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

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

stove fire with burnt walls surrounding it 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)

three-pronged cord on fire 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)

standing water in living room. sofa in living room. 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)

living room with knee-deep standing water. Furniture in living room 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)

Cars being worked on in auto repair shop 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)

Interior of house burned by fire 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 Likelihood of Flood Damage to Your Home?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water on floor in kitchen 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.

SERVPRO is Equipped to Restore Your Flood Damaged Kendall Home

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

After gale force winds and a raging storm that passed through, your entire neighborhood is likely ought walking their property and assessing the potential damage. After this initial assessment of their home’s condition is when people think about our experienced SERVPRO team. We get thoroughly trained in flood damage restoration techniques so that the process gets done 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 adequately.

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

Severe weather can strike the community without much 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.

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

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Large blaze in kitchen fire.  Growing quickly 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)

fireman standing by burning building; heavy smoke 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 crew on a small boat ready to work 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)

Drawing of man in office as desk and equipment becomes submerged in water 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 I Salvage My Cutler Bay Home And Contents After A Storm?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Room With Blank Frame Hanging On The Wall Securing your home against looters and water losses is possible using a professional restorer.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Restorers Can Help Manage Loss 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 remit 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 losses to both your structure and contents.

How long does it take to restore a flooded property?

An industry-standard time to mitigate emergency losses 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 losses is possible using a professional restorer. Contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484.

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

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Man squatting on chair in room with water rising 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 peeling on water damaged wall 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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What Can I Do About the Fire Damage in My Cutler Bay Popup Clothing Boutique?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of fire Our technicians are committed to making you feel, “Like it never even happened.”

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 needs us, day or night

Whenever you need our help, we're 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.

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

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room 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)

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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)

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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)

Fire burning 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)

close up of virus cells on a red background 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)

Florida storm clouds brewing 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)

water damaged bathroom 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)

"We are always ready to help" 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)

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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.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Cutler Bay Resort

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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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)

Carpet Cleaning 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)

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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)

edge of carpet on hardwood floor 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)

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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)

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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 condensation on window 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)

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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 cracked toilet tank 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)

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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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We Get You Back In Business In Cutler Ridge

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment on shelves in our warehouse SERVPRO is ready to help the community with large inventories of restoration equipment. Give us a call right away we are available 24/7.

Drying Up Water in Your Cutler Ridge 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 Ridge sandwich shop. As fixtures like a faucet or the pipe beneath the counter ages, 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.

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 Ridge shop. Our effective drying and even mopping techniques can reduce 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.

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

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

drying equipment working on drying the soaked tile in a building 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)

Mold infestation on the wall 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)

large SERVPRO Crew Cleaning and Drying a Building after a Tropical Storm 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)

Yellow chair in a room, room and chair have fire and soot damage. Walling has damage as well. 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)

Fire damaged home interior 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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Call Our Professionals To Handle Your Water Damage In Cutler Bay

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

When you have a leak call our trained professionals 24/7 to help you with all your restoration needs.

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 (305) 278-8484 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Protect Against Winter Mold Damage in Cutler Bay

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Once mold starts growing, it is hard to get it under control without professional help. Keep your moisture levels in check and contact SERVPRO.

Prevention is Key When Mold Damage is the Issue

People do not associate Florida with cold winters or deep snow drifts, so it is easy to assume that Cutler Bay residents need not concern themselves with winter preparation. However, it is still essential to protect against fungal growth in winter as that is a problem that might arise at any time of year. The winter months in Florida still have high humidity compared to other places in the United States, and humid conditions are unfortunately the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. SERVPRO recommends homeowners take steps to protect against winter mold damage.
 
The fungus has the potential to cause mold damage in Cutler Bay homes. The microscopic spores spread through the air and can even enter the home through HVAC units, on clothes or shoes, or on the fur of household pets. Spores can grow wherever they find a source of moisture, and organic material to use as food, such as paper or drywall. Humidity is a problem in our state all year round, which is why we recommend precautionary measures.
 
It is a good idea to invest in one or more dehumidifiers for the home. A dehumidifier draws extra moisture from the air and condenses it so you can empty the water down the drain.
 
Always make sure your HVAC system is working efficiently, as HVAC systems provide a prime breeding ground for mold to grow. Do not allow water to pool within the system; remove it immediately and carry out any necessary repairs.
 
It is also a good idea to keep your home well ventilated. Open doors and windows from time to time to let air circulate.
 
