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Call Our Professionals To Handle Your Water Damage In Cutler Bay

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

a bucket on the floor of a living room catching water leaking from the ceiling Whether water enters your home from the ceiling or from any other way, team SERVPRO can help. Our technicians are standing by 24/7 - 365 days a year.

Even Small Water Damage to Your Home in Cutler Bay Requires Professional Attention

Being a homeowner is filled with responsibilities in terms of the upkeep of the property and the safety of your family. Living in Cutler Bay, we focus on making sure that we are well protected from the elements, most particularly hurricane-force winds and torrential pours. However, protecting our home needs to focus not only on emergencies but also on the smaller events that disrupt our everyday life.

When you face water damage to your Cutler Bay home, you may be tempted to find mops and a bucket to extract any water and open the windows to dry the inside of your property. At most, you might head to your local hardware store to rent a powerful fan to speed up the evaporation of water and put the incident behind you. As simple as this may seem, your better option is reaching out to our professional team at SERVPRO.

Water damage to your home may be the result of an undetected leak, and the effect may seem minimal. Our SERVPRO team can visit your home and assess the impact the water has made on your home. By using moisture sensors and moisture meters, we can determine those areas where humidity is above normal levels and make a plan to address the issue. Sometimes humidity is hiding behind your walls or under your carpet, and it is invisible to the naked eye. Our use of drying mats, air movers and dehumidifiers help us return your home environment to its natural balance.

One of the dangers of leaving water deposits unaddressed is the proliferation of mold in your home. Mold is already all around us, but it thrives in humid places such as Florida. When you add even more humidity, its spread is quicker and can hurt your health. Our SERVPRO team is trained in the use of tools and techniques to identify and mitigate the spread of mold even when it may not appear to be an issue.

Do not be fooled by what seems like a minor water leak. Our professional team at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is here to help you. Just reach out to us at (786) 901-7024 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Removing Fire Damage from Hardwood in Cutler Bay Businesses

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with soot and debris everywhere Regardless of the extent of the fire damage to your business, team SERVPRO can help. Call our certified technicians for effective debris removal.

Hardwood Can Suffer Significant Fire Damage in Cutler Bay Shops

Hardwood flooring is a standard installation for many modern businesses and shops, and this type of material is susceptible to fire damage when these disasters occur. We have effective mitigation and cleaning strategies beginning as soon as we arrive to prevent tear-out.

Clearing Debris

Debris removal is one of the foundational elements of fire restoration in Cutler Bay businesses. So many effects are worsened by heaps of charred remnants and debris in the structure. We can shovel and vacuum out the bulk of this to begin mitigative efforts.

Assessing Present Soot and Smoke Damage

With debris cleared from the floors, restorers get their first look at soot and smoke damage. We rapidly assess needed actions to begin soot removal as soon as possible.

Clearing Surface Residues

Before direct cleaning of the surface elements can begin after soot damage, our SERVPRO team works to remove the bulk of the soil deposits on the flooring. Mechanical actions like vacuuming and brushing can help, but emulsification and dissolving are also effective chemical processes using:

  • Wet cleaning
  • Solvents
  • Detergents

It is important to implement necessary cleaning strategies when the loose soils and bulk of the soot residues have been resolved with mechanical action and preliminary efforts. Thymol products, citrus-based solutions, and wood crème pastes are all used to restore the original sheen and rich contrast of natural hardwood flooring.

Checking for Water Damage

Water damage is an underappreciated secondary effect of fire damage on your commercial property. Whether it was a sprinkler system or first responders working to put out the blaze, a high volume of water was often involved. When this water sits on surfaces like semi-porous hardwood, it can absorb into the material and require special drying practices to overcome.

Hardwood surfaces in your shop or business can require special cleaning and upkeep after challenging fire damages. From soot deposits to water damage from extinguishment, restoration and mitigation solutions should begin as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team can help with effective cleaning and recovery when you call (786) 901-7024. 

Water Damage in Your Cutler Bay Home

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

aquarium tropical SERVPRO restores Cutler Bay homes from water damage following a broken pipe or a fish tank

Cracked Aquarium Means Water Damage in Cutler Bay

Many homeowners in Cutler Bay enjoy the look of a fish tank in their homes. It is calming to watch the fish swim around, and some people like the waterfall noise of the filter. However, if the tank somehow cracks or breaks, you could end up with excessive water damage. The water can affect flooring, ceilings if the tank is upstairs, plus furniture and other belongings near the tank.

An incident where your fish tank breaks can be overwhelming, especially when your pets are going everywhere besides the water. Your Cutler Bay home that was fine a few seconds ago is now under several gallons of water which needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent even further Cutler Bay home water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can assist you anytime you need us, so don’t hesitate to give us a call right away.

Most of the time, when carpeting is involved, we need to disengage the carpet and remove the pad. Because the pad is inexpensive, a new pad can be installed when the carpet is put back. When doing so, the carpet is already cut to fit the room, so reinstallation is a matter of positioning the carpet correctly and stretching it back onto the tackless strip. Seams might have to cut seams at doorways when the carpet was taken out, so re-seaming is usually required.

When reinstalling the carpet, SERVPRO techs first ensure the subfloor is thoroughly dry and level. We vacuum and sweep to remove any debris and remove furniture and doors as necessary. We also check the carpet for weak seams, delamination, mold damage, or tears. We also reinstall the tackles strip when needed.

A new pad with the same thickness, type, and density as the old one is installed. The pad is laid out using tackles for a straight edge and is installed at right angles to the carpet seams. We cut the pad to fit the biggest areas first, using a sharp blade. The paid is laid down slick side facing up so the carpet can slide over it. We tape the seams of the pad and anchor it with double-sided, non-paper tape, glue, or staples.

When SERVPRO of Cutler Bay cleans up water damage in your home in Hollywood, we want to not only dry everything out but restore your home to the way it was. Call us at (305) 278-8484, so we can come and take care of the water damage for you.

Cutler Bay Fire Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen after fire microwave When a fire strikes and damages your Cutler Bay kitchen, call SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration

SERVPRO Strives to Salvage and Mitigate Fire Damage in Cutler Bay

If a fire starts in your Cutler Bay condo, the chances are that it first ignited in your kitchen. Out of all 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 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 Cutler Bay, 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.
 
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 items get burned 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 new cabinets installed. 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 unit 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 fire and smoke 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.

Preparing for Flood Damage in Cutler Bay Homes

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

heavy rain hitting roof There is always a chance of storms in Florida. Should water intrude in your home, no worries! SERVPRO is always on call.

Some Preventative Measures Can Reduce the Severity of Flood Damage to Cutler Bay Properties

With the threat of imminent flooding, it is vital to take whatever steps exist to protect a home, its occupants, and its contents. While our experienced SERVPRO team can help with cleanup and recovery efforts, some early actions can help simplify that restoration process. 

Protecting the House from Imminent Flooding

Early actions can help to reduce the immense impact of flooding and flood damage to Cutler Bay homes. Homeowners should be encouraged to take steps that protect their most treasured belongings and keepsakes, some of which can include:

  • Move valuables to the highest levels of your home to keep them dry
  • Install sandbags at the thresholds to the exterior of your home to slow water penetration
  • Move first-floor items upstairs, when possible, to avoid direct contact with floodwater coming into the house.

How Can SERVPRO Help After a Flood? 

There are multiple needs for your home while actively contending with flood damage and contamination threats. The first step that our team can take beyond the evacuation of essential valuables and keepsakes is executing a plan for water removal using a combination of extractors available to our SERVPRO professionals like submersible pumps, wet vacuums, and drying mats.

"Like it never even happened."

Our goal is to create a final product that returns your property to preloss condition. This result is the chief expectation of our mitigation and restoration approaches. Flooding is intense, traumatic, and can leave widespread damage concerns. Having a credible and licensed team of professionals is the fastest path back to “Like it never even happened.”

Flooding is more of a threat to Cutler Bay and the coastal communities we serve than many customers realize. From surges of the ocean water to extreme weather conditions that can make landfall at our doorstep, you need a team of emergency storm response professionals. Give our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team a call at (305) 278-8484.

The Most Pressing Needs of Your Cutler Ridge Home After a Fire

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of fireman holding hose, fire hose is expecting water Water damage is often a by-product of fire damage. SERVPRO is the one-stop-shop for all your fire damage restoration needs.

Mitigation and Fire Restoration are Faster When Prioritizing Pressing Concerns of Damaged Cutler Ridge Properties

Mitigating loss after a fire is a product of dozens of actions. We arrive fast to begin emergency services to complete restoration as soon as possible. 

Structural Damage After Combustion

Before much of the fire restoration for Cutler Ridge homes can begin, we must determine the extent of structural damage created by burning building materials. While certain elements will require removal based on their surface blistering and marring, careful considerations are made into where controlled demolition is necessary to protect the property and its contents.

Production of Smoke and Soot Solids

Smoke damage is a formidable threat to properties. Clearing particles and loose debris can help to manage the affected areas, but ultimately cleanup becomes a combination of approaches like:

  • Chemical sponges
  • Dry vacuums
  • Abrasive cleaning products
  • Controlled demolition

Water Damage Concerns

Water removal services are not often the first need considered when restoring fire damage to a home. However, the high volume of water used to extinguish a blaze can be a considerable concern for responding restorers. The Green Fleet arrives with air movers, extractors, and other effective drying tools to quickly manage moisture and standing water concerns.

Protecting At-Risk Contents 

Yet another primary focus of our experienced professionals is restoring and cleaning contents affected by spreading fire and smoke damage. Prolonged exposures to soot and smoke solids can destroy your personal belongings, so we focus on removing these at-risk items to a safe space on the property or our nearby SERVPRO facility for intricate cleaning and restoration necessary.

Caring for the most pressing needs of your home after a fire is the priority of our responding technicians. We have a well-trained mitigation unit that rapidly responds for post-fire cleanup and recovery once first responders deem the property safe to enter. You can reach our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team 24/7 by calling (305) 278-8484. 

How Can a Squeegee Wand Extract Water from Cutler Bay Homes?

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being stored in warehouse SERVPRO has the tools to handle water damage of any scope. Call us today!

Attachments Like the Squeegee Wand are Ideal for Water Removal on Hard Surfaces in Cutler Bay Homes

Using the right attachments and tools can help preserve the life of vital recovery equipment in homes and businesses. These connected units play a substantial role in rapidly extracting pooling and surface water with needed water removal services.

What is a Squeegee Wand? 

One of the devices our techs use for water removal in Cutler Bay homes and businesses is the squeegee extraction wand. While some versions of this tool also feature jetting capabilities for cleaning tile and hard surface flooring, the primary function of the wand is recovery. This large head on the extractor features squeegee blades to pull in as much water as possible. With an air gap at the ends, we can prevent the unit from adhering to the surface.

What Floors Are Best Cleared by This Product?  

When used with wet vacuums and truck-mount extractors, these attachments can benefit various flooring surfaces. The best application for squeegee wands is non-porous or low-porosity materials that allow water to sit at the surface for prolonged periods. Some of these include:

  • Hardwood
  • Vinyl plank
  • Tile
  • Concrete

Might Other Extraction Devices Be Necessary? 

Depending on the affected material and the severity of the situation, we may use other water removal equipment to continue mitigation work. Standing water of more than a few inches requires submersible pumps to reach a more acceptable depth. Likewise, we utilize versatile wet vacuums to clean puddling and shallow surface water.

Specific attachments are vital in certain conditions after substantial water loss incidents. Our techs can quickly remove pooling on the surface of solid flooring elements with attachments for wet vacuums and truck-mount extractors like the squeegee wand. Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to help anytime you need it at (305) 278-8484.

Why Use Cutler Ridge's Expert Mold Damage Team

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage along wall of dining room Not all mold damage is visible. Our IICRC trained SERVPRO techs can locate hidden mold damage in your home.

Water Damage Often Leaves Behind Hidden Mold Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't take the chance and wonder if you have mold in your house or not. Any suspicion you have that a fungus exists warrants your attention. Don't let a seemingly minor problem become a significant issue. Call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for assistance 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Has Undisclosed Commercial Water Damage Affected Your Newly Purchased Cutler Bay Real Estate Office

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

outside corner view of multi-story office building Water damage can cost business owners money. Let the experts at SERVPRO restore your water damaged commercial property.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts in Their Field of Remediating Water Damage on Your Property

After an extended period of working for someone else, starting your own business can be a dream come true for many people. Owning the company itself and the building you will conduct your business in is even more pleasant. Finding out that there are substantial problems with your new building can put a real ding in your happiness. Defects that are not superficial or aesthetic but caused by water can signal much more severe problems. Water damage can lead to structural deficiencies and increased microbial activity. A smelly, tattered-looking office is not a setting conducive to selling other real estate to potential buyers and can seriously hurt your profit margins.

Office buildings are often remodeled before being listed, hiding existing commercial water damage in Cutler Bay. Remodeling does not remove the damage, however. It usually leaves new owners in the dark about such issues, posing risks that aren't apparent until after the purchase has been finalized and the new owner has moved in. Other real estate agents you work with regularly can only disclose facts about the building's condition that the seller has told them about, which can leave you with only legal options to pursue after repair work has been completed.

SERVPRO can help you repair the building to prevent secondary water damage from becoming an issue and help document the damage's extent. Repair costs related to existing damage that was never disclosed are often recoverable if proper documentation is presented. Because we know you want to open your agency as soon as possible, we can work around your day-to-day operations if you wish.

Suppose you prefer to have new carpeting installed. In that case, our Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) can provide this service and then follow up by shampooing the carpet to remove the high level of chemicals left behind by the manufacturing process. While the scent from new carpets is not a health risk, it can still be unpleasant. Removing or decreasing its strength is often more desirable than allowing it to remain.

Water damage that affects commercial settings should be taken as seriously as it would if that damage was found in your home. Working in any building, office, or home can be detrimental to your health and safety if there are unattended issues from water damage. Even if you don't see standing water in your business, this can be true. Our technicians have certifications in Commercial Drying (CDS) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT). They are always available to make sure that you can open for business as planned and then remain open so you can serve your clients without interruption.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 is always ready to take your call, and we can arrive as early as one hour afterward. Let us help you keep your business healthy from the start by ridding the structure of problems that can become substantial detrimental issues later.

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.

We Get You Back In Business In Cutler Bay After Water Damage

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over water Call SERVPRO for any type of water removal and remediation efforts you need. We can get you back to work in no time.

Water Removal in Your Cutler Bay Sandwich Shop

The same sinks that you use for cleaning off fresh vegetables and washing hands before you handle fresh loaves of bread for your customers can also be a disaster waiting to happen for your Cutler Bay sandwich shop. As fixtures like a faucet or the pipe beneath the counter age, connectors and fittings weaken. Leaks are a clear first indicator of a severe problem, and you should take the opportunity to fix this issue while you have professionals dry out your damaged prep area.

Water Damage Restoration

Because of the damage occurring mainly behind the scenes away from your customers, our SERVPRO team can work efficiently to contain water damage in your Cutler Bay shop. Our effective drying and even mopping techniques can reduce the migration of moisture out into more problematic areas that are higher traffic regions of the shop. In the prep area, we can establish an active drying zone to quickly remove any moisture and dampness while allowing our team of general contractors to work on the needs of the sink area.

As much as everyone wants to prioritize the drying and restoration of the water damage that resulted from the persistent sink leak, repairing the plumbing damage is a critical step to reduce future exposure and to keep your business going. We have a team of licensed commercial contractors in-house that can work alongside our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) to reinstall new fixtures, connectors, or fittings to suit the situation.

We can work quickly to repair these effects and to work around the traffic of your employees because we can appreciate the pace of your business and the need for all of its elements to be functional and accessible. From the coolers with fresh produce to the sink that we can quickly and correctly repair with our building trades expertise, we can make this damaging scenario “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team has a full roster of professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as well as a division of state-licensed commercial contractors to offer a comprehensive approach to nearly all of your restoration needs. Give us a call anytime you need us at (305) 278-8484.

How Fire Debris Removal Helps Your Cutler Bay Residence

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen after fire Fire can leave your property with many issues. Trust our experts to bring your home back to its original state "Like it never even happened."

Let us Remove the Fire Debris From Your Cutler Bay Home

Getting your first look at your damaged property after a fire gets extinguished can be an overwhelming experience for Cutler Bay homeowners. Even with the quick response of firefighting professionals, structure fires can sweep through the household rapidly, affecting a broad area and many belongings. Once these first responders have left, it is crucial to get restoration work started promptly so that the right preventative steps get taken to reduce further damage and degradation.

As potentially devastating as fire and odor damage in Cutler Bay homes can be, a failure to address these circumstances quickly can lead to even more hazards and costly restoration needs. As you might expect, after a blaze gets extinguished, controlled demolition and debris removal are vital first steps to thoroughly inspect the property and determine the extent of underlying damage with structural elements and supports. Our SERVPRO team clearing out fire debris can help your home in several ways.

Fire Damage Restoration

The ruin of construction material and burned contents in your house can continually threaten air quality and the health of those exposed. Debris removal is a critical step because it can reduce the circulation of many of these carcinogens and threatening particulates once they can settle back down from the agitation of shoveling rubble and controlled demolition.

Another essential element to removing the fire debris left behind after flames get extinguished is the effect this aftermath can have on the odors in the household. One of the quickest paths to cutting into the harsh odors fires can leave behind is to remove many of the charred materials and contents, and determine the highest concentrations of smoke odors and eliminate those materials from the household as well.  

We strive to provide some of the most efficient odor and fire damage restoration services following the devastation of fire damage incidents. Because of our expertise and cutting-edge equipment, our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay professionals can make any damage scenario your home faces “Like it never even happened.” Give our team a call anytime that disasters strike at (305) 278-8484.

Why do Cutler Bay Residents Trust SERVPRO with Mold Remediation of Their Homes?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians in PPE If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO’s Advanced Technology and Fast, 24-Hour Service Makes it the First Choice of Cutler Bay Homeowners for Mold Remediation 

One of the crucial aspects of mold remediation from your Cutler Bay home is containing the damage. Mold can easily spread to other areas of the building if proper care is not taken during the remediation process. 

SERVPRO techs use strict containment zones and establish negative pressure during mold remediation of your Cutler Bay home. A mass of mold can have thousands of spores, and when something disturbs the spore mass, thousands of mold spores are set free. Airflow can carry these spores away, and they can remain suspended in the air till gravity finally causes them to settle. The key to controlling the spores is to prevent the air from the affected area from leaving, which is attained by establishing containment zones. 

How do SERVPRO Mold Specialists Establish Containment zones? 

SERVPRO techs establish containment zones using 6-mil polyethylene sheets and negative-pressure machines. According to IICRC, it is important to maintain a pressure differential of at least -0.2 inches of mercury to limit the spread of mold spores throughout the building.   

SERVPRO techs use an instrument called a manometer to ensure that this pressure gradient between the containment area and the unaffected area is maintained. A manometer measures the difference in static air pressure between two adjacent regions. 

Our technicians often use recording manometers that can log the pressure readings on a predetermined basis and create a report to ensure that the negative pressure is maintained throughout the process. 

SERVPRO uses advanced technology like this to ensure that the mold remediation from your home is as efficient as fast as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 to talk to our expert technicians regarding mold damage issues.   

Water Damage Technicians in Cutler Bay Discuss the Key Factors for Structural Drying

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO today for assistance with storm flood damage in your Cutler Bay home. We have the tools and skilled technicians you need.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Remediating Your Flood Damaged Home

If water ever leaks into your Cutler Bay home, getting it removed promptly is essential. If items inside your house stay saturated for an extended period, materials can lose their structural integrity. If moisture levels inside organic materials such as wood and drywall stay elevated, then microbial growth can occur.

The first step in saving wet materials from getting ruined is the extraction phase. During every water damage remediation project in Cutler Bay, vacuuming up as much moisture as possible is vital. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized extraction equipment on carpet and upholstery before the drying stage begins.

Once the extractor stops pulling out water, we begin the structural drying process. When reducing moisture levels within building materials and contents, there are many factors that affect how quickly materials will dry. Our SERVPRO experts take humidity and moisture level readings to devise a plan to dry out the structure as quickly as possible.

Water Removal and Flood Damage Restoration

The main factors that can affect how quickly a building will dry include the amount of water to be evaporated, the indoor and outdoor temperatures, humidity, and air movement. During evaporation, water always seeks dry air to move to so it can create an equilibrium. Moisture from building materials and contents moves first to the dry air on the surface. Then, wet air moves to areas where the air is drier.

Evaporation occurs at a faster rate when the indoor temperatures in the building are between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on how wet the materials got, dehumidifiers work well to remove moisture from the air after it evaporates off of the wet substances. Materials dry best when the relative humidity in the affected room is between 30% and 50%. Air movement that gets created with industrial air movers causes circulation that pushes the wet air away from damp items.

Structural drying is most efficient when equipment is used to manipulate the factors of drying so that it gets completed at a quicker rate. Depending on what gets affected and how bad the damage is, various combinations and types of drying equipment and dehumidifiers can be utilized. For help creating an environment conducive to rapid structural drying, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What Can I Do About the Fire Damage in My Cutler Bay Popup Clothing Boutique?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

If you need professional assistance with fire damage, Call in the experts at (305) 278-8484. We are always available to help you!

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for Fast and Effective Fire Damage Remediation Services!

Setting up a popup store along the beaches of Cutler Bay is all about catching a fad at its peak and turning a profit, and the last thing any salesman wants to deal with is fire damage. When your store is all about limited-time offerings, cutting down those deals by days and days of remediation could be a disaster for your profits. For this reason, you need to get in touch with fast, effective, and professional remediation services when you need assistance.

What would you do if fire damage struck your Cutler Bay popup clothing boutique? Reacting to the situation calmly, and getting help from professionals like SERVPRO as fast as possible, can make a world of difference when it comes to saving your merchandise.

How Can SERVPRO Help Me?

Here at SERVPRO, we have built our entire schedule around yours because we understand how valuable your time is. When you choose us, we can:

  •   Swiftly assemble a team of highly trained fire and smoke damage technicians
  •   Quickly send them to your location in vans packed full of advanced technological devices
  •   Work at whatever time you need us, day or night

Fire Restoration

Whenever you need our help, we are here for you. We understand how valuable foot traffic is for your business. Always remember, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remediate?

Our technicians can quickly assemble our equipment on sight and get to work right away. We can use:

  •   Air scrubbers to remove foul scents
  •   EPA-registered cleaning agents to remove soot and grime
  •   Take inventory of any loss merchandise to make insurance claims easier

Our technicians are committed to making you feel “Like it never even happened.”

If your business needs fire damage remediation services, get help now. Communicate with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay by phoning (305) 278-8484. Whenever you need our help, we're here for you.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay uses Contaminant Safeguards for Flood Damage Restoration

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

Adherence to Restoration Industry Best Practices Guide SERVPRO Crews Responding to Cutler Bay Flooding

After fierce, sustained winds and torrential rains attack, flood damage to Cutler Bay homes seems inescapable. The water invading your home is by definition contaminated and enters through:

  • Leaking roofs from storm winds ripping off shingles and flashing 
  • Smashed windows, doors, and siding holes created as tree limbs and debris fly into exteriors
  • Overland flooding, walls of water pushing through egress windows, or seeping through foundation cracks 

Why Is Flood Water in Cutler Bay So Dirty?

Although rainwater seems contaminant-free as it falls from the sky, when it gathers force and then breaks into your house, it rapidly mixes with a wide range of substances, creating chemical and biohazard concerns:

  • Crumbling building materials that can contain asbestos and lead
  • Moldy leaves and branches
  • Mud and silt from road and sidewalk debris
  • Landscaping chemicals
  • Industrial waste
  • Fluids from overwhelmed sanitary waste needing sewage cleanup



How Do SERVPRO Flooding and Storm Damage Restorers Manage the Contaminated Water?

SERVPRO managers and crews receive extensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), much of which focuses on the containment and safe removal of storm damage and flooding. After an assessment and planning specific to your Cutler Bay home, our crews:

  • Set up containment areas using 1.6 mil polyethylene barriers augmented with negative pressure air scrubbing equipment
  • Detect and release all trapped water 
  • Collect and remove the contaminated muck and water for appropriate disposal following protocols for your locality, completing paperwork and the actual transfer of fluids and debris
  • Clean and disinfect affected surfaces with EPA-registered products
  • Conduct effective structural drying
  • Process the contents of your home either in a sheltered space on your property or at our production facility 
  • Arrange for repairs and reconstruction of damaged structural components

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is well-acquainted with the dangers of Category 3 floodwaters and protects you and your family during contaminated water removal after severe storms. Call us at (305) 278-8484 for a fast response.

Air Conditioner Caused Water Damage in Cutler Bay

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO if you experience water damage in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians are Skilled in Remediating Water Damage

Comfort in a semi-tropical climate can require air conditioner units or central air to moderate the temperature. Reducing interior humidity is key to successful air conditioning. The condensation that occurs when an air conditioner removes moisture from the air must be managed and disposed of appropriately, typically through a series of drain pans and overflow outlets. Suppose your air conditioner experiences a backup of water because of a clogged drainage system. In that case, you can suffer water damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and even window coverings in your home. SERVPRO can respond quickly to resolve the damage caused by condensation and inadequate drainage, preventing permanent damage to your home and possessions. 

Water damage in Cutler Bay from a malfunctioning air conditioner often manifests itself slowly. You may not even know the system is not draining well until a puddle forms inside or you notice a foul smell or even mold growth near cool air vents. Clearing the drainage system is just the first step in restoring the effects of air conditioner water damage. Our certified technicians can thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your home proximate to the air conditioner and find all areas that show water damage. Our training expands our search to places you would not have suspected to show the effects of condensation or inadequate drainage. In consultation with you, we develop a mitigation plan that cleans, restores, or replaces materials compromised by the water, including attending to any microbial activity fed by the water damage. 

Water Damage Restoration

We have the training and the equipment to contain and remediate water damage and musky-smelling fungal growth. Since air conditioners move chilled air throughout your house, it is essential that the ductwork be inspected as part of the water damage protocol, ensuring potentially dangerous materials are not sent airborne. SERVPRO is uniquely qualified to respond to all issues raised by the water damage caused by improperly operating or draining air conditioners. Experienced in water extraction, structural drying, odor reduction, and microbial activity containment, we can restore walls, flooring, ceilings, furnishings, and window coverings to pre-water damage condition and restore a fresh and healthy airflow. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay awaits your call to (305) 278-8484 when a faulty air conditioner system has created a water damage challenge in your home. We pledge a speedy and professional resolution to your water damage dilemma as a committed local partner in our beautiful community.

Water Damage? SERVPRO Tips For Detecting Water Damage in Cutler Bay

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians know what to look for when inspecting for hidden water damage in your home. Call us today, we will come take a look for you.

SERVPRO Tips to Handle Water Damage 

One little-known fact about water damage is that it often goes unnoticed. It is especially overlooked if the home is older, repainted, or might have an underground or internal leak. The problem is that water damage wrecks a house, and if there is enough water, mold and other microbial can take over a home, causing thousands of dollars worth of damages and can cause health effects. 

Water damage in Cutler Bay is a common problem. Sometimes in older homes, you have to discover subtle signs of water damage to ensure that you're saving yourself as much headache as possible. There are several big signs to look for, including just using your eyes and other senses. SERVPRO knows that it can be challenging to spot these problems all the time, so we always walk through a house thoroughly to diagnose problem areas. 

Here are a few of the easiest ways to spot water damage in your home:

Look for Stains on the Ceiling or Wall 

This is often the most straightforward, most tell-tale sign of a severe leak. When you start seeing stains on your ceilings or walls, call our professionals to mitigate your costs. We also repaired the source of the damage. 

Buckled Floors Almost Always Lead to Leaks 

If your floors are buckling, you probably have a severe problem. Most of the time, this type of water damage is caused by slow water leaks through shower lines, water lines under the house, or even water main damage seeping up through the foundation. 

Look for Cracks in the Foundation or Other Crumbling Areas 

If you see crumbling wood, cracked foundations, or cracks in your walls or ceiling, this could indicate water infiltration. 

If it is a Bad Leak, You Can Often Hear It 

If you can sense a leak, trust your gut. Use your ears to find these kinds of leaks by turning off all electronics during a rainstorm. Usually, leaks are very prominent, distinct, and easy to locate. 

Even after you've found water damage, the most challenging part is fixing the problem. That's why you should always contact our service professionals at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. We get there fast, and we get the job done right the first time! 

Are Cutler Bay Businesses at Risk of Fire Damage from Cooking Equipment?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

If your business property is damaged by a fire, call on the experts at SERVPRO for assistance.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Can Help to Reduce Losses at your Business Following Fire Damage

Businesses can sometimes fall victim to commercial property fires, forcing temporary closures and loss of revenue. One of the most common causes of a premises fire is cooking equipment which may be in use in offices, healthcare facilities or restaurants. The crucial factor in controlling losses at your business is to enlist the help of a professional service who is qualified to perform:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire restoration

Most commercial kitchen areas are fitted with tiles with decent resistance to fire damage in your Cutler Bay business. However, smoke residues can be time-consuming to remove, especially when animal proteins, fats, or grease are involved. These greasy soot deposits spread around easily and usually require chemical action alongside sufficient dwell time to break down the soot's adherence to surfaces. Our technicians can:

  • Temporarily remove and detach installed kitchen equipment such as ovens, extractors, and refrigerators. 
  • Apply a powerful chemical counteractant to break down the connection between soot particles and the surface, allowing efficient cleaning. 
  • Recoloring grout in between tiles to ensure a uniform, clean finish to the tiles and restoring them to a preloss condition. 

Property fires can happen at commercial premises. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for commercial fire damage restoration at (305) 278-8484.

Mold Growth, Spores, and Why SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediations in Cutler Bay

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Spotted mold in your home? Call us right away to mitigate the situation. Our technicians are certified in mold damage remediation.

Why SERVPRO? We Can Safely Remove Mold Infestations from Your Home

Both OSHA and the EPA agree that chlorine bleach ("sodium hypochlorite") does not entirely kill mold growth. Bleach is a great disinfecting product, but it is not a good choice for mold. When bleach is used on mold growth, the bleach changes the fungi coloring, not the mold spores. It appears that the mold is completely gone, but within a week or two, it usually comes back and sometimes worse than before.

Mold damage in Cutler Bay is an unhealthy situation. Using chlorine bleach will not get rid of the mold if it appears on a porous surface. This means that it is made not to soak deep down to reach spore roots. It is better as a disinfectant on surfaces like tile or glass. To survive, mold spore roots ("Mycelia") must spread deep into a porous surface.

Mold Damage Remediation

Mold remediation needs a specialized cleanser. It must get deep into the wood and other porous building material to destroy its roots. Another reason bleach does not kill mold spores is because bleach is 90% water, and this is one of the ingredients that mold loves. When chlorine bleach is used on mold, the chlorine evaporates quickly, leaving behind water.

Naturally, the water soaks into the porous surface feeding the mold. Yes, the surface looks clean when bleach is applied, but its roots are invisible. They are there and spreading. The goal is to remove mold at its roots. Mold remediation contractors use advanced products that can adequately disinfect mold-infested products like wood.

There are eco-friendly anti-microbial cleaning products that can remove mold, its spores, and its roots. We don't want to give chlorine bleach a bad rap. It is an effective sanitizing product that kills mold on hard non-porous surfaces, and it also neutralizes indoor mold allergens.

SERVPRO is your one-stop remediation company. If mold damage is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate it. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your emergency mold removal services. We invest in ongoing mold remediation training and advanced equipment and solutions to better serve you.

Your Cutler Bay home or business is your most significant investment, and SERVPRO of Cutler Bay wants to help you take care of it. Reach out and call us today at (305) 278-8484. Let us perform a mold test and answer any questions that you may have.

Why Would You Need Water Removal in Cutler Bay?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

When water is literally dripping on your head, you need team SERVPRO. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Extracts Water to Salvage a Water Damaged Property

Water needs to be extracted when it comes in through a leaking roof during one of those relatively frequent storms that come in off of the Atlantic. Hurricanes can drop significant amounts of water. Water damage can also occur from leaking pipes, faucets, and water heaters that can deposit unwanted water.

Rapid water removal in Cutler Bay is necessary to mitigate damage to your house or condo structure. It can be absorbed into drywall and wood items. It can warp wood floors and create an unpleasant odor. It also increases the moisture level (RH) of the entire house, which helps to bring another unwanted factor into your home. That would be mold.

Water Removal Services

You can do some tasks for this water removal in your Cutler Bay home, and these things can help prevent the spread of the mold, but only if these are done as quickly as possible after noticing this water.

  • Things such as furniture damaged by water can be removed from the house and placed in a dry place. 
  • Throw rugs can be taken out and treated the same way. 
  • If the leaking comes from a pipe or other appliance, the water should be turned off at the source. 
  • All doorways and windows can be opened to get some air circulating throughout the place. This ventilation can help freshen the air and aid in the evaporation process to hasten drying.
  • Fans can be placed to help in evaporating the moisture. 
  • You can begin the process with a commercially available wet vac designed for vacuuming water. Start in areas with the smallest amount of water and work toward the source. 

