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Our Specialists Discuss What To Do After A Flood In Your Cutler Bay Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Specialists Discuss What To Do After A Flood In Your Cutler Bay Home If your home endures flood damage, never hesitate.

What SERVPRO Of Cutler Bay Recommends You Do When Your Home Suffers Flood Damage

Your home can endure flood damage from many sources, such as heavy rains and winds caused by foul weather. However, not every instance of flood damage is catastrophic. In many cases, home-based damages can be relatively mild, and they may only need a little bit of expert advice to remediate successfully.

In the case of your Cutler Bay home, the flood damage was caused by the waters of a thunderstorm. A broken window in the entryway of your home allowed water to pool into the foyer, just before the stairs leading into the upper level of your split-level home. Fortunately for you, the storm ended up leaving behind what amounts to a puddle inside of your foyer, making you capable of doing the job yourself, if you wish.

When it comes to living in Florida, flood damage is always a glaring possibility. For this reason, we here at SERVPRO think it is important to know the basics of what to do if your property experiences a minor amount of flood damage. The first thing our technicians would focus on is removing the water from your home as soon as possible.

One of the swiftest ways to remove standing water is to use a wet/dry vacuum. Wet/dry vacuums make removing water from your home a simple task and are much more likely to leave behind minimal excess, unlike trying to use towels to soak up the moisture. Once the majority of the excess is gone, you can focus on trying to ensure that the wooden floor in your entryway is dry. A SERVPRO technician might use devices to aid them, such as:

    •    Dehumidifiers
    •    Space Heaters
    •    Axial Fans
    •    Flood Drying Mats

While not all of these devices are available to the average person, space heaters and fans are easy to come by in many stores.

Keep in mind, doing this job yourself does present some risks. Here at SERVPRO, we always recommend for you to call for professional help during a water-loss. When it comes to the risk of microbial growth in your home, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. However, if calling for help isn't an option, always remember to be a thorough as possible and to get help immediately if mold damage becomes apparent.

If your home endures flood damage, never hesitate. Dial (305) 278-8484 to speak with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. We are available whenever you need us.

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Are You Storing Water Damage in Your Cutler Ridge Self-Storage Facility?

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Are You Storing Water Damage in Your Cutler Ridge Self-Storage Facility? Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water intrusion to keep your storage units dry.

Get Prompt Commercial Water Removal for Your Cutler Ridge Self-Storage Facility

Self-storage facilities have gained popularity in the last few decades. People use them to store items they do not have room for in their homes or businesses. These facilities offer a safe place to store items until the owner is ready to use or dispose of them. However, storage units also pose a threat of water damage.

The air conditioning system of a climate-controlled self-storage facility can malfunction and dump water into several storage units. In such a situation, seeking immediate commercial water removal for your Cutler Ridge self-storage facility can prevent costly destruction to the items stored in it. Water can ruin possessions like bedding, bookcases, mattresses, and bed frames completely. Moisture can also lead to mold infestation of the stored items. Mold can cause health problems and destroy papers, wood furniture, fabrics, and other porous materials.

One thing you should do when you notice signs of water intrusion is verifying the severity of the destruction. A simple check is not enough to establish the full extent of the issue. Water can soak into building materials far from where the instruction began without creating a visible sign of destruction. To establish how far the moisture or water has spread, you need special tools to measure moisture in building materials. Our SERVPRO team members use moisture meters to measure the moisture content of materials. With these details, we can concentrate on drying the affected materials.

We have the equipment and experience to minimize risks from hazards like weakened mezzanine floors that may collapse, mold spores, and exposure to fiberglass insulation. We can complete drying tasks in a manner that reduces the overall destruction and the possibility of future issues. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) can use several specialized tools to dry out your self-storage facility, including:

  • Wet/dry vacuums to remove the stagnant water.
  • Air movers and different dehumidifiers like the LGR desiccant dehumidifier to eliminate moisture from the building and its contents.
  • Thermo-hygrometers to track the humidity in the storage units.