Always be mindful of places in your home where water pools or where you notice condensation dripping on walls or other surfaces. Bathrooms and kitchens both tend to be damp, and basements and laundry rooms are often damp, too. Take steps to wipe away excess water, and deal with any faults such as broken pipes, dripping taps, or leaking windows immediately.
 
Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to wipe, scrub, and HEPA vacuum spores away, and we equip our staff with dehumidifiers to dry affected areas.
 
For help with mold remediation in Franjo, Palmetto Bay, Perrine, Goulds and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 today.

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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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Miami Fire Damage Professionals Talk about Issues with Kitchen Cabinets

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fires in Miami Condos Are Cleaned and Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Strives to Salvage and Mitigate Fire Effects on Miami Condo Fixtures

If a fire starts in your Miami condo, the chances are that it first ignited in your kitchen. Out of all of the fire damage cases that riddle our nation every year, a good percentage of them start due to faulty appliances or mistakes while cooking. Many appliances that create heat are located in your kitchen. Cooking with grease can be dangerous and is the source of hundreds of fire damage situations annually.
 
Your kitchen inside your home is made to handle some heat and smoke created by cooking so sometimes the issues are not as severe as other parts of the condominium. During all fire damage scenarios in Miami, our SERVPRO restoration team starts inspecting and diagnosing structural components and your contents from the source. We follow the burn-related problems starting from the kitchen out to figure out everything that the burn destroyed. We then trace signs of smoke following the route it traveled throughout the building, if necessary and okayed.
 
Once the blaze ignites in your kitchen, it can quickly damage contents and building materials nearby. If not put out promptly, things can continue to burn as the flames engulf anything that is in its destructive path.
 
When things get burnt inside your kitchen, a major problem can be repairing affected cabinets. These storage units are typically made of wood and can get consumed by a greasy blaze quite easily. Since they are often located above the heat source in the kitchen, your cabinets are sometimes the first things that get ruined.
 
If your cabinets ever get negatively affected by heat or smoke, there are several solutions our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians can use to remediate the issues. In severe cases, the cabinets must be removed, and brand new cabinets get installed in their place. In other cases, the cabinets can get sanded down to the unaffected wood beneath the surface and refinished. If your cabinets get damaged by excessive smoke, there is a good chance that we can clean off the soot residues from the cabinet surfaces. Insurance adjusters appreciate the effort we make to salvage cabinet and wall units doors when possible to use with new box installations.
 
During some situations, our SERVPRO crew removes kitchen cabinets so the structural walls behind them can get treated for smoke or burn damage. When this takes place, the cabinets often get moved to an unaffected area of the condo or taken to a clean and disinfected separate location to get cleaned or refinished. If you ever have problems with some type of fire in your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 24/7.

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Keep Insurance in Mind for Flood Damage in Miami

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

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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Water Damage Technicians in Hollywood Discuss the Key Factors for Structural Drying

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO right away when facing water damage. Our team is prompt and does a thorough assessment before beginning the remediation process.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Remediating Your Home After Water Damage

If water ever leaks into your Hollywood 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 Hollywood, 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.
 
The main factors that 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 takes place at a faster rate when the indoor temperatures in the building are between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on how wet 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.

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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's Expert Mold Damage Team

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to rely on professional mitigation experts to restore your home after water damage to prevent mold damage from being a future issue.

Water Damage Often Leaves Behind Hidden Mold Damage

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

Whenever your home suffers water damage, it is possible to overlook places water seeps into. This is one reason why calling SERVPRO's mold damage specialists in Palmetto Bay 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 and the homeowner not noticing the wet area. Other times a slow leak can exist inside an appliance or water pipe, and you may not notice the water is leaking until fungi have already developed in the region. Mold needs water, an organic food source and the right temperature to develop.

Once mold growth takes place, your house's building materials are at risk. Moreover, once a fungus is present, it can spread to other areas of your house quickly. Fungi reproduce by creating microscopic pores 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 at all 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 small problem turn big, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for assistance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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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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What Water Damage Does To Personal Belongings In Previously Flooded Palmetto Bay Homes

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Palmetto Bay homes with visible water damage received the care necessary to restore them.

Water Damage Restoration

Some of the homes in Palmetto Bay which became waterlogged during the last hurricane season could begin showing residual effects of those horrific weather conditions. Especially true of homes that seemed only to have slight amounts of cosmetic damage, signs of damage can slip under the radar of visual inspections, and then show up later.

Palmetto Bay homes with visible water damage received the care necessary to restore them. However, some homeowners and residents might find that increased humidity and higher moisture levels eventually damaged their personal belongings. This can happen when the ground remains saturated in depressions near the home or because hidden pockets of moisture became trapped slowly and then evaporated into the home.

