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How Does a Thermal Fogger Work for Fire Damage in Miami Homes?

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPROS Steps to Deodorizing Your Home Using Thermal Fogging After Fire Damage

Fire losses require the use of sophisticated equipment and practices to recover Miami homes. Despite how devastating structure fires can be, we have experienced professionals working to provide efficient mitigation to reduce property loss. While debris removal, controlled demolition, and cleaning are vital elements of fire recovery, it is also critical to address the widespread harsh odors that can also spread throughout the property.

Deodorization is a critical step in the restoration of fire damage to Miami homes and beachfront properties. Smoke molecules and the combustion of plastics and other organic materials can lead to a blend of harsh odors concentrated throughout the entire household, being the strongest in the area where the fire began and lessening the greater the distance away. We have multiple deodorizing tools that can reduce or eliminate noxious scents, and one of the most heavily used of these is our thermal fogger.

Fogging machines are a favored choice of our SERVPRO professionals removing smoke odors because the generated vapor can penetrate difficult areas to reach and penetrate affected surfaces as well. This process can be more effective and efficient than deodorization with ultraviolet like our hydroxyl machines. Deodorizing compounds exist in many pleasant scents or odorless products that get rapidly heated by the machine to produce fog. When in contact with smoke and odor molecules, these deodorizing agents can neutralize the compounds.

Another favorable aspect of thermal fogging for our SERVPRO team after a fire loss incident is the lightweight versatility of the unit. Many of the other deodorizing tools available to the team are stationary and can only address certain areas until they get relocated. Foggers can move with the technician throughout the full measure of the damaged area without much need for readjustments.

Multiple obstacles exist for homeowners after a fire loss incident, but our SERVPRO of South Miami team can help. With the use of sophisticated tools like our thermal fogging machines, we can make fire emergencies, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (305) 269-8900.

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Have You Ever Looked into Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Miami?

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

Florida night club Don't let the club next door become the latest hotspot. Contact SERVPRO when facing water damage on your commercial property.

Working Around the Clock to Dry Your Miami Nightclub

Few places in the world can boast the kind of sultry nightlife that we have in Miami, and that is partly due to the abundance of great nighttime spots. Because of the crowded establishments every night, you might not notice when leaks start to develop in fixtures like your toilets and sinks in the restrooms. If and when these leaks become full breaks, they can quickly affect this room and other adjacent areas on the same level.

Once you have recognized a loss incident in your nightclub, it is vital to get our SERVPRO professionals on the scene to begin water removal for your Miami business. Many of the flooring materials in your club might initially resist water penetration, such as marble tiling in the bathrooms. However, failure to adequately remove all of the migrating water can lead to more hazardous conditions with microbial threats.

We can appreciate how significant a fast turnaround is on removing the water from your nightclub and getting your guests back to a level of comfort in the building. With the right response, we can extract the water from the damaged areas outside and inside of the bathroom with submersible electric pumps and wet vacuums. Once the surface water has gotten addressed, there are several strategies that we can implement to get your doors back open.

In some situations, based on the severity of the spread of effects from the origin point, focused cleaning and mopping can help to expedite the drying of any lingering moisture and surface water if the damage has not penetrated the surface. We can also utilize axial air movers connected to dry out the bathroom and the immediate areas around it during the day when the club is typically closed.

No matter how threatening a water loss incident might initially appear, our SERVPRO of South Miami team can help with efficient and effective mitigation strategies to get you back to running at full capacity quickly. No matter how we can help after a disaster, give us a call 24/7 at (305) 269-8900.

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Water Removal In Miami Can Take Efforts From A Professional Restoration Company

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Understands the Importance of Professional Response to Water Damage in Your Miami Home

The statistics say that 14,000 people in the U.S. suffer from some type of moisture damage emergency every single day. The annual cost to insurance companies nationwide for water removal and other mitigation procedures is around $2.5 billion. The chances of you suffering damage from some type of plumbing failure is more likely to happen than you think because 37% of homeowners say it has happened to them.

