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Fire Damage Creates Multiple Inconveniences for Cutler Bay Families

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fire truck Call (305) 278-8484 immediately after the fire truck drives away to ensure a speedy and favorable outcome.

A Fire Can Create Extreme Stress and Other Problems.

Besides the visible changes after a fire happens to your residence, several major stressors can persist, hindering your family’s recovery. SERVPRO technicians also understand the human side of such disasters. We can give your family several tips that can help get things back to normal faster.

We do our best to match our advice to our customers when fire damage in their Cutler Bay. The immediate loss incurred by any disaster is only the beginning.

Depending on Your Home, Family, and Location, We Might Help With:

  • The contact number of social agencies that assist with seasonal items and other pertinent things,
  • Helping you retrieve medications, important documents, and other essentials from your residence,
  • Submitting claims, so they get approved as expeditiously as possible, and
  • Temporary housing.

Housing after a disaster often results in customers staying with family or friends, but Covid-19 means other alternatives might suit your family best. As always, we are here to help with any concern or question you have about how your family can recover from the effects of such disasters.

After your home sustains fire damage, call us, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, at (305) 278-8484. We are always here, 24/7, year-round.

Why SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Furnishings in Franjo

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Don't let water take over your West Milford home, Call our certified water damage technicians for assistance.

Reduced Cost is One of Several Benefits for Franjo Customers.

Water can negatively affect almost anything you have inside your home. The length of time left in contact with your belongings and the water’s source both play a role in the extent of the damage. Some damage, like bleeding of colors in upholstery or saturated papers, can happen instantaneously. Such damage is often permanent, calling for replacements. 

Not everything requires a replacement of like kind, which is why SERVPRO relies on water damage restoration techniques in Franjo for as many items as possible. This is also true of the structure’s components, including walls, floors, and cabinetry.

When it comes to your family’s belongings, some items just cannot be replaced easily. So, doing these extra steps really pays off in many ways, including:

  • Faster project completion with reduced hassle,
  • Heirloom and one-of-a-kind items stay in the family,
  • Restoration can take place in your residence, which allows you to
  • Take part in the process and ensure that your priorities are reflected in our work.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay understands your needs when only water damage restoration can make everything “Like it never even happened,” again. Call (305) 278-8484 for reliable service by trained experts you can trust.

Flood Damage Can Occur Outside of Hurricane Season.

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of storm flood damage. Call us today, we are always available.

Smaller storms also create havoc year-round in Cutler Bay.

Residents in Cutler Bay often have less wear and tear on their vehicles because of the flat terrain. With no hills to climb, our vehicles travel in straighter, more level roadways than those found in many other areas near us. This flatness can also cause problems for us in other ways.

When you live in a flat, basin-shaped area, not only does water from storms accumulate quite evenly across the surface, it also drains exceedingly slow. Water always takes the path of least resistance, regardless of where that path goes.

When rain itself falls from overhead directly into a boat, if debris either keeps your boat from draining or punctures a depression in the boat cover, your boat can sink. While sinking might not happen after just one stormy weekend, the interior’s furnishings might not fare too well. Likewise, campers and RVs with exposure to the sun and rain can rust and leak. Rain is a great friend for gardens and lawns, but the same rain can leave your boat cushions too soggy to use the next time you want to go sailing or fishing.

What Can Flooding in Cutler Bay Do?

Storms, particularly those that result in flooding, cost property owners in Cutler Bay thousands of dollars every year. Residences are not the only type of property that can sustain damage from torrential rain and overland floods. SERVPRO recommends insuring anything that such water can cause harm to, including:

  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Outbuildings and other exterior structures
  • Anything else of value.

How Can People Protect Their Property?

Using the same principle of placing a vehicle or motorcycle in a garage or carport to protect it, there are things you can do to protect your boat, gazebo, and even your children’s wooden play-set or tree-house.  

  • Keep your boat covered - either under a heavy-gauge, form-fitting tarp or under a carport, and wax it as needed,
  • Repaint or re-stain your gazebo and other outbuildings every two or three years with high-quality exterior coverings,
  • Check for stability and ever-growing branches that can loosen a treehouse’s support and re-stain wooden play-sets yearly.

How Can SERVPRO Help With Storm and Flood Damage in Cutler Bay?

Soggy cushions and carpeting can quickly start smelling musty and even show signs of mildew. SERVPRO can help restore this kind of damage, but preventing it costs only a fraction of restoring or replacing them. We can also help effortlessly dry out your boat, residence, or anything else that becomes waterlogged by rain or flooding. With flooding, we also clean and disinfect everything that we do not need to remove for disposal, making it safe for you and your family.

Other things we do post-disaster that help our customers keep different factors in mind: 

  • Choosing replacement items to match or complement undamaged ones,
  • Explaining which options are more durable and less likely to succumb to similar future events, and
  • Preventative measures that our customers can use immediately.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to help restore furnishings and other property, “Like it never even happened.” After storm and flood damage, call (305) 278-8484.