To save money and use storage units efficiently, customers may pack their items from wall to wall and from the floor to the ceiling. Drying such a storage unit poses a challenge. Our SERVPRO crew can also analyze and remove moisture-compromised possessions like furniture and separate the severely damaged ones from the ones with minimal water damage. Our technicians can also help you document the damage, including taking photos of the ruined areas and items to make it easier to file an insurance claim. We can also work with your insurance provider to manage the insurance paperwork and process.

When dealing with a water intrusion incident in your self-storage unit in Cutler Bay, Franjo or Three Lakes, contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for water removal services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Cutler Bay Home

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Cutler Bay Home Fire damage at this home began in the attic and burnt sections of the attic and roof.

Eliminating Fire Odor Damage To Cutler Bay Homes

With Cutler Bay in bicycle or scooter distance of Biscayne Bay and Everglades National Park, residents enjoy nearly every natural benefit our area has to offer. Unfortunately, even being right between these two natural wonders does not protect local homes from fires and other disasters.

Fire odor damage in Cutler Bay homes is perhaps the most difficult to remove completely. Even a tiny amount of odor-causing particles from smoke residues and burned property can generate a noxious smell that prevents residents from enjoying their homes. To eliminate these malodors, SERVPRO teams utilize four methods to restore the property to its previous, odor-free condition.

First, team members remove all debris and other odor sources from inside the home. That includes everything restorable, and items too damaged for restoration. This step eliminates most odor sources and allows technicians to determine further, required deodorization methods.

Second, team members clean odor-causing residues from every affected surface. They use cleaners based on the type of residue. For example, in a kitchen fire, cleaners contain a degreaser to cut through the protein and other types of food residues. These thicker residues often need a very strong cleaner and a scraper to remove them completely. For the rest of the home, residues are lighter and need a milder cleaner with a sponge to remove them from most surfaces.

Third, if the basic cleaning methods  of the fire damage are not sufficient, SERVPRO technicians recreate the original method of contamination to deodorize the property. As an example, if smoke blowing through an attic penetrated the roof supports, team members use a fogger device to generate a cloud of deodorizing chemicals that can penetrate the wood frame pieces as deeply as the original malodors. Here, the cleaner may contain a combination of neutralizers and sanitizers.

Finally, there is the option of sealing odorous surfaces. This method is limited in its use to painting walls with mild odor contamination and sealing off air ducts in HVAC systems. In both cases, sealing is far cheaper than other methods.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, we are proud to serve not just our community, but also Cutler Ridge, Franjo, Three Lakes, and more. If you have suffered a major fire, or just a small one, call us at (305) 278-8484 today for a professional inspection and estimate to remove odors and any other damage.

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How Flood Damage Affects Your Home In Cutler Bay

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flood Damage Affects Your Home In Cutler Bay SERVPRO can help with your hardest water damage.

Let us take on the challenge.

The power behind the water invading your Cutler Bay home is quite unimaginable, especially during a flood. It damages your home in various ways and drags garbage, sludge, and other biohazards right into your living environment. Whether you live next to a stream, river, creek, or the coastline, cleaning up after a flood incident typically takes far more than ordinary household cleaners. 

There are highly-trained restoration professionals available in the Cutler Bay area that specialize in flood damage. It helps to have a prior relationship and put together a solid plan of action to protect your home against emergencies that are common to this area. Thinking ahead severely reduces any losses you might experience and keeps you from going through extreme situations that drastically affect your pocketbook. 

SERVPRO technicians handle all sorts of damage restoration. We train for various situations and provide you with all of the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to return your home investment to a quality preloss condition, fast. Overcome, contamination, mold, and erosion through preparation. Our technicians help you determine which services best fit your situation and implement a plan to achieve success.

SERVPRO’s water damage restoration technicians (WRT) have years of experience restoring damages caused by high waters that can drive mud, raw sewage, and other sediments into your home. We also understand how water can erode soil, rocks, and concrete — having a direct impact on your home’s foundation. Not to mention debris often left behind that attract pests, germs, and other bacteria that complicates an already overwhelming situation.