Whenever you notice wet materials inside your home after a leak, it's wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Water removal inside your Miami home can prove to be more difficult than you think. Luckily, our team of highly trained technicians can help the process go much more smoothly for you. When picking the best restoration contractor for your specific problems, it is essential to keep the following four things that set us above the rest in mind.

  1. Fast, 24/7 Service

Our SERVPRO technicians are located nearby, and we can respond to your emergency promptly at any time.

  1. Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC Training

Our team goes through rigorous training by the IICRC to make sure we have the necessary skills to complete restoration jobs that are large or small. We also have a large amount of combined experience that can help you figure out how to mitigate your unique problems.

  1. Customer Service Skills

Another aspect that sets SERVPRO above other restoration companies is the attention we give to our customers. From the moment we receive your call, we work closely with you every step of the way and make sure you know what we can do and why we think we should do it.

  1. Advanced Technology

Our team is always searching for the best equipment and technology to help us with both the inspection and mitigation processes to restore your home the best we can. We're always searching for new tools and techniques to help us return your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

To receive professional assistance from a company that really cares and takes extra efforts to keep you informed throughout the entire restoration process, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.


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Miami Homes Benefit from SERVPRO Professional Containment Methods to Minimize Fire and Smoke Impacts

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

palm tree lined boulevard in Miami with a blue sky SERVPRO Produces Clean and Fresh Air for Miami Properties after a Fire Loss

Unexpected Methods to Clean Residues After Fire Damage in Miami

One way to provide a positive impact on fire cleanup in Miami is to concentrate on interior air quality during initial interventions. Smoke and soot near the ignition site floats in the air, often traveling far from the place where the flames were most intense. Capturing the airborne contaminants produced by the fire before they have a chance to settle and adhere to surfaces is a time, and cost-effective method our well-qualified and equipped technicians use for maximum results.

Containment and Decontamination
A proactive part of fire damage strategy in Miami uses negative pressure air scrubbers combined with partitioning to create containment zones. Our technicians mitigate the drift of residues with 6-mil polyethylene tightly attached over doorways, windows, and other openings, sometimes adding temporary frames built of PVC pipes or metal tension poles. We further prevent the spread of soot by shutting down and blocking off the vents of your HVAC system. Negative pressure air scrubbers are installed inside the containment chambers, sealing edges and pulling contaminated air through HEPA filters. The filtered air vents to the outside, taking any remaining particles out of your home. Extra planning greatly reduces the risk of cross-contamination.

Odor Minimization
The decision to use air scrubbers also helps with the challenging task of smoke and soot odor removal. Our SERVPRO deodorization specialists rely on this method to filter out the malodorous particles while still airborne, before they settle into cracks and crevices, becoming much more difficult to eliminate. The method has the advantage of minimizing or avoiding entirely the use of masking agents as a deodorizing strategy, useful for customers who have a sensitivity to scents.

Enhancement of Conventional Damage Removal Methods
SERVPRO crews do not merely set up the containment and air scrubbers, we work in the partitioned-off areas, cleaning up the soot that previously settled. Having the negative air pressure technology in place offers continual air “vacuuming,” reducing the debris we need to clean off floors as we use agitation, brushing, and even abrasive tools and products to loosen soiling for bagging and disposal.

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Miami are well prepared to clear away fire damage residues in a wide range of conventional and creative ways. Call for an assessment and planning session at (305) 269-8900.

Anatomy of Professional Water Damage Recovery in Miami

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking water heater If a leaking water heater damages your property, call SERVPRO

Steps to fixing water damage

Homeowners might believe they have a basic understanding of how a water loss can harm their Miami residence. When a water emergency occurs, whether from leaky plumbing, appliance malfunctions, weather-related events, or another issue, you need fast, professional assistance. Our well-equipped and certified crews possess both the theory of and experience in water removal and applied structural and contents drying.