Water damage can easily cause your belongings to rot and crumble, develop stains and odors from microbial activity or dyes, stick together, and many other things you probably would like to avoid. SERVPRO can help with all of these issues and more. We know how to mitigate the problem from the source of the water to the cleaning and restoration of your valuable personal possessions.

Many people collect items as hobbies, and sometimes the items that make up these collections come at a high price. The loss of one can entail a great deal of difficulty in locating a replacement. Because of their age or the limited number the company produced, some items are irreplaceable.

While water easily damages homes and belongings alike, we also use water, along with specialized cleaning agents, to undo much of the damage condensation and increased moisture levels produce. Cleaning and laundering with unique techniques and agents may take time, but the effects leave belongings in preloss condition. Water damage does not need to mean that you lose your prized collectibles when we perform the detailed work required.

Cleaning one at a time, rinsing well until no residue remains, then ensuring each is dried carefully by blotting with a soft cloth, followed by air drying, can save collectibles made from metal, wood, ceramic, glass, and other substances.

We can restore other items in your home that might seem beyond repair. We at SERVPRO take restoring your belongings seriously. Even when water contains pathogens, we have the training and experience to ensure that your property comes back to you free of microbes.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the tools needed to perform the above, plus the equipment to restore your home to a dry condition again to prevent future water damage. Our 24-hour services are available to you by calling our local number, (305) 278-8484, any day of the year.

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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.

If you want to discover more about Cutler Bay visit: http://cutlerbay-fl.gov/

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.

Water Damage Can Create Many Problems In Cutler Bay

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome.

Water Damage Problems

Many things exist that can damage your home. Fire, storms, even tiny organisms, when in sufficient number, can create problematic situations in your home.

Cutler Bay homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome. Water flows in almost every direction, and can even seep uphill when there is an absorbent material that facilitates this movement. Where water can flow to, damage can be found.

When water makes contact with metal, rusting can start taking place. Outlets, being near the floor, are often impacted this way by flooding. If the metal is part of an electrical system, this can lead to problems with electrical shock or even fire. Both can be deadly and need to be prevented by replacing anything affected. Other metal items in your home might be door hinges, screen doors, drawer tracks, cabinetry knobs and handles, and much more.

In situations where water has seeped into a home from a leaky roof or misaligned gutters, water can discolor walls and ceilings, and cause plaster to crumble and pose choking hazards to younger children and toddlers. Pests that may have been present but largely unnoticed within the walls or attic can find their way into your living space. While their presence means they are no longer hidden and can now be dealt with, having them around your family is not healthy.

Carpeting, upholstery and longer drapes can become damaged by water. This can cause these textiles to become weak and brittle, rotting, in essence, right in front of you. High levels of humidity can bring this on, and often the culprit is an absence of a dehumidifier. Other ways that increased humidity might happen are poor or incorrect venting of the clothes dryer or the bathroom fan.

The first step to mitigating any amount of damage is discovering the source of the excess water. Flooding does not need to be present for a home to have water damage. For experts who know what needs to be done and when, every step of the way, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. We are always here, 24/7, at (305) 278-8484, to take your call.

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.

How To Prevent Water Damage In Cutler Bay

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home is relatively inexpensive to prevent through regular maintenance but is often extremely expensive to repair.

Preventing Water Damage


Homeowners have many different responsibilities when it comes to taking care of their homes. One of these responsibilities includes regular maintenance. We know that this can sometimes seem to be an ongoing task, and this is because it is one. The importance of doing so can be seen rather quickly when neglected areas of a home start having problems.

Water damage in your Cutler Bay home is relatively inexpensive to prevent through regular maintenance but is often extremely expensive to repair. Making it a habit to check water lines for wetness, puddles on the floor in bathrooms, and moisture under cabinets is a great start. In addition to that, you should include inspecting your washing machine hoses and your ice maker's water lines.

Your home's exterior can also be a source of problems leading to water damage. SERVPRO recommends that your gutters be kept clean and free of debris. Blockages can cause water to spill over the gutter's edges and up against your home's exterior, allowing water to seep into your home. Repairing gutters can often prevent this from happening.

Windows that have gaps around the frames can also permit water to enter into your home. If window frames block the water only partway, this can channel water into the interior of your wall. Windows do not always require replacements, but can often be repaired by weatherization methods.

