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Procedures to Deal with Mold Damage in Your Miami Home

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Procedures to Deal with Mold Damage in Your Miami Home Miami Condo Mold Remediation Done Right by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Various Techniques and Methods for Mold Remediation

Mold damage can be quite significant to both your property and health when action is not taken immediately. Mold leads to the decomposition of organic materials in your home, and the damage is severe when left for a long time. Miami is one of the areas that faces such incidents, and you should know how to deal with these issues.

The first step in dealing with mold damage in Miami is to establish containment. You should contain the mold contamination to ensure it does not spread, but how? Our SERVPRO technicians always ensure that the unaffected areas of your home are protected from the spread of the molds by installing plastic sheeting, establishing negative air pressure in contaminated areas, and sealing HVAC vents. It is vital not to introduce airflow to an uncontained area to avoid spreading the contamination to other areas.
 
The mold needs to be removed from the contaminated areas and the method used does depend on the type of surface the mold is consuming. The SERVPRO experts clean nonporous materials that are damaged by molds in your home and help to restore them by HEPA vacuuming if the surface is dry or by wiping with a detergent solution if the mold is in a layer of soil. Porous materials such as carpeting and fabrics that have visible mold growth typically need to be removed and discarded. But there are instances of salvaging soft materials and fabrics. In long-duration exposures, we may have to remove wood materials that have been weakened by rot.
 
We need to dry all the materials in your home that had been affected by the mold using air movers, and this step requires much expertise. Your home needs to be dried to its normal moisture content levels to ensure no more mold growth in the future in the treated areas. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have years of experience dealing with mold and the necessary tools required.
 
SERVPRO of South Miami is a locally owned franchise ready and able to assist you with all your mold damage needs. We have skilled technicians with a range of equipment. Call us at (786) 504-1595 and learn your options.

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Detrimental Effects Of Commercial Water Damage Can Permanently Close Your Miami Souvenir Shop

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Detrimental Effects Of Commercial Water Damage Can Permanently Close Your Miami Souvenir Shop When a souvenir shop in Miami sustains commercial water damage, responding quickly can help make reopening possible.

Effects Of Commercial Water Damage

Miami's many attractions bring in tourists from all over the world and boost our area in many ways. Tourists enjoy finding unique finds to take back home for themselves and their friends and family. Summer storms can make things wet in our area and leave businesses soaked afterward, even when property and business owners prepared for the event. Interior water leaks can cause just as much damage as torrential storms.

When a souvenir shop in Miami sustains commercial water damage, responding quickly can help make reopening possible. Waiting for a 'better time' can cause a business to fail, never to reopen again. SERVPRO wants to help all our local businesses succeed after a disaster. We train our employees, so they become certified by the IICRC. These certifications ensure that the damage affecting your business gets the mitigation service needed to make everything “Like it never even happened.”

After arriving, SERVPRO's crews go to work cleaning and sanitizing all of your affected merchandise, regardless of the source of the water. When Category 2 or 3 water caused the damage, we remove carpeting and other porous and now-saturated materials. Replacing these items must occur to restore a healthy interior environment. With Category 1 water as the source, we can often restore these items, but only if restoration work begins immediately after the incident. Calling us as soon as you know a problem exists with water damage can decrease your restoration costs significantly.

Making sure that all areas of your store dry out requires special machinery to prevent water damage from escalating. Water seeps into everything, and in every direction. Variations in a material's composition or position can cause it to take on more water than other materials. We check throughout your shop to determine where the heaviest concentrations of water exist and then continue to monitor these areas to verify the successfulness of our efforts. Any remaining moisture can later cause microbial infestations or continued water damage within your shop.

SERVPRO of South Miami serves Kendall and Sweetwater, as well, and can help you restore your small shop after you experience water damage. Call us at (786) 504-1595 for a fast response and effective assistance in mitigating the damage.