SERVPRO offers you experienced technicians with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), who follow strict guidelines designed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We understand how flood water affects the inside of your home, often causing damage to insulation, drywall, flooring, electrical, gas, heating and cooling systems, and more.

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for 24-hour access to emergency environmental cleaning & restoration services you can trust to make things right after a flood. We have specialists here when you need them and provide you with the restoration services you deserve. Never settle for less, call today. (305) 278-8484

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Our Technicians Discuss Water Damage In Your Cutler Bay Home

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Technicians Discuss Water Damage In Your Cutler Bay Home Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay technicians at our local facility are ready to respond immediately to your water damage emergency.

Water Damage In Cutler Bay

Water damage in Cutler Bay can come from many different sources. Many times it is a leaky sink or dishwasher that goes un-noticed for many weeks. The floors may begin to buckle, or you step in a puddle one morning. Another source is a water leak from water dispensers in our refrigerators. Many consumers are unaware of the leak until they notice water on the floor. Water may even seep through the ceiling of the room under the kitchen. Water dispensers in refrigerators consist of a solenoid, plastic tubing, and a water reservoir. Any of these can begin to leak slowly, causing damage to your flooring and ceilings.

Many different situations can cause water damage in Cutler Bay. Water damage from a leaking refrigerator is usually caused by a slow leak from a crack in the plastic piping. It can be a drop at a time that goes unnoticed for many months. Slow leaks cause the most damage to our homes. This moisture can lead to build up of mold or damage to flooring materials.

Obviously, consumers will want to make repairs to the leaking fridge components immediately. They may need a refrigerator repairman to complete these repairs. The floors and ceiling are another matter. This is where SERVPRO can come to the rescue. Our trained SERVPRO professionals will assess the amount of damage and prepare an action plan to remove water and moisture.

Repairs to the floor begin with removal of the standing water. Then we employ dehumidifiers and industrial strength air movers to dry out all of the flooring components. We focus on making your kitchen usable as quickly as possible. Our objective at SERVPRO is to reduce the disruption of your kitchen and your family to as little as possible. Our staff can work closely with your insurance company. In addition, we can address questions from their adjusters to make the claims process as straightforward as possible.

If major repairs are needed, our experts can arrange for further repairs to be completed by skilled technicians. Our trained professionals are here to meet all of your water emergencies. Whether it is a leaky fridge, faucet, or water connections in the kitchen or other areas in the home, we can help.

Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay technicians at our local facility are ready to respond immediately to your water damage emergency. We're available 24/7. Call us at (305) 278-8484.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Cutler Bay

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Cutler Bay Fire began in the attic and burnt sections of the attic and roof. The fire and the water to put it out created quite a mess and we restored it all.

SERVPRO - Remediating Fire Damaged Homes In Cutler Bay

No two fires in Cutler Bay are alike, even when the houses look identical. The damage, and the methods needed to remediate it require a restoration agency to understand exactly how long the fire burned, how hot it was, and what it consumed.

That last fire damage factor in a Cutler Bay fire can include hundreds of different types of building materials and personal property. For SERVPRO restoration teams, that means carefully following a series of actions to not only clean-up and restore a home, but also protect it throughout the process.

That process begins with Mitigation. Team members secure the structure to prevent more damage. They use tarps and plywood sheets to cover damaged roofs, walls, board up windows shattered by the heat, and created temporary doors where fire-fighting efforts damaged the original. Once protected, team members move on to cleaning.

Structural Cleaning of the home depends on the amount of smoke. It travels quickly in a fire and leaves residues as it cools. In many home fires, these residues stop at the walls and ceilings, making them easy to clean by wiping down the surfaces; where needed technicians use a cleaning agent that also contains a separate chemical that eliminates odors as well, especially when the smoke penetrates wall framing and other support structures.

