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Defective Sink Plumbing Could Mean Water Damage To Your Coconut Grove Residence

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Defective Sink Plumbing Could Mean Water Damage To Your Coconut Grove Residence Sinks are a vital part of any functioning kitchen in a Coconut Grove home.

Water Damage To Your Residence

Sinks are a vital part of any functioning kitchen in a Coconut Grove home. While you might go to great lengths to ensure that you are taking care of all of the pieces and parts that bring water into your faucets or carry the wastewater back out again, often it is not enough. When any of these components malfunction, the result could be a damaging amount of water headed through your kitchen very quickly.

This kind of water damage to your Coconut Grove home is unpredictable in many ways. Since there are so many pieces that make up a single tub sink in your kitchen, it can be difficult amid an emergency to identify the source of the problem. Knowing where the problem started gets exponentially more difficult if you have multiple basins for your kitchen sink design. While you are going to get wet, you can do a few things to ensure that the problem does not spread or get worse in the affected area.

You have to act quickly to get the water shut off, and that starts with calling our emergency SERVPRO response team. Once the initial shock of spraying water or liquid pouring from the cabinetry under the sink has worn off, you have to get yourself underneath the sink and get a look at the piping. Quickly scan the entire assembly for any noticeable fractures or separations, but that is not why you are down there. What you are searching for is a valve that feeds up from the floor into the cabinetry that supplies the faucet with water.

On this pipe, you should notice a valve. It usually has a yellow handle and can be turned 90 degrees to cut the water supply to the sink. After a few moments from turning this valve, you should notice the water slowing and then stop altogether. Since you have already contacted SERVPRO, we are likely in route to your home to assess the damages that the sink has caused and restore it.

Sometimes there is little to no warning of an impending break to your plumbing for your sink, but its proximity to all of your major appliances requires you to move quickly to remove the water and restore any damages. Our SERVPRO of South Miami team is equipped with the tools and experience to help you through all phases of this crisis until the problem gets fixed. Give us a call anytime at (305) 269-8900.

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Identifying and Responding to Electrical Fire Damage in Miami

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Identifying and Responding to Electrical Fire Damage in Miami Electrical fires must be handled differently than regular fires.

It is Important to Understand the Difference of an Electrical Fire

Electrical fires are different from regular fires in a few ways. While both have the potential to spread across your home and cause a much more significant problem, small fires and electrical fires must be approached and considered as fundamentally different processes. Electrical appliances, plugs, and cables are among the leading causes of fire damage in Miami, accounting for hundreds of confirmed cases every year and potentially much more where the source is unknown.

What an Electrical Fire Looks Like

Electrical fire damage in Miami can often look exactly like regular fire damage, albeit with a few fundamental differences. Most importantly, the source of the fire should be an electric appliance or cable and easily identifiable as such. Use common sense here: if you think the object on fire has an active wall connection or battery, treat it as an electrical fire. However, some electrical fires can also give off additional warning signs. Some may burn an unusual color, or send off sparks in either sporadic bursts or a consistent stream and pattern. If you observe any of these warning signs, be wary, and treat the fire with as much caution as possible.

Dealing with Electrical Fires

Eliminating a small electrical fire is relatively easy, but if done improperly, also very dangerous. Electrical fires cannot be put out using water-based products, including some older types of fire extinguishers. The electronics underneath are likely to be very unstable and prone to becoming an electrocution hazard, especially when sprayed with a stream of pressurized water. The only time water should be used against an electrical fire is long after the fire has spread, and firefighters are forced to use water hoses to douse the flames. Make sure your home has modern, functioning CO2 or chemical fire extinguishers placed at critical locations so that you can effectively combat any type of fire, even an electrical one.

SERVPRO of South Miami is a locally owned company with national resources dedicated to helping local homeowners respond to and recover from disasters and damages to their home. Call us at (305) 269-8900.

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Items That Can Be Saved After Mold Damage in Miami

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Items That Can Be Saved After Mold Damage in Miami Mold can lurk behind furniture and walls or appear in plain sight. Contact SERVPRO when you see or smell the presence of mold in your home.

