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

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

How do humidity levels affect mold growth?

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

But why does humidity cause mold growth?

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

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

Why does local knowledge matter when choosing a mold company?

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

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

Does being local mean we have fewer resources?

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

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

What will SERVPRO do to tackle humidity?

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

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

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

Can SERVPRO help me keep the humidity down?

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

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

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

What Repairs Might Happen Before Water Damage Restoration?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERPVRO tech drying water damaged room; drywall removed to studs for drying Sometimes drywall needs removing to expose the structure for drying.

Cutler Ridge Properties Often Need Stop-Gap Mitigation  

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

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

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

When Does Controlled Demolition Occur?  

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

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

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

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Do I Need a Mold Inspection?

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

What Should I Look for in a Mold Remediation Specialist?

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

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

Dealing with Moisture

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

Mold Remediation Experience

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

Faster to Any Size Disaster

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

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

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

How Does SERVPRO Prepare for Flooding in Cutler Bay?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

living room with knee-deep standing water. Furniture in living room Our experts have the right equipment and training to quickly remove standing water after a flood.

We Trains and Prepares for Flooding That Damages Cutler Bay Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Details the Fire Damage Restoration Process  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

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

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

Extensive training and specialized products

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

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

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

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

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

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

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

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

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

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

Commercial Cleaning and Disinfection for Cutler Bay area Businesses

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a red background Cleaning and sanitizing are both keys to helping stop the spread of viruses.

Protect Your Employees and Customers with Professional Disinfecting Services 

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

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

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

The CDC Recommends Cleaning Followed by an Application of Disinfectant 

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

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

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

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

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why Quick Water Extraction Helps Salvage Carpeting in Cutler Bay

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

edge of carpet on hardwood floor Water damage degrades carpet. Quick water removal helps salvage your carpeting.

How SERVPRO Performs Water Removal So Fast in Cutler Bay Homes 

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

Special Attention to Carpet

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

Expert Removal of Water Lessens Drying Time

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

Final Steps in Water Loss Restoration

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

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

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Cutler Bay Residents can Recover Furnishings with Water Damage

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A hallway with the floor taped off, with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. SERVPRO wants to assist you with your Cutler Bay essential items.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Leave Water Damage To Our Professionals In Cutler Bay

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Helps You Work Smart, Not Hard

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

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

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

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

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Why Choose SERVPRO for Restoration Services in Cutler Bay

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Fire 

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

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

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

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

Mold

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

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

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

Water

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

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

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

Storm

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

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

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

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

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Protect Against Winter Mold Damage in Cutler Bay

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

Prevention is Key When Mold Damage is the Issue

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

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

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

Fast Cleanup Of Water Damage Saves Three Lakes Homeowners Money

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Equipment for Cleanup and Inspection in Water-Damaged Miami Homes

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

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

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

These devices can show behind drywall, flooring, and ceiling materials to allow our technicians eyes on areas that are difficult to access. Based on cooler temperatures, we can direct our high-powered air movers and dehumidifiers towards problem areas to ensure that they get dried sufficiently to remain far below acceptable moisture parameters to prevent worsening effects like mold growth.

Water damage is not always something that homeowners believe that they should seek professional assistance for, but without cleaning up this disaster properly, it could lead to devastating results for the structural integrity of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay rapid response team a call today at (305) 278-8484.

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When the Plumbing Fails in Your Hollywood Home

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Backed clogs can cause blackwater (sewage-contaminated water) to be released into your home. SERVPRO has the training to deal with blackwater removal.

Why SERVPRO For Restoring Water Damaged Homes in Hollywood, Florida?

Hollywood missed the worst of the Summer’s storms this year. Like other residents on our state’s east coast, local homeowners breathed a sigh of relief at the lack of damage compared to other storm seasons. It does not eliminate every water issue a resident has to deal with, however.

In most Hollywood homes, water damage usually comes from a plumbing problem, rather than a tropical storm. While the force of the water may be slower coming out of a broken pipe, the amount of water that spread across the home can be just as significant. So why call SERVPRO instead of removing the water yourself or hiring the guy who advertises at the grocery store? The answer is simple, training and equipment.  

Our personnel train to the latest standards maintained by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration). That means understanding the possible damage water has to the structure itself, as well as the personal property inside each home. For example, although most plumbing issues send clean or uncontaminated water through a home, there are some situations where the water is contaminated. 

Our teams define this water as gray or black, depending on the level of contamination. It can happen when a sewer or a septic tank back up through a toilet and into the home. Soil can enter the home with water if an irrigation system fails, and floods the home by entering through the garage most often.  

In every situation, we remove any standing water as quickly as possible. SERVPRO restoration teams train on the latest commercial pumps to start removing the majority of the water within a few minutes of arriving at the home. In most homes, they can clear out the water in just a day or two. If they suspect the water is contaminated, they spray the surface and nearby property with an anti-bacterial agent to neutralize the health threat.  

After removing the water, our technicians carefully examine the home and personal property for what can be cleaned or requires disposal. Usually, they can clean, dry, and restore the home, regardless of the type of water. For carpets, however, we cannot guarantee 100% that they are safe to use again after exposure to gray or black water. Our teams always recommend immediate disposal so they can clean the floors underneath and continue restoration work on the rest of the home.  

Our goal at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is to restore each home to its clean, dry, pre-disaster condition. Call us today at (305) 278-8484 to start the restoration process in your residence.

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