Recent Storm Damage Posts

Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Team Travels to North Carolina After Hurricane Florence

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay Team Travels to North Carolina After Hurricane Florence 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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Avoid Mold When Floodwaters Enter Your Hollywood Home by Being Prepared

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoid Mold When Floodwaters Enter Your Hollywood Home by Being Prepared 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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Keep Insurance in Mind for Flood Damage in Miami

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keep Insurance in Mind for Flood Damage in Miami 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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Reacting Quickly When Your Miami Home Faces Flooding

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reacting Quickly When Your Miami Home Faces Flooding 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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Remediating Flood Damage in Hollywood, Florida

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Hollywood, Florida There are many flooding preventative measures that can be taken. Contact SERVPRO to discuss how we can put our skills to work for you.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Tackle Drying Out Your Property After Flooding

Spring rains have begun, but temperatures around Hollywood are still comfortable enough that families can get away 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 Hollywood homes, regardless of the power of the storm, 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 in 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 also 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.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is to help you return to a safe, dry home after a flood. If you have water in your home after our recent storm, call us at (305) 278-8484 today to set-up an inspection.
 
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SERVPRO - Removing Flood Damage In Hollywood, Florida

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO - Removing Flood Damage In Hollywood, Florida 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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The Likelihood of Flood Damage To Your Kendall Home

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Likelihood of Flood Damage To Your Kendall Home 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.

Flood Damage To Your 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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Issues Secondary To Hurricane Damage In Cutler Bay

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Issues Secondary To Hurricane Damage In Cutler Bay 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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Why Flood Damage from Flood Waters in Palmetto Bay is Dangerous

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Flood Damage from Flood Waters in Palmetto Bay is Dangerous 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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Surprisingly Wet Spring And Summer Challenge Three Lakes Residents

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Surprisingly Wet Spring And Summer Challenge Three Lakes Residents 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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Common Flood Incidents Causing Damage Throughout Cutler Bay

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Common Flood Incidents Causing Damage Throughout Cutler Bay Rapid-onset floods or flash floods occur very quickly, with little or no warning.

Common Flood Incidents

Believe it or not, flooding caused by leaky pipes, damaged fixtures, or broken appliances happen far more often than any natural disaster. With an increase of these types of disasters throughout the area, it is imperative for homeowners to prepare for floods, even in areas 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 that specializes in flood damage for help with preparing your Cutler Bay 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 flood waters 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 a variety of ways.

Slow, constant rainwater, pipes with a small leak, and damaged plumbing fixtures all have the ability to 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 broken 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 accidents 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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Beware Of The Dangers Caused By Flood Damage In Cutler Bay Properties

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Beware Of The Dangers Caused By Flood Damage In Cutler Bay Properties When a home gets hit by serious flooding, whether it is a natural or domestic source, the priority is the safety of the occupants.

Dangers Caused By Flood Damage

When a home gets hit by serious flooding, whether it is a natural or domestic source, the priority is the safety of the occupants. If the situation is risky or poses any danger to yourself or others, you must leave the building. Anytime that there is excess water around, the biggest hazard is electrical systems.

The first thing that SERVPRO does is locate the breakers or switches and shut off the power. If there is no standing water, this might not be necessary. However, extensive flooding may reach the height of power sockets and other components. Unfortunately, it is not the only hazard when repairing flood damage in Cutler Bay properties. If you are dealing with serious flooding and you need emergency assistance, you can use the SERVPRO mobile app to get in touch with the team. We arrive on site within the hour.

Fireplaces
Fireplaces can be a tricky thing to restore after flooding. They either contain a lot of electrical components, or they depend upon the health of a chimney, which is hard to access. Sometimes, extreme weather leads to blocks in the chimney, and they allow carbon monoxide to build up inside the room.

It is very dangerous so you should always have a detector in your home. If your chimney becomes clogged, we can arrange for a contractor to come out and clean it. When mixed with water, some types of soot become oily and leave stains. We use polycyclic aromatic compounds to dissolve stubborn blemishes on walls and hard floors.

HVAC System
The HVAC system is always inspected for damage after a flood because it is susceptible to humidity. If moisture builds up on the inside surfaces, it may generate mold growth. You do not want this to happen, as your HVAC ducts are circulating air around the house. If that air contains mold spores, they move around the home too.

The exact method of cleaning depends on the style, arrangement, and size of the HVAC system. We use a combination of axial fans, compact dehumidifiers, and HEPA vacuums to remove dirt, draw out excess moisture, and drive impurities and potential mold spores out of the ducts. If parts of the insulation get wet, we remove and replace them.

With our mobile app, you are never far away from a qualified flood damage repair team. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is always available to homeowners in the region, and we provide a broad range of repair and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (305) 278-8484 today.

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How SERVPRO Helps Around The Home During A Flood In Cutler Bay

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Helps Around The Home During A Flood In Cutler Bay 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.

Tornadoes: Violent Storms

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornadoes: Violent Storms Tornado damage can be devastating. Stay safe and then call SERVPRO to remediate!