Our Technicians Quickly Evaluate the Items Damaged By Mold Based on Their Porosity and Permeability

Toxic mold is a serious threat to Miami homeowners. It feeds on organic materials and can ruin your items beyond repair. Worse still, these fungi can cause mold-related health effects. Like with all living organisms, mold and mildew require certain elements to grow and thrive. These include moisture, mold spores, proper temperatures, and, of course, carbon items. When these elements are sufficient in a given area, they create the ideal environment for mold growth.
 
SERVPRO is a longstanding restoration company that has been fighting mold damage in Miami homes for many years. We are proud to offer our IICRC-certified technicians to respond to your emergency when it happens. Our resources include advanced cleanup and drying equipment designed to get rid of mold growth entirely, "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO technicians can easily remove mold damage from materials that have a solid surface, for instance glass, metal, and plastic. We use antimicrobial products and water, among other tools, in the remediation process. Porous items cannot be "safely" cleaned, treated, or effectively kept in the sun due to their "porous" nature. Mold spores build up in small spaces, increasing their chances of survival. Once they find a pore that is small, safe, and comfortable enough, the mold spores lay dormant and wait for moisture to initiate growth. Their roots grow downward, making them extremely stable on porous items.
 
On the other hand, "non-porous" materials are salvageable after mold damage. SERVPRO mold remediation experts can wash and dry them using special techniques because of the absence of pores. Without pores, it means that the spores cannot burrow into the item, instead remaining on the surface where they are easily expendable.
 
Removing mold damage from fabric clothing is easy but still requires professional assistance. Apart from safety purposes, washing alone cannot restore mold-damaged clothing to its original state. SERVPRO technicians can provide the best solution to ensure that you do not lose the item completely. It is important to clean the material sooner rather than later to reduce the risk of sustaining irreversible damage.
 
Research has shown that mold takes anywhere between 24 and 48 hours to make an impact. If you detect the presence of mold growth in your house, let SERVPRO of South Miami come in and assess the damage. You can reach us anytime at (305) 269-8900.
 
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Mitigation Solves Commercial Flood Damage In Miami's Apartment Complexes

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mitigation Solves Commercial Flood Damage In Miami's Apartment Complexes Landlords whose apartment complexes have flood damage know that loss of profits because of such disastrous conditions can create long-term effects.

Commercial Flood Damage

Property owners and managers in Miami deal with day-to-day situations involving their renters and rental units. Extenuating circumstances add significantly to the stress and workload these professionals experience.

Landlords in Miami whose apartment complexes have commercial flood damage know that loss of profits because of such disastrous conditions can create long-term effects. These can include an inability to pay expenses including payroll, lawsuits for loss of personal property, exacerbation of health conditions, and many others. Even if the judge decides the case is unwarranted, the stress, loss of time, and energy can seriously harm any business.

Whenever a business experiences flooding, restoring everything again takes time, but this is a necessary expenditure. When a multi-unit building such as a hotel, campus dormitory, or apartment complex requires mitigation services for flood damage, some units might not experience severe problems. When this occurs, those units might remain occupied.

For units and common areas that require mitigation, we use equipment according to international standards. Our technicians earned IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and combined with their experience, can perform the work required throughout your entire complex. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened,” regardless of the complex nature of the job or severity of the initial flooding.

Part of our experience comes from working in hospital settings, motels, and large shopping outlets. In such locations, our customers' clients often see us performing different stages of mitigation. We know the best methods to perform our work while remaining out of the way of third parties.

Apartment complexes pose a bit of a different scenario because these units are much more permanent and contain household items, unlike hotel rooms. We can help your renters move their things to safer locations, as well as work with them individually. However the situation unfolds, we remain flexible and bring many solutions to the table, helping you and your renters through these stressful times so life can get back to normal once again.

SERVPRO of South Miami employs local technicians who dedicate their time to helping others in our community. Without other businesses, our local economy suffers. Without quality apartment complexes, our area housing situation plummets. When you have flood damage at your apartment complex, call us at (305) 269-8900 for 24-hour services.

