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Overcoming Water Damage To Your Kendall Home

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Overcoming Water Damage To Your Kendall Home Water damages to your Kendall residence can appear in a multitude of ways.

Water Damage To Your Home

While appliance malfunctions and mishaps often top the list for causes of water emergencies to Kendall homes, another contributor is homeowner error. Often small mistakes or forgetfulness can lead to a water incident that requires thorough cleanup from a professional restoration team. Regardless of how you might have allowed the damage to occur, or how widespread it might be, you have a team at your disposal that is always ready to help.

Water damages to your Kendall residence can appear in a multitude of ways. Many homeowners become convinced that merely drying up the water they can see is sufficient for solving the problem, but this isn't always the case. Your own insurance company is going to encourage you to seek out the assistance and expertise of professional water restoration company like our SERVPRO team, and there are several reasons why this is a wise decision.

From the moment that our experts arrive at your home, we begin to catalog the damages that we see in the affected area and all of the adjacent rooms and floors to this region of your house. This process helps our SERVPRO technicians to formulate a plan, but it also aids in ensuring that every effect of the water incident gets dealt with accordingly.

Not all water emergencies require extraction, but drying is a universal practice common to nearly every single water damage project that our technicians undertake. Regardless of the severity, ensuring that the area (both what can get readily seen and what lies behind walls, under floors, and in other places) gets entirely dry prevents persistent damage to the structural integrity of your property and helps to reduce the risks of developing secondary damage such as mold growth.

Overcoming water damage in your home is something that can often require the expertise and professionalism of our SERVPRO of South Miami technicians. Our emergency response team is always standing by for any issues that might require a rapid response. Give us a call anytime at (305) 269-8900.

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Water Removal Equipment And Methods In Kendall

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Equipment And Methods In Kendall There are many different ways that water can unexpectedly get inside your Kendall townhome.

Water Removal Equipment And Methods

There are many different ways that water can unexpectedly get inside your Kendall townhome. It is a regular occurrence in life that things break. When items like water pipes or certain appliances break or malfunction, water sometimes leaks into the interior of your townhouse.

Once water gets inside a building, many different types of damage can occur. SERVPRO’s water removal technicians in Kendall have experience in dealing with moisture in several different scenarios. It is essential that all moisture gets removed within a 48-hour window so that mold growth does not occur.

When mitigating problems having to do with excessive water, our SERVPRO experts use a variety of methods and equipment. All of the equipment and methods used are IICRC certified and proven to work well in the water restoration industry. We always use different equipment depending on the aspects and severity of the damage situation.

When we first arrive to a water restoration project, we start by testing moisture levels inside the building. We use state-of-the-art detection devices to identify where water has intruded into the structure. We then use the devices to determine whether the structure is dry or not and if it is not we figure out how wet it is.

Next, we use specialized extraction equipment to pull moisture out of materials and contents inside the home. The extraction equipment consists of an extractor with a high powered vacuum motor. A vacuum tube then runs to an extraction tool that gets used to pull out the water.

After water gets extracted from the building, we use carpet tools to disengage the carpet and separate seams so that we can pump air underneath it and “float” the carpet. We then use different tools to reinstall the carpet pad and seams after drying is complete. Next, we use drying equipment to return moisture levels to normal conditions.

Air moving equipment causes evaporation to speed up the drying process. Dehumidifiers get used to remove water vapor from the air. After drying gets completed, we use deodorization equipment to apply professional products and treat foul odors.

During the project, our technicians also use a variety of personal protective equipment to prevent health hazards. For professional assistance with removing moisture, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 any time of the day.

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Drying Carpeting from Water Damage from an Upstairs Bathroom Leak in Your Key Biscayne Home

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Carpeting from Water Damage from an Upstairs Bathroom Leak in Your Key Biscayne Home Toilet overflows can happen at any time. If your toilet or tub sends water pouring down your stairs or hallway, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Professional Water Damage Experts Prioritize Drying Out Your Water Damaged Home

An upstairs bathtub or toilet overflows, and suddenly you are dealing with water flowing out the door and down the stairs. Depending on how quickly you can stop the water flow, you could wind up with a massive cleanup on your hands. This kind of situation is unfortunately not uncommon, and water leaks from the upper levels can cause double the damage to your Key Biscayne home.
 
Key Biscayne water damage which originates from an upstairs bathroom can create quite a mess in your home. Not only is your bathroom a mess, but the floor, ceiling, and room underneath the bathroom are also water soaked. You need the help that our staff at SERVPRO are trained to give you. With the right tools and the knowledge needed, we come out to your home quickly so we can get your home back normal.
 
