Recent Water Damage Posts

Home Insurance May Cover Cutler Bay Water Damage

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Large room with SERVPRO equipment set up on the blue and coral carpeting No matter how your home or business is impacted by water damage, you can call on our technicians in Cutler Bay day or night for help.

Insurance Can Cover Water Damage Incidents and SERVPRO Restoration in Cutler Bay

Homeowners suffering from sudden water damage incidents like burst pipes and appliance failures may be relieved to know that their insurance more than likely covers these incidents. However, the logistics of cleaning and making necessary repairs can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, Cutler Bay restoration companies can perform these tasks in property owners' stead per their insurance policy.

Cutler Bay SERVPRO water damage mitigation professionals provide around-the-clock cleanup and restoration with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions, industrial-grade extractors, powerful drying equipment, and effective odor control tools. SERVPRO also performs build-back services wherever necessary to return an affected property to a pre-damage condition free of excess moisture and odors.

Types of Water Damage Situations Covered by Home Insurance Policies

Homeowners must understand what is covered under their policy to get the most out of it when disaster strikes. While coverage terms vary per policy, home insurance typically provides compensation for the following types of water damage:

  • Water saturation from fire suppression
  • Accidental overflow of fixtures like toilets, bathtubs, and washers
  • Vandalism that could cause water damage
  • Plumbing leaks, pipe bursts, frozen pipes, and structural defects

Some weather-related water damage may be covered, though compensation may only apply to the home's interior. Some policies may also cover mold growth that results from covered water damage situations. Homeowners are encouraged to talk to insurers about the terms of their policies before damage occurs. Floods, meanwhile, require a different kind of insurance, typically via a policy provided by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

When disaster strikes, home occupants benefit the most from contacting their insurer as quickly as possible and documenting damage if it is safe. After that, homeowners can consult with a restoration team.

SERVPRO's Water Mitigation Process Can Maximize Savings and Minimize Costs

Local SERVPRO restoration technicians can inspect, clean, and rebuild properties affected by water damage to render as comprehensive a service as possible. This procedure is often accomplished without requiring homeowners to leave their homes or contents being moved off-site for restoration.

SERVPRO water mitigation typically includes the following procedures:

  • Inspect damaged surfaces with moisture sensors and meters. Based on temperature changes, sophisticated thermal imaging cameras can check moisture behind walls, ceilings, and floors.
  • Extraction with portable and truck-mounted extractors. These units, which feature heating, pump, and vacuum systems, can remove wastewater from flooring with specialized attachments and sanitation solutions. Extraction also prepares drywall, upholstery, drapes, and subfloors for drying.
  • Structure and contents drying are implemented with centrifugal or axial air movers and low-grain refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers. These systems coordinate to pull excess moisture out of surfaces and into the air, pass it over low-grain refrigerant coils or desiccant materials, and isolate condensation into collection trays for disposal in a treated sewer
  • Deodorizing with ultra-low volume foggers can dispense water or solvent-based deodorizers as a fine mist that chemically bonds with and eliminates odor-causing particles. Sanitation with OSHA-approved biocides also aids the odor control process.

After performing mitigation, SERVPRO technicians and contractors can complete the necessary structural restoration tasks. These can include reinstalling insulation, refinishing or repairing flooring, mending drywall, and repainting walls. SERVPRO can also provide more specialized care, such as electronics cleanup and document drying, as needed.

Property owners can call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for cleanup that returns homes to a state that feels "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Can Create Many Problems In Cutler Bay

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded living room Homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome.

Water Damage Problems

Many things exist that can damage your home. Fire, storms, and 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, damage can be found.

When water makes contact with metal, rusting can start taking place. Outlets 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.

When water seeped into a home from a leaky roof or misaligned gutters, water can discolor walls and ceilings, causing 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 humidity levels 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 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 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 To Prevent Water Damage in Cutler Bay

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

FLOODING IN A BEDROOM Mitigating water damage in your Cutler Bay home by SERVPRO can minimize lost belongings

Preventing Water Damage with SERVPRO

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 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 (786) 699-8194.