Safety Hazard and Damage Assessment

Fast response to water damage in Miami must include a safety evaluation before crews commence removal activities. Our seasoned project managers look for utility hazards like electric shock risks or gas or oil leaks. Submerged debris can expose occupants and our crews to tripping, slipping, and injury from glass or other sharp objects. Weakened waterlogged building materials, including walls, floors, and ceilings, can destroy the integrity of the structure. Gallons of water can break suddenly through a ceiling, walls can crumble, and floors fail. Securing the premises for mitigation and remediation work is an essential first phase.

Efficiency in All Project Phases Is Vital

Both the structure and the contents of your home can suffer from water damage. As the overall plan for water damage restoration takes shape, SERVPRO employees often recommend a full or partial pack-out of contents, supported by our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). Pack-outs increase the efficiency of structural water removal and drying. Removed items do not need constant repositioning, and the water load they hold does not increase the relative humidity inside the structure. You also have the opportunity to have water-saturated furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions evaluated, cleaned, dried, disinfected, and restored by specially trained technicians at our production facility.

Aggressive Extraction Improves Drying Results

When more than two inches of water is measurable, we start with submersible pumps. SERVPRO’s truck-mounted and portable extractors then take over, pulling as much liquid from structures and fixtures as possible. Extraction proves 1200 times more effective than drying alone, so we take advantage of this fact to set the stage for streamlined drying. Our technicians record and monitor moisture level data in both affected and unaffected spaces in your home when setting and achieving drying goals. We carefully position air movers to speed evaporation of moisture from structures. A scientifically based balance of air movement, temperature, and dehumidification is crucial to dry out spaces. Our crews are experts in psychrometry, the science of drying and use knowledge and experience to return moisture levels to normal readings.

SERVPRO of South Miami investigates thoroughly and uses restoration industry best practices to resolve your water loss. Call us at (305) 269-8900 confident that we have the know-how and equipment necessary to return your home to preloss condition.

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SERVPRO Often Surprises with Surpassing Miami Residents' Hopes for Full Water Damage Recovery

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

crew working inside large building doing demolition and drying Our SERVPRO Team from South Miami Can Handle Any Size Water Loss--We Meet and Beat Expectations!

Restoring Water Damage Loss in Miami to Meet Your Expectations

Many problems develop in the aftermath of a water loss incident in Miami, including soiled contents and surfaces or deterioration of materials. Even after calling a professional team to handle the restoration, doubts may linger whether everything done to restore your property can meet expectations. SERVPRO uses various strategies to ensure the restoration done promises a good outcome.

Scoping the Loss Site

After arriving at the water damage scene in Miami, we scope it thoroughly to establish the extent of the loss and plan a response rather than doing it haphazardly. Some of the points our SERVPRO technicians, project manager, or sales and marketing rep concentrate on during the scoping includes establishing the extent of water intrusion, the level of moisture migration, and any hazards present, thus allowing us to respond appropriately. We also check the level of damages to determine where there are unsalvageable materials.

Customer Consultation

To establish the full facts about the loss, scoping the site is not enough. Your input as the property owner or resident is helpful for our restoration crews to deliver satisfactory results. For example, before deciding to salvage or dispose of some materials or contents, we consider your opinion and often need your permission. Some items have sentimental value, and even when significantly damaged, you might expect us to save them. Our SERVPRO crew chief discusses the results of our evaluation with you explaining what services we can deliver, when, and how we plan to do it. The consultation also helps us interpret your expectations.

Working Fast

We understand every homeowner's desire for a quick turnaround after a water loss. We also understand the benefits of a speedy restoration, which prevents many secondary damages. We bring several units of restoration equipment such as air movers, water extractors, and dehumidifiers to tackle different areas simultaneously.

Water loss incidents require coordinated restoration efforts. Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 to help do it in a way that meets your expectations, making it, "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice to Restore Fire Damaged Furniture in Miami

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on wall and ceiling Smoke and soot residues damage furniture. SERVPRO has effective cleaning methods to restore you hardwood possessions.