When carpeting and padding in your home got wet from the leak, we can sometimes dry it in place. The basic concept of this method is to extract the carpet more thoroughly and increase how many dehumidifiers, and air movers there are. The carpet is not rolled back, and the pad is not removed but instead dried in-place.
 
If this method is possible, SERVPRO techs begin with extraction, which must be aggressive. We use specialty weighted equipment which squeezes water out of the carpet and pad. We begin with the center of the room first; then we move the furniture to the center when that is done so we can continue extracting the perimeter of the room.
 
A truck mount with a regular wand is used first to stop water migration, and then we use a weighted extraction tool. We inspect the pad for water content, pulling a corner of the carpet back, rolling the pad like a newspaper, and squeezing as hard as possible. If water drips from the pad, more passes are needed. We continue the extraction passes until no water can be squeezed from the pad.
 
Extracting with the in-place method requires double to triple the time to extract. However, time is saved by not removing the carpet and pad.
 
After extraction, we place air movers and calculate dehumidifier requirements, so we achieve the most efficient drying conditions. One air mover is used for each fifty to sixty square feet of affected area.
 
Drying your home in Coral Gables, South Miami, or Coral Terrace thoroughly is our number one goal at SERVPRO of South Miami. When a water disaster occurs in your home, reach out to us as soon as possible at (305) 269-8900.

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Importance Of Letting Experts Handle Water Damage In Coral Gables

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Importance Of Letting Experts Handle Water Damage In Coral Gables If your home in Coral Gables suffers water damage, you are better off working with professionals to assist with the restoration process.

Letting Experts Handle Water Damage

Regardless of whether it is floods or broken pipes that cause the damage in Coral Gables, do not attempt to do the entire clean-up process alone. Taking advantage of expert help comes with a lot of perks. For instance, reduction of total losses by preventing long-term problems like mold and structural damage.

If your home in Coral Gables suffers water damage, you are better off working with professionals to assist with the restoration process. It can be an overwhelming experience where homeowners may not be in a position to do things right.

Working with a reputable company like SERVPRO can lead to faster water extraction which also reduces drying time. Our experts provide 24-hour emergency services, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Trained technicians have the necessary tools to quickly get rid of any standing water as well as excess water from furniture and carpets so that the drying process can begin as soon as possible. Keep in mind that time is an essential factor in cases of water removal and less damage can occur the sooner technicians get rid of the water.

Having experts handle water damage can save you a lot of money and headache. Note that the situation can cause structural damage to your beloved home. Exposure to water for extended periods can also result in extensive damage to walls and flooring. Water can seep between drywalls causing hidden hazards and breeding grounds for mold. Dealing with such can create a huge dent in your wallet. However, if there is a timely response, you may be saved from all the trouble.

Elimination of health concerns is another reason you opt to hire professionals from SERVPRO. We utilize advanced technology to get the job done. Depending on what was the root of water damage, it is possible that hazardous microorganisms and bacteria attack your home. These can cause adverse health effects.

SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians are trained in potentially contaminated water removal. We also have protective equipment (PPE) that we wear during water extraction. Contact SERVPRO of South Miami any time you experience water damage, and we will handle it professionally. We offer round the clock emergency service also for Coconut Grove, and Coral Terrace just call (305) 269-8900.

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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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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

More information about hurricane from your local gov't here.

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.

For more about the city of Key Biscayne, Florida click here.

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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Water Removal in Coral Gables

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Coral Gables Removing standing water is critical after a flooding event. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.

SERVPRO Has the Experience and Recognizes the Urgency to Deal Quickly with Your Water Damage Event


Water damage from poor drainage, damaged plumbing, or a thunderstorm can ruin a home, forcing the owner to spend thousands in repairs. In the spring, Florida weather can change suddenly from clear to rain. Owners and renters have to be prepared to protect their residences and evacuate quickly when that is no longer an option.

Regardless of the source of the damage, water removal needs to happen rapidly. SERVPRO has the experience to clear out Coral Gables homes as soon as we can and residents quickly return to their regular lives. For most homes, we can pump out standing water and dry out the interior in just a few days.

Our office maintains a 24-hour response team trained in removing water and dealing with other disasters. Since damage can begin in a day, our first task is to pump out areas of standing water just as soon as we can set up the equipment. We keep an extensive inventory on-site of water pumps designed for private homes of every size and type. We also maintain a series of generators and generator trucks to ensure continuous power if a home's electrical system was compromised or if a storm has knocked out local power.