Since water can go everywhere, the potential for damage to all building materials is very great. The faster your water damage is eliminated and your home dried, the less secondary damage from water can result. Save your effort and money by calling in a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Cutler Bay to solve your problems. They will rush to Cutler Bay, Cutler Ridge, and Franjo to help. Call this number 24/7 for help. (305) 278-8484.

How Does SERVPRO Remediation Help Protect Cutler Bay Homes?

6/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage and leaks can quickly lead to a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate the damage.

With Containment and Advanced Mold Removal, We can Help Cutler Bay Homes Fast

Unresolved water damage or moisture concerns can facilitate mold growth in your property. As this problem persists, the situation becomes more threatening to structural integrity and the house's occupants. As a leading remediation team for Cutler Bay, we can respond quickly with efficient removal solutions and recovery tools to make it "Like it never even happened."

How Can Containment Get Underway?

Establishing appropriate containment strategies prevents the microbes and microorganisms from finding a home elsewhere on the property when mold remediation in Cutler Bay homes gets underway. With so many organic materials that can host active colonies, building containment with 6mil polyethylene sheeting prevents a greater mold threat.

Are There Specific Mold Removal Tactics SERVPRO Uses?

There are no two identical mold damage situations, so several tactics and strategies are used to eliminate organisms. Much of the choice in this matter relies on data collected from mold inspections. Depending on the condition of hosting materials, we can choose among:

  • Surface cleaning with biocides
  • Surface sanding
  • Media or sponge pressure cleaning
  • Controlled demolition

Regardless of how severe mold damage might become, our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team has multiple remediation and mold removal approaches to help. Our advanced tactics can help you get back into your home quickly after damages. Give us a call today at (305) 278-8484.

Water Removal for Your Soggy Restaurant or Bar in Cutler Bay

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Leaks and water damage happen even in commercial properties. SERVPRO can handle all you water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO is Ready to Help Get Your Business Open Again After Water Damage

Hurricanes are not the only reason your fine dining or drinking establishment might be soaking your shoes. Being part of the food and hospitality industries means that water leaks or other liquids are inevitable. When it happens, you need experts who can resolve the situation quickly and efficiently, with as little interruption of your normal business functions as possible.

Suppose you have invested a considerable sum of time, energy, and money into a bar or restaurant in Cutler Bay; maintaining that investment sometimes includes water removal. Without professionals performing the work, a business cannot go on 'as usual.' We are available to clean up the mess regardless of its makeup and get things running for you as smoothly for you and your patrons.

During our work, we assess the situation to determine what we can do so that your business can be at least partially open. This is not always possible, but when it is, doing so can reduce lost profits substantially. Our goal is to help you in any way possible so that a water disaster cannot continue to affect your business and those who depend on it negatively.

SERVPRO technicians providing these types of services know that you must constantly meet health code regulations, so we always provide written documentation of all the work. This documentation includes each process, cleaning agent, and piece of equipment used during the restoration process.

Anything affected in the kitchen or behind the bar will be cleaned, sanitized, and restored to pre-accident condition. Foodstuffs must be disposed of according to IICRC standards, but each item is noted on an inventory sheet. As with anything that happens with a business, there is a great deal of documentation, and we always provide you with copies for your records.

When your restaurant or bar's interior has sprung a leak, call us at any time, 24/7, at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. We are here for you, no matter what kind of disaster has struck your business.

Your Fire Damage Solution and Steps for your Cutler Bay Home

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Even small fires cause smoke and soot to travel throughout the home. Call SERVPRO for fast effective remediation.

SERVPRO Helps with Fire Damage Restoration and Insurance

Our services are available to you whenever you need us, day or night, regardless of your situation's scale. We understand how devastating a fire damage event can be. We don't just work with your insurance company and help you with your paperwork; our professional staff assists you through every step of the process, from beginning to end. Subrogation is a process that we take very seriously for the entire payment and insurance coverage to help protect your interests.

Don't hesitate to contact us; we're proud to be your fire damage solution in Cutler Bay! We have a ton of experience backing our work, and we work hard to provide you with highly skilled IICRC Certified Technicians that go out of their way to save your belongings. You will be surprised by some of the successful restorations that we will accomplish along the way, restoring items that you thought lost forever. Personal possessions and heirlooms are irreplaceable treasures that we understand.

Each SERVPRO Franchise is locally owned and operated by a fully certified staff to assist you through this confusing, stressful time. Our onsite supervisors will answer all your questions while providing you with the absolute best service you could ever receive. So, please don't trust your property's care to anyone else; rely on us to get your life back to normal.

Getting everyone safely out of any damaged areas is priority one. After the Firemen have the fire under control, it's time to give SERVPRO a call to begin your restoration process. Remember, your first call should be to your agent.

It would be best if you kept everyone clear of the property unless you know what to do. Going back into the property on your own can be very dangerous, not to mention it can cause even more damage. Limit anyone's movement in and out of the property; you want to avoid trampling soot and embedding it further into your upholstery or carpet. If you are going to attempt to remove some of your belongings, make sure that you don't touch or lean on soot-covered items, you may end up causing additional damage and make it harder for us to restore them.

You can help by placing clean towels or linens over rugs and carpeted traffic areas before you enter. With your electricity off, you can empty the freezer and prop open the doors of your appliance to help prepare it for restoration. It also helps if you replace your HVAC filter before attempting to use it and taping a double layer of cheesecloth over your air registers would help as well. The best move is don't touch your HVAC until we assess the fire damaged areas.

Leave the cleaning of your walls, carpet, appliances, or other painted surfaces to the professionals at SERVPRO. Don't try to save any canned, packaged or bottled food items that the fire may have damaged; they aren't good anymore!

We can help you with these things and so much more; remember the professionals at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay when you look for a restoration service. Our emergency twenty-four-hour, seven days a week service is only a phone call away. (305) 278-8484

Can SERVPRO Respond to Emergency Services Water Damage Fast in Cutler Ridge?

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Is your home in need of water cleanup services? SERVPRO is equipped and available.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Damage Restoration in Cutler Ridge?

Many of our clients in Cutler Ridge appreciate our fast response to calls about water leaks from broken pipes and overflowing sinks or bathtubs. The water is everywhere and flowing into adjacent rooms or inside walls to rooms below. A fast response can also reduce damage further with our water mitigation actions.

SERVPRO responds to Cutler Ridge residents in less than 4 hours and provides water mitigation services in addition to water removal and damage repairs. Our initial approach is to make sure it is safe to enter, stop the water from flowing, and begin water removal. By acting quickly and applying water mitigation techniques, we can reduce the overall damage and prevent porous materials from being exposed to high humidity.

Our services, in addition to water mitigation, include:

We deploy large air movers and dehumidifiers in your home to control humidity levels, prevent secondary damage, and dry your home as part of our water damage mitigation service.

Call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for water mitigation in Cutler Ridge and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (305) 278-8484.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Provides Content Pack-Out and Storage Services After Residential or Commercial Damage

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Customized Pack-Out Services after water, fire or mold damage.

Each water or fire damage emergency is unique, which is why working with skilled technicians at SERVPRO is crucial when you want results. As a trusted industry leader, we are consistently evolving to offer our customers high-quality service tailored to their needs. There is no project that is too challenging for us to tackle, and we will always find a way to carefully pack up, move, and store your cherished belongings to facilitate our cleanup and restoration efforts.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, We Pack – We Store! 

SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians with the skill and training necessary to handle all of your belongings. We have been known to pack up and store everything, including:

  • Personal items
  • Documentation
  • Family heirlooms
  • Priceless works of art
  • And more!

We Always Go Above and Beyond!

Special circumstances call for extra measures, which we are always willing to take here at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Strategic pack-out services allow us to move out belongings so that our crew can move into all of the phases for water extraction, humidity control, and drying. Everything gets done to bring your interior back to pre-water event condition so that it is "Like it never even happened."

Customized Pack-Out Services

Because anything can arise during a project, the SERVPRO team excels at assessment and problem solving to meet every challenge. No matter the project's scope, we bring all of the right equipment to the job to ensure everything gets done as it should. Click here to see for yourself our crew in action while using the power of a crane at a high rise in Key Biscayne!

Why is Pack Out/Move Out Necessary?

During a fire, mold, or flooding event, there are times when the plan of action must include moving out belongings. When we perform a move out for any affected zone, it allows for: 

  • Total access to the workspace
  • Faster remodeling and restoration
  • Guarantees that all contents/belongings remain safe from harm
  • Temperature controlled warehouse
  • Bar code and tagging for each item
  • Ensures contents are not subjected to damage on-site

Protect your contents with the help of SERVPRO of Cutler Bay! You can reach us by calling (305) 278-8484 to learn more about fast, efficient pack-outs and our temperature-controlled storage solutions.

Where should Property Owners Seek Help in Dealing With Fire Damage in Cutler Bay?

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Smoke and soot damage from a fire is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate services.

They Can Contact a Professional Restoration Team in Cutler Bay to Perform House Fire Cleanup

Fire can wreak havoc and leave your home covered in ash, smoke, and soot. The damage may seem small and easy to handle, but it may lead to significant damage if a person without professional skills and correct equipment attempts to handle it. That’s why you need to hire a professional restorer like SERVPRO to complete the fire restoration process. 

SERVPROs restoration team responds fast to emergency calls since we understand how fast fire damage in Cutler Bay homes can spread. Our technicians are highly trained to:

  • Handle structural damage.
  • Use advanced products to treat affected surfaces.
  • Remediate water damage resulting from firefighting efforts.
  • Perform smoke remediation.
  • Deal with fire and smoke damage.

Does SERVPRO clean soot and smoke on ceilings?

After all of the training and decades of experience, our technicians can determine which items and surfaces are ruined beyond repair and which ones can be restored. If it is possible to restore your ceiling, we can use the wall and all surface cleaner to clean the surface and rinse with a wall rinse. These products can leave your ceiling looking better than it did before the fire.

Our SERVPRO team can also deodorize the affected area. We can use a pump and injection needle to inject small amounts of deodorant in confined spaces. 

Fire damage restoration can be hectic and stressful for property owners who attempt the process. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can perform fire and smoke damage restoration to make the fire damage seem “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (305) 278-8484. 

Who Can Homeowners Hire Perform Water Damage Repair in Cutler Bay?

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Water damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment for any size disaster.

They Can Enlist the Services of SERVPRO to Perform Water Damage Restoration in their Cutler Bay Homes

Water intrusion in a home is one of the most devastating and damaging things homeowners can experience. If you do not handle water damage immediately, it can cause mold growth, costly damage to your home’s furnishings and structure, and promote electrical hazards. When dealing with water damage, call the water damage remediation experts at SERVPRO. We can provide professional guidance on the steps to take to fix the issue quickly. 

Whatever the cause of the water loss incident, quick water remediation is the key to restoration. Upon receiving your call, our SERVPRO technicians can arrive on site quickly. With our water damage repair services in Cutler Bay, you can rest assured that we can restore your walls, floors, and personal property. 

What Causes Water Damage?

Water damage occurs due to various reason, including but not limited to the following:

  • Broken water heaters
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 
  • Broken hoses

Our SERVPRO team can perform water damage mitigation to reduce or prevent the destruction that happens due to water-related problems. Beginning the water damage repair process as soon as possible helps prevent additional destruction and costs. We can use extractors with a heater, pump, and vacuum system to remove the water. 

If your carpet was affected, our SERVPRO technicians could place an air mover under it to improve drying. We always vent carpets to allow air to escape. Floating carpets reduces the drying time and allows the surface beneath carpets to dry. 

When in need of water removal services, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for help. Our 24-hour emergency hotline is (305) 278-8484. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Quick and Effective Mold Damage Restoration Services in Cutler Ridge, FL

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Mold will spread within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO has the equipment and experience in mold remediation for your property.

SERVPRO Has Expertise in Performing Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal in Cutler Ridge Homes

Cutler Ridge is an area in Cutler Bay, Florida. In 2019, the United States Census experts estimated the Cutler bay area has a population of 43,718.

The area around Cutler Ridge has experienced severe weather in the past, which often leads to flooding. For instance, when Hurricane Andrew made landfall in August 1992, it caused extensive destruction around the area including, flooding and deaths. Among the most affected areas was Lakes by the Bay, destroying most homes and businesses. The site has been rebuilt, but flooding may still occur. Wetness in a building can cause mold growth, and to remove it, it is advisable to hire mold specialists.

Cutler Ridge’s Government and Infrastructure

A five-member Town Council governs the city, and it operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The town’s Mayor and the Vice Mayor can reside anywhere within the town, but the three elected Council Members who represent specific areas lives in their respective areas. The Town Council’s duty is to determine policy, make laws, and adopt the annual budget.

Places to visit in Cutler Ridge

Biscayne National Park: 95 percent of the 172,971-acre facility comprises water, and an extensive mangrove forest covers the shore of the Bay. The park consists of emerald islands, aquamarine waters, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Visitors can also find evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from presidents and pineapple farmers to pirates and shipwrecks.

Coral Castle: The oolite limestone structure comprises various megalithic stones that weigh several tons each. The ground consists of rocks in the form of furniture, carvings, walls, and a castle tower. The privately operated tourist attraction is popular since people believe that it was single-handedly built using supernatural or reverse magnetism to carve and move various rocks weighing a few tons each.

Zoo Miami: The zoological park and gardens are the largest in the state. The 750-acre developed facility is home to over 3,000 animals. It features over 100 exhibits. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited the Zoo Miami.

How soon should property owners contact SERVPRO restorers for mold removal?

Mold can cause health effects, and that’s the reason why you need to remove it quickly. Enlist SERVPRO restoration specialists immediately you notice mold in your property.

Our team of restorers has all it takes from decades of experience to the right equipment and products that help us handle mold damage in Cutler Ridge. We are highly trained in:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Utilizing standard approved work practices and professionalism
  • Safety measures

When you involve SERVPRO restorers for mold removal, you are hiring quality, efficiency, and transparency at a pocket-friendly price. Our mold removal process involves:

  • Containment of the mold-affected area: Isolating the area helps prevent mold spores from spreading into unaffected areas.
  • Air filtration: We can use air-scrubbing equipment and HEPA filters to remove any mold spores present in the air.
  • Clean the affected area: Our SERVPRO technicians can treat the mold-affected area using unique but approved products to ensure effectiveness. We can use antimicrobial agents to clean the area and prevent further mold growth.

You can avoid severe mold damage by acting fast and hiring a professional restorer. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay on time to restore a safe environment in your property. Our goal is to make a mold infestation of any magnitude seem “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (305) 278-8484.  

Water Mitigation in Humid Conditions in Cutler Bay

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Sitting water in your property is no joke. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size water restoration service needed.

Does condensation on surfaces hinder water mitigation in cutler Bay homes?

Water leaks introduce water and moisture into structures causing humidity levels to increase inside structures significantly. While the air is warm, it can hold all of this moisture; however, humidity is released as condensation on cool surfaces as the air cools.

SERVPRO monitors humidity and temperature levels during water mitigation activities in Cutler Bay structures. High humidity levels cause condensation on cooler surfaces introducing additional liquid to surfaces.

We introduce air movers to push dry air into high humidity areas and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture to avoid condensation. Dry air also absorbs moisture from materials as the air sweeps past these surfaces.

Our water mitigation professionals balance these factors:

  • Humidity levels - relative to the air temperature
  • Dew Point - is the temperature when water vapor begins to condense
  • Ambient temperature - of the interior of the structure
  • Evaporation and dehumidification - of water vapor to dry the air

To maximize drying efficiency and avoid adding liquid water condensing from the air onto surfaces we are drying.

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for water mitigation services in Cutler Ridge and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (305) 278-8484.

Fire Damage Odor Mitigation in Cutler Bay

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Smoke and odor removal from your home is a job for SERVPRO. They will handle any size fire restoration service you need.

What are the different types of deodorants used after fire damage in Cutler Bay?

The smoke from a fire can waft throughout your home, carried by heated air to cooler areas or open windows in upstairs rooms. Smoke particles and odor concentrations are impacted by surface porosity, residue concentrations, exposure time, heat and humidity levels.

SERVPRO fire damage experts working on your home in Cutler bay take all of these factors into account, including the type of fire, burned organic materials, how hot the fire was and if smoke found its way into the HVAC system. They will apply the appropriate deodorant products to match the situation and eliminate smoke odors from your home.

The types of deodorants used include:

  • Masking Agents: mask the odor with a more pleasant odor
  • Pairing Agents: combine with odor particles and precipitate them for later cleaning
  • Absorption in Filtration Agents: absorb odor gases for later cleaning and removal
  • Enzyme Digesters: break down organic molecules into carbon dioxide and water
  • Air purification: electronic filters, air scrubbers, and ventilation fans
  • Oxidation: ozone generators oxidize odor molecules

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for fire damage services in Cutler Bay and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (305) 278-8484.

Restoration & Repair Hazards after Flood Damage in Cutler Bay

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Flood remediation is not for the faint of heart. SERVPRO has trained professionals you need for the service of your home.

What hazardous materials should homeowners be aware of after a flood in Cutler Bay?

The town of Cutler Bay was named after Dr. William Cutler, who visited the area in 1880. He encouraged settlement of the site, and the small village became known as Cutler. It wasn't until 1905 that the town was incorporated, taking Cutler Bay's name over several other popular titles such as Pine Ridge, Cutler Ridge, and Old Cutler Bay. As of 2010, about 40,000 people were living in the area.

There are several interesting venues to visit in Cutler and the nearby towns. These include:

  • Charles Deering Estate
  • Cutler Fossil Site
  • Whispering Pines Park
  • Lakes by the Bay Park
  • Zoo Miami
  • Burr's Berry Farm
  • Larry and Penny Thompson Park
  • Southland Mall
  • Miami Children's Museum

Charles Deering Estate

The estate preserves the 1920's era home and property of Charles Deering, an industrialist interested in protecting the environment. The estate is considered a cultural asset and is listed on the national register of historic places. It is a popular destination for residents and tourists visiting the area. There are programs, classes, and tours offered during the year.

Cutler Fossil Site

Located on the Charles Deering Estate, the fossil site is located at a sinkhole in Palmetto Bay. The bones of Pleistocene animals and artifacts of Paleo-Indians have been excavated at the site. The site was not discovered until 1979, and excavation began in 1985. At the time, the sinkhole was 16 feet above sea level. However, in the Pleistocene era, it was over 330 feet above sea level and many miles from the sea.

Lakes by the Bay Park

This 45-acre multi-use park offers three baseball fields, four batting cages, two soccer fields used for football and lacrosse, a .6 mile exercise path, a playground, and a concession building. There is a canoe/kayak launch site where you can also join monthly kayak tours. Adjacent to the Lakes by the Bay Park is the 47 acre Miami-Dade County Park.

Burr's Berry Farm

Burr's Berry Farm has been in operation for over 60 years offering seasonally grown tomatoes, strawberries, sunflowers, bell-peppers, snapdragons, herbs, and lettuce. There are field trips, hay wagon rides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches to explore. The farm stand sells hot dogs, milkshakes, baked goods, juices, and fresh vegetables. Burr's Berry Farm is a great place to spend quality time with the family.

Avoid Infections from Hazardous Materials While Cleaning up Flood Damage in Cutler Bay

Flooding potentially introduces many materials that can be dangerous to our health. The floodwaters bring contaminated materials into buildings and expose other dangers as well. Older buildings may harbor asbestos and lead paint.

We equip our SERVPRO team to deal with all of the potential flood damage hazards in Cutler Bay. Floodwaters can carry sewage, cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis, and various other infectious diseases.

If asbestos or lead paint is present, we urge homeowners to avoid:

  • Cutting or sawing the material
  • Breaking up walls and flooring
  • Drilling into materials
  • Agitating the surface, removing or moving the material

Let SERVPRO experts manage these situations with your safety as our top priority.

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for flood damage services in Cutler Ridge and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (305) 278-8484.

Fire Damage Creates Multiple Inconveniences for Cutler Bay Families

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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)

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.

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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?

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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?

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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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Cutler Bay Residents Prepare for this Year's Miami Art Week Opening on December 4th.

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

December is the month for art and design in Miami, go on out and enjoy the Art District.

The Wynwood Art District Near Cutler Bay Plays Host to a Stunning Celebration of Contemporary Arts and Culture.

Miami Art Week takes place every year between the 3rd and 10th of December. This year's Parallel Exhibition is situated close by to Cutler Bay and opens on December 4th, running until the 23rd. The ArtBasel Show comes to town every winter, bringing thousands of visitors to their contemporary installations. The focus of this year's exhibition is on the Americas and features a unique digital presentation, talks, and gallery viewings. Collections are also being shown in the historic Moore Building, and Nova shows that celebrate the last three years' most influential artists. Miami's Design District is the central hub for many of the exhibitions taking place.

  • Preview tickets are available for early viewings of the various works. 
  • The grand opening is taking place on December 4th and is open to the public.
  • Talks and presentations by active artists continue throughout the week and are available both online and in person. 

Condos can sustain water damage as harsher weather draws in with the winter months. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for assistance.

Event Venue in Miami for Design

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you're into design, we would recommend attending the Design Miami/ Podium: America (s) Event.

The Moore Building Runs Novembers Design Miami/ Podium: America (s) Event at the End of November for Cutler Ridge Residents.

From November 28th until December 6th, the Miami Design District is putting on a unique exhibition that looks at the protean identities of modern America. The show runs for a full ten days and features talks, virtual tours, presentations, and an online design talks webinar. The show opens to the public from midday and closes at 7 pm except on Sundays when the exhibition closes earlier at 5 pm. Works are available to buy through the shop of Design Miami. Travel down to Northeast 40th Street in late November and early December to take in American design's unique identities. Tickets start at $22.50 and provide admittance for one day. The exhibition follows the safety guidelines of the University of Miami Health System. 

  • Private group viewings are available between 12 pm and 1 pm on each day of the design exhibition.
  • Ticket cancellations are refundable or transferable to alternative days. 
  • The Moore Building was constructed in 1921 and remained an example of Miami's timeless design principles.

The impact of weather conditions and tropical storms can cause severe harm to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for emergency assistance.

Businesses in Cutler Bay Can Fall Victim to Water Intrusion Throughout the Winter Months.

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

If your business has a water damage, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay we are ready to help.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Provides Commercial Water Damage Restoration to Local Business.

Cutler Bay is a small suburb located in Miami, with a population of around 45,000 residents. Cutler's history extends far back with archaeological evidence of indigenous tribes having first settled there over 10,000 years ago. As a part of the Union, Cutler was first established in the 1880s but only became an incorporated township in 2005. Like much of Florida, residents here enjoy hot summers, white beaches, a wealth of greenery, and coastal waterways. The nearby Charles Deering Estate is home to the Cutler fossil site, which has archaeological remains of saber-toothed tigers, California Condors, and Wooly Mammoths. The modern-day coastal town provides a fresh blend of nightlife, food outlets, and bars that line the bay's boardwalks. 

What separates this township from surrounding Miami is the hundreds of greenery miles, national parks, and coastline. Larry and Penny Thompson park grounds stretch out to a stunning 300 acres of wildlife. Visitors to the site can take advantage of some 200 campsites that allow city dwellers to get back to nature over a weekend by fishing, hiking, and camping- all the while maintaining access to clean, running hot-water. For a more foraging focused trip, there's the fruit and spice park on 187th Avenue. Tours take place covering the abundance of fruit and vegetation between 11 am and 3 pm each day. The Fruit and Spice park plays host to over 50,000 visitors each year who explore the 37 acres of unique wildlife species.

  • The Blackpoint Ocean Grill on Blackpoint Marina serves up a culinary feast of fresh seafood every day alongside an alluring range of cocktails. Frequented by yacht owners, sea captains, residents, and tourists, the marina's stunning views make this an iconic destination in Cutler Bay.
  • Zoo Miami is one of the largest zoos in this US corner, spanning over 700 acres with 100 exhibits to explore. Starting on South-West 152nd St, the zoo and gardens provide hours of entertainment for visitors to the Sunshine State. 
  • Redland Market has been providing Cutler Bay residents and restaurants with various fantastic local produce since as far back as 1987. The market village is enormous and offers live entertainment, local food trucks, and hundreds of stalls selling unique products to eager visitors. Getting there early is a must for beating the hustle, with opening hours starting at 7 am on Saturday and Sundays.

Explore Cutler Bay's Miami-Dade Heritage by Visiting the Deering Estate.

The Deering Estate is part of the National Register of Historic Places with openings to explore the grounds and museum. Charles Deering was a 20th-century industrialist from Chicago who developed these grounds between the 19th and 20th centuries. As an avid art collector and preservationist, the estate encapsulates both his philanthropic approach to life as well as numerous hiking trails that offer breathtaking experiences of the protected wildlife. The Deering Estate covers over 444 acres of land, which includes the Atlantic Rock Ridge as well as the meeting point between the Everglades and the Biscayne Bay. The oldest buildings on offer date back to 1896, while the Stone House is a shining example of modernist architecture. 

The Deering Estate remained in the family until 1986 when Florida purchased the land to open it for public use. Much of the contemporary art collection stored in the Stone House was taken to the Art Institute of Chicago. However, the remaining collection of tapestries, sculptures, crockery, and canvases are open to Cutler Bay residents all year round. Visitors to the historic site can choose from a range of guided tours and experiences or head out on the trails by themselves. The recent re-opening allows visitation throughout with social distancing and Florida State Covid protocols being followed at all times. The main entrance for the Deering Estate is on Southwest 72nd Avenue. 

  • The estate opens to the public everyday between 10 am and 5 pm, with admissions, only accepted up until 4 pm. Children under the age of three years can enter for free, while concessions are available for Seniors and Veterans. 
  • Natural Preserve Tours occur from the main entrance at 12:30 pm every day, where guides inform visitors of the endangered species, archaeological sites, and terrestrial caves, among many other exciting natural aspects located on the grounds. 
  • The estate also offers seasonal tours that run throughout the year. These include exhibitions of artists, natural photography, night hikes, and daily historical tours. Check their website to find out more information. 
  • There are also opportunities for space rentals for events, group tours, visits, and Kayaking. Kayaking takes place on the Biscayne Bay and is well-suited to beginners. Kayaks, life jackets, paddles, and bags are provided for those taking a Kayaking tour.

Businesses experiencing Commercial Water Damage in their Cutler Bay Premises Can Contact SERVPRO for Expert Assistance. 

Business interruption can occur in many forms, but one of the leading causes of temporary closure to your business is water intrusion. We can provide locally-based restoration technicians within four hours of notification of loss. Our qualified technicians have experience working on large commercial premises and access to large drying equipment like DX machines. Keeping temporary closures to a minimum and communicating with premises managers throughout the process is essential to providing good quality restoration. Our crew chiefs can provide you with detailed verbal estimates, timeframes, and special services to allow you to plan your business recovery more effectively. 

  • SERVPRO technicians work closely with insurance adjusters to create detailed estimates and restoration timeframes for businesses. 
  • All our work is digitally recorded to allow for maximum transparency during the restoration procedure. The information recorded can be passed on to your insurance provider.
  • Our staff can offer unique services such as document drying, installing vapor barriers, and inspecting heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

If your business suffers from a sudden water loss incident. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

Why Choose a Mold Removal and Repair Company that Understands the Local Area?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO--Your Local IICRC--Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification for mold remediation for your Cutler Bay property

Cutler Bay Residents Need Mold Removal and Repair from Companies that Understand

Cutler Bay is a great place to live and work. It is close enough to the coast and the local marinas to offer coastal living, with easy access to Miami's amenities. However, the area's damp and humid climate can cause issues with fungal growth in local homes.

It is not uncommon to need mold removal and repair in Cutler Bay. SERVPRO customers sometimes tell us they are confused as to where the fungus is coming from. If they have not suffered recent storm damage, a leaking roof, or a plumbing problem, it does not seem to make sense that the mold is growing anyway.

How do humidity levels affect mold growth?

The reason local homes suffer from mold growth is due to humidity. Most molds can thrive if the humidity of the air is more than 55%. Because Cutler Bayis in a low-lying wetland area, the humidity is frequently higher than that. The average humidity in the area is a staggering 72%, so no wonder mold proliferates here.

But why does humidity cause mold growth?

The fungus requires moisture to grow, and a humid atmosphere provides moisture. Mold also needs:

  • Oxygen – there is always plenty of that around
  • Warm temperatures – indeed not a problem in Florida
  • An organic food source – clothes, wooden furniture, wallpaper, drywall, and paper all provide food

Why does local knowledge matter when choosing a mold company?

If you spot signs of mold in your home, it is far preferable to work with a mold remediation company that understands the local area. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay's local knowledge means we:

  • Understand the challenges of living in a warm and humid town
  • Are familiar with local homes and their construction materials
  • Care about the town and its residents, because our team are residents here too
  • Understand that humidity is an ongoing concern in the area, so finding ways to tackle it is an essential part of mold remediation

Does being local mean we have fewer resources?

Not at all. SERVPRO is an owner-operator franchise, one of four, which means our locally-led and managed teams have access to South Florida and national resources. We train all our franchise owners and technicians to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, which means they have national-level training. We also invest in ongoing professional development to ensure our technicians stay up to date.

Each franchise has access to the same powerful monitoring tools, drying equipment, and mold cleanup resources.

What will SERVPRO do to tackle humidity?

The first thing we do to tackle humidity is to measure current levels. We do this using a thermo-hygrometer. This device measures the relative humidity and temperature of an air mass by monitoring the change in the air's thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity refers to the ability to conduct heat – more humid air does not conduct heat as effectively.

We can also use the thermo-hygrometer to compare the humidity in the rest of your home. We also measure levels outside of your home and near the HVAC system. Condo living means sharing walls and ceilings - we can liaise with your neighbors if needed. We can combine the thermo-hygrometer with other sensors and probes, including thermal imaging, for a complete overview of humidity and dampness in your home.

Once we have accurate readings to work from, we can start the drying process. We use a range of fans and air movers to encourage evaporation of water and dry out building materials. However, when it comes to humidity, one of the most useful tools is a dehumidifier. We set up dehumidifiers and calibrate them for optimum results. When we use air movers and dehumidifiers together, it is essential to set the dehumidifiers up correctly. The amount of moisture they remove from the air must equal or exceed the moisture created from evaporation.

Can SERVPRO help me keep the humidity down?

Our best advice is to invest in dehumidifiers and run them regularly in your home. You might like to purchase a unit that measures humidity for you, or you can buy a separate thermo-hygrometer to take measurements. Other tips to lower humidity in your home include:

  • Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal up any air leaks around your home
  • Do not dry wet laundry indoors
  • Keep your home well ventilated and open the windows regularly
  • Use your HVAC and make sure it is in good working order, as a damaged HVAC can make humidity worse
  • If you are a plant lover, stick with outdoor plants, as having too many indoor plants can raise the humidity

If you need an understanding local mold removal company, call SERVPRO of Culter Bay at (305) 278-8484.

What are the Options for Handling Water Damage After a Storm?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

After your home suffers flood damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

Flood Damage Calls for Careful Consideration to Ensure Your Cutler Bay Property is Safe from Hidden Moisture Secondary Damage – SERVPRO Can Help!



Significant damage may arise when you have flooding within your Cutler Bay home after a recent storm. High-volume water loaded with contamination poses a threat to not only your belongings but also structural materials and framework. Acting rapidly is the smartest way to ensure you limit the loss and cut back on costs, which is where SERVPRO comes in. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster so that you have peace of mind in knowing that skilled technicians will be removing water and beginning restoration efforts in no time. 

Will I Have to Worry About Exterior and Interior Wall Damage?

Any time you have flood damage in Cutler Bay, walls that come into contact with flood water might be compromised somehow. Our team includes skilled IICRC-certified technicians ready to use the latest water removal equipment, treatments to quell bacterial growth, and products inhibiting the onset of potentially harmful mold. Even though we have industrial-grade pumps and extraction tools, there might be a need for controlled demolition measures to remove any materials contaminated by floodwater.

We address walls in your home by doing the following:

  • Interior walls – The interior walls may require flood cuts, which begin several inches over the waterline. Not only does this allow us to remove unsalvageable drywall, but it increased airflow and helps to gain access to any moisture or standing water inside.
  • Exterior walls – All around your home where the water came in, we need to monitor and inspect exterior walls. We use moisture sensor technology to detect moisture pockets and tell us whether or not we must create drill holes for the water to drain out. 

Our efforts will ensure your home gets restored to preloss condition, which is what sets SERVPRO of Cutler Bay apart from other companies in the area. When you need help with flood damage, give us a call 24/7 at (305) 278-8484.

What Are the Three Stages of Water Cleanup in Cutler Bay Homes?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water restoration involves several steps and approaches beginning as soon as our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team arrives.

After a water disaster in Cutler Bay, our SERVPRO team often follows three specific steps to restore and recover the property.

After a water disaster in Cutler Bay homes, cleaning up often requires specific steps taken in direct order. These phases encompass a large selection of the inventory of restoration tools available to our SERVPRO professionals. While the variances in the degree of these actions change from one site to the next, these foundational elements work to ensure water restoration practices' efficiency and efficacy.

