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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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Fire Damage Restoration Services in Coconut Grove You Can Count On

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services in Coconut Grove You Can Count On Tackle the devastation of a fire on your property by calling SERVPRO immediately after you and your family are safe. That will help prevent damage.

Team SERVPRO Works For You After a Fire Has Damaged Your Home

While it may be less expensive to seek help from family or friends, an untrained eye can lead to additional damages that cause severe problems. They can miss or ignore problem areas in an attempt to save you a buck or two, resulting in excessive damages down the road.
 
Fully trained technicians with access to industrial-grade equipment provide you with the best results when dealing with fire damage on your Coconut Grove property. A qualified restoration company puts years of experience to work for you, replacing damaged materials, cleaning and sanitizing restorable areas, returning your home to a quality condition in a quick, efficient manner.
 
SERVPRO technicians provide you with talented teams that sift through the remnants of a blaze to remove soot and ash that continues to harm your contents and structural components long after the flames subside. Restoration professionals have the knowledge and resources to identify problematic areas, limit losses, and prevent additional damage.
 
SERVPRO teams do everything to secure your property, restore power, and prevent hazards from forming. Our services were designed to bend and adjust to changing situations, making only services you need available, that fit your circumstances. We never charge you for unnecessary services and do everything possible to return your property to a quality pre-damage state.
 
SERVPRO uses board-up techniques to protect exposed areas of your home from outdoor elements, closing openings such as broken windows or open doors that might allow intruders to take advantage of your current circumstances. We also protect your home against corrosion, wiping smoke residues off of plastic or painted surfaces, furniture, fiberglass, and countertops.
 
We can also help protect metal trim on window frames, around faucets, door hardware, or lighting fixtures. Any surface subject to further corrosion gets treated with a pre-cleaning agent that stops damage in its tracks, allowing your restoration process to work its magic.
 
After you inform you insurance company, family, and close friends about your situation, contact SERVPRO of South Miami to get started on your home’s fire damage restoration immediately. We have IICRC certified technicians with years of experience and resources that make restoring your home a wonderful experience. (305) 269-8900

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Improper Venting Causes Water Damage in Coral Gables

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Improper Venting Causes Water Damage in Coral Gables Bathrooms need to be properly vented in order for the dampness in the room not to cause damage to walls and floors. Call SERVPRO after damage.

SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage AND Helps to Prevent Future Occurrences

Household appliances like dryers, heating systems, and stovetops should vent to the outside of your home. Failure to follow this suggestion sends an unintended infusion of moisture into areas that then experience damage to structure, contents, or both. The team at SERVPRO restores the harm and suggests ways to eliminate the risk in the future.
 
Many areas are at increased risk of water damage within your Coral Gables home. Obvious options are the bathroom or kitchen. Showers and baths raise the ambient humidity of the room, and that steamy warmth causes damage to walls, ceilings, and flooring if no venting directs the moisture elsewhere. Kitchens experience similar issues if the steam created by cooking and baking remains in the area. Laundry rooms are also problem spots. If venting is present and the damage still mounts up, we investigate to find out why rather than simply responding to the visible damage.
 
Some contractors use shortcuts and vent into crawl spaces or attics rather than extend the ductwork outside of the building. This causes moisture to condense above ceilings and walls. When enough water collects, it saturates structural materials and components such as ceiling tiles or drywall. You notice discolored areas creeping across ceilings or paint bubbling or peeling. Walls show dimples or soft spots.
 
SERVPRO technicians evaluate the visible damage, but before we make a plan to dry out the moisture, we locate the source. If the water vapor continues to be vented inside the house, our restoration efforts will not resolve the problem. Correcting the venting configuration is one step. We then use a variety of drying techniques including dehumidifiers and air movers above and below the water damage, as appropriate, to stabilize the structures enough to determine if any material must be removed and replaced.
 
Water damages homes in ways that is surprising to our clients but understandable to us. Our job is not only to restore the damage but to explain to our customers in a professional yet compassionate way how the damage occurred and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. SERVPRO requires extensive training for all staff and assigns experienced project managers to your case so we ensure answers to all your questions.
 
You appreciate the candor and the skills of the staff from SERVPRO of South Miami when water damage restoration leads to the need for additional repairs to fully resolve a tricky situation. Call our water damage detectives at (305) 269-8900 to search for a solution that lasts.

