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Can Hardwood Survive Fire Damage Restoration in Cutler Ridge?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen; smoke and soot damaged cabinets SERVPRO employs several methods to restore fire damaged hardwood.

SERVPRO’s Cutler Ridge Fire Damage Remediation Success Pairs Skill with Innovation 

Is fire damage restoration of Cutler Ridge homes hardwood trim, cabinets, and flooring attainable? Although you are hopeful for recovery, the dirty water, charring, and soot can seem impossible to remove. Trust in the training and professionalism of SERVPRO to assess the situation with integrity, and the confidence skill and experience from many house fire cleanups instill.

Why Is Water Damage Mitigation and Remediation the First Focus?

SERVPRO is uniquely qualified to assist Cutler Ridge homeowners in water and fire damage restoration as safe contaminated water removal is one of our most-performed services. Nearly every fire results in water incursion from firefighting efforts. Wet wood is not salvageable from fire and smoke damage. Moisture weakens the cellular structure. Water mitigation and remediation is essential:

  • Water removal with pumps and extractors
  • Negative air pressure moisture suction from one or more floor or woodwork layers and under and within cabinets 
  • Applied structural drying with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers 

What Specific Strategies Does SERVPRO Use to Remove Soil and Fire Residues from Hardwood?

Cleaning methods used to restore hardwood fire damage must not ruin the surface or substrate. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians match the types of soot with appropriate cleaning techniques and products:

  • Dry soot - dust cloths, brushes, chemical sponges, and vacuums remove the loose debris.
  • Wet soot- after testing, technicians choose water or oil-based cleaning solutions to loosen and suspend or emulsify the soot before rinsing away.
  • Protein-based soot - a film of dehydrated food and rancid cooking oils, this tough-to-remove soil requires solvents.

Note: Wet and protein-based soot on hardwood can require the addition of abrasives to the cleaning products or rough-textured tools to break the bond between fire damage residues and the surface. Fine sandpaper or other scaping-type tools can take the soot off with minimal damage when in the capable hands of a SERVPRO technician. Grit-based cream cleaners need a professional touch to avoid destroying the wood. 

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay show you how the proper training, products, and equipment can restore damaged interior building materials and fixtures. Call (305) 278-8484 promptly to get the recovery rolling.

Is Fire Restoration Possible in Cutler Bay Properties?

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire sign Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO Helps Cutler Bay Homeowners Handle the Toughest Fire Damage Situations

When fire damages your Cutler Bay home, it may be difficult to imagine how you will restore it. Finding a certified fire restoration crew to take care of your home is the best decision you can make under the circumstances. Enlisting a team with the experience and skill set necessary to handle fire residue, debris, and the smell of fire makes a big difference in mitigating your loss.

For fire restoration services in Cutler Bay that are thorough and effective, call SERVPRO and invite our certified team into your home. To address immediate needs and prevent secondary damages, you need the latest technology in fire damage restoration, and our staff has ready access to it. Probes and measuring tools help us detect areas of concern in your home and take action to restore them.

When our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we inspect all areas and prioritize our action steps. Water damage caused by the efforts to put out the fire is often present in fire-damaged structures, and restoring proper humidity levels becomes a priority. Water damage can cause structural damage and create a suitable environment for mold growth. Before issues escalate, we tend to your home with techniques including-

  • The use of thermal cameras and hygrometers to assess humidity levels
  • Use of EPA-approved cleaning solutions to remove soot and residue from each surface in your home, keeping in mind the composition of each material and preventing damage due to the cleaners’ abrasiveness
  • Fogging to spray the house with deodorizing agents that permeate each surface and kill smell molecules

Whatever your needs are after a fire event damages your home, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is here to help. Call us at (786) 901-7024 and let our staff bring the best in the industry into your home until it looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”

Flood Damage in Cutler Ridge can Happen Quickly

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro water sign Water damage restoration services for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We have the equipment and understanding for every size disaster.