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Miami's Commercial Flood Damage Experts Discuss Problems With Lightning

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Miami's Commercial Flood Damage Experts Discuss Problems With Lightning During severe thunderstorms, there are many elements that can cause damage to your property in Miami.

Commercial Flood Damage

During severe thunderstorms, there are many elements that can cause damage to your property in Miami. Severe weather causes things like high-speed winds that can cause commercial flood damage. Wind can blow stuff like branches and rocks into your warehouse's structure creating holes for water to enter. If it rains enough during a Miami storm, your business district could flood which can also cause water to get into your company's warehouse.

Lightning is another aspect of thunderstorms that can cause problems. If lightning hits your roof, it can cause issues that create water to enter your building which can cause commercial flood damage to your Miami business. Any time water enters your structure it can ruin a variety of building materials inside your warehouse. If excessive moisture is left inside a structure for too long, mold growth can occur. If mold starts to grow, it can cause health problems for your company's employees and customers.

Any time water enters your business' warehouse prompt mitigation is necessary. Our SERVPRO restoration crew knows that removing moisture within 48 hours to prevent mold growth is essential. The first thing our experts do when arriving at any emergency damage call is to secure the area. Storms can cause problems to buildings that create things like trip or fall hazards for the occupants at your place of business. We inspect the entire affected area and repair all of the hazards that we can. If there are places that have hazards such as electrical issue we block off the are until a certified electrician can fix the problem.

Next, we repair the hole where water entered so that no more moisture can ruin building materials. If the problem was created by lightning, then our SERVPRO technicians board up and seal off the hole created so that water cannot continue to leak into your warehouse. Before mitigation procedures begin we determine what is required to permanently fix the lightning damage and include it in the estimate.

We conduct all work procedures in ways that can keep your business functioning. If you ever need help after lightning strikes your business, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (786) 610-5955 24/7.

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Professional Restoration of Water Damage in Miami Helps Save Important Fixtures

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Restoration of Water Damage in Miami Helps Save Important Fixtures SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration to Large Buildings and Small Kitchens in Miami

Kitchen Water Damage Restoration in Miami by SERVPRO Is the Right Choice

The warm Miami weather might not be associated with water loss but it can occur due to broken plumbing or even leakages in the air conditioning system among other things. You might only think of mitigation in terms of extracting the water and drying the affected areas of your Miami home. However, mitigation also involves saving various installations in the home like countertops, cabinets, and drawers among others, which would cost the insurer or the homeowner a lot if mishandled.

In many cases of water damage in Miami, removal of the cabinets, countertops, door trims and the door casing is vital in order to reach all the waterlogged areas effectively. Although specialized tools like a water extraction wand can help suck water from hidden areas, removing the installations can guarantee that all affected areas are appropriately addressed. The team we send from SERVPRO has the necessary skills to ensure the installations come out whole. For example, we support the granite on countertops with two-by-four planks to ensure there is no damage during disassembly.
 
If a huge percentage of the house is flooded, it might be necessary to remove around one foot of the bottom part of the drywall. This allows access to the outer wall, removal of any affected insulation and drying of the wooden parts of the wall. The SERVPRO technicians we send save you from all the hassles involved and ensure unnecessary damage do not occur during the removal. This is known as a flood cut and minimizes demolition, inconveniences, and expenses. Fortunately, most water damaging events are from localized plumbling leaks.

When we remove the fixtures, it is easier to place air movers and dehumidifiers in different parts of the house for faster drying. By doing this, our SERVPRO technicians help protect the house from further damage by reducing microbial growth and chances of the wood rotting. Once we certify that we have dried the area to preloss levels, contractors can move in and replace the removed fixtures if these services are required.
 
Water restoration technicians do more than just drying areas damaged by water. When you call SERVPRO of South Miami at (786) 838-4620, we respond fast and use the correct techniques that safeguard the fixtures in your home. "Like it never even happened."