Water cleanup for Cutler Bay properties focuses on protecting as much of a damaged home as possible when our technicians first arrive. Through powerful water removal tactics and drying techniques to potent cleaning products for flooring and wall surfaces, we can often make water disasters “Like it never even happened,” without excessive demolition or reconstruction requirements. The three primary phases of water recovery in a home often include:

Extraction
Water removal is one of the foundational elements of mitigation to reduce the severity of water emergencies and the effect on the property. These practices often include tools like wet vacuums, submersible pumps, and larger truck-mount extractors as needed.

Drying
Moisture removal often focuses mostly on the impact water has had on the house's exposed structural elements and contents. The fundamental tools for this step include air movers, dehumidifiers, and portable electric heaters.

Surface Cleaning
Between the potential for water staining and other concerns like dingy carpets and wood flooring, we have an assortment of potent cleaning products and practices to help.

What If Demolition is Necessary?
Having a team of in-house contractors that can help you quickly manage loss situations through repairs, demolition, and build-back saves a customer's time and money. Our contractors are involved in most steps of our restoration process in some regard.

Water restoration involves several steps and approaches beginning as soon as our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team arrives. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (305) 278-8484.

What are the Stages of Water Mitigation for Cutler Bay Homes?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO fully evaluates the situation before taking action on your water damage emergency. Standing by to take your call 24/7.

Understanding what to expect before, during, and after mitigation can give you peace of mind with the restoration process after a water disaster.

Mitigation is a process designed to reduce the severity of loss conditions for Cutler Bay homes and businesses. With the likelihood of water disasters for area properties, the work that can alleviate some of the cost and time restoration requires can benefit homeowners. As with all recovery projects, there are actions that our SERVPRO professionals must take before vital mitigation, as well as follow up steps that can build on the work completed in this phase.

Understanding the full implications of water mitigation for Cutler Bay homes means appreciating the individual actions taken to reduce moving water, saturation, and structural deterioration. As a growing, reputable water restoration company for Miami-Dade County, our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team has an extensive inventory of recovery tools and equipment as well as experienced technicians. Before we can utilize these to mitigate loss, our team must first determine the extent of the damage and the ideal approaches to restore it.

What Can You Expect When the Property Gets Evaluated?

Job scoping is a valuable aspect of water restoration for Cutler Bay area homes. The process gets conducted by our competent project manager, who can walk through the property with you to learn whatever possible about the work areas. Several vital pieces of information can get collected through the inspection and evaluation of the damaged property.

While homeowners can share critical facts about the damage with the staffed emergency line, we have several focal points to identify during a physical walk through the residence. This data gets inputted into our DryBook software for estimations and a baseline to establish drying progress moving forward. Job scoping identifies:

  • Present water damages 
  • Structural concerns
  • Hazards 
  • Content damage 
  • Pre-existing conditions 

How Does SERVPRO Meet Drying and Restoration Goals?

After inspecting your property, our SERVPRO crew chief and project manager work on an effective restoration plan. This layout of the intended actions and use of specific equipment seeks to meet specific goals and milestones for drying and restoration throughout the entire process. When our efforts fail to meet the proposed deadlines and progress markers, more equipment, or varying approaches might be required to improve the processes' efficiency. We have several different areas where we must meet restoration goals, and these do not exclusively relate to drying.

  • Moisture Content – When we first review the property, we can establish the initial moisture content readings for materials and the environment. Each affected area might require different lengths of time to show drying progress.
  • Content Cleaning – While relocation can positively affect preventing irreparable damages to your personal belongings, cleaning is often necessary both on and off-site. Meeting restoration expectations is getting items into safe, dry storage as soon as possible. 
  • Structural Repair/Replacement – It is often not challenging to identify many of the structural elements that require removal and replacement when mitigation begins. Progress in this regard is established in two primary timelines: controlled demolition and reconstruction.
  • Customer Concerns – Your specific requests and priorities are a different motivation for restoration progress evaluations. We seek to meet your expectations as quickly as possible to put you at ease in a challenging time. 

What Tools Are Commonly Seen in Mitigation?

The actual mitigation process encompasses several necessary actions designed to make later restoration more efficient. While many consider water removal and extraction to be the heart of this process, several tools and techniques can help recover and restore your damaged residence in this phase, including:

  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers – Desiccants are not the only type of dehumidifiers available to our SERVPRO team, but they are preferred with their ability to exhaust warm, dry air back into the work area to increase evaporation of materials in the drying zone. 
  • Extractors – Water removal is critical to protecting exposed materials and contents in the house. Submersible pumps can be a popular choice for this extraction. 
  • Wet Vacuums – Wet debris and material remnants around the house can be a challenging threat for restoration and a catalyst for microbial growth. Wet vacuums can remove these solids. 
  • Detection Devices – Continued monitoring of the drying process is vital to track the progress of evaporation and the possibility of preserving exposed structural elements or contents. 

As vital as mitigation is to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, many homeowners delay calling our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team to attempt cleaning and recovery on their own. Our professionals are available 24/7 to help save you time and money at (305) 278-8484.

Is There a Company Serving Cutler Bay that Helps Prepare My Business to Survive Fire Damage or other Disasters?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Look to SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for disaster preparedness strategies as well as immediate interventions when a crisis strikes.

Consult with SERVPRO About Our Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP) -- We Create Peace of Mind for Forward-Thinking Business Owners Concerned About the Potential Effects of Fire Damage in Cutler Bay

Unless you are in the fire restoration business yourself, it is unlikely that you and your cleaning staff can respond appropriately to the cleanup of smoke, soot, and odors during a fire aftermath in Cutler Bay. Although it can be uncomfortable to consider the stress and devastation of a fire loss, we urge you to plan for it nonetheless. You pre-plan for many other contingencies affecting your business. Do not miss an opportunity to keep your company and legacy strong.

How Would Pre-Planning Using the Emergency READY Profile and Plan ERP) for Fire Damage Recovery Help My Business?
Although it is hard to imagine precisely the ways fire damage negatively impacts Cutler Bay business operations, our experience in disaster mitigation, remediation, and restoration offers insight. Statistically, businesses that close their doors even temporarily risk a permanent shutdown nearly 50 percent of the time. Developing an ERP with our team helps improve restoration turnaround efficiency and offers you a recovery narrative for customers that is likely to inspire confidence.

    •    Our crews are familiar with your layout and operations, streamlining initial assessment, and emergency services.
    •    We know your priorities and systems and have access immediately after the firefighters leave.
    •    You can designate employees or other individuals to act on your behalf in the ERP if you are unavailable at critical times.

What Is the ERP Development Process?
You call SERVPRO and set up a time for an experienced project manager to evaluate your commercial property. We sketch out a blueprint of your space and communicate with you about how we would approach disaster response. If we note vulnerabilities, we make recommendations that can minimize fire risk. Our observations plus the details you add using our mobile app result in a concise, digital document that guides our responding crew members if a fire occurs.

Look to SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for disaster preparedness strategies as well as immediate interventions when a crisis strikes. Call us at (305) 278-8484 to explore what we can offer your business.

What Repairs Might Happen Before Water Damage Restoration?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes drywall needs removing to expose the structure for drying.

Cutler Ridge Properties Often Need Stop-Gap Mitigation  

While water extraction and damage cleanup are often among Cutler Ridgehomes' priorities after a disaster, some actions often occur before mitigation steps can begin. Effective mitigation, including water removal, must often happen within a 48-hour window from the initial exposure of materials and contents, making emergency services that happen before job scoping on a critical timeline. 

Water damage repair for Cutler Ridge means more than the build-back services often required of our in-house contractors after the restoration completes. There are multiple rehabilitation and reconstruction phases, starting as soon as our professionals first arrive, including: 

  • Plumbing Damage – Between broken hoses and fixtures feeding appliances like the dishwasher and clothes washing machine to plumbing throughout the property, repairing damaged pipes and connections prevent worse conditions. 
  • Board Up – Structural damages can often involve your property's exterior, leaving vulnerable areas for flooding. Board up and tarping are quick solutions to get mitigation started.  
  • Debris Removal – The degradation and deterioration of exposed materials can generate debris and rubbish. We can clean and discard these remnants before mitigation gets underway. 

When Does Controlled Demolition Occur?  

Controlled demolition is often a needed element in the restoration and recovery of water-damaged structures. Pipe bursts can overwhelm porous materials like drywall, and removing compromised construction materials provides faster access for drying and a better foundation for reinstallation and reconstruction later. Controlled demolition is a carefully calculated process to reduce the time spent replacing discarded materials and to reduce expenses in the needed materials to make it "Like it never even happened." 

As challenging as water damage property losses can often be, repairs and demolition must often occur before other restorative actions to make the house's recovery more efficient and cost-effective. Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team can help restore your property needs. Contact us at (305) 278-8484. 

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What Do I Need To Know Before Hiring Mold Removal Help In Cutler Bay?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Any Business or Home in Cutler Bay Can End Up Needed Mold Remediation – Here is What You Should Know

Anywhere you have moisture and high humidity, you can have mold. Since the mold spores are all around you, there is no escaping them. Most of the time, they are harmless. But when the spores bond with water, you get mold growth. SERVPRO has professional mold remediation techs in Cutler Bay that are trained to clean up the mold.

Do I Need a Mold Inspection?

If you own your home, the answer is no. If you can see mold or smell it, you have a problem. If you are buying a home, you might want to hire a certified mold inspector. If you own a business, you may need an industrial hygienist (IH) to formally diagnose the problem and propose a plan for the restoration company. Mold remediation isn’t always as complicated as it can seem. A good mold remediation company in Cutler Bay takes you through the process and should be competitively priced.

What Should I Look for in a Mold Remediation Specialist?

First off, they should always have the proper certification. SERVPRO’s technicians are the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and trained as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT). Your local guidelines may also require specific mold licensing under the contractor’s license.

The business you hire should be able to outline the mold removal process in a way you can clearly understand. If they confuse you or try to scare you into hiring them, walk away. Other things to look for include:
•    Personal Protective Equipment – PPE should always be worn when working with mold. A high-quality filtration mask and the appropriate gloves are a must. For larger projects and remediation that uses harsh chemicals, full protective suits may be needed.
•    Containment – Mold professionals use things like plastic sheeting to seal off the affected area to stop the mold spores from traveling to other areas of the home.
•    Professional Equipment – The equipment used should be designed for the job, HEPA vacuums, HEPA air scrubbers, and commercial dehumidifiers at not things the average handyman has.
•    Air Purification – Once the mold is removed, the air needs to be cleaned to remove airborne mold spores. A combination of air exchange and air scrubbers get used to do this job. HEPA filters should be used as they are designed to catch the microscopic spores.
•    Proper Disposal – Professionals should dispose of porous materials such as insulation, drywall, and baseboards that are moldy. Porous materials absorb water and mold, making them difficult, if not impossible, to clean. These items are relatively inexpensive to replace.
•    Antimicrobial Cleaners – Once the controlled demolition and removal of affected elements has occurred, any remaining mold spots or stains get treated with these cleaners. Fungicides get used as well.
•    Sealers or Encapsulants – To prevent the return of mold and make the area more water-resistant, sealants and encapsulants may be used. This can help with the odors as well.

Dealing with Moisture

If you have a mold problem, you have a moisture problem as well. The professionals search out the source of the moisture and address it. Often the source is visible, like a kitchen sink pipe leak, but may be hidden. Moisture detectors and sensors get used in locating wet areas not easily seen. Once the containment is in place, and the mold, along with infected materials, is removed, the area is dried.

Mold Remediation Experience

Before employing a mold removal company, make sure they have experience handling situations involving mold. SERVPRO has years of experience in mitigating all kinds of mild infestations. From mold beneath your kitchen sink to an entire home that sat all winter with a burst pipe, our team has seen it all and provided professional mold remediation. Our Green Team technicians have both the IICRC and AMRT certifications. They are continually undergoing training to keep abreast of the latest cleaning and restoration techniques involving water, fire, and mold damage.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Not only does SERVPRO have well-trained and certified technicians, but we are fast to the scene. The longer the delay in addressing the situation, the more damage that is done. Our technicians are available twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. We come to you even if it is a holiday. We understand you need your home in good repair, and our goal is to leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold can damage the content and structural elements of a home. It can cause health effects. Get mold remediation help right away if you see or smell mold in your home. If you have water leaks or think you have hidden water damage contact us immediately to prevent secondary problems such as mold and mildew.

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 today for more information.

Can My Home Be Fully Restored After It Floods?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes we make flood cuts, like we did in this home, to ensure complete structure drying.

For a Thorough, Professional Response to Your Cutler Bay Home, Call SERVPRO!

When it comes to water damage repair in Cutler Bay, our SERVPRO franchise does more than cleaning off floors, walls, and personal property. We have in-house construction specialists that can perform the tasks needed to rebuild area homes after a water intrusion of any type.  

Where Do Your Specialists Start? 

Our response team begins by removing the water from Cutler Bay homes. Depending on the amount present, this could take up to several days. Once completed, our construction crews examine every surface that the water covered for damage. Depending on what they find, team members take the following actions: 

  • Wall Damage – If there is visible crumbling of drywall, construction specialists immediately demolish and remove it. If there are large damp spots, they can attempt to dry them with air movers. After removing every panel that is non-restorable, crew members can quickly install new panels.
  • Support Structure Damage – Before hanging new drywall or other paneling, crew members examine the structure behind them. Besides visual inspection, they use a moisture meter to ensure each piece is dry. If there is already water damage from moisture, they can remove and replace each part from simple wall framing to a load-bearing wall structure.
  • Flooring – Our construction crew uses the same moisture sensing devices to ensure floorboards and the sub-flooring is in good shape. If there is an issue, they can replace any wood flooring type and demolish and replace the sub-floor structure supporting it.  

Is Major Rebuilding All You Can Do? 

No, SERVPRO specialists can also paint new walls or hang wallpaper, so your home looks as it did, change the appearance, or even upgrade it.  

To schedule a service call, or for more information about what SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can do for your business here or in Cutler Ridge, call us today at (305) 278-8484. We are here to help you get back to business.  

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How Do I Keep My Merchandise Undamaged After a Flood In Cutler Bay?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Relocates Unharmed Items to Offsite Cutler Bay Storage

Opening your Cutler Bay clothing boutique after a crisis like a severe flood is vital for keeping your business running and profitable. However, floodwater can cause long-lasting damage if not treated right away. Unaffected inventory needs protection after a flood so that the added humidity and moisture do not damage the clothing. We understand that the South Florida weather conditions add to humidity levels, making it more dangerous for your merchandise.  Our technicians have capabilities to clean and protect your items so that you can get back to business as usual as quickly as possible.

How Do I Know That the Merchandise is Secure?

SERVPRO Enforces Carefully Monitored Inventory to Make Sure Your Belongings are Safe
Our flood damage restoration team in Cutler Bay carefully inventories each of your items to ensure their safe return after they complete the restoration process. Items are checked at each step of the process, beginning at the loading area until they are back in your procession.

What Steps Do Restoration Specialists Take with My Merchandise After a Flood?

    •    Determine which items are the most urgent.
    •    Carefully itemize each piece of clothing.
    •    Sort clothing into categories depending on whether or not they need restoration services.
    •    Technicians complete the necessary work at the boutique, including restoring humidity levels to pre-flood conditions before returning your merchandise.
    •    Return the stored merchandise pending completed work.
    •    Continue to track humidity levels to make sure they stay at pre-flood levels.

Storing and caring for your merchandise is only a portion of the flood restoration process, especially if your business sustained a lot of damage. However, your landlord typically deals with the structural damage in your boutique.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

What Factors Influence the Use of Electric Submersible Pumps?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to remove water and dry your property quickly. Call us today!

Water removal is a careful process for Cutler Bay homes, and submersible pumps can often be a fundamental tool in this recovery. 

Standing water can be a substantial concern in Cutler Bay homes and businesses because this condition can promote the migration of water loss effects throughout the property. It becomes challenging to track the progress of moving water and determine where the worst of these conditions exist beyond the surface. Extraction becomes a vital effort and restoring your damaged property. 

Multiple tools can be used to regulate water removal in Cutler Bay homes or businesses, but among the most popular of these are our electric submersible pumps. The choice and the pump used for any extraction purpose involves several factors and considerations. Choosing these submersible pumps is only feasible with favorable conditions after the evaluation of: 

  • Severity of the Damage 
  • The Presence of Solids 
  • Priming Concerns 
  • Available Power 

Is the Damage Severe Enough for Larger Pump Units? 

Job scoping and damage evaluation are critical efforts for understanding the severity of the situation when our professionals first arrive. It can be challenging to separate the current damage and degradation from pre-existing conditions, but even before this can be assessed, standing water must be removed. The accessibility of this pooling water can help determine whether electric submersible pumps are the best choice. A depth of more than two inches can be ideal for maintaining the appropriate prime on the pump itself, but the location of the damage and the ease of placing equipment in the area can also be factors.

What Else is In the Water? 

While flooding is often more notorious for solids and debris present in the standing water, this is not unlikely with water loss situations in your home. This condition must get discovered as soon as possible because removing water with debris and solids present can damage our submersible pumps that are not designed to move these particles. Electric submersible pumps are not capable of passing solids in most situations, and instead, our SERVPRO team looks to utilize trash pumps and truck-mount pumps with more substantial discharge and intake hoses. Some of the solids we might encounter with standing water after a loss incident include:

  • Remnants of construction materials
  • Debris
  • Contents

How Can You Maintain Extraction Power with Electric Pumps? 

All submersible pumps work with the premise of priming. This maintains a steady suction of water with enough power to move this liquid through the unit and out of a discharge hose. Most of our electrical units are self-priming, meaning that we do not have to take extra steps to begin the removal process when the device gets activated. Maintaining this prime involves a balance of several conditions simultaneously. Unexpected changes in these conditions can result and the failure of the pump and a stalling of water removal from your property. The three main points for continued removal of water once a primed pump begins operation are:

  • Appropriate Depth - Submersible pumps work best when the unit's entire base is submerged in the standing water. When the pool is under two inches in depth, the intake of air with water can cause a loss of prime.
  • Lack of Solids - Debris can be a concern with standing water, and electric submersible pumps are often incapable of handling solids. Attempting to pass more massive particles can stall out the 2HP motor.
  • Adequate Power Supply - As the name suggests, reliable power is necessary to operate electric submersible pumps. While our technicians can arrive with larger generators to supply this essential electric, any lapse in the current can threaten the progress of water removal.

What Power Does an Electric Pump Require? 

Often water loss incidents are not so extreme in homes that they require electrical service to the property to get severed. Available power for the multiple tools used in water removal and drying can be more convenient for our responding technicians. When no electricity is available in the house, we can arrive with trailered generators and portable generators capable of supplying the appropriate amperage to run multiple submersible pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and other traditional recovery tools.

Water removal can be a challenging effort after a loss, but with the fast response and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team, we can make these incidents "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime that you need us at (305) 278-8484.

What Does a Restoration Company in Cutler Bay do After a Fire?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

Homes can be damaged badly by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation and get your home back to normal.

A Restoration Company Provides Expert Insight and Industry-Specific Technology to Restore Your Cutler Bay Home After a Fire

A fire in your Cutler Bay home does not necessarily imply a total loss. Even if the aftermath seems overwhelming, there may be different avenues for you to restore your home and personal belongings. Rather than guessing what you need to discard and salvage, let a professional restoration company guide you through those decisions.

In Cutler Bay, fire damage restoration is a job for our team at SERVPRO. We are ready to help around the clock and to implement best practices as recognized by industry experts. Our crew trains to handle the different consequences following a fire in your home and eliminate its residual effects. Whether the damage is widespread through your house or in a specific area, our team conducts a thorough inspection as we develop an action plan.

What are some methods used by professionals to restore fire damage?

Our SERVPRO team understands the theory of fire and how it travels. When we arrive at your home, we translate our knowledge into action and focus on eliminating visible damage as well as the smell left in the air. As we go about the process, you may see us focus on the following-

  • Temperature- Some cleaning agents work better under higher temperatures, so we optimize their performance by controlling the heat in your home and maintaining it at the best level.
  • Cleaning solutions- their application responds to the material we are cleaning and how far the solution needs to penetrate.
  • Agitation- Pressure washing and soda blasting can also help remove fire damage. Soda blasting, in particular, is also helpful in eliminating the smell of smoke.

After a fire, you may find companies and individuals willing to undertake the restoration process. However, only a reputable company like SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can achieve the best results. Call us at (305) 278-8484 and put us to work to leave your home "Like it never even happened."


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How can You Avoid Secondary Damage for Hollywood Home Fires?

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Time is of the essence when restoring property after a fire. Call SERVPRO immediately after the fire is extinguished to begin the restoration process.

SERVPRO Explains the Importance of Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services in Hollywood

Fires have always been an increasingly prevalent threat throughout the Hollywood area. Disaster can strike without any notice, devastating your property. After a fire, homeowners deal with damage to their personal belongings, household contents, or the structure of their homes.

Hopefully, you get the opportunity to check your insurance coverage before anything has a chance to happen to your home. You need access to a company that specializes in fire damage removal in Hollywood to get suggestions on how to best protect your investment. It is time to contact a restoration specialist in the area, to either prepare your property to fight against fire or start your recovery.

Many homeowners fail to understand that taking immediate steps after a fire occurs on your property can help minimize the losses they experience. It becomes even more pertinent to have a professional, like the IICRC-certified restoration technicians at SERVPRO, available, ready to respond to your call for help, as soon as possible. Our team responds to your request for help 24/7, 365 days a year, through all holidays and strive to provide you with the fast, efficient services you deserve.

Once SERVPRO helps you secure your property, we can also help contact your insurance company and work with your insurance company to produce the results you need. The only things that should ever delay your claims process involve you or your families, safety. Otherwise, you should file your fire damage claim immediately.

SERVPRO technicians work with you, helping you decide which of your belongings remain salvageable. We also help you keep track of damaged items, reporting all necessary information to your insurance adjuster. While we take care of your property, you should account for any expenses related to your living expenses and report everything, so that you get proper compensation.

Fire damage removal and repair can be a lengthy process. You need an experienced restoration company on your side to help protect your interests. At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our entire Green Fleet stands ready to answer your call, and all of our restoration technicians are trained to provide you with quality results. (305) 278-8484

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How do Professionals Restore Water Damage in Coral Gables?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can restore the water loss events in your home.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Flooded, Water Damaged Home in Coral Gables 

When a flood causes water damage to your property, make sure you pay attention to health and safety concerns. Floodwaters contain contaminants that can cause health hazards, even with just a small amount of water.  

Cleaning up after a water loss event in Coral Gables is a long ordeal. Here are some things you can do to sanitize your home after flood damage. Clean and disinfect every surface. Use hot water and heavy-duty cleaners. Use 1/4 cup bleach per every gallon of water to mitigate or prevent mold and bacteria from growing. For furniture and household belongings, dry them as quickly as possible, which leaves less time for mildew and mold to grow and spread. A water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can safely salvage personal property, minimize structural water damage, reduce stress, and save you money. After a flood, this is undoubtedly your best option. 

It is critical to disinfect and air-dry kitchen items damaged in the flooding. Cupboards and counters must be cleaned and rinsed with chlorine bleach before storing dishes. For wet items, dry them as quickly as possible. Use dehumidifiers and large fans to remove moisture by evaporation. Further, open windows to ventilate with outside air. If you sense that the cleaning involves mold, call a mold damage remediation expert--SERVPRO--right away. They will bring the necessary equipment, protective gear, and expertise to solve your mold and water damage issues safely.  

Upholstery should only be cleaned by a professional as they tend to soak up contaminants such as bacteria, ground soil debris, and chemicals. If a sewage blockage or known fecal matter is present, then the furnishing should be wrapped to prevent cross-contamination and safely discarded by a professional technician from SERVPRO. Most solid wood furniture can be dried, refinished, and restored. Children's toys and stuffed animals need throwing away if contaminated by floodwaters.  

Photographs, books, and other documents can be frozen and cleaned later, which is a specialized field of water damage restoration where a premier company like SERVPRO excels. Cleaning, removing mud, and storing before treating, takes care and expertise to prevent further water damage.  

Ceilings and walls comprised of drywall act like sponges when they are wet. Remove and discard drywall to eliminate moisture and help to avoid mold proliferation. Persistent health hazards from contaminated water are the norm if not dealt with professionally.  

Water damage caused by flooding and rising groundwater is not your garden variety of a water leak. Heavy duty water pumps, wet-vacs, air movers, dehumidifiers, and possibly generators are all immediately required equipment to grapple with stemming the water damage. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the IICRC trained team, experience, and knowledge to restore your property to pre-flood conditions, "Like it never even happened." 

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists in Coral Gables

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. For 24/7 emergency service in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami call us. (305) 278-8484

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How Does SERVPRO Prepare for Flooding in Cutler Bay?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Our experts have the right equipment and training to quickly remove standing water after a flood.

We Trains and Prepares for Flooding That Damages Cutler Bay Homes 

Our team strives to provide the fastest and most comprehensive, compassionate restoration for Cutler Bay homes regardless of the emergency or time. When flooding occurs throughout the communities that we serve, we have teams ready at a moment’s notice to respond to affected properties with fast and effective mitigation solutions, including extraction and drying equipment to prepare your home for the necessary restoration steps to follow shortly after that. 

While flood damage can affect your Cutler Bay home in many devastating ways, having the right professionals responding immediately to the situation can lessen these effects and protect more of your property from this potential damage. Our SERVPRO team has the skills and industry-leading equipment to begin immediate extraction of damaged areas whenever we first arrive at your property, including an extractor truck that can arrive with our Green Fleet rolling out from our facility. 

Preparedness means more than just having a production truck supplied with our advanced equipment and tools. Being truly prepared for flood disasters that so often affect the area requires our professionals to remain at their best with continued educational opportunities and training sessions to showcase new approaches, equipment, and methods for recovering homes affected by devastating floodwater. 

Each of our SERVPRO rapid response team dispatched to your flooding emergency has IICRC certifications in disaster recovery and water restoration. This universal training ensures that each team member can utilize the equipment, help with mitigation tactics like pack-outs that protect your belongings from the damage, and contribute in areas like demolition, extraction, drying, and cleanup. Our entire crew understands the impact that flooding can have on your home and life, so our experts work efficiently to get you back in your house fast.  

Why SERVPRO is the One to Call for Flood Damage in Your Cutler Bay Home

When your home in Cutler Bay has flooded due to storms, it means you have a big cleanup project on your hands, no matter how severe the flooding was. There are various safety considerations and other things to consider when dealing with floodwaters in your home, but the first step is to hire a professional remediation company for help.  

Flood damage in your Cutler Bay home can mean biological and toxic waste. Water that floods structures from storms come from outside, carrying all kinds of chemical residues and animal waste. It can also include raw sewage, plus chemical contaminants. We train and equip our SERVPRO techs to handle all of these safety issues without putting any of our staff or your family at risk, which is why SERVPRO is the clear choice when you need help cleaning floodwaters from your home.

SERVPRO technicians come to your home with personal protective equipment to protect us as we work to get the hazardous water out of your home. We also have the tools to clean and disinfect your home after removing and drying your home, ensuring that your home is returned to the safe place to live than before the storms invade.  

Just one inch of standing water in your home for only a few hours still likely can result in much money in cleanup and repair. It is why time is of the essence when you have flood damage. Contacting us as soon as the storm subsides is imperative to the structure of your home and your belongings. We act quickly to remove the standing water with truck-mounted pumps and dry your home back out with industrial fans and dehumidifiers. Moving fast can also prevent a potential mold infestation, which only needs 24-48 hours in the right conditions to begin growing. 

If water stands in your home for an extended period, extensive gutting might be needed to get rid of ruined building materials, as well as plumbing and electrical repairs. When we arrive at your property, we can assess how extensive the damage is and come up with an estimate before beginning work. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay are professional remediation specialists who can restore your home in Lakes By The Bay, Franjo, or Perrine after flooding from storms. Remember to reach out to us by dialing (305) 278-8484 as soon as you possibly can so we can prevent additional damage. 

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How Do Professionals Restore Fire Damage in Hollywood Auto Shops?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

We understand how important it's for the fire damage in your auto shop to be repaired as soon as possible.

What to Do When a Hollywood Fire Leaves Damage Behind 

Running an auto repair shop is pretty dependant on your ability to get cars in and out of your shop promptly, but fire damage can interrupt your business' traffic. That can be a significant issue for you as the owner. Having one half of the garage closed off can make your business unattractive to potential clients. Customers are impatient and waiting in an even longer line than usual to get their oil changed is not how they want to spend their day. Naturally, the damage needs addressing and remediated as soon as possible. Fortunately, there is help located close to you that can step in to do just that. 

We understand how important it's for the fire damage in your Hollywood auto shop to be repaired as soon as possible. From the moment you call SERVPRO, we make it our priority to get to your property as soon as possible. If the fire happens in the evening, we can work through the night to remediate the damage and clean the greasy soot left behind. 

Soot and ash can adhere to various surfaces that they come across in your shop. Depending on the severity of the damage, SERVPRO can use special cleaning techniques meant to leave your equipment looking, feeling, and smelling like they did before the fire happened. Our main goal is to return your property to its preloss state, so you feel, "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO can use lubricating cleaners to lift the soot away from any surface. If the soot is being particularly difficult, we can apply chemical cleaning methods or abrasive ones. Our IICRC-certified technicians can use ozone machines overnight to neutralize the particles in the air that cause the odor. Finally, SERVPRO can take inventory of any items you may have lost in the fire to make an insurance claim easier. 

When your auto repair shop sustains fire damage, do not linger. Dial (305) 278-8484 to phone SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How Damaging Are Smoke Residues in My Cutler Bay Home?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

We quickly assess the conditions of fire-damaged homes when our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team first arrives.

Fire Loss in My Cutler Bay Home

Smoke damage can ruin contents and structural elements in your house, but our SERVPRO team can help before much of this happens with a fast and reliable response to clean up the mess.

Fire losses can be one of the most challenging disasters to impact your Cutler Bay home. It's hard to know where to begin or what corrective actions the house needs with seemingly hundreds of damaged and compromised items and areas of your property. Our fast-responding SERVPRO technicians can start emergency services and mitigation tactics shortly after arrival to protect more of your home and its contents.

Among the most challenging conditions of fire damage in Cutler Bay homes is soiling on surfaces and contents. Wet smoke and soot are two of the more destructive residues that rest on wall surfaces, flooring, and furniture. As these particles circulate throughout the damaged space, they can layer on items and form a thick coating that must get addressed carefully. Wipe cleaning is rarely the best approach, as this can often lead to staining and smearing of the surfaces. Because these residues are often both acidic and carcinogenic, it is crucial to remove them as quickly as possible.

What are Some Agitative Cleaning Practices to Remove Soiling?

There are many stages to removing soiling from exposed materials and contents in your home after a fire loss. With soot and wet smoke residues that are thick and prone to staining, preemptive cleaning practices can help to reduce the severity of this coating before the removal begins. Some of the agitative and abrasive cleaning methods we utilize in these situations include:

    •    Brushing
    •    Steel Wool
    •    Vacuuming
    •    Dusting
    •    Soda Blasting

We quickly assess the conditions of fire-damaged homes when our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team first arrives. Our agitative cleaning practices can make soot and smoke residue removal more efficient and ultimately more successful. Give us a call today at (305) 278-8484 – we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is the Best Way to Handle Fire Damage in Cutler Bay?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A fire can start quickly in a kitchen, call SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out to remediate the damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Cutler Bay Home After a Fire

A fire in your Cutler Bay home can be devastating. Your kitchen is a place where a fire can quickly start with a bit of grease and an unattended stove. Even after a small fire, your home can be affected by extensive smoke and water damage. Prompt, professional repair and restoration are needed so additional damage and issues like mold and wood rot can be prevented.

Fires are scary events, no matter the size, and leave behind fire, water, and smoke damage. Your fire damaged Cutler Bay home needs the professionals from SERVPRO to help restore it back to its original condition, and it needs to be done in a timely fashion. At SERVPRO, we understand this and do not hesitate in getting to your home once you contact us.

There are various steps we take to complete restoration services in your home after a fire. With mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop any more damage. Your home is likely wet from fire-fighting efforts, too, so it needs emergency drying to stop any secondary water damage.

Cleaning your home after it has been damaged by fire focuses on removing smoke residues from the structure and deodorizing odors that are given off by these residues. The SERVPRO technician talks with you during the process so you understand which structural components can be cleaned and which cannot be. Replacement or repair is necessary for such items.

Your personal property also must be cleaned of smoke residues. In some situations, we can clean them right at your home. Other times, we need to pack and move some items out to a different location for cleaning and storage.

If the fire and smoke spread into a living room or adjacent room where electronics have been damaged, we often subcontract specialty cleaning of these contents. It can also include furniture refinishing, dry cleaning of clothes, and cleaning of expensive artwork.

Sometimes, fires are severe enough that we cannot restore the structural components of your home. Reconstructing and repairing these components might require different skills, so we work with licensed general contractors to get your home repaired and safe again.

SERVPRO Shares Fire Odor Damage Control Methods for Cutler Bay Homes

Even a small blaze in the home that did minor damage through fire can leave a big problem behind. Fire odor damage is a problem that causes frustration because the odor so deeply penetrates objects and can be very difficult to remove using conventional cleaning methods, especially in this area of Florida as the ordinary high humidity conditions can make smoke odors more distinctive.