Call Our Professionals To Handle Your Water Damage In Cutler Bay

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Damage in Your Cutler Bay Home

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

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

Cracked Aquarium Means Water Damage in Cutler Bay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

What is a Squeegee Wand? 

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

What Floors Are Best Cleared by This Product?  

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

  • Hardwood
  • Vinyl plank
  • Tile
  • Concrete

Might Other Extraction Devices Be Necessary? 

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

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

What Does Water Damage Repair Involve in Cutler Ridge Homes?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

water on wood floor No matter how your property is impacted by water, you can call on our technicians day or night for help.

SERVPRO Combines Both Preventive and Restorative Actions When Resolving Moisture Issues

Water intrusion is a more severe problem than you might imagine since it can affect materials in many ways, including moisture action, soiling, and promoting microbial growth processes. Luckily, with the right help, you can complete water damage repair successfully.

Water damage repair in Cutler Ridge properties requires proper timing as well as the right resources. Otherwise, your efforts may not bear fruit. For instance, you may resolve the apparent problems such as surface wetness but leave absorbed moisture, leading to rot, mold, and other issues. Professional restoration from SERVPRO addresses all issues exhaustively.

Water Damage Repair May Involve:

  • Restoring swollen wood 
  • Replacing wet drywall or insulation
  • Removing rust, mold, or other residues from material deterioration

Solid wood is a common material in many homes. In your house, you might have wood as part of the floor or structural elements such as frames and trusses. When exposed to abundant water, they tend to exhibit physical deterioration, starting with swelling, which can advance to warping or buckling and cupping for the floorboards. 

The right action can help reverse many of the issues, especially when done in good time. Our SERVPRO teams expedite water removal from properties to prevent the problems. However, if prevention is not successful, we use advanced procedures to facilitate repair where possible. For instance, we can set up a drying chamber over a hardwood floor to facilitate safe drying. Sanding, on the other hand, helps even out cupping. 

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay has the resources to effect various types of water damage repair, addressing any issue, "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (305) 278-8484. 

Air Conditioner Caused Water Damage in Cutler Bay

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO if you experience water damage in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians are Skilled in Remediating Water Damage

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

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

Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Tips to Handle Water Damage 

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

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

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

Look for Stains on the Ceiling or Wall 

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

Buckled Floors Almost Always Lead to Leaks 

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

Look for Cracks in the Foundation or Other Crumbling Areas 

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

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

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

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

Why Would You Need Water Removal in Cutler Bay?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Extracts Water to Salvage a Water Damaged Property

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

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

Water Removal Services

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

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

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

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

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Damage Restoration in Cutler Ridge?

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

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

Our services, in addition to water mitigation, include:

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

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

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

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Causes Water Damage?

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

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

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

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

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

Art Deco Weekend Means Fun and Entertainment for Cutler Bay

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

  • Architecture
  • History
  • Culture
  • Entertainment

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

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

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

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Services to the Cutler Bay Area

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

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

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Can You Expect When the Property Gets Evaluated?

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

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

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

How Does SERVPRO Meet Drying and Restoration Goals?

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

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

What Tools Are Commonly Seen in Mitigation?

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

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

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

Can My Home Be Fully Restored After It Floods?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Where Do Your Specialists Start? 

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

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

Is Major Rebuilding All You Can Do? 

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

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

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What Factors Influence the Use of Electric Submersible Pumps?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Is the Damage Severe Enough for Larger Pump Units? 

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

What Else is In the Water? 

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

  • Remnants of construction materials
  • Debris
  • Contents

How Can You Maintain Extraction Power with Electric Pumps? 

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

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

What Power Does an Electric Pump Require? 

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

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

How do Professionals Restore Water Damage in Coral Gables?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can restore the water loss events in your home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists in Coral Gables

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

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What are Signs of Water Damage in Hollywood Apartments?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Damage In Your Cutler Bay Bathroom

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal for a Cutler Bay Bathroom

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

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

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

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

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

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We Act Fast In Cutler Bay After A Water Loss

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal from Your Cutler Bay Ceiling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Drying and Cleaning Saturated Carpets in Cutler Bay Homes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal In Cutler Bay Can Be Started By The Homeowner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

What to Do For Your Cutler Bay Home After Hurricane Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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