Contents Cleaning is often more intensive, however. Smoke and its residues more easily get into furniture and drapes. When possible, SERVPRO teams clean these items at home, moving them outside or to an unaffected room like the garage, with sponges, brushes, and mild-to-medium strength cleaners. For deeply stained property, we use injectors and immersion tanks to force cleaners across or through surfaces to remove the residues.

Where cleaning is not possible, team members move on to Reconstruction. Fire damage from the flames and heat can compromise wall framing and other support structures if the fire burned very hot and for a long period. Technicians can tear out and replace the wood or aluminum supports quickly. If there is a risk of structural collapse, team leaders recommend bringing in a general contractor.

Finally, there is Specialty Restoration. This series of actions supports art restoration and repairing or cleaning electronic devices. These, and other items like antique furniture, require a professional restorer in their field. Wiping down frames or cases with a dry sponge to reduce contact damage is our extent of services.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is to restore your home to its original, clean condition quickly and with no further damage. If you have had a fire of any length at all, call us at (305) 278-8484. We are here for you.

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The Guide to Flood Damage Remediation for Your Cutler Bay Business

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial The Guide to Flood Damage Remediation for Your Cutler Bay Business Don't let your Cutler Bay shop be taken over by flood damage. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

How Flood Effects Can Damage Your Cutler Bay Shop

Flooding is a more pressing threat to Cutler Bay and all of its businesses than many owners realize. With so many smaller shops, many of which that do not have the extensive and comprehensive coverage of multi-billion dollar franchises can find the effects of flooding to be devastating to their facility and its contents. While you might not have the means to prevent these natural disasters from occurring fully, there are ways that you can keep restoration costs and time down.

The first step any shop owner should take for their Cutler Bay business after flood damage is to reach out to our SERVPRO team. We have advanced training and equipment to remove the harmful presence of standing water in your building, and to assess what items within your inventory have gotten affected by these conditions and which remain at risk for further damage.  We have a dedicated team of technicians to address concerns with the contents of your business and can work to protect your investment with effective drying, cleaning, and storage solutions.

Even without the threat of black water or grey water from various potential contaminants some flooding situations can present for area homes and businesses, there are still multiple layers of effects to combat to return your business to its original condition. We understand that in many cases, the longer a business has its doors closed, the more likely they never reopen again. We work hard to get you back up and running as fast as possible following a widespread disaster like flooding.

Our SERVPRO professionals must address the pressing concerns first when arriving at a flooded shop, and that often means removing standing water from the flooring and carpeting. In cases of severe saturation, even with clean water, removal of carpeting or other flooring materials might be necessary if business owners do not get mitigation work started to dry out these damaged components.

There are many reasons why flooding can be a dangerous and costly emergency for your shop. Whenever these disasters strike, you can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (305) 278-8484.

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Eliminate Unnecessary Stress During Water Damage Remediation in Your Cutler Bay Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Eliminate Unnecessary Stress During Water Damage Remediation in Your Cutler Bay Home A leaky air conditioner might turn your walls into this. Don't tackle this mess alone, contact SERVPRO today for all your remediation needs.

Addressing Leaky Air Conditioner Water Damage in a Cutler Bay Home

Air conditioning is a must-have as spring gives way to summer in Florida, but a leaky ground floor AC unit can put a wrench in your plans to stay cool. Water seeping into carpet and drywall in your living room can quickly give way to mold, odors, and even structural damage if not addressed immediately.

If a malfunctioning AC unit leaves water damage in your Cutler Bay residence, our professional disaster mitigation technicians at SERVPRO have the tools, training, and experience to clean and restore your home to its preloss condition.

When our SERVPRO team comes to your home to mitigate damage, we can assess the situation with a variety of moisture measurement tools to ensure precision in restoring your carpets and drywall to their pre-damage state. Carpets can be pulled up to address moisture affecting subflooring as well as to dry the carpet pad if no delamination has occurred. For drywall, weep holes may be drilled to facilitate the movement of air through your home during drying and deodorizing.