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How SERVPRO Handles Mold Damage On Your Coconut Grove Kitchen Wall

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How SERVPRO Handles Mold Damage On Your Coconut Grove Kitchen Wall Mold can spread really quickly throughout your home. Call SERVPRO at the first sign for assessment and remediation.

From Assessment to Remediation, Our Trained Technicians Eliminate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold damage is a genuine risk for householders living in Miami. Florida has high levels of humidity, and as the spores love moist environments, our state is an ideal home for them. Mold can eat into soft materials, cause structural damage, and even bring about health problems. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of fungal growth. Some signs to look out for include the telltale black spores, discolored patches, or a musty smell.
 
It is important to remediate mold damage on your Coconut Grove kitchen wall as soon as possible. After all, your kitchen is where you prepare food for your family so of course, you do not want mold growing there. Our professional remediation process includes removing existing colonies, preventing them spreading further throughout your home, and drying out the damaged area.
 
Your SERVPRO visit begins with a thorough assessment of your kitchen. In some cases this includes removing baseboards or molding to examine the insides of the wall – mold, unfortunately, likes drywall, so a check of the internal wall cavity is often needed.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians use moisture meters and thermal imaging to examine the wall and ensure we focus only on damp areas where mold might be growing. We also check for hidden leaks such as from damaged pipes or faulty appliances. Isolating and removing the source of dampness is key to thorough remediation and helps control growth in the future.
 
Unfortunately, in cases where mold has damaged drywall, it often needs to be replaced. Your technician can advise you on what restoration work is necessary, and safely remove any drywall that cannot be saved.
 
The next step is to use plastic sheeting to seal off the area and ensure spores cannot travel further into your home. Now we have a safe working area and can focus on removing mold and drying out your kitchen walls.
 
Our teams come equipped with brushes, powerful HEPA vacuums, and cleaning solutions to scrub, clean and wipe away visible colonies. We also bring in air scrubbers: These use HEPA filtration to remove particles and spores as tiny as 0.3 microns from the air and reduce contamination.
 
The final step is to dry your kitchen wall and cavity thoroughly. We bring in commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers and set them up in a carefully calculated configuration for effective drying of the area.
 
Do not let mold take hold in your kitchen. Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 today for assistance.

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Why Air Movement Is Essential For Repairing Flood Damage In Miami Homes

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Air Movement Is Essential For Repairing Flood Damage In Miami Homes The application of air movement at the surface of wet objects is essential for the successful repair of water damage in homes.

Air Movement Is Vital For Flood Damage Repairs


For more than two decades, water damage restorers have been utilizing air moving equipment for the purposes of structural drying. The reason for this is because controlled drying processes depend on evaporation – the transition of liquid water to vapor.

Several different factors influence the rate of evaporation. Most are linked directly to changes in the air around damaged materials. Therefore, the application of air movement at the surface of wet objects is essential for the successful repair of water damage in Miami homes.

The Control Of Microbial Growth
High powered air movers are very effective when it comes to drying surface water. At SERVPRO, they are a critical tool for preventing microbial growth. Practically speaking, if water activity (aw) can be limited to a level below 0.75, the development of microbes is slower. However, if held at a level under 0.65 aw, it is difficult for any microbes to grow, even on the most vulnerable materials.

It means that SERVPRO has to commit to drying all damaged materials in order to reach an equilibrium with an environment below the 0.65 aw cut off. The fastest way to do this is to install air movers and direct clean, dry air over wet surfaces. Crucially, if the exposed surface of hygroscopic substances (plasterboard) get dried quickly but their interior remains wet, microbial growth is still unlikely.

The Even Distribution Of Heat And Air
As the drying process progresses, SERVPRO tightly regulates the humidity, temperature, and airflow within the water damaged space. When air movers get used correctly, they must redirect clean air and support the even distribution of heat to any materials which are still intolerably wet. As the job is nearing completion, the technicians can start to relax humidity and airflow controls, but they must still maintain established drying goals. Moisture tests are carried out periodically to determine how much moisture the materials in the room contain and how long it is likely to take for them to be dried out.

At SERVPRO of South Miami, we take water damage restoration seriously. By using sophisticated structural drying techniques, our technicians ensure that all excess water, damp, and moisture gets eliminated. Call us 24/7 at (305) 269-8900 for fast, effective repairs.