The roof can also be a location that collects water, even in the winter. Gaps in between shingles, loose vents, and other situations can give water from rain and melting snow access into your home. This water will travel down, into your living areas and can result in stained ceilings and walls.

SERVPRO technicians can help you in locating trouble spots and areas of your home that you might otherwise overlook. For areas such as basements and crawlspaces where humidity is an ongoing concern but has no particular source that can be controlled, we recommend the installation of low-maintenance dehumidifiers. To help you prevent water damage from affecting your home, contact us, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, at (305) 278-8484. We are always available to go over areas that you may have thought were safe from damage. We are here to help you with both prevention of water damage and also remediating any damage which you have found in your home.

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.

When Undisclosed Commercial Water Damage Affects Your Newly Purchased Cutler Bay Real Estate Office

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a damaged office compromise your sales. Call SERVPRO to investigate the damage ASAP.

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


Starting your own business after an extended period of working for someone else can be a dream come true for many people, and owning not only the business itself but also the building you are going to 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 that are caused by water can signal problems that are much more severe in nature. 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.
 
Cutler Bay office buildings are often remodeled before being listed, and this can hide any existing commercial water damage. Remodeling does not remove the damage, however. This often 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 whom you work with on a regular basis can only disclose facts about the building's condition that the seller has told them about, and this 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 also help document the extent of the damage. Repair costs that are 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.
 
If you prefer to have new carpeting installed, 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 has not shown to be a health risk, it can still be unpleasant. Removing it, 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. This is true even if you do not see standing water in your business. Our technicians have certifications in Commercial Drying (CDS) and also in 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 huge detrimental issues later.

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.
 

Commercial Water Removal for Your Soggy Restaurant or Bar in Three Lakes

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Get your kitchen sanitized and your business back to operational. Call SERVPRO immediately after a water damage event.

SERVPRO is Ready to Help Get Your Business Open Again After 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, their very nature means that water leaks, or that of 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.
 
If you have invested a considerable sum of time, energy, and money into a bar or restaurant in Three Lakes, maintaining that investment sometimes includes commercial water removal. Without professionals performing the work, business just 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 as you and your patrons are accustomed to.
 
During our work, we will 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 watery disaster cannot continue to negatively affect your business and those who depend on it.
 
SERVPRO technicians providing these types of services know that you must be able to meet health code regulations on a constant basis, so we always provide written documentation of all the work carried out. This documentation will include 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 will be noted on an inventory sheet. As with anything that happens with a business, there will be a great deal of documentation, and we will always provide you with copies for your own 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 you are dealing with.

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.

Your Fire Damage Solution and Steps

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire & Smoke Damage in Perrine Can be Mitigated with Smoke Detectors

SERVPRO Provides Assistance for Fire Damage Restoration and Insurance Easing

Our services are available to you whenever you need us, day or night and regardless of the scale of your situation. 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 will assist you through each and 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 Perrine! 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'll 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 that can assist you through this confusing, stressful time. Our onsite supervisors will answer all of your questions, while we provide you with the absolute best service you could ever receive. So, don't trust your properties 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.
 
You should keep 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'll 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'll 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'll also help 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 and don't try to save any canned, packaged, or bottled food items that may have been damaged by the fire, 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

Crucial Mold Information for Homeowners

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

If you think that you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO to assess and remediate!

Mold Damage Can Affect Your Home Quickly

Mold can wreak havoc on your home and cause health effects. In only a few years, it can cause significant damage to your home and personal property. Which is why if you discover you have a mold problem, it needs to be handled by professionals such as SERVPRO as soon as possible.

Mold damage in Princeton can be quite serious if it is not handled promptly, and it is a good idea that you also understand things about mold itself, how it grows and what it can do to your home if left alone. It is always a good idea to have professionals come in as well to clean up the mold.

Mold eats organic materials, which includes fabrics, dust, fiberglass resins, drywall, dyes, glue, wallpaper, wood, paint or anything else that can keep it growing. It can also live in the cold. Have you ever found mold in your refrigerator? It has been shown through research that as long as the temperature is higher than forty degrees Fahrenheit, mold can grow and spread.

Mold also grows very quickly. It can start growing in your home in as little as twenty-four to forty-eight hours when there is a moisture problem present, with a billion spores growing on just one foot of drywall. Mold can also lead to insurance problems. With so many thousands of lawsuits that are related to mold being filed, a majority of general liability and property insurance companies now do not include mold insurance in their policies.