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Safe, Commercial Water Removal in Miami

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Safe, Commercial Water Removal in Miami Drying carpets and making sure that they will still hold up to regular foot traffic is one of our primary tasks. After water damage, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Arrives with the Equipment and Manpower Ready to Remediate ANY Level of Water Damage on Your Commercial Property

The worst weather has probably passed Miami for the year, but wind and rain are still happening. It is more important than ever that businesses already damaged remove water as quickly as possible.
 
Commercial water removal in Miami needs to be accomplished by a professional service. Businesses with multiple offices like a law firm may decide that a little rain is not nearly as bad as the recent hurricane and try to cut corners. That is never a good idea, as a rented Water-Vac and a Rug Doctor cannot replace the experience and training SERVPRO brings to every water disaster.
 
Rental equipment is not the same quality that our response team brings to each home. It is not maintained on-site like the commercial grade machines we have and have access to in our nationwide network of equipment. Even the new devices available for purchase at a big box store do not have the power and options our technicians bring to the job.
 
When carpets and structural property have suffered previous water damage, further time underwater accelerates new problems. For example, carpet that was cleaned and dried still sustained some damage even if delamination did not occur. Minor damage to the back of the carpet accelerates future risk with the next flooding situation.
 
SERVPRO technicians examine carpets before beginning work with pumps and extraction wands. They avoid areas that show bubbles beneath the surface or a few loose threads from the nape. After extracting water from the rest of the carpet, we use specially designed heaters and air movers to dry these spots without agitating the surface and accidentally causing more problems.
 
Multiple incidents of water damage require a professional response each time to remove it with either no or at least minimal damage. SERVPRO of South Miami has been serving Miami-Dade County for over 20 years and helping businesses return to serving their customers as quickly and safely as possible. If you need us, call today at (305) 269-8900.

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Preparing For Hurricane Irma Surprises In Your South Miami Winter Home

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preparing For Hurricane Irma Surprises In Your  South Miami Winter Home Hurricane Irma--First Evacuation in South Miami, then for Cleanup Call SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Sanitation After Hurricane Irma

Every year you look forward to returning to the balmy breezes and temperate climate that appealed to you when buying your second home. Now that there is a serious chill in the air up north it is time to plan your trip back to South East Florida. This fall, however, you are plagued with concerns about how well your South Miami winter dwelling held up to the challenges of Hurricane Irma. You need a professional partner in your Sunshine State community to help you assess and remedy any harm this severe weather event visited on your holiday home.
 
The strong winds and torrential rains that swept through Florida and the South Miami area when Irma approached and then made landfall could have caused significant adverse impacts upon your beloved winter home. Any part of your detached house, condo, or townhome with even a slight imperfection was highly likely to allow water to take advantage of the weakness and invade. Older windows, perhaps casually maintained, commonly fail to hold back the force of a hurricane strength wind, the result being significant quantities of water forcing its way into your vacation haven.
 
Water is a tremendously destructive force, and when it saturates commonly used building materials, fixtures, and decor, an extensive list of destructive consequences follow. Window sills soak up the water and swell, warping and twisting, making it impossible to open and close the windows again properly. Blinds and draperies become waterlogged and stained, the materials decomposing into ruin. Floors and walls nearby also take the brunt of the water, bulging and buckling. Carpets experience delimitation, where the fibers permanently pull away from the backing, destroying the floor covering.
 
Perhaps the most devastating after effect of water incursion is mold damage. When water damage goes unabated for 24 to 48 hours the likelihood of microbial activation and proliferation is exceptionally high. Mold spores are present at all times in your Florida home, but without a source of moisture they simply collect on surfaces and float through the air. Water forced into your Florida dwelling by the cataclysmic winds of Irma can be the catalyst for mold damage in all areas of your property. Failed electrical power can also dramatically increase the RH relative humidity within your unit.
 
