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A Leaky Faucet Can Spell Major Water Damage Issues For Your Miami Home

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen to any home at any time. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Damage Restoration In Miami 

Say Miami, and most people respond with words about tourism or a particular TV show still in syndication around the world. For more than six million of us, though, that first word is home. In every home, though, things happen. Often, it is the minor disasters like a broken shut-off valve that throws an owner or resident’s life into chaos. 

Thorough remediation of water damage in Miami residences is not a simple process. SERVPRO restoration teams perform every task needed to not only return each home to its original, dry condition but also to prevent the risk of further damage. 

Most plumbing failures spread treated or clean water across the floors, making it possible for our teams to preserve the carpets as long as the water does not soak in for too long. In one case, a two-bedroom home was unoccupied over the weekend, so the water from an overflowing toilet tank soaked into the carpet and pad for two-and-a-half days. That caused the top and bottom layers to separate, running the carpet completely. 

SERVPRO technicians drew out the water to reduce the weight and disposed of the carpets and pads immediately on finding the problem. Fortunately, this was limited to the carpets in the dining and living rooms, and the hallway leading to them. 

After disposal, team members used an air mover to dry the now exposed concrete floor. The device put out a flow of warm air, swiftly drying the surface. They used a squeegee to pull water out of the corners and soaked it up with a sponge. 

The soaked carpets also raised the humidity level inside the home, testing high enough to allow mold spores to begin expanding and growing if left to lower by itself through natural evaporation. To lower it faster, team members set up a dehumidifier in the dining room to draw water from the surrounding air. They also installed two fans, pulling air from the hallway and affected rooms and directing it outside, increasing the effectiveness of the dehumidifier. 

For SERVPRO of South Miami, our goal is to return a dry, safe home to every one of our neighbors. If your residence here, in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, or Hollywood recently suffered a plumbing failure or other water intrusion, call us today at (305) 269-8900 to begin restoration. We are here for you.

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The Miami Fire Recovery Challenge Met by SERVPRO--Odor Removal

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Travels Far and Near for Fire and Water Restoration Projects, Not Just in Miami

Professional Help for Lingering Odors After Miami Fire Damage

One of the most frustrating things a Miami homeowner encounters after a fire is lingering smells. No matter how thoroughly cleaned an area appears after a fire, smoky smells remain. Candles, air freshener sprays, and solid odor-controlling products work briefly, but the smell comes back. Strategies that merely mask odors need frequent renewal. Even when used regularly, they grow tiresome or can “mix” with the malodor to create an even more unpleasant aroma.

Rather than trying to manage post-fire damage odors in Miami on your own, reach out to our restoration professionals. We work with you on malodor issues, recognizing that everyone perceives smells differently. The process we follow has several steps, and we repeat methods or move on to different approaches until we find a solution.

SERVPRO deodorization specialists inspect for any charred debris overlooked, also checking in building cavities. Removal of the item carrying the smell reduces the problem significantly. Deep-cleaning of surfaces helps as well. Identifying objects such as furnishings, window treatments, or other porous contents or fixtures holding odors allows us to evaluate whether to deodorize or discard. HVAC systems can accumulate and spread soot and odors. SERVPRO checks the ductwork and cleans if needed. Duct cleaning is a process onto itself but can greatly inhance indoor air quality IAQ.

Surface cleanup still might not be enough to clear all smoke smells. SERVPRO’s stock of odor-fighting equipment also includes thermal foggers, a tool whose chamber heats deodorizing chemicals to recreate the fire conditions. The chemicals seek and pair with the odor-bearing particles and neutralize their smell. Ozone machines and hydroxyl generators are potent options as well. SERVPRO technicians train in their safe and efficient use.

Ozone machines send out charged O3 particles, and hydroxyl generators create hydroxyl radicals (-OH.) In different ways the ozone particles and hydroxyl radicals react with and change the chemicals in the soot particles that cause odor, rendering them neutral in smell. SERVPRO consults with you about the risks and benefits of using this equipment and instructs on any temporary evacuation needed.

SERVPRO of South Miami offers Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained deodorization specialists who persist until fire-related smoke odors are gone. Call us at (305) 269-8900 for a consultation.

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Is Water Damage in South Miami Ruining Your Morning Expresso?

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

There is no room for water damage in this picture. Call SERVPRO of South Miami to quickly restore your coffee shop.