Mold will destroy your home, dramatically lowering the overall value of it. Mold can easily lead to structural damage to your home, costing you thousands in damages. Plus, exposure to mold spores can happen through ingestion, inhalation, and direct skin contact. Mold can cause health effects, even when the spores are dead. Worst of all, mold is sneaky and can grow behind drywall panels, in fiberglass insulation, and behind wallpaper. Just because you cannot see the problem, does not mean that one does not exist. This is another reason you need our professional technicians at SERVPRO to clean up your home’s mold damage.


Do you have a problem with mold in your home? Even if you believe it is a small problem, make sure to call us at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay right away so that we can come and appropriately assess the mold damage in your home. We are available any time of day and any day of the year by calling (305) 278-8484.

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.

Air Conditioner Caused Water Damage Repair

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Backed up air conditioners can cause all kinds of damage. Call SERVPRO quickly to prevent secondary damage!

SERVPRO Technicians are Skilled in Remediating Water Damage

Comfort in a semi-tropical climate can require the use of 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 is removing moisture from the air must be managed and disposed of appropriately, typically through a series of drain pans and overflow outlets. If your air conditioner experiences a backup of water because of a clogged drainage system, 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 Palmetto Bay from a malfunctioning air conditioner often manifests itself slowly and 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 will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your home proximate to the air conditioner and find all areas that show water damage, even in places you would not have suspected to show the effects of condensation or poor drainage. In consultation with you, we will develop a mitigation plan that will clean, restore or replace materials compromised by the water, including attending to any microbial activity fed by the water damage.
 
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 is essential that the duct work 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 are able to restore walls, flooring, ceilings, furnishings and window coverings to pre-water damage condition as well as restoring 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.

Mold Growth, Spores, and Remediations

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the Answer for Mold Remediation in Cutler Bay

SERVPRO Can Safely Remove Mold Infestations from Your Home

Both OSHA and the EPA agree that chlorine bleach (“sodium hypochlorite”) does not completely 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, but 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 mold if it appears on a porous surface. Bleach is more effective on non-porous surfaces. 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 remediation needs a specialized cleanser. It must be able to 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, but they are there and spreading. The goal is to kill mold and 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 will completely remove mold, its spores, and 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 that can trigger allergies.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is your one-stop remediation company. If mold infestation 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 Florida home or business is your greatest investment, and we want 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 and deserve.

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. 

Water Damage? SERVPRO Tips For Detecting Water Damage

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Let the pros at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay restore your water damaged home "Like it never even happened."

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, has been 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 even health effects that degrade your quality of life. 

Water damage in Cutler Ridge is a common problem. Sometimes in older homes, you have to be able to discover water damages subtly to ensure that you're saving yourself as much headache as possible (plus repairs will cost substantially less). There are several big signs to look for; including just using your eyes and other senses. SERVPRO knows that it can be difficult to spot these problems all the time, which is why we always walk through a house completely 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 wallpaper 

This is often the easiest, most tell-tale sign of a serious leak. When you start seeing stains on your ceilings or walls, call our professionals to mitigate your costs. We'll even prove that we've repaired the source of the damage. 

- Buckled floors, walls, or ceiling tiles 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's 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 (even your central heat/air). Usually, leaks are very prominent, distinct, and easy to locate. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Even after you've found water damage, the toughest part is fixing the problem. That's why you should always contact our service professionals at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305)278-8484. All SERVPRO’s are locally owned and operated, and available all over the United States. We get there fast, and we get the job done right the first time! 

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.

Why Would You Need Water Removal In South Florida?

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water in the Bay IS OK But Not Water Damage in Your South Miami Condo

SERVPRO Extracts Water to Salvage a South Miami Water Damaged Property

The reason you need to have water removal in your Miami water damaged home is because it is not following the rules. There is much water outside, and it needs to stay outside of your home or stay contained in the pipes. Your South Miami house should not have to be subject to water removal except in an emergency situation.


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 much water, and it does not ask you if it is all right. There are the leaking pipes, faucets and water heaters that also can deposit unwanted water and it always comes at the wrong time.

Rapid water removal is necessary to mitigate damage to the structure of your house or condo. It can absorb 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.

There are some tasks you can do for this water removal in your South Miami 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.

1. Things such as furniture that are damaged by water can be removed from the house and placed in dry place.
2. Throw rugs can be taken out and treated the same way.
3. If the leaking is coming from a pipe or other appliance, the water should be turned off at the curb.
4. 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.
5. Fans can be placed to help in evaporating the moisture.
6. 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 will 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, Miami, and South Miami to help. Call this number 24/7 for help. (305) 278-8484.

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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