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Never Get Stressed By Flood Damage In The Crawl Space Of Your Miami Property

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Never Get Stressed By Flood Damage In The Crawl Space Of Your Miami Property  Getting the water out is among the first steps that our SERVPRO technicians perform when attending to flood damage incidents in Miami.

Flood Damage In The Crawl Space Of Your Home

Though crawl spaces are known to contain some moisture, it a different case when flood damage takes place. If the crawl space gets filled with water and you fail to address the situation as soon as possible, it can be costly and difficult to salvage your items. There are steps that professionals take to prevent mold damage and restore your Miami property.

Getting the water out is among the first steps that our SERVPRO technicians perform when attending to flood damage incidents in Miami. To do this work, we use specialized pumps and truck-mounted water extractors. We are aware of the submerged and floating debris which might be present in a crawl space, so, we use suitable methods to overcome such challenges. If necessary, we can perform minor demolitions to make the site more accessible for efficient restoration.

After removing the water-soaked debris and the standing water, it is time to dry the crawl space. By using air movers, our SERVPRO team can initiate the drying process. Since there is additional moisture which gets added to the air, we can run dehumidifiers to reduce the additional water vapor. Depending on the situation we are dealing with, we can decide to use refrigerant dehumidifiers or desiccant dehumidifiers.

Sometimes some water-sodden debris can penetrate into cracks and rot. When that happens, it is common for unpleasant smells to develop and we have to eliminate the odor-causing agents. We may deodorize the suspect areas to neutralize the odors. By using deodorants that have anti-microbial abilities, we can prevent mold growth.

The operations of our SERVPRO team are as per the IICRC regulations, and we always adhere to the local and state standards. Additionally, we use the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to stay protected during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of South Miami has highly trained technicians that use advanced equipment to deal with all commercial and residential disasters. Call us at (786) 838-4620 when you experience storm, mold, fire, and water damage disasters, and we can return your property to its earlier condition.

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Working to Get Your Miami Home's Fire Damage Insurance Claim Through Quickly

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Working to Get Your Miami Home's Fire Damage Insurance Claim Through Quickly SERVPRO technicians assess the damage after a fire as part of our operating practice. Contact us right away for best results.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Work Diligently to Assess the Damage in Your Home After a Fire

A fire in your Miami home can be a challenging thing to make sense of, let alone to face. With the slew of damages that result from even the smallest of blazes, these lingering effects and acute conditions require immediate attention and a professional’s touch to restore and rebuild properly. Regardless of the size of the fire that started in your house, finding the right professional assistance can make what follows afterward to go much more efficiently.
 
Once the fire has gotten extinguished in your home, you can begin to take a better look at the fire damages in Miami that you face. Fortunately, a thorough inspection and assessment is part of the SERVPRO process when we are called to give estimates or to provide the necessary information to an insurance provider that has reached out to our company.
 
This assessment helps our team to better determine the full scope of the present damage and what has to happen to restore your home to preloss conditions. Often our project manager and estimator both assess the damage, working out a running catalogue of damages and equipment necessary to complete this restoration most efficiently.
 
The estimation itself is often shared with the homeowner but ultimately given to the insurance provider or adjuster, so that the claims process can move along. The sooner that this claim can get processed, the faster that work can begin on your house to bring it back to original conditions. Our SERVPRO team often works directly with the insurance company representative to save you time and the headache of running necessary paperwork and information back and forth.
 
As you can see, our team puts a lot of time and effort into making a restoration that your home needs as simple and easy as possible. We strive to respond quickly and to get started promptly in helping to clean up the mess and return your home to its former conditions. You can count on our SERVPRO of South Miami fire damage specialists. Give us a call 24/7 at (786) 610-5955.