A homeowner contacted SERVPRO to remove the lasting memory of a fire in the home. The damage had been repaired by the homeowner. However, the odor of the fire in Cutler Bay remained. Because of the time that had elapsed since the fire, the HVAC system shared the odor around the home, and it was detectable even in rooms on the other side of the home from the original fire. Smoke odor residue can lay on solid objects until effectively cleaned and penetrates porous objects and cannot be removed without the application of deep cleaning efforts. Hard and non-porous surfaces were cleaned with dry sponges to pull off the smoke odor.

The odor left behind by the fire was evident in furnishings and building materials and cannot be removed by merely wiping surfaces. One method of deep cleaning is the use of hydroxyl generators that work by neutralizing harmful gases, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor environments. This method also eliminates bacteria, mildew and mold. Thermal fogging is another deodorization method employed by SERVPRO. This restoration method uses the same principle as the fire to penetrate areas of the room to deliver a heated, strong odor neutralizing fog. Fogging was the method chosen by the technicians to use on this job. Afterward, the homeowner was advised to replace the filter in their HVAC to eliminate residual smoke odors that had collected there previously.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is staffed by certified technicians that have the tools and knowledge to tackle any fire odor damage in your home, large or small. Our emergency technicians are available for you 24/7 and arrive within hours after you call (305) 278-8484.

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How Do Professional Restoration Companies Handle Fire Damage Restoration in Cuter Bay?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire restoration is not only removing smoke and soot damage but also cleaning water damage left behind by the efforts to put the fire out.

SERVPRO Details the Fire Damage Restoration Process  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Does Storm Surge Make Severe Storm Flood Damage Harder to Manage in Cutler Bay?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crews Cruise to Your Cutler Bay Property to Mitigate Saltwater Intrusion from Flooding

Extensive Training for and Experience with Unique Coastal Risks During Storm-Related Consequences Make SERVPRO an Industry Leader

The high winds and torrential rains experienced during the tropical storm and hurricane season in Cutler Bay are concerning enough for area residents. When exposure to a significant storm surge is part of riding out the storm, you need help from a flooding restoration company that understands the ways substantial incursion of salty ocean water complicates and increases the severity of the damage. Familiarity with strategies that prevent long term damage from saltwater is essential.

What Is Storm Surge?

Because of our location on the coast, flood damage in Cutler Bay can include storm surge enhancement. The National Hurricane Center notes that storm surge is "often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane." The surge is a rush of water higher than the usual and predictable astronomical tide. Winds from intense storms, especially hurricanes, blow the abnormal quantity of water onshore. Coastal areas are most at risk, but higher category storms develop storm surges that can travel miles inland. Although improvements in weather forecasting mean storm surges are less likely to catch residents unaware, and physically in the path of the sometimes deadly surge, property damage continues to be of significant concern.

How Does the Damage from Salt Water Differ from the Damage from Fresh Water?

Although any flooding can cause destruction to your home, the SERVPRO team is on alert for increases in specific types of damage when saltwater is part of the mix. Why does saltwater have the potential to do more harm than rainwater and overland flooding?

  • How Does Salt Water Increase Electrical Safety Issues?

Higher amounts of salt increase water's conductivity, reminding us to be even more cautious if live electricity is a risk factor. The modern home also contains many items dependent upon electronics for operation. The high salt content increases the risk of permanent damage to the equipment and systems inside your house if not managed appropriately.

  • How Does Salt Water Impact Metal Building Materials?

Saltwater corrodes metal faster than fresh, threatening to weaken supports and fasteners. Staining and continual deterioration can result if not addressed.

  • How Does Salt Water Affect Wood and Wood-Products?

Lignin is a glue-like substance in wood and cellulose products that provides strength and support, especially to cell walls. Saltwater causes delignification, a breakdown of the lignin that eventually weakens wooden structural components. If you see a fuzzy deposit on wood exposed to saltwater, it is a sign that the lignin has degraded, and wooden structures have weakened. Storm surge flooding requires attention to this possibility.

  • How Does Salt Water Affect Concrete?

Over time concrete flooded with seawater deteriorates. Interestingly, concrete below the waterline in structures intended to support a building or construction such as a pier or bridge directly in seawater are less affected than structures inundated with saltwater for a short time. When non-submerged concrete dries, the compound crystallizes, and disruption of concrete aggregate occurs. Unique processes during flood water removal can lessen this issue.

What Are Additional Steps Needed During Recovery from Storm Surge Flooding in My Home?

  • Electrocution Fears

The ions in saltwater conduct electricity more efficiently, so we observe extreme caution during storm surge removal. Power disconnection, until safety concerns are addressed during the removal process, must occur. Fortunately, our submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors use gas or onboard generators, so no delay in flood water removal is necessary.

  • Inspection and Repair of Electronics

The many appliances and systems in your home operating through electronics need inspection and intervention by experts. Otherwise, these items may not work correctly or at all, and fire risks from shorts down the line are possible.

  • Flushing with Fresh Water

To decrease the salinity of the floodwater, freshwater pumped in help wash away the salt. This increases the amount of water we ultimately remove from your home. Our high-efficiency and large-capacity equipment are vital to completing this onerous task, especially if the process needs repeating if salt levels remain high.

  • Focus on the Soil Around Your Home

Overland flood damage always has the potential to shift the ground near your foundation, as a mechanical force. Storm surge also puts tremendous pressure on the land because of the power of the water. The salinity, however, exacerbates the erosion potential of seawater-related flood damage to the soil. Landscaping intended to beautify and improve the durability of the earth under and around your home often cannot thrive in highly-saline conditions.

Rely on SERVPRO of Cutler Bay to handle all aspects of coastal flooding in your residence after storm activity. We are on alert during the hurricane season, promptly responding 24/7 when you call (305) 278-8484.

How Can Business Owners Limit Hollywood Water Damage to Their Electronics

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Saves Hollywood Offices from Long Water Loss Closures

SERVPRO Gives Tips for Handling Electronics after Water Damage to Commercial Properties in Hollywood

Electronics can become hazardous when they come into contact with water. Commercial property managers should be rightly concerned about the expense of replacing electronic items. There is also the safety of their staff that needs consideration. Temporary closures can impact revenue, so it is necessary to hire a professional service that can complete work thoroughly and quickly. 

We are a localized service with a team of experienced professionals dealing with commercial water damage in Hollywood. SERVPRO has a particular procedure for damage limitation concerning electrical equipment. The golden rule with these types of losses is to avoid switching on or running an electrical current through any items that have fallen prey to moisture.  

The first step we take is to remove electronic items from the affected area. If the items are attached, we can cover them using plastic sheeting or other equipment. When called to a commercial clean up, we generally send a project manager whom you can communicate with directly during the service. This SERVPRO employee can contact a qualified electronics vendor on your behalf if more than the exterior of the electronic equipment needs servicing. 

As a restoration service, SERVPRO is not able to restore electrical equipment for you. We can limit the damage caused to your office computers, printers, scanners, and monitors. One vital step is to ensure electronics do not suffer further damage is to control the temperature. We use heating units to help dry equipment and prevent equipment from cooling to the dew point, where water vapor turns to liquid.  

Maintaining equipment temperature above the dew point could be crucial to mitigating the loss of otherwise expensive damages. In most cases, we deploy dehumidifiers to help control RH levels in the affected area. Water damages frequently go beyond the scope of your janitorial team, so when electronic pieces of equipment are concerned, you need professional help, which SERVPRO can provide. Of course, we are there to reduce potential water damage to your office investments like desks, furnishings, and flooring. 

When your office or business needs restoration, contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for an immediate response.  

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How do Common Flooding Incidents Cause Water Damage in Cutler Bay?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Rapid-onset floods or flash floods occur very quickly, with little or no warning.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Tackle Drying Out Your Cutler Bay Property After Flooding

Spring rains have begun, but temperatures around Cutler Bay are still comfortable enough for families to go to the beach or a certain, well-known amusement park for a long weekend. Homeowners still need to pay attention, though. It does not take a major storm or hurricane to flood their homes.  

Flood damage to Cutler Bay homes, regardless of the storm's power, can destroy structural and personal property in less than a day. Our SERVPRO restoration teams train to go into each home to stop the flooding, remove any standing water, and then begin drying both structural and personal property as rapidly as possible without causing any secondary damage.  

Technicians begin by securing the home against further water intrusion. Since this is storm-related, team members may need to sandbag low points to stop water in the neighborhood from seeping through doorways and low windows. Once the team leader believes the home is secure, they bring in commercial pumps and water extraction wands.  

The commercial-grade pumps in our inventory can clear most homes in a day. Once the water is down to the surface of the floors and carpets, Technicians switch to the wands. These devices have a heating element in addition to the vacuum action, so our specialists can carefully begin drying carpets and wood floors as they remove the last of the water trapped in the nap of the carpet or underneath the floorboards.  

As they remove the water, other SERVPRO specialists begin removing furniture and other items to a different part of the home and place it on pallets or blocks. It prevents leeching of the finish and color of wood and fabrics into the floodwater, which can stain and otherwise damage the carpets and floors.  

If the water was standing for more than a few hours, some of it might have soaked into the walls. Although drywall is an excellent building material, it is fragile and disintegrates after absorbing too much moisture. Our technicians can often remediate the effects by placing air movers to blow warm, dry air across and even up the walls to dry them. To accelerate the process, they also set-up exhaust fans to improve air circulation and dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air.  

Common Cutler Bay Flooding Incidents 

Believe it or not, flooding caused by leaky pipes, damaged fixtures, or broken appliances happens far more often than any natural disaster. With an increase in these types of emergencies, homeowners must prepare for floods, even in the regions that commonly avoid this kind of event. 

After checking with your insurance company to ensure you have the proper coverage, make sure that you contact a qualified restoration company specializing in flood damage for help with preparing your Cutler Bay water damaged home. Even if you have never had water issues in the past, it is best to get the protection you deserve, before you need it. SERVPRO technicians understand how floodwaters behave and help you protect areas of your property where flooding is most likely to occur. The speed and duration of a flood can vary significantly, making it necessary to protect yourself in various ways. 

Slow, constant rainwater, pipes with a small leak, and damaged plumbing fixtures all can turn into what we call a slow-onset flood—sometimes taking over a week to develop and lasting for months before the water ever goes away on its own. 

Rapid-onset floods or flash floods occur very quickly, with little or no warning. Broken appliances, drain pipes, or plumbing lines with large holes fall into this category. Improper drainage, settling, ice jams, and faulty water systems often lead to flooded basements and other issues that you may have already experienced. 

SERVPRO has services available to get flood damage under control fast. We use expertly trained technicians, specialized equipment, and years of experience to address issues found on your property. Remember, even a few inches of floodwater can cause extreme damage to your home if not handled in an efficient, timely manner. 

When water loss incidents such as these happen on your property, get to safety, call for help, and wait for SERVPRO'S expertly trained technicians to arrive, before re-entering your home. You never know if hazards are lurking just around the next corner, never take the chance. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for professional assistance when dealing with flood damage found on your property (305) 278-8484. 

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What are Signs of Water Damage in Hollywood Apartments?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Paint can begin peeling and flaking because the bond between the surface and the paint weakens.

Water Damage Includes Stained Walls and Peeling Wallpapers in Your Hollywood Apartment 

When your apartment's bathroom exhaust fails, steam no longer has a non-damaging means of escaping your home. Other situations in Hollywood residences that can create problems include misaligned dryer vents and slow leaks in pipes and drains. 

These secondary sources of moisture inside an apartment can slowly lead to water damage in Hollywood. When moisture sits on surfaces, slow absorption of the moisture causes porous materials to disintegrate slowly. Paint can begin peeling and flaking because the bond between the surface and the paint weakens. It allows the color to pull away whenever fluctuations in temperature cause contractions and expansions in either material. 

Wallpaper coverings react similarly and begin bubbling wherever moisture can penetrate underneath, which can occur along seams and within corners. Before your wallpaper coverings or borders become permanently damaged by children or pets pulling it off in shreds, reattaching remains possible. However, SERVPRO technicians need to resolve the problem by ensuring water no longer can make its way throughout your home. We also need to dry everything out, including the air. 

We check for locations that produce moisture within your home, and then we steadily work with you to get things corrected. Keeping things dry inside your dwelling requires that we stop new water from coming in and remove any water currently present. Our moisture meters can detect even the slightest elevations of moisture. Our infrared thermal imaging devices easily locate areas within walls and other structures that retain moisture. We compare initial readings with those taken during and after we carry out our work. 

Restoring your apartment's walls with new paint and wall coverings can make everything look new again, just like when you moved into your home. Even when water damage occurs through no fault of your own, its presence can create problems regaining your security deposit when you move to another location. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can help you make things look "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO at (305) 278-8484, so we can get things looking their best again. 

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Is There a Way to Save the Smoke and Soot Damaged Contents in My Cutler Bay House?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fires damage not only the structure, but the contents of your home. SERVPRO can clean and restore your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO Offers the Cutler Bay Community Unique Restoration Resources for Fire Damaged Household Goods and Personal Possessions  

The smoke and soot generated during a residential fire attach to the surfaces throughout your home, and deposits on a broad range of furnishings, household goods, and products, and personal possessions. In addition to the smoke and soot, the contents of your Cutler Bay home suffer chemical and water damage during firefighting efforts. 

Will My Insurance Pay for Restoration of My Household Belongings? 

The fire damage to your Cutler Bay home is distressing. Still, the training and equipment our managers and technicians possess allow us to take the steps necessary to return the structural components to preloss conditions, claims typically covered by homeowner's insurance. Can you take heart about your carrier, also including support for the many non-structural items also damaged by the fire? Detailed documentation about the condition of the articles immediately after the blaze and the results gathered throughout the restoration process give you the best chance to limit out-of-pocket expenses.

Should Fire Damaged Contents Be Removed for Processing? 

It is chaotic after a significant disaster like a fire. Are there reasons to consider delegating the management of fire damaged household contents to our professionals? SERVPRO can take on the responsibility to pack out some or most of your possessions during fire damage mitigation and remediation. 

Cease the Item's Exposure to Residues 

Some of the smoke and soot that cause the bulk of damage are still airborne, continuing to add to the residue load on every surface available, including the potential pack-out items. Moving them out of the Cutler Bay fire-damaged structure halts, or mitigates, the risk of additional corrosive deterioration. 

Concentrate on Assessment and Restoration of the Goods 

Away from the hustle and bustle of the fire restoration action inside your home, technicians who specialize in contents restoration can put the spotlight on the damaged items that make your house a home. We assess and plan for cleaning, drying, and restoration, our goal to return them to their former function and appearance. 

Clear the Structure for Restoration Activities 

With furniture and other items out of the way, the Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) on our team can focus on water removal and cleaning of the hundreds of soiled surfaces inside your home. A pack-out gives us more room to work, but it also removes sources of water, humidity, odor, and additional residue. We no longer have concerns about moving and protecting the items now that they are in a secure place.  

Will My Possessions Be Safe and Secure? 

Emotions run high in the aftermath of a fire, and the worry of losing costly, familiar, and treasured is a constant. To set your mind at ease, we use the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track the furnishings, household goods, documents, photos, clothing, electronics, and other personal possessions we pack-out.   

Are All Items Inventoried? 

We use a combination of traditional cataloging and modern technology to clarify and track what we pack-out. We provide the basis for our restoration efforts and documentation for your insurance company: 

  • Lists
  • Digital pictures
  • Barcoding 

Can I Have Access to Items as I Need Them? 

It is tough to predict when you might need a document, or the weather requires a seasonal change of clothing or footwear. We process your items as quickly as possible, and the CCIS checklists help us find requested personal property quickly.  

Clothing 

As we pack-out, we suggest you sort clothing into categories we can clean, dry, and deodorize in an order designed to avoid needless replacement expense: 

  • Items you need for immediate daily wear
  • Seasonal items 
  • Specialty items like formal wear, uniforms, and sports equipment 

Documents 

You can direct the packing of essential documents where you prioritize to help us start with the paperwork you predict you might need to access. We can clean, freeze-dry (the innovative method used to recover papers and photos from firefighting water damage), and store documents and photos in an organized manner. We can then retrieve a paper for you or scan, photograph, or copy it for your immediate reference. 

How Are Larger Items Managed in a Pack-Out? 

Furniture and appliances are pack-out possibilities. If their damage is cosmetic or minimal, we clean them up and store them in our climate-controlled warehouse. More intensive cleaning, disinfection, drying, and deodorization is best handled in smaller chambers within our facility, preventing debris and odors' drift during processing.  

How can SERVPRO of Cutler Bay bring order out of the chaos after your residential fire? One call to (305) 278-8484 can begin the process to clarify and show how we can provide the services you need.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Cutler Bay, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay today at (305) 278-8484 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do to Clean Up the Flood Damage in My Cutler Bay Home?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay When Your Home Faces a Flood Damage Emergency!

The locals of Cutler Bay know that storms can brew on the Atlantic Ocean and then sweep onto land with little warning. As a result, storm-related damages are always a possibility for your home. When it comes to the longevity of your home, it is essential to reach out for help when an emergency strikes.

Even when it is not hurricane season, Cutler Bay natives know that flood damage can still happen inside of their home. Spring thunderstorms can bring severe rain to your home, and a weak roof could allow that water into your home. If sudden storm-related damages occur in your home, reach out to a clean up and restoration company, like SERVPRO, immediately.

How Fast Can SERVPRO Get to My Home?

We always strive to get to your home as quickly as possible, because we understand that water-related damages wait for no one. To speed up the traveling process, we can:
    •    Try to avoid flooded roads
    •    Use GPS to ensure we take the fastest route
    •    Remove any obstructions as quickly as possible

When a storm hits, it's not always possible to arrive when you want to. However, here at SERVPRO, we can do everything in our power to arrive at your home when you need us and to do it as quickly as we can.

What Can Your Technicians Do to Remove the Water From my Home?

Floods can bring water into your home in the blink of an eye, especially when part of your roof gives way. Our technicians can do the following to help remediate the damage as quickly as possible:
    •    Use a tarp to cover the hole in your roof
    •    Use wet/dry vacuums, portable sump pumps, and extractors to remove excess water
    •    Employ technological devices designed to evaporate excess moisture

If you think your home needs flood damage remediation services, get help right now. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay by calling (305) 278-8484. We're here whenever you need us!

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What Can Our Cutler Bay Office Expect From SERVPRO When It Comes To Water Damage?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO handle business for you, so you can get back to business.

Commercial Water Damage in Cutler Bay Real Estate Office Gets A Fast Turnaround.

A pipe break overnight in a local real estate office put the brakes on servicing potential homeowners until the commercial water damage got cleaned up. The property owner did not have any type of environmental monitoring on the security system. Hence, the leak flowed freely until the manager arrived to open the office with over half an inch of standing water in the front area of the office.

After immediately shutting off the water main, the office manager called SERVPRO to clean up the commercial water damage in the Cutler Bay office. The business could not reopen until it was dried and ready for clients again.

Scoping and Water Removal 

To do a complete job of water extraction, locating the migration path of the water loss needs to happen. It cannot get accomplished visually and requires the use of different types of moisture detection equipment to "see" behind walls, under floors, and determine if baseboards or carpet needs removal to extract and dry the area. 

Necessary Actions for Water Loss Cleanup

When water wicks into sheetrock, the deterioration is a rapid process. The techs measure above the waterline by several inches and cut it away to save as much of the wall as possible. This halts any further water loss to the sheetrock and leaves a clean edge for easy repairs after the completion of mitigation efforts. 

Limiting Disruptions to the Office

SERVPRO techs want to get the real estate office reopened as fast as possible; however, the property must be dry and clean for reopening. They remove forms and documents to another area of the office, so the highly humid conditions do not damage the paperwork. The desks and furnishings get raised on blocks and dried in place, so there is little to move back after drying. 

Prepping for Reopening

After the property confirms as dry, the technicians wipe down the surfaces with their cleaning agents. They also supply a report that details actions taken as well as the repairs needed to bring the business to its pre-loss condition. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 has certified techs available 24/7 to restore properties with commercial water damage and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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What Does Professional Fire Damage Restoration Service Include In Cutler Bay?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Relying on the vast resources available through SERVPRO gives you the confidence needed to thrive after fire damage.

Full-Service Fire Loss Recovery from Your Local SERVPRO Offers Peace of Mind to Our Cutler Bay Neighbors

During the aftermath of a household fire, your questions fly fast, and solutions can appear evasive. Many homeowners coping with the chaos post-fire feel overwhelmed. Their houses are smoke and soot-filled, but they have no experience in the specialized cleanup necessary to return dwellings to safe, sanitary, and odor-free condition.

Can One Company Handle Both Water and Fire Loss?
A possibly unanticipated concern for property owners in the majority of Cutler Bay fire damage scenarios is the significant water damage caused by firefighting efforts. Before any other mitigation and remediation tasks can commence, extraction of water and structural drying must complete. Our restoration focuses resources on water and fire damage, and our crews hold multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in all aspects of industry best practices for water and fire mitigation and remediation.

Why Is Water Removal a Higher Priority than Fire Cleanup?
Both the water removal and the fire cleanup are critical phases, but standing water creates hazards that need elimination first. Issues presented by standing water and absorbed moisture include:

    •    Slip, trip, and fall hazards, particularly acute when the debris is submerged and hidden in contaminated fluids
    •    Electrical shock
    •    Contaminants from the fire debris and residues and other substances such as fire extinguisher and household chemicals spilled in the fluids
    •    Weakening of ceilings, walls, and floors due to water weight and rapid destruction of permeable building materials
    •    Mold damage potential if excess moisture lingers 24 to 48 hours

What Are the First Steps Professional Fire Damage Restorers Take?
Project managers assess the need for emergency services, assigning urgent jobs to crew members while more comprehensive investigation proceeds. Workers board and tarp up exterior damage, protecting the interior from the elements. Once we manage live electricity concerns, pumps and truck-mounted extractors remove the water, containing it, if appropriate for lawful disposal. Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians use psychrometry, the science of drying, to manipulate air movement, temperature, and dehumidification technologies. The result is the evaporation and then removal of moisture trapped in building materials.

How Do Experts Clean Up Fire Residues?
The smoke generated during a house fire contains soot, particles of incompletely combusted building materials, food, grease, and contents. Soot begins as an airborne contaminant, then soils surfaces it contacts and coats. From space to space, the characteristics of the soot vary, and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) sort this out, matching types of soot to research-based cleaning methodologies and effective products. Examples of the variables considered when selecting the most efficient strategies include:

Does the Consistency of the Soot Matter?
The consistency does matter. Strategies frequently change in separate spaces as the soot characteristics change depending on fuel, temperature, and oxygen levels.

    •    Dry Soot -- ashy and loose, generated by fast burning high temperature and oxygen fires, fueled by wood and paper
    •    Wet Soot -- sticky and thick, generated by smoldering lower temperature and oxygen fires, fule by plastics, electrical cords, padding, fabrics
    •    Protein-Based Soot -- thin and nearly colorless, but tightly adhered and malodorous, generated by the dehydration of foodstuffs and oils during a kitchen fire

Matching Release and Suspension Techniques to Residues

Dry soot
Vacuum, brush, dust, and sponge dry soot off, using gentle indirect agitation, but avoiding liquid cleaners and rubbing, which can smear the soot.

Wet Soot
Use water or oil-based soaps or detergents (chemical agents), to loosen the bond between the residue and the surface. Our technicians pair oil or water-based soots to cleaners with similar bases. We adjust the following elements for best results:

    •    Dwell time
    •    Temperature
    •    Agitation (perhaps adding an abrasive to enhance this action)

Protein-Based Soot
Solvents help dislodge the tight bond. Abrasive tools or special equipment, like an ultrasonic cleaner for smaller, loose items, help with this removal challenge.

Does the type of surface matter?
Many of the techniques and products used to clean away soot residues can degrade delicate surfaces or stain porous materials. When making decisions about whether restoration is appropriate, or if instead removal and rebuilding are indicated, the durability of the surface is a key criterion.

If Partial Demolition Is Required, Who Helps Me Rebuild?
Our SERVPRO team has training, experience, and equipment to manage residential fire events from assessment through rebuilding. The presence we have in the region is robust, with four locations spreading our restoration capability across dozens of neighborhoods and communities. We scale our response precisely to your needs, including aggressive remediation or teardown of charred and burned structural components. We have reconstruction crews who have the skills to take spaces from bare framing back to “Like it never even happened.”

Relying on the vast resources available through SERVPRO of Cutler Bay gives you the confidence needed to thrive after fire damage. Call us at (305) 278-8484 as soon as practical, so we can get to work fast.

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Commercial Cleaning and Disinfection for Cutler Bay area Businesses

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning and sanitizing are both keys to helping stop the spread of viruses.

Protect Your Employees and Customers with Professional Disinfecting Services 

The questions and answers about how to properly clean and apply disinfectants have become more concerning in recent weeks as the risk of exposure and concerns about the viral spread is high. Whatever type of business you have in the Cutler Bay area, worries about the virus may mean you may want to think about hiring cleaning professionals. 

If you feel overwhelmed with your ability to ensure the health and safety of your staff, clients, vendors, or anyone else who comes into your business, our local SERVPRO team is highly-qualified to assist you with cleaning and disinfecting viruses. We follow the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have technicians who have achieved their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Additional certifications we hold include:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
  • OSHA - General and Construction Industry Training Program

The CDC Recommends Cleaning Followed by an Application of Disinfectant 

After you call us, our experienced SERVPRO team arrives with a fully-equipped vehicle. Our rapid-response team is familiar with the cleanup of properties affected by many different types of biohazards. We follow local, state, and federal standards on pathogens, including proper containment and disposal, if needed. 

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is available to take your call and serve your business needs day or night. Contact us 24/7/365 at (305) 278-8484.

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Some Ways to Avoid Cutler Bay Storm Damage Issues 

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Gusts of wind from storms are powerful enough to damage the roof on your home and possibly siding as well. Contact team SERVPRO right away to help.

Who Can Repair My Roof After a Tropical Storm in Cutler Bay?

SERVPRO has in-house contractors to help with repairs and build back alongside restoration and recovery efforts for Cutler Bay homes.

Tropical storms and hurricanes are unfortunate circumstances that can affect hundreds or even thousands of properties under the appropriate conditions. With a comprehensive approach involving both restoration and repairs, we can address nearly all of the storm damage needs of your Cutler Bay residence, beginning with your first notice of loss.

Emergency services can begin upon our arrival when our SERVPRO team responds to tropical storms in Cutler Bay where repair is necessary. Temporary construction efforts prevent the continued penetration of floodwater into the residence while our restoration technicians get to work. We can fully repair and replace damaged portions of the roof and siding when mitigation work completes inside the house.

What can our in-house SERVPRO contractors offer storm-damaged homes? 

  • Roof tarping
  • Tree removal
  • Temporary fencing
  • Controlled demolition
  • Board up services
  • Full-scale build back

After a storm, you need a team that can handle restoration and reconstruction. Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can help when you call (305) 278-8484.

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Water Damage In Your Cutler Bay Bathroom

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes in your home, call (305) 278-8484.

Water Removal for a Cutler Bay Bathroom

The insurance industry estimates that 14,000 US residents experience water damage emergencies each day. The amount of water expelled by residential incidents alone can exceed 1 trillion gallons of water. Not only does that mean higher water bills, but it means that that much water has the potential to damage homes every year. The bathroom is one of the most vulnerable areas in the home for these types of disasters.

If your Cutler Bay residence requires water removal, highly-trained technicians from SERVPRO are prepared to restore your home to its preloss condition. Restoration means more than cleaning up the damage. Technicians strive to use everything in their arsenal to repair your home and its contents, including reinstalling floorboards and ceramic tiles, repairing damaged drywall, and even cleaning and reinstalling parts of HVAC and electrical systems.

What to Do After Water Damage Occurs
    •    Shut off the water supply and electricity. After a bathroom pipe leak or toilet overflow, locate the shutoff valve for that fixture to turn it off. If these valves are inoperable, use the main water shutoff valve. Avoid using electricity in a water-damaged room, especially if there is loose or standing water in the area.
    •    Take care of standing water quickly. Mold only needs 24 to 48 hours to proliferate. Use mops, towels, sponges, and similar equipment to dispose of water.
    •    Encourage air circulation. Open any windows in your bathroom and use fans to dry if needed.

SERVPRO's Moisture Detection Technologies
The first step to mitigating water damage is inspection and measurement with the proper tools. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of materials to address different surfaces. Penetrating moisture sensors are ideal for detecting moisture migration in soft, porous surfaces. Penetrating and nonpenetrating moisture meters are ideal for assessing structural materials, with the latter also assessing the conductivity of what is being tested. Thermo-hygrometers measure both air temperature and humidity. Technicians use these measurements to determine specific humidity in a water-damaged area, which allows for accurate calculation of drying goals.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” When disaster strikes in your home, call (305) 278-8484.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Storm Flood Damage in your Cutler Bay Home

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding can quickly damage your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Thorough Water Damage Restoration in Your Cutler Bay Home Can Prevent Further Damage

Storm Flood Damage Cutler Bay

While the construction of your home is designed to withstand the elements, there are outer limits to what any structure can handle. Storms can whip up winds of over 100 kilometers per hour (KPH) alongside heavy rain and hail. In these adverse conditions, your home may struggle to maintain structural integrity with a high possibility of broken windows, doors, and roof tiling. In extreme conditions, like hurricanes, flying debris can pose a real threat. 

Once your home's integrity is compromised, there is a strong likelihood of storm flood damage entering your Cutler Bay home. These rough weather conditions may cause malfunctions in your plumbing or guttering, all of which can result in flooding of the upper levels. Beneath the home, sustaining rainfall can cause a groundwater emergency, which floods the lower levels. Flooding situations can arise quickly, which is why it is vital to take immediate action against large bodies of water in the home. 

We operate systematic removal and drying procedures for homeowners in need of emergency assistance. Our reputation at SERVPRO is built on providing reliable, professional assistance to private residents and large commercial clients during an emergency. There are many judgment calls to be made in the immediate aftermath of a flood. Our team focuses on finding salvageable materials in the home and giving them the attention they need. At the same time, we act quickly to remove non-salvageable materials, keeping the restoration service efficient.

At SERVPRO, we have access to many resources, including storage space, that can be invaluable to the community in an emergency. We are also fully qualified in drying properties so that they do not sustain secondary or permanent damages. Our LRG dehumidifiers can help to lower the humidity in your home rapidly, which is invaluable in preventing structural rot or fungi growth. Portable heating units can help to raise the indoor air temperature to speed up the evaporation process drying your home correctly and thoroughly. 

Flooding scenarios are always a challenge, but our resources, expertise, and equipment can help your home make a full recovery. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

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We Act Fast In Cutler Bay After A Water Loss

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

The billowing "tent" is our method to isolate and rapidly dry out water-logged floors and walls. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Water Removal from Your Cutler Bay Ceiling

A water leak in your bathroom is never pleasant, especially when the water leaks from your second-floor bathroom through the floor and penetrates the vapor barrier into the ceiling below. It is vital to remove the water quickly and safely so that your home does not suffer any additional damage such as a ceiling caving in, or dangerous mold infestations.

Water removal in your Cutler Bay home requires quick attention to ensure the least amount of potential damage. After you make sure the source of the water stops and sop up as much as possible, you go about the next step of having your ceiling salvaged. Water damaged ceilings can pose safety hazards, so it is essential to deal with the soggy drywall quickly. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians need to remove and replace part of the ceiling before repainting and fully restoring it to the preloss condition.

SERVPRO technicians use infrared cameras (thermal imaging cameras) and moisture sensors to help determine the extent of water damage within the ceiling. The infrared camera does not detect moisture levels but shows temperature differences within the walls indicating the presence of moisture in the material. This is an excellent detection device so that restorers know how far out to cut the water damage drywall.

When the impacted area is a ceiling, there are multiple layers to consider; the flooring above, insulation, and the ceiling itself. In cases with multiple layers of material, SERVPRO technicians use penetrating moisture meters that operate using the electrical conductivity principle by penetrating the tested material.

The moisture meters measure by detecting the electrical conductivity of the material influenced by the presence of moisture. There are insulated attachments on the probes to allow the meter only to measure the moisture at the tips of the probes to provide an accurate reading of each individual layer. Readings for non-wood materials such as drywall are points in either analog or digital; wood readings are in percentages. Meters typically have a corresponding wood scale displayed along with the point reading.

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay (305) 278-8484 for 24/7 assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Cutler Bay Resort

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

In an emergency, you need efficient restoration services.

Restoring your Cutler Bay Holiday Resort from Commercial Flood Damage

An incoming flood can cause havoc to your beachside resort and severely impact your yearly revenues. As a low lying region of Miami, we are at risk of the fallout from tropical storms as well as the overflowing of canals, lakes, and ditches. Floodwaters may impact outdoor and indoor areas of your property, including guest rooms and social areas. Restoring these rooms can be challenging and take with several weeks, with each day adding onto your lost revenue.

Our team of dedicated commercial flood damage technicians here in Cutler Bay can put together an affirmative plan of action to get your resort back to business. We have strong bonds with commercial clients throughout this community, and our technicians have first-hand experience working on large loss sites. That means we can remove large amounts of furniture like beds, sofas, and bars from the flood zone quickly using material handling equipment and even offer temporary storage for certain goods while the restoration is underway.