Reduce The Risk Of Mold Damage In Your Miami Laundry Room

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reduce The Risk Of Mold Damage In Your Miami Laundry Room Damp Laundry Can Develop Mold Growth in Your Miami Home

Mold Growth in Miami? Call SERVPRO for Remediation


Your laundry room is an ideal breeding ground for mold. The combination of a damp environment with high humidity and the heat from a washer or dryer makes an environment that spores just love. Mold can damage soft materials beyond repair and can also cause structural damage or even health effects. That is why it is important to do all you can to deter mold growth in your home.
 
There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of mold damage in your Miami laundry room. SERVPRO experts recommend the following actions.
 
Do Your Laundry Promptly
Damp and dirty laundry is an inviting prospect for mold spores to grow into patches. Do not give them a place to grow. Make sure that laundry is done regularly and not allowed to pile up. Thorough drying is also important. Wet laundry is still a potential home for fungus even if it is clean. Hang clothes outside to dry or use a dryer.
 
Clean Regularly
Keep surfaces clean and dry as much as possible, so that mold has less chance to breed. Be diligent for signs of mold. A disinfectant solution is an effective cleaning option that also helps reduce the chances of mold proliferation.
 
Check Your Appliances
Laundry room leaks or drips provide even more of an opportunity for fungal growth. A leak that seeps into carpets, walls or floors encourages mildew to grow in those places and cause structural damage. Check your appliances regularly and fix any leaks and replace broken drainage hoses or fixtures at once.
 
Call In The Experts
Once mold is present expert help is the best way to deal with it. As soon as you see signs of mold growth we recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO. Upon arrival, our IICRC-certified experts establish a containment zone. Plastic sheeting keeps mold from spreading throughout your house. Our teams come equipped with negative air machines which pull contaminated air through ducts and exhaust it outside your home.
 
After establishing containment, our experts set to work thoroughly cleaning your laundry room. Powerful HEPA vacuums remove loose spores. Vacuuming is followed by cleaning using abrasion, scrubbing, detergents and damp wiping, depending upon the surface to be cleaned. We also try to clean and restore, and not replace mold damaged elements as a cornerstone of our remediation service.
 
Do not give mold a chance to grow in your laundry room. Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 today for assistance.

Recovering From Fire Damage In Your Key Biscayne Property

4/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering From Fire Damage In Your Key Biscayne Property Protect Your Key Biscayne Property with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO Offers the ERP-The Mobile App to Help Prevent and Mitigate Damage By Fire and Water


Home fires can be an extremely damaging experience, they destroy your home and ruin lives on a daily basis. Having your household memories and treasured belongings destroyed in a fire causes mental and financial stress, to say the least.
 
Homes experience fire damage in Key Biscayne far more often than you might think. After examining fires in the area, the root causes fall into three categories cooking, heating, or neglect. Regardless of how the fire in your home began, it helps to have a quality restoration company on your side.
 
At SERVPRO, we promote preparation as a key factor for preventing damages in your home due to fire. Thinking that your home is immune, only make losses greater when a disaster occurs. You should take a few moments to obtain our Ready Plan Mobile App; you can download it directly to your PC, as well as your iPhone or Android smartphone.
 
SERVPRO’s Ready Plan allows you to plan ahead, make contact with our local franchise and share information about your property that helps us respond with the correct amount of personnel and equipment to serve you during an emergency.
 
Having a relationship with your local restoration company helps protect your property. If we have directions and know what it looks like, we can respond quicker and reduce the losses you suffer.
 
The app also assists homeowners with accounting for household possessions before catastrophe strikes. With SERVPRO’s Ready Plan, you can add images and maintain visual records concerning areas of your home prone to fire. Search for the ERP--Emergency READY Profile app.
 
Creating a damage log allows you to communicate your issue more efficiently and document the problem for insurance purposes while giving you direct access to the services you need to get back on your feet as soon as possible.
 
Your insurance company looks favorably on you for using a quality restoration company that can provide you with a full-service solution, and SERVPRO works hard to meet or exceed any expectations you may have. We provide customers with solutions unique to your situation, providing fire, smoke, and water restoration services, along with any cleaning and deodorization and repair methods necessary to get the job done right.
 
Make the decision to restore your home as quickly and efficiently as possible, contact SERVPRO of South Miami today for access to the services you deserve. (305) 269-8900