Be prepared for the probability that wind-driven moisture made its way into your Florida home. Engage the services of a reputable storm damage recovery company like SERVPRO of South Miami to assess the harm and devise a comprehensive plan to restore the destruction as soon as you make your back to your winter hideaway, or even before your return. (305) 269-8900

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Stay Safe from Waterborne Pathogens After Flood Damage in Miami

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stay Safe from Waterborne Pathogens After Flood Damage in Miami Flood water that makes its way into your home can contain waterborne pathogens and be dangerous for you and your family.

The Dangers of Flood Water

Travelers are frequently warned to be careful of waterborne pathogens in foreign climes. Residents of Miami know that waterborne pathogens are not a daily concern. After all, America has a safe water system that was designed to provide water suitable for drinking straight out of the faucet. However, if a flood occurs here in the United States, there is a risk of diseases carried by the flood water, especially if it becomes contaminated with feces from overflowing sewers or sewage tanks. In the event of flood damage, SERVPRO recommends being cautious about waterborne illnesses – it is better to be safe than sorry.

After flood damage to your Miami home, stay alert to the risk of water carrying diseases. Water carries pathogens that lead to serious sicknesses such as cholera, dysentery, Legionnaire's disease, and hepatitis A. However, some simple precautions help keep you safe.

Be careful of open wounds or rashes, as open lesions on the skin might become infected. Keep any cuts, scrapes or rashes clean and covered at all times to reduce the risk of infections. If possible, keep your whole body protected from flood water by using coveralls, waterproof clothing, and rubber gloves whenever you come into contact with the flood water. Never walk barefoot.

Soft furnishings in your home are not safe to keep. We do not recommend trying to salvage anything that is dampened or soaked by flood water. Discard any wet carpets, drapes, and soft furnishings such as couches, chairs, mattresses, and bedding. Hard surfaces need to be thoroughly scrubbed and disinfected. It is a good idea to call SERVPRO for assistance – we have the know-how and equipment to clean hard surfaces safely.

Be extremely cautious with what you eat after a flood. Canned food is safe to eat, but any fresh or packaged food that comes in contact with flood water must be discarded.

Use only bottled or boiled water for bathing, brushing your teeth and drinking (bottled is better) until you are confident the supply is safe. Always follow advice from official channels.

For help with flood cleanup in Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and surrounding area, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 today.

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Avoid Costly Fire Damage Throughout Your Coral Terrace Home By Contacting Experts Today

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Costly Fire Damage Throughout Your Coral Terrace Home By Contacting Experts Today Unfortunately, fires occur on their schedule, causing fire damage to your Coral Terrace home when you least expect it.

Avoid Fire Damage

You may find that many professionals recommend having a qualified professional inspect your Coral Terrace home before tragedy strikes. They do so because it is much easier and far less expensive to catch fire hazards early. Restoration technicians can perform an inspection of your property that gives you insight into what to avoid, lessening potential risks.

Unfortunately, fires occur on their schedule, causing fire damage to your Coral Terrace home when you least expect it. Having access to an IICRC certified team of professionals can have a major impact on the quality of your restoration after a fire, and give you the help you need immediately. Never settle for less when dealing with getting your home back on track after emergency situations occur.

The fire itself causes significant damages to surfaces touched by flames. Combustion often causes permanent damage, making restoration impossible. While some of the areas require replacement materials installed, other surfaces are fully restorable. However, it takes a professionally trained technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, to limit any losses you might experience.

Smoke, soot, and ash residues often make their way into every crack and crevice, reaching a far wider area than the original fire. A small kitchen fire, for instance, can spread smoke throughout your home that continually causes damage until someone addresses the problem appropriately. SERVPRO uses a variety of cleaning methods and equipment to mitigate damages to various surfaces in your home.

Water issues always accompany a fire, because firefighters use water to put the flames out. They do a great job, and we appreciate what they do. However, if this water is not taken care of immediately, residues begin to penetrate tougher surfaces making it harder for restoration technicians to restore many of the contents of your home. Fast response is an essential part of a successful recovery. SERVPRO gives you access to experienced professionals, trained and certified in fire, smoke, and water damage restoration services, who offer full-service solutions to get you back into your home as soon as possible after a fire. We take the lead, managing your entire restoration from start to finish, and thoroughly explain every step of the process.