In the immediate aftermath of a flood, the essential task is to perform safety and mitigation tasks. We can bring in industrial generators with ground fault circuit interrupters to ensure that electrical fires or malfunctions are protected on your switchboard. These generators can power SERVPRO restoration equipment, pumps as well as the appropriate lighting to work on the job site safely.

When a flash flood strikes, the exterior walls of your resort may be adversely affected, showing signs of staining from mud, debris or other contaminants. Using power washers on the exterior walls can help to restore the outer appearance of your business to its preloss condition. If water supply lines are shut off due to flooding, SERVPRO can mobilize portable water storage tanks for this equipment.

Floodwaters can often bring with them unpleasant odors. We can deploy powerful Ozone generators that release an unstable gas into the atmosphere and eliminate odor particles. Often, for large loss sites like a holiday resort, Ozone generators can be a useful tool for industrial action against odor.

In an emergency, you need efficient restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

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Drying and Cleaning Saturated Carpets in Cutler Bay Homes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Our trained professionals will take on any water incident that takes place in your Cutler Bay home.

Properly Extracting Water and Restoring Carpets After a Water Event In Cutler Bay

Carpeted floors are an everyday staple to new Cutler Bay properties, and can often be materials most heavily affected by water loss incidents in a home. While there are many situations in which the damage becomes too severe to dry and restore, it is possible to recover many of these materials with a fast response and focused attention. We have numerous strategies devoted exclusively to the drying and cleaning of damaged carpets of all styles, pile heights, and fibers.

You might be able to tell on your own that a clean carpet is more than just an appearance, and the full restoration of this material is not possible without initial water removal for Cutler Bay homes. While you certainly want your carpet to look clean again after a water loss incident, it is also vital for it to smell and feel clean as well. Because substantial water losses with considerable saturation concerns can affect the feel and appearance of your flooring, extraction is vital to begin the necessary drying and cleaning to come.

Extraction for carpeted floors varies based on several factors, including the type of carpet in the house and its level of soiling after a water loss incident. In most situations, we can make a considerable dent in the present moisture trapped in the fibers with the application of our light wands. These attachments for extractors can pull moisture from both the top layer and the padding beneath when saturation has not become extreme. For more severe cases, weighted extractors can get used to press layers together and force moisture to the surface for removal.

As our commitment to make loss incidents, “Like it never even happened,” it is vital to perform our premier cleaning services for affected carpets after drying. Bonnet cleaning can often be sufficient, though to improve the look and feel of a floor after the disaster, it might be beneficial to consider deep cleaning approaches like hot water extraction and preconditioning.

Cleaning a carpet after a water loss incident is not possible without first removing the saturation concerns. We have cutting-edge extractors and cleaning equipment to improve the look and feel of your flooring. Give our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team a call today at (305) 278-8484.

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SERVPRO Has the Expertise Required to Handle Water Damage in Cutler Bay Homes

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO show you our expertise and equipment when it comes to your Cutler Bay water damage.

Water damage in Cutler Bay can take completely over your home. 

After water damages your house, you cannot afford to take any chances when you need restoration services. The restoration firm you choose can mean the difference between costly secondary damage to your home or affordable and outstanding repairs. At SERVPRO, we offer high-quality water restoration services that can bring your home back to normal quickly.

It’s our expertise and experience that sets us apart when it comes to restoring water damaged Cutler bay homes. Our experienced team of technicians can take time to your needs and come up with a custom solution that is right for you. We offer an array of services depending on the extent of the destruction. For instance, if some building materials in your home are severely damaged, we can provide rebuilding services.

We use state of the art water restoration equipment that is proven to work effectively, efficiently, and quickly. Our restorers can remove water from your home through extraction and evaporation. Extracting is more effective in removing water quickly. Some of the water extraction equipment we use includes:

  • Portable pumps
  • Carpet wands
  • Deep extraction tools that we attach to extractors

We can remove the water using various techniques, based on the type of material or surface affected. We commonly use wet vacuuming to remove water. This technique is useful for removing water from different types of flooring surfaces. Our restorers also use air moving and dehumidifying devices to eliminate moisture from your home. After setting up the drying equipment, we monitor it to determine if the desired conditions are being met. We also have suitable equipment for checking moisture levels in walls, subfloors, ceilings, and floors.

Your house deserves the best care after a water intrusion incident, and so do you. Our compassionate restoration team can help ease your worries and make the process of getting back to your usual way of life stress-free and painless. Throughout the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians can ensure that you are satisfied with the progress and answer any questions you may have.

Filing an insurance claim after a water loss incident is often frustrating. Our restorers are experienced in filing insurance claims. We can help you document the destruction and file well-documented, timely, and honest claims.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can handle water intrusion incidents of any size or scope quickly and efficiently. Contact us through our emergency helpline - (305) 278-8484 anytime you need restoration services.

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The Many Choices of Carpet Water Removal in Cutler Bay Home

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Thorough Water Removal In Your Cutler Bay Home Can Prevent Further Damage

Removing water from your Cutler Bay home involves multiple procedures happening all at once. Because so much water damage can come to rest on flooring materials, they are often the areas that contend with the most significant saturation and moisture exposure levels. Carpeting can be a challenge to dry and restore on-site, but our SERVPRO professionals have some approaches that can help to protect and recover these flooring types when possible.

When it is possible to restore the carpeted areas in your residence, water removal for Cutler Bay homes must begin immediately. There are phases to this restoration, and they almost always start with the use of submersible pumps when standing water exists. After that, carpet wands can begin to remove enough of the present moisture and saturation to prevent further migration of water damages. Once this first pass has occurred, we can determine the probability of restoring the installed carpet without material removal.

In some situations, the padding beneath the carpeting must get removed and replaced even if the carpet itself is salvageable. In these circumstances, it is wise for our SERVPRO team to work quickly to remove these saturated components to prevent seepage and structural damages to the support materials underneath the pad. Once structural damages exist here, it can be a much more costly restoration situation for our customers.

Restoring the carpet on-site involves either further use of the carpet wand tool attached to a truck extractor or portable unit or one of the deep extraction tools available in our inventory. We can utilize some of these specialty tools and weighted water removal devices when padding is not getting removed, and water extraction must happen efficiently. The carpet wand is the fastest option when padding is getting replaced.

Maintaining the carpets in your damaged home after a water loss incident can be an overwhelming experience for property owners. Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team has the equipment and expertise to help however you need. Give us a call anytime at (305) 278-8484.

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Why Quick Water Extraction Helps Salvage Carpeting in Cutler Bay

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage degrades carpet. Quick water removal helps salvage your carpeting.

How SERVPRO Performs Water Removal So Fast in Cutler Bay Homes 

When water damage happens in a home, whether it is an upstairs bathroom overflow coming through the ceiling downstairs or a supply line to a washing machine flooding the laundry room, all of these scenarios have the same need: fast water cleanup to limit loss.  

SERVPRO technicians are ready to handle any size water removal in Cutler Bay residences. Two main factors determine restoration potential from water loss. The first is how much water is on-site and how long it has been there.  

Why SERVPRO?

Professional water extraction equipment is the big difference between getting an excellent restoration job and an okay one. The powerful extraction units that the technicians have access to assists them in removing water from the carpet, padding, upholstered furnishings, and other items that might otherwise have been a loss.  

Special Attention to Carpet

Just because your living room flooded, if it is clean water and the restoration efforts started quickly, there is a good chance the carpet may have the potential for drying and reuse. SERVPRO techs work to save homeowners the cost of replacement due to damage whenever possible. They have specialized equipment such as weighted extractor heads and ride-on Rover units to push the water out of carpet and padding. Then using drying techniques such as floating the carpet allows them to dry it in place.  

Expert Removal of Water Lessens Drying Time

One of the primary reasons for the substantial attention to extraction is to lessen the time needed for drying. After attaining drying goals, the technicians ready the house for the residents by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the property with their EPA-registered agents.  

Final Steps in Water Loss Restoration

If any musty odors remain in the home, SERVPRO has numerous types of applications to eradicate odors and leave the house smelling fresh and clean.  

When you need water removal in your home, contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. The certified technicians can clean up the water and restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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Cutler Bay Residents can Recover Furnishings with Water Damage

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants to assist you with your Cutler Bay essential items.

We can help save all of your Cutler Bay essential items.

When the hose on your washing machine breaks or comes loose, there is a constant supply of water releasing into your property. Similar to a burst pipe, a broken hose can spew hundreds of gallons of water out in a short period. When you arrive home from work, you may find your kitchen, living room, and hallways submerged under standing water. These situations are debilitating, but with the right approach and contacts, you can overcome it with minimum permanent damage. 

Our technicians specialize in water damage and are based right here in Cutler Bay. By reaching out to us, you are leaving your property in the hands of professionals with experience in dealing with similar problems in this community. You may want to remove any essential items from the affected area as it may be necessary to cordon it off during service. These items may include things like medication, vital identification or insurance documents as well as dry electronics. 

You can flag any wet electronics to your SERVPRO technician during the opening inspection. Electronic devices can take on water easily and suffer permanent damage if moisture inside reaches the dew point. Our technicians can hold room temperature above the dew point while specialist electronic recovery services arrive. Any valuable paper documents can undergo similar mitigation through vacuum-drying, which halts further damage immediately. 

Your property and furniture may show signs of water damage if they are treated without the correct care and attention. Watermarking can occur when exposure to moisture affects some areas of a fabric, but not others. Equally, some dyes that furniture coverings use can bleed when wet, which can affect other areas of the home, such as carpets, flooring, or side-tables. The final consideration for a SERVPRO technician is the effect cleaning solutions may have on a particular fabric- some solutions may damage satin but not cotton.

Methodical approaches to restoration are essential to mitigating loss. Conducting pre-tests on smaller, unnoticeable areas of fabric can prevent a salvageable item from becoming non-salvageable. We include a full range of pre-cleaning solutions, conditioners as well as solvents inside our service trucks. 

Whatever a technician may encounter, we provide them with the correct equipment to deal with staining, fabrics, or watermarks on your furnishings. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. 

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Our Experts Discuss How To Prevent Fire Damage In Cutler Bay

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 is ready to help local property owners with fire damage of any size.

Preventing Fire Damage in Cutler Bay Garages

Did you know a statistic from FEMA reported that fires that start in residential garages tend to spread and cause more loss through fire damage than other types of home fires?

There are steps homeowners in Cutler Bay can take against fire damage in their garages. However, it is also essential to know what to do in the aftermath of a fire. Here are some common preventative actions to take.

Unsafe Storage
One of the leading causes of fires in garages is the improper storage of flammable liquids. Many types of standard consumer products such as paints, gasoline, propane, and varnishes are all frequent culprits in-home blazes that started in a garage. Because of the off-gassing, these items can do, a simple spark from an appliance can ignite the fumes.

Safety with Electrical Appliances in the Garage
Extension cords have the potential to cause fires from improper use. Never plug multiple extensive cords into each other and pay attention to overheating plugs. If charging an appliance using an extension cord, only plug a single device in and never leave it charging overnight.

Additions to Increase Garage Safety
For homes with an attached garage, trade out the entry door with a twenty-minute fire-rated self-closing and self-latching fire-rated door. To stop a garage fire from spreading into the attic, install an attic hatch cover to close off this area. Heat alarms assist with early detection of temperature rises in the garage and sound an alarm when the interior temperature goes above a pre-set point.

Post Garage Fire Actions
After a garage fire, close off the area from the rest of the home. This action inhibits the spread of odor-causing soot from the rest of the house. The next step is to bring in professional fire loss cleanup. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to restore both property and contents damaged by fire.

SERVPRO Cleanup Includes Odor Removal
Odor control is a large part of fire loss mitigation. The technicians have different methods for removing smoke odors depending on the level of odor treatment necessary. After they complete their efforts, there will be no reminders of the fire from residual smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 is ready to help local property owners with fire damage of any size. The technicians show up quickly and return to the home to its pre-fire condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Water Vapor Is a Lingering Threat to Flood Damaged Homes in Cutler Bay

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water vapor is an invisible threat to your home. We have the expertise to remove the vapor and dry your home.

Why SERVPRO Monitors Water Vapor in Houses with Flood Damage in Cutler Bay 

Already heavily saturated ground in the Cutler Bay area means additional precipitation must runoff to lower ground. Areas of land where depressions or vast expanses of level ground occur can let water can pool and cause harm to any residential properties in the area. While significant flooding is most often on people's minds, minor flooding can also cause significant property damage.  

Water vapor's dramatic increase during and after flooding in Cutler Bay is why SERVPRO uses it to monitor flood damage mitigation work. While warmer air can more easily hold more massive amounts of water than the same amount of colder air can contain, the presence of moisture tends to lower the temperature. The role each plays with the other affects how efficient our efforts are at cleaning up flood damage.  

Knowing how much moisture the air contains, along with how much moisture content is in the wooden components and other materials in a flooded home, informs us of the need for additional equipment. Using another air mover, desiccant machine, or heater can make an enormous difference in the amount of damage a residence sustains.  

When the temperatures drops inside a structure, the amount of air does not change much. However, the amount of water vapor causes the  temperature air can maintain to decrease. This decrease means the rate of evaporation slows down. When it slows down, materials like wooden framework dry out more slowly.  

Staying damp longer provides microbes longer to multiply. It also causes wood to warp more, and this can also lead to splitting or cracking. Split or cracked wood loses a significant amount of strength. If too many beams weaken, it can cause structural problems in the house. An additional heating source can prevent this from causing problems and slowing down our progress.  

When the temperature is high enough that the air should remain nearly saturated, drying takes place swiftly. However, if our devices detect that materials like wooden door frames continue to retain copious amounts of moisture, we must increase the amount of air movement in the house. We can often do this by changing the setting on the air movers already present or by adding another one.  

Adding another desiccant machine also assists us in ridding the air of its moisture at a steady pace. Other measures, including venting the air to the outside, help immensely. When outdoor air is as damp or damper than the air inside, we often use tubing to force air directly outside without leaving any more space on the window open.  

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay also wants to eliminate any delays your family experiences in returning home after a flood. Damaged homes displace homeowners, so we work diligently to reduce the amount of time you and your family face after a flood. Call (305) 278-8484 for fast service and swift restoration of your Franjo, Three Lakes, and Palmetto Bay residence. 

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Our Experts Discuss How You Can Get Started On Water Removal In Cutler Bay

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal In Cutler Bay Can Be Started By The Homeowner

One item inside your house in Cutler Bay that is known to cause homeowners like you problems is the ice maker built inside your refrigerator/freezer. Sometimes your refrigerator's ice maker can malfunction and spill water out into your freezer, which can then leak out and cause you to have to conduct water removal inside your house. If this ever occurs, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

However, before you call in our SERVPRO technicians, there are several procedures that you can take on your own. Basic water removal in Cutler Bay can be conducted by you and a little bit of effort. For example, if you have a standard wet/dry vac, you can help speed up the restoration process by completing much of the extraction yourself. If the water has spilled out from your freezer onto your kitchen's linoleum or hardwood floors, then it is possible that you can mop and squeegee up any standing water by spending a little bit of time and effort.

If the moisture spilled out for a long period, then your subfloor could get wet. But, the quicker you can remove the liquid water from the floor coverings laying on top of your subfloor, the less of a chance your subflooring will be negatively affected. If you have a wet/dry vac, it is wise to take out the filter and use it on your wet flooring materials with a wide extension attached to extract as much liquid H2O as possible.

Next, the best thing to do is to set up fans to create air circulation. If you have any large box fans, they can work the best to push large volumes of air. If you don't have multiple fans, it is wise to reposition the fans you do have by moving them to new locations every few hours.

In Florida, humidity levels are often high, which can slow down the drying process. If you can, rent a dehumidifier during your restoration efforts so that moisture can be removed while you are attempting to dry out your structural components.

If your restoration efforts become more than you think you can handle, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. We're available 24/7, and we can help you return your home to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

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Leave Water Damage To Our Professionals In Cutler Bay

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

A toilet tank cracked and broke causing flooding of the bathroom and surrounding rooms ensued.

SERVPRO Helps You Work Smart, Not Hard

Like any other city within a big metropolis, Cutler Bay is not without its troubles. Our location makes us vulnerable to storms causing water and wind damage, both of which seem to be on the rise. As much as the local government devotes resources to control rising sea levels and to improve sewage systems, it is evident that South Florida is not fully ready to face the circumstances associated with its geographic location. If you take it a step further and add the typical woes, a homeowner faces such as grease fires, burst pipes, and malfunctioning appliances, you may understand the importance of knowing of a professional service specialized in water and fire restoration.

In Cutler Bay, SERVPRO is your natural partner in case of a water damage emergency. Our staff holds certifications by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and is available around the clock to help you. Our years of experience and our formal training allows us to apply industry best practices so your home or business can return to normal as soon as possible. Involving us as soon as the emergency happens, is your first step in mitigating the loss of time and money resulting from the incident.

It is not uncommon to find homeowners who attempt to restore their homes themselves after a fire or flooding. Even though there some action steps you can take, such as isolating the damaged area as much as possible, it is best to leave the heavy lifting to SERVPRO professionals. Part of our business acumen is having at our disposal a wide array of equipment and tools built to accommodate disasters of various sizes and reach. Whether you need a truck-mounted pump or a handheld wand extractor, our Green Fleet has them at their disposal and knows how to use them. Together, we can develop a plan that focuses on restoring rather than discarding, all while keeping your family and belongings in a safe space.

Being a responsible homeowner includes knowing when to tackle something yourself and when to leave it to the professionals. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is your resource in the area. All you need to do is call us at (305) 278-8484 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How Fire Debris Removal Helps Your Cutler Bay Residence

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let a fire take your Butler Bay home, we have your back.

Let us remove the fire debris from your Cutler Bay home.

Getting your first look at your damaged property after a fire gets extinguished can be an overwhelming experience for Cutler Bay homeowners. Even with the quick response of firefighting professionals, structure fires can sweep through the household rapidly, affecting a broad area and many belongings. Once these first responders have left, it is crucial to get restoration work started promptly so that the right preventative steps get taken to reduce further damage and degradation.

As potentially devastating as fire and odor damage in Cutler Bay homes can be, a failure to address these circumstances quickly can lead to even more hazards and costly restoration needs. As you might expect after a blaze gets extinguished, controlled demolition and debris removal are vital first steps to thoroughly inspect the property and determining the extent of underlying damage with structural elements and supports. Our SERVPRO team clearing out fire debris can help your home in several ways.

The ruin of construction material and burned contents in your house can continually threaten air quality and the health of those exposed. Debris removal is a critical step because it can reduce the circulation of many of these carcinogens and threatening particulates once they can settle back down from the agitation of shoveling rubble and controlled demolition.

Another essential element to removing the fire debris left behind after flames get extinguished is the effect this aftermath can have on the odors in the household. One of the quickest paths to cutting into the harsh odors fires can leave behind is to remove many of the charred materials and contents, and to determine the highest concentrations of smoke odors and to eliminate those materials from the household as well.  

We strive to provide some of the most efficient odor and fire damage restoration services following the devastation of fire loss incidents. Because of our expertise and cutting-edge equipment, our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay professionals can make any loss scenario your home faces “Like it never even happened.” Give our team a call anytime that disasters strike at (305) 278-8484.

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

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

A water line that was installed under the concrete pad cracked and soaked the tiled aisle and some of the adjacent carpeting.

Commercial Water Removal in Cutler Bay After Dishwasher Failure

In the US, 14,000 people a day are expected to encounter water-related disasters at home or work. Local restaurants and bistros are just one of many industries that make regular use of water-reliant fixtures. While a commercial dishwasher is a must-have in any eatery, a larger cleaning apparatus means bigger disasters can strike.

If a commercial dishwasher develops an overnight leak that requires water removal in your Cutler Bay bistro's kitchen, the team at SERVPRO wants to help you get back to business as usual as soon as possible. These highly-trained technicians know the ins and out of cleaning water-related disasters while ensuring that your eatery is compliant with local, state, and federal codes.

If left unchecked, standing water can seep into tile grout and potentially damage the subflooring underneath. Because grout can expand when exposed to moisture for long periods, this eventually compromises the seal between the tiles and grout, which can affect the mortar holding tiles in place. Subflooring can also become warped and prone to bacterial growth if not thoroughly dried through professional means.

What SERVPRO Can Do

When SERVPRO comes to your restaurant, our IICRC-certified professionals can get to work ridding your restaurant of water immediately. The team can utilize portable extractors and wet/dry vacuums to address standing water less than two inches in height. In cases where water levels are above two inches with no solids in them, submersible pumps are sufficient. Sensors, meters, and other tools can be used to monitor moisture levels during the drying process carefully. Advanced technologies, like infrared cameras, are effective at pinpointing water-affected areas behind walls and under flooring.

After extraction, drying can proceed with low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers. These are highly efficient for replacing the humid air with warm, dry air in combination with centrifugal air movers. Desiccant dehumidifiers can also be used to tackle moisture in subflooring and other building materials and reduce it to safe levels. Commercial box fans and EPA-registered disinfectants can eliminate odor-causing particles and microbe growth effectively. Ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging may also be used in cases where stronger odors persist.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to help at a moment's notice. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster so your business can reopen quickly. Call (305) 278-8484 today for 24/7 disaster cleanup that is available 365 days a year.

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Extracting Water After A Flood In Cutler Bay

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Microbial growth can occur in as little as three days, making addressing the drying and cleaning of your building a priority.

Extracting Fast Food Restaurant Flooding in Cutler Bay

Franchise locations like your fast food joint in Cutler Bay already have an established volume of dedicated customers, helping your location to stay busy beginning the day that you first opened your doors. With your location, restaurants like yours are perpetually at the mercy of weather events and changing conditions. With severe weather systems like tropical storms and hurricanes, the possibility of flooding demands a need for an emergency plan.
 
Business owners want to limit the amount of time that their restaurant stays closed, yet many do not fully know how detrimental flood damage in Cutler Bay fast food spots is. Restaurant flooding can pose a risk to your dining area fixtures and furniture, but it can also affect your appliances and be hazardous to those exposed depending on the contamination level. Level 2 Gray Water contamination can spread bacteria and contaminants throughout the facility that must get addressed before your business can reopen.
 
One of the most pressing risks, when flooding occurs in your building, is how quickly water loss incidents like this can develop into mold damage or other threats. Microbial growth can occur in as little as three days, making addressing the drying and cleaning of your building a priority. With even mid-level contamination, several exposed materials must get removed altogether, lending access to the full array of wet areas to begin drying with positive pressure systems and negative air chambers.
 
Extraction is the first step that must get taken when addressing standing water collecting on the floors. While tilework installed throughout both the dining area and the kitchen are less susceptible to immediate saturation and exposure, protecting this flooring and other exposed materials can limit the later costs of restoration and recovery once mitigation tasks like water removal and preliminary drying complete.
 
Running a fast food restaurant means meeting the rapid-pace demands of your customer base and being available when they need you. Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team understands the stresses of temporary closures and makes sure that these circumstances are short, and the loss incident is “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (305) 278-8484.

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When the Storm Passes Your Cutler Bay Property, Call SERVPRO for Help

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Work Hard to Restore Commercial and Residential Structures aster Storms or Water Losses

What to Do For Your Cutler Bay Home After Hurricane Damage

A tropical storm must have winds of at least 74 mph to be considered a hurricane and, unfortunately, storms of that magnitude can cause considerable water damage to your Cutler Bay home. As the categories of a hurricane go up, the winds increase exponentially, meaning a Cat 2 packs ten times the power of a Cat 1.presenting a severe danger to any structure in the way of the storm. A hurricane could storm through the Atlantic coast of Florida and flood your home with several feet of water.  

Thankfully, using SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) application can make calling for professional Cutler Bay hurricane damage remediation services to your home easy. At the click of a button, you could submit a restoration claim to our headquarters. After receiving your request, we do our best to arrive at your property as soon as possible, depending on the conditions of the surrounding area after the hurricane. Considering the environment, fallen trees may need to be moved, or roads could be flooded.

However, once our team of Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration-Certified (IICRC) technicians can arrive at your home, they can immediately get to work. Because of the ERP app, we were able to create a water-extraction plan on the way to your property, since we had the critical information you had entered into the app about your home previously.

Once inside of your home, SERVPRO can begin to extract the excess water flooding the base level of your home immediately. We can use powerful truck-mounted wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the significant volume of water from your home. Our team may need to do anything from removing trees from the immediate area around your property, or bring destroyed furnishing to the side of the curb for municipal pickup. Furthermore, we may need to dispose of damaged carpeting or make significant flood cuts inside of each room, to isolate the upstairs area from contamination. We can always work with your insurance adjuster to help you make a claim for your home, its repairs, and your belongings.

Once the damaged materials have been removed, our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can begin to set up drying equipment in the affected rooms. It is necessary to ensure the structure of your home is dry before rebuilding. Our techs can use devices such as dehumidifiers, heaters, flood drying mats, and air movers to create an environment ideal for evaporation. Once finished, and your home has been adequately dried, we can put you in touch with a contractor who can rebuild the demolished sections of your home.

If a hurricane damages your home, never fail to get help immediately. Communicate with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay by phoning (305) 278-8484. Our goal is always to leave your home feeling, "Like it never even happened."
 

Should I Restore or Replace?

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

We can help you determine what condition your home and belongings can be saved after your Three Lakes fire damage.

Fire damage in your Three Lakes home? No worries SERVPRO has you covered.

Living in Three Lakes is ideal for families walking the line between urban and suburban living. An extension of Miami, it hosts housing developments built with a modern owner in mind, making it a comfortable place to enjoy the beauty of South Florida. Although it is less pricey than other surrounding areas, the greater Miami continues to be an expensive place to live. The cost of living makes our homeowners extra cautious about their money and saving whenever possible. There is no better moment to lose sight of your expenditures than when disaster strikes.

If fire damage threatens your Three Lakes home, you may think that all your furniture and carpeting needs replacing. However, before you upset your monthly budget or compromise your savings, call SERVPRO for assistance. Our technicians train on the latest fire restoration techniques and work with you to minimize your losses after a fire event. All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline for help.

Eliminating smoke and soot residue is not as simple as wiping it down with a cleaning spray. Our SERVPRO technicians focus on eliminating visible remains as well as deodorizing your property. Depending on the nature of the material, the level of heat and moisture during the fire, smoke, and ashes differ, following various paths before settling. Our SERVPRO team excels at understanding the specifics of each fire and the best approach to cleaning and deodorizing your home. We may need to vacuum some remains or dissolve them with industry-grade solvents. Very often we can restore your property to mint condition, saving you the time and money needed to replace it. When this becomes impossible, we dispose of your belongings in compliance with local regulatory guidelines.

Throughout the fire restoration process, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is here to help. We recognize the effort you make to maintain your beautiful home and strive to return it to mint condition as soon as possible. Call us at (305) 278-8484 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Professionals Restore Fire Damaged Personal Items in Three Lakes

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remove your fire damaged personal possessions and clean and restore them at our facility using our pack-out services.

Fire Damage in Your Three Lakes Home Could Necessitate Content Cleaning and Move-Out Services 

Fires are among the worst accidents that can happen in a home because of the destruction they cause. Fires also cause other supplementary hazards such as water damage because of firefighting efforts, smoke, and soot residues. Even though firefighters may contain a fire, its byproducts can damage property and jeopardize the health of the residents long after they have extinguished the flames.    

If your Three Lakes home has fire damage, it is crucial to hire experts to help you restore it to its pre-damaged state.  The damage fires cause is challenging to contain, which means that after a fire, your possessions can get damaged irreversibly, making the situation even more frustrating. Fortunately, SERVPRO can restore many of your belongings like furniture, area rugs, upholstery, and draperies during the fire restoration process. We can take valuable items like art to a curator for restoration. 

We perform an initial assessment and note the damaged items and set them aside for restoration. We separate damaged and cleanable items into designated areas. Our technicians stack the boxes of claim items neatly so that you can make a claim list. You can use a recorder as you sort through ruined items to make the task more accurate, less tiring, and less stressful. 

If the condition of your home after the fire disaster allows, we complete the cleaning, deodorization, and restoration process on-site.  However, if the fire ruined your home severely, we can provide pack-out services. Due to some circumstances after a fire incident, it is not practical to restore the contents on-site. If the damage is significant damage and the home needs extensive restoration, we transport the ruined contents to our facility for appropriate cleaning. The steps involved in our pack-out services include: 

Our crew carefully packs all the damaged items while adding them to an electronic inventory. We provide you with a copy of this inventory so you can keep track of your belongings.

  • We transport the items to our facility.
  • We thoroughly clean, deodorize, and restore each item to its original state.
  • We store the items in a secure facility until we restore your home.
  • Once your house is ready, we bring back your items.  

For a move-out to be successful, it is vital to pack, tag, and inventory contents appropriately. Our SERVPRO crew never sacrifices details to complete the work faster. We are organized during packing and tagging to prevent damage to contents and leave a positive impression on you and your insurer. Our crew uses several methods to clean a wide range of belongings, including wet cleaning, immersion cleaning, dry cleaning, foam cleaning, and spray and wipe. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is the right remediation company to call after a fire has ruined your belongings. We have the expertise to restore the possessions and are ready to offer pack out storage. Call us 24/7 at (305) 278-8484 for fast remediation. 

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Our Specialists Can Restore Your Cutler Ridge Home After A Flood

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Your initial and most crucial step is to call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 and let us leave your property “Like it never even happened.”

Cutler Ridge Homes Are Vulnerable To Flood Damage

Cutler Ridge is a great city for those who want access to the beautiful Florida Keys and the bustling downtown Miami. It is a vibrant community with more vital services and offerings every day.  However, its beautiful location also makes it vulnerable to the impact of storms and rain, even when they are not part of a named tropical depression. Homeowners can help control this vulnerability by making sure a reputable water restoration company is part of their storm plan.  Knowing whom to resort to in case of emergency can help save precious time and mitigate your losses.

Whenever your home in Cutler Ridge is the victim of flood damage, SERVPRO is at your service. Our staff is available 24/7, and we can move quickly when disaster strikes. Like you, we work hard to anticipate the potential consequences of heavy rains, and we are fully equipped to handle the water removal and restoration of your home; all you need to do is call us.

Weather emergencies typically affect many customers in the area, so you must take steps to prepare for the arrival of our SERVPRO professional team. Although water restoration is not a do-it-yourself project, the following steps set the stage for a successful restoration process:?

•    Ensure your safety. Make sure there are no downed wires or electrical considerations in your home. If there are, contact your local provider for instructions before taking any other action.
•    Wear protective wear. Floodwaters carry pollutants and bacteria with them, so try to protect yourself by creating a barrier between you and the water. You can achieve this by keeping goggles and protective wear in your emergency kit, along with your hurricane supplies.
•    Isolate flooded areas. As much as you can, separate affected areas from the rest of your house. You can use plastic material to create separation and avoid treading from one part of the house to the other.?

We bring our professional expertise to your rescue, but that does not mean you cannot take active steps to protect your home. Your initial and most crucial step is to call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 and let us leave your property “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Choose SERVPRO for Restoration Services in Cutler Bay

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants to show you Why they can help their Cutler Bay community.

Let us show you Why in your Cutler Bay local area.

We are a growing team that continues to build our reputation and good report throughout the Greater Cutler Bay area as a premier company for restoration services. We strive to provide a comprehensive recovery solution for every customer in our region, beginning from how we process calls and dispatch competent professionals with the appropriate equipment, knowledge, and experience to the practices and techniques required to return homes and businesses to preloss condition. No matter if it is a fire, flood, water, mold, or bio-hazardous condition – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can help you through it. 

Fire 

Fire damage in Cutler Bay homes can be a traumatic situation that is overwhelming to address without significant experience, the appropriate certifications, and the latest equipment and products. Our SERVPRO professionals understand how challenging these disasters can become, and we arrive quickly to limit the spread of damaging effects and set up our cutting-edge equipment and tools to establish boundaries for the work to get performed. 

With how quickly entire structures can become compromised, it is critical to have a team that can address pressing concerns for the property like severed utilities. It is not uncommon for fire damage in Cutler Bay homes to damage the electrical system, breaking the circuits and preventing outlets, lights, and other appliances from working. Our professionals not only arrive with the impressive equipment needed to begin mitigation and recovery efforts, but also both large generators that run on gasoline or diesel fuel and 5-ton air conditioning units that can cool entire compromised commercial properties while restoration completes.  

Education is a significant factor in the success of our fire recovery professionals in Cutler Bay. Our technicians have continued training in the latest practices, techniques, and products to: 

  • Remove soot/smoke residue
  • Deodorize contents and open areas
  • Pack out “at-risk” contents and possessions
  • Filter compromised air 

Mold

As we are among the leading remediation firms in the state of Florida, we have had considerable success with addressing these threats, both residentially and commercially throughout the Greater Cutler Bay region. We are already a coastal area that combats excessive humidity and moisture throughout the year, so it is easy for properties and structures to meet the conditions to facilitate mold growth. 

