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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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SERVPRO Provides Excellent Fire Damage Restorations For Homeowners In Key Biscayne

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Provides Excellent Fire Damage Restorations For Homeowners In Key Biscayne A multitude of problems can develop after a fire occurs in your Key Biscayne property.

Fire Damage Restorations For Homeowners

A multitude of problems can develop after a fire occurs in your Key Biscayne property. The fire itself does significant damage to items touched by flames while smoke and soot residues permeate the rest of your home with little to stand in the way.

You need to take all of the necessary precautions before entering your Key Biscayne home after experiencing fire damage. Besides natural hazards that may exist, entering your property without the proper protection can lead to secondary damages or making some items unrestorable. Protect your investment wisely, hire a quality restoration team to help get you back on your feet after an emergency occurs.

SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services available 365-days a year, including holidays. We train hard and make ourselves available so that you can rest easy knowing that professionals are available whenever you need us. Our technicians have IICRC-industry certification, follow local, state, and federal guidelines to perform restorations on your property while demonstrating efficiency and providing each customer with the services they deserve.

Insurance companies like working with SERVPRO because we offer a full solution to our clients. We manage your entire restoration, providing customers with a detailed outline of each stage, and answer any questions that you may have throughout the fire restoration process. We help you understand the paperwork needed to process your claim and fight to get you what you deserve to return things to normal.

Having a company like SERVPRO on your side after an emergency occurs on your property can make a major difference in protecting the value of your investment. The amount of time and effort we put into your restoration proves the amount of dedication we have to improve your circumstances. We put every resource available to work for you, supplying the proper amount of personnel and equipment to produce results quickly and efficiently.

Consider calling SERVPRO of South Miami for all of your emergency needs. We are ready and willing to answer your call for help, anytime, day or night. (305) 269-8900.

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Dealing With Flood Damage In Miami After A Storm

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing With Flood Damage In Miami After A Storm Storms are one of the most destructive natural events.

Dealing With Flood Damage

Storms are one of the most destructive natural events. They can come unexpectedly and cause extensive property damage. The resultant floods can cause trees and power cables to fall, sending them smashing through the roof. Heavy downpours, which are common during storms, can also cause leakages through the shelter. If unaddressed, the excess water can lead to rusting, mold growth, and other undesirable results.

To avoid hefty repair costs after a storm, contact SERVPRO right away for efficient flood damage restoration services in your Miami residence. Our technicians have the training, experience, and techniques to ensure that your property gets back to preloss conditions as soon as possible. We also adhere to IICRC recommendations to make sure that our services are up to par with industry standards.

This type of water damage comes with numerous hazards. They can be as simple as the excess water causing people to trip over, or as dangerous as prompting short circuits on wiring systems. Whichever the case, we need to evacuate everyone during the restoration process.

To prevent any incidents, we have to switch off all circuit breakers at the power supply. This step is important especially if we suspect that water may have penetrated the electrical outlets or wall cavities. A common rule is to place lockout tags and a post warning against reactivating any electric circuitry.

Drying and restoring the building involves using different techniques for different items. Extractors play a major role in water extraction from such things as carpets and upholstery. Aggressive cleaning can lead to carpet delamination, so we have to be very careful when choosing an extraction tool.

As the water removal process progresses, we use a moisture sensor to detect the presence of moisture in soft materials and how far it has traveled. Once it beeps to indicate moisture, our technicians use a moisture meter to show how much water is present. Using a moisture meter effectively requires knowledge on how to apply it on different surfaces – we have specialists who can do this.

When a storm hits your area, you cannot afford to neglect your property. As a locally based restoration company, SERVPRO of South Miami can respond quickly to repair the water damage. Get in touch anytime at (305) 269-8900.

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Water Damage Detection And Monitoring In Key Biscayne

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Detection And Monitoring In Key Biscayne The common denominator in all water damage emergencies is the presence of excess water.

Detection And Monitoring

When a clogged toilet, broken pipe, or a leaking dishwasher hose happens, it can be devastating to the homeowner. The damage may be indiscernibly slow and minor, such as water spots that end up damaging a surface in the long run, or it may be immediate and catastrophic like a flood. Whatever the case, water damage is a significant contributor to loss of property.

If your Key Biscayne home sustained water damage from a broken pipe while you were on vacation, IICRC trained technicians can help you restore it. Our water damage technicians can locate the affected areas and track moisture within the structure using different detection and monitoring devices. SERVPRO professionals are adequately trained on how to use these apparatus in a water damage situation.

Detecting Excess Moisture
The common denominator in all water damage emergencies is the presence of excess water. Our technicians use moisture sensors to detect moisture in soft materials during the water removal process. The sharp probes on the sensor can penetrate through carpets to indicate how far the water has traveled. We use this device during the initial inspection because it is both convenient and very efficient. However, moisture sensors cannot measure the amount of moisture present. Additionally, they are calibrated to signal moisture at only 17 to 19 percent, so our SERVPRO water damage restoration experts use a different monitoring tool to check whether the material is drying properly.