Are There Different Types of Floodwater That Affect Franjo Homes?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home The aftermath of a storm can be devastating. Call SERVPRO their IICRC trained technicians are ready for the job.

SERVPRO Techs Have the Training to Handle Any Size Flood Removal in Franjo

This area of Florida is no stranger to hurricanes and tropical storms that cause flood damage. When the water enters the home, it can get categorized in a few different ways: 

  • Rainwater from a damaged roof may saturate the interior but is considered clean water
  • Groundwater can have a myriad of pollutants ranging from chemicals to raw sewage and is hazardous to handle
  • Any water that has been in the home longer than 24 hours may have harmful bacteria growth

When SERVPRO technicians handle flood removal in Franjo properties, the techs test the water to determine any contaminants' nature. Safety measures such as full-body protective gear, respirators, and water treatments such as professional biocides and antimicrobial agents get used to make the water safer to come into contact with during extraction. After drying, the technicians clean the surfaces with sanitizing solutions and then test for bacteria's presence to ensure the property is safe to get the needed repairs and habitation by the homeowners. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 handles any type or size of flood removal in local Franjo properties. The trained techs arrive quickly and restore the home, "Like it never even happened."

Should a Cutler Ridge Business Remain Open During Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged commercial building Fire damage is no laughing matter. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed.

SERVPRO Serves Cutler Ridge With Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Services

Even a small scale fire in a business property can leave a host of problems to deal with, such as: 

Soot on the walls and ceiling

  • The need to inspect stock for damage
  • Potential secondary issues from water damage
  • Charred building materials that need removal

When handling commercial fire damage cleanup in Cutler Ridge business properties, SERVPRO technicians often recommend that the property get temporarily closed. There are a few reasons why, including the potential to transfer soot particles to currently undamaged areas, as well as the soot being a potential irritant to some people. 

Inspection Before Cleaning

The technicians carefully inspect the furnishings, articles, and in the cases of retail or warehouses, any stock on-site for potential damage before moving it to another area during the restoration services. For smoke-damaged items that are also non-porous, immersion cleaning where the item gets submerged in a cleaning solution is one of the most common ways to remove the residues. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 supports the local Cutler Ridge area for commercial fire damage cleanup services, and the trained technicians are available 24/7 for any size mitigation needed.

Cutler Bay Residents Rely on SERVPRO For Fast Action Against Flood Damage

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage home Storm damage is non easy matter to fix. Call the pros of SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed.

Flood Damage Needs Professional Attention for the Best Outcome in Cutler Bay Properties

Cutler Bay is an old area of Florida but a relatively new city. In 1880 the township got named after Dr. William Cutler of Massachusetts, who visited and decided to settle in the area, called "Cutler" and later "Cutler's Ridge." One of the most exciting features of the land is the nearby Palmetto Bay, where scientists discovered a large fossil site containing paleontological records of a host of animals, including:

  • Mammoths
  • Saber-toothed tigers 
  • California condors 

Archeologists found strong evidence of a Native American tribe that no longer exists but thrived in the region over 10,000 years previously based on careful study of the Tequesta burial mounds and campsites. The earliest American settlers entered the area in 1825, but the township did not get founded until Dr. Cutler arrived. The area known as Cutler's Ridge continued to grow, assisted by the railroad coming through the community and small businesses opening in the town. All of that changed in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew made landfall near the city and nearly wiped the community off the map due to a combination of high winds, strong storm surge, and a slow-moving storm. One element worked in the town's favor, the tall vegetation in the underdeveloped areas that bordered the township assisted in lessening the flood damage from the initial storm surge. Still, it could not prevent the high winds from wrecking structures and foliage as the hurricane passed through. The area of Florida affected by Hurricane Andrew had estimated damage to the tune of $25 billion. The storm's low pressure with its slow pace dumped a massive amount of rain on the region, and the canals and drainage systems became overwhelmed, and extensive flooding occurred throughout. 

The Town Opts For a New Name

The community decided to rebuild, and in April 2005, the Charter Committee for the town decided to rebrand the name and had a vote for the local citizens. The names that were chosen as possibles were "Pine Ridge," "Cutler Bay," "Cutler Ridge," and "Cutler." In November of the same year, the voters chose Cutler Bay as the final name for their town, and they also voted to incorporate making the city the county's 35th municipality. Initially, there was a certain amount of pushback from residents who did not like the name change and refused to use the new name. 

Should Cutler Bay Property Owners Wait Until Floodwater Recedes Before Cleanup?

Once flood damage happens in a Cutler Bay residence, the restoration services should begin as rapidly as possible. The longer the water remains within the structure, the more damage it does. SERVPRO technicians have removal equipment that can work to remove water that is inches to feet in depth.