Unlike some of the other restoration services you might find in the area, we are not looking to mislead our customers into a “one-size-fits-all, we can remove all of the mold in your house” approach. We want to establish an honest relationship with our neighbors and potential customers, and that begins with knowing the limitations of legitimate mold remediation and appreciating what real professionals can do for the mold damage in Cutler Bay properties. Remediation involves the elimination of mold colonies and the restoration of damages that active organism growth causes in the house, but not the complete removal of mold spores and micro-organisms from the property, as these exist naturally in every environment and it is not feasible to eliminate them. 

We can remove active colonization with practical strategies and products endorsed through our SERVPRO brand and the EPA. These products and practices can keep your family and pets safe, and work to restore before replace affected construction materials in your Cutler Bay house. 

Water

Water damage in Cutler Bay is the most common callout that our professionals have, so it the scenarios that we train most heavily to overcome. This recovery team is the largest of our entire crew, including our crew chiefs, management, field technicians, and even many in our administration staff. The idea behind so many of us obtaining certifications as Water Restoration Technicians and in Applied Structural Drying through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is that no customer should ever have to wait a moment longer than necessary for competent recovery solutions. 

Advanced training techniques keep our technicians sharp and prepared for these loss events that could occur at any time throughout Cutler Bay. We have simulations with flood houses that can continually get excessively water damages to educate every level of our staff in the latest practices and best responses for specific conditions. These simulations help to showcase new drying, extraction, and content recovery equipment as well. 

With a 24/7 staffed line in our facility, we can cut out the middle-man and get our professionals in route to water damage in Cutler Bay fast. We have ready trailers stocked with the latest extraction and drying equipment, ensuring that no job is too big or too small to begin mitigating immediately. 

Storm

Over recent years, hurricanes have not been kind to the Cutler Bay area, and our SERVPRO team has been there quickly to help homes and businesses from this destructive force. We have a nationally recognized storm response team, one that has become involved in helping in substantial loss events and natural disasters throughout the country, but capable of working efficiently to offer that same experienced recovery and restoration to residential and commercial properties in the path of hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, and other extreme events. 

The equipment that our team has showcases our preparedness for these powerful storms that can slam into the coast, as we have advanced mobile units like our 40’ RVs for temporary housing and command centers. These solutions can help our response team to stay close by to help Cutler Bay residents and business owners around the clock. 

As we are part of a Large Loss Recovery Team, we lend our resources and personnel to a more substantial unit and have these same capabilities when significant losses occur in our Cutler Bay communities. We have handled incidents over 12,000 square feet, and have the resources, equipment, and personnel to confidently say that no job is too big for our professionals. 

You can never predict when disasters are going to strike, but knowing that an experienced and prepared team like our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay professionals is waiting to help should offer peace of mind. No matter when disasters strike the area, or how severe the damage might be, we have the expertise to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (305) 278-8484.

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

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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 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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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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We Can Prevent Long Term Issues After A Flood In Your Cutler Bay Home

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

After flooding affects your home, you can call SERVPRO to help with restoration and identification of issues likely to cause problems in the future.

Preventing Long Term Problems After Flood Damage In Cutler Bay

When a flooding incident affects your home in Cutler Bay, it can leave other problems that continue affecting you long after you finish cleaning. Taking proper actions during the restoration process can help protect you from long-term issues. We offer professional restoration of flood damage that can help you overcome the challenges.

Cleaning up soiling and debris is essential when dealing with flood damage in Cutler Bay. Floods mostly involve black water loss because the water flows over large swathes of land collecting different contaminants. It is, therefore, a useful idea to remove any porous materials affected by the incident because of the risk of long-term contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove carpet and pad for disposal. We also treat non-porous materials on the floor and walls with EPA-registered disinfectants neutralize contaminants.

The wetness from the floodwaters can easily spark mold infestation in your property. Removing the water from affected rooms is easy. However, some of the moisture can remain trapped in concealed areas such as wall cavities, subfloors, and crawl spaces. Eliminating such moisture protects you from the tough and at times expensive undertaking of removing mold later. Our SERVPRO technicians use various moisture detection tools to check for moisture in materials and concealed spaces. We use FLIR thermal cameras to check for wet areas behind walls or other concealed areas. We also use moisture meters to check moisture levels in materials. We then use various drying equipment including LGR dehumidifiers, which allow us to reduce humidity to lower levels compared to using conventional refrigerant dehumidifiers.

Flooding can interfere with the energy efficiency of your home by affecting the R-value of the insulation. Wetness also causes some types of insulation such as Rockwool to matt thus rendering them useless. Our SERVPRO technicians open up walls to replace the wet insulation thus keeping your home energy efficient.

After flooding affects your home in Cutler Ridge, Franjo, and Three Lakes, you can call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay to help with restoration and identification of issues likely to cause problems in the future. You can reach us at (305) 278-8484 any time.

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Cutler Bay Retail Relies on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Damage Restoration

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Too Much Water in Your Cutler Bay Bait and Tackle Shop? Get Hooked on a Great Water Removal Service--SERVPRO

SERVPRO to the Rescue When Your Cooler Leaks in Your Cutler Bay Business

Cutler Bay is an ideal location for a bait and tackle store. It is right on the way to the Florida Keys and the perfect stop for boat owners and fishermen alike. It is also close enough to downtown Miami with all it has to offer, including the benefits of a big city. Thankfully, when one of your coolers breaks down and leaks all over the floor, repairmen are nearby, and a team to help repair the water damage is also at the ready.
 
SERVPRO is an expert in commercial water damage restoration available to serve all businesses in Cutler Bay. Our crew trains on the latest methods and technology to make water removal as efficient as possible while keeping in mind the needs of your business. Like you, we know that every minute counts when your storefront is closed, so we work quickly to extract all water and dry your shop as soon as possible.
 
Whenever our SERVPRO crew assists with commercial clients, we pay close attention to any regulations specific to your industry. Preserving inventory and disposing of any items that may threaten its integrity is important to us, and we coordinate with you accordingly. We also make sure to abide by local environmental guidelines when disposing of articles such as area rugs or other porous materials that may carry unwanted bacteria. Our in-the-field experience lets us understand the parameters towards a timely recovery of your bait and tackle store, so you can promptly return to serving your customers. Let's catch some fish!
 
Do not let a broken cooler derail your finances. Call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 as soon as the emergency happens. Our rapid response team is available 24/7 to help restore your shop and reduce the amount of time you remain closed to the public. Our goal is to make it seem “Like it never even happened.”

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After A Flood Causes Damage To Your Cutler Bay Home Call Our Crew Of Specialists

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's emergency services are available 24/7 by calling (305) 278-8484.

Avoiding Secondary Issues From Flood Damage In Cutler Bay

Flood damage in a home is one of the most stressful situations a homeowner can face. When we get the call to remediate water loss in a home, it is crucial to act quickly to dry the house and contents to prevent secondary damages.

When handling flood damage in Cutler Bay homes, SERVPRO technicians know that this situation needs to be handled quickly but also with compassion. Saturated items are moved out of the house with the homeowner's approval, and any remaining standing water is extracted using portable pumps for smaller jobs and truck mounted pumps for large-scale water removal when needed.

The process of drying a home is more than setting up fans and hoping for the best. Our technicians set up air movers at specific angles unique to the property to move moist air up and out in the most efficient manner. If drywall has become saturated, SERVPRO uses moisture probes to determine how far into the drywall moisture has penetrated. Weep holes or sections are cut away as needed to allow for the air to reach behind the drywall.

Dehumidifiers lower moisture in the air and in some cases our technicians use heaters to get rid of excess moisture in building materials and restorable home contents during the drying phase of restoration. This is a critical step in ensuring there are no damp areas that harbor mold.

Mold spores can set up home in damp conditions as quickly as 24-48 hours after a water loss incident in a home. SERVPRO technicians use proprietary formulated cleaners that eradicate both mold and bacteria to wipe down non-porous surfaces affected by water. Technicians know porous items that have been saturated need to be handled on a case by case basis, and we do not remove any unrestorable items without homeowner approval.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is staffed by certified remediation specialists who have the experience and tools to handle flood damage to your home. SERVPRO's emergency services are available 24/7 by calling (305) 278-8484.

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After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Three Lakes Home, Call The Experts At SERVPRO Right Away!

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our team 24/7 at (305) 278-8484.

Fast Cleanup Of Water Damage Saves Three Lakes Homeowners Money

With incidents that can occur like overflowing of fixtures or plumbing breaks in your Three Lakes property, protecting not only your investment in your home but also your bank account is a priority for homeowners. While it might become evident that professional restoration is vital to return your property to its original condition, owners want to find the most cost-effective and efficient solution for doing this.

The best way that you can save money on water removal in your Three Lakes home is to secure professional restoration right away. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24-hour response to every emergency that threatens properties within our service area, providing every customer with the immediate assistance that their homes need to prevent further damages. While restoration work does cost money, the lack of restoration work when it is necessary can prove costlier still.

With water removal needs for your home, it is vital for extraction work to begin immediately to prevent oversaturation of exposed materials. This fast extraction can also help to limit the spread of this pooling water through unaffected areas of the property. From the time that our professionals arrive, we can set up containment areas for the damaged portions of your home that limit the spread of moisture and dampness and help to make cleanup and drying efforts faster.

In many cases, with the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals, we can eliminate the need for demolition and reconstruction by drying exposed materials and structural elements. With the combined use of our dehumidifiers and air movers, we can force moisture from materials and into the environment for removal.

Water loss incidents do not have to be excessively costly, but they can be without the appropriate actions taken right away. Do not hesitate to give our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay rapid response team a call to help you through every step of restoring your home after a damaging incident. You can reach our team 24/7 at (305) 278-8484.

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How Upstairs Plumbing Failures Cause Downstairs Ceilings Leaks in Three Lakes

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Yikes! The upstairs bathtub drain leaked. Time to call SERVPRO Franchise professionals!

A Broken Drain Means Your Home Needs Water Emergency Services in Three Lakes

Forgetting your tub upstairs is not the only way you might come to find your Three Lakes home's ground floor ceiling dripping with water. A broken drain can cause the same problem. While the water might flow under the upper story's floor and never get your feet wet upstairs, the ceiling downstairs tells another tale.  

Even the best plumber in Three Lakes cannot help you with water removal in between floors. However, SERVPRO Franchise professionals can arrive fast and get the lost water extracted quickly and efficiently. Our IICRC-certified employees work together in teams to not only do this but to also get your home dry again. Rapidly restoring dry conditions protects your property from all kinds of harm that lost water can cause.  

When we arrive, we start removing the water trapped inside your ceiling from the ground floor. We can see where any areas of the ceiling are releasing water, and this approach also keeps water from spreading before we can contain it. The less it spreads, the faster we can finish our work and make your home, "Like it never even happened."   

When ceilings begin to bow down from the weight of the water, we remove the water through a series of tiny holes that move increasingly closer to the center of the lowest point. Once drained of lost water from the tub, we can put a tube into the ceiling, typically through a light fixture, and force air into the ceiling until it becomes suitably dry.  

When lost water from a broken drain does end up in walls, we look to see if they contain insulation or if they hold dead space. Dead space allows for quick and easy drying, also with our Injectidry system and some tubing. Walls that contain insulation, typically exterior walls, require that we remove the insulation to dry out the structure.  

The exception to this is closed-cell foam because it does not retain moisture. We can check with our moisture readers and thermal imaging cameras to see where pockets of water seem trapped, and which areas, if any, do not respond to our methods. We can alter them to ensure that we get your home thoroughly dry again.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay and their understanding team of specialists can arrive at your Franjo, Perrine, or Palmetto Bay residence to perform water removal and clean up after plumbing failures soak your property. Call us at (305) 278-8484, day or night, all year long, when you need help restoring your home after a disaster.

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If You Discover Mold Under Your Window In Miami Call The Experts At SERVPRO

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Contact our emergency services line, (305) 278-8484, for prompt, professional service.

Using The Window AC On Hot Days Can Precede New Mold Damage Under The Window In Miami

Finding yourself faced with an unusually hot and humid day in Miami over the winter is fairly common. Because using window units to keep cool air flowing into your home might not happen daily or even regularly, sporadic use might lead to unexpected problems. Some of these problems might happen after insects lay eggs or casings inside drainage tubes or lines, inside the tray, or otherwise damage the unit. A lack of use can also mean that filters hold dust or other debris that make the unit work harder than normal.

The area below window units in many Miami homes contain mold damage because of steady drips coming from the cooling units. The amount of moisture that the wall is exposed to might seem inconsequential, but microbes do not require very much moisture to begin penetrating into the wall's surfaces and causing it to deteriorate. Microbes and their spores can also end up elsewhere in your home, including on the interior portion of the wall where you visibly see them.

While our infrared imaging equipment can detect temperature changes that show where dampness exists, we use digital meters to determine how much moisture a wall contains. Because a wall's exterior can feel dry to your touch, it is not an accurate indicator of the amount of moisture that same wall's hidden interior holds. Retained moisture is perfect for mold growth to continue, long after you have stopped the dripping from an air conditioner.

We can find these damp areas for you, and also locate hidden mold damage before it becomes a problem with crumbling walls that let outside pests come into your home. The health effects from exposure to mold and spores can also become a concern. After we locate all of the places that harbor mold, we can remediate them, which leaves your residence “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay understands that mold damage happens for many reasons and we are ready 24/7 to help protect your Perrine or Franjo home through remediation, prevention, and cleanup. Contact our emergency services line, (305) 278-8484, for prompt, professional service.

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Some Ways in Which SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment for Miami Water Damage Restoration

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is many times completely unexpected. Whether it's a burst pipe or overflowing tub, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Equipment for Cleanup and Inspection in Water-Damaged Miami Homes

One of the glaring concerns with cleaning up after a disaster strikes your Miami home yourself is the possibility of doing it inadequately. While many can trust in their abilities to be as thorough as possible, often circumstances present obstacles that homeowners cannot overcome without advanced equipment and specialized training in restoration or cleanup. Water damage is an excellent example of this, as it can spread beyond what the eye can see and continue to weaken structural elements and pose potential risks like mold growth with persistent dampness.

While you might think that water cleanup in Miami is not a complicated procedure for your home, you should understand that water can saturate, warp, and distort materials that it comes into contact with, causing widespread concerns that continue in areas that you sometimes cannot see. Our SERVPRO professionals can understand the importance of thoroughly drying an area after water damage has occurred, and that is why we have the industry-leading equipment that we do for extraction and drying efforts.

However, our SERVPRO technicians can only rely on these machines so far, as we have to be able to see that our equipment is doing the job as efficiently and effectively as we would like it to. That is why we double check for moisture pockets and lingering dampness with secondary equipment our water restoration technicians have as well, such as thermal imagery cameras.

These devices can show behind drywall, flooring, and ceiling materials to allow our technicians eyes on areas that are difficult to access. Based on cooler temperatures, we can direct our high-powered air movers and dehumidifiers towards problem areas to ensure that they get dried sufficiently to remain far below acceptable moisture parameters to prevent worsening effects like mold growth.

Water damage is not always something that homeowners believe that they should seek professional assistance for, but without cleaning up this disaster properly, it could lead to devastating results for the structural integrity of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay rapid response team a call today at (305) 278-8484.

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Is High Indoor Humidity Causing Water Damage to Your Miami Business?

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Inspect your business often for signs of high humidity levels.

Miami's Commercial Water Removal Team Talks About Problems with High Humidity

If a water leak takes place inside your Miami gift shop, there are several different types of problems that could occur. When moisture comes into direct contact with items it can cause them to become saturated and force you to call in a professional commercial water removal company like SERVPRO. When your building materials or contents come into direct contact with moisture the problems created are considered primary damage. When the water leak creates other issues like elevated humidity levels or mold, the problems are called secondary damage. When things get wet inside your store, the increased relative humidity levels can also cause problems that become a part of your commercial water removal project. 

Our SERVPRO technicians have experience in dealing with problems on both residential and non-residential properties. We know that when conducting commercial water removal at your Miami property, we must watch humidity levels closely.  In humid areas like Florida controlling indoor humidity levels is vital when trying to prevent secondary damage. Once the water comes into contact with your contents and building materials, the moisture starts evaporating from the wet materials and turns into vapor in the air since things in nature always strive to reach an equilibrium level. However, once water vapor starts building up, the relative humidity levels rise to the point where the vapor itself can start to damage your building materials and products in your store. 

When indoor relative humidity levels rise above 70 percent, it becomes challenging to dry out your structural components. Once the humidity levels get that high, organic substances inside your store become at risk for mold damage. When humidity levels rise, some of the products in your gift store could get damaged by the water vapor which is why any time our SERVPRO technicians work towards mitigating water damage we set up dehumidifiers to lower indoor relative humidity levels. Reducing the humidity not only helps reduce the chance of secondary problems taking place but also helps speed up the natural evaporation process. 

If you ever need water removed from your gift shop, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 24/7.

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We Can Restore Your Home In Cutler Ridge When A Mold Infestation Has Taken Over

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

As soon as you find the mold infestation, reach out to us at (305) 278-8484 so we can clean your home and keep the mold from spreading.

Mold Remediation For Your Cutler Ridge Home

You probably do not frequent your crawl space in your Cutler Ridge home. Therefore, if there has been excess humidity or moisture down there that you were unaware of, you could also be looking at quite a bit of mold once you discover it. Mold is never something you want to take time getting cleaned up, so acting as soon as you find it is essential.

Mold cleanup in your Cutler Ridge home can quickly be taken care of by professionals who have the proper tools and the experience. At SERVPRO, our staff is expertly trained to be able to hand a mold infestation promptly and keep it from spreading any further.

Although there are various ways to remove mold in a crawl space, one of the best methods is to use soda blasting. It is very safe and effective in physically removing the mold from your subflooring and floor joists in the crawl space of your home.

SERVPRO techs use sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda and apply it to the wood surfaces at a high rate of speed. The soda is abrasive, so it very effectively removes the mold that is growing there. Baking soda is water soluble, with an almost neutral pH and it also has a buffering effect that neutralizes both caustics and acids. Once the particles and dust have been blasted, we can wipe or rinse them away if needed. Just hand wiping or scrubbing down the moldy joists would not have the same results. We then need to ensure that the humidity and moisture in the area are controlled, as that is what keeps the mold from growing again.

During remediation, we ensure that we use containment to control airborne particles and keep you and our staff safe from irritating organic debris and dust. Protective equipment can be worn to keep workers safe during the cleanup.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay works safely and efficiently to remove the mold from the crawlspace of your home in Three Lakes, Miami, or Franjo. As soon as you find the mold infestation, reach out to us at (305) 278-8484 so we can clean your home and keep the mold from spreading.

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When the Plumbing Fails in Your Hollywood Home

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Backed clogs can cause blackwater (sewage-contaminated water) to be released into your home. SERVPRO has the training to deal with blackwater removal.

Why SERVPRO For Restoring Water Damaged Homes in Hollywood, Florida?

Hollywood missed the worst of the Summer’s storms this year. Like other residents on our state’s east coast, local homeowners breathed a sigh of relief at the lack of damage compared to other storm seasons. It does not eliminate every water issue a resident has to deal with, however.

In most Hollywood homes, water damage usually comes from a plumbing problem, rather than a tropical storm. While the force of the water may be slower coming out of a broken pipe, the amount of water that spread across the home can be just as significant. So why call SERVPRO instead of removing the water yourself or hiring the guy who advertises at the grocery store? The answer is simple, training and equipment.  

Our personnel train to the latest standards maintained by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration). That means understanding the possible damage water has to the structure itself, as well as the personal property inside each home. For example, although most plumbing issues send clean or uncontaminated water through a home, there are some situations where the water is contaminated. 

Our teams define this water as gray or black, depending on the level of contamination. It can happen when a sewer or a septic tank back up through a toilet and into the home. Soil can enter the home with water if an irrigation system fails, and floods the home by entering through the garage most often.  

In every situation, we remove any standing water as quickly as possible. SERVPRO restoration teams train on the latest commercial pumps to start removing the majority of the water within a few minutes of arriving at the home. In most homes, they can clear out the water in just a day or two. If they suspect the water is contaminated, they spray the surface and nearby property with an anti-bacterial agent to neutralize the health threat.  

After removing the water, our technicians carefully examine the home and personal property for what can be cleaned or requires disposal. Usually, they can clean, dry, and restore the home, regardless of the type of water. For carpets, however, we cannot guarantee 100% that they are safe to use again after exposure to gray or black water. Our teams always recommend immediate disposal so they can clean the floors underneath and continue restoration work on the rest of the home.  

Our goal at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is to restore each home to its clean, dry, pre-disaster condition. Call us today at (305) 278-8484 to start the restoration process in your residence.

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If Your Hollywood Restaurant Has Experienced A Water Damage Disaster Contact Our Team At SERVPRO Immediately For Cleanup Services

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Should you discover that faulty pipelines have caused flooding inside of your business, never hesitate when calling for help.

What To Do When Your Hollywood Restaurant Kitchen Is In Urgent Need Of Water Cleanup Services

Working in the restaurant industry is very stressful and tense, but that stress can magnify when your restaurant is suddenly in need of water cleanup services. The pipeline connecting the industrial dishwasher to a water source burst in the morning as your team began to start their pre-service prep work, and spread water throughout the kitchen. The flooded water can make it impossible for your staff to do their jobs without working in a hazardous environment. Fortunately, there is local and professional help available that can assist you in your water-related issues.

In order to run nightly service, it is imperative for you to call for water cleanup services to your Hollywood restaurant as soon as possible. The faster that professionals can arrive and assess the damages, the more likely it is that a smooth and successful remediation can occur. The quicker that you call, the sooner the job can be completed and, as a result, your restaurant can swiftly reopen to the public.

Here at SERVPRO, when we receive a call for help, we always make it a number one priority to arrive at the job site as soon as we possibly can. Once we receive your call, we gather a team of our IICRC-certified technicians, the required equipment, and then we swiftly make our way to you. Our specialists understand how valuable your time is and that time wasted is money not made for your business.

SERVPRO can use advanced equipment to remove the standing water in your kitchen, such as industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums and extractors. Once the water is removed from the inside of your business, our SERVPRO technicians can determine what the next step of our job is by measuring the moisture levels inside your kitchen. Should they be a little higher than recommended, we can set up axial fans and dehumidifiers to encourage the excess moisture to evaporate.

Should you discover that faulty pipelines have caused flooding inside of your business, never hesitate when calling for help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay by phoning the number (305) 278-8484. No matter the day or the time, we are available to help you.

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Our Water Damage Specialists Respond Quickly To Disasters In Your Hollywood Home

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO professionals can help to reduce the risk of mold growth as our restoration work continues throughout your property.

Accidents Can Require Water Restoration For Your Hollywood Home

While natural disasters certainly play a significant role in the restoration work required for Hollywood homes, this is not always the case. There are many situations where forgetfulness or accidental circumstances allow for situations like water loss incidents to occur that require professional restoration services like we provide.

As much as the average Hollywood homeowner might believe that water damages easily get remedied through a little bit of towel drying and conventional cleaning approaches, recovery is rarely so simple. Within a brief period, water saturation can begin to affect flooring materials and construction elements for walls, causing them to distort and bloat. Something as localized as an overflowed bathtub can spread quickly through flooring and into adjacent areas.

Our SERVPRO professionals respond to any emergency that you might have quickly and have the tools available within our Green Fleet to slow the progress of water damage and prepare the property for water restoration work. Our mitigation efforts can help to preserve at-risk items within your home and secure salvageable materials through fast extraction practices.

To further discourage DIY approaches to water damage cleanup, it is essential to note the possibilities that persist when these effects get inadequately managed and dried. Within a couple of days, mold spores throughout the environment can seat and colonize in these damp locations continuing out of sight. The organism can spread quickly to degrade construction materials and pose potential health risks for the occupants of your house.

Our SERVPRO professionals can help to reduce the risk of mold growth as our restoration work continues throughout your property. Dehumidifiers and air movers get used simultaneously to force saturation and pooling into a vapor which can get drawn out by the dehumidification equipment.

While you might get tempted to attempt water restoration and drying on your own, this is often a poor decision to make. Failure to adequately clean and dry the affected areas can lead to material degradation and failure, not to mention harmful secondary effects like mold and microbial growth. Give our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay emergency response team a call anytime at (305) 278-8484.

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

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Keep Insurance in Mind for Flood Damage in Miami

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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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Electrical Fire Damage In Your Miami Condo During Remodeling

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Miami Condo and Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO for Fast Cleanup and Restoration Service

SERVPRO Is the Choice to Get Your Miami Property Back on Track after a Remodeling Fire

The stress and mess of a major remodeling project keep you focused on the completion of your Miami condominium’s renaissance. When the anxiety level raises because of an electrical fire during construction, that completed vision can feel impossible to obtain. Engaging the assistance of our skilled fire damage experts give you the confidence to reclaim anticipation of a happy and comfortable end result.
 
When construction takes over your Miami condo fire damage is least of your worries. The dust, noise, and overages on both the timeline and the budget capture your attention until the unthinkable happens. A worker slices through an electrical line or a power tool malfunctions and the dust is overwhelmed by inky, sticky smoke and a horrible stench from the fire ignited. Although the construction company employees extinguish the fire quickly, the damage seems complete. Reaching out to our experts can transform ruin to a clean, sanitized, and odor-free baseline from which the remodel can continue.
 
SERVPRO technicians possess expertise on a broad range of fire types and a firm grasp of the appropriate strategies for cleaning and restoring after each. An electrical fire should not be put out with water, and if the construction crew was well-trained and OSHA prepared, a chemical extinguisher was probably used instead. The positive here is that the correct procedure avoided further electrical damage and limited water damage and charring to the affected area. Many of our restorations must begin with water mitigation, but we can move directly to smoke and soot cleanup in your scenario.
 
Your HVAC system should be shut down temporarily to prevent the spread of smoke and soot. Any loose, ashy debris responds well to dry sponging and vacuuming with HEPA filtering, but SERVPRO crews know the soot is more likely to be tacky and thick. We use a spray and wipe technique, employing cleaning products formulated with wetting agents and surfactants that loosen the hold the fire damage residue has on surfaces. Our crew works methodically, following fire damage restoration best practices to prevent the smearing and disruption that untrained individuals risk creating.
 
After any fire, the final challenge is odor elimination. SERVPRO deodorization specialists pursue a protocol that starts with discarding burned objects, moving through cleaning and disinfection strategies, and finishing with innovative odor neutralizing methods that take advantage of cutting-edge technology if the first steps do not deliver the desired effect. Thermal fogging, where special chemicals combust in heated chambers, or oxygenation or radical production, such as hydroxyl generators, produce particles that bond with the odiferous fragments in the air and on surfaces and crevices. The act of bonding creates a chemical reaction that effectively neutralizes the smells.
 
Move on beyond the construction accident and fire that brought your remodeling project to a halt with the help of SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. One call to (305) 278-8484 starts the fire damage restoration process that gets everyone back on track.

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Reacting Quickly When Your Miami Home Faces Flooding

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water and Moisture Removal Are Key to Miami Storm Damage Mitigation--Ask SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Moves Fast After You Call Us for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

As most Miami homeowners know, the weather is anything but predictable and accommodating all throughout the year. With certain severe weather systems always threatening to hit the coastline, the area is nearly in an ever-present risk of situations like flooding and flash flooding. Fortunately, many of the homes here have gotten constructed to reduce the damage that these disasters can cause by working to prevent the water from getting inside your house. The trouble with this is that you might not realize that these lines of defense have degraded or failed until the damage has already happened.

When it comes to discovering flood damages in your Miami residence, your fast reaction time can save you much trouble in the long run. Instead of working to try and remove these damages and present water on your own, you should be reaching out to the professionals at SERVPRO. Our rapid response team can arrive quickly and get to work on both removing the water pouring into your house and preserving the contents of your home that could be at risk for irreparable damages.

When our team arrives at your home, one of the first priorities we have is to quell the source of the water flow to keep the situation from getting any worse. Often something as simple as applying some hydraulic cement to compromised blockwork can reduce (or even remove) the threat of more water damage from steady flow.

In many cases where flooding occurs in areas where drywall has gotten installed, flood cuts are necessary. This process involves removing several inches of the bottom of the drywall up to several feet where it has gotten too damaged to save, but it also provides benefits to the restoration process as well. With these portions removed, our SERVPRO professionals can gain access to wall cavities to ensure that the area is sufficiently dry before we deem the job complete.

While this is just a small look at restoration work in light of a flood in your home, it can help to show you the level of dedication you can expect from the specialists here at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Give us a call 24/7 at (305) 278-8484. 

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An Appropriate Drying System Counts During Water Damage Restoration In Hollywood

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

The selection of a drying system during water damage restoration is essential, and there are some factors that experts in this area consider.

Water Damage Restoration

The selection of a drying system during water damage restoration is essential, and there are some factors that experts in this area consider. The key lies in understanding the drying theory. When water evaporates, there is an introduction of additional moisture to the air. For continuous drying to occur, removing the moisture from the air is necessary. A Balanced drying system tries to establish an equilibrium between the addition and removal of the water vapor. Failure to achieve a balance between the two can cause further damage to your Hollywood home.

Our SERVPRO technicians can opt for an open system or a closed system when drying your Hollywood property after a water damage event. The open system works by exchanging the humid air within the structure with the drier air from outside. For this to happen, we ventilate the building by running air movers or fans and opening the windows. This process is appropriate when the outside air has a lower humidity and possesses few grains per pound when compared to the air within the structure. We use a hygrometer to measure the humidity for regions before settling on this technique.

Under a closed system, the outside air and the unaffected sections of the structure remain closed off from the affected area. Under this system, our SERVPRO technicians control the indoor surroundings using dehumidifiers and air movers. This process is appropriate when we need to dry smaller areas, and for porous materials to dry correctly, the relative humidity should not go beyond 40%. If necessary, we can also run air conditioners to help with dehumidification.

It's also vital to remember that no matter how capable a drying system is, it cannot be efficient if we do not identify and stop the source of the water. Our SERVPRO technicians know how to stop water origination from broken water pipes, structural failures, natural disaster and broken appliances. We can also identify any hidden moisture intrusion by using moisture meters and sensors.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our highly trained restoration technicians use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to address any size disaster. Call us at (305) 278-8484 for industry proven services you can trust.

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Commercial Fire Damage Technicians In Hollywood

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever takes place inside your Hollywood restaurant, it could inhibit business operations.

Commercial Fire Damage Technicians

Kitchens in Hollywood are a common place for fires to start. If a fire ever takes place inside your Hollywood restaurant, it could inhibit business operations. Not only can fires burn materials and contents but smoke can travel from the kitchen and affect your dining room.

Smoke coming from a fire can cause many problems that if not mitigated can disrupt business in the future. Whenever mitigating commercial fire damage in Hollywood, soot cleaning and deodorization are vital. Smoke can travel far from the source of the blaze and leave behind soot residues, soils, and malodor particles.

If not treated appropriately smoke can leave behind unpleasant aromas that can affect your restaurant business in the future. There are many steps needed to properly restore a building so that no burnt smells exist. The first step is to remove any burnt or charred material that puts off malodor particles into the air. Any severely burnt contents or building materials that are near the kitchen where the fire started get removed.

After everything that cannot be saved gets removed, the cleaning of soot residues begins. Soot left behind from smoke also creates pungent odors. Some surfaces are easier to clean soot off of than others. Soot that adheres to different surfaces is composed of various chemicals based on the type of fuels burned during the blaze.

Our SERVPRO technicians use various chemicals based on the type of soot and the kind of surface affected. Porous surfaces do not clean thoroughly with wet cleaning methods because the moisture can soak the soot into the material. Wallpapers and drywall get cleaned best using dry cleaning methods. Whereas, non-porous materials such as the stainless steel inside your restaurant's kitchen can get cleaned by spraying and wiping with wet cleaning agents.

Whenever soot cleaning takes place, measures get taken so that the cleaning process does not cause secondary damage or inhibit your restaurant's business. With wet cleaning, we put down plastic on the floors and make sure that streaking does not cause more damage. Any areas where food gets served get masked off with plastic.

In some cases, we change the way we conduct work processes so that your business stays operating as usual and your loss of revenue is kept to a minimum. For professional help when a fire affects your business, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

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SERVPRO - Removing Flood Damage In Hollywood, Florida

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

The team at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is here to help when flood damage strikes.

Restoring Your Hollywood Home From Water Damage is SERVPRO's Number One Priority 

Our Hollywood, Florida homes are not exactly in the hills, but we prefer North Ocean Drive to the Pacific Coast Highway any day. The drawback, of course, is all that water that tries its best to get inside several times a year. 


Flood damage in Hollywood needs a quick response to keep it from having long-term effects. That is why SERVPRO offices maintain a rapid response team seven days a week, including all holidays.

Once the team arrives on-site, their first task is ensuring a safe environment. If the floodwater shorted out the power, they make certain it remains off and post warnings for residents, contractors or other visitors. As they do this, other team members bring in a portable generator to provide uninterrupted electrical power.

The team handles the next two tasks simultaneously. As several team members remove furniture, appliances, and other items that can leave stains on carpets or floors, equipment technicians begin removing any standing water using commercial grade pumps and extraction wands. The pumps can remove the majority of the water, while the wands draw water out of carpets and from between the individual sections of the wood flooring.