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Predictable Flood Damage In Kendall Can Still Be Devastating

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Predictable Flood Damage In Kendall Can Still Be Devastating SERVPRO Preserves and Protects Possessions During Storm Recovery in Kendall

Preparation and Fast Action Can Mitigate Storm Damage in Kendall

Experts term the climate in Kendall as “tropical monsoon,” reflecting the warm to very hot average temperatures and marked contrast between a drier and wetter season. The warm weather months from May through October can welcome over 36 inches of rain, often in strong storms including tropical depressions and storms to hurricanes. Although residents might realize a flooding event is always possible during the monsoon months, coping with the reality of a flooding emergency in one’s home is still incredibly challenging if it happens.
 
The looming threat of flood damage in Kendall means residents must be on alert constantly. At the same time, the risk fosters the development of reliable and experienced restoration companies, owned by local business people who invest in our community. When heavy rains and winds result in flooding to your home, rely on our IICRC trained technicians and the powerful equipment and innovative products we employ to make your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
Flood damage requires fast remediation as the water often contains contaminants that can accelerate deterioration of structural components and contribute to microbial growth. SERVPRO responds 24/7 as flooding does not respect typical business hours. Our crews arrive swiftly with the skills and the equipment necessary to develop and execute a thorough flood damage remediation plan onboard our service vehicles, ready to get to work pumping and extracting the water.
 
If the storm knocked out the power, SERVPRO works undeterred, employing our truck mounted removal equipment. Water more than two inches deep pumps out, and then our crew uses wanded extractors to pull moisture out of crevices and recesses as well as attending to floors and coverings. We do not guess. Instead, we measure for moisture and scan for hidden water trapped behind walls and under floors. Failure to remove all the water exposes your home to complications like mold and progressive deterioration of vulnerable building materials like drywall, insulation, and metal.
 
Drying is a science, requiring training in psychometry, which our employees receive and review periodically. SERVPRO air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers aid in the drying as our skilled crew position the equipment in the most advantageous pattern. Water migrates out of structures and into the air if that air is maintained at the usual low level of humidity. Evaporation occurs swiftly if all the components balance and we are experts at determining the proper equilibrium.
 
If flood damage has your number during the latest storm SERVPRO of South Miami is eager to assist you in solving the equation of winds plus rain in your favor. Our phones answer round the clock at (786) 838-4620, and we look forward to joining forces with you.

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Mold Damage Experts in Kendall Talk About Severe Cases

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts in Kendall Talk About Severe Cases When you find mold in the corner, or elsewhere in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Understands How Mold Forms and Spreads Throughout Your Home

If a building such as your Kendall rental home has a problem like a pipe break, the issue can go unnoticed if it is unoccupied. Most houses contain a vast amount of organic materials including the wooden structural components, drywall, some types of contents and sub-flooring. These organic materials work as good food sources for microbial growth when the temperatures are ideal, and there are elevated moisture levels. As time goes on the contamination can spread and get more and more severe.
 
Once a fungus forms, it grows structures called hyphae that spread across the materials and release spores. During any mold damage project in Kendall, it is important to keep these microbes from spreading and causing secondary problems. Since fungi can cause health effects with some people, containing the area is essential to prevent spores from spreading to unaffected areas.
 
The first step our SERVPRO technicians take when starting the mitigation process is to build a containment chamber around the affected areas. The chamber gets built with thick plastic sheets and metal poles and is made to seal in any dust or contaminated particles that get put into the air during the work process. An air scrubber then gets attached to a side of the chamber and works to clean the air from harmful microbes as the remediation process takes place.
 
If the contamination is extremely severe, the entire home can be contained so that harmful microbes do not get into the outdoor environment. In every severe mold mitigation case, our SERVPRO technicians wear IICRC certified personal protective equipment to protect themselves from the harmful substances and to keep them from spreading contamination elsewhere. Once the containment chamber gets set up with the air scrubber attached to create negative air pressure inside the chamber, we begin removing contaminated contents and materials.
 
If contents inside the building are contaminated, then they get removed before treating structural materials. If the items can be cleaned and saved, then they get moved off-site to a clean and disinfected location. If the objects got badly damaged, then they get disposed of in sealed plastic trash bags. If you ever need help with remediating a house with severe contamination, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 24/7.