Removing standing water is just the beginning. Our technicians next draw down excessive levels of humidity. To do this, they set up air movers within the home and exhaust fans at entry and exit points (doors and windows). These machines draw out damp air and replace it with drier air. To speed up this process, we also use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the surrounding air. Depending on the size, each one can pull over 20 gallons of water each day.

This same equipment is also useful to remove water from carpets, carpet padding, and wood flooring. By teaming the air movers and fans with specialized water vacuums and heaters, our response team can save most flooring with no damage to the surface. Removing flood water (regardless of the source) requires a trained team of restoration experts and commercial grade equipment. If you need our services, SERVPRO of South Miami is here to help put your home to its original state. Call us at (305) 269-8900 today to begin.

Water Damage Affecting Coral Gables

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Affecting Coral Gables SERVPRO technicians use wet vacuums and specialized drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to assist with removing excess water.

Coral Gables Being Affected by Water Damage

The new water heater you just had installed in your home late last year didn't work out quite so well. The guys that installed it did something wrong, the thing is already leaking. Unfortunately, you used a small unknown company that is no longer in business. With zero recourse as far as they are concerned, you'll need someone else to come out, figure out why the water heater is leaking and repair some additional water damage that has developed in the area around it. You're looking for a full-service option with a proven history of providing customers with quality work.
 
Dealing with a water damage incident in your Coral Gables home? We can help. We understand that this type of event can occur anywhere in your home at any time. Our expertly trained technicians have several years of experience in performing the services you need to get back on track quickly. Give us a call anytime, we're available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. We work on your schedule, not ours.
 
At SERVPRO, we understand that water damage doesn't just happen, a pipe bursts or a water heater gives up under pressure, leaving damage to your home that leads to repairs. When you have a crisis happen in your home, whether it affects a single room or your entire house, we have access to the expertly trained personnel and professional equipment necessary to perform the services you need.
 
SERVPRO technicians use wet vacuums and specialized drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to assist with removing excess water and drying the affected area as quickly as possible. We use a variety of reliable, proven methods to restore as much of the area as possible before removing and replacing any damaged items.
 
At SERVPRO, we even have access to services that can restore belongings that appeared lost forever. So don't give up on anything until our technicians have had the opportunity to inspect every aspect of the damages you're experiencing, we may surprise you. During our restoration process, we check for structural deficiencies, restore damaged areas and protect your personal possessions.
 
Having a water damage situation directly impact your life and home causes undue stress and anxiety, and we understand that. However, making the decision to attempt to perform the repairs on your own can be disastrous, causing more damage and having additional costs pile up while you wait to contact a professional service. Don't try to do things yourself, we're here to help you get this issue under control.
 

 

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Contact SERVPRO of South Miami today at (305) 269-8900.

 

Water Damage Starts in Many Ways

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Starts in Many Ways Call SERVPRO If You Have a Leaky Water Heater in Miami

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Prooperty

Water damage does not just happen when a pipe bursts or a water heater can no longer stand the pressure. The truth is, water damage inside a home can come from practically anywhere. While two of the most common causes are burst pipes and leaky water heaters, it can also happen due to a faulty washing machine or dishwasher. This type of damage can also occur as a direct result of storm damage which destroys the roof or some other structural part of the house, effectively leaving it open to the elements. It also happens in the event of fire as the first responders attempt to put out the flames. It is inevitable that there will be a certain amount of water present in the home. The question is, how should you handle it when this type of thing happens to you?

Fortunately, when you are dealing with water damage in Miami, you can rely on SERVPRO to help you come to terms with everything that is going on. In fact, we have spent some years perfecting our techniques when it comes to repairing water damage and performing restoration services in businesses and homes of all sizes. We use proven techniques that get the best results because we understand that you want to be able to preserve as many of your possessions as possible.

When you have any crisis inside your home, whether the damage is confined to one room or one hallway or it is present throughout the entire home, you need professionals that know what they are doing. At SERVPRO, we can provide you with one of the most important elements that you will ever have when it feels like your entire world has been turned upside down- peace of mind. You might look at your home and wonder how anybody would ever be able to clean up a mess like that, but you can rest assured that we have both the expertise and the equipment to get it done and we have plenty of experience when it comes to handling challenging situations.  

We incorporate special wet vacuums as well as dryers (air movers and dehumidifiers) to help dry things out as quickly as possible, and we utilize reliable, proven techniques to restore as much as possible. The good news is that even when it looks like there isn't anything that can be done and everything is lost, there is a better-than-average chance that SERVPRO trained IICRC technicians will be able to get the job done on your behalf. The truth is, if you try to clean things up yourself you don't really know what you're dealing with. The damage could be far more significant than it appears on the surface.