My South Miami Coffee Shop is Drowning

Part of the beauty of living in Miami is that you can find food offerings from all of Latin America and indeed the world. Wherever a person goes, they can enjoy empanadas from Argentina, Venezuelan arepas and the very popular Cuban croqueta. This diversity is the reason why your new coffee shop featuring delicious breakfast items, needs to be agile and persistent to stand out among the competition. Keeping your restaurant clean and efficient is essential to making your customers happy and gain their loyalty.

The competition also makes water damage to your restaurant in Miami such a threat to the survival of your business. If you are unable to restore your restaurant quickly after a pipe burst causing a minor flood, you stand to lose your customer base and its revenue. By calling SERVPRO, you can save yourself time and money by trusting expert water restoration technicians (WRT) to bring your restaurant back to normal.

At SERVPRO, we recognize that eateries face specific rules and regulations regarding the handling of food products, which is why we work closely with you to protect your business from this standpoint. Our crew also recognized the need to save inventory as much as possible, so we work quickly to separate affected areas from the rest of the restaurant, to preserve your goods from water damage.

Our industry-grade equipment is essential to normalizing levels of humidity in your coffee shop. To achieve full restoration, we bring in air movers, drying mats, dehumidifiers, and even injectidry technology to encourage a fast turn-around. When all is dry, we apply disinfecting and deodorizing solutions to leave your place squeaky clean and free of foul odors. We tailor our action plan to your specific needs and the nature of each surface we are cleaning and restoring.

Do not let your coffee shop dream go down the drain. Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 and let us leave your place “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Provides Mitigation Services and the ERP Plan to Help Prevent Extensive Damages to Miami Properties

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Restoration and Cleanup for Miami Area Properties after Disasters, Check Out the ERP Plan

Why SERVPRO is a Strong Choice for All Disaster Recoveries in Miami

We are a team that has worked hard and continues to do so – helping those both in our area and throughout the country. Disasters never have a convenient time to strike, so our SERVPRO of South Miami team must remain vigilantly prepared for threats that happen in our coastal communities and all over the State of Florida. We are part of a national-scale disaster relief team, the Large Loss Recovery Team, to help crises in other parts of the country, and that same level of dedication and commitment drives our local restoration services as well.

Water
From plumbing breaches to natural disasters, water damage in Miami is a situation that our SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared to face. With ready trailers stocked with professional-grade products and cutting-edge equipment designed to address standing water, saturation quickly, and other threats that exist after a water loss incident, we have a prepared team for whatever situation exists. With years of experience combined with our accreditations with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and in advanced topics like Applied Structural Drying (ASD), we can give your property the attention it needs from the moment we arrive.

Much of the work that we do to restore Miami homes contending with widespread water damage is to focus on the extraction and drying that the property needs. For standing water concerns, we have a deep inventory of advanced equipment ranging from wet-vacs and portable pumps to shaft-driven truck-mounted options capable of very powerful removal. Drying is another crucial element, and this occurs most successfully when combined with continuous monitoring of the situation with discovery tools like thermal imagery and hygrometers.

With so many root causes of water damage that can affect homes and businesses throughout the Greater Miami area, no two loss incidents are the same. We give every property the same thorough inspection and assessment to draw up a specific restoration plan tailored to the building and its damage.

Storm
Our storm response team is one of the areas of great pride for our SERVPRO team. We know how quickly that storm damage in Miami can get out of control, and can continually worsen over hours. With your need for effective mitigation and restoration services, as well as many other properties throughout the region when severe weather events occur, you need a group capable of handling large loss incidents and a spread of affected properties simultaneously.

With a nationally recognized disaster relief team, we have spent many years building up our inventory of loss equipment and service vehicles in our Green Fleet to suit every significant emergency that could exist. From our 40’ RVs designed to provide temporary housing or a mobile command center for projects occurring out of our area, we can effectively address and manage complicated cleanup like the aftermath of hurricanes.

Our storm damage crew is also adamant about helping Miami homeowners and businesses throughout our area to develop Emergency READY Profile(S.) These ERP plans get you prepared for urgent action. These Plans, both residential and commercial, can consolidate an action plan to mitigate damages and interruptions. Request a no-obligation meeting.

Mold
As one of the leading mold remediation teams in the state of Florida, our SERVPRO professionals can effectively manage the mold damage in Miami properties. We know how fast these situations can get out of control, and that is why we have spent so much time and energy to develop a practical approach to contain the situation and work to carefully reduce the presence of mold colonization in a property once it gets discovered.