Controlled demolition is a standard action needed to halt further wicking of moisture into building materials. It is not unusual to see walls with portions removed, floorboards picked up, and tile removed. This is all to dry the subfloor and interior of the home quickly to avoid secondary issues such as:

  • Mold spore germination and growth
  • Musty odors
  • Irreparable damage to the structure

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for professional cleanup and restoration services in your Cutler Bay home after flood damage.

Art Deco Weekend Means Fun and Entertainment for Cutler Bay

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Miami Art Deco When there is water damage in your home. Call SERVPRO for the water restoration services to get your home back to preloss condition.

Cutler Bay Residents Will Enjoy This 3 Day Celebration of All Things Cultural  

The Art Deco Weekend is not just for art lovers. It is a 3-day event loaded with art but also:

  • Architecture
  • History
  • Culture
  • Entertainment

It is a free cultural festival celebrating the community in Miami Beach. The event kicks off on January 15 and, for the first time, will be virtual. It is part of Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage month and dates back to the 1930s. 

Art Deco is a unique type of art, colorful and bright, with a lot of fun elements. There are over 800 buildings along Miami’s Art Deco scene. 

For more information, contact the Miami Design Preservation League at (305) 72-2014, or you can email info@mdpl.org. 

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Services to the Cutler Bay Area

If you have been looking at water damage companies in the Miami area, SERVPRO is the answer. Our experienced technicians have the expertise and equipment to mitigate water intrusions in your home. Burst pipes, dishwater overflows, and HVAC malfunctions are just examples of things that can go wrong. When they do, you can count o SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Contact us at (305) 278-8484 for more information.

Cutler Ridge is the Place to Learn Beginner’s Watercolor Painting

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water color painting of mountains and trees. Fire and smoke damage is no easy task to handle. Let the pros at SERVPRO use their specialized techniques and equipment.

Online Classes Encourage Creativity from Your Cutler Ridge Home

Head on over to The Art Studio NY website and sign up for their Beginner’s Watercolor Painting Class Online. Instructor Amy Wetsch will inspire your inner artist to come out. Watercolor painting is a fantastic way to relax and express yourself. Enjoy yourself with beginning and intermediate students like you:

  • Discover watercolor painting techniques such as wet on wet painting, splatter, and wet on dry painting
  • Learn about color mixing, variegated washes, and dry-brush techniques
  • Enjoy Step by step watercolor lessons and demonstrations
  • Sit under a professional art teacher
  • Paint a variety of subjects such as abstract, landscapes, and still life
  • De-stress and relax

The cost of the class is $299, and you can go online and order your materials ahead of time. They will be shipped directly to you. The course starts on January 4 and runs through February 22. Students meet in the ZOOM meeting on Mondays from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Proudly Serving the Cutler Ridge Area

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay provides fire and smoke cleanup to Cutler Ridge homes. For more information, contact us at (305) 278-8484.

Cutler Bay Residents Can Enjoy Beginner’s Painting & Mixed Media Online Class

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Blue swirl water color painting. Storm damage can be a huge issue when it comes to your home. Call SERVPRO for the experienced technicians and newest equipment around.

Check Out This Fun Art Class Without Leaving Your Cutler Bay Home

The Art Studio NY is hosting so many excellent online classes during this time of staying home. High-quality videos allow students to follow along and learn from a professional art instructor. In this class, you will learn how to express yourself through painting and a variety of media. It does no matter if you have no experience or have been painting for a while, you are sure to learn something new. 

This 8-week session starts January 4 and runs through February 22. Students meet on Monday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The cost for the class is $399. You can visit The Art Studio NY website and see the list of materials needed to begin the workshop. You can place an order, and they will be shipped to you. For more information, call (212) 932-8484.

SERVPRO Provides Stormwater Removal to Cutlery Bay Businesses

When storms bring floodwaters raging through your Cutler Bay business SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can help. We offer stormwater removal services so your business can get back to business as soon as possible. Contact us at (305) 278-8484.

When Fire Strikes in Cutler Bay SERVPRO Is There

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians in full regalia. Fire damage restoration is no easy matter. Call SERVPRO for IICRC certify technicians for your property restoration.

Our Technicians Provide Emergency Fire Mitigation to Cutler Bay Residents

Cutler Bay was named after Dr. William Cutler. Dr. Cutler was from Massachusetts and visited the area in 1880. He liked it so much that he encouraged folks to come and settle there. This would become the town of Cutler. 

Cutler Fossil Site

One of Cutler Bay's claims to fame is the Cutler Fossil Site. It is a sinkhole where not only Pleistocene animal bones have been found but artifacts from those who lived during the Archaic period and of Paleo-Indians. The site is located on the Charles Deering Estate and was discovered in 1979. A group was out hunting for wood to use in making knife handles. They noticed that some of the "wood" that they found seemed exceptionally hard. It was determined to be horse's teeth, according to an archeologist. An official excavation began in 1985.