We can check for any structural deficiencies, restore your home and your personal possessions, and ensure that you don't have to deal with mold growth. We don't recommend that anyone attempts to clean up black mold on their own, so it requires the services of an organization like ours to safely get rid of the water and inhibit the growth of mold. You and your family deserve a healthy and safe home environment.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are directly impacted by water damage, the first thing you have to do is take action. The longer you wait, the worse the problem could potentially become.

Therefore, you should not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900. We can tell you exactly what you are facing, what it will take to restore the damage and whether or not we can fully restore everything to its pre-loss condition.

Common Types of Leaks in Water Damaged Homes

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Types of Leaks in Water Damaged Homes Unattended Bathtubs With the Water Running Can Cause Large Scale Water Damage

SERVPRO Technicians Deal With All Types of Water Leaks

Leaks are one of the most expensive types of damage that can happen to a home, but also one of the least detected. It often takes months or even years for leaks to cause visual damage, but by that point, it's too late to take preventative measures. Leaks can weaken structures, waste water, dissolve building materials, create dangerous compounds, and foster mold growth. These are some of the most common leaks we encounter on typical residential calls, and how they start.
 
Pipe Leaks
 
Pipe leaks, in cabinets, behind walls, or anywhere else, are one of the most common sources of water damage in Key Biscayne. Pipes are often deliberately placed out of view of occupants, so when one develops a leak, it can be a very long time before anyone notices. These leaks often occur close to normally dry wood and fabric, and once these are consistently soaked by leaking water, they can lose structural integrity or even develop patches of mold growth. In extreme cases, residents sometimes only learn of these leaks when part of their ceiling crashes down into the living room.
 
Sink, Shower, and Tub Leaks
 
These leaks are often much more violent and much more noticeable than a pipe leak because they are usually caused by a resident in some way. As such, they have less potential for long-term water damage, but can be a big problem and cause a bigger mess.


Water Tanks and Heaters
 
When water heaters or tanks leak, the damage is fortunately usually contained mostly to the container itself rather than immediate surroundings. However, large volumes of water are contained in them regardless, and if the entire contents leak out in an area, they may cause severe damage to surrounding objects and materials.
 
Technicians from SERVPRO of South Miami are trained extensively in water damage restoration of all kinds, and we feel confident we can handle any water disaster you have. Call us 24/7 at (305) 269-8900 for emergency services or a quote.

Four Reasons To Call in Experts for Coral Gables Water Damage

1/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Four Reasons To Call in Experts for Coral Gables Water Damage Keep the Water in the Pool, Not In the House

If Coral Gables Water Damage Strikes, Call SERVPRO

Although there are many minor mishaps and major disasters that can adversely impact your residential property, Coral Gables water damage can have an especially horrific effect on your home. In many cases, homeowners who experience water damage attempt to rectify the situation on their own. However, hiring a team of professional water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO is always a better course of action than the attempt at a DIY project. Learn more about why you should hire professional water damage specialists by reviewing this short outline:

Reason 1: Complete Water Removal
You should hire a team of professional water damage contractors because they will completely remove all standing water from your property. This step is necessary because allowing excess water to stand on your property will generate more damages that result in expensive repairs later on. By having the excess water removed quickly, water damage specialists can prevent this costly process from taking place. Luckily, the water damage technicians from SERVPRO possess the industry expertise, IICRC training, and top-of-the-line equipment necessary to complete this water extraction.

Reason 2: The Property Assessment
This assessment is effective in enabling the water damage technicians to determine the depth and scope of work needed for your property. It is also the precursor to the development of a customized, thorough cleanup plan.

Reason 3: Disposal Of Damaged Items
When water damage transpires on your property in Coral Gables, some of your possessions will likely be wetted or dampened by water. These water damaged items will have to be either disposed of quickly and correctly to prevent sanitary issues from ensuing, or dried and cleaned promptly. These tasks can be done on-site, or if needed, sent to our facilities for completion.

Reason 4: Mold Prevention
When standing or hidden water accumulates on your property, you are more susceptible to a mold infestation. The mold may cause health effects. These fungi thrive best in a damp, dark, warm environment. Our technicians, after gross water removal, will employ air movers and dehumidifiers for final dampness and moisture elimination.