While our professionals can help to inspect and assess mold damage that might be present in a Miami home, many contact our team when they already know they need restoration services. We can utilize our leading equipment for tasks like containment and improving indoor air quality (IAQ.) With years of hands-on experience contending with humidity-driven mold growth in our coastal communities, our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can handle even severe microbial threats to properties.

We have approaches that suit the mold damage present, including soda blasting and antimicrobial sprays. Once the colonization has gotten removed from your Miami home, we can put our other areas of expertise to work in deodorization, cleaning, and restoration of the property to make these mold events “Like it never even happened.”

Fire
Having the right tools to handle fire damage in Miami properties is a large part of addressing the concerns that these disasters can leave behind. With even small flare-ups capable of producing multiple effects simultaneously, our SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared for any threat faced and tailor our response to the needs of your property to complete tasks efficiently and cost-effectively.

While our restoration services to contend with fire damage in area home and businesses rely on our trained technicians accredited through the IICRC in areas like Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control, it also partly hinges on the equipment and devices used to restore a Miami home after the incident. We set ourselves apart from much of the competition in southern Florida by having 5-ton A/C units and trailer generators capable of providing long-term portable power.

Much of the restoration services that we can offer fire-damaged Miami homes hinges on our fast response to get mitigation processes started. With useful tools to improve IAQ concerns as well as products like chemical sponges and advanced cleaning agents to address soot and smoke residues, we can quickly improve the appearance and function of your damaged property. Our goal is to limit replacement needs by providing efficient recovery solutions for compromised installed construction materials.

Even with our national disaster relief response team, we want to be a name that area residents and businesses bring to mind when emergencies occur. We have the experienced personnel and equipment to help through any disaster. Let our SERVPRO of South Miami team help you to develop your own ERP Plan so that we are ready to help you without delay when disaster strikes. Give us a call anytime at (305) 269-8900.

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How Severe Storms Can Flood Miami Resorts

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

It's important to SERVPRO that we help your through a time like flood damage.

Please let us help your business in such a dire situation.

Severe weather systems are a nearly constant threat to the residences and businesses of the Greater Miami area, and despite shoring and precautionary measures to prevent destructive situations like flooding from occurring, storm damages can allow these devastating effects to penetrate structures of your resort swiftly and severely. 

Even with substantial storm damage, it is the flood damage in Miami resorts that can often be the costliest and most detrimental to your overall reputation. The severity of these conditions is often considerably devalued and poorly assessed, allowing management and janitorial staff of your resort to only work to resolve the superficial issues that exist and not the full extent of the damage to your facilities. Our SERVPRO professionals have years of experience to combine with our extensive training to obtain certifications for Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and even biohazard cleanup for potential contamination scenarios. 

We have access to the full capability of a Large Loss Recovery Team to combine our resources with other branches throughout the state of Florida. We can join both our personnel and extensive inventory of advanced recovery tools to address even substantial loss incidents with the same confidence and effectiveness as any commercial property in our coastal region. 

Our SERVPRO team can appreciate how damaging disasters can be to your reputation and your loyal patrons much more than to the buildings you oversee. We work to keep your business going despite even widespread cleanup and recovery, and if this is not possible, then we work around the clock to get your doors back open as soon as possible after flooding occurs. With our experienced team of restoration specialists, we can quickly make flood effects “Like it never even happened.” 

There are many resorts that people can choose along the beaches and coastline surrounding our region, and disasters can make people question if yours is the right choice. Let our SERVPRO of South Miami professionals get you back in business quickly after a damaging flood event. Give us a call at (305) 269-8900.

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The Benefits of a Pack-Out after Storm Surge Flood Damage in Miami

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO focus on the damage… while you focus on getting back to the precious moments.

SERVPRO will take on the burden.

Miami residents are vigilant about flooding risks posed by rising sea levels combined with seasonal storm activity. Not only are the structural components of a dwelling exposed to the devastation heavy rains, overland runoff, and storm surge inflict, fixtures and contents also can suffer significant damage. As restoration industry leaders in the region, we use a secure and reliable protocol to move household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions from flooded homes to safe and climate-controlled spaces for evaluation and treatment during restoration.