The Excavation Begins

The site was on the road to becoming a historically registered site, but the Deering Estate protested. If that were to happen, the area on the estate could not be developed. Miami-Dade County purchased the site, and it is now included in the Charles Deering Estate State Park. 

The sinkhole is part of a karstic limestone formation on the Miami Rock Ridge. It is approximately 26 feet by 33 feet. The fossil layer extends beneath the water table. The owners of the Deering Estate funded excavations in 1985 and 1986. 

The Pleistocene Period

Thousands of bones were discovered in the sinkhole. They excavated portions of:

  • 47 mammals – 16 of them were extinct, three locally extinct
  • 51 bird species – 7 extinct
  • 9 reptile species
  • 7 amphibian species
  • 5 fish species

The mixture represented led the archeologists to believe that there was standing water for a portion of the year during the Pleistocene Period. Nearby were pinelands, marshes, hardwood hammocks, the sea coast, and grasslands. Animal and bird fragments discovered included:

  • Tapirs
  • Horses
  • Columbian mammoth
  • American mastodon
  • Camels
  • Bison antiques
  • Dire wolf
  • Spectacled bears
  • Florida ( or American) lion
  • Saber-toothed cat
  • Jaguar
  • Caracara (extinct bird)
  • Hawk-eagle (extinct)
  • California condor

Discovery of Human Remains

Some of the animal remains found were burnt. The sinkhole did not have natural fires, so the indication would be that humans were responsible. Human teeth and bones from approximately five different people were discovered, including adults and a young child. Stone tools and marine shells used as tools were at the location, as well as arrowheads. Some of the artifacts are thought to be Paleo-Indian. 

Tequesta Burial Mounds

Also discovered around Cutler Ridge were Tequesta Burial Mounds. The Tequesta tribe is believed to have been in the region since the 3rd century BCE. This Native American tribe had little to no contact with white settlers and had migrated out of the area by the mid-18th century. Tequesta was their principal town, named by the Spanish after the chief, and was situated along the north bank of the Miami River. Their custom was to place their camps and dwellings along water such as rivers, streams, and inlets to the ocean.

Tequesta Way of Life

The Tequesta were hunters and gatherers. They fished and hunted, with much of their food coming from the sea. They did eat local fruit and plants. Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda lived with the tribe in the 16th century. He dwelled with them for 17 years and wrote about their lifestyle. He stated that they ate:

  • Manatee
  • Sharks
  • Sailfish
  • Porpoises
  • Stingrays
  • Small fish
  • Turtle
  • Snails
  • Whale
  • Sea-wolf (Caribbean monk seal) – upper class
  • Venison

Although conches, clams, and oysters were plentiful, they did not seem to eat them very often. They consumed plants such as prickly pear, palm nuts, and saw palmetto berries. 

Everyday Life for the Tequesta Tribe

The huts they dwelled in could be quite tall, up to 5 stories. They wore very little clothing. Women wore skirts made of plant material, and men wore deer hide loincloths. There are different ideas on the traditional burial of their chiefs. It seems in both versions the small bones were buried, and the large bones were kept. They seemed to worship animal representations of gods. Humans were thought to have three souls – one in the reflection, one in the eyes, and one in the shadows. They may have practiced human sacrifice as part of their religious ceremonies.

The Railroad Comes to Town

The Florida East Coast Railway was extended in Cutler in the early 1900s. This made the city a place of business, and the economy grew as those in less developed towns would come to Cutler for supplies. 

Hurricane Andrew Hits Cutler

Hurricane Andrew hit near Cutler's Ridge in 1982. It pretty much destroyed the area. The damage to Florida was approximately $25 million, and almost every structure suffered significant damage. It took several years for the area to rebuild and move on from the impact of Hurricane Andrew. 

SERVPRO Provides Fire Restoration Services to Cutler Bay

When Hurricane Andrew hit, it did more than cause flooding. Power lines were down, high winds impacted homes, and other situations were present that caused fires. A fire can strike at any time. In homes, kitchen fires are the most common. Whenever there is a blaze, you can count on SERVPRO to mitigate the damage and leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Immediate Mitigation is Crucial

Even if the incident in your home seems like a small one with only smoke damage, you should still call in the professionals. There are several kinds of smoke residues, and understanding each one's makeup is fundamental to removing it. If you try to clean it and use the wrong type of cleaner, you are going to make it worse. Our technicians:

  • Know soot and how to remove it
  • Remove charred remains and debris
  • Clean surfaces with the appropriate cleaning agent
  • Use agitated cleaning methods like soda blasting when needed
  • Deodorize your home
  • Repair and restore as needed

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for fire restoration services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.