A Certified Water Restoration Crew is Essential to Restoring Cutler Ridge Homes with Flood Damage

When your Cutler Ridge home floods, it disrupts your life and finances. The situation worsens every minute the water remains unattended, so acting quickly is essential to minimizing your loss. The average homeowner does not have access to the equipment and techniques necessary for water damage restoration, so calling a reputable team is the most sensible option to protect your home. For water removal, drying, and disinfection, a certified team of specialists can make the difference and avoid long-lasting damage.

In Cutler Ridge, flood damage and water emergency services are provided by SERVPRO. Whether the flooding is widespread or limited to a few homes, our staff works with safety in mind to act quickly and start the water removal process as soon as possible. All water damage is problematic, but stormwater contains pollutants that carry an increased risk to your home and family. A team like ours, trained by industry leaders, knows how to handle threats associated with flooding while minimizing your loss.

At SERVPRO, our field experience has taught us a few steps that help us work more effectively, and we may recommend some of them to you. Aside from water extraction, which is intuitive, we suggest the following-

  • If possible, make use of our move-out services. By relocating items from your home to an offsite location, we can avoid cross-contamination and facilitate the restoration process in the house. We take inventory and document each step of the move-out process to easily return everything to its rightful place when the time is right.
  • The use of thermal imaging helps us identify hidden pockets of water and use specialized equipment to remove them.  
  • Making flood cuts to complement air movers and dehumidifiers helps us pull out moisture from the space and move the process along.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is accessible 24/7 by calling (786) 901-7024 as soon as an emergency happens. Our goal is to let you return to life as normal as quickly as possible.

Why is a Professional Water Mitigation Company a Good Choice for Cutler Bay Homes with Water Damage?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Call now! Appliance malfunction or a burst pipe causes water damage in your home, SERVPRO water restoration techs has you covered from start to finish.

SERVPRO’s Water Restoration Technicians are Certified to Handle Tough Jobs in Cutler Bay

A water event in Cutler Bay happens when a pipe bursts, an appliance breaks, or plumbing issues come to light. Even a minor leak can cause significant water damage over time, which is why homeowners must be vigilant of any telltale signs indicating the presence of water. Wall discoloration, a musty smell, and bubbling of flooring materials can all point to water damage and a need for professional water restoration services.

SERVPRO technicians bring to Cutler Bay the latest in water mitigation services. Our team is not only certified by leading industry experts, but it is also available around the clock for your convenience. As intuitive as the water removal process may seem, it requires the specialized attention of experts to avoid secondary damage such as mold and compromised drywall. Instead of tackling water extraction and drying on your own and risk complications, let us bring the latest equipment and techniques straight to your home.

At SERVPRO, our water mitigation services go beyond drying a space. Our staff knows to pay close attention to the composition of each surface we clean to match it with EPA-approved cleaning solutions as needed. Similarly, we offer the following to help restore your home as soon as possible-

  • Coordination with insurance requirements as needed to aid the claim process
  • Specialty drying solutions to restore priceless items such as photographs and electronics
  • Application of anti-microbial solutions to avoid mold growth and the health effects on your family.

Regardless of how much water seeps into your floors, furniture, and walls, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to help. Call us at (786) 901-7024 and let our staff leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

What is the Likelihood of Flood Damage to Your Home?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

flooded street; water covering sidewalk As the water recedes, SERVPRO's work begins. We are always on call for flood damage remediation.

SERVPRO is Equipped to Restore Your Flood Damaged Kendall Home

Coastal communities always have a mindset of protecting themselves and their 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 brush off, as the damage it has already caused only ends up getting worse.

When Storm Damage Passes Through

After gale-force winds and a raging storm that passed through, your entire neighborhood is likely to walk their property and assess the potential damage. After this initial assessment of their home’s condition is when people think about our experienced SERVPRO team. We train in flood damage restoration techniques so that the process completes 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.

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

Severe weather can strike the community without 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.

How Do I Salvage My Cutler Bay Home and Contents After a Storm?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

flooded parking lot; several cars in lot having in high water Storms and flooding can happen at any time. It is essential to practice flood awareness in our area.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Restorers Can Help Manage Damaged Recovery for your Cutler Bay Home and Contents

How do I prepare for a Storm?