Flood damage in Miami is complicated by the possibility of salt water contamination. Non-coastal areas experiencing flooding contend with chemicals, pathogens from human and animal waste, mud, and other hazardous substances mixed with excessive rain or overflow from waterways. Salt water absorbed home contents increases the destructive nature of flood water. Our team is familiar with saltwater incursion and skilled in strategies to remove salt and other corrosive or dangerous contaminants from your possessions.

SERVPRO employs the Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to document and track the articles we move from your flooded home. Traditional check-off lists join digital options including photos and barcoding, to ensure security. As our specially trained production facility technicians examine each item, we note the condition, devise a restoration plan, and document the results.

Our SERVPRO team members attend rigorous training courses sponsored by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international standards development organization. Rest assured that the products and methods we use to remove salt and other contaminants from items as diverse as your living room furniture to books and pictures to a child’s favorite stuffed animals or other “lovies” follow research-based best practice protocols.

Clearing the space in your home with a pack-out permits the SERVPRO technicians on site to work unimpeded, using the latest techniques to flush the salt and other contaminants out. Removing flood-soaked contents speeds the cleaning, containment, extraction, disinfection, and drying phases of remediating your residence. The packed-out items get the focus needed to restore them as well, avoiding expensive replacement and preserving irreplaceable memories.

SERVPRO of South Miami has your flood damage needs covered even with substantial salt water contamination. Call (305) 269-8900 to explore the best options for your flooding scenario.

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How to Deal With Water Damage in Your Miami Residence

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Salt water damage can cause serious corrosion issues. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

The Effects Saltwater Has On Your Miami Area Home

Around this time of year, many Miami homeowners have water damage on their minds. For those of us out here living on the coast, dealing with the way saltwater affects our property, and our belongings is a way of life. Hurricanes or severe weather systems can deliver salty, brackish water as far as a quarter mile inland in most situations. 

Dealing with salt water damage in your Miami area home makes an already dangerous situation even that more expensive, dangerous, and difficult to restore. You want someone on your side, working with your insurance company, that helps limit your losses and knows everything about working with saltwater damage in your home. Look for a company that has all of the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to get the job done right.

Technicians at SERVPRO understand how salt reacts to the insulation and metal wiring used to construct your electrical system. Salt chemically reacts to most metals, including; zinc, iron, and steel. It also reacts to concrete and a majority of the materials used to construct your home. The salt pulled ashore during a storm holds an electrical charge that allows it to penetrate a variety of materials. After salt takes hold, it takes a trained professional to address the damage correctly. Corrosion is a large problem for oceanside living.

Why fix something so common? Well, once exposed to salt, electrical components corrode, causing shorts and other problems. You want a professional to flush your home with fresh water, eliminating the salt component. SERVPRO may not provide this exact service, but it should be done if you sense a problem with any electronic devices in your home. Once out of the way, they can also address water damage, mold damage, and make the restorations needed to return your home to a quality condition. SERVPRO technicians can help with all of this and more, including concrete foundation problems, carpet, paneling, and furniture restoration. 

The fully certified restoration professionals at SERVPRO of South Miami are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We provide lasting flood damage solutions to homeowners throughout Coral Gables, Hollywood, and Coconut Grove areas. Our entire team is proud to provide quality restoration services to everyone in our surrounding communities and always look forward to doing our part to keep everyone safe. (305) 269-8900

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When A Fire Has Destroyed Your Miami Garage, Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Help!

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Our emergency response crews are ready 24/7 and can be onsite in hours to mitigate your fire loss.

SERVPRO Tackles Big Fire Damage In Miami Garage

After fire damage happens to a home, one of the most important things a homeowner can do is avoid the area. Why? This inhibits the spread of smelly soot particles to currently unaffected areas of the home. If it winds up in your ductwork, they will require cleaning to get rid of the smoke odor.

SERVPRO answered a call from an owner in Miami with extensive fire damage to their attached garage from an electrical fire. During the call, we advised the homeowner to keep the interior door to the garage closed and to tape around the door frame. This action assists in keeping odor-causing soot particles out of other areas of the home.

On arrival, we immediately contained the doorway to the garage and began scoping the damage. There were few contents in the garage in restorable condition; many of the power tools were a loss as the rubber coated wiring inside and outside melted. Our technicians packed out the homeowner's standing metal tool chest and a couple of large metal shelving units that needed cleaning but were otherwise in good shape for remedial actions at our location.

After removing salvageable items and debris, our technicians went to work on the charred building materials. Sheetrock damaged by fire requires removal as it contributes nothing but odor. We utilized controlled demolition techniques to save as much of the framework as possible for rebuilding the garage.

