor plumbing tasks, but if there is a larger issue with water coming into the home, it is necessary to bring in a licensed plumber.

Next, SERVPRO technicians spray the area of standing water with an anti-fungal agent and then use sponges, cloths, or extraction wands to remove water, depending on how much is present. In these situations, water removal takes about a day or two.

Now, they remove the mold. If the spores did not dig into the surface of the wood, drywall, or ceiling panels, technicians could often remove the mold using sponges and a mild cleaning agent to wipe them off surfaces. If the growing mold had time to extend hyphae into the material, it is necessary to dispose of the material and replace it.

Hyphae are root-like structures that feed on and process materials to grow the mold colony. If they grow into an item, our restoration teams carefully remove the item and break it down for disposal, taking care to reduce the risk of spreading mold to unaffected parts of the home.

If you are dealing with the effects of mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 to schedule a visit and receive a free estimate. We are here for you.

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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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