If your AC leak has a sweet, chemical scent, your unit may have also had a refrigerant leak, and our team has the tools to remove this odor from your carpet. Our odor control technicians (OCTs) can mitigate odors that may have seeped into the carpet with the help of portable, hand-pumped, or powered sprayers that can also be used to disinfect your carpet before drying. Small spots in carpet or upholstery affected by odor can be addressed with a syringe or a pump with an injection needle. After odor mitigation and drying, the padding on your carpet may be replaced, and carpet reinstalled so you can enjoy your home as it was before the damage occurred.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is Faster To Any Size Disaster with cutting-edge tools and training to address any residential disaster. Give our representatives a call today at (305) 278-8484, and we can have a team sent out to your home to restore to its preloss condition.

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When Your Home In Cutler Bay Experiences A Flood Damage Incident Call Our Experts For Help!

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Home In Cutler Bay Experiences A Flood Damage Incident Call Our Experts For Help! If your favorite furniture is at risk of being ruined by flood waters, then call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

Avoid Losing Your Favorite Furniture After Flooding In Cutler Bay!

Storms and sudden flooding can happen at a moments notice, which is why it is important to know who to contact when flood damage mitigation services are needed. Flood waters can quickly seep into homes and can cause irreversible damage if not quickly cleaned up. Fortunately, professionals from SERVPRO are experienced in assisting homeowners to recover after floods and can help prevent extensive damage to your home.

Timing is crucial when it comes to flood damage in Cutler Bay. Once furniture is exposed to water, it becomes only a matter of time before irreversible damage occurs. Our certified technicians can act quickly to stop you from losing your favorite furniture by removing flood water from your home. We can use industrial grade vacs and pumps to clean water from your home. Once standing water has been pumped out, our professionals can help restore your furniture with spot removal to prevent permanent furniture stains. We can then prevent water lines from forming with the use of wetting.

If flood waters are not quickly addressed, furniture may begin swelling and cracking which can cause furniture to break apart. It is recommended that you consult a furniture furnisher to discuss whether or not you should perform repairs.

Unfortunately, because flood water often consists of Cat 3 Black Water, it is possible that upholstery will become contaminated. As a result, if your home is affected by Cat 3 water, we will likely have to remove and throw out all contaminated upholstery.

If your favorite furniture is at risk of being ruined by flood waters, then call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. We make sure to treat your furniture with care and to try our best to restore it to its original state. We can make you feel “Like it never even happened.”

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The Advanced Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Cutler Bay

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Advanced Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Cutler Bay Don't let water damage ruin your home. Call the certified technicians at SERVPRO to handle all your remediation needs.

Dangers Of Water Damage At Your Cutler Bay Home

It is a dream-come-true for one to be a homeowner in Cutler Bay. It is, however, the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that the house is in a safe condition, both externally and from inside.

Any type of piped water in the house can, however, pose a danger in case of Cutler Bay water damage. The following are some of the dangers associated with water damage:

  1. Bacteria, parasites, and germs

Water damage may lead to a harbor of bacteria and some dangerous parasites depending on the source of the water. These bacteria may cause some diseases such as hepatitis if the water damage is not worked on. You must, therefore, call our SERVPRO team of specialists immediately you notice water damage in your home.

  1. Electrical problems

When there is water leakage from electrical appliances like dishwashers or washing machines, there is a high probability that the water may come into contact with the power supply cables. This might lead to serious results from a shorted-wire if someone came into contact with the water. Moreover, this may cause problems with your wiring despite tampering with the normal functioning of the electrical appliance. To avoid all these from happening you should act with speed and call in for assistance from our SERVPRO water damage specialists.

  1. Structural problems

Severe water damage in a house may result in instability of the foundation and cause problems with your roof, floor or the walls depending on the extent of the water damage. This can be spotted easily by the peeling off of the paint on the walls or destruction of sections of the wallpapers for those with such interiors. It may also cause odors in the carpet. You must be very aware on such indications of water damage to avoid permanent damage to your home structure.

The above are some of the dangers that you should always aim to avoid no matter the extent of the water damage in your house. Call us at (305) 278-8484 and our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team of professionals will be at your service.

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