Our technicians used vacuums with HEPA filtration to pick up soot particles left and then deployed air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture particulate matter smaller than the human can see but does not escape detection by the human nose if left behind.

The final stage of getting the fire loss area ready for rebuilding comes in the form of disinfection and odor control. We hand clean all surfaces to ensure, and if any residual reminders of the fire remain, we eradicate it. We have many methods for odor control, and in this case, we chose to apply thermal fogging to the garage area to thoroughly neutralize odor so the garage would be ready for rebuilding.

Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900. Our emergency response crews are ready 24/7 and can be onsite in hours to mitigate your fire loss and restore your property to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Hold The Training Certifications Required To Restore Your Miami Home After A Flood Damage Disaster

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

The carpeting and padding were destroyed, and the subfloor was saturated with water. We pulled out the carpet and padding and discarded it properly.

Why Flood Damage in Miami Should Be Professionally Mitigated

Water damage from flooding is a situation Florida residents are not unfamiliar with. In fact, a home in the Southern part of the state is five times more likely to experience flooding than damage from fire.

Flood damage in a Miami home is one of the most severe types of residential property loss events. Groundwater has the potential to contain everything from sewage, debris, and contaminants, which is why it carries a rating of a category three biohazard. When it infiltrates the interior of your home, it should be cleaned up by professionals to ensure your home is sanitary for healthy habitation.

Recently, we mitigated damage left behind by a flash flood that affected the back entryway and kitchen. The homeowner cleaned as much as he could with his wet/dry vac before our arrival, but he quickly realized that would not be enough and called us. SERVPRO technicians removed the table and chairs for drying and cleaning in another location and used portable extractors to remove residual water.

The water wicked into the sheetrock a few inches, so we employed a technique known as "flood cuts.” We measured about six inches above the waterline and cut away the unrestorable sheetrock, so the wall cavity gets maximum air flow to dry faster. Fortunately, our probes showed no migration to the subflooring.

Once we extracted as much water as possible and scoped the room to determine where excess areas of moisture remained, we began the drying phase. SERVPRO technicians hold many certifications in the restoration sciences such as Applied Structural Drying. We know air movers play a crucial role in drying, because of the wind-velocity they can achieve.

During drying, the highspeed air flowing over surfaces causes embedded water vapor to rise where a dehumidifier captures it. Progressively drier air blows and water loss areas dry more quickly. After drying, we completely cleaned and sanitized the affected areas and ensured they were disinfected and ready for the family to enjoy their home again.

SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 knows large or small, flood damage can feel overwhelming to deal with. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 and we arrive within hours because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Can Clean Wet Smoke Residues In Your Miami Condo

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Wet Smoke Residue In Miami Condos

In many of the Miami condos stretched out along the coastline, people strive to maintain the look and aesthetic appeal of these properties through constant maintenance and upkeep. While many of the potential hazards have gotten partially addressed through reinforced construction and flood diversion techniques to protect condos against severe weather threats, other disasters like fires can still threaten an area residence at any time.

While fire damage can vary from one Miami condo to another, there are common concerns shared with all of these instances that must get addressed by competent and qualified professionals. Our licensed technicians have extensive training and continued education in the fire loss recovery niche of the restoration industry, making us ideal experts to handle every facet of returning your fire-damaged condo to its original condition.

Among the primary tasks of our SERVPRO team when we first arrive at your condo is to assess the entire scope of the damage. Understanding the tools and processes required immediately can help us to limit the restoration time and cost for our customers. During this inspection, we can often earmark belongings and furniture throughout the condo for temporary removal and cleaning during restoration. These items can get taken to our facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and other attentive actions to return them to preloss condition.

Wet smoke is always a possibility for local fires, and the residue and staining this instance can cause can be problematic for our professionals to address. With sophisticated vacuums, brushes, and effective cleaning agents, our SERVPRO team can protect marble countertops, plush carpeting, and other amenities. Wet smoke is not something that homeowners should attempt to address on their own, however, as these residues can set in quickly to allow staining that can prove stubborn and challenging for even talented restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team to remove.

Your condo features premium building materials and some of the most exceptional aesthetic combinations throughout the entire Miami coastline, and this is a reason that these appealing features are worth preserving and protecting when disaster strikes. You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Miami professionals. You can reach our crew 24/7 by calling (305) 269-8900.

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