It is essential to practice flood awareness in a high-risk storm area like Cutler Bay. Preparing ahead of time for the impact of storms is vital when local services are likely to be under stress. SERVPRO operates twenty-four hours a day to assist residents with the damaging effects of storms on their property. As a resident, you should put a flood preparedness kit ahead of time to ensure your safety when there are storm warnings.

What should I include in a Storm Preparedness Kit?

  • Insurance papers and other crucial documentation
  • Battery-powered transistor radios
  • Medication
  • Flashlight

Who can guard my property after evacuating during a storm?

Temporary evacuation during a storm can be vital; however, you may have difficulty keeping your home secure and limiting flood damage in your Cutler Bay residence. SERVPRO restorers work between first responders and general contractors. Our goal is to secure your property from unlawful intrusion and prepare the site for further remodeling. We can install temporary boards to prevent trespass in your home. Our technicians can also pump water out of the property while establishing an appropriate drying protocol to limit damage to both your structure and contents.

How long will it take to restore a flooded property?

An industry-standard time to mitigate emergency damage is two to five days. That gives our technicians enough time to remove water, clean, and dry the property. In many situations, you can return home after five days. However, properties with features like wood flooring may have to wait longer for their home to return to preloss condition. Wood absorbs moisture and becomes warped. Wooden floors can sometimes take months to restore, but in most cases, you can continue to use the property during the final steps of restoration.

Securing your home against looters and water damage is possible using a professional restorer. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

Can Commercial Mold Remediation Clean Cutler Bay Walls?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth along wall and baseboard Mold growth doesn't go away on its own. Call SERVPRO to restore your mold damaged home.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Safely Mitigate Mold Damage in Cutler Bay Business Properties

A Cutler Bay business with mold damage has a definite problem. Worse, the mold will not go away on its own, and the situation will not get better without mitigation. 

Upon arrival at a Cutler Bay business for mold remediation, SERVPRO technicians get to work determining how far and wide the mold infestation spread throughout the building. Next, they ascertain the reason for the mold growth. Typical scenarios that the techs routinely deal with include:

  • Poor ventilation trapping humid air
  • Slow leaks from the exterior or plumbing
  • Heavy traffic areas not drying

Walls can show visible signs of mold damage such as discoloration, and water stains can indicate mold inside the interior wall cavities. Unfortunately, when sheetrock has mold exposure, it usually requires removal to halt the infestation spread. Along with the building materials, the insulation also needs to get removed and disposed of as it has no potential for reuse. 

Business owners will also notice the containment around the work area. This action by the techs stops the spread of airborne spores into the ventilation system and other building areas. The techs can cover desks and equipment with heavy gauge plastic to keep them from being affected during the mold remediation process and causing disruption or delays in reopening.

Before the repairs on the walls get completed, the technicians use a combination of antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants to prevent any opportunistic airborne spores from germinating before repairs are made to halt the issue creating a hospitable environment for sustaining mold

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 brings years of experience and professional training to Cutler Bay mold remediation jobs. The certified techs work to make the mold damage "Like it never even happened."

Which Products Are Best for Cleaning After Flood Damage in Cutler Bay Homes?

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Storm damage can be overwhelming for any property owner. SERVPRO is here to help. Just call (305) 278-8484.

SERVPRO Can Pick the Correct Category of Cleaning Products to Match the Soiling at Your Home

One of the prominent effects of flooding is the deep or widespread soiling of contents and spaces in a home. Cleaning is a reliable solution to restore the preloss conditions. Using the right cleaning agents is crucial in realizing the best results when cleaning your Cutler Bay home.

Flood damage cleaning in Cutler Bay homes can involve several steps, including removing abundant soils such as mud or silt and clearing stains that develop from material deterioration. Eliminating traces of chemicals and biohazards is also necessary. These different tasks require a blend of cleaning products.  SERVPRO combines various strategies, including phasing the cleaning process and using multiple products for better outcomes.