Contact SERVPRO Immediately
Coral Gables water damage can be an incredibly difficult issue. However, calling a team of trained water damage experts can help you eradicate the problem quickly so you can resume your normal life. The best company to call for efficient, effective water damage restoration services is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer excellent customer service, a fast response, and cutting edge methodologies. We will save you money, restore your home to pre-loss condition, and make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO of South Miami?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of South Miami has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, or Kendall property dried quickly and thoroughly. We proudly serve our local communities and are ready to help 24/7 at (305) 269-8900

Coconut Grove Water Damage Event Calls for a Quick Response

9/14/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Coconut Grove Water Damage Event Calls for a Quick Response Water or Moisture can Ruin A Hardwood Floor

The Importance of Securing SERVPRO for Your Water Damaged Home in Coconut Grove

Water damage to your Coconut Grove home could be the result of many different unfortunate events. It may be from a natural disaster such as a hurricane or flood, a burst pipe, or a leaky roof. This water damage may affect the structural integrity of your property. Building materials like drywall, studs, wood flooring, and tile ceilings are susceptible to unwanted water intrusion. Water may swell or stain furniture, damage art, and render appliances useless. Unknown or unchecked water in your house, in as little as 48-72 hours, can lead to the proliferation of unhealthy mold and mildew growth. It's a wise move to contact a water damage restoration company to stifle the negative ramifications of water intrusion. A good call would be to the experts at SERVPRO.    

Cleaning Your Home in Coconut Grove

There are many services provided by water damage experts, two of the most important are the immediate drying out and cleaning up of damaged areas. Specialized equipment such as water pumps, extractors, vacuums, dehumidifiers, and powerful air-movers expedite this process. Water damage experts from SERVPRO are aware that it is extremely important to start these actions within 24 hours of the water event. Correcting water damage issues quickly is the most effective way to mitigate mold and mildew growth and accumulation. Removal of conducive conditions for this growth will aid in maintaining a healthy interior home environment. Unchecked mold growth exposes you and your family to possible health hazards.  

Repairing Your Home

After cleaning your home, water damage technicians from SERVPRO are highly skilled in repairing or coordinating the repair of your property. By hiring this water damage restoration company, you can ensure that your property will be restored to its pre-water damaged condition. These skilled technicians possess the training, equipment, and tools, to tackle most repairs quickly and efficiently. Minimizing your costs are a high priority for SERVPRO, therefore, every effort is made to restore rather than to replace household items and structural materials.

If your property in Coconut Grove has been negatively impacted by water damage, it's good to call a team of professional restoration experts like SERVPRO. These technicians can dry out, clean, repair, and restore your home quickly and effectively. Always faster to any disaster and always acting with compassion for our customers and, we're also skilled in offering exceptional customer service.  We are here to help.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this Coconut Grove community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Miami is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Coconut Grove community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. Call us at (305) 269-8900

Basic South Miami Water Damage Remediation Steps

6/10/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basic South Miami Water Damage Remediation Steps Damage from water can quickly destroy a home by staining furnishings, encouraging the development of rot and causing the growth of mold.

Basic Water Damage Remediation Steps

Damage from water can quickly destroy a home by staining furnishings, encouraging the development of rot and causing the growth of mold. While some minor water damage can be repaired by a homeowner, in almost every case it is best to allow a South Miami water damage repair specialist to do the work, like SERVPRO. SERVPRO will know what problem signs to look for inside the home and will be able to determine the proper course of correction. Though the use of a water damage specialist is recommended, homeowners can take some basic steps to reduce the damage to their flooded homes.


Before worrying about the South Miami water damage, a homeowner needs to make certain that the home is safe. It is important to inspect the structure for stability and any potential exterior threats. Inside the home, the largest potential threat is electrocution. The power to the home should be turned off by the power company or an electrician before entering the home. Once the power is off, the home can be inspected for damage and other potential safety hazards.


Once it is determined that the home is safe, the bulk of the water should be removed as quickly as possible. Windows and doors should be opened to provide ventilation into the home. Standing water can be removed by the use of a pump, swept out doors or mopped up. Water should be drained into a storm drain or downhill from the property to prevent it from running back inside. Once the bulk of the water is removed, fans can be used to accelerate drying. A dehumidifier can also help to remove excess moisture from the air.


Furniture and other moveable items should be take outside and left in the sun to begin to dry. Wood furniture should be wiped clean. In most cases, upholstered furniture is not worth trying to save as mold will grow inside the furniture if even the smallest amount of moisture is left behind. Pictures and other sentimental items should also be placed in the sun to dry. Clothing should be laundered as soon as possible. A vacuum approved for use with water can also be used to remove excess water from items.


Once a home is as clean and dry as possible, it should be professionally inspected for mold. Mold can grow inside walls, on piping and wiring and in other areas most homeowners cannot easily inspect. South Miami water damage remediation experts, like SERVPRO, can find these hiding places and also apply special coatings to surfaces inside the home to prevent the growth of mold.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.