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Storm Damage Remediation

One of the world’s most violent and devastating events of weather, tornadoes can make the strongest winds found on earth, nearing three hundred miles per hour. Tornadoes might last only a few seconds or can move miles over land for hours at a time. They can happen just about anywhere in the world, though their seeds and power will greatly vary with location. More than one tornado could add power to land falling hurricanes.

Tornadoes can also be referred to as whirlwinds, twisters or waterspouts when they are over water. When a warm wind collides with a cold wind, they begin to move around each other, which makes a spinning vortex. Then a corkscrew-like funnel will come down from the bottom of storm clouds and can go down all the way to the ground. The pressure at the center of the vortex is a few hundred millibars under the pressure outside. The wind that is spinning creates a huge vacuum which sucks up trees, loose objects, animals and even people. The path of a tornado can be very selective, destroying homes right in its path, while neighboring homes are left untouched. Even though they are usually under 250 meters wide, their path is destructive and can create storm damage a mile wide for more than fifty miles.

Famous for the amount of tornadoes it has each year, the United States can have as many as one thousand. Several dozen are labeled as violent or strong, meaning they have gotten up to two hundred miles per hour. Even though tornadoes can happen anywhere, there are particular regions which are more prone to them happening. In the mid-west of the U.S., close to Oklahoma City, there is an area referred to as Tornado Alley since it has more tornadoes than anywhere else. 148 tornadoes in 1974 were sighted in only 24 hours throughout America’s mid-west and south. Even with this, it is the United Kingdom which experiences the most actual tornadoes by land, even though a majority of these are quite weak.

There are even some people who are fascinated by tornadoes, following them and watching how they develop. They are referred to as Storm Chasers and have let us learn more about where and how tornadoes form, and the type of damages they can cause. Storm chasing is however quite dangerous, but some of the best film and pictures of tornadoes have been recorded by these chasers.


Since meteorological apparatus is generally destroyed by tornadoes’ intense winds, knowledge of these storms is limited. Tornadoes are measured by something called a Fujita scale, which is based upon wind speed, however, more usually the levels of damage.

If you’ve experienced a tornado in your area, your home has likely sustained damages. This is when it is time to call our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, who can come out quickly to your property to assess damages and being a plan for remediation. Call (305) 278-8484.

What to Avoid After Flood Damage

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Avoid After Flood Damage 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. 

Cleaning up After Flood Damage in Palmetto Bay

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning up After Flood Damage in Palmetto Bay When flooding happens and you experience flood damaged of your Palmetto Bay Home , the water is capable of wreaking havoc on your house’s structure.

Cleaning up After Palmetto Bay Flood Damage

When your home floods and you experience flood damage, the water is capable of wreaking havoc on your house’s structure. It can also destroy personal belongings and damage the health of the environment inside your home. A lot of contaminants can be found in flood waters, plus plenty of mud. Expensive items can get ruined, even with just an inch of water, such as wallboard, carpeting, furniture, and appliances. A storm that is more severe or a flood which is deeper can add water damage to systems which are more expensive such as the air conditioner and heater, ducts, private sewage, roofing, utilities, well systems and the foundation of the home. Cleanup is a long and complicated process after a flood. The following are areas of your home where flood damage can cause severe damage:

Electrical System – Ensure that your electrical system is turned off right away. It will need to be inspected and repaired by a professional electrician before you can turn it back on. The wiring has to be totally dried out, even behind the walls. Convenience outlets, switches, the entrance panel, light outlets and junction boxes which have been under water could have mud in them.

Basement – If water has entered the basement and it is full or almost full, let our professionals handle it. You do not want to attempt to extract the water yourself. If you drain this area too fast, the pressure on the outside of the walls will be more than the pressure inside the walls. This can make the floor and walls crack and collapse. This is why hiring a professional restoration company is your only solution.

Private Sewage Systems – If a sewage system has flooded, it can be a very hazardous situation. It can lead to a back-up of sewage in your home, a lack of sanitation, and contaminated drinking water until it is fixed. When saturated soil or flooding conditions continue, a private sewage system can’t properly work. These systems require aerobic regions to lower the levels of chemicals and living organisms, so when the soil is flooded or saturated, these hazardous materials can get into groundwater and your drinking water.

Walls and Ceilings – Wallboard acts as a sponge and will need to be removed. If it has been contaminated by floodwater, it can be a permanent health hazard and needs to be replaced. Paneling and plaster can many times be saved, but we must circulate air into the wall cavities to dry the sills and studs to prevent mold. All insulation has different treatments. Styrofoam could just need to be hosed off, while fiberglass batts should be tossed out if they are muddy, but can be reused if thoroughly dried. Blown-in or loose cellulose needs to be replaced because if it holds water too long, it can lose its fire retardant and antifungal abilities.

Flooring – When you have wood sub flooring, the covering such as carpet, vinyl or linoleum, will need to be removed so that the sub flooring can thoroughly dry out, which could take several months.

For expert help, contact SERVPRO of Cutler Bay by calling them anytime at (305) 278-8484. They will have the experience and equipment to dry your home out as fast as possible.

What a Property Owner Can Do in the Event of Flood Damage in Miami

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What a Property Owner Can Do in the Event of Flood Damage in Miami 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.