The Most Helpful Product Categories Include:

  • Emulsifiers
  • Wall and all-surface cleaners
  • Industrial cleaners
  • Disinfectants

Each product category helps take care of a unique problem. For instance, emulsifiers help remove soils from fabrics or carpets conveniently. SERVPRO uses powdered emulsifiers with buffering properties that help maintain alkaline conditions throughout the cleaning process. 

Industrial cleaners are useful in removing greasy soils such as residues from fuel oils mixed in with the floodwater, which may prove challenging to remove when using detergents. Disinfectants, on the other hand, are mandatory for removing contaminants. SERVPRO uses EPA-registered products such as Vanquish, a synthetic detergent-disinfectant combo that works against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. 

The Best Disinfectants to Use in a Flooding Situation are Those With:

  • Virucidal properties
  • Fungicidal properties
  • Bactericidal properties

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay takes care of all soiling and contamination after flooding, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (305) 278-8484.

What Does Water Damage Repair Involve in Cutler Ridge Homes?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

water on wood floor No matter how your property is impacted by water, you can call on our technicians day or night for help.

SERVPRO Combines Both Preventive and Restorative Actions When Resolving Moisture Issues

Water intrusion is a more severe problem than you might imagine since it can affect materials in many ways, including moisture action, soiling, and promoting microbial growth processes. Luckily, with the right help, you can complete water damage repair successfully.

Water damage repair in Cutler Ridge properties requires proper timing as well as the right resources. Otherwise, your efforts may not bear fruit. For instance, you may resolve the apparent problems such as surface wetness but leave absorbed moisture, leading to rot, mold, and other issues. Professional restoration from SERVPRO addresses all issues exhaustively.

Water Damage Repair May Involve:

  • Restoring swollen wood 
  • Replacing wet drywall or insulation
  • Removing rust, mold, or other residues from material deterioration

Solid wood is a common material in many homes. In your house, you might have wood as part of the floor or structural elements such as frames and trusses. When exposed to abundant water, they tend to exhibit physical deterioration, starting with swelling, which can advance to warping or buckling and cupping for the floorboards. 

The right action can help reverse many of the issues, especially when done in good time. Our SERVPRO teams expedite water removal from properties to prevent the problems. However, if prevention is not successful, we use advanced procedures to facilitate repair where possible. For instance, we can set up a drying chamber over a hardwood floor to facilitate safe drying. Sanding, on the other hand, helps even out cupping. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the resources to effect various types of water damage repair, addressing any issue, "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (305) 278-8484. 

Why Is Seeking Help Essential During Fire Restoration of Your Cutler Bay Home?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over fire Fire damage can be quite overwhelming when it happens in your home. Call SERVPRO right away after an event.

Professional Assistance From SERVPRO Can Help You Overcome Most of the Challenges Posed by Fire Damage

After a fire affects your Cutler Bay home, you must dispose of some items and restore others. The decision of whether to restore depends on the level of damage. The availability of resources is another factor that determines salvage is possible. Involving a professional team avails all the necessary resources, thus improving the outcome.

The fire restoration process for Cutler Bay properties can be broadly classified as content and structure restoration. Contents may be more difficult to deal with since most are composed of different materials with diverse physical properties. However, contents can be easily moved around the house or to a different location, unlike structural materials attached to the building. SERVPRO helps homeowners deal with these and other challenges of the restoration process. 

Other Challenges That Arise During Restoration Include:

  • Inspection and damage estimation
  • Prevention of secondary damage 
  • Overcoming safety hazards 

When planning to restore items, you need to establish the true extent of the damage they have. For instance, you need to establish whether the black residue on wooden items is charring or a heavy soot deposit. In case it is charring, you need to establish its depth, and in case it is residue, you should establish the properties, such as whether it is greasy or wet.

SERVPRO has the right resources for such tests. We use char depth gauges to check how deeply a material is burnt. Such testing helps establish whether restoration is feasible and the best method to use. For char removal, we use methods such as sanding or sodablasting to clean the item. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay provides the necessary help ensuring the satisfactory conclusion of fire restoration. Call us at (305) 278-8484 for assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.