SERVPRO of South Miami has technicians ready to answer your call. We are proud to serve Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and many other local communities (305) 269-8900.

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Trained Professionals Remove Flood Damage From Your Miami Home With Care

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Trained Professionals Remove Flood Damage From Your Miami Home With Care Getting help from a qualified company is an excellent way to ensure you have professionals working towards protecting your interests.

Flood Damage Removal

Even the most frugal among us have precious items we want to protect. Whether you have a treasured book collection, an advanced gaming room, or a collection of antique dolls, it helps to know that someone is available to give our Miami area property the attention it deserves after a flood.

We all understand that storm season is upon us and want to protect our Miami homes from flood damage that these storms often bring. Getting help from a qualified company is an excellent way to ensure you have professionals working towards protecting your interests, should tragedy strike.

You can count on SERVPRO to provide specialized services, designed to adjust to your unique situation. We give you access to technicians dedicated to providing excellent services on every job, meeting or exceeding any expectations you may have. Seeing the look on your face after returning your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition fills us with satisfaction, making every moment worth it.

SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians scramble for deployment the moment you make the call, 24/7, regardless if your problem occurs during the day or night. We have rapid response teams that arrive in fully stocked Green Fleet vehicles, ready to tackle flood damage in your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Let’s say you have a couple of inches of water throughout your entire home, quickly making its way into your walls, cabinetry, flooring, furniture, and more. It makes sense to get the water out fast, but more importantly, you need professionals that treat your home’s contents with care, providing full restoration services wherever possible, helping you reduce your losses and prevent secondary damages.

If you have specific items you want us to pay closer attention to, we can help. SERVPRO works hard on every job to help restore picture frames, family photo albums, books, electronics and more. You can rest assured that grandma’s crystal vase is in good hands. Contact SERVPRO of South Miami for access to professionally trained technicians who care. Make the call, today (305) 269-8900.

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Properly Address Mold Damage Found in Your Miami Area Home

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Properly Address Mold Damage Found in Your Miami Area Home Improperly sealed windows can cause mold to grow in your home.

Basements are an inviting space for mold damage

Mold can grow just about anywhere in your Miami residence; it just needs oxygen, moisture, and organic material to exist. Most species find damp, humid areas of your home especially inviting, which makes it no surprise that the basement is a premium area to find mold.

Basement mold damage found in your Miami area home often results from leaks in your foundation, condensation caused by improperly sealed windows, malfunctioning appliances, or improper ventilation. You can prevent basement mold by hiring a professional to ensure that the area remains moisture-free, improving the overall environment in your home.

If you already have a moisture problem in the basement of your home, contact SERVPRO for help. We can deliver quality solutions, using professional mold remediation services to take control of the problem. Regardless of what you might read elsewhere, or what someone might tell you, learning the species of mold growing in your home has zero effect on how we treat it. So, avoid getting drawn in by someone who might want to identify your mold.

Not sure if you have mold? One of the most common signs is the smell; stagnant air causes a very noticeable musty odor that you should never ignore. Finding mold in your basement is rather easy. Wherever there are signs of water damage or leaks; mold can grow. Any objects or materials made from organic substances like wood, drywall, carpeting, insulation, or even cardboard boxes used to store other items can serve as a food source, check these areas often.

SERVPRO technicians can help you determine why mold began growing in your basement and teach you simple techniques to prevent future growth. We have many services available that eliminate moisture, control humidity, and remove standing water. Our technicians provide you with unique solutions based on the severity of your situation; each job is entirely different.

SERVPRO of South Miami has IICRC-industry certified mold remediation specialists standing by to assist with any size problem you have in your home. We have highly-trained personnel, equipment, and resources to tackle even the toughest jobs, call today. (305) 269-8900

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