The wands are very good for drawing out water, but they do not completely dry the carpets. Once technicians remove the heavy weight of the water, they lift the carpet and roll it out of the way. If there is a pad underneath it, the team disposes of it. Pads fall apart after absorbing a large amount of water, and they are far cheaper to replace than restore. Team members then use long-handled squeegees to push out any remaining moisture.

Now, we examine the carpet. To dry out the last trace of moisture and prevent the carpet layers from separating, SERVPRO technicians use air movers to force warm, dry air over the carpet surface while exhaust fans draw out the trapped, damp air. Once they finish, team members stretch the carpet back in place. If the floodwater was contaminated, the team removes and disposes of the carpet as attempting to clean it is usually more expensive than replacing it.

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Returning any home to its original condition requires training, experience, and the right equipment. If you are dealing with floodwater, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. We are here to help you bring your family back to a safe, dry home.

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Understanding Mold And Mold Damage In Your Kendall Home

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are micro-organisms that decompose organic, dead material like plants, wood, and leaves.

Understanding Mold And Mold Damage

If you have ever found mold in your Kendall home, you may wonder what exactly it is. Mold is a kind of fungus and is different than animals, plants, and bacteria. Molds are micro-organisms that decompose organic, dead material like plants, wood, and leaves. The spores of each mold colony are not visible to the human eye without the use of a microscope.

When you find a lot of mold and mold damage growing in your Kendall home, it often looks blue, black, or green. The color is determined by the kind of mold and is influenced by the nutrient source, the age of the colony, and the surface substrate. Among other types of damage, mold damage is something that our staff at SERVPRO are well trained and experienced to handle.

In order to grow, mold needs water or moisture. It also needs a food source, such as oxygen and a temperature between forty and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Because it decomposes organic materials, it can grow on paper (like gypsum board drywall, wood, and other materials constructed of wood. SERVPRO understands this, so the first thing we do is find the source of the moisture if you have not found it yet so that it can be fixed before we attempt to clean the mold.

Molds like damp or wet material, but when it is quite damp some can attain moisture from the air. It can happen when the relative humidity is more than sixty percent. With the high humidity, enough moisture is available to create surfaces damp enough for the mold to grow.

Mold grows by extension of hyphae which are like tiny root hairs. A small colony of mold can in this way expand to cover several square feet of material quickly. Mold spores are like small seeds and can survive in conditions which are too hot, sunny, dry, cold, or wet for the mold to grow in. Mold continues to spread until it is thoroughly cleaned from the surface it is growing on. Since it can create health effects for you and your family, it is something that you want to get taken care of immediately.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay wastes no time getting to you and cleaning your home in Three Lakes, Perrine, or Palmetto Bay of mold damage. Get in touch with us at (305) 278-8484 as soon as you find mold growth in your home.

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Water Damage In Your Hollywood Home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

If the tank somehow cracks or breaks, you could end up with excessive water damage.

Water Damage In Your Home

Many homeowners in Hollywood enjoy the look of a fish tank in their home. It is calming to watch the fish swim around, and some people like the waterfall noise of the filter. However, if the tank somehow cracks or breaks, you could end up with excessive water damage. The water can affect flooring, ceilings if the tank is upstairs, plus furniture and other belongings near the tank.

An incident where your fish tank breaks can be overwhelming, especially when your pets are going everywhere besides the water. Your Hollywood home that was fine a few seconds ago is now under several gallons of water which needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent even further water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can assist you anytime you need us, so don’t hesitate to give us a call right away.

Most of the time when carpeting is involved, we need to disengage carpet and remove the pad. Because the pad is inexpensive, a new pad can be installed when the carpet is put back. When doing so, the carpet is already cut to fit the room, so reinstallation is a matter of positioning the carpet correctly and stretching it back onto the tackless strip. Seams might have to cut seams at doorways when the carpet was taken out, so re-seaming is usually required.

When reinstalling the carpet, SERVPRO techs first ensure the subfloor is thoroughly dry and level. We vacuum and sweep to remove any debris and remove furniture and doors as necessary. We also check the carpet for weak seams, delamination, mold damage, or tears. We also reinstall the tackles strip when needed.

A new pad the same thickness, type, and density as the old one is installed. The pad is laid out using tackles for a straight edge and is installed at right angles to the carpet seams. We cut the pad to fit the biggest areas first, using a sharp blade. The paid is laid down slick side facing up so the carpet can slide over it. We tape the seams of the pad and anchor it with double-sided, non-paper tape, glue, or staples.

When SERVPRO of Cutler Bay cleans up water damage in your home in Three Lakes, Franjo, or Perrine, we want to not only dry everything out but restore your home to the way it was. Call us at (305) 278-8484 so we can come and take care of the damage for you.

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Fire Damage Specialists In Kendall Can Help

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Residue Get Cleanup by SERVPRO in Kendall

SERVPRO Tries to Restore Not Replace Items Affected by Smoke and Fire

When a fire starts inside your Kendall home, there are many ways to restore a house back to its original condition. Depending on the extent of damage, cleaning may solve the problem. The more objects and building materials inside a structure that get cleaned, the cheaper the mitigation process becomes.

To reduce the total cost of restoring your house in the event of a major fire, it is necessary to repair as many items with cleaning as possible. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Kendall have specific chemicals that make it possible to clean many types of smoke residues and save contents and materials. If an object cannot get cleaned, then it either gets replaced or resurfaced so that the problem gets solved
 
If building materials or contents get severely charred or burnt in a fire, they usually get replaced. Sometimes soot residue coats an item so thickly that replacement is necessary. Replacement is the most costly method to use during restoration, so it gets avoided at all costs.
 
If objects get charred but are salvageable many times, they get resurfaced. Structural surfaces often get repainted with a sealant. Items made out of fabric get re-upholstered when smoke damage is severe. Wooden contents sometimes get sanded down and refinished.
 
Cleaning during fire restoration means removing smoke residues and deodorizing smoke odors. When cleaning there are multiple principles and elements of cleaning that get followed. Fire damages present a variety of challenges due to the many ways that heat, oxygen, moisture, and gases interact to form smoke residues. The type of smoke damage varies depending on factors including the variety of materials inside the building, and the effects smoke has on the elements.
 
Due to a large number of variables, it is difficult to establish fixed, defined procedures for cleaning fire damages. To be successful, our experts always use a variety of different methods to clean soot residues.
 
Different combinations of the principles and elements of cleaning usually get used to mitigate a fire damage issue properly. For professional help dealing with smoke and soot, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for help 24/7.

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Kendall’s Water Damage Professionals

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responds quickly to dry out your home after water damage.

SERVPRO’s Professional Technicians Thoroughly Dry Out Your Home after Water Damage

All houses wear and tear as they age and things tend to break. Sometimes water pipes or appliances break inside your Kendall home, causing water to escape. Unwanted moisture causes many problems inside your building.

It is never a good idea to leave moisture in your house without addressing the problem. SERVPRO's water damage experts in Kendall are IICRC certified and experienced in preventing future problems. Not only does water ruin contents and building materials, if left unattended, mold growth possibly occurs.

When our SERVPRO specialists first arrive at your residence, we start by securing the work area. Then, we extract any standing water that is present. Depending on moisture levels, often specialized equipment gets used to pull moisture out of carpet and upholstery.

During the drying step, there are two different ways we proceed to mitigate your moisture issue. We always use either an open or closed drying system.

Anytime you are attempting to dry out a building; moisture must get removed from the air. An open drying system uses air from the outside to create air circulation that dries out building materials. This system is only efficient when the air outside of the building has significantly less moisture than the air inside.

In many cases, a closed drying system is more efficient. This type of system creates airflow only in the area that is affected and seals off any air coming from the outside or unaffected areas inside the building. In this scenario, we typically use air movers and dehumidifiers to create the best environment for drying.

Air movers increase the rate of evaporation in the building. High-velocity airflows that come from them remove moist air next to wet surfaces and replaces it with dry air. The specialized equipment makes it possible to clamp carpet onto the exhaust and "float" it. We also have shrouds that get attached to the snout, allowing the movers to push air into wall cavities or under cabinets.

There is much science involved when it comes to drying out moisture issues inside your home. The best idea is to call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for help 24/7.  

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Minimizing Miami Mold Damage as the Weather Warms

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Uncaulked windows and doors can allow moist, warm air into your home causing condensation that can result in mold growth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Protecting Your Lanes from Commercial Water Damage in Miami

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

If your bowling alley suffers from water damage, contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and restoration services.

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

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

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Cutler Ridge

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

When your sprinkler system fails, water can flood your business. If you do experience water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business Property

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Palmetto Bay Preschool Continues Operations After Water Removal

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Preschools cannot close without causing a hardship on working parents. Contact SERVPRO if you have a water damage situation in your preschool.

SERVPRO's Quick Response Can Keep Your Preschool's Doors Open After Damage

Water intrusion at educational sites challenges Palmetto Bay restoration professionals to bring their very best strategies, skills, and equipment to ensure youngsters experience no disruption to their studies. No business likes the fallout of downtime, but a school with significant water loss issues inconveniences parents and robs the young scholars of quality learning time. Working with an experienced restoration company gives all involved the best chance of a minimal shutdown yet showing favorable results.
 
The large water heater in your preschool cracked overnight, necessitating commercial water removal in several of the rooms in Palmetto Bay. Not only did the 50 gallon capacity of the tank leak, but the fresh water intake continued running, substantially increasing the amount of water flowing through the space. Our plan is straightforward. Find and remove the water, and then use commercial strength drying equipment to restore the teaching and play areas fast.
 
Job one is turning off the water continuing to flow into the ruined heater. Then the pumps and extractors mounted on each SERVPRO response vehicle swiftly evacuate the standing water. The multitude of storage areas and bins in the learning spaces can hide water, so it is crucial that our workers measure moisture levels in a range of places and use scanning technology to locate pockets of water trapped between walls and in various recesses.
 
Hidden water found is pulled out into the extractor tanks using flexible houses and wands designed to get into small or narrow slots. Any residual water may be drained with carefully drilled holes in the removal of sections of drywall. Targets set by SERVPRO employees, trained in psychrometry, the science of drying, inform the temperature, fan speed, and use of desiccant processes as the drying continues. Fast action by our technicians removes moisture before it damages the school’s structure and content, and permits the school to resume operations with a very short interruption.
 
Powerful air movers and dehumidifiers reduce the moisture levels in structures and the air. Rugs, linens, and toys are removed from the space, and SERVPRO cleaning and drying experts launder and dry the items for continued use in the school. Throughout the process, technicians are on high alert for signs of any mildew or mold, which our company can remediate efficiently if found.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the skill and equipment to restore a local preschool after quantities of water soak the area. Waste no time in calling (305) 278-8484 to schedule an inspection and develop a recovery plan.

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Smoke and Soot from Fire Damage in Your Cutler Ridge Home from Space Heaters

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Heaters Can Result in Fire and Smoke Damage in Cutler Bay, Need Help? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mitigates Fire and Smoke Harm with Rapid Service

The second leading cause of fires in the U.S. is heating equipment. Over 65,000 home fires begin from improper use or malfunctioning of these units. Careful use of space heaters goes a long way in preventing home fires in Cutler Ridge, and it is essential to educate your whole family on proper usage. Keeping these heaters away from flammable objects, out of high traffic areas where they can pose a tripping hazard, and checking the cords to ensure they are not frayed are essential steps in keeping your family safe.
 
In your Cutler Ridge home, fires and fire damage from space heaters are not as uncommon as you might think and are scary events that can uproot your day to day life. To get your home back in order, reach out to SERVPRO as soon as possible. As an experienced fire damage remediation company, we have all the tools and expertise needed to help you and your family recover.
 
When dealing with cleanup after a fire, a significant component we deal with is smoke. As materials burn and decompose, they give off solid particles, aerosols, and gases which become suspended in the air. These suspended materials are smoke.
 
The invisible components of smoke are gases. Burning organic compounds make oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. Besides fire gases, smoke consists of fine particles of matter and aerosols as well. The particles are what makes smoke visible, and they also absorb odors, making the soot smell.
 
Once smoke settles on surfaces, it is many times referred to as soot. These residues can have various kinds of acids since sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with the humidity in the air or with moisture to create acids. The acidic soot residues create discoloration and corrosion if they stay on materials for too long.
 
At SERVPRO, we understand that time is of the essence with smoke and soot damage, which is why we waste no time in getting to your home once you contact us.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can be trusted to thoroughly and quickly clean your home after a fire to prevent further damages from occurring. Anyone residing in the areas of Cutler Ridge, Three Lakes, or Franjo should reach out to us at (305) 278-8484 as soon as the fire is out.

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Some Of The Sources Of Commercial Water Damage In Palmetto Bay

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage is fast becoming a serious threat for business owners.

Sources Of Commercial Water Damage

Commercial water damage is fast becoming a serious threat for business owners in Palmetto Bay. If you aren't careful, it can cause thousands of dollars of losses in stock and bring your business to its knees. To ensure that your hard work is not frustrated, you need to take a few measures to protect your shop, store, or warehouse. This includes identifying some of the possible sources of water damage in your premises to be able to control them effectively.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience commercial water damage in your Palmetto Bay business, you can count on SERVPRO to restore everything to its original state. After calculating inventory loss, our technicians can come in and begin the restoration process. The idea is to return your property to pre-damage conditions using IICRC guidelines, ensuring that you get back to work quickly, "Like it never even happened."

Plumbing failures are some of the most common causes of commercial water damage reported to SERVPRO. They can easily cause a flood by releasing hundreds of gallons of water into the building. The usual suspects include malfunctioning sprinkler systems, loose hoses, frozen or broken pipes, and other plumbing sources.

Unexpected flooding can also occur as a result of sudden, intense rainfalls. Heavy downpours can rapidly flood drains, gutters, and downspouts, with the overflow causing extensive commercial water damage to your building. If this happens unexpectedly, SERVPRO can assess the extent of the damage and detect any sources causing water leaks into the structure. Minor leaks are easily overlooked but often lead to water damage issues needing repair. Bathrooms, attics, ceilings, hallways, and wall cavities are especially prone to mold growth from prolonged exposure.

Warehouse vehicles are vital to the efficient running of your day-to-day operations and, therefore, you need to take steps to protect them from commercial water damage. This can be as simple as moving them to higher ground in the event of a weather warning. Parking them on an inclined loading bay, for instance, can keep them from soaking in pools of water that might damage the hydraulics system, engine, or other parts of the truck.

If your business sustains commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is there to help. We have an extensive stock of resources that can counter any type of water damage on your property. Call us today at (305) 278-8484.

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Issues Secondary To Hurricane Damage In Cutler Bay

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Cutler Bay and Hurricane Irma Get Help from the EPA and SERVPRO

Cutler Bay Can Experience Hurricane Irma Unforeseen Damages

Residents of Cutler Bay may have escaped significant structural damage during this year’s hurricane season, but problems affecting your home still arise when the area’s infrastructure takes a hit. Extended periods with no power cause damage you may not foresee. Our restoration crews help with all types of secondary harm.
 
Hurricane damage in Cutler Bay takes time to manifest when due to electrical outages. You risk structural and contents damage if you try to ride out the days to a week or more without a plan for adequate alternative power. A generator that does not provide enough wattage to keep your food storage appliances and climate control systems running may leave you in a difficult situation. We have strategies to ease your burden.
 
Food stored in a freezer or refrigerator that cannot keep it consistently cold enough threatens the health and safety of your family. You planned to have a generous cache of nourishment to get you through the post-hurricane time, but instead, find you must deal with hundreds of pounds of spoiled food. SERVPRO has experience with this type of cleanup on both commercial and residential scales.
 
Exacerbating the circumstances may be the failure of your AC and dehumidifier components to keep ambient moisture at or below recommended levels, 30 to 50 percent, in the wet, humid aftermath of the hurricane. Mold needs less than 48 hours to absorb moisture and begin growing on any available surface. Humidity levels of over 60 percent offer enough moisture to support mold growth without any water incursions. The food rotting in your refrigerator or freezer provides more than ample nourishment for significant growth of mold colonies. Indeed, spoiled food by definition is contaminated with microbial growth.
 
SERVPRO trains technicians in the cleaning industry’s best practices when responding to large quantities of moldy food, personal belongings, and building materials. We follow the lead of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols and local health codes to contain and remove mold and the items infested by the quickly multiplying microbial colonies. Our crews protect non-affected areas of your home through the use of negative pressure air scrubbers during the cleaning and removal. Antimicrobial products sanitize the surfaces where spoiled food and mold overgrowth were found. Disposal of the contaminated items is completed as prescribed by law.
 
If relief is replaced by panic when your home survives the hurricane only to suffer from the aftermath, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484. Our experienced teams of mold remediators and biohazard cleanup technicians have the answer.

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Mold Damage In Palmetto Bay? Why Bleach Is Not The Answer

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Put Down the Bleach and Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Palmetto Bay

Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Palmetto Bay

Most householders face mold at some point. The fungus proliferates in an area where there is a food source plus moisture, which means that most Palmetto Bay homes have a bathroom, laundry room or kitchen that provides ideal growing conditions. It is quite likely that you have seen articles or posts telling you to handle a mold outbreak by spraying or wiping with bleach. However, mitigating mold damage is not as simple as using bleach.
 
SERVPRO understands that Palmetto Bay homeowners are eager to remove signs of mold damage as soon as they spot them. That is why it is our remit to provide a professional service that leaves your home “Like it never even happened.” However, we encourage householders in the local are to call us at the first sign of mold, rather than wipe with bleach and hope for the best.
 
There are two main reasons that bleach is not always the best option.
 
One is that bleach might not kill every single hypha, the thread-like cells that make up the vegetative part of the fungus. Even a few surviving hyphae can release more spores, which can settle throughout your home and grow new colonies.
 
The second reason is that in some cases applying bleach might even make the problem worse. You see, if mold grows on a porous material such as wood, wiping with bleach does not remove the fungus because it has grown into the material. Unfortunately, the water part of most household bleach solutions can provide moisture for the fungus to grow, which is why we do not recommend it.
 
The best way to deal with mold damage in your home is to call SERVPRO. We train our technicians in multiple cleaning techniques. Our staff knows when to scrape or use wire wool, and when detergent is the best option. We also know that removing visible signs of mold is only one part of remediation – to be truly useful we must dry out the affected area and cut the fungus off from its source of moisture.
 
For help with fungal growth in Three Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Princeton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 today.

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Fire Damage Replacement In Cutler Bay

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

It is still storm season, and a house fire is a year-round risk for everybody.

Fire Damage Replacement

Cutler Bay missed the worst of Irma’s damage, but that does not mean our city is free from other risks. It is still storm season, and a house fire is a year-round risk for everybody.

Compared to flooding, Cutler Bay fire damage is rare, but that makes no difference to someone who watched smoke billowing out of their doors, windows, and perhaps even the roof. Although direct flame and heat damage is usually minor compared to smoke and soot residue removal, SERVPRO knows the cost to replace structural damage can be extensive.

If there is major damage to the home, our response team follows a prescribed task list that allows us to remove and replace walls and support structure in a safe, yet rapid manner to reduce costs and quickly return residents to their homes. Once we have the all-clear from the local fire marshal, we remove all damaged property from the house and perform our inspection, starting with the foundation.

A fast-burning fire often blisters and cracks the concrete surface. Our response team uses hand tools and powered grinders to remove the damaged areas and prepare them for new concrete. The surface we pour blends seamlessly with any undamaged surfaces.

Now that we have a solid floor, team members begin work on the support structure. Every SERVPRO technician is trained to install temporary support columns and jacks while others start replacing wall framing, window, and door frames, and even load-bearing walls if we determine the wood suffered too much damage or absorbed too many odors to remain in place.

Putting a home back together does not stop with installing new supports and hanging sheetrock though. Heat and smoke also destroy kitchen appliances, water heaters, and HVAC systems. Our personnel is certified with most major manufacturers to install their machines and hook them up to local utilities. As this is part of our service, it is cheaper to engage us than to set-up a separate appointment with either the manufacturer or the retailing store.

Restoring and rebuilding your home is not just a job to SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Every house is one of our neighbors, and we work hard to maintain that attitude with every customer. If you require our services or have a question, call us today at (305) 278-8484.

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Why Flood Damage from Flood Waters in Palmetto Bay is Dangerous

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO if you experience a flood damage emergency.

SERVPRO’s First Priority During a Flash Flood is Safety

Storms, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes have one thing in common: they can cause significant flood damage to your home. Flood waters are ruthless and can come without warning. In some cases, you may not be able to protect yourself from the resultant losses, even after foreseeing the calamity. The best way to protect yourself is taking precautionary measures beforehand, like insuring your home and having a reputable restoration company in your phone book.

Over the last few decades, SERVPRO has been providing flood damage restoration services to different places in the country, including Palmetto Bay. Our technicians are highly skilled and highly experienced, certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have a wide range of equipment for dealing with all sorts of emergencies, and we are strategically located to respond quickly to your situation.

The worst part of flood damage occurs primarily from the mere force of flowing water. Six inches of flood water can knock you off your feet, while two feet of water is forceful enough to sweep a car away. This impact can seem surprising, considering that you can easily swim in the ocean without much trouble, and that is a lot of moving water. Even a flowing river is not strong enough to knock someone over.

Flood waters are dangerous because they tend to apply a lot more pressure than a calm sea or an ordinary river. SERVPRO technicians often have to relocate most of the items in the house to avoid further damage. The main reason behind the massive pressure is the large differences in water volume during many floods. During a flood, much water may accumulate in one area while another area is almost dry. Since water is relatively heavy, it moves quickly to acquire its own level. The force of movement is directly proportional to the difference between water volumes across a region. At a certain point, the water may not look so deep or even dangerous -- until it is too late.

Flash floods cause the most devastating flood damage, as they occur from a sudden, intense buildup of water. They hit an area immediately after the water starts to accumulate, so you may not see them coming most of the time. In this case, the first priority for SERVPRO emergency responders is safety. Since flash floods involve a significant amount of water accumulating in one area, they can move with a great deal of force, knocking over anything in their path. The damage is more intense when a strong thunderstorm causes a heavy downpour on a mountain, which then cascades down at a tremendous speed.

If you have a flood damage emergency in your area, you can count on SERVPRO of Cutler Bay to restore your property. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and have the expertise to handle all your restoration needs. Call us anytime on (305) 278-8484.

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Professional Mold Damage Remediation Services in Palmette Estates

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can cause negative health effects and that is why it is imperative that your remediate the mold as soon as possible.

Palmette Estates Homes Can Receive Mold Remediation Services Through SERVPRO


Mold growth is a pressing concern in the house. It can creep into your Palmette Estates property and hide behind wall hangings, carpeting, drywall, and other surfaces, leading to an intolerable smell in the room. In some cases, it can even cause certain health effects.

When it comes to professional mold remediation, it is best to hire a licensed mold removal company. SERVPRO has a long history of providing mold damage cleanup services in Palmette Estates, and it is the right choice for you. Our technicians have IICRC certification and access to advanced tools and products for detecting and eradicating mold growth in hard-to-reach surfaces.

SERVPRO can provide assessment services to determine whether you have a mold problem in your home. Mold detection is difficult and often requires an experienced technician to identify accurately. Additionally, mold cleanup is a daunting task that requires more than just applying some bleach on the surfaces. To get rid of it effectively, we need to eliminate its source of food. Using special antimicrobial products, our technicians can treat the affected areas successfully without causing unnecessary damage.

The main steps in mold damage remediation are containing mold spores, setting up a negative pressure, and then removing the mold. Invisible to the naked eye, mold spores are transported through the air and can stick to virtually any solid object. They are particularly attracted to damp surfaces or porous items. To protect other areas from contamination, our specialists seal the affected space before starting the cleanup process.

Our mold removal services also include protecting the structure from future mold growth. We can provide specific guidelines that are unique to your mold damage situation, enabling you to take the right steps toward mold prevention. Keep in mind that mold thrives in areas with relatively high moisture, which can occur for a wide range of reasons - from weather conditions to leaky pipes within the structure. As such, we may have to look for and repair any sources of water damage in the house as well.

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If you believe that your home might have a mold problem, there is no time to waste. At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our job is to reverse mold damage in the most effective and efficient way. Call us anytime at (305) 278-8484.

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Your Dishwasher: An Unexpected Cause of Water Damage in Cutler Bay

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Keeps Your Cutler Bay Home High and Dry

SERVPRO Offers Quality Water Extraction and Restoration

Do you notice your tiles buckling in your Cutler Bay kitchen? Perhaps, unexplained moisture on the floor? If you cannot find a leak under your sink, check the dishwasher. It should be easy to spot a trickle that seeps out around the door. However, it could also be a leak out of sight, under your appliance.

In Cutler Bay, one of the leading causes of water damage in kitchens is a broken dishwasher. You might discover gallons of water gushing from your appliance due to a worn door seal. Alternatively, it could be saggy flooring or mold and mildew buildup from a sneaky slow leak.

Either way, you end up with an expensive mess. In cases like this, the water damage experts here at SERVPRO are ready to help, 24/7. We have the proper equipment and the training to use them effectively. After clearing up the standing water in your kitchen, we bring industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers, part of the process needed to get your kitchen usable again.

Our air movers increase the circulation of airborne water molecules while the dehumidifiers remove that moisture from the air. To quickly deal with water damage, these machines need to be kept in balance. Thanks to long experience, our SERVPRO team of IICRC certified professionals can calculate the right number of air movers to use in relation to dehumidifiers in your kitchen. Too few, and the drying takes longer than necessary, too many and even more damages may result.

We are sensitive to the fact that water damage, especially in the kitchen, disrupts the entire household. Here at SERVPRO, we take pride in making the entire cleanup process as easy as possible for your busy family. We do it all, bringing in the industry-leading equipment, setting it up and monitoring its effectiveness. We even work directly with you and your insurer to ease the claims process.

Here at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our skilled team is ready to respond fast to a water emergency in your home. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (305) 278-8484.

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Dealing With Fire Damage During Hurricane Season In Cutler Bay

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

The homes in Cutler Bay can sustain fire damage at any time, including during a hurricane.

Fire Damage During Hurricane Season

Water typically makes fire fizzle out, but in the event of a hurricane, things do not always happen as they should. The hazards presented by boarded up windows, doors, and other openings on homes and businesses in Cutler Bay to prevent water from damaging interiors also prevents the free access to the interior of a home, and subsequent exiting, of firefighters.

The homes in Cutler Bay can sustain fire damage at any time, including during a hurricane. As a fire burns inside a boarded-up home, the firefighters' task becomes more difficult to locate and extinguish. Many times, fires begin because of candle use. Electrical power interruptions frequently occur during a hurricane, just as in a heavy storm, but power interruptions last much longer when horrific and dangerous weather affects larger areas of the state.

Response times by fire departments can also lengthen drastically. Flooded roads that become impassable can prevent the timely arrival of fire trucks, resulting in even greater damage to homes. Even small fires that need no further attention beyond a bucket of water can still create substantial smoke damage.

Because the damage from fires can range so dramatically, SERVPRO employees gain experience in all degrees of fire damage and can restore homes to pre-event condition. Our skills and professionalism go hand-in-hand with our compassion and understanding. We know that families affected by disastrous events just want everything back “Like it never even happened.” We can help make this a reality.

Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) knows the best methods to implement during the restoration of your home. Quickly and meticulously, we remove damaged materials. Soot and grime are removed and cleaned away, with repainting and minor repairs taking place where needed. Working as a team, our restoration work takes very little time. Your family can once again live at home, safely and securely.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay's professional team stands ready for whenever you need us. Contact us at (305) 278-8484 so we can begin restoring your home after fire damage events threaten to keep you and your family without shelter of your own.

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Services in Three Lakes for a Ruptured Water Pipe

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

A ruptured pipe can cause damage to your workplace, call SERVPRO for proper water removal and drying.

Correcting Water Damage from a Ruptured Pipe in Your Workplace

A ruptured water pipe in the office can result in a major flood. Mud and water can accumulate up to a few meters from the floor, causing significant disruption in the workplace. If the water pressure is high, it can also harm anyone in the way. The damage can have a toll on the carpet and office furniture, while most of the flooring may need to be replaced.

In case you find your office soaked in water from a burst pipe, SERVPRO can help correct the water damage. We have highly trained technicians properly equipped to control commercial flood damage in Three Lakes businesses. Our techniques are in line with IICRC recommendations to ensure a satisfying cleanup process.

How do ruptured water pipe repair services work?

For ruptured pipes in the office, our technicians shut off the water main and determine the source of leakage. We fix the pipe burst and then seal off the repaired part. To mitigate the water damage, we use proper water removal and drying techniques.

Drying the space

Effective drying requires SERVPRO experts to have adequate knowledge on the use of airflow. The dynamics of airflow are similar to that of a common pool table. The angle at which a billiard ball strikes the bumper determines how it is banked. In the case of airflow, how effective the drying process is, depends on the angle of the air mover. Ideally, the air mover should be positioned at a 45-degree angle, allowing air to bounce off the wall and displace moisture to be replaced with drier air.

Some commercial flood damage situations require drying the ceilings. In this case, we direct airflow across the water-damaged ceilings to release the moisture into the air. Doing this also enables circulation of warm air around the roof. If the office has suspended ceilings, we direct airflow into a few open panels on each side.

A flooded office due to a ruptured pipe can have a significant impact on normal operations. When this happens, you can trust SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for quick and efficient commercial flood damage restoration services. Call us anytime at (305) 278-8484.

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Dealing With Water Damage in Palmetto Bay

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Keep the Water in the Bay, Not in Your Palmetto Bay Condo! Water Damage Help--SERVPRO

Your Palmetto Bay Property Get Expert Water Removal from SERVPRO

Water damage is a home emergency that requires immediate action. When faced with an urgent home problem, we want to know that the company we hired can respond promptly and use the latest equipment and techniques to extract the water from your property post haste. Of course, we also want to closely oversee the process to ensure your property is dried thoroughly and all damage is documented.

When water damage affects your Palmetto Bay home, you can count on SERVPRO for a rapid response. Our professionally trained and certified IICRC technicians pride themselves on speedy response times for disasters of any size. Professionals who are training for the task and dedicated to responding immediately to emergencies can be ready to address your concerns and resolve your issues in a hurry. After all, the faster the response time, the less damage generally results, and the cost can be minimized.
 
Water can enter your property from many different scenarios
 --Leaky appliance hoses, water heaters, or plumbing
--Overflowing sinks, toilets, and bathtubs
--Storm and flooding damage
--Sewage system backups
--Natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, thunderstorms, tropical storms)
--Flooded basements
 
No matter what the source, you want to entrust the clean-up and restoration of your water damaged property to our experts who are IICRC certified applied structural drying technicians. We have extensive training in water damage resolution procedures and protocols, which places emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.
 
SERVPRO utilizes advanced water restoration equipment and techniques to help detect areas of hidden moisture, extract the water flow and flooding quickly, as well as thoroughly clean and dry your property. We utilize advanced water extraction equipment that includes truck-mounted pumps, sump pumps, portable wet-vacs, and many other devices for the initial water removal. We complete the drying process by setting up air movers and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the affected surroundings and the air. We verify that your water damaged belongings and property are back to their preloss condition by measuring with moisture meters and employing infrared cameras. Our job is not complete until we sanitize and deodorize the previously damp areas, to ensure your comfort and safety.
 
You can rely on SERVPRO of Cutler Bay to arrive promptly to address your water emergency needs. Contact us 24/7 at (305) 278-8484 for more information, consultation, and service.

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Surprisingly Wet Spring And Summer Challenge Three Lakes Residents

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Three Lakes Is Not from a Storm in Florida--But Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Has the Talent to Offer Full-Service Storm Damage Restoration

When the rainy season outdoes itself in South Florida, residents are at risk of flooding in their lower levels and over slab foundations. The area goes from drought warnings to a month’s worth of rain in just a few days, causing local property owners to struggle. SERVPRO comes to the rescue, equipment and trained technicians on alert.
 
Torrential rains combine with Florida’s high water table to expose your Three Lakes home to flood damage. You require a restoration company that understands the unique set of circumstances in the Miami suburbs. We are both locally and independently owned and operated, ready to help our community with water woes no company handles better than we do.
 
Even if you prepared for the typical start to hurricane season, the rains since early June are surprising. SERVPRO crews help you regain your equilibrium, extracting water and positioning drying equipment in areas of your home you thought were protected. Our team arrives with a fresh perspective, certain of techniques and tools that manage unexpectedly high water.
 
SERVPRO clears water from the spaces in your home but also has specialized knowledge in the drying of pictures, documents, electronics, and heirlooms. You may have left these items in vulnerable areas of your house because this year’s level of flooding exceeded your expectations.
 
Our technicians receive training not only in restoration techniques but also in creating a practical inventory of your flood damaged personal belongings as you decide how much to invest in restoring various classes of household contents. Damage to papers and pictures respond best to a particular procedure that is available only from certified technicians. Freeze drying via sublimation is also known as lyophilization, and removes water vapor from papers without allowing the vapor to pass back through the liquid state. The process is costly but successful in retaining the essence of many irreplaceable documents.
 
The full-service approach offered by SERVPRO means a flood-stricken homeowner has just one restoration partner rather than needing to find separate assistance for different kinds of loss. We also work with your household insurer very closely throughout the restoration process, ensuring your out of pocket losses are at the bare minimum.
 