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Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Kendall

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Kendall When you are facing fire damage, SERVPRO is the company to contact for effective remediation services. Call right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage from Assessment to Odor Removal

Most Kendall home fire damage does not cause major structural damage, but there is always some physical damage from heat and flames. Most homeowners have to deal with the common, secondary issue created by the local fire department when they extinguish the fire.
 
The goal of SERVPRO is not just to remediate fire damage in Kendall homes, but also to reduce and hopefully prevent any secondary damage while cleaning up from the original disaster. Our response teams perform both sets of tasks concurrently to ensure we can return each home in its pre-fire condition to every owner as quickly as possible.
 
Our teams begin by removing structural and personal property to reduce the odors in the home and prevent further contamination from smoke and soot residues. This action includes any scorched items or anything heavily covered in soot and smoke residues. They dispose of all burned items and remove the rest to our offices where specialists use commercial-grade cleaning agents and sound wave generating immersion tanks to remove the extra thick layers of residues.
 
For items covered in only light-to-medium layers of residues, our technicians remove them to an unaffected area of the home and clean them in place. They can usually accomplish this using dry or wet sponges, and one of the milder cleaning agents in our inventory.
 
As the cleaning continues, a SERVPRO inspector examines the entry points, walls, and even the roof for damage. For broken windows and doors, team members cover them temporarily with plywood. Depending on the level of damage to the roof or walls, our specialists cover them with plywood or use tarps. Team members accomplish this to not only protect against inclement weather, but to also protect the interior of the home from the rodents, animals, and other pests native to Florida.
 
After cleaning the home, our team then deodorizes it. Odors can linger for weeks and months after all other damage has been removed or remediated. Technicians can usually eliminate odors with a combination of deodorizing sprays, but if the odors deeply penetrated the wood framing, they use an ozone machine to generate a gas that penetrates to the same level as the original odor and eliminates it.
 
Stopping and preventing further fire damage is not a short task, but SERVPRO of South Miami is here with you at every step of the process. If you have any lingering odors or other problems after a recent fire, call us at (305) 269-8900 to begin returning your home to its pre-fire condition and your family back to its normal state as well.

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Why A Balanced Drying System Is Necessary During Water Damage Restoration in Kendall

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why A Balanced Drying System Is Necessary During Water Damage Restoration in Kendall Our SERVPRO team can handle any water damage emergencies, no matter the scope or size.

SERVPRO Has State-Of-The-Art Equipment To Restore Your Home

Whenever there is a water damage event in your home, the first thing you naturally think of is how to dry your contents and the structure. The drying process requires specialized drying procedures, and in this post, we are looking at how the operations of different equipment make the process a success. Dehumidifiers and air movers are the most common equipment that we use when drying most water events in Kendall.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand that water damage incidents in Kendall require a balance in the setup of both the dehumidifiers and air movers. The work of the air movers is to enhance airflow on wet surfaces, and that means the way we position them is so vital. Increased airflow leads to an increased rate of evaporation which translates to higher humidity in the layer of air surrounding the wet surfaces.

On the other hand, dehumidifiers work by producing dry and warm air. For the dry air to circulate in the structure and reach the wet surfaces, air movers must be in place. To ensure we do not end up with a slower drying process, our SERVPRO technicians make sure that the number of air movers is not too little when we compare it to the number of dehumidifiers we have in position. Dehumidifiers work best when there is more moisture to extract from the surrounding air.

Setting up too many air movers compared to the number of dehumidifiers we have in operation is also not appropriate. Such a situation indicates that the rate of extracting the moisture that air movers add to the air is slower. If that occurs for a longer duration of time, further water damage is likely to happen once the moisture condenses and settles on your contents. That is why our SERVPRO technicians put in place a balanced drying system when restoring your property.

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SERVPRO of South Miami is a trusted and proven Leader in the Restoration Industry. Call us at (305) 269-8900 when you need both commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services.

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