Bringing Your Hardwood Furniture Back to Beauty After Miami Fire Damage 

Smoke and soot damage in your Miami home affects furniture profoundly. If you collect antique and high-quality contemporary furnishings over time, the effects of heat, flames, and residues could be devastating. The first look you have after the fire fighting might leave you despairing that your treasured items can ever regain their function and appearance. Our training and innovative tools and products offer successful outcomes depending on your furniture’s finish and the extent of the damage. 

Surface Finishes Affect Appropriate Cleaning Methods 

The type of finish on your furniture expands or limits the cleaning methods we use to combat fire damage in your Miami house. We assess how well the varnish, paint, shellac, lacquer, oils, or waxes protected or increased the damage to your furniture during the fire. We match the finish of the hardwood components of your furniture to the most efficacious dry or wet cleaning products based on training and experience. 

Dry Cleaning of Hardwood Furniture 

Dry cleaning best practices for unfinished wood and light debris recommend tools like feather dusters, dry sponges, art gum erasers, dusting cloths, and vacuums. Unfinished and unsealed wood respond best to dry cleaning, but dry pre-cleaning of loose residues for any hardwood is wise in most cases. Brushes of differing sizes are a useful resource, employed by our SERVPRO technicians when ashy residues settle in crevices and decorative trim. 

Wet Cleaning of Hardwood Furniture 

Moderate accumulation of fire residues on finished wood surfaces responds to a low alkali cleaner or mild detergent. SERVPRO has options available to crews loaded on our service vehicles or in stock at our production facility. Once applied, the detergent or cleaner works best when rubbed with the grain. Oil-based furniture polishes finish the job after cleaning.

Semi-Refinishing of Hardwood Furniture 

SERVPRO technicians choose a solvent-based product that removes a thin top layer of the furniture finish when heavy residues are present. A short dwell time of fewer than five minutes helps loosen the soot. The cream-based solvent does not damage the finish because we control the agitation with extra-fine steel wool, and apply the adequate product to protect the surface. Treatment with the solvent is effective when semi-refinishing is needed to remove watermarks created during combustion, or because of firefighting efforts and cool-down condensation. 

Training, experience, and proven proprietary products support the team at SERVPRO of South Miami as we work on the restoration of your fire-damaged hardwood furnishings. Explore the possibilities when you call (305) 269-8900 to schedule an assessment post-fire. 

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Cleaning Water Damaged Flooring in Miami Condos.

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

A large lobby with hardwood flooring. Don’t let your floors go with the water, let SERVPRO help you Miami.

SERVPRO will break the water damage down for your Miami condo floor damage.

Every loss incident that can affect your Miami condo comes with a need for focused and attentive cleaning. With water loss incidents, some of the most significant obstacles for our SERVPRO team to face are residues, staining, and fungal or microbial threats. The longer that surfaces and affected areas of a residence remain exposed to higher moisture levels and direct interaction with water, the more of these potential hurdles that exist when our technicians seek to clean and restore a condo during recovery. 

Condos have premier construction materials and get built to withstand severe weather events, but can do little to prevent unexpected interior damages that require water cleanup in Miami properties. The application of specific cleaning products, disinfectants, and antimicrobial solutions provides a preventative care measure to our mitigation process. Our focus with any water loss scenario is limiting the destruction to your condo and preventing secondary disasters like mold growth from the beginning. 

Quaternary compounds are among the most common disinfectants our SERVPRO professionals use when addressing the cleaning of surfaces after a water loss incident. These are ideal for battling bacteria, fungi, and residue. Quats can get mixed with detergents for a restorative cleaning, where construction materials like flooring and structural elements can stay installed. Unlike other cleaning products that are necessary for restoration, these products have a pleasant odor that can serve as a natural deodorizing agent. These are also safe for use on some of the high-end construction materials chosen for your condo. 

Because microbes always exist in indoor environments, they are impossible to eliminate. When water losses occur, moist conditions persist that can encourage the development of mold colonies. We use EPA-registered disinfectants designed to overcome microbial threats. Sporicides are also available to our SERVPRO professionals to eliminate newly developing colonies and concentrations of mold spores on surfaces throughout the water-damaged residence. 