If this year’s rains caught you not entirely ready, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the crews and tools to get you back to baseline. Call us at (305) 278-8484 to arrange for an experienced work crew to bring things back to normal.

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Protection For Wood Furniture From The Effects Of Water Damage In Three Lakes

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO pays specific attention to wood furniture found on your property after a water damage incident.

Effects Of Water Damage

The effort that a quality restoration company puts into restoring your furniture and household property says a lot about the business as a whole. If they take the time to address each item individually, apply different techniques depending on the type of material or its condition, then you likely found a good one.

Dealing with water damage in your Three Lakes area home does not have to cause severe stress or come down to simply determining your losses. Hiring the right restoration company gives you access to expertly trained technicians that have years of experience, advanced equipment, and resources to make some repairs look like a miracle.

SERVPRO pays specific attention to wood furniture found on your property after a water damage incident. Although most wood varnishes protect the surface to some extent, if left exposed long enough, white spots, stains, and discoloration can form. Just because your furniture has a shellac or lacquer finish does not mean that it is water resistant.

Attempting to repair your wood furniture after a water damage event occurs on your property can lead to additional harm, making restoring your furniture harder, turning a small project into a larger one. Sometimes furniture repairs are severe enough to require refinishing, consulting a qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, can provide you with a correct evaluation of the status of your furniture.

SERVPRO technicians can fully remove original finish from fine wood products, repair deep scratches, gouges, burns, spots, blushing and more. While it may seem that the damage only appears in a single area, restoring the entire surface produces the best results, allowing a blending with the rest of the wood. We often provide customers with solutions that far exceed their expectations, making furniture look even better than it did before an event.

Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay for additional information about our available services or to schedule an appointment, today. We can help with all sorts of water damage issues on your property and make damage disappear, “Like it never even happened.” (305) 278-8484.

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Recovery Efforts For Many Disasters Begins With Commercial Water Removal For Cutler Bay Food Stores

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

When your Cutler Bay health food store sustains any commercial water damage, water removal is most often the primary step in recovery efforts.

Commercial Water Removal

Florida is surrounded by ocean on the majority of its border, and the many lakes found in our beautiful state make time on or near the water an even more substantial part of most people's lives. Water can become a serious problem, when it is in the wrong place, which can happen in various circumstances and for just as many different reasons.

When your Cutler Bay health food store sustains any commercial water damage, water removal is most often the primary step in recovery efforts. Firefighters often use thousands of gallons of water to squelch a fire, bathroom water line breaks and malfunctioning sprinklers can flood an area with hundreds of gallons in a short period, and our own climate can backfire on us and send hurricanes and storms our way. Each of these disasters needs water removal before any other restorative or recovery efforts start.

When standing water has collected, one of the first things that must be done is ensuring the safety of those in the area. Not only are electrical shocks possible, but slipping, tripping, or even becoming entangled in hidden debris are all potential hazards. SERVPRO has extensive experience in these highly dangerous situations and can guide you every step of the way. Because removing the majority of the water is done with a truck, danger to our technicians is greatly reduced. As the water's level drops, hazards can be seen much more easily. Our hand-held extraction units further minimize the amount of standing water to the point where we can start the work of restoring your business.

Drying completely does take time, and during the process, we can help you assess the damage to your inventory. Health regulations require that all foodstuffs contaminated by water be disposed of, so detailed inventory sheets can help you not only restock correctly but also provide sufficient documentation to your insurance agent. Recovery from such horrible disasters are much more than the building itself – it is also the look and feel of your store.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, we can help you get things back to how they were before so that it is “Like it never even happened.” Doing so can help you continue serving your customers what they have come to depend on you for the most, a vital and important part of our community's economy and culture. Contact us, any time that you need us for any size disaster, by calling (305) 278-8484.

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Beware Of The Dangers Caused By Flood Damage In Cutler Bay Properties

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

When a home gets hit by serious flooding, whether it is a natural or domestic source, the priority is the safety of the occupants.

Dangers Caused By Flood Damage

When a home gets hit by serious flooding, whether it is a natural or domestic source, the priority is the safety of the occupants. If the situation is risky or poses any danger to yourself or others, you must leave the building. Anytime that there is excess water around, the biggest hazard is electrical systems.

The first thing that SERVPRO does is locate the breakers or switches and shut off the power. If there is no standing water, this might not be necessary. However, extensive flooding may reach the height of power sockets and other components. Unfortunately, it is not the only hazard when repairing flood damage in Cutler Bay properties. If you are dealing with serious flooding and you need emergency assistance, you can use the SERVPRO mobile app to get in touch with the team. We arrive on site within the hour.

Fireplaces
Fireplaces can be a tricky thing to restore after flooding. They either contain a lot of electrical components, or they depend upon the health of a chimney, which is hard to access. Sometimes, extreme weather leads to blocks in the chimney, and they allow carbon monoxide to build up inside the room.

It is very dangerous so you should always have a detector in your home. If your chimney becomes clogged, we can arrange for a contractor to come out and clean it. When mixed with water, some types of soot become oily and leave stains. We use polycyclic aromatic compounds to dissolve stubborn blemishes on walls and hard floors.

HVAC System
The HVAC system is always inspected for damage after a flood because it is susceptible to humidity. If moisture builds up on the inside surfaces, it may generate mold growth. You do not want this to happen, as your HVAC ducts are circulating air around the house. If that air contains mold spores, they move around the home too.

The exact method of cleaning depends on the style, arrangement, and size of the HVAC system. We use a combination of axial fans, compact dehumidifiers, and HEPA vacuums to remove dirt, draw out excess moisture, and drive impurities and potential mold spores out of the ducts. If parts of the insulation get wet, we remove and replace them.

With our mobile app, you are never far away from a qualified flood damage repair team. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is always available to homeowners in the region, and we provide a broad range of repair and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (305) 278-8484 today.

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Air Conditioner Fail Generates Mold in Three Lakes

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let mold hide in your air conditioning vents. Call SERVPRO when you smell a musky odor to start the remediation process.

SERVPRO Technicians Determine the Prime Cause of Mold Damage in Your Home


Air conditioners cool by removing moisture from the air. In humid areas of the world, the cool feeling is desirable, but there are secondary benefits that also improve your standard of living. When your air conditioning system fails, your home fills with much more moisture, creating the perfect circumstances for mold. Nip that growth in the bud with help from SERVPRO.
 
Mold damage afflicts your Three Lakes home if water or dampness activates the spores floating or lying around your living, storage, and even buffer areas in attics or behind walls. Spores are everywhere, waiting for the optimum balance of moisture and temperature to trigger growth. The proportions of wetness and heat rely on the particular strains of fungus your home harbors. Our trained mold remediation specialists measure the humidity in the air, on surfaces, and within the structures of your house. Achieving a lower ambient humidity within your living spaces also reduces the chance mold proliferates.
 
If you smell a musky odor when you run your air conditioner, be wary and give us a call. The chances are good that mold colonies have a grip within the hoses and drains of smaller and window units. Central air conditioning adds hiding areas in vents and ducts, places where mold grows unobserved. Water that collects spills, saturates walls, windowsills, or other structural elements, and feeds mold.
 
SERVPRO technicians learn about all the ways mold stays under the radar. The extensive training our staff receives includes EPA developed protocols to contain and remove mold safely no matter where it conceals itself.
 
More importantly, the knowledge and experience of our mold remediation team help you make smart decisions to avoid mold damage in the future. Air conditioners that operate poorly because of clogged or damaged drains need immediate maintenance, so they limit your risk of microbial growth by removing moisture from the air quickly and thoroughly. Aging units deserve retirement in some cases, replaced with energy efficient models that cool and dehumidify.
 
SERVPRO recommends air moisture levels of less than 60 percent to inhibit mold growth. Operating your refurbished or new air conditioner regularly in the Florida heat and humidity lowers household humidity, preventing the easy growth of mold.
 
Educate yourself about how air conditioners keep your home cool and free of microbial issues by consulting with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. One quick phone call to (305) 278-8484 is all it takes to receive helpful air conditioning tips.

How SERVPRO Helps Around The Home During A Flood In Cutler Bay

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Floods are catastrophic and costly events that can give a home permanent scars if damages are not dealt with properly.

Flood Damage


Floods are catastrophic and costly events that can give a home permanent scars if damages are not dealt with properly. Whether it is a storm-caused flood or one that originates from inside the home, floods are expensive because they reach and damage a wide variety of surfaces and objects in an affected home. Floods can soak floors, stain walls, destroy objects and materials, and destroy anything in their path. SERVPRO carries a broad array of certifications and treatment techniques to tackle all the issues of a flood at once, with as few additional contractors as possible.

Floors
Flooring of all kinds is often among the most heavily damaged parts of a flood damaged home in Cutler Bay. Floodwaters soak into carpeting, wood, tile, laminate, and even concrete with the assistance of gravity, causing heavy damage even if SERVPRO extractors are used within hours of the flood. We use specialized drying equipment to minimize damage to floors, and a diverse set of complex treatments to help avoid replacement wherever possible.

Walls
Walls can stain, soak, and be physically damaged during a flood. Although damage here may seem lighter than on the floor, similar amounts of work and time are often required to fully reverse any damages that occur. Surfaces with wallpaper, inexpensive paints, or delicate finishes are at the most risk of harm beyond simple staining. We provide cleaning and drying services, along with minor construction and replacement work if need be.

Furniture
Furniture is tricky to deal with in a flood, as many furniture pieces and sets have unique requirements for proper cleanup and drying. For drying, we usually apply air drying techniques similar to those used elsewhere in the home. For cleaning, we have a much more careful set of treatments, often employing specialty foam brushes and cleaning tools to make sure the furniture incurs no additional damage.

Basements
Basements are among the most at-risk places in a home for damage during a flood. It is very rare for a flood not to reach the basement somehow. When it does, the damage is often similar to that seen in the rest of the home, but on a bigger scale. Our heavy-duty equipment helps deal with these severe scenarios and keep basements as dry as possible in the wake of damage.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is a local home damage restoration and remediation company with a diverse set of certifications and equipment to handle any disaster thrown your way by a flood. Call us at (305) 278-8484 to find out how we can help.

Learn How to Take Care of a Fire in Your Cutler Ridge Kitchen

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy for Kitchen Fires in Cutler Ridge

Kitchen Fires Are Dangerous, Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration

Considering kitchen fires can happen fast, would you know what to do if one started in your kitchen? Learning ahead of time when to smother a fire, when to use a fire extinguisher, and when to call the fire department is valuable information everyone should have. Mishaps while cooking makes up to ninety percent of kitchen fires, and a majority of these are grease fires. When a fire does happen, you want the expertise of a professional fire remediation company such as SERVPRO.
 
Grease Fires
Grease fires are in their own class, and should not be handled like any other type of fire in your Cutler Ridge kitchen. The number one warning to remember is to never pour water on a grease fire, which can splash spread the fire and increase the fire damage. You should store a powder type extinguisher under the sink base cabinet for just such emergencies. Safety first. If necessary stay clear and let the fire hopefully burn out.
 
When you cook, have a potholder, oven mitt, and a lid which fits your pan on hand and ready in case sparks occur. If a fire from grease begins in your pan, place the oven mitt over your hand, then put the lid atop the pan to smother the fire. Try sliding the lid over the flames instead of dropping the lid down. Turn the burner off and leave the pan right there so it can cool. Do not ever move the pan, put it in the sink, or carry it outside, and do not lift the lid before the pan has had a chance to cool.
 
Microwave, Oven and Electrical Fires
Fires can occur anywhere in your kitchen – in the microwave, by an electrical outlet, or in the stove. When a fire takes place in your microwave, shut the door of the oven and keep it shut. Turn off the microwave and unplug it if you can do so safely. Do not use the appliance again until a technician checks it. Close the oven door if a fire happens here, and turn it off. When the fire does not go out immediately, call the fire department, and have the oven inspected and repaired before using it again.
 
You can prevent electrical fires by not overloading your electrical outlets. If a fire begins, use a fire extinguisher. Do not douse it with water under any circumstance. Always call the fire department for this type of fire, even if you have put it out already with the fire extinguisher. Contact SERVPRO as well to repair any damages and eliminate the smoky odors, as we have all the equipment and experience needed in this situation.
 
You should also learn how to use a fire extinguisher, so you are not trying to read the directions in a time of need. Baking soda is also necessary to keep handy in your kitchen, as it can help extinguish the flames of a grease fire. Never use flour instead, as it can make the flames worse. Do not ever hesitate to call the fire department, but the above tips can help you extinguish small, contained fires while you wait for their help. With larger fires, be sure to get yourself and family members out of the house right away.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is standing by at all times to help you after a kitchen fire has damaged your home. You can reach us at (305) 278-8484 whenever you need our help in fire damage cleanup.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Three Lakes

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has decades of experience when it comes to stopping and removing mold damage from homes.

Dealing with Mold Damage at Three Lakes? Let SERVPRO Assist! 


When it comes to stopping mold from growing or even getting started, a good inspection makes the difference between ineffectual work and a thorough servicing of your home. The restoration crew you hire has to know exactly what they are walking into and what they need to bring with them.


SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to stopping and removing mold damage in Three Lakes homes and across Florida. Our technicians and inspectors are fully trained to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) industry standards. They will arrive quickly and begin the inspection once their boots hit the ground. To keep you part of the process and to stay informed, our inspector starts with these questions:


First - Is there any visible mold? In which rooms can you see it?
Second - Have you smelled a strong, musty odor? If you have, where is it the strongest?
Third - Have you had a previous mold problem, regardless of the size or if you cleaned it yourself?
Fourth - Have you had recent water damage?
Fifth - Is there any mold around your heating and air vents?


If you answered yes to even one of these questions, the inspector will begin. In addition to a visual check, he will also use air quality meters to determine the mold content in each room, hallway, and other parts of your home. Even if we cannot see the mold, we can still determine where it is located and how far it has spread.


With the contaminated area identified, our SERVPRO technicians isolate it in order to prevent mold from spreading further. Containment is established using plastic sheeting to prevent air movement, and the response team also seals the vents of the HVAC system to prevent spreading through the ductwork.


Now, a system of air movers and exhaust fans are set up to blow loose spores out of your home as we begin cleaning procedures. This is negative air pressure, and it is very successful in keeping the unaffected areas of your home clean as we work.


With that established, technicians begin using anti-bacterial cleaners and anti-fungal chemicals to destroy the mold spores. Anti-fungal foggers are very useful in getting into crawl spaces and behind walls where other methods of cleaning are either ineffective or require demolition of a wall, floor, or ceiling.


If it is necessary to remove drywall or other building material, team members will demolish every piece that cannot be restored and dispose of it according to local and state regulations. In some cases, we may recommend demolition to make certain we clean every surface possible of mold spores.


 


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


A mold infestation can turn the dream of living in Miami-Dade County into a nightmare. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is determined to help our neighbors and community put their dream back together and make it all "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (305) 278-8484 to get started.

Being Safe with Electrical Appliances in Your Franjo Condo Helps Prevent Fires

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage, Electrical Dangers, and Your Franjo Condo

Smoke and Fire Damage Can Result from Faulty Appliances

Our homes are filled with electrical appliances, but you should be aware that although they are convenient, a lot of them are potentially dangerous as well. Your electrical appliances can begin fires or cause electric shock, and each has its dangers. When you understand these hazards, you can help keep you, your family and your property safe. You should also have access to a fire remediation company you can trust, such as SERVPRO, just in case an emergency does arise.

Common dangers with appliances we use every day can cause fire and smoke damage to your Franjo condominium. Please be aware of factors that can produce these unwanted consequences.

Frayed Cords
Electric cords on your appliances have a neutral and a live wire. Each is insulated from direct contact with flammable material, water or your hands. The live wire can become exposed if the cord is frayed. This leaves your household susceptible to electric fires. Damaged and frayed electric blankets are quite dangerous, so be sure to check them before use. This is especially true if they have been stored away during the warmer months. Regularly check your cords and replace any damaged or frayed cords right away. Call an electrician if you find a power point switch broken or cracked.

Poor Maintenance
Many appliances must be cleared or cleaned regularly to stop material build-up that could start a fire. Clean hot plates and ovens regularly to stop the accumulation of fats and spilled foods. Electric motors of exhaust fans need to have lint and dust removed from them. If applicable, have your clothes dry vent checked and cleaned of lint which prevents excessive work for your appliance and safeguards your condo. SERVPRO can clean this venting system and also check your HVAC system for blockage and buildup of mold spores and debris. If you do experience a fire, contact our technicians at SERVPRO to clean up the damage.

Overloaded Circuit
An overloaded circuit may not burn your house down but can create a huge inconvenience if the oven stops working before dinner gets made. Your wiring system can handle only a certain level of power, so fuses are put in place to limit how much power goes through your electrical system. If you exceed the power demands on a circuit, the breaker will shut down to prevent damage. Too many appliances on a circuit can lead to overloads, then fires.

Closeness to Water or Excess Moisture
Water is great for conducting electricity. Electricity travels readily through the water and into your body as the current seeks a ground. Electrocution occurs far too often and is so preventable, avoid this tragedy. As a sidebar, electrocution is the leading cause of firefighters injuries and deaths. Keep your electrical appliances away from water and when you are standing near or in water, or have wet hands, do not touch anything electrical.

If a flame or flare-up occurs in your home, a multi-purpose fire extinguisher should be used instead of water, since using water can be dangerous.  Then make sure you get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay so we can assess the damages. Just give us a ring at (305) 278-8484.
 

Mold Damage Managed In Your Palmetto Bay Home

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture and Mold Growth in Your Palmetto Bay Condo

Prevention with Relative Humidity Targets to Inhibit Mold Growth

The very environmental conditions that attracted you and influenced your decision to make your home south of Miami can backfire and put your house and possibly your family's health at risk. Warm and humid conditions are a natural occurrence on the southeast Florida coast, often accelerating the growth of a wide range of molds, mildews and other microbial infestations within the walls of your house. Robust microbial infestations can be contained and removed safely by our trained staff. SERVPRO then can work with you to ensure that the moisture that is feeding the fungus is isolated and eliminated or significantly reduced. Microbial outbreaks are always possible where there are warmth and water, but our deep understanding of the problems of mold damage informs our efforts to limit future overgrowth once we investigate the specifics of your situation.

It is not uncommon for the ambient humidity within a dwelling to provide nourishment for the microbial growth that can cause mold damage for Palmetto Bay homeowners. Our technicians know how to use sensitive instruments to measure the overly humid conditions that may be contributing to a mold outbreak. Once excessive humidity is identified through the use of a thermal hygrometer or similar device as a culprit in microbial growth, we can take steps to help you to reduce the level of moisture in the air to curtail mold damage in the future. In consultation with our moisture reduction experts, you can take control of high humidity (RH) and limit the possibility of continued mold growth.

Your relationship with SERVPRO can make a real difference in the comfort and safety of your home. Although we are always poised to be Faster To Any Size Disaster, we prefer to help you avoid a crisis in the first place. Advising homeowners on how to control the humidity of their homes is one way to make a real difference in the indoor air quality that affects biohazard presence such as molds and mildews. We can evaluate the efficiency of dehumidifiers and air conditioners, urging upgrades or repairs in these systems to lower humidity inside your home. Temperature and moisture are crucial to arriving at a good safe level to inhibit the growth of fungi. Let us take a peek at your home's potential for microbial growth. We can help you make changes that will reduce relative humidity, actually reducing the possibility that mold damage will continue to be a problem.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is your partner in reducing dangerously high humidity levels in your home. Call (305) 278-8484 for an appointment to have your home's indoor air moisture evaluated for possible contributions to mold damage.

Soot and Smoke Damage in Palmetto Bay

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire can damage your property. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Restores Commercial and Residential Fire Damage

Most of the fire damage that homes and businesses suffer come from the smoke and soot generated by the heat and flames. While they do not generate the same destruction to a structure, if the cleaning isn't done properly, the results can be the same; drywall and ceiling panels and tiles will need to be replaced.

Regardless if it is a Palmetto Bay home or business, the fire damage cleaning processes for ceilings and walls is the same. The only variations in SERVPRO's processes depend on the material to be cleaned and the type of cleaning needed.

If the ceilings can be dry cleaned, our technicians have to start on the ceilings before walls. This is to avoid dropping new soil or chemical residues onto clean carpets. Dry cleaning is wiping down the ceilings using special sponges and cloths. Technicians start at the middle and work their way toward the walls and then down.

If this didn't remove all of the soil, then wet cleaning is required. With this method, the walls will be done first to prevent cleaning solution from dripping down the ceiling and streaking the walls. Cleaning begins at the bottom of the wall and moves toward the ceiling to prevent streaking as well.

As cleaning continues, our technicians have to consider if the surface they're cleaning is going to be 'clean for no paint' or 'clean for paint'. If dry cleaning or only mild wet cleaning removes the soot and smoke residue, then painting will not be required.

If this does not remove all of the smoke residues or if the soot has permanently stained an area, then painting will be required. Our technicians accomplish this by applying a pigmented alcohol shellac to seal the damaged surface and then paint over it with the color that the owner chooses. If the owner wishes to do it themselves or have a painting company come in, we'll stop after sealing the affected area.

Life in Miami-Dade County is the envy of many people across the country. There's no reason to let smoke and soot damage interrupt your life for a day longer than it should. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to help our neighbors restore their homes and businesses to normal as quickly as we can get it accomplished. Call us at (305) 278-8484 to get started.

Negotiating with Insurers After Commercial Water or Fire Damage in Three Lakes

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps with Your Insurance Claims After Water Damage in Your Three Lakes Office

SERVPRO Often Interfaces With Your Carrier in Three Lakes Concerning Commercial Water Damage.

Depending on your insurance provider, acquiring a payout after a disaster can either be very easy or relatively difficult. In general, it is best to take insurance proceedings slowly and to hire a lawyer to negotiate on your behalf. Some insurance companies will be unwilling to pay if you do not follow instructions, make small violations, or even fail to respond to their documents. At SERVPRO, we make an effort to work with business owners and insurance companies alike to ensure that the store has to pay as little as possible for repairs and employ a mitigation and restoration strategy designed to minimalize the costs of expensive replacements.
 
In general, an insurance company may make very specific demands related to the initial steps towards repairing your commercial water damage in Three Lakes. Many insurers will want to choose a restoration company for you, which may be how you found out about SERVPRO. Our corporate brand is on the roster of over 315 municipal, state, and Federal agencies as a preferred vendor. This list also includes management companies, insurance agencies, and the like.  Or, they may have given specific guidelines regarding certifications and equipment, and we commonly meet even the strictest of these requirements. Typically, an insurance company won't ask you to make any repairs yourself, and in fact, may specifically request that you avoid making any significant changes without their express approval.
 
Of course, most insurers will want to be notified of any important developments or costs that arise during restorations. In general, our representatives will be able to handle these types of calls, but you should be prepared to answer any questions and sign documents if additional approval is required on your part. Once again, it is probably best to consult a lawyer for any major decisions you may be asked to make. On small levels of damage caused by fire or water, the process may not require an attorney.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is proud to offer quality restoration services at an affordable price and has a strong relationship with most local and national insurance companies. We can even help with the paperwork.  Call us at (305) 278-8484 to find out more about our services or how we help business owners like you in times of crisis.

Tornadoes: Violent Storms

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Tornado damage can be devastating. Stay safe and then call SERVPRO to remediate!

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Storm Damage Remediation

One of the world’s most violent and devastating events of weather, tornadoes can make the strongest winds found on earth, nearing three hundred miles per hour. Tornadoes might last only a few seconds or can move miles over land for hours at a time. They can happen just about anywhere in the world, though their seeds and power will greatly vary with location. More than one tornado could add power to land falling hurricanes.

Tornadoes can also be referred to as whirlwinds, twisters or waterspouts when they are over water. When a warm wind collides with a cold wind, they begin to move around each other, which makes a spinning vortex. Then a corkscrew-like funnel will come down from the bottom of storm clouds and can go down all the way to the ground. The pressure at the center of the vortex is a few hundred millibars under the pressure outside. The wind that is spinning creates a huge vacuum which sucks up trees, loose objects, animals and even people. The path of a tornado can be very selective, destroying homes right in its path, while neighboring homes are left untouched. Even though they are usually under 250 meters wide, their path is destructive and can create storm damage a mile wide for more than fifty miles.

Famous for the amount of tornadoes it has each year, the United States can have as many as one thousand. Several dozen are labeled as violent or strong, meaning they have gotten up to two hundred miles per hour. Even though tornadoes can happen anywhere, there are particular regions which are more prone to them happening. In the mid-west of the U.S., close to Oklahoma City, there is an area referred to as Tornado Alley since it has more tornadoes than anywhere else. 148 tornadoes in 1974 were sighted in only 24 hours throughout America’s mid-west and south. Even with this, it is the United Kingdom which experiences the most actual tornadoes by land, even though a majority of these are quite weak.

There are even some people who are fascinated by tornadoes, following them and watching how they develop. They are referred to as Storm Chasers and have let us learn more about where and how tornadoes form, and the type of damages they can cause. Storm chasing is however quite dangerous, but some of the best film and pictures of tornadoes have been recorded by these chasers.


Since meteorological apparatus is generally destroyed by tornadoes’ intense winds, knowledge of these storms is limited. Tornadoes are measured by something called a Fujita scale, which is based upon wind speed, however, more usually the levels of damage.

If you’ve experienced a tornado in your area, your home has likely sustained damages. This is when it is time to call our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, who can come out quickly to your property to assess damages and being a plan for remediation. Call (305) 278-8484.

What to Avoid After Flood Damage

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to help you with your flood damage emergency!

How and What to Avoid After Flood Damage Strikes

Flood damage typically leaves homes upturned, out of order, and a mess to even the trained eye. In addition to destroyed objects and obvious hazards, there can be many unseen, undetectable hazards in a home following a flood. Many homeowners hurt themselves or their family by being too careless in the aftermath of a flood, and knowing what is off-limits could save your life. Here are some objects and places to avoid following any flood damage. 

Basements 

A basement is usually the most heavily damaged room in a home recently hit by flood damage in Palmetto Bay. Water naturally seeks out the lowest point in an area; in your home, this is going to be the basement. Basements can pool up water and are often cut off from sunlight, creating perfect conditions for the breeding of harmful bacteria and viruses, and also mold. To be safe, avoid the basement unless otherwise directed by one of our technicians or representatives. 

Furniture 

Furniture should not be used following a flood, although drying it out may be a good idea. SERVPRO suggests to separate pillows and cushions from the bodies and try to place a layer of material between furniture legs and the floor. However, using furniture is typically a bad idea, for both comfort and your safety. 

Heavily Damaged Areas 

After violent floods, an area of your home may exhibit signs of heavy damage. Such areas commonly contain broken glass and ceramics, hazardous materials, bits of metal, and overall contain physical dangers to your health. If an area is obviously heavily damaged, let our trained technicians handle it, and save the dirty work for those who have handled it before. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay brings expertise, solid training, and 24/7 fast response to the local community, and is prepared to deal with any flooding disaster or emergency. If your home or property has sustained flood damage, contact us at (305) 278-8484 and we'll work with your insurance provider to get your home back the way it was as quickly as possible. 

Improving Your Commercial Property After Fire Damage

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO To Restore Your Fire Damaged Apartment Building

To Treat Commercial Fire Damage Call SERVPRO

Commercial fire damage can wreak havoc on your business and its profitability, and you may immediately wonder what steps are required to overcome the damage so that business, as usual, can resume as soon as possible. Whether your property has been moderately damaged by a small electrical fire, has been severely damaged by a lightning strike or has experienced some other type of fire damage, you need to respond to the situation quickly so that you can resume operations in your business as soon as possible. By following a few important steps, you can most easily and quickly overcome the damage and improve your property so that business operations can pick up where they left off.

The Issue of Water Damage
When you think about Miami commercial fire damage, you may not think about water damage. However, in most cases, water or chemical fire retardants are used by firefighters to extinguish the fire, and this means that there may be a dirty, ashy and wet material that covers much of the space. This must be cleaned up quickly because of the likelihood of water damage taking hold in the property. Also, when moisture and humidity levels remain high in a property, there is an increased likelihood that mold growth can develop. Therefore, the first step to take when you have commercial fire damage is to extract the water and chemical agents that were used to put out the fire.

The Repairing and Cleaning Processes
The next step in the fire damage repair process is to determine which items are salvageable and which items need to be replaced. Things like carpets and padding that have water or smoke damage may be professionally cleaned to restore them to their former condition. Items that have been burned may need to be entirely replaced and are not salvageable. This final determination is made by you and your insurance company. Keep in mind that certain restoration techniques and processes may be used by our professionals from SERVPRO to improve your charred or damaged property. Damaged office equipment, filing cabinets, and stock may be packed out to our facility for cleaning and restoration.

At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, we are a locally owned service provider with a team that is available to respond to your emergency situation 24/7/365. We strive for excellence in all that we do, and we go to great lengths to provide exceptional workmanship. Regardless of how large or small, your area of fire damage is, rest assured that we can restore your business and structure to its pre-loss condition. Call us today at (305) 278-8484.

Cleaning up After Flood Damage in Palmetto Bay

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

When flooding happens and you experience flood damaged of your Palmetto Bay Home , the water is capable of wreaking havoc on your house’s structure.

Cleaning up After Palmetto Bay Flood Damage

When your home floods and you experience flood damage, the water is capable of wreaking havoc on your house’s structure. It can also destroy personal belongings and damage the health of the environment inside your home. A lot of contaminants can be found in flood waters, plus plenty of mud. Expensive items can get ruined, even with just an inch of water, such as wallboard, carpeting, furniture, and appliances. A storm that is more severe or a flood which is deeper can add water damage to systems which are more expensive such as the air conditioner and heater, ducts, private sewage, roofing, utilities, well systems and the foundation of the home. Cleanup is a long and complicated process after a flood. The following are areas of your home where flood damage can cause severe damage:

Electrical System – Ensure that your electrical system is turned off right away. It will need to be inspected and repaired by a professional electrician before you can turn it back on. The wiring has to be totally dried out, even behind the walls. Convenience outlets, switches, the entrance panel, light outlets and junction boxes which have been under water could have mud in them.

Basement – If water has entered the basement and it is full or almost full, let our professionals handle it. You do not want to attempt to extract the water yourself. If you drain this area too fast, the pressure on the outside of the walls will be more than the pressure inside the walls. This can make the floor and walls crack and collapse. This is why hiring a professional restoration company is your only solution.

Private Sewage Systems – If a sewage system has flooded, it can be a very hazardous situation. It can lead to a back-up of sewage in your home, a lack of sanitation, and contaminated drinking water until it is fixed. When saturated soil or flooding conditions continue, a private sewage system can’t properly work. These systems require aerobic regions to lower the levels of chemicals and living organisms, so when the soil is flooded or saturated, these hazardous materials can get into groundwater and your drinking water.

Walls and Ceilings – Wallboard acts as a sponge and will need to be removed. If it has been contaminated by floodwater, it can be a permanent health hazard and needs to be replaced. Paneling and plaster can many times be saved, but we must circulate air into the wall cavities to dry the sills and studs to prevent mold. All insulation has different treatments. Styrofoam could just need to be hosed off, while fiberglass batts should be tossed out if they are muddy, but can be reused if thoroughly dried. Blown-in or loose cellulose needs to be replaced because if it holds water too long, it can lose its fire retardant and antifungal abilities.

Flooring – When you have wood sub flooring, the covering such as carpet, vinyl or linoleum, will need to be removed so that the sub flooring can thoroughly dry out, which could take several months.

For expert help, contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay by calling them anytime at (305) 278-8484. They will have the experience and equipment to dry your home out as fast as possible.

What a Property Owner Can Do in the Event of Flood Damage in Miami

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

When your home suffers from flood damage, calling the experts as soon as possible can help minimize the appearance of long-term damage.

What a Property Owner Can Do in the Event of Storm Damage



Contact SERVPRO to Take Care of Flood Damage in Miami
When your home suffers from flood damagei, calling the experts as soon as possible can help minimize the appearance of long-term damage. To expedite the cleaning process and make sure that no details are left unattended, it is strongly recommended for you to perform a quick inspection of the flooded area as this can be invaluable in assisting the cleaning specialists when they arrive.

Determine the Source
Begin by taking a peek at the area to determine the origin of the water. The cause of the flooding is sometimes torrential rains. Other times, the sewer may be involved, which significantly complicates the issue. If you are not able to take a quick look and determine where the water is coming from, be sure to explain this to the professionals.

Determine the Water Quality
Take a look at the surface of the water and determine its quality. It is important for you to avoid touching the water with your hands as this could contaminate your skin. Sometimes, clear water may imply a broken pipe or rainwater line. If the water has an awful odor or is thick, it is important to avoid going near it. Tell the experts ASAP, and they will take care of it.

Remove Furniture Quickly
If there is no risk of electrocution in the basement and it is actively flooding, you can help minimize the damage by getting rid of some furniture and boxes. Try to move the items as quickly as you can to avoid the risk of contamination. Make sure that you do not go into the water during this process if it looks unclean. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is a locally owned and operated company that specializes in providing customers with a variety of emergency flood damage remediation services. When you find your home struggling with severe flood damage in Miami, be sure to call our experts at (305) 278-8484 to see what we can do for you.

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