Calculating Exact Moisture Levels
Upon arrival on the property hit by the water damage, our technicians will begin to dry the structure and return the moisture content to normal levels. We use moisture meters to find the moisture content of different materials and determine whether the structure is dry. Penetrating meters can test moisture underneath wood flooring and within wall cavities, while non-penetrating ones have sensors that indicate moisture levels on the surface of materials. Our water removal experts are trained on how to use moisture meters properly to avoid false readings when measuring foil back insulation and steel studs.

Determining Current Temperature and Humidity
In a water damage crisis, it is essential to have an accurate reading of the current temperature and relative humidity. This is where our water damage restoration specialists come into play. We use advanced thermo-hygrometers to measure both of these elements, as well as to determine dew point. SERVPRO personnel will adapt the equipment to air conditions in the room before taking the readings, and then use these findings in conjunction with a psychrometric chart or calculator to calculate the specific humidity.

Do not leave your property to chance in a water damage situation. Excess water can be hazardous in all sorts of ways. As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of South Miami is nearby and ready to help initialize the water removal process. We are on 24/7 at (305) 269-8900.

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Avoiding Kitchen Fires in Your Coconut Grove Home

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoiding Kitchen Fires in Your Coconut Grove Home Cooking fires are the most common household fires.

Avoiding Kitchen Fires

Cooking fires are the most common household fires, and you do not have to have a huge, commercial-sized range for a fire to start. From stray dishtowels to grease spills, even a very small cook top in a studio apartment can create a blaze. You should know tips ahead of time to keep you and your family safe in the kitchen.

When cooking, remain in your Coconut Grove kitchen. It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but most cooking fires and fire damage occur from unattended cooking. If you must step away from the stove for any reason, first turn the heat off and move the pan to a burner that is cool.

When a cooking fire has flared up in your kitchen, be sure to contact SERVPRO after the fire is out. We are a professional and experienced fire damage restoration company, and we can repair and clean your home thoroughly for you.

When cooking, use a timer. Regularly check the food, whether you are baking, roasting, simmering, or boiling. When you use a timer, it helps remind you to check on your dish. You also need to keep the stove top clear of any oven mitts, dishtowels, paper towels or anything that can catch on fire.

Keep your stove top clean and wipe up any spills. When a stove top or oven is dirty, cooking with them is an invitation for potential fires. The buildup of grease is very flammable, so clean your stove each time you cook and wipe up any spills right away.

You should also avoid overheating your oils. Cooking oil which is overheated can start to bubble up and smoke, causing it to ignite and spill out. If you are not sure of the smoking point for your cooking oils, you can find charts online. Also, do not dispose of any oil before it has had time to cool. Tossing hot grease into your trash can could make it go up in flames. Putting it in an old food can after it cools is safer before tossing it out.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you after a fire to put your house back together again. We do an initial inspection and fire damage assessment, plus immediate board-up services if needed. Water removal and drying are done to clean up firefighting efforts, and we remove smoke and soot from all affected services.

SERVPRO of South Miami knows what works when it comes to fire damage remediation. Give us a call at (305) 269-8900 whenever you need our help after a fire.

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Historic Landmarks Rebound From Water Damage With Assistance From SERVPRO In Coral Gables

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Historic Landmarks Rebound From Water Damage With Assistance From SERVPRO In Coral Gables SERVPRO has the trained employees and specialized equipment to restore these treasures, so they continue to share the traditions of our area.

Historic Landmarks Rebound From Water Damage

Our community is home to a number of homes, buildings, and attractions important to the history of the city. Over the years water from rain, plumbing, and storms intrudes and harms structures and interiors. SERVPRO has the trained employees and specialized equipment to restore these treasures, so they continue to share the beauty and the traditions of our area.

Lovely homes built at the beginning of the 20th century frequently get a second life when acquired by civic organizations or individuals. Repurposed as interpretive centers, quaint inns, or B & B, these charming homes sometimes show their age. Your bed and breakfast contain water damage, marring the beauty and utility of a Coral Gables landmark. Working with our project managers and trained technicians brings your lodging back to its former glory.

Pre-existing and current water damage both present challenges to the owner of a century-old home. You may call us for help for an active leak and then find after our inspection that decades of damage lie hidden behind walls or under floors. Our supervisors and work crews confer with you throughout the restoration of your B & B, advising on what tasks must be completed to preserve your investment and to follow local regulations and what is safe to handle at a later time. Wet or damp structures cannot be ignored, and we develop a comprehensive plan to remove moisture and restore the integrity of both the interior and exterior of the building.

Particularly when historical artifacts are in danger of destruction, we use all the strategies our trained workforce learned from industry certification courses to restore rather than tear out and replace water damaged areas and items. Expect a multi-faceted approach employing water extraction, determination of drying goals through scientific moisture measurement, and implementation of a range of efficient and practical moisture reduction methods. Air movers and dehumidifiers dry out walls, ceilings, floors, and attached decor such as carpeting.

One-of-a-kind artwork, wall coverings, and documents receive unique treatments only certified technician complete. Techniques such as lyophilization, another term for freeze drying, succeeds in restoring papers, books, and pictures, skipping from frozen to dry without releasing water vapor in a liquid form. Stained antique wallpaper responds to careful attention from our experts, using the proper products and professional procedures.

Water damage done to your historic B & B has a range of solutions, and SERVPRO of South Miami awaits discussing your options. Call for a consultation at (305) 269-8900 to begin the restoration process.

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