Cleaning up after water loss incidents in your condo is often more involved than many property owners believe. No matter how our SERVPRO of South Miami team can help, you can give us a call 24/7 at (305) 269-8900.

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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation Success in Miami

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged room in a house When your home is flooded due to a tornado or other storm, contact our certified SERVPRO team right away.

Why SERVPRO Flood Damage Miami – Large or Small Disasters

Florida is well known for its exposure to natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Flooding from these events causes millions of dollars in damage every year, and immense hardship for residents and visitors. We also have our share of fires, leaking pipes, and mold infestations that require remediation and restoration.

SERVPRO responds to flood damage in the Miami area and the surrounding area on a 24/7 basis. We also have teams ready to clean up after a fire, water damage from leaking pipes, and mold colonies that are out of control in our hot, humid climate. We have the experience, the training, the equipment, and commitment to our clients to make it right after a disaster of any size. We can mobilize large teams to respond to any size of event relying on SERVPRO teams from around the country.

Experience & Training

Our team has experience in dealing with many events in the Miami area. We are IICRC certified (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, which is the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry). We also can tap into experts as needed. E.g., biohazard cleanup often required after a flood damage event.

Equipment

Responding to any size of event requires a multitude of equipment. We have truck mounted water extraction pumps, submersibles, mounted extractors, moisture sensors, drying equipment, and more. Whether it is cleaning up after a water leak or a flood, we clean and sanitize your home or business. We also have available the required chemicals to remove mold and contaminants as needed.

Commitment to Our Clients

We respond on a 24/7 basis within a four-hour timeframe. SERVPRO assesses the situation and mobilizes the team and equipment to mitigate the damage and minimize the time you are out of your home or business. We aim to return your premises to you, "Like it never even happened."

Partnerships

SERVPRO is part of a national and international team of professionals. Our local Miami team can call on other SERVPRO franchises at a moment's notice to assist with large disasters. We can bring in the experts to respond to your disaster event as required.

Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Coral Terrace, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Have King Tides Caused a Royal Amount of Damage to Your Miami Crawlspace?

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked outside of home King Tides are no match for SERVPRO! This is just some of the equipment at our disposal to remove water from your home.

Flooded Crawlspaces Need Professional Water Removal to Reduce Permanent Damage to your Miami Home

Periods of the year that see the most torrential rainfall can be a potential problem for homeowners. Excess rainwater can swell groundwaters, which can result in the flooding of lower regions of your property. King tides can also become problematic during certain times of the year and increase the risk of property flooding. Areas that are of particularly high risk are crawlspaces, which are inefficiently sealed against outer elements and, due to their proximity to the ground, can become flooded rapidly. If your home lacks an appropriate vapor barrier, these flooded lower regions can condensate, causing structural rot or mold growth, so you may want to consider bringing in professional restoration services to avoid costs further down the line.

The combination of the rainy season alongside annual king tides means it is not uncommon for you to require water removal services for your Miami home. Waters restricted to areas beneath the home present many challenges along the way to full restoration. SERVPRO is available throughout the year with a roster of water restoration technicians (WRT) and applied structural drying (ASD) technicians. We are notably active between September and November when flood scenarios are at their most likely.

One of the main challenges presented by crawlspace flooding is the lack of access points. These areas are typically only accessible through small openings, which can restrict the ability to bring in the equipment we need. Gas pumping equipment can be extremely effective at removing more significant amounts of moisture from inside a crawlspace with smaller hoses available for restricted access spaces. After removing the standing water, our technicians can enter the crawlspace to inspect for further damages.

Moisture inside your crawlspace can cause several long-term concerns for a homeowner and needs to be removed and dried correctly. Dampness can migrate upwards and effect joists or subfloor. It can also become a hotbed for microbial growth, active mold, or stagnate over time, attracting insects and vermin. SERVPRO technicians can place dehumidification equipment inside the crawlspace to remove dampness. We treat residual moisture an air-mover fitted with a flex-hose to allow access into deeper regions.

Water in your crawlspace can cause severe structural issues over time. Contact SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900.

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